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Economic Report: Japan's industrial output climbs for a sixth month
from - Top Stories
Japan's industrial production index rises for a sixth month in a row by a seasonally-adjusted 1.8% in August, government data showed Wednesday, and companies surveyed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry say they expect further increases in the months ahead.
SEC needs overhaul to catch next Madoff: watchdog
from CBC | Ticker
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission needs a new system for handling the thousands of tips and complaints the agency receives to prevent another Bernard Madoff-style fraud, its top official said Tuesday.

Citigroup sees Russian GDP growing at 3% in 2010
from - MarketPulse

FRANKFURT (MarketWatch) -- Citigroup raised its forecast Wednesday for Russian gross domestic product growth in 2010 to 3% from 0.8% previously. The upward revision is due to "re-stocking, pickup in consumption and only a gradual recovery in imports, as well as the base effect," wrote Elina Ribakova, Moscow-based economist at Citigroup, in a note to clients. She warned, however, that the recovery will be slow and in the second half of 2009 the economy will still contract by 5% year-on-year. "Over the medium term, growth is likely to moderate in the 3.5%-4% range should oil prices stabilize in the $60-$70 range," Ribakova said. "Consumption will likely remain the key driver, while the investment-to-GDP ratio will remain low owing to the challenging business environment."

American Express leads DJIA with 2009 rise of 83%
from - MarketPulse

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- American Express leads the 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a year-to-date gain of 83%, with one trading day left in the third quarter on Wednesday. Cisco Systems , which was added to the index on June 8, holds the No. 2 slot with a year-to-date rise of 43%, followed by J.P. Morgan Chase with a 42% jump. Exxon Mobil has turned in the worst year-to-date performance with a loss of nearly 14% in its share price so far in 2009. Wal-Mart also trails with a loss of 12% this year. The data was compiled by Dow Jones Indexes. Both MarketWatch and Dow Jones are owned by News Corp.

Iran says to enter Geneva talks with good intentions
from World News
Iran is entering talks with six world powers this week with good intentions, the Islamic Republic's chief nuclear negotiator said on Wednesday as he left Tehran for the one-day meeting in Geneva.
White House to exempt Canada on 'Buy American': Report
from World News
The White House is expected to exempt Canada from a provision in the U.S. stimulus package that gives priority to American-made products used in public works projects, CBC News reported on Tuesday.
Schapiro to explore limit on 'naked' short selling
from - Top Stories
The Securities and Exchange Commission is exploring stringent action against naked short selling, an abuse some consider a key contributor to the financial crisis.
U.S. to share oversight of internet policies
from CBC | Ticker
The United States says it will give other governments and the private sector a greater oversight role in an organization whose decisions affect how computers relay traffic such as email and Twitter posts.
European shares record best quarter for years
from - All MarketWatch News - Personal Finance
Earnings and economic news help European stocks post one of their best quarters for years in the third quarter of 2009, which could be a surprise to investors eyeing a lackluster performance over the past few weeks.
Nasdaq Composite turns positive, up 3.64 points
from - Real-time Headlines
U.S. stocks turn positive; technology leads gains
from - Real-time Headlines
S&P 500 Index up 1.39 points at 1,062.00
from - Real-time Headlines
Dow industrials up 11.72 points at 9,753.92
from - Real-time Headlines
Iran nuclear talks to begin
from CBC | Ticker
The U.S. and its allies are contemplating tighter sanctions on Iran, even as a new set of talks begins Thursday to discuss Tehran's contentious nuclear program.
Senate leader aims for health-care debate soon
from - Top Stories
Senators could begin debating a sweeping health-care bill the week of Oct. 12, as members of the Senate Finance Committee press on with a bill-writing session and turn back amendments related to abortion.

Fed schedules two more Treasury buybacks
from - MarketPulse

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said on Wednesday it will buy Treasury securities in two operations in the next two weeks as it approaches the $300 billion in U.S. debt it set out to buy starting in March in an effort to maintain affordable borrowing rates for companies and individuals. Next Wednesday, the central bank will buy Treasurys maturing between 2020 and 2026. On Oct. 13, it will buy debt maturing in 2016 through 2019.

Bill Clinton will get McGill doctorate
from CBC | Ticker
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton is headed to Montreal to receive an honorary university doctorate from McGill University

U.S. stocks shine in September and third quarter
from - MarketPulse

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks ended mildly lower on Wednesday after seesawing up and down in the wake of mixed economic data. Yet equities finished the month and quarter higher, continuing their climb from March lows. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 29.92 points, or 0.5%, to 9,776.82, leaving the blue chips up 2.3% for the month and ahead 15% for the quarter. The S&P 500 Index fell 3.53 points, or 0.3%, to end at 1,057.08, leaving it up 3.6% for September and 15% ahead for the quarter. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite lost 1.62 points, or less than 0.1%, to finish at 2,122.42, giving it a 5.6% monthly rise and 15.7% jump for the just-ended three-month period.

US Commander in Iraq to Testify Before Congress

from VOA News: Politics
General Ray Odierno is scheduled to testify before Congress on Wednesday about military situation in Iraq and transition of security responsibilities to Iraqi military

Clinton Pushes UN Resolution to Curb Violence Against Girls

from VOA News: U.S. Politics
US Secretary of state says preventing exploitation and marginalization of girls is no longer an afterthought but a core foreign policy objective

Afghanistan Assessment Sparks Renewed Debate in Washington

from VOA News: U.S. Politics
President Obama says he is in the process of reviewing his own strategy as General Stanley McChrystal says without additional forces the efforts in Afghanistan face possible failure

Vietnamese-Americans Having Political Impact

from VOA News: U.S. Politics
Vietnamese-Americans are becoming more prominent in political and public service careers.

Nigerian Rebel Group Appoints Mediators

from VOA News: Top Stories
MEND names team of mediators to negotiate with government; Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, retired army generals on four-member panel

International Community Needs to Prepare for Sudanese Civil War, Says Analyst

from VOA News: Top Stories
Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed almost five years ago put a stop to civil war, but Jair van der Lijn warns war may re-erupt

Obama, NATO Chief Agree on Afghanistan Strategy

from VOA News: Top Stories
Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he agrees with President Obama's approach of deciding on Afghan war strategy first, then troop levels

US Welcomes Iranian Gesture on Detained Americans

from VOA News: Top Stories
Three Americans have been held by Iran since late July when they apparently strayed into Iran while on a hike in Kurdish region of northern Iraq

US Concerned About China's Military Modernization

from VOA News: Top Stories
US officials have carefully watched China's efforts to modernize its military in recent years and are concerned it could pose a threat to America's military power in Pacific

US Condemns Violence Against Guinea Protesters

from VOA News: Top Stories
United States condemns Guinean military's brazen and inappropriate use of force against demonstrators in Conakry Monday

EU-Backed Report To Split Blame For Russian-Georgia War

from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
A long-awaited report on the causes of the five-day war between Russia and Georgia in August 2008 will split the blame between the two sides, EU officials say. Although it commissioned the report in December 2008, the EU is now keen to distance itself and move on with the Geneva talks between Georgia, Russia, and the two breakaway Georgian provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Russia Calls Iran Missile Tests 'Worrisome'

from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Russia is worried about Iran conducting test launches of missiles, Russian news agencies quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying.

EU Ministers Reluctant To Reinforce Afghanistan with troops

from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
European defense ministers have expressed reluctance to send more troops to the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, anticipating the response to a possible U.S. call for reinforcements.

China Urges All Sides To Ease Tensions Over Iran

from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
China's Foreign Ministry has urged all sides to try to ease mounting tensions over Iran's nuclear plans, as the United States and Western European powers seek greater force behind demands that Tehran come clean.

Iran Says It Won't Discuss Its Nuclear 'Rights' At Geneva Meeting

from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Iran will not discuss any issues related to its nuclear "rights" at the October 1 meeting in Geneva with six world powers, its nuclear energy agency chief has said.

