Washington, DC - Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos J Hochstein will travel to the Middle East May 22-May 26, 2016 to meet with Saudi and Lebanese interlocutors.  As volatility lingers in global energy markets, and as the United States emerges as an energy exporter while remaining a significant consumer, the Special Envoy seeks to strengthen our relationships with partners in the region and discuss strategies for addressing energy market realities.

Washington, DC - Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate:

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $10.7 million in funding for research that could solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Keyport, Washington - The Blue Crew of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN 733) conducted a change of command ceremony at the Naval Undersea Museum, March 11.

Washington, DC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the launch of a new private investment fund with the potential to inject $100 million into small food and agriculture businesses across rural America. The fund, known as the Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund, will be the fourth Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) that USDA has helped to create since 2014, and is part of USDA's ongoing efforts to help attract private sector capital to investment opportunities in rural America to help drive more economic growth in rural communities.

Washington, DC - One of the defendants in the IWorks scheme that allegedly took more than $280 million from consumers via deceptive “trial” memberships for bogus government-grant and money-making schemes has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges.

Las Vegas, Nevada - A man who convinced persons to invest money with him by falsely representing himself to be a successful securities trader and investor, was indicted by the federal grand jury Wednesday for stealing almost $2 million from his victims, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.

Washington, DC - The Justice Department announced Thursday that a federal grand jury in Nevada has charged 14 additional defendants in connection with the armed assault against federal law enforcement officers that occurred in the Bunkerville, Nevada, area on April 12, 2014.

Washington, DC - Two members of an international child exploitation conspiracy were sentenced today for their participation in two websites that were operated for the purpose of coercing and enticing minors as young as eight years old to engage in sexually explicit conduct on web camera.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Governor Brian Sandoval issued the following statement after hearing of the passing of former First Lady of the United States of America, Nancy Reagan. Nancy Reagan was the wife of Ronald Reagan, the 39th President of the United States.