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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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The United States and Indonesia Commemorate Milestone in Nuclear Security Cooperative Work
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 -- The U.S. Department of State issued the following news release:

The United States and Indonesia convened a nuclear security Insider Threat Mitigation Workshop in Serpong, December 11-13, 2019, to recognize and bring to completion more than eight years of cooperation on insider threat mitigation to strengthen nuclear security in Indonesia.

This event represents a significant milestone in nuclear security collaboration with the Indonesian nuclear regulatory authority, BAPETAN (Badan Pengawas Tenaga Nuklir); the national nuclear energy agency, BATAN (Badan Tenaga Nuklir Nasional); ... Show Full Article

Request for Comments on Unsafe and Unsound Banking Practices: Brokered Deposit Restrictions
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 -- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued the following financial institution letter (No. FIL-83-2019):


The FDIC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) seeking comment on proposed revisions to its brokered deposit regulations. The proposed changes are intended to continue to promote safe and sound practices while modernizing the brokered deposit regulations to reflect recent technological changes and innovations.

Statement of Applicability to Institutions with Total Assets Under $1 Billion: This Financial Institution Letter applies to all FDIC-insured ... Show Full Article

Fact Sheet: This Week in Iran Policy, December 9-13
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 -- The U.S. Department of State issued the following fact sheet:

"As long as [Iran's] malign behavior continues, so will our campaign of maximum pressure... these sanctions are aimed not at China, not at the Iranian people, but at the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran that is engaged in activity that poses threats around the world...We will continue to build out this effort to seek to convince the Iranian leadership to conform their actions to be a normal nation."

* Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Remarks to the Press, December 11


Enforcement Zone Operations Research Center at FLETC Artesia
ARTESIA, New Mexico, Dec. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers issued the following news release:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is installing two additional International Border Fences (IBF) as a part of the Enforcement Zone Operational Research Center at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) Office of Artesia Operations (OAO) for U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) basic training. IBFs are replica border wall units depicting various designs. The project name was designated by CBP/USBP, and will be used primarily for USBP Basic ... Show Full Article

Command Issues Guidance Regarding Deployments, Exercises for Active Guard Reserves
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Georgia, Dec. 13 -- The U.S. Air Force Reserve Command issued the following news:

Air Force Reserve senior leaders have clarified guidance for Reserve Citizen Airmen filling an Active Guard Reserve billet tasked to deploy or participate in a military exercise.

There are three categories of AGR Reservists - headquarters, recruiters and unit. Each category of AGR is called into federal active-duty status under Title 10 of the U.S. Code.

With Air Reserve Technician-to-AGR conversions occurring in Reserve wings, there are many more Reserve Airmen occupying unit-level positions ... Show Full Article

Colorado Master Irrigator Program Pre-Registration Now Open
DENVER, Colorado, Dec. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Colorado office issued the following news release:

Enrollment is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and limited to 25 irrigators who farm in the Republican River Basin.

Republican River Basin producers interested in participating in the new 4-day Colorado Master Irrigator educational program can now pre-register at [link] to reserve their seat. The program will focus on advanced water management-related tools and efficiency strategies.

Colorado Master Irrigator will take place ... Show Full Article

Buffalo District to Conduct Feasibility Study to Deepen Port of Oswego
BUFFALO, New York, Dec. 13 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District received approval and funding to initiate the Feasibility Study for the deepening of the Port of Oswego's navigation channel.

The study will look at options to improve the economic efficiency of the harbor and the cost of making those improvements.

"I'm so glad to hear that the Army Corps of Engineers has heeded my request and taken the crucial first step of authorizing a feasibility study on the deepening of Port of Oswego channel. Deepening the ... Show Full Article