Student Protests Against Ahmadinejad Continue In Tehran

from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Hundreds of students have staged an antigovernment demonstration at Tehran's Sharif University, the second such protest in two days.

German Coalition-Building Will Be Test Of Wills

from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
With German Chancellor Angela Merkel back in the saddle after her win in September 27 parliamentary elections, the coming days will be devoted to forging a coalition between her centrist Christian Democrat (CDU-CSU) bloc and the right-of-center Free Democrats (FDP).

U.S. Policy on Honduras

from MERLN - Military Education Research Library Network
The Western Hemisphere Regional Policy Overview has been updated with a State Department statement articulating U.S. policy on Honduras, a Heritage Foundation article featuring recommendations for a U.S. policy change concerning the situation in Honduras, an Institute for Science and International Security article examining Venezuela's efforts to purchase nuclear technology, and reports from the Strategic Studies Institute analyzing current political dynamics in Latin America and the implications for U.S. policy in the region and assessing the security threat presented by violent and radical nonstate actors in the Western Hemisphere. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this region - the newest updates are in bold.

Europe and Eurasia: NATO's Deterrence Requirements

from MERLN - Military Education Research Library Network
The Europe and Eurasia Regional Policy Overview has been updated with a series of Washington Quarterly articles analyzing the trend of radicalization in Europe and assessing the potential for a U.S.-German policy consensus on Russia, a Congressional hearing evaluating the President's decision on missile defense plans in Europe, a State Department briefing providing details on the recent Czech and Georgian bilateral meetings, a Congressional Research Service report featuring background information on U.S. interests in Azerbaijan, a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace report analyzing the Obama Administration's policy reversal on missile defense in Eastern Europe, a series of Strategic Insights articles providing Lithuanian, German, and Spanish perspectives on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's deterrence requirements and policy, and a Journal of Public and International Affairs article examining the state-building efforts of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this region - the newest updates are in bold.

Russia: U.S. Missile Defense Policy

from MERLN - Military Education Research Library Network
The Russia MiPAL has been updated with a Washington Quarterly article analyzing Russia's foreign policy in post-Soviet spaces with significant ethnic Russian populations, remarks by the President and President Medvedev of Russia on nonproliferation, missile defense, and the threat from Iran, a YaleGlobal article assessing Russia's reaction to changes in U.S. missile defense policy, remarks on the potential future of NATO-Russia relations presented in the first major speech by the new Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a Strategic Insights article featuring a Russian perspective on prospects for U.S.-Russian arms control and disarmament cooperation, a Journal of Public and International Affairs article analyzing Russia's public diplomacy efforts, and a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace report examining Russia's current policies on Chechnya and the North Caucasus. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this country - the newest updates are in bold.

China: The Obama Administration's Vision for the U.S.-China Relationship

from MERLN - Military Education Research Library Network
The China MiPAL has been updated with the Deputy Secretary of State's remarks detailing the Obama Administration's vision for the U.S.-China relationship, a series of Jamestown Foundation articles analyzing China's apparent emphasis on weapons systems and equipment and assessing potential changes in China's approach to overseas basing, the President's remarks with the President of China, a White House background briefing providing details on the President's meeting with the President of China, a State Department statement on the U.S.-China Counterterrorism Sub-Dialogue, a South African Institute of International Affairs report examining China's growing engagement in Africa's natural resource sectors and assessing the implications for local governance in Africa, and a Center for a New American Security report presenting a strategic framework in reaction to the rise of China. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this country - the newest updates are in bold.

National Security Strategy: Transnational Threats, Elements of U.S. Public Diplomacy Strategy, and Civilian Agencies Role in Stability Operations

from MERLN - Military Education Research Library Network
The National Security Strategy MiPAL has been updated with the Executive Office of the President's statement of administration policy on the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for 2010, the President's address to the United Nations General Assembly, remarks by the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations detailing the U.S. approach to foreign policy and global security challenges, remarks by the Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command outlining the role of special operations in contending with transnational threats, remarks by a State Department official providing background on the core elements of the U.S. public diplomacy strategy, remarks by the Secretary of Defense at the Air Force Association Convention, remarks by a State Department official on the integration of a smart power strategy in the U.S. handling of political-military affairs, a Congressional Research Service report providing an overview on U.S. conventional arms transfers to developing nations, a Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs report featuring policy recommendations for U.S. public diplomacy efforts, and a RAND Corporation report examining the integration of civilian agencies in stability operations. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this topic - the newest updates are in bold.

CONTRACT OP: Ghana: Technical Assistance for Leasing Market Development

from USTDA Contracting Opportunities With USTDA Grant Recipients by (Webmaster)
The Grantee invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms which are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to enhance, promote, and strengthen the leasing industry in Ghana This technical assistance activity will assist the Ghana Association of Leasing Companies (GALCO) by providing GALCO and its members with the necessary tools to expand leasing operations throughout Ghana. The funding provided for this technical assistance will facilitate the development of agricultural leasing and provide farmers and small business enterprises enhanced access to leasing. Improvement in this area will assist GALCO to create a leasing market in the rural areas where agriculture accounts for approximately 40% of Gross Domestic Product.

Open Date: 9/29/09 | End Date: 11/6/09

USDA Announces 2009 - Crop Sugar Loan Rates

from USDA Farm Service Agency News Releases
National News Releases

USDA Begins Issuing Livestock Forage Disaster Payments

from USDA Farm Service Agency News Releases
National News Releases

USDA Announces Initial Fiscal Year 2010 Sugar Marketing Allocations
from USDA Farm Service Agency News Releases
National News Releases

Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook - Tuesday, September 29, 2009

from USDA Economic Research Service - Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook
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UN Security Council Expresses Concern at Delay in Publication of Provisional Voters List for 29 November Presidential Election in Côte d'Ivoire
Decisions on Forming Effective Government in Afghanistan Will Determine Prospects for Ending Conflict, Top Official Tells Security Council in Briefing
New Ideas from Smart Cities Pointing Way to Sustainable Urbanization, but Far More to Do, Says Secretary-General in Message for World Habitat Day, 5 October
Comprehensive Review of Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) Opens Three-Day Meeting at Headquarters, 30 September

Press Conference by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at United Nations Headquarters

from United Nations Press Releases and Meetings Coverage

SEC Charges Virtual Reality Product Maker and Individuals in Boiler Room Fraud

from Updates: Press Releases
The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a virtual reality technology company, its principals, and three former sales agents for conducting a fraudulent offering scheme that garnered investors primarily through telemarketer sales out of a boiler room in the company's Delray Beach, Fla., offices.

China says willing to improve U.S. defense ties

from Reuters: Politics
BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Tuesday said that it was willing to improve military relations with the United States, but also called on Washington to handle arms sales to self-ruled Taiwan cautiously.

U.S., Myanmar to meet in New York on Tuesday

from Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Myanmar plan to open a dialogue on Tuesday at a meeting in New York that U.S. officials hope may ultimately move the southeast Asian country's military rulers toward democracy.

U.S. eyes insurers, fuel in Iran sanctions strategy

from Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is weighing sanctions targeting Iran's dependence on gasoline imports and insurance firms that underwrite the trade, even as the Obama administration focuses for now on diplomatic efforts to resolve a nuclear standoff.

Despite suspicions, Obama urges better Russia ties

from Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama called for better ties between NATO and Russia on Tuesday and said the two sides should work together even as Moscow voiced suspicions about revamped U.S. missile defense plans.

U.S. envoy in Cuba met with officials, citizens

from Reuters: Politics
HAVANA (Reuters) - A senior U.S. diplomat who participated in recent talks in Havana about resuming bilateral mail service with Cuba stayed around to meet with Cuban officials and other Cubans in the latest sign of thawing U.S.-Cuba relations.

