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  • Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson, U.S. State Department, holds Special Briefing, May 23, 2019

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    Washington, DC - - (May 23, 2019) - - Today, in a special briefing, Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, provided the following information:

    MS ORTAGUS: Good afternoon.

    QUESTION: Hello.

    MS ORTAGUS: All righty. Got a couple of things to give all of you up front. Happy Thursday. It is Thursday, yeah?

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay, good. Good, good, good. So first of all, the presidents of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia had a historic meeting with President Trump on Tuesday of this week. They also met with Secretary Pompeo on Tuesday, Secretary Interior on Monday, and Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan on Tuesday. All three presidents laid a wreath at Arlington Cemetery with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Wilkie on Monday that honored their citizens’ service in the U.S. armed forces.

    These meetings highlighted the unique and special partnership the United States has with these countries, who are critical partners in creating a free and open Indo-Pacific region. After the meeting with President Trump, we released a joint statement with all three countries that reaffirmed our commitment to a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific and the Compact of Free Association, and to partnering on maritime security, combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and strengthening the rule of law.

    And I would also like to offer congratulations to Prime Minister Modi and his National Democratic Alliance on their decisive victory in India’s national elections. India’s elections, as I said yesterday, are the world’s largest exercise in democracy, a marvel of logistics and planning with 900 million people, an eighth of the world’s population, eligible to vote. We applaud the high turnout, estimated at around 66 percent or roughly 600 million people, and the Government of India for their excellent execution of this incredible event. The United States looks forward to working with the newly elected government to continue to accelerate our strategic partnership, which includes cooperation on a range of critical issues, such as counterterrorism and ensuring a free and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. As President Trump has said, the U.S.-India partnership has never been stronger and never been better, and we certainly expect it to reach new heights in the coming years.

    And with that, Mr. Lee.

    QUESTION: Thank you. I actually don’t have anything that is worthy —

    MS ORTAGUS: Is this a record? (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: — of opening – no, no, it happens occasionally.

    MS ORTAGUS: Oh, okay.

    QUESTION: I don’t have anything that I think is worthy of opening because – at least anything that you’ll have an answer to, so I will defer to —

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay. Yes, ma’am.

    QUESTION: A question about Venezuela.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: So the administration has been saying that Maduro should step down and there should not be negotiations, and now there are negotiations between the opposition and the Maduro government.

    MS ORTAGUS: Mm-hmm.

    QUESTION: What is the view of that? Do you think that’s a mistake or do you think something can be achieved?

    MS ORTAGUS: Well, we don’t view that decision as – to send – for Guaido to send people to Oslo as a concession. We are not the Venezuelan people nor their government. This is their negotiation. But I think that we – and I think the Secretary has been clear that we do not support any kind of, quote/unquote, “democracy” under Maduro. We know that’s false. We know Maduro is not stronger today than he was one year ago, and I think our position remains the same.

    QUESTION: And do you think those negotiations will be able to lead to the end of Maduro, if that’s your goal?

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t want to speculate. We’re not a part of them, but we’ll leave that to the Venezuelan people.

    Andrea.

    QUESTION: Hi. Welcome.

    MS ORTAGUS: Thank you.

    QUESTION: A question about Iran.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay.

    QUESTION: There’s a German delegation in Tehran.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: I’m wondering if there is any effort to work through the Europeans to send messages of restraint or otherwise to the Iranians.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. The Secretary actually talked about this a little bit in the past week, in the sense of his broader discussions with the Europeans. We met with the E3 foreign ministers when we were in Brussels last week. And he said that he appreciates any and all efforts to de-escalate tensions in Iran – with Iran, and of course, I think both he and Acting Secretary Shanahan have continued to talk about how our main goal and everything that we’ve pursued over the past few weeks is deterrence. We’re not seeking a war with Iran, and we certainly understand that Germany has diplomatic relations with Iran. They have for a long time. They’re clearly still a part of the JCPOA, so we think that this is normal behavior between two states, and we appreciate any efforts by the Germans to help de-escalate the situation.

    QUESTION: And could I just follow up very briefly?

    MS ORTAGUS:
    Mm-hmm.

    QUESTION: The ayatollah gave a very harsh speech —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: — criticizing both Zarif and Rouhani for the first time, calling them out by name for signing on to the JCPOA. Do you see this as continued escalation, given that this is the first time he has been —

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t think I want to – yeah, sure.

    QUESTION: — talking about a Hizballah government.

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t think I want to step in the middle of Iranian politics. I’ll let them do that for theirself. But I think that we have been clear that the regime should be aware that the only way out of this is negotiations for a new and more comprehensive deal for the 12 steps that the Secretary has outlined for Iran to turn to the path of the behavior of a normal nation. And we continue to hope that they will see the light and pursue that.

    Yeah, hi.

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    MS ORTAGUS: I’m sorry, remind me of your name again?

    QUESTION: Francesco Fontemaggi, AFP.

    MS ORTAGUS: That’s right, Francesco. Thank you.

    QUESTION: Thank you. So more broadly than the German delegation —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: — the Iranian officials have said that there are many foreign delegation these days traveling to Tehran on behalf of America. So can you confirm that you are sending some messages to Tehran by the German or the Oman – or other delegations? And if yes, what is the message?

    MS ORTAGUS: I understand. So I think that we’ve been quite overt in our messaging to Iran, actually. And the Secretary said this on the Hill as well. We clearly went to Baghdad a couple of weeks ago. Some of you – we talked about this yesterday – were on that trip in which we spoke to our counterparts in Iraq about the threats. We went to Brussels where the E3 was meeting, met with our counterparts there, with others in the European Union and NATO, and we have said very publicly that we want people – anyone who is – has a vested interest in this situation to urge Iran to de-escalate this behavior. And then, of course, we’ve taken our own steps to deter it.

    So I don’t think that there is any sort of private signaling going on here. I think we’re actually quite public and quite overt about our intentions.

    QUESTION: But it is true that one of these delegation is – or more are traveling with a message on behalf of America?

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t think I have anything – anything specific on that. I’m not aware of the reports that you’re referring to, but I would say that we’re very overt in our public messaging, that we appreciate any efforts by any of our allies that would like to help us de-escalate the tensions with Iran.

    QUESTION: Is the Secretary taking binary talks on Iran?

