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Justice Department Reminds the Public to be Aware of Fraud When Disaster Strikes and Report It

U.S. Department of Justice Reminds the Public to be Aware of Fraud When Disaster Strikes and Report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud



National Center For Disaster Fraud Partners With National Association of Attorneys General to Combat Disaster-Related Fraud



(August 29, 2018) - - The Department of Justice established the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when billions of dollars in federal disaster relief poured into the Gulf Coast region, which opened opportunities for criminals to exploit people...
 

U.S. Small Business Administration Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of North Carolina Affected by Hurricane Florence

U.S. Small Business Administration Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of North Carolina Affected by Hurricane Florence




Washington, DC - - (September 15, 2018) - - U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence beginning Sept. 7, 2018 and continuing:

“The U.S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing North Carolina residents with the most effective response possible to
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergencies in North Carolina and South Carolina Due to Hurricane Florence

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergencies in North Carolina and South Carolina Due to Hurricane Florence





(September 11, 2018) - - Following the lead of President Trump’s emergency declarations for North Carolina and South Carolina, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar today declared public health emergencies in the two states as Hurricane Florence continues its track toward the eastern seaboard. The declarations give HHS’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) beneficiaries and their healthcare providers...
 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Statement Regarding Safety and Enforcement During Hurricane Florence

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Statement Regarding Safety and Enforcement During Hurricane Florence





(September 14, 2018) - - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are concerned about the potential impact of Hurricane Florence to the East Coast of the United States, where North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia are under states of emergency. Our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety. In consider...
 

FEMA and Partners Respond to Hurricane Florence

FEMA and Partners Respond to Hurricane Florence




Washington, DC - - (September 14, 2018) - - Hurricane Florence is impacting portions of the eastern United States, and will continue to batter the mid-Atlantic with high winds, storm surge, and heavy rains today. Dangerous flooding is already occurring across the North and South Carolina coasts; residents and visitors should remain indoors until told by local officials that it safe to go outside. “This is going to be a long duration, frustrating...
 

U.S. Department of Agriculture Prepared to Respond to Hurricane Florence

U.S. Department of Agriculture Prepared to Respond to Hurricane Florence



Washington, DC - - (September 12, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses potentially impacted by Hurricane Florence of programs to provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, State and county offices stand ready and eager to help. Additionally, USDA’s Operations Center will function around the clock. “Our farmers and ranchers take financial risks every year to help feed and clothe the U.S. and the world, and a hurricane makes their situations even more perilous,” U.S. Secret...
 

A Warning to Christian Ministers

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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Provides Hurricane Florence Victims Needed Relief and Recovery Aid
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Provides Hurricane Florence Victims Needed Relief and Recovery Aid



    Editor's note: On September 21, 2018 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information: Washington, DC - - (September 21, 2018) - - As Hurricane Florence approached, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to use all available authorities to ensure the security and safety of those in the path of the storm, and to aid victims in their recovery efforts. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices are actively responding, providing emergency response staffing and a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers, and impacted comm...
    09-22-2018, 05:55 AM
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    What to Expect After Registering for Disaster Assistance
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    What to Expect After Registering for Disaster Assistance



    Editor's note: On September 21, 2018 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:


    Raleigh, NC - - (September 21, 2018) - - After registering for disaster assistance, you may be contacted by a FEMA-contracted housing inspector to schedule an appointment for a housing inspection. Your first contact with a housing inspector may be by text or phone call and may come from an area code different than yours. The inspection is needed to verify and assess damage indicated when you registered. The inspection generally t
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    09-22-2018, 05:28 AM
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    Richard H. Clarida Sworn in as Vice Chairman and Member of the Board of Governors
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    Richard H. Clarida Sworn in as Vice Chairman and Member of the Board of Governors


    Swearing in of Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Vice Chairman


    (September 17, 2018) - - Richard H. Clarida took the oath of office on Monday as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and as Vice Chairman. The oath of office was administered by Chairman Jerome H. Powell in the Board Room.




