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The safety of the HPV vaccine
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 23:01:00 -0600
Obama Orders Review of Fort Hood Prelude
Sat, 14 Nov 2009 07:14:00 -0600
Highlights: The U.S. Role in World Affairs
Sat, 14 Nov 2009 07:00:00 -0600
Obama Lays Out America's Asia-Pacific Agenda
Sat, 14 Nov 2009 15:10:00 -0600

Obama To Host Jobs Summit in December

from VOA News: U.S. Politics
White House seeks new ideas on how to fight unemployment


Progress Made In Eradicating Antipersonnel Landmines

from VOA News: Politics
International Campaign to Ban Landmines has issued its 11th annual Landmine Monitor Report showing use, production and stockpiling of these weapons has gone down dramatically


Obama Promises Strategy, Clear Mission, Public Support For Troops

from VOA News: Politics
US President held another meeting in Washington on his strategy for Afghanistan before leaving for a four-nation tour of Asia


Clinton Says Burmese Elections Not Legitimate Without National Dialogue

from VOA News: Politics
Clinton spoke in advance of joining President Barack Obama in Singapore for multi-lateral meetings that could include US interaction with Burmese leaders


China Pledges Support for Economic Recovery, Urges Free Trade

from VOA News: Politics
Chinese President Hu Jintao listed his country's efforts at fighting the global economic crisis


Palestinian Elections Postponed Indefinitely

from VOA News: Politics
Elections postponed because of divisions between rival Fatah movement and Islamic militant group Hamas


More Civilians Flee War-Torn Yemen

from VOA News: Politics
UNHCR says plight of civilians in Yemen worsening amid increasing conflict along Yemeni-Saudi border


Russian President Renews Anti-Corruption Drive

from VOA News: Politics
Announcement follows allegations of widespread corruption among Russian law enforcement officials


Europe and Eurasia: U.S.-European Union Cooperation on Energy Issues

from MERLN - Military Education Research Library Network
The Europe and Eurasia Regional Policy Overview has been updated with the Secretary of State's remarks with the German Foreign Minister, a speech by the Secretary on U.S. policy on the transatlantic alliance, a series of State Department briefings on current U.S.-European relations, U.S. perspectives on Central and Eastern Europe, and on U.S.-European Union cooperation on energy issues, a White House release featuring the 2009 U.S.-European Union Summit Declaration, remarks by the President with the Prime Minister of Sweden, European Commission President, and European Council High Representative, a European Union Institute for Security Studies report analyzing European and American perspectives on the Obama Administration's impact on the transatlantic partnership, a Real Instituto Elcano report with an overview of Italy's security strategy documents and assessing the prospects for the development of a unified Italian National Security Strategy, and a Centre for European Policy Studies report evaluating the state of democracy promotion and the potential for democratic reform in the European neighborhood. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this region - the newest updates are in bold.


Western Hemisphere: The Role of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces in the Cuban Economy

from MERLN - Military Education Research Library Network
The Western Hemisphere Regional Policy Overview has been updated with a Military Review article examining the role of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces in the Cuban economy, a State Department statement providing an update on the situation in Honduras, an International Crisis Group report evaluating recent changes to Venezuela's political system, remarks by the Commander of the U.S. Southern Command on U.S. defense partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean, a Congressional Research Service report analyzing the trafficking of persons in the region, a German Institute of Global and Area Studies report assessing the impact of oil on the stability of Venezuela, a Foreign Policy Research Institute article providing details on the rise of vigilante groups in Mexico, an Institute for Research and Public Policy report evaluating Canada's views on accountability in national security, and a Council on Foreign Relations article presenting an overview of the Mercosur trading bloc in South America, its attitude towards the U.S., and its regional agenda. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this region - the newest updates are in bold.


Near East and North Africa: White House Statement on the New Lebanese Government

from MERLN - Military Education Research Library Network
The Near East and North Africa Regional Policy Overview has been updated with an International Crisis Group report assessing the state of the Palestinian Fatah movement, a White House statement on the new Lebanese government, remarks by a State Department official on the new era of U.S. relations in the Middle East, a Council on Foreign Relations article analyzing prospects for a two-state solution to the Middle East peace process, a statement by a State Department official on the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, the Secretary of State's remarks with the Egyptian Foreign Minister, a RAND Corporation report with the results of a strategic planning exercise on efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East, a Washington Institute for Near East Policy report evaluating the repercussions of the Second Lebanon War, remarks by the NATO Secretary General on relations between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the United Arab Emirates, and a James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy report making the case for democracy in the Palestinian national narrative. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this region - the newest updates are in bold.


Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Decade of U.S.-Pakistani Relations

from MERLN - Military Education Research Library Network
The Pakistan MiPAL has been updated with a Heritage Foundation report analyzing the global terrorism threats stemming from Pakistan, a Jamestown Foundation article examining the use suicide terror attacks in Pakistan, a Foreign Policy in Focus article assessing the challenges and opportunities for the next decade of U.S.-Pakistani relations, a National Bureau of Asian Research report analyzing Pakistani partnerships with the U.S., and a series of interviews with the Secretary of State on U.S. relations with Pakistan. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this country - the newest updates are in bold.


Iran: Regional Perspectives and U.S. Policy on Iran

from MERLN - Military Education Research Library Network
The Iran MiPAL has been updated with a Jamestown Foundation article assessing Iran's potential support for terrorism and insurgency in Afghanistan, remarks by the Secretary of State on the current state of negotiations with Iran, an Institute for Science and International Security article featuring images of the construction of the Qom enrichment facility, a Washington Institute for Near East Policy article analyzing Israel's views on Iran's nuclear program, a Foreign Policy article examining the challenges facing the leadership of Iran's pro-democracy "green movement," and a Congressional Research Service report evaluating regional perspectives and U.S. policy on Iran. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this country - the newest updates are in bold.


Homeland Security: Cargo Security Measures and Trade Costs

from MERLN - Military Education Research Library Network
The Homeland Security MiPAL has been updated with a speech by a Department of Homeland Security official concerning the role of intelligence in homeland defense efforts, a Department of Homeland Security report examining U.S. Customs and Border Protection's use of resources for land ports of entry, a Government Accountability Office report analyzing challenges facing the Department of Defense's strategies for handling domestic chemical, biological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive incidents, a U.S. International Trade Commission report concerning cargo security measures and trade costs, and a Proceedings article by the Commander of the U.S. Northern Command detailing the ways in which the military supports homeland security. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this topic - the newest updates are in bold.


DNC Chairman Tim Kaine Releases Statement in Honor of Veterans Day

USDA Wheat Outlook

from USDA Economic Research Service - What's New
Examines supply, use, prices, and trade for wheat, including supply and demand prospects in major importing and exporting countries. Contains data and information on U.S. wheat by class.


Latest U.S. Agricultural Trade Data

from USDA Economic Research Service - What's New
This data product announces USDA's monthly release of calendar year, fiscal year, year-to-date, and monthly value of U.S. agricultural exports, imports, and trade balance.


Rice Outlook - Thursday, November 12, 2009

from USDA Economic Research Service - Rice Outlook
Examines supply, use, prices, and trade for rice, including supply and demand prospects in major importing and exporting countries. Contains information on U.S. rough, milled, and long-, medium-, and short-grain rice.


Oil Crops Outlook - Thursday, November 12, 2009

from USDA Economic Research Service - Oil Crops Outlook
Examines supply, use, prices, and trade for oil crops (primarily soybeans and products), including supply and demand prospects in major importing and exporting countries. Includes information on cottonseed, peanuts, sunflowerseed, tropical oils, corn oil, and animal fats.


USDA Feed Outlook - Friday, November 13, 2009

from USDA Economic Research Service - Feed Outlook
Examines supply, use, prices, and trade for feed grains, including supply and demand prospects in major importing and exporting countries. Focuses on corn; also contains information on sorghum, barley, oats, and hay.


USDA-DOE Make Available $4 Million For Biomass Genomics Research

from USDA - Research and Science
The U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture (DOE and USDA) today announced $4 million for bio-based fuels research that will accelerate the development of alternative fuels.


SEC Charges Madoff Computer Programmers

from SEC.gov Updates: Press Releases
The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged two computer programmers for their role in helping convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard L. Madoff cover up the fraud at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC for more than 15 years.


Paul Beswick Named SEC Deputy Chief Accountant in Charge of Accounting Group

from SEC.gov Updates: Press Releases
The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Paul A. Beswick has been named the Deputy Chief Accountant overseeing the Accounting group within the agency's Office of the Chief Accountant.


Securities Regulators to Talk Financial Literacy With Students

from SEC.gov Updates: Press Releases
The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced a new financial literacy outreach program to promote financial literacy to elementary school students.


SEC Announces Agenda and Panelists for Small Business Forum

from SEC.gov Updates: Press Releases
The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the agenda, speakers and panelists for its November 19 forum on small business capital formation.


Obama administration faults Senate bank bill

from Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Friday pushed back against a proposal in the U.S. Senate to create a single bank super-regulator and strip the Federal Reserve of its supervisory powers.


SEIU's Stern to lead Goldman protest

from Politico.com: congress by Victoria McGrane
Targeting investment bank’s D.C. offices, protesters will demand the end of 'the too Big to Fail Doctrine.'


Diversity in Peace Corps

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter

from NTIS News
A monthly free publication that highlights NTIS categories and features a selection of recently indexed titles.