    MS ORTAGUS: Can I ask all of you a favor? Just while I’m learning faces and names, do you mind just saying your name and your publication, and that will help me? Thank you.

    QUESTION: Sorry. David Brunnstrom from Reuters.

    MS ORTAGUS: Thank you. Yes. Thanks, David.

    QUESTION: Is the Secretary taking part in talks on Iran today? Is he – they’re hearing maybe there’s a White House meeting of principals today. And what is the Secretary’s view of the sending extra troops to the region?

    MS ORTAGUS: So I don’t have anything specific to say on the Secretary’s schedule today. Of course, when there’s meetings with his counterparts, we always read those out; we’ll be happy to do so. I would say that the Secretary was asked this question this morning. He did a few television appearances, so I’d always recommend that everyone go to his remarks first. And in his remarks, when he was asked this question, he said “the threat is real,” it’s very credible, and he also echoed what the President has said, was that we “will ensure that we have all the resources necessary to respond” in the event that there is some sort of attack – we hope not – from the Islamic Republic of Iran. And I think the Secretary addressed that this morning.

    Hey, Nick. Yeah.

    QUESTION: Hey, Morgan. As you mentioned, the Secretary did a couple of television interviews up in New York today. Did he have any other meetings there at the UN or non-media-related events while he was in New York?

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t have anything further to read out on his public schedule in New York.

    QUESTION: I want to raise a question about scheduling —

    MS ORTAGUS: Sure.

    QUESTION: — and all this year.

    MS ORTAGUS: Sure.

    QUESTION: In my experience, when the Secretary is traveling and doing public events, we – it’s on the schedule. And if anything had happened anywhere in the world overnight, we would not have known he was in New York. Could we respectfully ask that when he’s doing something that public that we know when he’s out of the city?

    MS ORTAGUS: Sure. Absolutely. I’ll check with the team on the proper procedures for that, and we’ll make sure it’s addressed. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

    QUESTION: Hi Morgan. In those interviews this morning, Secretary Pompeo touched on something he’s actually spoken about a few times in the last couple weeks, saying that Secretary Kerry – former Secretary Kerry and as well as Wendy Sherman and Ernie Moniz may have violated the Logan Act by talking with the Iranian diplomats. And he said that Kerry had asked them not to – asked the Iranians not to call this administration. Secretary Kerry’s people have denied that; they say that you are getting the substance of any conversations they may have had wrong, and that you are also misreading the act.

    So I wanted to ask if you have any evidence that that is, indeed, what he told them to do, not to call or negotiate with the Trump administration, and how that’s a violation of the act.

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t think – I don’t have anything further to say beyond what Secretary Kerry and the Secretary said in his interviews, both today and recently. So I think I’ll leave it there. I’d just say that we would hope that every American would support American foreign policy, and I think the Secretary’s remarks have been consistent there, so nothing more on that.

    Hi.

    QUESTION: Hi. Nick Kalman from —

    QUESTION: Just to follow up on that —

    QUESTION:
    Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Just to get a fine point on that, when he says that he believes that these former officials violated the Logan Act, that’s a – is that a personal opinion, or is that a legal determination that the lawyers in this building agree with?

    MS ORTAGUS: So I’m looking at the transcript here, which – what I believe is a transcript, and we can double-check. He did not actually say – he did not – what you just characterized it, that’s not what he said. So we can pull the transcript and get it for you.

    QUESTION: Well, what did he say?

    MS ORTAGUS: Let’s pull the transcript and give it to you. I think that’s better. But I think the way you just characterized it is not actually what he said verbatim.

    QUESTION: Well, I’m just taking it from what Carol’s question —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: He has in the past, though. He has in the past, though, suggested this would be a violation —

    QUESTION: I don’t know. I didn’t read that part of the transcript. But I just assumed since you didn’t object to Carol’s – the premise of Carol’s question, that he had said that. So – but, I’ll —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. I think he’s made a lot of public statements over the past two weeks, so if it’s okay with all of you, I’ll just refer you to his statements.

    Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Nick from Fox News. Senator Feinstein had dinner with Foreign Minister Zarif last week. Her staff says that was in consultation with the State Department. Can you elaborate on that consultation, and did the senator report back to State after the dinner?

    MS ORTAGUS: I can elaborate. I can take that and see if she did report back. I’m not aware that she did, but she may have, so let me take that back. I’ll get back to you.

    Yes, sir.

    QUESTION: Michel Ghandour with Al Hurra Television.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: On Syria, do you have anything —

    MS ORTAGUS: Syria? Is that what you said?

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. Okay.

    QUESTION: Do you have anything new on the chemical weapon use by the regime and on the escalation in Idlib today?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. So as it relates to the purported chemical weapons use, we’re continuing to investigate these reports. This attack, of course, is being investigated by organizations on the ground. I think – and you know this area quite well, of course, given your prolific reporting. The location of the attack is at the frontlines, and so access – it does make access to that site limited. But we do have numerous sources, including interviews of those president – present during the attack that did report that a number of opposition fighters were taken to local hospitals and presented symptoms that were consistent with chemical exposure. We know, of course, that this is a pattern of behavior, unfortunately, by the Assad regime. But we don’t have any definitive conclusions yet, because we – as we continue to investigate.

    QUESTION: When do you expect to have it?

    MS ORTAGUS: I’ll let you know as soon as we do.

    QUESTION: And on the escalation in Idlib?

    MS ORTAGUS: What specifically?

    QUESTION: The fights are escalating there between the opposition and the regime.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. I mean, listen, I see that Ambassador Jeffrey has spoken about this quite a bit and he continues to call for a halt in the escalation of violence. We, of course, want a de-escalation agreement and a return to the political process, and Ambassador Jeffrey is working quite diligently to pursue those goals. And we will continue to ask and to call for a halt to the violence in northwest Syria.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MS ORTAGUS: Hi.

    QUESTION: Hi. Lalit Jha from PTI, Press Trust of India.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: Follow up on the topper on India.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: You said that you expect the relationship to reach a new height in the years to come. If you can elaborate on that, which areas do you think you would focus on and where do you want to reach there?

