Wednesday - September 30, 2020
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

Vance AFB Leadership Form Diversity, Inclusion Task Force
VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Oklahoma, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command issued the following news:

Leadership at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, formed a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force last July to improve understanding, treatment, inclusion and success of underrepresented Airmen here.

Maj. Andrew Crawford, the Chief of Standards and Evaluations for the 71st Operations Group, was asked to lead the task force by former wing commander Col. Corey Simmons, and has spent the last two and a half months laying the foundation for lasting change.

Crawford's task force consists ... Show Full Article

USDA Forest Service Issues Rule Changes to Improve Conveyance of Small Tracts of Lands
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service issued the following news release on Sept. 29:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Forest Service published a final rule today that expands the use of the Small Tracts Act--a part of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The regulation is part of a broader set of rule changes that the agency is undertaking in support of the Secretary of Agriculture's direction to increase access to national forests. The rule provides the agency greater flexibility to resolve land management challenges through the sale, exchange ... Show Full Article

USDA Determines Individual Not Responsibly Connected to Texas Violator
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service issued the following news release:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has determined that Jimmy W. Hutton is not responsibly connected to Cal Tex Produce L.P., Dallas, Texas. This is an update to Press Release No: 093-20 issued on May 28, 2020.

Cal Tex Produce L.P. violated the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) by failing to pay a reparation award in the amount of $8,030 in February 2020. As a result, USDA imposed sanctions on the business, including requiring that all principals may ... Show Full Article

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Additional Funding to Rhode Island for Grant Responding to Opioid Crisis
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Labor issued the following news release on Sept. 29:

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced additional funding for an opioid-crisis National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) for the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training. The award of $1,329,657 will provide continued employment and training services to eligible individuals in communities across five counties, which are affected significantly by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose.

The project provides eligible grant participants ... Show Full Article

President Trump Issues Statement on Death of Amir of Kuwait
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- President Trump issued the following statement:

I am deeply saddened by the passing of my dear friend, His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Melania and I send our sincere condolences to the people of Kuwait. Sheikh Sabah was an unwavering friend and partner to the United States. Earlier this month, I had the honor of awarding him the prestigious Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander.

The Amir was an unparalleled diplomat, having served as Foreign Minister for 40 years.

His tireless mediation of disputes in the Middle East bridged ... Show Full Article

FCC Wireless Bureau Issues Public Notice on Opening Window for C-Band Transition Plan Amendments
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The Federal Communications Commission's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau issued the following public notice (Docket No. DA 20-1141) involving opening window for C-Band transition plan amendments:

By this Public Notice, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) opens a limited window for eligible Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) space station operators in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band (Cband) to amend their final Transition Plans, which were filed August 14, 2020, to reflect earth stations that elected to receive a lump sum payment and to account for any other approved updates ... Show Full Article

Air Force Academy, Local Colleges Combine to Create Academic 'Superpower'
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Air Force Academy issued the following news:

Cadets and college students in Colorado Springs say their academic partnership pays off by solving problems for the community.

The Air Force Academy, Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, are members of "The Quad" - The Quad Innovation Partnership - students and faculty from each school who tackle issues for Colorado Springs.

"One special quality the Quad offers cadets is that it helps them become adept at building partnerships within their civic ... Show Full Article