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NIH Funds Community Engagement Research Efforts in Areas Hardest Hit by COVID-19

National Institutes of Health Funds Community Engagement Research Efforts in Areas Hardest Hit by COVID-19 | site |




(September 16, 2020) - - Today, September 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:

The National Institutes of Health today announced a $12 million award for outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The award to RTI International, a non-profit research institution, will support teams in 11 states established as part of the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities. These teams have received initial funding to immediately create CEAL programs, and RTI will serve as the Technical and Administrative Support and Coordination (TASC) center.


The CEAL research teams will focus on COVID-19 awareness and education research, especially among African Americans,
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HUD and Census Bureau Release New American Housing Survey

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau Release New American Housing Survey | site |


2019 survey provides pre-pandemic insights on home accessibility, food security, and housing costs



(September 16, 2020) - - Today, September 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information:

WASHINGTON - According to the new 2019 American Housing Survey (AHS) released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of American renter households spending 30 percent or more of their income on housing costs held steady at 51 percent between 2017 and 2019.


The 2019 AHS offers the most comprehensive picture of the nation’s housing inventory pre-pandemic. As researchers try to understand more current data on the state of housing from multiple data sources, the new survey informs our understanding
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IRS releases State-by-State breakdown of nearly 9 Million Non-filers getting Economic Impact Payments Letters

IRS releases State-by-State breakdown of nearly 9 Million Non-filers who will be Mailed Letters about Economic Impact Payments | site |



(September 17, 2020) - - Today, September 17, 2020, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today released a state-by-state breakdown of the roughly nine million people receiving a special mailing this month encouraging them to see if they're eligible to claim an Economic Impact Payment.

The IRS will mail the letters to people who typically aren't required to file federal income tax returns but may qualify for an Economic Impact Payment. The letter urges recipients to visit the special Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool on IRS.gov before the October 15 deadline to register for an Economic Impact Payment. "The IRS continues to work hard to reach people eligible for these payments," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Retti
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  • Federal Reserve Board Updates Frequently Asked Questions on Lender Underwriting for the Main Street Lending Program

    Federal Reserve Board Updates Frequently Asked Questions to Clarify the Board and Department of Treasury’s Expectations regarding Lender Underwriting for the Main Street Lending Program | site |



    (September 18, 2020) - - Today, September 18, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board on Friday updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) to clarify the Board and Department of Treasury's expectations regarding lender underwriting for the Main Street Lending Program. The revised FAQs emphasize that lender underwriting should look back to the borrower's pre-pandemic condition and forward to their post-pandemic prospects. The FAQs also clarify supervisory expectations for lenders originating Main Street loans. The program supports lending to small and medium-sized for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations that were in sound financial condition before the COVID-19 pandemic but l...
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  • FDIC Launches Its First-Ever Academic Challenge 

    FDIC Launches Its First-Ever Academic Challenge 

    FDIC Launches Its First-Ever Academic Challenge | site |


    Teams from universities and colleges throughout the country will examine effects of community banks on local economic development



    (September 18, 2020) - - Today, September 18, 2020, the FDIC published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced the launch of the agency’s first-ever Academic Challenge, a competition among teams of university and college students to address questions concerning the U.S. banking sector. The topic for this inaugural challenge is “The Effects of Community Banks on Local Economic Development.”


    The FDIC’s Center for Financial Research is hosting the 2020-2021 Academic Challenge, which will consist of two rounds. In the first round of the competition, teams of undergraduate students will use multiple public data sources to examine the effects of community banks on local...
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  • Federal Reserve Board issues Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households

    Federal Reserve Board issues Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households

    Federal Reserve Board issues Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households | site |



    (September 18, 2020) - - Today, September 18, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board published the following information:

    Data collected to supplement the Federal Reserve Board's seventh annual Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking showed that U.S. families were faring better financially in July than in April, but many still faced uncertainty regarding layoffs and prospects for returning to work.

