Monday - October 21, 2019
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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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Ore. U.S. Attorney: Portland Man Pleads Guilty for Cyber Intrusion of Former Employer
PORTLAND, Oregon, Oct. 18 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Billy J. Williams, issued the following news release:

Kristopher Ives, 33, of Portland, pleaded guilty today to fraud in connection with computers for illegally accessing the computer network and data of his former employer, Gearbox Studios, after being terminated.

According to court documents, in 2008, Ives began working as a computer programmer for Gearbox Studios, a Portland-based digital marketing agency. Ives eventually became Gearbox Studio's lead programmer for server architecture and support, a position of trust ... Show Full Article

NIH Funds New All of Us Research Program Genome Center to Test Advanced Sequencing Tools
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health issued the following news release:

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- HudsonAlpha awarded $7 million to expand national health dataset with uncharted genetic variants.

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The All of Us Research Program ( has selected the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, Alabama, to evaluate the use of leading-edge DNA sequencing technologies that could someday improve diagnosis and treatment of many diseases, both common and rare. The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences ... Show Full Article

Joint Base Lewis-McChord to Celebrate 7th Airlift Squadron's 80th Anniversary
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington, Oct. 18 -- The U.S. Air Force (62nd Airlift Wing) issued the following news:

Joint Base Lewis-McChord will honor the 80th anniversary of the 7th Airlift Squadron, Oct. 18, 2019.

"For 80 years now since activation on Oct. 14, 1939, the 7th Airlift Squadron has pursued American interests above the seven seas and across the seven continents in both war and peace," said Lt. Col. Jamil Musa, 7th Airlift Squadron commander. "While the machines have changed, the spirit of adventure, personal sacrifice, and sense of service of the people has remained constant. The ... Show Full Article

Fact Sheet: Recovery at a Glance - Taylor County
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following fact sheet:

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- As of Oct. 16, unless otherwise noted

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Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Taylor County residents, local governments and private non-profits have received about $981,000 in total federal funds:

* 44 homeowners and renters have been approved for nearly $95,000 in federal grants through FEMA's Individuals and Households Program.

* As of Sept. 17, 23 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $717,000 in claims ... Show Full Article

Court of International Trade Issues Opinion in CSC Sugar Case
NEW YORK, Oct. 18 -- The U.S. Court of International Trade issued the following slip opinion (Slip Op. 19-132):

CSC SUGAR LLC, Plaintiff,



Before: Leo M. Gordon, Judge

Court No. 17-00215


[Granting Plaintiff's Motion for Judgment on the Agency Record]

Jeffrey S. Neeley and Michael Klebanov, Husch Blackwell, LLP, of Washington, DC for Plaintiff CSC Sugar LLC.

Alexander O. Canizares, Trial Attorney, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, of Washington, DC for Defendant United States. With him on the brief were Joseph H. ... Show Full Article

Corps of Engineers Omaha Lowering Cold Brook Lake Level Five Feet
OMAHA, Nebraska, Oct. 18 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release:

A small release will be initiated Monday, Oct. 21, at Cold Brook Lake near Hot Springs, South Dakota, to lower the lake five feet. This drawdown will allow for installation of enlarged culverts and improvement of the low-water crossing on the northwest side of the lake.

Larger culvert capacity will reduce backwater impacts to the campground upstream of the lake.

The current pool elevation is 3585.5 feet. The release will last two to three weeks or until the pool elevation nears the target elevation ... Show Full Article

Commerce Secretary Ross Issues Remarks at Launch of U.S.-Kuwait Business Council
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce issued the following remarks by Secretary Wilbur L. Ross Jr. at the launch of the U.S.-Kuwait Business Council:

"The two of us met shortly after I started my tenure as the Commerce Secretary, and we have worked together many times since. I had the honor of attending the U.S. - Kuwait Economic Forum organized by the Chamber in 2017. And together we celebrated the National Day of Kuwait earlier this year, as well as in 2018.

"My second official meeting after being confirmed as Secretary of Commerce was with His Excellency Khaled Al-Roudan, ... Show Full Article