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Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - July 25, 2017

7:39 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

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Press Releases: Eighth U.S.-Laos Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue

5:22 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Washington, DC July 25, 2017 The United States and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic held their 8th annual Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue on July 25 in Washington. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton led the U.S delegation, which included representatives from the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce; Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; and the United States Agency for International Development. Lao PDR Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Thongphane Savanphet led the Lao delegation. The two sides affirmed that the U.S.-Lao relationship is stronger than ever and expressed satisfaction at progress in forging greater cooperatread more »

SEC Issues Investigative Report Concluding DAO Tokens, a Digital Asset, Were Securities

4:25 pm Eastern | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission issued an investigative report today cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by "virtual" organizations are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws. Such offers and sales, conducted by organizations using distributed ledger or blockchain technology, have been referred to, among other things, as "Initial Coin Offerings" or "Token Sales." Whether a particular investment transaction involves the offer or sale of a security – regardless of the terminology or technology used – will depend on the facts and circumstances, including the economic realities of the transaction. The SEC's Report of Investigation found that tokens offered and sold by a "virtual" organization known as "The DAO" were securities and therefore subject to the federal securities laws. The Report confirms that issuers of distributed ledger or blockchain tread more »

SBA Key to Individual and Business Disaster Recovery in Arkansas

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SEC Announces $2.5 Million Whistleblower Award

1:55 pm Eastern | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of nearly $2.5 million to an employee of a domestic government agency whose whistleblower tip helped launch an SEC investigation and whose continued assistance enabled the SEC to address a company's misconduct. ''Whistleblowers can provide a wealth of information and ongoing assistance that helps our agency bring enforcement actions quicker and more efficiently,'' said Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC's Office of the Whistleblower.  ''This whistleblower not only helped us open the case, but also provided timely ongoing assistance along with critical documents and testimony that accelerated the pace of our enforcement action.'' Approximately $156 million has now been awarded to 45 whistleblowers who voluntarily provided the SEC with original and useful information that led to a successful enforcement action.  No money has been taken or withheld from harmed investors to pay whistleblower awards. By lread more »

SEC Announces $2.5 Million Whistleblower Award

1:55 pm Eastern | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of nearly $2.5 million to an employee of a domestic government agency whose whistleblower tip helped launch an SEC investigation and whose continued assistance enabled the SEC to address a company's misconduct. ''Whistleblowers can provide a wealth of information and ongoing assistance that helps our agency bring enforcement actions quicker and more efficiently,'' said Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC's Office of the Whistleblower.  ''This whistleblower not only helped us open the case, but also provided timely ongoing assistance along with critical documents and testimony that accelerated the pace of our enforcement action.'' Approximately $156 million has now been awarded to 45 whistleblowers who voluntarily provided the SEC with original and useful information that led to a successful enforcement action.  No money has been taken or withheld from harmed investors to pay whistleblower awards. By lread more »

Free Rebuilding and Repair Advice Available in Bollinger, Christian, Greene, Madison, Osage, Reynolds, Ste. Genevieve and Wright Counties

1:36 pm Eastern | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Selection of the Sixth Annual U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations

12:11 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 25, 2017 The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), is pleased to announce the selection of the sixth annual U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. Ms. Munira Khalif of Minnesota was chosen from a competitive pool of applicants that included top-ranked university students and young professionals from across the United States. Ms. Khalif studies economics and governmenread more »

An Additional $9 Million Helps Governments, Schools with Flood Recovery

24 Jul 17:37 | U.S. News

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CDC Press Release: Protect Against Measles, More Than 100 Americans Have Diabetes, CDC Awards $12 Million to Fight Opiod Overdose Epidemic

24 Jul 15:12 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Malawi Begins July 30

24 Jul 14:21 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 24, 2017 Building upon the success of the WiSci (Women in Science) Girls STEAM Camp held in Peru in 2016 and in Rwanda in 2015, this year’s WiSci Girls STEAM Camp will take place in Malawi, July 30–August 14. A public-private partnership designed to expand science, technology, engineread more »

Press Releases: The United States Congratulates Timor-Leste on Parliamentary Elections

24 Jul 13:57 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 24, 2017 The United States congratulates the people of Timor-Leste for holding peaceful national parliamentary elections on July 22. This achievement represents another major milestone in Timor-Leste’s young democracy. We applaud all political parties for their participation and look forward to working with the new government. We commend Timor-Leste’s national eread more »

SEC Names Bryan Wood as Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs

24 Jul 11:00 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Bryan Wood has been named Director of the agency's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. Mr. Wood will advise the Chairman, Commissioners, and SEC staff on legislative matters, provide technical assistance on securities-related legislation to congressional committees and staff, assist in preparing SEC testimony for congressional hearings, and coordinate with other government entities. "It is important that the SEC work in cooperation with Congress and other government entities in a way that is responsive, efficient, and effective to best serve the American people," said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. "The SEC will benefit from Bryan’s experience in Congress, his knowledge of our federal securities laws, and his commitment to public service." Mr. Wood added, "I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the Chairman, Commissioners, and dedicated staff here at the SEC. I look forward to helping read more »

