U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR: Interior Improving Transparency and Accountability, Eliminating Waste & Fraud in Financial Assistance Programs

To ensure the responsible use of the $6 billion awarded in annual grants by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and increase accountability and transparency, the Department has entered into an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to modernize DOI’s financial assistance programs through HHS’s GrantSolutions platform. Read More »

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY: DHS Determines that Conditions in Venezuela Threaten the Safety and Security of Passengers, Aircraft, and Crew, Requiring an Immediate Suspension of Air Transportation

Under 49 U.S.C. § 44907 Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan determined that conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew, requiring an immediate suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela. Read More »

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: Middle East Security Still Critical to U.S.

Though the National Defense Strategy has shifted U.S. focus to China and Russia as near-peer competitors, North Korea and Iran as “rogue state actors,” and has also placed emphasis on counterterrorism as a priority, the Middle East is still going to be getting U.S. attention, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East said. Read More »

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION: 9/11 Responders Encouraged to Register for Health Benefits

The death this month of yet another FBI employee who responded to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and a looming deadline for 9/11 responders to sign up for some health-related benefits is leading to renewed efforts inside the Bureau to make sure everyone who worked the expansive crime scenes in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania is plugged into the health resources available to them. Read More »

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR: Acting Secretary Bernhardt Signs Order to Ensure Public Access is Considered in Land Transactions

Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt signed a secretarial order directing that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) adequately weigh public access for outdoor recreation – including hunting and fishing – when determining the appropriateness of the disposal or exchange of public lands. Identifying lands as available for disposal or exchange is required under federal law. Read More »

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