News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from the U.S. Executive Branch, covering all aspects of the Obama administration including cabinet departments, federal agencies, regulatory and independent agencies.
By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity
America's military has a new commander in chief as Donald J. Trump took the oath of office today as the 45th president of the United States.
"We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people," the president said after taking the oath from Chief Justice John Roberts. "Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's American Forces Press Service issued the following news: By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity America's military has a new commander in chief as Donald J. Trump took the oath of office today as the 45th president of the United States. "We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people," the president said after taking the oath from Chief Justice John Roberts. "Together, we will determine the course of America and the world foryears to come."
To view the video, click here: https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1055512/trump-vows-to-put-american-interests-first-in-all-decisions
Trump added, "We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done."
Thousands of U.S. military members from all service branches are participating in inaugural events. Military participants include bands, the salute gun platoon and escorts for all the dignitaries on the dais on the west front of the U.S. Capitol.
Trump said that every decision that he makes as president will be made with America's interests having the highest priority. "Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families," he said.
Trump said the United States "will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world -- but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow."
Trump vowed to reinforce old alliances and form new ones. He also said he would strive to "unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth."
The new White House website does address some of the president's military priorities. It says the United States cannot allow any nation to surpass its military might, and vowed to provide the required resources for future military capabilities and to bring readiness to where it needs to be.
The website also says Trump "will end the defense sequester and submit a new budget to Congress outlining a plan to rebuild our military. We will provide our military leaders with the means to plan for our future defense needs."
The preeminence of the United States is "at the bedrock" of the Trump administration, the president said in his address.
"Through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other," he said. "When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice."
On January 20, Inauguration Day, Public Affairs Rome hosted an Inauguration Watch event at the Embassy for about 100 guests, including alumni of U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs, think tankers, American studies academics, various young leaders, journalists and contacts. The program highlighted the peaceful transition of the U.S. Presidency, further strengthening our bonds with alumni and enhancing relations with other civil society contacts.
Charge d'Affaires Kelly Degnan kicked off the event with the ROME, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Embassy in Italy issued the following news release: On January 20, Inauguration Day, Public Affairs Rome hosted an Inauguration Watch event at the Embassy for about 100 guests, including alumni of U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs, think tankers, American studies academics, various young leaders, journalists and contacts. The program highlighted the peaceful transition of the U.S. Presidency, further strengthening our bonds with alumni and enhancing relations with other civil society contacts. Charge d'Affaires Kelly Degnan kicked off the event with thefollowing remarks:
Rome, January 20, 2017
(As prepared for delivery)
Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to the U.S. Embassy!
Today is Inauguration Day and we are about to witness an historic moment in my nation's history: The swearing-in of a new President. In approximately 40 minutes, President-elect Donald John Trump will become the 45th President of the United States of America. This will be America's 58th presidential inauguration.
I would like to spend the next few minutes telling you a bit about the rich history and traditions of Inauguration Day.
Let's begin with the question of why today. Why are the President and Vice-President sworn-in on January 20th?
Well, in 1845, Congress adopted a formula for determining the date for presidential elections: They would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. By tradition, Inauguration Day was the following March 4th.
This four-month gap was considered appropriate for the era. It gave time for all votes to be tallied and the Electoral College to meet. And it allowed the President-elect to move to Washington and to identify aides and assign cabinet positions.
But it also created problems. The incumbent President became what we call a "lame duck" - an incumbent with reduced power and influence.
And this could have serious consequences. For example, during the winter of 1860-1861, Southern secessionists armed themselves and seven slave states established the Confederate States of America. The incumbent President was powerless to do anything and by the time Abraham Lincoln took office, the country was on the brink of civil war - with hostilities breaking out a few short weeks later.
Similarly, seventy years later, during the 1932-1933 transition from Herbert Hoover to Franklin Roosevelt, the economic crisis known as the Great Depression worsened and neither the incumbent President nor the President-elect was able to respond.
This lame duck period prompted Congress to propose a constitutional amendment reducing the length of the transition period. The 20th amendment was enacted shortly thereafter and President Franklin Roosevelt's second swearing-in occurred at noon on January 20, 1937.
And now, every four years like clockwork, on January 20 at noon, we swear-in the President. Regardless of our political affiliation, we all celebrate the peaceful transition of power.
Well, what happens on Inauguration Day? Let me walk you through some of the events.