    MS ORTAGUS: I think that I’ll largely leave that for the White House and for the President to say. I think, again, we – as we said yesterday, that we’re confident in the fairness and the integrity of the Indian elections. They are a crucial partner for us on many areas, especially counterterrorism, and we – I’ll defer you over to the White House for that, for specific policy areas that we might be able to advance. But again, I think it’s – we are certainly underscoring today a historic democratic movement of at least 600 million people voting. I think it’s pretty amazing.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. Hey, Courtney.

    QUESTION: A follow up on that question. The Indian ambassador told us today that the government has halted its imports of Iranian oil, but that they are still looking for alternative sources. And we’ve been told that the U.S. was working to help identify those for countries that no longer have SREs. What’s the status of that?

    MS ORTAGUS: Right. And no SREs because we’re going to zero. So in terms of the specific help that we may or may not be giving the Indian Government, I’d have to get back to you on that and talk to the team. I would just say that our messaging writ large, as it relates to these is – as it relates to the oil is that we should all be getting to zero. When we withdrew from the JCPOA a year ago – I think we said this yesterday – that we said and telegraphed very publicly that that was our intention. And so that’s something that we’ve been consistent about for the past year, and we certainly appreciate the reports that we’ve seen of the countries that are complying with U.S. sanctions and getting to zero, as is mandated by our sanctions.

    QUESTION: But is there a concern that —

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: Sorry. That —

    MS ORTAGUS: That’s okay.

    QUESTION: — that absent intervention or location of alternative sources of energy that countries could find themselves in a rough position and have to revert?

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t – no, because it’s something that we’ve been talking about with our allies and partners for quite some time. This wasn’t – this was not something that happened overnight. It was something that we’ve been telegraphing quite publicly for the past year. So I don’t – I think that’s all I have on that.

    QUESTION: On the SREs, when the exemptions or exceptions expired, were there any shipments in transit or about to be in transit delivered to importers after they would be covered by sanctions that were not, that didn’t – did not draw sanctions?

    MS ORTAGUS: That – so this whole discussion that you’re asking for is quite technical. I’m very aware of it. I think I’d probably prefer to get a more technical expert than I am on this to answer that question for you, so happy to follow up with that.

    QUESTION: Just the long and short of it is – because the question is: Was there activity that was sanctionable that you guys basically chose to ignore or to not respond to after these – after the expiration of the waivers?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, I’m not aware of that, but I’ll certainly get back to you on it.

    QUESTION: Would you say today that the eight countries are now respecting your ban on Iranian oil exports?

    MS ORTAGUS: Not just the eight countries. We – yeah.

    QUESTION: Because Turkey said yesterday they are. India said today they are. Is China abiding by the ban?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, I mean, I certainly don’t speak for the People’s Republic of China, but I am aware of those reports on Turkey. We welcome those reports. That’s – it’s not just these eight countries that we want to comply. We want the whole world to comply with these sanctions, and we’re grateful for our partners and allies that are respecting them.

    Hi.

    QUESTION: Hi. Guy Taylor, Washington Times.

    MS ORTAGUS: Hi, Guy.

    QUESTION: Hi.

    MS ORTAGUS:
    This is easier to spot all of you than in the room yesterday.

    QUESTION: Yeah, just to change topic to speaking of China and North Korea. There’s a big trade fair that’s going on in Pyongyang right now, and North Korean state media has said there are about 500 international companies there, and China is one of the places that has sent companies, and there are also reports of about 250 companies are from China. And I’m wondering if you have any awareness of this or comment on it, particularly because there seem to be indications that there are a lot of Chinese-North Korean joint venture companies, which are – which are explicitly banned by UN Security Council resolutions.

    Do you have any comment on that? And if not, could you give us an update on the activities of North Korea envoy Steve Biegun and whether or not you have anything to announce vis-a-vis meetings that he could be having amid this moment of stalled denuclearization talks?

    MS ORTAGUS: Well, “stalled” is your characterization, not mine. I was with Steve this morning, actually, by the way. And he continues to – we said this yesterday – we continue to say that talks and discussions are ongoing, and we think that this is, of course, one of the most important national security issues that we will face and that we will deal with. We have said, the President has said very publicly, that some of the more recent developments were disappointing, but we remain very open and we hope that Kim Jong-un and his government will see the path towards a brighter future that we have offered. Saying that, sanctions remain in place and they will remain in place.

    QUESTION: Is there anything to announce vis-a-vis Mr. Biegun’s schedule in terms of —

    MS ORTAGUS: No. No announcements.

    QUESTION: What about the companies, the first part of the question?

    MS ORTAGUS: I’m sorry, who’s speaking?

    QUESTION: I’m Aaron from Fuji TV. I just was curious as to the first part of his question about the companies that they had met with.

    MS ORTAGUS: I’ll have to look into that. I didn’t see that report, but I’ll be happy to look into it.

    QUESTION: Can I ask a North Korea question?

    MS ORTAGUS: Sure.

    QUESTION: Ben with NHK.

    MS ORTAGUS: Hi, Ben.

    QUESTION: There are some reports in Japan that U.S. Government officials are telling allies that if there was another missile test by North Korea, the United States wouldn’t ignore it. I was just wondering if anyone from the State Department is sending that message to allies.

    And then a second question. The North Korean envoy to the UN criticized the U.S. seizing their cargo ship, calling it a hostile act. Do you have any reaction to his comments?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, so the first question is about Japan?

    QUESTION: There’s reporting that government officials —

    MS ORTAGUS: Oh, right.

    QUESTION: — are saying that the U.S. wouldn’t ignore another missile test.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. I mean, listen, I don’t – I wouldn’t comment from here on – from this podium on any sort of negotiations or talks that the U.S. is having with our allies. When we do have meetings, we attempt to try to get – like for the Secretary’s meetings, we try to get readouts to you – to you as much as possible.

    And I don’t think that we’ve ignored anything. In fact, as I just said, the President has expressed his disappointment with those actions. But again, we remain open and committed to having talks, to having dialogue. The President and the Secretary have said numerous times that Kim Jong-un has promised to denuclearize, and we are – we remain hopeful that he will keep those promises.

    QUESTION: Then on the cargo ship that was seized?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, and who – what was the question about it?

    QUESTION: The North Korean envoy to the UN called it a hostile act by the U.S., and I was just wondering if you have a reaction.

    MS ORTAGUS: Got it. So we do everything within accordance of international law. We are incredibly respectful of that, and I’ll just leave it there.

