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  • FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Issues New Policy on Dry Heat for Reuse of Certain Respirators

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues New Policy on Dry Heat for Reuse of Certain Respirators | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration press release: November 25, 2020)

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance on the use of dry heat to help support the single-user reuse of certain particulate filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs), such as N95 respirators, by health care personnel when there is a limited supply of respirators during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The immediately-in-effect guidance provides the FDA’s thinking and recommendations regarding the use of bioburden reduction systems that use dry heat to reduce the bioburden, or amount of microorganisms present, on certain respirators for reuse by a single user. Bioburden reduction systems are intended to achieve a certain level in microbial reduction on a device; these are not decontamina
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  • NIH says Fourth Iteration of COVID-19 Treatment Trial underway

    NIH says Fourth Iteration of COVID-19 Treatment Trial underway

    National Institutes of Health says Fourth Iteration of COVID-19 Treatment Trial underway| site |


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: November 25, 2020) The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that the fourth iteration of the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial (ACTT-4) has begun to enroll hospitalized adults with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) who require supplemental oxygen. The NIAID-sponsored trial will enroll up to 1,500 patients at approximately 100 sites in the United States and other countries. Participants will be assigned at random to one of two treatment arms of equal size. One group will receive both dexamethasone, a corticosteroid available as a generic drug, and remdesivir, a broad-spectrum antiviral discovered and developed by Gilead Sciences, Inc., of Foster City, California. Remdesivir, also known as Veklury, was r...
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  • Four Major Health Care Organizations release Updated Guidance on Maintaining Essential Surgery during the Ongoing Pandemic

    American Hospital Association says, As COVID-19 Cases surge again, four Major Health Care Organizations release Updated Guidance on Maintaining Essential Surgery during the Ongoing Pandemic | site |



    (Information contained in American Hospital Association press release: November 24, 2020)


    As COVID-19 cases surge again, four major health care organizations release updated guidance on maintaining essential surgery during the ongoing pandemic


    Joint roadmap addresses the dual need to meet health care demands for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, along with patients who need essential surgical services; calls for centralized coordinated governmental action to deploy necessary supplies


    CHICAGO (November 24, 2020): Hospitals in many regions across the United States are now reporting near or at bed and ICU capacity due to the resurgence of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which is presenting new...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: November 24, 2020

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: November 24, 2020

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: November 24, 2020 | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: November 24, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • The FDA today published Face Masks, Including Surgical Masks, and Respirators for COVID-19, a comprehensive new page on FDA.gov with answers to frequently asked questions about face masks, surgical masks, and respirators. The topics covered in this new page include:
      • The basics on face masks, surgical masks, and respirators
      • Using face masks, surgical masks, and respirators
      • Shortages of face masks, surgical masks, and respirators during COVID-19
      • The Emergency Use Authorizations for face masks, surgical masks, and respirators
      • Manufacturing and importing face masks, surgical masks, and respirators during
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  • Statement from HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison on Efforts to Increase Transparency at HHS

    Statement from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Chief of Staff Brian Harrison on Efforts to Increase Transparency at HHS | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: November 24, 2020)

    Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through a Notice published in the Federal Register announced a policy to enhance transparency at HHS by requiring that all assumptions, working papers, models, and other information used as part of any impact analysis associated with a rule or demonstration project are shared at the time the results of that analysis are publicly disclosed. HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison issued the following statement:

    “We are providing needed transparency by requiring the Department to show its math so the American people can know and challenge the methods government uses to calculate effects of regulations it imposes on them.”

    Frequently
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  • NIH says Commonly used Antibiotic shows Promise for Combating Zika Infections

    NIH says Commonly used Antibiotic shows Promise for Combating Zika Infections

    National Institutes of Health says Commonly used Antibiotic shows Promise for Combating Zika Infections | site |


    NIH preclinical study suggests FDA-approved tetracycline-based antibiotics may slow infection and reduce neurological problems.


