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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Turnable, twistable robots | NSF - National Science Foundation

Turnable, twistable robots | NSF - National Science Foundation

Carter Announces More U.S. Support for Afghan Forces

Carter Announces More U.S. Support for Afghan Forces: U.S. forces in Afghanistan now will be able to boost support for Afghan conventional forces with more firepower and by accompanying and advising them on the ground and in the air, Defense Secretary

Remarks at the 2016 Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board, U.S. Joint Statement on Audit | usun.state.gov

Remarks at the 2016 Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board, U.S. Joint Statement on Audit | usun.state.gov

U.S.-Norwegian Demining Initiative

U.S.-Norwegian Demining Initiative

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Remarks at the 46th Organization of American States General Assembly

Remarks at the 46th Organization of American States General Assembly

SEC.gov | Testimony on “Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission”

SEC.gov | Testimony on “Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission”

U.S.-Azerbaijan Open Skies Agreement Enters Into Force

U.S.-Azerbaijan Open Skies Agreement Enters Into Force

Readout of Secretary Carter

Readout of Secretary Carter: Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout:Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with Turkish Minister of Defense Fikri Işık today on the sidelines of the NATO Defense

U.S. Support for UN Sustainable Development Goals Through the IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative

U.S. Support for UN Sustainable Development Goals Through the IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative

Monday, June 13, 2016

Future summers could be hotter than any on record | NSF - National Science Foundation

Future summers could be hotter than any on record | NSF - National Science Foundation

Remarks on the Election of Israel as Chair of the Sixth Committee for the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly | usun.state.gov

Remarks on the Election of Israel as Chair of the Sixth Committee for the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly | usun.state.gov

Remarks With Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides

Remarks With Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides

Creating printable, programmable machines | NSF - National Science Foundation

Creating printable, programmable machines | NSF - National Science Foundation

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on the Election of the President of the General Assembly for the 71st session | usun.state.gov

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on the Election of the President of the General Assembly for the 71st session | usun.state.gov

Remarks for Rumi Forum/Turkic American Alliance Iftar

Remarks for Rumi Forum/Turkic American Alliance Iftar

What can an undergrad learn from a robot? | NSF - National Science Foundation

What can an undergrad learn from a robot? | NSF - National Science Foundation

Friday, June 10, 2016

UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea

UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea

Republic of the Philippines Independence Day

Republic of the Philippines Independence Day

On the Occasion of the National Day of the Russian Federation

On the Occasion of the National Day of the Russian Federation

Defense Bill Concerns DoD, White House, Pentagon Press Secretary Says

Defense Bill Concerns DoD, White House, Pentagon Press Secretary Says: As the Senate debates its version of the National Defense Authorization Act this week, the Defense Department and the White House have concerns about the way the legislation now stands, Pentagon Press

Carter Unveils Next Wave of Force of the Future Initiatives

Carter Unveils Next Wave of Force of the Future Initiatives: Defense Secretary Ash Carter today announced the next steps in his Force of the Future initiative to modernize the rules and regulations that govern how the Defense Department recruits, develops and

Remarks With Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan

Remarks With Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Robots to provide a steadying hand at the right time | NSF - National Science Foundation

Robots to provide a steadying hand at the right time | NSF - National Science Foundation

Remarks at the New York Premiere of the Documentary “Out of Iraq” | usun.state.gov

Remarks at the New York Premiere of the Documentary “Out of Iraq” | usun.state.gov

Infographic: The making of a collaborative robot | NSF - National Science Foundation

Infographic: The making of a collaborative robot | NSF - National Science Foundation

SEC.gov | Consultant to Chinese Private Equity Firms Settles Insider Trading Charges

SEC.gov | Consultant to Chinese Private Equity Firms Settles Insider Trading Charges

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the International Criminal Court on the Situation in Darfur | usun.state.gov

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the International Criminal Court on the Situation in Darfur | usun.state.gov

On the Occasion of the Official Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

On the Occasion of the Official Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Behind the Myths: The Truth About Overtime

