Flooding Along the Nueces River

11/09/2018: NASA Image of the Day

On Nov. 1, 2018, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured a false-color view of flooding along the Nueces River in a series of storms that have delivered historic amounts of rain to central Texas.

Government at Work - The White House

1/17/17: White House Press Briefing

01/17/2017: White House Press Briefings

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

A Gem from the Archive: Happy Birthday, POTUS!

08/04/2016: White House Video

https://youtu.be/0TEDzAkM8Ps

The President meets with the summer interns of 2009 at the White House, and they surprise him with a birthday serenade and card. His parting words to them are, "The American people are waiting for you, they are ready for your leadership."

Weekly Address: The Honor of Serving You as President

01/14/2017: President Obama's Weekly Address

President Obama delivered his final weekly address thanking the American people for making him a better President and a better man.

Government at Work - Today

Weekly Schedule

06/28/2019: US House of Reps

FRIDAY JUNE 29, 2018
The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. in a Pro Forma session. No votes are expected in the House.

MONDAY JULY 2, 2018
The House will not be in session.

TUESDAY JULY 3, 2018
The House will meet at 11:00 a.m. in a Pro Forma session. No votes are expected in the House.

WEDNESDAY JULY 4, 2018
The House will not be in session.

THURSDAY JULY 5, 2018
The House will not be in session. 

FRIDAY JULY 6, 2018

The House will meet at 10:30 a.m. in a pro forma session. No votes are expected.

Government at Work - Alerts

Shots for Expectant Moms (A Cup of Health with CDC)

09/27/2018: A Cup of Health with CDC

https://tools.cdc.gov/podcasts/download.mp3?m=302086&c=386851&e=6377266

For an expectant mother, taking care of her developing baby means taking care of herself, including ensuring that she gets vaccinated. Whooping cough and flu vaccines are routinely recommended during every pregnancy. If you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk to your health care provider about when you should get vaccinated.

FEMA Registration Deadline for April’s Storm Damage is Monday

08/26/2018: FEMA Region 9

HONOLULU—Tomorrow is the last day to register for federal assistance. Kaua’i County and the City and County of Honolulu residents with losses as a result of April’s Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides have through Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 to register for disaster assistance with FEMA. Recovery officials urge residents who have yet to register to do so before the deadline.

 

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Europe Travel Alert

11/16/2017: International Travel Alerts

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.

U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. 

Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe. Last year, mass casualty attacks occurred at a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany in December and a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey on New Year’s Eve. While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the Department remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks. U.S. citizens should always be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning.

Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets. In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks. U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations.

Terrorists persist in employing a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, using vehicles as ramming devices, and sharp-edged weapons that are difficult to detect prior to an attack.

If you are traveling between countries in Europe, please check the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate in your destination city for any recent security messages. Review security information from local officials, who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country. U.S. citizens should also:

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities. Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Have an emergency plan of action ready.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

We continue to work closely with our European partners and allies on the threat from international terrorism. Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.

For further information:

Government at Work - Archives

Weekly Schedule

06/28/2019: US House of Reps

FRIDAY JUNE 29, 2018
The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. in a Pro Forma session. No votes are expected in the House.

MONDAY JULY 2, 2018
The House will not be in session.

TUESDAY JULY 3, 2018
The House will meet at 11:00 a.m. in a Pro Forma session. No votes are expected in the House.

WEDNESDAY JULY 4, 2018
The House will not be in session.

THURSDAY JULY 5, 2018
The House will not be in session. 

FRIDAY JULY 6, 2018

The House will meet at 10:30 a.m. in a pro forma session. No votes are expected.

The Santillana Codes

11/27/2017: Library of Congress

This is a guest post by Hazel Ceron, external relations intern with the Law Library of Congress. On October 26th, the Law Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Friends of the Law Library of Congress, the Embassy of Tunisia, and the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED), hosted a book talk on The Santillana […]

Government at Work - Issues

Honoring Our Veterans, Leveraging Their Skills and Service to Strengthen U.S. Diplomacy

11/10/2018: State Department Blog

The U.S. Department of State honors those who have served in the United States’ armed forces on Veteran’s Day, and each and every day,  by providing education, fellowship, and job exposure to veterans and transitioning military to become the diplomats of tomorrow.