Climate control debate heats up in Senate

from Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's drive to tackle global warming gets a boost on Wednesday, when Democrats in the Senate are expected to unveil a bill aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the next four decades.

H.R. 2442, Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Expansion Act of 2009
from Recent CBO Cost Estimates
Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on September 10, 2009, with a subsequent amendment provided to CBO on September 28, 2009

Want To Know Why Blanche Lincoln Voted Against A Public Option?

from Real Clear Politics - by Sean Trende
Blanche Lincoln voted against two variants of the so-called public option today in the Senate Finance Committee. For those who are somewhat befuddled by this development, take a look at the Rasmussen polling out today: Kim Hendren 44%, Lincoln 41% Gilbert Baker 47%, Lincoln 39% Curtis Coleman 43%, Lincoln 41% Tom Cox 43%, Lincoln 40% For those keeping score, that's [...]

Geithner makes case for quick reform

from Politics by Eamon Javers
Geithner makes his case for Congress to pass the administration’s financial regulatory reform proposal.

Democrats responding to conservative attacks by hitting back where it counts

from pitboss by Jeanne Cummings
Obama's liberal allies are responding to conservative attacks by hitting back where it counts.

Public option may have new life: Supporters are working hard to bring it back

from congress by Carrie Budoff Brown,Patrick O'Connor
Supporters are working hard to bring it back.

W.H. vies to shape the Senate

from congress by Jonathan Martin
With most of Obama's agenda riding on the Senate, top aides focus on bolstering the Dem majority.

Hoyer rejects telecom immunity repeal

from congress by Jake Sherman
He's rejecting a movement to repeal a law granting immunity for telecom companies that participated in the wiretapping program.

Boxer-Kerry bill on climate still fluid

from congress by Lisa Lerer
A twenty percent cut in carbon emissions by 2020 goes beyond House and White House proposals.

New York Fed purchases $3.545 billion in Treasury coupons

United Nations: Treaty on Maritime Goods Transportation

from Law Library of Congress: Global Legal Monitor
Maritime law - A United Nations treaty on the transportation of goods by sea, adopted by the General Assembly in December 2009, was signed on September 23, 2009, in Rotterdam. (G.A. Res., U.N. Doc. A/RES/63/122 (Feb. 2, 2009), with... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide.

RUSSIA: Speech at Meeting on Progress of Zapad-2009 Strategic Exercises and Current Plans for Developing Russia’s Armed Forces

from Kremlin.Ru: Unified Wire Service
“These exercises are intended to be defensive in nature, and our grouping must constitute a strategic deterrence force that provides security to Russia and Belarus, as well as strategic stability in the eastern European region.”


from Kremlin.Ru: Unified Wire Service
Dmitry Medvedev has made a statement regarding the situation in Iran.

GAO-09-883, Combating Terrorism: U.S. Agencies Report Progress Countering Terrorism and Its Financing in Saudi Arabia, but Continued Focus on Counter Terrorism Financing Efforts Needed, September ...
GAO-09-1032T, Federal Contracting: Observations on the Government's Contracting Data Systems, September 29, 2009
GAO-09-1023R, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau: Fiscal Year 2010 Proposed Licensing and Registration Fees Program, September 28, 2009
GAO-09-932, Debt Management: Treasury Inflation Protected Securities Should Play a Heightened Role in Addressing Debt Management Challenges, September 29, 2009

GAO-09-1049T, Financial Regulation: Recent Crisis Reaffirms the Need to Overhaul the U.S. Regulatory System, September 29, 2009

from GAO Reports
In Process

GAO-09-1024T, Crime Victims' Rights Act: Increasing Victim Awareness and Clarifying Applicability to the District of Columbia Will Improve Implementation of the Act, September 29, 2009

from GAO Reports
On October 30, 2004, the Crime Victims' Rights Act (CVRA) was enacted, establishing eight rights for federal crime victims and two mechanisms to enforce those rights. The legislation also directed GAO to evaluate the implementation of the CVRA.

GAO-09-1034R, Federal Reserve System: Capital Adequacy Guidelines; Treatment of Perpetual Preferred Stock Issued to the United States Treasury Under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of ...

from GAO Legal Products
GAO reviewed the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System's (Board) new rule on the treatment of perpetual preferred stock issued to the United States Treasury. GAO found that (1) the final rule permits bank holding companies that issue new senior perpetual preferred stock to the Treasury under the capital purchase program announced by the Secretary of the Treasury on October 14, 2008, to include such capital instruments in tier 1 capital for purposes of the Federal Reserve's risk-based and leverage capital rules and guidelines for bank holding companies; and (2) that the Board complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.

GAO-09-1033R, Federal Reserve System: Capital Adequacy Guidelines; Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement: Treatment of Subordinated Securities Issued to the United States Treasury Under the ...
Federal Reserve Board proposes rules amending credit card provisions of Regulation Z (Truth in Lending)

Freedom of Information Act: Financial Management Service

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/28/2009: The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides any person the right to request access to records maintained by the Financial Management Service (FMS). The Freedom of Information Act established a presumption that records of the Executive Branch of the United States government are accessible to the people.


from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/28/2009: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT ANNUAL REPORT TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR FISCAL YEAR 2008 Disclosure Services January 5, 20092 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY The Departmental Offices (DO) Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (O

Freedom of Information Act: Financial Management Service

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/28/2009: Annual FMS Freedom of Information Act Reports

EFT Payment Volume Chart for September 2006

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/28/2009: EFT Payment Volume Chart for September 2006 This chart compares monthly and cumulative EFT payment volumes for September 2005 and September 2006. If you wish to view a chart for a previous year from FY 1996 through FY 2006, see the following: Governmentwide Treasu

Volume IV Treasury Financial Manual: Publications & Guidance: Financial Management Service

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/29/2009: Treasury Financial Manual Volume IV: Treasury Tax and Loan Depositaries Bulletins. TFM bulletins provide notice of immediately effective changes to instructions or requirements that, usually, are later codified into a TFM chapter. Bulletins list superseded or rescinded material. They are numbered sequential

V TFM Bulletin: 2010-01 Retention Bulletin

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/29/2009: TFM Bulletin Page. Bulletin No. 2010-01 Volume V. PDF File. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader). Retention: September 30, 2010 To: Domestic Depositaries Subject: Retention Bulletin. 1. Purpose. This Treasury Financial Manual (TFM) bulletin lists the TFM Volume V bulletins to be retained and to

Volume V Treasury Financial Manual: Publications & Guidance: Financial Management Service

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/29/2009: Treasury Financial Manual Volume V: Domestic Depositaries Bulletins. TFM bulletins provide notice of immediately effective changes to instructions or requirements that, usually, are later codified into a TFM chapter. Bulletins list superseded or rescinded material. They are numbered sequentially by the fiscal year of

Financial Report of the United States: Publications & Guidance: Financial Management Service

Live Webcast: FTC Roundtable on Protecting Consumers in Debt Collection Arbitration and Litigation

from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - Consumer Protection Press Releases
Today and tomorrow, the Federal Trade Commission is hosting a public event on consumer protection issues in debt collection proceedings.

FTC to Host Forum on Food Marketing to Children

from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - Consumer Protection Press Releases
Will Address Developments in Self-Regulation; Report on Recommended Nutritional Standards

H.R. 2711, FBI Families of Fallen Heroes Act

from CBO's Latest 10 Documents
Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on September 10, 2009

H.R. 2442, Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Expansion Act of 2009

from CBO's Latest 10 Documents
Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on September 10, 2009, with a subsequent amendment provided to CBO on September 28, 2009

VIDEO: Banning Garrett, Atlantic Council, Asia Program Director

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Banning Garrett goes over the latest developments in Iran’s previously unacknowledged uranium enrichment facility, as well as the demands that Tehran immediately fulfill its obligations under international law or risk the imposition of harsh new sanctions.
Length: 45 min.