Behind the Myths: The Truth About Overtime: Last week we announced the most meaningful update to the nation’s white-collar overtime rules in more than 40 years. By raising the salary threshold under which white-collar salaried workers qualif…

Service robots are coming to help us | NSF - National Science Foundation

Service robots are coming to help us | NSF - National Science Foundation

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Pressure From Local Forces Restricts ISIL, Inherent Resolve Spokesman

Pressure From Local Forces Restricts ISIL, Inherent Resolve Spokesman: Local forces in Iraq and Syria are pressuring the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at multiple points on the battlefield, restricting the terrorist army’s mobility and options, the Operation

United States and China Discuss Challenges of Civil Aviation at the 8th U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue

United States and China Discuss Challenges of Civil Aviation at the 8th U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue

Remarks to the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme | usun.state.gov

Remarks to the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme | usun.state.gov

On the Occasion of Portugal Day

On the Occasion of Portugal Day

Remarks on “Twenty-first Century Realism” at the Awarding of the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize at the American Academy in Berlin | usun.state.gov

Remarks on “Twenty-first Century Realism” at the Awarding of the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize at the American Academy in Berlin | usun.state.gov

World Oceans Day: Coral reefs falling victim to overfishing, pollution fueled by climate change | NSF - National Science Foundation

World Oceans Day: Coral reefs falling victim to overfishing, pollution fueled by climate change | NSF - National Science Foundation

World Oceans Day 2016

World Oceans Day 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Flight of the RoboBee | NSF - National Science Foundation

Flight of the RoboBee | NSF - National Science Foundation

U.S.-China Press Statements

U.S.-China Press Statements

70th Anniversary of Accession to the Throne of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

70th Anniversary of Accession to the Throne of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Press Availability in Beijing, China

Press Availability in Beijing, China

World Oceans Day: Deltas critical to food production, fisheries health, storm protection | NSF - National Science Foundation

World Oceans Day: Deltas critical to food production, fisheries health, storm protection | NSF - National Science Foundation

Remarks at the Meeting With Chinese President Xi Jinping

Remarks at the Meeting With Chinese President Xi Jinping

Consultation on People-to-People Exchange Plenary Session

Consultation on People-to-People Exchange Plenary Session

Monday, June 6, 2016

Press Secretary: Carter Wants to Push Harder in Counter-ISIL Effort

Press Secretary: Carter Wants to Push Harder in Counter-ISIL Effort: Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said Defense Secretary Ash Carter wants to push harder in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Boko Haram Attacks in Bosso, Niger

Boko Haram Attacks in Bosso, Niger

Open Skies Treaty: Five Key Facts

Open Skies Treaty: Five Key Facts

Remarks at the World Affairs Council of Atlanta

Remarks at the World Affairs Council of Atlanta

S&ED Opening Session Remarks

S&ED Opening Session Remarks

Remarks at the EcoPartnerships Event

Remarks at the EcoPartnerships Event

DOJ ANNOUNCE WITH DUTCH OF ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS AGAINST MAIL FRAUDSTERS TARGETING ELDERLY

FROM:  U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Justice Department and Dutch Authorities Announce Simultaneous Enforcement Actions Against International Mass-Mailing Fraud Schemes Targeting the Elderly

Thousands of U.S. Victims Defrauded Out of Over $18 Million Annually

The United States filed a civil complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York against an individual and two Dutch companies that allegedly engaged in multiple international mail fraud schemes that have defrauded elderly and vulnerable U.S. victims out of tens of millions of dollars, the Department of Justice announced.  The Department sought a temporary restraining order, which was entered by the court yesterday, as well as preliminary and permanent injunctions to prevent the defendants from further victimizing U.S. consumers.

According to the complaint, U.S. residents received fraudulent direct mail solicitations that falsely claimed that the individual recipient had won, or would soon win cash or valuable prizes or otherwise come into great fortune.  Victims sent payments through the U.S. and international mail systems to defendants Trends Service in Kommunikatie B.V. (Trends) and Kommunikatie Service Buitenland B.V. (KSB), both in Utrecht, Netherlands, and both owned and operated by defendant Erik Dekker, 54, of Langbroek, Netherlands.

