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  • U.S. Interior Department Announces New Biden-Harris Appointees

    U.S. Interior Department Announces New Biden-Harris Appointees

    U.S. Department of the Interior Announces New Biden-Harris Appointees | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: October 11, 2022 Washington - - The Department of the Interior today announced additional Biden-Harris administration appointees who will work to fulfill the agency’s mission to steward America’s public lands and waters, pursue environmental justice and honor nation-to-nation relationships with Tribes. “We are thrilled to welcome a new group of accomplished professionals to the Interior Department who will help deliver on President Biden’s ambitious agenda,” said Chief of Staff Rachael Taylor. “Our new colleagues will help provide critical leadership as the Department continues to move quickly to implement the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, tackle the climate crisis while lowering costs for families and creating good-paying jobs, and honor the federal g...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Communicates Vision to Advance Digital Equity for All Learners

    U.S. Department of Education Communicates Vision to Advance Digital Equity for All Learners | site |



    New resource supports plans under $2.75 billion Digital Equity Act -- funded by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law -- to resolve inequities highlighted during pandemic


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: September 28, 2022

    Today, during the National Digital Equity Summit hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, the Office of Educational Technology (OET) launched Advancing Digital Equity for All: Community-based Recommendations for Developing Effective Digital Equity Plans to Close the Digital Divide and Enable Technology-Empowered Learning. This resource provides recommendations for equitable broadband adoption to support leaders crafting digital equity plans, an aspiration that became an emergency for many schools and families during the pandemic. The Bipartisan
    ...
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases CFIUS Enforcement and Penalty Guidelines

    U.S. Department of the Treasure releases Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States Enforcement and Penalty Guidelines | site |


    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: October 20, 2022 Washington - - The Department of the Treasury, as Chair of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS” or the “Committee”), today released the first-ever CFIUS Enforcement and Penalty Guidelines. CFIUS’s mandate of identifying and mitigating certain national security risks while maintaining the U.S. openness to foreign investment often requires the Committee to enter into agreements or impose conditions on transaction parties to mitigate risks to national security that arise from a transaction. These Guidelines provide the public with information about how the Committee assesses violations of the laws and regulations that govern transaction parties, including potential breaches of C
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  • U.S. Department of Education Awards Project SERV Grants to Tougaloo College and Fayetteville State University

    U.S. Department of Education Awards Project SERV Grants to Tougaloo College and Fayetteville State University | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: September 15, 2022

    Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced Project School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) grants to two HBCUs following the recent spate of bomb threats. Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, and Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, were awarded over $420,000 and $80,000 in Project SERV grants respectively. These universities will use the funds to support student trauma recovery related to these threats by hiring full-time equivalent Trauma Specialists/Counselors, increasing full time Security Officer coverage, and offering additional mental health supports. The Department awarded Southern Law University Law Center a $133,000 Project SERV grant last month and expects additional
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  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Establishes New Office of Health Security

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Establishes New Office of Health Security | site |



    Chief Medical Officer to Lead New Office for DHS Medical, Workforce Health and Safety, and Public Health Missions  Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security press release dated: July 19, 2022 Washington - - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week established the Office of Health Security, a new office that will serve as the principal medical, workforce health and safety, and public health authority for DHS.  “Over the past several years, Americans have faced a series of unprecedented challenges impacting their health security, from the pandemic to natural disasters and more,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “Our Department must be prepared to adapt to an ever-expanding, dynamic, and complex public health threat landscape. The Office of Health Security will lead our efforts to meet that charge...
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  • Mark T. Uyeda Sworn In as U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Commissioner

    Mark T. Uyeda Sworn In as U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Commissioner | site |


    Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) press release dated: June 30, 2022 Washington D.C., June 30, 2022 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced Mark T. Uyeda has been sworn into office as a Commissioner by Brian Johnson, Assistant Director of the Division of Investment Management's Rulemaking Office. Commissioner Uyeda was nominated by President Biden earlier this year and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 16. "I’m honored to welcome Mark to the Commission," said SEC Chair Gary Gensler. "Mark brings extensive experience in corporate and securities law, including the past 15 years as our colleague at the SEC. I look forward to working with him to advance our mission to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation." "I have the highest respe...
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  • CDC says COVID-19 Reverses Progress in Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance in U.S.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 Reverses Progress in Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance in U.S. | site |



    Hospitalization related infections grew 15% from 2019 to 2020


    Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release dated: July 12, 2022





    The COVID-19 pandemic pushed back years of progress made combating antimicrobial resistance (AR) in the United States. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19: U.S. Impact on Antimicrobial Resistance, Special Report 2022, concludes that the threat of antimicrobial-resistant infections is not only still present but has gotten worse—with resistant hospital-onset infections and deaths both increasing at least 15% during the first year of the pandemic. “This setback can and must be temporary. The COVID-19 pandemic has unmistakably shown us that antimicrobi...
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  • Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

    Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: July 11, 2022 U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the below statement following a White House event commemorating the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act: “The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is an important step toward addressing years of inaction and indifference in response to heartbreaking gun violence in our schools and communities. At the U.S. Department of Education, we will work diligently to invest more than $2 billion provided under this law to improve mental health supports for students and expand access to school-based health services. We also will assist states and districts in using these resources to invest in evidence-based practices that support safe schools. And thanks to months of conversations already underway between my team and our collea...
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  • U.S. General Services Administration Announces New Pollinator Initiative

    U.S. General Services Administration Announces New Pollinator Initiative | site |


    Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration press release dated: June 22, 2022 Washington - - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced its new Pollinator Initiative that supports the federal government's commitment to protect pollinators. Saving bees and other pollinators from the risks they face is an important part of a sustainable future because pollinators are critical to agriculture and food production – contributing to the national economy by more than $20 billion each year. This is just the latest step in GSA's agency-wide commitment to advancing sustainability and confronting climate change. GSA has established policies and practices to support pollinator habitat through the design, construction, and maintenance of federal properties nationwide. In support of these efforts, GSA has installed honeybee hives at 11 GSA facilities acros...
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  • The U.S. Department of Education Releases Proposed Changes to Title IX Regulations, Invites Public Comment

    The U.S. Department of Education Releases Proposed Changes to Title IX Regulations, Invites Public Comment | site |




    Department Commemorates 50 Years of Protecting and Advancing the Rights of All Students


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 23, 2022 Today, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Title IX – the landmark civil rights law that has opened doors for generations of women and girls – the U.S. Department of Education released for public comment proposed changes to the regulations that help elementary and secondary schools and colleges and universities implement this vital legislation. The proposed amendments will restore crucial protections for students who are victims of sexual harassment, assault, and sex-based discrimination – a critical safety net for survivors that was weakened under previous regulations. The proposed regulations will advance educational equity and ...
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  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Urges Preparedness as Hurricane Season Begins

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Urges Preparedness as Hurricane Season Begins | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency press release dated: June 1, 2022 Atlanta (June 1, 2022) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reminding people, businesses and state and local governments where they can find the best information on preparedness before hurricane force winds or storm flooding may occur. The new Atlantic hurricane season kicks off today. “EPA’s response to natural disasters is one of the most important ways that we protect human health and the environment,” said EPA Region 4 Administrator Daniel Blackman. “We encourage preparation and planning to protect your family and home during hurricane season.” EPA understands that effective emergency response and recovery is most successful when every person, community, business leader and government official is prepared. In addition, the agency is taking t...
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  • Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough statement on PACT Act

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough statement on PACT Act

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough statement on PACT Act | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) press release dated: May 27, 2022


    VA Secretary Denis McDonough statement on PACT Act


    Washington - - President Biden has stated we have a sacred obligation to support Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors. As part of his first State of the Union address, he identified supporting Veterans as a key pillar of his Unity Agenda and an issue that can unite the country. The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act makes good on that promise.

