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Millennium Challenge Corporation to Sign $540 Million Poverty Reduction Grant Agreement with the Republic of Senegal

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September 15, 2009

NIH News Release Update for September 15, 2009, a.m. edition:
New Web Site Promotes Interoperable Newborn Screening Data
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U.S. Department of State Background Notes : Angola (09/09)
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U.S. Department of State Background Notes : Haiti (09/09)
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Strategy Lays Out Goals and Priorities; Ensures Coordination and Accountability Across 16 Intelligence Agencies

Related documents:

2009 National Intelligence Strategy
2009 National Intelligence Strategy Fact Sheet
2009 National Intelligence Strategy Frequently Asked Questions

The Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair today unveiled the 2009 National Intelligence Strategy – the blueprint that will drive the priorities for the nation’s 16 intelligence agencies over the next 4 years. The National Intelligence Strategy (NIS) is one of the most important documents for the Intelligence Community (IC) as it lays out the strategic environment, sets priorities and objectives, and guides current and future decisions on budgets, acquisitions, and operations.

“This strategy advances our original, founding directive to achieve an Intelligence Community that is integrated and collaborative. But it really goes much further than that. It reflects a more refined understanding of the threats we face and how we’ll combat them. In describing our objectives, it prescribes methods for achieving them that can only be carried out by an Intelligence Community that is agile, adaptive, and united. Most importantly, it recognizes that national security hinges on good intelligence and it provides me with the tools I need to monitor performance and ensure accountability,” Blair said.

The National Intelligence Strategy lays out the strategic environment – challenges the U.S. faces not only from other nations and non-state actors, but also from global trends related to forces like economics, the environment, emerging technology, and pandemic disease. It identifies four IC-wide goals to: enable wise national security policies, support national security actions, deliver top-notch capabilities, and operate as a team. Finally, it explains the IC’s objectives – what the IC intends to accomplish (6 mission objectives) and how the IC will accomplish them (enterprise objectives).

The 6 “mission objectives” are: 1) Combat Violent Extremism; 2) Counter WMD Proliferation; 3) Provide Strategic Intelligence and Warning; 4) Integrate Counterintelligence capabilities; 5) Enhance Cybersecurity; and 6) Support Current Operations (ongoing U.S. diplomatic, military, and law enforcement operations).

The 7 “enterprise objectives” are: 1) Enhance Community Mission Management; 2) Strengthen Partnerships; 3) Streamline Business Processes; 4) Improve Information Integration & Sharing; 5) Advance S&T/R&D; 6) Develop the Workforce; and 7) Improve Acquisition.

“Guided by the NIS, we will succeed by harnessing our skills, work ethic, courage, and creativity. I am confident that we will become an even more agile, adaptive, and united community. And, we will operate at all times under the rule of law, respectful of privacy, civil liberties, and human rights,” Blair concluded.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, now in its fourth year, oversees the coordination and integration of the16 federal organizations that make up the Intelligence Community. The DNI sets the priorities for and manages the implementation of the National Intelligence Program. Additionally, the DNI serves as the principal adviser to the president and the National Security Council on all intelligence issues related to national security.

Jobs at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)
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Senators split on approach to Afghanistan
Posted: 11:07 AM ET
By Adam Levine

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Differing opinions on the way forward in Afghanistan were on stark display as senators convened to hear the testimony of the top uniformed officer in the U.S. military.

U.S. Department of State Schedule for September 15, 2009
Tue, 15 Sep 2009 08:03:46 -0500
Attend the Washington Post MEGA Career Fair
U.S. Fire Administration Coffee Break Training

Special Task Force to Recommend Keeping Some Color-Coded Alerts
Posted: 14 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
WASHINGTON - After a 60-day review of the nation's terror-alert system, a special task force is expected to recommend that the Obama administration keep color-coded alerts, but reduce the number of colors - or levels of risk.
Pres. Obama to Meet African Leaders at UN
Posted: 14 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
UNITED NATIONS - President Barack Obama will host a lunch for leaders from sub-Saharan Africa during next week's ministerial meeting of the U.N. General Assembly to promote economic and social development, the U.S. ambassador announced Monday.

H1N1 Flu Virus Calls for Preparedness at Home and School

from Latest News
The American Red Cross recommends that people follow common-sense public health practices

U.S. Department of Energy announces more than $10 million in energy efficiency grants for Kentucky

from News Center Headlines by Jay Blanton<br/>Jill Midkiff<br/>502-564-2611
Energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy sources in Kentucky got a substantial boost this week from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Commonwealth has been awarded $10,427,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program.

NNSA Completes Conversion of the Budapest Research Reactor and Removal of All Fresh HEU in Hungary

from National Nuclear Security Administration - Press Releases
This week, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), in cooperation with KFKI Atomic Energy Research Institute, successfully converted the Budapest Research Reactor (BRR) from the use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel to low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. The BRR conversion followed the successful removal of 18 kilograms of Russian-origin HEU fresh fuel from the Budapest Research Reactor in cooperation with NNSA in July 2009.

U.S. and Israel yet to reach settlement agreement

from Palestinian News latest RSS headlines - Big News
Special US envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell failed to make a compromise with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday over West Bank settlement construction. An official from the P...

Israelis, Palestinians present peace manual

from Palestinian News latest RSS headlines - Big News
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - Israeli and Palestinian activists on Tuesday presented the most detailed vision yet of what a peace deal could look like - more than 400 pages crammed with maps, timetables for...

UN condemns 'war crimes' in Gaza

from BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition
There is evidence that both Israeli and Palestinian committed war crimes in the Gaza conflict, the official UN report concludes.

AFL-CIO Delegates: Jazzed and Ready to Rock


by Tula Connell

The Jacob L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh is filled with union members and leaders taking part in the AFL-CIO’s 26th Constitutional Convention, many of them first-time convention delegates like Lisha Thayer from Mine Workers Local 717 member from New York. (See Thayer and many other AFL-CIO delegates at our convention video page here.)

Medvedev says still place for G20 in world

from RIA Novosti

NextGen Task Force Report

from News
Remarks as prepared for delivery.Good morning. Thank you, Bill [Carey]. This has been a unique process. The Task Force should be pleased with what it accomplished. The efforts of this group have resulted in a sharpened focus for the way ahead. No matter how you interpret the report or its recommendations, one message comes through with great clarity: Everyone agrees that NextGen can't come soon enough.

China's Hu to unveil new climate proposals to U.N.

from Reuters: Environment
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's President Hu Jintao will present China's new plans for tackling global warming at a United Nations summit on climate change later this month, the country's senior negotiator said on Tuesday.

World Bank urges climate 'action now'

from BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition
Rich countries must rapidly increase spending on climate protection and energy research, says the World Bank.

GAO-09-1002T, Homeland Security: Despite Progress, DHS Continues to Be Challenged in Managing Its Multi-Billion Dollar Annual Investment in Large-Scale Information Technology Systems, September ...
from GAO Reports

Japan cabinet takes shape, Fujii for finance

from News On Japan by Reuters
Japan's next premier Yukio Hatoyama will pick a veteran lawmaker as finance minister, domestic media said on Tuesday, adding experience and fiscal caution to his untested party's line-up. The expected appointment of Hirohisa Fujii, 77, who also served as finance minister in 1993-1994, was welcomed by analysts worried that new government spending plans aimed at putting more money in the hands of consumers will inflate Japan's already huge public debt as it struggles to emerge from recession. (Reuters)

USDA Announces Implementation of Livestock Disaster Assistance Programs (September 14, 2009)

from U.S. Department of Agriculture

UN officials in Afghanistan at odds over election

from Afghanistan News latest RSS headlines - Big News
KABUL — A top American official at the United Nations mission in Afghanistan has temporarily left the country following a disagreement with his boss over how to respond to the massive allegation...

Nuclear watchdog IAEA approves new chief

Yukiya Amano, taking office at a crucial time for IAEA, vows to work for the world community.

US envoy meets Israeli PM

Mitchell opens talks with Netanyahu, who rejects call for halt to settlement building.

Iraq and Syria to hold Ankara talks

Officials to discuss Iraqi claim that Baghdad bombing perpetrators are based in Syria.

Baghdad and Kurdistan to deploy troops in disputed areas

from Alsumaria TV Iraq, Iraq news | Iraq News | RSS feed
Official spokesman for Kurdistan Guards Forces general Command Brigadier Jabbar Yawer announced that deploying joint forces in disputed regions between Baghdad and Kurdistan will start soon. Iraqi Army Forces, Peshemerga and US troops were deployed earlier in Sinjar village affliated to Mosul ...

CANADA: White-collar crime crackdown coming
from CBC | Ticker
The Conservative government is expected to introduce tough new legislation Tuesday to crack down on white-collar crime.

Tech stocks rise early on broad sector gains
from - MarketPulse

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Technology stocks were mostly on the rise in early trading Tuesday, with gains coming from Microsoft Corp. , IBM Corp. and Dell Inc. . Intel Corp. shares rose 33 cents to $19.69 and Apple Inc. was up 77 cents a share at $174.63. Before the market opened, Apple said Bruce Sewell, Intel's former general counsel, would become general counsel for the iPod and iPhone maker. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index rose 6 points to 2,097.

U.S. retail sales jump 2.7% on broad gains
from - Top Stories
U.S. retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 2.7% in August, the biggest increase in more than three years, boosted by government subsidies for cars, higher gas prices, and busy crowds at the malls, the Commerce Department estimates.
U.S. August producer-price index rose 1.7%
from - Top Stories
U.S. producer prices rose 1.7% in August, powered by the biggest gain in energy prices since November 2007, the Labor Department reports.
Markets rise on upbeat data
from National News
North American stocks were slightly higher early Tuesday as oil prices rose and U.S. economic reports showed more positive signs of recovery.

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.

Season-Average Price Forecasts

from USDA Economic Research Service - What's New
A futures-price forecasting model is used to provide season-average price forecasts for corn, soybeans, and wheat. In addition to the monthly forecasts for prices received, the model computes a forecast for the counter-cyclical payment rate for each commodity. The 2002 Farm Act provides for counter-cyclical payments when prices are below specified levels.

USDA Aquaculture Data

from USDA Economic Research Service - What's New
Aquaculture is the production of aquatic animals and plants under controlled conditions for all or part of their lifecycle. This data product provides statistics on domestically grown catfish and trout and U.S. imports and exports of fish and shellfish that may be products of aquaculture, such as salmon, shrimp, and oysters.

Rice Outlook - Monday, September 14, 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 - Monday, September 14, 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.

Feed Outlook - Tuesday, September 15, 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.

Cotton and Wool Outlook - Monday, September 14, 2009

from USDA Economic Research Service - Cotton and Wool Outlook
Examines supply, use, prices, and trade for cotton and wool, including supply and demand prospects in major importing and exporting countries. Includes data on raw fibers and textiles.

United States Institute of Peace Taps Former Diplomat To Head Up Post-Conflict Peace And Stability Operations Centerfrom United States Institute of Peace

by kboston
The United States Institute of Peace has named William B. Taylor, Jr. to be vice president of the Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability effective October 1, 2009. Ambassador Taylor served as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to June 2009.

People-Centred Development and National Reconciliation Key to Human Security, Speakers Say as DPI/NGO Conference Round Tables Continue
Highlighting Nuclear Issues, UN Secretary-General Spells out Priorities in Message to International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference
United Nations Should Be Powerhouse Platform for Debating Ideas That Can Benefit All Humankind, Secretary-General Says at Launch of Intellectual History Project
United Nations Opens Nominations for 2010 Global Contest Seeking Excellence in Delivery of Public Services
UN General Assembly President Says United Nations Must Be Urgently 'Reinvented,' As Time for Reform Has Passed, in Closing Statement to 63rd Session

Treasury Issues Status Report on Financial Stabilization Efforts

from U.S. Treasury - Press Releases - All
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September 14, 2009

HHS Head: No Abortion Money in Health Plan

from Top Politics Stories
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the president supports language in health overhaul legislation that explicitly prohibits money for abortions

Transcript: Thom asks Dr. Fred Shessel, why should private health insurance companies exist at all?

from Thom Hartmann
Thom Hartmann: Their website,, and their mission statement: “Patients, step one: contact your U.S. representative and two senators immediately to voice your opposition to this legislation.” This legislation, their specific criticisms of HR3200 but I’m guessing, well, we’ll find out in a moment. Their contact ...

Medvedev admits Russia 'underestimated' global economic crisis

from RIA Novosti
President Dmitry Medvedev admitted on Tuesday that Russia had underestimated the effect of the worldwide financial crisis on the country, but said the economy had started growing again.

Medvedev hopes N.Korea will stop nuclear tests
Medvedev says may run for president in 2012

Former NY Gov Spitzer: Place oversight inspections on the regulators

from Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who drove a crackdown on Wall Street before being brought down by scandal, said U.S. financial reform should target federal regulators as well as big banks.

U.S. officials meet Dalai Lama to discuss Tibet

from Reuters: Politics
DHARAMSALA, India (Reuters) - U.S. officials met the Dalai Lama in northern India on Monday to discuss ways to resolve problems of the Tibetan people ahead of the spiritual leader's visit to the United States this month, officials said.

Rep Frank says financial reform "will get done"

from Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A lawmaker at the heart of efforts to overhaul U.S. financial rules in the wake of the deepest crisis since the Great Depression said on Monday that legislation will be completed despite distractions.

