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  • U.S. Department of State issues Statement addressing Treaty on Open Skies

    U.S. Department of State issues Statement addressing Treaty on Open Skies

    U.S. Department of State issues Statement addressing Treaty on Open Skies | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release: November 22, 2020)


    Statement attributed to Cale Brown, Deputy Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State:

    On May 22, 2020, the United States exercised its right pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XV of the Treaty on Open Skies by providing notice to the Treaty Depositaries and to all States Parties of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty, effective six months from the notification date. Six months having elapsed, the U.S. withdrawal took effect on November 22, 2020, and the United States is no longer a State Party to the Treaty on Open Skies.
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  • Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo concerning Marking of Country of Origin

    Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo concerning Marking of Country of Origin | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release: November 19, 2020)

    Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: Today, the Department of State is initiating new guidelines to ensure that country of origin markings for Israeli and Palestinian goods are consistent with our reality-based foreign policy approach.  In accordance with this announcement, all producers within areas where Israel exercises the relevant authorities – most notably Area C under the Oslo Accords - will be required to mark goods as “Israel”, “Product of Israel”, or “Made in Israel” when exporting to the United States.  This approach recognizes that Area C producers operate within the economic and administrative framework of Israel and their goods should be treated accordingly
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo addresses recent Helicopter Crash in Egypt 

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo addresses recent Helicopter Crash in Egypt| site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - On November 13, 2020 the U.S. Department of State provided the following statement issued by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo:

    We mourn the terrible loss of five American soldiers who died yesterday in service of our country as a part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Egypt. Our great men and women in uniform put their lives on the line every day for our nation and for the sake of securing peace throughout the world. Alongside our servicemen, we also are saddened to learn of the deaths of one French and one Czech soldier. We pray for all of their families and for the quick recovery of the one injured American soldier who survived. May God bless our nation and these patriots.
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  • HUD Strengthens Manufactured Housing Safety and Affordability with Revised Payments for State Oversight Programs

    HUD Strengthens Manufactured Housing Safety and Affordability with Revised Minimum Payments for State Oversight Programs | site |


    Final rule published today provides more equitable HUD funding for State Administrative Agencies


    WASHINGTON - The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published today a final rule in the Federal Register which provides a revised structure for the payments HUD makes to states participating as State Administrative Agencies in the manufactured housing program. State Administrative Agencies in 33 states are fully or conditionally approved to carry out their manufactured housing oversight programs, and the majority of these states will see an increase in payments to administer their programs under the revised payment structure. “More than 22 million Americans have used manufactured homes as a means of attaining the stability and financial independence of homeownership, particularly in areas where housing aff...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs confirms Authority for its Health Care Professionals to Practice across State Lines

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs confirms Authority for its Health Care Professionals to Practice across State Lines | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - Today, November 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it published an interim final rule affirming VA’s current policy allowing VA health care professionals to practice across state lines in accordance with the scope and requirements of their VA employment, regardless of conflicting state requirements.

    This regulation allows VA the flexibility to mobilize and hire qualified health care professionals from any state and quickly place them in areas of need — which is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    VA maintains and continues to exercise this authority. Reaching beyond the coronavirus pandemic and as identified in “VA’s Fourth Mission”,
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  • IRS provides certainty regarding the Deductibility of Payments by Partnerships and S Corporations for State and Local Income Taxes

    IRS provides certainty regarding the Deductibility of Payments by Partnerships and S Corporations for State and Local Income Taxes | site |


    (November 9, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Internal Revenue Service published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued Notice 2020-75, which announces rules to be included in forthcoming proposed regulations. Specifically, the proposed regulations will clarify that State and local income taxes imposed on and paid by a partnership or S corporation on its income are allowed as a deduction by the partnership or S corporation in computing its non-separately stated taxable income or loss for the taxable year of payment, and therefore are not subject to the State and local tax deduction limitation for partners and shareholders who itemize deductions.

