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Hedge Fund Adviser Charged for Inadequate Controls to Prevent Insider Trading

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that hedge fund advisory firm Deerfield Management Company L.P. has agreed to pay more than $4.6 million to settle charges that it failed to establish, maintain, and enforce policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent the misuse of inside information, including information about confidential government decisions. The case relates to insider trading charges that the SEC recently filed against current and former Deerfield analysts, a political intelligence analyst who passed them information, and an employee at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  According to the SEC’s order, Deerfield conducted extensive research in the health care sector to help inform its investment decisions, and engaged research firms specializing in political intelligence about upcoming regulatory and legislative decisions.  But Deerfield’s policies anread more »

Free Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Midland County

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of West Virginia

19 Aug 00:43 | U.S. News

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for West Virginia

19 Aug 00:43 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of West Virginia

19 Aug 00:38 | U.S. News

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for West Virginia

19 Aug 00:38 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Assumption of Legislative Powers in Venezuela

18 Aug 20:58 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 18, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the assumption of legislative powers by the illegitimate Constituent Assembly. This power grab is designed to supplant the democratically-elected National Assembly with an authoritarian committee operating above the law. In our view, the democratically-elected National Assembly is the only legitimate legislative body. We join Vread more »

Press Releases: ICC Arrest Warrant for Major Mahmoud al-Werfalli in Libya: Joint Statement by the Governments of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America

18 Aug 20:51 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 18, 2017 The following is the text of a joint statement by the governments of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Begin Text: The governments of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcome the announcement on August 17 by the Libya National Army (LNA) that it will investigate reports of unlawful killings in Benghazi. We note that the LNA has recognized the arrest warranread more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - August 18, 2017

18 Aug 18:24 | World

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC August 18, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing SPAIN MISCELLANEOUS SPAIN read more »

FEMA in the News

18 Aug 17:37 | U.S. News

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FEMA Provides Tips on How to Plan Ahead For the Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse

18 Aug 17:36 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Special Representative Volker To Travel to Belarus, Lithuania, and Ukraine

18 Aug 17:10 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 18, 2017 United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker will travel to Minsk, Belarus, where he will meet with a representative of the Russian government to discuss Russian-Ukrainian relations on August 21. He will then travel to Vilnius, Lithuania, to meet with senior government officials to discuss the way forward in Ukraine. On August 23, he will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he will joiread more »

Commission and Commission Staff Issue Updates to Interpretive Guidance on Revenue Recognition

18 Aug 16:46 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today issued two releases and the SEC staff released a Staff Accounting Bulletin to update interpretive guidance regarding revenue recognition. Consistent with developments in private-sector accounting standard setting, the SEC issued a release to update its guidance for bill-and-hold arrangements by stating that registrants should no longer refer to the criteria in Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Release No. 108, In the Matter of Stewart Parness (AAER 108), to recognize revenue for such arrangements upon the registrants' adoption of Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. The release states that until a registrant adopts ASC Topic 606, it should continue referring to the guidance included in AAER 108. In addition, the SEC issued a release to update its 2005 Commission Guidance Regarding Accounting for Sales of Vaccines and Bioterror Countermeasures to theread more »

Press Releases: Hungary National Day

18 Aug 15:31 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 18, 2017 On behalf of the United States, we extend our congratulations on the occasion of Saint Stephen’s Day this August 20th. The United States and Hungary are bound by strong connections between our people, a robust trade relationship, and a commitment to global security. Our membership in NATO, mutual efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and common mission to combat teread more »

Press Releases: Remarks Addressing State Department Student Programs and Fellowships Participants

18 Aug 15:00 | US Politics and Govt

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Press Releases: Afghanistan Independence Day

18 Aug 14:54 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 18, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the Afghan people as they celebrate their 98th anniversary of independence on August 19th. The Afghan spirit of resilience and courage in the face of adversity continues to guide the people of Afghanistan toward a better future. Afghanistan has made significant economic, politiread more »

Banca IMI Securities to Pay $35 Million for Improper Handling of ADRs in Continuing SEC Crackdown

18 Aug 13:05 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that broker Banca IMI Securities Corp. (BISC), an indirect, wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo SpA, has agreed to pay more than $35 million to settle charges that it violated federal securities laws when it requested the issuance of and received American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) without possessing the underlying foreign shares. ADRs are U.S. securities that represent shares of a foreign company, and for all issued ADRs there must be a corresponding number of foreign shares held in custody at a depositary bank.  Under “pre-release agreements,” brokers such as BISC may obtain ADRs without depositing corresponding foreign shares provided the broker owns or takes reasonable steps to determine that the customer owns the number of foreign shares that corresponds to the number of shares the ADR represents. The SEC’s order finds that BISC obtained pre-released ADRs and lent them to counterpartread more »