    In my recent press conference, I spoke in detail about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ strong support of the PACT Act because the bipartisan bill will help us advance one of the department’s top priorities: getting more Veterans into
    ...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Awards more than $57M to Help Veterans Overcome, Avoid Homelessness, Reenter the Workforce

    U.S. Department of Labor Awards more than $57M to Help Veterans Overcome, Avoid Homelessness, Reenter the Workforce





    Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: June 1, 2022 Washington - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $57 million in grants to organizations that help veterans experiencing homelessness find meaningful employment and assist them in overcoming barriers to transition back successfully into the workforce. Ending homelessness among veterans is a priority for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which is chaired by U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge and vice-chaired by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough. Upholding our sacred obligation to our veterans is also a key part of the Unity Agenda President Biden laid out in his State of the Union address. “The pandemic further exposed the difficulties faced by our nation’s homeless ve...
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  • Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Ongoing Violence in America

    Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Ongoing Violence in America | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) press release dated: May 25, 2022 Washington, May 25, 2022 - - “Another massacre in America. A statement that is all too common and one we all wish to never speak again. Last week it was a church in California and a grocery store in Buffalo. Yesterday, it was an elementary school in Texas. It’s enough. We cannot and should not be willing to live with this carnage. “I know the pain that a family feels when a child is lost. My heart aches again at the news of so many young lives needlessly cut short. Time and time again parents and loved ones grapple with the heartbreaking, the unbearable, and the unthinkable in this country. One time is far too many. “I know the contribution that a teacher can make and how tragic it is so many young lives will never be inspired to lea...
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 2, 2022 Washington - - Following a meeting of the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees, the U.S. Department of the Treasury—joined by Departments of Health and Human Services and Labor, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Social Security Administration—released the annual Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports. “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare which represent promises to America’s seniors and play a vital role in our economy,” Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen said. “This latest report shows an improvement in the financial position of Social Security and Medicare, reflecting the strong economic recovery and growth in the last year. However, in the c...
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    U.S. Interior Department Announces New Biden-Harris Appointees
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    U.S. Department of the Interior Announces New Biden-Harris Appointees | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: October 11, 2022 Washington - - The Department of the Interior today announced additional Biden-Harris administration appointees who will work to fulfill the agency’s mission to steward America’s public lands and waters, pursue environmental justice and honor nation-to-nation relationships with Tribes. “We are thrilled to welcome a new group of accomplished professionals to the Interior Department who will help deliver on President Biden’s ambitious agenda,” said Chief of Staff Rachael Taylor. “Our new colleagues will help provide critical leadership as the Department continues to move quickly to implement the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, tackle the climate crisis while lowering costs for families and creating good-paying jobs, and honor the federal g...
    10-24-2022, 04:57 PM
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    U.S. Department of Education Communicates Vision to Advance Digital Equity for All Learners
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    U.S. Department of Education Communicates Vision to Advance Digital Equity for All Learners | site |



    New resource supports plans under $2.75 billion Digital Equity Act -- funded by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law -- to resolve inequities highlighted during pandemic


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: September 28, 2022

    Today, during the National Digital Equity Summit hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, the Office of Educational Technology (OET) launched Advancing Digital Equity for All: Community-based Recommendations for Developing Effective Digital Equity Plans to Close the Digital Divide and Enable Technology-Empowered Learning. This resource provides recommendations for equitable broadband adoption to support leaders crafting digital equity plans, an aspiration that became an emergency for many schools and families during the pandemic. The Bipartisan
    ...
    10-24-2022, 03:23 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases CFIUS Enforcement and Penalty Guidelines
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    U.S. Department of the Treasure releases Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States Enforcement and Penalty Guidelines | site |


    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: October 20, 2022 Washington - - The Department of the Treasury, as Chair of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS” or the “Committee”), today released the first-ever CFIUS Enforcement and Penalty Guidelines. CFIUS’s mandate of identifying and mitigating certain national security risks while maintaining the U.S. openness to foreign investment often requires the Committee to enter into agreements or impose conditions on transaction parties to mitigate risks to national security that arise from a transaction. These Guidelines provide the public with information about how the Committee assesses violations of the laws and regulations that govern transaction parties, including potential breaches of C
    ...
    10-22-2022, 11:28 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education Awards Project SERV Grants to Tougaloo College and Fayetteville State University
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    U.S. Department of Education Awards Project SERV Grants to Tougaloo College and Fayetteville State University | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: September 15, 2022

    Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced Project School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) grants to two HBCUs following the recent spate of bomb threats. Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, and Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, were awarded over $420,000 and $80,000 in Project SERV grants respectively. These universities will use the funds to support student trauma recovery related to these threats by hiring full-time equivalent Trauma Specialists/Counselors, increasing full time Security Officer coverage, and offering additional mental health supports. The Department awarded Southern Law University Law Center a $133,000 Project SERV grant last month and expects additional
    ...
    09-16-2022, 12:39 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Establishes New Office of Health Security
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Establishes New Office of Health Security | site |



    Chief Medical Officer to Lead New Office for DHS Medical, Workforce Health and Safety, and Public Health Missions  Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security press release dated: July 19, 2022 Washington - - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week established the Office of Health Security, a new office that will serve as the principal medical, workforce health and safety, and public health authority for DHS.  “Over the past several years, Americans have faced a series of unprecedented challenges impacting their health security, from the pandemic to natural disasters and more,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “Our Department must be prepared to adapt to an ever-expanding, dynamic, and complex public health threat landscape. The Office of Health Security will lead our efforts to meet that charge...
    07-19-2022, 10:31 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Mark T. Uyeda Sworn In as U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Commissioner
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    Mark T. Uyeda Sworn In as U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Commissioner | site |


    Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) press release dated: June 30, 2022 Washington D.C., June 30, 2022 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced Mark T. Uyeda has been sworn into office as a Commissioner by Brian Johnson, Assistant Director of the Division of Investment Management's Rulemaking Office. Commissioner Uyeda was nominated by President Biden earlier this year and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 16. "I’m honored to welcome Mark to the Commission," said SEC Chair Gary Gensler. "Mark brings extensive experience in corporate and securities law, including the past 15 years as our colleague at the SEC. I look forward to working with him to advance our mission to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation." "I have the highest respe...
    07-16-2022, 04:13 PM
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    CDC says COVID-19 Reverses Progress in Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance in U.S.
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 Reverses Progress in Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance in U.S. | site |



    Hospitalization related infections grew 15% from 2019 to 2020


    Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release dated: July 12, 2022





    The COVID-19 pandemic pushed back years of progress made combating antimicrobial resistance (AR) in the United States. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19: U.S. Impact on Antimicrobial Resistance, Special Report 2022, concludes that the threat of antimicrobial-resistant infections is not only still present but has gotten worse—with resistant hospital-onset infections and deaths both increasing at least 15% during the first year of the pandemic. “This setback can and must be temporary. The COVID-19 pandemic has unmistakably shown us that antimicrobi...
    07-15-2022, 07:33 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act
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    Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: July 11, 2022 U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the below statement following a White House event commemorating the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act: “The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is an important step toward addressing years of inaction and indifference in response to heartbreaking gun violence in our schools and communities. At the U.S. Department of Education, we will work diligently to invest more than $2 billion provided under this law to improve mental health supports for students and expand access to school-based health services. We also will assist states and districts in using these resources to invest in evidence-based practices that support safe schools. And thanks to months of conversations already underway between my team and our collea...
    07-15-2022, 06:44 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. General Services Administration Announces New Pollinator Initiative
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    U.S. General Services Administration Announces New Pollinator Initiative | site |


    Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration press release dated: June 22, 2022 Washington - - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced its new Pollinator Initiative that supports the federal government's commitment to protect pollinators. Saving bees and other pollinators from the risks they face is an important part of a sustainable future because pollinators are critical to agriculture and food production – contributing to the national economy by more than $20 billion each year. This is just the latest step in GSA's agency-wide commitment to advancing sustainability and confronting climate change. GSA has established policies and practices to support pollinator habitat through the design, construction, and maintenance of federal properties nationwide. In support of these efforts, GSA has installed honeybee hives at 11 GSA facilities acros...
    07-01-2022, 05:45 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    The U.S. Department of Education Releases Proposed Changes to Title IX Regulations, Invites Public Comment
    by Staff Reporter 1
    The U.S. Department of Education Releases Proposed Changes to Title IX Regulations, Invites Public Comment | site |




    Department Commemorates 50 Years of Protecting and Advancing the Rights of All Students


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 23, 2022 Today, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Title IX – the landmark civil rights law that has opened doors for generations of women and girls – the U.S. Department of Education released for public comment proposed changes to the regulations that help elementary and secondary schools and colleges and universities implement this vital legislation. The proposed amendments will restore crucial protections for students who are victims of sexual harassment, assault, and sex-based discrimination – a critical safety net for survivors that was weakened under previous regulations. The proposed regulations will advance educational equity and ...
    06-28-2022, 06:29 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Urges Preparedness as Hurricane Season Begins
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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Urges Preparedness as Hurricane Season Begins | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency press release dated: June 1, 2022 Atlanta (June 1, 2022) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reminding people, businesses and state and local governments where they can find the best information on preparedness before hurricane force winds or storm flooding may occur. The new Atlantic hurricane season kicks off today. “EPA’s response to natural disasters is one of the most important ways that we protect human health and the environment,” said EPA Region 4 Administrator Daniel Blackman. “We encourage preparation and planning to protect your family and home during hurricane season.” EPA understands that effective emergency response and recovery is most successful when every person, community, business leader and government official is prepared. In addition, the agency is taking t...
    06-04-2022, 06:00 PM
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    Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough statement on PACT Act
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough statement on PACT Act | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) press release dated: May 27, 2022


    VA Secretary Denis McDonough statement on PACT Act


    Washington - - President Biden has stated we have a sacred obligation to support Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors. As part of his first State of the Union address, he identified supporting Veterans as a key pillar of his Unity Agenda and an issue that can unite the country. The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act makes good on that promise.