At the same time that the Justice Department took this law enforcement action, Dutch law enforcement agents executed search warrants on the business address used by both companies and on Dekker’s home address.  The Dutch authorities also took control of the Dutch P.O. boxes used by the defendants to receive victim funds.  The coordinated U.S. and Dutch enforcement actions seek to immediately stop the use of Dutch P.O. boxes to receive payments from fraud victims and to immediately stop the defendants from continuing to victimize the elderly.  Learn more about the actions taken by Dutch authorities at: https://www.om.nl/actueel/nieuwsberichten/@94702/fiod-and-us-doj/ [external link]

“Schemes targeting elderly victims are increasingly international in scope, but geographic distance will not prevent us from seeking justice and holding bad actors accountable,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.  “Dutch authorities have done a great service to U.S. residents and elderly victims worldwide by addressing fraud facilitated within their borders.  The Justice Department will continue to work with our international law enforcement partners to put a stop to fraud schemes that exploit vulnerable Americans.”

“As alleged in the complaint, defendants act as the clearinghouses for multiple international mail fraud schemes, taking money from thousands of elderly and vulnerable victims not only in this district but also throughout the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Robert L. Capers for the Eastern District of New York.  “Together with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and our international partner, the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Division of the Netherlands, we will track down, and stop, the schemes wherever they lead.”

“No one should ever be told they must pay a fee, or make a worthless purchase, to collect a prize,” said Inspector in Charge Regina L. Faulkerson of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Criminal Investigation Group.  “When that happens, it’s fraud - plain and simple - and Postal Inspectors work to keep those falsehoods out of the U.S. mail.”

The complaint filed June 1 in U.S. federal court in the Eastern District of New York alleges that, since at least 2012, Trends, KSB and Dekker have used P.O. boxes in the Netherlands to receive payments from various predatory mass-mailing fraud schemes.  Solicitations are mailed from locations around the globe to residents in the United States.  The solicitations purport to be personalized to each individual recipient, even though they are form letters mailed to hundreds of thousands of potential victims.  Some solicitations instruct recipients to pay a processing fee in order to receive lottery winnings or other prizes; other solicitations urge recipients to purchase goods or services based on false promises that they will guarantee future lottery wins.

As alleged in the complaint, victims responded to the solicitations by completing a form and submitting a payment, usually around $15 to $55, via U.S. mail.  The solicitations contain pre-addressed envelopes in which victims send payments.  The envelopes are addressed to P.O. boxes in the Netherlands.  Trends and KSB operate more than 50 of these P.O. boxes.  Like other so-called “caging services,” Trends and KSB open the payment envelopes, remove the contents, enter payment and other personal information from the victims into a database and handle victim payments.  The U.S. government estimates that U.S. victims mail more than $18 million annually to the defendants’ P.O. boxes.        

The government is seeking an injunction under the Anti-Fraud Injunction Statute immediately shutting down the defendants’ role in the fraudulent schemes in order to protect U.S. victims from further harm.  The injunctions sought by the United States would enjoin the defendants from using the U.S. mail or causing the U.S. mail to be used, to distribute the fraudulent solicitations or to collect victim payments, and from selling lists of American victims who have responded to the solicitations.  If granted, a permanent injunction would allow the U.S. Postal Service to intercept mail heading to the defendants, and return that mail—along with any money being sent to the defendants—to U.S. victims.

U.S. District Court Judge I. Leo Glasser for the Eastern District of New York set a hearing on the preliminary injunction on July 18 at 10 a.m.

