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G Fund and the debt limit

13 Dec 17:20 | U.S. News

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CDC Press Release: Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease at Birth Saves Lives

5 Dec 12:25 | U.S. News

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Year-end transaction processing schedule

1 Dec 2017 | U.S. News

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CDC Press Release: Frequency of HIV Testing and Time from Infection to Diagnosis Improve

28 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

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TSP Withdrawal Options Bill Becomes Law

20 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Remarks With African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Before Their Meeting

16 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC November 16, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: Sudan Commits To Sever Ties With the DPRK

16 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2017 Today, following bilateral meetings in Khartoum with Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry formally announced Sudan’s commitment to sever all trade and military ties with North Korea. The United States welcomes the Government of Sudan’s pledge and will continue engagement on this issue to ensure that this commitment is fully implemeread more »

Press Releases: President Pahor's re-election as President of the Republic of Slovenia

16 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2017 The United States congratulates President Pahor on his re-election as President of the Republic of Slovenia. Slovenia is a close U.S. partner and NATO Ally, and we value the contributions Slovenia makes to regional and global peace and stability. We appreciate President Pahor’s work to strengthen the U.S.-Slovenian relationship and, during his second termread more »

SEC Announces Agenda and Panelists for the 36th Annual Small Business Forum

16 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the agenda and panelists for the 36th Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation. The November 30 event will begin at 9 a.m. Central Standard Time (10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) with opening remarks from the SEC Chairman and Commissioners followed by a morning panel discussion that will explore how capital formation options are working for small businesses.  Panelists will include representatives of Texas-based small businesses and advisors to the small business community. Following the morning panel discussion, attendees will work in groups to formulate specific policy recommendations.  These breakout groups will develop recommendations on a variety of issues related to small business capital formation, including exempt securities offerings and smaller registered offerings. As the Commission previously read more »

Press Releases: U.S. Department of State Supports Energy Diversification in the Caribbean

16 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2017 The U.S. Department of State announced $4.3 million in funding to support energy diversification in the Caribbean. The announcement was made at the U.S. and Caribbean Prosperity Roundtable November 15 in Miami. This funding, programmed through the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources, USAID, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will advance the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative and the Carread more »

Press Releases: END Wildlife Trafficking Report Submitted to Congress

16 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2017 The Department of State has submitted the first annual report to Congress as required by the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016. Wildlife trafficking remains a serious transnational crime that threatens security, economic prosperity, the rule of law, long-standing conservation efforts, and human health. The U.S. government is combating this illegal trade at home and abroad by tarread more »

Press Releases: Initiative To Address Homegrown Terrorism Launch Event Held in Valletta, Malta

16 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2017 The United States and the Kingdom of Morocco, under the auspices of the Global Counterterrorism Forum and in partnership with the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law, launched a global initiative to address homegrown terrorism on November 15–16, 2017. ISIS’s prolific use of social media has expanded its reach throughout the world, allowing the group to direct or inspire adherents, incluread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson Hosts the Ministerial on Trade, Security, and Governance in Africa

16 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host discussions with foreign ministers or their representatives from the African continent, including the African Union Commission Chairman, in Washington, D.C. on November 17, 2017. The discussions will be based on three themes: trade and investment, security, and good governance. This meeting will advance the U.S. agenda, working with African partners, to promote a shared commitmread more »

Press Releases: Eighth Anniversary of the Death of Sergey Magnitskiy

15 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 15, 2017 We honor the memory of Sergey Magnitskiy, who died on November 16, 2009, while in custody in a Moscow prison. An investigation by Russia's Presidential Human Rights Council found that Magnitskiy had been severely beaten in prison, and members of the Council said his death resulted from beatings and torture by police officials. Magnitskiy uncovered a vast taread more »

