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VACANCY: Senior/Chief Medical Officer, P/5 (New York), Deadline: 19 Oct 2009

VACANCY: Senior Human Rights Officer, Chief of Unit/Section, P/5 (Geneva), Deadline: 22 Nov 2009
VACANCY: Chief of Medical Insurance Section and Executive Secretary of UNSMIS, P/5 (Geneva), Deadline: 27 Oct 2009
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VACANCY: Chief, Environment and Development Division, D/1 (Bangkok), Deadline: 28 Sep 2009
VACANCY: Economic Affairs Officer, P/3 (New York), Deadline: 26 Sep 2009

USDA Monthly Milk Cost of Production

from USDA Economic Research Service - What's New
Monthly milk cost of production estimates are available by State from January 2003 to the previous month.

FY 2010 Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Conference

from USDA Economic Research Service - What's New
The annual Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Conference identifies emerging research issues related to domestic food assistance and nutrition programs administered by USDA. Recently completed research will also be discussed. This year’s conference—Emerging Issues and Recent Findings—will be held on December 10, 2009, in the Frederick Waugh Auditorium at the Economic Research Service, 1800 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. A preliminary agenda is available and information on registration will be available soon. Save the date

2009 Program of Research on the Economics of Invasive Species Management workshop

from USDA Economic Research Service - What's New
ERS's Program of Research on the Economics of Invasive Species Management (PREISM), an annual competitive grant and cooperative agreement program that focuses on national decisionmaking concerning agricultural invasive species, will hold its 2009 workshop on October 22-23 (Thursday and Friday), at ERS. The workshop is free and open to all, but please register to attend.

United States Institute of Peace Offers Iran Experts for Commentary

from United States Institute of Peace by kboston
Media advisory announcing USIP expertise on Iran, in anticipation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In Message, UN Secretary-General Praises Partnership between United Nations, Islamic Conference, Says Organizations Share Goals - Peace, Security, Global Harmony
UN Secretary-General Meets with Iran's President to Discuss Critical Issues; Expresses 'Grave Concern' about Continued Uranium Enrichment Activities

House Pushes for Sweeping Audit and Inspection of the Federal Reserve

from Top Politics Stories
House lawmakers want to pry open the books of the famously secretive Federal Reserve with legislation that would subject the central bank to a sweeping congressional audit

SEC Announces Panelists for Securities Lending and Short Sale Roundtable

from Updates: Press Releases
The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the panelists for its September 29 and September 30 roundtable in Washington D.C. to discuss securities lending and short sale issues.

Rep. Frank revises planned consumer agency bill

from Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Powerful U.S. lawmaker Barney Frank bowed to some of the financial industry's demands and softened parts of his bill to create an agency to protect consumers from risky financial products, according to a copy of the draft bill first obtained by Reuters on Friday.

Mullen wins second term as top U.S. military officer

from Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Navy Admiral Mike Mullen won Senate confirmation on Friday for a second, two-year term as chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, the most senior officer in the U.S. military.

Clinton Global Initiative raises more than $8 billion

from Reuters: Politics
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Clinton Global Initiative gathered more than $8 billion in pledges at this year's summit, surprising its organizers who had worried that the recession would lower the level of support.

ORI Director Retires

from Office of Research Integrity
After 32 years of service to the government, ORI Director Chris Pascal retired.

New Misconduct Finding: Jennifer Arriaga

from Office of Research Integrity
ORI found that Ms. Arriaga knowingly and intentionally engaged in research misconduct by fabricating 17 interviews and falsifying 10 subject incentive receipts

NEW VACANCIES Available at Office of Research Integrity

from Office of Research Integrity
ORI has two health science administrator positions available in the Division of Investigative Oversight (DIO). DIO provides institutes with oversight of investigative process for research misconduct. Applicants should have strong background in science as well interest in promoting the responsible conduct of research.

State of California Technology Executive Seminar

from OCIO - Highlights

Federal Stimulus Funding - Broadband Technology Proposals

from OCIO - Highlights
September 24, 2009

New York Fed purchases $1.97 billion in agency coupons
GAO-09-844, NASA: Constellation Program Cost and Schedule Will Remain Uncertain Until a Sound Business Case Is Established, August 26, 2009
GAO-09-715, 401(k) Plans: Policy Changes Could Reduce the Long-term Effects of Leakage on Workers' Retirement Savings, August 28, 2009
GAO-09-1022R, Overseas Contingency Operations: Reported Obligations for the Department of Defense, September 25, 2009
GAO-09-518, Military Readiness: DOD Needs to Strengthen Management and Oversight of the Defense Readiness Reporting System, September 25, 2009

Alvarez, Federal Reserve Transparency

from FRB: Speeches and Testimony
Testimony before the Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

Warsh, Longer Days, Fewer Weekends

from FRB: Speeches and Testimony
Speech at the 12th Annual International Banking Conference, Chicago, Illinois

Bernanke, Brief Remarks

from FRB: Speeches and Testimony
Speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C.

System Requirements: SPS Secure Payment System: Programs and Systems: Financial Management Service

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/23/2009: SPS: Secure Payment System System Requirements: PC Minimum Hardware and Software Requirements. Also see:. Technical Note 16: Formats And Edit Criteria. are still in effect for Non-GWA Reporter ALCs for SPS. February 24, 2005 (1,358 KB). SPS Schedule Upload 440 File Formats. incorporate formats for b

Stored Value Card Fact Sheet: EagleCash: Programs and Systems: Financial Management Service

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/22/2009: Information about the EagleCash program.