    QUESTION: Morgan?

    MS ORTAGUS: Hey, Conor.

    QUESTION: Hey. Since the Secretary addressed this in one of his interviews this morning, I’m wondering if you could speak to it as well. He said that Secretary – former Secretary Tillerson’s remarks were “pretty outrageous.” One of the other things that Tillerson reportedly told the House Foreign Affairs Committee was that Jared Kushner wasn’t doing enough consultation with the State Department in his dealings with foreign governments, foreign leaders. Is that a view that Secretary Pompeo shares? Has he talked to Jared Kushner about that?

    MS ORTAGUS: Listen, I’m going to refer you to former Secretary Tillerson and to his office for any comments that he may have made there. We obviously were not president – were not present, but I do not think that Secretary Pompeo would share those views.

    QUESTION: Can I ask you, related to that, the – in his – in the opening statement that Chairman Engel released yesterday, former Secretary Tillerson’s opening statement, he said that he had consulted with State Department lawyers before this appearance. Can you tell us why he or what – why and what he would have discussed with the department before going to the Hill?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, I think, well, first of all, largely the conversation between the former secretary and the Congress, I would refer you to their offices, both to the Congress and to him. I do not know if he consulted with our lawyers.

    QUESTION: He said he did.

    MS ORTAGUS: I’m sure; he may have. I’ll be happy to check into it.

    QUESTION: He did. He did say that. And I want to know, because I don’t think it’s particularly – I mean, I’ll ask his office as well, obviously.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: But it’s not like you guys were completely unaware that this was happening, and so I’d just like to know what he felt the need, or was it required, that he talk to State Department lawyers before making this appearance.

    MS ORTAGUS: Sure, yeah. Totally understand the question. I’ll have to ask.

    QUESTION: One more thing on that is that Secretary Pompeo said today, when asked about some of Tillerson’s reported remarks, that’s why he’s no longer secretary of state. I think he said “pretty outrageous” and (inaudible.)

    MS ORTAGUS: He did say that, and I will let his statement stand.

    Yes.

    QUESTION: Yes, hi. From Voice of America. Can I please ask about China? It’s about Hikvision, a Chinese video surveillance company.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: Is the State Department weighing in any interagency discussion on whether or not to put Hikvision on the entity list? I mean, from the human rights point of view, would State Department support to put Hikvision on the black list regarding its – the role it plays in the surveillance and mass detention in the Uighurs? Thank you.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes, totally understand your concern. Thank you for the question. But the State Department, we do not comment on potential sanctions, investigations, or actions, and so I would refer you to the Department of Commerce, who actually keeps additional information on the entity list.

    QUESTION: Is the State Department consulted?

    MS ORTAGUS: Well, the interagency is always consulted in these matters, but I can’t speak to particular cases that may – potentially may happen. When we have an announcement, we’ll certainly let you know.

    Hi.

    QUESTION: Hi, Deirdre Shesgreen with USA Today.

    MS ORTAGUS: Hi, Deirdre.

    QUESTION: I think Paul Whelan is set to have another detention hearing in Moscow tomorrow. I know that Secretary Pompeo generally raised the issue of Americans detained in Russia when he was in Sochi, but did he specifically ask about Mr. Whelan’s case and the validity of the charges against him? And is there any kind of progress in that case?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. So the Secretary often says, as I say as well, that the highest priority that this administration places is on the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens. The Secretary did say on – I believe it was on May 14th that he raised the issue of U.S. citizens who have been detained in Russia and making sure that our citizens are not unjustly held abroad. He also reiterated to Foreign Minister Lavrov that this is one of the – it is one of President Trump’s highest priorities to protect American citizens.

    We do have a recent visit by Ambassador Huntsman about a month ago on April 30th to Mr. Whelan. And we, of course, remain concerned by the lack of evidence in his case, and the Secretary is committed to continue to raise this at the highest levels.

    QUESTION: Can I ask a Israel question?

    MS ORTAGUS: Israel?

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS ORTAGUS: Why not?

    QUESTION: I am wondering if you guys have weighed in with the Israelis at all on the, quote, “ordered deportation” of the Human Rights Watch researcher Omar Shakir.

    MS ORTAGUS: What was the – tell me the name again?

    QUESTION: Omar Shakir.

    MS ORTAGUS: Sorry, give me one second.

    QUESTION: He’s been ordered deported —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: — for allegedly activity – activities that they say support BDS.

    MS ORTAGUS: Right. You’re stumping me, Matt, today with your questions. I don’t have an answer, but I’ll get one for you.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: Hi, Jennifer Hansler, CNN. There was a report earlier in the week that —

    MS ORTAGUS: Last question, by the way, if that’s okay.

    QUESTION: — the U.S. has repatriated a family that may have ties to ISIS from a Syrian camp back to the U.S. I was wondering if you could confirm that, and more broadly, if you have any numbers on those repatriations.

    MS ORTAGUS: Can you give me just a second? I don’t think I have any numbers to give you. I’ll check into that and see if that’s possible to give you. I mean, we think the best solution for these foreign family members, especially the children, is voluntary repatriation. Those who have broken the laws of their country through their connection with ISIS or its affiliates should, where appropriate, be subject to criminal prosecution, but just looking here, I don’t think I have any specific numbers for you, but we can certainly get that.

    QUESTION: Okay. Thank you.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay. What about – Matt, anything final?

    QUESTION: No, no. That’s it. Thank you.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay. Thanks. Thanks, everyone.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Thanks, Morgan.