SEC Enforcement Division Issues Report on Priorities and FY 2017 Results

15 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

In its ongoing efforts to protect Main Street investors, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division today issued a report highlighting its priorities for the coming year as well as a review of enforcement actions that took place during FY 2017.  In the report, Co-Directors Stephanie Avakian and Steven Peikin stated their overall enforcement approach: “Vigorous enforcement of the federal securities laws is critical to combat wrongdoing, compensate harmed investors, and maintain confidence in the integrity and fairness of our markets.” They also stated five core principles that will guide their enforcement decision-making:  focus on the Main Street investor; focus on individual accountability; keep pace with technological change; impose sanctions that most effectively further enforcement goals; and constantly assess the allocation of resources. read more »

Press Releases: U.S.-African Union High Level Dialogue

15 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 15, 2017 On November 16, 2017, the Department of State will host the fifth annual U.S.-African Union High Level Dialogue, continuing our robust partnership across a broad spectrum of issues. The bilateral discussions will focus on strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, trade, and investment, advancing peace and security, and promoting opportunity and development. The United States looks forward to hostiread more »

Press Releases: Global Water Strategy To Create a More Water-Secure World

15 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 15, 2017 Today the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development are releasing the U.S. government’s Global Water Strategy. Safe water and sanitation are fundamental to human health, economic development, peace and security. Globally, three in ten people lack safe drinking water in their homes, and six in ten people lack safe sanitation. Water scarcity is forecasted to intensify in the years read more »

Press Releases: Congratulations to Argentina on Winning the Expo 2022/23 Vote

15 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 15, 2017 The United States congratulates the city of Buenos Aires and the Government of Argentina for winning the right to host Expo 2023 as a result of today’s vote at the 162nd General Assembly meeting of the Bureau of International Expositions in Paris, France. While we are disappointed that the Expo will not be hosted by the United States, we remain proud of the strong proposal presented by the Minnesota World’read more »

Fact Sheets: United States Assistance to Burma

15 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 15, 2017 The United States supports a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic Burma that respects the human rights of all its people. We are working to immediately address the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, strengthen Burma’s transition to democracy, expand economic opportunity, improve health and resilience of vulnerable populations, further national reconciliation, empower local communities and civil society,read more »

Press Releases: Joint Press Availability With Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

15 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Ministry of Foreign Affairs Naypyidaw, Burma November 15, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary Judith Garber Travels to Bonn, Germany

14 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 14, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will travel to Bonn, Germany, November 15-17. In the absence of Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, who is unable to attend due to a family emergency, Acting Assistant Secretary Garber will serve as the head of U.S. delegation to the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) of the UNread more »

Press Releases: Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun Travels to the Republic of Korea

13 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017 Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Joseph Yun will travel to Seoul and Jeju from November 14-17 for meetings with the R.O.K. government. Special Representative Yun will also to participate in the Northeast Asia Platform for Peace and Cooperation Conference and the United Nations Conference on Disarmament. read more »

Press Releases: Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to France, Sudan, Tunisia, and Nigeria

13 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017 Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to France, Sudan, Tunisia, and Nigeria from November 14-21. In Paris, the Deputy Secretary will advocate for the Minnesota-USA 2023 Expo Bid and hold bilateral meetings. He will then travel to Khartoum, where he will meet with Foreign Minister Ghandour and other government officials to discuss ways to build on progress following the completion of the Firead more »

Press Releases: Earthquake Near the Iran-Iraq Border

13 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017 The United States expresses its sincere condolences to all of those affected by the earthquake in Iran and Iraq. We keep the families of those who were killed, and injured, in our thoughts as well as the communities that have suffered damage to homes and property. read more »

Press Releases: Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch To Travel to Mexico

13 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017 Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel to Mexico November 14-17, to review consular operations at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City as well as at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey. While in Mexico, Assistant Secretary Risch will head the United States delegation in a bilateral consular dialogue with Mexican counterparts, as well as liaise with interagency partners. The read more »

Press Releases: International Education Week Kicks Off With Record Number of Students Studying Abroad

13 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017 From November 13-17, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education will celebrate International Education Week (IEW) by encouraging Americans and international students to seek opportunities to study abroad, make connections with peers in other countries, and ultimately see themselves as actors in and shapers of both their local communities and an interconnected world. To open IEW, the State Departread more »