    The notice describing the forthcoming proposed regulations applies to these types of income taxes starting today, and
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Releases Toolkit to Accelerate State Efforts to Rebalance Long-term Care Systems

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Releases Toolkit to Accelerate State Efforts to Rebalance Long-term Care Systems and Enhance Home and Community-Based Services for Eligible Medicaid Beneficiaries | site |



    (November 2, 2020) - - Today, November 2, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published the following information: The Trump Administration and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are delivering on their commitment to foster innovation in Medicaid by providing states with new tools to help beneficiaries return home from institutional settings without sacrificing safety or quality of care. Today, CMS launched a new toolkit designed for state Medicaid agencies to strengthen their infrastructure and develop robust home and community-based services (HCBS) for eligible beneficiaries. This toolkit is the latest in a series of CMS efforts to promote high quality, person-centered HCBS to safely transition older adults and individ...
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo commends Cease Fire in Libya

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo commends Cease Fire in Libya

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo commends Cease Fire in Libya| site |


    (October 26, 2020) - - Today, October 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of State published the following statement made by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: We welcome the announcement of Libyans signing a nationwide, immediate ceasefire agreement at the UN-facilitated 5+5 Joint Military Commission talks in Geneva on October 23. We commend Libyan leadership on all sides for taking this courageous step. We also appreciate the vital role the UN Acting Special Representative of the Secretary General Stephanie Williams played in facilitating the talks. It is crucial for this progress to continue and for all parties to the conflict to support this success. As the agreement states, all foreign fighters must leave the country within 90 days and allow Libyans to decide their own future. We look forward to the outcomes of the UN-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and to supporting ...
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  • U.S. State Department statement On the Loss of Life Due to Significant Flooding in Central Vietnam

    U.S. State Department statement On the Loss of Life Due to Significant Flooding in Central Vietnam | site |


    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State published the following statement by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo:

    The Government of the United States expresses its deepest condolences to the Government and people of Vietnam as they mourn those who perished due to significant flooding in the central region of Vietnam as a result of Tropical Storm Linfa. The U.S. government stands ready to assist Vietnam in addressing the damage caused by the floods, and we send our deepest sympathies to all affected by this tragedy, including the many thousands who were displaced.
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  • Agencies Issue Host State Loan-to-Deposit Ratios

    Agencies Issue Host State Loan-to-Deposit Ratios

    Agencies Issue Host State Loan-to-Deposit Ratios| site |


    (June 2, 2020) - - Today (June 2, 2020), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) published the following information:

    Joint Release

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency



    Agencies Issue Host State Loan-to-Deposit Ratios



    The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency today issued the host state loan-to-deposit ratios that they will use to determine compliance with section 109 of the Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act of 1994. These ratios replace the prior year's ratios, which were released on May 28, 2019. In general, section 109 prohibits a bank from establishing or acquiring a branch or branches outside of ...
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Meeting with Tiananmen Square Survivors

    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Meeting with Tiananmen Square Survivors

    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Meeting with Tiananmen Square Survivors| site |


    (June 3, 2020) - - Today (June 3, 2020), U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo was honored to meet yesterday with Wang Dan, Su Xiaokang, Liane Lee, and Henry Li – four of the thousands of brave participants in the heroic protests for democracy that were brutally put down by the Chinese Communist Party on June 4, 1989.
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  • Statement of U.S. Secretary of State on the Release of Michael White

    Statement of U.S. Secretary of State on the Release of Michael White

    Statement of U.S. Secretary of State on the Release of Michael White| site |


    (June 4, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State released the follows statement issued by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: We are bringing another American home. Michael White, a U.S. Navy veteran who has been wrongfully jailed in Iran for nearly two years, has been released. He is now on his way back to the United States, where we look forward to reuniting him with his family. I commend U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook for negotiating Mr. White’s release with the Iranians. I thank the Swiss government and the work of our diplomats for facilitating this successful diplomacy. While we are pleased that Iran was constructive in this matter, there is more work to do. The United States will not rest until we bring every American detained in Iran and around the world back home to their loved ones. The United States continues to call for the release of U.S. cit...
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Iraqi Prime Minister Kadhimi

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Iraqi Prime Minister Kadhimi| site |



    (May 22, 2020) - - Today (May 22, 2020), Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson, provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to discuss Iraq’s economic crisis as well as the upcoming U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue. Secretary Pompeo urged Prime Minister Kadhimi to pursue real reforms as he works with international institutions to provide financial assistance to Iraq.
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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Approves First Wave of Perkins Career and Technical Education State Plans

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Approves First Wave of Perkins Career and Technical Education State Plans| site |



    Plans detail how states will use federal investment to offer students multiple pathways to success