Press Releases: Afghanistan Independence Day

18 Aug 12:23 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 18, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the Afghan people as they celebrate their 98th anniversary of independence on August 19th. The Afghan spirit of resilience and courage in the face of adversity continues to guide the people of Afghanistan toward a better future. Afghanistan has made significant economic, politiread more »

Press Releases: Remarks Addressing State Department Student Programs and Fellowships Participants

18 Aug 12:23 | US Politics and Govt

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Press Releases: Remarks With Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at a Press Availability

18 Aug 11:23 | US Politics and Govt

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FEMA Provides Federal Funds to Help Fight the Milli 0843 CS Fire

17 Aug 19:38 | U.S. News

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Vermont

17 Aug 18:38 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Vermont

17 Aug 18:38 | U.S. News

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Vermont

17 Aug 18:36 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Vermont

17 Aug 18:36 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Deliver Address to State Department Student Programs and Fellowships Participants

17 Aug 18:16 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 17, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks to the current cohorts of the Unpaid Student Internship Program, the Unpaid Legal Intern program, The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program and Summer Enrichment Scholars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellows, and the Franklin Fellows at 10:10 a.m. on Friday, August 18, 2017, at the U.S. Department of State. All of these programs serve to expose the paread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at a Press Availability

17 Aug 17:02 | US Politics and Govt

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Press Releases: Joint Statement of the Security Consultative Committee

17 Aug 14:19 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 17, 2017 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Japan. Begin Text: I. Overview The U.S.-Japan Alliance (“the Alliance”) is the cornerstone of the Asia-Pacific region’s peace, prosperity, and freedom. This dynamic partnership is also increasingly important in promoting values shared by both nations, including freedom,read more »

Fact Sheets: Designated ISIS Branches and Individuals

17 Aug 11:33 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 17, 2017 The Department of State has designated over 30 ISIS leaders and operatives under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, and will continue to target the group to deny it access to the U.S. financial system. These designations are part of a larger comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS that, in coordination with the 73-member Global Coalition, has made significant progress toward that goal. This whole-of-government effort is destroying ISIS in itread more »

Press Releases: State Department Terrorist Designations of Ahmad Alkhald and Abu Yahya al-Iraqi

17 Aug 10:28 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 17, 2017 The Department of State has designated two ISIS leaders – Ahmad Alkhald and Abu Yahya al-Iraqi – as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. E.O. 13224 imposes strict sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreignread more »

Press Releases: Gabon National Day

17 Aug 09:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 17, 2017 On behalf of the United States of America, our best wishes to the people of Gabon on the occasion of the Gabonese Republic’s 57th Independence Day. The United States values its partnership with Gabon and will continue to support the Gabonese people in strengthening democracy, human rights, and economic progress.   read more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson's Meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Freeland

16 Aug 18:26 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 16, 2017 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Today U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland at the State Department in Washington, DC. Foreign Minister Freeland is visiting Washington for the start of NAFTA renegotiations. In addition to NAFTA, the two leaders discussed North Korea, Venezuela, Ukraine, economic issues, and advancing the Coluread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland Before Their Meeting

16 Aug 17:49 | US Politics and Govt

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Gladwin County for Michigan Survivors

16 Aug 17:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Indonesia National Day

16 Aug 17:04 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 16, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the Republic of Indonesia as it celebrates its National Day and 72nd year of independence on August 17th. The United States and Indonesia share much in common as two dynamic and diverse democracies and G20 economies. We continue to reaffirm and reinforce our strategic partnershipread more »

SEC Uncovers Wide-Reaching Insider Trading Scheme

16 Aug 15:30 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced insider trading charges against seven individuals who generated millions in profits by trading on confidential information about dozens of impending mergers and acquisitions.  Data analysis allowed the SEC’s enforcement staff to uncover the illicit trading despite the traders’ alleged use of shell companies, code words, and an encrypted, self-destructing messaging application to evade detection. In a parallel action, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York today unsealed criminal charges against the same seven individuals. According to the SEC’s complaint, Daniel Rivas, a former IT employee of a large bank, was at the center of the alleged scheme, misusing his access to a bank computer system to tip four individuals who traded on the information.  He allegedly tipped others who also traded and passed along the tips.  According to the complaint, the traders profited on market-moving news rread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Mattis To Co-host the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee ("2+2")

