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Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - April 26, 2017

6:54 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Mark C. Toner Deputy Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC April 26, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT NORTH KOREA/CHINA RUSSIA/SYRIA read more »

Press Releases: Joint Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats

5:01 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 26, 2017 Past efforts have failed to halt North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests. With each provocation, North Korea jeopardizes stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our Allies and the U.S. homeland. North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority. Upon assuming office, President Trump ordered a thororead more »

Press Releases: State Department Hosts 12th Annual Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership

4:13 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 26, 2017 The U.S. Department of State will host the Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner to honor the 12th annual Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. This public-private partnership leverages the expertise of U.S. leaders in the public and private sectors to support women’s economic empowerment, thereby creating a more prosperous and safer read more »

Press Releases: Regional Symposium To Combat Recruitment and Radicalization to Violence in Prisons

2:50 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 26, 2017 The State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism, in partnership with the Department of Justice’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), hosted a regional symposium in Zagreb, Croatia, April 25–26, on efforts to address and counter prison radicalization. Many countries throughout the Balkans have reported cases of individuals being radicalized while incarcerated and governread more »

Press Releases: On the Occasion of the United Republic of Tanzania's Union Day

9:00 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC April 26, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I congratulate the people of Tanzania as you celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the United Republic of Tanzania. Tanzania and the United States have had a strong relationship, marked by a collaborative effort toward shared goals and close cooperation on a variety of programs and initiatives, from health and edread more »

Tornado Disaster Relief Wrap Up

25 Apr 15:38 | U.S. News

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Broker Charged With Defrauding Customers

25 Apr 15:30 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a former broker with knowingly or recklessly trading unsuitable investment products in the accounts of five customers and misappropriating more than $170,000 from one of those customers. The SEC’s complaint alleges that Demitrios Hallas repeatedly traded unsuitable investments in his customers’ accounts, exposing customers who were unsophisticated with limited or no investing experience and modest incomes, net worth levels, and assets to a significant degree of volatility and risk.  In a little more than a year, Hallas allegedly traded 179 daily leveraged exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded notes (ETNs) – products that the SEC alleges are inherently risky, complex and volatile, and only appropriate for sophisticated investors – in the customers’ accounts, generating commissions and fees of approximately $128,000.  The net loss across all 179 positions was approximately $150,000.  The SEC’s complaint further alread more »

Press Releases: Bilateral Dialogue Between the United States and the Republic of Korea on Counterterrorism

25 Apr 14:53 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 25, 2017 On April 25, U.S. and South Korean officials met in Seoul, Republic of Korea (ROK), for the fifth bilateral dialogue between the United States and the ROK on Counterterrorism. Acting Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism Alina Romanowski led the U.S. delegation, which included officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, and the National Center for Counterterrorism. The 18-member Korean read more »

Free Legal Service for Declared Disaster-Related Fraud

25 Apr 14:38 | U.S. News

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SEC Awards Nearly $4 Million to Whistleblower

25 Apr 14:15 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of nearly $4 million to a whistleblower who tipped the agency with detailed and specific information about serious misconduct and provided additional assistance during the ensuing investigation, including industry-specific knowledge and expertise. “Not only did this whistleblower step forward and report suspicious conduct, but continued to help after we opened our investigation,” said Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower.  “Whistleblowers with specialized experience or expertise can help us expend fewer resources in our investigations and bring enforcement actions more efficiently.” Approximately $153 million has now been awarded to 43 whistleblowers who became eligible for an award after voluntarily providing the SEC with original and useful information that led to successful enforcement actions.  SEC enforcement actions from whistleblower tips have resulted in more than read more »

SEC Awards Nearly $4 Million to Whistleblower

25 Apr 14:15 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of nearly $4 million to a whistleblower who tipped the agency with detailed and specific information about serious misconduct and provided additional assistance during the ensuing investigation, including industry-specific knowledge and expertise. “Not only did this whistleblower step forward and report suspicious conduct, but continued to help after we opened our investigation,” said Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower.  “Whistleblowers with specialized experience or expertise can help us expend fewer resources in our investigations and bring enforcement actions more efficiently.” Approximately $153 million has now been awarded to 43 whistleblowers who became eligible for an award after voluntarily providing the SEC with original and useful information that led to successful enforcement actions.  SEC enforcement actions from whistleblower tips have resulted in more than read more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - April 24, 2017

