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  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Awards Approximately 3.6 Million Dollars to Whistleblower
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Awards Approximately $3.6 Million to Whistleblower | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: May 12, 2021) Washington D.C., May 12, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of approximately $3.6 million to a whistleblower whose information and assistance led to a successful SEC enforcement action. “The whistleblower brought valuable information to the attention of the SEC, causing it to open a new investigation into wrongdoing,” said Emily Pasquinelli, Acting Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. “The whistleblower further assisted the SEC by providing ongoing assistance as the Commission’s investigation progressed. This award shows the significant help a whistleblower can provide by sharing information of potential violations of the federal securities laws with the Commission.” The SEC has awarded appro...
    05-14-2021, 10:52 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable with Members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable with Members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 12, 2021) This afternoon, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona held a virtual roundtable with members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to discuss their experiences during the pandemic and ongoing challenges related to education in their communities. The participants included teachers, parents, and members of AAPI community organizations. They shared their personal experiences with the Secretary and provided feedback on ways the U.S. Department of Education (ED) can help address issues of racism, bullying, reopening schools for in-person learning, and supporting students' social, emotional, academic, and mental health needs. Secretary Cardona launched the discussion and listened as the participants shared their stories: ...
    05-14-2021, 10:37 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission Grants additional Rural Tribal Spectrum Licenses
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission Grants additional Rural Tribal Spectrum Licenses | site |



    Mid-Band Spectrum Licenses Granted to Facilitate Providing Advanced Wireless Communications Like 5G to 40 Native Communities


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington, May 13, 2021 - - The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has granted an additional 40 spectrum licenses in the 2.5 GHz band to help connect rural Tribal communities. This valuable mid-band spectrum can be used for 5G and other advanced wireless services. “Wireless spectrum in the hands of the unserved and underserved is a powerful tool,” said FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “This is especially true for Tribes, which should have the opportunity to offer their communities the broadband access that is so critical for participation in the digital age. I am committed to continuing our efforts to make tha...
    05-14-2021, 10:26 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    DHS Statement on the Approval of an Additional Jones Act Waiver in Response to Eastern Seaboard Oil Supply Constraints
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Statement on the Approval of an Additional Jones Act Waiver in Response to Eastern Seaboard Oil Supply Constraints | site |


    (Information [published statement by a Department of Homeland Security {DHS} spokesperson] contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security press release dated: May 13, 2021) “Today, Secretary Mayorkas approved a temporary and targeted Jones Act waiver request for a second company. This decision was made after careful consideration and consultation with interagency partners across the federal government as part of the whole-of-government response President Biden directed to address the impacts of the Colonial Pipeline shut down.” Last night, Secretary Mayorkas, in the interest of national defense, approved an initial temporary and targeted waiver request in response to eastern seaboard oil supply constraints. The Departments of Transportation, Energy, and Defense were consulted in order to a...
    05-14-2021, 10:09 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    OPM Announces Addition of Six Colleges and Universities to the Federal Academic Alliance, Bringing Total to 23 Colleges and Universities
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Addition of Six Colleges and Universities to the Federal Academic Alliance, Bringing Total to 23 Colleges and Universities | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press release dated: May 7, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - Today, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the addition of six new academic agreements with post-secondary education institutions as part of the Federal Academic Alliance, bringing the total to 23 colleges and universities. OPM created The Federal Academic Alliance in 2014 to, provide federal employees access to post-secondary education at reduced tuition rates, as one of the many ways the agency is assisting the federal government with addressing critical skills gaps in mission critical occupations such as human resources, information technology, acquisitions, auditor (financial), economist, and positions related to Science, Technology,
    ...
    05-14-2021, 09:50 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FTC Returns Nearly 60 Million Dollars to Those Suffering from Opioid Addiction Who Were Allegedly Overcharged in Suboxone Film Scheme
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Trade Commission Returns Nearly $60 Million to Those Suffering from Opioid Addiction Who Were Allegedly Overcharged in Suboxone Film Scheme| site |



    FTC says funds for these payments come from the FTC’s settlements with Reckitt Benckiser Group and Indivior, Inc. who took advantage of their unique market position to scare consumers away from generic Suboxone tablets


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

    The Federal Trade Commission is sending 51,875 payments totaling more than $59 million to consumers who were victims of an allegedly deceptive scheme by Reckitt Benckiser Group and Indivior, Inc. to thwart lower-priced generic competition with the branded drug Suboxone. The average payment