Published: Tuesday at 8am (ET)

VIDEO: Dr. William Brody, Salk Institute, President

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Dr. William Brody talks about his opinion piece in Friday’s Washington Post proposing an autonomous agency, like the Federal Reserve, to oversee and determine how Medicare dollars should be spent.
Length: 42 min.

Published: Tuesday at 8:45am (ET)

VIDEO: U.S. Supreme Court Justices Photo Session

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The Justices of the Supreme Court sat for photos in their court robes with new Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.
Length: 3 min.

Published: Tuesday at 9:15am (ET)

VIDEO: P.M. Gordon Brown Remarks at British Labor Party Conference

from C-SPAN Recent Video
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made remarks at the the British Labor Party Conference in Brighton, England.
Length: 1 hr. 16 min.

Published: Tuesday at 9:15am (ET)

VIDEO: Senate Finance Cmte. Health Care Markup - Day 5

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) chairs the Senate Finance Committee as committee members debate amendments to health care legislation. Amendments presented by Sens. John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) that proposed a public option were not approved.

Published: Tuesday at 10am (ET)

VIDEO: FDIC Board of Directors Meeting on Premium Payments

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The agency in charge of saving failing banks said it needs to raise billions of dollars from the banking industry in order to meet future deposit insurance needs. Sheila Bair chairs the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. She and fellow board members talked about the new plan and the state of the banking industry.
Length: 27 min.

Published: Tuesday at 10am (ET)

VIDEO: Pres. Obama Meeting with NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The Secretary General of NATO said success is achievable in Afghanistan. Those comments came after a meeting with President Obama at the White House. Anders Fogh Rasmussen took office last summer. He’s the former Prime Minister of Denmark.
Length: 7 min.

Published: Tuesday at 11:30am (ET)

VIDEO: White House Briefing with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Topics at this daily White House briefing included upcoming talks on Iran’s nuclear program and the President’s upcoming meeting with advisers on the war in Afghanistan. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs spoke with reporters for about 35 minutes.
Length: 36 min.

Published: Tuesday at 1pm (ET)

VIDEO: State Department Press Briefing 9/29

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Topics at this daily State Department briefing included the status of several American hikers being held in Iran, the political situation in Honduras, and talks on the Iranian nuclear program. Spokesman P.J. Crowley spoke with reporters for about 25 minutes.
Length: 23 min.

Published: Tuesday at 1pm (ET)

VIDEO: House Oversight Cmte. Hearing on the Flu Vaccine Program

from C-SPAN Recent Video
With the start of the fall flu season, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Dir. Thomas Frieden gave an update on plans to distribute 250 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine. Addressing health and safety concerns surrounding the vaccine, officials also discussed the monitoring systems created to track side effects in participants.
Length: 1 hr. 40 min.

Published: Tuesday at 2pm (ET)

VIDEO: House Spkr. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) & Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) on Health Care

from C-SPAN Recent Video
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would not commit to a specific date for bringing a health care bill to the floor. She and Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) spoke with reporters about a series of Democratic Caucus meetings on health care.
Length: 7 min.

Published: Tuesday at 2:30pm (ET)

VIDEO: House Judiciary Subcmte. Hearing on Victims' Rights Act

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) chaired a House Judiciary Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on the Crime Victims' Rights Act.
Length: 1 hr. 19 min.

Published: Tuesday at 4pm (ET)

VIDEO: Senate Judiciary Cmte. Hearing on Steroids and Body Building Supplements

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The Senate Judiciary Cmte. heard from FDA officials about an ongoing investigation into the manufacture and marketing of fitness supplements and the possible criminal mislabeling of contents.
Length: 1 hr. 28 min.

Published: Tuesday at 2:30pm (ET)

Government Already Runs Health Care for Millions of Americans

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Tula Connell

Rockefeller’s Public Option Defeated in Senate Finance’s Health Care Bill

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Tula Connell
UPDATE: Schumer’s public option amendment got killed as well, 10-13, with Baucus, Conrad and Lincoln voting against it. Disgrace.

Looks like one version of public option just got killed in the Senate Finance Committee. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s public option amendment, the strongest of the public option amendments offered, was just voted down 15-8, with five Democrats voting against it: Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.), Tom Carper (Del.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) and Bill Nelson (Fla.).

As Rockefeller said before the vote:

Why would we not do this? People come second and the profits come first if we’re against this.

Looks like the People lost this one. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) will now offer another public option amendment.

Tell Your Health Care Insurer It’s Time for Real Reform

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Mike Hall

President Obama Extends Gulf Coast Rebuilding Office, Pushes for Improved Long-Term Recovery Following Catastrophic Disasters
Signaling his continued commitment to Katrina-Rita recovery, President Barack Obama announced he will visit the Gulf Coast in mid-October and see first-hand the progress in the region.

Presidential nominations & withdrawals sent to the Senate
The latest nominations and withdrawals sent to the United States Senate.

Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs 9/29
Remarks by President Obama and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen after Meeting
The UN, Women & Girls
Posted by Jennifer Simon
What Science Is Telling Us About The Climate-Change Challenge
Posted by John P. Holdren
Word from the White House: Common Ground on Health Insurance Reform & The Real Health Care Tax
Posted by Jesse Lee
What's Our Plan?
Posted by Graves Spindler
We Can Stop the Distracted Driving Epidemic
Posted by Secretary Ray LaHood
NATO and the National Security Team
Posted by Jesse Lee
Photostream: A Look at September
Posted by Kori Schulman
Star Tribune Minnesota Poll finds that a majority of Minnesotans Don't Want Republican Pawlenty to Run
A new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll finds that a majority of Minnesotans don't want to see Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) run for president in 2012. The poll shows that only 30% of adults want to see the two-term governor make a try for the White House in 2012, while 55% do not.

The Secret Republican Playbook to Kill Health Care Reform
According to internal documents obtained by Rolling Stone, right wing groups have been coordinating "in a plot to unleash irate mobs at town-hall meetings."

"Far from representing a spontaneous upwelling of populist rage, the protests were tightly orchestrated from the top down by corporate-funded front groups as well as top lobbyists for the health care industry. Call it the return of the Karl Rove playbook: The effort to mobilize the angriest fringe of the Republican base was guided by a conservative dream team that included the same GOP henchmen who Swift-boated John Kerry in 2004, smeared John McCain in 2000, wrote the script for Republican obstructionism on global warming, and harpooned the health care reform effort led by Hillary Clinton in 1993."

Nelson Wants 65 Votes for Health Care Reform
Forget the 60 votes needed to prevent a Senate filibuster -- or even the 51 votes needed to pass the measure via budget reconciliation.

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) now thinks 65 votes is a figure "that would provide him a comfort level in terms of establishing a level of bipartisan support" for a health care reform bill, the Lincoln Journal-Star reports.

One More Race to Watch on Election Day
New York Gov. David Paterson (D) announced that the special election in New York's 23rd congressional district would be held on November 3 -- the same day there are gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey.

Biden headed to Iowa
Posted: September 29th, 2009 01:43 PM ET

From CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
The vice president will be the special guest at the Iowa Democratic Party's annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Joe Biden's headed back to Iowa.

Supreme Court readies for a new term
Posted: September 29th, 2009 05:20 PM ET

Democratic National Committee educating seniors about Republican false statements on Health Care in new ad
Posted: September 29th, 2009 06:36 PM ET

From CNN Political Editor Mark Preston
National Democrats new TV ad is aimed at trying to convince senior citizens that Republicans are perpetuating falsehoods about President Obama's efforts to reform health care.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – National Democrats will begin airing a new TV ad Wednesday aimed at trying to convince senior citizens that Republicans are perpetuating falsehoods about President Obama's efforts to reform health care.

Senior U.S. official holds talks in Cuba
Posted: 06:01 PM ET
From Elise Labott
CNN State Department Producer

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A senior American diplomat had high level talks with the Cuban government in Havana, the State Department said Tuesday.