Senate healthcare bill on track for public release

from Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bipartisan negotiators on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee worked to pare down the costs of a broad healthcare overhaul on Monday, and chairman Max Baucus said he was still on track to produce a bill this week.

Harper, Obama seen pushing for continued stimulus

from Reuters: Politics
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama will likely stress the need to keep economic stimulus funds flowing worldwide when they meet at the White House on Wednesday, a Canadian spokesman said.

Obama names IMF official to U.S. Treasury post

from Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday named International Monetary Fund deputy research director Charles Collyns as the U.S. Treasury's new assistant secretary for international finance.

Obama to Wall Street: Get behind regulatory reform

from Reuters: Politics
NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Barack Obama warned financial firms on Monday to heed the lessons of Lehman Brothers' collapse a year ago and get behind a regulatory overhaul he wants Congress to pass this year.

U.S. Senate healthcare bill still on track

from Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Negotiators on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee worked to pare the costs and complete the details of a broad healthcare overhaul on Monday, with chairman Max Baucus saying he was still on track to produce a bill this week.

Review of the Student Loan Community Proposal

from Recent CBO Publications
Letter to the Honorable George Miller

LaHood unique in Obama's Cabinet

from Politics by Carol E. Lee
LaHood is in a unique place on Obama's team: He lends credibility to the chance of a bipartisan Cabinet.

Obama: Industry ignoring lessons

from Politics by Eamon Javers
"Normalcy cannot lead to complacency," Obama says.

U.S. drafts new nuclear resolution

from Politics by Laura Rozen
U.S. distributes a new draft resolution on disarmament and nonproliferation to U.N.S.C. members

Verdict looms for trial lawyers

from pitboss by Jeanne Cummings
Deep lobbying bench and fundraising muscle stops GOP efforts to curb medical malpractice lawsuits.

New York Fed announces $6.5 billion in non-CMBS TALF loans settled for September 3 facility

Conditions for New York manufacturers improved in September

from NY Fed | News
The Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates that conditions for New York manufacturers improved in September, following the upturn first observed in August. The general business conditions index increased 7 points, to 18.9, its highest level since late 2007.

Chairman Matz Statement on Corporate Capital

from NCUA Recently Posted Information
September 14, 2009, Alexandria, Va. – NCUA Chairman Deborah Matz issued the following statement today:

NCUA Statement on U.S. Central Audit Release

from NCUA Recently Posted Information
September 11, 2009, Alexandria, Va. -- The National Credit Union Administration today welcomed the release of U.S. Central Federal Credit Union’s (USC) 2008 Audited Financial Statements as an important step forward that provides essential information about the condition of the institution and its ongoing conservatorship by NCUA.

NNSA Launches Travel Blog to Highlight Administrator's Work at the 2009 IAEA General Conference

from National Nuclear Security Administration - Press Releases
The National Nuclear Security Administration has launched a travel blog for online visitors to follow Administrator Thomas D’Agostino and receive updates from his work at the 2009 International Atomic Energy Agency’s 53rd General Conference in Vienna, Austria.

NNSA Official Testifies Before House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Radiological Threats


from Kremlin.Ru: Unified Wire Service
Dmitry Medvedev will make a state visit to the Swiss Confederation on September 21–22, 2009.

RUSSIA: Beginning of Meeting with Prime Minister of France Francois Fillon

from Kremlin.Ru: Presidential Speeches and Addresses
“Russia and France have very extensive ties. We are close partners and I think that we should do everything possible to build up our relations. Even during the crisis period it is very important to meet from time to time and discuss our joint proposals for overcoming the difficulties we face. We have a tradition of such meetings and hope to continue this practice.”

RUSSIA: Beginning of Meeting with Prime Minister of Spain Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

from Kremlin.Ru: Presidential Speeches and Addresses
“Spain will assume the presidency of the European Union next year. I am sure that we will be able to use this time to raise the level of cooperation between the united Europe and the Russian Federation.”

RUSSIA: Speech at International Conference The Modern State and Global Security

from Kremlin.Ru: Presidential Speeches and Addresses
"Politics is essentially becoming an increasingly complex and science-intensive matter. There is no place here for all that is unreasonable, for the dangerous illusions of nationalism or the archaic prejudices of class struggle."

500 damage suits filed against Israel

from JPost Front Page Top Stories
Number refers to Palestinian lawsuits since 2000; Justice Ministry: Many more such suits are expected.

VACANCY: Senior Editor, Khmer Service Radio Free Asia

from Jobs by antoinec
Accomplished and resourceful Senior Editor needed for RFA’s Khmer Language Service, based in Washington DC.

Obama upbeat on health care

from RSS by
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said he is confident Congress will pass "a good health-care bill," as months of rancor over reforming the nation's health-care system seemed to be easing yesterday, with the White House playing down an immediate role for a government insurance option.

Obama to discuss economy during Ohio visit today

from RSS by
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is spending another day talking about the economy.

Treasurer's new Web site helps with investments

from RSS by
Ohio Treasurer Kevin L. Boyce rolled out a new Web site yesterday, offering information about "smart money choices," investment strategies and the 2010 Census.

Elections official named to national committee

from RSS by
The deputy director of the Franklin County Board of Elections has been appointed to a national committee formed to explore how to update the nation's voter-registration system.

A plea for Medicaid changes

from RSS by
A little-noticed change in how the state pays for wheelchairs, physical therapy and other care has caused some Ohio nursing-home residents to lose services and others to fear that they could be next. In central Ohio, some nursing-home residents have been denied care after being erroneously told that the Medicaid services were no longer covered because of cuts in the state budget.

Obama extends embargo against Cuba for 1 year

from RSS by
President Barack Obama has extended the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba for one year, the White House said yesterday.

Health-reform deal 'very close'

from RSS by
WASHINGTON -- Senate health-care negotiators said yesterday that they've narrowed their differences on a host of difficult issues, with only a day or so left to seal a bipartisan deal that could change the course of the contentious debate.

Obama pushes for regulatory reform

from - Politics
The bailouts have largely stabilized the financial system, but regulatory reform is needed to prevent a similar crisis from happening again, said President Obama in a speech delivered Monday on Wall Street.

Obama: Money 'finally flowing back to taxpayers'

from - Politics
President Obama said Monday that the need for the federal government to help prop up the nation's hard-hit financial system is fading.

Review of the Student Loan Community Proposal

from CBO's Latest 10 Documents
Letter to the Honorable George Miller

Obama warns Wall Street not to block tighter regulations

from AP Top Political News At 5:39 a.m. EST by By BEN FELLER
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lecturing Wall Street on its own turf, President Barack Obama warned financial leaders not to use the recovering economy to race back into "reckless behavior" that could cause a new meltdown. He declared that a bailout-weary public will not break their fall again....

Geithner: Obama against any middle class tax hike

from AP Top Political News At 5:39 a.m. EST
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner acknowledged Tuesday the federal government had to take some "deeply offensive" steps to help the country get past the financial crisis a year ago....

Obama to talk with autoworkers, AFL-CIO members

from AP Top Political News At 5:39 a.m. EST by By PHILIP ELLIOTT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Going before groups of autoworkers and union members, President Barack Obama is trying Tuesday to assure blue-collar audiences that the economy is coming back - and that his administration deserves credit for saving some of their jobs....

Iraqi ’shoe thrower’ claims he was tortured while jailed
Posted: 09:23 AM ET
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The Iraqi man who threw his shoes at then-President George W. Bush last year said Tuesday that he was beaten and tortured while he was detained.

Wells Fargo fires worker for alleged misconduct for using a foreclosed home for personal use
from - Top Stories
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Wells Fargo & Co. said it fired a senior vice president, who was accused of improperly using a foreclosed home in Malibu, Calif., for violating company policies.
Tidal power demonstration project given approval
from CBC | Ticker
The Fundy tidal power demonstration project in the Minas Basin, near Parrsboro, was given the green light Tuesday by provincial Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau.

U.S. August producer price index rises 1.7%
from - MarketPulse

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- U.S. producer prices rose by 1.7% in August, the Labor Department reported Tuesday, powered by the biggest gain in energy prices since November 2007. Minus volatile energy and food prices, however, the producer price index rose just 0.2%. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch were expecting producer prices to climb by 1.5% in August. They estimated core prices would rise by 0.1%.

Sept. Empire State index highest since Nov. '07
from - MarketPulse

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Manufacturing activity in the New York improved in September to the highest level since prior to beginning of the recession in late 2007, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said Tuesday. The bank's Empire State Manufacturing index rose to 18.9 in September from 12.1 in August. The new orders index climbed in September, while shipments dipped. The employment index remained in negative territory. The Empire State index is of interest to investors and economists primarily because it's seen as an early indicator of what the Institute for Supply Management's September national factory survey due out in two weeks may show. In August, the ISM manufacturing index increased to 52.9%, the first time the index has been in growth territory since January 2008.

U.S. Aug. retail sales jump 2.7% on broad gains
from - MarketPulse

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - U.S. retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 2.7% in August, the biggest increase in more than three years, boosted by government subsidies for cars, higher gas prices, and busy crowds at the malls, the Commerce Department estimated Tuesday. Sales were stronger than the 2.3% expected by economists surveyed by MarketWatch, largely because of widespread sales gains outside of gas stations and auto lots. Sales were down 5.3% compared with a year earlier. Auto sales surged 10.6% on the back of the government's cash-for-clunkers program. Excluding autos, sales rose 1.1%, the most since February. Gas station sales rose 5.1% on higher prices. Excluding autos and gas, sales rose 0.6%.

Stock futures add to gains after economic data
from - MarketPulse

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures on Tuesday added to early gains after a slew of positive economic data, including an August jump in retail sales. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 40 points to 9,590.0. Those for the S&P 500 gained 4.3 points to 1,047.8, while Nasdaq 100 futures rose 6 points to 1,694.00.

Turkey may host Iran nuclear talks, Solana says
Posted: 08:54 AM ET
(CNN) — Iran and several Western powers, including the United States, will most likely meet in Turkey next month to discuss the Islamic republic’s controversial nuclear program, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Tuesday.

124 Mexican police officers arrested in drug cartel link probe, attorney general’s office says
Posted: 09:13 AM ET
MEXICO City, Mexico (CNN) — Mexican federal authorities have arrested 124 law enforcement officials in Hidalgo state on suspicion of being linked to the Zetas drug cartel, considered the nation’s most ruthless and dangerous crime syndicate.

U.S.-China spat hits stocks but trade war not likely
from - Top Stories
The chances of a full-blown trade war between China and U.S. remain low despite the recent spat between the two countries, although the risk of a further escalation in tensions will likely continue to weigh on investor sentiment.
Irwin Kellner: Any 10-year forecast is highly suspicious
from - Top Stories
When everyone is certain something is going to happen a decade from now, you can be sure that it won’t. And that goes for the national debt too.
Japan's Nikkei ends up 0.2% at 10,217.62
from - Real-time Headlines

Swiss regulator investigating Swatch unit: reports
from - MarketPulse

MADRID (MarketWatch) -- Switzerland's competition watchdog WEKO has opened an investigation against , a unit of Swatch Group , news services said on Tuesday. WEKO said it is investigating whether ETA's conduct violated antitrust laws regulating the market for mechanical clockworks. The commission was mainly investigating whether ETA sold products at better conditions to other Swatch Group companies than to third-party firms, Patrik Ducrey from the commission said, according to Reuters. The investigation was set to take about one year. The commission reportedly said it had received several complaints after ETA raised prices and announced new payment conditions last year. Swatch could not be reached for comment.

German DAX 30 index up 0.1% at 5,622.32
from - Real-time Headlines
French CAC 40 index up 0.2% at 3,738.84
from - Real-time Headlines
Iraqi shoe thrower alleges prison abuse
from CBC | Ticker
The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George W. Bush last December says he was abused while he was held in prison.
U.S. envoy in talks with Mideast leaders
from CBC | Ticker
The U.S. special Mideast envoy has made a last-ditch push in Jerusalem to convince Israel to curtail West Bank settlement construction and persuade the Palestinians to attend a meeting as a prelude to peacemaking.

Primary Day in New York City
There's a Democratic primary day in New York City today, but a new SurveyUSA poll shows there is little question who will face Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the November general election.

Bill Thompson (D) leads Tony Avella (D), 49% to 20%.

The race for Public Advocate is closer with Mark Green leading at 33%, followed by Bill De Blasio at 23% and Eric Gioia at 17%.

A possible wild card is turnout.

Giuliani Not Interested in Senate Bid
Contrary to a report yesterday, Rudy Giuliani (R) has no interest in challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in 2010, his closest political associate tells the Washington Post.

Obama Approval Rises
A new CNN/Opinion Research survey finds President Obama's approval ratings up since his speech last week. Obama now has a 58% job approval rating, up 5 points since a similar poll in late August.

Health care negotiators finding common ground, Democrat says
Increased awareness of the details of a possible compromise health care bill is boosting the comfort level of both Democrats and Republicans, a key Democratic senator said Monday.

CNN Poll: Support for Afghanistan war at all-time low
Posted: 05:59 AM ET
By Paul Steinhauser
CNN Deputy Political Director

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Support for the war in Afghanistan is at an all-time low, according to a new national poll.

U.N. honors Kennedy with top refugee award
Posted: 06:50 AM ET
(CNN) — The United Nations refugee agency is recognizing the late Sen. Ted Kennedy for his work in helping millions of persecuted people restart their lives in the United States.

