Wednesday - June 3, 2020
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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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NOAA: 2020 Species Recovery Grant Awardees Announced
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, June 3 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story:

NOAA announces the award of $6.5 million in funding to states and tribes through its Species Recovery Grant Program (https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/grant/species-recovery-grants-states). These grants promote the recovery of species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Around $900,000 will support six new awards to four states and a territory and one federally recognized tribe. Another $5.6 million will support the continuation of 27 multi-year projects ... Show Full Article

Inter-American Development Bank: Panama Will Expand Access to Productive Financing for MSMEs Compared to COVID-19
WASHINGTON, June 3 -- The Inter-American Development Bank issued the following news release:

Panama will expand access to productive financing for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (https://www.iadb.org/en/project/PN-L1164) (MSMEs) in light of the COVID-19 crisis with a loan of $150 million approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the first tranche of a loan for a significant total of $300 million.

The program will prioritize support for the sustainability of agricultural MSMEs and their value chain to support employment due to the crisis, and with a focus on food security. ... Show Full Article

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas: Prairie View A&M President Ruth Simmons Appointed to Dallas Fed's Houston Branch Board
DALLAS, Texas, June 3 -- The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas issued the following news release:

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., has appointed Ruth J. Simmons to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' Houston Branch board of directors to serve the remaining portion of an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2020.

In her role as a board member, Simmons will provide input into regional economic conditions as part of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy functions.

Simmons is president of Prairie View A&M University. Previously, she was president and professor of comparative literature ... Show Full Article

FCC Boosts Wireless Broadband For Rural Kentucky With Temporary Spectrum Access For Harlan County
WASHINGTON, June 3 -- The Federal Communications Commission issued the following news release:

The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has granted a request for temporary access to spectrum to improve access to wireless broadband services in Harlan County, Kentucky during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Special Temporary Authority granted gives Harlan 2-Way, Inc. access to spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band for 60 days.

"We see the digital divide acutely in rural, low-income communities like Harlan County, and the Commission's top priority is to do everything it can to help consumers in those communities ... Show Full Article

Corps of Engineers: Silver Jackets Team Works With Stakeholders to Reduce Natural Hazards Risks
CHICAGO, Illinois, June 3 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) participates in a program that provides a formal and unified approach to planning and implementing measures to reduce the risks associated with flooding and other natural hazards, and the team that's leading the charge is called Silver Jackets.

This interagency flood risk management program consists of federal, state, tribal, and local agencies that work together to reduce the risk from flooding, and enhance response and recovery efforts from natural disasters. ... Show Full Article

Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service: Confirmation of COVID-19 in Pet Dog in New York
WASHINGTON, June 3 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued the following news release:

The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) announced the first confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection in a pet dog (German shepherd) in New York state. This is the first dog in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

Samples from the dog were taken after it showed signs of respiratory illness. The dog is expected to make a full recovery. One of the dog's owners ... Show Full Article

Allegheny National Forest Continuing Buckthorn Treatment Project in the Laurel Mill Trail Area
MARIENVILLE, Pennsylvania, June 3 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service unit - Allegheny National Forest - issued the following news release:

The Allegheny National Forest will be treating glossy and common buckthorn in the Laurel Mill Trail Area to improve forest health. The treatment project will begin in late May and continue through mid-November in order to reduce the density of the infestations.

This is the fourth year of a project that already treated approximately 300 acres. This year's treatment areas will include (see attached map):

* Retreatment of the Hemlock ... Show Full Article