    Courtesy: Federal Trade Commission
    amount is $1,139. The payments will be mailed...
    05-14-2021, 09:26 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on Charting New Course to Improve the Nation’s Cybersecurity and Protect Federal Government Networks
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on Charting New Course to Improve the Nation’s Cybersecurity and Protect Federal Government Networks | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: May 12, 2021) Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement in support of President Biden’s Executive Order to improve our nation’s cybersecurity and protect federal government networks: “Recent cybersecurity incidents impacting SolarWinds, Microsoft, and Colonial Pipeline are a stark reminder that malicious cyber activity can significantly disrupt Americans’ daily lives and threaten our national security. Addressing these risks to our way of life is a shared responsibility that depends upon close collaboration between the public and private sectors. Today’s Executive Order will empower DHS and our interagency partners to modernize federal cyber...
    05-14-2021, 08:50 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Distributes 742 Million Dollars to States and Territories through Homeowner Assistance Fund
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Distributes $742 Million to States and Territories through Homeowner Assistance Fund | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it has distributed $742 million to 42 states and 3 territories through the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF). A part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s American Rescue Plan, HAF was designed to prevent mortgage delinquencies and defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services, and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. “Today there are over 3 million homeowners behind on mortgage payments, and the pandemic has exacerbated the country’s already severe housing affordability crisis,” said Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo. “Treasury is focused on ensuring the American economy re...
    05-14-2021, 07:25 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education Launches Outreach Campaign to Millions of K-12 Students and Federal Pell Grant Recipients Now Eligible for Monthly Discounts on Broadband Internet Service
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education Launches Outreach Campaign to Millions of K-12 Students and Federal Pell Grant Recipients Now Eligible for Monthly Discounts on Broadband Internet Service | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 12, 2021)

    The U.S. Department of Education today launched a major outreach campaign to millions of students who are now eligible for a monthly discount on broadband internet service under a temporary program administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The campaign will inform millions of families with children participating in the free or reduced-price lunch or school breakfast program, and 6.5 million Pell Grant recipients that they are now eligible for the discount of up to $50 per month. Eligible households on qualifying Tribal lands can receive a discount of up to $75 per month. “The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified issues of internet access and
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    05-14-2021, 07:08 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Union says New AFL-CIO Report Shows 275 U.S. Workers Killed Daily
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Union says New AFL-CIO Report Shows 275 U.S. Workers Killed Daily | site |



    View Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect report here: aflcio.org/reports/death-job-toll-neglect-2021


    (Information contained in AFL-CIO press release dated: May 4, 2021)

    In 2019, 5,333 working people were killed on the job and an estimated 95,000 died from occupational diseases, according to the 30th edition of the report released today. That means every day, on average, 275 U.S. workers die from hazardous working conditions. And this was before the devastating COVID-19 pandemic that has been responsible for far too many worker infections and deaths in our country. “This year, we commemorate 50 years of OSHA and the lives saved by ensuring workers are protected on the job,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler. “COVID-19 has been a stark reminder that workplace safety protections are absolutely critical, and we still have a long
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    05-14-2021, 06:32 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    UPS announces Quarterly Dividend
    by Staff Reporter 1
    UPS announces Quarterly Dividend | site |




    (Information contained in United Parcel Service of America, Inc. [UPS]
    press release dated: May 12, 2021)

    Atlanta, GA - - UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced its regular quarterly dividend of $1.02 per share on all outstanding Class A and Class B shares.

    The dividend is payable June 9, 2021 to shareowners of record on May 24, 2021.

    Commitment to the dividend is one of UPS’s core principles and a hallmark of the company’s financial strength. UPS has either maintained or increased its dividend each year since going public in 1999.
    ...
    05-14-2021, 05:42 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo's Meeting with the Board of Directors of the Opportunity Finance Network
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo's Meeting with the Board of Directors of the Opportunity Finance Network | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 12, 2021)

    Washington - - Earlier today, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo met with the Board of Directors of the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), led by President and CEO Lisa Mensah. Deputy Secretary Adeyemo shared President Biden and Secretary Yellen’s vision for an equitable and sustainable recovery, including tapping into the unrealized potential of small businesses across the country by supporting Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDI) through policies like the $3 billion CDFI Rapid Response Program. Deputy Secretary Adeyemo asked for the Board’s advice on how Treasury can better utilize its tools to serve underrepresented communities and how to ensure the...
    05-14-2021, 04:21 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    CMS Issues Guidance on American Rescue Plan Funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Issues Guidance on American Rescue Plan Funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services | site |