The Justice Department’s case is being handled by Trial Attorney Kerala Thie Cowart of the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Vagelatos of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York and Postal Inspector Joseph R. Bizzarro of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Southcom Commander: Illicit Networks Are Region’s Greatest Security Ch

Southcom Commander: Illicit Networks Are Region’s Greatest Security Ch: Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, said the Southcom area of responsibility has been characterized by the absence of ongoing armed conflict between nations for some time, but

Carter, Admirals Take Questions on China at Shangri-La Dialogue

Carter, Admirals Take Questions on China at Shangri-La Dialogue: Defense Secretary Ash Carter and two senior naval officers responded to reporters’ questions about China during the 15th annual International Institute for Strategic Studies Asia Security Summit in

Fights to Retake Fallujah, Manbij City From ISIL Begin

Fights to Retake Fallujah, Manbij City From ISIL Begin: U.S. Central Command spokesman Air Force Col. Pat Ryder said fights that started last week aimed at wrenching control of two major cities in Iraq and Syria from the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq

Remarks Before Meeting With Mongolian Foreign Minister Lundeg Purevsuren

Remarks Before Meeting With Mongolian Foreign Minister Lundeg Purevsuren

Friday, June 3, 2016

Benefits.gov website adds location-based technology to personalize, enhance user experience - United States Department of Labor

Benefits.gov website adds location-based technology to personalize, enhance user experience - United States Department of Labor: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that the Benefits.gov – official federal government benefits website – now customizes the user’s search for government benefits based on the user’s location. By personalizing the content on government benefits and other information – and providing content most commonly requested – the site now provides a better and more efficient tool for its users.

Statement on the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees | usun.state.gov

Statement on the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees | usun.state.gov

US Department of Labor signs agreement to protect workers from misclassification with South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation - United States Department of Labor

US Department of Labor signs agreement to protect workers from misclassification with South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation - United States Department of Labor: Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour DivisionSouth Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

Remarks at the United Nations International School Commencement Ceremony

Remarks at the United Nations International School Commencement Ceremony

Remarks at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Remarks at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Women Peace and Security: Sexual Violence in Conflict | usun.state.gov

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Women Peace and Security: Sexual Violence in Conflict | usun.state.gov

On the Occasion of Sweden's National Day

On the Occasion of Sweden's National Day

Supervolcanoes like Yellowstone may have been more active in the past | NSF - National Science Foundation

Supervolcanoes like Yellowstone may have been more active in the past | NSF - National Science Foundation

On the Occasion of Denmark's National Day, 'Grundlovsdag'

On the Occasion of Denmark's National Day, 'Grundlovsdag'

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

La Niña coming? Deep pool of cool water is making its way across tropical Pacific | NOAA Climate.gov

La Niña coming? Deep pool of cool water is making its way across tropical Pacific | NOAA Climate.gov

NOAA 2016 summer outlook: Where are the highest chances for a hot summer in the U.S.? | NOAA Climate.gov

NOAA 2016 summer outlook: Where are the highest chances for a hot summer in the U.S.? | NOAA Climate.gov

Community Resilience: Is Hawai‘i ready for the impacts from climate change?

Community Resilience: Is Hawai‘i ready for the impacts from climate change?: by Hawai'i Sea Grant

Dr. Bradley Romine is used to his phone ringing off the hook whenever unusually large swells hit parts of Oahu. Romine, a University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (Hawai‘i Sea Grant) coastal hazards extension specialist seconded to the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (DLNR OCCL), is one of the first people homeowners turn to when the waves start lapping at their door and...

Classroom Discussion on Ocean Protection and Environmental Issues

Classroom Discussion on Ocean Protection and Environmental Issues

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Special Operations Forces Conduct Demonstration

Special Operations Forces Conduct Demonstration: International special operations forces conduct a capabilities demonstration over air, land and sea for the public in Tampa, Fla., May 26, 2016.