Climate, Environment, and Conservation: U.S. Commitments Announced at Our Ocean 2018

10/30/2018: Climate, Environment, and Conservation

Fact Sheet
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
October 30, 2018


During the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia, the United States proudly announced 15 commitments. Together these commitments will strengthen sustainable management of marine resources; prevent plastic and other debris from entering the ocean; support research and observation of ocean ecosystems; and foster partnerships promoting maritime security and a sustainable blue economy.

  • The United States announced two new five-year programs in Madagascar, the USAID Hay Tao and USAID Mikajy programs, to improve national policies and community-based management of marine and coastal resources with a focus on the Menabe, Sava, and Analanjirofo regions. The Hay Tao activity will support improvements in the enabling environment for community-based biodiversity conservation and sustainable development approaches, while the Mikajy activity will support site-specific conservation work to reduce threats to biodiversity and establish the groundwork for more sustainable biodiversity-friendly and climate-resilient economic development. Anticipated level of funding, subject to availability of funds, is USD 13 million over five years, 2018-2023.
  • The United States announced a new five-year regional activity, USAID's Central American Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project, to conserve biodiversity in targeted coastal-marine areas and associated upland ecosystems by enhancing resilient biodiversity-dependent economic opportunities, sustainable use of natural resources, governance of natural resources, and evidence-based monitoring. The activity focuses on the coastal ecosystems of the Rio Paz (El Salvador and Guatemala), Rio Motagua (Guatemala and Honduras), and the Honduran Miskito Coast. Anticipated level of funding, subject to availability of funds, is USD 10-14 million over five years, 2017-2022.
  • The United States announced a three-year collaboration between the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support regional governments, local institutions, and on-the-ground projects to reduce threats to biodiversity in the Caribbean. Through this partnership, small grants are provided to local environmental organizations for marine and coastal biodiversity conservation, combating illegal trade of wildlife, and building the capacity of local conservation leaders. Anticipated funding level, subject to the availability of funds, is USD 2.5 million over 3 years, 2017-2020.
  • The United States announced USD 5 million from NOAA for ocean observing technology to support the Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS) 2020 Project, an international effort to improve our understanding of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the ocean’s role in weather and climate. The TPOS-2020 Project is part of the international Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and a regional pilot for the World Meteorological Organization.
  • The United States announced that, for 2018, it has allocated USD 839,000 through the International Atomic Energy Agency's Peaceful Uses Initiative to the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Center (OA-ICC) located at the Environment Laboratories in Monaco. Since 2010, the United States has allocated a total of more than USD 3.2 million to the OA-ICC.
  • The United States announced the EXport Processes in the Ocean from RemoTe Sensing (EXPORTS) program, a joint National Aeronautics and Space Administration-National Science Foundation effort to advance predictive understanding of the flow of organic carbon from the well-lit, upper ocean and its fate in the underlying “twilight zone” below 200 meters depth. EXPORTS will provide fundamental information for managers and policy-makers linking carbon cycling, the state of global ecosystems, and climate variability to support a sustainable ocean economy. EXPORTS completed the first phase of field work in the Northeast Pacific in 2018. Additional field work and a data synthesis and modelling phase are planned for coming years.
  • The Waitt Foundation and the United States (National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office) announced the Marine Conservation and Maritime Security Coalition (MCMSC), a sustainable, long-term partnership between the maritime security and ocean conservation communities that provides an enduring and flexible platform for addressing the maritime information needs of partners within the Global Maritime Community of Interest (GMCOI). Through an online collaboration space and catalyzing events, the MCMSC will facilitate the GMCOI’s design and implementation of solutions to more effectively counter a range of maritime challenges including illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, piracy, and human trafficking. The first event will be a summit February 27-28 in San Diego, California, where the Waitt Foundation and NMIO will work with several partner countries and the GMCOI to design and implement pilot projects to address their priority maritime information needs.