Press Releases: Admiral Michael S. Rogers and Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Michael T. Evanoff To Speak at the Overseas Security Advisory Council's 32nd Annual Briefing

13 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017 More than 1,500 public and private security professionals from U.S. businesses, academia, faith-based institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the federal government will gather at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City on November 15-16, 2017, for the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) 32nd Annual Briefing. Media are invited to attend the opening session November 15th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thisread more »

Press Releases: Angola National Day

13 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 13, 2017 On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I send best wishes to the people of Angola as you celebrate your 42nd year of independence on November 11. This last year has brought tremendous change for the people of Angola, including historic elections and a new administration. As Angola works to strengthen its economy and work for securiread more »

Press Releases: Australia-India-Japan-U.S. Consultations on the Indo-Pacific

12 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 12, 2017 Department of State officials met with senior officials from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, India’s Ministry of External Affairs, and Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 12, 2017 in Manila to discuss their shared vision for increased prosperity and security in a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The officials examined wread more »

Press Releases: Background Briefing on the Joint Statement by the President of the United States And the President of the Russian Federation on Syria

11 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Senior Administration Officials Via Teleconference November 11, 2017 MODERATOR: Thank you so much, and thank you, everyone, for joining us this weekend on a call to discuss this joint statement that was released earlier today on Syria by President Trump and also President Putin. The call will be on background attributable to senior State Department officials. Today we have [Senior State Department Official One], who will be referred to as Senior State Department Official Number One, please, and also [Senior State Department Official Two], who will be referred to as Senior State Departmenread more »

Press Releases: Joint Statement by the President of the United States and the President of the Russian Federation

11 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 11, 2017 President Trump and President Putin today, meeting on the margins of the APEC conference in Da Nang, Vietnam, confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS in Syria. They expressed their satisfaction with successful U.S.-Russia enhanced de-confliction efforts between U.S. and Russian military professionals that have dramatically accelerated ISIS’s losses on the battlefield in recent months. The Presidents agreed read more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - November 9, 2017

9 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC November 9, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing VENEZUELA GREECE DEPARTMENT read more »

SEC Announces the Formation and First Members of Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee

9 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the formation and first members of its Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee. The committee, whose initial focus will be on the corporate bond and municipal securities markets, will provide advice to the Commission on the efficiency and resiliency of these markets and identify opportunities for regulatory improvements.  The committee is comprised of a diverse group of outside experts, including individuals representing the views of retail and institutional investors, small and large issuers, trading venues, dealers, and self-regulatory organizations, among others.  “Individual investors are highly active in fixed income markets, both directly as retail investors and indirectly through various types of funds,” said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. “This committee will help the Commission ensure that our regulatory approach to these markets meets the needs of retail investors, as well as comparead more »

Press Releases: The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Announces its 32nd Annual Briefing

9 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 9, 2017 The 2017 OSAC Annual Briefing will take place from November 15-16, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, in Arlington, Virginia. This is the 32nd annual meeting and will include more than 1,500 public and private sector security professionals from U.S. business, academia, faith-based institutions, non-governmental organizations and the federal government. This year’s theme, “Coping with Chaos in an Unpreread more »

Press Releases: Meeting of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Jordan

9 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 9, 2017 Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk will lead an interagency delegation to Amman, Jordan for a meeting on November 15 with key members of the Defeat ISIS Coalition. With Mosul and Raqqa now liberated, this meeting will be an opportunity for Coalition partners to discuss next steps to ensure ISIS is dealt an enduring defeat in Iraq and Syria and ways to accelerate our collectiread more »

Press Releases: U.S. and China Hold Second Counter Nuclear Smuggling Consultation

9 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 9, 2017 The United States and China convened their second nuclear smuggling consultation on November 9th in Shanghai to reaffirm their joint commitment and continued resolve to counter the threat of nuclear terrorism. The consultation was the culmination of a weeklong engagement, beginning with a tour highlighting the operations of the radiation detection system at the Port of Yangshan and a scenario-based policy discussion focused on U.read more »

