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Items filtered by date: January 2017


On Friday, January 6, the Obama Administration released the second installment of the interagency Quadrennial Energy Review (QER 1.2), “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System”. The new report focuses on the Nation’s electricity system, from electricity generation to end uses, and addresses the need for improvements in that system.  Today, January 9, is the third anniversary of the Presidential Memorandum that initiated the QER.



This morning, First Lady Michelle Obama sent the following message to the White House email list, asking Americans to tune in to President Obama's Farewell Address tomorrow at 9:00pm ET/ 8:00pm CT.

Chicago is where I grew up. It’s where I met my husband. It’s where we started our family and where we began our journey to becoming your First Family, which has been the honor of our lifetimes.



In this week’s address, President Obama discussed his upcoming farewell address to the nation. In 1796, as George Washington set the precedent for a peaceful, democratic transfer of power, he also set a precedent by penning a farewell address to the American people. And over the 220 years since, many American presidents have followed his lead.



This is just one story of the millions of Americans whose lives have been changed by the Affordable Care Act. This kind of change has been a long time in the making.

After nearly 100 years of talk, and decades of trying, President Obama finally made affordable, quality health care for all a reality for America.



Watch First Lady Michelle Obama speak at the Reach Higher & Counselor of the Year Event at 11pm ET.

"What do school counselors do?"

Many people ask me that question -- and there are a variety of responses depending on whom you ask. I prefer to reframe the question: "How are my students different because of what I do as a school counselor?"

As a school counselor at a career center in western Michigan, a major portion of my role is helping students determine their post-graduation plan of action and providing them with the support they need to make the decisions that are right for them and help them to Reach Higher.



At the end of October, we shared our plans for preserving and passing on the digital history of the Obama administration, and invited the American people to “come up with creative ways to archive this content and make it both useful and available for years to come.” From the very beginning, our mission has been to reach Americans and people around the world on the channels and platforms where they already spend their time.



Editor's Note: U.S. Deputy Chief Technnology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil spoke to a group of our newest citizens at a Naturalization Ceremony in Dallas, Texas this morning. The following are his remarks as prepared.

Good morning everyone! Thank you Officer Mouse, Acting District Director Tarango and Acting Field Office Director Enis.



Editor's note: Today, President Obama is sending the following note to the White House email list. Make sure you get the message—sign up here

In 1796, as George Washington set the precedent for a peaceful, democratic transfer of power, he also set a precedent by penning a farewell address to the American people.

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