Coalition Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Coalition Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq: U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Obama: Honor by Remembering Stories of the Fallen

Obama: Honor by Remembering Stories of the Fallen: President Obama marked his final Memorial Day as commander in chief by visiting Arlington National Cemetery, where he placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and delivered remarks in the Memorial

Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence

Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence

Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2290 on South Sudan Sanctions, | usun.state.gov

Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2290 on South Sudan Sanctions, | usun.state.gov

The Impact of Blasphemy Laws Abroad

The Impact of Blasphemy Laws Abroad

Monday, May 30, 2016

Conviction of Hissene Habre for War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, and Torture

Conviction of Hissene Habre for War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, and Torture

Saturday, May 28, 2016

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announces agreement in principle on a new contract for Verizon workers - United States Department of Labor

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announces agreement in principle on a new contract for Verizon workers - United States Department of Labor: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing labor dispute at Verizon: 'Today, I am pleased to announce that the parties have reached an agreement in principle on a four-year contract, resolving the open issues in the ongoing labor dispute between Verizon’s workers, unions, and management. The parties are now working to reduce the agreement to writing, after which the proposal will be submitted to CWA and IBEW union members for ratification.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Mari Carmen Aponte Travels to Uruguay and Brazil

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Mari Carmen Aponte Travels to Uruguay and Brazil

Department awards $3.4M to help re-employ workers affected by coal mining industry layoffs in Kentucky - United States Department of Labor

Department awards $3.4M to help re-employ workers affected by coal mining industry layoffs in Kentucky - United States Department of Labor: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the funding of a supplemental National Dislocated Worker Grant of $3.4 million to provide for reemployment and training services for Kentucky coal mine workers. The new funding will assist current program participants as well as an additional 797 participants hurt by recent layoffs.

Protecting America from the Threat of ISIL

Protecting America from the Threat of ISIL

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Democracy and Human Rights: Shared Challenges and Opportunities

Democracy and Human Rights: Shared Challenges and Opportunities

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing from the ICC Prosecutor on Libya | usun.state.gov

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing from the ICC Prosecutor on Libya | usun.state.gov

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Carter: Maintaining Military Superiority Requires Work, Funding, Techn

Carter: Maintaining Military Superiority Requires Work, Funding, Techn: Defense Secretary Ash Carter told troops at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., that protecting the nation and much of the world is a U.S. duty because of the challenges and

Lifting Embargo Allows Closer U.S., Vietnam Cooperation, Obama, Carter

Lifting Embargo Allows Closer U.S., Vietnam Cooperation, Obama, Carter: The U.S. and Vietnam will cooperate more closely on regional security issues now that a decades-long embargo on arms sales to the Southeast Asian nation has been lifted, President Barack Obama and

Assessing the State Department's Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism

Assessing the State Department's Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism

Remarks at the Fulbright University Vietnam Establishment Ceremony

Remarks at the Fulbright University Vietnam Establishment Ceremony

Remarks at the World Humanitarian Summit Side-Event on Responding to Victims and the Vulnerable: Addressing Human Trafficking in Humanitarian Situations | usun.state.gov

Remarks at the World Humanitarian Summit Side-Event on Responding to Victims and the Vulnerable: Addressing Human Trafficking in Humanitarian Situations | usun.state.gov

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Financial Management Capacity Building for Implementing Partners WHA FY16

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Financial Management Capacity Building for Implementing Partners WHA FY16

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on UN-African Union Peace and Security Cooperation: Chapter VIII Application and the Future of the African Peace and Security Architecture | usun.state.gov

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on UN-African Union Peace and Security Cooperation: Chapter VIII Application and the Future of the African Peace and Security Architecture | usun.state.gov

Guyana Golden Jubilee - 50th Anniversary

Guyana Golden Jubilee - 50th Anniversary

On the Occasion of Republic Day in Azerbaijan

On the Occasion of Republic Day in Azerbaijan

Remarks Before Meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh

Remarks Before Meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh

U.S. Statement at the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice 25th Session

U.S. Statement at the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice 25th Session

Remarks at a Peace Corps Signing Ceremony

Remarks at a Peace Corps Signing Ceremony

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Joint Press Availability With Burmese Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Joint Press Availability With Burmese Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Friday, May 20, 2016