GAO-10-44, International Monetary Fund: Lending Programs Allow for Negotiations and Are Consistent with Economic Literature, November 12, 2009
GAO-10-67, Defense Acquisitions: Strategic Airlift Gap Has Been Addressed, but Tactical Airlift Plans Are Evolving as Key Issues Have Not Been Resolved, November 12, 2009
GAO-10-28, Information Security: Actions Needed to Manage, Protect, and Sustain Improvements to Los Alamos National Laboratory's Classified Computer Network, October 14, 2009
GAO-10-15R, U.S. Marshals: Qualifications and Comparison of Demographic Characteristics to Their Counterparts in Selected Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, November 13, 2009
GAO-10-98R, Military Base Realignments and Closures: Estimated Costs Have Increased While Savings Estimates Have Decreased Since Fiscal Year 2009, November 13, 2009
GAO-10-62, Military and Veterans' Benefits: Analysis of VA Compensation Levels for Survivors of Veterans and Servicemembers, November 13, 2009
GAO-10-90R, Defense Infrastructure: Guam Needs Timely Information from DOD to Meet Challenges in Planning and Financing Off-Base Projects and Programs to Support a Larger Military Presence, ...
GAO-10-59, 2010 Census: Census Bureau Has Made Progress on Schedule and Operational Control Tools, but Needs to Prioritize Remaining System Requirements, November 13, 2009

GAO-10-234SP, U.S. Government Accountability Office: Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2009, November 13, 2009

from GAO Reports
Presented is GAO's Performance and Accountability Report for fiscal Year 2009. In the spirit of the Government Performance and Results Act, this annual report informs the Congress and the American people about what we have achieved on their behalf. The financial information and the data measuring GAO's performance contained in this report are complete and reliable.


Federal Reserve announces final rules prohibiting institutions from charging fees for overdrafts on ATM and one-time debit card transactions

from FRB: Press Release - All Releases


Federal regulators reopen comment period for correspondent concentration risks guidance

FTC Lodges Contempt Charge Against BlueHippo

from (FTC) - Consumer Protection Press Releases
Company Pocketed More Than $15 Million From Consumers Last Year, But Almost None Received a Computer


Mr. Robertt Litt, ODNI General Counsel, Addresses the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security

from DNI Recent Speeches
Office of the Director of National Intelligence General Counsel Robert Litt Addressed the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security 19th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference in Washington, DC on November 12, 2009.


Pelosi weighs in on Mass. Senate battle

from CNN Political Ticker by lpratapas


Karl Eikenberry, Obama's man in Afghanistan

from CNN Political Ticker by CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart


Obama pays tribute to military in Alaska

from CNN Political Ticker by CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart


POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: November 13, 2009

from CNN Political Ticker by rileyc


Obama: Decision on U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan 'soon'

from CNN Political Ticker by lpratapas

TOKYO, Japan (CNN) – President Barack Obama, who is weighing whether or how much to boost U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan, said his decision will come "soon."


World Factbook Updates - November 13, 2009

from CIA Library
November 13, 2009 - Updates to The World Factbook reflect changes to numerous countries in all nine Factbook categories — Introduction, Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military, and Transnational Issues. Recent elections and governmental changes recorded for Afghanistan, Aruba, Fiji, Germany, Haiti, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Tunisia, and Uruguay. In the Economy category, some 20 macro-economic fields have been updated with the latest data. New NASA space photos added for the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans, as well as for Montserrat and the World; new ground photos added for Cambodia and France.


A Look Back … U-2 Monitors Suez Crisis

from CIA Featured Story
November 12 - The Suez Canal, completed in 1869, serves as a key transport route between Europe and Asia and is considered one of the world’s most important waterways. Initially owned by a French and British company, the canal was of great importance to the economic development of both France and Britain and was considered by them to be vital to their national security.


H.R. 3224, A bill to authorize the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution to plan, design, and construct a vehicle maintenance building at the vehicle maintenance branch of the Smithsonian Institution located in Suitland, Maryland, and..

from CBO's Latest 10 Documents
Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the Committee on House Administration on November 4, 2009


H.R. 118, A bill to authorize the addition of 100 acres to Morristown National Historical Park

from CBO's Latest 10 Documents
Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on October 28, 2009


H.R. 3820, Natural Hazards Risk Reduction Act of 2009

from CBO's Latest 10 Documents
Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the House Committee on Science and Technology on October 21, 2009


S. 1670, Satellite Television Modernization Act of 2009

from CBO's Latest 10 Documents
Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on September 24,2009


VIDEO: Deputy Treasury Sec. Neal Wolin American Bar Association Speech

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Neal Wolin, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury delivered an introductory speech at the American Bar Association's Banking Law Committee Fall Meeting in Washington.
Length: 36 min.

Published: Friday at 9:15am (ET)


VIDEO: Bloomberg Washington Summit - Day 2

from C-SPAN Recent Video
This year’s Bloomberg Washington Summit examined the interplay of government and business through interviews with key government officials and business executives responding to the economic crisis. Highlights include interviews with Austan Goolsbee, a member of the Council of Economic Advisors, and Elizabeth Warren, Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel.
Length:

Published: Friday at 8:15am (ET)


VIDEO: State Department Press Briefing Fri Nov 13

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Spokesman Ian Kelly conducts a daily briefing at the State Department.
Length: 14 min.

Published: Friday at 1pm (ET)


VIDEO: Canadian Supreme Court Case on Guantanamo Detainee

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Omar Khadr, the only Canadian held at Guantanamo Bay, was charged in 2002 with killing an American soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15. Mr. Khadr's lawyers argued before the Canadian Supreme Court that his constitutional rights as a Canadian citizen were violated.
Length: 3 hr. 42 min.

Published: Friday at 12:30pm (ET)


VIDEO: U.S. Attorney General Holder Announcement on Guantanamo Detainees

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Atty. Gen. Eric Holder announced that five detainees accused of planning the September 11 attacks are to be tried in civilian federal court in New York. The Government also plans to seek the death penalty for these defendants.
Length: 26 min.

Published: Friday at 2pm (ET)


VIDEO: Institute for Policy Innovation Conference on Telecommunications Policy and Innovation

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The Institute for Policy Innovation held a conference on the latest and future issues in communications policy, and emerging challenges and opportunities in the current economy. Participants spoke about a number of issues including computer network infrastructure, Information systems, government regulation, net neutrality, and business practices such as bundling. They also responded to questions from the audience.
Length: 2 hr. 28 min.

Published: Thursday at 8pm (ET)



VIDEO: President Barack Obama Speech in Tokyo

from C-SPAN Recent Video
During his visit to Japan, Pres. Obama gave a speech on the U.S-Asian alliance to expand trade options, limit climate change and decrease nuclear weapons. Courtesy of NHK World.
Length: 33 min.

Published: Friday at 8pm (ET)


Obama wants domestic spending cuts in next budget

from AP Top Political News At 5:39 a.m. EST by By TOM RAUM and ANDREW TAYLOR
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration, mindful of public anxiety over the government's mushrooming debt, is shifting emphasis from big-spending policies to deficit reduction. Domestic agencies have been told to brace for a spending freeze or cuts of up to 5 percent as part of a midterm election-year push to rein in record budget shortfalls....


Asian Pacific Americans Tell Their Stories at First National Workers’ Rights Hearing

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by James Parks


Let’s Have a Real Senate Debate on Health Care

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Seth Michaels


Presidential Proclamation - America Recycles Day
Posted in Proclamations

Recovery Act Reaches 10,000 Transportation Projects Nationwide
Notice of Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Iran
Letter from the President with Respect to Iran
Joe Biden Hosts Conference Calls with Governors, Mayors, and County Officials to Discuss Recovery Act Implementation
United States-Japan Joint Statement toward a World without Nuclear Weapons
U.S.-Japan Joint Message on Climate Change Negotiations
Statement from President Obama on Greg Craig and Bob Bauer
Statement by the President on the Ukrainian Holodomor Remembrance Day
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 11/13/2009
Weekly Address: President Obama Calls for Comprehensive Review of Events Leading to Tragedy at Fort Hood
Gaggle by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs aboard Air Force One en route Anchorage, Alaska
Remarks by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama of Japan in Joint Press Conference
Remarks by the President to Service Members, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska
Remarks by the President on the Economy
Remarks by the First Lady at Mission Serve Event
Word from the White House: Business Roundtable Hewitt Report "Health Care Reform: Creating a Sustainable Market"
Posted by Jesse Lee on November 12, 2009 at 11:20 AM EST
The President Announces a Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth
Posted by Jesse Lee on November 12, 2009 at 12:15 PM EST
This Veterans Day Took on a New Meaning
Posted by Darienne Page on November 12, 2009 at 1:00 PM EST
The Work of the Office: White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Posted by Joshua DuBois on November 12, 2009 at 2:15 PM EST

Staying in Touch During the Asia Trip
Posted by Macon Phillips on November 12, 2009 at 3:39 PM EST

Earlier today, the President left for Asia, stopping over in Alaska before heading to Tokyo, Japan.


A Closer Look at Business and Health Insurance Reform
Posted by Christina Romer on November 12, 2009 at 6:30 PM EST
"America's Last Frontier"
Posted by Jesse Lee on November 13, 2009 at 10:57 AM EST
The United States and Asia: "Inextricably Linked"
Posted by Jesse Lee on November 13, 2009 at 12:40 PM EST
Meeting Female Students in Abu Dhabi
Posted by Secretary Janet Napolitano on November 13, 2009 at 3:17 PM EST

Weekly Address: Veterans Day and Fort Hood
Posted by Jesse Lee on November 14, 2009 at 12:00 AM EST

The President looks back at a week where we honored those who serve on Veterans Day, and mourned those we lost at Fort Hood. He discusses the review he has ordered into the Fort Hood incident, and pledges to stand by our servicemen and women, as well as our veterans, as his most profound responsibility.


Draft Guidance for Industry: Recommendations for the Assessment of Blood Donor Suitability, Blood Product Safety, and Preservation of the Blood Supply in Response to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Virus (PDF - 79KB)
Posted: 11/13/2009
Draft Guidance for Industry: Recommendations for the Assessment of Blood Donor Suitability, Blood Product Safety, and Preservation of the Blood Supply in Response to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Virus (PDF - 79KB)
Posted: 11/13/2009
U.S. Fire Administration Training, Resources and Data Exchange Network (TRADENET) Update

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has issued the following news release today:

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that total September exports of $132.0 billion and imports of $168.4 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $36.5 billion, up from $30.8 billion in August, revised.
The full text of the release on BEA's Web site can be found at http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/international/trade/tradnewsrelease.htm.


State Department Hosts Second Workshop to Further Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction in South East Europe

Washington, DC

November 13, 2009


The latest U. S. Import and Export Price Indexes news release
(http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ximpim.pdf)
was issued today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Highlights are below.
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The U.S. Import Price Index rose 0.7 percent in October, led by a 1.8 percent increase in
fuel prices. The rise followed a 0.2 percent increase in September. U.S. export prices
advanced 0.3 percent in October after decreasing 0.2 percent the previous month.