Study points to benefits from the Great Depression
Posted: 10:39 PM ET
(CNN) — Americans appear to thrive on adversity, according to a study published this week that reached that conclusion after researching the nation’s biggest economic downturn — and finding apparent benefits.

Life expectancy during the peak years of the Great Depression increased 6.2 years — from 57.1 years in 1929 to 63.3 years in 1933 — according to University of Michigan researchers Jose A. Tapia Granados and Ana Diez Roux. The increase applied to men and women, whites and non-whites.

U.S. plans to withdraw 4,000 more troops from Iraq in October
Posted: 01:31 AM ET
(CNN) – The United States will withdraw another 4,000 troops in Iraq by the end of October, the U.S. military commander in Iraq said in prepared testimony for a congressional hearing Wednesday.

VACANCY: Intelligence Specialist (Operations) IA-0132-03/03 Joint Activities Staff
VACANCY: Accountant YA-0510-01/02 Army Corps of Engineers
VACANCY: Range Support Technician GS-0303-07/07 Army Installation Management Command
VACANCY: Supervisory Biologist/Physcl Sci/Ecologist, GS-0401/1301/408-14/15 GS-0401-14/15 Environmental Protection Agency
VACANCY: Maintenance Mechanic (MVO) WG-4749-10/10 Army Corps of Engineers
VACANCY: PROGRAM SUPPORT CLERK (Office Automation) GS-0303-05 Veterans Health Administration
VACANCY: Management and Program Analyst GS-0343-11/12 Dept of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection
VACANCY: Biologist YD-0401-02 Air Force Personnel Center
VACANCY: Psychology Technician GS-0181-06/06 U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY
VACANCY: CHEMICAL ENGINEER DB-0893-14/15 U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command

David Poythress @ Georgia State
"Turning Georgia Blue In 2010!"
What: Club/Group Meeting
Start Time: Monday, October 12 at 4:30pm
End Time: Monday, October 12 at 5:30pm
Where: Sinclair Suite, Student Center

To see more details and RSVP

Upcoming Meetings for U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

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

Important Info on the 2009 California Young Democrats Lake Tahoe Retreat

CYD President Alissa Ko has extended the $65 early registration fee for Tahoe until October 10th. Still, the registration deadline is approaching quickly and you should register as soon as possible at the following link:

Also extremely important is that I've created a separate registration process for high school students (see registration page) which combines the registration fee and housing and incorporates our permission slip and rules for high school young democrats who will be attending. IMPORTANT: this new process is MANDATORY for ALL high school students attending the retreat. Please send me a message if you have any questions.

Lastly, we've released the *near* final schedule for the retreat. If you would like to view that, go here:

Again, if you haven't already, please register quickly because the price will be going up soon:

Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you in Tahoe! Thanks,

~Eddie Kirby

Job Opportunities for Low -Income Individuals for
GEN McChrystal Interview
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 12:01:10 -0500
General Stanley McChrystal says the support of the Afghan people is critical to the U.S. effort in Afghanistan.

Presidential Idea Program Seeks New Efficiencies
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2009 - Federal employees with ideas geared toward boosting workplace efficiency and reducing government cost can submit their suggestions to the Presidential Securing Americans Value and Efficiency Award program.

President Barack Obama will select the winning SAVE submission.

During his weekly address to the nation April 25, Obama announced his intent to establish "a process through which every government worker can submit their ideas for how their agency can save money and perform better."

Employees can submit their ideas directly to the Office of Management and Budget through the Web site. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 14.

Classified information should not be included with any submissions, officials said.

OMB officials will select the most promising ideas and forward them to the president. Submissions will be considered using the following criteria:

-- Does the idea reduce costs in a way that is concrete and quantifiable?

-- Does the idea improve the way government operates by improving output quality at lower costs, simplifying processes to reduce administrative burden or improving the speed of government operations to improve efficiency?

-- Does the idea have a tangible impact on citizens' lives or environment?

-- Does the idea have a clear and practical plan for implementation?

-- Will it be possible to begin realizing savings immediately?

Two awards will be given: one for the best savings proposal and the other for the agency that garnered the most employee idea submissions.

The winning idea will be incorporated into the fiscal 2011 federal budget. Other ideas that show potential also could be incorporated into the budget, officials said.

Winners will be announced in November.

Although the winning entry will not yield a monetary award, the submitter will present the idea personally to the president.

Longest-serving Navy SEAL Retires
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 09:05:00 -0500
Iran Nuclear Weapons
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 10:57:53 -0500
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Iran may be three years away from developing nuclear weapons.
AT Notice FAAO JO 7340.2 for U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

Banks Tapped to Bolster FDIC Resources
FDIC Board Approves Proposed Rule to Seek Prepayment of Assessments

September 29, 2009 Media Contact:
Andrew Gray (202) 898-7192

The Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation today adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) that would require insured institutions to prepay their estimated quarterly risk-based assessments for the fourth quarter of 2009 and for all of 2010, 2011 and 2012. The FDIC estimates that the total prepaid assessments collected would be approximately $45 billion. The FDIC Board also voted to adopt a uniform three-basis point increase in assessment rates effective on January 1, 2011, and extend the restoration period from seven to eight years.
FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair said, "First and foremost, bank customers should know that their insured deposits have and always will be 100 percent safe, no matter what. This commitment to depositors is absolute. The decision today is really about how and when the industry fulfills its obligation to the insurance fund. It's clear that the American people would prefer to see an end to policies that look to the federal balance sheet as a remedy for every problem. In choosing this path, it should be clear to the public that the industry will not simply tap the shoulder of the increasingly weary taxpayer. This proposal is a vote of confidence for the banking industry's resilience and will continue to recover its strength as we work through the significant challenges ahead."
Prepayment of assessments will allow the industry to strengthen the cash position of the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) immediately, while allowing the capital impact of deposit insurance assessments to be felt gradually over time as the industry improves its own financial position. The banking industry has substantial liquidity to prepay assessments. As of June 30, FDIC-insured institutions held more than $1.3 trillion in liquid balances, or 22 percent more than they did a year ago. Prepaying assessments will put the industry's liquid balances to good use in conserving capital and helping to maintain the capacity of banks to lend while they rebuild the DIF. FDIC analysis indicates that this arrangement is much less likely to impair bank lending than a one-time special assessment.
Public comments are due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.
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Retail Distribution List, 050-2009
Open FSIS Recall Cases Retail List for USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

This information has recently been updated, and is now available. A list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 050-2009, Missouri Firm Recalls Sausage Products Due to Mislabeling and an Undeclared Allergen.

Ex-Bush Administration Officials Face Civil Rights Lawsuits
Posted: 28 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
WASHINGTON - High-ranking government officials are usually protected from claims that they violated a person's civil rights. In lawsuits stemming from law enforcement and intelligence efforts after the Sept. 11 attacks, three federal courts have left open the possibility that former Attorney General John Ashcroft and a lieutenant may be held personally liable.
NATO Official: More Afghan Training Needed for War
Posted: 28 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
WASHINGTON - NATO's secretary general on Monday said "things are going to have to change" in Afghanistan for the United States and its international allies to win the stalemated war.

Readout on Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey Meetings

Philip H. Gordon
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

New York City

September 28, 2009

Secretary Clinton to Chair UN Security Council Session on Women, Peace and Security in Armed Conflict

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 29, 2009

U.S. Department of State Highlights: Women, Peace, and Security in Armed Conflict
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500
Information Sharing
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 11:43:40 -0500
Select personnel working with the Department of Homeland Security now have access to Defense Department information.
Members of Justice Department's National Security Division Leadership Team Announced
Justice Department Announced Public Education Campaign Grants to Fight Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination
Former Enron Broadband Co-Chief Executive Officer Sentenced For Wire Fraud
Detroit-Area Rehabilition Facility Executive Pleads Guilty To $18.3 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Justice Department Sues Massachusetts and Its Department of Corrections for Discriminating Against Female Job Applicants

College Democrats of Georgia: Young Democrats of Atlanta's forum on unions; "Why Labor"

Hello College Democrats!