    In my recent press conference, I spoke in detail about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ strong support of the PACT Act because the bipartisan bill will help us advance one of the department’s top priorities: getting more Veterans into
    ...
    06-04-2022, 12:24 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Labor Awards more than $57M to Help Veterans Overcome, Avoid Homelessness, Reenter the Workforce
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Labor Awards more than $57M to Help Veterans Overcome, Avoid Homelessness, Reenter the Workforce





    Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: June 1, 2022 Washington - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $57 million in grants to organizations that help veterans experiencing homelessness find meaningful employment and assist them in overcoming barriers to transition back successfully into the workforce. Ending homelessness among veterans is a priority for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which is chaired by U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge and vice-chaired by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough. Upholding our sacred obligation to our veterans is also a key part of the Unity Agenda President Biden laid out in his State of the Union address. “The pandemic further exposed the difficulties faced by our nation’s homeless ve...
    06-03-2022, 11:02 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Ongoing Violence in America
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Ongoing Violence in America | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) press release dated: May 25, 2022 Washington, May 25, 2022 - - “Another massacre in America. A statement that is all too common and one we all wish to never speak again. Last week it was a church in California and a grocery store in Buffalo. Yesterday, it was an elementary school in Texas. It’s enough. We cannot and should not be willing to live with this carnage. “I know the pain that a family feels when a child is lost. My heart aches again at the news of so many young lives needlessly cut short. Time and time again parents and loved ones grapple with the heartbreaking, the unbearable, and the unthinkable in this country. One time is far too many. “I know the contribution that a teacher can make and how tragic it is so many young lives will never be inspired to lea...
    06-03-2022, 03:13 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 2, 2022 Washington - - Following a meeting of the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees, the U.S. Department of the Treasury—joined by Departments of Health and Human Services and Labor, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Social Security Administration—released the annual Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports. “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare which represent promises to America’s seniors and play a vital role in our economy,” Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen said. “This latest report shows an improvement in the financial position of Social Security and Medicare, reflecting the strong economic recovery and growth in the last year. However, in the c...
    06-03-2022, 12:52 AM
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Statement on District Court Ruling on Title 42
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Statement on District Court Ruling on Title 42 | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press release dated: May 20, 2022 As we have repeatedly stated, Title 42 is not an immigration authority, but a public health authority employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect against the spread of communicable disease, in this case, COVID-19. We will comply with the court’s order to continue enforcing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Title 42 Order as long as it remains in place. Meanwhile, DHS will continue to execute its comprehensive, whole-of-government plan to manage potential increases in the number of migrants encountered at our border. As part of this effort, DHS has established a Southwest Border Coordination Center to execute those plans. DHS will also increase personnel and resources as needed, and has already red...
    06-02-2022, 08:41 PM
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    Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on CDC Guidance
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    Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on CDC Guidance | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 27, 2022

    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the following statement on the release of CDC guidance for K-12 schools and Early Care and Education programs:

    “Nearly 100 percent of our schools are open for in-person learning. As we enter the summer, we need to take the lessons we’ve learned from this school year and continue to do what works to keep all kids and educators healthy. This CDC guidance will help early childhood education centers, summer camps, and K-12 schools provide a healthy environment for their community. By working with local health officials and using layered prevention strategies we can allow our students to continue down the road to recovery this summer and beyond.”
    ...
    06-02-2022, 08:20 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Small Business Administrator Guzman Announces Winners of Inaugural America’s Seed Fund Expo Competition
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    U.S. Small Business Administrator Guzman Announces Winners of Inaugural America’s Seed Fund Expo Competition | site |



    On May 25, America’s Seed Fund Expo Will Highlight Small Businesses and Startups That Have Excelled Using Innovative, SBIR-Developed Technology


    Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration press release dated: May 23, 2022

    Washington - - Today, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 32.5 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, announced the winners of the SBA’s inaugural America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo 2022, an initiative aimed at highlighting innovative domestic startups and supporting them with resources to scale, grow, and thrive. “Every day, in communities across America, entrepreneurs are solving our nation’s most pressing challenges from climate change to feeding and healing the world. The
    ...
    05-28-2022, 11:28 PM
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission names Richard R. Best Director of Division of Examinations
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission names Richard R. Best Director of Division of Examinations
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    Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) press release dated: May 24, 2022 Washington D.C., May 24, 2022 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the appointment of Richard R. Best as Director of the Division of Examinations, effective immediately. He has served as the Division's acting director since March 23, 2022. "I've valued Rich's judgment and counsel since I joined the SEC, and I'm thrilled he's agreed to lead the Division of Examinations," said SEC Chair Gary Gensler. "Our examinations program – acting as eyes and ears on the ground for the Commission - is critical for our capital markets to function well and keep the public's trust. Rich's experience leading three different SEC offices gives him perspective and relationships across the agency that will be invaluable to the Division." "The...
    05-28-2022, 10:57 PM
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Additional Key Staff Appointments
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    Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press release dated: May 25, 2022

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced additional Biden-Harris Administration political appointees. These diverse and accomplished individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the agency and will work to quickly advance key priorities for the Biden-Harris Administration.

    Tiffany Avila, Confidential Assistant, Office of the Director Tiffany most recently served on the Leadership and Training team at the White House Presidential Personnel Office. Prior to serving in the Administration, she worked as an organizer and Regional Organizing Director on the Biden for President Campaign, the Biden-Harris Campaign, and the Georgia Senate Race. She also worked in the non-profit sector with various organizatio
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    05-27-2022, 01:36 AM
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Roundup - - - May 17, 2022
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    Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) press release dated: May 17, 2022

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    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is providing an at-a-glance summary of news from around the agency:
    • Today, the FDA published the FDA Voices: “FDA Seeks to Engage Stakeholders on Key Considerations for a Drug Quality Management Maturity Program,” Michael Kopcha, PhD, RPh, Director of the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and Patrizia Cavazzoni, MD, Director of CDER. The FDA will hold a two-day workshop on May 24 and 25 for stakeholders to learn more about a quality management program and to engage with the agency. The workshop is hosted by the CDER’s Small Business and Industry Assistance and will include speakers and panelists from outside the FDA to discuss quality management maturity.
    • On May 15, the FDA issued
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    05-19-2022, 08:56 AM
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Releases Skills-Based Hiring Guidance
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    Guidance encourages federal agencies to value applicants based on what they can do—regardless of where they learned it


    Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press release dated: May 19, 2022

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released guidance regarding the implementation of EO 13932; Modernizing and Reforming the Assessment and Hiring of Federal Job Candidates. OPM’s guidance represents a major step towards the federal government’s adoption of skills-based hiring practices and is an important innovation in federal hiring, which has historically relied on education and candidate self-assessments as a proxy for a candidate’s ability to perform in a job. This new approach helps hiring managers recognize and value skills regardless of where they were acquir
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    05-19-2022, 08:08 AM
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Rear Admiral (Ret.) Ann Phillips as 20th Administrator of the Maritime Administration
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Rear Admiral (Ret.) Ann Phillips as 20th Administrator of the Maritime Administration | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: May 16, 2022 Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that Rear Admiral (Rear Adm.) Ann Phillips, USN, Ret., has been sworn in as the 20th Administrator of the Maritime Administration (MARAD). Nominated by President Biden on October 21, 2021, Rear Adm. Phillips was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 10, 2022. She is the first woman to lead MARAD as administrator. “From her distinguished naval service to her leadership on coastal infrastructure, Rear Admiral Ann Phillips has championed America’s maritime sector throughout her career,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Her experience and expertise will be invaluable as we address supply chain bottlenecks, implement the maritime ...
    05-17-2022, 08:36 AM
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    FDA Encourages Importation of Safe Infant Formula and Other Flexibilities to Further Increase Availability
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Encourages Importation of Safe Infant Formula and Other Flexibilities to Further Increase Availability | site |


    Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) press release dated: May 16, 2022 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing a guidance that outlines increased flexibilities regarding importation of certain infant formula products to further increase the availability of infant formula across the country while protecting the health of infants. The agency is encouraging infant formula manufacturers worldwide to take advantage of these flexibilities. “The FDA is leaving no stone unturned to further increase the availability of infant formula. We are doing everything in our power as part of the all-of-government efforts to ensure there’s adequate product available wherever and whenever parents and caregivers need it,” said FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D. ...
    05-17-2022, 07:28 AM
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    Remarks by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra at the Global COVID-19 Summit
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press release dated: May 12, 2022

    Xavier Becerra
    May 12, 2022
    Second Global COVID-19 Summit
    Virtual Event


    On Thursday, May 12, 2022, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra delivered remarks at the second Global COVID-19 Summit, co-hosted by the United States, Belize, Germany, Indonesia, and Senegal. During the Summit, Secretary Becerra discussed our continued fight against the COVID-19 pandemic—getting shots in arms, enhancing access to tests and treatments, protecting the health workforce, and financing and building health security for future pandemics and other health crises.