    (May 22, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department of Education has approved six career and technical education (CTE) state plans. Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are the first six states to have their CTE plans approved under the new, bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), which was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on July 31, 2018. "Thanks to the President's leadership, the new career and technical education law gives local leaders the flexibility to make investments in the highest impact areas of...
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  • Statement of U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on the Passing of Ambassador Matthew J. Matthews

    Statement of U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on the Passing of Ambassador Matthew J. Matthews | site |



    (May 20, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State issued the following statement of condolence by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo concerning the Passing of Ambassador Matthew J. Matthews: We are deeply saddened by the passing on May 20 of Ambassador Matthew J. Matthews and, on behalf of the Department of State, I offer our deepest condolences to his family. Ambassador Matthews had a long and distinguished career in the State Department and was admired by all with whom he worked. Ambassador Matthews most recently served as the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. Previous to that, Ambassador Matthews was the U.S. Ambassador for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and concurrently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. His rich ca
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    U.S. Department of State issues Statement addressing Treaty on Open Skies
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    U.S. Department of State issues Statement addressing Treaty on Open Skies | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release: November 22, 2020)


    Statement attributed to Cale Brown, Deputy Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State:

    On May 22, 2020, the United States exercised its right pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XV of the Treaty on Open Skies by providing notice to the Treaty Depositaries and to all States Parties of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty, effective six months from the notification date. Six months having elapsed, the U.S. withdrawal took effect on November 22, 2020, and the United States is no longer a State Party to the Treaty on Open Skies.
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    11-24-2020, 08:18 AM
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    Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo concerning Marking of Country of Origin
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    Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo concerning Marking of Country of Origin | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release: November 19, 2020)

    Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: Today, the Department of State is initiating new guidelines to ensure that country of origin markings for Israeli and Palestinian goods are consistent with our reality-based foreign policy approach.  In accordance with this announcement, all producers within areas where Israel exercises the relevant authorities – most notably Area C under the Oslo Accords - will be required to mark goods as “Israel”, “Product of Israel”, or “Made in Israel” when exporting to the United States.  This approach recognizes that Area C producers operate within the economic and administrative framework of Israel and their goods should be treated accordingly
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    11-21-2020, 11:55 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo addresses recent Helicopter Crash in Egypt 
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo addresses recent Helicopter Crash in Egypt| site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - On November 13, 2020 the U.S. Department of State provided the following statement issued by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo:

    We mourn the terrible loss of five American soldiers who died yesterday in service of our country as a part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Egypt. Our great men and women in uniform put their lives on the line every day for our nation and for the sake of securing peace throughout the world. Alongside our servicemen, we also are saddened to learn of the deaths of one French and one Czech soldier. We pray for all of their families and for the quick recovery of the one injured American soldier who survived. May God bless our nation and these patriots.
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    11-16-2020, 08:39 AM
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    HUD Strengthens Manufactured Housing Safety and Affordability with Revised Payments for State Oversight Programs
    by Staff Reporter 1
    HUD Strengthens Manufactured Housing Safety and Affordability with Revised Minimum Payments for State Oversight Programs | site |


    Final rule published today provides more equitable HUD funding for State Administrative Agencies


    WASHINGTON - The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published today a final rule in the Federal Register which provides a revised structure for the payments HUD makes to states participating as State Administrative Agencies in the manufactured housing program. State Administrative Agencies in 33 states are fully or conditionally approved to carry out their manufactured housing oversight programs, and the majority of these states will see an increase in payments to administer their programs under the revised payment structure. “More than 22 million Americans have used manufactured homes as a means of attaining the stability and financial independence of homeownership, particularly in areas where housing aff...
    11-14-2020, 10:54 PM
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs confirms Authority for its Health Care Professionals to Practice across State Lines
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs confirms Authority for its Health Care Professionals to Practice across State Lines | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - Today, November 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it published an interim final rule affirming VA’s current policy allowing VA health care professionals to practice across state lines in accordance with the scope and requirements of their VA employment, regardless of conflicting state requirements.

    This regulation allows VA the flexibility to mobilize and hire qualified health care professionals from any state and quickly place them in areas of need — which is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    VA maintains and continues to exercise this authority. Reaching beyond the coronavirus pandemic and as identified in “VA’s Fourth Mission”,
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    11-14-2020, 02:27 AM

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