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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases Project [email protected] Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for Comment

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases Project [email protected] Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for Comment | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: June 16, 2021) The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in collaboration with standards development organizations and a broad community of experts today released the Project [email protected] (‘USA’) Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for public comment. Project [email protected] was created to develop a unified, cross-standards, healthcare industry-wide specification for representing patient addresses to improve patient matching. “With a clear target and industry-wide commitment, it’s been amazing to see how much progress has been made in six short months,” said Steve Posnack, deputy national coordinator for health information technology. “We reall...
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  • HHS Issues Revised Notice of Reporting Requirements and Reporting Timeline for Recipients of Provider Relief Fund Payments

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Issues Revised Notice of Reporting Requirements and Reporting Timeline for Recipients of Provider Relief Fund Payments | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: June 11, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is releasing revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. This announcement includes expanding the amount of time providers will have to report information, aims to reduce burdens on smaller providers, and extends key deadlines for expending PRF payments for recipients who received payments after June 30, 2020. The revised reporting requirements will be applicable to providers who received one or more payments exceeding, in the aggregate, $10,000 during a single Payment Received Period from the PRF General Dis...
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  • CMS says Four in Ten New Consumers Spend 10 Dollars or Less Per Month for HealthCare.Gov Coverage Following Implementation of American Rescue Plan Tax Credits

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says Four in Ten New Consumers Spend $10 or Less Per Month for HealthCare.Gov Coverage Following Implementation of American Rescue Plan Tax Credits | site | (Information contained in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services press release dated: June 14, 2021) Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new report that shows that more than 1 million new and returning consumers have health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace that costs $10 or less per month after advance payments of premium tax credits (APTC) following the April 1 implementation of the American Rescue Plan’s (ARP) expanded APTC. Of the 1,034,624 consumers who selected a Marketplace plan with premiums of $10 or less per month, after APTC, 687,275 were returning consumers and 347,349 were new consumers. This means 4 in 10 (43%) new consumers and 3 in 10 (30%) returning consumers and more than one t...
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  • Biden Administration announces U.S. Government procurement of Merck’s Investigational Antiviral Medicine for COVID-19 Treatment

    Biden Administration announces U.S. Government procurement of Merck’s Investigational Antiviral Medicine for COVID-19 Treatment | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: June 9, 2021) The Biden Administration today announced that the U.S. government will procure approximately 1.7 million courses of an investigational antiviral treatment, molnupiravir (MK-4482), for COVID-19 from Merck, pending emergency use authorization (EUA) or approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Molnupiravir (MK-4482) is designed to induce viral genome copying errors to prevent the virus from replicating in the human body, and evidence to date from clinical trials in patients with COVID-19 suggests that molnupiravir may reduce replication of the SAR-CoV-2 virus. This treatment is being evaluated in an ongoing Phase 3 trial for its potential to reduce the risk of hospitalization or deat...
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  • Biden Administration Recommends Policy Changes to Secure U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

    Biden Administration Recommends Policy Changes to Secure U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: June 8, 2021)

    The White House, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a series of policy recommendations to address the vulnerabilities in U.S. pharmaceutical supply chains. Led by FDA and ASPR, the White House report and its recommendations have been accepted by President Biden. "Last year the American people experienced a widespread and significant shortage of N95 respirators for healthcare workers and masks to protect essential workers and others, and year after year we see shortages of medicines and medical supplies like saline,” said FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock. “Pharmaceutical supply chai
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  • U.S. Department of Education Releases COVID-19 Handbook Volume 3 - - - Strategies for Safe Operation and Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education Students, Faculty, and Staff

    U.S. Department of Education Releases COVID-19 Handbook Volume 3: Strategies for Safe Operation and Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education Students, Faculty, and Staff | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 4, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) released the COVID-19 Handbook Volume 3: Strategies for Safe Operation and Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education Students, Faculty, and Staff to provide additional strategies for higher education institutions (IHEs) and communities as they work to reopen for in-person instruction safely and equitably. The Department worked with public health officials and partners across the Biden-Harris Administration to ensure that the Handbook provides actionable strategies IHEs can use to implement CDC guidance to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Handbook also provides strategies...
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  • HHS says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services | site |



    HHS says "Bolstered by American Rescue Plan, HHS Announces $166.6 Million in Initial Funding to Advance Environmental Justice in Communities Historically Marginalized and Overburdened by Underinvestment in Access to Water and Wastewater Services"


