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CBP and GSA Launch Donation Acceptance Program to Support Port of Entry Infrastructure Needs

Washington, DC - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has teamed up with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to develop the Donation Acceptance Program (DAP), a framework supporting the new pilot program authorized by Congress in January 2014 that permits CBP to enter into partnerships for certain services and to accept certain donations.

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Former FBI Special Agent and Co-Defendant Plead Guilty to Conspiracy, Bribery, and Obstruction of Justice Scheme

Salt Lake City, Utah - A former FBI special agent and a conspirator pleaded guilty in the District of Utah yesterday and today to participating in a bribery scheme to obstruct a grand jury investigation in exchange for the promise of cash and multimillion dollar business contracts offered by a businessman under investigation.

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Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Johnson About the U.S. Secret Service

Washington, DC - Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it. I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation.

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USDA Helps Deliver the Latest in Innovative Agricultural Methods to Small, Socially Disadvantaged Agricultural Producers

Washington, DC - Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today awarded 17 grants in 12 states to help small, socially disadvantaged agricultural producers expand their operations and create jobs.

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U.S. Education Secretary Announces Guidance to Ensure All Students Have Equal Access to Educational Resources

Washington, DC - All students regardless of race, color, national origin or zip code, deserve a high-quality education that includes resources such as academic and extracurricular programs, strong teaching, technology and instructional materials, and safe school facilities. Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced guidance, in the form of a Dear Colleague letter to states, school districts and schools to ensure that students have equal access to such educational resources so that they all have an equal opportunity to succeed in school, careers and in life.

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Obama Administration Announces Climate Action Champions Competition to Recognize Climate Leaders Across the United States

Washington, DC - The impacts of climate change are not just an issue for future generations they are already being felt today. Communities across the country are on the front lines of climate change and are experiencing extreme weather events - from more severe droughts and wildfires to fiercer storms to record heat waves. The past decade has been the hottest on record in the United States. Rising sea levels mean more powerful storm surges and flooded streets in places like Norfolk and Miami.

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U.S. Department of State Hosts Tech@State: Mobile Diplomacy Conference

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of State will explore the effects of mobile technology and their impact on diplomacy at Tech@State: Mobile Diplomacy on Friday, October 3, 2014. The event is designed to stimulate conversations between Department of State personnel and a wider community about ways mobile technologies can transform the work of diplomacy and development.

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FTC Extends Comment Period for Big Data Workshop

Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission has extended until October 31 the deadline for public comments related to its recent workshop, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?”

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