Sensitive But Unclassified Judgment Fund Document Submission

from FMS Programs and Services
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Forms: Judgment Fund: Programs and Systems: Financial Management Service

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/25/2009: The Judgment Fund is available for court judgments and Justice Department compromise settlements of actual or imminent lawsuits against the

Strategic Plan For Fiscal Years 2008-2013: Financial Management Service

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/25/2009: The Financial Management Service (FMS) is the federal government's financial manager. We provide central payment services to agencies, operate the government's collections systems, provide government-wide accounting and reporting, and collect delinquent debt. It is a critical mission for which we must thoroughly plan

Background: Judgment Fund: Programs and Systems: Financial Management Service

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/25/2009: The Judgment Fund is available for court judgments and Justice Department compromise settlements of actual or imminent lawsuits against the Government.

2007 Non-Compliant Agency Report: Judgment Fund: Programs and Systems: Financial Management Service

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/25/2009: The Judgment Fund is available for court judgments and Justice Department compromise settlements of actual or imminent lawsuits against the

Regulations and Guidance: Judgment Fund: Programs and Systems: Financial Management Service

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/25/2009: The Judgment Fund is available for court judgments and Justice Department compromise settlements of actual or imminent lawsuits against the

Training and Events: Judgment Fund: Programs and Systems: Financial Management Service

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/25/2009: Listing and descriptions of training and events offered and presented by the Judgment Fund staff

Current Report: Combined Statement of Receipts, Outlays, and Balances of the United States Government (Combined Statement): Publications & Guidance: Financial Management Service

FTC Files Joint Amicus Brief with U.S. Department of Justice in Matter of American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League

from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - Competition Press Releases
The Federal Trade Commission has joined the U.S. Department of Justice in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the matter of American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League, No. 08-661 (U.S. S. Ct.).

FTC Order Preserves Competition for Road Salt Sales to Local Governments in Maine and Connecticut

from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - Competition Press Releases
K+S's Purchase of Morton International Would Have Reduced Competition for the Sale and Delivery of Bulk De-Icing Road Salt

VACANCY: Program Manager - GS-340-15/15

from EIA: Jobs
Announcement Number: HQ-09-MP-76-EI-10-209 Closing Date: 13 October 2009

VACANCY: Workforce Development Specialist - GS-301-11/12

from EIA: Jobs
Announcement Number: HQ-09-MP-14-EI-20-116RClosing Date: 12 October 2009

CIA Opens Center on Climate Change and National Security

from CIA Press Releases & Statements
September 25, 2009 - CIA Opens Center on Climate Change and National Security.

VIDEO: Pres. Obama Statement on Iranian Nuclear Facilities

from C-SPAN Recent Video
President Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made statements from the G20 Conference in Pittsburgh, PA about the discovery of covert nuclear facilities in Iran.
Length: 8 min.

Published: Friday at 8:30am (ET)

VIDEO: United Nations 64th General Assembly

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan and Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian President made remarks at the 64th United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
Length: 29 min.

Published: Friday at 12pm (ET)

VIDEO: State Department Press Briefing Fri Sept 25

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Spokesman Ian Kelly conducts a daily briefing at the State Department.
Length: 15 min.

Published: Friday at 12:30pm (ET)

VIDEO: House Financial Services Cmte. Hearing on Regulatory Overhaul

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) chaired a hearing on legislation that would require the Government Accountability Office to audit the Federal Reserve. Scott Alvarez, General Counsel to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and Thomas Woods of the Ludwig von Mises Institute testified before the committee.
Length: 3 hr. 1 min.

Published: Friday at 9am (ET)

VIDEO: Henry Sokolski, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, Executive Director

from C-SPAN Recent Video
President Obama spoke at the United Nations on Thursday as part of an effort to slow the spread of nuclear weapons and reduce global stockpiles. Henry Sokolski discusses both the Administration's & U.N.’s efforts and its approach to Iran.
Length: 24 min.

Published: Friday at 7:30am (ET)

VIDEO: Sen. Paul Kirk (D-MA) Swearing In Ceremony

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Vice President Joe Biden performed the swearing in ceremony for Senator Paul Kirk (D-MA) in the Senate Chamber. Sen. Kirk is the former chairman of the DNC and takes the seat vacated by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) who died of brain cancer in August.
Length: 4 min.

Published: Friday at 3:45pm (ET)

VIDEO: Senate Finance Cmte. Health Care Markup

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Debate in the Senate Finance Cmte. continues after a week long markup as members have offered 564 amendments to the $856 billion health care bill introduced on Monday by Chair Max Baucus (D-MT).
Length: 2 hr.

Published: Friday at 9:30am (ET)

VIDEO: G20 Summit Closing Session

from C-SPAN Recent Video
At a meeting of leaders from the world’s 20 largest economies, Pres. Obama today announced the discovery of covert nuclear facilities in Iran. The President said Iran must make their developments "transparent" or face sanctions. G20 leaders are meeting in Pittsburgh to evaluate efforts to control the global recession.

Published: Friday at 9am (ET)

VIDEO: Sec. of State Clinton Statement at Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Conference

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made remarks at the nuclear test ban treaty conference in New York City.
Length: 6 min.

Published: Thursday at 11am (ET)

VIDEO: House Veterans' Affairs Subcmte. Hearing on VA Burials and National Cemetery Policy

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee of House Veterans' Affairs Cmte. holds a hearing titled "Honoring the Fallen: How Can We Better Serve America's Veterans and Their Families?" The hearing focuses on the current VA Burial Benefits Program, national cemetery policy and ways that VA, the Department of Defense, and the American Battle Monuments Commission can better serve veterans and their survivors.
Length: 1 hr. 53 min.

Published: Thursday at 9pm (ET)

Health Insurance Groups Will Stop at Nothing to Kill Reform

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Tula Connell
Stunning in their brazenness, insurance industry groups like Humana have sent out mailings to Medicare beneficiaries trying to scare seniors into erroneously believing that health care reform will harm their Medicare benefits.

