When (Neutron) Stars Collide

10/16/2017: NASA Image of the Day

This illustration shows the hot, dense, expanding cloud of debris stripped from neutron stars just before they collided.

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


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

10/12/2017: US House of Reps

The House will not be in session

The House will meet in a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m. 

The House will not be in session

The House will not be in session

The House will meet in a pro forma session at 12:00 p.m.

The House will not be in session

Government at Work - Alerts

Healthy Hands Hygiene (A Cup of Health with CDC)

10/12/2017: A Cup of Health with CDC


Teaching young children personal hygiene can have a positive impact for a lifetime. Encouraging regular handwashing is a good start. In this podcast, Dr. Vincent Hill discusses the importance of regular handwashing.

Disaster Recovery Center in Coffee County Closes Saturday

10/17/2017: FEMA Region 4

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are closing the Coffee County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Douglas Saturday, Oct. 21.

Survivors have until 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, to visit the DRC in Douglas.

Working with county officials, GEMA and FEMA closely monitor visits to DRCs. Centers close when traffic slows at those locations. This allows centers to open in new areas.

The center is located at:

Coffee County Fire Department – Fire Hall


Kenya Travel Alert

09/27/2017: International Travel Alerts

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Kenya that Kenya’s Elections Commission has announced that new Presidential elections will be held on October 26, 2017.

This Travel Alert replaces the Travel Alert dated April 6, 2017 and expires on November 30, 2017.

Rallies, demonstrations, and protests may occur with little notice. As with all large events, there is the opportunity for criminal elements or terrorists to target participants and visitors. Even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

  • Although there is no indication that U.S. citizens may be targets of violence, you are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the electoral period. 
  • Monitor media and local information sources regarding election-related developments, and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Avoid crowds and remain alert when using public transportation.
  • Report specific safety concerns to local law enforcement authorities.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • During elections, restrictions on traffic circulation, either imposed by the authorities or caused by political rallies, can be expected.
  • Please refer to our message dated March 13, 2017, for tips on personal preparedness.  

For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Kenya Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Kenya located on United Nations Avenue, Nairobi, at +254 (0) 20 363 6451 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +254 (0) 20 363 6170.
  • 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).

Government at Work - Archives

Daily Schedule

10/12/2017: US House of Reps

The House will not be in session

The House will meet in a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m. 

The House will not be in session

The House will not be in session

The House will meet in a pro forma session at 12:00 p.m.

The House will not be in session

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

Minnesota-USA Expo 2023 Bid and the UN 2030 Agenda

10/16/2017: State Department Blog

In an increasingly interconnected world at a time when health science and medical research are a global endeavor, today’s health challenges require collaboration and coordination with a wide variety of global stakeholders.

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.

Justice Department Requires General Electric Company to Make Incentive Payments to Encourage Completion of Divestitures Agreed to as a Condition of Baker Hughes Merger

10/16/2017: Department of Justice Antitrust

The Department of Justice announced that General Electric Co. (GE) has agreed to make incentive payments beginning in 2018 until GE completes the worldwide divestiture of its Water & Process Technologies business (GE Water). GE agreed to divest GE Water to resolve the Department’s competitive concerns with GE’s acquisition of Baker Hughes Incorporated. As part of the original proposed settlement filed on June 12, 2017, GE committed to divest the worldwide assets of GE Water to SUEZ S.A., a leading global water and waste management company, by approximately the end of September 2017.