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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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USDA Invests $60,000 in Two of South Dakota's Rural Communities
HURON, South Dakota, April 3 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development - South Dakota office issued the following news release:

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for South Dakota Julie Gross announced that Reliance Fire Department and the town of Lesterville were awarded USDA funding to purchase equipment.

"Growth and prosperity are critical to rural communities," said Gross. "It is Rural Development's mission to assist small communities and we are excited to provide Reliance Fire Department and the town of Lesterville funding for equipment ... Show Full Article

TVA Expands Recreation Closures During Evolving COVID-19 Response
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, April 3 -- The Tennessee Valley Authority issued the following news release:

In response to enhanced public health guidance from federal and state authorities, the Tennessee Valley Authority is closing additional public recreation areas to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The closures will begin on Friday morning, April 3, and will continue indefinitely.

TVA recreation areas at Chatuge, Cherokee, Fort Loudoun, the south side of Guntersville, Normandy, Norris, Tellico and Watts Bar dams, as well as all recreation areas at Raccoon Mountain, will be closed. They ... Show Full Article

Rosenworcel Statement: FCC Proposes $6 Million Fine Against TracFone in Lifeline Case
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Federal Communications Commission issued the following statement by Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel:

Re: TracFone Wireless, Inc., File No.: EB-IHD-18-00027738.

When companies violate the rules of the Lifeline program, we need to make clear that there are consequences. With this Notice of Apparent Liability we do just that because we seek to hold accountable a company that appears to have violated our rules. As the enforcement process proceeds, it is imperative that we get to the bottom of what transpired here in order to make sure that it does not happen again.

But ... Show Full Article

N.M. U.S. Attorney: Justice Department Makes $850 Million Available to Help Public Safety Agencies Address Covid-19 Pandemic
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, April 3 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, John C. Anderson, issued the following news release:

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- More than $9 Million In Formula Grant Funds Allocated for New Mexico

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U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson announced that over $9 million in grant funding has been allocated to New Mexico public safety agencies to help them address the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was part of the Department of Justice making $850 million available to help public safety agencies respond to the challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19. The Coronavirus Emergency ... Show Full Article

IDB to Finance Regional Projects to Support Coordinated COVID-19 Response
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Inter-American Development Bank issued the following news release:

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- New submission deadline is May 15, 2020

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In light of the recent developments and exceptional circumstances associated to the expansion of COVID-19 in the world, including Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) makes available more than US$7 million in non-reimbursable resources under the 2020 Call for Proposals of the Regional Public Goods (RPG) Initiative to finance proposals for regional cooperation and policy coordination in the framework of ... Show Full Article

Defense Health Agency: Beware of COVID-19 Testing Scams Targeting TRICARE Beneficiaries
FALLS CHURCH, Virginia, April 3 -- Defense Health Agency issued the following news release:

While medical professionals in the U.S. and overseas are working hard to combat the coronavirus, some people are using this as an opportunity to take advantage of others. If you receive a call from someone offering to send you a COVID-19 testing kit, you could be the target of a scam. Below are facts about testing and ways you can prevent your TRICARE information from being stolen.

Know the testing process

COVID-19 testing isn't available for everyone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and ... Show Full Article

Air Force Reserve Assesses the Force to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado, April 3 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Reserve Personnel Center issued the following news:

In order to preserve the nation's combat readiness, the Air Force is evaluating the status of currently serving Reservists and Individual Ready Reservists, as required, to support COVID-19 response efforts.

Air Force Reservists with specialized skills in the medical field, in logistics, and in command and control are being identified for possible mobilization to augment and assist as our nation continues to support all Americans in these challenging times.

On March 31, Headquarters ... Show Full Article