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New Report Proposes Framework to Identify Vulnerabilities Posed by Synthetic Biology
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 -- The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine issued the following news release:

Given the possible security vulnerabilities related to developments in synthetic biology - a field that uses technologies to modify or create organisms or biological components - a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine proposes a framework to identify and prioritize potential areas of concern associated with the field. This report is the first in a two-phase study that is examining the changing nature of biodefense threats in the age of synthetic ... Show Full Article

SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Vermont Private NonProfit Organizations Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding
ATLANTA, Aug. 21 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNP) in Vermont that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by the severe storms and flooding on June 29 through July 1, 2017.

PNPs located in Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, ... Show Full Article

New York Fed Introduces the New SCE Labor Market Survey
NEW YORK, Aug. 21 -- The Federal Reserve Bank of New York issued the following news release:

Today, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for the first time released its Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE) Labor Market Survey ( which provides information on individuals' experiences and expectations regarding the labor market. The results are being released as a standalone module that is a part of the broader SCE--similar to the existing modules, the SCE Housing Survey ( and the ... Show Full Article

IMF, AMF, AFESD and Government of Morocco To Host Regional Conference: 'Opportunity for All--Promoting Growth, Jobs, and Inclusiveness in the Arab World'
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The International Monetary Fund issued the following news release:

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), Arab Monetary Fund (AMF), Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development (AFESD) and Government of Morocco will co-host a high-level conference in Marrakesh, January 29-30, 2018, on promoting higher economic growth, job creation, and inclusiveness in the Arab World.

Opportunity for All: Promoting Growth, Jobs, and Inclusiveness in the Arab World will bring together high-level policy makers, corporate executives, academics, youth, media and civil society representatives ... Show Full Article

EPA Spokesperson Issues Statement on New York Times Article on Chlorpyrifos
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following statement by spokesperson Amy Graham:

"Good Morning

"After a monumental mistake where the New York Times ( was caught peddling false information, they're at it again.

"Last night, the New York Times' Eric Lipton and Roni Rabin reported on false facts about the EPA's decision not to ban the pesticide Chlorpyrifos and the decision to continue the review regarding the pesticide.

"Specifically speaking, they left out that the EPA's decision was upheld ... Show Full Article

EPA Announces $2.86 Million to Improve Tribal Lands in Arizona
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 21 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $2.86 million in funding to nine Arizona tribes for environmental programs including drinking water infrastructure development, hazardous waste cleanups, air pollution control, water quality improvement and wetland protection.

The announcement was made at the EPA's Pacific Southwest Summer Regional Tribal Operations Committee meeting, hosted by the Hualapai Tribe in Peach Springs, Arizona.

"This funding will help support tribal employment, develop ... Show Full Article

Chairman Wicker Welcomes Czech Government Decision to Memorialize Lety Concentration Camp Site
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe issued the following news release:

Following today's formal announcement that the Czech government intends to remove a pig farm on the site of the World War II concentration camp at Lety, Helsinki Commission Chairman Senator Roger Wicker issued the following statement:

"This achievement is the culmination of decades of work on the part of survivors, human rights groups, members of the Helsinki Commission, and others. It paves the way for a dignified and appropriate memorial for the thousands of men, women, and children ... Show Full Article