Background Notes : Trinidad and Tobago (11/09)
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 06:25:07 -0600

Statistics for the U.S. Department of Labor

This information has recently been updated.
The following statistics were updated:
U.S. Import Price Index (USIPI)

View the latest DOL statistics.


November 13, 2009 - DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report, (PDF, 21 pages - 153 KB)

DOT Secretary's Blog - Welcome to the Fast Lane for Department of Transportation

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.


Highlights: Singapore
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 07:00:00 -0600
Special Agent Fred Ketchem Honored as 2008 DS Employee of the Year
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 06:55:50 -0600
CDRHNew
Date: November 13, 2009
The following new items were added to the CDRH web pages on November 12, 2009. Previous CDRH New Items can be found on the CDRHNew Page.
Class I Medical Device Recall: Synthes USA, Ti Synex II Vertebral Body Replacement (VBR)
AHRQ Child and Adolescent Health Update
Volume 11, Number 12 – November 13, 2009
Today's Headline:

1. AHRQ Announces Intent to Publish Grant and Contract Solicitations for Pediatric Healthcare Quality Measurement Research and Demonstration Projects

With this notice, AHRQ is announcing the Agency’s intention to support a new research and demonstration initiative using cooperative agreements. A broad range of applicants is eligible to apply for these research and demonstration cooperative agreements. AHRQ anticipates grant and contract solicitations to be published in November 2009, with funding to commence in late federal fiscal year 2010. For complete announcement please go to: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HS-10-003.html

Immigration Activities & Programs for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Added link:
Naturalization Information Sessions (USCIS)


Disaster Experts in Baltimore Stress Emergency Preparedness
PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 13, 2009) – More than 900 emergency responders visiting Baltimore this week will hear the first-hand account of a pilot who ditched his commercial jet in the Hudson River and saved the lives of 155 passengers on board.
Jeff Skiles, co-pilot of USAirways Flight 1549, will deliver the keynote address at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 20th annual Emergency Preparedness and Prevention & Hazmat Spills Conference Nov. 15-18, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency and Sheraton hotels in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Skiles credits training, discipline and teamwork with his and his captain’s confident response when bird-strikes to both engines caused their A-320 jet to lose power six minutes after takeoff. The two pilots had only met three days earlier, but because they trusted in their system and training, they worked effectively as a team to land the plane safely.
That’s a strong lesson for emergency responders attending America’s premier all-hazards conference, where the top priority is training first responders, counter-terrorism professionals, emergency managers and planners, and medical, law enforcement and industry personnel.
The conference will expose local responders to national experts; will provide workshops in meeting challenges and solving problems; and will offer training in terrorism awareness, pandemic flu procedures, radiation accidents, and designing effective exercises – to name just a few. About 100 exhibitors will display the latest emergency-response and cleanup technology, protective gear, hazard detection equipment and rescue practices.
The CSX railroad will provide a locomotive and tank cars for a large exercise involving exposure to several hazardous chemicals. The exercise will include a live interactive training response organized by Baltimore fire and hazmat teams.
This year’s conference will feature a graphic presentation on the hazards of meth labs and a course dealing with terrorists’ use of explosives.
Also speaking is Dr. Thomas Scalea, head of the shock trauma surgery center at the University of Maryland Medical System.
Co-hosting this year’s conference are the cities of Baltimore and Annapolis; the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford and Howard; and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and Maryland Department of the Environment.
At the conference, the EPA will present its annual partnership awards to deserving persons and organizations in the mid-Atlantic region.
More information is available at the conference website: http://www.2009conference.org or by calling the conference hotline at 1-800-364-7974.
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Secretary Napolitano's Speech on Immigration Reform
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 06:00:00 -0600
Secretary Napolitano spoke on immigration reform at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. on November 13, 2009.
Gates Visits MATV Plant
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 07:17:00 -0600
Defense Secretary Robert Gates got a behind the scenes look at the newest all-terrain vehicles when he toured a production plant Thursday in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Gates on Media Leaks
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 08:40:21 -0600
Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke out against leaks to the media on both Afghanistan and the shootings at Fort Hood.

REMINDER: Friday, November 20, is the deadline for comments on the FEC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on federal election activity

The NPRM proposes changes to the definitions of “voter registration activity” and “get-out-the-vote activity” in response to the court of appeals’ decision in Shays III. The Commission encourages you to review the attached notice and submit written comments to FEAShays3@fec.gov.


American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Webinar for Federal and Federally-Assisted Construction Contractors

Please join the U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) – as it presents information on the equal employment opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action (AA) provisions of Federal contracts involving American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds.

Construction federal contractors are required to take specific affirmative action steps – 16 to be exact. In this webinar, Federal and federally-assisted construction contractors and subcontractors will learn about these 16 steps and what to expect during a compliance evaluation.

This webinar is approximately 1.5 hours long that includes 30 minutes of Q&A opportunities. We invite you to e-mail us your questions in advance of the webinar.

Register for a session now by clicking a date below:

Thu, Nov 19, 2009 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Wed, Dec 9, 2009 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST


Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration
with information you need to join the Webinar.


System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer


Federal Officials Pledge Support for Hiring Veterans
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 18:53:00 -0600
A Review of the Department's Anti-Gang Intelligence and Coordination Centers, Report Number I-2010-001, November 2009

DOE Fossil Energy NEWSALERT
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Worldwide efforts to fund and establish carbon
capture and storage projects have accelerated,
according to a new Department of Energy online
database, indicating ongoing positive momentum
toward achieving the G-8 goal for launching 20
CCS demonstrations by 2010. For more details,
link to the Energy Department's Fossil Energy
Web site at:

http://www.fossil.energy.gov/news/techlines/2009/09079-DOE_Unveils_CCS_Database.html


Anchorage Press Releases for Federal Bureau of Investigation

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.


Former NYPD Officer Sentenced in Manahattan Federal Court to 78 Months in Prison for Armed Bank Robbery
BTS Releases August 2009 Airline Traffic Data;
System Traffic Down 4.1 Percent from August 2008

The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in August 2009 declined by 4.1 percent from August 2008, dropping by 2.8 million to 65.0 million, the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today reported. August was the 17th consecutive month with a decrease in passengers from the prior year.

BTS, a part of DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, in a release of preliminary data, reported that U.S. airlines carried 4.1 percent fewer domestic passengers than in August 2008. International passengers on U.S. carriers decreased 4.5 percent.

For the first eight months of 2009, the number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines declined by 7.6 percent from the same period in 2008, dropping to 478.6 million, 39.3 million fewer than a year earlier, and the lowest January-to-August total since 2004. For historic numbers, see Traffic.
Kirkuk Library Gets Major Facelift
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:04:00 -0600

Los Angeles Press Releases for Federal Bureau of Investigation

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.


Washington Press Releases for Federal Bureau of Investigation

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.


FBI Top Stories for Federal Bureau of Investigation

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.


Dallas Press Releases for Federal Bureau of Investigation

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.


Cms.hhs.gov- Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forum for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.


Departments of Defense and Justice Announce Forum Decisions for Ten Guantanamo Bay Detainees
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:33:00 -0600

Kansas City Press Releases for Federal Bureau of Investigation

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.


MC4 Wins Awards for Medical Business Transformation in the War Zone
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 18:00:00 -0600
Last month, the Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) program earned two awards—an Army Acquisition Excellence Award and the Maj. Jonathan Letterman Award for Medical Excellence. The program was honored for improving and expanding the use of electronic medical records (EMRs) on the battlefield and to garrison battalion aid stations.
FDA Expands Approved Use of H1N1 Vaccines to Include Infants and Children
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 16:40:00 -0600
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the CSL Limited’s 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine to include children ages 6 months and older. This vaccine was previously approved only for use in adults, ages 18 years and older. “Because children are among those most vulnerable to the 2009 H1N1 virus, having a broader range of children’s vaccines available is an important step in responding to the H1N1 outbreak,” said Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., commissioner of food and drugs.

HHS.gov Homepage Updates for U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

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Disabilities and the Flu
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 16:40:00 -0600

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Merrigan Announces Travel To Rome For 36th Ministerial Conference Of The FAO

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2009-Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will lead the U.S. delegation to the 36th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Ministerial Conference in Rome, Italy, Nov. 18-23. This will be the first time that a woman has chaired the FAO conference. The U.S. delegation will also include U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs Nerissa J. Cook, among others.

"FAO is the United Nations' organization whose mandate is to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, improve agricultural productivity, promote rural development and, ultimately, provide all people at all times with access to the food they need for an active and healthy life," said Merrigan. "This is the first time in 20 years that the United States will chair this ministerial conference and it comes at a critical time following the World Summit on Food Security. President Obama has committed the United States to a whole-of-government approach to tackle the problem of global food security and the United States will work with more than 130 countries as we move forward with this important effort."

While in Rome, Merrigan will attend all functions related to her duties as chair and meet with agriculture ministers from around the world and high-level international organization and FAO officials as time allows. Among her duties as chair, Merrigan will oversee discussions on the ongoing FAO reform effort and will officiate as heads of delegations present their country's view of the state of food and agriculture at the conference's plenary session, which is open to the media.

The Conference is the supreme governing body of FAO and meets in regular session every two years. Its main functions are to determine the policies of the organization, approve the program of work and budget, and make recommendations to members and international organizations. In addition to being attended by all members and associate members of the organization, it is also attended by observers from non-member nations, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations. Members include 191 nations, one member organization, the European Community, and one associate member, the Faroe Islands.

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Scarlet Goes Green: Rutgers and EPA Partner to Reduce University’s Environmental Impacts


Contacts: Jennifer May, EPA (646) 369-0039, may.jennifer@epa.gov or
E.J. Miranda, Rutgers (732) 932-7084 ext. 613, emiranda@ur.rutgers.edu

(New York, N.Y. – Nov. 13, 2009) With more than 50,000 students, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is one of the most highly-attended universities in the Northeast. Thanks to myriad efforts to quantify and reduce its environmental impacts, the New Jersey school is also one of the greenest. Today, Rutgers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed an agreement to expand the school’s already strong environmental programs and commitments. The agreement outlines steps to reduce air pollution from vehicles, increase recycling, and improve water and energy use across the school’s three campuses.