24 Apr 18:24 | World

Mark C. Toner Deputy Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC April 24, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing SECRETARY TRAVEL DEPARTMENT DPRK/CHINA/UNITED NATIONS read more »

Press Releases: Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day

24 Apr 16:29 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC April 24, 2017 Today on Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising – we honor the six million Jews systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. We also remember all individuals targeted for persecution and death by the Nazis. This year, the State Department hosted an event, along with the Embassies of Lithuania, Jaread more »

Investment Bank VP Charged With Insider Trading

24 Apr 16:25 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a vice president in the risk management department of a New York-based investment bank with insider trading on confidential information he learned in advance of a private equity firm’s acquisition of a publicly-traded technology company. The SEC alleges that Avaneesh Krishnamoorthy learned that Golden Gate Capital planned to acquire Neustar Inc., and he then began trading in Neustar securities.  The trading took place in two brokerage accounts that Krishnamoorthy allegedly kept hidden from his employer, which had been approached by Golden Gate Capital to finance the transaction.  According to the SEC’s complaint, Krishnamoorthy made approximately $48,000 in illicit profits. “As alleged in our complaint, Krishnamoorthy was entrusted with confidential, market-moving information by his employer and he misused it for personal gain,” said Andrew M. Calamari, Director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office. In a pread more »

Press Releases: Temporary Closure of the Miami Passport Agency

24 Apr 14:53 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 24, 2017 On Sunday, April 23, the Omni Center, which houses the Miami Passport Agency, experienced significant water damage. As a result, the Miami Passport Agency is closed until further notice for damage assessment and repairs. Customers who were scheduled to pick up a passport, have a pending appointment, or need urgent passport services within two weeks should call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888read more »

Portfolio Manager Charged With Diverting Nearly $2 Million to Personal Account

24 Apr 13:30 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against a Massachusetts-based portfolio manager accused of diverting at least $1.95 million to his personal brokerage account from a fund over which he had trading authority. The SEC’s complaint alleges that Kevin J. Amell carried out a fraudulent matched-trades scheme in which he prearranged the purchase or sale of call options between his own account and the brokerage accounts of the fund at prices that were disadvantageous to the fund and advantageous to him.  In one series of trades involving Amazon securities, for example, Amell allegedly generated a $23,000 profit for himself in less than 23 minutes at the fund’s expense. “As alleged in our complaint, Amell abused his trading authority at least 265 times by matching trades between the fund and his personal account at prices that he intentionally and fraudulently skewed to benefit himself,” said Joseph G. Sansone, Co-Chief of the SEC Enforcemenread more »

Portfolio Manager Charged With Diverting Nearly $2 Million to Personal Account

24 Apr 13:30 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against a Massachusetts-based portfolio manager accused of diverting at least $1.95 million to his personal brokerage account from a fund over which he had trading authority. The SEC’s complaint alleges that Kevin J. Amell carried out a fraudulent matched-trades scheme in which he prearranged the purchase or sale of call options between his own account and the brokerage accounts of the fund at prices that were disadvantageous to the fund and advantageous to him.  In one series of trades involving Amazon securities, for example, Amell allegedly generated a $23,000 profit for himself in less than 23 minutes at the fund’s expense. “As alleged in our complaint, Amell abused his trading authority at least 265 times by matching trades between the fund and his personal account at prices that he intentionally and fraudulently skewed to benefit himself,” said Joseph G. Sansone, Co-Chief of the SEC Enforcemenread more »

Press Releases: Appointment of Heather Nauert as State Department Spokesperson

24 Apr 11:46 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 24, 2017 The Department of State is pleased to welcome Heather Nauert as the new State Department Spokesperson. Nauert comes to the Department with more than 15 years of experience as an anchor and correspondent covering both foreign and domestic news and events, including the 9-11 terror attacks, the war in Iraq, and the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Heather’s media experience and long interest in international affairs will be invaluable read more »

