Rewards for Justice – Reward Offer for Information on  Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections

5 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program, which is administered by the Diplomatic Security Service, is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the identification or location of any person who works with or for a foreign government for the purpose of interfering with U.S. elections through certain illegal cyber activities.

The reward offer seeks information on the identification or location of any person who, while acting at the direction of or under the control of a foreign government, interferes with any U.S. federal, state, or local election by aiding or abetting a violation of section 1030 of title 18, which relates to computer fraud and abuse. The Rewards for Justice program is administered by the Diplomatic Security Service.

Persons engaged in certain malicious cyber operations targeting election or campaign infrastructure may be subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1030, which criminalizes unauthorized computer intrusions and other forms of fraud related to computers. Among other offenses, the statute prohibits unauthorized accessing of computers to obtain information and transmit it to unauthorized recipients.

More information about this reward offer is located on the Rewards for Justice website at www.rewardsforjustice.net. We encourage anyone with information on foreign interference in U.S. elections to contact the Rewards for Justice office via the website or e-mail (info@rewardsforjustice.net), or contact the Regional Security Officer at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

The Rewards for Justice Program is an effective law enforcement tool and is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid in excess of $150 million to more than 100 people across the globe who provided actionable information that helped prevent terrorism, bring terrorist leaders to justice, and resolve threats to U.S. national security. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RFJ_USA.

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Rewards for Justice – Reward Offer for Information on  Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections

5 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program, which is administered by the Diplomatic Security Service, is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the identification or location of any person who works with or for a foreign government for the purpose of interfering with U.S. elections through certain illegal cyber activities.

The reward offer seeks information on the identification or location of any person who, while acting at the direction of or under the control of a foreign government, interferes with any U.S. federal, state, or local election by aiding or abetting a violation of section 1030 of title 18, which relates to computer fraud and abuse. The Rewards for Justice program is administered by the Diplomatic Security Service.

Persons engaged in certain malicious cyber operations targeting election or campaign infrastructure may be subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1030, which criminalizes unauthorized computer intrusions and other forms of fraud related to computers. Among other offenses, the statute prohibits unauthorized accessing of computers to obtain information and transmit it to unauthorized recipients.

More information about this reward offer is located on the Rewards for Justice website at www.rewardsforjustice.net. We encourage anyone with information on foreign interference in U.S. elections to contact the Rewards for Justice office via the website or e-mail (info@rewardsforjustice.net), or contact the Regional Security Officer at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

The Rewards for Justice Program is an effective law enforcement tool and is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid in excess of $150 million to more than 100 people across the globe who provided actionable information that helped prevent terrorism, bring terrorist leaders to justice, and resolve threats to U.S. national security. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RFJ_USA.

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New Covid-19 Private Sector Engagement & Partnership Fund

5 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are launching a new COVID-19 Private Sector Engagement & Partnership Fund with $10 million in supplemental COVID-19 assistance funds to bolster our ongoing response efforts, helping the world’s most vulnerable overcome the devastation inflicted by this deadly virus. Working with Congress, the Fund will strengthen private sector efforts to respond to the economic effects of the virus.

The Fund will create a formal and transparent process to surface innovative private sector solutions to mitigating the secondary impacts of COVID-19 in developing countries. It will then seed-fund the most promising of these solutions within the context of Department of State and USAID global programming.

With this announcement, the Department of State is issuing a notice of funding opportunity to the private sector in order to highlight approaches, products, and ideas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that have the potential to scale. Through this opportunity, the Department of State and USAID intend to connect potential private sector partners with the appropriate domestic offices and overseas missions  to leverage synergies between private sector and the U.S. government to scale and deliver results.

As of the time of this announcement, the Department of State and USAID have together committed more than $1.6 billion for the global COVID-19 response since the outbreak began.

To learn more about the submission process and timeline, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships’ webpage or go to grants.gov and search for funding opportunity number SFOP0007088.

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Gilman Top Producing Institutions

5 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. colleges and universities that sent the most American students overseas with support from its Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in academic year 2018-2019.  For the third year, the State Department is recognizing the institutions that made international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for the largest number of American students of all backgrounds through its Gilman Program.

The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, compiles the list, organized by small, medium, and large four-year institutions, and colleges conferring associate degrees.

Topping this year’s list of four-year institutions sending the largest number of Gilman Scholars abroad are Berea College (KY), City University of New York, Lehman College (NY), and the University of California, Berkeley (CA). Portland Community College (OR) tops the list of associated colleges. Westminster College of Utah, Emory University, University of California, Berkeley, and CUNY Bronx Community College are all being featured for their role in promoting global public health through the Gilman Scholarship, a category that the Department of State is highlighting this year.

Institutions are also recognized for sending abroad the most first-generation college students, racial or ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, and students studying in STEM fields through the Gilman Program.  Institutions that sent Gilman Scholars to the largest number of overseas destinations received recognition for their role in broadening geographical diversity in study abroad programs.  Additionally, institutions that displayed outstanding growth in the number of Gilman awardees as compared to last year are recognized for their role in broadening the student population that studies abroad in the Top Producer category, “Greatest Growth”.

For a full list of higher education institutions that sent Gilman Scholars overseas in 2018-2019, including those with the distinctions mentioned above, please visit the Gilman Scholarship website at www.GilmanScholarship.org.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, with the support of the U.S. Congress, is reshaping study abroad to make it more accessible and inclusive for American students.  The Gilman Program broadens the U.S. student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduates who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate.  Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent more than 31,000 Gilman Scholars to over 150 countries around the globe.

Interested media should contact the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at eca-press@state.gov.

