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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Wyoming

22 Mar 16:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Statement by Ministers of the Global Coalition: Meeting on the Defeat of ISIS

22 Mar 15:19 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2017 The following is the text of a statement by the Ministers of the Global Coalition: Meeting on the Defeat of ISIS. Begin text: 1. Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition met in Washington today at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to review and accelerate the campaign for the lasting defeat of ISIS. We remain firmlyread more »

Press Releases: U.S. Security Cooperation With Iraq

22 Mar 14:04 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2017 The United States is committed to building a strategic partnership with Iraq and the Iraqi people. Under the Strategic Framework Agreement between Iraq and the United States, we remain dedicated to helping Iraq improve security, maintain sovereignty, and defeat ISIS and other terrorist groups. U.S. security cooperation activities are increasing the Iraqi Security Forces’ capability to respond to threats and conduct counter-terrread more »

Press Releases: Remarks at the Ministerial Plenary for the Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS

22 Mar 13:57 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi The Department of State Washington, DC March 22, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: On the Attack in London

22 Mar 13:38 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC March 22, 2017 On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference. read more »

SEC Adopts T+2 Settlement Cycle for Securities Transactions

22 Mar 12:10 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted an amendment to shorten by one business day the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities transactions.  Currently, the standard settlement cycle for these transactions is three business days, known as T+3.  The amended rule shortens the settlement cycle to two business days, T+2.  The amended rule is designed to enhance efficiency, reduce risk, and ensure a coordinated and expeditious transition by market participants to a shortened standard settlement cycle.  “As technology improves, new products emerge, and trading volumes grow, it is increasingly obvious that the outdated T+3 settlement cycle is no longer serving the best interests of the American people,” said SEC Acting Chairman Michael Piwowar.  “The SEC remains committed to ensuring that U.S. securities regulation is reflective of modern times, and in shortening the settlement cycle by one day we aim to increase efficiency and reduce risk read more »

Press Releases: The Global Coalition - Working to Defeat ISIS

22 Mar 11:07 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2017 Since its formation in 2014, the Global Coalition has worked diligently to reduce the threat ISIS poses to international security and our homelands. Coalition members are united in common cause to defeat ISIS through a robust approach, including working by, with, and through local partners for military operations; supporting the stabilization of territory liberated from ISIS; and, enhancing international cooperation against ISIS&rsquread more »

Press Releases: Department Press Briefing - March 21, 2017

21 Mar 17:08 | US Politics and Govt

Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC March 21, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing UNITED KINGDOM/NORTHERN IRELAND COUNTERTERRORISM/ISIS DEPARTMENT DEPARTMENT read more »

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

20 Mar 18:12 | US Politics and Govt

Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC March 20, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing NATO CHINA JAPAN/ROK read more »

Area Schools Continue Flood Recovery with $6.6 Million in FEMA Assistance

20 Mar 15:37 | U.S. News

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Reminder: Disaster Survivors Have Until Wednesday to Visit Disaster Recovery Center in Hattiesburg - Help remains available

20 Mar 14:36 | U.S. News

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One Week Left to Register for Disaster Assistance, Apply to SBA for Low-Interest Disaster Loans

20 Mar 13:38 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: World Water Day at State

20 Mar 08:23 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 20, 2017 On March 22, World Water Day, the U.S. Water Partnership will host the 2017 U.S. Water Partnership All Partners Meeting in the Department of State’s George C. Marshall Conference Center. The meeting will be open to the press from 9:a.m. to 10:10 a.m. The U.S. Water Partnership is a 120-member public-private partnership that was launched in 2012 to unite and mobilize U.S. knowledge, expertise, and resources to imread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson's Meeting With President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China (P.R.C.)

19 Mar 15:00 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 19, 2017 The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner: Secretary Rex Tillerson met with President Xi Jinping for 30 minutes on Sunday at The Hall of the People in Beijing. The two leaders discussed the progress in China-U.S. relations since the historic opening 40 years ago. Both President Xi and Secretary Tillerson agreed there are opportunities for greater cooperation between China and the United States, but acknowread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With President Xi Jinping Before Their Meeting

19 Mar 06:57 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Great Hall of the People, Fujian Room Beijing, China March 19, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: President Xi, thank you so much for that very warm welcome, and for receiving me in Beijing on this, my first visit to China as Secretary of State. President Trump places a very high value on the communications that have already occurred read more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a Press Availability