Press Releases: Municipal Elections in Nicaragua

8 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 8, 2017 The United States is concerned by persistent flaws in the Nicaraguan democratic process, as illustrated by the November 5 municipal elections. Although voting itself was calm, we condemn the post-electoral violence, lament the loss of life, and call for an investigation that brings those responsible to justice. We are seriously troubled by credible reports of irregularitieread more »

Press Releases: Status of the Central American Minors Program

8 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 8, 2017 As described in the FY 2018 Report to Congress on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, the U.S. government is ending the Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program in FY 2018. The CAM refugee program became effective on December 1, 2014, and allowed certain parents lawfully present in the United States to request a refugee resettlement interview for their children and eligible family members who are nationals of El read more »

Press Releases: First U.S.-Qatar Counterterrorism Dialogue

8 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 8, 2017 U.S. and Qatari officials met in Washington, DC on November 8 for the first U.S.-Qatari counterterrorism dialogue. U.S. Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan A. Sales led the U.S delegation, which included officials from the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Justice, and Treasury. The 11-member Qatari delegation was led by Major General Abdul Aziz al-Ansari, Chairman of Qatar’s National Counteread more »

Press Releases: Joint Statement on Syria Chemical Weapons by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson 

8 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 8, 2017 On October 26, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), a body established by unanimous decision of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), concluded that the Assad regime is responsible for the use of sarin in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April 2017. We have full trust in the JIM’s findings, its professionalread more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - November 7, 2017

7 Nov 2017 | SciTech

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Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw and Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on Recent Visit to Burma and Bangladesh

7 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Simon Henshaw    Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Heather Nauert    Department Spokesperson Press Briefing Room Washington, DC November 7, 2017 read more »

CDC Press Release: Million Hearts® Recognizes the 2017 Hypertension Control Champions

7 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

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SEC Warns Investors About Paid-to-Click Scams

7 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission is warning investors to beware online “paid-to-click” scams that promise an easy payday by merely purchasing a membership or an advertising product up front and then clicking on a certain number of online ads each day. The SEC’s investor alert explains that these online advertising programs may have little to no revenues besides membership fees or sales of “ad packs” and may be nothing more than a Ponzi scheme.  The SEC filed an enforcement case that was unsealed last week in federal court in Florida, alleging that roughly 99 percent of the purported “profits” paid to earlier investors came directly from the buy-in fees collected from newer investors.  Meanwhile, according to the SEC’s complaint, the alleged perpetrator siphoned several million dollars out of investor funds to purchase a luxury home, automoread more »

Press Releases: Anti-Democratic Actions by Maduro Regime in Venezuela

7 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 7, 2017 The United States condemns the Maduro regime’s increasing disrespect for democracy and fundamental human rights in Venezuela. By attempting to strip the democratically elected National Assembly’s Vice President and opposition leader Freddy Guevara of his parliamentary immunity and barring him from leaving the country, the regime is pursuing yet another extreme read more »

Press Releases: United States Welcomes Announcement of Electoral Calendar in the Democratic Republic of Congo

6 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 6, 2017 The United States welcomes the announcement by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that long overdue elections will take place. With the announcement of the December 2018 date, the DRC has taken a significant step toward realizing its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power. It is now incumbent on the CENI, thread more »

Help for Hurricane Maria victims **Updated – Extended Deadline**

6 Nov 2017 | Weather

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Help for California wildfires victims

6 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: 2017 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Professional Fellows Program Closing Forum

6 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 6, 2017 This week, 247 business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean arrived in Washington, D.C. for the closing forum of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program. For the past five weeks, the YLAI fellows have been collaborating with their counterparts in businesses andread more »

Press Releases: Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Mitchell Travels to Brussels, Paris, London, Berlin, Warsaw, and Kyiv

6 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 5, 2017 Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell will travel to Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; London, UK; Berlin, Germany; Warsaw, Poland; and Kyiv, Ukraine, November 6-16, to underscore the U.S. commitment to our transatlantic alliance and to our partnerships. On November 6, he will arrive in Brussels, Belgium, where he will meet with senior Belgian officials to discuss a range of bilateral issuread more »

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