Netanyahu says not to completely freeze settlements
Posted: 07:22 AM ET
JERUSALEM (CNN) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sat down for talks with the U.S. special envoy to the region Tuesday, a day after he reiterated that a complete halt of Jewish settlements will not happen, according to an Israeli parliament source.

Netanyahu said at a closed-door Knesset committee meeting Monday that Israel would agree only to a partial reduction of housing construction and for a limited time, not the year the United States would like, said a government official who was not authorized to speak about the meeting and did not want to be identified.

Biden makes surprise visit to Iraq
Posted: 08:35 AM ET
(CNN) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad, Iraq, on Tuesday, according to reporters traveling with him.

Federal Register: Pediatric Clinical Trials Workshop: Unmet Needs, Trial Designs and Clinically Meaningful Safety and Effectiveness Outcomes
Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Clinical Study Designs for Surgical Ablation Devices for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation; Availability
Draft Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff - Clinical Study Designs for Surgical Ablation Devices for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

Statistics for the U.S. Department of Labor

This information has recently been updated.
The following statistics were updated:
Producer Price Index (PPI)

View the latest DOL statistics.

The latest Producer Price Index news release
was issued today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Highlights are below.

The Producer Price Index for Finished Goods advanced 1.7 percent in August, seasonally
adjusted. This increase followed a 0.9-percent decline in July and a 1.8-percent advance in June.
Prices for finished goods less foods and energy rose 0.2 percent in August after edging down 0.1
percent a month earlier.

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Guatemala Independence Day

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

September 14, 2009

Nicaraguan Independence Day

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

September 14, 2009

September 15, 2009 - DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report, (PDF, 21 pages - 148 KB)
Justice Department Commemorates Fifteen Years of the Violence Against Women Act
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 16:13:47 -0500
The Department of Justice today commemorated the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which was signed into law on September 13, 1994.

District Government's Real-Time Data Program Wins Award

(By Kari Lydersen)

Citizen-soldiers Need Greater Stability, Reserve Chief Says
Tue, 15 Sep 2009 07:59:00 -0500
Health Care Plan Gets Bump After Obama Speech
Support for President Obama's health care reform plan "continues to grow following the president's speech to Congress last Wednesday night. It has now risen to the highest level yet measured, and, for the first time, shows a slight uptick in support among Republicans and voters not affiliated with either party," according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll.

Baucus Expected to Release Bill Today
Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) said that there is "high probability" that he will release his health care reform bill tomorrow and that "he hopes to simultaneously announce that it will be a bipartisan product," Roll Call reports.
Obama calls for tighter global financial coordination
Posted: September 14th, 2009 12:42 PM ET

Obama calls for tighter global financial coordination.
NEW YORK (CNN) — President Barack Obama called Monday for closer international cooperation both to contain the current financial crisis and prevent it from repeating in the future.

President Obama taking health care message on the road
Posted: September 14th, 2009 03:51 PM ET

From CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama is taking his health care message back on the road this week.

Senate Caucus Room renamed to honor Kennedy brothers
Posted: 06:57 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The historic Senate Caucus Room was renamed the Kennedy Caucus Room on Monday in honor of the three Kennedy brothers who served in the chamber, according to a statement by Sens. Chris Dodd and John Kerry.

GAO-09-744, Royalty-In-Kind Program: MMS Does Not Provide Reasonable Assurance It Receives Its Share of Gas, Resulting in Millions in Forgone Revenue, August 14, 2009
GAO-09-578, Medicaid Preventive Services: Concerted Efforts Needed to Ensure Beneficiaries Receive Services, August 14, 2009
GAO-09-996T, Combating Nuclear Terrorism: Preliminary Observations on Preparedness to Recover from Possible Attacks Using Radiological or Nuclear Materials, September 14, 2009

Duke, Regulatory Perspectives on the Changing Accounting Landscape

from FRB: Speeches and Testimony
Speech at the AICPA National Conference on Banks and Savings Institutions, Washington, D.C.

Board announces appointment of the chairs and deputy chairs of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks for 2010

September 14, 2009 TREASURY TAX AND LOAN

from FMS Publications
Updated 9/14/2009: September 14, 2009 TREASURY TAX AND LOAN INVESTMENT PROGRAM RESULTS OF TRANSFERS Action Percentage 1/Balance Date Due Date Amount (Millions) C Call 29% 09-11-2009 09-11-2009 $ 757 1/Actions based on known balances are reported as dollars and listed here as N/A. Actions that refer to future balances

September 14, 2009 TREASURY TAX AND LOAN

from FMS Publications
Updated 9/14/2009: September 14, 2009 TREASURY TAX AND LOAN INVESTMENT PROGRAM NOTICE OF TRANSFERS Action Percentage 1/Balance Date Due Date Amount (Millions) C Call 38% 09-14-2009 09-14-2009 $ 1,146 The actual results of each

DTS: September 11 2009

from FMS Publications
Updated 9/14/2009: 1 DAILY TREASURY STATEMENT PAGE: 1 Cash and debt operations of the United States Treasury Friday September 11, 2009 (Detail, rounded in millions, may not add to totals) _ TABLE I Operating Cash Balance | _ |

DTS: September 11 2009

from FMS Publications
Updated 9/14/2009: DAILY TREASURY STATEMENT Cash and debt operations of the United States Treasury Friday, September 11, 2009 (Detail, rounded in millions, may not add to totals) TABLE I—Operating Cash Balance Type of account Closing balance today Opening balance Today This month This fiscal year Federal Reserve Accou


from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/14/2009: SAN FRANCISCO FINANCIAL CENTER Summer 2009 One of the most exciting parts of my job at the Social Security Administration is the opportunity to participate in inter-agency work groups such as the San Francisco Regional Financial Center Customer Advisory Board (CAB) What attracted me to the San Franc

TFM: Bulletin No 2009-05 Volume I Retention:

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/14/2009: Bulletin No. 2009-05 Volume I Retention: September 30, 2010 To: Heads of Government Departments, Agencies, and Others Concerned Subject: Reclassifying Gift and Donation Receipt Accounts From Governmental Receipts to Proprietary Receipts From the Public 1. Purpose This Treasury Financial Manual (TFM)

Volume I Bulletin No. 2009-05

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/14/2009: TFM Bulletin Page. Bulletin No. 2009-05 Volume I. PDF File. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader). Retention: September 30, 2010 To: Heads of Government Departments, Agencies, and Others Concerned Subject: Reclassifying Gift and Donation Receipt Accounts From Governmental Receipts to Proprietary Re

Solis Meets with Workers, Pledges to Fight Alongside Them

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Seth Michaels

After her inspiring speech at the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis joined with workers in a private meeting to discuss their struggles in forming a union, struggles faced by workers across the country.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 9/14/09
Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key administration posts.

President Obama Nominates Justice Barbara Milano Keenan for United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
President Obama today nominated Justice Barbara Milano Keenan for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Justice Keenan is currently a Justice on the Virginia Supreme Court, a seat she has held since 1991.

Gaggle by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs aboard Air Force One en route Andrews Air Force Base, 9/14/09
Remarks by the President on Financial Rescue and Reform at Federal Hall
Fired Up? Ready to Go?
Posted by Jesse Lee

Are You Ready?
Posted by Erin Edgerton

September is National Preparedness Month and a great opportunity for your household, business, or community to focus on preparedness. It is recommended that all Americans have an emergency supply kit and an emergency plan, and be informed about the different emergencies that can happen in their area and the appropriate responses.

"Normalcy Cannot Lead to Complacency"
Posted by Jesse Lee

It was one year ago today that predictions of a possible depression began to be taken seriously. Lehman Brothers, one of the world's oldest financial institutions, one which most would have assumed would be around virtually forever, had fallen. In the time since then, a great deal has happened – a new President was elected and sworn in; the Recovery Act was passed to spur job creation in sectors that would rebuild our nation for a new century; and the Treasury Secretary took aggressive action to stabilize the financial markets that were dragging down everything from 401(k)'s to spots on the factory floor. And of course there have been endless news cycles and political scuffles along the way.

A Green Vision… A Bright Future
Posted by Adolfo Carrión, Jr.

Last week I toured the Ivanhoe neighborhood in Kansas City, MO with colleagues from the federal government. The stories I heard from folks in the neighborhood and the places I saw reminded me of the untapped potential of so many similar communities across the country. This is a place that had been overlooked and underserved for decades, and was held together by neighborhood residents who refused to give up.

VIDEO: Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY)

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) shows Communicators how he uses various pieces of technology and social media to inform their constituents about congressional issues. This is the second half in a two-part series focusing on how members of Congress use new media.
Length: 30 min.

Published: Saturday at 6:30pm (ET)

VIDEO: Gary Gensler, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Chairman

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Today, Gary Gensler speaks at a meeting on the first anniversary of the collapsed of Lehman Brothers. He joins us today to discuss the response one year later, decisions made both in the run up to and during the collapsed, issues surrounding regulation how the administration's transition team handled the situation.
Length: 35 min.

Published: Monday at 9am (ET)

VIDEO: State Department Press Briefing Mon Sept 14 2009

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Spokesman Ian Kelly conducts a daily briefing at the State Department.
Length: 36 min.

Published: Monday at 12:30pm (ET)

VIDEO: Senate Finance Cmte. Press Conference on Health Care Reform

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) spoke to reporters about health care legislation after a meeting of the so-called "Gang of Six."
Length: 9 min.

Published: Monday at 11am (ET)

VIDEO: Senate Appropriations Subcmte. Hearing on the Health Effects of Cell Phone Use

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Last month, the International EMF Collaborative released a report linking cell phone use to cancer, though others in the scientific & medical community believe the evidence is inconclusive. Several health officials testified before an Appropriations Subcmte. to explore the possible health implications.
Length: 1 hr. 48 min.

Published: Monday at 2pm (ET)

VIDEO: Pres. Obama Speech on Financial Crisis

from C-SPAN Recent Video
A year ago today, the collapse of the financial institution Lehman Brothers triggered the current global recession. During Pres. Obama’s speech on the financial crisis, he focused on the Federal government’s "aggressive and innovative steps in credit markets" to restore U.S. "capital and confidence."
Length: 31 min.

Published: Monday at 12pm (ET)

VIDEO: Commission on Wartime Contracting Hearing on State Dept. Hiring Practices

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Recently eight security guards, employed by ArmourGroup North America to protect the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, were fired for alleged misconduct. The Commission on Wartime Contracting, a bipartisan body appointed by Congress to investigate reconstruction and security projects, heard from witnesses representing the State Department and its security contractors.

Published: Monday at 9:30am (ET)

VACANCY: DTIC-39-09 Security Specialist (INFORMATION), YA-0080-02/02
Opens: 14 Sep 2009
Closes: 02 Oct 2009
Location: Ft. Belvoir, VA

Google Economist Sees Good Signs in Searches: Jobless Queries Down, Real Estate Up

(By Cecilia Kang)

"Beware Of Fraudsters exploiting disaster emergencies" State And Federal Officials Warn
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 07:04:00 -0500
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Fraud can be a big problem in areas struck by disasters, according to officials from the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
National Preparedness Month: Your Family Documents
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 07:15:07 -0500
DENTON, Texas -- September is National Preparedness Month. When putting together a family preparedness plan, remember to place copies of important documents in a waterproof, easy-to-carry container so you can "grab and go."
An OCC Web and Telephone Seminar : SBA Lending Programs and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Small Business Lending Opportunities in a New Environment
Monday, September 21, 2009
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT
This Web and telephone seminar will enable participants to gain a better understanding about the changes to the 7(a) and 504 CDC loan programs. Moreover, the SBA will discuss the newly created America’s Recovery Capital Loan Program and efforts to stimulate the secondary market for SBA loans. Participants will also hear from a nationally recognized community development lender on how to conduct small business lending during the current credit cycle.
Details are available in the brochure or by calling 800-775-7654. You may register via phone, mail, fax or online.
Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Poverty Reduction Blog – Firsthand accounts of MCC's impact written by MCC staff from around the world.
EPA National Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Priorities Discussion Forum – Help the Environmental Protection Agency chart a new course in the 2011-2013 fiscal years by sharing your views on areas to focus enforcement and compliance activities.

Secretary Chu's Address to the IAEA General Conference in Vienna, Austria

53rd IAEA General Conference – As Prepared for Delivery
Secretary Steven Chu
Monday, September 14, 2009

Thank you, Madame President. Congratulations on your election as President of this Conference.

I would also like to congratulate Ambassador Amano on his appointment as Director General. I pledge my government’s full support as Ambassador Amano assumes this critical role.

I would also like to thank Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei for his quarter century of distinguished service to the IAEA and 12 years as Director General. Dr. ElBaradei’s leadership earned him and the IAEA a Nobel Peace Prize and our enduring gratitude.

It is a great honor to represent the United States at this conference, and I want to share a personal message from President Barack Obama:

“I am pleased to send my warmest greetings to all those gathered at the International Atomic Energy Agency Conference.

“The United States stands with the IAEA and its member states in seeking to advance the nonproliferation, energy, and developmental goals embodied in this Agency. These goals advance the common interests of our nations, and the needs of our citizens. They also define the central challenge of the nuclear age – that of using nuclear energy in ways that prevent proliferation and pursuing the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.