Remarks at ID2020 Summit on Harnessing Digital Identity for the Global Community | usun.state.gov

Remarks at ID2020 Summit on Harnessing Digital Identity for the Global Community | usun.state.gov

Meeting With Staff and Families of Tri Mission Brussels

Meeting With Staff and Families of Tri Mission Brussels

Cameroon National Day

Cameroon National Day

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Federal agencies host Arizona public meetings on benefits for former, retired and current nuclear weapons workers, survivors on compensation programs - United States Department of Labor

Federal agencies host Arizona public meetings on benefits for former, retired and current nuclear weapons workers, survivors on compensation programs - United States Department of Labor: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor and other federal agencies will host three town hall meetings in Arizona to provide former, retired and current nuclear weapons workers and their survivors with information about benefits available through the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act and other federal programs.

Vesak Day

Vesak Day

Commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

Commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

Remarks before the French-American Chamber of Commerce

Remarks before the French-American Chamber of Commerce

OVERTIME: It’s about time.



Press Availability at NATO Headquarters

Press Availability at NATO Headquarters

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Statement of US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez on the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers - United States Department of Labor

Statement of US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez on the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers - United States Department of Labor: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today issued the following statement on the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers.

Keynote Address on 'Development of the Digital Industry in Latin America' at ECLAC/CEPAL Workshop

Keynote Address on 'Development of the Digital Industry in Latin America' at ECLAC/CEPAL Workshop

Meeting With U.S. Embassy Vienna Staff

Meeting With U.S. Embassy Vienna Staff

Timor-Leste's Restoration of Independence Day

Timor-Leste's Restoration of Independence Day

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

FACT SHEET: White House and Department Of Labor Announce $21 Million for Summer and Year-Round Jobs For Young Americans And Launch Of 16 Summer Impact Hubs - United States Department of Labor

FACT SHEET: White House and Department Of Labor Announce $21 Million for Summer and Year-Round Jobs For Young Americans And Launch Of 16 Summer Impact Hubs - United States Department of Labor: “Access to a job in the summer and beyond can make all the difference to a young person – especially those who don’t have access to many resources and opportunities.” - President Barack Obama

Bureau of Counterterrorism's FY 2017 Request

Bureau of Counterterrorism's FY 2017 Request

Commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Port State Measures Agreement to Enter Into Force

Port State Measures Agreement to Enter Into Force

Monday, May 16, 2016

On the Occasion of Norway's National Day

On the Occasion of Norway's National Day

Friday, May 13, 2016

Remarks at a Working Luncheon in Honor of Nordic Leaders

Remarks at a Working Luncheon in Honor of Nordic Leaders

Natural regeneration of tropical forests helps global climate mitigation and forest restoration | NSF - National Science Foundation

Natural regeneration of tropical forests helps global climate mitigation and forest restoration | NSF - National Science Foundation

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Federal food service contractor settles charges of gender-based hiring discrimination for entry-level Michigan, Kentucky, Wisconsin warehouse jobs - United States Department of Labor

Federal food service contractor settles charges of gender-based hiring discrimination for entry-level Michigan, Kentucky, Wisconsin warehouse jobs - United States Department of Labor: WYOMING, Mich. – For a second time, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has determined that a Michigan-based, federal food service contractor systematically discriminated against 926 qualified women seeking entry-level warehouse laborer jobs. In agreements with the department, Gordon Food Service, Inc. of Wyoming will pay a total of $1.85 million to female applicants, hire 37 female applicants and stop using a strength test that OFCCP found to be discriminatory.

North Dakota’s Bakken oil and gas field leaking 275,000 tons of methane per year

North Dakota’s Bakken oil and gas field leaking 275,000 tons of methane per year: The Bakken oil and gas field is leaking a lot of methane, but less than some satellites report, and less than the latest Environmental Protection Agency inventory for petroleum systems, according to the researchers’ calculations. That's the finding of the first field study measuring emissions of this potent greenhouse gas from the Bakken, which spans parts of North Dakota and Montana. The work was published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.
Researchers found that...

