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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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U.S. Postal Service Reports Continued Service Performance Improvements for All Mail Categories
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Postal Service issued the following news release:

The U.S. Postal Service reported updated fiscal fourth quarter service delivery performance that showed ongoing improvements versus the third quarter ended June 30 for all First-Class, Marketing and Periodical mail categories.

Quarter-to-date service performance data for July 1 through Sept. 10 included:

* First-Class Mail: Delivered 88.5 percent of First-Class Mail on time against the USPS service standard, an improvement of 1 percentage point from the third quarter.

* Marketing Mail: Delivered 92.5 percent ... Show Full Article

President Biden Issues Proclamation Honoring National Farm Safety & Health Week
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- President Biden issued the following proclamation on Sept. 17, 2021, honoring National Farm Safety and Health Week:

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In every generation, America's farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers have fed and fueled our Nation, nurturing the strength and health of our people, our communities, and our economy. Since 1944, we have celebrated these critical workers during National Farm Safety and Health Week -- a time for all of us to recommit ourselves to advancing the safety and well-being of all hardworking farm and ranch workers.

The contributions of farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers ... Show Full Article

Goat Herd Completes Their Season at Johnstown Flood National Memorial
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- The Johnstown Flood National Memorial National Park Service Johnstown Flood National Memorial issued the following news release on Sept. 17, 2021:

The goats have departed from Johnstown Flood National Memorial, as they have completed their work here for the season as part of the Lakebed Rehabilitation Project.

The goal of this project is to restore the area to a low-lying meadow to allow the visitor to imagine the extent of the lake and to envision the historic flood.

Allegheny GoatScape, based out of Pittsburgh, PA, supplied the herd of goats to assist in clearing ... Show Full Article

First Responders, Fort Drum Community Members Gather for Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
FORT DRUM, New York, Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Army's Fort Drum (10th Mountain Division) issued the following story:

By Mike Strasser

First responders placed a wreath at the "Lest We Forget" monument outside Clark Hall as Fort Drum community members joined fire and law enforcement personnel Sept. 10 for the annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony.

"We stand here today to pay tribute to the sacrifice, the heroism and the contributions made by so many on 9/11," said Maj. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr., 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum commander. "In the last 20 years we have witnessed remarkable feats ... Show Full Article

FDA: Federal Court Enters Consent Decree Against Florida Compounder, Prohibiting Manufacture and Distribution of Drugs Due to Insanitary Conditions
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration issued the following news release:

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida has entered a consent decree of permanent injunction that prohibits a Florida-based company from producing or distributing any drugs until the company complies with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and other requirements.

According to the complaint, filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Premier Pharmacy Labs Inc. and the ... Show Full Article

Census Bureau: Small Business Pulse Survey Phase 6 Weekly Data Release, Aug. 26 - Oct. 21
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Census Bureau issued the following tip sheet on Sept. 16, 2021:

The U.S. Census Bureau today released new data from the sixth phase of the Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS). Data collection began August 16. Results will be released weekly August 26 to October 21. New content in the SBPS Phase 6 covers difficulties hiring employees, new workplace norms, changes in demand for goods or services, and price changes from suppliers.

In addition, Phase 6 will include information consistent with previous phases regarding location closings and openings, changes in employment, ... Show Full Article

APHIS: USDA Issues Federal Order Suspending Interstate Movement of Swine From Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands to Mainland U.S.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued the following news release on Sept. 16, 2021:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is issuing a Federal Order suspending the interstate movement of all live swine, swine germplasm, swine products, and swine byproducts from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to the mainland United States until APHIS can establish sufficient mitigations to authorize such movement. This Federal Order, effective today, is the final action in a ... Show Full Article