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    FCC Commissioner Starks announces Workshop on Security Vulnerabilities within our Communication Networks

    FCC Commissioner Starks announces Workshop on Security Vulnerabilities within our Communication Networks | site |


    (June 21, 2019) - - Today (June 21, 2019), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:


    COMMISSIONER STARKS ANNOUNCES WORKSHOP ON “SECURITY VULNERABILITIES WITHIN OUR COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS: FIND IT, FIX IT, FUND IT”


    WASHINGTON, June 21, 2019 — On Thursday, June 27th, 2019, Commissioner Geoffrey Starks of the Federal Communications
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    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos - - Final "Supplement, not Supplant" Guidance Helps Promote Effective Spending, Flexibility

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos: Final "Supplement, not Supplant" Guidance Helps Promote Effective Spending, Flexibility | site |


    (June 20, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Education published (today) the following information:

    WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released final non-regulatory guidance to support school districts’ compliance with the requirement that federal funds supplement,... read more
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    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Travel to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, India, Japan, and the Republic of Korea

    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Travel to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, India, Japan, and the Republic of Korea | site |



    (June 23, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus issued the following statement:

    Secretary Pompeo will travel to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, India, Japan, and the Republic of Korea June 23-30 to discuss issues of regional and mutual concern, and to broaden
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    National Transportation Safety Board issues 10 Safety Recommendations following Investigation of Oakland, Iowa, School Bus Crash

    National Transportation Safety Board issues 10 Safety Recommendations following Investigation of Oakland, Iowa, School Bus Crash | site |


    (June 18, 2019) - - Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:


    A driver’s failure to maintain control of a school bus – for reasons that could not be determined – and the failure of the Riverside Community School District to provide adequate oversight by allowing a driver with a known physical impairment to operate a school bus led to the fatal Dec.
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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Takes Important Step to Further Protect Children from Exposure to Lead-Contaminated Dust

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Takes Important Step to Further Protect Children from Exposure to Lead-Contaminated Dust | site |



    (June 21, 2019) - - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published (today) the following information:

    Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, along with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, announced new, tighter standards for lead in dust on floors and window sills to protect children from the harmful
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    USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Dr. Seth Meyer to Depart

    USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Dr. Seth Meyer to Depart | site |



    (June 19, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, June 19, 2019 – USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson has announced the departure of USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Dr. Seth Meyer, effective July 13, along with the appointment of Deputy Board Chair Dr. Mark
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    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo makes Statement on Iranian Disinformation

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo makes Statement on Iranian Disinformation | site |


    Washington, DC - - (June 22, 2019) - - Today (June 22, 2019), the U.S. Department of State published the following statement of U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo:


    Iran’s leaders know the truth is a dangerous thing. It is important to correct the record.

    First, President Trump did not pass a message through Oman
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    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Announces Kansas City Region as coming new Location for Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Announces Kansas City Region as Selected new Location for Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture | site |


    USDA says move puts ERS, NIFA closer to customers, expected to save nearly $300 million nominally


    (June 13, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., June 13, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture... read more
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards 63 Million Dollars to Support Affordable Housing and Community Development in 85 Tribal Communities

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards $63 Million to Support Affordable Housing and Community Development in 85 Tribal Communities | site |



    (June 18, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information:


    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $63 million to 85 Native American communities throughout the country to improve housing conditions and stimulate community development for residents, including funding construction projects that generate local job opportunities. HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program supports a wide range of community development and affordable housing activities. See a list of award winners below.

    “HUD is committed to supporting affordable housing and economic opportunities for Native American communities across the country,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “These grants will generate other investments from public and private sources to create economic opportunities, improve housing conditions and create jobs in Indian country.”

    The ICDBG Program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages meet their community development needs. Federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, groups or nations (including Alaska Indian, Aleuts, and Eskimos), Alaska Native villages, and eligible tribal organizations compete for this funding each year.

    The goal of the program is to develop viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including neighborhoods with decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities. Communities can use the grants to rehabilitate or build new housing; to buy land for housing; for infrastructure projects such as roads, water and sewer facilities; and to spur economic development including jobs.

    The ICDBG Program supports a broad range of housing and community development activities including:


    • Housing rehabilitation and land acquisition to support new housing construction, and under limited circumstances, new housing construction.
    • Infrastructure construction, e.g., roads, water and sewer facilities, and single- or multi-purpose community buildings.
    • Wide variety of commercial, industrial, agricultural projects, which may be recipient owned and operated or which may be owned and/or operated by a third party.




    Fiscal Year 2018 ICDBG Grantees:

    STATE RECIPIENT COMMUNITY AMOUNT
    Alaska Arctic Village Arctic Village $450,000
    Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc Anchorage $600,000
    Hydaburg Cooperative Association Hydaburg $600,000
    Igiugig Village Igugig $600,000
    Ketchikan Indian Corporation Ketchikan $461,000
    Kokhanok Village Kokhanok $600,000
    Metlakatla Housing Authority Metlakatla $600,000
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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Launches ‘Green Interns Program’ For Fall 2019

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Launches ‘Green Interns Program’ For Fall 2019 | site |


    EPA’s new program creates pathway to civil service for recent graduates


    (June 17, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the following information:


    WASHINGTON (June 17, 2019) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing the Green Interns Program to cultivate a collection of the best, qualified candidates
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    Federal Reserve Board Publishes Summary of Feedback from Roundtable Discussions on the Current State of, and Potential Revisions to, the Community Reinvestment Act

    Federal Reserve Board Publishes Summary of Feedback from Roundtable Discussions on the Current State of, and Potential Revisions to, the Community Reinvestment Act | site |



    (June 13, 2019) - - Today (June 13, 2019), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:


    The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday published, "Perspectives from Main Street: Stakeholder Feedback on Modernizing the Community Reinvestment Act," a summary of feedback
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    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Meeting With EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini

    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Meeting With EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini | site |



    (June 18, 2019) - - Today, in a statement attributed to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:

    Secretary... read more
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Appoints Two New Senior Executives

    U.S. Small Business Administration Appoints Two New Senior Executives | site |


    (June 5, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration announces the appointment of two new senior executives. George Koklanaris is serving as the Associate Administrator for the Office of Small Business Development Centers and Stefanie Baker Wehagen as the National
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    U.S. General Services Administration Seeks Feedback from Industry on Consolidating Multiple Award Schedules and Proposed Terms and Conditions

    U.S. General Services Administration Seeks Feedback from Industry on Consolidating Multiple Award Schedules and Proposed Terms and Conditions | site |


    Responses to RFI will inform clauses and provisions for new single MAS solicitation to be released later this year



    (June 7, 2019) - - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) published (today) the following information:


    WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. General
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency Releases PrepTalk on Effective Emergency Communication

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Releases PrepTalk on Effective Emergency Communication | site |


    (June 18, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — FEMA and its emergency management partners released Claudine Jaenichen’s “Visual + Effective Communication for Emergency Information” today. In her PrepTalk, Jaenichen explores the cognitive... read more
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    National Institutes of Health says Sleeping with Artificial Light at Night Associated with Weight Gain in Women