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: November 24, 2020)

    In 2015, hundreds of children were born with brain deformities resulting from a global outbreak of Zika virus infections. Recently, National Institutes of Health researchers used a variety of advanced drug screening techniques to test out more than 10,000 compounds in search of a cure. To their surprise, they found that the widely used antibiotic methacycline was effective at preventing brain infections and reducing neurological problems associated with the virus in mice. In addition, they found that drugs originally designed to combat Alzheimer’s disease and inflammation may also help fight infections. ...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves First Drug to Treat Rare Metabolic Disorder

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves First Drug to Treat Rare Metabolic Disorder | site |


    Approval is for primary hyperoxaluria type 1, which causes recurrent kidney stones and loss of kidney function


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: November 23, 2020) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Oxlumo (lumasiran) as the first treatment for primary hyperoxaluria type 1 (PH1), a rare genetic disorder. This approval is a cumulation of the work of experts and community members coordinated by the Oxalosis & Hyperoxaluria Foundation and the Kidney Health Initiative. “The approval of Oxlumo represents a great triumph of community involvement to address a rare disease. It is a result of input from patients, treating physicians, experts and sponsors at a patient-focused drug development meeting and through other collaborative efforts,” said Norman Stockbridge, M.D., Ph.D., director of the ...
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  • FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - November 23, 2020

    FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - November 23, 2020

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: November 23, 2020 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: November 23, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continued to take action in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • On Nov. 20, the FDA approved an abbreviated new drug application for succinylcholine chloride injection USP 200 mg/10 mL, which is indicated, in addition to general anesthesia, to facilitate tracheal intubation and to provide skeletal muscle relaxation during surgery or mechanical ventilation. Side effects of succinylcholine chloride injection include anaphylaxis, hyperkalemia, and malignant hyperthermia. The FDA recognizes the increased demand for certain products during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and we remain deeply committed to facilitating access to safe and effective medical products to help address critical needs of the American
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  • Johns Hopkins Medicine Joins Top US Hospitals To Encourage Everyone to Maskup

    Johns Hopkins Medicine Joins Top US Hospitals To Encourage Everyone to Maskup

    Johns Hopkins Medicine Joins Top US Hospitals To Encourage Everyone to #Maskup | site |


    Growing numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths are troubling; face masks can slow the trend


    (Information contained in a Johns Hopkins Medicine news release: November 19, 2020)

    Johns Hopkins Medicine, together with 100 of the nation’s top health care systems, representing thousands of hospitals in communities across the U.S., have come together with an urgent plea for all Americans — mask up, because wearing a face mask is one of the best ways to slow the surging COVID-19 pandemic. With cases of COVID-19 rising across the nation, it’s more vital than ever for us to join this public health campaign to spread the word about the importance of mask-wearing, among other public health measures such as physical distancing and proper hand-washing. More than 11.5 million Americans have tested positive for the virus, leading to nearly 250,000 deaths. The nex
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  • HHS and DOD Award 11.6 Million Dollars Contract to Puritan Medical Products to Boost U.S. Production of Swabs for Cue Health COVID-19 Tests

    HHS and DOD Award $11.6 Million Contract to Puritan Medical Products to Boost U.S. Production of Swabs for Cue Health COVID-19 Tests | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: November 23, 2020) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) have jointly awarded an $11.6 million contract to Puritan Medical Products Company, LLC, to expand domestic production capacity of Cue Sample Wands, the nasal swabs used exclusively with the COVID-19 cartridge-based molecular testing system developed and manufactured by Cue Health, Inc. The test generates results in about 20 minutes at the point-of-care (POC). Awarded November 19, the new contract will allow Puritan Medical to expedite upgrades at its Maine facility and increase production capability of Cue’s nasal swabs to 3 million per month by March 2021. These efforts support the federal government’s procurement of 6 millio...
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  • National Tax Security Awareness Week opens with Warnings to all Taxpayers and Tax Professionals as holidays, 2021 Tax Season approach