18 Mar 09:50 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Diaoyutai Beijing, China March 18, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Nihao. Good afternoon. I’m pleased to be here this afternoon in Beijing to discuss the way forward in forging a constructive and results-oriented relationship between the United States and China. This is an important opportunity to follow up on the telephone conversatioread more »

Press Releases: Remarks Before His Meeting With Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi

18 Mar 08:45 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Diaoyutai Beijing, China March 18, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you very much, State Councilor Yang, and again, it’s wonderful to see you in Beijing. It’s a real pleasure to be in Beijing. I too enjoyed our first meeting in Washington, DC. It was a very fruitful meeting. We had the opportunity to have a good exchange read more »

Press Releases: Remarks Before His Meeting With Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

18 Mar 08:23 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Diaoyutai Beijing, China March 18, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you very much for Mr. Wang for welcoming me to Beijing. It is a delight to be here and to have the opportunity to continue our discussions which, as you noted, began in Bonn. U.S.-China relationship has now over 40 years ago with the historic opening between the U.S. andread more »

There's More to Flood Insurance than Purchasing a Policy

17 Mar 19:36 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Ambassador Joseph Yun, Special Representative for North Korea Policy Travel to Beijing and Seoul

17 Mar 17:50 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 17, 2017 Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Joseph Yun will travel to Beijing and Seoul from March 17-23 to continue our close coordination on North Korea policy. In Beijing, Ambassador Yun will meet with his Chinese counterpart, Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei. In Seoul, Ambassador Yun will meet with Republic of Korea (ROK) Special Representative Kim Hong-kyun. He will also meet with senior read more »

Disaster Recovery Center in Albany to close as FEMA deadline passes

17 Mar 13:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: State Department Terrorist Designations of Ahmad Hasan Yusuf and Alsayed Murtadha Majeed Ramadhan Alawi

17 Mar 12:34 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 17, 2017 The Department of State has designated Ahmad Hasan Yusuf and Alsayed Murtadha Majeed Ramadhan Alawi as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) under 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 consequeread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se Before Their Meeting

17 Mar 09:22 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Seoul, Republic of Korea March 17, 2017 MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Yes. Now we will begin the joint press conference for the ROK-U.S. foreign ministers meeting. The conference today will begin with Foreign Minister of Korea, Yun Byung-se's opening statements, which will be followed by Secretary Tillerson's remarks. Afterwards, we will have a brief Q&A session. First, let me invite Foreiread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn Before Their Meeting

17 Mar 07:58 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Seoul, Republic of Korea March 17, 2017 ACTING PRESIDENT HWANG: (Via interpreter) Nice to meet you. SECRETARY TILLERSON: Nice to meet you. ACTING PRESIDENT HWANG: (Via interpreter) So, first of all, I would like to welcome you on your first visit to Korea since assuming office. In the short time since President Trump's inauguration, I have held -- Iread more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - March 16, 2017

16 Mar 18:50 | US Politics and Govt

Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC March 16, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT/SECRETARY'S TRAVEL UNITED NATIONS DEPARTMENT NORTH KOREA read more »

FEMA Awards $767,323 Grant to the Stark County Park District

16 Mar 17:37 | U.S. News

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G Fund and the debt limit

16 Mar 16:21 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Remarks With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Before Their Meeting

16 Mar 10:02 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Tokyo, Japan March 16, 2017 PRIME MINISTER ABE: (Via interpreter) I’d like to offer my heartfelt welcome to Secretary Tillerson to Japan. And I am very delighted to see you, Secretary, here in Japan as the very first country for your visit to this region of Asia. It really is a reflection of the significance you, Secretary Tillerson, put on the Japan-U.S. alliance and I very much appreciate it. Indeed, wread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida Before Their Meeting

16 Mar 09:29 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Tokyo, Japan March 16, 2017 FOREIGN MINISTER KISHIDA: (Via interpreter) Well, Secretary Tillerson, I first would like to extend my heartfelt welcome to you on your visit to Japan. I’m very pleased about your visit and (inaudible) timing of your (inaudible). I highly value the fact that you chose Japan as your first place for a visit in Asia, which indicates the U.S. (inaudible) importance to Japan and tread more »

Press Releases: Reaffirming U.S. Commitment to a Sovereign and Whole Ukraine on the Third Anniversary of Russia's Crimean "Referendum"

