Obama Administration

Accomplishments

Displaying 175 Accomplishments
  • Transgender Americans able to serve openly in the military after the Department of Defense lifted a ban prohibiting them from serving
    Jul 01 2016
  • All Freedom of Information request responses to be posted online after a successful pilot program was permanately expanded and signed into law
    Jun 30 2016
  • Students who were defrauded or had their contract breached by a college or university can more easily petition to have their student loans forgiven under new rules by the Department of Education
    Jun 13 2016
  • Sentences reduced and adapted for 42 people serving excessive and unfair punishment in federal prison for nonviolent crimes
    Jun 03 2016
  • President Obama becomes the first President to visit Hiroshima laying a wreath at Peace Memorial Park
  • Senior Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour killed in Pakistan after U.S. drone strike
    May 22 2016
  • Nutritional labels updated and modernized to better inform consumers of what they are purchasing under new labeling rules by the Food and Drug Administration
    May 20 2016
  • Suggested maximum daily sugar amount added to nutritional labels for the first time under new labeling rules by the Food and Drug Administration
    May 20 2016
  • First openly gay Secretary of the Army confirmed unanimously by the Senate
    May 18 2016
  • Over four million Americans to qualify for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week under new rule by the Labor Department that raised the salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 per year
    May 17 2016
  • Environmentally dangerous methane emissions from the oil and gas sector regulated for the first time under new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency
    May 12 2016
  • Transgender students in public schools must be allowed to use the bathrooms of their gender identity under new rule by the Obama Administration
    May 12 2016
  • American bison named as the first national mammal after the National Bison Legacy Act was signed into law
    May 09 2016
  • Senior ISIS leader Abu Sa'ad al-Sudani killed in Syria after U.S. airstrike
    May 05 2016
  • Stonewall Inn named the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the United States
    May 04 2016
  • 40 ISIS operatives responsible for multiple attacks in Europe and the Middle East killed by Delta Force and Navy SEAL commandos during various raids
    Apr 27 2016
  • First woman on American currency in more than 100 years will be Harriet Tubman after the Treasury Department announced she will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill
    Apr 20 2016
  • Individuals investing in retirement accounts protected under new rule requiring financial advisers to provide investment advice that puts their client's best interests above all else
    Apr 15 2016
  • 387,000 Americans unable to to work due to a permanent disability have their student loan debts forgiven by the Department of Education
    Apr 12 2016
  • Homeowners taken advantage of by deceptive mortgage practices from Goldman Sachs to receive monetary relief after agreement between the bank and the Justice Department
    Apr 11 2016
  • American banks must identify the owners of shell companies they do business with under a new rule by the Treasury Department
    Apr 10 2016
  • Gender neutral restrooms available for White House staff and visitors so individuals can use the bathroom that conforms to their gender identity
    Apr 07 2016
  • Senior Al-Qaeda leader Abu Firas al-Suri killed in Syria after U.S. air strike
    Apr 04 2016
  • Sentences reduced and adapted for 61 people serving excessive and unfair punishment in federal prison for nonviolent crimes
    Mar 30 2016
  • ISIS Finance Minister Haji Iman killed during U.S. operation
    Mar 25 2016
  • Hazardous industrial material crystalline silica which is known to pose serious risks of incurable lung disease and lung cancer regulated to lower the allowable exposure limit
    Mar 23 2016
  • Workers must be informed of their employers and its contractors direct or indirect persuading against forming a union under a new rule by the Labor Department
    Mar 23 2016
  • Cuban citizens witnessed Cuban President Raul Castro take questions from the media for the first time during press conference with President Obama
  • Public Wi-Fi areas in Cuba greatly expanded since American telecommunication companies were allowed to do business in the country
  • President Obama becomes the first U.S. President to visit Cuba since 1928 after successful diplomatic negotiations
  • General Lori Robinson becomes first woman nominated to lead a combatant command in the United States military
    Mar 18 2016
  • Senior ISIS leader Omar al-Shishani and 12 additional ISIS fighters killed in Syria after a series of U.S. drone and manned aircraft strikes
    Mar 15 2016
  • Offshore drilling off the Atlantic Coast prohibited after local communities voiced strong opposition
    Mar 15 2016
  • Cubans may open U.S. bank accounts under new rule by the Treasury and Commerce Departments
