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New IT Contract to Save Taxpayers Nearly $8M

June 18, 2015

The Department of Commerce recently signed a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) with Microsoft that is estimated to save the department nearly $8 million in taxpayer dollars. The agreement, in effect for three years, will help Commerce achieve IT efficiency and user productivity goals through the use of the latest technologies that help the department work at the speed of business.
 

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President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Shooting in South Carolina

June 18, 2015

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the shooting in South Carolina with Vice President Joe Biden from the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, June 18, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Last night, a gunman opened fire at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people including pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney. The Department of Justice is opening a hate crime investigation into this tragedy. 
The President delivered the following statement from the White House Briefing Room: 

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My Day One: Journeys Across America on our Path to Citizenship

June 18, 2015

June marks Immigrant Heritage Month -- and people across the country are sharing their American stories. Whether you've recently embarked on your first day as an American or want to share how your ancestors came to arrive here, we want to hear from you. Add your voice to the conversation today.

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13 Tips for Low-hassle, Low-cost Business Travel

June 18, 2015

If your travel plans this summer include a trip for business (or even for family vacations!), be sure to consider these tips for low-hassle, low-cost travel. A little planning can make your travel...

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Michelle Obama, the Perfect Partner for Peace Corps and Let Girls Learn

June 17, 2015

I was so inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s remarks about the importance of girls’ education yesterday in London.

“There are 62 million young women like all of the girls here and around the country who aren't getting an education, and their potential is just being lost. And we can't afford that. We can't afford that.”
 - First Lady Michelle Obama

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This Day in History: The Statue of Liberty Came to America

June 17, 2015

The Statue of Liberty is pictured during the flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, N.Y., July 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me."
— Emma Lazarus

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My Day One: A Pledge for My Country

June 17, 2015

June marks Immigrant Heritage Month -- and people across the country are sharing their American stories. Whether you've recently embarked on your first day as an American or want to share how your ancestors came to arrive here, we want to hear from you. Add your voice to the conversation today.

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Is Your Business Prepared to Weather the Storm?

June 17, 2015

June marks the official start of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season.  While there haven’t been many storms to date (...

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Expanding Opportunity for America's Kids by Strengthening Head Start

June 16, 2015

President Barack Obama says goodbye to students after a visit to the Yeadon Regional Head Start Center in Yeadon, Pa., Nov. 8, 2011.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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PHOTOS AND FACTS: What You Can Learn from the White House Honeybees

June 16, 2015

It's National Pollinator Week! What does that mean and why should you care? 
Check this out: 

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