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West Wing Week 7/29/16 or, “You Think I'm Spry Now”

July 29, 2016

This week, we celebrated the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The President welcomed another President - from Mexico, sat down for some candid interviews, and inspired our current class of interns. That's July 22nd to July 28th or, "You Think I'm Spry Now."

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The Road Ahead: New Investments in Transportation

July 29, 2016

Everyday transportation routes are essential to our lives. From the highways we use for our daily commutes to the trains we can take across the country, our roads, bridges, railways, and ports are vital pieces of infrastructure that help keep us connected -- both culturally and economically -- across all 50 states. Their maintenance and expansion play an essential role in America's enduring competitiveness -- yet, far too often, these critical transportation assets remain underfunded and in states of disrepair.

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More than 5.55 Million Records Released

July 29, 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 5.55 million—all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.

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Commerce Department establishes new Trade Finance Advisory Council

July 29, 2016

Today the U.S. Department of Commerce announces the establishment of the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council. This federal advisory committee will advise the Secretary on the development of strategies and programs that would help expand access to trade finance for U.S. exporters. 
The work of the TFAC will focus on the following objectives:

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NIST Role Models for Operational Excellence

July 29, 2016

Operational excellence: a worthy goal that is often difficult to even to visualize, let alone to implement.
At the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), operational excellence takes many forms, from installing and researching solar panel arrays that provide clean, lower cost power on campus to process changes that reduce the time required for implementing reimbursable agreements.

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

July 29, 2016

The economy grew 1.2 percent at an annual rate in the second quarter of 2016, due in part to a large decline in inventory investment (one of the most volatile components of GDP), along with declines in business investment, residential investment, and government spending. However, consumer spending grew strongly at 4.2 percent, and, in contrast to the pattern in recent years, net exports also added to GDP. Overall, the most stable and persistent components of output—consumption and fixed investment—rose a solid 2.7 percent in the second quarter.

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Summer Reading for the Business Minded

July 29, 2016

Whether you are on a much needed vacation or in an effort to spur inspiration, the summer months provide an opportunity to reflect and re-engage. From starting a home-based business to handling...

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Quarterly Taxes, The Basics

July 28, 2016

As a freelancer, single business owner or independent worker, taxes can get a bit tricky. Instead of waiting for the traditional tax season during the months of March and April, it’s in your best...

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Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls: Commitments from the North American Leaders Summit

July 28, 2016

On June 29, President Obama traveled to Ottawa, Canada, for the North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS), where he met with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, to discuss key priorities aimed at creating a safe and secure future for the citizens of all three countries.

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USPTO and 21st Century Governance

July 27, 2016

Guided by the principle that successful organizations routinely re-evaluate how essential responsibilities are executed, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) daily focuses on 21st Century governance through increasing efficiency, productivity, and customer service.

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