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Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary Thornton to Travel to Brussels

2:22 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 26, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary for the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau Susan Thornton and Ambassador Joe Yun, Special Representative for North Korea Policy, will travel to Brussels, Belgium, to meet with European counterparts to discuss issues of mutual interest in the East Asia and Pacific region May 30-June 1, 2017. For updates, please follow the East Asian and Pacific Bureau on Twitter at @USAsiaPacific. Foread more »

Press Releases: On the Occasion of Ramadan

12:41 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 26, 2017 On behalf of the United States Department of State, Renda and I sincerely wish Muslims around the world a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection. Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and friends to gather and give charity to those who are less fortunate. This time reminds us all of the common valuesread more »

FEMA Awards $3.5 Million Grant to Eugene Water & Electric Board for Storm Recovery

12:36 pm Eastern | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Press Availability With British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

10:00 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State London, United Kingdom May 26, 2017 FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON: Good afternoon, everybody. Thank you very much for coming. Over the last few days I have, as foreign secretary, have been the channel for innumerable expressions of condolences from around the world in the aftermath of the terrorist atrocity in Manchester, and I’ve been struck by how often our international friends and read more »

Press Releases: Guyana Independence Day

8:23 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 26, 2017 On behalf of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on their 51st anniversary of independence. The United States and Guyana are committed to working together to create a more secure and prosperous future. Guyana’s leadership role in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is a testament to its vision to buildinread more »

Press Releases: On the Occasion of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia's National Day

8:21 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 26, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States, I congratulate Ethiopia as you celebrate your National Day on May 28. A warm friendship connects the Ethiopian and American people. We remain committed to working with Ethiopia to foster liberty, democracy, economic growth, protection of human rights, and the rule of law. Current global challeread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson Official Travel to London

25 May 13:22 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 25, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson will make his first official visit to London on Friday, May 26th, to meet with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and extend condolences for the May 22 terrorist attack in Manchester on behalf of the American people to the British people and Her Majesty’s Government. The Secretary will reaffirm America’s commitment to the Speciread more »

SEC Names Peter Uhlmann Managing Executive in Chairman's Office

25 May 10:43 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Peter Uhlmann has been named the managing executive in the Office of Chairman Jay Clayton. Mr. Uhlmann will advise Chairman Clayton in matters relating to agency administration, operations, and management, and will serve as the Chairman's primary liaison to divisions and offices on these matters. "I am pleased that Pete has taken on the managing executive role and that I will be able to draw on his experience, judgment, and knowledge of the agency. It is clear that Pete is a dedicated professional committed to ensuring the SEC's continued operational effectiveness and responsiveness," said Chairman Clayton.  Mr. Uhlmann has served in a variety of senior leadership positions during his tenure at the SEC. Most recently, Mr. Uhlmann served as managing executive for then-Acting Chairman Michael S. Piwowar. Prior to that, he was managing executive of the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance, where he oversaw theread more »

SEC Names Peter Uhlmann Managing Executive in Chairman's Office

25 May 10:43 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Peter Uhlmann has been named the managing executive in the Office of Chairman Jay Clayton. Mr. Uhlmann will advise Chairman Clayton in matters relating to agency administration, operations, and management, and will serve as the Chairman's primary liaison to divisions and offices on these matters. "I am pleased that Pete has taken on the managing executive role and that I will be able to draw on his experience, judgment, and knowledge of the agency. It is clear that Pete is a dedicated professional committed to ensuring the SEC's continued operational effectiveness and responsiveness," said Chairman Clayton.  Mr. Uhlmann has served in a variety of senior leadership positions during his tenure at the SEC. Most recently, Mr. Uhlmann served as managing executive for then-Acting Chairman Michael S. Piwowar. Prior to that, he was managing executive of the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance, where he oversaw theread more »

President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for State of Mississippi

25 May 10:37 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Mississippi

25 May 10:37 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for State of Mississippi

25 May 10:37 | U.S. News

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Two Counties Added to Major Disaster Declaration for Washington

24 May 20:37 | U.S. News

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FEMA Provides Federal Funds to Help Fight Spromberg Fire

