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FEMA Determination Letters: Getting a Second Chance

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

20 Feb 08:34 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC February 20, 2017 Three years ago, thousands of Ukrainians came together on the Maidan, Kyiv's central square, to demand that their voices be heard. Braving subzero temperatures and violence by security forces, these Ukrainians peacefully called on their government to recognize their choice to join Europe. Ukraine has made remarkable progress since then, but much work remains to bread more »

Multiple Resources Available for Louisiana Tornado Recovery

20 Feb 04:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Recent Killings in the Democratic Republic of Congo

19 Feb 17:27 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC February 19, 2017 The United States is deeply concerned by video footage that appears to show elements of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily executing civilians, including women and children. Such extrajudicial killing, if confirmed, would constitute gross violations of human rights and threatens to incite widespread violence and instability in an already fread more »

Press Releases: Venezuela: Political Prisoners Should be Released Immediately

18 Feb 09:17 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 18, 2017 President Trump called on Venezuela on February 15 to release opposition leader and political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez. Lopez was sentenced last year to nearly 14 years in prison on the specious charges of inciting anti-government protests in 2014. The Venezuelan Supreme Court denied his appeals on February 16. The Venezuelan government continues to arrest and iread more »

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Nevada

17 Feb 23:40 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Nevada

17 Feb 23:39 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Nevada

17 Feb 23:38 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Nevada

17 Feb 23:38 | U.S. News

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Oregon Public Assistance Operations Update: Severe Winter Storm and Flooding

17 Feb 17:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces the Construction Award for the New U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay

17 Feb 15:18 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 17, 2017 The Department awarded Caddell Construction Co., LLC of Montgomery, Alabama the construction contract for the new Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay. The new Embassy complex will be constructed on the existing 14-acre Embassy site. The multi-building complex will include a chancery, Marine security guard residence, support annex, and facilities for the embassy community. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.read more »

SEC, NASAA Sign Info-Sharing Agreement for Crowdfunding and Other Offerings

17 Feb 11:45 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission and the North American Securities Administrators Association today signed an information-sharing agreement as new rules to facilitate intrastate crowdfunding offerings and regional offerings take effect. The agreement signed by the SEC and NASAA is intended to facilitate the sharing of information to ensure that the new exemptions are serving their intended purpose of facilitating access to capital for small businesses. Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU), federal and state securities regulators will be better able to monitor the effects of the new rules and also guard against fraud. The MOU was signed by SEC Acting Chairman Michael S. Piwowar and Mike Rothman, Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce and President of NASAA, which represents state securities administrators. The agreement not only builds on an already productive relationship between the SEC and state regulators, it also offers additional insights andread more »

It’s Not Too Early to Begin Disaster Clean Up

17 Feb 11:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Special Advisor for Children's Issues Travels to Southeast Asia and Australia

17 Feb 09:27 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 17, 2017 Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, Ambassador Susan Jacobs, will visit Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Australia from February 17-March 1. Special Advisor Jacobs will meet with government leaders and non-governmental organizations to discuss the Hague Abduction and Hague Adoption Conventions. She also will explore ways the United States can collaborate with these countries to better protect the interests of children.read more »

Press Releases: Joint Troika Statement Supporting African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Peace Process in Sudan

17 Feb 08:41 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 17, 2017 The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway. Begin Text: The Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States) expresses its continued support for the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) peace process, led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki. In support of the AUHIP-brokered Roadmread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson's Meeting with Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China Wang Yi

17 Feb 06:16 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 17, 2017 The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner: Today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met for the first time with Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi. Secretary Tillerson and Minister Wang noted the recent call between leaders and discussed efforts to advance bilateral cooperation while addressing differences in a constructive manner. Secretary Tillerson also highlighted the increasiread more »

