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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Ozone High Pollution Advisory issued for Friday, April 19

Ozone HPA Press Release

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is issuing an Ozone High Pollution Advisory (HPA) for Maricopa County, effective Friday, April 19, 2019. This HPA is due to ozone levels expected to accumulate enough to exceed the federal health stan...

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Additional Info... Air Quality
Posted on: April 16, 2019

'Commit to One Day, Help Keep Ozone Away' Campaign Kicks Off

Ozone Campaign Press Release

PHOENIX (April 16, 2019) – Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) is announcing the start of its annual Ozone Campaign, encouraging county residents to help reduce the harmful pollutant during the spring and summer months.

Ground-level oz...

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Additional Info... Air Quality
Posted on: April 16, 2019

Maricopa County Appoints Public Health Director

Marcy Flanagan

PHOENIX (April 16, 2019) – Maricopa County is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcy Flanagan, DBA, MPH, MA as its new Public Health Director effective June 10, 2019. Flanagan currently serves as director of Pima County Department of Publi...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 11, 2019

Prevent Wildfires in the Southwest

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Although many in the valley live in urban areas, other areas have what is called a “Wildland Urban Interface”, which creates an environment where fire can move readily between structures and vegetation. Winds, prolonged drought, and high temperatures have...

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Emergency Management
Posted on: April 10, 2019

Boards Appoints Kyrene Constable

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PHOENIX – Today the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed a new constable for the Kyrene Justice Precinct. Ben Halloran was selected from a large pool of applicants for the position that was vacated by Kent Rini in February.

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 27, 2019

Maricopa County To Manage Additional 1,000+ Acres of Public Land

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PHOENIX –The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) signed a lease agreement allowing the Parks and Recreation Department to enter into a Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) lease with the BLM Hassayampa F...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 19, 2019

Mowing Down Pollution

Mowing Down Pollution News Release

PHOENIX (March 19, 2019) – Want to help keep our air clean and save money? The Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD), in partnership with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), is relaunching the Mowing Down Pollution P...

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Additional Info... Air Quality
Posted on: March 13, 2019

Board Approves Public Safety Dock at Lake Pleasant

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Phoenix – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved design and construction of a new dock and boathouses at Scorpion Bay Marina within Lake Pleasant Regional Park. This addition will be for the exclusive use of the Maricopa County Parks and Recrea...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 13, 2019

Donation Will Launch Pet Help Program

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Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is launching a new program thanks to a private donation.

The Board of Supervisors have accepted a $45,000 donation from Cathy Rinaldi, a longtime Animal Care and Control volunteer. This donation will help launch Mari...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 12, 2019

New Survey Asks Maricopa County Residents How Their Community Affects Their Health

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PHOENIX (March 12, 2019) – How would you rate the quality of life where you live? What do you feel are the biggest strengths in your community? Residents can provide valuable input on questions like these and help inform where resources are need...

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MaricopaHealthMatters.org Public Health
Posted on: March 5, 2019

Funding Available through FY19 DERA State Clean Diesel Grant Program

Clean Diesel Program

PHOENIX (March 5, 2019) – Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) is administering the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) State Clean Diesel Program grant, which is designed to improve air quality by elimin...

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Additional Info... Air Quality
Posted on: February 20, 2019

Maricopa County Congenital Syphilis Rates Have Doubled in the Last Two Years

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PHOENIX (Feb. 20, 2019) – Last year, 30 babies in Maricopa County were born with congenital syphilis (CS), a preventable disease that occurs when a mother with syphilis passes the infection on to her baby during pregnancy. Five of these babies d...

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Additional Info... Public Health
Posted on: February 13, 2019

Jack Sellers Appointed as District 1 Supervisor

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Maricopa County has a new Supervisor representing parts of the East Valley. Jack Sellers was appointed today to represent District 1 by unanimous vote of the Board of Supervisors.

“What an honor and privilege it is to be appointed to serve on thi...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 12, 2019

GROUNDWATER RECHARGE FREE FOR PUBLIC AGENCIES ON DISTRICT LAND

The Water Cycle

PHOENIX ─ Groundwater recharge is a process where water moves downward from the surface to an underground holding place called an aquifer. In the last 23 years, several public agencies have approached the Flood Control District of Maricopa County (FCD or ...

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Flood Control District
Posted on: January 31, 2019

Last Board Meeting for Supervisor Denny Barney

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During his final official meeting as a Maricopa County supervisor, Denny Barney, District 1, expressed gratitude to his colleagues on the Board, county staff, and constituents, as well as family and close friends who attended his final board meet...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: January 21, 2019

MCDOT releases 2018 Annual Report

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MCDOT is honored to be of service to our great county by providing connections that improve people's lives.  We want to share some of our accomplishments through MCDOT's 2018 Annual Report..

