The Galápagos Islands

04/20/2018: NASA Image of the Day

"The Enchanted Islands of #Ecuador – the Galápagos," were photographed by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold from aboard the International Space Station.

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

Daily Schedule

04/22/2018: US House of Reps

MONDAY APRIL 23, 2018
The House will meet in a Pro Forma session at 3:00 p.m.

TUESDAY APRIL 24, 2018

The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for Morning Hour
Legislative Business will begin at 2:00 p.m.
Votes are postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspension of the Rules:
1) S. 447 - Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Tammy Baldwin / Foreign Affairs Committee)

2) H.R. 4744 - Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Foreign Affairs Committee)

3) H.R. 4681 - No Assistance for Assad Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)

4) H.Con.Res. 111 - Recognizing and supporting the efforts of the United Bid Committee to bring the 2026 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup competition to Canada, Mexico, and the United States, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Darin LaHood / Foreign Affairs Committee)

5) H.R. 5086 - Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dan Lipinski / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

6) H.R. 2809 - American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

Special Orders: Democrats have the first hour

Government at Work - Alerts

Managing Epilepsy (A Cup of Health with CDC)

04/19/2018: A Cup of Health with CDC

https://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/downloader/download.mp3?af=a&f=8648786

Approximately three million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with epilepsy, a brain disorder that results in seizures. In this podcast, Rosemarie Kobau discusses the importance of recognizing and treating epilepsy.

Disaster Recovery/SBA Loan Outreach Centers Will Close For the Holiday

12/21/2017: FEMA Region 9

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Sonoma County will be closed Dec. 23-25 in observance of the holiday weekend.

The centers will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 26, and remain open through Thursday, Dec. 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Both centers will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28.

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Europe Travel Alert

11/16/2017: International Travel Alerts

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.

U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. 

Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe. Last year, mass casualty attacks occurred at a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany in December and a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey on New Year’s Eve. While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the Department remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks. U.S. citizens should always be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning.

Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets. In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks. U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations.

Terrorists persist in employing a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, using vehicles as ramming devices, and sharp-edged weapons that are difficult to detect prior to an attack.

If you are traveling between countries in Europe, please check the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate in your destination city for any recent security messages. Review security information from local officials, who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country. U.S. citizens should also:

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities. Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Have an emergency plan of action ready.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

We continue to work closely with our European partners and allies on the threat from international terrorism. Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.

For further information:

Government at Work - Archives

Daily Schedule

04/22/2018: US House of Reps

MONDAY APRIL 23, 2018
The House will meet in a Pro Forma session at 3:00 p.m.

TUESDAY APRIL 24, 2018

The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for Morning Hour
Legislative Business will begin at 2:00 p.m.
Votes are postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspension of the Rules:
1) S. 447 - Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Tammy Baldwin / Foreign Affairs Committee)

2) H.R. 4744 - Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Foreign Affairs Committee)

3) H.R. 4681 - No Assistance for Assad Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)

4) H.Con.Res. 111 - Recognizing and supporting the efforts of the United Bid Committee to bring the 2026 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup competition to Canada, Mexico, and the United States, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Darin LaHood / Foreign Affairs Committee)

5) H.R. 5086 - Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dan Lipinski / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

6) H.R. 2809 - American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

Special Orders: Democrats have the first hour

The Santillana Codes

11/27/2017: Library of Congress

This is a guest post by Hazel Ceron, external relations intern with the Law Library of Congress. On October 26th, the Law Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Friends of the Law Library of Congress, the Embassy of Tunisia, and the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED), hosted a book talk on The Santillana […]

Government at Work - Issues

The Readout: A Conversation on Confronting the Opioid Crisis

04/23/2018: State Department Blog

More than 300,000 Americans have died from overdoses involving opioids since 2000. President Donald J. Trump has mobilized his entire Administration to address opioid abuse by directing the declaration of a nationwide Public Health Emergency.

Climate, Environment, and Conservation: Joint Statement on U.S.-France Science and Technology Cooperation

03/09/2018: Climate, Environment, and Conservation

Joint Statement

Washington, DC
March 9, 2018


The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and France on the occasion of the U.S.-France Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation on March 9, 2018.

Ms. Laurence Auer, Director of Cultural, Academic and Research Cooperation at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Alain Beretz, Director-General for Research and Innovation at the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, for the Government of France, and Ms. Kristina Kvien, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, and Ms. Lisa Brodey, Director of Science and Technology Cooperation at the U.S. Department of State, for the Government of the United States of America, convened the fifth U.S.-France Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology Cooperation in Paris, on March 9, 2018. The JCM provides a regular opportunity to exchange views on some of the most important science and technology endeavors in our countries and to prioritize future collaboration.

The JCM brought together representatives from government agencies and research organizations in both countries to discuss joint priority fields: information technology, energy and the environment, health science, and science and research integrity. Both sides endorsed the need to continue to strengthen bilateral research cooperation, including opportunities to enhance cooperation in artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, advanced energy technologies and clean energy, ocean observation and exploration, and cancer research. The group also shared information on successful collaborative projects, including the partnership agreement between New York University and the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (Inria), the renewal of the international joint research unit between the Georgia Institute of Technology and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and partnerships supported through the PIRE program.

Following the discussions on thematic topics, the two sides emphasized the importance of expanding the JCM dialogue to include participants from universities, research organizations, research agencies, think tanks, and the private sector. Both sides look forward to working together on the topics discussed in the coming years.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Andrew Finch Delivers Introductory Remarks at the 2018 Antitrust Writing Award Ceremony

04/11/2018: Department of Justice Antitrust

It is unsurprising that clear and lively writing has been especially influential in antitrust jurisprudence. Antitrust opinions that have been cited time and again are those that instruct and persuade by enlivening abstract or technical concepts with clever prose. Great antitrust opinions often convey complex ideas in memorable ways.