16 Mar 09:27 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC March 16, 2017 Three years ago, Russia seized and occupied Crimea. Russia then staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of Crimea were compelled to vote while heavily armed foreign forces occupied their land. The United States does not recognize Russia's “referendum” of March 16, 2014, nor its attempted annexation of Crimea and continued violation of internationalread more »

Press Releases: President's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Outline Released Today

16 Mar 09:22 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 16, 2017 Today the President released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget blueprint which provides an overview of the Administration’s overarching priorities for discretionary spending. It includes $37.6 billion for the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), of which $12.0 billion is Overseas Contingency Operations funding. The FY 2018 budget advances the national security interests of the United read more »

Press Releases: Press Availability With Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida

16 Mar 07:40 | US Politics and Govt

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Tokyp, Japan March 16, 2017 MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Ladies and gentlemen of the media, we would like to start the joint press conference by Minister Kishida and Secretary Tillerson. There will be the – first of all would be remarks from the two gentlemen. FOREIGN MINISTER KISHIDA: (Via interpreter) I am delighted to welcome Secretary Tillerson for his first visit to Japan asread more »

Press Releases: Support for Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka

15 Mar 20:23 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 15, 2017 On Monday, March 13 at the UN Human Rights Council the United States and other members of the Friends of Sri Lanka Core Group tabled a draft resolution on promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka that reflects our enduring commitment to lasting peace and justice for all the people of Sri Lanka. The United States worked in close read more »

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

15 Mar 18:45 | US Politics and Govt

Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC March 15, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT UNITED NATIONS DEPARTMENT read more »

Press Releases: North Africa Regional Counterterrorism Workshop Held in Valletta, Malta

15 Mar 15:08 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 15, 2017 The State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism, in partnership with the National Counterterrorism Center and the Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (DOJ/OPDAT), hosted a regional workshop of counterterrorism practitioners from North Africa at the U.S. Embassy and International Institute of Justice in Valletta, Malta on March 14-15. The workshop advanced read more »

Press Releases: Rewards for Justice - Reward Offer for Information on Murder of Joel Shrum

15 Mar 10:39 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 15, 2017 The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of any individual who committed, conspired to commit, or aided or abetted in the commission of the murder of U.S. citizen Joel Shrum. On March 18, 2012, Shrum, 29, was shot and killed on his way to work in Taizz, Yemen, by a gunman riding on the back read more »

After 2016’s Spring Rains, A Flood of Assistance in Louisiana

14 Mar 18:36 | U.S. News

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Flood Maps Become Final in July for Grant County, Arkansas

14 Mar 17:36 | U.S. News

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Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - March 14, 2017

14 Mar 17:16 | World

Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC March 14, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing SECRETARY TILLERSON'S TRAVEL UNITED ARAB EMIRATES DEPARTMENT MIDDLE EAST PEACE read more »

Press Releases: Roundtable: U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Research, and Innovation

14 Mar 13:25 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 14, 2017 The U.S. Department of State is proud to note its participation in this year’s U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research Roundtable. The Bilateral Forum—often known by its acronym in Spanish “FOBESII”—is an excellent example of how public-private partnerships can promote education and research to stimulate innovation and support economic prosperity in both countries. read more »

SEC, National Bank of Belgium Agree to Enhanced Cooperation and Information Sharing Regarding Euroclear

13 Mar 22:45 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it has entered into an arrangement with the National Bank of Belgium to enhance cooperation and information sharing regarding expanded services by Euroclear Bank, which provides clearance and settlement through its operation of the Euroclear System. Brussels-based Euroclear Bank is subject to prudential supervision and oversight by the National Bank of Belgium as a credit institution and as a clearing agency.  The SEC granted Euroclear’s predecessor an exemption from registration as a clearing agency in 1998, allowing it to provide clearing services for U.S. government securities.  On Dec. 16, 2016, the SEC approved Euroclear’s application to modify its exemption from registration, enabling it to also provide limited clearing agency services for U.S. equity securities. On read more »

Auditor Charged With Insider Trading on Client’s Nonpublic Information

13 Mar 20:00 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that an auditor based in the Silicon Valley has agreed to settle charges that he traded on inside information about a client on the verge of a merger. The SEC’s order finds that through his work at an independent audit firm, Nima Hedayati learned that Fremont, Calif.-based Lam Research Corporation was making preparations to acquire Milpitas, Calif.-based KLA-Tencor Corporation.  The two companies manufacture equipment used in the creation of semiconductors.  According to the SEC’s order, Hedayati proceeded to purchase out-of-the money call options in KLA common stock in his brokerage account as well as his fiancée’s brokerage account, and he also encouraged his mother to purchase KLA common stock.  After merger plans were publicly announced, KLA’s stock price increased nearly 20 percent, and Hedayati and his mother collectively profited by more than $43,000 from the illegal trades.  Hedayati’s employer terminatedread more »