Press Releases: Terrorist Attack in Baghdad

16 Feb 12:45 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2017 We condemn in the strongest possible terms the horrible terrorist attacks carried out by ISIS targeting a car dealership in Baghdad, Iraq today. It is estimated that nearly fifty people were killed and many more injured. We extend our deepest condolences to the victims’ families and friends, and wish a full and quick recovery to those injured. These acts of masread more »

Press Releases: U.S.-ROK-Japan Foreign Ministerial Joint Statement on the Situation in North Korea

16 Feb 12:05 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2017 Today the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Yun Byung-se, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumio Kishida, met in Bonn. The Ministers condemned in the strongest terms North Korea’s February 12, 2017 ballistic missile test, noting North Korea’s flagrant disregard for multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that expressly prohibit itread more »

Press Releases: Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield To Travel to The Gambia

16 Feb 11:35 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2017 Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield will travel to The Gambia, February 17–19, to attend the inauguration of President Adama Barrow on February 18. During her trip, the Assistant Secretary will meet with President Barrow and other Gambian officials. Be sure to follow the Assistant Secretary on Twitter @AsstSecStateAF for more updates throughout her trip. read more »

Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary of State Patricia Haslach Travels to Indonesia

16 Feb 10:39 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Patricia Haslach will travel to Jakarta, Indonesia, February 20–23, where she will meet with representatives from the American Chamber of Commerce, international financial institutions, and government and private sector officials to discuss ways to further enhance U.S.-Indonesia bilateral trade and investment. While in Jakarta, the Acting Assistant read more »

Press Releases: Meeting on Yemen

16 Feb 08:00 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2017 The following is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner: On February 16, Secretary Rex Tillerson met with counterparts from the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and United Arab Emirates, in addition to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, to discuss the current situation in Yemen and how the international community can work together to strengthen cooperation to resolve the conflict. The Secretary underscored the Uread more »

Press Releases: On the Occasion of Lithuania's National Day

15 Feb 18:38 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 15, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, it is my pleasure to congratulate Lithuania on the 99th anniversary of its independence. Lithuania is a stalwart champion of democracy, free markets, and human rights. Our friendship with the Lithuanian people is based on our shared embrace of these values as demonstrated by Lithuania’s strong contriread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Bonn, Germany

15 Feb 18:27 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 14, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Bonn, Germany, February 15-17 to participate in the G-20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. This will be his first official trip as Secretary of State. While in Bonn, Secretary Tillerson will participate in several G-20 sessions as well as bilateral meetings. Secretary Tillerson will also meet with counterpartread more »

Press Releases: U.S. Entrepreneurs Travel to Latin America and the Caribbean for YLAI Reverse Exchange Program

15 Feb 13:24 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 15, 2017 Thirty-four Young Leaders of the Americans Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellowship hosts from businesses and civil society organizations across the United States have been selected to participate in the Reverse Exchange program, a new component of YLAI. This year, the U.S. Fellowship hosts will travel to 21 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to collaboratively implement entread more »

Registration Deadline Passes but FEMA is Still Here to Help

15 Feb 12:37 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Hoopa Valley Tribe

14 Feb 23:38 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Hoopa Valley Tribe

14 Feb 23:38 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the Hoopa Valley Tribe

14 Feb 23:38 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the Hoopa Valley Tribe

14 Feb 23:38 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for California

14 Feb 22:37 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for California

14 Feb 22:37 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of California Emergency Declaration

14 Feb 22:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: On the Occasion of Kosovo's National Day

14 Feb 16:15 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 14, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, it is my pleasure to congratulate the citizens of Kosovo on the ninth anniversary of your independence as you celebrate this February 17. The United States values its strong friendship with Kosovo based on mutual aspirations for stability, peace, and prosperity for all of our citizens. We applaud the progress the peoread more »