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: June 2, 2021) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announced the official launch of the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). This first-of-its-kind water assistance program will expand access to more affordable water and help low-income households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their water and wastewater bills, avoid shutoffs, and support household w...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: May 25, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional Biden Administration appointments: “HHS has made incredible progress expanding vaccine access, lowering health care premiums, and leading the advocacy charge for the American Families Plan,” said HHS Chief of Staff Sean McCluskie. “Our growing team reflects our commitment to continue fighting for the health of this country during a time of great need and even greater opportunity.” These new appointees join tens of thousands of career officials throughout the agency, whose expertise is critical for tackling the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, implementing the American Rescue Plan, ensuring Americans have access to quality and affordable health care, strengt...
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  • CMS Encourages Companies to Promote Quality, Affordable Health Coverage for Gig Workers

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Encourages Companies to Promote Quality, Affordable Health Coverage for Gig Workers | site |


    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services press release dated: May 26, 2021) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging online platform companies to share information with gig workers on their ability to enroll in affordable, quality, health coverage during the 2021 Marketplace Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Digital platforms – including Delivery Drivers, Inc., DoorDash, Lyft, Postmates, StyleSeat, Uber, and Wonolo – are participating in “Gig Workers’ Week of Action” to promote Marketplace healthcare plans to their workforces. Workers in the U.S., including those working with gig companies following COVID-19 related unemployment, may now be eligible for reduced premiums and increased savings for health insurance coverage on HealthCare.gov. Under the American Rescue...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 3 Billion Dollars in American Rescue Plan Funding for SAMHSA Block Grants to Address Addiction, Mental Health Crisis

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $3 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funding for SAMHSA Block Grants to Address Addiction, Mental Health Crisis | site |


    HHS Secretary Becerra forms new Behavioral Health Coordinating Council


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 18, 2021) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is distributing $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding — the largest aggregate amount of funding to date for its mental health and substance use block grant programs. The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) Program and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program (SABG) will disperse $1.5 billion each to states and territories (with the latter also awarding money to a tribe). This follows the March announcement of supplemental funding of nearly $2.5 billion ...
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  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Report Shows Child Drownings Remain High; Most Fatalities to Children Under Five

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Report Shows Child Drownings Remain High; Most Fatalities to Children Under Five | site |




    Fewer Kids Took Swim Lessons During COVID-19 Pandemic Putting Them at Risk


    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release dated: June 8, 2021)

    Washington - - The annual drowning and submersion report released today by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds families to make water safety a priority, particularly as they return to community pools and resume warm-weather activities near water. Child drownings remain the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages one to four years old.

    CPSC’s latest data show:
    • an increase in pool-or spa-related fatal drowning incidents among children younger than 15 years old;
    • on average, there were 397 reported pool-or-spa-related fatal drownings per
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  • Renee Jones to Join SEC as Director of Corporation Finance; John Coates Named SEC General Counsel

    Renee Jones to Join SEC as Director of Corporation Finance; John Coates Named SEC General Counsel

    Renee Jones to Join SEC as Director of Corporation Finance; John Coates Named SEC General Counsel | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: June 14, 2021)

    Washington D.C., June 14, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Renee Jones has been appointed Director of the Division of Corporation Finance. John Coates, the Division’s current Acting Director, has been named SEC General Counsel. Both appointments are effective June 21, 2021.



    Renee Jones

    Jones most recently served as Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston College Law School, where she taught courses in corporations, securities regulation, startup company governance, and financial regulation. Previously, she represented private and public companies on corporate and securities matters at Hill & Barlow law firm. Jones is a member of the...
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  • Boeing Statement on U.S.-EU Understanding on Aircraft Subsidies

    Boeing Statement on U.S.-EU Understanding on Aircraft Subsidies

    Boeing Statement on U.S.-EU Understanding on Aircraft Subsidies | site |



    (Information contained in The Boeing Company press release dated: June 15, 2021)


    Chicago, June 15, 2021— Boeing today released the following statement:

    “Boeing welcomes the agreement by Airbus and the European Union that all future government support for the development or production of commercial aircraft must be provided on market terms. The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action. Boeing will fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected.”
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  • Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the U.S. Department of Education Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request