    Recognizing the unprecedented financial disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Reserve conducted a pair of supplemental surveys to monitor changes in the financial well-being of Americans. The first of these surveys was conducted in April, at the onset of the pandemic and before most financial relief efforts were in place. The April results were described in the Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households
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  • FDIC Proposes to Update Policy Statement on Minority Depository Institutions

    FDIC Proposes to Update Policy Statement on Minority Depository Institutions

    FDIC Proposes to Update Policy Statement on Minority Depository Institutions | site |




    (August 21, 2020) - - Today. August 21, 2020, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation published the following information:

    WASHINGTON—The Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today approved a new proposed Statement of Policy to enhance the agency’s efforts to encourage and preserve Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs). The proposed revisions would update, strengthen, and clarify the FDIC’s policies and procedures related to the agency’s existing MDI framework. The FDIC seeks public comment on the proposal over a 60-day period.

    Specifically, the proposed revisions describe the initiatives the FDIC has taken and will take to promote the preservation of MDIs and enhance communication between the FDIC and these minority-owned and managed institutions. The proposed Statement of Policy would also define
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Charges Ponzi Scheme Targeting African Immigrants

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Charges Ponzi Scheme Targeting African Immigrants | site |




    (August 28, 2020) - - Today, August 28, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information:

    Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged two Maryland companies and their principals for a scheme that allegedly defrauded approximately 1,200 investors, many of them African immigrants, of more than $27 million.

    According to the SEC’s complaint, Dennis Jali, John Frimpong, and Arley Johnson, directly and through their companies 1st Million LLC and The Smart Partners LLC, falsely told investors that their funds would be used by a team of skilled and licensed traders for foreign exchange and cryptocurrency trading, promising risk-free returns of between 6% and 42%. The complaint alleges that the defendants often targeted vulnerable African immigrants
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  • Agencies Issue Host State Loan-to-Deposit Ratios

    Agencies Issue Host State Loan-to-Deposit Ratios

    Agencies Issue Host State Loan-to-Deposit Ratios| site |


    (June 2, 2020) - - Today (June 2, 2020), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) published the following information:

    Joint Release

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency



    Agencies Issue Host State Loan-to-Deposit Ratios



    The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency today issued the host state loan-to-deposit ratios that they will use to determine compliance with section 109 of the Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act of 1994. These ratios replace the prior year's ratios, which were released on May 28, 2019. In general, section 109 prohibits a bank from establishing or acquiring a branch or branches outside of ...
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  • Statement of the G7 Finance Ministers on Debt Transparency and Sustainability

    Statement of the G7 Finance Ministers on Debt Transparency and Sustainability

    Statement of the G7 Finance Ministers on Debt Transparency and Sustainability| site |



    (June 3, 2020) - - Today (June 3, 2020), the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information: WASHINGTON – We continue to work together to advance the international economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on the poorest and most vulnerable countries. COVID-19 has exacerbated existing debt vulnerabilities in many low-income countries, highlighting the importance of debt sustainability and transparency to long-term financing for development. We welcome efforts of the international financial institutions (IFIs) to amplify their support for the most vulnerable countries. In this context, we are committed to implementing the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) agreed by the G20 and the Paris Club, by suspending official bilateral debt payments for the poorest countries to year-end 2020 and possibly longer, providing those countries fiscal ...
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  • FED announces an Expansion in the Number and Type of Entities Eligible to Directly use its Municipal Liquidity Facility

    Federal Reserve Board announces an Expansion in the Number and Type of Entities Eligible to Directly use its Municipal Liquidity Facility| site |


    (June 3, 2020) - - Today (June 3, 2020), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced an expansion in the number and type of entities eligible to directly use its Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF). Under the new terms, all U.S. states will be able to have at least two cities or counties eligible to directly issue notes to the MLF regardless of population. Governors of each state will also be able to designate two issuers in their jurisdictions whose revenues are generally derived from operating government activities (such as public transit, airports, toll facilities, and utilities) to be eligible to directly use the facility. In addition to the expanded terms outlined above, the MLF continues to be directly open to U.S. states, th...
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  • Tenth Circuit Upholds FDIC Ownership of Tax Refunds in Cases of Failed Banks