16 Aug 15:19 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 16, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera for a Security Consultative Committee (“2+2”) meeting on August 17 at 9:45 a.m., at the Department of State. The meeting will focus on how the United States and Japan can coordinate their response to the evolving regional security environread more »

NFIP Policyholders Have Two Weeks to Submit Proof of Loss Forms

16 Aug 14:38 | U.S. News

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More than $90 Million Assisting Missouri Survivors after Spring Floods and Storms

16 Aug 13:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: The Republic of Congo National Day

16 Aug 12:41 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 15, 2017 On behalf of the United States Government, our best wishes to the people of the Republic of Congo as you celebrate your 57th Independence Day. Our strategic collaboration on regional security, economic development, and health remains strong. The United States of America will continue to support the efforts of the Congolese people to build a more prosperous and democratic Congoread more »

Press Releases: State Department Terrorist Designation of Hizbul Mujahideen

16 Aug 10:20 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 16, 2017 The Department of State has designated Hizbul Mujahideen—also known as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, also known as HM—as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. These designations seek to deny HM the resources it needs to carry out terrorist attacks. Among other consequencesread more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - August 15, 2017

15 Aug 18:22 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC August 15, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT NORTH KOREA/REGION IRAN read more »

Multi-Agency Effort Supporting Ongoing Recovery and Building Resiliency

15 Aug 16:39 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Ambassador Michael Kozak of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor On the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

15 Aug 14:31 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Ambassador Michael Kozak, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Via Teleconference August 15, 2017 MS NAUERT: Well, welcome to our call today with Ambassador Mike Kozak of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Ambassador Kozak will talk about the 2016 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, which Secretary Tillerson released about an hour ago here at the State Department. This call is on-the-record, although it’s embargoed until the end of the call. With that, I’ll turn it over to Ambassador Kozak. Thank you, sir. AMBASSADOR KOZAK: read more »

SEC Charges KPMG with Audit Failures

15 Aug 11:00 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that KPMG has agreed to pay more than $6.2 million to settle charges that it failed to properly audit the financial statements of an oil and gas company, resulting in investors being misinformed about the energy company’s value.  KPMG’s engagement partner in charge of the audit also agreed to settle charges against him. According to the SEC’s order, KPMG was hired as the outside auditor for Miller Energy Resources in 2011 and issued an unqualified audit report despite grossly overstated values for key oil and gas assets.  KPMG and the engagement partner John Riordan failed to properly assess the risks associated with accepting Miller Energy as a client and did not properly staff the audit, which overlooked the overvaluation of certain oil and gas interests that the company had purchased in Alaska the previous year.  Among other audit failures, KPMG and Riordan did not adequately consider and address facts known read more »

SEC Charges KPMG with Audit Failures

15 Aug 11:00 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that KPMG has agreed to pay more than $6.2 million to settle charges that it failed to properly audit the financial statements of an oil and gas company, resulting in investors being misinformed about the energy company’s value.  KPMG’s engagement partner in charge of the audit also agreed to settle charges against him. According to the SEC’s order, KPMG was hired as the outside auditor for Miller Energy Resources in 2011 and issued an unqualified audit report despite grossly overstated values for key oil and gas assets.  KPMG and the engagement partner John Riordan failed to properly assess the risks associated with accepting Miller Energy as a client and did not properly staff the audit, which overlooked the overvaluation of certain oil and gas interests that the company had purchased in Alaska the previous year.  Among other audit failures, KPMG and Riordan did not adequately consider and address facts known read more »

Press Releases: India Independence Day

15 Aug 08:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 15, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of India as they celebrate their independence day and continue the journey we began together 70 years ago. The United States is proud to stand with the people of India, the world’s largest democracy, in the cause for freedom and prosperity around the globe. Prime read more »

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Bay County for Michigan Survivors

14 Aug 18:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Liechtenstein National Day

14 Aug 16:36 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 14, 2017 On behalf of the United States of America, we offer our best wishes to the people of the Principality of Liechtenstein as you celebrate your National Day. The partnership between the United States and Liechtenstein is founded on our shared commitment to democracy and human rights and built on common interests. Together, we will continue to promote prosperread more »

Denham Springs Elementary Embraces Temporary Campus

14 Aug 15:39 | U.S. News

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