United States Department of State

Special Operations Group Applauds Members of House Foreign Affairs Committee For Taking First Steps in Transparency and Accountability for Withdrawal From Afghanistan

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Monday, August 15, 2022 - 5:01am

This report lays out the events, policies, decisions, and orders of the Biden Administration regarding ending the US military presence in Afghanistan.

Key Points: 
  • This report lays out the events, policies, decisions, and orders of the Biden Administration regarding ending the US military presence in Afghanistan.
  • President Bidens own officials have described the end of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan as a strategic failure and an ugly final phase.
  • Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee have taken these initial steps into providing answers for the special operations community, veterans, and the American people with this report.
  • We advocate for all past, present, and future members of the Special Operations community and their families.

NOVA Welcomes International CCI Participants to Develop Technical, Professional, and Leadership Skills During Exchange Year

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Friday, August 12, 2022 - 4:50pm

ANNANDALE, Va., August 12, 2022  /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is pleased to welcome 30 international exchange students to contribute to our vibrant campus community during the 2022-2023 academic year. The 30 participants are studying at NOVA's Annandale and Alexandria campuses as part of the U.S. Department of State's Community College Initiative (CCI) Program. They will join a total of 157 participants from underserved and underrepresented global communities who are studying at nine U.S. community colleges in nine states, gaining skills and experiences needed to enter the workforce.

Key Points: 
  • This year's CCI participants studying at NOVA are from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Turkey.
  • ANNANDALE, Va., August 12, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is pleased to welcome 30 international exchange students to contribute to our vibrant campus community during the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • The 30 participants are studying at NOVA's Annandale and Alexandria campuses as part of the U.S. Department of State's Community College Initiative (CCI) Program.
  • This year's CCI participants studying at NOVA are from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Turkey.

Applied DNA Biotherapeutics Subsidiary Reports LinearDNA™ Platform Development Milestone: First Successful Administration of LinearDNA In Vivo via Lipid Nanoparticles (LNP)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 2:30pm

Using similar LNP technology, LineaRx has achieved expression in mice of a linearDNA-LNP construct encoding reporter proteins via simple IM injection.

Key Points: 
  • Using similar LNP technology, LineaRx has achieved expression in mice of a linearDNA-LNP construct encoding reporter proteins via simple IM injection.
  • The linearDNA-LNP construct used in the successful study was developed and manufactured by Applied DNA.
  • LineaRx is developing and commercializing the LinearDNA platform as a cell-free enzymatic platform for the large-scale DNA manufacture of high-fidelity DNA sequences for use in nucleic acid-based therapeutics.
  • Applied DNA Sciences is a biotechnology company developing technologies to produce and detect deoxyribonucleic acid ("DNA").

Lawsuit Filed to Stop Wastage of EB-5 Investor Visas

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Saturday, August 6, 2022 - 4:02am

This lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to follow the plain language of its own regulations...

Key Points: 
  • This lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to follow the plain language of its own regulations...
  • Approximately 18,000 EB-5 visas were wasted last fiscal year and cannot be used anymore without Congressional action.
  • In fiscal year 2022, ending September 30, 2022, over 11,000 immigrant visas should be available to China-mainland EB5 investors, and it is almost certain most of these will be wasted.
  • Without judicial intervention, they will be waiting many more years for a green card while the government wastes thousands of visas.

WWC Global Acquired by Command Holdings, a Pequot Company

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Friday, August 5, 2022 - 2:07pm

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- WWC Global, a federally focused consulting firm, was acquired by Command Holdings, a holding company owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, to function as a scalable infrastructure for the entity. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Key Points: 
  • TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- WWC Global, a federally focused consulting firm, was acquired by Command Holdings, a holding company owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, to function as a scalable infrastructure for the entity.
  • Lauren Weiner, Donna Huneycutt, and Heidi Snell, the principals of WWC Global, joined Command Holdings as members of the executive team.
  • WWC Global will increase Command Holdings reach to now include over 400 employees in seventeen time zones.
  • Command Holdings is a federally chartered Section 17 holding company owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

Collective Liberty Launches Billboard in Times Square, Aiming to Change Public Narrative Around Human Trafficking

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022 - 1:44pm

While many anti-human trafficking nonprofits focus on the tragedy of cases, Collective Liberty is focused on the changes we see every day while successfully disrupting human traffickers across the country.