“We know the road to elimination of nuclear weapons will be long and difficult, and can only be achieved if all nations live up to their responsibilities. But we must not defer tough problems to future generations – there are important steps that we must take to advance the common security of all people. The stakes involved are enormous. Now is the time to strengthen a durable, global regime that prevents the spread of nuclear weapons to additional states or terrorist groups; reduces the world’s nuclear weapons; and pursues a world in which nuclear power is used for peaceful purposes. It is for this reason that in Prague last April, I laid out a comprehensive agenda for nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, which you will hear more about later today.

“The IAEA is central to that agenda and to the establishment of new, durable frameworks for cooperation. To that end, we must ensure that the IAEA has the resources and authority it needs to verify that nuclear programs are peaceful, to facilitate access to a clean source of energy, and to improve the lives of citizens the world over – all without incurring new nuclear dangers.

“Working together, with renewed commitment and the exercise of our shared obligations, we can succeed in making real, substantive progress towards a world that is safer, more secure, and more prosperous. I hope you will join me and my delegation in committing to this goal and to the IAEA and other institutions that support it.

Please accept my thanks for your hard work on building a better, more secure future. I wish you all the best for a successful conference.”

As President Obama expressed in his message, the United States views the IAEA as essential to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems, and to seizing one of its greatest opportunities.

By unleashing the energy that binds the nuclei of atoms, we have created a source of energy that can play an important role in helping the world decrease its carbon emissions. But the energy of nuclear reactions has also given us weapons of enormous destructive capability, so we must be vigilant in guarding against the threats of proliferation.

The IAEA has been given the daunting task of helping guide the world along this difficult path – of making nuclear power plentiful while ensuring its use is peaceful. Our common goals of nonproliferation, the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and nuclear disarmament are embodied in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. The NPT is the cornerstone of the nonproliferation regime, and President Obama has called on all nations to strengthen it.

Today, I want to discuss four areas in which the world needs the IAEA’s continued leadership.

A New Framework for Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation

First, the IAEA will continue to play a vital role in the safe and responsible expansion of nuclear power to combat climate change and promote economic prosperity. President Obama has called for a new framework for civil nuclear cooperation so that all countries can access peaceful nuclear power without increasing the risks of proliferation. This framework could build on commercial models that exist today, to provide the necessary tools and reassurance to the market, so that binding and enforceable contracts can be extended to those that desire enhanced energy security. Confidence will come in the form of dependable fuel services that address the needs associated with all aspects of the commercial fuel-cycle.

Around the world, used fuel management remains an important source of uncertainty for nuclear investment. We believe that the new civil nuclear framework should seek international cooperation to relieve nuclear fuel consumers of this uncertainty. It is time for governments to work together to take responsibility for managing the back end of the fuel cycle.

The United States has chosen to step back from an early decision about the final disposition of that material in a geologic repository. We are confident, however, that we can safely store that material in dry-cask storage for a sufficient period of time while we develop and deploy better alternatives. The U.S. Government will appoint a blue-ribbon commission to examine our nuclear waste strategy in light of the technical developments and knowledge gained over the last 25 years.

We will also continue to support mechanisms to reinforce the supply of nuclear fuel, including such measures as the fuel bank proposals put forward by Russia and the IAEA.

The United States has long supported efforts, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to help nations build the necessary infrastructure for safe, secure, and responsible use of nuclear energy. We applaud the Agency’s efforts in this area and will continue to be a strong supporter through funding and technical expertise.

The Department of Energy is also supporting vigorous nuclear power research, including Gen IV reactors that can burn down long-lived actinides to reduce the amount and lifetime of nuclear waste; modular reactors that can be built and shipped as a single unit and do not need re-fueling for an extended period of time; and new fuel processing methods to reduce proliferation risks.


International nuclear cooperation also depends on a robust nuclear liability regime. To strengthen that regime, I encourage all nations to ratify and bring into force the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage.

And, as a scientist, I want to say a final word on peaceful nuclear cooperation by noting the IAEA’s work to leverage the best nuclear science for purposes other than energy. By pioneering the use of nuclear technology for food, medicine, safe drinking water and more, the IAEA is improving human welfare around the world. The United States is proud to be a strong supporter of those efforts.

Strengthening International Safeguards

The second area I want to discuss is strengthening international safeguards to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

One step we can all take is to grant the IAEA the authority to carry out its safeguards mission effectively. This means bringing into force comprehensive safeguards agreements and Additional Protocols to make them the accepted verification standard for the world. Earlier this year we brought into force our own Additional Protocol, and we encourage others to do the same.

Information will be the life blood of a strengthened safeguards system. The IAEA needs our support as it develops an information-driven approach that goes hand-in-hand with the access rights of IAEA inspections to help them uncover clandestine activities. And resources for IAEA safeguards activities must keep pace with demand.

At the Department of Energy, we have undertaken a Next Generation Safeguards Initiative to meet international safeguards needs over the next 25 years and beyond. We are developing new techniques for characterizing nuclear materials, new approaches for monitoring nuclear facilities, and new tools for integrated information analysis. We are recruiting and training a new generation of safeguards experts and expanding our efforts to help other countries pursue nuclear power safely and securely. We welcome Japan’s decision to host the second international conference on Next Generation Safeguards this October.
As decades of experience have shown, countries with peaceful activities and ambitions have nothing to fear from safeguards. However, countries that violate their international obligations must face serious consequences both here and at the UN Security Council. Failure to impose meaningful consequences puts at risk everything we have achieved. We can not let that happen.

Moving Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons

The third area I’d like to discuss is how we will achieve the vision President Obama laid out in April in Prague of a world without nuclear weapons.

The United States has already begun taking the “concrete steps” the President outlined:

The United States has dramatically reduced the number of nuclear weapons in our stockpile and permanently removed more than 430 tons of fissile material from weapons use. We have blended down 113 tons of U.S. highly enriched uranium into reactor fuel – enough for about 2,700 nuclear warheads. And we are building a new MOX fuel fabrication plant that will permanently and transparently eliminate at least 34 metric tons of surplus weapons plutonium while producing enough fuel to power 1 million homes for 50 years. Once the MOX fuel has been irradiated in nuclear reactors, the plutonium is no longer readily weapons usable.

We have also made progress in negotiating a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, and we intend to complete this treaty this year.
We are actively pursuing our own ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

And we have finally reached agreement at the Conference on Disarmament to negotiate a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty. It is time to make the gains of recent years irreversible by making them part of a global, durable, and verifiable ban on the production of fissile material for weapons.

Preventing Nuclear Terrorism

The final area I want to discuss is working together to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists. Because we know that terrorists such as Al Qaeda would not hesitate to use a nuclear weapon, our essential strategy must be to prevent them from acquiring or producing one. As long as there is unsecured nuclear material around the world, all of our nations are at risk.

President Obama has set an ambitious but achievable goal of securing all vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years. The United States is accelerating its efforts, but we cannot achieve that goal on our own. We are working with Russia and other countries to ensure that all fissile material – whether from civil or military programs – is accounted for and secured against diversion or terrorist threats.

One component of this effort is the conversion of civilian research reactors away from highly-enriched uranium. Over the past twelve months, we have worked with the IAEA and its Member States to convert seven reactors to use low-enriched uranium fuel. Since 1996, we have removed enough HEU fuel for nearly 100 nuclear weapons.

In addition to eliminating nuclear material or securing it at its source, we must work together to disrupt black market networks and stop transfers of dangerous materials, including radiological sources that can be used to make “dirty bombs.” The United States has worked with the IAEA, the EU, and other partners to deploy more than 1,000 radiation detection systems at seaports, airports, border crossings and other international transit points.

The IAEA has a critical role to play in keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists by promoting best practices for nuclear security and providing transparency and accountability to the world community. The work of the new World Institute for Nuclear Security will complement the IAEA’s efforts, and the Department of Energy is proud to support it as well.

To address these issues in a global forum, President Obama will host an international nuclear security summit next April in Washington, D.C. This summit will be an opportunity to reinforce commitments and advance national and international actions to secure nuclear materials and prevent nuclear terrorism.


In closing, I want to note what an important moment this is for the IAEA and the world. The transition to a new Director General provides an opportunity to review the Agency's priorities and needs.

The United States is committed to working with the IAEA and its Member States to place the Agency on a firm foundation for the future. We will help provide the resources this Agency needs to remain a strong and effective partner in our common efforts. And we want to help bring Agency members together to overcome lingering differences and achieve lasting progress. Together, we will keep the promise of this organization – to use atoms for peace and for peace alone.
I wish you all a successful General Conference.


Military Job Fair
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 09:49:55 -0500
Servicemembers participate in a job fair that will help them transition from the battlefield to the workplace.
DOE to Fund up to $454 Million for Retrofit Ramp-Ups in Energy Efficiency
Projects Seek to Make Efficiency Accessible to Every Business and Homeowner

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced a new $450 million program designed to catalyze a nationwide energy upgrade that experts estimate could save $100 million annually in utility bills for households and businesses. The Recovery Act’s “Retrofit Ramp-Up” program will pioneer innovative models for rolling out energy efficiency to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in a variety of communities. Much like past roll-outs for cable TV or the Internet, DOE intends to create models that, when undertaken nationally, will save consumers billions of dollars on their utility bills and make the huge savings of energy efficiency available to everyone.

“Energy efficiency isn’t just low-hanging fruit; it’s fruit lying on the ground. We have the tools to reduce energy use at home and at work and to provide huge savings to families and businesses on their energy bills. But use of these technologies has been far too limited because we lack the simple and effective ways for people to access them,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

“The ‘Retrofit Ramp-Up’ program will support large-scale models that can open new energy efficiency opportunities to whole neighborhoods, towns, and, eventually, entire states,” continued Secretary Chu. “The Recovery Act will allow innovative communities to demonstrate a variety of sustainable business models that can be replicated across the country.”

The Request for Information (RFI) being issued today is for competitively-selected local energy efficiency projects. This competitive portion of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program will target community-scale retrofit projects that make significant, long-term impacts on energy use and can serve as national role models for grassroots energy efficiency efforts. DOE is seeking public comment on this newly funded program under the Recovery Act. Public comment ends on September 28, 2009.

The Department of Energy is accepting feedback on both the competitively-selected portion of the EECBG program for up to $390 million for neighborhood-scale building retrofits, as well as up to $64 million for local governments that were not eligible to receive the formula grants announced earlier this year. The EECBG program empowers local communities to make strategic investments to meet the Nation's long-term goals for energy independence and leadership on climate change.

This first topic area under the funding solicitation will target a select number of innovative programs that are structured to provide whole-neighborhood building energy retrofits. These will be projects that demonstrate a sustainable business model for providing cost-effective energy upgrades for a large percentage of the residential, commercial, and public buildings in a specific community. Possible approaches could include innovative partnerships between the public and private sector, utility retrofit and audit programs, alternative financing, retail partnerships, and others. The Department of Energy will award up to $390 million for these projects.

The second topic area for up to $64 million is reserved for cities, counties and State-recognized Indian Tribes that were not eligible to receive population-based formula grant allocations from DOE under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. These funds are intended to help expand local energy efficiency efforts and reduce energy use in the commercial, residential, transportation, manufacturing, or industrial sectors.

“The aim of the ‘Retrofit Ramp-Up’ program is to jump-start an industry that makes energy efficiency savings easy to access and available to everyone. By encouraging partnerships between local governments and effective private enterprises, we hope tune-ups for buildings will become as accepted as tune-ups for cars. These efforts will save Americans millions of dollars, reduce carbon pollution, and create new green jobs,” said Secretary Chu

The complete Request for Information is available HERE. Public comment is requested by September 28, 2009. The Funding Opportunity Announcement is expected to be released in early October, following the public comment period.

For more information on the EECBG program, visit


Children's Trust Fund Signature Event
"Online auction is already taking bids!"
What: Fundraiser
Start Time: Wednesday, September 30 at 5:00pm
End Time: Wednesday, September 30 at 8:00pm
Where: Lansing Center Michigan

To see more details and RSVP

How does your community prepare for emergencies?
Hurricanes, spring floods, and other incidents can all wreak havoc with our daily lives. For communities, preparing can range from marking evacuation routes to setting up public shelters to preparing for large amounts of debris. Either way, it pays to think ahead. September is National Preparedness Month.
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New Plan Lets Afghan Detainees Question Detention
Posted: 12 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has begun putting into place a new program under which hundreds of prisoners being held by the military in Afghanistan will be given the right to challenge their detentions, a defense official said Sunday.
More in Congress Question Afghanistan Policy
Posted: 12 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
WASHINGTON - Congressional skepticism over the Obama administration's plans for Afghanistan mounted Sunday as four senators questioned whether more troops should head there and one lawmaker called for a withdrawal timeline.
Pres. Obama Touts Wall St. Changes on Anniversary of Lehman Collapse
Posted: 13 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
WASHINGTON - Pushing Congress to act on proposed financial regulations, President Barack Obama is going to the heart of Wall Street on the first anniversary of Lehman Brothers' collapse to outline changes needed to prevent a future crisis like the one that sent the global economy into a tailspin last year.
Pres. Obama Expects Passage of 'A Good Health Care Bill'
Posted: 13 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama began a week that will dwell heavily on overhauling the health care system, declaring himself confident Congress will pass "a good health care bill" even though some Republican opponents were trying to kill the measure for political gain.