Weekly Address: President Affirms Commitment to International Cooperation in Strengthening Economy and Stopping Nuclear Proliferation
In this week’s address, President Barack Obama recounted the progress made this past week in advancing America’s national security and economic prosperity at the United Nations and the G-20.

Post-G20 meeting fact sheets
The following fact sheets outline the outcomes of the Pittsburgh Summit hosted by President Obama on September 24th and 25th.

Leader's statement on the Pittsburgh summit
We meet in the midst of a critical transition from crisis to recovery to turn the page on an era of irresponsibility and to adopt a set of policies, regulations and reforms to meet the needs of the 21st century global economy.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 9/25/09
Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key administration posts.

President Obama Nominates Richard Callahan Michael Cotter Nicholas Klinefeldt and Stephanie Rose to be U.S. Attorneys
Today, President Obama nominated Judge Richard Callahan, Michael Cotter, Nicholas Klinefeldt and Stephanie Rose to be U.S. Attorneys.

Joint Statement From The White House Press Secretary and 10 Downing St. Spokeman
President Obama and Prime Minister Brown held a meeting this morning on the margins of the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh. They discussed Britain and the United States' shared interest in Afghanistan and ensuring it could never again be used for attacks by al Qaeda against the United Kingdom, the United States or our allies.

Presidental Nominations Sent to Senate, 9-25-09
Richard G. Callahan, of Missouri, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri for the term of four years, vice Catherine Lucille Hanaway.

Fact Sheet Creating a 21st Century International Economic Architecture
Dramatic changes in the world economy have not always been reflected in the global architecture for economic cooperation. This all started to change today. The G-20 leaders reached a historic agreement to put the G-20 at the center of their efforts to work together to build a durable recovery while avoiding the financial fragilities that led to the crisis.

Background Briefing By Senior Administration Officials On Iranian Nuclear Facility
Remarks by the President at G20 Closing Press Conference
Remarks By The First Lady CAPA
Statements By President Obama French President Sarkozy And British Prime Minister Brown On Iranian Nuclear Facility
Women Leaders in Transportation
Posted by Marlise Streitmatter
A Welcoming Smile from the First Lady
Posted by Jesse Lee
Rapping Doctor Wins H1N1 Video Contest
Posted by Erin Edgerton
"A Growing Concern that Iran is Refusing to Live Up to Those International Responsibilities"
Posted by Jesse Lee
President's G20 Press Conference
Posted by Cammie Croft
Joe Biden Pledges Support for Georgia
Posted by Jesse Lee
"See the Future. Feed the Future. Change the Future."
Posted by Jesse Lee
Weekly Address: Progress with the G-20 in Pittsburgh
Posted by Jesse Lee
Recorded literally on his way back from the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, the President uses his Weekly Address to recap the progress made during the intensive discussions with world leaders. From an historic agreement to reform the global financial system, to groundbreaking commitments on reducing subsidies to fossil fuels worldwide, to unity in standing against threats to world peace -- engagement produced tangible results in several areas.

Insiders See Health Care Reform Passing
The National Journal's Congressional Insiders poll finds that majorities in both parties believe a health care reform bill will be signed into law during this Congress but Democrats and Republicans diverge when it comes to how sweeping that reform will be.
Republican currently Leads Michigan Governor's Race by 13 points
In the race for Michigan governor, a new Detroit News/Mitchell Research poll finds Attorney General Mike Cox (R) leading Lt. Gov. John Cherry (D) by 13 points, 45% to 32%, among likely voters.

Democrats Hold Big Lead in Congressional Ballot Test
A new Franklin & Marshall national poll finds Democrats way ahead in the generic congressional ballot, 43% to 30%. Other recent polls have shown Democrats with a much smaller edge.

Pollster Cooking the Books?
Last night, we noted we would no longer report polling results from Strategic Vision due to substantial questions raised about their methodology and transparency.

Meanwhile, Nate Silver found that certain statistical properties of the results reported by Strategic Vision "suggest, perhaps strongly, the possibility of fraud, although they certainly do not prove it and further investigation will be required."

Pollsters Should Show Their Work
Tom Jensen on the Strategic Vision controversy: "I think that all companies doing public polling should make their topline demographics and crosstabs easily publicly available. It should be right there on your website. I remember when I was in high school all of my math textbooks had the answers to all of the odd numbered questions in the back. When you did your homework you could certainly look back there and get the answers right but you didn't get any credit if you didn't show your work."
CNN's Malveaux named Essence Magazine's Journalist of the Year
Posted: September 25th, 2009 01:52 PM ET

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux named Essence Magazine's Journalist of the Year.'
(CNN) — CNN White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux has been named Journalist of the Year by Essence Magazine.

Commerce Secretary joins Twitter to engage with entrepreneurs
Posted: September 25th, 2009 01:54 PM ET

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke has become the third Cabinet Member in the Obama administration to join Twitter, the microblogging social network. He joined yesterday to help promote Commerce and also keep in touch with American entrepreneurs.

"It's important that the Department of Commerce regularly communicates with American businesses and entrepreneurs to help them translate new ideas into economic growth," Locke told CNN. "Innovation is going to be the key to our long-term economic growth, and we need to embrace new ways of communicating with small businesses and entrepreneurs."

Locke announced his intentions to join Twitter yesterday in a speech delivered at the Inc. 500 / 5000 Conference, geared towards small business owners and entrepreneurs. The secretary noted he recently met with technology entrepreneurs at the White House and wanted to keep connected.

"I will start Tweeting regularly on innovation and entrepreneurship issues and look forward to hearing your thoughts on them," he said.