Full of Science, Dragon Spacecraft Undocks for Return to Earth

Full of Science, Dragon Spacecraft Undocks for Return to Earth

Remarks With Foreign Secretary Hammond After Their Meeting

Remarks With Foreign Secretary Hammond After Their Meeting

Remarks at Anti-Corruption Summit Plenary

Remarks at Anti-Corruption Summit Plenary

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

On Kenya's Announcement to End Hosting of Refugees

On Kenya's Announcement to End Hosting of Refugees

Remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Countering the Narratives and Ideologies of Terrorism: Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts | usun.state.gov

Remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Countering the Narratives and Ideologies of Terrorism: Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts | usun.state.gov

Five things you need to know about tornadoes | NSF - National Science Foundation

Five things you need to know about tornadoes | NSF - National Science Foundation

Remarks Before the Fifth Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Aspects of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: Agenda Item 148: Cross-Cutting Issues | usun.state.gov

Remarks Before the Fifth Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Aspects of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: Agenda Item 148: Cross-Cutting Issues | usun.state.gov

Smoke From Canadian Wildfires Trapped in Clouds

Smoke From Canadian Wildfires Trapped in Clouds: NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of the clouds over Canada on May 9, 2016. Entwined within the clouds is the smoke billowing up from the wildfires that are currently burning across a large expanse of the country.

Remarks With Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

Remarks With Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Space Station Flyover of Morocco

Space Station Flyover of Morocco: Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Jeff Williams of NASA captured this detailed photograph from the International Space Station during a daytime flyover of Morocco on May 2, 2016. Williams shared the image to social media and asked, 'Reptile scales, or incredible and rugged geology in Morocco?'

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Hiding in the Sunshine: The Search for Other Earths

Hiding in the Sunshine: The Search for Other Earths

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Secretary Mabus Names Next Destroyer Carl M. Levin

Secretary Mabus Names Next Destroyer Carl M. Levin

US Navy Ship Encounters Aggressive Russian Aircraft in Baltic Sea

US Navy Ship Encounters Aggressive Russian Aircraft in Baltic Sea

Carter: DoD Takes Next Step in Sustaining Asia-Pacific Rebalance

Carter: DoD Takes Next Step in Sustaining Asia-Pacific Rebalance: As part of its role in the ongoing rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, DoD is making new investments in the region, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis as it

Mission Manager Update: Kepler Remains Stable as Health Check Continues

Mission Manager Update: Kepler Remains Stable as Health Check Continues

NASA Astronaut to Call Columbia University Students from International Space Station

NASA Astronaut to Call Columbia University Students from International Space Station: Students from Columbia University in New York will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut currently living and working on the International Space Station at 1:10 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 21. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Math for the real world | NSF - National Science Foundation

Math for the real world | NSF - National Science Foundation

Night Image of Chicago

Night Image of Chicago: Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra of NASA captured this brightly lit night image of the city of Chicago on April 5, 2016, from the International Space Station. Kopra (@astro_tim) wrote, '#Goodnight #Chicago from @Space_Station. #CitiesFromSpace'

Remarks at an Informal Meeting on “Syria: War Crimes and the Pursuit of Justice” | usun.state.gov

Remarks at an Informal Meeting on “Syria: War Crimes and the Pursuit of Justice” | usun.state.gov

Remarks with Miami Passport Agency Staff

Remarks with Miami Passport Agency Staff

Neuroscience research into dyslexia leads to 'brainprints' | NSF - National Science Foundation

Neuroscience research into dyslexia leads to 'brainprints' | NSF - National Science Foundation

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts | usun.state.gov

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts | usun.state.gov

Remarks on 'Rejecting False Choices: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East' at the U.S. Naval Academy's Forrestal Lecture on Foreign Policy | usun.state.gov

Remarks on 'Rejecting False Choices: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East' at the U.S. Naval Academy's Forrestal Lecture on Foreign Policy | usun.state.gov

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Remarks at the Informal Meeting on the Preparations for the High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS | usun.state.gov

Remarks at the Informal Meeting on the Preparations for the High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS | usun.state.gov

Carter: U.S.-India Relationship Will Define 21st Century

Carter: U.S.-India Relationship Will Define 21st Century: In India, Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with senior Indian officials to promote the close partnership between the two nations.