Inauguration Day starts with a morning worship service. This dates back to 1933, when President-elect Franklin Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor attended a service at St. John's Episcopal Church, next to the White House, before leaving for the Capitol. Although Roosevelt was not the first President to attend church on Inauguration Day, his attendance set a precedent that has been followed by every succeeding President-elect.
After their worship service today, President-elect Trump, Vice President-elect Pence and their spouses will be escorted to the White House by members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. There, they will meet briefly with the Obamas and the Bidens.
After their meeting, President-elect Trump and President Obama will travel together to the Capitol for the swearing-in ceremony. Vice President-elect Pence and Vice President Biden, along with families, cabinet members and other senior government officials will follow.
Throughout the 19th century and during the early decades of the 20th century, there were two separate ceremonies once everyone arrived at the Capitol. The first was the swearing-in ceremony for the Vice-President. It was a simple ceremony and took place inside the Senate chamber.
The second ceremony was to swear-in the President. It has taken place at various locations in the Capitol. The area in front of the Capitol's east entrance was perhaps the most popular site, having first been used by President Andrew Jackson in 1829 for his inauguration.
In 1937, these ceremonies were combined into one grand event. Over the years, music and poetry readings, invocations and introductions, military salutes and the national anthem, have been added.
It is now held - and has been ever since Ronald Reagan's first inauguration in 1981 - outside, on the Capitol's west front terrace. This is a magnificent setting, overlooking the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and other landmarks on the National Mall. Thousands gather on the Mall to watch.
A few words about today's ceremony: Michael Richard Pence will be sworn-in as Vice President. The oath of office will be administered by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas.
Then Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath of office to Donald John Trump.
Interestingly, aside from the time and date of the swearing-in, the oath of office is the only other component of Inauguration Day enshrined in the Constitution.
Every President since George Washington has uttered the same 35 words:
I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
The nation's first President took the oath of office in front of the Federal Building on Wall Street in New York City. With the ceremony complete, the crowd below let out three big cheers and President Washington returned to the Senate chamber to deliver his brief inaugural address. He called upon "That Almighty Being who rules over the universe" to assist the American people in finding "liberties and happiness" under "a government instituted by themselves."
Most Presidents are not that brief.
Presidents use their inaugural address to present their vision of America and articulate their goals for the nation. Some of these addresses have become hallmarks of eloquence in American culture.
For example, in 1865, during the waning days of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln stated,
With malice toward none, with charity for all, ... let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, ... to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt avowed that
We have nothing to fear but fear itself.
And in 1961, John F. Kennedy declared,
And so my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.
After President Trump's inaugural address, President Obama and the First Lady will leave the Capitol to begin their post-presidential lives. Their departure takes place with little ceremony.
Once President Obama has left, President Trump and the inaugural party will move to Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. There, in an elaborate 19th century setting, the inaugural luncheon will be served.
Afterwards, he, Vice President Pence and their families will make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, leading a parade of ceremonial military regiments, citizens' groups, marching bands and floats. Once at the White House, they will review the parade from the Presidential Reviewing Stand, while thousands of other Americans will brave the cold and line the streets to watch the spectacle.
And so ends the afternoon.
This evening there will be a series of gala inaugural balls. The first official inaugural ball dates back to 1809 and the inauguration of James Madison. The inaugural ball has since become a highly anticipated highlight of Washington society. Many of the inaugural gowns worn by First Ladies have been collected at the Smithsonian Museum of American History and this exhibit is one of the museum's most popular attractions.
Tonight there will be three official balls; two for guests from across the country, and a third dedicated to the military, first responders, and other service personnel.
So, it is a busy day in Washington.
But before I close, I would like to share a couple of interesting media facts:
* The inauguration of Calvin Coolidge in 1925 was the first to be broadcast nationally over radio waves.
* And, the inauguration of Harry S. Truman in 1949 was the first to be televised.
My friends, here in Rome, we are also participating in this historic moment. So please join me, members of the Embassy community, and an anticipated 40,000,000 Americans watching throughout the United States, to the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States."
American Indian tribes are building more housing units after enactment of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) but housing conditions are substantially worse among American Indian households than other U.S. households. These are some of the findings of three new comprehensive reports of tribal housing needs released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Urban Institute.
