Tuesday - June 19, 2018
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.

Featured Stories

NASA Administrator Bridenstine Issues Statement on Space Policy Directive-3
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine issued the following statement on Space Policy Directive-3:

"NASA strongly supports the White House's continued bold direction in forging a sustainable and focused space policy that strengthens American leadership. It was my honor today to represent the agency at the National Space Council, where the President announced Space Policy Directive-3 - which will guide critical and much-needed progress for space traffic management.

"SPD-3 builds on our continued progress implementing SPD-1, which is galvanizing American space leadership by ... Show Full Article

Utica Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Conspiracy
SYRACUSE, New York, June 18 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York, Grant C. Jaquith, issued the following news release:

Jeffrey Rivera, age 34, of Utica, New York, pled guilty today to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute more than five (5) kilograms of cocaine. The announcement was made by the United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt of the New York Division; and New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach, II. The jury trial on the charge to which Rivera pled ... Show Full Article

Umatilla National Forest Invites Public to Meet the New Supervisor
PENDLETON, Oregon, June 18 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service unit - Umatilla National Forest - issued the following news release:

Umatilla National Forest Supervisor Eric Watrud will host five "meet and greet" open houses across the forest to provide opportunities for community members to interact with him and share information about their interests and values.

"I believe strong community connections and partnerships are an integral part of the Forest Service mission," said Watrud. "I am excited for the opportunity to get to know the communities surrounding the Umatilla ... Show Full Article

Nebraska Man Sentenced to Prison for Possessing Child Pornography
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division issued the following news release:

A Nebraska man was sentenced to six years in prison today for possessing child pornography in May 2017, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department's Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Joseph P. Kelly for the District of Nebraska.

Douglas Goldsberry, 46, of Elkhorn, Nebraska, pleaded guilty on March 19 to one count of possessing child pornography. Goldsberry was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp of the District of Nebraska, ... Show Full Article

IDS: Proactive Care for Airmen
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio, June 18 -- The U.S. Air Force (88th Air Base Wing) issued the following news:

By Elizabeth Clinch and Isabel Velez

Public Affairs

For many Airmen, faith and spiritual guidance is an important part of maintaining mental health and healing. As a member of Integrated Delivery System, or IDS, the Chaplain Corps provides this service.

IDS is a team of helping agencies focused on care of the Airmen and their families.

"We are changing from a parish based ministry to a unit based ministry. We are getting out into the units and serving the Airmen where they work, ... Show Full Article

FERC Issues Letter Involving Texas Eastern Transmission
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the following letter (Docket No. CP16-23-000):

To: David A. Alonzo, Specialist I, Rates and Certificates, Texas Eastern Transmission LP, 5400 Westheimer Court, Houston, TX 77056

Re: Authorization to Proceed with Construction of Phase II

Dear Mr. Alonzo:

I grant Texas Eastern Transmission, LP's (Texas Eastern) June 14, 2018 request to proceed with construction of the Texas Eastern Appalachian Lease (TEAL) Project Phase II facilities at the Salineville and Colerain Compressor Stations.

In considering ... Show Full Article

Corps Awards Intracoastal Waterway, Ponce De Leon Inlet Dredging Contract
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, June 18 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release:

The maintenance contract will dredge sand deposited in the waterways with the passage of hurricanes Matthew and Irma, and two nor'easters. Dredging keeps the channels open for safe navigation. The Corps anticipates dredging will start in August and take about eight months to complete.

Work consists of maintenance dredging approximately 500,000 cubic yards of material from the IWW in the vicinity of Ponce de Leon Inlet from Cut V-22 to Cut V-35 to a depth of 12 feet plus 2 feet of allowable over-depth, ... Show Full Article