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  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas Visits FEMA COVID-19 Vaccination Facility in Philadelphia
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas Visits FEMA COVID-19 Vaccination Facility in Philadelphia | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: March 2, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visited operations at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) new Community Vaccination Center (CVC) facility at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, scheduled to open tomorrow and expected to vaccinate up to 6,000 people per day. Secretary Mayorkas thanked and met with the Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, and representatives from other partner organizations including the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and the Department of Defense. “On the first day of his administration, President Biden challenged FEMA to stand up 100 Federal...
    03-06-2021, 03:59 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Premium Reductions coming to Enrollees of Veterans’ Group Life Insurance
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Premium Reductions coming to Enrollees of Veterans’ Group Life Insurance | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: March 1, 2021)

    Washington - - All Veterans insured under Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI) will receive a reduction in premiums effective April 1, ensuring that VGLI remains a cost effective option for Veterans and transitioning uniform service members who choose Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) insurance products.

    Premiums for VGLI will be reduced by an average of 7% across all age groups — allowing separating service members to continue their Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance coverage level as a renewable term insurance policy after leaving service. “The reduction in VGLI premiums will make life insurance even more affordable for Veterans,” said Acting Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy. “Offering our Veterans better rates for their l
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    03-06-2021, 02:49 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Tax Time Guide - - - How to do Taxes for Free and get Refunds Fast
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Tax Time Guide: How to do Taxes for Free and get Refunds Fast | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] news release dated: February 23, 2021)

    Washington - - - During this tax season when many people are trying to stay safe at home, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers about ways to do their taxes for free online or with help from volunteers.



    Free File is easy, fast, safe and secure

    Taxpayers who want to prepare and file their tax returns electronically can use IRS Free File. IRS Free File offers brand-name tax software for taxpayers with an income of $72,000 or less in 2020. Taxpayers who earned more can use Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms. Taxpayers can get started at IRS.gov/freefile . IRS Free File also lets taxpayers get an automatic extension of time to file if they need it. Free File is also a way to get a refund fast. Filin...
    03-06-2021, 02:16 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - March 2, 2021
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: March 2, 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration press release dated: March 2, 2021)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • The agency has updated its FDA COVID-19 Response At-A-Glance Summary, which provides a quick look at facts, figures and highlights on the FDA's response efforts.
    • The agency issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Quidel for its QuickVue At-Home COVID-19 Test for at-home use with a prescription. The Quidel QuickVue At-Home COVID-19 Test is an antigen test that detects proteins from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from a nasal swab sample and gives a result in 10-15 minutes without needing to send a sample to a laboratory for analysis. The test is authorized for prescription at-home use with a self-collected nasal swab sample
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    03-06-2021, 01:26 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Sanctions Russian Officials in Response to the Novichok Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Sanctions Russian Officials in Response to the Novichok Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: March 2, 2021) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) joined the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce in imposing sanctions in response to Russia’s poisoning and subsequent imprisonment of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny. Specifically, OFAC designated seven Russian government officials: Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Aleksandr Bortnikov (Bortnikov), Chief of the Presidential Policy Directorate Andrei Yarin (Yarin), First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Kiriyenko (Kiriyenko), Deputy Minister of Defense Aleksey Krivoruchko (Krivoruchko), Deputy Minister of Defense Pavel Popov (Popov), Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) dire...
    03-06-2021, 12:38 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    US Department of Labor Guidance to State UI Programs expands Eligibility for Workers who Declined Work due to Pandemic Safety Concerns
    by Staff Reporter 1
    US Department of Labor Guidance to State UI Programs expands Eligibility for Workers who Declined Work due to Pandemic Safety Concerns | site |


    Eligible unemployed workers will receive benefits retroactively


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: February 25, 2021)

    Washington - - For many of America’s workers, choosing between unsafe employment and refusing work to avoid the risk of coronavirus infection has serious consequences. Too often, those who do not return to work or accept a job offer over concerns about workplace exposure lose their state unemployment benefits.

    In response to a directive from President Biden, the U.S. Department of Labor is issuing guidance to state unemployment insurance agencies that expands the number of instances in which workers may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. “Our nation cannot afford to continue compounding the already
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    03-05-2021, 11:57 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden-Harris Administration Staff Appointments
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden-Harris Administration Staff Appointments | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: March 2, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional Biden-Harris Administration appointments, building on an experienced team committed to President Biden’s mission to end the COVID-19 pandemic, expand affordable health care, and advance equity. “President Biden’s team at HHS is growing quickly and continues to work tirelessly to end the COVID pandemic and address our many health challenges,” said HHS Chief of Staff Sean McCluskie. “Our appointees will work hand-in-hand with our dedicated team of career officials throughout HHS to protect and expand quality, affordable care to all Americans.” These new appointees join tens of thousands of career officials throughout the agency, wh...
    03-05-2021, 11:39 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Return of the Presidential Rank Awards
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Return of the Presidential Rank Awards | site |


    OPM Calls for 2021 Presidential Rank Awards Nominations


    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press release dated: March 3, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - Today, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced a call for nominations for the 2021 Presidential Rank Awards. The awards – which recognize exceptional performance by members of the career Senior Executive Service (SES) and Senior Career Employees (SL/ST) – will resume this year after having been canceled in 2020. The resumption of the Presidential Rank Awards reflects the Biden Administration’s commitment to supporting the federal workforce and recognizing federal employees who serve with distinction. “The Presidential Rank Awards have a rich history of awarding well-deserved individuals in Federal career service,” said Ronald Klain, White House Chief...
    03-05-2021, 11:22 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    USDA Announces Dr. Dewayne Goldmon as Senior Advisor, Racial Equity, and Andy Green as Senior Advisor, Fair and Competitive Markets
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Dr. Dewayne Goldmon as Senior Advisor, Racial Equity, and Andy Green as Senior Advisor, Fair and Competitive Markets | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: March 1, 2021)

    Washington, March 1, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced two senior appointments today.