    Tenth Circuit Upholds FDIC Ownership of Tax Refunds in Cases of Failed Banks

    Tenth Circuit Upholds FDIC Ownership of Tax Refunds in Cases of Failed Banks| site |



    (May 27, 2020) - - Today (May 27, 2020), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) published the following information: WASHINGTON -- In a case remanded by the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit yesterday issued a favorable decision holding tax refunds generated by a failed bank belonged to the FDIC as receiver rather than the bankruptcy trustee for the failed bank's parent company. The dispute arose from the 2011 failure of United Western Bank in Denver, Colorado. Shortly after the failure, the Bank's parent company, United Western Bancorp, Inc., filed for bankruptcy. Both the FDIC as receiver for the Bank and the parent company's bankruptcy trustee, Simon Rodriquez, claimed ownership of the $4.1 million tax refund. The bankruptcy trustee filed suit in bankruptcy court and prevailed. The FDIC as receiver appealed and, after the bankrupt...
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  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System publishes Minutes of the Board's Discount Rate Meeting on April 29, 2020

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System publishes Minutes of the Board's Discount Rate Meeting on April 29, 2020 | site |


    (May 26, 2020) - - Today (May 26, 2020), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:

    The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday released the minutes of its interest rate meeting on April 29, 2020.

    The minutes are attached.



    Attachment (PDF)
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Agenda for May 27 Meeting of the Asset Management Advisory Committee

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Agenda for May 27 Meeting of the Asset Management Advisory Committee | site |



    (May 21, 2020) - - Today (May 21, 2020), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information: Washington D.C., May 21, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today released the agenda for the May 27 meeting of the Asset Management Advisory Committee (AMAC). AMAC was formed to provide the Commission with diverse perspectives on asset management and related advice and recommendations. The meeting will include a discussion of matters relating to AMAC’s subcommittees and to COVID-19 and the asset management industry. The meeting will be held by remote means and is open to the public. The meeting will be webcast live on SEC.gov and will be archived on the website for later viewing. Members of the public who wish to provide their views on the matters to be considered by AMAC may submit comments either
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  • Federal Reserve Board extends the Application Period for Membership on the Community Advisory Council

    Federal Reserve Board extends the Application Period for Membership on the Community Advisory Council | site |



    (May 26, 2020) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:

    The Federal Reserve Board has extended until July 3, 2020, the application period for membership on the Community Advisory Council.

    The application period has been extended in light of ongoing challenges for households and businesses caused by the COVID-19 emergency in order to provide additional opportunity for interested persons to submit their applications.

    The Board's Federal Register notice is attached. Applications were originally due by June 5, 2020.


    Federal Register notice: Solicitation of Applications for Membership on the Community Advisory Council Extension of Application Period (PDF)
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  • Federal Reserve Board announces Implementation Delay for Changes to its Payment System Risk Policy regarding Intraday Credit

    Federal Reserve Board announces Implementation Delay for Changes to its Payment System Risk Policy regarding Intraday Credit | site |




    (March 24, 2020) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced a six-month delay in the planned implementation of policy changes to procedures governing the provision of intraday credit to U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banking organizations (FBOs). On April 1, 2019, the Board approved amendments to Part II of the PSR policy, which establishes the maximum levels of daylight overdrafts that depository institutions may incur in their Federal Reserve accounts. The changes were initially scheduled to become effective on April 1, 2020. In light of the challenges posed by the coronavirus, the Board is delaying implementation until October 1, 2020. This additional time will allow FBOs and the Federal Reserve Banks to focus ...
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Provides Temporary Additional Flexibility to Registered Investment Companies Affected by Coronavirus

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Provides Temporary Additional Flexibility to Registered Investment Companies Affected by Coronavirus | site |


    Permits Funds to Use Additional Funding and Other Tools to Manage their Portfolios for the Benefit of Investors