While the White House keeps a regularly updated Twitter account, the other two cabinet members on Twitter are Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (@raylahood) and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis (@hildasolisdol).

You can follow Sec. Locke on Twitter @seclocke.

Kirk arrives on Capitol Hill
Posted: September 25th, 2009 01:55 PM ET

From CNN Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash

(CNN) – Soon to be Massachusetts Sen. Paul Kirk arrived on Capitol Hill Friday to cheers from staffers and friends of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Michelle Obama hosts spouses of World leaders at G20 summit
Posted: September 25th, 2009 02:18 PM ET

House Democrats insurance tax on high end insurance plans to pay for health care bill under consideration
Posted: September 25th, 2009 05:11 PM ET

From CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh

WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Democratic leaders are discussing adding a tax on insurers as a way to reduce the overall price tag of their health care bill.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, told reporters Friday that an excise tax on high end insurance plans, similar to the one included in the Senate Finance Committee, was "under consideration."

G-20 agrees on time table for reforms
Posted: September 25th, 2009 05:41 PM ET

From Senior Writer Jennifer Liberto

The Pittsburgh summit was the third G-20 summit in less than a year, and leaders agreed to work together more closely toward sustained growth and cracking down on banking regulations.
WASHINGTON ( – Leaders of G-20 nations committed Friday to a timeline to establish and enforce new rules aimed at spurring financial firms around the globe to improve capital cushions and avoid taking risk.

Obama: Iran on notice
Posted: September 25th, 2009 05:42 PM ET
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Friday that "Iran is on notice" regarding its nuclear efforts, and that the international community is united in its opposition to Tehran's nuclear program.

Gates: Diplomacy could still work with Iran
Posted: 06:20 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says there is still room for diplomacy with Iran, which has stood firm by its nuclear program despite international concerns.

Vets waiting for education benefits will get emergency funds
Posted: 08:14 PM ET
By Adam Levine

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A backlog in processing education benefits has forced the Department of Veterans Affairs to authorize millions of dollars in emergency funds for veterans who need the cash to pay for school.

Research Activities Online Newsletter for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

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

Tell your Representatives in Congress to Stop Spending $2.7 Billion Per Day on War

Every day the United States spends $2.7 billion on war. At a time when debate is raging in Washington about how to pay for basic services that we all need, like health care, it just doesn't make sense to be spending such a staggering amount on war.

Last year alone we spent nearly $1 trillion dollars on wars past and present. The debate surrounding the cost of health care reform could be largely resolved for a fraction of that amount. The same is true for the debate over clean energy and many other important domestic programs ranging from improving education to job training.

Urge Congress to shift our spending priorities away from war and toward services all Americans need today

For 8 years under the Bush administration, spending on wars and the military expanded dramatically. It is time to reduce that bloat. We don't need wars of choice, we don't need expensive weapons programs that have proven ineffective, and we don't need military spending to take up more than half of the federal discretionary budget.

Our leaders in Washington need to know that the time has come to reduce our spending on war and instead fund the things we really need - like healthy communities, functioning schools, good jobs, and an end to the recession. All it would take is a slight shift in our priorities, and a slight change in our spending, to have a big impact.

Ask Congress to stop spending so much money on war and start directing more money toward positive change today

Thanks for all that you do,

- The Team

Publications and Products (NIOSH) for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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

Speeches and Testimony for
The following speech was given by CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler
September 25, 2009
Speech of Chairman Gary Gensler, OTC Derivatives Regulation, European Commission.

Health Reform: The Time to Act Is Now
U.S. Presidents from Truman to Nixon to Obama
Supported Health Reform for All Americans

Over the last six decades, the rising costs of health care and the increasing number of uninsured Americans have been discussed in every presidential campaign and by nearly every Administration and Congress – whether Democratic or Republican. Voters have consistently elected Presidents who recognize the urgent need to reform America’s health care system so that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care.

Click here to view statements from U.S. Presidents on the importance of health reform for all Americans.


FSIS Notice 67-09
General Food Defense Plan
MRAP Training
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 09:29:18 -0500
Soldiers with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade are undergoing MRAP training at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.
FDIC Makes Public August Enforcement Actions; One Administrative Hearing Scheduled for October

Election of Prime Minister of Moldova

Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 25, 2009

Vaccine Shows Promise in Preventing HIV
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 19:00:00 -0500
MRAP Training
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 09:44:24 -0500
Soldiers with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade are undergoing MRAP training at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.
HHS Brochure: "2009 H1N1 Flu and You" (PDF - 181 KB)
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 17:00:00 -0500
Updated Interim Recommendations for the Use of Antiviral Medications in the Treatment and Prevention of Influenza for the 2009-2010 Season
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 17:00:00 -0500
These recommendations have been updated to provide additional guidance for clinicians in prescribing antiviral medications for treatment and prevention of influenza during the 2009-2010 season.
WHO: Antigenic and Genetic Characteristics of H5N1 Viruses and Candidate H5N1 Vaccine Viruses Developed for Potential Use as Human Vaccines
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 17:00:00 -0500
This summary describes the current status of the development of new candidate H5N1 vaccine viruses and is meant to provide guidance for national authorities and vaccine companies on the selection of candidate viruses for use in vaccine development. The selection of H5N1 vaccine viruses should consider the geographical spread, epidemiology, and antigenic and genetic properties of recently circulating H5N1 viruses.
WHO: Recommended Composition of Influenza Virus Vaccines for use in the 2010 Southern Hemisphere Influenza Season
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 17:00:00 -0500
It is recommended that vaccines for use in the 2010 influenza season (southern hemisphere winter) contain the following:
CDC Launches H1N1 Flu Mobile Texting Pilot
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 19:30:00 -0500
HIV Vaccine Regimen Demonstrates Modest Preventive Effect in Thailand Clinical Study
An investigational vaccine regimen has been shown to have a modest effect in preventing HIV infection in a clinical trial in Thailand. More...