Congress asked HUD to conduct WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued the following news release: American Indian tribes are building more housing units after enactment of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) but housing conditions are substantially worse among American Indian households than other U.S. households. These are some of the findings of three new comprehensive reports of tribal housing needs released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Urban Institute. Congress asked HUD to conductan Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs in 2009. The Urban Institute led the study and HUD is releasing three new reports today:
1. Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Tribal Areas
2. Mortgage Lending on Tribal Land
3. Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Urban Areas
Special circumstances on tribal areas--remoteness, lack of infrastructure, complex legal issues and other constraints related to land ownership--make it extremely difficult to improve housing conditions in some areas, according to the reports. Based on the assessments of doubled up households and the number of severely distressed housing units in tribal areas, it is estimated that 68,000 more units are needed to replace severely inadequate units and to eliminate overcrowding in tribal areas.
"This assessment paints a stark picture of the deep and enduring housing needs being experienced by Native American and Alaska Native households," said HUD Secretary Julian Castro. "It's imperative that we support tribes and continue to produce more quality housing in communities where families are living in overcrowded or unsuitable conditions."
HUD's assessment includes the first nationally representative survey of American Indian and Alaska Native households in tribal areas. The survey sampled 1,340 households from 38 tribal areas, with a response rate of 60 percent. It offers information not available in existing census data or other data, including the first scientific estimate of the "doubled-up" population in Native American households in tribal areas as a way to afford housing or to avoid being homeless on the street.
Data from the national survey was supplemented with Census and American Community Survey data, interviews with 110 tribally designated housing entities, site visits to 22 tribal areas, a study of urban Indians, and a study of barriers to tribal mortgage lending. The assessment is a major milestone in measuring both the extent of the problem and federal efforts to address the housing needs of Native Americans.
"Our research shows that physical conditions of housing and overcrowding remain much worse for American Indians and Alaska Natives living in tribal areas than for other Americans," said Nancy Pindus, a senior fellow in the Urban Institute's Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center and the lead researcher for HUD's Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs. "In 1996, federal assistance for housing was changed to a block grant and tribes were given the primary responsibility for planning and operating their housing programs. Tribes have demonstrated that they can construct and rehabilitate housing for their low-income members under this system, but the funding amount has been eroded by inflation."
Key findings from the Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Tribal Areas report:
* Housing conditions vary by region but are substantially worse overall among American Indian and Alaska Native households in tribal areas than among all U.S. households, with overcrowding being especially severe.
* Physical deficiencies in plumbing, kitchen, heating, electrical, and maintenance issues were found in 23 percent of households in tribal areas, compared to 5 percent of all U.S. households.
* Overcrowding coupled with another physical condition problem was found in 34 percent of households in tribal areas, compared to 7 percent of all U.S. households.
* The percentage of households with at least one "doubled-up" person staying in the household because they have nowhere else to go was 17 percent, estimated to be up to 84,700 people.
Key findings from the Mortgage Lending on Tribal Land report:
* While Native Americans value homeownership as much as other Americans, mortgage lending is limited in Indian Country because reservation land is held in trust and cannot be used to secure a mortgage loan.
* Since 1994, nearly half of mortgage loans originated on tribal lands were in Oklahoma (45 percent by number and 37 percent by dollar value). The entire state of Oklahoma is considered an 'eligible area,' has no tribal trust areas, there are several participating lenders in the state, and many Native Americans live in Oklahoma.
Key findings from the Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Urban Areas report:
1. Native Americans are becoming more urban but are still less likely to live in a city than other Americans. Even within urban areas, these households often live in census tracts within or near a village or reservation.
2. American Indian and Alaska Native households are more likely to occupy worse housing than the rest of the population and more likely to be overcrowded.
3. American Indian or Alaska Native individuals leave their village or reservation due to lack of opportunities and some people cycle back and forth between their tribal home and a nearby primary city.
4. For Native Americans who struggle to transition from a village or reservation to an urban area, there are a specific set of challenges, including lack of familiarity with urban life and urban housing markets, lack of employment, limited social networks, insufficient rental or credit history, and race-based discrimination.
Read more about HUD's new assessment of the housing needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. (https://www.huduser.gov/portal/native_american_assessment/home.html)
In preparation for the initial 2017 water supply allocation announcement, the Bureau of Reclamation is providing an update on water supply conditions for the federal Central Valley Project (CVP). The water year (WY) runs from October 1 to September 30; the contract year for most CVP contractors runs from March 1 to February 28.
