Soaring Over Jupiter

09/22/2017: NASA Image of the Day

This striking image of Jupiter was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it performed its eighth flyby of the gas giant planet.

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

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

Vote Sheet

09/24/2017: US House of Reps

The next recorded votes in the House are expected at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017. Please check back at that time to obtain a vote sheet for the current series. 

Government at Work - Alerts

Be Prepared (A Cup of Health with CDC)

09/21/2017: A Cup of Health with CDC

Eighty percent of Americans live in counties that have been hit with a weather-related disaster since 2007. Part of the preparation is understanding the kinds of disasters you’re likely to face. In this podcast, Dr. Dan Sosin discusses the importance of preparing for emergencies and disasters.

How to Appeal a FEMA Disaster Assistance Decision

09/22/2017: FEMA Region 3

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — All applicants for FEMA recovery assistance have the right to appeal if they are dissatisfied with FEMA’s determination letter.

The first step is to read the FEMA determination letter carefully to understand why FEMA decided that your application was “ineligible.” If you think there has been a mistake or if you have any additional questions, you may file an appeal.


Kenya Travel Alert

09/13/2017: International Travel Alerts

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Kenya that Kenya’s Elections Commission has announced that new Presidential elections will be held on October 17, 2017.

This Travel Alert replaces the Travel Alert dated April 6, 2017 and expires on October 31, 2017.

Rallies, demonstrations, and protests may occur with little notice. As with all large events, there is the opportunity for criminal elements or terrorists to target participants and visitors. Even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

  • Although there is no indication that U.S. citizens may be targets of violence, you are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the electoral period. 
  • Monitor media and local information sources regarding election-related developments, and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Avoid crowds and remain alert when using public transportation.
  • Report specific safety concerns to local law enforcement authorities.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • During elections, restrictions on traffic circulation, either imposed by the authorities or caused by political rallies, can be expected.
  • Please refer to our message dated March 13, 2017, for tips on personal preparedness.  

For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Kenya Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Kenya located on United Nations Avenue, Nairobi, at +254 (0) 20 363 6451 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +254 (0) 20 363 6170.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Government at Work - Archives

Vote Sheet

09/24/2017: US House of Reps

The next recorded votes in the House are expected at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017. Please check back at that time to obtain a vote sheet for the current series. 

Law Library of Congress and Poetry and Literature Center to Host Award-Winning Poet Monica Youn

10/06/2016: Library of Congress

On the evening of Thursday, October 20, 2016, the Library of Congress will host award-winning poet and attorney Monica Youn. Youn will read from her latest collection of poetry, Blackacre (Graywolf Press, 2016), which has been longlisted for the National Book Award in Poetry. Youn will also participate in a conversation with Martha Dragich, professor […]

Government at Work - Issues

The Global Counterterrorism Forum: A Multilateral Approach to Address Terrorism

09/22/2017: State Department Blog

Throughout the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the United States has engaged with foreign partners to build political support for American counterterrorism objectives and policies.

Climate, Environment, and Conservation: Communication Regarding Intent To Withdraw From Paris Agreement

08/04/2017: Climate, Environment, and Conservation

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 4, 2017

Today, the United States submitted a communication to the United Nations, in its capacity as depositary for the Paris Agreement, regarding the U.S. intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so, consistent with the terms of the Agreement. As the President indicated in his June 1 announcement and subsequently, he is open to re-engaging in the Paris Agreement if the United States can identify terms that are more favorable to it, its businesses, its workers, its people, and its taxpayers.

The United States supports a balanced approach to climate policy that lowers emissions while promoting economic growth and ensuring energy security. We will continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions through innovation and technology breakthroughs, and work with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in many nationally determined contributions.

The United States will continue to participate in international climate change negotiations and meetings, including the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, to protect U.S. interests and ensure all future policy options remain open to the administration. Such participation will include ongoing negotiations related to guidance for implementing the Paris Agreement.

For further information, please contact Yoon Nam in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) at

Justice Department Will Not Challenge Proposed Real Time Payment System

09/20/2017: Department of Justice Antitrust

The Justice Department today announced that at this time it will not challenge a proposal by The Clearing House Payments Company LLC.