Free Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Crawford County

24 Jul 10:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Joint Statement of the Japan-U.S. Cyber Dialogue

24 Jul 08:15 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Washington, DC July 24, 2017 Following is the text of a joint statement issued by the Government of the United States and the Government of Japan at the conclusion of the fifth Japan-U.S. Cyber Dialogue: Begin text: 1. Following the meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald J. Trump in February 2017 and building upon their joint statement which reaffirmed that the two countries will expand bilateral security cooperation in the field of cyberspace, the Governments of Japan and the United States held the fifth Japan-U.S. Cyber Dialogue in Tokyo on July 20 and 21, 2017. 2. Japan and the United States share the view that the Japread more »

Press Releases: Update on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

24 Jul 08:07 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 24, 2017 Today, the United States announced that through support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) four African countries are approaching control of their HIV epidemics. Groundbreaking new PEPFAR data show that the HIV epidemic is coming under control across all age groups in Swaziland, the country with the highest HIV prevalence in the world. Additional PEPFAR-supported studies released in Deread more »

Press Releases: Quartet Envoys' Joint Press Statement - July 22, 2017

22 Jul 16:19 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 22, 2017 The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet from the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations are deeply concerned by the escalating tensions and violent clashes taking place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. They strongly condemn acts of terror, express their regret for all loss of innocent life caused by the violence, and hope for a speedy recovery to the wounded. Notiread more »

Use FEMA Grants Wisely

21 Jul 15:36 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Poland: Independence of the Judiciary 

21 Jul 15:30 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2017 The Polish government has continued to pursue legislation that appears to undermine judicial independence and weaken the rule of law in Poland. We urge all sides to ensure that any judicial reform does not violate Poland’s constitution or international legal obligations and respects the principles of judicial independence and separation of powers. Poland is aread more »

Federal Regulatory Agencies Announce Coordination of Reviews for Certain Foreign Funds Under Volcker Rule

21 Jul 15:30 | Business

Five federal financial regulatory agencies today announced that they are coordinating their respective reviews of the treatment of certain foreign funds under section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act, commonly known as the Volcker Rule, and the agencies' implementing regulations. These foreign funds are investment funds organized and offered outside of the United States that are excluded from the definition of "covered fund" under the agencies' implementing regulations (foreign excluded funds).  Section 619, and the implementing regulations, generally do not apply to investments in, or sponsorship of, these foreign excluded funds by a foreign banking entity. However, complexities in the statute and the implementing regulations may result in certain foreign excluded funds becoming subject to regulation under section 619 because of governance arrangements with or investments by a foreign bank. As a result, a number of foreign banking entities, foreign government officials, anread more »

Press Releases: United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker Travel to Ukraine, France, Belgium, Austria, and the United Kingdom

21 Jul 14:23 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2017 United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker will travel to eastern Ukraine on July 21 to meet with those who have been affected by Russian aggression and to discuss the importance of security and safety for all Ukrainians. On July 24, he will be in Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian officials to discuss the path to restoring Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He will then travel to Paris toread more »

FEMA Selects Lathan Chatfield for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

21 Jul 13:37 | U.S. News

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FEMA Selects Lathan Chatfield for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

21 Jul 13:36 | U.S. News

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Help Remains After Missouri Recovery Centers Close

21 Jul 12:36 | U.S. News

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FEMA Awards $7.8 Million Grant to Oregon Department of Forestry for Stouts Creek Fire Suppression

21 Jul 11:38 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: State Department Amendments to the Terrorist Designation of Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade

21 Jul 10:24 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2017 The Department of State has amended the designation of Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 to change the group’s primary name to Khalid bin Al-Walid Army and to add new aliases. U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with the Khalid bin Al-Walid Army, and all property and interests in property of the organizatiread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah Before Their Meeting

21 Jul 10:12 | US Politics and Govt

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State/FEMA Disaster Center Will Stop in White County to Help Arkansans

21 Jul 09:37 | U.S. News

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Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - July 20, 2017

20 Jul 17:45 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC July 20, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing UKRAINE UKRAINE/RUSSIA/DEPARTMENT MIDDLE EAST PEACE read more »

Press Releases: 40th Annual British American Parliamentary Group Arrives in the United States

20 Jul 17:15 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 20, 2017 On July 24, eight British Members of Parliament (MPs) will begin the 40th annual British American Parliamentary Group (BAPG) exchange program in Washington, D.C. The MPs will meet with Republican and Democratic members of Congress before traveling to their counterpart U.S. Representatives’ homeread more »

