Tuesday - May 23, 2017
Federal - Executive Branch

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.

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WAPA Testifies On Proposed Transparency Act
LAKEWOOD, Colo., May 19 -- The Western Area Power Administration issued the following news release:

Acting Chief Financial Officer Dennis Sullivan testified today before the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources regarding the proposed legislation, Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act.

"WAPA is committed to sharing information openly and honestly and providing a mechanism for feedback," Sullivan said. "As an organization, we are accountable for delivering on our mission and responsible for the stewardship of our program and resources for all of our regions' ... Show Full Article

U.S. Government and Legazpi City Enter into Partnership to Promote Inclusive and Resilient Urban Growth
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines, May 19 -- The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines issued the following news release:

U.S. Embassy in the Philippines' United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Dr. Susan Brems and Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal signed a Memorandum of Understanding on May 17, 2017 making Legazpi the seventh city in the Philippines to join USAID's Cities Development Initiative (CDI).

Through this initiative, USAID works closely with city governments outside Metro Manila to fulfill their potential as engines of inclusive, environmentally sustainable, and ... Show Full Article

Readout of President Donald J. Trump's Meeting With President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia
WASHINGTON, May 19 -- The White House issued the following news release:

President Donald J. Trump met with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia to discuss ways to deepen the close friendship and longstanding partnership between the United States and Colombia. President Trump underscored the United States Government's support for the successful implementation of Colombia's historic peace accord and highlighted the need for Colombia to make quick and concrete progress in curbing coca cultivation and cocaine production. President Trump commended Colombia's great leadership in training its ... Show Full Article

Pulse Performance Products Recalls Krusher Scooters Due to Fall Hazard
WASHINGTON, May 19 -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the following recall alert on Krusher Push scooters:

Name of product: Krusher Push scooters

Hazard: The down tube can break, posing a fall hazard to the rider.

Remedy: Refund

Recall number: 17-160

Consumer Contact: Pulse Performance Products toll-free at 844-728-9957 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at http://www.pulsescooters.com and click on "CPSC Safety Recall" for more information.

Recall Details

Description: This recall involves Pulse Krusher Pro Freestyle scooters with factory code ... Show Full Article

Physicists Discover That Lithium Oxide on Tokamak Walls Can Improve Plasma Performance
WASHINGTON, May 19 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory issued the following news release:

Lithium compounds improve plasma performance in fusion devices just as well as pure lithium does, a team of physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has found.

The research was conducted by former Princeton University physics graduate student Matt Lucia under the guidance of Robert Kaita, principal research physicist at PPPL and one of Lucia's thesis advisors, as well as the team of scientists working on a machine ... Show Full Article

May 19: Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria and Iraq
WASHINGTON, May 19 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Central Command issued the following news release:

On May 18, Coalition military forces conducted 27 strikes consisting of 65 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 27 engagements against ISIS targets.

* Near Abu Kamal, five strikes destroyed 10 ISIS oil storage tanks, three ISIS well heads and an ISIS oil tanker.

* Near At Tanf, two strikes destroyed two front-end loaders, a piece of construction equipment, a tactical vehicle and a tank.

* ... Show Full Article

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with Brunei Darussalam
WASHINGTON, May 19 -- The International Monetary Fund issued the following news release:

On April 25, 2017, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation [1] with Brunei Darussalam and considered and endorsed the staff appraisal without a meeting on a lapse-of-time basis. [2]

Building on a track record of policy reforms, Brunei Darussalam's economy is adjusting to lower oil and gas (O&G) prices. While the country possesses sizable buffers, the authorities have continued structural reforms aimed towards ensuring long-term sustainability ... Show Full Article