    (March 23, 2020) - - Today (March 23, 2020), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information: Washington D.C., March 23, 2020 —The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced temporary flexibility for registered funds affected by recent market events to borrow funds from certain affiliates and to enter into certain other lending arrangements. Today’s relief is designed to provide funds with additional tools to manage their portfolios for the benefit of all shareholders as investors may seek to rebalance their investments. “Today’s temporary action will provide an additional tool that funds can use to manage their portfolios for the bene...
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  • Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Essential Financial Services Workers

    Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Essential Financial Services Workers

    Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Essential Financial Services Workers | site |





    (March 24, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:


    Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Essential Financial Services Workers



    WASHINGTON—U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement on Financial Services Sector Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers: “I strongly support the Department of Homeland Security’s recent guidance identifying financial services sector workers as essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 response emergency. The guidance provides information to State and local officials, as they work to protect their communities, to ensure the continuity of functions that are critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Consistent with the President’s guidelines,...
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  • Statement of G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors

    Statement of G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors

    Statement of G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors | site |





    (March 24, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:



    Statement of G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors




    WASHINGTON – Consistent with the direction from G7 Leaders, we are taking action and enhancing coordination on our dynamic domestic and international policy efforts to respond to the global health, economic, and financial impacts associated with the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Collectively, G7 nations have already enacted a wide-ranging set of health, economic, and financial stability measures. We will do whatever is necessary to restore confidence and economic growth and to protect jobs, businesses, and the resilience of the financial system. We also pledge to promote global trade and investment to underpin prosperity. Our nations are working...
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  • Treasury and Federal Reserve Board Expand Measures to Enhance Liquidity and Flow of Credit to American Workers, Households, and Businesses

    Treasury and Federal Reserve Board Expand Measures to Enhance Liquidity and Flow of Credit to American Workers, Households, and Businesses | site |




    (March 23, 2020) - - Today (March 23, 2020), the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The spread of coronavirus has disrupted economic activity and put significant liquidity pressure on U.S. businesses. To immediately enhance liquidity and support American workers, households, and businesses through this challenging period, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin today authorized the expansion of two recently launched facilities and the establishment of three new facilities to provide liquidity to the financial system pursuant to section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act.


    Expansion of the Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (MMLF) and Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF)

    Secretary Mnuchin today approved the expansion...
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  • Federal Reserve System Publishes Annual Financial Statements

    Federal Reserve System Publishes Annual Financial Statements

    Federal Reserve System Publishes Annual Financial Statements | site |




    (March 23, 2020) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve System on Monday released the 2019 combined annual audited financial statements for the Federal Reserve Banks, as well as statements for the 12 individual Federal Reserve Banks and the Board of Governors. An independent public accounting firm engaged by the Board has issued unqualified opinions on the financial statements and on the Board's and each Bank's internal controls over financial reporting. The audited financial statements provide information about the assets, liabilities, and earnings of the Reserve Banks and the Board as of December 31, 2019. The Federal Reserve Banks' 2019 earnings were approximately $55.5 billion, representing a decrease of $7.6 billion from 2018. The Reserve Banks provided for remittances to the U.S. Treasury of $5...
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  • Federal Reserve Board Announces Technical Change to Support the U.S. Economy

    Federal Reserve Board Announces Technical Change to Support the U.S. Economy

    Federal Reserve Board Announces Technical Change to Support the U.S. Economy and Allow Banks to Continue Lending to Creditworthy Households and Businesses | site |





    (March 23, 2020) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:

    The Federal Reserve Board on Monday announced a technical change to support the U.S. economy and allow banks to continue lending to creditworthy households and businesses. The interim final rule will phase in gradually, as intended, the automatic restrictions associated with a firm's "total loss absorbing capacity," or TLAC, buffer requirements, if the levels decline. TLAC is an additional cushion of capital and long-term debt that could be used to recapitalize a bank if it is in distress. The change will facilitate the use of firms' buffers to promote lending activity to households and businesses. Over the past decade, U.S. banks of all sizes have built...
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  • Federal Reserve Announces Extensive New Measures to Support the Economy