The CVP's reservoir carryover storage from WY 2016 into WY 2017, which began Oct. 1, 2016, was 4.9 million acre-feet, which was 41 percent of capacity RENO, Nev., Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation issued the following news release: In preparation for the initial 2017 water supply allocation announcement, the Bureau of Reclamation is providing an update on water supply conditions for the federal Central Valley Project (CVP). The water year (WY) runs from October 1 to September 30; the contract year for most CVP contractors runs from March 1 to February 28. The CVP's reservoir carryover storage from WY 2016 into WY 2017, which began Oct. 1, 2016, was 4.9 million acre-feet, which was 41 percent of capacityand 82 percent of the 15-year average for that date in six key CVP reservoirs (Shasta, New Melones, Trinity, Folsom, Millerton, and the federal portion of San Luis). The table below shows conditions in those reservoirs as of January 18 for 2014 through 2017.
"Since October 2016, precipitation throughout the Central Valley has been significantly above average in every month with the exception of November," said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. "In particular, a series of strong storms have brought significant amounts of rain and snow during January. We hope conditions remain wet. Regardless, we must be prudent as we develop our initial CVP water allocation since we know that weather patterns can change."
CVP Reservoir Storage Comparisons
for 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014 and 15-Year Average
As of mid-January for Each Year
Storages Listed in Millions of Acre-feet (MAF)
Click here to view the table: (https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=58216)
As of January 18, DWR reported that the Northern Sierra 8-Station Precipitation Index Water Year total was 46.2 inches, which is about 201 percent of the seasonal average to date and 92 percent of an average water year (which is 50.0 inches). The San Joaquin 5-Station Precipitation Index Water Year total was 35.5 inches, which is 204 percent of the seasonal average to date and 87 percent of an average water year (which is 40.7 inches).
As required by the exchange and settlement contracts, an initial declaration of whether 2017 is a Shasta Critical year will be announced on or before Feb. 15, 2017. Water supply updates will be made monthly or as appropriate and will be posted on Reclamation's website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water .
Reclamation balances the operation of the CVP and delivery of CVP water for agricultural, municipal and industrial, and environmental purposes based on factors that include hydrology, changing river and Delta conditions, storage in CVP reservoirs, regulatory requirements, court decisions, biological opinions, environmental considerations, operational limitations and input from other agencies and organizations.
For further information, please visit the CVP water supply website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/ or contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email@example.com.
By 1st Lt. Erik D. Anthony
618th Air Operations Center
Air Mobility Command Airmen helped mark a major milestone by enabling the delivery of Marine F-35B Lightning II aircraft to Japan Jan. 18, 2017.
The transfer of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, marks the first permanent international deployment of the joint strike fighter. Four KC-10 Extenders from Travis Air Force Base, California, and Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: By 1st Lt. Erik D. Anthony 618th Air Operations Center Air Mobility Command Airmen helped mark a major milestone by enabling the delivery of Marine F-35B Lightning II aircraft to Japan Jan. 18, 2017. The transfer of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, marks the first permanent international deployment of the joint strike fighter. Four KC-10 Extenders from Travis Air Force Base, California, and Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst,New Jersey, participated in the operation. The teamwork ensured the effective international deployment of the F-35Bs, providing the right effects at the right place and time.
"The arrival of the F-35B embodies our commitment to the defense of Japan and the regional security of the Pacific," said Maj. Gen. Russell Sanborn, the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general. "We are bringing the most advanced technology to the Pacific to respond to the wide range of missions we take part in and provide greater support to our regional allies."
Aerial refueling aircraft enable worldwide missions through force extension, making combat operations and partner nation support possible.
"One of the Indo-Asia-Pacific theater challenges is the tyranny of distance," said Maj. Gen. Mark Dillon, the Pacific Air Forces vice commander. "U.S. Pacific Command spans 51 percent of the globe and over 80 percent is ocean. This makes rapid global mobility absolutely vital to our daily operations. Whether it's refueling U.S. Marine Corps fifth-generation fighter aircraft, resupplying National Science Foundation teams in Antarctica, or moving patients via aeromedical airlift, PACAF and the entire joint team in the USPACOM theater regularly rely on our partners in Air Mobility Command - and they deliver every time."
