Historic Formation Flight of NASA's WB-57s Over Houston

11/24/2015: NASA Image of the Day

NASA's three WB-57s fly over foggy downtown Houston, Texas during their historic formation flight over the area on Nov. 19, 2015. This photo flight was the first time that all three WB-57s have been aloft simultaneously since the early 1970s, when the U.S. Air Force had an operational squadron of WB-57s.

Government at Work - The White House

Press Briefing

11/23/2015: White House Press Briefings

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

West Wing Week: 10/09/2015 or, "#StartTheConvo"

10/09/2015: White House Video


This week, the White House hosted forward-thinking union and business leaders for a Worker's Voice Summit, and local school kids to harvest vegetables in the White House Garden. And, the United States and 11 other Asia-Pacific countries announced they had reached a trade agreement more than five years in the making. That's October 2nd to October 8th or, "#StartTheConvo."

Weekly Address: In the Face of Terror, We Stand As One

11/20/2015: President Obama's Weekly Address

In this week's address, the Vice President speaks to his and the President’s commitment to protecting our country from terrorists, while also providing refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Government at Work - Today

Daily Schedule

11/19/2015: US House of Reps

The House and Senate have both adopted the Adjournment Resolution H. Con. Res. 95. Therefore, the House will not meet in pro forma session over the district work period. The next meeting of the House is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015. The next recorded votes are expected in the House at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, November 30. 

In the absence of pro forma sessions the Cloakroom will not be accepting bills, co-sponsors forms, or statements for the Congressional Record until Monday, November 30.

Information regarding the schedule for the week of November 30 will be posted here as it is announced, please check back for updates.

The President attends a EAS gala dinner

11/20/2015: Presidential Daily Schedule

Government at Work - Alerts

FDA Has Determined That the AquAdvantage Salmon is as Safe to Eat as Non-GE Salmon

11/19/2015: Health Information Update from the Food and Drug Administration

FDA approves first genetically engineered animal for food use.

Survivors Urged to Stay in Touch with FEMA

11/24/2015: FEMA Region 9

SACRAMENTO, Calif.The deadline for Calaveras and Lake county wildfire survivors to register with FEMA has passed, but various forms of disaster assistance remain available. Survivors who registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are urged to stay in touch with the agency.

“Even though the DRCs are closed, FEMA remains in California to work with the state and local governments to provide assistance with recovery,” said Tim Scranton, Federal Coordinating Official for this disaster. “FEMA will remain as long as needed.”


Burkina Faso Travel Alert

11/24/2015: International Travel Alerts

The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Burkina Faso of the upcoming presidential and legislative elections scheduled for November 29.

U.S. citizens are reminded of the risks of travel to Burkina Faso and urged to exercise caution while traveling within Burkina Faso during the election season.  This Travel Alert expires on January 23, 2016.

Campaigning, which began on November 8, will continue until elections are held on November 29.  A second round of elections could occur if no candidate obtains an absolute majority in the first round.

There is potential for sporadic civil disruptions throughout the presidential and legislative election period, including demonstrations, which can be spontaneous and occur with little or no advance warning throughout Burkina Faso.

U.S. citizens in Burkina Faso should remain vigilant and utilize appropriate personal security practices.  Avoid political rallies, campaign events, polling stations, demonstrations, protests, and other large gatherings in the weeks before and after elections; maintain situational awareness and exercise good judgment; stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times; and stay abreast of the situation through media outlets.  U.S. citizens should maintain adequate supplies of food, water, essential medicines, and other supplies to shelter in place for at least 72 hours should this become necessary.  Additional recommendations on emergency preparedness are available on the Travel.State.gov web page Emergencies Abroad.

For further information:

Government at Work - Archives

President Obama Awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom

11/24/2015: White House Speeches

President Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to seventeen recipients in the East Room of the White House on November 24, 2015.

Legal Aspects of Unmanned Systems – Part 2: Lethal Autonomous Weapons

11/23/2015: Library of Congress

In my August post, Legal Aspects of Unmanned Systems – Part 1: Civilian Uses, I highlighted legal concerns associated with the application of unmanned systems in civilian settings, including the potential impact of their use on safety, security, privacy, and property rights, as well as the possible application of criminal laws regarding their use. This […]

Government at Work - Issues

The Power of Global Dialogue on Internet Governance

11/24/2015: State Department Blog

Last week, 2500 people gathered in João Pessoa, Brazil to participate in the 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), for an open discourse on a wide-range of current Internet-related issues.

Climate, Environment, and Conservation: U.S.-Cuba Joint Statement on Environmental Cooperation

11/24/2015: Climate, Environment, and Conservation

U.S.-Cuba Joint Statement on Environmental Cooperation

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 24, 2015

Representatives of the United States and Cuba signed a joint statement on environmental cooperation today at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.  The statement is a framework document that will facilitate and guide U.S.-Cuba cooperation – both governmental and non-governmental – on a range of environmental issues including coastal and marine protection, the protection of biodiversity including endangered and threatened species, climate change, disaster risk reduction, and marine pollution. 

The United States and Cuba have already begun cooperating on several environmental issues, including by establishing sister marine protected areas and sharing hydrographic information. Cuban Ambassador to the United States José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries David Balton signed the statement pledging further collaboration. 

The full text of the statement can be found at http://www.state.gov/e/oes/rls/pr/249946.htm.  For further information, please contact Sara Ferchichi (FerchichiSM@state.gov).