    Federal Reserve Announces Extensive New Measures to Support the Economy

    Federal Reserve Announces Extensive New Measures to Support the Economy | site |




    (March 23, 2020) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve is committed to using its full range of tools to support households, businesses, and the U.S. economy overall in this challenging time. The coronavirus pandemic is causing tremendous hardship across the United States and around the world. Our nation's first priority is to care for those afflicted and to limit the further spread of the virus. While great uncertainty remains, it has become clear that our economy will face severe disruptions. Aggressive efforts must be taken across the public and private sectors to limit the losses to jobs and incomes and to promote a swift recovery once the disruptions abate. The Federal Reserve's role is guided by its mandate from Congress to promote maximum employment and stable prices, along with its ...
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  • NIH expands Clinical Trials to Test Convalescent Plasma against COVID-19

    NIH expands Clinical Trials to Test Convalescent Plasma against COVID-19

    National Institutes of Health expands Clinical Trials to Test Convalescent Plasma against COVID-19 | site |


    Rigorous studies to build on earlier efforts to test the experimental treatment


    (September 22, 2020) - - Today the National Institutes of Health published the following information: Two randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are expanding enrollment to further evaluate convalescent plasma as a treatment for patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Preliminary observational studies indicate that convalescent plasma may improve outcomes among severely ill and hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Prospective, well-controlled randomized trials are needed to generate sufficient data on whether convalescent plasma is effective and safe for the treatment of COVID-19. Convalescent plasma is blood plasma taken from people who have recovered from COVID-19. It contains antibodies that can recognize and
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  • NIH Funds Community Engagement Research Efforts in Areas Hardest Hit by COVID-19

    NIH Funds Community Engagement Research Efforts in Areas Hardest Hit by COVID-19

    National Institutes of Health Funds Community Engagement Research Efforts in Areas Hardest Hit by COVID-19 | site |




    (September 16, 2020) - - Today, September 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:

    The National Institutes of Health today announced a $12 million award for outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The award to RTI International, a non-profit research institution, will support teams in 11 states established as part of the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities. These teams have received initial funding to immediately create CEAL programs, and RTI will serve as the Technical and Administrative Support and Coordination (TASC) center.


    The CEAL research teams will focus on COVID-19 awareness and education research, especially among African Americans,
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  • CMS Announces Innovative Payment Model to Improve Care, Lower Costs for Cancer Patients

    CMS Announces Innovative Payment Model to Improve Care, Lower Costs for Cancer Patients

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces Innovative Payment Model to Improve Care, Lower Costs for Cancer Patients | site |



    (September 18, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published today (September 18, 2020) the following information:

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new Innovation Center model expected to improve the quality of care for cancer patients receiving radiotherapy and reduce Medicare expenditures through bundled payments that allow providers to focus on delivering high-quality treatments. The new Radiation Oncology (RO) Model allows this focus on value-based care by creating simpler, more predictable payments that incentivize cost-efficient and clinically effective treatments to improve quality and outcomes. The RO Model, part of a final rule on specialty care models issued by CMS, will begin on January 1, 2021 and is estimated to save Medicare $230 million over...
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  • U.S. Social Security Administration Announces New Online Video Hearings

    U.S. Social Security Administration Announces New Online Video Hearings

    U.S. Social Security Administration Announces New Online Video Hearings| site |



    (September 3, 2020) - - The U.S. Social Security Administration published today (September 3, 2020) the following information: The Social Security Administration announced a new service for people awaiting a hearing decision. In addition to telephone hearings, Social Security will offer the opportunity for an online video hearing using the Microsoft Teams platform beginning this fall. This new free service will allow applicants and their representatives to participate in the hearing from anywhere they have access to a camera-enabled smartphone, tablet, or computer. This stable and secure online platform allows the Social Security judge to see and interact with applicants and their representatives just like an in-person hearing, while maintaining privacy of the claimant’s information. Other hearing experts, such as medical or vocational experts, may participate as well. “The COVID-...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - Daily Roundup September 18, 2020

