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  • DHS Secretary Mayorkas Announces Family Reunification Task Force Principles and Executive Director

    DHS Secretary Mayorkas Announces Family Reunification Task Force Principles and Executive Director

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas Announces Family Reunification Task Force Principles and Executive Director | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: March 1, 2021) Washington - - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced today the principles of the Family Reunification Task Force and the appointment of the Task Force’s Executive Director, Michelle Brané. “We are dedicating our resources throughout the Department of Homeland Security and the federal government, and bringing our full weight to bear, to reunite children who were cruelly separated from their parents,” said Secretary Mayorkas, who serves as the Chair of the Task Force. “It is our moral imperative to not only reunite the families, but to provide them with the relief, resources, and services they need to heal.” Secretary Mayorkas announced that Michelle Brané will serve as ...
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  • Federal Election Commission Approves Advisory Opinion, holds Administrative Review Hearing

    Federal Election Commission Approves Advisory Opinion, holds Administrative Review Hearing

    Federal Election Commission Approves Advisory Opinion, holds Administrative Review Hearing| site |


    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: February 25, 2021)

    Washington - - At its open meeting today, the Federal Election Commission approved an advisory opinion. The Commission also held an administrative review hearing at the request of a 2016 presidential campaign committee regarding a matching funds repayment determination made by the Commission in 2019.

    Advisory Opinion Request 2021-02 (FEN-PAC) The Commission approved an advisory opinion request from the Full Employment Now-Political Action Committee (FEN-PAC), an independent expenditure-only political committee, regarding whether it may use aggregate data about FEN-PAC contributors in communications with members of Congress and Congressional candidates on matters involving legislative and policy issues. The Commission concluded
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  • CDC has Updated its Food Safety Alert for a Listeria Outbreak linked to Queso Fresco made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has Updated its Food Safety Alert for a Listeria Outbreak linked to Queso Fresco made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc. | site |




    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release dated: February 27, 2021

    CDC has updated its food safety alert for a Listeria outbreak linked to queso fresco made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc.: https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbrea...-21/index.html

    Key points:
    • CDC has learned that two other types of cheeses, quesillo and requeson, are made or packed by El Abuelito Cheese Inc. at the same facility as the recalled queso fresco. CDC is concerned that these cheeses could also be contaminated and could make people sick.
    • CDC is advising people at higher risk for severe Listeria illness to not eat any brand of quesillo or requeson cheeses until we learn more. This is because quesillo and requeson cheeses made or packed by El Abuelito
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  • Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Allows More Flexible Storage, Transportation Conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: U.S. Food and Drug Administration Allows More Flexible Storage, Transportation Conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine | site |



    Update Provides Alternative Temperature for Transportation and Temporary Storage for Frozen Vials Before Dilution


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: February 25, 2021) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is allowing undiluted frozen vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be transported and stored at conventional temperatures commonly found in pharmaceutical freezers for a period of up to two weeks. This reflects an alternative to the preferred storage of the undiluted vials in an ultra-low temperature freezer between -80ºC to -60ºC (-112ºF to -76ºF). The change is being reflected in updates to the Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine (Vaccination Providers)....
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  • Department of Commerce's EDA Awards Over 70 Million Dollars To Support Economic Recovery Across The U.S. And Territories

    Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration Awards Over $70 Million To Support Economic Recovery Across The U.S. And Territories | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Commerce press release dated: February 11, 2021) Today, the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration announced over $70 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance, Disaster Recovery, and Public Works Program grants to support businesses and communities adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic and natural disasters, and bolster public works projects to spur economic growth. These grants provide critical gap financing for local companies, support infrastructure improvement projects, and strengthen workforce development programs to help create jobs and generate private investments in communities across the country. The Department of Commerce is committed to promoting equitable economic growth that strengthens U.S. businesses, creates goo...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches Public Guidance to further protect Veterans’ personal Information

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches Public Guidance to further protect Veterans’ personal Information | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: February 22, 2021)

    Washington - - This February the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched Ethics Principles for Access to and Use of Veteran Data as part of ongoing efforts to protect Veteran data.