  • U.S. citizens may travel to Cuba for people-to-people educational reasons under new rule by the Treasury and Commerce Departments
  • 150 Al-Shabaab fighters killed at Somalia training camp after U.S. air strike
    Mar 08 2016
  • Senior Al-Shabaab leader Yusuf Ali Ugas killed in Somalia after U.S. air strike
    Mar 05 2016
  • Senior Al-Shabaab leader Mohamed Mire killed in Somalia after U.S. air strike
    Mar 05 2016
  • Senior unnamed ISIS operative captured and detained during U.S. led raid in Iraq
    Mar 03 2016
  • Moderates winning a majority in Iran's parliament and Assembly of Experts partially attributed to improved diplomacy and landmark nuclear deal with major world powers
  • Senior ISIS leader Noureddine Chouchane and over thirty ISIS militants killed in Libya after U.S. airstrikes
    Feb 19 2016
  • American citizens may fly to Cuba for the first time in 50 years after the two countries sign an agreement restoring commercial air travel
  • All active duty service members eligible for 12 weeks of fully paid maternity leave through new rule by the Department of Defense
    Jan 28 2016
  • Juveniles in federal prisons can no longer be placed in solitary confinement after executive order by President Obama
    Jan 25 2016
  • Consumers who reduce their electricity use during peak hours receive a discount through new rule by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    Jan 25 2016
  • Four United States citizens imprisoned in Iran released after a prisoner swap between the United States and Iran
  • Ten Yemeni detainees held at Guantanamo Bay for fourteen years transferred to Oman
    Jan 14 2016
  • New coal mining leases on public lands halted under new rule by the Department of Interior
    Jan 14 2016
  • Ten Navy sailors detained by Iran after accidentally sailing into their waters freed within 24 hours through diplomatic negotiations
  • ISIS cash depot holding millions of dollars bombed in Mosul, Iraq by U.S. air strike
    Jan 11 2016
  • Senior ISIS leader Abu Mohammed al-Adnani injured and detained in Iraq after U.S. air strike
    Jan 07 2016
  • Sentences reduced and adapted for 97 people serving excessive and unfair punishment in federal prison for nonviolent crimes
    Dec 18 2015
  • World community pledges to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees celsius
    Dec 12 2015
  • Senior Al-Qaida leader Abdirahman Sandhere killed in Lybia by U.S. air strike
    Dec 07 2015
  • Female soldiers roles expanded to serve in any combat position
    Dec 03 2015
  • Military personnel who handled service dogs in combat zones given first rights of adoption after the dog retires from duty
    Nov 25 2015
  • Senior ISIS leader Wisam al Zubaidi killed in Libya by U.S. air strike
    Nov 14 2015
  • Senior ISIS leader Abu Nabil killed in Libya by U.S. air strike
    Nov 14 2015
  • Senior ISIS leader Mohammed Emwazi (Jihadi John) killed in Syria by U.S. drone strike
    Nov 13 2015
  • Senior ISIS leader Abu Nabil killed in Libya by U.S. air strike
    Nov 13 2015
  • Veterans and their families offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities in all fifty states
    Nov 11 2015
  • Final phase of Keystone pipeline rejected because it would not serve the national interest of the United States
    Nov 06 2015
  • Federal job applicants can't be denied employment solely for having a prior conviction
    Nov 02 2015
  • Seventy hostages held by ISIS in Iraq rescued after joint operation with Iraqi soldiers and US special forces
    Oct 22 2015
  • Senior Al-Qaida leader Sanafi al-Nasr killed in Syria by U.S. air strike
    Oct 18 2015
  • Sentences reduced and adapted for 6,000 people serving excessive and unfair punishment in federal prison for nonviolent crimes
    Oct 06 2015
  • First openly gay American nominated to become Secretary of the Army
    Sep 18 2015
  • Employees of Federal government contractors must be offered seven days of paid sick leave per year
    Sep 07 2015
  • Transgender Americans may not be discriminated against by health insurance companies or medical providers
    Sep 03 2015
  • Tallest mountain in North America renamed Mount Denali
    Aug 31 2015
  • First openly transgender person hired by White House to work as civilian employee
    Aug 18 2015
  • Each state must reduce carbon emissions by set amounts by 2030
    Aug 04 2015
  • Senior Al-Qaida leader Muhsin al-Fadhli killed in Syria by U.S. air strike
    Jul 21 2015
  • Sexual orientation discrimination against Federal employees ruled illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
    Jul 16 2015
  • Six major world powers reach agreement with Iran to curb their nuclear program
    Jul 14 2015
  • Sentences commuted for 46 people serving excessive & unfair punishment for nonviolent crimes
    Jul 13 2015
  • National monuments consist of 260 Million Acres throughout America
    Jul 12 2015
  • United States and Cuba re-open embassies after 54 year diplomatic freeze
  • Government mandated threshold for all hourly workers to qualify for overtime pay increased from $23,660 to $50,440.