24 May 20:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Meeting of the Advisory Committee on International Law

24 May 16:57 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 24, 2017 A meeting of the Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law will take place on Monday, June 5, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the George Washington University Law School, Michael K. Young Faculty Conference Center, 716 20th St. NW, 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. Acting Legal Adviser Richard C. Visek will chair the meeting, which will be open to the public up to the capacity of the meeting room. It is read more »

Recovery Funds Continue to Flow to East Baton Rouge Schools

24 May 14:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: United States and Argentina Strengthen Partnership on Cyber Policy

24 May 12:21 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 24, 2017 On Tuesday, May 23, the United States and Argentina further deepened their joint commitment to an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure cyberspace during the inaugural meeting of the newly established Cyber Policy Working Group. The meeting focused on key cybersecurity initiatives including implementing national cyber policy frameworks, protecting networks, developing a cyber workforce, and managing cyber incidents. Officialread more »

SEC Files Charges in Trading Scheme Involving Confidential Government Information

24 May 10:50 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges in an alleged insider trading scheme involving tips of nonpublic information about government plans to cut Medicare reimbursement rates, which affected the stock prices of certain publicly traded medical providers or suppliers. The SEC’s complaint alleges that David Blaszczak, a former government employee turned political intelligence consultant, obtained key confidential details about upcoming decisions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from his close friend and former colleague at the agency, Christopher Worrall.  According to the SEC’s complaint, Worrall serves as a health insurance specialist in the Center for Medicare and tipped Blaszczak about at least three pending CMS decisions that affected the amount of money that companies receive from Medicare to provide services or products related to cancer treatments or kidney dialysis.  Blaszczak allegedly tipped two analysts at a hedread more »

Press Releases: United States and Japan Hold Nonproliferation Dialogue in Tokyo

24 May 08:30 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 24, 2017 The United States and Japan held their fifth annual Nonproliferation Dialogue in Tokyo, May 23-24. The annual meeting is one of several exchanges the United States and Japan hold each year to strengthen bilateral cooperation to address the threat posed by the proliferation of sensitive dual-use technologies, weapons of mass destruction, and their means of delivery. Interagency experts from both sides met to discuss a rangeread more »

Press Releases: On the Occasion of the State of Eritrea's National Day

24 May 08:27 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 24, 2017 On behalf of the government and the people of the United States, congratulations to the people of Eritrea on the 26th anniversary of your nation on May 24th. As the country celebrates, we share the hopes of the Eritrean people for a free, peaceful, and productive future. read more »

Press Releases: On-the-Record-Briefing: The President's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State and USAID

23 May 17:32 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Douglas Pitkin, Director, Bureau of Budget and Planning, U.S. Department of State; Hari Sastry, Director, Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources, U.S. Department of State; and Peter A. Wiebler, Acting Director, Office of Budget and Resource Management, U.S. Agency for International Development on the President's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State and USAID Via Teleconference May 23, 2017 MS NAUERT: All right. John, thank you, and thank you, everybody, for joining us for this call. Today the President requested $37.6 billion for the State Department and alread more »

Press Releases: Department of State and USAID FY 2018 Budget Request

23 May 14:56 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 23, 2017 Today, President Trump requested $37.6 billion for the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) budget in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. This budget request reflects the President’s “America First” agenda that prioritizes the well-being of Americans, bolsters U.S. national security, secures our borders, and advances U.S. economic interestsread more »

SEC and MSRB to Hold Webinar on Series 50 Exam for Municipal Advisors

23 May 14:45 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) today announced a joint educational webinar to assist municipal advisors with understanding their professional qualification requirements. The live webinar, scheduled for Thursday, June 15, 2017, from 3-4 p.m. ET, will provide information on signing up for the MSRB's Municipal Advisor Representative Qualification Examination (Series 50 exam), preparing to take the Series 50 exam, and fulfilling municipal advisor firms' SEC registration obligations. "Providing and maintaining accurate and up-to-date information on municipal advisor firms' initial registration forms and subsequent amendments is essential to ensuring the effectiveness of the municipal advisor registration system," said Jessica Kane, Director of the SEC's Office of Municipal Securities. "In particular, information about associated persons on Form MA-I promotes confidence in the municipal advisor registration regime read more »

Press Releases: Government of Hungary's Legislation Impacting Central European University