“EPA is proud to partner with an institution like Rutgers that has long demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment,” said EPA Acting Deputy Regional Administrator Barbara Finazzo. “When you consider the potential reach of Rutgers’ efforts—across several campuses and to more than 50,000 students—small changes translate into big results, which is the most effective way to make a demonstrable difference for the environment.”

“Rutgers University is a national leader in education and research,” President Richard L. McCormick said. “We intend to lead by example in adopting policies and practices that conserve energy; reduce waste; and protect the environment of our university community, the State of New Jersey and our nation.”

The following are highlights of the agreement between Rutgers and EPA. The university will:
· Increase the purchase hybrid or alternate-fuel vehicles for its fleet, and use lower-sulfur diesel fuel in and retrofit existing diesel vehicles to reduce emissions and air pollution.
· Maintain its strong recycling practices. This year, Rutgers recycled 62 percent of its solid waste.
· Use heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment that meets ENERGY STAR standards. Rutgers joined EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, which promotes energy efficiency through a range of programs and practices, in 2008.
· Maintain its newly-completed 1.4 megawatt solar energy project, which will generate approximately 10 percent of the Rutgers Livingston campus’ electrical demand and reduce the university’s carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,200 tons per year.
· Join EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership program, which promotes the use of thermal energy to help reduce the environmental impacts of power generation. Rutgers already gets energy from an on-site, 13-megawatt thermal energy power plant.
· Meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard for new buildings. LEED is an internationally-recognized green building certification system aimed at improving energy and water efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving indoor environmental quality, and conserving resources.
· Cut water usage by some 250 million gallons per year, which will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by some 8,700 tons.
· Consider using construction equipment that runs on diesel that contains less sulfur than conventional fuel and uses filters to capture pollution, the combination of which stands to greatly reduce vehicle emissions.
· Explore creating a program that gives preference to students, faculty and staff that drive hybrid or alternate-fuel vehicles.
· Use environmentally-friendly cleaning products where possible.
· Consider the use of coal combustion products, where appropriate, in future construction projects. The use of coal combustion products in place of Portland cement significantly reduces energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and concrete costs.
· Improve storm water and turf management practices, including reducing the use of fertilizer and weed control chemicals.

EPA has similar agreements in place with the New York Jets and New York Giants for the new Meadowlands Stadium, the New York Mets for Citi Field stadium, the Destiny USA mall project in Syracuse, N.Y., the real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J., St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., and Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, N.J, and Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, N.Y.

For more information on EPA green construction and operations agreements, visit http://www.epa.gov/region02/greenteam/. For more information on Rutgers’ environmental efforts, visit http://www.rutgers.edu/about-rutgers/we-are-green.

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Agencies Issue Final Rule for Mortgage Loans Modified Under the
Home Affordable Mortgage Program

WASHINGTON — The federal bank and thrift regulatory agencies today issued a final rule providing that mortgage loans modified under the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP) will generally retain the risk weight appropriate to the mortgage loan prior to modification.
The agencies adopted as final their interim final rule issued on June 30, 2009, with one modification. The final rule clarifies that mortgage loans whose HAMP modifications are in the trial period, and not yet permanent, qualify for the risk-based capital treatment contained in the rule.
The final rule, issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Office of Thrift Supervision, will take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, which is expected shortly.
The Federal Register notice is attached.
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FEMA To Evaluate Commonwealth's Readiness
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 09:41:38 -0600
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security?s Federal Emergency Management Agency will evaluate a Biennial Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Limerick Generating Station in Montgomery County. The week-long exercise, which will begin on November 16, will test the ability of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.
Forces Arrest Terrorism Suspects in Iraq
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:04:00 -0600
New Technology Helps Track Offenders' Restitution Payments
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 09:13:00 -0600
Guard Chief Calls Collaboration Vital
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:07:00 -0600
Hassan Charged
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 21:01:53 -0600
Army Major Nidal Malik Hassan has been officially charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder in last week's shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.
Afghan Leaders Discuss Reconciliation
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:55:00 -0600
Attorney General Announces Forum Decisions for Guantanamo Detainees
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:15:01 -0600
"Today we announce a step forward in bringing those we believe were responsible for the 9/11 attacks and the attack on the USS Cole to justice."
Attorney General at the Swearing-In Ceremony for Timothy A. Williams Director, U.S. National Central Bureau - INTERPOL Washington
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:11:19 -0600
"I am confident that Director Williams’ experience, knowledge, and dedication will greatly enhance law enforcement’s ability to address transnational crime through unique partnerships made possible by INTERPOL, and by the hard work of people like Secretary General Ron Noble."
The View from the Chair November 12
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 11:09:59 -0600
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ADM Michael Mullen and his wife, Deborah, discuss precautions to prevent spread of H1N1.
"NHLBI Publishes New Heart Healthy Cookbook"
This press release has been posted under Research Advances, located on the right sidebar.
The updated page is now available.
Computer Programmers Charged
Two former Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, LLC employees have been arrested for falsifying books and records.
Forces Arrest Suspected Militants, Taliban Commander
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:25:00 -0600

WHD - Key Wage Hour News for United States Department of Labor

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FDA To Look Into Safety of Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 09:26:00 -0600
The Food and Drug Administration today notified nearly 30 manufacturers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages that it intends to look into the safety and legality of their products.
Army Releases October Suicide Data
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:39:00 -0600
Background Notes : Maldives (11/09)
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:39:14 -0600
FBI's Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending November 13, 2009

Townterview with Maria Ressa, Ricky Carandang and Pinky Webb of ABS-CBN

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
University of St. Tomas

Manila, Philippines

November 13, 2009


Guard Members in Three States Respond to Flooding
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 12:08:00 -0600

Atlanta Press Releases for Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Highlights: Townterview At University of St. Tomas in Manila
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 07:00:00 -0600

CDC's News: Immunization-related MMWRs

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
MMWR on effectiveness of H1N1 flu vaccine.
And, MMWR on outbreak of mumps in NY, NJ, and Canada...
Plus, don't miss the new CDC http://www.cdc.gov/mumps website.


Philadelphia Press Releases for Federal Bureau of Investigation

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President's Trip
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:54:12 -0600
President Obama comments on North Korea during his visit to Tokyo.
Gates Visits MATV Plant
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:54:03 -0600
Defense Secretary Robert Gates got a behind the scenes look at the newest all-terrain vehicles when he toured a production plant in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Leadership for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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Under Secretary, Science & Technology, Dr. Tara O'Toole


National Guard Flood Response
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 12:21:14 -0600
The National Guard is supporting flood response efforts in Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey.

Tampa Press Releases for Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Rothstein Structured Settlement Investment or have information that may be helpful to our investigation with the IRS.
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All Services Meet or Exceed October Recruiting Goals
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 12:33:00 -0600
Federal Election Commission Weekly Digest
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:51:50 -0600
Week of November 9 - 13, 2009

Washington Press Releases for Federal Bureau of Investigation

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USBP in the News
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:29:10 -0600
For archived news releases, please visit CBP News Releases located under Newsroom.

Remarks With Manila Radio Host Mo Twister

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
University of St. Tomas

Manila, Philippines

November 13, 2009


New Technologies for USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

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Fahrenkamp Luncheon
What: Club/Group Meeting
Start Time: Today, November 13 at 12:00pm
End Time: Today, November 13 at 1:00pm
Where: Westmark Hotel

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Joint Typhoon Warning Center Marks 50 Years of Service
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:17:00 -0600
GMP Herbal Products, Inc. Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of a Weight Loss Supplement Found to Contain Undeclared Drug Ingredients
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:48:00 -0600
Herbal Products, Inc. has been informed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that Pai You Guo, a weight loss dietary supplement, sold and marketed by the firm contains undeclared drug ingredients. FDA lab analyses of dietary supplements distributed by the company were found to contain undeclared sibutramine, an FDA-approved drug used as an appetite suppressant for weight loss; and phenolphthalein, a solution used in chemical experiments and a suspected cancer-causing agent that is not approved for marketing in the United States.

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The Idaho Human Rights Education Center and Interfaith Alliance of Idaho are pleased to present

A Community Conversation with Chip Berlet
“Obama, Right-Wing Populism and White Rage: How Race, Class & Gender Anxiety Fuel Demonization & Scapegoating”

Sunday, November 15th 7:00-9:00 p.m.

First Congregational United Church of Christ 2201
Woodlawn St, Boise

Call (208) 283-6560 for more info


Federal Register Notices for CFTC.gov

DOT Secretary's Blog - Welcome to the Fast Lane for Department of Transportation

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FAA Takes Steps to Ensure ‘No-Radio’ Flights are Properly Tracked and Reported

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is updating training and procedures for handling the loss of two-way communication with aircraft and how other agencies are notified, after a detailed review of air traffic contact with Northwest Airlines Flight 188 on October 21, 2009.

The FAA also has taken steps to ensure more accurate preliminary information about air traffic events can be provided to top officials more quickly.

“We work closely with other aviation partners every day to make sure we all have a common understanding of what’s happening in the sky,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “Sharing information quickly is essential, and we’re making improvements to ensure all of our employees understand what to do and when to do it.”

The air traffic review determined that the FAA notified other agencies about the loss of radio contact with Northwest Flight 188 one hour and nine minutes after the last communication with the pilots. Eight minutes after the FAA informed other agencies via the Domestic Events Network teleconference line, air traffic controllers reestablished contact with the Northwest pilots.

The FAA expects to review changes in training and procedures by the end of January 2010 and to improve the incident notification process by the end of this month. The improvements are expected to:

Ensure that air traffic controllers have the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to know which aircraft are in communications with air traffic control and can readily identify when communications have been interrupted.
Ensure that coordination with other agencies about “no radio” events and other aviation security events is handled effectively and accurately.
Ensure more accurate preliminary investigations and more timely dissemination of information internally.

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Labeling News & Events for TTB.gov

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Richmond Press Releases for Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Las Vegas Press Releases for Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Cyber Crime and Security
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 09:03:35 -0600
This week's announcement of charges against individuals from Eastern Europe and Russia for allegedly hacking into credit card processors in the United States shines a spotlight on the issue of cyber crime and security. The Department of Justice, through the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), is working diligently with foreign nations all over the [...]