    National Institutes of Health says Sleeping with Artificial Light at Night Associated with Weight Gain in Women | site |


    NIH says eliminating light while sleeping could reduce obesity



    (June 10, 2019) - - Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:


    Sleeping with a television or light on in the room may be a risk factor for gaining weight or developing obesity, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health. The research, which was published online June 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine, is the first to find an association between any exposure to artificial light at night while sleeping and weight gain in women. The results suggest
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Exceeds Hiring Goal of Mental Health Providers by the Thousands

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Exceeds Hiring Goal of Mental Health Providers by the Thousands | site |


    (June 14, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently surpassed its original goal to hire mental health providers by more than 1,000, through the Mental Health Hiring Initiative, which aims to achieve... read more
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    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, at United States Central Command, makes Remarks to the Press

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, at United States Central Command, makes Remarks to the Press | site |



    (June 18, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State provided the following transcript of U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo's remarks to the press at the United States Central Command in Tampa, Florida:


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you all for joining me here today. I had a good evening and a really good morning – spent time getting briefed by General McKenzie and his team at CENTCOM and General Clarke and his team at SOCOM. The purpose of my visit was to come down here and make sure that the State Department and the Department of Defense were deeply coordinated across a whole broad range of... read more
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    Acting Secretary McAleenan Statement on the ‘United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security

    Homeland Security Acting Secretary McAleenan Statement on the ‘United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security | site |



    (June 11, 2019 ) - - Today (June 11, 2019), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – On June 11th, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan issued the following statement regarding
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    Federal Trade Commission Takes Action against Companies Falsely Claiming Compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, Other International Privacy Agreements

    Federal Trade Commission Takes Action against Companies Falsely Claiming Compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, Other International Privacy Agreements | site |


    (June 14, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information:

    The Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement with a background screening company over allegations it falsely claimed to be a participant in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program. In separate actions, the FTC also sent... read more
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    Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini

    Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini | site |


    (June 17, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State attributed to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus the following statement;

    Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini. They reiterated
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    Agencies Issue Final Rule to Streamline Regulatory Reporting Requirements and Commit to further Review of Reporting Burdens for Small Institutions

    Agencies Issue Final Rule to Streamline Regulatory Reporting Requirements and Commit to further Review of Reporting Burdens for Small Institutions | site |


    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency




    (June 17, 2019) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System provided the following information:

    The three federal bank regulatory agencies adopted a
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Report on Financial Education for Students

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Report on Financial Education for Students | site |


    (June 14, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:


    Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today released a report on behalf of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC). The report, Best Practices for Financial Education at Institutions of Higher Education, provides recommendations
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    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Honored as American Maritime Hero

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Honored as American Maritime Hero | site |


    (June 11, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation provided the following information:

    Last week, Secretary Chao was named an American Maritime Hero by the American Maritime Partnership. A yearlong celebration of American Maritime heroes, the American Maritime Partnership selected Secretary Chao as the inaugural honoree, along with WWII merchant mariners. This decision to name Secretary Chao a maritime hero was widely applauded
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    U.S. Department of Energy Announces 75 Million Dollars for High Energy Physics Research

    U.S. Department of Energy Announces $75 Million for High Energy Physics Research | site |



    Projects Span Colliders, Neutrinos, Dark Matter, and Dark Energy


    (June 4, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $75 million in funding for 66 university research awards on a range of topics in high energy physics to advance knowledge of how the universe works at its most fundamental... read more
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    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Releases Statement on Treasury Department Regulations on Charitable Contributions and State and Local Tax Credits

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Releases Statement on Treasury Department Regulations on Charitable Contributions and State and Local Tax Credits | site |




    (June 12, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following:


    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Treasury released final regulations on charitable... read more
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    Remarks by Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma at the American Medical Association Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates

    Remarks by Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma at the American Medical Association Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates | site |


    (June 10, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following speech:



    Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the American Medical Association Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates

    (As prepared for delivery – June 10, 2019)


    Thank you for that kind introduction…it’s an honor to be here today. And I would like to start by recognizing the leadership of the AMA, Dr. Sue Bailey, Dr. Barbara McAnenny, Dr. Jack Resneck, and Dr. Jim Madara. I would also like to acknowledge my HHS colleague, the Surgeon General of the United Sates, Dr. Jerome Adams, who is here today. . Thank you all for your service and leadership.

    Being in a room full of doctors is like coming home for me. Last year three generations of doctors were seated at our Thanksgiving table, and I can tell you that my husband’s multi-specialty p-oker* group has given me a lot of insight over the years on the day to day challenges of doctors.
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says More than Half of People who Misuse Prescription Opioids also Binge Drink

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says More than Half of People who Misuse Prescription Opioids also Binge Drink | site |


    Millions of Americans at increased risk of overdose and death


    (June 11, 2019) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the following information:

    More than half of the 4.2 million Americans who misused prescription opioids between 2012 and 2014 also engaged in binge drinking, according to a new study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the American
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury Issues Final Regulations on Charitable Contributions and State and Local Tax Credits

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Issues Final Regulations on Charitable Contributions and State and Local Tax Credits | site |


    (June 11, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:


    Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today issued final rules and additional guidance on the federal income tax treatment of payments made under state and local tax credit programs. The regulations prevent
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    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo's June 10, 2019 Remarks to the Press

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo's June 10, 2019 Remarks to the Press | site |



    Washington, DC - - (June 10 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State published the following information concerning U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo's June 10, 2019 remarks to the press:

    SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone.

    QUESTION: Good afternoon.

    SECRETARY POMPEO: A couple things this afternoon. First, I’ll give some remarks later this week that are consistent with what we’ve been working on for my entire time here in the Indo-Pacific. I’ll be speaking to a group of Indian business leaders in preparation for the trip that I’ll take in a couple weeks where I’ll be visiting
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    National Transportation Safety Board Issues Safety Recommendations to Improve Barge Fleeting Area Safety

    National Transportation Safety Board Issues Safety Recommendations to Improve Barge Fleeting Area Safety | site |



    (May 30, 2019) - - Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON (May 30, 2019) — The National Transportation Safety Board’s Marine Accident Brief 19/11, published Thursday, contains three safety recommendations issued to the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, based upon findings of the NTSB’s investigation of a Jan. 13, 2018, barge breakaway.