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    05-17-2022, 04:47 AM
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    Statement by U.S. Vice President Harris on Mass Shooting in Buffalo, New York
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    Information contained in U.S. White House statement release dated: May 15, 2022

    Statement by U.S. Vice President Harris on Mass Shooting in Buffalo, New York

    Today our hearts are broken and we grieve for the victims of the horrific act of gun violence in Buffalo and for their families and friends. The Second Gentleman and I are praying for all those who knew and lost love ones.

    Law enforcement is proceeding with its investigation, but what is clear is that we are seeing an epidemic of hate across our country that has been evidenced by acts of violence and intolerance. We must call it out and condemn it. Racially-motivated hate crimes or acts of violent extremism are harms against all of us, and we must do everything we can to ensure that our communities are safe from such acts.
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    05-17-2022, 03:27 AM
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    Statement by U.S. President Biden on Mass Shooting in Buffalo, New York
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    Information contained in U.S. White House statement release dated: May 14, 2022

    Statement by U.S. President Biden on Mass Shooting in Buffalo, New York​​​​​​​

    Tonight, we grieve for the families of ten people whose lives were senselessly taken and everyone who is suffering the physical and emotional wounds of this horrific shooting. We are grateful for the bravery of members of law enforcement and other first responders who took immediate action to try to protect and save lives. The First Lady and I are praying for the victims and their families, and hearts all across this country are with the people of Buffalo. We still need to learn more about the motivation for today’s shooting as law enforcement does its work, but we don’t need anything else to state a clear moral truth: A racially motivated hate crime is abhorrent to the very fabric...
    05-17-2022, 03:19 AM
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    Statement from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on Mass Shooting in Buffalo, NY
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press release dated: May 15, 2022 Washington - - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement regarding the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York: “Our nation mourns the loss of life caused by the horrific shooting in Buffalo, New York. Our hearts break for the families and friends of the victims, and we stand with them and the entire Black community that was targeted by this hateful act of violence. The Department of Homeland Security continues to work closely with our partners across the country to combat violent extremism, including racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism, which continues to pose one of the most significant terrorism-related threats to the homeland. We are devoting every available resource to combat all forms of terrorism ...
    05-17-2022, 03:10 AM
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Continues Urgent Actions to Address Infant Formula Shortage
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Continues Urgent Actions to Address Infant Formula Shortage | site |



    Urges states to adopt flexibilities to support families amid recall


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) press release dated: May 13, 2022

    Washington, May 13, 2022 - - As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s coordinated drive to end the infant formula shortage, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is urging states to take advantage of flexibilities the department is offering in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, commonly known as WIC, to help families get the safe formula they need. “We’re acutely aware that the ongoing recall has left many parents and caregivers concerned about access to formula and how they will feed their babies,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Our team is committed to the health and safety
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    05-17-2022, 02:23 AM
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    U.S. Health and Human Services Announces 5 Million Dollars in Funding to Advance Equity in Cancer Screening at Health Centers
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $5 Million in Funding to Advance Equity in Cancer Screening at Health Centers | site |



    This investment supports President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative by promoting early detection and treatment through cancer screening.


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: March 11, 2022

    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of $5 million for community health centers, funded by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration, to increase equitable access to life-saving cancer screenings. This funding supports President Joe Biden’s Unity Agenda and his call to action on cancer screening and early detection as part of the Administration’s Cancer Moonshot initiative to end cancer as we know it. “Cancer screening saves lives – and it should be accessib
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    05-13-2022, 11:10 PM
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    U.S. Department of Labor reminds Southwest Employers that Workers need Protection from the Dangers of Heat Illness
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    U.S. Department of Labor reminds Southwest Employers that Workers need Protection from the Dangers of Heat Illness | site |



    Free App helps calculate worksite heat index, displays risks


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: May 11, 2022

    Dallas - - As temperatures rise in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds employers and workers not to ignore the dangers of working in hot weather – indoors and out – and remember “Water. Rest. Shade.” can be the difference between ending the workday safely or suffering serious injuries or worse.

    From 2011-2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 344 worker-related deaths in U.S. were due to environmental heat exposure. Workplace safety experts believe the actual number of heat-related fatalities may be underreported or misreported
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    05-13-2022, 08:16 PM
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    Testimony of U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate
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    Testimony of U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate | site |






    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 10, 2022


    Testimony of Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate

    May 10, 2022



    As Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Chairman Brown, Ranking Member Toomey, and Members of the Committee. I am pleased to speak with you today about the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (Council) 2021 annual report. The report is a collaborative effort of the Council member agencies. It is a vehicle for providing Congress and the public with the Council’s collective assessments of potential risks to U.S. financial stability. Today, I will highlight a few topics in the report and provide an update o...
    05-11-2022, 06:15 AM
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Renews People’s Garden Initiative
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: May 3, 2022 Washington, May 3, 2022 - - Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack planted a tree to announce the reopening of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) People’s Garden Initiative. People’s Gardens across the country will grow fresh, healthy food and support resilient, local food systems; teach people how to garden using conservation practices; nurture habitat for pollinators and wildlife and create greenspace for neighbors. The garden at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. will be joined by 17 flagship gardens located in urban communities nationwide. “The simple act of planting a garden can have big impacts – from building a more diversified and resilient local food system to empowering communities to come together around healthy food access, cl...
    05-05-2022, 04:38 PM
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    USDA Farmers Market Reopens for 25th Market Season
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: April 18, 2022 Washington, Apr. 18, 2022 - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the reopening of the USDA Farmers Market for its 25th market season. The annual Friday market will reopen on Friday, May 6, 2022, and run through Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The market will be open from 9 a.m. EDT to 2 p.m. EDT on Fridays. “The reopening of the USDA’s Farmer’s market for its 25th market season is an opportunity to celebrate the important role that farmers markets continue to play in meeting the growing demand for local fresh and healthy food produced by local farmers, ranchers and processors,” said Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jewel Bronaugh. “The USDA Farmers Market provides an opportunity to highlight the agricultural diversity of the C...
    04-29-2022, 09:54 PM
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    U.S. Department of Education Announces Over 220 Million Dollars in Investments from Government, Private, and Public Sectors to Support Student Recovery
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    U.S. Department of Education Announces Over $220 Million Dollars in Investments from Government, Private, and Public Sectors to Support Student Recovery | site |


    Announcements coincide with the Department’s American Rescue Plan Recovery Summit focused on helping students recover academically and access mental health supports


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: April 27, 2022 Today, the Department of Education announced major actions and investments from government, the private sector, and nonprofit organizations to support student academic and mental health recovery as part of the Department’s broader effort to help students, schools, and communities recover from the pandemic and reemerge stronger. The announcements highlight how the American Rescue Plan has funded efforts to help students recover academically through summer learning and enrichment, and enhanced educational and mental health supports in district...
    04-27-2022, 01:41 PM
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    U.S. Secretary State Congratulates new Head of the Office of Sanctions Coordination
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    U.S. Secretary State Congratulates new Head of the Office of Sanctions Coordination
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: April 14, 2022

    Statement attributed to U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken: I extend my congratulations to Jim O’Brien, who began serving this week after his confirmation by the Senate as the Department’s Head of the Office of Sanctions Coordination with the rank of Ambassador. Ambassador O’Brien brings decades of foreign policy experience to this role, having held senior positions at the Department and in the private sector. The new Office of Sanctions Coordination will oversee work on sanctions and further strengthen cooperation with allies and partners in the use of this critical tool. It will also promote accountability for corruption and human rights abuse and deter and disrupt activities that threaten our national security. This is a cr
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    04-14-2022, 12:21 PM
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    The Biden-Harris Administration Announces 500 Million Dollars Program for Better School Infrastructure
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    The Biden-Harris Administration Announces $500 Million Program for Better School Infrastructure
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    U.S. Department of Energy Seeks Public Input on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding Program for Energy Upgrades to America’s 100,000 Public School Facilities