The 618th Air Operations Center planned the critical aerial refueling support carried out by KC-10 crews from Travis AFB and JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
While the mission was being executed, Maj. Ken Morris, the 618th AOC global operations director for air refueling operations, provided command and control for the KC-10s, ensuring the safe delivery of the Marine F35Bs.
"We oversee the execution of aerial refueling missions happening throughout the world" Morris said. "There's no room for error in our line of work, we have to make sure the mission is successful by putting the tanker at the right place, at the right time to connect with the receiver."
In 2016 AMC Airmen flew more than 42,000 aerial refueling sorties, transferring 1.2 billion pounds of fuel to over 128,000 receivers.
Air refueling aircraft are the backbone of global reach, increasing coalition and U.S. aircraft's range while mid-flight. AMC Airmen utilize these aircraft while working around-the-clock to execute rapid global mobility and enable global reach.
Despite a strong year-end performance by the stock market and a post-election jump in confidence among consumers and businesses, limited information on the new Administration's potential economic policies led to a conservative 2017 growth projection of 2.0 percent, according to the Fannie Mae Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group's January 2017 Economic and Housing Outlook. Improved consumer spending in the third quarter drove a slight upward revision from the prior forecast; moreover, a friendly labor market WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- Fannie Mae issued the following corporate news release: Despite a strong year-end performance by the stock market and a post-election jump in confidence among consumers and businesses, limited information on the new Administration's potential economic policies led to a conservative 2017 growth projection of 2.0 percent, according to the Fannie Mae Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group's January 2017 Economic and Housing Outlook. Improved consumer spending in the third quarter drove a slight upward revision from the prior forecast; moreover, a friendly labor marketand rising household wealth should continue to support consumers. Business fixed investment is expected to pick up - particularly in the equipment space - as the drag from declining oil prices faded and should add to 2017 growth. Additionally, government spending and inventory investment are expected to add to growth this year, while the dollar should continue to weigh heavily on net exports. Mortgage rates are predicted to rise gradually in the coming year, ultimately reaching a fourth quarter average of 4.3 percent. There is risk that rates could rise faster and higher than forecasted, but the impact on housing could be offset by strengthened income growth.
"Policy changes under the new Administration - in its nature, sequencing, and magnitude - will determine the direction of economic growth in 2017," said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan. "Incoming data suggest improving consumer spending, diminished labor market slack, and advancements in wages, but until we can more clearly read the political tea leaves, it's difficult to say whether this late-cycle expansion will continue into its eighth year. Thus our theme for the year: Will Policy Changes Extend the Expansion? If stimulus policy is enacted, it would likely add to growth but could also be offset by potential tightened trade policy given the already historically strong dollar."
"We expect housing to remain resilient and continue its recovery in 2017, with affordability standing out as the industry's greatest obstacle, particularly for first-time homeowners," added Duncan. "Demographic factors, however, are positive. Our research shows that older Millennials have begun to buy homes and close the homeownership attainment gap with their predecessors."
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Since the dawn of civilization, we have gazed into the night sky and attempted to make sense of what we saw there, asking questions such as: Where do we come from? What is our place in the universe? And are we alone? As we ask those questions today and new technology expands our horizons further into space, our yearning for their answers only grows. Since its launch in 1990, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has continued this quest for answers while orbiting Earth every 90 minutes. Hubble has not only BALTIMORE, Jan. 20 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute issued the following news release: Since the dawn of civilization, we have gazed into the night sky and attempted to make sense of what we saw there, asking questions such as: Where do we come from? What is our place in the universe? And are we alone? As we ask those questions today and new technology expands our horizons further into space, our yearning for their answers only grows. Since its launch in 1990, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has continued this quest for answers while orbiting Earth every 90 minutes. Hubble has not onlymade countless new astronomical discoveries, but also brought astronomy to the public eye, satisfying our curiosity, sparking our imaginations, and greatly impacting culture, society, and art.
A new traveling exhibition, "Our Place in Space" features iconic Hubble images. It presents not only a breathtaking pictorial journey through our solar system and to the edges of the known universe, but also Hubble-inspired works by selected Italian artists. By seamlessly integrating perspectives from both artists and astronomers, the exhibition will inspire visitors to think deeply about how humanity fits into the grand scheme of the universe. Before moving to other venues, the exhibition will be on display from February 1 to April 17, 2017, in the Istituto Veneto di Science, Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, on the banks of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. For more information about the traveling exhibition and Hubble, visit: http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1701.