Telecom Executives Agree to Pay Penalties for FCPA Violations

24 Apr 11:05 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that two former executives at Hungarian-based telecommunications company Magyar Telekom have agreed to pay financial penalties and accept officer-and-director bars to settle a previously-filed SEC case alleging they violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Magyar Telekom paid a $95 million penalty in December 2011 to settle parallel civil and criminal charges that the company bribed officials in Macedonia and Montenegro to win business and shut out competition in the telecommunications industry.  The SEC’s complaint also charged the company’s former CEO Elek Straub and former chief strategy officer Andras Balogh with orchestrating the use of sham contracts to funnel millions of dollars in corrupt payments.  The two executives were set to stand trial this month. Straub has agreed to pay a $250,000 penalty and Balogh has agreed to pay a $150,0read more »

Telecom Executives Agree to Pay Penalties For FCPA Violations

24 Apr 11:05 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that two former executives at Hungarian-based telecommunications company Magyar Telekom have agreed to pay financial penalties and accept officer-and-director bars to settle a previously-filed SEC case alleging they violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Magyar Telekom paid a $95 million penalty in December 2011 to settle parallel civil and criminal charges that the company bribed officials in Macedonia and Montenegro to win business and shut out competition in the telecommunications industry.  The SEC’s complaint also charged the company’s former CEO Elek Straub and former chief strategy officer Andras Balogh with orchestrating the use of sham contracts to funnel millions of dollars in corrupt payments.  The two executives were set to stand trial this month. Straub has agreed to pay a $250,000 penalty and Balogh has agreed to pay a $150,0read more »

Telecom Executives Agree to Pay Penalties for FCPA Violations

24 Apr 11:05 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that two former executives at Hungarian-based telecommunications company Magyar Telekom have agreed to pay financial penalties and accept officer-and-director bars to settle a previously-filed SEC case alleging they violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Magyar Telekom paid a $95 million penalty in December 2011 to settle parallel civil and criminal charges that the company bribed officials in Macedonia and Montenegro to win business and shut out competition in the telecommunications industry.  The SEC’s complaint also charged the company’s former CEO Elek Straub and former chief strategy officer Andras Balogh with orchestrating the use of sham contracts to funnel millions of dollars in corrupt payments.  The two executives were set to stand trial this month. Straub has agreed to pay a $250,000 penalty and Balogh has agreed to pay a $150,0read more »

Press Releases: Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Day

24 Apr 11:04 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC April 24, 2017 On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I am honored to send my thoughts, prayers, and best wishes to the people of Australia and New Zealand on Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) Day this April 25. While this year marks the 100th anniversary of U.S. participation in the Great War, we will not forget that by the time the American Expeditionary Fread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson's Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

23 Apr 19:42 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 23, 2017 The following is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner,: Secretary Tillerson phoned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today to discuss his recent trip to Moscow and his message to the Russian leadership that, although the United States is interested in improving relations with Russia, Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle. The Secretary emphasized the importance of Ukraine’s continued progread more »

Press Releases: Death of Special Monitoring Mission Member in Eastern Ukraine

23 Apr 19:32 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 23, 2017 The United States is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of a U.S. citizen serving as a paramedic with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), when his vehicle struck an explosive in separatist controlled territory in eastern Ukraine. We extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and loved read more »

FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle Florida’s Lehigh Acres Fire

22 Apr 12:37 | U.S. News

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FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle Florida Wildfires

22 Apr 12:36 | U.S. News

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FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle Florida’s Indian Lakes Estate Fire

22 Apr 12:36 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Idaho

21 Apr 23:38 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Idaho

21 Apr 23:38 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Washington

21 Apr 22:38 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Idaho

21 Apr 22:37 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Washington

21 Apr 22:37 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Idaho

21 Apr 22:37 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Washington

21 Apr 22:36 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Washington

21 Apr 22:36 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson's Call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

21 Apr 19:45 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 21, 2017 The following is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner: Secretary Tillerson spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today to follow up on bilateral issues discussed during his April 11-12 visit to Moscow. The Secretary and Foreign Minister also discussed a range of other topics, including the OPCW investigation into Syria’s use of chemical weapons on April 4. The Secretary reiterated his support foread more »

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Utah

21 Apr 18:37 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Utah

21 Apr 18:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Ambassador Tina Kaidanow Travels to Germany, Estonia, and Ukraine

