Sunday - January 19, 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.

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USDA Reminds Producers to Pay Their Crop Insurance Premiums by January 31
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency has issued the following news release:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) is reminding producers that their crop insurance premiums for the 2019 crop year are due January 31. Under this change, policies that do not have the premium paid by January 31, 2020, will have interest attach on February 1, calculated from the date of the premium billing notice.

USDA had deferred to January 31, 2020, the accrual of interest on 2019 crop year insurance premiums for most policies with ... Show Full Article

USDA Announces School and Summer Meals Reforms
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued the following news release:

Delivering on his promise to act on feedback from dietary professionals, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced two proposals that will put local school and summer food service operators back in the driver's seat of their programs, because they know their children best. Under the school meals proposed rule, school nutrition professionals have more flexibility to serve appetizing and healthy meals that appeal to their students' preferences and subsequently reduce food waste. The proposed ... Show Full Article

Speed Must Be Put Back Into DOD, Hyten Says
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news story:

As long as he is vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten said he will make sure speed is put back into every element of the Pentagon.

Inserting speed into everything the Defense Department does is a priority, the vice chairman told the Center for Strategic and International Studies today in a discussion on "the growing security challenges posed by U.S. strategic competitors."

"When you look at our competitors, large and small, one of the things you find they have in common ... Show Full Article

ICE Acting Director Albence Issues Remarks on Detainers Issues
NEW YORK, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement division issued the following remarks on Jan. 17 by Acting Director Matthew T. Albence on detainers issues:

Before I begin, I want to send my condolences to the family and friends of Maria Fuertes, a 92-year-old woman who was recently raped and murdered here in New York City by an illegal alien that ICE could've arrested if not for the city's policies.

As a law enforcement officer, we work every day to ensure the safety of those in the communities we serve, and there is no worse feeling than when ... Show Full Article

Garrison-Presidio of Monterey Welcomes New Senior Enlisted Leader
MONTEREY, California, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Army Garrison-Presidio of Monterey issued the following news release:

The Presidio of Monterey welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Robert N. Londers as the garrison's new senior enlisted advisor during a change of responsibility ceremony at the Weckerling Center, Jan. 10. He replaces Command Sgt. Maj. Roberto Marshall who is retiring after 28 years of service.

"I want to say thank you to all of my former teammates, friends that I've served with and my mentors. I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for them," said Londers. "Now it's time to reinvest their energies ... Show Full Article

Fannie Mae Multifamily Closes 2019 With Record Volume of More Than $70 Billion
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Fannie Mae issued the following corporate news release:

Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTCQB) provided more than $70 billion in financing to support the multifamily market in 2019, the highest volume in the history of its Delegated Underwriting and Servicing (DUS(R)) program. Fannie Mae continues to build a broad and diverse investor base, while providing financing that meets the needs of our customers in all multifamily market segments in the United States.

"Our DUS program is well positioned to support the secondary market and play a key role as a stable source of liquidity for rental ... Show Full Article

FERC Issues Weekly Digest for Jan. 13-17, 2020
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The Federal Election Commission issued the following weekly digest:

Commission meetings and hearings

On January 14, the Commission met in executive session. (https://www.fec.gov/updates/january-14-2020-executive-session/)

Outreach

On January 15, Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub discussed Commission operations and campaign finance law with students from the Washington Center.

Also on January 15, Commissioner Weintraub discussed the role and work of the Commission with a delegation from Indonesia visiting the United States as part of the State Department's International ... Show Full Article