Phoenix Press Releases for Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Monthly Interest Rate Update for Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)

This information has been updated for November 15, 2009, and is available on PBGC's Monthly Interest Rate Web page.


ECONOMY WEEKLY WEEK OF NOVEMBER 9, 2009


“We all know that there are limits to what government can and should do, even during such difficult [economic] times. But we have an obligation to consider every additional, responsible step that we can [take] to encourage and accelerate job creation in this country. And that’s why, in December, we’ll be holding a forum at the White House on jobs and economic growth. We’ll gather CEOs and small business owners, economists and financial experts, as well as representatives from labor unions and nonprofit groups, to talk about how we can work together to create jobs and get this economy moving again.”
–President Barack Obama, Remarks by the President on the Economy, 11/12/09

Economy Highlights:

• President Obama announced that the White House will hold an economic forum in December to bring together CEOs, small business owners, economists, financial experts, and representatives from labor unions and nonprofit groups to discuss job creation and begin to build consensus on additional action to create jobs and help our economy continue to recover. [Washington Post, 11/13/09]


• The Labor Department announced that new claims for unemployment insurance fell more than expected last week to a seasonally adjusted 502,000, the fewest claims since the week ending January 3, and “below economists’ estimates. The four-week average, which smoothes fluctuations, dropped to 519,750, the lowest in almost a year. It has fallen by more than 20 percent since its peak in the spring.” [Associated Press, 11/12/09]

Recovery Highlights:

• Vice President Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the Department of Transportation has started more than 10,000 transportation projects across America as a result of its swift allocation of Recovery Act funds. “As of this week, state agencies reported a total of 10,041 approved. … To date, the U.S. Department of Transportation has made $48.1 billion available for highway, road, transit, bridge and airport construction and repairs nationwide. Of that, $30.6 billion already has been obligated to fund 10,041 approved projects in 53 U.S. States and Territories, with 6,547 transportation projects underway.” [Office of the Vice President, 11/12/09]

• Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the final rules that states must follow in order to compete for $4.35 billion in education grants under the Recovery Act. The program, called Race to the Top, is one of the most significant competitions within the Recovery Act and the largest allocation of federal discretionary funding ever for local schools. This program aims to turn around failing schools and “comes as states are struggling to fill huge school budget gaps, which some estimates say could top $20 billion by 2011.” [Wall Street Journal, 11/12/09]


Obama in Japan
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:45:26 -0600
President Obama called Japan an equal partner with the United States and pledged to work together to resolve the base realignment issues in Okinawa.

Miami Press Releases for Federal Bureau of Investigation

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H1N1 Latest
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:21:04 -0600
Health officials now estimate nearly 4000 people have died from the H1N1 virus over the last six months.
Flood Response
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:21:14 -0600
The National Guard is supporting flood response efforts in Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey.
From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: A listing of the latest
publications from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is now available at
http://www.bls.gov/opub/update.htm Please refer questions to
blsdata_staff@bls.gov .
Volunteers Reach Out to Military Families
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 14:05:00 -0600
CFTC News Room for the latest news and events or News Room Archives for previous releases.
Enforcement Actions for CFTC.gov
The following enforcement action has been released:
EMF Financial Products, LLC
Settlement of charges and charges EMF with failure to supervise and restricts EMF’s registration for three years: EMF Financial Products, LLC
CFTC Press Release 5751-09 provides further details on this action.
Exemptive, No-Action, & Interpretative Letters for CFTC.gov.
The following letter has been added:
09-47; 2(a); No-Action; November 9, 2009
Tokyo Stock Exchange’s Request for No-Action Relief in Connection with the Offer and Sale in the United States of its Mini Futures Contract Based on the TOPIX and its Futures Contracts Based on the TOPIX Core30 Index and TSE REIT Index. (OGC)

Birmingham Press Releases for Federal Bureau of Investigation

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U.S. Department of State : Daily Press Briefing - November 13
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:18:39 -0600
NASA's LCROSS Impacts Confirm Water in Lunar Crater
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 23:00:00 -0600
Preliminary data from NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, indicates the mission successfully uncovered water in a permanently shadowed lunar crater.
VACANCY: UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA NOVEMBER 13, 2009 10-EDCA-04A
VACANCY: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR U.S. TRUSTEES WASHINGTON, D.C. (1) EXPERIENCED TRIAL ATTORNEY, ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL (CHAPTER 11), GS-905-15 ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 09-45-14003 Applications must be postmarked by the closing date of December 11, 2009.
VACANCY: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR U.S. TRUSTEES WASHINGTON, D.C. (1) EXPERIENCED TRIAL ATTORNEY, ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL (GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW), GS-905-15 ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 09-45-14002 Applications must be postmarked by the closing date of December 11, 2009.
Commitments of Traders Reports for CFTC.gov
The current reports for the week of November 9, 2009 are now available.
See previous weeks in Historical Commitments of Traders Reports.
H1N1 Latest
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:44:22 -0600
Health officials now estimate nearly 4000 people have died from the H1N1 virus over the last six months.
Obama in Tokyo
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:44:18 -0600
President Obama held a joint press conference in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.
Draft Guidance for Industry: Recommendations for the Assessment of Blood Donor Suitability, Blood Product Safety, and Preservation of the Blood Supply in Response to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Virus (PDF - 79KB)
Posted: 11/13/2009
NE@Ares IX Live Part 2
Fri, 06 Nov 2009 11:00:00 -0600
After multiple delays, Ares IX makes its historic flight live on NASA EDGE! [part 2]
USDA to Release 2008 Household Food Security in the U.S. Report on Monday

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and USDA Economic Research Service Expert to Discuss Food Insecurity in the U.S.; Discuss Child Nutrition Reauthorization Legislation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2009 – On Monday, November 16, USDA will release the 2008 findings of Household Food Security in the United States, an annual report which provides the most recent statistics on food security among U.S. households. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Mark Nord, lead author of this year’s study, will host a media conference call to provide context on this report.

Food security is having consistent, dependable access to enough food for active, healthy living. Food-insecure households are those that at times have difficulty in accessing enough food. The report also contains statistics on how much households spent for food in 2008, and the extent to which food-insecure households participated in Federal and community food assistance programs.

This annual report, published each November, is being released as Congress begins considering the Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization legislation, which impacts the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. Within this legislation, there is an opportunity to eliminate barriers that keep children from participating in school nutrition programs, improve the quality of school meals and the health of the school environment, and enhance program performance.


Monday, November 16,
Noon

WHAT: USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) to release media briefing kit for Household Food Security in the United States, 2008 at www.ers.usda.gov/features/householdfoodsecurity/


Monday, November 16,
1 p.m.

WHAT: Media conference call with opening remarks by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The lead author, Mark Nord, will discuss highlights of the new Household Food Security in the United States, 2008. Vilsack will also provide comments on addressing the incidence of food insecurity.

WHO: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, USDA
Mark Nord, Economic Research Service, USDA lead author, Household Food Security in the United States, 2008

CALL INFO: Audio Bridge Number: 800-857-5233
Passcode: USDA (Given verbally)

Trouble number – 202-720-8560

All callers using the above pass code will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.

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TRICARE Beneficiary Bulletin 41
11/13/09 5 min 14 sec
Video Counseling - Great American Smokeout - Behavioral Health
To download or listen to this week's podcast visit: http://www.tricare.mil/pressroom/podcast.aspx

Constituent Update for USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

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Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 – Final Rule
Registration of Residential Mortgage Loan Originators (Part 365, Subpart B) FIL-64-2009

November 13, 2009

 

Summary: The FDIC Board of Directors has approved the attached draft final rule implementing the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 (SAFE Act). The rule has been posted on the FDIC's Web site, but will not be published in the Federal Register until the other agencies involved in this rulemaking complete their review and approval of the rule. To the extent there are differences between the attached draft final rule and the version ultimately published by the agencies in the Federal Register, the FDIC will highlight those changes in a revised Financial Institutions Letter at the time of publication.

 

Distribution:
FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Complete Financial Institution Letter: http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2009/fil09064.html


Army Orders Probe at Arlington National Cemetery, Releases Investigation Findings
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 14:51:00 -0600
NE@Ares IX Live Part 2
Fri, 06 Nov 2009 11:00:00 -0600
After multiple delays, Ares IX makes its historic flight live on NASA EDGE! [part 2]
A few weeks ago, President Obama asked the U.S. Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury to convene a forum to discuss how we can best get credit flowing to small businesses to help them make it through this recessions, and put them in a position to grow and create jobs.
We’re hosting the forum next week, and I want to make sure that everyone with a stake in our recovery has their voice heard.
Which is why I’ll be taking your questions live in advance of the event this Monday, November 16th, at 3:15pm EST in a live video discussion through WhiteHouse.gov/live or through the White House’s live-chat application on Facebook.
And whether you can make the chat or not, I’d like to invite you to submit a question ahead of time by emailing us in advance. We’ll post the full video of the chat afterwards.
I’ll be able to share the concerns of small business owners I hear in the chat with the President and Secretary Geithner, at the Small Business Financing Forum and in our conversations and meetings afterwards.
The President called for this forum because he knows that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and that they’re driving our recovery.
We want to open the doors and bring everyone who’s involved in this historic effort to the table -- from Administration officials and Congressional leaders to lenders and small business owners like yourself – so we’ll also be streaming the conference at live WhiteHouse.gov/blog, Wednesday, November 18th, starting at 9am EST.
Warm regards,
Karen Mills
Administrator
U.S. Small Business Administration
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate Keynotes Random Hacks Of Kindness, Disaster Relief Codejam
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:17:24 -0600
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate today keynoted the inaugural Random Hacks of Kindness, Disaster Relief Codejam (RHoK). RHoK is an initiative, sponsored by industry leaders such as Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! in conjunction with NASA and the World Bank that brings together disaster relief experts and software engineers to work on identifying key challenges to disaster relief, and developing solutions to these critical issues.
FEMA Administrator Fugate And San Francisco Mayor Newsom Meet To Discuss Partnership, Preparedness
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 06:16:43 -0600
FDA Approves Lysteda to Treat Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 14:16:00 -0600
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Lysteda tablets (tranexamic acid), the first non-hormonal product cleared to treat heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia). Lysteda works by stabilizing a protein that helps blood to clot.
The U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) has added the following to its 100th Anniversary site:
Historical Advancement of Technology and Tools
Historical Time Line of Key Organizational Events
FDA Statement on Vibrio Vulnificus in Raw Oysters
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:30:00 -0600
Several weeks ago, the FDA announced its intent to change, by summer 2011, its policy regarding the post-harvest processing of raw Gulf Coast oysters harvested in the warmer months. The intent of this change in policy, which would affect about 25% of the total annual harvest, would be to substantially reduce the number of Americans who suffer severe and painful illness and death from the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria. The FDA's announced change in policy was modeled on a successful California initiative that was implemented in 2003.
New Report Recommends Enhanced Food Tracing Guidelines
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 14:37:00 -0600
The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) today released a report from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), which recommends clear objectives be set for all users of a simpler, globally accepted food supply chain that can benefit from existing commercial systems.
Unmanned Aircraft Crews Strive to Support Warfighters
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 14:56:00 -0600
NASA TV's This Week @NASA, November 13
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:00:00 -0600
Trial Decision Brings Guantanamo Closer to Closing
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Time on Afghan Strategy is Well-spent, Petraeus Says
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 15:22:00 -0600

