Category: US Politics and Govt

Press Releases: Concerns for Democracy in Venezuela

9:55 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 24, 2018 The United States respects the decision by Venezuelan opposition parties, most recently the Democratic Unity Roundtable, to reject President Maduro’s terms and conditions for April presidential elections. We reject ruling party calls to replace the democratically elected National Assembly simultaneously, rather than in 2021, as provided for under the 1999 Constitutiread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign and Trade Minister Simon Coveney Before Their Meeting

23 Feb 18:37 | US Politics and Govt

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23 Feb 16:43 | US Politics and Govt

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23 Feb 16:31 | US Politics and Govt

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Press Releases: Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to Haiti

23 Feb 15:28 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 23, 2018 Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to meet with Haitian President Jovenel Moise and Caribbean leaders attending the twenty-ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from February 26-28. The Deputy Secretary will focus discussions on issues of mutual interest to the United States and the Caribbean, including eread more »

Press Releases: Under Secretary Shannon's Travel to Ecuador, Colombia, and Chile

23 Feb 15:20 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 23, 2018 Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. will travel to Ecuador, Colombia, and Chile February 25-March 3. The Under Secretary will underscore long-standing U.S. support for bilateral priorities and reaffirm U.S. engagement to promote a safe, prosperous, and democratic hemisphere. In Quito, Ecuador on February 25-27, Under Secretary Shannon will meet with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno tread more »

Press Releases: Counterterrorism Coordinator Nathan A. Sales To Speak at Defeat-ISIS Coalition Conference on Mobilizing Law Enforcement Efforts

23 Feb 14:42 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 23, 2018 Counterterrorism Coordinator Nathan A. Sales will deliver the opening remarks at the International Conference on Mobilizing Law Enforcement Efforts to Defeat ISIS at the Department of State’s Loy Henderson auditorium at 9:00 am on February 27, 2018. The Department of State, in cooperation with INTERPOL and the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law,read more »

Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary Molly Phee Travel to Geneva

23 Feb 14:38 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 23, 2018 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Molly Phee will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, from February 26 - March 2, for the opening of the 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). Acting Assistant Secretary Phee will deliver the U.S. national statement at the Council on February 28, outlining U.S. priorities at the HRC. read more »

Press Releases: Opening of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

23 Feb 12:59 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 23, 2018 In May, the United States plans to open a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The opening will coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary. The Embassy will initially be located in the Arnona neighborhood, in a modern building that now houses consular operations of U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem. Those consular operations, including American citizen and visa seread more »

Press Releases: Estonia National Day

23 Feb 08:07 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 23, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I wish to congratulate Estonia and its people on the commemoration of the centennial anniversary of your declaration of independence. Estonia is a vital ally of the United States and our relationship is stronger than ever. Our two countries are linked by shared sacrifice, vibrant economic ties and a commread more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - February 22, 2018

22 Feb 18:58 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC February 22, 2018 Index for Today's Briefing MONTENEGRO UKRAINE/RUSSIA DEPARTMENT read more »

SEC Votes to Modify Compliance Date for Open-End Fund Liquidity Classification

21 Feb 19:44 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today voted to extend by six months the deadline by which open-end funds must comply with certain elements of the Commission's liquidity risk management program rule.  The new compliance date will provide funds additional time to complete implementation of the final rule's classification requirement, along with specified other elements that are tied to the classification requirement.  Other provisions of the rule that provide important investor protection benefits, including the requirements to adopt a liquidity risk management program and to limit illiquid investments to 15 percent of the fund’s portfolio, will go into effect as originally scheduled. The Commission adopted the open-end fund liquidity rule in October 2016, in an effort to promote effective liquidity risk management programs in the fund industry. Management of liquidity risks is important to funds' ability to meet their statutory obligation — and their investors’read more »

SEC Charges Former Bitcoin-Denominated Exchange and Operator With Fraud

21 Feb 15:10 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a former bitcoin-denominated platform and its operator with operating an unregistered securities exchange and defrauding users of that exchange.  The SEC also charged the operator with making false and misleading statements in connection with an unregistered offering of securities.  The SEC alleges that BitFunder and its founder Jon E. Montroll operated BitFunder as an unregistered online securities exchange and defrauded exchange users by misappropriating their bitcoins and failing to disclose a cyberattack on BitFunder’s system that resulted in the theft of more than 6,000 bitcoins.The SEC also alleges that Montroll sold unregistered securities that purported to be investments in the exchange and misappropriated funds from that investment as well. “We allege that BitFunder operated unlawfully as an unregistered securities exchange.  Platforms that engage in the activity of a national securities exchange, regardleread more »

SEC Adopts Statement and Interpretive Guidance on Public Company Cybersecurity Disclosures