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    09-22-2018, 04:39 AM
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Puerto Rico Ink 1.5 Billion Dollars Disaster Recovery Grant Agreement
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Puerto Rico Ink $1.5 Billion Disaster Recovery Grant Agreement

    Action paves the path to repair housing, businesses and infrastructure




    Washington, DC - - (September 20, 2018) - - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson and Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rosselló today announced the formal execution of a $1.5 billion grant agreement to help citizens in Puerto Rico to recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The signing of this grant agreement now paves the way to speed recovery dollars...
    09-22-2018, 03:34 AM
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    U.S. Department of the Interior Finalizes New Waste Prevention Rule
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    U.S. Department of the Interior Finalizes New Waste Prevention Rule





    The new rule re-establishes long-standing requirements and eliminates duplicative regulations that hurt states and Tribes



    Washington, DC - - (September 18, 2018) - - As part of the Trump Administration’s ongoing goal to reduce the regulatory burden on the American people and foster economic growth and energy development by using innovation, best science, and best practices, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today
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    09-22-2018, 02:52 AM
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    FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program Speeds Recovery
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    FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program Speeds Recovery




    FEMA says advanced payments of $5,000 available to policyholders


    Washington, DC - - (September 20, 2018) - - FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is supporting policyholders impacted by the devastating flooding following Hurricane Florence. To help speed recovery, the NFIP is allowing advanced payments to policyholders on their flood insurance claims. When a policyholder contacts their insurer, the policyholder can receive an advance payment of up to $5,000 on a flood claim, without an adjuster visit or additional documentation. Additionally,...
    09-21-2018, 04:36 PM
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Approves North Carolina WIC Flexibilities in Wake of Hurricane Florence
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Approves North Carolina WIC Flexibilities in Wake of Hurricane Florence




    Washington, DC - - (September 21, 2018) - - The state of North Carolina will be able to better serve participants through the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in the wake of Hurricane Florence, thanks to operational flexibilities approved for their use by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The State will be able to issue benefits remotely and waive some nutrition education requirements in places where offices are...
    09-21-2018, 03:37 PM
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    U.S. House of Representatives Votes to Authorize the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office
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    U.S. House of Representatives Votes to Authorize the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office



    U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeks more authority to counter biological and chemical threats



    Washington, DC - - (September 13, 2018) - - Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed by a voice vote the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018 (H.R. 6198). “The United States faces rising danger from terrorist groups and rogue nation states who could use weapons
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    09-21-2018, 03:07 PM
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    FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Reaching Out in North Carolina
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    FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Reaching Out in North Carolina





    Raleigh, NC - - (September 19, 2018) - - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are working in Hurricane Florence affected-areas in North Carolina to help survivors register for assistance, identify and address immediate and emerging needs, and make referrals to other local, state and voluntary agencies to best meet survivors’ needs. Using the latest mobile technology, DSA staff can register survivors for disaster assistance, update thei...
    09-21-2018, 12:32 PM
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    Federal Trade Commission Brings First-ever Action Targeting “iV Cocktail” Therapy Marketer
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    Federal Trade Commission Brings First-ever Action Targeting “iV Cocktail” Therapy Marketer




    Order settling complaint bars Texas-based firm and owner from making unsupported claims that iV cocktails can treat serious diseases and produce fast, long-lasting results



    The Federal Trade Commission today, for the first time, charged a marketer and seller of intravenously injected therapy products (iV Cocktails) with making a range of deceptive and unsupported health claims about their ability to treat serious diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and congestive heart failure.

    The proposed FTC order settling the claims prohibits the company, which operates a string
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    09-21-2018, 12:04 PM
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    U.S. Surgeon General Releases Spotlight on Opioids
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    U.S. Surgeon General Releases Spotlight on Opioids




    (September 20, 2018) - -Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:

    Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the opioid crisis and recommends actions that can prevent and treat opioid misuse and promote recovery. The Spotlight – the Surgeon General’s newest update on opioid addiction – also provides the latest data on prevalence of substance misuse, opioid misuse, opioid use disorder and overdoses. The Surgeon Gene
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    09-21-2018, 11:39 AM
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $14 Million in Emergency Relief Funds to Rebuild North Carolina’s Infrastructure Following Hurricane Florence
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $14 Million in Emergency Relief Funds to Rebuild North Carolina’s Infrastructure Following Hurricane Florence