    MAB 19/11 details the findings, probable
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    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Advances Higher Education Reform Forged by Historic Consensus

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Advances Higher Education Reform Forged by Historic Consensus | site |


    Education Department says comprehensive rewrite of federal regulations which seek to promote innovation, protect students, and reduce regulatory burden, are now open for public comment


    (June 11, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON—As part of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Rethink School agenda, the U.S. Department... read more
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    Federal Trade Commission Announces Two Actions Enforcing the Consumer Review Fairness Act

    Federal Trade Commission Announces Two Actions Enforcing the Consumer Review Fairness Act | site |


    FTC says Companies illegally included non-disparagement clauses in form contracts


    (June 3, 2019) - - Today (June 3, 2019), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information:

    The Federal Trade Commission has issued two administrative complaints and proposed orders enforcing the Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA), which prohibits businesses from using form contract terms that bar consumers from
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    Joint Statement on the Inaugural U.S.-Iceland Economic Dialogue

    Joint Statement on the Inaugural U.S.-Iceland Economic Dialogue | Site |


    (June 7, 2019) - - Today (June 7, 2019), the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:

    The following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Iceland.

    Begin text:

    The United States and Iceland held their inaugural Economic Dialogue in Reykjavik, Iceland, on June 7, 2019. The Economic Dialogue was jointly announced by Secretary of State
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    U.S. Internal Revenue Service Warns of Higher Penalty for some Tax Returns Filed After June 14

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service Warns of Higher Penalty for some Tax Returns Filed After June 14 | site |


    (June 7, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers who owe tax and have not filed their 2018 return to act before Friday, June 14, before a larger penalty kicks in.

    The failure-to-file penalty is assessed if there is unpaid tax and the taxpayer fails to file a tax return or request an extension by the April due date.
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Launches New Health Care Options under MISSION Act

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Launches New Health Care Options under MISSION Act | site |


    (June 6, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:


    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched its new and improved Veterans Community Care Program on June 6, 2019, implementing portions of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (MISSION Act), which both ends the Veterans Choice Program and establishes a new Veterans Community
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    IRS, Treasury unveil Proposed W-4 Design for 2020

    IRS, Treasury unveil Proposed W-4 Design for 2020 | site |


    (May 31, 2019) - - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published (today, May 31, 2019) the following information:


    WASHINGTON – Today the Internal Revenue Service issued a draft of the 2020 Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate that will make accurate withholding easier for employees starting next year.

    The revised form implements changes made following the 2017
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    U.S.-Mexico Joint Declaration

    U.S.-Mexico Joint Declaration | site |


    Washington, DC - - (June 7, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:

    The United States and Mexico met this week to address the shared challenges of irregular migration, to include the entry of migrants into the United States in violation of U.S. law. Given the dramatic increase in migrants moving from Central America through Mexico to the United States, both countries recognize the vital
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    Conclusion of Negotiations with Mexico

    Conclusion of Negotiations with Mexico | site |


    Washington, DC - - (June 7, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State reported that U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo issued the following statement:


    We would like to thank Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard for his hard work to negotiate a set of joint obligations that benefit both the United States
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    National Effort to Transform Public Housing into Book-rich Environments reaches One Million Books

    National Effort to Transform Public Housing into Book-rich Environments reaches One Million Books | site |


    (May 28, 2019) - - Today (May 28, 2019), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - In just its third year, a national campaign to promote literacy and a life-long love of reading has distributed one million books to children living in public housing. The Book-Rich Environments Initiative (BRE) is a collaboration aimed to transform public housing authorities (PHAs) into book-rich environments by providing diverse, high quality books and other literacy tools to children and families living in HUD-assisted housing

    The BRE Initiative seeks to improve literacy outcomes and to
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    Federal Communications Commission Concludes first High-band 5G Airwaves Auctions

    Federal Communications Commission Concludes first High-band 5G Airwaves Auctions | site |


    High-Band Spectrum in 24 GHz and 28 GHz Bands Auctioned for Over $2.7 Billion



    (May 28, 2019) - - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published (today, May 28, 2019) the following informatioin:

    WASHINGTON, May 28, 2019—Today, the FCC announced the successful conclusion of bidding in Auction 102. Auction 102 is the Commission’s second auction of
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    U.S. Department of Commerce Releases Report on Critical Minerals

    U.S. Department of Commerce Releases Report on Critical Minerals | site |


    The Department Sets 24 Goals to Safeguard American Access to Crucial Commodities


    (June 4, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Commerce published (today, June 4, 2019) the following information:

    WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released the interagency report that was submitted to the President pursuant to Executive Order 13817, A Federal
    ... read more
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    U.S. Department of the Interior Finalizes First Ever Categorical Exclusion as Part of Improved Title Transfer Process

    U.S. Department of the Interior Finalizes First Ever Categorical Exclusion as Part of Improved Title Transfer Process | site |


    Interior says Streamlined process will empower local ownership and facilitate infrastructure investment



    (May 22, 2019) - - Today (May 22, 2019), the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced two actions that will expedite the transfer of eligible Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) facilities into local
    ... read more
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    U.S. Department of State Debars 23 Persons for Violating or Conspiring To Violate the Arms Export Control Act

    U.S. Department of State Debars 23 Persons for Violating or Conspiring To Violate the Arms Export Control Act | site |


    (June 6, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:


    On June 6, 2019, the U.S. Department of State published a Federal Register notice of 23 individuals and entities statutorily debarred for having been convicted of violating,
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    U.S. General Services Administration records Sale of Multi-million Dollar Property in the District of Columbia

    U.S. General Services Administration records Sale of Multi-million Dollar Property in the District of Columbia | site |



    (May 22, 2019) - - Today (May 22, 2019), the U.S. General Services Administration published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) officially closed on the sale of a parcel near 12th St and Independence Ave SW (12th and Independence Parcel)... read more
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    National Transportation Safety Board Publishes Preliminary Report for Investigation of Mid-Air Collision, Calls for Greater Safety Measures for For-Hire Flights

    National Transportation Safety Board Publishes Preliminary Report for Investigation of Mid-Air Collision, Calls for Greater Safety Measures for For-Hire Flights | site |



    (May 22, 2019) - - Today (May 22, 2019), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:


