Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission has issued warning letters to 28 companies that claim certified participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative’s Cross-Border Privacy Rules system on their websites but do not appear to have met the requirements to make that claim.

Washington, DC - Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate:

Washington, DC - The Internet of Things refers to consumer products that connect to the Internet to send and receive data – everything from fitness devices, wearables, and smart cars to connected smoke detectors, light bulbs, and refrigerators. These new products bring enormous benefits to consumers – including the ability to track and share their vital signs with care providers without having to go to a doctor’s office, turn off the burglar alarm and turn on the lights before they get home from work, and even notify them of dangerous road conditions while driving a smart car.

Chicago, Illinois - Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan will travel to Chicago, Illinois on July 14 to engage with State Department-sponsored exchange program participants from around the world. Assistant Secretary Ryan will first visit Northwestern University and meet with participants of the EducationUSA Academy, a three-to-four week summer academic program that provides English language courses, college preparatory content, tours of colleges and universities, and cross-cultural activities for self-funded 15-to-17-year-old students from around the world.

Washington, DC - Congress recently designated the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to be the lead agency for the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP), giving it the primary responsibility for planning and coordinating the collaboration of federal agencies charged with achieving “major measurable reductions in the losses of life and property from windstorms.”