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Celebrating 24 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Fri, 2014-07-25 15:25

Tomorrow marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) -- a landmark law that transformed American society for people with disabilities. It provided for full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for those of us living with disabilities, and also provided Americans with disabilities with legal remedies to safeguard all of those rights.
Watch the President’s ADA anniversary message below:

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Read the President’s proclamation in support of the anniversary here.
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Celebrating 24 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Fri, 2014-07-25 15:25

Tomorrow marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) -- a landmark law that transformed American society for people with disabilities. It provided for full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for those of us living with disabilities, and also provided Americans with disabilities with legal remedies to safeguard all of those rights.
Watch the President’s ADA anniversary message below:

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Read the President’s proclamation in support of the anniversary here.
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More than 3.81 Million Records Released

Fri, 2014-07-25 15:00

In September 2009, the President announced that—for the first time in history—White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in April 2014. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 3.81 million—all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.

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Making the Business Case for Rural America

Fri, 2014-07-25 12:12

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the USDA Blog, see the original post here.
These days, it seems like it’s easier than ever to turn a good idea into reality. This is the era of Kickstarter, where entrepreneurs can connect with potential investors at the click of a button.

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A Day in the Life: Deric from Baltimore

Fri, 2014-07-25 11:23

Meet Deric.
Deric Richardson had been out of work for over a year. He had a GED and a Microsoft Office certificate, but needed an opportunity to improve his skills. That opportunity came in the form of tuition-free training in laboratory skills provided by the nonprofit BioTechnical Institute of Maryland. Shortly after successfully completing the training, Deric was hired by Baltimore-based Paragon Bioservices in July 2010.
Today, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez is traveling to Baltimore to meet with him.

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A Day in the Life: Deric from Baltimore

Fri, 2014-07-25 11:23

Meet Deric.
Deric Richardson had been out of work for over a year. He had a GED and a Microsoft Office certificate, but needed an opportunity to improve his skills. That opportunity came in the form of tuition-free training in laboratory skills provided by the nonprofit BioTechnical Institute of Maryland. Shortly after successfully completing the training, Deric was hired by Baltimore-based Paragon Bioservices in July 2010.
Today, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez is traveling to Baltimore to meet with him.

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New BEA Data Provide Insights on How Harsh Winter Impacted Industries in First Quarter

Fri, 2014-07-25 10:55

How much did the harsh winter weather affect the U.S.
economy in the first quarter of this year?

We know that the economy, as measured by gross domestic
product (GDP), contracted at an annual rate of 2.9 percent over January,
February and March, the first quarterly decline in three years. But how were
different industries affected and was weather a factor?  New data released today by the U.S. Bureau of
Economic Analysis provide fresh insights on that front.

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Working to Ensure Public Safety Has Cutting-Edge, Reliable Communications

Fri, 2014-07-25 10:33

Guest blog post by Stephen Fletcher, Associate
Administrator, Office of Public Safety Communications, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

First
responders know the deadly consequences of not having a communications network
that is reliable and interoperable, a problem highlighted during the September
2001 terrorist attacks and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.  

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Seminarios en línea en Español Acerca de la Ley de Atención a la Salud para Pequeñas Empresas con Empleados

Fri, 2014-07-25 00:00

La Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa (SBA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Sociales (HHS por sus siglas en inglés), y la...

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President Obama in L.A.: "You Are Why I Ran for President in the First Place"

Thu, 2014-07-24 17:50

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This afternoon, President Obama addressed an excited and energized crowd under sunny skies at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. 
In his remarks, the President said that he was excited to be back in L.A., where he spent a few "good years" in college -- and quickly explained what he was there to talk about.

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