21 Feb 13:15 | Business

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted unanimously to approve a statement and interpretive guidance to assist public companies in preparing disclosures about cybersecurity risks and incidents. “I believe that providing the Commission’s views on these matters will promote clearer and more robust disclosure by companies about cybersecurity risks and incidents, resulting in more complete information being available to investors,” said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton.  “In particular, I urge public companies to examine their controls and procedures, with not only their securities law disclosure obligations in mind, but also reputational considerations around sales of securities by executives.” The guidance provides the Commission’s views about public companies’ disclosure obligations under existing law with respect to matters involving cybersecurity risk and incidents.  It also addresses the importance of cybersecurity policies and procedures and the applicatioread more »

Press Releases: Brunei Darussalam National Day

21 Feb 11:34 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 21, 2018 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I send my best wishes to the people of Brunei Darussalam as you celebrate your 34th National Day on February 23, 2018. Brunei Darussalam is our valued partner in Southeast Asia, with our friendly relations dating back more than 170 years. The United States believes our longstanding bilateral relationship servesread more »

Press Releases: United States and Libya Sign Cultural Property Protection Agreement

21 Feb 10:56 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 20, 2018 Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs I. Steven Goldstein and Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Under Secretary for Political Affairs Lutfi Almughrabi will sign a landmark bilateral Memorandum of Understanding on cultural property protection on February 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the U.S. Department of State. As part of the ongoing cooperation beread more »

Press Releases: State Department Announces Fulbright Top Producing Institutions

21 Feb 09:28 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 21, 2018 The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that the lists of more than 150 U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most Fulbright U.S. Students and Scholars abroad in academic year 2017-2018 are now available. The lists highlight the Fulbright Program’s strong institutional diversity and impact on American communities. The State Department’s Bureau oread more »

Press Releases: Recent Actions Regarding Latvia's Banking Sector

20 Feb 18:36 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 20, 2018 The United States has full confidence that the Government of Latvia will take the necessary steps to uphold the integrity of its banking and financial sector. For many years, we have been working together with Latvia to combat corruption, money laundering, and other threats to international security. Moving forward, the United States supports and will continue to help theread more »

Press Releases: State of Emergency in Maldives

20 Feb 18:34 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 20, 2018 The United States is disappointed by reports that Maldivian President Yameen has extended the state of emergency in that country for an additional 30 days. The United States continues to call on President Yameen to end the state of emergency, uphold the rule of law, permit the full and proper functioning of the Parliament and the judiciary, restore constitutionally guaranread more »

Press Releases: United States and Libya Sign Cultural Property Protection Agreement

20 Feb 17:30 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 20, 2018 Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs I. Steven Goldstein and Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Under Secretary for Political Affairs Lutfi Almughrabi will sign a landmark bilateral Memorandum of Understanding on cultural property protection on February 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the U.S. Department of State. As part of the ongoing cooperation beread more »

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20 Feb 15:23 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Fourth Anniversary of Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity

19 Feb 19:08 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 19, 2018 Four years ago, Ukrainians from all walks of life and all regions of the country came together on the Maydan, Kyiv's central square, to demand their government recognize the choice of the citizens of Ukraine to join Europe. Scores of Ukrainians—the “Heavenly Hundred”—gave their lives on the Maydan for the dream of a better Ukraine. The United Sread more »

Press Releases: Interview With Margaret Brennan of CBS 60 Minutes

19 Feb 05:39 | US Politics and Govt

Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 18, 2018 MS BRENNAN: Rex Tillerson admits he was an unconventional choice for Secretary of State. He had no prior government experience. But as CEO of ExxonMobil, he had crisscrossed the globe striking deals with foreign leaders. Secretary Tillerson, a man who still considers himself a Boy Scout and follows what he calls the Code of the West, is fiercely private and has shread more »

Press Releases: The Gambia National Day

18 Feb 09:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 18, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the people of The Gambia on the 53rd anniversary of your country’s independence on February 18, 2018. We commend your impressive progress since the return of democread more »

Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary Thornton To Travel to Berlin

16 Feb 17:09 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2018 Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Susan Thornton, will travel to Berlin, Germany, to meet with European counterparts to discuss issues of mutual interest in the Indo-Pacific region February 19-20, 2018. For updates, please follow the East Asian and Pacific Bureau on Twitter at @USAsiaPacific. For press inquiries please contact EAP-P-Offread more »

Press Releases: Kosovo National Day

16 Feb 16:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 16, 2018 On behalf of the United States, I congratulate Kosovo and its people on celebrating 10 years of independence as a sovereign nation. In the decade since independence, Kosovo has shown determinatread more »

SEC Obtains Bars and Suspensions Against Individuals and Accounting Firm in Shell Factory Scheme