Employment for Federal Election Commission

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IDS Sports Conducts a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Bromodrol, Dual Action Grow Tabs, Grow Tabs, Mass Tabs, and Ripped Tabs TR
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CMS Updates to Coverage Pages
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DoD Contracts for November 13, 2009
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Reports Find Improvements, Challenges to Morale
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Commander of the Polish National Police Visits FBI New York
ADIC Demarest Addresses the 2009 International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries
FBI New York Employees Honored by Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Receive the Jim Fox Award and Investigator of the Year Awards
FDA Receives Report on Food Product Tracing from Institute of Food Technologists
November 13, 2009
The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) today is announcing the release of a report developed by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) that recommends to FDA steps for improving the ability to trace food products in commercial distribution in the United States.
CFSAN commissioned the report from IFT in 2008. IFT is a nonprofit scientific society that focuses on food science and issues. FDA asked IFT to review current food product tracing systems, methods and technologies, and report its findings back to the agency, including recommendations for improvements that would enable more rapid and accurate tracing of food products.
Experience in conducting foodborne disease outbreak investigations suggests that improved product tracing abilities could help identify products associated with disease more quickly, get risky products off the market faster, and reduce the number of sicknesses associated with foodborne illness outbreaks.
The IFT report is only one aspect of FDA's commitment to improve the ability of government and industry to trace food products Last week, FDA and the U.S. Department Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service jointly announced a public meeting on food product tracing in Washington on December 9 and 10, 2009, and formally requested written input from stakeholders on measures to improve food product tracing. Details of that announcement can be viewed in "FDA and FSIS to Convene Stakeholder Meeting on Food Product Tracing."
The IFT report on food tracing can be viewed on the IFT website.

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Veterans Day in Iraq
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In Iraq, servicemembers talk about what it means to serve there on Veterans Day.

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WHO Updates International H1N1 Flu Situation
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Interim Guidance: Considerations Regarding 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Intrapartum and Postpartum Hospital Settings
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This interim guidance has been updated to replace previously posted guidance entitled "Considerations Regarding Novel H1N1 Flu Virus in Obstetric Settings", dated July 6, 2009. This document clarifies clinical considerations related to management of suspected or confirmed maternal infection with 2009 H1N1 influenza virus infection within labor and delivery, postpartum, and newborn care settings in hospitals. A cautious approach to the management of ill mothers and their newborns is still recommended, but several options are provided based on hospital configuration, staffing, and surge capacity.

USDA to Release 2008 Household Food Security in the U.S. Report on Monday

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and USDA Economic Research Service Expert to Discuss Food Insecurity in the U.S.; Discuss Child Nutrition Reauthorization Legislation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2009 - On Monday, November 16, USDA will release the 2008 findings of Household Food Security in the United States, an annual report which provides the most recent statistics on food security among U.S. households. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Mark Nord, lead author of this year's study, will host a media conference call to provide context on this report.

Food security is having consistent, dependable access to enough food for active, healthy living. Food-insecure households are those that at times have difficulty in accessing enough food. The report also contains statistics on how much households spent for food in 2008, and the extent to which food-insecure households participated in Federal and community food assistance programs.

This annual report, published each November, is being released as Congress begins considering the Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization legislation, which impacts the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. Within this legislation, there is an opportunity to eliminate barriers that keep children from participating in school nutrition programs, improve the quality of school meals and the health of the school environment, and enhance program performance.

 

Monday, November 16,
Noon

WHAT: USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) to release media briefing kit for Household Food Security in the United States, 2008 at www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err83

 

Monday, November 16,
1 p.m.

WHAT: Media conference call with opening remarks by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The lead author, Mark Nord, will discuss highlights of the new Household Food Security in the United States, 2008. Vilsack will also provide comments on addressing the incidence of food insecurity.

WHO: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, USDA
Mark Nord, Economic Research Service, USDA lead author, Household Food Security in the United States, 2008

CALL INFO: Audio Bridge Number: 800-857-5233
Passcode: USDA (Given verbally)

Trouble number - 202-720-8560

All callers using the above pass code will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.

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WHO: Interim Planning Considerations for Mass Gatherings in the Context of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Influenza (PDF - 163 KB)
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:40:00 -0600
Departments of Justice and Defense Announce Forum Decisions for Ten Guantanamo Bay Detainees
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 09:43:09 -0600
The Departments of Justice and Defense today announced forum decisions for ten detainees at Guantanamo Bay whose cases were previously charged in military commissions, including five detainees accused of conspiring to commit the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and a detainee accused of orchestrating the attack on the USS Cole
Attorney General Announces Forum Decisions for Guantanamo Detainees
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:15:01 -0600
"Today we announce a step forward in bringing those we believe were responsible for the 9/11 attacks and the attack on the USS Cole to justice."

USDA to Release 2008 Household Food Security in the U.S. Report on Monday

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and USDA Economic Research Service Expert to Discuss Food Insecurity in the U.S.; Discuss Child Nutrition Reauthorization Legislation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2009 - On Monday, November 16, USDA will release the 2008 findings of Household Food Security in the United States, an annual report which provides the most recent statistics on food security among U.S. households. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Mark Nord, lead author of this year's study, will host a media conference call to provide context on this report.

Food security is having consistent, dependable access to enough food for active, healthy living. Food-insecure households are those that at times have difficulty in accessing enough food. The report also contains statistics on how much households spent for food in 2008, and the extent to which food-insecure households participated in Federal and community food assistance programs.

This annual report, published each November, is being released as Congress begins considering the Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization legislation, which impacts the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. Within this legislation, there is an opportunity to eliminate barriers that keep children from participating in school nutrition programs, improve the quality of school meals and the health of the school environment, and enhance program performance.

 

Monday, November 16,
Noon

WHAT: USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) to release media briefing kit for Household Food Security in the United States, 2008 at www.ers.usda.gov/features/householdfoodsecurity/

 

Monday, November 16,
1 p.m.

WHAT: Media conference call with opening remarks by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The lead author, Mark Nord, will discuss highlights of the new Household Food Security in the United States, 2008. Vilsack will also provide comments on addressing the incidence of food insecurity.

WHO: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, USDA
Mark Nord, Economic Research Service, USDA lead author, Household Food Security in the United States, 2008

CALL INFO: Audio Bridge Number: 800-857-5233
Passcode: USDA (Given verbally)

Trouble number - 202-720-8560

All callers using the above pass code will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.

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Office for Victim Assistance, Part I
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 12:51:08 -0600
If there is a tragedy that happens where the FBI is called, the FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance may respond to help. Kathryn Turman is the program director and says she has highly-trained victim specialists at all 56 field offices. This broadcast is part of our radio show "FBI, This Week," which is broadcast on ABC Radio Networks.
International Human Trafficking, Part I
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 12:48:32 -0600
Special Agent Tricia Whitehill of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, describes a human trafficking case involving 28 young women from Guatemala. The episode is part of our "Gotcha" series highlighting closed FBI cases.

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Texas Deputy Sentenced on Drug and Firearms Charges
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 16:37:11 -0600
Standric Choice, a former Dallas Sheriff's Deputy, was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and possessing with the intent to distribute in excess of 500 grams of cocaine while on the property comprising a truck stop.
Seven Charged in Massive California Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 16:31:59 -0600
A federal grand jury returned a 53-count indictment charging seven individuals with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering for their roles in a mortgage fraud scheme that involved more than 100 properties in Northern California.
Michigan Consultant Sentenced in Bribery Scheme
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 16:18:48 -0600
Rayford Jackson, of Detroit, was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to commit bribery.
New Jersey Exec Sentenced for Embezzling from Oil and Gas Company
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 16:11:34 -0600
Mark Sinibaldi, of Bridgewater, New Jersey, the former general manager and minority owner of an oil and gas company, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison for his scheme to defraud the business of over $1 million.
Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Road Home Program
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 16:02:03 -0600
Thomas G. Steele, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana, pled guilty in federal court to one count of making false statements to a federal agency in connection with a Louisiana Road Home Program application.
Alabama Architect Sentenced for Helping College Chancellor Obstruct Justice
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 14:21:27 -0600
Architect Julian Jenkins, of Anniston, Alabama, was ordered to repay $300,000 to Alabama's two-year college system for helping its former chancellor obstruct justice during a federal grand jury investigation of corruption in the system.
Former Alabama County Commissioner Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 14:13:37 -0600
Former Jefferson County, Alabama Commissioner Mary Miller Buckelew was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to obstructing justice by lying to a special federal grand jury investigating financing for Jefferson County's sewer system. In her plea, she acknowledged receiving Italian designer shoes, purses, a spa treatment, and other gifts from Montgomery investment banker William Blount.
City Commissioner Indicted in Florida on Public Corruption Charges
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 14:05:15 -0600
Fitzroy Salesman, the commissioner for the city of Miramar, Florida, was indicted on charges of committing mail fraud by depriving the citizens of his honest services, extortion under color of official right, and bribery in programs receiving federal funds.
Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Bribing Panamanian Officials for Maritime Contract
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 12:48:19 -0600
Charles Paul Edward Jumet, of Fluvanna County, Virginia, pled guilty in connection with his role in a conspiracy to pay bribes to Panamanian government officials to secure a maritime contract.
Two Sentenced for Offering to Bribe U.S. Army Contracting Official in Afghanistan
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 12:40:16 -0600
Rohullah Farooqi Lodin and Hashmatullah Farooqi, both dual Afghan/U.S. citizens, were each sentenced in Alexandria, Virginia to four years in prison for their roles in a scheme to offer $1 million in bribes to a U.S. Army contracting official in Afghanistan.
Texas Businessman Admits Causing More Than $50 Million in Losses to Investors
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:44:53 -0600
Benny Lee Judah, a businessman from Lubbock, Texas, was remanded into federal custody following his guilty plea to felony offenses stemming from his defrauding at least 250 investors of more than $50 million.