21 Apr 15:11 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 21, 2017 Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Ambassador Tina Kaidanow will travel to Germany, Estonia, and Ukraine April 23-29 for discussions on a variety of international security issues. Ambassador Kaidanow will consult with U.S. government officials from the U.S. European Command in Germany and other senior U.S. representatives in the region regarding ongoing U.S. efforts to strengthen NATO read more »

Press Releases: U.S. Department of State Announces HackerNest as Fishackathon's New Managing Partner

21 Apr 11:12 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 21, 2017 The U.S. Department of State’s Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) is pleased to announce a new partnership with HackerNest, a nonprofit organization and movement that builds local tech communities worldwide, to carry forward Fishackathon. First organized by S/GP to coincide with the “Our Ocean” conference in 2014, read more »

Press Releases: U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral Meeting in Tokyo

21 Apr 11:00 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 21, 2017 On April 25, the United States Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun will travel to Tokyo for a trilateral meeting with Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Kenji Kanasugi and Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Kim Hong-kyun. The three plan to discuss the evolving situation in North Korea as part of the three partiread more »

Press Releases: Under Secretary Shannon's Meeting With Albanian Foreign Minister Bushati

20 Apr 19:55 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 20, 2017 Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, met today with Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati to address common interests in our bilateral relationship and the region. The Under Secretary reaffirmed the close partnership between the United States and Albania, our strong support for Albania’s judicial reform efforts, and our shared commitment to democratic values, the rule of law, and respect for hread more »

Press Releases: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy on U.S. Relations With Southeast Asia

20 Apr 16:01 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Patrick Murphy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Via Teleconference April 20, 2017 MR STROH: Thank you very much and thanks to all of those who have joined us this afternoon. I’ll introduce our speaker first and then lay out the ground rules very briefly. Today we’re joined by Patrick Murphy, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. This call will be conducted on the record, and we’d ask that we observe an embargo until the conclusion of the call. And with that, I will turn it read more »

Press Releases: United States Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon

20 Apr 14:14 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 20, 2017 In a demonstration of our enduring friendship and important bilateral partnership, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard broke ground today on the new U.S. Embassy compound in Beirut, Lebanon. The multi-building compound will be located in the suburb of Awkar on a 43-acre site. The compound will provide a safe, secure, sustainable, and modern platform that supports U.S. Embassy staff in representing the U.S. Government read more »

Press Releases: Renewal of the Charter for the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy

20 Apr 14:04 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Washington, DC April 20, 2017 The Department of State has renewed the Charter for the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. The bipartisan Commission appraises U.S. government activities intended to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics. It may conduct studies, inquiries, and meetings, as it deems necessary. It may assemble and disseminate information and issue reports and other publications, subject to the approval of the Chairperson, in consultation with the Executive Director. The Commission also may undertake foreign travel in pursuit of its studies and coordinate, sponsor, or oversee projects, studies, events, or other activities that are necessary to fulfill its functionread more »

FEMA Hiring 100 Public Assistance Site Inspector Specialists

20 Apr 10:36 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Press Availability

19 Apr 18:01 | US Politics and Govt

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC April 19, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon, all. The Trump administration is currently conducting across the entire government a review of our Iran policy. Today I’d like to address Iran’s alarming and ongoing provocations that export terror and violence, destabilizing more thanread more »

Press Releases: Remarks at the U.S.-Saudi Arabia CEO Summit

19 Apr 14:45 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, DC April 19, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: (Applause.) Well, thanks so much, Tom, and good afternoon to all of you. And Tom and I are old friends, many years back, and he has done extraordinary things with the Chamber under his leadership in terms of representing American business interests throughout the worlread more »

Press Releases: Department of State Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day

19 Apr 10:33 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 19, 2017 Holocaust Remembrance Day – Yom HaShoah in Hebrew – marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This year, Yom HaShoah will be observed in the United States on April 24, which corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. On April 20, 2017 at 12:15 p.m., the Department of State and the Embassies of Lithuania, Japan, and Israel will sponsor an event at the U.S. Department of Stread more »

Press Releases: Iran Continues To Sponsor Terrorism

18 Apr 22:42 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC April 18, 2017 Trump Administration Undergoing Interagency Review of Iran Deal The U.S. Department of State certified to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan today that Iran is compliant through April 18th with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action however, the Secretary also raised concerns about Iran’s role as a state sponsor of terrorism and alerted Congress tread more »

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