    Jun 30 2015
  • Senior Al-Qaida leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi killed in Yemen by U.S. drone strike
    Jun 12 2015
  • Senior Al-Qaida leader Nasr al-Ansi killed in Yemen by a CIA-led U.S. drone strike
    Apr 21 2015
  • New Medicare formula changes the way doctors are reimbursed; rewards doctors when their patients have better health outcomes
    Apr 16 2015
  • 53 political prisoners in Cuba released as a show of good will in the ongoing restoratiation of diplomatic relationship between the two countries
  • United States restores diplomatic relationship with Cuba after 50 year freeze
  • President Obama issues executive order allowing the parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents to continue residing in the United States
    Nov 20 2014
  • President Obama pledges $3 Billion to global fund assisting poor countries coping with climate change
    Nov 14 2014
  • China and the United States agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to twenty-five percent by 2030
    Nov 12 2014
  • Senior Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane killed in Somalia by U.S. airstrike
    Sep 05 2014
  • Broad Coalition of Middle-Eastern countries conduct military campaign against ISIS inside of Syria
    Sep 2014
  • President Obama signs executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminting against LGBT individuals
    Jul 21 2014
  • United States assumes control of weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium from Japan after the two countries signed an agreement to secure their stockpile to prevent it from theft
    Mar 24 2014
  • International Trade Data System created to streamline small business Export/Import process
    Feb 19 2014
  • Minimum wage for Federal Contractors raised to $10.10 per hour.
    Feb 12 2014
  • Agriculture Act of 2014 signed into law
  • Federal Government reopens after 16 day shutdown defeating Republican partisan attempt to cancel health care benefits for millions under Obamacare
    Oct 17 2013
  • President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have first formal communication between the two nations in 35 years
  • Syria agrees to dismantle chemical weapons stockpile after deal reached between the Obama Administration and Russia
    Sep 14 2013
  • Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutional by Supreme Court
    Jun 26 2013
  • Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng relocates to the United State after diplomatic agreement between China and the Obama administration
  • President Obama becomes first sitting president to publicly support marriage equality
    May 09 2012
  • Senior Al-Qaida commander Fahd al-Quso killed in Yemen by a CIA-led U.S. drone strike
    May 06 2012
  • STOCK Act signed into law
    Apr 04 2012
  • U.S. drone attack in Yemen killed 12-15 militants, including at least four Al-Qaeda leaders
    Jan 30 2012
  • Senior Al-Qaeda figure Aslam Awan killed in U.S. drone strike
    Jan 2012
  • War in Iraq ended with last American troops crossing border into Kuwait
    Dec 17 2011
  • US government international campaign initiated to build respect for the human rights of LGBT persons worldwide
    Dec 06 2011
  • Senior Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki killed in Yemen by a CIA-led U.S. drone strike
    Sep 30 2011
  • America Invents Act signed into law
    Sep 16 2011
  • Al-Qaeda's operations chief for Pakistan Abu Hafs al Shahri reported killed in U.S. Predator strike
    Sep 11 2011
  • U.S./Pakistani joint arrest of suspected Chief Al-Qaeda Younis al-Mauritani in Quetta
    Sep 06 2011
  • Al-Qaeda No. 2 Atiyah Abd al-Rahman Killed in Pakistan by CIA predator drone strike
    Aug 22 2011
  • East Africa's Al-Qaeda senior leader Harun Fazul killed at security checkpoint in Somalia
    Jun 07 2011
  • Al-Qaeda Commander Ilyas Kashmiri Killed in U.S. Predator Strike
    Jun 03 2011
  • 6 senior Al-Qaeda figures killed in U.S. Air Strike
    Jun 2011
  • US Forces Kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan
    May 02 2011
  • Defense of Marriage Act declared unconstitutional and no longer defended in federal courts by the Obama Administration
    Feb 23 2011
  • New START Treaty ratified
    Feb 05 2011
  • US sponsored measure to include “sexual orientation” in the definition of human rights adopted by the UN General Assembly, 122- 0.
