Sunrise With Solar Array

12/09/2016: NASA Image of the Day

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency captured this photograph from the International Space Station on Nov. 25, 2016, and shared it on social media, writing, "Sunrises. We experience 16 sunrises every 24 hours on the International Space Station as it takes us 90 minutes to do a complete orbit of our planet flying at 28,800 km/h."

Government at Work - The White House

12/8/16: White House Press Briefing

12/08/2016: 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: Pass the 21st Century Cures Act

12/03/2016: President Obama's Weekly Address

In this week's address, President Obama highlighted the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill in Congress that could help us find a cure for Alzheimer's, end cancer as we know it, and help those who are seeking treatment for opioid addiction.

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)


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


Government at Work - Alerts

Keep Your Dogs and Cats Safe From Holiday Hazards

12/08/2016: Health Information Update from the Food and Drug Administration

From tinsel to table scraps, holiday hazards for pets abound. Here are some tips to help you keep them safe.

Take Extra Precautions as Temperatures Drop and Snow Moves In

12/09/2016: FEMA Region 5

CHICAGO – Dangerously low temperatures and snow are in the forecast and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants individuals and families to be safe when faced with the hazards of winter weather.


Europe Travel Alert

11/21/2016: 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, events, and outdoor markets.  This Travel Alert expires on February 20, 2017.

Credible information indicates the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da'esh), al-Qa'ida, and their affiliates continue to plan terrorist attacks in Europe, with a focus on the upcoming holiday season and associated events.  U.S. citizens should also be alert to the possibility that extremist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks during this period with little or no warning. Terrorists may employ a wide variety of tactics, using both conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests. 

While extremists have carried out attacks in Belgium, France, Germany, and Turkey in the past year, the Department remains concerned about the potential for attacks throughout Europe.  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.

U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when attending large holiday events, visiting tourist sites, using public transportation, and frequenting places of worship, restaurants, hotels, etc.  Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds, when possible.  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:

  • 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).

European authorities continue to conduct raids and disrupt terror plots.  We continue to work closely with our European allies on the threat from international terrorism.  Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners in order 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

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)


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


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

How Our Former Nuclear Explosive Test Site Has Transformed Into a National and International Asset

11/30/2016: State Department Blog

Today, the Department of State, in partnership with Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, will host “Nuclear Explosion Monitoring: 60 Years of Science and Innovation,” from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD-G50.

Climate, Environment, and Conservation: Conclusion of the South Pacific Tuna Treaty Amendment Negotiations

12/03/2016: Climate, Environment, and Conservation

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 3, 2016

The United States and 16 Pacific Island governments initialed amendments to the Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries at a ceremony in Nadi, Fiji on December 3, 2016. The revisions to the Treaty will generate higher economic returns from fisheries for Pacific Island countries, while supporting the continued viable operation of the U.S. fishing fleet in the region. The positive outcome reflects strong commitments to the Treaty by the parties and relevant stakeholders, including the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the U.S. fishing industry, and a further enhancement of political and economic ties between the United States and the Pacific Island region.

The Pacific Island parties to the Treaty include 16 members of the FFA: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, and Republic of Vanuatu.

The Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries (also known as the South Pacific Tuna Treaty) entered into force in 1988. For nearly 30 years, the Treaty has served as a cornerstone for cooperation between Pacific Island countries and the United States, and helped establish best practices for regional fisheries management. The parties have been negotiating amendments to modernize the Treaty and extend its terms of access since 2009. Based on the progress demonstrated by these Treaty amendments, the United States rescinded its decision to withdraw from the Treaty, which would otherwise have taken effect in January 2017.

The revisions to the Treaty include the general terms of fishing access for the U.S. purse seine fishing vessels to waters under the jurisdiction of Pacific Island parties through 2022. Greater flexibility in the fishing arrangements, as well as opportunities for new forms of commercial cooperation, will benefit both U.S. industry and the Pacific Island parties. The U.S. government intends to continue providing $21 million annually pursuant to a related agreement to support economic development in the Pacific Island region.

The amended Treaty also reinforces U.S. marine conservation interests in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, where over half of the world’s tuna are caught. The continued operation of the U.S. fishing industry also provides important economic benefits to the territory of American Samoa, which played an active role on the U.S. delegation in recent years.

The continued presence of the U.S. purse seine fleet is important to the development of sustainable, well-managed fisheries in the region. U.S. fishing vessels operate according to the highest commercial standards, and are subject to strict enforcement by U.S. authorities of U.S. laws and regulations as well as regional conservation measures. The Treaty framework also supports efforts to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, including through cooperation on maritime monitoring, control, and surveillance.

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