If you are in the Atlanta area on Oct. 8, stop by the Young Democrats of Atlanta's forum on unions; "Why Labor".

The forum has a fantastic lineup of speakers and should be a great event!

Ed Hula
College Democrats of Georgia President

U.S. Department of State Background Notes : Papua New Guinea (09/09)
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 09:36:18 -0500
U.S. Department of State Background Notes : Solomon Islands (09/09)
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:08:28 -0500

Virginia Democrats: One Month 'till Election Day!

Virginia Young Democrats have been busy all over the Commonwealth! We've been canvassing all over Virginia for our local candidates as well as Deeds and the Democratic ticket. We've invaded for Delegate Vanderhye and Cynthia Neff and Creigh Deeds. We've been working hard this fall but there is still more to come!

As of this Saturday, there will be ONE MONTH left until Election Day. One month to hit the thousands of doors tat we need to hit. One month to make the thousands of calls that need to be made. One month to win this election for Creight Deeds, Jody Wagner, Steve Shannon. One month to take back the House of Delegates!

We Need Young Democrats to give everything they have this last month. That's why we have four campaign invasions planned for this Saturday, and two or more every other weekend from now until the election. For more infomration about getting involved with campaigns in your area or with VAYD, countact our Vice President for Campaigns, Sarah Buckley, at

Big Canvasses in Hampton Roads This Weekend
This weekend, scores of Young Democrats from Hampton Roads - and a delegation of Young Democrats from Washington, D.C. - will be out canvassing in Hampton Roads for two great Delegate candidates and our statewide ticket! Join the Virginia Young Democrats, the DC Federation of College Democrats, and our local chapters in Hampton Roads as we get out and hit the doors for candidate Robin Abbott, Delegate Bobby Mathieson, Creigh Deeds and his running mates! For more information, email Hannah Weigard - our gal on the ground - at

Obama 250 Days Celebration
Join dozens of Young Democratic organizations - including VAYD, Arlington Young Democrats, and Generation Obama DC - as we get together to celebrate the President's 250th day in office! The event is on Capitol Hill in DC, and guests will be presented with numerous volunteer opportunities. for more information.

Voter Registration Deadlines Fast Approaching!
Virginia voter registration deadline is right around the corner on October 5th and absentee ballot deadline is October 27th. Find everything you need to know to make your vote count from the
Virginia State Board of Elections:

Tickets to Mark Warner-Creigh Deeds Event
On Sunday, October 4th, Mark Warner will be hosting a very special event for State Senator Creigh Deeds. While tickets to the reception portion of the event cost $100, the first 25 Young Democrats to email will get a ticket to the event for free!

Endorsements for Deeds and Questions for Bob; - in collaboration with ABC-7 and YouTube - will be hosting a chat with the candidates for governor, where the candidates answer *our* questions! You can - and should - submit questions for Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds at the following site:
Also, the Washington Post is inviting its readers to submit their own endorsements for Governor. Simple email your endorsement to with "My Endorsement" in the subject line!

Find An Organizer, Find Your Chapter
With Organizers hitting the ground every day, and with new chapters popping up all the time, VAYD has put together an easy-to-glance-at list of our organizers and chapters across the commonwealth. Want to get involved in the campaigns this fall? Find an organizer or chapter near you!

Promote & Protect the Vote 2009
If you're a law student, or if voter protection is your thing, check out this great program! Promote & Protect the Vote 2009 (P2TV) is recruiting volunteer attorneys, law students and experienced Election Day volunteers to monitor targeted precinct polling places across the Commonwealth on Election Day, November 3, 2009, and to canvass the vote the day after Election Day, November 4, 2009.

If you are interested in helping, please go to and sign up to volunteer. If you have questions about the program please contact Kristina Perry at

U.S. Department of State Background Notes : Vanuatu (09/09)
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 11:12:08 -0500
U.S. International Reserve Position
September 29, 2009

U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Awards Support for Major Projects at Sites in Peru, Nepal, and Macedonia

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 29, 2009

Congressional Appearances for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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

Obama Calls Afghanistan NATO's Most Important Mission
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 14:37:00 -0500

Comptroller Dugan Comments on Prepaid FDIC Assessment
WASHINGTON — Comptroller of the Currency John C. Dugan made the following statement at today’s meeting of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on a set of proposals that would raise funds for liquidity needs through a prepaid assessment:
I think this is a very thoughtful set of proposals and I support them, subject to receiving comment. I also support the thoughtful comments of my colleagues.
The actions we are taking today represent a balanced approach to raising needed money for the deposit insurance fund without impairing the ability of our banks and thrifts to support economic recovery.
Earlier this year, I said I was very concerned about the pro-cyclical effects of imposing one or more special assessments on the industry in the middle of a recession, when so many banks were struggling. For banks that were already feeling the effects of a weak economy, special assessments could only make them weaker and less able to provide the credit that businesses and families need.
So, I am very pleased that we are proposing not to impose another special assessment in 2009 or 2010. The fact is, given the projected losses facing the fund, the FDIC can not meet its needs on a “pay-as-you-go” basis with special assessments. We have to borrow, and therefore spread out the assessment costs to repay the amounts we borrowed. Given that stubborn fact, it makes good sense not to increase assessments now, at the worst possible time.
Having said that, I think it’s important for everyone to recognize that all of the borrowing options we have before us will be paid for by the industry, as is appropriate. If we had gone the route of proposing borrowing from Treasury, that loan would ultimately be repaid by the industry, and the industry would not be in the position of financing the liquidity needs of the insurance fund all at once and upfront. But that option does create more of a perception that the fund is somehow paid for by the taxpayer, even though that is not an appropriate perception.
On the other hand, our proposed prepaid assessment option addresses that issue squarely by ensuring that the industry both provides the up-front resources for liquidity and pays for it over time through additional assessments.
The only potential downside of this, it seems to me, is that the cash provided to the FDIC will not be available to make loans. Given the size of the amount we are seeking – $45 billion spread out over the multi-trillion banking industry, which has over $13 trillion in assets – this may not be likely to have a material effect on credit availability. Indeed, a number of banks argue that liquidity is plentiful and is not a lending constraint. I think those are all fair points, but I think this is an important question and hope we get comment on it, which I will review very carefully before making a final decision.
In short, I think this is a very positive proposal. The staff did an excellent job, and I support the way you handled it.


Congo Basin Forest Partnership Fact Sheet

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Washington, DC

September 29, 2009

Homeland Security Leadership Journal for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
September 29, 2009 - Building a Ready and Resilient Nation, by Secretary Napolitano

U.S. Department of State Highlights 10 Years of Congo Basin Forest Partnership

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 29, 2009

U.S. Department of State Background Notes : Singapore (09/09)
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 13:13:59 -0500
U.S. Department of State Background Notes : Netherlands (09/09)
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 13:51:41 -0500
Operation Deep Freeze
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 13:25:32 -0500
The Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard are again participating in Operation Deep Freeze
$120 Million for States Made Available as Part of Recovery Act Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 00:01:00 -0500
HHS today announced the release of $120 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for prevention and wellness programs for U.S. states and territories, building on the recent announcement of the $373 million funding opportunity for communities and tribes around the country.
Civilian Employees at DoD to Receive Equal Base Salary Increases
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 16:00:00 -0500
Command Remains Flexible as North Korean Threat Changes
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 16:31:00 -0500
Drug That Crosses Blood-Brain Barrier Reduces Formation of Brain Metastases in Mice
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:05:00 -0500
U.S. Department of State Highlights: 10 Years of Congo Basin Forest Partnership
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500

C-SPAN Daily Alert
Programming Information for Tues. 9/29 - Weds. 9/30, 2009

C-SPAN Highlights

* FDIC Board of Directors Meeting on Premium Payments (11pm)
* House Spkr. Pelosi (D-CA) & Rep. Hoyer (D-MD) on Health Care (11:25pm)
* Senate Finance Cmte. Debate on Sen. Rockefeller's Public Option Amendment (11:33pm)

* U.S. House: In Session (10am) - LIVE
C-SPAN2 Highlights

* FDIC Board of Directors Meeting on Premium Payments (11pm)
* Pres. Obama Meeting with NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen (Time TBA)
* White House Briefing with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs (Time TBA)

* U.S. Senate: In Session (Time TBA) - LIVE
C-SPAN3 Highlights

* Highlights: Capitol Hill Remarks on Health Care & Public Options (7pm)
* Events: FDIC Board of Directors Meeting on Premium Payments (8:35pm)

* Senate Finance Cmte. Health Care Bill Markup (10am) - LIVE

FAQ What Happens After You Call FEMA
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 15:54:41 -0500
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Inspectors contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are contacting Georgia disaster applicants who sustained damage from storms and flooding beginning Sept. 18.

