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  • Weekly Wrap-Up: Act On Climate Change

    This week, President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly on issues that demand the attention of the global community-- including climate change and violent extremism, we celebrated the third birthday of We the People, wished the Jewish community a Happy New Year, and said goodbye to Attorney General Eric Holder.

  • A Culture of High Expectations and Opportunities

    Amelia Castañeda is being honored as a Latino Educator Champion of Change.

  • Weekly Wrap Up: #ItsOnUs

    This week, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat, met with National Spelling Bee winners, announced a major increase in our efforts to help fight Ebola in West Africa, gave a statement about the bipartisan support of our strategy to defeat ISIL, and launched a campaign to help stop sexual assault.

  • Meet Brittany:

    Secretary Arne Duncan wraps up his recent back-to-school bus tour and wants to hear from you.

  • WHIAAPI Announces Its 2014-2015 E3! Ambassadors

    The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) is proud to announce its first class of E3! Ambassadors, 32 young leaders from across the nation committed to improving the quality of life and opportunity for young AAPIs.

  • Progress on Security and Suitability

    Today marks one year since the senseless acts of violence at Washington Navy Yard. After the events last fall, the President directed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to conduct a 120-day review of Federal employee suitability and contractor fitness determinations as well as security clearance procedures. As Deputy Director for Management, and chair of the inter-agency Suitability and Security Clearance Performance Accountability Council, taking the lead on these efforts was one of the first things I did upon arriving at OMB. The inter-agency team, comprised of members from across the Federal spectrum, engaged in an intensive review effort to assess risks and vulnerabilities inherent in current security, suitability, and credentialing processes, and identified actionable solutions.

  • Weekly Wrap Up: September 6-12

    This week, President Obama spoke about the threat posed by ISIL and commemorated the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we marked the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and the First Lady hosted a "prep" rally in Atlanta.

  • This Week in History: How Our National Anthem Was Born

  • The First Lady Holds Prep Rally to Encourage Higher Ed Preparation

    First Lady Michelle Obama kicks off the Department of Education's back-to-school bus tour at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta.

  • The First Lady Joins Upworthy as a Guest Curator

    We’re excited to announce First Lady Michelle Obama is joining the site Upworthy as a guest curator. As part of her Reach Higher initiative, the First Lady will share videos and other content to inspire America's young people to take charge of their future.