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy press release dated: April 4, 2022

    Washington - - Today, as part the new Biden-Harris Action Plan for Building Better School Infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a Request for Information (RFI) for a $500 million grant program from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for K-12 public school energy upgrades. The program will help deliver cleaner and healthier classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, playgrounds, and gyms where over three million teachers teach and 50 million students learn, eat, and build friendships every
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    04-11-2022, 11:51 AM
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    U.S. Education Department Continues Push to Invest in Highly Effective Educators and Address Teacher Shortage
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    Grant Program Focuses on Equity, Diversity, and Increasing the Educator Pipeline


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: April 7, 2022

    The U.S. Department of Education is continuing to take action to support and invest in the teaching profession and address the teacher shortage many schools and districts across the country face. The Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant program is now accepting applications for efforts that increase the pipeline of highly effective educators. The SEED program will award $65 million to support the implementation of evidence-based practices that prepare, develop, or enhance the skills of educators. These grants also will enable recipients to develop, expand, and evaluate practices that can serve as mo
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    04-11-2022, 07:43 AM
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says Takeover Bid of Fortune 500 Company was a Sham
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says Takeover Bid of Fortune 500 Company was a Sham | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) press release dated: April 5, 2022 Washington D.C., April 5, 2022 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Melville ten Cate, a U.S. citizen residing abroad, with fraud stemming from his allegedly phony offer to purchase Textron – a large U.S.-listed aircraft, defense, and industrial company. The SEC’s complaint, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, alleges that on November 9, 2020, ten Cate and Xcalibur Aerospace, Ltd., a now-defunct private company ten Cate controlled, placed an advertisement in The New York Times announcing a proposed purchase of all existing stock of Textron for $60.50 a share, a 56 percent premium over the stock’s previous closing price. As alleged, the advertisement led to a spike in Textr...
    04-11-2022, 05:45 AM
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    U.S. Department of Education says Biden-Harris Administration Extends Student Loan Pause Through August 31
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: April 6, 2022 Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced an extension of the pause on student loan repayment, interest, and collections through August 31, 2022. While the economy continues to improve and COVID cases continue to decline, President Biden has made clear the continuing need to respond to the pandemic and its economic consequences, as well as to allow for the responsible phase-down of pandemic relief. The extension will provide additional time for borrowers to plan for the resumption of payments, reducing the risk of delinquency and defaults after restart. During the extension, the Department will continue to assess the financial impacts of the pandemic on student loan borrowers and to prepare to trans...
    04-11-2022, 05:33 AM
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    SBA Revises Small Business Size Standards in 16 Industrial Sectors to Increase Eligibility for Its Federal Contracting and Loan Programs
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    U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Revises Small Business Size Standards in 16 Industrial Sectors to Increase Eligibility for Its Federal Contracting and Loan Programs | site |



    Changes Will Expand Access to SBA Programs for 59,000 Small Businesses


    Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) press release dated: April 4, 2022

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration issued four final rules to modify revenues-based small business size standards in 16 North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) sectors that will increase small business eligibility for SBA’s federal contracting and loan programs for approximately 59,000 additional firms. The final rules are part of the second five-year review of size standards, as required under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. As part of the review process, the SBA received more than 1,100 public comments during the proposed rule stage of th
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    04-05-2022, 03:29 AM
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    Statement by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on CDC’s Title 42 Order Termination
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) news release dated: April 1, 2022 Washington - - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) determination that it will, effective May 23, 2022, terminate its Title 42 public health Order. Pursuant to its Title 42 authority, the CDC has, since March 2020, required the expulsion of unauthorized single adults and family units arriving at the land borders in order to protect against the spread of COVID-19. “Title 42 is not an immigration authority, but rather a public health authority used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect against the spread of communicable disease. Title 42 remains in place until May 23 and, until then, DHS wi...
    04-03-2022, 12:38 AM
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    U.S. Department of Education Announces Steps to Hold Institutions Accountable for Taxpayer Losses
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education news release dated: March 23, 2022 The U.S. Department of Education (Department) today announced updated steps to ensure that companies that own institutions are held responsible for funds owed to the federal government, including liabilities arising from closed school loan discharges and borrower defense to repayment claims. This will ensure that even if a school closes, the Department can recover funds from entities that had a direct or indirect ownership interest in the school instead of leaving the bill to taxpayers. These new procedures will protect taxpayers, students, and borrowers through incentivizing better performance by the schools and allowing the Department to recover liabilities from corporate owners. “If a company owns, controls, or profits from a college, it should also be on th...
    04-02-2022, 10:55 PM
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Award Millions in Grants to improve Transitional Housing Facilities
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) news release dated: March 23, 2022

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding 36 capital grants totaling approximately $64.7 million to community organizations under VA’s Grant and Per Diem program to improve the quality of housing options for Veterans experiencing homelessness. The new awards will allow grantee organizations to construct new buildings and renovate existing transitional housing facilities that provide more than 900 beds nationwide for homeless Veterans. The funds will also decrease mass housing and create more individualized unit-style living, thereby improving personal safety and reducing risks associated with close-quarters living. “The Grant and Per Diem program fills a targeted role in V
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    04-02-2022, 10:38 PM
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    U.S. Treasury Targets Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Weapons of Mass Destruction Organization and Subsidiaries
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    U.S. Treasury Targets Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Weapons of Mass Destruction Organization and Subsidiaries | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury news release dated: April 1, 2022 Washington - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today sanctioned five entities for providing support to the DPRK’s development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missile programs in violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions (UNSCRs). The DPRK has conducted a series of escalatory ballistic missile launches in the past several months, including most recently the DPRK’s February 26, March 4, and March 24 intercontinental ballistic missile launches (ICBM), which demonstrate the DPRK’s clear determination to continue developing its unlawful WMD and ballistic missile programs. These ballistic missile tests are brazen violations of multiple...
    04-02-2022, 10:23 PM
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statement on GPO Printing and Mailing delay
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    A statement on GPO printing and mailing delay



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs [VA] press release dated: November 30, 2021)


    A statement on GPO printing and mailing delay

    Washington - - Due to supply chain and staffing shortages, the vendor contracted by the Government Publishing Office to provide printing services for the Department of Veterans Affairs is experiencing delays in printing and mailing notification letters to Veterans and claimants. The disruption may impact the ability of some claimants to meet required deadlines via written correspondence with VA. In response to the mailing delays and to protect the best interest of claimants, the Veterans Benefits Administration is extending their response period by 90-calendar days for claimants with letters dated between July 13, 20...
    12-05-2021, 12:19 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit
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    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: November 19, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen sent a letter to all members of Congressional leadership regarding the debt issuance suspension period (DISP).

    The full text of the letter is also available below. The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Madam Speaker: On October 18, I informed you that I had determined that a debt issuance suspension period (DISP) would continue through December 3, 2021 with respect to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF). I am writing to notify you, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 8348(l)(2), of my determination that, by reason of the statutory debt limit, I will be unable to fully invest the portion of the CSR
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    11-25-2021, 12:18 AM
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    U.S. Department of Education Announces Recognition Status of Nine Accrediting Agencies
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: October 28, 2021)


    Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education’s Senior Department Official (SDO) informed nine accreditors about the status of their recognition. The following agencies were approved for renewal of recognition for five years:
    • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
    • American Bar Association (ABA).
    • Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
    • American Osteopathic Association (AOACOCA).
    • American Psychological Association (APACOA).
    Additionally, the SDO notified the following agencies that within 12 months, they must come into compliance with the specific criteria outlined in the SDO’s letter and submit a compliance report to the Department. If recognition is renewed following a decision on the compliance report, the...
    11-10-2021, 12:15 AM
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission updates Electronic Filing Requirements
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    SEC says "Amendments Will Help Modernize Manner in Which Information Is Submitted to Commission"


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: November 4, 2021) Washington D.C., Nov. 4, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today published proposed amendments to update electronic filing requirements. The SEC currently permits and sometimes requires certain forms to be filed or submitted in paper format. The proposed rule and form amendments would require certain forms to be filed or submitted electronically. The proposed amendments also would make technical amendments to certain forms to require structured data reporting and remove outdated references. The amendments are intended to promote efficiency, transparency, and operational resiliency by modernizing the manner ...
    11-09-2021, 11:51 PM
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues A New Memo to Terminate Migrant Protection Protocols
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: October 29, 2021)