Free Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Wayne County

20 Jul 16:36 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Colombia Independence Day

20 Jul 16:18 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC July 20, 2017 On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Colombian people on the 207th anniversary of your independence. As the first Independence Day celebrated since the historic peace agreement which ended half a century of conflict, this is an especially meaningful day for the people of Colombia. Colombia and the United States are key partners in maintaining securitread more »

Press Releases: Dialogue and Counterterrorism Cooperation With Sudan

20 Jul 16:07 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 20, 2017 The United States welcomes the recent announcements by the Governments of Sudan and Saudi Arabia underscoring Sudan’s commitment to sustain positive dialogue with the United States and to continue collective efforts to fight terrorism. As outlined in the 2016 U.S. Country Report on Terrorism issued July 19, the United States notes Sudan’s improved counterterrorismread more »

Two Counties Added to Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance Funding

20 Jul 15:36 | U.S. News

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Jackson and Jefferson Counties Approved for Federal Infrastructure Disaster Aid

20 Jul 15:36 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Troika and EU Joint Statement on South Sudan

20 Jul 15:10 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 20, 2017 The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Norway, and the European Union. Begin Text: The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and the European Union condemn the continuing violence in South Sudan, especially the Government of South Sudan’s current offensiveread more »

Disaster Survivors Urged to Spend Disaster Funds for Approved Uses

20 Jul 12:36 | U.S. News

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State/FEMA Disaster Center Will Visit Prairie County to Help Arkansans

20 Jul 10:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Belgium National Day

20 Jul 08:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC July 20, 2017 On behalf of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of Belgium on the occasion of your national day. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, when U.S. and Belgian soldiers fought and died together in defense of a free and peaceful Europe. Since then, our steadfast alliance has continued to grow and deepen through Worlread more »

Press Releases: Under Secretary Shannon Travel to Vienna, Austria

19 Jul 20:51 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2017 Under Secretary Thomas A. Shannon will travel to Vienna, Austria, July 20-22, to lead the U.S. delegation to the Joint Commission meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Under Secretary Shannon will be accompanied by experts and officials from relevant U.S. government agencies. JCPOA participants attending the Joint Commission meeting will include all the members oread more »

Missouri Disaster Survivors Have More Time to Register for Recovery Help

19 Jul 18:37 | U.S. News

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FEMA Mobile Disaster Centers Reach Out to Help Rural Residents

19 Jul 16:36 | U.S. News

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SEC Bars Lawyer Who Committed Fraud

19 Jul 16:05 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today barred a New York-based attorney from appearing or practicing before it and acting as an officer or director of a public company after finding that he made false and misleading statements in corporate filings. The SEC’s order finds that David Lubin committed fraud while serving as a director and corporate counsel of Entertainment Art, a public company in which Lubin also was a large shareholder.  Lubin negotiated the sale of all of the outstanding stock of Entertainment Art, including both restricted and previously registered shares that were purportedly “free trading,” to an acquaintance interested in purchasing shell companies.  Absent a valid exemption, common ownership of all of the shares of a public company would require the owner to register the shares for resale to the public.  According to the SEC’s order, Lubin fraudulently misrepresented in Entertainment Art’s corporate filings that the purportedly free-trading shares hread more »

Press Releases: Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Justin Siberell on the Release of Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

19 Jul 13:59 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Justin Siberell Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism  Via Teleconference July 19, 2017 MS NAUERT: Thank you so much. Good morning, everyone, and thanks so much for calling in for this. It’s an on-the-record briefing with our Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Justin Siberell. The call will be embargoed until the conclusion of the call, but we’re glad that you’re here to join us right now. read more »

Press Releases: State Department Releases Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

19 Jul 12:56 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2017 Today the State Department released its annual report, Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, which provides the Department of State’s annual Congressionally-mandated assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that transpired from January 1 to December 31, 2016. The report provides policy-related assessments, country-by-country breakdowns of foreign government counterterrorism cooperation; and contains infread more »

Press Releases: Respecting Religious Freedom in Russia

19 Jul 10:59 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2017 The Russian Supreme Court’s decision this week against the Jehovah’s Witnesses is the latest in a disturbing trend of persecution of religious minorities in Russia. We urge the Russian authorities to lift the ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses’ activities in Russia, to reverse the closing of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Administrative Center, and to release aread more »

FEMA Selects Hannah Farris for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

19 Jul 10:37 | U.S. News

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FEMA Selects Naomi Winston for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

19 Jul 10:37 | U.S. News

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FEMA Selects Nyla Howell for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

19 Jul 08:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Department Press Briefing - July 18, 2017

18 Jul 19:18 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC July 18, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT MIDDLE EAST PEACE TURKEY read more »

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