Situation in Guinea

Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 29, 2009

FBI Investigators, Prosecutors Combat Financial Fraud
DoD Contracts for September 29, 2009
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 17:06:00 -0500
Secretary Sebelius Releases $27.8 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Expand the Use of Health Information Technology
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced awards totaling $27.8 million to health center-controlled networks and large multi-site health centers to implement electronic health records (EHR) and other health information technology (HIT) innovations. More...

Young Democrats of Nevada goes to Orlando...2009 Young Democrats of America Autumn Conference Information

Young Democrats of America
2009 Fall National Conference in Orlando, Florida

***Please let me know if you are interested in attending, we will try and provide scholarships for our members***

Now is the time for us to come together to get YDA working again. While in the past it was common for the Executive Committee to set the agenda for an administration, this time all of YDA’s leadership, from the National Committee to Caucus and Committee leaders, will be planning out the future of our organization at our Fall Conference in sunny Orlando, Florida on November 20-22, 2009.

The clock is ticking on the 2010 Election season and this is our opportunity to plan our strategy for the next 11 months to continue engaging young voters and exercise our generation’s power by sending Democrats back to Congress and our state, commonwealth, and territorial capitals.

Check out the 2009 Fall Conference Schedule

Take advantage of great savings with the Early Bird Registration for only $45. Prices will go up to $65 on October 15th at Midnight (Eastern) and will be good through November 18th at Midnight (Eastern). After this, you will have to register on-site in Orlando for $75.\

I look forward to seeing all of you in November.

Thanks, and once again, please let me know if you have any questions!

Heather Brown
President, Young Democrats of Nevada


Harris County Young Democrats made endorsements in the November 3rd municipal election at its monthly meeting earlier this evening. HCYD endorsed candidates in ten of the fourteen City Council races.

“When Annise Parker is sworn in as our Mayor, she's going to need a top-notch City Council to work with her to move Houston forward. I know that our slate of candidates is that City Council,” said HCYD President Travis Sheive.

The municipal endorsements are as follows:

Mayor – Annise Parker
Controller – Ronald C. Green
At Large 1 – Herman Litt
At Large 2 – Sue Lovell
At Large 3 – Melissa Noriega
At Large 4 – Noel Freeman
At Large 5 – Davetta Daniels
District A – Lane Lewis
District B – Jarvis Johnson
District D – Wanda Adams
District F – Mike Laster
District G – Dexter Handy


In addition to municipal candidates, HCYD also endorsed two candidates for the HISD School Board. Alma Lara, a 35-year educator, received the nod for Position I, and Adrian Collins, a long time community activist, HISD parent and aide to President Obama, was endorsed for Position IX.


HCYD also endorsed two propositions to be on the ballot in November. Proposition 4 allows already existing funds within the State of Texas to be used to fund the creation of more Tier 1 universities. Proposition 9 enshrines the Texas Open Beaches act into the Texas Constitution to ensure that Texas' coast line remains a publicly held treasure.


"Having endorsed a slate of well-qualified and hard-working candidates and elected officials, HCYD looks forward to organizing for our candidates in the weeks leading up to the election," said HCYD Vice-President Felicity Pereyra. "Through the hard work of our membership we can make sure that our city elects the leadership that shares our progressive values."


Harris County Young Democrats meets on 4th Tuesday of every month at 1135 Oxford from 6:30 to 8:00.

National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) National Training Event in Baltimore, Md., September 29 - October 2, 2009.
OASIS Emergency Interoperability Summit
Trade News
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 16:14:27 -0500
Significant Trade Activities
CBP Trade Symposium 2009
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 11:56:11 -0500
USBP in the News
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 16:14:27 -0500
For archived news releases, please visit CBP News Releases located under Newsroom.

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

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

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - OVW for U.S. Department of Justice

This information has recently been updated, and is now available. Visit OVW's website for an updated list of Recovery Act awards:

NATO Alliance
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 16:45:39 -0500
Department of Defense Media Schedule for 9/30/2009
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 18:21:00 -0500
The August 2009 Transit Research Update is now available.
U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing - September 29
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 17:44:28 -0500
November 16-17, 2009 Blood Products Advisory Committee Meeting Anncouncement

South Dakota Democrats September newsletter

September, 2009
Dear friends,
September has been a productive month for Young Dems! Now that school is back in session, we are reconnecting with existing college and high school groups, and working to get them officially chartered. Angie Buhl also had a kick-off event in Sioux Falls that was well-attended.
We look forward to continuing to build and grow our local chapters. In order to recruit and provide support for local organizers and chapters, we are looking to appoint regional directors. Regional directors will be responsible for recruiting leaders, communicating with local chapters, and serving as a liaison between the local chapters and the state party. We are putting together additional materials for chapter building including a power point presentation. The regions for Young Dems will be: Black Hills, Central, Brookings and Sioux Falls, Northeast (including Aberdeen and Watertown), Southeast (including Vermillion and Yankton), Northern Reservations, and Southern Reservations.
We also had a very productive strategic planning meeting on September 27th. We had an online survey to identify important issues to Young Dems. At the meeting, we posted the top 9 or 10 issues, and each person could choose the three issues they would like to see SDYD develop action plans. We decided while healthcare was one of our top issues, we would be most effective plugging into H-CAN and OFA’s plan. The three issues we chose are LGBT issues (non-discrimination policies), Education (cost of college, as well as teacher funding and pay for k-12), and voter accessibility (voter education, and working for polling locations on reservations, college campuses, and rural communities.)
We are continuing with our conference calls. On Sunday, October 4th, Amanda Mack from Organizing for America will take about OFA’s mission, and the action plan for healthcare. On October 18th, Matt McGovern, state director of the Repower South Dakota campaign, will talk about clean energy legislation. Calls will be held at 8p.m. central time. The conference call dial in is: 712-432-0850. The Access Code: 274582#.

Thanks for your hard work!