U.S. Department of State Remarks With Belgian Foreign Minister Yves Leterme

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

New York, NY

September 25, 2009

U.S. Department of State Remarks With Belgian Foreign Minister Yves Leterme

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

New York, NY

September 25, 2009

OCC Reports Second Quarter Bank Trading Revenue of $5.2 Billion
WASHINGTON — U.S. commercial banks reported trading revenues of $5.2 billion in the second quarter of 2009, compared to record revenues of $9.8 billion in the first quarter of 2009, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency reported today in the OCC's Quarterly Report on Bank Trading and Derivatives Activities.
“After such a strong first quarter, we expected to see a seasonal decline in trading revenues, and indeed that occurred,” Deputy Comptroller for Credit and Market Risk Kathryn E. Dick said. “Still, second quarter trading revenues were the sixth strongest since we’ve been keeping records.”
As Ms. Dick noted in previous quarters, trading results continue to be influenced by the reporting of fair value adjustments for derivatives payables and receivables. “On balance, trading results in the second quarter benefited from the significant tightening of corporate credit spreads, as the positive impact of increasing receivable values exceeded the negative impact of increasing payable values,” she said.
The OCC also reported that net current credit exposure, the primary metric the OCC uses to measure credit risk in derivatives activities, decreased $140 billion, or 20 percent, to $555 billion. “Rising interest rates and falling credit spreads have combined to reduce the fair values of both derivatives receivables and payables,” Ms. Dick said. “As a result, we have seen material reductions in net current credit exposure over the past two quarters, although by any standard these exposures remain very high.”
Ms. Dick noted that concerns about counterparty credit exposures have driven bank supervisors to continue to encourage banks to increase the volume of derivative contracts cleared by central counterparties. “The use of central counterparties is an important step forward in addressing the systemic risk of large counterparty credit exposures,” she said.
The report shows that the notional amount of derivatives held by insured U.S. commercial banks increased by $1.5 trillion (nearly 1 percent) in the second quarter to $203.5 trillion. Interest rate contracts increased $2.5 trillion to $172 trillion, while credit derivatives fell 8 percent to $13.4 trillion.
The report also noted that:
Derivatives contracts are concentrated in a small number of institutions. The largest five banks hold 97 percent of the total notional amount of derivatives, while the largest 25 banks hold nearly 100 percent.
Credit default swaps are the dominant product in the credit derivatives market, representing 98 percent of total credit derivatives.
The number of commercial banks holding derivatives increased by 47 in the quarter to 1,110.
A copy of the OCC’s Quarterly Report on Bank Trading and Derivatives Activities: Second Quarter 2009 is available on the OCC’s Web site at:



WASHINGTON, September 25, 2009 - On Monday, September 28, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will hold a rural community forum in Scottsbluff, Neb., as part of the Obama Administration's Rural Tour. A number of federal and state officials will join the Secretaries at the forum to discuss production agriculture as well as efforts by the Obama Administration to rebuild and revitalize rural America, listen to local residents talk about how the federal government can assist them, and discuss solutions to challenges facing their communities. Secretaries Vilsack and Salazar will also highlight American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects improving communities in Nebraska and benefiting people throughout rural America.

In June, President Obama announced that Secretary Vilsack will lead the Administration's Rural Tour to visit rural communities in states throughout the country. Secretary Vilsack is scheduled to lead Rural Tour events with other top administration officials over the coming weeks with the next event in New Mexico. Monday's event will be the twentieth similar forum Secretary Vilsack has led since being sworn in, and follows rural listening sessions held in El Reno, Okla., Zanesville, Ohio, Modesto, Calif., Sedalia, Mo., Des Moines, Iowa, Hamlet, N.C., Bethel, Alaska, St. John Parish, La., Blairs, Va., West Salem, Wis., Charlotte, Mich., Concord, N.H., Wattsburg, Pa., Danville, Ind., Geneseo, Ill., Harrodsburg, Ky., Ludowici, Ga., Portageville, Mo., and Brush, Colo.

USDA recently launched a new website and social media tools designed to enhance discussions and facilitate innovation for challenges facing rural America. All Americans can follow the Rural Tour's progress online at, on Twitter at, or at USDA's Facebook fan page available at

The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture and natural resources and touches the life of every American. Secretary Vilsack and the USDA are working to promote a sustainable, safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply, ensure that America leads the global fight against climate change, and revitalize rural communities by expanding economic opportunities.


Rural Tour Community Forum on production agriculture with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Senator Ben Nelson, Governor Dave Heineman, Congressman Adrian Smith and other local officials will join the Secretaries at the forum.

Monday, September 28, 2009
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Scottsbluff National Monument - Amphitheatre
190276 Old Oregon Trail
Gering, Nebraska 69341

Parking is available at the Farm and Ranch Museum and a shuttle service will be provided.


