Washington, DC - Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon will travel to Chicago, Ill., December 6-7.

Washington, DC - Since President Obama took office, this Administration has worked to provide to the public as much information as possible about the United States’ use of military force and related national security operations. The President has repeatedly emphasized the importance of transparency concerning the United States’ views and policies in these areas consistent with national security and the proper functioning of the government.  Our actions are effective and legal, and the sustainability and legitimacy of these operations are best served through the clear and public articulation of the legal and policy frameworks under which such operations are conducted. 

Washington, DC - There are half a million open technology jobs in the United States today, and that number is projected to more than double within the next 4 years. These jobs pay 50 percent more than the average private-sector job. One recent analysis of 26 million job postings found that nearly half of all the jobs in the top quartile in pay require some computer-science (CS) knowledge or coding skills.

Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission has granted Gilbarco Inc. and other ethanol flex fuel retailers a partial exemption to its Fuel Rating Rule labeling requirements. Specifically, the exemption permits retailers to reduce slightly the required label size when disclosing the ethanol content of ethanol flex fuels on the fuel selection buttons on retail pumps. Gilbarco, a retail fuel pump manufacturer, petitioned the agency for the exemption. The Commission previously granted similar exemptions for octane labels placed on fuel selection buttons.

Washington, DC - The President Friday declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and ordered federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of October 20-21, 2016.

Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division have submitted a comment to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding market power in wholesale electricity markets. The comment responds to a FERC request for comments on how it assesses market power with respect to mergers and electricity sales at market-based rates, which it evaluates under the Federal Power Act (FPA).