    Guidance Helps States Access Additional Federal Funds for Critical Services Supporting Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 13, 2021) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing guidance on how states can receive enhanced funding, provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), to increase access to home and community based services (HCBS) for Medicaid beneficiaries. These benefits provide critical services to millions of older adults and individuals with disabilities, allowing them to receive health services in their homes and communities, rather than in nursing homes and other institutions. Today’s guidance is a key tool to assist s...
    05-14-2021, 04:02 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Confirmation of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Confirmation of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington, May 13, 2021 - - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement on the confirmation of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture: “I am grateful for today's confirmation of Jewel Bronaugh as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Bronaugh’s confirmation is historic, as she will serve as the first Black woman and woman of color to serve as Deputy Secretary. Dr. Bronaugh has a long, distinguished career as an educator and champion for farmers and rural communities. Most recently as the 16th Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services she worked to expand opportunities...
    05-14-2021, 03:46 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Energy Welcomes New Biden-Harris Appointees
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Energy Welcomes New Biden-Harris Appointees | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy press release dated: May 10, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced additional Biden-Harris Administration appointees that have joined the team to help build a more prosperous and equitable clean energy future for the American people. “During the first 100 days of this Administration, the DOE team has been working quickly and urgently to deliver on President Biden’s bold climate and clean energy goals—and these latest additions bring even more muscle to our efforts,” said Chief of Staff Tarak Shah. “We’re thrilled to have their talent and expertise in our ranks as we continue to advance innovative, equitable clean energy solutions that will create millions of good-paying jobs and launch every American worker and community into a greener future.” New appointee...
    05-14-2021, 03:29 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    IRS grants Dyed Diesel Fuel Penalty Relief due to Disruptions of the Fuel Supply Chain
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Internal Revenue Service grants Dyed Diesel Fuel Penalty Relief due to Disruptions of the Fuel Supply Chain | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service, in response to disruptions of the fuel supply chain, will not impose a penalty when dyed diesel fuel is sold for use or used on the highway in the states of Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. This relief is retroactive to May 7, 2021, and will remain in effect through May 21, 2021. This penalty relief is available to any person that sells or uses dyed diesel fuel for highway use. In the case of the operator of the vehicle in which the dyed diesel fuel is used, the relief is available only if the operator or the person selling such fuel pays the tax of 24.4 cents per...
    05-14-2021, 03:13 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Transportation Names Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Award Recipients
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Transportation Names Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Award Recipients | site |



    Nineteen U.S. small businesses will receive approximately $2,850,000 to research and develop innovative solutions to our nation’s transportation challenges


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: May 13, 2021)

    Washington - – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that 19 U.S. small businesses will receive approximately $2,850,000 in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Phase I awards stemming from the Fiscal Year 2021 Phase I Solicitation announced earlier this year. Each year, the SBIR Program awards contracts to small businesses across the country to spur research and commercialization of innovative transportation technologies. A full list of this year’s Phase I awardees is available here. From coast to coast, small busin...
    05-14-2021, 02:53 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Colonial Pipeline provides System Restart and Operational Update Information - - May 13, 2021
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Colonial Pipeline provides System Restart and Operational Update Information - - May 13, 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in Colonial Pipeline press release dated: May 13, 2021)

    Media Statement Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption
    System Restart and Operational Update #2
    Update: Thursday, May 13, 4:40 p.m.
    Colonial Pipeline has continued to make substantial progress in safely restarting our pipeline system. We can now report that we have restarted our entire pipeline system and that product delivery has commenced to all markets we serve. Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during this start-up period. Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets
    ...
    05-14-2021, 12:55 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on the Approval of a Jones Act Waiver in Response to Eastern Seaboard Oil Supply Constraints
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on the Approval of a Jones Act Waiver in Response to Eastern Seaboard Oil Supply Constraints | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: May 12, 2021) Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security will approve a temporary and targeted Jones Act Waiver in response to eastern seaboard oil supply constraints. “In the interest of national defense, I have approved a temporary and targeted waiver request to an individual company. This waiver will help provide for the transport of oil products between the Gulf Coast and East Coast ports to ease oil supply constraints as a result of the interruptions in the operations of the Colonial Pipeline. The decision to approve the waiver was made after careful consideration and consultation with interagency partne...
    05-13-2021, 10:58 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Statement on the Swearing-In of Andrea Palm as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Statement on the Swearing-In of Andrea Palm as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 12, 2021) Today, following a bipartisan confirmation by the U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra formally swore in Andrea Palm as Deputy Secretary. Palm previously served as the Secretary-designee of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services and in several leadership roles at HHS during the Obama-Biden Administration. “I want to congratulate Andrea Palm, a lifelong public servant, for her bipartisan confirmation to serve as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “We are elated to have her join the HHS team. As a veteran of the Obama-Biden Administration and as the former top health official in Wisc...
    05-13-2021, 10:41 AM
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