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President Obama's Remarks To White House Gathering Of Organizers and Labor Leaders PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 October 2015 06:09

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - President Obama met with labor leaders and advocates for workers at the White House Wednesday in a meeting dubbed the Summit on Worker Voice.

Among those in attendance was Richard Trumka, head of the influential labor group, the AFL-CIO.

The White House released a transcript of the meeting, which can be found at whitehouse.gov.

It began as follows:

 THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)  Well, everybody, please have a seat.  Welcome to the White House.  Let me offer at the outset the observation that Terrence could run for something.  (Laughter.)  But we're so grateful to you for sharing your story, for everything you’re doing to organize and inspire Americans across the country.  You already recognized your mom, Joann, another fast-food worker who’s come up today from South Carolina.  This is actually a remarkable moment:  Neither of them make enough money to be able to afford to travel much, so this is the first time Terrence and Joann have seen each other in 10 years.


THE PRESIDENT:  Ten years apart because they don't earn enough to be able to just hop on a plane and visit each other.
The only problem I have with this story is that I am not sure that Joann is old enough to actually be Terrence’s mom -- (laughter) -- based on how she’s looking there.

Their story describes why we wanted to have this summit.  Their story describes why workers need a voice.  That’s why our Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, is here -- and I should add, this is a pretty good way for the Labor Secretary to celebrate his birthday.  (Applause.)  

That’s why we’ve got our outstanding leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi here.  (Applause.)  And Senator Al Franken is here.  (Applause.)   And Congressman Gregory Meeks is here, and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson is here -- because they have consistently been on the frontlines of championing the interests and the concerns of ordinary people who are working hard every single day, and aren't asking for the world -- all they’re asking for is dignity and living wages and being able to take care of their families.  

That's why we’ve got business and labor leaders here today, including the head of the AFL-CIO, Rich Trumka, who’s been fighting these issues for decades.  And that's why we've got workers and organizers and tech experts, and so many others at this first-ever White House Summit on Workers Voice.

U.S. Justice Department Awards North Carolina Grant For Juvenile Offender Re-Entry Program PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 05:22

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The U.S. Justice Department has chosen North Carolina for a federal grant to implement an innovative reintegration of juvenile offenders into the community.

The $735,000 grant was awarded to the Department of Public Safety. It requires a $367,500 match, for a total of $1.1 million impact.

“We are excited about the enhanced opportunities for system reform this grant brings North Carolina,” said DPS Secretary Frank Perry in a news release. “The federal funding allows us to continue to improve the way we do business, which heightens public safety while improving the outcomes for the youth and families we serve.”

The grant will cover:

-- Improved juvenile assessment policies and practices

-- A comprehensive service plan throughout the juvenile justice system continuum

-- Creation and implementation of a tool to match juveniles to the services they need

-- Delivery of effective and developmentally appropriate programming for juveniles, including the development of an education and workforce development strategy that targets criminogenic needs

-- Implementation of a family engagement and strengthening strategy to ensure that juveniles reentering family life can depend upon a strong and stable support system
Documenting the effects of this reentry reform strategy on recidivism, education, employment and behavioral health outcomes

Transcript of President Obama's News Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 06:06

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The White House has released the transcript of President Obama's October 4 press conference.

The full transcript can be found at whitehouse.gov.

It begins:

 THE PRESIDENT:  I'm going to take a couple of questions from the press.  But first, a few additional pieces of business.

First of all, we learned today that our businesses created another 118,000 new jobs in September, which means that we now have had 67 straight months of job creation; 13.2 million new jobs in all -- and an unemployment rate that has fallen from a high of 10 percent down to 5.1 percent.  These long-term trends are obviously good news, particularly for every American waking up each morning and heading off to a new job.

But we would be doing even better if we didn’t have to keep on dealing with unnecessary crises in Congress every few months. And this is especially important right now, because although the American economy has been chugging along at a steady pace, much of the global economy is softening.  We’ve seen an impact on our exports, which was a major driver of growth for us particularly at the beginning of the recovery.  And so our own growth could slow if Congress does not do away with some of the counterproductive austerity measures that they have put in place, and if Congress does not avoid the kind of manufactured crises that shatter consumer confidence and could disrupt an already skittish global economy.

On Wednesday, more than half of Republicans voted to shut down the government for the second time in two years.  The good news is that there were enough votes in both parties to pass a last-minute bill to keep the government open and operating for another 10 weeks before we can get a more long-term solution.  But keep in mind that gimmick only sets up another potential manufactured crisis just two weeks before Christmas.

And I’ve said this before, I want to repeat it -- this is not the way the United States should be operating.

Oftentimes I hear from folks up on Capitol Hill, “the need for American leadership,” “the need for America to be number one.”  Well, you know what, around the globe, part of what makes us a leader is when we govern effectively and we keep our own house in order, and we pass budgets, and we can engage in long-term planning, and we can invest in the things that are important for the future.  That’s U.S. leadership.

When we fail to do that, we diminish U.S. leadership.  It’s not how we are supposed to operate.  And we can’t just keep on kicking down the road without solving any problems or doing any long-term planning for the future.  That’s true for our military; that’s true for our domestic programs.  The American people, American families deserve better.  And we can grow faster and the economy can improve if Congress acts with dispatch.  It will get worse if they don't.

That’s why I want to be very clear:  I will not sign another shortsighted spending bill like the one Congress sent me this week.  We purchased ourselves 10 additional weeks; we need to use them effectively.

GAO's Center For Audit Excellence To Consult With Domestic & International Accountability Groups PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 October 2015 06:19

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A new fee-for-service product  from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will operate as a consulting group to domestic and international groups that function as accountability watchdogs.

The Center for Audit Excellence lists its services as:

--improve their capacity to conduct performance and financial audits

-- develop and implement sound quality assurance frameworks, strategic plans, and human capital strategies

--enhance leadership and supervisory skills in effectively overseeing audits

-- implement relevant INTOSAI and U.S. government audit and internal control standards.

View a video discussion of the center featuring James-Christian Blockwood at gao.gov.


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