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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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State Department Issues Statement on Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Bahamas Foreign Minister Henfield
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The U.S. Department of State issued the following statement by spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

"Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Bahamas Foreign Minister Darren Henfield in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"The two discussed bilateral security cooperation through Operation Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, and the Secretary expressed appreciation for the role The Bahamas has played in making the Caribbean safer.

"The Secretary also thanked the Foreign Minister for the strong leadership of The Bahamas in preserving democracy ... Show Full Article

Justice Department-Federal Bureau of Prisons: First Step Act Implementation Progress
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Prisons issued the following news release:

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- DOJ releases "Risk and Needs Assessment System" report

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On Friday, July 19, 2019, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Jeffrey A. Rosen announced the release of the Attorney General's Risk and Needs Assessment System report, a key step in the implementation of the First Step Act of 2018 (FSA). DAG Rosen explained that the First Step Act seeks to reduce recidivism among the federal prison population and encourages the use of evidence-based programming to reduce inmates' ... Show Full Article

Headphone Company Creates Pennsylvania Jobs Using EXIM Export Credit Insurance
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. issued the following news release:

An entrepreneurial couple from Pennsylvania grew their small business from a kitchen-table operation into an award-winning company with 27 employees whose jobs are supported by international sales backed by the export credit insurance of Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM).

In 2007, Dr. Wei-Shin Lai, a family physician, and her husband, Jason Wolfe, a video game developer, founded AcousticSheep LLC, a small business in Erie, Pennsylvania, that manufactures comfortable headphones designed for ... Show Full Article

FERC Issues Weekly Digest for Week of July 15-19, 2019
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The Federal Election Commission issued the following weekly digest:

Commission meetings and hearings

No open meetings or executive sessions were scheduled this week.

Advisory opinions

Drafts

Advisory Opinion Request 2019-10 (Price for Congress)

On July 17, 2019, the Commission made public a draft of AO 2019-10. The requestor, Price for Congress, the principal campaign committee for retired Representative Dr. Thomas Price, asks whether it may contribute committee assets to a non-profit organization and whether that organization may engage in certain activities if Dr. ... Show Full Article

Army Test & Evaluation Command: Change in Leadership at Redstone Test Center's Aviation Directorate
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, July 19 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news:

By Christy Barnett

Lt. Col. Cornelius L. Allen, Jr. relinquished command of the U.S. Army Redstone Test Center's (RTC) Aviation Flight Test Directorate (AFTD) at a ceremony July 10.

Allen assumed command of AFTD in May 2015 and is now headed to Senior Service College at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery.

RTC Commander Col. John W. Jones presided over the ceremony at the AFTD hangar. Command of AFTD will transfer to Lt. Col. Joe Minor in a ceremony scheduled ... Show Full Article

Army News Service: In First Year, Futures Command Grows From 12 to 24,000 Personnel
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The U.S. Army News Service issued the following news:

By Sean Kimmons

From what began as a dozen people whom Army leaders said formed a "beachhead" in downtown Austin, Texas, the Army Futures Command has considerably grown in the past year to over 24,000 around the world.

The command, which was created to oversee the Army's modernization efforts, now has Soldiers and civilians located in 25 states and 15 countries.

It is set to achieve full-operational capability on July 31, capping off the Army's largest reorganization effort in more than 40 years.

"Growing from that ... Show Full Article

Aiming Higher: Airmen Contribute to Human Spaceflight From Apollo to Tomorrow
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news:

What's the first thought or word that comes to your mind when you hear Apollo 11? Is it NASA, moon landing, Armstrong or Aldrin?

While all of those are perfectly logical and correct answers, there's one response that's equally as valid, though not often given: U.S. Air Force or Airmen.

From Air Force Col. Nick Hague, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, all the way back to Buzz Aldrin, who was a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot in the Korean War, Airmen are among the more than 60% of astronauts who came from ... Show Full Article