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Preparing America’s Workforce for Jobs of the 21st Century: One Student’s Story

May 31, 2016

Guest blog post by Savannah Worth, Creative Writer & Software Developer, IBM Bluemix Garage and Graduate of the Galvanize Web Development Program

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Global Energy Leaders Gather in California to Drive Clean Energy Development and Deployment

May 31, 2016

This blog is cross-posted from Energy.gov.

This week, I’m in San Francisco to host the first gathering of global energy ministers since last December’s climate negotiations in Paris. These leaders represent countries that make up 75 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The focus of these meetings will be to expand international collaboration in clean energy research, development, demonstration and deployment to combat climate change, drive economic growth, and help ensure energy security.

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Three Actions to Take Now to Prepare for Hurricane Season

May 31, 2016

Today we released the 2016 National Preparedness Report, an important guidepost in our work to build a stronger, more resilient America. The findings of this year’s report are significant. This vital information is analyzed to gauge the progress that community partners—including all levels of government, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, communities, and individuals—are making to prepare for a wide array of threats and hazards.  We should be prepared for all hazards, from hurricanes and tornadoes to earthquakes and terrorist attacks.  

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Improving the Competitiveness of American Seaports: Request for Comment

May 31, 2016

Last week, the Commerce Department invited comments from the public on how U.S. seaports can work better with their supply chain partners to reduce congestion, become more efficient, and improve America’s competitiveness.
The information, ideas, and suggestions received from the notice will be used to inform a Departmental report on best industry practices that each U.S. seaport can use as needed to improve its operating efficiency. 

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Near-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season is Most Likely this Year

May 31, 2016

Following NOAA's 2016 Atlantic hurricane season outlook last week, President Obama today will visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters for a briefing on the annual outlook and hurricane preparedness.  NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, will most likely be near-normal, but forecast uncertainty in the climate signals that influence the formation of Atlantic storms make predicting this season particularly difficult.

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Weekly Address: Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

May 28, 2016

In this week’s address, President Obama solemnly reflected on the meaning of Memorial Day and recognized the sacrifices made by the American warriors who never made it back home.  Though the President stressed that citizens should thank active-duty troops and veterans every day of the year, he emphasized that Memorial Day is reserved for remembering the unselfish men and women who gave their lives in defense of the nation.  

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More than 5.38 Million Records Released

May 27, 2016

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 February 2016. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 5.38 million—all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Katarina Mayers, Deputy Press Secretary, Office of the Secretary

May 27, 2016

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda

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World Trade Month May be Coming to an End, but our Work Continues

May 27, 2016

During the past few weeks, ITA employees have participated in events across the country in recognition of World Trade Month. The month gives us all an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of trade and investment as a driver of prosperity for our workers, businesses, and the U.S. economy.  
Under Secretary Stefan Selig kicked off World Trade Week at the International Trade Awards breakfast with business leaders and foreign government representative in New York City.

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Second Estimate of Gross Domestic Product for the First Quarter of 2016

May 27, 2016

First-quarter economic growth was revised up 0.3 percentage point to 0.8 percent at an annual rate. Strong growth in residential investment boosted real GDP growth, but weakness in business investment and exports—exacerbated by weak foreign demand and low oil prices—weighed on growth. Consumer spending grew at a moderate pace in the first quarter. Nevertheless, labor market data remain robust, with continuing private-sector job creation and wage growth picking up noticeably so far in 2016.

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