 

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Secretary Pompeo to Deliver Remarks to the Media in the Press Briefing Room

5 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver remarks to the media today, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 3:45 p.m. in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State.

Out of an abundance of caution and in order to practice safe social distancing practices, the Secretary’s remarks to the media will be pooled press coverage only.

Media representatives may call into the briefing beginning at 3:15 p.m.  Dial-in information is as follows and we encourage calling from a landline, if possible:

  • Toll Free (U.S.): 844-721-7239
  • Access Code: 9072957
  • Conference Name: Department of State Aug 5 Briefing
  • Reporters who wish to pose a question to Secretary Pompeo should get in queue prior to the briefing start time by dialing 10 on their telephone keypad.

The event will be streamed live on www.state.gov.

For further information, please contact the Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492 or PAPressDuty@state.gov.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Lebanese Prime Minister Diab

5 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Prime Minister Hassan Diab. Secretary Pompeo expressed his condolences to the Lebanese people for the horrible explosion at the Beirut port, which killed and injured so many and caused devastating destruction to the city. The Secretary reaffirmed our steadfast commitment to assist the Lebanese people as they cope with the aftermath of this terrifying event. Secretary Pompeo further stressed our solidarity with and support for the Lebanese people as they strive for the dignity, prosperity, and security they deserve.

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33rd U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue: Strengthening U.S.-ASEAN Relations

5 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell of the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs co-chaired the 33rd U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue on August 4th, Washington, D.C. time (August 5th, Vientiane time) together with Deputy Foreign Minister Thongphane Savanphet of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The dialogue highlighted the broad range of U.S.-ASEAN cooperation across political-security, economic, and socio-cultural pillars, while underscoring the importance of the U.S.-ASEAN Strategic Partnership in securing a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

The United States reaffirmed its commitment to work with ASEAN in securing a region based on clear and transparent rules, and to strengthen the ASEAN-centered regional architecture.  Participants reaffirmed the need for peaceful dispute resolution in the South China Sea in accordance with international law as reflected in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 2016 Arbitral Tribunal ruling.  The United States reaffirmed its intent to expand its partnerships in the Mekong to promote sovereignty, economic independence, and a transparent, rules-based approach to solving trans-boundary challenges.

The United States also stressed that the DPRK must halt provocations, abide by its obligations under the UNSCRs, and engage in sustained negotiations with the United States to achieve complete denuclearization, and urged ASEAN countries to continue implementing and enforcing UN sanctions. Expressing concern over the continued violence in Rakhine state, the United States called for a cessation of fighting, a negotiated solution, and deepened efforts to address root causes of violence to facilitate the dignified, safe, voluntary, and sustainable return of IDPs and refugees.  The United States reiterated that Beijing’s imposition of draconian national security legislation dramatically undermines Hong Kong’s autonomy.

Participants welcomed the continued growth of economic ties between the United States and ASEAN.  They agreed on the importance of sustainable, transparent growth that promotes ASEAN resilience against unsustainable debt, especially during the post-COVID-19 economic recovery.  The United States also highlighted its “All of America” approach and the role the private sector, academia, and civil society play in economic development.

The United States highlighted the growing U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures initiative, including over $87 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance to combat COVID-19 in ASEAN.  The U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures Alumni Network, a group of 2,400 alumni of U.S. exchange program alumni, is building relationships between U.S. and ASEAN public health practitioners for a safer and healthier future for our combined one billion population. The United States further highlighted the U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities partnership and its programs in water, transportation, cybersecurity, and health that will improve the lives of the people of ASEAN.  Participants also discussed expanding quality educational and training opportunities, empowering women and girls, and preparing our communities for the economy of tomorrow to develop human capital and ensure a brighter future on both sides of the Pacific.

Participants looked forward to further strengthening the U.S.-ASEAN relationship at the U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and the U.S.-ASEAN Summit in November.

 

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POSTPONED: Secretary Pompeo to Deliver Remarks to the Media in the Press Briefing Room

5 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

August 5, 2020
his event has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

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August 4, 2020

Secretary Pompeo to Deliver Remarks to the Media in the Press Briefing Room

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver remarks to the media tomorrow, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State.

Out of an abundance of caution and in order to practice safe social distancing practices, the Secretary’s remarks to the media will be pooled press coverage only.

Media representatives may call into the briefing beginning at 10:00 a.m. Dial-in information is as follows and we encourage calling from a landline, if possible:

  • Toll Free (U.S.): 844-721-7239
  • Access Code: 9072957
  • Conference Name: Department of State Aug 5 Briefing
  • Reporters who wish to pose a question to Secretary Pompeo should get in queue prior to the briefing start time by dialing 10 on their telephone keypad.

The event will be streamed live on www.state.gov.

For further information, please contact the Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492 or PAPressDuty@state.gov.

 

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Bruneian Foreign Minister II Erywan

5 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Bruneian Foreign Minister II Erywan Yusof.  Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed U.S. support for Southeast Asian coastal states upholding their sovereign rights and interests under international law and stressed U.S. opposition to PRC efforts to use coercion to push its unlawful South China Sea maritime claims.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister II Erywan discussed the importance of continued bilateral security relations and expressed their commitment to work toward strengthening them.

 

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Bruneian Foreign Minister II Erywan

5 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Bruneian Foreign Minister II Erywan Yusof.  Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed U.S. support for Southeast Asian coastal states upholding their sovereign rights and interests under international law and stressed U.S. opposition to PRC efforts to use coercion to push its unlawful South China Sea maritime claims.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister II Erywan discussed the importance of continued bilateral security relations and expressed their commitment to work toward strengthening them.

 

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