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - Daily Roundup September 18, 2020

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - Daily Roundup September 18, 2020 | site |



    (September 18, 2020) - - Today, September 18, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published the following information:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continued to take action in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • The FDA reissued the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Abbott ID Now COVID-19 test. The revisions to the previous EUA letter of authorization include a revised intended use to:
      • Indicate that testing is for specimens collected “from individuals who are suspected of COVID-19 by their health care provider within the first seven days of the onset of symptoms.”
      • Clarify that testing is authorized for laboratories certified under CLIA and meet the requirements to perform high, moderate, or waived complexity tests.
      • Clarify that testing facilities within the United States and its territories
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  • National Transportation Safety Board Issues 4 Safety Recommendations Based on Investigation of USS Fitzgerald Collision

    National Transportation Safety Board Issues 4 Safety Recommendations Based on Investigation of USS Fitzgerald Collision| site |



    (September 3, 2020) - - Today, September 3, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON (Sept. 3, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued Thursday four safety recommendations in its final report on the agency’s investigation of the fatal, June 17, 2017, collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the container ship ACX Crystal.

    The collision happened shortly after the 504.5 foot-long, US Navy destroyer Fitzgerald, with 315 people on board, departed its homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, bound for the Philippines. The Fitzgerald was traveling southbound at about 22 knots in the bay of Sagami Nada off Japan’s Honshu Island, while the 730 foot-long, Philippine-flag, container ship ACX Crystal with 21 people on board was traveling east-northeast
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  • AFL-CIO says Labor and Faith Forge Partnership for Social, Racial and Economic Justice

    AFL-CIO says Labor and Faith Forge Partnership for Social, Racial and Economic Justice

    AFL-CIO says Labor and Faith Forge Partnership for Social, Racial and Economic Justice| site |


    (September 15, 2020) - - The AFL-CIO published today, September 15, 2020, the following information:

    Today, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and the AFL-CIO marked the 57th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, where four girls were killed, with a virtual candlelight vigil and commitment to a 10-point pledge for social, racial and economic justice. At this moment in history, labor and faith are coming together, standing together and acting to stop the injustices that plague the nation—institutional racism and racist violence, the immoral response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the deepening economic crisis driven by division and greed. “We’re here together—the Poor People’s Campaign and America’s AFL-CIO, America’s unions—because we have to be. We must be,” the Rev. Dr. Wil
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  • AFL-CIO's Trumka on the 57th Anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing: We Can Be Moved Forward

    AFL-CIO's Trumka on the 57th Anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing: We Can Be Moved Forward

    AFL-CIO's Trumka on the 57th Anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing: We Can Be Moved Forward| site |


    Richard Trumka | September 15, 2020 (September 15, 2020) - - On or about September 15, 2020 the AFL-CIO published the following remarks that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka delivered on the 57th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka delivered the following remarks on the 57th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham: Reverend Price and members of the 16th Street Baptist Church, thank you for including us as we remember what happened in your home—a sacred place of both tragedy and unity. Reverend Barber and I have come together today to raise up the voices of the labor movement, the civil rights movement and people of faith everywhere in defense of our democracy and for the triumph of hope over fear, and love over hate. Fifty-seven years ago today, Carole Rober...
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  • AFT says New Poll Shows America’s Parents, Teachers Want ‘Safety First’ on School Reopenings

    AFT says New Poll Shows America’s Parents, Teachers Want ‘Safety First’ on School Reopenings

    American Federation of Teachers says New Poll Shows America’s Parents, Teachers Want ‘Safety First’ on School Reopenings | site |



    AFT says: Trump and DeVos’ Ruinous Agenda Rejected, Comfort with Return to Brick-and-Mortar Schools Significantly Higher when Protections, Funding in Place