23 May 09:17 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 23, 2017 The United States again urges the Government of Hungary to suspend implementation of its amended higher education law, which places discriminatory, onerous requirements on U.S.-accredited institutions in Hungary and threatens academic freedom and independence. The Government of Hungary should engage directly with affected institutions to find a resolution that allows themread more »

Press Releases: Statement by the Secretary on the Manchester Attack

23 May 07:40 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 23, 2017 Our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those injured in the attack in Manchester, U.K. While it is too early to determine those responsible for this atrocity, we are working closely with the British government and supporting their efforts to investigate and respond to this attack. read more »

Press Releases: Timor-Leste Restoration of Independence Day

22 May 12:07 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 22, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am delighted to convey our best wishes to the people of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste as you celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence on May 20. Fifteen years of independence is a remarkable milestone, reflecting the resolve and commitment of the Timorese people to build a new deread more »

Mono County, Tule River Tribe added to California Major Disaster Declaration for February Storms

22 May 09:37 | U.S. News

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FEMA OKs $1 Million More for Central Debris Removal

22 May 09:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Remarks With Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir at a Press Availability

21 May 15:54 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017 FOREIGN MINISTER AL-JUBEIR: (In Arabic.) SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you very much as well, Your Excellency, and I think it was, in many respects, a truly historic event this afternoon, this Arab Islamic American Summit. And first, I want to congratulate the King, first for convening such a historic event, but also on his remarks. And in many ways, yoread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir at a Press Availability

20 May 17:34 | US Politics and Govt

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Press Releases: Remarks With Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir at a Press Availability

20 May 16:11 | US Politics and Govt

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Press Releases: From a Press Availability in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the Reelection of Iranian President Rouhani

20 May 14:57 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017 What we hope – what I would hope – is that Rouhani now has a new term, and that he use that term to begin a process of dismantling Iran’s network of terrorism, dismantling its financing of the terrorist network, dismantling of the manning and the logistics and everything that they provide to these destabilizing forces that exist in this region. That’s read more »

Fact Sheets: Supporting Saudi Arabia's Defense Needs

20 May 10:50 | World

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 20, 2017 Today, in a significant expansion of the more than seven-decade long security relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the President and Secretary Tillerson attended a signing ceremony for almost $110 billion worth of defense capabilities to be conveyed via Foreign Military Sales Letters of Offer and Acceptance and a Memorandum of Intent to support Saudi Arabia's defense needs. read more »

Press Releases: Supporting Saudi Arabia's Defense Needs

20 May 10:50 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 20, 2017 Today, in a significant expansion of the more than seven-decade long security relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the President and Secretary Tillerson attended a signing ceremony for almost $110 billion worth of defense capabilities to be conveyed via Foreign Military Sales Letters of Offer and Acceptance and a Memorandum of Intent to support Saudi Arabia's defense needs. read more »

Press Releases: United States and Djibouti Open Third Annual Binational Forum of Cooperation

19 May 15:00 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 19, 2017 On May 18, U.S. and Djiboutian officials met in Washington, D.C. on the occasion of the third annual U.S.-Djibouti Binational Forum. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon opened the strategic dialogue for the U.S. delegation. Bureau of African Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary Peter Barlerin and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Eric Whitaker led the U.S. delegation’s discussions on areas of shared interestread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson's Meeting With Republic of Korea Special Envoy Hong Seok-hyun

19 May 14:35 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 19, 2017 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On May 18, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Republic of Korea Ambassador Hong Seok-hyun, President Moon Jae-in’s Special Envoy to the United States. During the meeting, Secretary Tillerson congratulated the Moon administration on its recent election. The Secretary reaffirmed the United States’ ironclad commitment to defend the Republic of Korea agread more »

SEC Charges Fake Filer With Manipulating Fitbit Stock

19 May 13:25 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today filed fraud charges against a Virginia-based mechanical engineer accused of scheming to manipulate the price of Fitbit stock by making a phony regulatory filing. According to the SEC’s complaint, Robert W. Murray purchased Fitbit call options just minutes before a fake tender offer that he orchestrated was filed on the SEC’s EDGAR system purporting that a company named ABM Capital LTD sought to acquire Fitbit’s outstanding shares at a substantial premium.  Fitbit’s stock price temporarily spiked when the tender offer became publicly available on Nov. 10, 2016, and Murray sold all of his options for a profit of approximately $3,100.  The SEC alleges that Murray created an email account under the name of someone he found on the internet, and the email account was used to gain access to the EDGAR system.  Murray then allegedly listed that person as the CFO of ABM Capital and used a business address associated with that personread more »

Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary Judith G. Garber To Travel to Germany

19 May 13:17 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 19, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith G. Garber will travel to Berlin, Germany May 21-25 to lead the U.S. delegation to the Petersberg Climate Dialogue. During her visit, she also will meet with German and other European officials to discuss economic and environmental issues. For additional information, contact Esther Bell (read more »

David Peavler, Associate Director of Enforcement in Fort Worth Office, to Leave SEC

19 May 11:35 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that David L. Peavler, Associate Director of Enforcement in the Fort Worth Regional Office, is leaving the agency this month after more than 15 years of service. Mr. Peavler joined the SEC staff as a Staff Attorney and went on to serve as a Branch Chief and then an Assistant Director before being named Associate Director in November 2011.  Mr. Peavler has supervised a staff of more than 60 attorneys and other professionals responsible for investigating potential violations of the federal securities laws by a wide range of market participants. Mr. Peavler received the SEC’s Irving Pollack Award last year in recognition of his “fairness and compassion in dealings with the public and staff, scholarship and professional expertise in execution of their legal duties, and adherence to the highest standards of personal and professional integrity.”  He received the agency’s Arthur F. Mathews Award in 2004 for “sustained dread more »

President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Idaho

19 May 10:37 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Idaho

19 May 10:37 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Idaho

19 May 10:37 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Idaho

19 May 10:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: State Department Terrorist Designations of Hashem Safieddine and Muhammad al-Isawi

19 May 10:32 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 19, 2017 The Department of State has designated Hashem Safieddine and Muhammad al-Isawi as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. As a consequence of read more »

Press Releases: 2017 U.S.-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue

19 May 08:15 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 19, 2017 The 21st session of the U.S.-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue will be held May 23 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Virginia Bennett and Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General, Vu Anh Quang, will lead their respective delegations in the Dialogue. The Dialogue will cover a wide range of human rights issues, including the importance of continued progress oread more »

Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary Thornton's Travel to Manila and Beijing

18 May 15:58 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 18, 2017 On May 23-24, Acting Assistant Secretary for the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau Susan Thornton will travel to Manila, Philippines, to attend Senior Officials Meetings for the East Asia Summit, ASEAN Regional Forum, and Lower Mekong Initiative. She will then travel to Beijing, China, on May 25-26 to discuss bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest with Chinese officials. For updates, please follow the East Asian anread more »

Press Releases: Press Availability With Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Luis Videgaray Caso, and Mexican Secretary of Government Miguel Angel Osorio Chong

18 May 14:31 | US Politics and Govt

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Press Releases: United States Welcomes Mandate for New Government in Macedonia

18 May 13:49 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 18, 2017 The United States welcomes the decision of Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov to give the mandate to form a government to Mr. Zoran Zaev. This decision represents an important step forward for Macedonian democracy and the people of Macedonia. We look forward to working with the new government to tackle the myriad challenges facing Macedonia, including the need for democraread more »

Press Releases: Joint Statement: The Fourth Meeting of the U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Dialogue on Space

17 May 21:05 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 17, 2017 On May 16, 2017, the United States and Japan held their Fourth Meeting of the Comprehensive Dialogue on Space in Washington, DC, advancing a long history of space cooperation between the two nations. The following statement was issued jointly by the governments of the United States and Japan at the conclusion of the meeting: Pursuant to their shared goal of continuing to advancread more »

Press Releases: Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to Riyadh, Jerusalem, Rome, and Brussels

17 May 17:45 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 17, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will accompany President Donald J. Trump on travel to Riyadh, Jerusalem, Rome, and Brussels. Follow Secretary Tillerson’s travel via @StateDept on Twitter and visit the State Department’s Flickr account for the latest trip photos. Stay connected at https://blogs.state.gov/engageread more »

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