16 Feb 13:35 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against three Israeli residents, a Washington, D.C. attorney, and an Israeli auditor and his Maryland-based accounting firm for their roles in a fraudulent scheme in the creation of numerous public shell companies.  Under the terms of their settlements with the SEC, the three Israeli residents will be subject to penny stock bars and the attorney and auditor will be prohibited from appearing and practicing before the Commission. According to a complaint filed by the SEC in federal district court for the Eastern District of New York, Sharone Perlstein, Aric Swartz, and Hadas Yaron created at least 15 shell companies by filing false and misleading registration statements and periodic reports with the SEC, creating phony business plans, and appointing nominal officers and directors, who also acted as straw-man shareholders for the shell companies.  The defendants also conducted putative initial public offerings of ceread more »

Press Releases: Troika Statement on Phase 2 of the High Level Revitalization Forum for South Sudan

16 Feb 12:06 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2018 The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway. The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) welcome the parties’ constructive efforts toward compromise for the benefit of the people of South Sudan at the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) over the last two weeks in Addis Ababaread more »

Press Releases: Press Availability With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

16 Feb 10:22 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Ankara, Turkey February 16, 2018 FOREIGN MINISTER CAVUSOGLU: (Via interpreter) Distinguished members of the press, yesterday and today we have been hosting the United States Secretary of State, Mr. Rex Tillerson. We’re very glad to host him here. We pay great attention to this visit because we’re passing through a very critical timing in our bilateral relations, and therefore we do believe that tread more »

SEC Suspends Trading in Three Issuers Claiming Involvement in Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology

16 Feb 09:35 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today suspended trading in three companies amid questions surrounding similar statements they made about the acquisition of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology-related assets. The SEC’s trading suspension orders state that recent press releases issued by Cherubim Interests Inc. (CHIT), PDX Partners Inc. (PDXP), and Victura Construction Group Inc. (VICT) claimed that CHIT, PDXP, and VICT acquired AAA-rated assets from a subsidiary of a private equity investor in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology among other things.  According to the SEC order regarding CHIT, it also announced the execution of a financing commitment to launch an initial coin offering.     According to the SEC’s orders, there are questions regarding the nature of the companies’ business operations and the value of their assets, including in press releases issued beginning in early January 2018.  Additionally, the Commission suspended trading in the securead more »

Press Releases: Department Seeks Partner for U.S. Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

16 Feb 07:56 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2018 Today, the Department published a Request for Proposal in the Federal Register (#2018-03116) for the fundraising, project management, design, construction, operation, and disassembly and removal of a USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Expo 2020 Dubai, which will take place Octread more »

Press Releases: Joint Statement on Turkey-U.S. Strategic Partnership

16 Feb 07:13 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2018 The Republic of Turkey and the United States, as allies and strategic partners, reaffirm their mutual and unequivocal commitment to each other’s security and defense. As Allies within NATO and strategic partners for over 65 years, both nations consider their relations as vital to furthering their shared goals and interests, as well as to the promotion of democracy, rule of read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

Kevin Fahey, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense, vice Katharina G. McFarland. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

Phyllis L. Bayer, of Mississippi, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy, vice Dennis V. McGinn. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

Michael D. Griffin, of Alabama, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. (New Position) (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2017 (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

Joseph D. Brown, of Texas, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas for the term of four years, vice John Malcolm Bales, resigned. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

Matthew D. Krueger, of Wisconsin, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin for the term of four years, vice James L. Santelle, resigned. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

John C. Demers, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, vice John P. Carlin, resigned. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

William Roper, of Georgia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, vice William A. LaPlante, Jr., resigned. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

Melissa F. Burnison, of Kentucky, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs), vice Bradley Crowell. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

Michael T. Baylous, of West Virginia, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia for the term of four years, vice John Dale Foster, term expired. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, Department of Energy, vice Frank G. Klotz, resigned. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

John Marshall Mitnick, of Virginia, to be General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, vice Stevan Eaton Bunnell. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

Holly W. Greaves, of the District of Columbia, to be Chief Financial Officer, Environmental Protection Agency, vice Barbara J. Bennett, resigned. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | US Politics and Govt

Scott W. Murray, of New Hampshire, to be United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire for the term of four years, vice Emily Gray Rice, resigned. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

Brandon J. Fremin, of Louisiana, to be United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana for the term of four years, vice James Walter Frazer Green, resigned. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

John C. Anderson, of New Mexico, to be United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico for the term of four years, vice Damon P. Martinez, resigned. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

Norman Euell Arflack, of Kentucky, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky for the term of four years, vice Parker Loren Carl, term expired. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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15 Feb 19:07 | U.S. News

John H. Durham, of Connecticut, to be United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut for the term of four years, vice Deirdre M. Daly, resigned. (02/15/2018 legislative day)read more »

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