Tanker Contract
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 12:00:02 -0500
The use of a fixed price contract is a step forward in the Defense Department's acquisition reform.
Former Choctaw County, Oklahoma Deputy Sheriff Found Guilty of Civil Rights Violations

Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Cannon Express Concern over Continued Detention of U.S. and Canadian Nationals in Iran

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 25, 2009

Corps of Engineers Project Cleans Up Kirkuk
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 12:20:00 -0500

Visit of Russian Counter-Drug Agency Director Ivanov to State Department

Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman
Washington, DC

Question Taken at the September 24, 2009 Daily Press Briefing

September 25, 2009

U.S. Department of State Highlights: Global Food Security: U.S. Commitment to Action
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500

System of Records Notices (SORNs) for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)?
DHS/FEMA-001 - National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System September 29, 2009 74 FR 48767
DHS/FEMA-008 - Diaster Recovery Assistance Files September 24, 2009 74 FR 48763

FIL-55-2009: Proposed Correspondent Concentration Risks Guidance - Agencies Request Comment
OCC Releases Consumer Advisory: “Reverse Mortgages: Are They for You?”
WASHINGTON — The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today issued a consumer advisory to help consumers better understand reverse mortgages. Reverse mortgages generally are available to consumers who are 62 or older, and can be used to supplement retirement income or meet health care or other financial needs.
The information developed for consumers discusses basic facts about reverse mortgages, which are complex, home-secured loans. Under a reverse mortgage, a consumer receives payments from the lender – either over time or all at once – based on the value of the home at the time of the loan. As the consumer receives payments, and interest and fees accrue, these amounts are added to the loan balance. The advisory also reviews the costs and benefits of reverse mortgages.
In addition, the OCC’s consumer advisory provides basic “rules of thumb” for consumers who are considering a reverse mortgage -- the advisory urges consumers to (1) investigate other alternatives in addition to reverse mortgages, (2) remember that reverse mortgages generally make more sense the longer the consumer remains in the home, and (3) be wary of anyone trying to sell other products along with a reverse mortgage.
The OCC urges consumers to consult with a qualified, independent housing counselor before entering into a reverse mortgage, and explains how consumers may obtain additional information about reverse mortgages.
Reverse Mortgages: Are They for You?” is available on the OCC’s website,

FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Psoriasis
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 13:05:00 -0500
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Stelara (ustekinumab), a biologic product for adults who have a moderate to severe form of psoriasis.

Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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

Background Notes : Comoros (09/09)
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 12:21:09 -0500
Background Notes : Mauritius (09/09)
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 12:44:06 -0500
Background Notes : Seychelles (09/09)
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 13:02:30 -0500
Federal Election Commission Weekly Digest for the week of Week of September 21 – September 25, 2009
Former Alaska State Representative Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Bribery
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 16:05:35 -0500
Former Alaska State Representative Beverly Masek was sentenced today to six months in prison by U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline in Anchorage, Alaska. Masek, 45, was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release.
Justice Department Announces Settlement of Its First Landlord-Tenant Case Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 16:10:49 -0500
The Department announced that it had reached a settlement with a Virginia landlord to resolve allegations that she violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The lawsuit alleged that the landlord failed to return prepaid rent and security deposits to a tenant who had terminated her lease early in order to comply with military orders to relocate from to Georgia.

Pennsylvania Young Democrats

ACTION UPDATE: House Bill 1768 and Special Election Reminder

Hey YD's.

If you have a chance, please call Senator Mary Jo White at (717) 787-9684 and tell heryou support HB 1768. It is a piece of legislation sponsored by Reps. Wansacz, Goodman, Eachus, Eachus, Conklin, Williams, Mundy, Siproth, Carroll and Pashinski, which amoung other things would prohibit landfills immediately next to water supplies.

Common sense, yup, law, not yet. It is good legislation and you can leave a message any time. It should only take a minute to call. Please do.

Also, don't forget the canvass for the special eleciton. We are meeting tomorrow, September 26th at 11 am at "Koffee Day" in Coopersburg, 216 E Fairmount Street, where you can get some free coffee and sandwiches before we go out to canvass (it is in the Giant shopping plaza)

Dan Hartman is a point of contact, you cancontact him at 570-814-3557.


Tim Brennan, Esq.
Pennsylvania Young Democrats

Additional CDFI Program Webinar Application Workshop Scheduled
September 25, 2009
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: RFA-HS-10-003, Clinical and Health Outcomes Initiative in Comparative Effectiveness (CHOICE) Grants (R01)

U.S. Department of State Launch of the Democracy Video Challenge

Judith A. McHale
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
United Nations

New York City, NY

September 15, 2009

U.S. Department of State Opening Remarks at Combating Violence Against Girls Event

Event hosted by the Government of the Netherlands

New York City, NY

September 25, 2009

Information Sharing
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 15:57:50 -0500
The Defense Department is now allowing certain Homeland Security personnel access classified terrorism related information.
U.S. Department of State : Daily Press Briefing - September 25
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 15:28:40 -0500
DoD Background Briefing with Senior Defense Officials at the DoD Briefing Room, The Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:06:00 -0500


Considered and Passed:

Conference Report on H.R. 2918 - 2010 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill and Continuing Resolution (Rep. Wasserman Schultz – Appropriations) (217-190)

Motion to Go To Conference on H.R. 3183 - Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (Rep. Pastor – Appropriations)

Motion to Instruct Conferees - Passed
· Offered by Mr. Frelinghuysen (NJ) (Voice Vote)

JFK Poster Blitz!
"Help us get our posters up at area businesses."
What: Business Meeting
Start Time: Saturday, October 3 at 12:00pm
End Time: Saturday, October 3 at 1:00pm
Where: Downtown Boise

To see more details and RSVP

Contact: Stephanie Lundberg
202-225-3130For Immediate Release
September 25, 2009

Hoyer: American People Know Republicans Haven’t Offered a Health Reform Plan

100 Days Have Passed Since House GOP Pledged to Introduce a Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md) issued the following statement today, the 100th day since House Republicans pledged to introduce a health care reform bill:
“In June of this year, House Republicans said they would introduce a bill to reform America’s health care system. In the 100 days since that pledge was made, there has been a lot of talk of solutions and alternatives, but to date, Republicans have yet to offer a concrete vision of how they want to make health care more affordable and accessible to Americans and their families.
“The fact that there is no Republican plan has not been overlooked by a public that is very engaged in this critical debate. Indeed, a new poll out today shows that three-quarters of Americans believe that Republicans in Congress have not laid out a clear plan. That same poll shows that two-thirds believe Republicans are blocking health reform for purely political purposes alone.
“Now, I don’t believe that all Republicans are opposing reform for political gain, and I have personally reached out to them to hear what their ideas are and see if there is common ground. However, calls by Republican leadership to ‘push reset’ and start over is not what the American people want, particularly when those calling for it don’t have a plan of their own. Americans have waited far too long for reforms that control rising costs and provide guaranteed access to quality, affordable health care. Republican plan or not, the time for health care reform is now.”