Science and Technology Snapshots for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Host Iftar Dinner

Washington, DC

September 14, 2009

State Senator Martha G. Scott Health Fair Workshop
"Health Fair offers testing, information"
What: Workshop
Start Time: Friday, September 18 at 10:00am
End Time: Friday, September 18 at 2:00pm
Where: Highland Park MI Recreation Center

To see more details and RSVP

Federal Election Commission September Reporting Reminder
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 07:53:58 -0500
Monthly filers are reminded that they have a report due Sunday, September 20, covering the month of August. Please note that the Commission does not have statutory authority to extend filing deadlines even if they occur on a weekend, so plan accordingly.
Programs Provide Food, Clean Water to Afghans
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 11:46:00 -0500

A new tip for treasurers has been posted at

Also, links to the September 2009 supplements for each Campaign Guide have been posted at

DOE Delivers More than $354 Million for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Projects in 22 States

Washington, DC – Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that more than $354 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is being awarded to 22 states to support energy efficiency and conservation activities. Under the Department of Energy’s Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, these states will implement programs that lower energy use, reduce carbon pollution, and create green jobs locally.
“This funding will allow states across the country to make major investments in energy solutions that will strengthen America's economy and create jobs at the local level,” said Secretary Chu. “It will also promote some of the cheapest, cleanest and most reliable energy technologies we have - energy efficiency and conservation - which can be deployed immediately. Local communities can now make strategic investments to help meet the nation's long term clean energy and climate goals."
States receiving funding today include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Today’s awards to the State Energy Offices will be used to support state-level energy efficiency priorities, along with funding local conservation projects in smaller cities and counties. At least 60 percent of each state’s award will be passed through to local cities and counties not eligible for direct EECBG awards from the Department of Energy. The EECBG Program was funded for the first time by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and provides formula grants to states, cities, counties, territories and federally-recognized Indian tribes nationwide to implement energy efficiency projects locally.
Energy efficiency and conservation projects that are eligible for awards include the development of an energy efficiency and conservation strategy, energy efficiency audits and retrofits, transportation programs, the creation of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements, the development and implementation of advanced building codes and inspections, and installation of renewable energy technologies on municipal buildings.
Transparency and accountability are important priorities for the EECBG program and all Recovery Act projects. All grantees have specific measures they must take before spending the full amount of awarded funding, such as ensuring oversight and transparency, submitting a conservation strategy to the Department of Energy, and complying with environmental regulations.

Throughout the program’s implementation, DOE will provide strong oversight at the local, state, and tribal level, while emphasizing the need to quickly award funds to help create new jobs and stimulate local economies. Communities will be required to report regularly to DOE on the progress they have made toward successfully completing projects and reaching program goals.

For a full list of awards to date, visit

The following states are receiving their state-level EECBG awards today:

ALABAMA - $10,350,200 awarded today
Alabama will put its EECBG Recovery Act funding toward a range of programs which will improve energy efficiency and conservation statewide. These programs will lead to substantial energy and cost savings, while creating or retaining green jobs. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) will distribute these funds to local cities and counties, along with non-profit organizations and cooperative groups in the state. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for a wide variety of projects, including financial incentive programs like revolving loan programs, traffic signal and street lighting replacement, and energy efficiency retrofits. For instance, the revolving loan program will provide low cost loans to local municipalities, industries, and businesses for energy-efficiency improvements and conservation programs. This initiative will provide sustainable investment of EECBG funds that will continue to create and retain jobs, provide energy and cost savings, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions well into the future.

ARIZONA - $9,593,500 awarded today
Arizona will use its Recovery Act EECBG funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and encourage development, promotion and application of advanced building codes and green buildings statewide. Eighty percent of these funds, which will be administered by the state’s Energy Office, will be distributed to local cities and counties to implement their own energy efficiency programs. Local governments will be selected for funding through a competitive process, focusing on projects that demonstrate a high return on investment, leveraged funds, a shared community project approach, jobs created, and interactions with community colleges and technical and trade schools. The state will also use funds to oversee and manage projects and provide technical support. These Recovery Act-funded projects will reduce energy usage and costs, increase the use of renewable energy applications within communities, and create jobs across the state.

ARKANSAS - $9,593,500 awarded today
Arkansas will use its Recovery Act EECBG funding to provide technical assistance to Arkansas’ industries, public institutions and local governments to enhance energy efficiency and identify opportunities for job creation to support these efforts. These projects will lead to substantial energy and cost savings, and create or retain jobs statewide. Sixty percent of the funds Arkansas receives today will be distributed to local cities and counties that were not eligible for direct funding from the Department of Energy. These local communities will be competitively selected for funding, with an emphasis on highly-leveraged projects and regional collaboration. The Arkansas State Energy Office will use this funding to establish a grant program for small cities and counties in Arkansas to reduce carbon emissions, as well as provide information about energy efficiency and conservation projects. A website will be developed to provide administrative information as well as links and other resources about energy efficiency topics and technologies for potential applicants. The state’s remaining funds will be used to support programs to improve energy efficiency in state infrastructure and provide home energy audits to help improve residential energy efficiency.

CALIFORNIA - $49,603,400 awarded today
California will focus its Recovery Act EECBG funding on cost-effective, energy-efficiency projects that will create hundreds of jobs and provide lasting benefits into the future. The state plans will deliver at least 60 percent of the funds to local cities and counties for a range of activities, including energy audits, efficiency retrofits, financial incentive programs, and traffic signal and street lighting upgrades. The remaining 40 percent of the state’s funding will be used to supplement funding for small cities and counties, as well as to further state energy efficiency priorities. To facilitate programs in communities without extensive technical expertise, California will offer communities a number of pre-designed energy efficiency measures and technologies they can purchase. This approach will also enable bulk purchase discounts for communities across the state. To ensure the highest levels of transparency and accountability, electronic reporting systems will track performance metrics as well as relevant data to detect fraud, waste, error, and abuse. This electronic system will have checks and balances as well as detailed management reports to allow for proper oversight and management of all subawards. All Recovery Act subawards will be coordinated through a single office, the California Energy Commission, to provide better oversight.

CONNECTICUT - $9,593,500 awarded today
Connecticut will use its Recovery Act EECBG funding to help communities implement policies and projects that will benefit efficiency, conservation, renewable fuels development, and greenhouse gas reductions. These measures are expected to create hundreds of jobs statewide. Connecticut’s funding will be administered by the State Energy Office, which will pass along 90 percent of the EECBG dollars to 143 local cities and counties that were not eligible for direct formula funding from DOE. Each of these local governments will receive at least $25,000, with additional funding according to population. The remaining ten percent of the state’s funding will be awarded competitively under a “Regional Projects Energy Grant Program” to support municipalities that choose to partner together at a regional level to reduce fossil fuel emissions and total energy use, and improve energy efficiency in key economic sectors.

GEORGIA - $21,630,700 awarded today
With EECBG Recovery Act funding, Georgia will work with utilities in assisting homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient. These projects will lead to substantial energy and cost savings, and create or retain hundreds of jobs statewide. State EECBG funds will be used as a grant opportunity for energy utilities in Georgia, which in turn, will create or expand on-bill financing options for their residential customers. The purpose of this program is to provide residents the upfront cost of energy efficient equipment and in-home services, while recovering that cost through a monthly charge on the customers’ regular utility bills. Local cities and counties that receive money from the state award will be selected through a competitive process, and these projects will involve energy efficiency retrofits or renewable energy projects on public facilities.

ILLINOIS - $21,834,600 awarded today
Illinois will use its Recovery Act EECBG funding to improve state buildings through energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects, and provide financial assistance toward the purchase of hybrid, electric, or alternative-fueled vehicles in state fleets. These projects will lead to substantial energy and cost savings, and create or retain hundreds of jobs statewide. The state intends to use the Illinois Association of Regional Councils (ILARC) and their member regional planning agencies to administer EECBG grants to smaller communities. ILARC will award funding to the approximately 25 regional planning agencies who will in turn request proposals from the local communities in their regions for projects that meet the goals of the EECBG program.

KENTUCKY - $10,427,000 awarded today
The State of Kentucky is receiving Recovery Act EECBG funding to improve energy efficiency and promote the use of renewable energy across the state’s economic sectors. These projects will lead to substantial energy and cost savings, and create or retain more than 50 jobs statewide. EECBG funding will be administered by Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet, in partnership with the Department of Local Government. Local cities and counties will be selected for energy efficiency or renewable energy project funding through a competitive solicitation. The state will put funding toward the establishment of the Kentucky Net-Zero Energy Schools Program, which will provide funding to one or more schools to install photovoltaic systems sufficient to bring the schools to net-zero (or near net-zero) energy use. Kentucky will use its remaining EECBG funds to develop an education and training program for local and state building code enforcement officers.

LOUISIANA - $13,805,700 awarded today
Louisiana will use its Recovery Act EECBG funding to advance a wide variety of energy goals, including energy efficient transportation lighting, alternative fuels development, renewable energy and building energy code enforcement in cities and parishes across the state. These projects will lead to substantial energy and cost savings, and create or retain green jobs statewide, as Louisiana will pass on 95 percent of the state’s EECBG funds through subgrants to local governments. Louisiana will initially make a population-based allocation to all parishes and incorporated cities that did not receive a direct DOE allocation. Additionally, Louisiana has developed a funding allocation strategy to equitably distribute the funds to all citizens of the state on a per capita basis.

MARYLAND - $9,593,500 awarded today
Maryland will use its Recovery Act EECBG funding to improve energy efficiency and promote the use of renewable energy across the state’s economic sectors. These projects will lead to substantial energy and cost savings, and create or retain jobs statewide. Eighty-eight percent of the funds Maryland receives today will be passed along to the 13 counties and 147 municipalities that were not eligible for direct EECBG formula funding from the Department of Energy. These funds will support the goals of the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act of 2008 (which sets a target reduction in per capita electricity consumption and peak demand at fifteen percent by 2015); the Maryland Renewable Portfolio Standard (which requires twenty percent of the State’s electricity to come from renewable energy by 2022); or the Maryland Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act (which requires a twenty-five percent reduction by 2020). Municipalities and counties will be required to apply funds to facilities owned or operated by the respective governments. These improvements will lower the facilities’ energy bills, helping to shore up the budgets for the state and local governments.

MICHIGAN - $19,599,600 awarded today
Michigan will use its Recovery Act EECBG funds to substantially improve energy efficiency, which is a centerpiece of the state’s plan to transform its economy: “Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow.” Specifically, this funding will be used to support programs that will contribute to meeting the state’s aggressive goal to reduce fossil fuel generated electricity by 45 percent by 2012. Michigan’s EECBG funds will be administered by the Department of Labor, Energy and Economic Growth, Bureau of Energy Systems. Local cities and counties will be able to use their funds for a wide variety of energy efficiency and conservation activities, including building audits and retrofits, financial incentive programs, upgrades to traffic signals and streetlights, implementation and enforcement of advanced building codes, and installation of renewable energy technologies on government buildings. To ensure that these Recovery Act funds reach as many local cities and counties as possible, the state will encourage communities to partner together through multi-jurisdictional applications and to leverage other public and private resources. Michigan will use a separate competitive solicitation to award funds for Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Solid State Lighting projects. Subgrants will range from $50,000 to $250,000 and enable projects that will lower both energy and maintenance costs for local communities. Overall, these Recovery Act-funded initiatives will enhance Michigan’s ability to achieve its energy efficiency goals and support the energy needs and priorities of local communities, while creating or retaining hundreds of jobs statewide.

MINNESOTA - $10,644,100 awarded today
Minnesota will use its Recovery Act EECBG funding to help the state meet its energy conservation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, primarily by enhancing the energy efficiency of local government facilities. The majority of these funds, administered by the Minnesota Office of Energy Security (OES), will be passed along to local cities and counties through two competitive award processes. The first solicitation will provide funding for all eligible EECBG activities, and applications will be ranked on multiple criteria including energy savings, jobs created and retained, carbon emission reductions, geographic diversity, and indirect economic value within the state. The second solicitation will provide awards strictly for energy efficiency improvements to existing local government facilities. Funds may be used for lighting upgrades, energy efficient windows, energy recommissioning, and other cost-effective energy projects that are ready for immediate implementation. This solicitation will supplement the Public Building Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program, which is currently under development. OES will use Minnesota’s remaining Recovery Act dollars to administer the program and provide local governments with technical assistance and support. Many green jobs are expected to be created or saved in the state as a result of today’s award.

MISSISSIPPI - $9,593,500 awarded today
Mississippi will use Recovery Act EECBG funding to establish the Sustainable Mississippi Communities Initiative (SMCI). The SMCI will work with communities across the state to increase energy efficiency, ensure sustainable development and enhanced economic growth while reducing adverse environmental impacts. These projects will lead to substantial energy and cost savings, and they will create or retain green jobs statewide. With technical and financial assistance from the state, Mississippi communities will develop projects that encompass best practices to conserve resources, create green jobs and a market for those products and services, along with strategic planning for the future. Goals of the projects include a 25 percent reduction in building energy usage and optimal operations and maintenance processes and adoption of local building codes. Mississippi will work with communities to establish quantitative benchmarks to assure that progress can be measured and verified.

MISSOURI - $12,568,100 awarded today
Missouri will use its Recovery Act EECBG funding to provide awards to local governments for energy efficiency projects and programs, and for public education and outreach regarding energy building codes. Missouri’s EECBG program will be administered by the state’s Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and is expected to create more than 100 green jobs across the state. MDNR will put the majority of these funds toward a competitive solicitation to provide funding to local cities and counties with priority given to projects that maximize energy savings and jobs created, leverage funds from other resources, are sustainable beyond the grant period, and represent coordination between two or more municipalities or regions. MDNR will also use EECBG funding to conduct energy building code workshops for local government officials, homebuilders, and other interested parties. These workshops will provide information regarding building code criteria, the benefits of codes, code enforcement and related subjects. The goal of this initiative is to increase the number of local communities that adopt the latest edition of the International Energy Conservation Code, as the minimum energy building code for residential and commercial buildings.