Highlights from our report include: 

  1. Investing i...
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MCDOT News & Updates
Posted on: January 16, 2019

Working Group Created to Make Elections Recommendations

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The Board of Supervisors directed the county manager to form a working group that may lead to substantial changes in the way elections are run in the fourth most populous county in the country.

The 2018 Primary and General Elections saw massive turnout and...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: January 10, 2019

Bill Gates Elected Chairman of Board of Supervisors

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January 9, 2019 – PHOENIX – Bill Gates, the newly-elected Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, says county government is making a difference on pressing regional issues such as water, environmental health, and growth a...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: January 8, 2019

ASU Sustainability Grant Finalized

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At a check presentation ceremony today, Maricopa County finalized a partnership with Arizona State University that will result in practical ways to reduce urban heat and improve air quality in our region.

In November, the Maricopa County Industrial Develo...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: December 17, 2018

Office of the Medical Examiner Receives Full Accreditation

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The premier professional organization for medical examiners is giving its highest endorsement to the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner (OME). OME has received full accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) for th...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: December 14, 2018

Elves Donate to Shelter Pets

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This week, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors accepted a donation of collars, toy, and treats from the East Side Elves valued at $7,371. 

The East Side Elves collected the items and made sure Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelter p...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: November 26, 2018

Board Canvasses Nov. 6 Election

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has approved the canvass of the November 6, 2018 General Election. Today’s canvass sends election results from Maricopa County to the Secretary of State’s office for review.

“I want to ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: November 17, 2018

Celebrating Maricopa Trail and Take A Hike Day

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Maricopa County celebrated a Maricopa Trail milestone and Take A Hike Day with free entry to regional parks November 17.

“Phase 1 of the Maricopa Trail is now complete.  This is a huge achievement for our Parks Department and a cause wor...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: November 14, 2018

Funding the Future: Maricopa County, ASU Combat Urban Heat

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The Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) approved a grant to the ASU Foundation for a New American University for research to help reduce urban heat and improve air quality. The $2.99 million grant is for three years and will help get th...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: November 2, 2018

External Report on 2018 Election Issues Released

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BerryDunn, the consulting firm hired by Maricopa County to review Election Day processes and related issues, has released its capstone report. The purpose of BerryDunn's work was threefold: to ensure that the Recorder's Office is implementing the recommen...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 29, 2018

Maricopa County Supports Healthy Giving Campaign

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PHOENIX—Community leaders came together today to launch a campaign to show the generous people of Maricopa County how they can be part of long-term solutions for those experiencing homelessness.  The campaign builds on the vast network of goodwil...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 22, 2018

Board of Supervisors Receives Status Update on November Election Plan

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors received a status update on the 2018 General Election today. County Recorder Adrian Fontes said his office was expecting record turnout for a midterm election, possibly a “threefold increase” com...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 18, 2018

Help Identify Missing Persons

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Maricopa County works all year long to identify missing persons and bring closure to families, but not every attempt leads to a connection.

“In the state of Arizona alone, we have 1700 unidentified, and a lot of those cases are cases where we don...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 5, 2018

An Example of Service

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The call came in at 7 pm on a Friday night.  Not just after work hours, but solidly into the weekend.  Ted McCreary, a Behavioral Health Case Manager, was calling his boss, Jeff Tourdot, about a Phoenix water customer who was in desperat...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 21, 2018

Maricopa County Releases Interim Report on 2018 Primary Election Issues

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READ THE INTERIM REPORT

VISIT THE PRIMARY ELECTION REVIEW WEBSITE

The Maricopa County Internal Audit Department has completed an interim report on issues surrounding the 2018 Primary Election. The purpose of this review, requested by the Maricopa County Boa...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 19, 2018

County issues proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation today recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The county’s efforts create an opportunity for residents and Maricopa County’s more than 1...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Update to Animal Shelter Plans

Adoptions After Dark

Maricopa County has found a potential replacement for the East animal shelter at Rio Salado and Loop 101. Current plans call for a new facility to be built at the county-owned campus at Mesa Drive and Baseline Road. The new shelter would offer the same se...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 11, 2018

Grant helps youth aging out of foster care

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Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority granted $100,000 to Arizona Friends of Foster Children’s Keys to Success program. Executive Council Charities contributed an additional $50,000.

The money will pay for career, education, and employment devel...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 5, 2018

Board approves Primary Election results, money for outside review

BOS approves election results

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has approved the August 28, 2018 Primary Election results but has requested an internal audit and external review related to the planning and execution of the Primary Election and Election Day operations.  