DoD Contracts for September 25, 2009
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 17:06:00 -0500
"A Regulator's Perspective on New Nuclear Reactor License Applications"
Talibdin El-Amin, a member of the Missouri House of Representatives for the 57th Missouri District, pled guilty to federal bribery charges. Details

Contact: Katie Grant
202-225-3130For Immediate Release
September 25, 2009

Hoyer Statement on Covert Iranian Nuclear Facility

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after revelations that Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility:

“I am highly disturbed by news of a new, previously undeclared uranium enrichment facility in Iran. The presence of this facility, which Iran has deceptively concealed from the international community, is clearly a violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions. It also raises troubling implications about the nature of Iran’s nuclear program; as President Obama said today, ‘the size and configuration of this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful program.’

“President Obama has pursued a policy of engagement with Iran, while making it clear that such an opportunity for engagement comes with a time limit. If Iran is truly interested in serious and meaningful dialogue with the United States, then all facts about its nuclear program must be on the table. Iran must allow the International Atomic Energy Agency full access to this and all other nuclear facilities.”



“[T]he Recovery Act is working to jump-start critical infrastructure projects, cushion the impact of record state budget deficits and provide new job opportunities for hard-hit communities…The fact that a survey of nine major Recovery Act programs across sixteen states by the government’s top watchdog, showed such significant progress is a testament to the care with which we have put taxpayer dollars to work.”
– Vice President Joe Biden, Statement on the GAO Report on the Recovery Act, 9/23/09

Economy Highlights:
• A survey released today showed that “U.S. consumer sentiment rose in late September to the highest [level] since January 2008 as expectations of an economic rebound gathered momentum.” [Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers, 9/25/09]
• On Thursday, Christina Romer, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers delivered a speech on the state of the economy, crediting “the Federal Reserve and the U.S. government for taking actions that…prevented the economy from going ‘over the edge as it did in the 1930s.’” Click here to read a story from the Wall Street Journal on Romer’s speech.
• The Department of Labor reported that last week, the number of Americans filing first time unemployment claims dropped 21,000 from the previous week to the lowest level in two months. [Associated Press, 9/24/09]

Recovery Highlights:
• A New York Times/CBS News poll released today reported that “more Americans are starting to credit [the] stimulus package with having helped to revive the economy.” According to the poll, “Americans think the economy is on the mend, and there has been a 15-point increase ... in the percentage of Americans who said Mr. Obama’s stimulus package has improved the economy.” [New York Times, 9/25/09]
• This week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the status of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, indicating that the Recovery Act is working ahead of schedule and project bids are coming in under budget – with taxpayers benefiting from the savings. Click here to read the report.


Maryland Police Detective Charged in Corruption Investigation
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 11:45:05 -0500
Baltimore City Police Detective Mark J. Lunsford, of Sykesville, Maryland, was charged with submitting a false claim to the United States, making a false statement in a matter within the jurisdiction of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and theft of property by an officer or employee of the United States.
Oklahoma Deputy Sheriff Convicted of Civil Rights Violations
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 11:28:44 -0500
Former Choctaw County, Oklahoma Deputy Sheriff Ben Westley Milner was found guilty by a federal jury in Muskogee of violating the civil rights of three men by assaulting them without legal justification.
New Jersey City Council Candidate Pleads Guilty to Extortion Charges
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 10:59:50 -0500
James P. King, who was an unsuccessful candidate for Jersey City Council and the former executive director of the Jersey City Parking Authority, former chairman of the Jersey City Incinerator Authority, and a former Hudson County undersheriff, pled guilty to conspiring to commit extortion, admitting he accepted corrupt cash payments from a cooperating witness in return for exercising his future official assistance in favor of the cooperating witness.
Brother of New Jersey Official Sentenced on Bribery Charges
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 10:55:54 -0500
Anthony Rose, the brother of Frank Rose, a former field representative for the City of Linden's Neighborhood Redevelopment Program, was sentenced to six months of home confinement, as part of a three-year term of probation, for paying bribes to Frank Rose in exchange for approximately $1.3 million in construction services.

U.S. Department of State Briefing on Global Affairs at UNGA

Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero

Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

New York, NY

September 25, 2009

U.S. Department of State Remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative Closing Plenary

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Sheraton Hotel and Towers

New York, NY

September 25, 2009


This past week, the House took action to ensure families hurt by the recession continue to get the assistance they need as they get back on their feet. Under the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the pace of job loss has declined dramatically. However, because the recession was so deep and jobs are historically the last thing to rebound in a recovery, long-term unemployment continues to impact American families. To help the more than 300,000 jobless workers who are expected to run out of unemployment compensation by the end of September, the House voted to provide up to an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits in states with high unemployment, ensuring that Americans will be able to continue providing for their families – paying for groceries, filling their cars with gas, and making their mortgage payments on time – which also helps the economy.
Today, the House passed a Continuing Resolution to ensure that all government functions may continue while Congress completes its work on appropriations bills.
Next week, the House is expected to consider a conference report on the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which contains important funding to increase energy independence and combat global warming. It is my expectation that we will begin sending other appropriations bills to the President for his signature soon.
The House will also continue its work on health insurance reform legislation that provides access to affordable, quality health care to all Americans. We will also consider legislation to strengthen U.S.-Pakistan relations and help keep Americans safe by supporting our national security objectives.