    (September 15, 2020) - - Today, September 15, 2020, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON—The nation’s teachers and parents are seeing through the Trump administration’s chaos and disinformation over reopening schools this fall, new polling shows. And while supermajorities of the poll’s respondents fear they or their child will be infected with the virus, they are united behind the need to secure safety measures and the resources to pay for them, so students can return to in-person learning. Sixty-eight percent of parents—including 82 percent of Black parents—and 77 percent of teachers sa
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  • Federal Reserve Board Updates Frequently Asked Questions on Lender Underwriting for the Main Street Lending Program

    Federal Reserve Board Updates Frequently Asked Questions to Clarify the Board and Department of Treasury’s Expectations regarding Lender Underwriting for the Main Street Lending Program | site |



    (September 18, 2020) - - Today, September 18, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board on Friday updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) to clarify the Board and Department of Treasury's expectations regarding lender underwriting for the Main Street Lending Program. The revised FAQs emphasize that lender underwriting should look back to the borrower's pre-pandemic condition and forward to their post-pandemic prospects. The FAQs also clarify supervisory expectations for lenders originating Main Street loans. The program supports lending to small and medium-sized for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations that were in sound financial condition before the COVID-19 pandemic but l...
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  • HUD and Census Bureau Release New American Housing Survey

    HUD and Census Bureau Release New American Housing Survey

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau Release New American Housing Survey | site |


    2019 survey provides pre-pandemic insights on home accessibility, food security, and housing costs



    (September 16, 2020) - - Today, September 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - According to the new 2019 American Housing Survey (AHS) released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of American renter households spending 30 percent or more of their income on housing costs held steady at 51 percent between 2017 and 2019.


    The 2019 AHS offers the most comprehensive picture of the nation’s housing inventory pre-pandemic. As researchers try to understand more current data on the state of housing from multiple data sources, the new survey informs our understanding
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  • IRS releases State-by-State breakdown of nearly 9 Million Non-filers getting Economic Impact Payments Letters

    IRS releases State-by-State breakdown of nearly 9 Million Non-filers getting Economic Impact Payments Letters

    IRS releases State-by-State breakdown of nearly 9 Million Non-filers who will be Mailed Letters about Economic Impact Payments | site |



    (September 17, 2020) - - Today, September 17, 2020, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today released a state-by-state breakdown of the roughly nine million people receiving a special mailing this month encouraging them to see if they're eligible to claim an Economic Impact Payment.

    The IRS will mail the letters to people who typically aren't required to file federal income tax returns but may qualify for an Economic Impact Payment. The letter urges recipients to visit the special Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool on IRS.gov before the October 15 deadline to register for an Economic Impact Payment. "The IRS continues to work hard to reach people eligible for these payments," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Retti
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  • USA Staffing Onboarding Wins 2020 Igniting Innovation Award

    USA Staffing Onboarding Wins 2020 Igniting Innovation Award

    USA Staffing Onboarding Wins 2020 Igniting Innovation Award | site |



    (September 3, 2020) - - Today, September 3, 2020, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management(OPM) announces that their Human Resources Solutions’ USA Staffing® Onboarding platform is the winner of the 2020 Igniting Innovation Awards, hosted by the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC). The awards recognize groundbreaking technologies that enhance services for citizens and government operations. USA Staffing Onboarding won with 68% of the vote. “I am very proud of the OPM employees on USA Staffing’s onboarding team. Their hard work and dedication are a great credit to the agency. USA Staffing Onboarding is a leading example of OPM’s ongoing efforts to help Federal agencies work efficiently to better serve the American people,” said OPM Acting Dire
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  • U.S. General Services Administration Issues Award for Regulatory Workflow Modernization

    U.S. General Services Administration Issues Award for Regulatory Workflow Modernization

    U.S. General Services Administration Issues Award for Regulatory Workflow Modernization | site |





    (September 16, 2020) - - Today, September 16, 2020, the U.S General Services Administration (GSA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration today announced the award of its multiple year, $9.9 million contract to Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Esper, Inc., through GSA's Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) authority.