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK ANNOUNCES $13.4 MILLION IN COMMUNITY CONNECT BROADBAND GRANTS

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 22 projects in 10 states to receive $13.4 million in broadband community connect grant funds.

"The Obama Administration recognizes that modern technology is critical to the expansion of business, education, and health care services in rural areas and the competitiveness of the nation's small towns and rural communities," Vilsack said. "The President and USDA are committed to bringing broadband services to communities, including isolated ones, so rural residents have access to quality economic, social and educational opportunities."

USDA Rural Development's Community Connect program provides financial assistance to furnish broadband service in unserved, often isolated, rural communities. The grants are used to establish broadband service for critical facilities such as fire or police stations, while also providing service to residents and businesses. The project must also include a community center that provides community residents with free broadband service for the first two years.

For example, the Yurok Tribe, located on a reservation along the northwest coast of California has been selected to receive a $564,000 grant to provide wireless broadband services to the Yurok Reservation. A community center will be refurbished to provide free Internet access to tribal residents, enabling them to participate in online education and training programs. Free Internet access will also be provided to the tribal police and volunteer fire departments.

Nexus Systems, Inc. was selected to receive a $924,308 grant to provide wireless broadband services to Enterprise, La. The volunteer fire department and the community center will receive free broadband service for two years. Nexus Systems will also provide the community with web-based services such as web hosting and video conferencing services for public meetings.

USDA's Community Connect program is making a significant difference in rural communities. In 2006, Alaska Power & Telephone Company received a $1,031,133 grant to establish a wireless broadband system in the Native community of Kasaan. Providing service to the remote, Southeast Alaska community required the construction of an antenna system on a mountaintop. The grant provided laptop computers and video conferencing services to the community center. A server was installed so local residents could store personal files. Prior to USDA's funding, the community was served by a satellite link that severely limited telecommunications service. The new wireless service has improved connectivity and attracted cellular telephone companies who are putting in infrastructure for more dependable mobile telephone service.

An August 2009 USDA Economic Research Service report supports the idea that "investment in broadband Internet access leads to a more competitive economy." The report, available at http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR78/ERR78.pdf , notes that rural communities with broadband Internet access had greater economic growth than communities without it. The study also finds that broadband use fosters community involvement, enhances the provision of services such as health and education and expands household income opportunities.

The following is a complete list of 2009 Community Connect broadband grant recipients. Funding of each recipient is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant agreement. (Recipient communities in parentheses)

Arkansas:

Buford Communications I, LP dba Alliance Communications Network - $681,070

(Rondo)

Buford Communications I, LP dba Alliance Communications Network - $735,020

(Aubrey)

Buford Communications I, LP dba Alliance Communications Network - $667,120

(LaGrange)

California:

ORCA Broadband Inc. - $550,950 (Hornbrook)

Yurok Tribe - $564,000 (Klamath)

Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Indian Reservation - $474,886

(Covelo)

Colorado:

PC Telcorp, Inc. - $402,666 (Sedgwick)

Idaho:

Pend Oreille Valley Network, Inc. - $834,164 (Clark Fork)

Louisiana:

Nexus Systems, Inc. - $924,308 (Enterprise)

Missouri:

Turkeyfoot Construction, LLC, dba Lake Communications - $471,905

(Brownington)

New Mexico:

Agavue, LLC - $550,950 (Manzano)

Agavue, LLC - $550,950 (Los Cerrillos)

Oklahoma:

@Link Services, LLC - $535,998 (Shamrock)

@Link Services, LLC - $577,618 (Kildare)

3 Brothers Networks LLC - $223,417 (Marble City)

Wichita Online, Inc. - $597,000 (Cooperton)

Wichita Online, Inc. - $498,500 (Yeager)

Wichita Online, Inc. - $498,500 (Clearview)

Texas:

281 Communications Corporation, Inc. - $601,736 (Lometa)

Virginia:

Inter Mountain Cable, Inc. - $997,015 (Hurley)

The Wired Road Authority - $837,453 (Grant)

Techcore Consultants II, dba Almega Cable - $610,300 (Carbo)

USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/commconnect.htm.


AGRICULTURE DEPUTY SECRETARY MERRIGAN ANNOUNCES TRAVEL TO ROME FOR 36TH MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE OF THE FAO

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2009-Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will lead the U.S. delegation to the 36th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Ministerial Conference in Rome, Italy, Nov. 18-23. This will be the first time that a woman has chaired the FAO conference. The U.S. delegation will also include U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs Nerissa J. Cook, among others.

 

"FAO is the United Nations' organization whose mandate is to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, improve agricultural productivity, promote rural development and, ultimately, provide all people at all times with access to the food they need for an active and healthy life," said Merrigan. "This is the first time in 20 years that the United States will chair this ministerial conference and it comes at a critical time following the World Summit on Food Security. President Obama has committed the United States to a whole-of-government approach to tackle the problem of global food security and the United States will work with more than 130 countries as we move forward with this important effort."

 

While in Rome, Merrigan will attend all functions related to her duties as chair and meet with agriculture ministers from around the world and high-level international organization and FAO officials as time allows. Among her duties as chair, Merrigan will oversee discussions on the ongoing FAO reform effort and will officiate as heads of delegations present their country's view of the state of food and agriculture at the conference's plenary session, which is open to the media.

 

The Conference is the supreme governing body of FAO and meets in regular session every two years. Its main functions are to determine the policies of the organization, approve the program of work and budget, and make recommendations to members and international organizations. In addition to being attended by all members and associate members of the organization, it is also attended by observers from non-member nations, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations. Members include 191 nations, one member organization, the European Community, and one associate member, the Faroe Islands.

 

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Justice Department And USDA Set Dates for Workshops to Explore Competition and Regulatory Issues in the Agriculture Industry

Workshops to be Held in Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 - The Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today the dates and locations of joint public workshops that will explore competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry. The workshops, which were first announced by Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Aug. 5, 2009, are the first joint Department of Justice/USDA workshops ever to be held to discuss competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry. The all-day workshops, which will begin in March 2010, will be held in Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin.

The goals of the workshops are to promote dialogue among interested parties and foster learning with respect to the appropriate legal and economic analyses of these issues, as well as to listen to and learn from parties with experience in the agriculture sector.

The current schedule for the workshops is as follows:

March 12, 2010 - Issues of Concern to Farmers - Ankeny, Iowa

This event will serve as an introduction to the series of workshops, but also will focus specifically on issues facing crop farmers. Specific areas of focus may include seed technology, vertical integration, market transparency and buyer power.

FFA Enrichment Center

1055 Southwest Prairie Trail Parkway

Ankeny, Iowa

 

May 21, 2010 - Poultry Industry - Normal, Ala.

Specific areas of focus may include production contracts in the poultry industry, concentration and buyer power.

Alabama A&M University

Auditorium, James I. Dawson Cooperative Extension Building

4900 Meridian St.

Normal, Ala.

June 7, 2010 - Dairy Industry - Madison, Wisc.

Specific areas of focus may include concentration, marketplace transparency and vertical integration in the dairy industry.

University of Wisconsin

Great Hall, Memorial Union

800 Langdon St.

Madison, Wisc.

 

Aug. 26, 2010 - Livestock Industry - Fort Collins, Colo.

Specific areas of focus will address beef, hog and other animal sectors and may include enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act and concentration.

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colo.

Dec. 8, 2010 - Margins - Washington, D.C.

This workshop will look at the discrepancies between the prices received by farmers and the prices paid by consumers. As a concluding event, discussions from previous workshops will be incorporated into the analysis of agriculture markets nationally.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Jefferson Auditorium

1400 Independence Ave., S.W.

Washington, D.C.

Each workshop may feature keynote speakers, general expert panels, and break-out panels that will address more narrowly-focused issues. At each workshop, the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments.

The attendance and participation of the public is encouraged throughout the series of workshops. With the goals of generating further dialogue and understanding the issues, the workshops will involve farmers, ranchers, processors, consumer groups, agribusinesses, government officials, and academics. This collection of stakeholders will create a forum for discussion and will ensure various industry perspectives.

The Department of Justice and USDA are also asking for comments in advance of the workshops. Interested parties should submit written comments in both paper and electronic form to the Department of Justice no later than Dec. 31, 2009. All comments received will be publicly posted. Two paper copies should be addressed to the Legal Policy Section, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 450 5th Street, NW, Suite 11700, Washington, D.C. 20001. The electronic version of each comment should be submitted to agriculturalworkshops@usdoj.gov.

Additional updates and information, including agendas and speakers, will be posted on the Antitrust Division's events website at www.usdoj.gov/atr/events.htm.

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CBP Officers Apprehend Escaped Fugitive at Texas Border
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 15:56:16 -0600
Roma, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at Roma, Texas International Bridge apprehended a man wanted on an arrest warrant for escaping the Mid-Valley House. CBP officers came in contact with a pedestrian Wednesday as he arrived at Roma International Bridge for inspection. (more)

A RECOVERY ACT SUCCESS STORY: SAN JOSE, CALIF., PROJECT CREATES JOBS AND PROTECTS THOUSANDS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS FROM FLOODING

ARRA Watershed Project Creates Jobs in Local Economy

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2009 - San Jose, Calif., is using $18 Million in Recovery Act funds to rebuild a flood control structure that will protect homes and businesses from the threat of disaster, as well as stimulate the local economy by adding as many as 700 jobs. Watch this Recovery Act success story video at: www.youtube.com/usda#p/a/u/0/FFE8WGF5YW8 .