    Washington - - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today issued a new memorandum announcing and explaining his decision to terminate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. “This Administration is tackling longstanding problems that have plagued our immigration system for decades in order to achieve needed systemic change. MPP does not help meet this goal,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “MPP had endemic flaws, imposed unjustifiable human costs, pulled resources and personnel away from other priority efforts, and did not address the root causes of irregular migration. MPP not only undercuts the Administration’s ability to implement critically needed and foundational changes to the immigration
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    11-08-2021, 05:17 AM
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    CDC Completes Sixty-Day Assessment of Order under 42 U.S.C. 265
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    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Completes Sixty-Day Assessment of Order under 42 U.S.C. 265 | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release dated: October 2, 2021) On August 2, 2021 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Order under Sections 362 and 365 of the Public Health Service Act, and associated implementing regulations, that temporarily suspended the right to introduce certain noncitizens into the United States based on the Director’s determination that introduction of such noncitizens, regardless of their country of origin, migrating through Canada and Mexico into the United States creates a serious danger of the introduction of COVID-19 into the United States, and the danger is so increased by the introduction of such noncitizens that a temporary suspension is necessary to protect the public health. Unaccompanied noncitizen ...
    10-14-2021, 12:04 AM
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Announces New Paycheck Protection Program Milestone
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Announces New Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Milestone
    | site |



    In Less Than Two Months, One Million Borrowers Apply for Direct Forgiveness through Agency’s PPP Portal 

    Administrator Guzman highlights new Direct Forgiveness Portal and other innovations as critical to accelerating reviews and approvals



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration press release dated: September 22, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reached a major milestone today as its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Direct Borrower Forgiveness Portal recorded its one millionth PPP loan forgiveness application for borrowers seeking forgiveness for loans of $150,000 or less. “We are committed to delivering against the promise of forgiveness for our eligible PPP borrowers. Our innovative direct forgiveness portal is helping our PPP borrowe
    ...
    10-13-2021, 10:00 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education Announces 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools
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    U.S. Department of Education Announces 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: September 21, 2021)

    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today recognized 325 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Secretary Cardona will make the announcement during his Return to School Road Trip, where he will visit an awardee school, Walter R. Sundling Jr. High School, in Palatine, Illinois. "This year's cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish," said Secretary Cardona. "I commend this school and all our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy and safe wh
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    10-11-2021, 08:41 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit
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    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: September 8, 2021)


    September 8, 2021 - -Washington - - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen sent a letter to Congressional leadership regarding the debt limit.

    The full text of the letter and also available below.

    The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

    Speaker

    U.S. House of Representatives

    Washington, DC 20515

    Dear Madam Speaker:

    I am writing to follow up on my previous letters regarding the debt limit and to provide additional information regarding the Treasury Department’s ability to continue to finance the government in the absence of Congressional action to address the debt limit. After th
    ...
    09-18-2021, 05:07 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Social Security Board of Trustees says Combined Trust Funds Projected Depletion One Year Sooner Than Last Year
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Social Security Board of Trustees: Combined Trust Funds Projected Depletion One Year Sooner Than Last Year | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: August 31, 2021) The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASI and DI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, one year earlier than projected last year, with 78 percent of benefits payable at that time. The OASI Trust Fund is projected to become depleted in 2033, one year sooner than last year’s estimate, with 76 percent of benefits payable at that time. The DI Trust Fund is estimated to become depleted in 2057, eight years earlier than last year’s estimate, with 91 percent of benefits still payable. In the 2021 Annual Report...
    09-08-2021, 11:02 AM
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Key Staff
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Key Staff | site |




    Nearly 40 Biden-Harris Administration appointees named to serve the 30 million small businesses across the nation



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: August 18, 2021) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced its senior leadership team and key Biden-Harris Administration appointees. This experienced group of staffers will join thousands of SBA career servants working tirelessly to deliver recovery funding to millions of small businesses and rebuild the engine of our nation's economy. In April, Antwaun Griffin was named Chief of Staff, playing a critical role in executing Administrator Guzman's priorities as the agency provides a historic $1 trillion in economic relief to America's entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits. "The Biden-Ha...
    09-04-2021, 06:34 PM
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    U.S. Statement Condemning the Recent Houthi Attack Against Saudi Arabia
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    U.S. Statement Condemning the Recent Houthi Attack Against Saudi Arabia | site |





    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 31, 2021)


    Today, August 31, 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken issued the following statement: The United States strongly condemns the recent Houthi attack against Saudi Arabia that struck the civilian airport in Abha, wounding eight civilians and damaging a commercial airliner. Since the beginning of the year, Saudi Arabia has endured more than 240 attacks from the Houthis, who have endangered the Saudi people alongside more than 70,000 U.S. citizens residing in Saudi Arabia. The Houthis have also intensified their attacks inside of Yemen in recent weeks, particularly their offensive on Marib. This costly, stalemated offensive is exacerbating Yemen’s humanitarian crisis. The Houthi attacks are perpetuating the conflict, prolonging the sufferin
    ...
    09-01-2021, 01:54 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of State Commemorates Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent
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    U.S. Department of State Commemorates Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 31, 2021)



    Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent

    Statement by Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State


    August 31, 2021


    The United States joins others around the world in commemorating the first International Day for People of African Descent. This day was created to promote the extraordinary contributions of Africans and members of the African diaspora around the world and is an opportunity to focus on eliminating all forms of discrimination against people of African descent. The United States continues to support the International Decade for People of African Descent through shared goals of recognition, justice, and development. This Administration has elevated racial just...
    08-31-2021, 01:53 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's Remarks on Our Efforts in Afghanistan
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    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's Remarks on Our Efforts in Afghanistan | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State publication dated: August 30, 2021)


    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's Remarks on Our Efforts in Afghanistan







    Courtesy: U.S. Department of State and Brightcove...
    08-31-2021, 01:35 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Australian Foreign Minister Payne
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Australian Foreign Minister Payne | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 30, 2021)


    Today, August 30, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne about recent events in Afghanistan, including the attack on U.S. forces there. They also discussed our mutual efforts to assist Afghan refugees and partners.
    ...
    08-31-2021, 03:52 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s Remarks on Afghanistan
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s Remarks on Afghanistan | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 30, 2021)


    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s Remarks on Afghanistan

    Remarks to the Press

    Treaty Room

    Washington, DC

    August 30, 2021




    SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good evening, everyone. Eighteen days ago, the United States and our allies began our evacuation and relocation operation in Kabul. As you just heard from the Pentagon, a few hours ago, that operation was completed. More than 123,000 people have been safely flown out of Afghanistan. That includes about 6,000 American citizens. This has been a massive military, diplomatic, and humanitarian undertaking – one of the most difficult in our nation’s history – and an extr...
    08-31-2021, 03:44 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of State publishes Statement by the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of State publishes Statement by the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS | site |





    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, media note press release dated: August 30, 2021)


    Statement by the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS

    The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS strongly condemns the attacks that occurred in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26, 2021. We grieve for the loss of Afghan and British civilians, and American service members at the hands of Daesh/ISIS terrorists. The tragic loss of life is only compounded by the fact that those killed were endeavoring to evacuate or working to conduct that humanitarian mission. The Coalition and its partners continue to stand shoulder to shoulder, as we did when we fought to achieve the territorial defeat of Daesh/ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Daesh/ISIS remains a determined enemy and we will continue to take necess...
    08-31-2021, 03:25 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of State publishes Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances
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    U.S. Department of State publishes Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, media note press release dated: August 29, 2021)


    Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances


    The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan,...
    08-31-2021, 01:45 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Iraqi President Barham Salih
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Iraqi President Barham Salih | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 28, 2021)


    Today, August 28, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Iraqi President Barham Salih and reaffirmed the U.S. government’s long-term commitment to a strong, stable, and prosperous Iraq. He expressed his belief that a long-term, deep, multifaceted, and strategic partnership with Iraq serves the American people. The Secretary reiterated that the Defeat-ISIS mission is not over but is shifting to a new phase based on the enhanced capabilities of the Iraqi Security Forces. The United States, as leader of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and part of the NATO Mission to Iraq, will continue to train, a
    ...
    08-31-2021, 01:27 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 28, 2021)


    Today, August 28, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to discuss our cooperation in Afghanistan and our continuing efforts to ensure the safe and orderly evacuation of our citizens, allies, and partners.
    ...
    08-31-2021, 01:11 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 28, 2021)


    Today, August 28, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar. They discussed a broad range of shared priorities, including continued coordination on Afghanistan and in the United Nations. Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar agreed to remain closely coordinated on shared goals and priorities to deepen the U.S.-India partnership.
    ...
    08-31-2021, 12:53 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Norwegian Foreign Minister Søreide
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Norwegian Foreign Minister Søreide | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 27, 2021)


    Today, August 27, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Søreide discussed the security situation in Kabul and diplomatic efforts to form a coordinated international approach to challenges in Afghanistan. The Secretary expressed gratitude for the Norwegian medical providers at HKIA who treated over 50 victims of the horrific August 26 terrorist attack in Kabul and for Norwegian contributions to the evacuation of U.S. citizens, our allies, and vulnerable Afghan citizens.
    ...
    08-31-2021, 12:41 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Al-Thani
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Al-Thani | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 27, 2021)


    Today, August 27, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the importance of maintaining operations at Hamid Karzai International Airport after the withdrawal of Coalition forces to enable humanitarian aid and essential travel to continue. Secretary Blinken again thanked the Minister for Qatar’s steadfast support, its humanitarian efforts, and its tireless work to facilitate the safe tr
    ...
    08-31-2021, 12:32 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken And Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Before Their Meeting
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    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken And Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Before Their Meeting | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 26, 2021)


    Remarks to the Press

    Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

    Naftali Bennett, Israeli Prime Minister

    Washington, D.C.