    Dec 22 2010
  • Claims Resolution Act signed into law
    Dec 08 2010
  • Veterans' Benefit Act signed into law
    Oct 14 2010
  • Small Business Jobs Act signed into law
  • Fair Sentencing Act signed into law
    Aug 03 2010
  • Wall Street Reform Act signed into law
  • U.S. drone attack killed 7 known terrorists, most notable Al-Qaeda operative from Egypt Hawza al Jawfi
    Jun 29 2010
  • Federal benefits extended to same sex partners of workers through memorandum by Obama administration
    Jun 02 2010
  • Transgender Americans able to list their gender identity on their passports under rule issued by the State Department
    Jun 01 2010
  • Al-Qaeda’s number three commander Sheik Saeed al-Masri killed in U.S. drone attack
    May 21 2010
  • Joint American and Iraqi operation killed Al-Qaeda leaders Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi
    Apr 18 2010
  • Student Aid Act signed into law
    Mar 30 2010
  • Hire Act signed into law
    Mar 18 2010
  • Al-Qaeda operative Hussein al-Yemeni killed by U.S. drone attack in Pakistan
    Mar 2010
  • Al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked Fedayeen-i-Islam leader Qari Zafar killed in US airstrike
    Feb 24 2010
  • Militant commander Muhammad Haqqani killed by U.S. drone attacks
    Feb 2010
  • Discrimination based on gender identity banned in federal workplaces
    Jan 01 2010
  • Liquidation of General Motors and Chrysler avoided through government mandated restructuring plans and conditional investment and loan programs
  • 115,000 jobs created at General Motors and Chrysler since government financing and restructuring implemented
    2009
  • 1.45 million American jobs saved overall by government financing and restructuring of GM and Chrysler to avoid liquidation
    2009
  • $96 billion in personal income losses avoided by government financing and restructuring of GM and Chrysler to avoid liquidation
    2009
  • $28.6 billion net public benefit in income taxes and social security taxes paid because liquidation of GM and Chrysler avoided
    2009
  • Al-Qaeda Operational Commander Abdallah Sa’id killed in U.S. drone attack
    Dec 17 2009
  • Al-Qaeda Operational Commander Saleh al-Somali killed in U.S. drone attack
    Dec 08 2009
  • People with HIV/AIDS no longer prohibited from entering the United States
    Oct 30 2009
  • Matthew Shepard Act signed into law
    Oct 28 2009
  • Operation Celestial Balance: Navy Seals Kill Somalian Al-Qaeda leader Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan in raid
    Sep 14 2009
  • Somalian Al-Qaeda leader Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan killed by U.S. raid
    Sep 14 2009
  • White House voluntary disclosure of visitor logs
    Sep 04 2009
  • Co-founder of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan Tohir Yo‘ldosh killed by U.S. drone attacks
    Aug 29 2009
  • U.S. drone attack killed Tehrik e-Taliban Pakistan leader Baitullah Mahsud in Pakistan
    Aug 05 2009
  • First-ever reception at the White House honoring Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered, Bisexual Pride Month hosted by the President and First lady
    Jun 29 2009
  • Sonya Sotomayor nominated and approved as Supreme Court justice
    May 25 2009
  • Credit Card Act signed into law
    May 22 2009
  • Fraud Enforcement Act signed into law
    May 20 2009
  • Serve America Act signed into law
    Apr 21 2009
  • Restrictions eased on Cuba travel, money transfers, and cellular telephone/satellite service.
  • Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips rescued during operation in which U.S. Navy Seal snipers kill three Somali Pirates holding him for ransom aboard lifeboat
    Apr 11 2009
  • 2009 Stimulus Bill signed into law
    Feb 17 2009
  • Use of torture by CIA and military to interrogate prisoners prohibited.
    Jan 21 2009