Completion of the project had been delayed for many years due to lack of funding but the infusion of ARRA funds allowed rebuilding to go forward. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, in partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Water District, is re-designing a concrete canal to mimic a natural water way as a result of Recovery Act funding. Flooding in the Lower Silver Creek area has been a major problem over the past five decades. In response, a partnership of public and private organizations developed a watershed plan to alleviate the threat of flooding. Once completed, 3,800 homes and businesses along the creek will be protected from a 100-year flood event. It is estimated that damages from a large flooding event at this location could have cost as much as $37 million.

Another benefit of this project will be reducing the flood insurance premiums for thousands of homeowners along the creek corridor. This will also free up money that is currently going to pay insurance premiums to help stimulate the local economy.

The final phases of this project offer many benefits, including:

Flood protection of homes and businesses for 16,000 direct beneficiaries;

Flood protection of businesses, highways and infrastructure used by 250,000 people;

Protection and enhancement of 3.4 acres of urban wetland habitat;

Economic stimulus including several hundred construction-related jobs;

Water quality improvements as stream bank erosion diminishes; and

Parks and foot bridges that connect neighborhoods and the creek.

This project is just one of thousands of USDA success stories made possible through the Recovery Act. Altogether, USDA has announced approximately $27.8 billion of the $28 billion in Recovery Act projects, benefitting people throughout the country.

President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the nation's economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

More information about USDA's Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery . More information about the Federal government's efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov.

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FBI's Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending November 13, 2009
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:51:16 -0600
Read about our Top Ten news stories of the week, including our role in the ongoing investigation into the tragic events at Fort Hood; the sentencing of a South Korean businessman for his role in a $206 million contract fraud; and the charges against two people in a $13 million embezzlement scheme.

Air Force officials emphasize individual fitness responsibility
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123177641

Texas WASP honored by senator
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123177598

U.S.-China military cooperation key to peace, Air Force general says
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123177662

Federal officials pledge support for hiring veterans
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123177582

President visits Elmendorf Airmen
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123177550


USDA CONSUMER ALERT - Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 18:29:28 -0600

FDIC Board Adopts Proposed Interim Final Rule To Provide A Transitional Safe Harbor For All Participations And Securitizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2009 Media Contact:
Andrew Gray at (202) 898-7192
Email: angray@fdic.gov

 

On November 12, 2009, the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) adopted a proposed Interim Final Rule amending 12 C.F.R. § 360.6 to provide a transitional safe harbor effective immediately for all participations and securitizations in compliance with that rule as originally adopted in 2000. In summary, the Interim Final Rule confirms that participations and securitizations completed or currently in process on or before March 31, 2010 in reliance on the FDIC's existing regulation will be 'grandfathered' and continue to be protected by the safe harbor provisions of Section 360.6 despite changes to generally accepted accounting principles adopted by the Financial Accounting Standards Board.
"The Board's action provides needed clarity to the financial markets," said FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair. "With changing accounting rules, we need both to ensure that participations and securitizations that have relied on our existing regulation retain that protection and to consider needed reforms for securitization going forward."
At the meeting, Chairman Bair also announced that FDIC staff would propose to the Board at its December meeting a set of conditions that securitizations initiated after March 31st must meet to receive 'safe harbor' treatment. "We have seen the problems that the 'originate to distribute' model played in the build-up to the financial crisis," Chairman Bair concluded, "and we must ensure that future securitizations do not place the Deposit Insurance Fund and our financial system in jeopardy."
The safe harbor protection provided by the Interim Final Rule continues for the life of the participation or securitization if the financial assets were transferred into the transaction or, for revolving securitization trusts, beneficial interests were issued on or before March 31, 2010 and the participation or securitization complied with Section 360.6. Under this transitional safe harbor, the participation or securitization will comply with the Section 360.6 requirement that any transfers into the transaction meet all conditions for sale accounting treatment under generally accepted accounting principles, other than the 'legal isolation' condition, if the transfers satisfied generally accepted accounting principles in effect for reporting periods prior to November 15, 2009.
For participations and securitizations that meet those requirements, the Interim Final Rule provides that the FDIC shall not, by exercise of its authority to disaffirm or repudiate contracts, seek to reclaim, recover, or recharacterize as property of the institution or the receivership any financial assets transferred in connection with the securitization or participation, even if the transaction does not satisfy all conditions for sale accounting treatment under generally accepted accounting principles as effective for reporting periods after November 15, 2009. As a result, any financial assets transferred into such securitizations or participations will not be treated as property of the institution or receivership, and consequently the consent requirement of 12 USC §1821(e)(13)(C) will not apply.
Attachment:
Amendments to 12 C.F.R. § 360.6 Defining Safe Harbor Protection for Treatment by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as Conservator or Receiver of Financial Assets Transferred by an Insured Depository Institution in Connection With a Securitization or Participation http://www.fdic.gov/news/board/2009nov12no6.pdf
Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation's 8,195 banks and savings associations and it promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars – insured financial institutions fund its operations.
FDIC press releases and other information are available on the Internet at www.fdic.gov, by subscription electronically (go to www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html) and may also be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center (877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200). PR-208-2009


DoD Top News
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 16:07:40 -0600
Veterans get help in applying for federal jobs. Also, Gen. Petraeus defends the use of unmanned aerial drones.
Army October Suicide Data
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 16:02:56 -0600
The Army has released suicide data for the month of October.
OCC Appoints Receiver for Pacific Coast National Bank
WASHINGTON — The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver for Pacific Coast National Bank, San Clemente, California. As of September 30, 2009, the bank had approximately $131 million of total assets.
The OCC acted after finding that the bank had experienced substantial dissipation of assets and earnings due to unsafe and unsound practices. The OCC also found that the bank incurred losses that depleted its capital, the bank is critically undercapitalized, and there is no reasonable prospect that the bank will become adequately capitalized without additional Federal assistance.
The FDIC will release information about the resolution of the bank.
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Fri, 13 Nov 2009 14:19:22 -0600

Columbia University Alumni Party

Dear All,

The first Columbia University Alumni Party will be on the 8th of Jan.

It'll be a mixer between Alumni and the Sushi-Sake-Champagne Club.

More details to follow shortly

Regards,
Sharik E. Currimbhoy
President, Columbia Networking on facebook
President, NY Sushi-Sake Club


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009
First Vote of the Week… Last Vote Predicted…

Monday 6:30 p.m.
Friday p.m.

Legislative Program - 51600 | Floor Information - 57400 | Whip Information - 63210

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009
On Monday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspensions (6 Bills)
1. H.R. 3767 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 170 North Main Street in Smithfield, Utah, as the "W. Hazen Hillyard Post Office Building" (Rep. Bishop (UT) - Oversight and Government Reform)
2. S. 1825 - A bill to extend the authority for relocation expenses test programs for Federal employees (Sen. Lieberman - Oversight and Government Reform)
3. H.R. 3539 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 427 Harrison Avenue in Harrison, New Jersey, as the "Patricia D. McGinty-Juhl Post Office Building" (Rep. Sires - Oversight and Government Reform)
4. H.R. 1506 - To provide that claims of the United States to certain documents relating to Franklin Delano Roosevelt shall be treated as waived and relinquished in certain circumstances (Rep. Slaughter - Oversight and Government Reform)
5. S. 1314 - A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 630 Northeast Killingsworth Avenue in Portland, Oregon, as the "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Post Office" (Sen. Wyden - Oversight and Government Reform)
6. H.R. 1242 - To amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to provide for additional monitoring and accountability of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (Rep. Maloney - Financial Services)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2009 AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:30 a.m. for Morning Hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

Suspensions (12 Bills)
1. H.R. 3618 - Clean Hull Act of 2009 (Rep. Oberstar - Transportation and Infrastructure)
2. H.Res. 841 - Expressing support for designation of November 29, 2009, as "Drive Safer Sunday" (Rep. Gerlach - Transportation and Infrastructure)
3. H.R. 3360 - Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2009 (Rep. Matsui - Transportation and Infrastructure)
4. H.Res. 891 - Expressing the gratitude of the House of Representatives for the service to our Nation of the Coast Guard and Marine Corps aircraft pilots and crewmembers lost off the coast of California on October 29, 2009 (Rep. Loretta Sanchez - Transportation and Infrastructure)
5. H.R. 3305 - To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 224 South Boulder Avenue in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the "H. Dale Cook Federal Building and United States Courthouse" (Rep. Sullivan - Transportation and Infrastructure)
6. S. 1599 - A bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to include in the Federal charter of the Reserve Officers Association leadership positions newly added in its constitution and bylaws (Sen. Leahy - Judiciary)
7. H.Res. 851 - Recognizing and honoring the 40th anniversary of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, headquartered in Sacramento, California (Rep. Matsui - Judiciary)
8. H.R. 1839 - To amend the Small Business Act to improve SCORE (Rep. Buchanan - Small Business)
9. H.R. 3014 - Small Business Health Information Technology Financing Act (Rep. Dahlkemper - Small Business)
10. H.R. 1834 - Native American Business Development Enhancement Act of 2009 (Rep. Kirkpatrick - Small Business)
11. H.R. 1842 - Expanding Entrepreneurship Act of 2009 (Rep. Luetkemeyer - Small Business)
12. H.R. 3738 - Small Business Early-Stage Investment Act of 2009 (Rep. Nye - Small Business)

H.R. 2781 - To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Molalla River in Oregon, as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System (Rep. Schrader – Natural Resources) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. 3791 - Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2009 (Rep. Mitchell – Science and Technology) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. 3961 - Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009 (Rep. Dingell – Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means) (Subject to a Rule)

Possible Consideration of the Conference Report on H.R. 2847 – Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (Rep. Mollohan – Appropriations)

* Conference Reports may be brought up at any time.
* Motions to go to Conference should they become available.
* Possible Motions to Instruct Conferees.


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