    ​The National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday released the preliminary report for its investigation of the May 13, 2019, fatal mid-air collision near Ketchikan, Alaska, one in a string of recent accidents involving
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commisssion Adopts Rules and Interpretations to Enhance Protections and Preserve Choice for Retail Investors in Their Relationships With Financial Professionals

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Rules and Interpretations to Enhance Protections and Preserve Choice for Retail Investors in Their Relationships With Financial Professionals | site |



    Washington, DC - - (June 5, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information:

    The Securities and Exchange Commission today voted to adopt a package of rulemakings and interpretations designed to enhance the quality and transparency of retail investors’ relationships with investment advisers and broker-dealers, bringing the legal requirements and mandated disclosures in line with reasonable investor expectations, while preserving access (in terms of choice and cost) to a variety of investment services and products. Specifically, these actions include new... read more
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    United States and United Kingdom Establish the Financial Innovation Partnership

    United States and United Kingdom Establish the Financial Innovation Partnership | site |



    (May 29, 2019) - - Today (May 29, 2019), the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:

    Washington – Collaboration between the United States and the United Kingdom on financial services was boosted today by the establishment of a Financial Innovation Partnership.

    The Partnership between the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the UK’s HM
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    Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Hedgehogs

    Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Hedgehogs | site |



    (May 31, 2019) - - Today (May 31, 2019), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the following information:

    A CDC investigation update of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to contact with pet hedgehogs has been posted: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhi...-19/index.html.

    Updates:

    • Ten more people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported, bringing the total to 27 people.


    • Six more states
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Selection of Two New University Transportation Centers

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Selection of Two New University Transportation Centers | site |



    University of South Florida and Washington State University to focus on two key research priorities with a total of $15 million in grants



    (June 5, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today
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    U.S. Expression of Condolences on the Passing of Israel’s First Lady Nechama Rivlin

    U.S. Expression of Condolences on the Passing of Israel’s First Lady Nechama Rivlin | site |



    (June 4, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus issued the following statement of U.S. expression:


    On behalf of Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and the American people, we extend our deepest condolences to President Reuven Rivlin,
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Personnel Promotion and Departure

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Personnel Promotion and Departure | site |


    (June 3, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following iinformation:


    The Department of Health and Human Services announced today that HHS Secretary Azar’s Chief of Staff, Peter Urbanowicz, will be leaving the department in June, with Deputy Chief of Staff Brian Harrison promoted to the Chief of Staff
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces Final Community Care Regulations under MISSION Act

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces Final Community Care Regulations under MISSION Act | site |


    (June 5, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published (today) the following information:


    WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the publication in the Federal Register of two final regulations as part of its new Veterans Community Care Program under the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and... read more
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers 43 Million Dollars to Support Housing Counseling

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers $43 Million to Support Housing Counseling | site |



    (May 31, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Housng and Urban Development published the following information:


    WASHINGTON - June is National Homeownership Month, a time to recognize the importance of homeownership to the U.S. economy and the benefits owning a home have on building household wealth for families. To support stable and
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Celebrates National Homeownership Month

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Celebrates National Homeownership Month | site |



    Activities and Events across the Nation to Spotlight USDA's Efforts to Help Families in Rural Communities Achieve Prosperity through Homeownership


    (June 3, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information:


    WASHINGTON – Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today kicked off National Homeownership Month
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    Agencies issue Final Rule regarding the Treatment of certain Municipal Obligations as High-quality Liquid Assets

    Agencies issue Final Rule regarding the Treatment of certain Municipal Obligations as High-quality Liquid Assets | site |

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency




    (May 30, 2019) - - Today (May 30, 2019), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information contained in a joint press release of the Board of Governors
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    United States Restricts Travel and Vessels to Cuba

    United States Restricts Travel and Vessels to Cuba | site |


    Washington, DC - - June 4, 2019 - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson peovided the following information:


    Today, the United States took strong action to prevent U.S. travel to Cuba from enriching the Cuban military, security, and intelligence services by announcing new restrictions on authorized travel and vessels
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    Federal Reserve Board issues Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households

    Federal Reserve Board issues Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households | site |



    (May 23, 2019) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:


    The Federal Reserve Board's latest Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households found that most measures of economic well-being and financial resilience in 2018 were similar to, or slightly better than, those in 2017.

    Overall, the financial experiences reported by the 11,000 adults surveyed in 2018 were largely positive, and many families
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury Sanctions Argentina-based Goldpharma

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Sanctions Argentina-based Goldpharma | site |


    Treasury alleges that the Goldpharma network of illegal online pharmacies traffics opioids to the United States


    (May 23, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:

    Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified the Argentina-based Goldpharma Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Organization (Goldpharma DTO/MLO) as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin
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    Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services Statement - - - Delay in Final Chimeric Antigen Receptor --CAR-- T-cell therapy National Coverage Determination

    Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services Statement - - - Delay in Final Chimeric Antigen Receptor --CAR-- T-cell therapy National Coverage Determination | site |




    (May 17, 2019) - - Today (May 17, 2019), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information:



    Delay in Final Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy National Coverage Determination

    From a CMS spokesperson:... read more
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    Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson Travel to Singapore

    Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson Travel to Singapore | site |



    Washington, DC - - (May 24, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:

    Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson will travel to Singapore
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    Department of Veterans Affairs Partners with Microsoft to Improve how Rural Veterans Access VA’s Online Services and Benefits

    Department of Veterans Affairs Partners with Microsoft to Improve how Rural Veterans Access VA’s Online Services and Benefits | site |



    (May 22, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Microsoft Corp., recently formed a partnership that aims to improve how Veterans living in rural areas can access
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    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai Receives Major Public Safety Award

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai Receives Major Public Safety Award | site |



    Global Public Safety Organization Recognizes FCC Chairman for Leadership in Communications Policy



    (May 22, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai received the
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Releases Temporary Pay and Leave Guidance for Upcoming WMATA Project

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Releases Temporary Pay and Leave Guidance for Upcoming WMATA Project | site |



    (May 21, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released a memo to agencies releasing telework and alternative work schedule guidance for Federal employees who will be affected... read more
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    Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom

    Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom | state |


    Washington, DC - - (May 24, 2019) - - Today, Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, provided the following information:


    Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom from May 30 to June 5.

    In Berlin, Secretary
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