Washington, DC - As part of the Energy Department’s ongoing efforts to modernize the nation’s grid through the Grid Modernization Initiative, the Energy Department today announced $25 million in available funding through an effort called Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) to help software developers, solar companies, and utilities accelerate the integration of solar energy into the grid.

Washington, DC - Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial today of POM Wonderful’s petition for a writ of certiorari. The Court declined to review the D.C. Circuit’s ruling upholding a Commission decision that found POM and its principals misled consumers in advertising their products.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza entered an order of permanent injunction against Paul W. Franck of Ocala, Florida. According to the complaint filed with the consent decree, Franck manufactured and distributed drug products that were adulterated and misbranded in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). The U.S. Department of Justice brought the action on behalf of the FDA.

Washington, DC - Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Sam Rikkers announced a new resource to help food hubs improve their financial performance. Food hubs, which are businesses or organizations that manage the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of locally-produced food, play a key role in creating opportunities for small and mid-sized producers while also satisfying growing consumer demand for local products.

Washington, DC - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported a new milestone for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system, with more than 75 percent of all cargo imported into the United States—approximately 81,000 of the total 108,000 transactions every day now being processed electronically through ACE. The ACE system is also successfully processing approximately 97 percent of entry summary documentation, the critical information needed by the U.S. government to correctly assess duties, collect statistics, and ensure compliance with U.S. trade law.

Washington, DC - In this week's address, the President repeated his call for Republicans in the United States Senate to give Chief Judge Merrick Garland a fair hearing and a vote. It has been 45 days since President Obama nominated Judge Garland to the Supreme Court. The President highlighted that Senate Republicans have said that Judge Garland is a man of experience, integrity and impeccable qualifications. Despite this, most Senate Republicans refused to do their job and give Judge Garland the consideration he deserves.