    The new online resource outlines nine principles for communicating clear expectations on how Veteran data is to be managed and viewed by Veterans, staff, VA partners and other stakeholders. These principles reinforce VA’s standards of data privacy and protection maintained during VA’s distribution of nearly 2 million COVID-19 vaccinations to date, and other critical health care services during the coronavirus pandemic. “VA’s principle-based ethics framework takes a proactive approach to data management and privacy
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  • OCR Resolves Three Discrimination Complaints After Medstar Health System Ensures Patients With Disabilities Can Have Support Persons in Health Care Settings During Covid-19 Pandemic

    Office for Civil Rights Resolves Three Discrimination Complaints After Medstar Health System Ensures Patients With Disabilities Can Have Support Persons in Health Care Settings During Covid-19 Pandemic | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] news release dated: February 25, 2021) Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services announces the resolution of three disability discrimination complaints to ensure that patients with disabilities are allowed access to support persons in MedStar Health hospitals and care locations during the COVID-19 pandemic. A support person may be a family member, personal care assistant, similar disability service provider, or other individual knowledgeable about the management or care of the patient who is authorized to assist the patient in making decisions. None of the individuals in the complaints had COVID-19, but all w...
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  • GSA Names Key Positions in Leadership Roster Bringing in Congressional, State, and Local Government Experience

    U.S. General Services Administration Names Key Positions in Leadership Roster Bringing in Congressional, State, and Local Government Experience | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration [GSA] press release dated: February 16, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the appointments of four key roles. These new appointees are:
    • Exodie Roe III, Associate Administrator, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
    • Roberto Rosas, Policy Advisor, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
    • Venecia Fernandez, Policy Advisor, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
    • LeJamiel Goodall, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Administrator
    • Laila ElGohary, White House Liaison
    “We are thrilled to have Exodie Roe III on board. His team will partner with the Federal Acquisition Service and the Public Buildings Service to broaden diversity, equity,...
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  • Creating Equity in Energy for People of Color

    Creating Equity in Energy for People of Color

    Creating Equity in Energy for People of Color | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy [DOE] news release dated: February 23, 2021)

    Today’s battle against climate change and efforts to develop clean, renewable sources of energy, have laid bare the disparities facing Black, Indigenous, and people of color in America in the energy space. Efforts like President Joe Biden’s latest executive order to address climate change aim to address inequities that have prevented underserved communities from accessing the benefits of clean energy. Amid this shifting landscape, Shalanda Baker sees a chance to make a positive difference as the Department of Energy’s first-ever deputy director for Energy Justice. “I’m excited about the potential to remediate the most hazardous and harmful impacts of climate, while also creating opportunities for economic empowerment in the communities who are most impacted by climate change,” she said. B...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Announces FY 2021 Round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grant Program

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces FY 2021 Round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: February 17, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today announced it is seeking applicants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. INFRA grants will fund transportation projects of national and regional significance that are in line with the Biden Administration’s priorities including creating good-paying jobs, improving safety, applying transformative technology, and explicitly addressing climate change and racial equity. The funding available for this year’s grants totals approximately $889 million. The Department recognizes the role that infrastructure investment plays in economic development and job creation, and the a...
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  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: February 23, 2021

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: February 23, 2021

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: February 23, 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: February 23, 2021)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • Yesterday, the FDA issued guidances for medical product developers, specifically covering vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics products, to address the emergence and potential future emergence of variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
    • The FDA issued a safety communication to inform patients and health care providers that pulse oximeters have limitations and a risk of inaccuracy under certain circumstances. The Pulse Oximeter Accuracy and Limitations: FDA Safety Communication provides:
      • Important recommendations for patients and their caregivers on how to use pulse oximeters at home.
      • Recommendations for health
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Key Biden-Harris Staff Appointments

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Key Biden-Harris Staff Appointments

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Key Biden-Harris Staff Appointments | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management [OPM] press release dated: January 25, 2021) Washington, DC - - Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced several political appointees to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The group will work alongside OPM civil servants in support of OPM’s mission and the Biden Administration’s commitment to build a federal workforce that reflects the diversity of America. “President Biden made a promise to the American people that he would assemble diverse and talented teams that look like America, and today he continues to fulfill that promise,” said Chris Canning, incoming Chief of Staff. “We are looking forward to joining the hard working and committed civil servants at OPM to support and empower the federal workforce.” OPM works in several broad categories to lead and serve ...
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  • Listeria Outbreak Update - - - CDC Warning

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    Listeria Outbreak Update - - - CDC Warning

    Listeria Outbreak Update: CDC Warning| site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release dated: February 24, 2021)

    CDC has updated its food safety alert for a Listeria outbreak linked to queso fresco made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc.: https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbrea...-21/index.html

    Key points:
    • CDC has expanded its advice to not eat, sell, or serve any cheese sold under the brand name El Abuelito, in addition to recalled queso fresco cheese sold under the brand names of El Abuelito, Rio Grande, and Rio Lindo. CDC is concerned that any cheese made or handled at this facility could be contaminated and make people sick.
    • Three new illnesses were reported this week. This outbreak has sickened a total of 10 people in four states (Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and Virginia).
    • Nine people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
    • Interviews with sick people
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  • SBA Reaches 200 Billion Dollars Milestone in Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to Small Businesses and Non-Profits