    National Tax Security Awareness Week opens with Warnings to all Taxpayers and Tax Professionals as holidays, 2021 Tax Season approach | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release: November 30, 2020)

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners today issued warnings to all taxpayers and tax professionals to beware of scams and identity theft schemes by criminals taking advantage of the combination of holiday shopping, the approaching tax season and coronavirus concerns. The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry opened the National Tax Security Awareness Week to coincide with Cyber Monday, the traditional start of the online holiday shopping season. But the holiday shopping season combined with the impending tax season and an increased trend toward working remotely make online security an absolute necessity. "This is generally the hunting season for online thieves, but
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Finalists for Class of 2021 Presidential Management Fellows

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Finalists for Class of 2021 Presidential Management Fellows

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Finalists for Class of 2021 Presidential Management Fellows | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management [OPM] news release: November 24, 2020)

    Washington, DC - - The Office of Personnel Management has announced the finalists for this year’s Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. More than 6,800 individuals from around the world applied for the program and 551 finalists were chosen.

    PMF serves in a variety of Federal positions across the government and provides sought-after talent and domain expertise to civil service. Throughout the next year, finalists will have the opportunity to interview with Federal agencies across the government to find placements as Presidential Management Fellows.
    • This is the 43rd year of the PMF Program.
    • The 2021 finalists represent 77 different degree programs across 153 academic institutions.
    • The PMF Program is the Federal
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  • NOAA says Record-breaking Atlantic Hurricane Season draws to an End

    NOAA says Record-breaking Atlantic Hurricane Season draws to an End

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Record-breaking Atlantic Hurricane Season draws to an End | site |




    NOAA says Improved forecasts, extensive preparedness helped protect lives and property


    (Information contained in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) news release: November 24, 2020

    The extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is drawing to a close with a record-breaking 30 named storms and 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States. While the official hurricane season concludes on November 30, tropical storms may continue to develop past that day.




    Courtesy NOAA*



    NOAA’s seasonal hurricane outlooks accurately predicted a high likelihood of an above-normal season with a strong possibility of it...
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  • Flight Attendant Union Statement on the Boeing 737 MAX Return to Service

    Flight Attendant Union Statement on the Boeing 737 MAX Return to Service

    Flight Attendant Union Statement on the Boeing 737 MAX Return to Service | site |



    (Information contained in Association of Flight Attendants CWA, AFL-CIO press release: November 18, 2020)

    Washington, DC (November 18, 2020) — Following the Boeing 737 MAX return to service order by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), AFA-CWA International President Sara Nelson released the following statement: “As aviation’s first responders and last line of defense, Flight Attendants understand that our jobs and our lives depend on this industry meeting the highest possible standards of safety and security. After nearly two years of reviews and the redesign of critical aircraft systems, U.S. regulators are clearing the 737 MAX to resume flying. "This day is the result of the persistence of engineers and manufacturing workers at Boeing. But this day is also a reminder of why this plane has not flown for two years and the responsibility we all h...
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  • Air Line Pilots Association comments on FAA’s Return-to-Service Protocol for Boeing 737 MAX

    Air Line Pilots Association comments on FAA’s Return-to-Service Protocol for Boeing 737 MAX

    Air Line Pilots Association comments on Federal Aviation Administration’s Return-to-Service Protocol for Boeing 737 MAX | site |


    (Information contained in Air Line Pilots Association press release: November 18, 2020) McLean, Va.—The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement today after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published the final Airworthiness Directive and Flight Standardization Board report for the Boeing 737 MAX, paving the way for the aircraft’s return to service after being grounded internationally since March 13, 2019: “Based on the Airworthiness Directive, ALPA believes that the engineering fixes to the flight-critical aircraft systems are sound and will be an effective component that leads to the safe return to service of the 737 MAX. “While ALPA continues to review the specific enhanced flight crew training details contained in the Flight Standardization Board report, the months-long process, in...
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  • Boeing Responds to ANAC Approval to Resume 737 MAX Operations in Brazil

