Washington, DC - President Obama will designate two new national monuments, protecting sacred sites, spectacular scenery, and important natural and cultural resources in the desert landscapes of southeastern Utah and southern Nevada. The creation of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada follow years of robust public input from tribes, local elected officials, and diverse stakeholders, and draws from legislation introduced in Congress.

Washington, DC - The State Department today declared persona non grata 35 Russian officials operating in the United States who were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic or consular status. The Department also informed the Russian Government that it would deny Russian personnel access to two recreational compounds in the United States owned by the Russian Government.

Washington, DC - Inspectors General work on behalf of the American people to ensure that our government is open and accountable – and the President is grateful for their service. That’s why he’s pleased to sign the Inspectors General Empowerment Act of 2016, which will safeguard access to the information Inspectors General need to do their jobs. Because of changes made to address issues identified by the Administration and Members of Congress, H.R. 6450 now strikes an appropriate balance between affording Inspectors General the access they need and protecting Americans' privacy and civil liberties.  

Washington, DC - As the tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that an appointment is required for in-person tax help at all IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TAC).

Washington, DC - Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Affairs Tom Malinowski will travel to Ethiopia from December 14-17.