    SBA Reaches $200 Billion Milestone in Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to Small Businesses and Non-Profits | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: February 12, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration reached a milestone in the success of the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which has provided U.S. small businesses, non-profits, and agricultural businesses a total of $200 billion in emergency funding. “Following the enactment of COVID-19 emergency legislation, the SBA has now provided more than 3.7 million small businesses employing more than 20 million people with $200 billion through the unprecedented COVID-19 EIDL loan program,” Acting Administrator Tami Perriello said. “SBA remains committed to helping small businesses recover from the unprecedented economic effects of COVID-19.” SBA is still accepting COVID-1...
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  • Agencies issue Shared National Credit Review

    Agencies issue Shared National Credit Review

    Agencies issue Shared National Credit Review | site |




    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: February 25, 2021)

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
    Credit risk for large, syndicated loans has increased over the last year, according to the 2020 Shared National Credit (SNC) Review released by federal bank regulatory agencies today. The elevated risk is largely attributed to the effects of COVD-19. While risk has increased, many agent banks have strengthened their risk management systems since the prior downturn and are better equipped to measure and mitigate risks associated with loans in the current environment. The review, which evaluates the quality of large syndicated loans, was conducted by the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the C
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  • Education Department Amplifies USDA Expansion of SNAP Benefits to Help Students Pursuing Postsecondary Education During Pandemic

    Education Department Amplifies USDA Expansion of SNAP Benefits to Help Students Pursuing Postsecondary Education During Pandemic | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: February 23, 2021)

    As part of its ongoing efforts to ease the economic burden on millions of Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education—in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—issued guidance to postsecondary institutions to inform them about temporarily expanded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for students in need. "Since the onset of this pandemic, college students already living with low incomes have experienced significant life disruptions including increased food insecurity," said Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education Michelle Asha Cooper. "No student should have to worry about where their next meal will come from while balancing t
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  • Letter from Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen to G20 Colleagues

    Letter from Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen to G20 Colleagues

    Letter from Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen to G20 Colleagues | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: February 25, 2021) Washington - - Today, Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen sent a letter to her G20 colleagues. The text of the letter is below: Dear Colleagues: For more than a year the global community has faced a historic challenge from the dual health and economic crises caused by the pandemic. COVID-19 does not have a nationality nor respect borders, and we continue to see its devastating impact on the health and well-being of our people, our economies, and the social fabric of our societies. No one nation alone can declare victory over these crises. Indeed, our cooperation has never mattered more. This is a moment made for action and for multilateralism. Our first task must be stopping the virus. Containing the pandemic across the globe is paramount to a robust economic recovery. The United States ...
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press released dated: February 22, 2021)

    Washington, Feb. 22, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C.

    Maribel Duran was named Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations in the Office of the Secretary. Duran recently served as Managing Director for Equity and Inclusion for the Aspen Institute, as well as Chief of Staff for its Leadership Division. From 2018-2019, she was co-chair of the Institute’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. Previously, Duran served eight years in the Obama Administration, first as Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, then as Chief of Staff for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and ultimately as Chief of Staff
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  • NIH Study finds that People with SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies may have a Low Risk of Future Infection

    NIH Study finds that People with SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies may have a Low Risk of Future Infection

    National Institutes of Health Study finds that People with SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies may have a Low Risk of Future Infection | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: February 24, 2021)

    People who have had evidence of a prior infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, appear to be well protected against being reinfected with the virus, at least for a few months, according to a newly published study from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This finding may explain why reinfection appears to be relatively rare, and it could have important public health implications, including decisions about returning to physical workplaces, school attendance, the prioritization of vaccine distribution, and other activities. For the study, researchers at NCI, part of the National Institutes of Health, collaborated with two health care data analytics companies (HealthVerity and Aetion, Inc.) and f
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  • Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Issues Policies to Guide Medical Product Developers Addressing Virus Variants

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues Policies to Guide Medical Product Developers Addressing Virus Variants | site |



    Suite of Guidances Addresses Vaccines, Diagnostics and Therapeutics


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: February 22, 2021) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidances for medical product developers, specifically covering vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics products, to address the emergence and potential future emergence of variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. “The FDA is committed to identifying efficient ways to modify medical products that either are in the pipeline or have been authorized for emergency use to address emerging variants,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “We know the country is eager to return to a new normal and the emergence of the virus variants raises new concerns about the ...
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