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The Obama Administration: May 1-16, 2010

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Nils Daulaire, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Office of Global Health Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, to be a Delegate Source

The President designated the following individuals to be Alternate United States Delegates to the Sixty-third World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization:

The Honorable Kerri-Ann Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs and Special Representative on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, Department of State

The Honorable RADM Nicole Lurie, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, United States Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services

The Honorable Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services

The Honorable Margaret Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services

Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services

Ann S. Blackwood, Director for Health Programs, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Department of State

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David E. Hohman, Health Attache, United States Permanent Mission to the European Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva Source

The President sent a Presidential Memorandum to Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in which he proposed an amendment to Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 proposals in his FY 2011 Budget. The amendment included General Provision proposals for the Departments of Labor, Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, the Interior, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and the Treasury, and the Environmental Protection Agency, to be considered as emergency requirements in response to urgent and essential needs of critical funds and authorities needed to respond to the Deepwater BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill as well as changes to current law that included a provision that would lift the $75 million liability cap protecting oil companies from economic damages caused by oil spills. Source Proposed Budget Annendment PDF

A Grand Jury for United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa indicted these 9 individuals on federal charges of accessing President Barack Obama's student loan records while they were employed for a Department of Education contractor in Iowa: Andrew J. Lage, 54, Patrick E. Roan, 51, Sandra Teague, 54 and Mercedes Costoyas, 53, all of Iowa City; Gary N. Grenell, 58, and Lisa Torney, 49, of Coralville; Anna C. Rhodes, 32, of Ainsworth; Julie L. Kline, 38, of West Branch; and John P. Phommivong, 29, for whom no hometown was listed. Source

The United States Treasury Department announced the U.S. posted an $82.69 billion deficit in April, 2010, the 19th straight monthly budget deficit; nearly four times the $20.91 billion shortfall registered in April, 2009, and the largest on record for that month. Source

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, testified in a United States Senate hearing against the President's decision to cancel America's return to the moon and the President's vision for America's future in space, voicing skepticism of the President's plan to rely on new space taxis developed by private companies after the space shuttles are retired. "If the leadership we have acquired through our investment is simply allowed to fade away, other nations will surely step in where we have faltered," Armstrong said. "I do not believe that this would be in our best interests." Eugene Cernan, the last astronaut on the moon, testified the President's budget for human space exploration "presents no challenges, has no focus, and in fact is a blueprint for a mission to 'nowhere." Source

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Day475/May13th/Thursday: The President spoke with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev by telephone, informing President Medvedev that he was sending the New START Treaty to the United States Senate for its consideration later in the day. Source

The President submitted to the United States Senate the New START Treaty, which he signed April 18, 2010, in Prague. Source

The President declared a major disaster existed in the State of South Dakota and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm on April 2, 2010. Federal funding was made available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm in the counties of Corson, Perkins, and Ziebach. Federal funding was also made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Source

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Retired, Robert Arend was president of an AFSCME local from 1997-2007.

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