NEBRASKA - $9,593,500 awarded today
Nebraska will use its Recovery Act EECBG funding to improve lighting efficiency, complete building retrofits, and expand renewable energy in the state. These projects will lead to substantial energy and cost savings, and create or retain more than 100 jobs statewide. Nebraska has set aggressive goals to improve energy efficiency and is targeting those projects that it believes will result in maximum energy savings. Sixty percent of the funds Nebraska receives today will be passed along to local governments. Nearly 583 cities and counties will be eligible to apply for these subgrants, and awardees will be selected through a competitive process. Priority will be given to projects that meet the identified energy efficiency needs of the state’s 83 counties and nearly 500 towns eligible for grants and will maximize benefits statewide.

NEW HAMPSHIRE - $9,593,500 awarded today
New Hampshire will use its Recovery Act EECBG funding to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption and associated costs within municipalities. This will save or create more than 100 green jobs, while increasing market activity to facilitate economic sustainability and community well-being. Seventy percent of the funds New Hampshire receives will be competitively awarded to cities and counties for a variety of activities including financial incentive mechanisms, building retrofits, energy audits, and transportation programs. Recovery Act funds will also be used to inventory municipalities’ energy use and help communities create a road map process toward increased energy efficiency and decreased energy use and fossil fuel emissions. These road map processes will involve the basic education of energy planning principles and processes, community forums to evaluate needs and priorities, assessment of community capacity, and financial planning for future grants, projects, and initiatives. New Hampshire’s remaining funds will be used for conducting program workshops and ensuring accountability with all state and federal requirements.

NEW YORK - $29,760,600 awarded today
New York will use its Recovery Act funds to contribute to the State’s goal of meeting 45 percent of its electricity needs through improved energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2015. Projects will address local priorities by reducing energy costs, improving building efficiency and transportation systems, and incorporating renewable energy into waste management practices. It is anticipated that these projects will create hundreds of jobs statewide. Ninety percent of New York’s funds will be competitively awarded using a process that equitably distributes funding to approximately ten regions across the state. Applications will be selected based on several factors including projected energy savings, greenhouse gas emission reduction, ability to implement projects expeditiously and participation in national and state programs focused on energy efficiency and green practices. The state’s remaining funds will be used to support the promotion and adoption of more stringent energy codes for buildings in New York State, and various implementation and support services to local communities responsible for assuring compliance and administrative costs.

RHODE ISLAND - $9,593,500 awarded today
Rhode Island will use its Recovery Act EECBG funding to improve energy efficiency and promote the use of renewable energy, which is estimated to save or create hundreds of green jobs. The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) will create three funding pools to advance these goals. First, a Base Grant Program will use $5,386,075 to ensure an equitable, per capita distribution of funds to all of the state’s thirty-nine cities and towns regardless of whether or not they received a direct allocation from DOE. Second, a Competitive Grant Initiative will encourage communities large and small to compete for energy-efficiency grants totaling $3,155,226. Finally, Energy Performance Contracting Incentive Grants will leverage $885,679 with private funds in order to provide up-front financing for retrofits that will be carried out by energy service companies (ESCOs). This part of the state’s EECBG program is expected to deliver the greatest decreases in energy use and the largest increases in energy efficiency, energy conservation and cost savings.

TEXAS - $45,638,100 awarded today
The State of Texas is receiving Recovery Act EECBG funding to reduce fossil fuel emissions, decrease overall energy use, and improve energy efficiency statewide. These funds will be administered by the Texas State Energy Commission Office (SECO), which will redistribute the majority the state’s funds by population-based formula grants to the approximately 1,130 cities and 244 counties in Texas that did not receive direct EECBG funds from DOE. SECO will encourage localities applying for funds to utilize proven energy conservation measures that can be undertaken quickly and have a favorable return on investment. As part of the effort to maximize the impact and longevity of the Recovery Act funds received, SECO is working with private entities and investors to identify financial incentives that cities and counties can use to match money from the EECBG program. In addition, SECO, in partnership with the Texas Historical Commission, is also using EECBG funds to retrofit county courthouses and other buildings with energy efficiency and conservation measures. Projects undertaken with these Recovery Act dollars are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 2,850,998 tons of CO2 annually, while creating hundreds of new green jobs within the state.

WASHINGTON STATE - $10,645,900 awarded today
Washington will use its EECBG Recovery Act funding to establish and support a competitive subgrant program for the implementation of greater energy efficiency measures statewide. The funds, to be administered by Washington’s Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development (CDET), will enable localities to better meet one of the most stringent energy codes in the nation. CDET will distribute more than $6 million of the state’s EECBG funding to local cities and counties with populations of less than 35,000 and 200,000 respectively. Grants will be awarded to recipients demonstrating feasible reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, longevity of activity benefits beyond the EECBG funding period, and at least a one-to-one ration for leveraged funds through public and private partnerships or other funding sources. The balance of the EECBG funding will be used for technical assistance and administering the program. The state will create an Energy Planning Program that will enable cities and counties to perform energy efficiency and conservation planning. In addition, the state will designate Resource Conservation Managers (RCM) to support the speedy implementation and overall progress of the Recovery Act-funded energy efficiency measures. The RCMs will provide oversight and accountability, ensuring that funds are being used for their appropriate designations. Successful implementation of Washington State’s program will substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, while creating hundreds of jobs statewide.

WISCONSIN - $11,743,000 awarded today
Wisconsin will use its Recovery Act EECBG funding to improve energy efficiency and promote the use of renewable energy across the state’s economic sectors. These projects will lead to substantial energy and cost savings, and create or retain jobs statewide. All of the funds Wisconsin receives today will be distributed to cities and counties not eligible for direct DOE funding through the EECBG program. Local governments will be selected through a competitive process, which will favor highly-leveraged projects and regional collaboration. As part of the process in awarding funding to local cities and counties, the state will develop information and application materials, conduct workshops explaining the program and application process, use teams with appropriate expertise to review and select applications, and monitor the funding throughout the program. Funds will primarily go to providing energy efficiency retrofits, energy efficiency and conservation programs for buildings and facilities, and installing energy efficient lighting. Funds also will be used to develop outreach and education efforts to the general public.

WYOMING - $9,593,500 awarded today
Wyoming will use its Recovery Act EECBG funding to increase energy conservation and efficiency at the local level. A primary focus of this funding will be to retrofit existing buildings to the latest efficiency standards of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Wyoming estimates that these improvements will lead to substantial energy and cost savings, and create or retain nearly 100 jobs statewide. The Wyoming State Energy Office will set aside $5,756,100 for smaller cities and counties to implement a wide variety of projects, including municipal, residential, and commercial energy audits, building efficiency retrofits, street lighting and traffic signal upgrades, and establishing and enforcing advanced building codes. Of the remaining funds, $3,187,400 will be made available for all eligible applicants, including those cities and counties receiving a direct allocation, non-profit organizations, joint powers boards, special districts and Tribal entities. Projects under these awards will be limited to energy efficiency retrofits of existing buildings.

Air Force Chief Calls for Guard, Active Duty Collaboration
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 12:28:00 -0500
Lighting and Electrical Systems
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 11:21:20 -0500
Lighting systems and electrical equipment deployed along the border range from telephone pole-style lights to stadium-type lights, and are used to illuminate the border at night. Damage to lighting and electrical systems may be caused by a variety of events such as the shooting out of lights, the stealing of copper wires from the lighting systems, or the knocking down of poles by storms or vehicles. (more)
NASA Announces Screening of Space Shuttle Artifacts
Sun, 13 Sep 2009 23:00:00 -0500
NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to begin registering to screen potential space shuttle artifacts.
Army Sends New Explosives Team to Train Iraqis
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 12:56:00 -0500
CDC Updates International H1N1 Situation
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 23:30:00 -0500
This situation report provides an update to the international situation as of September 11th, 2009. As of September 6th, the World Health Organization (WHO) regions have reported over 277,607 laboratory-confirmed cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza virus (2009 H1N1) with at least 3,205 deaths, which is an increase of over 23,401 cases and at least 368 deaths since August 30th.
School-Located Vaccination Planning Materials and Templates
Sun, 13 Sep 2009 23:30:00 -0500
These documents were designed to provide information for planning and conducting school-located 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccination clinics that target school-aged children enrolled in school and potentially other groups in the community. The targeted audience for these materials is primarily state and local public health department immunization and preparedness staff who are responsible for carrying out 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccination, but also education officials, school nurses, and others who are interested in planning and carrying out such activities.

Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee Meeting
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DoD Identifies Army Casualty
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 13:26:00 -0500
Deception Perception
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 14:02:19 -0500
Deception, a problem that has created debate among everyone from game show contestants to the CIA.
Obama Administration Delivers More than $60 Million for Weatherization Programs in Six States and Territories
Recovery Act funding to expand weatherization assistance programs, create jobs and weatherize nearly 17,000 homes in American Samoa, Northern Arapahoe Tribe, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Tennessee and the U.S. Virgin Islands

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that the Department of Energy is providing more than $60 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand weatherization assistance programs in American Samoa, Northern Arapaho Tribe, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The funding, along with additional funds to be disbursed after the grantees meet certain Recovery Act milestones, will help to weatherize nearly 17,000 homes, lowering energy costs for low-income families that need it, reducing pollution, and creating green jobs across the country.

“These awards demonstrate the Obama Administration’s strong commitment to moving quickly as part of the country’s economic recovery -- creating jobs and doing important work for the American people -- while ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly," said Secretary Chu. "Today’s investments will save money for hard working families, reduce pollution, strengthen local economies, and help move America toward a clean energy future.”

These states and territories will receive 40 percent of their total weatherization funding authorized under the Recovery Act today, adding to the initial 10 percent of each funding allocation that was previously awarded for training and ramp-up activities. The remaining 50 percent of funds will be released after they meet specific reporting, oversight and accountability milestones required by the Recovery Act. The states may spend up to 20 percent of their total funds to hire and train workers.

DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program will be available to families making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level – or about $44,000 a year for a family of four. Weatherization projects allow low-income families to save money by making their homes more energy efficient, which results in average savings of 32 percent for heating bills and savings of hundreds of dollars per year on overall energy bills. States and territories will spend an average of $6,500 to weatherize each home.

The Recovery Act includes a strong commitment to oversight and accountability, while emphasizing the need to quickly deliver funding to states to help create new jobs and stimulate local economies.

The following states and territories received weatherization funding today:

AMERICAN SAMOA - $287,804 awarded today

American Samoa will use its Recovery Act funds to weatherize approximately 225 homes over the next three years. To start, services will be performed on the island of Tutuila, where 97 percent of the territory’s population resides, and may be expanded to other islands in the future. American Samoa’s Territorial Energy Office (TEO) will oversee the program and perform weatherization services directly, reducing administrative costs. Homes occupied by the elderly, disabled or families with children will be given priority. The territory will also give preference to households with a high energy burden or large energy use. Weatherization activities will include the installation of cost effective compact fluorescent lights, solar water heaters, refrigerators, window air conditioners, and low-flow faucets and showerheads.

After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the territory will receive nearly $360,000 in additional funding, for a total of almost $720,000.

NORTHERN ARAPAHO TRIBE- $382,484 awarded today

The Northern Arapaho Tribe will use Recovery Act funds to weatherize approximately 125 homes over the next three years on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. The program will prioritize homes with emergency or life-threatening conditions, homes with the elderly or disabled, families with young children under six, or households with high energy burdens. The Northern Arapaho Tribe will also use Recovery Act funds to educate weatherization clients regarding ways to save energy in their homes, such as thermostat setbacks and efficiently using draperies, lighting and appliances. The program will also provide clients with educational materials to explain how each of the weatherization measures works to lower energy use in the home. By educating and involving homeowners on how best to reduce their energy consumption, the program hopes to encourage them to adopt further energy management habits in their homes and motivate others across the reservation to save energy.

After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the tribe will receive almost $480,000 in additional funding, for a total of more than $950,000.

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - $318,082 awarded today

The Northern Mariana Islands will use Recovery Act funds to weatherize approximately 175 homes over the next three years. The commonwealth’s funds will be administered by the Department of Public Works, Energy Division, and since this is the first time that the Northern Mariana Islands have been included in the Weatherization Assistance Program, the territory will emphasize training and technical assistance. Weatherization workers and administrators will be trained to maximize energy savings in homes, minimize production costs, protect the health and safety of the clients and workers, and ensure transparency and accountability in the program. The Energy Division will also perform inspections on 100% of all weatherized homes to ensure the effectiveness of the commonwealth’s weatherization program.

After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the commonwealth will receive almost $400,000 in additional funding, for a total of more than $795,000.

PUERTO RICO - $19,546,235 awarded today

Puerto Rico will use its Recovery Act funds to weatherize approximately 5,500 homes over the next three years. The Energy Affairs Administration (EAA) will oversee the program and will work with the Infrastructure Financing Authority (AFI) to provide weatherization services throughout the island. While Puerto Rico is new to the Weatherization Assistance Program, AFI has significant experience in renovating low-income housing in Puerto Rico. The organizations will work together closely to maintain and improve work quality and delivery, including rigorous field monitoring and an extensive training and technical assistance program.

