Tuesday - February 19, 2019
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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Secretary of State Pompeo Issues Remarks at Meeting With Troops
ORZYSZ, Poland, Feb. 15 -- The U.S. Department of State issued the following remarks by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the meeting with troops in Bemowo Piskie Training Area:

"I travel the world trying to work on tough problems, to do everything I can to keep the American people safe and create peace and stability, and I can't do any of that without our adversaries knowing that there are forces out there that, if they don't do the things that we need them to do, there is a risk that we have in terms of force capacity to do the things we need to do to keep Europe and America safe, and ... Show Full Article

Phoenix, Arizona Man Sentenced to 32 Months for His Role in an Alabama Phishing Scam
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, Feb. 15 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, Louis V. Franklin Sr., issued the following news release:

On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Iosif Florea, 42, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced to 32 months in federal prison for his part in a "phishing" scam that impacted Alabama residents, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr., Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, and FBI Special Agent in Charge James Jewell. Following his two-year and eight month prison sentence, he will be subject to three years of supervised release. He was also ordered ... Show Full Article

One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans in New Mexico, Texas
SACRAMENTO, California, Feb. 15 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded small nonfarm businesses in four New Mexico counties and neighboring counties in Texas of the March 18, 2019, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary county that began May 15, 2018.

Primary ... Show Full Article

NNSA Approves 'Critical Decision 1' for Advanced Sources and Detectors Project, a New Tool to Advance Stockpile Stewardship
LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, Feb. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory issued the following news release:

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- The project is designed to generate x-ray images of subcritical experiments for the Nation's nuclear weapons program

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The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has approved Critical Decision-1 (CD-1) for the Advanced Sources and Detectors Project (ASD), a cornerstone of the Enhanced Capabilities for Subcritical Experiments portfolio (ECSE). ASD is a proposed 20-million electron volt (MeV) accelerator that will generate X-ray images, or radiographs, ... Show Full Article

Former St. Martinville Deputy Chief Sentenced to 9 Years for Excessive Force, Obstruction and Conspiracy
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana, Feb. 15 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, David C. Joseph, issued the following news release:

The Honorable Judge Elizabeth Foote, of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, sentenced defendant Codi Dodge, 35, the former Deputy Chief of Investigations for the St. Martinville Police Department (SMPD), Thursday to serve nine years in prison on four felony counts related to his abuse of an arrestee. Dodge was convicted at trial in November on charges of violating the civil rights of an arrestee by using excessive force ... Show Full Article

FCC Commissioner Pai Issues Statement on Procedures for Licensing Noncommercial Educational Broadcast
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 -- The Federal Communications Commission issued the following statement by Chairman Ajit Pai:

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Re: Reexamination of the Comparative Standards and Procedures for Licensing Noncommercial Educational Broadcast and Low Power FM Stations (MB Docket No. 19-3)

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"Over the last twenty years, the FCC has opened numerous filing windows and evaluated thousands of applications for noncommercial educational (NCE) FM radio and low power FM stations. Many of these applications were "mutually exclusive," as we say--two or more were in conflict and could not simultaneously be granted. ... Show Full Article

FCC Commissioner Pai Issues Statement on Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 -- The Federal Communications Commission issued the following statement by Chairman Ajit Pai:

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- Re: Elimination of Obligation to File Broadcast Mid-Term Report (Form 397) Under Section 73.2080(f)(2) (MB Docket No. 18-23); Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative, (MB Docket No. 17-105)

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"The British cartoonist Fran Orford published a cartoon with a drawing of a man and a woman with a big stack of papers between them. The caption read: "The idea that bureaucracy is on the increase is RIDICULOUS . . . and I have the reports to prove it!"

"For the last two years, ... Show Full Article