    August 26, 2021




    PRIME MINISTER BENNETT: Mr. Secretary, I appreciate you taking time on a pretty active day here (inaudible). It means a lot (inaudible). Israel has no stronger and more reliable ally than the United States of America. From our inception and to this day, especially these days, you’re always with us, you have our back, and that matters a lot to us. I can ensure you that you’ll find no friend which is more reliable and appreciative than us. I bring from Israel a new spirit – a spirit of folks wh...
    08-30-2021, 11:18 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Bennett
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Bennett | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 25, 2021)


    Today, August 25, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett today in Washington, D.C. Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Bennett emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Israel partnership and discussed regional security issues, including Iran. The Secretary and the Prime Minister underscored our strong bilateral relationship, and the Secretary reiterated the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security. The Secretary also emphasized that Israelis and Palestinians alike deserve equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and dignity, which is important in its own right and as a means to ad
    ...
    08-30-2021, 10:59 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken On Afghanistan
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    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken On Afghanistan | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 25, 2021)


    Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Afghanistan

    Remarks to the Press

    Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

    Press Briefing Room

    Washington, D.C.




    SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. I’d like to give you all an update on the situation in Afghanistan and our ongoing efforts there, particularly as they relate to U.S. citizens, and then I’m very happy to take your questions. Let me begin with my profound appreciation for our diplomats and service members who are working around the clock at the airport in Kabul and at a growing number of transit sites to facilitate the evacuation of Americans, their families, citizens of allied and partner nations, Afghans who have partnered w...
    08-30-2021, 10:34 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with German Foreign Minister Maas
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with German Foreign Minister Maas | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 24, 2021)


    Today, August 24, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas today. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Maas shared their views about our close coordination in Afghanistan, including the transit of thousands of people out of Afghanistan through Ramstein Air Base and other locations in Germany. The Secretary and Foreign Minister also discussed the broader situation in Afghanistan and the way ahead.
    ...
    08-30-2021, 10:08 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 24, 2021)


    Today, August 24, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to discuss our continuing cooperation in Afghanistan and our efforts to ensure the safe and orderly evacuation of our citizens, allies, and partners.
    ...
    08-30-2021, 09:39 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Garneau
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Garneau | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 24, 2021)

    Today, August 24, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau about Afghanistan and the continued efforts to ensure safe passage for those who wish to leave Afghanistan. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed the ongoing humanitarian response, agreeing to remain in close contact.
    ...
    08-30-2021, 09:23 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Bahraini Foreign Minister al-Zayani
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Bahraini Foreign Minister al-Zayani | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 22, 2021)


    Today, August 22, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with the Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani. The Secretary expressed gratitude to Bahrain for the government’s humanitarian support in facilitating the safe transit of U.S. citizens and evacuees from Afghanistan. The Secretary underscored the importance and strength of the U.S.-Bahrain partnership.
    ...
    08-30-2021, 09:09 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State expresses Gratitude to the UAE for Facilitating the Transit of U.S. Citizens, Embassy Personnel, and Others from Afghanistan
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State expresses Gratitude to the UAE for Facilitating the Transit of U.S. Citizens, Embassy Personnel, and Others from Afghanistan | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 20, 2021)


    Today, August 20, 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken issued the following statement: The United States is grateful to the United Arab Emirates for its humanitarian efforts and its gracious offer to facilitate the safe transit of U.S. citizens, embassy personnel, and foreign nationals evacuated from Kabul to third countries. The United States greatly appreciates the Emirati government’s support; it is emblematic of our strong and enduring partnership. We have no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas, including our diplomats and service members in Afghanistan. We thank our Emirati partners for their support in
    ...
    08-30-2021, 08:56 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State expresses Gratitude to Bahrain for Facilitating the Transit of U.S. Citizens and Embassy Personnel from Afghanistan
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State expresses Gratitude to Bahrain for Facilitating the Transit of U.S. Citizens and Embassy Personnel from Afghanistan | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 20, 2021)


    Today, August 20, 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken issued the following statement:

    The United States is grateful to Bahrain for its humanitarian efforts and its gracious offer to facilitate the safe transit of U.S. citizens and evacuees. The United States greatly appreciates the Bahraini government’s support; it is emblematic of our strong and enduring partnership. We have no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas, including our military and diplomats serving in Afghanistan. We thank our Bahraini partners for their support in this effort.
    ...
    08-30-2021, 08:46 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Treasury Department Releases Letter to Nonfinancial Corporate Stakeholders on LIBOR Transition
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    U.S. Treasury Department Releases Letter to Nonfinancial Corporate Stakeholders on LIBOR Transition | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: August 23, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Jerome H. Powell, Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission Gary Gensler, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York John C. Williams, and Acting Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Rostin Behnam released a letter to nonfinancial corporate stakeholders following a discussion of the experiences and concerns of nonfinancial corporations as they prepare to transition from U.S. dollar (USD) LIBOR.

    The full text of the letter is below and can be found here
    ...
    08-30-2021, 08:29 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Grants improve Transitional Housing, prevent Veteran Homelessness
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Grants improve Transitional Housing, prevent Veteran Homelessness | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: August 24, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin awarding $116.4 million in grants Sept. 30 to more than 200 community organizations under VA’s Grant and Per Diem program.

    GPD provides funding to community organizations that provide transitional housing and supportive services for Veterans at risk of or experiencing homelessness and aims to help them achieve residential stability, increase skill levels and income, and obtain greater self-determination.

    “The Grant and Per Diem program is integral to VA’s evidence-based approach to preventing and ending homelessness among Veterans, which remains one of our highest priorities,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough.
    ...
    08-28-2021, 11:10 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Defense Identifies Marine Corps, Navy and Army Casualties
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    U.S. Department of Defense Identifies Marine Corps, Navy and Army Casualties | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 28, 2021)

    The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of 13 service members who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died Aug. 26, 2021, as the result of an enemy attack while supporting non-combatant evacuation operations in Kabul, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

    For the Marine Corps, the deceased are:

    Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

    Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California.

    Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California.

    Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska. Marine Corps
    ...
    08-28-2021, 10:26 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 27, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone today with Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar to thank Turkey for its longstanding and significant support to the mission at Hamid Karzai International Airport. They agreed to stay closely engaged with respect to any future arrangements at the airport. The Secretary thanked Minister Akar for his condolences for the U.S. service members lost in yesterday’s attack in Kabul. The Secretary reaffirmed the enduring U.S.-Turkey defense relationship as demonstrated most recently by the strong cooperation between both countries on Afghanistan.
    ...
    08-28-2021, 02:16 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Meeting With Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Meeting With Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 25, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information: Today in Washington, D.C., Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the strategic partnership and addressing regional security challenges together. Additionally, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks met with Israeli Ministry of Defense Director General Amir Eshel, and Under Secretary of Defense Colin Kahl hosted Director General Eshel and a delegation of senior Israeli officials for the annual Defense Policy Advisory Group. The leaders discussed the wide range of threats posed by Iran’s nuclear program, support of terrorism and maritime aggression
    ...
    08-28-2021, 12:46 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Phone Call With Italy's Minister of Defense, Lorenzo Guerini
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Phone Call With Italy's Minister of Defense, Lorenzo Guerini | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 22, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke today with Italian Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini regarding the latest developments in Afghanistan. He expressed appreciation for the continued close coordination between Italy and the United States to safely evacuate our citizens, at-risk Afghans who supported the coalition war effort, and vulnerable Afghan nationals. In particular, Secretary Austin thanked Minister Guerini for Italy’s agreement to temporarily host Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants and other Afghan evacuees at U.S. installations in Italy, as they are screened for onward travel to other destina
    ...
    08-27-2021, 11:59 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Call With U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Call With U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 22, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information:

    Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone with U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace today about the situation in Afghanistan. Secretary Austin expressed his appreciation for the U.K.’s contributions to security and stability in Afghanistan as the United States, Allies, and partners continue their evacuation. The leaders agreed to remain in close contact as both countries evacuate as many people as possible.
    ...
    08-27-2021, 11:40 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 24, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today. Secretary Blinken and Secretary General Stoltenberg shared their views on the August 20 NATO Foreign Ministerial and discussed the situation in Afghanistan. They welcomed Allies’ expression of unity and emphasis on close consultation at the Foreign Ministerial, as well as their offers to help Afghans in need. The Secretary and Secretary General discussed NATO’s efforts to ensure the safe and orderly evacuation of Allied personnel and our Afghan partners. They stressed that close coordination with our Allies and partners is essential in this und
    ...
    08-25-2021, 02:49 PM
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    U.S. Education Dept says New Guidance Reaffirms Importance of Full Implementation of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Education Dept says New Guidance Reaffirms Importance of Full Implementation of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic | site |



    U.S. Department of Education says Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic or the mode of instruction, children with disabilities are entitled to receive a free, appropriate, public education


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 24, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) sent a letter to its state and local partners reiterating its commitment to ensuring children with disabilities and their families have successful early intervention and educational experiences in the 2021-2022 school year. This letter outlines a series of question and answers (Q&As) as children and students return to in-person learning. The Q&As focus on topics to help ens
    ...
    08-25-2021, 02:00 PM
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    U.S. Expresses Gratitude to Our Allies and Partners for Supporting U.S. Efforts to Evacuate U.S. Citizens, Partners, and At-Risk Afghans
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Expresses Gratitude to Our Allies and Partners for Supporting U.S. Efforts to Evacuate U.S. Citizens, Partners, and At-Risk Afghans | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 20, 2021)

    Today, August 20, 2021 U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, issued the following statement: Over the past several days, the United States has mobilized an unprecedented, global effort through our diplomatic channels to evacuate U.S. citizens, personnel from partner nations, and at-risk Afghans from Kabul. We are working around the clock to maximize evacuations; we have facilitated the departure of approximately 13,000 people on U.S. military aircraft since August 14 and continue to ramp up operations. I would like to give special thanks to our partners around the globe who have been instrumental in this operation. Bahrain, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Qat
    ...
    08-24-2021, 06:10 AM
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    Remarks by U.S. President Biden on Evacuations in Afghanistan
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    Remarks by U.S. President Biden on Evacuations in Afghanistan | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. White House speech release dated: August 20, 2021)


    Remarks by U.S. President Biden on Evacuations in Afghanistan


    (Setting: East Room, the U.S. White House)

    1:49 P.M. EDT

    ​​​​​​

    THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. I’ve just met with the Vice President, Secretary Blinken, Secretary Austin, National Security Advisor Sullivan, and other members the national security leadership team in the Situation Room to discuss our ongoing efforts to evacuate American citizens, third-country civilians, Afghan allies, and vulnerable Afghans. And I want to provide the American people with a brief update and the — on the situation in Afghanistan. Since I spoke to you on Monday, we’ve made significant progress. We have secured the airport, enabling flights to resume. ...
    08-21-2021, 03:13 PM
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    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Tells Alachua and Broward County School Districts: "We stand with you"
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Tells Alachua and Broward County School Districts: "We stand with you" | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 20, 2021)


    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the following statement in response to the Florida State Board of Education’s August 20th orders to Alachua and Broward County school districts: "The Biden Administration is fully committed to a safe and healthy return to in-person learning for all students this fall. It is deeply troubling to see state leaders putting politics ahead of the health and safety of our students, and that instead of supporting our educators for doing the right thing, state leaders are trying to punish them. This week, the President asked me to do everything I can to help protect our nation's students and support the local leaders who are fighting for them. Let me reiterate: we stand ready to assist any
    ...
    08-21-2021, 02:48 PM
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    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Visit to Miami, Florida
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Visit to Miami, Florida | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: August 19, 2021) Washington - - On Thursday, August 19, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas traveled to Miami, Florida to participate in a series of important engagements with the Cuban and Haitian diaspora communities in Miami focused on hearing from community leaders about critical issues in their countries of origin and providing updates on the latest actions from the Administration. Secretary Mayorkas was joined by Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere Juan Gonzalez and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Principal Advisor to the Administrator Mark Feierstein. The Secretary’s meetings with community leaders were the latest engagements carried out...
    08-21-2021, 01:43 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Thani
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Thani | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 20, 2021)


    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani about the latest developments in Afghanistan. The Secretary thanked the Foreign Minister for Qatar’s assistance in facilitating the safe transit of U.S. citizens, Embassy Kabul personnel, and at-risk Afghans through Doha, and commended Qatar for our strong partnership to promote regional security.
    ...
    08-21-2021, 01:16 PM
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    U.S. Department of Education Grants Interest Rate Benefit to More Than 47,000 Service Members
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education Grants Interest Rate Benefit to More Than 47,000 Service Members | site |


    Automated process benefits 880% more current and former active-duty service members since 2019


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 20, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that the office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) has retroactively waived interest on loans held by more than 47,000 current and former active-duty service members. This action was made possible by a data-matching agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) that substantially improves access to a student loan interest-waiver benefit for many service members with federal student loans. Under the Higher Education Act, service members deployed to areas that qualify them for imminent danger or hostile fire pay, have no interest accrual on certain federal student loans that were first d...
    08-21-2021, 02:42 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Spanish Foreign Minister Albares
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Spanish Foreign Minister Albares | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 19, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares about continued coordination with allies and partners in Afghanistan. They discussed ongoing evacuation efforts and ways to promote the safety and security of all Afghans and international citizens.
    ...
    08-21-2021, 02:30 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar
    | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 19, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar. Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar discussed Afghanistan and agreed to continued coordination.
    ...
    08-20-2021, 09:43 AM
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ensures access to Health Care as 9/11 Anniversary nears
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ensures access to Health Care as 9/11 Anniversary nears | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: August 12, 2021) Washington - - As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the Department of Veterans Affairs is providing those who served awareness of and access to all their health care services, specifically in areas of mental health and post-traumatic stress care. VA Mental Health officials said there has been an uptick in Veterans seeking help, which could increase more as they come to terms with their service and as the Afghanistan withdrawal comes to completion. “Our nation is indebted to the men and women who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, because they made our world infinitely safer,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “Their service did not come without sacrifice as some carry physical and emotional wounds...
    08-20-2021, 09:11 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 19, 2021)


    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today. Secretary Blinken and Secretary General Stoltenberg look forward to a virtual meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers on Friday, August 20. The meeting will bring Allies together to discuss developments in Afghanistan and NATO’s efforts to ensure the safe and orderly evacuation of Allied personnel and our Afghan partners. The Secretary and the Secretary General stressed that close coordination with our Allies and partners is essential in this undertaking as well as to plan for NATO’s path forward on engaging on Afghanistan.
    ...
    08-20-2021, 12:00 AM
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    U.S. Secretary State Blinken’s Call with Albanian Prime Minister Rama
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary State Blinken’s Call with Albanian Prime Minister Rama | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 19, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama yesterday. The Secretary and Prime Minister consulted about NATO Ally Albania’s offer to temporarily take in Afghans in need. Secretary Blinken also thanked Prime Minister Rama for continuing Albania’s proud tradition of sheltering people in need. The Secretary and the Prime Minister reaffirmed the close partnership between our two countries.
    ...
    08-19-2021, 07:59 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 18, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio about continued coordination with Allies and partners in Afghanistan. They discussed ongoing evacuation efforts and ways to promote the safety and security of all Afghan and international citizens.
    ...
    08-19-2021, 03:23 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Raab
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Raab | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 18, 2021)


    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab about continued coordination in Afghanistan, including ways to encourage adherence to international obligations as well as the safety and security of all Afghan and international citizens.
    ...
    08-19-2021, 12:51 AM
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    U.S. Department of the Interior: Federal Coalition Announces Summit to Improve Broadband
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Interior: Federal Coalition Announces Summit to Improve Broadband | site |



    Registration Open for the 2021 National Tribal Broadband Summit


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior [DOI] press release dated: August 16, 2021)

    Washington - -  A coalition of federal agencies are working together to address the issue of how to close the digital divide and increase internet access across Indian Country. The Department of the Interior and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are partnering with the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Service and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) for the 2021 National Tribal Broadband Summit, taking place throughout the month of September as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The National Tribal Broadband Summit offers a platform for leaders
    ...
    08-19-2021, 12:37 AM

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