Kristin Aschenbrenner
President of the SoDak Young Democrats

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to Announce Millions in “Green” Recovery Act Funding for California
Press Conference and Visual Media Opportunity at the Port of Long Beach to Discuss Important Environmental Issues
WHAT: This week, President Obama’s pick to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa P. Jackson, is visiting California for the first time since being appointed. On Thursday, Jackson will highlight more than $26 million in EPA grants for projects in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties.
WHO: In addition to Administrator Jackson, invited speakers include California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, and Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. Additional agencies and grantees will participate including: the California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, and the California Department of Transportation.
WHERE: Port of Long Beach, Calif. Please RSVP to receive a map and directions.
EVENT TIMELINE - Thursday, October 1
9:45 a.m. - Media check-in (Please allow time to park and check-in to the event. You must RSVP in advance and bring a photo ID.
The press conference begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. and will be followed by an informal Q & A session with key federal, state and local officials who will be on-hand to discuss how these projects and Recovery Act funding are revitalizing the U.S. economy by preserving and creating engine equipment manufacturing, installation, and operations jobs.
PLEASE RSVP: Accredited members of the media who would like to attend should email or ASAP to RSVP and request copies of the electronic media kit. Please include your name, contact and media affiliation in your request.
Political Fundraiser Sentenced for Ponzi Scheme, Campaign Finance Crimes
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 17:21:02 -0500
Former political fundraiser Norman Hsu was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 292 months in prison for operating an $80 million Ponzi scheme and violating federal campaign finance laws.
Four Charged in Louisiana in Bribery Conspiracy
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 16:26:08 -0500
A project engineer, two prime contractor employees, and a subcontractor were charged in New Orleans, Louisiana with conspiracy to bribe a state official in connection with a federally funded highway project.
Former Pennsylvania Liquor Enforcement Officer Charged with Extortion
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 16:03:25 -0500
Gina Marie Kepler, a former Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Enforcement Officer, was indicted on seven counts of Hobbs Act extortion in connection with allegedly using the power of her official position to obtain money from the owners of establishments that serve alcoholic beverages to patrons. Mandatory Insurer Reporting for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

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

VACANCY: ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE EASTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON ANNOUNCEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT #2009-5A (Re-advertisement) Applicants who applied for Vacancy Announcement #2009-5 need not reapply to be considered for this position. Applications must be received in the office or post-marked no later than October 2, 2009.
FAQ: When does this year's Diversity Visa Program start?
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 19:24:33 -0500
The annual Diversity Visa Program will begin Friday, Oct. 2. Fifty thousand permanent resident visas are chosen by lottery for people from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. Visit the FAQ at for a link to register.

Florida Young Democrats comments: The fraudulent reign of current Florida governor Charlie Crist

Orlando Sentinel Blog by Columnist Mike Thomas:

The fraudulent reign of Charlie Crist
Posted on Sep 29, 2009 12:58:18 PM

I was amazed listening to Charlie run around Michigan, taking credit for Florida’s education gains.
"When I got elected governor, out of 50 states, Florida in K-12 education was ranked 31st — 31st out of 50. Not so good,'' Crist said. "Last year we went from 31st to 14 and this year, top 10. We're very proud of that,"

Crist has a serious problem separating fantasy from reality.This goes beyond the typical political hyperbole to downright fraud. He had absolutely nothing to do with Florida’s gains in education. All this was a result of Jeb Bush’s accountability reforms.This would be like Gator backup QB John Brantley taking credit for the win over Kentucky.
When called on this, Crist started seriously backstroking, giving credit to Jeb but adding, "I was education commissioner when he was governor."

Unbelievable! Crist ran for education commissioner in 2000. This was two years after voters approved an amendment abolishing the post of elected commissioner. But the change didn't go into effect until the beginning of 2003, so Crist ran for a post nobody took seriously because it was nothing more than a 2-year caretaker position. It was classic Crist opportunism. Upon assuming office, he put 111 pictures of himself on the department’s web site (I counted them) and used it as a platform to run for Attorney General. He was non-existent in Jeb Bush’s education reforms. He was lampooned by Democrats for not even knowing the passing score on the FCAT.

Crist also made other ludicrous claims in Michigan, taking credit for cutting and balancing the budget, and cutting taxes. In fact, he had no choice but to cut the budget because it’s required by the state constitution. The cutting was a result of plunging revenues, not anything Crist did. Another gem was Crist claiming to be for lower taxes and less government. In fact, he glommed on to the federal stimulus to boost Florida to get him through the Senate campaign. As soon as he leaves office, the budget is going to explode. That's why he's leaving. He's getting out while the getting is good.

Watching Charlie on CNN push his Cover Florida health plan was hysterical. In two years, the program has signed up a grand total of 4,000 people. Like everything else, Charlie got it passed in the Legislature, grabbed some headlines, and abandoned it until dusting it off for a political campaign. If this is the answer to the nation's health care woes, it's time to bring on the death panels.

"Cover Florida is an oxymoran,'' says Beckey Cherney, president and CEO of the Central Florida Healthcare Coalition. "If you held it up as a national model, it would be what you would not do.''

Lastly, Crist’s property insurance “reforms’’ continue to backfire. More than half the state’s insurers are having underwriting losses, despite the fact we haven’t had a hurricane. They are going to have to raise rates, or leave the state or just close shop. Can you imagine what would happen if a major storm hit, with all these companies backed by Charlie’s “government option’’ insurance fund? The fund would go bankrupt and taxpayers would face billions in tax increases over the next 30 years. This is another reason Charlie is abandoning ship. One good hurricane will expose the folly of his mucking up the private insurance market.

Charlie Crist has accomplished absolutely nothing since becoming governor, other than maneuver for his next campaign. This comes from someone who endorsed him.

And the Republicans are so desperate to hold on to the seat, they’re going along with the fraud.


Considered and Passed:

Motion to Go To Conference on H.R. 2997 - Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (Rep. DeLauro – Appropriations)

Motion to Instruct Conferees – Passed
• Offered by Mr. Kingston (GA) (359-41)

Bills Adopted Under Suspension of the Rules (10):
H.R. 685 - United States Civil Rights Trail System Act of 2009 (Rep. Clay - 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.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)
H.R. 3614 - Providing for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, as amended (Rep. Velazquez – Small Business)

Postponed Suspension Votes (3):
H.R. 2442 - Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Expansion Act of 2009 (Rep. George Miller - 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)

Pima County Arizona Democratic Party Meeting tomorrow at 6 pm

Please join us for our monthly meeting tomorrow evening at 6 pm. The meeting will be at the Pima County Democratic Party HQ located at 4639 E 1st. Tucson, AZ 85711.

Deya Nevarez

Statement From FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 21:36:11 -0500
"The Federal Emergency Management Agency has activated its National Response Coordination Center, as well as our Regional Response Coordination Center in Region IX, in order to support American Samoa as they respond to the earthquake and resulting tsunami in the Pacific Ocean..."

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

10:00 a.m.: Legislative Business 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

Suspensions (17 Bills)
1. 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)
2. 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)
3. 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)
4. H.Res. 487 - Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the State News at Michigan State University (Rep. Rogers (MI) - Education and Labor)
5. H.Res. 90 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Campus Safety Awareness Month (Rep. Sestak - Education and Labor)
6. 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)
7. H.Res. 692 - Supporting the goals and ideals of Tay-Sachs Awareness Month (Rep. Arcuri - Energy and Commerce)
8. H.Res. 314 - Honoring and saluting Hillerich & Bradsby Co. on the 125th anniversary of the Louisville Slugger (Rep. Yarmuth - Energy and Commerce)
9. H.R. 3663 - Delays the date on which the accreditation requirement under the Medicare program applies to suppliers of durable medical equipment that are pharmacies (Rep. Space – Energy and Commerce)
10. S. 1289 - Foreign Evidence Request Efficiency Act of 2009 (Sen. Whitehouse - Judiciary)
11. H.R. 1727 - Managing Arson Through Criminal History Act of 2009 (Rep. Bono Mack - Judiciary)
12. H.Res. 757 - Supporting the goals and ideals of a National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims (Rep. Edwards (MD) - Judiciary)
13. 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)
14. 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)
15. H.Con.Res. 151 - Expressing the sense of Congress that China release democratic activist Liu Xiaobo from imprisonment (Rep. Minnick - Foreign Affairs)
16. H.Con.Res. 51 - Recognizing the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty (Rep. Tiberi - Foreign Affairs)
17. 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)

Postponed Suspension Votes (3 Bills):
1. H.R. 2442 - Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Expansion Act of 2009 (Rep. George Miller - Natural Resources)
2. H.R. 1771 - Chesapeake Bay Science, Education, and Ecosystem Enhancement Act of 2009 (Rep. Sarbanes - Natural Resources)
3. H.R. 1053 - Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act of 2009 (Rep. Wittman - Natural Resources)

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

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