    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the U.S. Department of Education Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 16, 2021)


    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the U.S. Department of Education Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request



    Good morning Chairwoman Murray and Ranking Member Blunt. I am pleased to join you today, and I am proud to testify on behalf of President Biden's fiscal year 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Education. The full fiscal year 2022 Budget Request, which was released a little over two weeks ago, makes good on President Biden's campaign commitment to reverse years of underinvestment in Federal education programs and would begin to address the significant inequities that millions of students—primarily students of color—and teachers confront every day i...
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  • Federal Trade Commission Approves Final Administrative Consent Order Against Amazon for Withholding Customer Tips from Amazon Flex Drivers

    Federal Trade Commission Approves Final Administrative Consent Order Against Amazon for Withholding Customer Tips from Amazon Flex Drivers | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: June 10, 2021)

    Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final administrative consent order against Amazon, which has agreed to pay more than $61.7 million to settle charges that it failed to pay Amazon Flex drivers the full amount of tips they received from Amazon customers over a two and a half year period.

    According to the FTC’s administrative complaint, announced in February 2021, the company regularly advertised that drivers participating in the Flex program would be paid $18-25 per hour for their work making deliveries to customers. The ads, along with numerous other documents provided to Flex drivers, also prominently featured statements such as: “You
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  • Interior and Commerce Departments Restore Lands to the Native Hawaiian Community

    Interior and Commerce Departments Restore Lands to the Native Hawaiian Community

    Interior and Commerce Departments Restore Lands to the Native Hawaiian Community | site |




    Transfer of Surplus Federal Land to the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust Could Provide Up To 400 New Homesteads for Native Hawaiian Families



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: June 14, 2021) Washington - - As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to honor relationships with Indigenous communities and uphold trust responsibilities, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves today announced the transfer of an 80-acre parcel of surplus federal property at the former NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on O‘ahu for inclusion in the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust. The land has the potential to provide homesteads for 200 to 400 Native Hawaiian families. The lands are being transferred to the state of Hawaii’s Department of Hawaiian Home Lands ...
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  • Adrianne Todman Sworn in as Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

    Adrianne Todman Sworn in as Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

    Adrianne Todman Sworn in as Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] press release dated: June 14, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, Adrianne Todman was officially sworn in as the twelfth Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

    HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge issued the oath of office to Deputy Secretary Todman during a ceremony at HUD’s headquarters that was livestreamed to the department’s staff. Deputy Secretary Todman was confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent on June 10.

    Deputy Secretary Todman most recently served as the CEO of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). Before
    Adrianne Todman Sworn in as Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
    (Photo courtesy HUD)

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  • Testimony of Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives

    Testimony of Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 17, 2021)


    Testimony of Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives


    Chairman Neal, Ranking Member Brady, it’s a pleasure to be with you. When I took office back in January, the first – and most urgent – problem confronting our economy was obviously the pandemic: helping people make it to the other side of the crisis and ensuring they were met there by a robust recovery. Thanks to this Congress – and its passage of the American Rescue Plan – I believe we are well on our way towards that goal. But we have to be clear-eyed about something: The pandemic was not our only economic problem. Long before a single American was infected w...
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Selects 2021 Class of E. Kika De La Garza Fellows

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Selects 2021 Class of E. Kika De La Garza Fellows

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Selects 2021 Class of E. Kika De La Garza Fellows | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: June 17, 2021) Washington, June 17, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the selection of 25 faculty and staff from Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) across the nation as 2021 E. Kika De La Garza Fellows. This summer fellowship program offers experiences in policymaking and research through direct interaction with every USDA agency. “These fellowships have multiple benefits for minority-serving higher education institutions,” said Lisa Ramirez, director of USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement. “The fellows get valuable professional development, they meet federal staff for long-term collaboration opportunities, and then they share what they learned with students and colleagues at their home institutions.” The f...
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  • Federal Reserve Board and Federal Open Market Committee release Economic Projections from the June 15-16 FOMC Meeting

    Federal Reserve Board and Federal Open Market Committee release Economic Projections from the June 15-16 FOMC Meeting | site |




    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: June 16, 2021)

    The attached tables and charts released on Wednesday summarize the economic projections made by Federal Open Market Committee participants in conjunction with the June 15-16 meeting.

    Projections (PDF) | Accessible Materials
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