United States, Italy, and Saudi Arabia Hold Fourth Counter-ISIL Finance Group Meeting

United States, Italy, and Saudi Arabia Hold Fourth Counter-ISIL Finance Group Meeting

Photographic Shockwave Research Reaches New Heights with BOSCO Flights

Photographic Shockwave Research Reaches New Heights with BOSCO Flights

Remarks at a Special Thematic Briefing on UNRRA and UNDP in Belarus | usun.state.gov

Remarks at a Special Thematic Briefing on UNRRA and UNDP in Belarus | usun.state.gov

Release of the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Release of the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks Following UN Security Council Consultations on Syria | usun.state.gov

Remarks Following UN Security Council Consultations on Syria | usun.state.gov

Remarks at the 49th UN Commission on Population and Development | usun.state.gov

Remarks at the 49th UN Commission on Population and Development | usun.state.gov

Remarks At the Pacific Council on International Policy

Remarks At the Pacific Council on International Policy

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Joint Press Availability With Afghanistan President Ghani

Joint Press Availability With Afghanistan President Ghani

Remarks With Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani At the Opening of Bilateral Commission

Remarks With Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani At the Opening of Bilateral Commission

Friday, April 8, 2016

Machine learning and the wisdom of the crowd | NSF - National Science Foundation

Machine learning and the wisdom of the crowd | NSF - National Science Foundation

U.S. Statement at the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism: The Way Forward

U.S. Statement at the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism: The Way Forward

Press Availability in Baghdad, Iraq

Press Availability in Baghdad, Iraq

Digital Press Kit – Ames Involvement with SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services (CRS)-8 Launch, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Digital Press Kit – Ames Involvement with SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services (CRS)-8 Launch, Kennedy Space Center, Florida: Digital Press Kit – Ames Involvement with SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services (CRS)-8 Launch

Remarks With Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari Before Their Meeting

Remarks With Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari Before Their Meeting

Thursday, April 7, 2016

US Labor Secretary responds to sentencing of ex-coal operator Blankenship - United States Department of Labor

US Labor Secretary responds to sentencing of ex-coal operator Blankenship - United States Department of Labor: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement about today’s sentencing of former Massey Energy Chief Executive Officer Donald Blankenship: “This sentence proves that no mine operator is above the law, and should send a strong signal to unscrupulous employers that skirt safety rules. No prison sentence and no amount of money can bring back the 29 men who lost their lives at Upper Big Branch, but my sincere hope is that this sentence can offer some measure of closure for the families of those miners.

Remarks With Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir

Remarks With Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir

International Roma Day

International Roma Day

Commemoration of the 22nd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

Commemoration of the 22nd Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

Embassy Meet and Greet With Staff and Families of U.S. Embassy Manama, Bahrain

Embassy Meet and Greet With Staff and Families of U.S. Embassy Manama, Bahrain

AddThis Social Bookmarking Sharing Button Widget

AddThis Social Bookmarking Sharing Button Widget

Joint Press Availability With Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa

Joint Press Availability With Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa

World's Largest Maritime Exercise Underway in Middle East

World's Largest Maritime Exercise Underway in Middle East

Obama Meets With Military Leaders, Stresses Capabilities, Counter-ISIL

Obama Meets With Military Leaders, Stresses Capabilities, Counter-ISIL: Kicking off a meeting with the nation

Counter-ISIL Campaign Shows Strong Progress, Admiral Says

Counter-ISIL Campaign Shows Strong Progress, Admiral Says: The coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has degraded the terror group

New land use strategies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions | NSF - National Science Foundation

New land use strategies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions | NSF - National Science Foundation