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DOC Operating Status for January 12, 2015

January 11, 2015

In
accordance with the Office of Personnel Management’s Operating Status,
Department of Commerce offices in the Washington, DC area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.
Non-Emergency Employees
who report to the office will be granted excused absence
(administrative leave) for up to 2 hours past their expected arrival

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Get Ready: President Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address

January 11, 2015

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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You’re Invited: The 2015 State of the Union Social

January 10, 2015

On Tuesday, January 20, President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address from the Capitol — and right now, you have the chance to participate live from the White House.
Today, we're announcing the White House's fourth-annual State of the Union Social — a chance for our social media followers to join in-person events, engage with administration officials, and share their experience with their friends.

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Weekly Address: America’s Resurgence Is Real

January 10, 2015

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 9, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Clinton, Tennessee: The Site of Our Newest Manufacturing Innovation Hub

January 09, 2015

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden view a 3D-printed carbon fiber Shelby Cobra car during a tour of Techmer PM in Clinton, Tenn., Jan. 9, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Email: "Two Years of Community College. For Free."

January 09, 2015

This afternoon, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent the following message to the White House email list, highlighting the President's new proposal to make two years of community college free for responsible students.
If you didn't get the message, sign up for email updates here.

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Building a More Competitive American Manufacturing Industry with Advanced Composites

January 09, 2015

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Energy's website. See the original post here.

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What They're Saying About the President's Free Community College Proposal

January 09, 2015

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Yesterday, President Obama unveiled his "America's College Promise" proposal, which would make two years of community college free for responsible students across the country.
If every state chooses to implement the President's proposal, it could benefit about 9 million students every year, saving full-time community college students an average of $3,800 in tuition each year. The proposal would allow students to earn the first half of their bachelor's degree, or earn the skills they need in the workforce, all at no cost to them.

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The Road to State of the Union: Can You Answer This One Question?

January 09, 2015

In less than two weeks, the President will deliver the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.
The State of the Union is a tradition that's as old as the presidency itself — but here's something we haven't always been able to do:
Ask you, the American people, what you'd like to see come out of it.
So tell us: What would you like to see get done in the next two years?

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Why Access to Free Community College Matters

January 09, 2015

America entered the 20th century as the world’s pre-eminent economic power, and in the following decades, it continued to prosper due in large part to its commitment to universal public high school education. We made high school free and universal at a time when other countries called that wasteful, and as a result, we created the most highly skilled workforce in the world. In the 1950s, American teenagers were three times as likely to be in school full-time compared to European teenagers.

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