Sincerely yours,




First Vote of the Week… Last Vote Predicted…

Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Thursday p.m.

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

On Monday, the House will not be in session.

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:30 p.m. for Morning Hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspensions (12 Bills)
H.R. 685 - United States Civil Rights Trail System Act of 2009 (Rep. Clay - Natural Resources)
H.R. 2442 - Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Expansion Act of 2009 (Rep. George Miller - Natural Resources)
H.R. 2950 - To direct the Secretary of the Interior to allow for prepayment of repayment contracts between the United States and the Uintah Water Conservancy District (Rep. Matheson - Natural Resources)
H.R. 3123 - Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel Remediation Act of 2009 (Rep. Lamborn - Natural Resources)
H.R. 905 - Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve Boundary Modification Act (Rep. Stupak - Natural Resources)
H.R. 1771 - Chesapeake Bay Science, Education, and Ecosystem Enhancement Act of 2009 (Rep. Sarbanes - Natural Resources)
H.R. 1053 - Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act of 2009 (Rep. Wittman - Natural Resources)
H.Res. 16 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Life Insurance Awareness Month (Rep. Biggert - Oversight and Government Reform)
H.Res. 693 - Honoring the life and accomplishments of Jim Johnson and extending the condolences of the House of Representatives to his family on the occasion of his death (Rep. Brady (PA) - Oversight and Government Reform)
H.Con.Res. 186 - Supporting the goals and ideals of Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month (Rep. Davis (IL) - Oversight and Government Reform)
H.Res. 725 - Congratulating the Chula Vista Park View Little League team of Chula Vista, California, for winning the 2009 Little League World Series Championship (Rep. Filner - Oversight and Government Reform)
H.Res. 734 - Expressing the support for and honoring September 17, 2009 as "Constitution Day" (Rep. Latta - Oversight and Government Reform)

On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.

Suspensions (16 Bills)
H.Res. 731 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the employees of the Department of Homeland Security, their partners at all levels of government, and the millions of emergency response providers and law enforcement agents nationwide should be commended for their dedicated service on the Nation's front lines in the war against acts of terrorism (Rep. Clarke - Homeland Security)
H.Res. 517 - Congratulating the University of Washington women's softball team for winning the 2009 Women's College World Series (Rep. McDermott - Education and Labor)
H.Res. 769 - Recognizing the benefits of service-learning as a teaching strategy to effectively engage youth in the community and classroom, and expressing support for the goals of the National Learn and Serve Challenge (Rep. Platts - Education and Labor)
H.Res. 487 - Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the State News at Michigan State University (Rep. Rogers (MI) - Education and Labor)
H.Res. 90 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Campus Safety Awareness Month (Rep. Sestak - Education and Labor)
S.Con.Res. 41 - A concurrent resolution providing for the acceptance of a statue of Helen Keller, presented by the people of Alabama (Sen. Sessions - House Administration)
H.Res. 692 - Supporting the goals and ideals of Tay-Sachs Awareness Month (Rep. Arcuri - Energy and Commerce)
H.Res. 314 - Honoring and saluting Hillerich & Bradsby Co. on the 125th anniversary of the Louisville Slugger (Rep. Yarmuth - Energy and Commerce)
S. 1289 - Foreign Evidence Request Efficiency Act of 2009 (Sen. Whitehouse - Judiciary)
H.R. 1727 - Managing Arson Through Criminal History Act of 2009 (Rep. Bono Mack - Judiciary)
H.Res. 757 - Supporting the goals and ideals of a National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims (Rep. Edwards (MD) - Judiciary)
H.R. 1333 - Exempts the transportation, shipment, receipt, or importation of explosive materials for delivery to a federally recognized Indian tribe or an agency of such a tribe from various Federal criminal prohibitions relating to explosives (Rep. Grijalva - Judiciary)
H.Res. 739 - Honoring the life and achievements of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug for his many contributions to alleviating world hunger (Rep. Boswell - Foreign Affairs)
H.Con.Res. 151 - Expressing the sense of Congress that China release democratic activist Liu Xiaobo from imprisonment (Rep. Minnick - Foreign Affairs)
H.Con.Res. 51 - Recognizing the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty (Rep. Tiberi - Foreign Affairs)
S. 1707 - Authorizing appropriations for fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to promote an enhanced strategic partnership with Pakistan and its people (Sen. Kerry/Rep. Berman – Foreign Affairs)

Conference Report on H.R. 3183 - Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (Rep. Pastor – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)

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

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 21:12:00 -0500

U.S. Department of State Briefing by Chief of Staff and Counselor Cheryl Mills on Food Security

Chief of Staff and Counselor Cheryl Mills

Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

New York, NY

September 25, 2009

Department of Defense Media Schedule 9/28/2009
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 21:35:00 -0500
Department of Defense Media Schedule 9/26/2009
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 21:23:00 -0500

Readout of Indian and Tajik Bilateral Meetings

Robert O. Blake, Jr.
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

New York, NY

September 25, 2009

FAQ Is there a vaccine against H1N1 flu?
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 20:37:04 -0500
Recently, four vaccines were approved against the H1N1 flu virus. The vaccines will be distributed nationally after the initial lots become available. Visit the FAQ at for more information.

Friends of Democratic Pakistan Summit Meeting Concluding Statement by the Co-Chairs

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 25, 2009

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VACANCY: Financial Analyst GS-0501-07/07 Department Of The Army/Army Corps of Engineers

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