Friday - February 21, 2020
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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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White House, State Department, U.S. African Development Foundation Announce Funding for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 -- The U.S. Department of State issued the following news release:

Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump announced a new partnership in support of the White House-led Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP). The partnership between the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) will expand the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE).

AWE was created in 2019 and launched in 26 countries around the world to support W-GDP, which aims to economically empower 50 million women ... Show Full Article

USDA Invests Nearly $24 Million for Broadband in Utah's Uintah Basin
WHITEROCKS, Utah, Feb. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development has issued the following news release:

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald "DJ" LaVoy visited Big Run Ranches to announce a $23.6 million investment in high-speed broadband infrastructure. This investment will build an all-fiber network that will serve more than 3,000 farms, businesses and homes spread over more than 400 square miles in rural Duchesne and Uintah counties. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA's ReConnect Pilot ... Show Full Article

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $5.2 Million to 13 Airports in Idaho
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration issued the following news release:

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award $5.2 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants to 13 airports in Idaho. This investment in Idaho's airports is part of a $520.5 millionnational investment in America's airports that was announced by Secretary Chao.

"This $520.5 million in federal support to airports across the country will help to keep our nation's airports in good shape and make ... Show Full Article

Particle Beam Could Help Map Earth's Magnetic Field to Understand How Space Weather Impacts the Planet
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory issued the following news release:

Magnetic field lines that wrap around the Earth protect our planet from cosmic rays. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have now found that beams of fast-moving particles launched toward Earth from a satellite could help map the precise shape of the field. This mapping could provide insight into a region of the Earth's upper atmosphere known as the ionosphere, as well as the magnetosphere, the region of outer ... Show Full Article

Natural Resources Conservation Service Unveils New Conservation Practice Video Series
LINCOLN, Nebraska, Feb. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Nebraska office issued the following news release:

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service unveiled a new video series, Conservation at Work, which consists of 90-second videos that highlight common conservation practices.

The videos shine the spotlight on farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners from across the U.S. who tell us their own conservation stories, and how practices are helping them protect and improve resources and save time and money.

"By sharing the conservation ... Show Full Article

Chicago Public School Students Go Beyond Coding and Explore Artificial Intelligence With Argonne National Laboratory
ARGONNE, Illinois, Feb. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory issued the following news release on Feb. 20:

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs and Outreach department hosted Computer Science for All -- Coding and Beyond, in December. This event is part of the Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, initiative where Argonne will offer programs that will add value to Chicago's South Side communities by building awareness and increasing interest in computer science. This was the first event of its kind in Argonne's new ... Show Full Article

American Battlefield Trust, Gettysburg National Military Park Join Forces for 5-year Initiative, Benefiting Over 1,000 Young Leaders
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service issued the following news release:

In his immortal Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln challenged all Americans to advance the ideals of the Declaration of Independence - "It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us." In the spirit of Lincoln's most famous speech, Gettysburg National Military Park created the "Great Task" Youth Leadership Program. Geared for at-risk student and youth organizations, from grade levels 7 to 12, the Great Task offers intensive leadership ... Show Full Article