Jupiter: A New Point of View

08/17/2017: NASA Image of the Day

This striking Jovian vista was created by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran using data from the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

Government at Work - The White House

1/17/17: White House Press Briefing

01/17/2017: White House Press Briefings

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

A Gem from the Archive: Happy Birthday, POTUS!

08/04/2016: White House Video

https://youtu.be/0TEDzAkM8Ps

The President meets with the summer interns of 2009 at the White House, and they surprise him with a birthday serenade and card. His parting words to them are, "The American people are waiting for you, they are ready for your leadership."

Weekly Address: The Honor of Serving You as President

01/14/2017: President Obama's Weekly Address

President Obama delivered his final weekly address thanking the American people for making him a better President and a better man.

Government at Work - Today

Amendments to H.R. 5461 - Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act

09/20/2017: US House of Reps

Poliquin (R-ME) - Amendment No. 1 - Manager's Amendment adds Committee on Foreign Affairs to the reporting requirements in the bill (10 minutes)

Y N

Young (R-IN) - Amendment No. 2- Adds three additional provisions to the bill’s required report on Iranian leadership financial assets (10 minutes)
Y N
 
Lance (R-NJ) - Amendment No. 3- Adds head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to list of Iranian leaders (10 minutes)
Y N

 

Government at Work - Alerts

Healthy Breakfasts for Kids: It's All about Balance

08/17/2017: Health Information Update from the Food and Drug Administration

Healthy breakfasts are a must for kids and help keep them going strong all day. This article and short video provide tips on making it happen.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Gladwin County for Michigan Survivors

08/16/2017: FEMA Region 5

MIDLAND, Mich. – A Disaster Recovery Center is now open in Gladwin County to help residents through the assistance process after damages and losses suffered during the severe storms and flooding that occurred from June 22 – 27, 2017.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for businesses, homeowners and renters. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.

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North Korea Travel Alert

08/02/2017: International Travel Alerts

The Secretary of State published a Notice on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 that will restrict the use of U.S. passports to travel into, in, or through North Korea/the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), effective Friday, September 1, 2017.

The Secretary has authorized the restriction due to the serious and mounting risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. citizens under North Korea’s system of law enforcement, per 22 C.F.R. 51.63. Persons who wish to travel to North Korea on a U.S. passport must obtain a special passport validation under 22 C.F.R. 51.64, and such validations will be granted only under very limited circumstances. The Department of State will publish information on how to apply for a passport with a special validation on travel.state.gov when OMB approval is effective. Since OMB issues the approval, the Department cannot provide any further information as to timing. More information on how to apply for the special validation is available on the Federal Register notice published here

Persons currently in North Korea on a U.S. passport should depart North Korea before the travel restriction enters into effect on Friday, September 1, 2017.  Persons, including those currently in North Korea, who believe they meet the criteria for a limited-validity passport and special passport validation under 22 C.F.R. 51.64 should apply at a U.S. embassy or consulate. 

For further information about the dangers of traveling to North Korea, please see the current Travel Warning for the DRPK.

For further information:

  • See the Department of State’s travel website for information regarding the travel restriction and Country Specific Information for North Korea
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important safety and security messages via email and make it easier to locate you in case of an emergency.
  • Inform U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China by enrolling in STEP, if you have a limited validity passport and special validation for travel to North Korea.U.S. citizens residing in China can contact the U.S. Embassy directly. The Embassy is located next to the Ladies’ Street (Nuren Jie) and Laitai Flower Market, near the Kempinski Hotel and Lufthansa Shopping Center on Tianze Road near the Liangmaqiao subway stop: 
    • U.S. Embassy in Beijing
      American Citizens Services Unit
      No. 55 An Jia Lou Road
      Chaoyang District
      Beijing, China 100600
      Telephone: (86-10) 8531-4000
      Email: BeijingACS@state.gov
      Emergency after-hours number for U.S. citizens: (86-10) 8531-4000
  • Inform the Embassy of Sweden in Pyongyang by email if you have received a limited passport and special validation for travel to North Korea.  Please provide the Embassy of Sweden with your name, date of birth, dates of your trip, and emergency contact information.
    • The Embassy of Sweden Pyongyang (U.S. Protecting Power in North Korea)
      Munsu-Dong District
      Pyongyang, DPRK
      Telephone: (850-2) 3817 485 (reception)
      Telephone: (850-2) 3817 904, (850-2) 3817 907 (Deputy)
      Telephone: (850-2) 3817 908 (Amb.)
      Facsimile: (850-2) 3817 663
      Email: ambassaden.pyongyang@gov.se

If you provide information to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing or the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang, officials will be able to locate you more easily in an emergency. Take note of and keep the contact details for the Swedish embassy for easy access in case of an emergency.

  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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Government at Work - Archives

Amendments to H.R. 5461 - Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act

09/20/2017: US House of Reps

Poliquin (R-ME) - Amendment No. 1 - Manager's Amendment adds Committee on Foreign Affairs to the reporting requirements in the bill (10 minutes)

Y N

Young (R-IN) - Amendment No. 2- Adds three additional provisions to the bill’s required report on Iranian leadership financial assets (10 minutes)
Y N
 
Lance (R-NJ) - Amendment No. 3- Adds head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to list of Iranian leaders (10 minutes)
Y N

 

Law Library of Congress and Poetry and Literature Center to Host Award-Winning Poet Monica Youn

10/06/2016: Library of Congress

On the evening of Thursday, October 20, 2016, the Library of Congress will host award-winning poet and attorney Monica Youn. Youn will read from her latest collection of poetry, Blackacre (Graywolf Press, 2016), which has been longlisted for the National Book Award in Poetry. Youn will also participate in a conversation with Martha Dragich, professor […]

Government at Work - Issues

U.S.-Lao Partnership Works to Address Legacies of War

08/16/2017: State Department Blog

In many communities across Southeast Asia, landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO), such as bombs, artillery shells, and other munitions left behind from past conflicts, continue to kill and injure people as they go about their daily lives.

Climate, Environment, and Conservation: Communication Regarding Intent To Withdraw From Paris Agreement

08/04/2017: Climate, Environment, and Conservation

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 4, 2017


Today, the United States submitted a communication to the United Nations, in its capacity as depositary for the Paris Agreement, regarding the U.S. intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so, consistent with the terms of the Agreement. As the President indicated in his June 1 announcement and subsequently, he is open to re-engaging in the Paris Agreement if the United States can identify terms that are more favorable to it, its businesses, its workers, its people, and its taxpayers.

The United States supports a balanced approach to climate policy that lowers emissions while promoting economic growth and ensuring energy security. We will continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions through innovation and technology breakthroughs, and work with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in many nationally determined contributions.

The United States will continue to participate in international climate change negotiations and meetings, including the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, to protect U.S. interests and ensure all future policy options remain open to the administration. Such participation will include ongoing negotiations related to guidance for implementing the Paris Agreement.

For further information, please contact Yoon Nam in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) at namys@state.gov.

E-Commerce Company and Top Executive Agree to Plead Guilty to Price-Fixing Conspiracy for Customized Promotional Products

08/06/2017: Department of Justice Antitrust

An e-commerce company and its top executive have agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to fix prices for customized promotional products sold online to customers in the United States. Zaappaaz Inc. (d/b/a WB Promotions Inc., Wrist-Band.com and Customlanyard.net) and its president Azim Makanojiya agreed to plead guilty to a one-count criminal violation of the Sherman Act.