    Boeing Responds to ANAC Approval to Resume 737 MAX Operations in Brazil

    Boeing Responds to Brazil’s Aviation Authority Approval to Resume 737 MAX Operations in Brazil | site |




    (Information contain in The Boeing Company press release: November 25, 2020)

    SAO PAULO, Nov. 25, 2020 – Brazil’s Aviation Authority, ANAC, joined the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today, by rescinding the order that halted commercial operations of Boeing 737-8s in Brazil. Commercial operations for the aircraft type can take place once airlines have met the requirements outlined by ANAC’s order. "Not a day goes by that we don't remember, reflect and rededicate ourselves to ensuring accidents like the ones that led to the decision to suspend operations never happen again," said David Calhoun, chief executive officer of The Boeing Company. "Boeing worked closely with the FAA and ANAC to meet their expectations to safely return the 737 MAX to commercial service in Brazil”. Throughout the past 20 months, Boeing
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces WIOA Guidance on Priority of Service for Americans in Need

    U.S. Department of Labor announces WIOA Guidance on Priority of Service for Americans in Need

    U.S. Department of Labor announces WIOA Guidance on Priority of Service for Americans in Need
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    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor released a Training and Employment Guidance Letter today announcing its vision for a priority of service in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult program and explaining how the Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) expects states to implement the priority requirement.

    As outlined in the guidance, the Department will work with states to strengthen state and local policies and procedures that enhance workforce development services to recipients of public assistance, low-income individuals, and individuals who are deficient in basic skills. This follows the Department’s announcement of a tri-agency initiative with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with states to better coordinate employment assistance programs
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  • U.S. Department of Energy Announces 35 Million Dollars in Funding for Hydrokinetic Turbine Development

    U.S. Department of Energy Announces 35 Million Dollars in Funding for Hydrokinetic Turbine Development

    U.S. Department of Energy Announces $35 Million in Funding for Hydrokinetic Turbine Development | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy [DOE] news release: November 24, 2020)


    Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $35 million in funding for 11 projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS) program. SHARKS teams will develop new economically competitive Hydrokinetic Turbines (HKT) designs for tidal and riverine currents. “Hydrokinetic energy is an abundant renewable resource that can boost grid resiliency and reduce infrastructure vulnerability, but it is currently a cost prohibitive option compared to other energy generating sources,” said ARPA-E Director Lane Genatowski. “SHARKS teams will address this barrier by designing new, efficient HKT systems that utilize America’s tidal, riverine, a...
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  • Federal Communications Commission to Host Webinar on Virtual Volunteerism on Dec. 2

    Federal Communications Commission to Host Webinar on Virtual Volunteerism on Dec. 2

    Federal Communications Commission to Host Webinar on Virtual Volunteerism on Dec. 2 | site |




    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] release: November 24, 2020)

    The FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau will host a webinar on Virtual Volunteerism: leveraging broadband to match individual volunteers with nonprofit organizations and provide services. The free webinar will begin Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. ET.


    Editor's note: The FCC Public Notice detailing the webinar may be viewed at https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachme...C-368347A1.pdf or press HERE





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  • FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Issues New Policy on Dry Heat for Reuse of Certain Respirators

    FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Issues New Policy on Dry Heat for Reuse of Certain Respirators

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues New Policy on Dry Heat for Reuse of Certain Respirators | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration press release: November 25, 2020)

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance on the use of dry heat to help support the single-user reuse of certain particulate filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs), such as N95 respirators, by health care personnel when there is a limited supply of respirators during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The immediately-in-effect guidance provides the FDA’s thinking and recommendations regarding the use of bioburden reduction systems that use dry heat to reduce the bioburden, or amount of microorganisms present, on certain respirators for reuse by a single user. Bioburden reduction systems are intended to achieve a certain level in microbial reduction on a device; these are not decontamina
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