SEC Charges Fuel Cell Company and Officers With Defrauding Investors

14 Feb 15:45 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a California-based penny stock company and four corporate officers with misleading investors about the research, development, and profitability of their purported business to manufacture power generation products such as fuel cells. The SEC alleges that while raising approximately $7.9 million from investors in Terminus Energy Inc., the company and its officers claimed to have a viable prototype capable of being sold and earning revenue.  According to the SEC's complaint, Terminus did not have the fuel cell technology or the funding to match their claims, and the officers were instead converting substantial amounts of investor funds to their own use. According to the SEC’s complaint, the company failed to disclose to investors that Terminus’s operations manager George Doumanis is a convicted felon who went to prison for securities fraud and was secretly acting as an officer of the company despite being barred from read more »

SEC Announces Cases Related to Disclosures During Battles for Corporate Control

14 Feb 15:40 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced two enforcement actions involving disclosure violations that deprived investors of material information during battles for corporate control of publicly traded companies. In one case, the SEC’s order finds that Texas-based oil refinery company CVR Energy made inadequate disclosures in SEC filings about “success fee” arrangements with two investment banks retained by the company to fend off a hostile takeover bid.  Shareholders were consequently unaware of potential conflicts of interest that stemmed from the fee arrangements, namely that the banks could still earn success fees even if the hostile bidder secured control of the company.  CVR agreed to settle the case without admitting or denying the findings in the SEC’s order, which notes that the company will not pay a penalty due to its remedial acts and extensive cooperation with the investigation. The SEC’s order in the other case finds that groups of investorread more »

FEMA Activates To Support California with Potential Oroville Auxiliary Spillway Failure

14 Feb 13:37 | U.S. News

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Georgia Tornado Survivors Can Get Rebuilding Advice at Lowe’s in Albany

14 Feb 12:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Sports Envoys Maia and Alex Shibutani Visit the Republic of Korea

14 Feb 12:35 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 14, 2017 American ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani will visit Seoul, Republic of Korea from February 20-21 as Sports Envoys for the U.S. Department of State. As Sports Envoys, the brother-and-sister team will meet with Korean youth in advance of the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in PyeongChang. In their role as Sread more »

Purported Real Estate Investment Manager Settles Fraud Charges

14 Feb 12:35 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that a purported real estate investment manager has agreed to pay more than a half-million dollars to settle charges that he pocketed investor money in an investment scheme. The SEC alleges that James P. Toner Jr. of Scottsdale, Ariz., siphoned $51,000 from investors who were falsely told that he would personally manage some of the real estate projects in which they were purchasing interests.  The stated purpose of each investor offering was to purchase a residential property in the Phoenix area, renovate that property, and then sell it for a profit.  According to the SEC’s complaint, Toner took $31,000 in undisclosed management fees even though he did not manage any of the offerings, and stole $20,000 directly from an investor.  Without conducting any due diligence, Toner allegedly entrusted the management of the investments to a real estate broker who subsequently squandered investor funds.  According to the SEread more »

Purported Real Estate Investment Manager Settles Fraud Charges

14 Feb 12:35 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that a purported real estate investment manager has agreed to pay more than a half-million dollars to settle charges that he pocketed investor money in an investment scheme. The SEC alleges that James P. Toner Jr. of Scottsdale, Ariz., siphoned $51,000 from investors who were falsely told that he would personally manage some of the real estate projects in which they were purchasing interests.  The stated purpose of each investor offering was to purchase a residential property in the Phoenix area, renovate that property, and then sell it for a profit.  According to the SEC’s complaint, Toner took $31,000 in undisclosed management fees even though he did not manage any of the offerings, and stole $20,000 directly from an investor.  Without conducting any due diligence, Toner allegedly entrusted the management of the investments to a real estate broker who subsequently squandered investor funds.  According to the SEread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Bonn, Germany

14 Feb 12:04 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 14, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Bonn, Germany, February 15-17 to participate in the G-20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. This will be his first official trip as Secretary of State. While in Bonn, Secretary Tillerson will participate in several G-20 sessions as well as bilateral meetings. Secretary Tillerson will also meet with counterpartread more »

Press Releases: Six-Year Anniversary of the House Arrests of Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard

14 Feb 12:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 14, 2017 This week marks the six-year anniversary of the detention without formal charges of former senior Iranian officials and 2009 presidential election candidates Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, as well as Mousavi’s wife and women’s rights advocate Zahra Rahnavard. They all remain under house arrest in the Islamic Republic of Iran. We call for the immedread more »

Morgan Stanley Settles Charges Related to ETF Investments

14 Feb 11:40 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Morgan Stanley Smith Barney has agreed to pay an $8 million penalty and admit wrongdoing to settle charges related to single inverse ETF investments it recommended to advisory clients. The SEC’s order finds that Morgan Stanley did not adequately implement its policies and procedures to ensure that clients understood the risks involved with purchasing inverse ETFs.  Among the order’s findings, Morgan Stanley failed to obtain from several hundred clients a signed client disclosure notice, which stated that single inverse ETFs were typically unsuitable for investors planning to hold them longer than one trading session unless used as part of a trading or hedging strategy.  Morgan Stanley solicited clients to purchase single inverse ETFs in retirement and other accounts, the securities were held long-term, and many of the clients experienced losses. The SEC’s order further finds that Morgan Stanley failed to folread more »

Press Releases: Background Briefing on an Announcement From the Treasury Department

13 Feb 19:43 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Senior Administration Officials Via Teleconference February 13, 2017 MODERATOR: Great. Thank you and thank you all for joining us. Today’s call will be on background. For your situational awareness, not for reporting purposes, we have three senior administration officials joining us today on the call. For reporting, they will be known as a senior administration official. Again, for your situational awareness, our Senior Administration Official Number One is [name and title]. Our Senior Administration Official Number Two, [name and title]. And our Senior Administration Officialread more »

Forrest, Lauderdale counties: Get Answers, Rebuild Stronger

13 Feb 18:37 | U.S. News

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Free Crisis Counseling Available to Tennessee Wildfire Survivors

13 Feb 15:37 | U.S. News

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Brokerage Firm Paying Penalty for Compliance and Trading Surveillance Failures

13 Feb 14:40 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that a New York-based brokerage firm has agreed to pay a $100,000 penalty to settle charges of compliance and trading surveillance failures. Federal securities laws require firms to enforce policies and procedures to prevent the misuse of material, nonpublic information to which their employees routinely have access.  The SEC’s order finds that Sidoti & Company LLC had no written policies or procedures in place from November 2014 to July 2015 as it pertained to those making investment decisions for an affiliated hedge fund that invested in issuers covered by Sidoti’s research department and some other issuers for which Sidoti provided investment banking services.  For example, Sidoti maintained a “daily restricted list” of securities restricting personal trading because Sidoti was involved in investment banking or marketing activities or the firm was publishing research on the security.  There were 126 instances from Novread more »

Press Releases: Acting Under Secretary Bruce Wharton Travels to Poland and the Czech Republic

13 Feb 12:45 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 13, 2017 Ambassador Bruce Wharton, Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, will travel to Warsaw, Poland, and Prague, Czech Republic, February 15-18, 2017. In Warsaw, Ambassador Wharton will meet with U.S. Embassy staff and attend and deliver remarks at a Department of State-sponsored TechCamp and the Digital Communication Network’s “Rockit” Digital read more »

Press Releases: On the Occasion of Serbia's National Day

13 Feb 08:57 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 13, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, it is my pleasure to congratulate and extend best wishes to the people of Serbia as you celebrate your national day on February 15. The United States and Serbia share a long history of friendship and cooperation and a commitment to work together toward an even brighter, more prosperous future for our countries. Serbiread more »

Press Releases: 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco

13 Feb 08:44 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC February 13, 2017 Fifty years ago, on February 14, 1967, the Treaty of Tlatelolco opened for signature. This landmark Treaty led to the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Latin America and the Caribbean, the first agreement to prohibit nuclear weapons in a populated area. It paved the way for other similar zones that now cover 114 countries in four other regions of the globe, as read more »

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