Key Points: 
  • While many anti-human trafficking nonprofits focus on the tragedy of cases, Collective Liberty is focused on the changes we see every day while successfully disrupting human traffickers across the country.
  • Human Trafficking is often considered an international issue, with people in the United States overlooking the instances of trafficking occurring all around them.
  • This messaging strategy aims to create new social norms around our collective responsibility to end human trafficking.
  • Collective Liberty is a national, tech-enabled anti-trafficking organization that assists thousands of anti-trafficking investigators as they uplift survivors and stop traffickers.

Jim Lutzweiler Joins PM Consulting Group as Senior Vice President for International Development

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 2:00pm

TOWSON, Md., July 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PM Consulting Group (PMCG), a Maryland-based firm that delivers international development, advanced healthcare solutions, and mission support services to federal and state government clients, today announced that Jim Lutzweiler has joined its executive leadership team as senior vice president for international development.

Key Points: 
  • TOWSON, Md., July 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PM Consulting Group (PMCG), a Maryland-based firm that delivers international development, advanced healthcare solutions, and mission support services to federal and state government clients, today announced that Jim Lutzweiler has joined its executive leadership team as senior vice president for international development.
  • Lutzweiler applies insights from 25 years in international development, working in more than 80 countries, to design programs and lead cross-cultural teams in challenging, dynamic environments.
  • Jim brings rare experience and a comprehensive perspective that will accelerate PMCGs already rapid growth in the international development arena, said Walter Barnes III, President of PMCG.
  • PM Consulting Group (PMCG) is a Maryland-based firm that specializes in international development, advanced healthcare solutions, and mission support services.

Applied DNA Biotherapeutics Subsidiary LineaRx and EvviVax Publish Additional Positive Animal Proof-of-Concept Data Supporting LinearDNA™ Platform as a Unique Approach to Veterinary DNA Vaccine Development

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Monday, July 25, 2022 - 1:30pm

The manuscript, authored by LineaRx, the Companys majority-owned biotherapeutics subsidiary, and LineaRxs development partner, EvviVax, S.R.L., further establishes the utility of the LinearDNA ("linDNA) platform as a large-scale enzymatic production approach to prophylactic and therapeutic veterinary vaccine applications.

Key Points: 
  • The manuscript, authored by LineaRx, the Companys majority-owned biotherapeutics subsidiary, and LineaRxs development partner, EvviVax, S.R.L., further establishes the utility of the LinearDNA ("linDNA) platform as a large-scale enzymatic production approach to prophylactic and therapeutic veterinary vaccine applications.
  • It details positive data showing safety and immunogenicity of a linDNA vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2 in a cohort of family-owned cats.
  • Separately, LineaRx announced the successful expression in vitro of its linDNA SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate encapsulated within lipid nanoparticles (LNP).
  • Evvivax pursues the discovery and development of innovative Therapeutic Veterinary Cancer Vaccines based on proprietary viral vectors and DNA platform technologies.

Applied DNA Biotherapeutics Subsidiary LineaRx to Present Data Showcasing Advantages of its Enzymatically Produced LinearDNA as Substitute for Plasmid DNA in IVT mRNA Production at the 2nd Annual mRNA-Based Therapeutics Summit

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Friday, July 22, 2022 - 3:00pm

A copy of the slide presentation will be made available to interested parties concurrent with the start of the presentation at https://linearxdna.com/ .

Key Points: 
  • A copy of the slide presentation will be made available to interested parties concurrent with the start of the presentation at https://linearxdna.com/ .
  • linDNA is an optimal IVT template for mRNA production as compared to plasmid DNA (pDNA).
  • Current IVT mRNA production methods must improve to move mRNA technology to broader commercialization to support therapeutic and vaccine development.
  • Applied DNA Sciences is a biotechnology company developing technologies to produce and detect deoxyribonucleic acid ("DNA").

Risk Strategies Acquires Surety Specialist Bonds, Inc.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 2:30pm

BOSTON, July 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Risk Strategies , a leading national specialty insurance brokerage and risk management firm, today announced it has acquired Bonds, Inc., a specialist in surety bonds focused on the construction industry.Terms of the deal were not announced.

Key Points: 
  • BOSTON, July 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Risk Strategies , a leading national specialty insurance brokerage and risk management firm, today announced it has acquired Bonds, Inc., a specialist in surety bonds focused on the construction industry.Terms of the deal were not announced.
  • Michael and his team are an excellent fit with the Risk Strategies family and our specialist approach to risk, said Scott Popilek, Risk Strategies Atlantic Region Leader.
  • The acquisition of Bonds, Inc. strengthens Risk Strategies Surety Practice bonding operations.
  • Risk Strategies is a specialty national insurance brokerage and risk management firm offering comprehensive risk management advice and insurance and reinsurance placement for property & casualty, employee benefits, and private client services risks.