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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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Union Members - 2018
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics issued the following news release:

The union membership rate--the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions--was 10.5 percent in 2018, down by 0.2 percentage point from 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions, at 14.7 million in 2018, was little changed from 2017. In 1983, the first year for which comparable union data are available, the union membership rate was 20.1 percent and there were 17.7 million union workers. The ... Show Full Article

U.S., Philippine Air Force Conduct Bilateral Air Contingency Exchange
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Pacific Air Forces issued the following news:

U.S. Air Force F-16s, aircrew, maintenance and support personnel deployed from Kunsan Air Base, Korea to Basa Air Base, Philippines Jan. 17 in order to fly and train with Philippine counterparts as part of a regularly reoccurring bilateral air contingent exchange (BACE-P).

This deployment marks the seventh iteration of BACE-P since its establishment in 2016 and is remarkable for its incorporation of fighter aircraft.

"We are excited and grateful for this opportunity to work with our close ... Show Full Article

SBA Tops $ 300 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans
SACRAMENTO, California, Jan. 18 -- 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 announced today that SBA has approved $302.6 million in federal disaster loans for California businesses and residents impacted by wildfires in Butte, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties that occurred Nov. 8-25, 2018. According to Garfield, SBA has approved $14,961,800 for business and $287,665,900 for residents to help rebuild and recover from this disaster.

"SBA's ... Show Full Article

Museum's STEM Event Focuses on Science, Education
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Air Force (88th Air Base Wing) issued the following news:

By Marie Vanover

Public Affairs

Despite several inches of snow falling and hampering road conditions, more than 2,400 people joined Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and his wife Fran and Air Force Research Laboratory Commander, Maj. Gen. William Cooley, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base during a Science, Discovery and Family Fun event Jan. 13.

The event, which was free and open to the public, featured interactive science and technology displays ... Show Full Article

HHS Is Committed to Protecting Life and Conscience
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the following statement:

On the occasion of the 2019 March for Life, HHS Secretary Alex Azar released the following statement regarding the Trump administration's accomplishments in protecting human life:

"Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump's administration.

"At HHS, through our work in healthcare, human services, public health, and biomedical science, we are committed to this effort.

"This means not just protecting human life ... Show Full Article

Corps of Engineers to Extend Comment Period on Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will extend the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project public comment period to Feb. 21, 2019.

St. Paul District is currently evaluating a permit request for construction-related activities affecting water resources associated with the proposed Enbridge Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement. The project permit application and public notice can be found at http://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Enbridge_Line3.

The proposed project involves the replacement of pipeline ... Show Full Article

Chiefs Choice Award January 2019
HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, New Mexico, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Air Force (49th Air Wing) issued the following news:

By Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart

Public Affairs

Holloman's Chiefs Group has a monthly recognition program titled Chief's Choice Award. Every month a chief has the honor of choosing a deserving Airman for an outstanding act or for continuous outstanding performance.

For the month of January, the chiefs are proud to present the Chief's Choice Award to Staff Sgt. Reginald House.

Chief Master Sgt. Rick Marston, 49th Operations Group superintendent, selected House for his outstanding ... Show Full Article