    The Centers of Excellence (CoE), housed within GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Technology Transformation Services (TTS) office, and GSA’s assisted acquisition services provider Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) worked to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning technology solutions to conduct regulatory review and improve the rule-making process for federal agencies. This award supports the White House’s Executive Order on Regulatory
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  • USDA Announces Contracts for Round 3 of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

    USDA Announces Contracts for Round 3 of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Contracts for Round 3 of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program | site |



    (September 17, 2020) - - Today, September 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., September 17, 2020) – Following President Donald Trump’s approval to include up to an additional $1 billion in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved up to $1 billion in contracts to support American producers and communities in need through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Earlier this week, USDA reached a milestone of having distributed more than 90 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “These contract awards will go to vendors who submitted the strongest proposals in support of American agriculture and the Ame
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Awards 11.2 Million Dollars in Worker Safety and Health Training Grants

    U.S. Department of Labor Awards 11.2 Million Dollars in Worker Safety and Health Training Grants

    U.S. Department of Labor Awards $11.2 Million in Worker Safety and Health Training Grants | site |



    (September 18, 2020) - - Today, September 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information: WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded approximately $11.2 million in Susan Harwood federal safety and health training grants to 90 nonprofit organizations nationwide. The grants will provide education and training programs to help workers and employers recognize serious workplace hazards, including the coronavirus, implement injury prevention measures and understand their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Under President Trump’s Qualified Opportunity Zones Executive Order, OSHA awarded 80 grants to conduct occupational safety and health training in urban and economically distressed areas. The 2020 Harwood grant awards al
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  • FDIC Launches Its First-Ever Academic Challenge 

    FDIC Launches Its First-Ever Academic Challenge 

    FDIC Launches Its First-Ever Academic Challenge | site |


    Teams from universities and colleges throughout the country will examine effects of community banks on local economic development



    (September 18, 2020) - - Today, September 18, 2020, the FDIC published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced the launch of the agency’s first-ever Academic Challenge, a competition among teams of university and college students to address questions concerning the U.S. banking sector. The topic for this inaugural challenge is “The Effects of Community Banks on Local Economic Development.”


    The FDIC’s Center for Financial Research is hosting the 2020-2021 Academic Challenge, which will consist of two rounds. In the first round of the competition, teams of undergraduate students will use multiple public data sources to examine the effects of community banks on local...
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  • U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces 1 Billion Dollars to Upgrade American Infrastructure

    U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces $1 Billion to Upgrade American Infrastructure | site |




    (September 16, 2020) - - Today, September 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Trump Administration will invest $1 billion in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. The funding has been awarded to 70 projects in 44 states. “This Administration is making significant investments in infrastructure, and this $1 billion in BUILD grants will repair, rebuild, and revitalize transportation systems across America,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. Fiscal Year 2020 BUILD Transportation grants are for planning and capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and were awarded on a competitiv
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  • Federal Reserve Board issues Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households

    Federal Reserve Board issues Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households

    Federal Reserve Board issues Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households | site |



    (September 18, 2020) - - Today, September 18, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board published the following information:

    Data collected to supplement the Federal Reserve Board's seventh annual Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking showed that U.S. families were faring better financially in July than in April, but many still faced uncertainty regarding layoffs and prospects for returning to work.

    Recognizing the unprecedented financial disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Reserve conducted a pair of supplemental surveys to monitor changes in the financial well-being of Americans. The first of these surveys was conducted in April, at the onset of the pandemic and before most financial relief efforts were in place. The April results were described in the Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households
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  • U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Delivers on Promise to Protect Free Inquiry and Religious Liberty

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Delivers on Promise to Protect Free Inquiry and Religious Liberty

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Delivers on Promise to Protect Free Inquiry and Religious Liberty | site |



    Announces final rule that upholds fundamental rights guaranteed by the First Amendment



    (September 9, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Education published today, September 9, 2020, the following information:

    WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered on her promise to protect free inquiry and religious liberty on campus by publishing the Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities final rule. The new rule will ensure that public institutions of higher education uphold fundamental rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and that private institutions of higher education adhere to their own policies regarding freedom of speech, including academic freedom. The final rule also ensures the equal treatment and constitutional
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