The...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: August 29, 2018

Board Declares September “Suicide Prevention Awareness Month”

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation this week aimed at saving lives.  The Board officially recognized September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults in t...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: August 21, 2018

Hepatitis C Screenings in Jails Improve Community Health

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With the rise of intravenous drug misuse including opioids, the rates of Hepatitis C in the community have increased in recent years. The incarcerated population in Maricopa County jails is especially at risk. Until recently, inmates were only getting tes...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: August 15, 2018

Community Kitchen Investment Will Help Underserved Populations

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Maricopa County and St. Mary's Food Bank are teaming up to help the homeless, formerly incarcerated, and other low-income individuals gain job skills. On Wednesday, the Maricopa County Industrial Authority (IDA) presented a check to St. Mary’s f...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: August 15, 2018

We are approaching 40 straight days of air pollution alerts!

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Since July, we’ve had 38 straight days of air pollution alerts.

  • The alerts are caused by:
    • A stricter federal ozone health standard
      • It dropped from 75 parts per billion to 70 parts per billion in 2015
    • The sweltering hot & sunny days reacting with pollutant...
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Office of Communications
Posted on: August 3, 2018

Guadalupe Library Program Helps Valley Youth

Read-and-Feed

A free lunch and a cool place to read during the summer.  That’s what kids have been getting all summer at Maricopa County Library District’s Guadalupe Library.  The library partnered with St. Mary’s Food Ba...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: July 31, 2018

Maricopa County Offers New "Valley View"

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Maricopa County has launched "Valley View," a collection of high-definition cameras that provide real-time images of the county from the north, south, east, and west.  Positioned on the 10th floor of the County Administration Building i...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: July 31, 2018

Medical Examiner Provides Easier Access to Death Investigation Information

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There's a new online tool that will allow the public to more easily find and access information from the Office of the Medical Examiner.  The “OME Case Status” search allows you to look up cases by case number or with a combination of name, date ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: July 18, 2018

Maricopa County Inmates "Choose to Change"

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Branden Tucker is finishing up his second stint behind bars and says if the Choose to Change Reentry Program had been available during his first stay, there never would have been a second.

“It’s mind blowing.  You think at 42 y...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 28, 2018

Maricopa County Strategic Plan for 2019-2022 Approved

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved a countywide strategic plan for fiscal years 2019-2022, which outlines measurable goals to help the county achieve its mission of regional leadership, fiscal responsibility, and necessary public services t...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 25, 2018

Maricopa County FY 2019 Budget Approved

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Board of Supervisors Approves Final FY 2019 Budget

Spending Decreases 1.7%; Tax Rate Remains Flat

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a final budget for fiscal year 2019 that decreases spending year-over-year without raising the ta...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 14, 2018

LovePup Foundation Makes Donation to Fund Microchips in Dogs

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Hundreds of stray animals come into Maricopa County Animal Care and Control every week and many of them are pets. Getting these lost family members back to their owners is a part of the mission at the department. To help in that effort the Board of Superv...

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Posted on: May 21, 2018

Board of Supervisors Approves Tentative FY 2019 Budget

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a tentative budget for fiscal year 2019 that decreases spending year-over-year without raising the tax rate.

“Maricopa County residents want to live in safe communities with a responsi...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 16, 2018

Maricopa County Wins 48 National Awards

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Maricopa County is being recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for visionary county leadership that improves our residents’ quality of life. From helping the next generation breathe easier to using technolog...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 9, 2018

Stadium District Board of Directors Approves Chase Field MOU

Chase Field

Today the Maricopa County Stadium District (MCSD) Board of Directors voted to approve a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will end the lawsuit over Chase Field, protect county taxpayers, and turn over responsibility for all repairs and mainte...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 4, 2018

State Budget Deal Includes Relief for Counties

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State Budget Deal Includes Relief for Counties

Maricopa County Supervisors expressed gratitude to the Governor and Arizona lawmakers for a budget that frees counties of many of the financial burdens passed onto them since the Great Recession. Since 2008, m...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 1, 2018

Maricopa County, ASU Discuss Ways to Combat Heat, Brown Cloud

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More ozone alerts during the day.  Hotter temperatures at night.  These trends are a big reason why Maricopa County and Arizona State University are exploring new ways to work together to ensure life in the desert is sustainable.

Today, a...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: April 20, 2018

Redevelopment of Public Housing Breathes New Life into Community

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A re-dedication ceremony for the new Coffelt-Lamoreaux development near 19th Avenue and Buckeye launches a new era for many of its residents.

90-year-old Lucio “Chief” Villalpando says he can’t wait to get into his newly remod...

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Office of Communications