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Staff-Led Groups Create Change Within the International Trade Administration

Thu, 2014-12-11 11:35

This year, the International Trade Administration’s Industry and Analysis (I&A) team launched the “Renaissance Project.” The initiative aims to create a system of turning ideas into actions, and it has helped increase our team’s productivity and boost morale.Through the project, we challenged a series of staff working groups to develop ideas to not only make I&A a better place to work, but also come up with tangible, actionable steps to put those ideas into motion.Every three to four months, a new group of interested volunteers discussed a particular theme, and then identified the c

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Excerpts from President Obama's Telemundo and Univision Interviews

Thu, 2014-12-11 11:04

President Barack Obama participates in an interview on immigration with Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo at the Casa Azafrán community center in Nashville, Tenn.

December 9, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Secretary Pritzker Visits Montgomery College to Discuss Importance of Training America’s Workforce

Thu, 2014-12-11 10:36

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez visited Montgomery College in Germantown, Maryland, which recently received a federal grant to lead a consortium of 14 Maryland community colleges, in partnership with 37 employers, to build career pathways for cybersecurity and information technology jobs. The $15 million dollar Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant is one of 70 awards – totaling $450 million – that the Department of Labor announced in September.

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U.S.-China Relations: Great for TV, but Greater for the U.S. Economy

Thu, 2014-12-11 09:40

Frank Underwood doesn’t understand the purpose of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT).Maybe you know of Frank Underwood, the main character on the show House of Cards, played by Kevin Spacey. If so, you may remember how he conspired with colleagues in the White House and State Department to orchestrate a trade war with China. How did he do it? Through the JCCT negotiations. While Mr.

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Everything You Need to Know (Taxwise) About Year-End Bonuses

Thu, 2014-12-11 00:00

If your business can afford it and you want to reward employees, year-end cash bonuses may be the way to go. In providing this additional compensation, understand what it means from a tax...

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Invest in US: President Obama Convenes the White House Summit on Early Education

Wed, 2014-12-10 19:02

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"What makes America exceptional isn't just the size of our economy or our influence around the globe. [It's] the promise we make to our children; the idea that no matter who they are, what they look like, where they start, how much their parents earn, they can make it if they try. It’s the essential promise of America -- that where you start should not and will not determine how far you can go."
-- President Obama, December 10, 2014

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"I'm the Big Elf": President Obama Helps the First Lady Deliver Toys for Tots

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:45

President Obama: "Ho, ho, ho!"
First Lady Michelle Obama: "That's a pretty serious, ho, ho, ho."
Sorting toys can be a serious business, and that's why First Lady Michelle Obama brought along a special helper to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. today. "I'm the big elf," the President declared. "I'm like Will Ferrell." 
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President Obama Is the First President to Write a Line of Code

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:03

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On Monday afternoon, President Obama became the first president to write a line of code.
As part of the "Hour of Code" -- an online event to promote Computer Science Education Week -- the President and Vice President joined middle-school students from New Jersey for a computer coding exercise.

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What You Missed: Shakira and Secretary Arne Duncan Answer Your Questions on Early Education

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:02

Earlier today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Grammy award-winning artist Shakira took to Twitter to answer your questions about the early childhood education.
Shakira, who is a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and a strong advocate for high-quality early education, joined Duncan in highlighting $1 billion in new public and private commitments that were announced as part of today’s White House Summit on Early Education.

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