  • The United States announced USD 1 million in funding over two years, 2018-2020, to help prevent marine debris from entering the ocean through the development of environmentally sustainable waste management systems and reductions in the amount of fishing gear abandoned, lost, or otherwise discarded in the ocean.
  • The United States announced two new grants under USAID's Municipal Waste Recycling Program to reduce plastics in marine protected areas in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, and the Palawan Island in the Philippines. Grants will support the efforts of the Yayasan Misool Baseftin organization in the Raja Ampat Islands and the city of Sorong, and the Candis III Marketing Cooperative out of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan Island. These new grants are funded through USAID's Municipal Waste Recycling Program announced at Our Ocean Conference 2017. Anticipated level of funding, subject to the availability of funds, is USD 500,000 over two years, 2018-2020.
  • The United States announced the release of a documentary, The Sea That Sustains Us, which features Timorese residents addressing the issue of pollution in the ocean. The film, produced by USAID and inspired by the findings of a three-year NOAA study of Timor-Leste’s nearshore marine environment, illustrates the real world consequences of plastic pollution in the world’s ocean waters. The film is at once a celebration of the biodiversity of Timor’s waters, a warning about the threats they face, and a call to action to protect a resource that is integral to their lives.
  • The United States announced the new USAID Fish Right Program in the Philippines which seeks to increase fish stocks in key areas by improving fisheries management and building the resilience of fishing communities. The five-year cooperative agreement to the University of Rhode Island is expected to benefit up to 2 million Filipinos in coastal communities in Calamianes, Southern Negros, and Visayan Seas. The program will also ensure that women and other marginalized groups benefit from and are empowered to participate in conserving and managing coastal and fisheries resources. Anticipated funding level, subject to availability of funds, is USD 25 million over five years, 2018-2023.
  • The United States announced additional support for biodiversity conservation for Northern Hispaniola through USAID's Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program. The activity will support marine biodiversity conservation in Haiti and the Dominican Republic at the community-based and policy levels, working with Ministries of Environment and related government and non-governmental stakeholders. The program will continue the ongoing development of a bi-national action plan for sustainable fisheries management. An additional USD 1 million was made available to the Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program for activities in 2018-2019.
  • The United States announced USD 720,000 from NOAA to support the third decadal “OceanObs” conference in Hawaii, September 16-20, 2019. This conference will highlight progress on ocean observations from space to the sea floor over the past decade and will chart innovative solutions to address societal needs for ocean information. It will be a foundation for integrating and innovating research, observations, modeling, and services in support of developing the UN Decade for Ocean Science.
  • The United States announced new support for the Argo program, a global array of profiling floats that is part of the international Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). In 2019, NOAA will fund the deployment and calibration of profiling floats equipped with biogeochemical sensors as part of the U.S. contribution to TPOS-2020. NOAA has been a central supporter of the Argo program, contributing approximately one-half of the global array since 2001.
  • The United States announced three research initiatives on coastal wetland ecosystems. The Smithsonian's MarineGEO program is leading a new USD 1.2 million collaborative research project using innovative research techniques to understand and stop the spread of eelgrass disease along the west coast of North America. MarineGEO and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) have created a Collaborative Network for Coastal Wetland Carbon Cycle Synthesis to advance coastal wetland carbon science by making data on coastal wetland carbon stocks publicly available and by hosting workshops to synthesize data, numerical modeling, and expert opinion to improve estimates of coastal carbon fluxes. Marine GEO, SERC, and the Global Genome Initiative of the National Museum of Natural History are conducting a field campaign to build a biodiversity inventory of the Chesapeake Bay and mid-Atlantic coastal region of the United States.

Third Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging in Florida Online Foreclosure Auctions

11/08/2018: Department of Justice Antitrust

“Bid rigging at foreclosure auctions has produced enormous harm to many vulnerable communities around the country and directly affronts the values of a market economy,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.  “The Division will continue to prosecute similar antitrust violations, and will hold individuals who engage in such types of conduct accountable.”