Text messaging improves access, reducing thousands of missed appointments
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched VEText, a text messaging appointment-reminder system, which to date has helped VA reduce no-show medical visits by more than 100,000.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement of a guidance laying out new ways to empower patients with over-the-counter drugs:
“FDA’s announcement is another step in our efforts to deliver on President Trump’s blueprint to put American patients first. The agency’s new guidance will offer innovative ways for drug manufacturers to give patients over-the-counter access to drugs they need to treat or...
SAN DIEGO – Federal and state law enforcement officials have launched a billboard campaign in San Diego and Imperial counties to prevent middle and high school students from acting as drug mules for cartels.
The billboards, located in San Diego and Imperial counties as well as one in Mexico, feature stark warnings to minors that smuggling drugs could cost them their freedom and their futures and is not worth the few hundred dollars they are being offered.
"HHS has been working tirelessly with all relevant partners, including the court, to achieve two objectives related to the separated minors in our care: maximizing child welfare and meeting all court orders.
“The court has emphasized clear goals for the process of reunification: ensuring the safety and welfare of the children in question, confirming the parentage of the adults in question, and reunifying the parents and children as quickly as possible.
The role of the Intelligence Community is to provide the best information and fact-based assessments possible for the President and policymakers. We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing,
pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security.
Daniel R. Coats, Director of National Intelligence
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation that will let the federal government take action against price fixing by OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) have cosponsored the legislation.
Policy Relieves Burdens on Taxpayers While Preserving Transparency
WASHINGTON—The Treasury Department and IRS announced today that the IRS will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations to file personally-identifiable information...
about their donors as part of their annual return. The revenue procedure released today does not affect the statutory reporting requirements that apply to tax-exempt groups organized under section 501(c)(3) or section 527,
Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released this statement after the joint press conference following the U.S.-Russia Summit.
“We have seen time and again that Russia will stop at nothing to interfere with and undermine our system of government. Just days ago, the Department of Justice announced more Russian nationals have been charged with attempting to interfere with the 2016 Presidential election.
VICTORIA, Texas – A federal jury in Victoria has returned guilty verdicts on all counts as charged related to the 2017 burning of the local mosque.
U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick made the announcement along with Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF),
LOS ANGELES – A former staffer for a member of the United States Congress was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for bribery and attempted extortion after demanding and accepting $5,000 to prevent the closure of a marijuana shop in the City of Compton.
Michael Kimbrew, 45, of Santa Clarita, was sentenced by United States District Judge R. Gary Klausner for attempting to extort a marijuana dispensary in Compton and threatening to shut down the shop if the owners did not pay him a $5,000 bribe.
The financial cost can be as high as a few thousand dollars to cross the border from Mexico to the United States, while immigrants from China might pay tens of thousands for their cross-Pacific journey.
However, no amount of money guarantees successful entry into the United States, or even survival. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s statistics, hundreds die attempting to get into the United States every year.
NEWARK, N.J. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Newark Field Office arrested 37 individuals during a five-day operation that concluded Friday, as part of the agency’s ongoing public safety efforts.
The operation targeted criminal aliens who were previously incarcerated at the Middlesex County Jail (MCJ), and who were subsequently released to the community by MCJ, without honoring the ICE detainer or advising ICE of their release.
A criminal complaint was unsealed today in the District of Columbia charging a Russian national with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without prior notification to the Attorney General.
The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie K. Liu, and Nancy McNamara, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.
The FBI is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 21-year-old mother and her 7-month-old child, with special medical needs, last seen on June 27, 2018, leaving Laredo, Texas.
The young mother, Eunice Noemi Garza, was driving a white 2007 Saturn VUE, SUV and was believed to be traveling to Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, possibly destined for her home in Nueva Era Colonia.
United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Wanblee, South Dakota, man convicted of Aiding and Abetting and Discharging a Firearm During Commission of a Crime of Violence was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.
Austin Lee Chipps, Sr., age 24, was sentenced on July 6, 2018, to 10 years in federal prison, to be followed by 4 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, woman convicted of False Statement was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.
Michelle Elbow Shield, age 20, was sentenced on July 6, 2018, to 3 months in federal prison, to be followed by 2 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
On Sunday, July 15, representatives from the United States held the first General Officer-level talks with the DPRK since 2009. They met to discuss the return of U.S. service members’ remains missing since the Korean War.
This meeting was aimed at fulfilling one of the commitments made by Chairman Kim at the Singapore Summit. Today’s talks were productive and cooperative and resulted in firm commitments.
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"...Certain private messages of mine have provided ammunition for misguided attacks against the FBI, an institution I love deeply and have served proudly for more than 20 years."
"But having worked in national security for two decades and proudly served in the U.S. Army, those opinions were expressed out of deep patriotism and an unyielding belief in our great American democracy."
Two years ago, nearly 250 Turkish citizens lost their lives, and thousands were wounded in the heinous failed coup attempt of July 15. We offer our deepest condolences to the friends and loved ones of those injured or killed.
The failed coup attempt was an attack on democracy and a stark reminder that the preservation of democracy requires perseverance and safeguards for fundamental freedoms. We reaffirm the United States’ steadfast support for our NATO Ally Turkey and its democratic institutions.
The First Lady and the President arrived in London, England on Thursday afternoon. They were greeted by United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Woody Johnson; Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, Jennifer Tolhurst; Secretary of State for International Trade,
The Right Honorable Liam Fox; and Chief Executive Officer of the Stansted Limited Airport, Brad Miller. The First Lady joined her husband in a meet and greet with United States Embassy staff and their families at Winfield House in London.
SAN DIEGO – Andres Avelino Anduaga was sentenced today to 37 months in federal prison for stealing over $350,000 in government benefits from federal, state and local agencies while impersonating an American citizen for over 30 years.
Anduaga was also ordered to repay $360,908.85 in restitution to the Social Security Administration, the California Department of Health Care Services and the County of San Diego.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Marivel Cantu-Madril, 40, of Oro Valley, Ariz., was arraigned today in federal court in Tucson, Ariz., on an indictment charging her with mail fraud and forging judicial signatures.
Cantu-Madril entered a not guilty plea during the arraignment hearing and was released on conditions of release pending trial, which has not been scheduled.