Friday - December 15, 2017
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 Assistance Targets Great Lakes Water Quality, Invasive Species
EAST LANSING, Michigan, Dec. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Michigan office issued the following news release:

The U.S.. Department of Agriculture has conservation financial assistance available for Michigan farmers and forest owners available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Assistance is available to farmers and non-industrial private forest owners in designated watersheds to improve water quality and help control invasive species.

Areas eligible for GLRI funding include watersheds in the Saginaw Bay area, the Western Lake Erie ... Show Full Article

Therapist Settles Charges of Insider Trading Ahead of Acquisition Announcement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following litigation release:

A Seattle-based therapist has agreed to settle SEC charges that he traded in the stock of zulily, Inc. (Zulily) based on information he learned from a Zulily employee during confidential counseling sessions.

The SEC's complaint alleges that, in July 2015, during counseling sessions, the Zulily employee told Kenneth Peer that Zulily was going to be acquired by Liberty Interactive, a media holding company. On three occasions between July 21, 2015 and August 10, 2015, after counseling sessions ... Show Full Article

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation With Morocco
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The International Monetary Fund issued the following news release:

On December 13, 2017, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV Consultation with Morocco. [1]

Following last year's drought, economic growth has picked up in 2017 and is expected to reach 4.4 percent, mostly driven by a significant rebound in agricultural activity while non-agricultural activity remains subdued. The unemployment rate increased to 10.6 percent in Q3 2017 (year-on-year) while youth unemployment remains high at 29.3 percent. Headline inflation (year-on-year) ... Show Full Article

Financial Stability Oversight Council Releases Annual Report
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued the following news release:

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (Council) today published its 2017 annual report. The report describes significant financial market and regulatory developments, potential emerging threats to U.S. financial stability, recommendations to promote financial stability, and the activities of the Council. The report was developed collaboratively by the members of the Council and their agencies and respective staff and was approved unanimously by voting members of the Council.

The report notes that ... Show Full Article

Department of State Issues Statement on President Kennedy Centennial Declaration
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The U.S. Department of State issued the following remarks by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on the centennial declaration of legacy of President John F. Kennedy:

"The Department of State pays tribute to the memory and legacy of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on the centennial of his birth in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1917.

"President Kennedy pursued a foreign policy based on American strength, a commitment to human freedom and human dignity and the determined use of diplomacy to advance our country's interests and the cause of peace during a challenging time in ... Show Full Article

Crate and Barrel Recalls Benches Due to Fall Hazard
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the following recall alert on Crate and Barrel Dakota benches:

Hazard: The benches can tip over while in use, posing a fall hazard.

Remedy: Repair

Recall date: December 14, 2017

Units: About 6,800 (in addition, 575 units were sold in Canada)

Recall Details

Description:

This recall involves the Dakota wooden bench. The bench has two legs and was sold in two sizes: 51 inches wide by 18 inches tall and 71 inches wide and 18 inches tall.

Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled benches and contact Crate ... Show Full Article

Bureau of Reclamation Launches Prize Competition Looking to Eradicate Invasive Quagga and Zebra Mussels
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation issued the following news release:

The Bureau of Reclamation has launched a new prize competition seeking innovative solutions for the 100-percent eradication of invasive quagga and zebra mussels from large reservoirs, lakes and rivers in a cost-effective and environmentally sound manner. Invasive mussel infestations pose significant logistical and economic challenges for local communities, recreationists, and water managers by potentially disrupting water deliveries, increasing facility maintenance cost, and impacting ... Show Full Article