    USDA announced the appointment of Dr. Dewayne Goldmon as Senior Advisor for Racial Equity to the Secretary of Agriculture. Goldmon has served for the past year as Executive Director of the National Black Growers Council (NBGC), a Washington, D.C. based organization that advocates to improve the efficiency, productivity, and sustainability of Black row crop farmers. He has more than 30 years of experience in the agricultural sector and is also a farmer in southeast Arkansas. Before joining the NGBC, he helped to form the organization and served as its initial advisor.
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    03-05-2021, 10:57 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Labor Movement Fighting Anti-Asian Racism in All Forms
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Labor Movement Fighting Anti-Asian Racism in All Forms | site |



    (Information contained in AFL-CIO press released dated: March 5, 2021)

    The continued anti-Asian racism that has skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic is a stain on our nation. The labor movement again condemns this vile behavior and will continue to fight these injustices. “The entire labor movement is appalled by the continued rise in anti-Asian racism across the country. Acts of physical violence, yelling of racial slurs and intimidation tactics used against our Asian American friends, family and communities must be called out and stopped,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Anti-Asian rhetoric is only hurting our nation more during this pandemic, and we all must stand up and condemn in the strongest terms possible that racism in any form is unacceptable.” Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance National President Monica Thammarath stated, “It is not ri
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    03-05-2021, 10:34 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FedEx Establishes New Initiative to Support Local HBCUs
    by Staff Reporter 1
    FedEx Establishes New Initiative to Support Local HBCUs | site |



    $5 million commitment to four regionally based HBCUs builds on longstanding commitment to advance inclusion and empower economic opportunity in the Black community


    (Information contained in FedEx press release dated: February 10, 2021)


    Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 10, 2021 – FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced today a pledge to commit $5 million to four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Mississippi and Tennessee. The initiative will create valuable education and job readiness for students at Tennessee State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, and LeMoyne-Owen College. The initiative is a collaborative effort among FedEx and each school designed to help prepare students for the workforce beyond formal education. A portion of the multi-year commitment will be used to offer relief support to ...
    03-05-2021, 10:01 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Issues Authorization for Quidel QuickVue At-Home COVID-19 Test
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues Authorization for Quidel QuickVue At-Home COVID-19 Test | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: March 1, 2021)


    Statement From:

    Director - CDRH Offices: Office of the Center Director
    Dr. Jeffrey E. Shuren MD, JD


    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Quidel QuickVue At-Home COVID-19 Test, another antigen test where certain individuals can rapidly collect and test their sample at home, without needing to send a sample to a laboratory for analysis. The QuickVue At-Home COVID-19 Test is authorized for prescription home use with self-collected anterior nasal (nares) swabs from individuals ages 14 and older or individuals ages 8 and older with swabs collected by an adult. The test is authorized for individuals suspected of COVID-19 by their healt...
    03-05-2021, 09:37 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Boeing Forecasts Resilient Aviation Market for Latin America and Caribbean Despite Near-term Challenges
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Boeing Forecasts Resilient Aviation Market for Latin America and Caribbean Despite Near-term Challenges | site |



    Airlines expected to buy 2,610 airplanes, valued at $365 billion, through 2039

    Travel within South America projected to overtake passenger volume between Central and North America



    (Information contained in The Boeing Company press release dated: February 24, 2021) Seattle, Feb. 24, 2021 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] projects demand for 2,610 new airplanes in Latin America and the Caribbean over the next two decades. The new forecast reflects the near-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic along with the long-term fundamentals for air travel. Single-aisle commercial models will comprise 90% of this airplane demand, reflecting the expansion of affordable travel opportunities across and within the region. This 20-year market for commercial aircraft is valued at $365 billion, according to Boeing’s 2020 Comm...
    03-05-2021, 09:10 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Social Security and OIG Hold Second Annual - - - Slam the Scam - - - Day
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Social Security and Office of the Inspector General Hold Second Annual ‘Slam the Scam’ Day | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: March 4, 2021) The Social Security Administration and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have once again joined forces to raise public awareness about Social Security imposter scams during the second annual ‘Slam the Scam’ Day on March 4. Social Security scams - in which fraudsters mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments to fix purported Social Security number problems or to avoid arrest - are the #1 type of government imposter fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission and Social Security. The agency has made concerted efforts to address this issue, including partnering with other Federal and State agencies to identify and pursue scammers, increasing employee and public outreach and education, raising awareness through marketing in post off...
    03-05-2021, 08:52 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Key Staff Appointments
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Key Staff Appointments | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: March 2, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the United States Department of the Treasury announced several key additions to Treasury staff. These distinguished and diverse individuals join Treasury prepared to deliver results for the American people by addressing the public health crisis and resulting economic crisis, as well as inequality, racism, and climate change.

    Biographies of the appointees are listed below in alphabetical order:



    Bill Doerrer, White House Liaison

    Bill Doerrer joins the Treasury Department after serving on the Legal Policy and Personnel teams of the Biden-Harris Transition. Prior to the transition, Doerrer was a member of the Biden-Harris General Election campaign serving as Director of Post-Election Operations. During the primary,...
    03-05-2021, 08:32 PM
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