After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the commonwealth will receive over $24 million in additional funding, for a total of nearly $49 million.

TENNESSEE - $39,644,840 awarded today

Tennessee will use its Recovery Act funding to weatherize more than 10,500 homes over the next three years. These funds will be administered by the state’s Department of Human Services’ Division of Adult and Family Services. Tennessee will give the highest priority for weatherization services to those households occupied by the elderly (60 years and older), the disabled, and families with children under six years old, as well as those who have been on a weatherization waiting list for more than three years. Other priority homes will include those with six or more persons and those that have applied to receive energy assistance. Tennessee’s weatherization office will closely track and monitor the program’s expenses and number of homes weatherized, including inspections of completed work.

After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the state will receive nearly $50 million in additional funding, for a total of more than $99 million.

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - $566,172 awarded today

The U.S. Virgin Islands will use its Recovery Act funding to weatherize approximately 430 homes over the next three years, with homes weatherized on all three main islands: St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. These funds will be administered by the Virgin Islands Energy Office, a division under the territory’s Governor’s Office.

The territory will prioritize weatherization services for the elderly (60 years or older), disabled, families with children five years old or younger, and those households with high energy burdens or energy use. The Virgin Islands Energy Office has also designated 3 percent of its weatherization funding to address health and safety issues in the homes, including mold, mildew, and electrical safety.

After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, the territory will receive an additional $700,000, for a total more than $1.4 million.

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Mullen Answers Questions at Virtual Town Hall
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 14:06:00 -0500
Statement on DHS Secretary's Upcoming New Mexico Trip
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 06:00:00 -0500
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will travel to Las Cruces, N.M., to deliver remarks on border security at the Domenici Legacy Conference on Public Policy at New Mexico State University.

Informed Compliance Publications for U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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Request For Withholding Information From Public Disclosure For Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station, Unit No. 2 (TAC No. ME0349)
NASA Sets Media Credentials Deadlines for Next Space Shuttle Flight
Sun, 13 Sep 2009 23:00:00 -0500
NASA has set media accreditation deadlines for the next space shuttle flight to the International Space Station.
DoD Announces New Information-Sharing Access to Help Fusion Centers Combat Terrorism
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 15:09:00 -0500

Join Jeff Barton for Lunch
What: Fundraiser
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U.S. Department of State Background Notes : El Salvador (09/09)
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 12:43:29 -0500
Former Employee of U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia Admits Using Defendants’ Identities to Commit Fraud
Donley Highlights Guard Contributions, Future Efforts
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 15:43:00 -0500

Campaign Finance Summary Releases for Federal Election Commission

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Antibodies that neutralize HIV-1 reveal New Target for Vaccine
Researchers have discovered 2 new human antibodies that neutralize the virus that causes AIDS. The finding points to a promising new target for vaccine development.
Sheriff's Office Earns Award for Military Support
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 16:06:00 -0500

This week, as part of National Preparedness Month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community Preparedness Division is excited to announce the addition of several new social media tools on, including widgets, web banners, and RSS feeds.

Citizen Corps Widgets:
Widgets are web tools that can be put on your webpage, blog, and social media sites. Citizen Corps’ widgets are free and display information provided by FEMA’s Community Preparedness Division through continually updated data feeds. Citizen Corps widgets are easily placed on your web page by copying the code of the widget and placing it within the html code of your web site’s editor. currently offers three widgets in several sizes:
Citizen Corps Logo Widget
This widget provides quick links to and FEMA's email updates during disasters webpage.
Community Preparedness News Widget
This widget provides regularly updated community preparedness news from FEMA's Community Preparedness Division.
Are You Ready? Widget
This widget enables users to search for Citizen Corps Councils and partners close to them.

Citizen Corps Web Banners:
Web banners are graphic files that can be used by individuals to link from their website to These banners are free and are available in several styles and sizes.

Citizen Corps RSS Feeds:
RSS feeds provide subscribers with automated updated information through user-defined applications without having to continually visit These RSS feeds can be imported into self-made widgets and many other social media sites. currently offers two RSS feeds:
National Community Preparedness News Feed
This RSS feed provides users with the latest Community Preparedness news and events from various departments of the Federal Government and our National Citizen Corps Partners and Affiliates. The goal of this feed is to provide our users with one National-level feed to receive up-to-date information on individual and community preparedness issues, events, and best practices.
Local Citizen Corps in the News Feed
This RSS feed provides users with information on activities and events of Citizen Corps Councils, Partners, and Affiliates from across the nation. The goal of this feed is to share community preparedness and Citizen Corps best practices and lessons learned.
Citizen Corps Twitter:
Twitter is a Microblog that gives FEMA’s Community Preparedness Division the opportunity to provide users with specific community preparedness information in a timely manner. Current followers of the Citizen Corps account include Citizen Corps Councils and partners, the emergency management community, and the general public.

Citizen Corps News Emails:
Citizen Corps also promotes transparent communication and collaboration through using an email subscription service that allows any visitor to the website to register to receive Citizen Corps News updates and to receive updates during disasters in their local area.

FEMA FaceBook:
Citizen Corps regularly contributes to the FEMA Facebook page to provide disaster preparedness information to the general public and information on how citizens can get involved in preparing their communities.


The National Office of Citizen Corps
FEMA Community Preparedness Division

H1N1 Preparedness Guide for Small Businesses Announced
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 06:00:00 -0500
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano joined Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza Division Deputy Director Daniel Jernigan to announce a preparedness guide to assist small businesses in planning for the H1N1 flu.
Remarks of Chairman Gary Gensler, New Republic and International Securities Exchange
CFTC Advisory Committee to Discuss Energy and Environmental Markets, September 14, 2009

Vulnerability Summary for the Week of September 7, 2009

This bulletin provides a summary of new vulnerabilities that have been
recorded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
National Vulnerability Database (NVD) the week of September 7, 2009. It is
available here:


Harris County Democratic Party EVENING BROWN BAG - CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ON NOVEMBER BALLOT" on Tuesday, September 22 at 6:30pm.

"Guest speakers will be State Rep. Scott Hochberg and Barbara Stanley "
What: Informational Meeting
Start Time: Tuesday, September 22 at 6:30pm
End Time: Tuesday, September 22 at 8:30pm
Where: Harris County Democratic Party Headquarters

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DOE Recognizes Green Power Network Leaders
Utilities and Suppliers Acknowledged for Promoting Renewable Energy

ATLANTA, GA –U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today recognized five leading organizations for advancing the development and use of green energy. The five organizations are being recognized for their exceptional achievements in supporting increased market deployment of renewable energy technologies through green power programs. These organizations underscore the Obama Administration’s efforts to develop domestic supplies of clean, renewable energy while creating jobs.

“The Department of Energy applauds these organizations for taking a leading role in advancing markets for renewable energy,” said Secretary Chu. “Green power is an effective way for businesses and households to reduce their carbon footprint, while creating jobs and cutting pollution. Through their innovative programs and partnerships, these organizations are responding to growing demand for clean, reliable electricity from our nation’s abundant renewable energy sources.”

Leading organizations were selected based upon the resources and technologies utilized, total annual renewable energy sales, number of customers served, market impact, amount of green power supplied, and overall value provided to participants. The goal of green power programs is to provide market-based choices for electricity consumers to purchase power from environmentally preferred sources.

Each organization recognized has helped to advance the development of green power markets through a combination of renewable energy resource development, marketing, education, outreach to businesses, residents and the general public and advancing green power markets through public policy. Organizations recognized today include:

Green Power Network Leaders:

· 3Degrees (San Francisco, CA) - 3Degrees provides a range of renewable energy and climate mitigation products and consulting services. 3Degrees originates and markets Green-e® Energy Certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and Verified Emission Reductions from projects around the world. 3Degrees also works in partnership with utilities to offer residential and business customers a voluntary green power option.


· Bonneville Environmental Foundation (Portland, OR) - Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) is a non-profit supplier of green power, founded in Portland, Oregon in 1998. BEF aspires to achieve significant environmental benefits by re-investing the profits from the sale of their green power products in renewable energy development. Since 2000, BEF and its partners have supported over 2.5 million MWh of renewable energy generation throughout the United States.

· Central Vermont Public Service Corporation - Cow PowerTM (Rutland, VT) - CVPS Cow Power™, developed by Central Vermont Public Service, is one of the nation’s first farm-to-consumer renewable energy programs that use methane-based power generation from cow manure to provide clean, renewable energy while solving numerous environmental problems. Since the program’s inception in 2004, a total of over 42 million kWh have been sold through customers participating in the program.


· Madison Gas and Electric Company (Madison, WI) - Madison Gas and Electric Company (MGE) is a regulated, investor-owned utility and the main subsidiary of MGE Energy, Inc. MGE’s green power initiative, composed of an expanded “Green Power Tomorrow” program along with the Clean Power Partners program, was established to create alternative and affordable renewable energy sources. In 2008, MGE expanded its Wind Power program to 152 million kWh and renamed the expanded program “Green Power Tomorrow.” By adding new wind resources in Wisconsin and local, customer-owned solar systems to the program supply, MGE was able to offer more customers the option to support renewable energy development, while also reducing the price premium from 2.68 cents/kWh to 1 cent/kWh above standard electricity rates.


· Puget Sound Energy (Bellevue, WA) - Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has offered its Green Power Program to the Pacific Northwest since 2002, providing both commercial and residential customers the option to participate. In 2008, the program serviced more than 20,000 participants, and produced more than 290 million kWh in sales. Since its inception, PSE’s Green Power Program has consistently been on NREL’s list of Top Ten Utility Green Power Programs.

For additional information on the Green Power Leadership Awards visit The Green Power Network:


FBI Releases 2008 Crime Stats for Oregon, Washington
The FBI New Orleans Division's website has a new look...check it out.
This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
Constitution Day 2009 Marked by Judiciary
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 15:14:00 -0500
The U.S. Constitution turns 222 years old on September 17, 2009, and the nation's federal courts are using the occasion to drive home two important lessons for high school students and others.

Nicaraguan Independence Day

Washington, DC

September 14, 2009

Guatemala Independence Day

Washington, DC

September 14, 2009

U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing - September 14
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 15:50:51 -0500
NASA to Release First Results from Lunar Mission Thursday, Sept. 17
Sun, 13 Sep 2009 23:00:00 -0500
NASA will showcase new images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's seven instruments and provide updates about the topography of the moon's south pole during a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 17.
Updated National Drug Code Dictionary (9/14/09)
BJA Fact Sheet: Back on Track: A Problem-Solving Reentry Court (9/14/09)
ENRD 100th Anniversary:Water Rights and Reclamation (9/14/09)
Crime in the United States, 2008 (9/14/09)
Flag and General Officer Announcements
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 16:52:00 -0500
General Officer Assignments
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 16:55:00 -0500
DoD Contracts for September 14, 2009
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 17:09:00 -0500

Ohio Young Democrats Sept. 2009 newsletter

"Want to know what young Dems in the Buckeye state have been talking about lately? Visit to read the Sept. 2009 OYD newsletter to find out. Read about President Obama's recent visit to Ohio, Ohio Senate Democrats' efforts to aid the auto industry, tributes to Senator Ted Kennedy and more."

Contact: Katie Grant
202-225-3130For Immediate Release
September 14, 2009

Hoyer Statement on Obama Speech on Regulatory Reform

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Barack Obama marked the one-year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers with a speech on the need for financial regulatory reform:

“One year ago today, the collapse of Lehman Brothers precipitated a crisis that had not been seen since the days of the Great Depression. Economists across the spectrum agreed that action was necessary, and the Bush Administration and the Democratic Congress worked together to prevent more institutions from failing while protecting taxpayers. It is evident today that this bipartisan action averted an economic catastrophe. Already, financial institutions are beginning to repay TARP funds, with a return of 17% so far. As we ease out of recession, government programs are carefully winding down.

“While the signs of recovery are encouraging, we cannot forget what led us to that point in the first place. With lax rules and no oversight, companies took irresponsible risks and made unsustainable choices. We cannot allow our financial system to return to the practices that nearly ruined our economy. Oversight is necessary to protect consumers and investors, and ensure a financial industry that is both transparent and competitive. This fall, Chairman Barney Frank will hold hearings and mark-ups in the Financial Services Committee on comprehensive regulatory reform. As soon as they complete their work, I will bring this legislation to the House Floor for a vote.”


What's New at AHRQ for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

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

What's New at HCUP User Support for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

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

Particle Beam Radiation Therapy Promising but Unproven for Treating Cancer
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 16:00:00 -0500
Particle beam radiation therapy, a technology used to treat several types of cancer, is considered by some clinicians to be better than traditional radiation, but there is limited evidence about its safety compared with other types of radiation therapy, according to a new comparative effectiveness report funded by AHRQ. More
Group Reservations and Convention housing for convention and destination planners
CONFERENCE: Keeping the World Working During the H1N1 Pandemic: Protecting Employee Health, Critical Operations, and Customer Relations
Conference Date:
September 22-23, 2009
Conference Website:
Conference Location:
Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Top News
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 17:26:17 -0500
NATO headquarters in Baghdad has a new home.
Mandatory H1N1 Vaccinations for DoD personnel
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 17:26:06 -0500
Vaccinations against the H1N1 flu virus will be mandatory for all uniformed personnel.
California Film Executives Convicted of Bribing Thai Tourism Official
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 13:41:11 -0500
Gerald Green and Patricia Green, Los Angeles-area film executives, were found guilty of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering in relation to a sophisticated bribery scheme that enabled the defendants to obtain a series of Thai government contracts, including valuable contracts to manage and operate Thailand's yearly film festival.

Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate

Washington, DC

September 14, 2009

University of Florida College Democrats Meeting
"Health Insurance Reform Edition "
What: Club/Group Meeting
Start Time: Thursday, September 17 at 7:00pm
End Time: Thursday, September 17 at 8:30pm
Where: Fine Arts C 120

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Honduras Independence Day

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

September 14, 2009

El Salvador Independence Day

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

September 14, 2009

Department of Defense Media Schedule 9/15/2009
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 18:56:00 -0500
DoD Identifies Army Casualties
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 19:03:00 -0500

Costa Rica Independence Day

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

September 14, 2009

U.S. Department of State Highlights: P5+1 Talks With Iran Being Planned for October 1st
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500
U.S. Department of State Highlights: U.S. Assumes Seat on the UN Human Rights Council
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500
HHS Awards $35 Million to States for Increasing Adoption Care
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 00:01:00 -0500
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today awarded $35 million to 38 states and Puerto Rico for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care.
Latina Women of NASA
NASA Hispanic Astronauts


Bills Adopted Under Suspension of the Rules:
H.Res. 686 - Recommending that the United States Constitution be taught to high school students throughout the Nation in September of their senior year (Rep. Grayson - Education and Labor)
H.Res. 737 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that a National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week should be established (Rep. Grijalva - Education and Labor)
H.Res. 6 - Recognizing the significant contribution coaches make in the life of children who participate in organized sports and supporting the goals and ideals of National Coaches Appreciation Week (Rep. McIntyre - Education and Labor)
H.Res. 459 - Expressing support for designation of "National Safety Month" (Rep. Roskam - Education and Labor)
H.Con.Res. 59 - Supporting the goals and ideals of senior caregiving and affordability (Rep. Terry - Education and Labor)
H.Res. 57 - Recognizing the persistently high rates of drowning fatalities among children (Rep. Sires - Energy and Commerce)
H.Res. 738 - Recognizing the 15th Anniversary of the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act (Rep. Slaughter - Judiciary)

Postponed Suspension Vote:

H.Res. 260 - Supporting efforts to reduce infant mortality in the United States (Rep. Cohen - Energy and Commerce)


We were saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, whose pioneering agricultural research improved the lives of millions of people around the world and earned him the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Only Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and Elie Wiesel have been similarly honored with all three awards.

A native of Iowa, Dr. Borlaug's plant breeding research and efforts to increase food crop productivity resulted in high yields that helped feed people far beyond our borders, especially growing populations in developing countries in Latin America and Asia.

Dr. Borlaug's passion for harnessing science to provide meaningful benefits in people's daily lives continues to inspire us as we work to meet the global challenges posed by disease, hunger, and poverty. His life-long commitment to the developing world and the broad impact of his work demonstrate the important role that science must play in achieving global progress.

We salute Dr. Borlaug and his achievements, and offer our thoughts and prayers to his friends and family.


House Meets At… First Vote Predicted… Last Vote Predicted…

10:30 a.m.: Morning Hour
12:00 p.m.: Legislative Business 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

“One Minutes” (Unlimited)

Suspensions (16 Bills)
H.R. 22 - To allow the United States Postal Service to pay its share of contributions for annuitants' health benefits out of the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund, as amended (Rep. McHugh - Oversight and Government Reform)
H.R. 3137 - To provide clarification relating to the authority of the United States Postal Service to accept donations as an additional source of funding for commemorative plaques (Rep. Issa - Oversight and Government Reform)
H.R. 3386 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1165 2nd Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa, as the "Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Memorial Post Office" (Rep. Boswell - Oversight and Government Reform)
H.Res. 679 - Supporting the goals and ideals of American Legion Day (Rep. Halvorson - Oversight and Government Reform)
H.Res. 317 - Recognizing the region from Manhattan, Kansas, to Columbia, Missouri, as the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor (Rep. Moore (KS) - Agriculture)
H.Con.Res. 95 - Recognizing the importance of the Department of Agriculture Forest Service Experimental Forests and Ranges (Rep. Childers - Agriculture)
H.R. 511 - To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to terminate certain easements held by the Secretary on land owned by the Village of Caseyville, Illinois, and to terminate associated contractual arrangements with the Village (Rep. Costello - Agriculture)
H.R. 3175 - To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey to Miami-Dade County certain federally owned land in Florida (Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart - Agriculture)
H.R. 940 - To provide for the conveyance of National Forest System land in the State of Louisiana (Rep. Alexander - Agriculture)
H.Res. 81 - Recognizing the importance and sustainability of the United States hardwoods industry and urging that United States hardwoods and the products derived from United States hardwoods be given full consideration in any program directed at constructing environmentally preferable commercial, public, or private buildings (Rep. Ellsworth - Agriculture)
H.R. 1002 - Pisgah National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2009 (Rep. Shuler - Agriculture)
H.R. 3146 - 21 Century FHA Housing Act of 2009 (Rep. Adler - Financial Services)
H.R. 2947 - Securities Law Technical Corrections Act of 2009 (Rep. Jenkins - Financial Services)
H.R. 3527 - FHA Multifamily Loan Limit Adjustment Act of 2009 (Rep. Weiner - Financial Services)
H.Res. 215 - Congratulating the Minority Business Development Agency on its 40th anniversary and commending its achievements in fostering the establishment and growth of minority businesses in the United States (Rep. Honda - Financial Services)
H.R. 3179 - SIG TARP Small Business Awareness Act of 2009 (Rep. Paulsen - Financial Services)

Postponed Suspension Vote (1 Bill)
H.Res. 260 - Supporting efforts to reduce infant mortality in the United States (Rep. Cohen - Energy and Commerce)

VACANCY: NEAG09765860, Physical Scientist (YD-1301-03), U.S. Army Environmental Command, Office of the Commander, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD; Opens Friday, September 11, 2009 ends September 17, 2009
Government of Canada launches call for proposals for capital projects that support seniors
from Canada News Centre - Funding applicants
The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate and Minister of State (Seniors), today launched a call for proposals under the Capital Assistance component of the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

GE, Hyundai get $2.65 bln Kuwait power contract
from - MarketPulse

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- GE Energy, a unit of General Electric Co. , said Monday that it and Hyundai Heavy Industries received a $2.65 billion contract to build a 2,000-megawatt power plant in Kuwait. GE, whose share of the contract is valued at $1.3 billion, said it will supply equipment and long-term services along with three combined-cycle power blocks. Also, GE will operate and maintain the government-owned plant for seven years after it goes online sometime in 2011.

Natural gas futures jump 8%
from - MarketPulse

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Natural gas futures jumped 8% on Monday, continuing their rally from last week, as traders bet the commodity's year-long slide ended as fall approaches. Natural gas for October delivery last gained 25 cents, or 8.3%, to $3.21 per million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Natural gas futures were very volatile last week, slumping 9% on Friday after surging 15% on Wednesday. "Only the risk that inventories could potentially reach a capacity of 3,900bn cubic feet this autumn is a plausible explanation," analysts at Commerzbank said in a note. "We are convinced that hedge funds' actions are responsible for these developments."

TSX up for third straight day
from National News
Canadian stocks fell in early trading Monday on lower commodity prices and concern over a possible trade dispute between the United States and China.
Intel unveils reorganization; veteran exec leaves
from - Top Stories
Intel unveils a major reorganization, focused on the world's biggest chip maker's ability to develop and manufacture microprocessors.
CANADA: Ontario to post government expense accounting online
from CBC | Canadian News
Ontario has announced new measures aimed at putting an end to recent controversies over government expense claims - including posting expenses from cbainet ministers online.

Treasury sees slow exit from bank aid programs
from - MarketPulse

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The Obama administration said Monday that it would only slowly shut down emergency bank lending programs enacted in the wake of the financial crisis because it was not clear yet that the recovery in the financial sector seen to date was sustainable. "The process of exit will be prudent, not hasty," Treasury said in a report timed for release just prior to President Obama's noon speech on Wall Street. Administration officials said Obama will try to breathe new life into administration plans to strengthen the financial regulatory system. The push for new rules for Wall Street has been overshadowed by the health-care debate.

S&P reiterates strong buy rating on Chevron
from - MarketPulse

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- S&P Equity Research on Monday reiterated its strong buy rating on Chevron Corp. after the oil giant formally OK'd plans to build the Gorgon LNG facilty along with Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell . "With resources of more than 40 trillion cubic feet gas with an estimated life of at least 40 years, we like the deal, which should provide long-term earnings stability to the Gorgon participants," S&P said in a note to clients.

Reforms should pass this year, Obama says
from - Real-time Headlines
Obama urges Congress to pass regulatory reform
from - Real-time Headlines
Obama: financial industry will require transparency
from - Real-time Headlines
Obama says taxpayers can't back up Wall Street
from - Real-time Headlines
Obama says normalcy can't lead to complacency
from - Real-time Headlines
Obama: need for government intervention in financial industry 'waning'
from - Real-time Headlines
Obama says financial storms 'beginning to clear'
from - Real-time Headlines
Obama calls for 'common sense' financial rules
from - Top Stories
President Barack Obama calls for "common sense" rules on the financial industry, one year after the start of a crisis that brought Wall Street to its knees and left investors around the world poorer and the U.S. financial landscape dramatically changed.
Full text of President Obama's speech about the one-year anniversary of the financial crisis
from - Top Stories
The full text of President Barack Obama’s speech about the one-year anniversary of the financial crisis, as prepared for delivery in New York on Monday.
Obama warns Wall Street
from World News
U.S. President Barack Obama pledged Monday that the American government's continued goal is to pull back from its intrusions into the national economy, but added that recovery of the country's financial system will take "more time."
Romer: systemic risk regulation important
from - Real-time Headlines

White House's Romer sees 'very good' signs U.S. growing again
from - MarketPulse

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The Obama administration is seeing "very good" signs that the U.S. economy is beginning to grow again, a top White House aide said Monday. But Council of Economic Advisers Chair Christina Romer added in a CNBC interview that bank lending is still not where it needs to be. Romer spoke after President Barack Obama urged new financial regulatory reforms this year in a speech. She said regulating systemic risk will be an important reform.

E-Trade told to pump $100 million more in its bank
from - Top Stories
E-Trade Financial says that one of its regulators told the company to pump another $100 million into its bank to bolster the unit’s capital.
Mining execs get bigger salaries, smaller bonuses in '09
from CBC | Ticker
Salaries for Canadian mining company chief executives rose by nine per cent in 2009, despite an industry slowdown during the global recession, but cash bonuses fell by 18 per cent, according to a new report.
Canada equities benchmark records new yearly high
from - Top Stories
Energy and financial stocks lift the Canadian equity market to its highest close this year, but a slump among material stocks caps gains on the benchmark.

Twitter users more numerous than thought: study
from - MarketPulse

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Research firm eMarketer Inc. revised its estimate for the number of people who will use online microblogging service Twitter this year at least once per month on Monday, increasing its forecast to 18 million from 12.1 million. The upward revision was the result of "huge gains" seen by closely-held Twitter in the first quarter, eMarketer said in a statement. The outlook was tempered, however, by indications that "large numbers of users are abandoning Twitter after a short period of experimentation," eMarketer said. By 2010, eMarketer expects that 15.5% of all U.S. adult Internet users will use Twitter.

Stocks turn higher in broad upturn; GE tops Dow-30
from - MarketPulse

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks headed higher in afternoon trading Monday, with all sectors on the S&P 500 gaining and General Electric Co. leading the Dow Jones Industrial Average . The S&P 500 rose nearly 5 points, or 0.4%, to 1,047. The Dow-30 gained 12 points, or 0.1%, to 9,618. The Nasdaq Composite gained 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,088.

U.S. stocks end with gains after financials turn
from - MarketPulse

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks on Monday finished with modest gains after financial shares shed earlier declines to turn higher late in the session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 21.39 points, or 0.2%, to 9,626.80. The S&P 500 Index rose 6.61 points, or 0.6%, to 1,049.34, while the Nasdaq Composite climbed 10.88 points, or 0.5%, to end at 2,091.78.

Shares in Japan Airlines soar on takeover speculation
from CBC | Ticker
Shares of Japan Airlines Corp. surge amid speculation that American Airlines and Delta Air Lines are vying to buy stakes in the money-losing carrier.
Honduras envoy says "ordered out" of UN rights body
from World News
The Honduran ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said on Monday he had been ordered out of the UN Human Rights Council after other Latin American countries accused him of representing an "illegal" regime.
Advisers upbeat on U.S., international stocks
from - Top Stories
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Investment advisers are more bullish about U.S. stocks than they've been in more than two years, with many seeing the recession ending soon.
U.S. stocks finish with modest gains
from - Real-time Headlines
Japan's Topix gains 0.2% in early trading
from - Real-time Headlines
Japan's Nikkei rises 0.5% in opening minutes
from - Real-time Headlines
South Korea's Kospi rises 0.8% in opening minutes
from - Real-time Headlines
Australia S&P/ASX 200 up 0.2% in early action
from - Real-time Headlines
Fujii tapped to be Japan finance minister
from - Top Stories
Japan's prime minister-designate taps fiscal conservative Hirohisa Fujii to serve as finance minister in his administration.
Japan's Nikkei ends morning session up 0.1%
from - Real-time Headlines

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