    Washington, DC - - (September 20, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced the immediate availability of $14 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help restore access to essential roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Florence throughout North Carolina. The $14 million “quick release”...
    09-21-2018, 12:28 AM
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Provides North Carolina Children Affected by Hurricane Florence with Access to Free Meals
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Provides North Carolina Children Affected by Hurricane Florence with Access to Free Meals





    Washington, DC - - (September 19, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is making it easier for North Carolina schools affected by Hurricane Florence to feed students during this time of great need. All students in affected disaster areas in North Carolina will now be able to enjoy free school meals provided by USDA’s National School Lunch Program through October 26. This and additional measures will potentially...
    09-21-2018, 12:44 AM
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    U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Announces New Policies to Increase Transparency
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    U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Announces New Policies to Increase Transparency



    Washington, DC - - (September 20, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced two directives focused on providing more transparency in OFCCP activities as an essential tool for promoting compliance. These directives, which continue the goals of the Department's recently announced Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI), encourage...
    09-20-2018, 11:33 PM
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    Agencies Propose Rule Regarding the Treatment of High Volatility Commercial Real Estate
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    Agencies Propose Rule Regarding the Treatment of High Volatility Commercial Real Estate




    (September 18, 2018) - - Three federal banking agencies (The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency) on Tuesday invited public comment on a proposal to modify the agencies' capital rules for high volatility commercial real estate exposures, as required by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer...
    09-21-2018, 12:10 AM
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    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on President Trump’s National Biodefense Strategy
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    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on President Trump’s National Biodefense Strategy




    (September 18, 2018) - - The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement in support of President Trump’s National Biodefense Strategy: “Biological threats—whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate in origin—are among the most serious threats facing the United States today. As part of the President’s efforts to ...
    09-20-2018, 10:55 PM
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS to launch redesigned W-4 Form in 2020 to Ensure Smooth Taxpayer Experience
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS to Launch Redesigned W-4 Form in 2020 to Ensure Smooth Taxpayer Experience



    Washington, DC - - (September 20, 2018) - - Today the Treasury Department announced that the IRS will implement a redesigned W-4 form for tax year 2020, a timeline that will allow for continued work to refine the new approach for the form. As a result of the enactment of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Treasury and the IRS are revising the wage withholding system and Form W-4, Employee’s...
    09-20-2018, 11:15 PM
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    President Signs Bill into Law Requiring U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Hire 50 Outreach Specialists to Support Veterans Involved in Justice System
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    President Signs Bill into Law Requiring U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Hire 50 Outreach Specialists to Support Veterans Involved in Justice System




    (September 17, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it is ready to hire an additional 50 Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists following President Trump’s signing today of the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018, a new law shoring up support services to Veterans impacted by the justice system. The law requires VA, within one year of enactment, to hire 50 ...
    09-20-2018, 01:48 PM
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Provides Regulatory Relief and Assistance for Hurricane Victims
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Provides Regulatory Relief and Assistance for Hurricane Victims





    Washington, DC - - (September 19, 2018) - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it is providing regulatory relief to publicly traded companies, investment companies, accountants, transfer agents, municipal advisors and others affected by Hurricane Florence. The loss of property, power, transportation, and mail delivery due to the hurricane poses challenges for some individuals and entities that are required...
    09-20-2018, 02:03 PM
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    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen Swears in New Homeland Security Advisory Council Members
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    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen Swears in New Homeland Security Advisory Council Members





    (September 18, 2018) - - The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen M. Nielsen met with the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) to discuss her priorities for the Department. The group discussed a range of homeland security issues and Secretary Nielsen swore in eight new members to the HSAC: Jayson P. Ahern, Stewart A. Baker, Frank J. Cilluffo, Mark J. Dannels, Carol DiBattiste, Cathy Lanier, Wendy Smith-Reeve, and Chad Sweet. “My vision for the HSAC, consistent with its charter...
    09-20-2018, 12:37 PM
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