Press Releases: Notice of Meeting: U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy

13 Mar 19:27 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 13, 2017 The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy will meet in open session in Room 2255 of the Russell Senate Office Building (Independence Avenue between First Street SW and South. Capitol Street) in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 16 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The Commission Members will welcome a panel of experts to discuss “The Past, Present, and Future of Voice of America.” The meread more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - March 13, 2017

13 Mar 18:32 | US Politics and Govt

Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC March 13, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS SYRIA read more »

Press Releases: U.S. Delegation to the 61st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

13 Mar 17:02 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 13, 2017 The Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. delegation to the 61st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to be held March 13 through 24, 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The CSW’s annual two-week session is the most important annual meeting on women’s issues at the United Nations. Representatives of the CSW’s 47 member governments convene to discuss ways to improve woread more »

Press Releases: Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield Travel to Vienna, Austria for the 60th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

13 Mar 11:47 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 13, 2017 Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William R. Brownfield will lead the U.S. delegation to the 60th Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), March 13-17, in Vienna, Austria. At the CND, the United States will seek enhanced international cooperation to control the illicit synthetic drugs which are fueling the ongoing U.S. opioid crisis. One major focus area will be the control of read more »

Press Releases: Mauritius' National Day

13 Mar 10:57 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC March 13, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Mauritius as you celebrate the 49th anniversary of independence on March 12. The United States and Mauritius have enjoyed more than two centuries of diplomatic relations. Our national histories demonstrate that we share important values of assuring religious freedom, promoting frread more »

SEC FOIA Office Receives Award for Exceptional Service

12 Mar 17:07 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that its Office of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Services was recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice for “exceptional service” by FOIA professionals.  The award to a team of 28 professionals recognized their work in handling a growing volume of FOIA requests while reducing the office’s backlog. Between fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2016, FOIA requests to the SEC rose by 38 percent while the number of completed requests in that period increased by 40 percent.  “This award is a well-deserved recognition of the SEC’s FOIA team for their efforts to keep our agency open and accountable to the American people by building one of the best FOIA programs in the Federal Government,” said SEC Acting Chairman Michael Piwowar. “We depend on the trust of the public to serve on their behalf, and it is our responsibility to earn that trust by ensuring the freedom of information.” Despite being a medium-sized agency, thread more »

Executives Charged With Manipulating Company’s Accounting Systems to Steal Money

10 Mar 2017 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged two former executives at a credit card processing company with masterminding a fraudulent scheme to steal millions of dollars through phony expense reimbursements, inflated invoices, and other improper accounting tactics. The SEC’s complaint alleges that iPayment’s then-senior vice president of sales and marketing Nasir N. Shakouri and then-executive vice president and chief operating officer Robert S. Torino routinely reimbursed themselves for payments that were never actually made to third-party vendors using their personal credit cards.  They also allegedly conspired with vendors to inflate invoices and receive kickbacks from the overpayments, and claimed improper commissions and bonuses related to other corporate funds they improperly diverted in various ways. The SEC’s complaint also charges three other iPayment executives – Bronson L. Quon, John S. Hong, and Jonathan K. Skarie – with participating in the scheread more »

SEC Charges Firms Involved in Layering, Manipulation Schemes

10 Mar 2017 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against a Ukraine-based trading firm accused of manipulating the U.S. markets hundreds of thousands of times and the New York-based brokerage firm and CEO who allegedly helped make it possible. The SEC’s complaint alleges that Avalon FA Ltd touted itself to traders as a destination to engage in layering, a scheme in which orders are placed but later canceled after tricking others into buying or selling stocks at artificial prices, resulting in illicit profits.  Avalon allegedly made more than $21 million in the layering scheme involving U.S. stocks during a five-year period.  According to the SEC’s complaint, Avalon also made more than $7 million in illicit profits through a cross-market manipulation scheme in which the firm bought and sold U.S. stocks at a loss in order to manipulate the prices of the stock and its corresponding options so that it could then profitably trade at artificial prices.  Avalon aread more »

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