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  • Staff Reporter 1
    Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo's Meeting with the Board of Directors of the Opportunity Finance Network
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    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
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    CMS Issues Guidance on American Rescue Plan Funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
  • Staff Reporter 1
    SBA Administrator Guzman Announces Latest Application Data Results for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Guzman Announces Latest Application Data Results for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund | site |


    Relief for restaurants and bars


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: May 12, 2021)

    Washington - - Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, today is announcing the latest application data results for the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), passed as part of the American Rescue Plan, and signed into law by President Joe Biden. The RRF has received more than 147,000 applications from women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged business owners, requesting a total of $29 billion in relief funds.

    This announcement builds on an earlier announcement of the rapid deployment of RRF funding as the SBA continues to quickly distribute relief to approved applicants
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    05-13-2021, 10:10 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Social Security Administration Commissioner Saul Communicates to Congress about the State of Social Security Services
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Social Security Administration Commissioner Saul Communicates to Congress about the State of Social Security Services | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: April 26, 2021) Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, wrote to key members of Congress to raise awareness of the resources Social Security needs to recover from the ongoing pandemic and improve service. “Since becoming Commissioner, I have focused our actions and our resources on efforts to improve the service we provide to the millions of people who turn to us for help. I have been clear in my budget requests about what it takes to improve service and maintain the integrity of our programs: both additional frontline staff to help people now, and information technology (IT) investments to improve our future,” said Commissioner Saul. “2021 is a critical year to shape the agency for post-pandemic success, but our resource constraint...
    05-13-2021, 09:47 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Under Secretary for Benefits
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Under Secretary for Benefits | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: May 12, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs established a commission to identify candidates to lead and manage the Veterans Benefits Administration. The position is for the Under Secretary for Benefits, who oversees leadership and direction on non-medical Veterans benefits matters — which has an approximate operating budget of $6.2 billion, an average employment level of 24,700 — and a benefits budget of $135 billion for the delivery of services and benefits to Veterans and their beneficiaries. By law, the appointment is made without regard to political affiliation and solely on demonstrated ability in providing oversight and management of this budget and the ability to develop, defend, and administer a budget of this size a
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    05-13-2021, 09:31 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    District Court issues Opinion in Public Citizen, et al. v FEC
    by Staff Reporter 1
    District Court issues Opinion in Public Citizen, et al. v FEC | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: March 17, 2021)

    Washington - - The United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order in Public Citizen, et al. v. FEC (Case 14-00148), granting the Commission’s and Intervenor-Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment and denying Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment. The lawsuit, filed on January 31, 2014, challenged the Commission’s dismissal of the Plaintiffs’ administrative complaint against Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies (MUR 6396). The complaint had alleged that Crossroads GPS violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), by not registering and reporting as a political committee. The Commission lacked the required votes to open an investigation and the matter was dismissed. The Court h
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    05-13-2021, 09:19 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces 1.69 Billion Dollars for Amtrak in Response to COVID-19
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces $1.69 Billion for Amtrak in Response to COVID-19 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration press release dated: April 27, 2021) Washington - - U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg today announced that the Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is making more than $1.69 billion available to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) to provide relief from the impacts of COVID-19 to the company’s business operations, workforce, and state funding partners. The funding is provided under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. “Help is here. The President’s American Rescue Plan is already delivering for workers and the traveling public,” said Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This new assistance for Amtrak will get employees back to work and restore service on routes across the country, at a time ...
    05-13-2021, 08:39 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Executive Boards Celebrate Public Service Recognition Week by Recognizing Employees Across the Country
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Executive Boards Celebrate Public Service Recognition Week by Recognizing Employees Across the Country | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management [OPM] press release dated: May 4, 2021)

    Each year Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) across the nation recognize federal employees who have made exceptional contributions in their community or the advancement of their agency’s mission. This year, OPM and the Partnership for Public Service are highlighting more than 300 awards winners from FY2020 and FY2021. To learn more about these recipients and their exemplary accomplishments, visit the FEB awards site. Award nominations are reviewed by leadership panels using a set criteria for the respective category: Leadership, Customer Service, Community Service, Diversity and Inclusion, Distinguished Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Military/Military Support, Extraordinary Contributions in the Accomplishment of Agency M
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    05-13-2021, 08:14 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Register for the SEC's 40th Annual Small Business Forum, Featuring Inclusive Conversations on Capital Formation from Startup to Small Cap
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Register for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's 40th Annual Small Business Forum, Featuring Inclusive Conversations on Capital Formation from Startup to Small Cap| site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: May 5, 2021)

    Washington D.C., May 5, 2021 - - The Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation will host the Securities and Exchange Commission's 40th Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation virtually from May 24-27, 2021. Each of the four sessions will feature panelists with in-depth knowledge of the issues facing small businesses across the country, spotlighting the following topics: Monday, May 24: Finding Your First Dollars Tuesday, May 25: Being a Savvy Investor Wednesday, May 26: Small and Emerging Funds Thursday, May 27: Small Cap Insights The Forum website will continue to be updated with details on the agenda, speakers, registr
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    05-13-2021, 07:37 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Biden-Harris Administration Outlines - - - America the Beautiful - - - Initiative
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Biden-Harris Administration Outlines “America the Beautiful” Initiative | site |



    Initial report details vision for 10-year locally led and voluntary nationwide effort to restore and conserve America’s lands, waters, and wildlife


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Commerce press release dated: May 6, 2021)

    Today the Biden-Harris administration outlined a vision for how the United States can work collaboratively to conserve and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife that support and sustain the nation. The recommendations are contained in a report released today, outlining a locally led and voluntary nationwide conservation goal to conserve 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. The report calls for a decade-long effort to support locally led and voluntary conservation and restoration efforts across public, private, and Tribal lands and waters in order to create jobs and strengthen the economy’s foundation;
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    05-13-2021, 06:52 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Colonial Pipeline provides System Restart and Operational Update Information
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Colonial Pipeline provides System Restart and Operational Update Information | site |


    (Information contained in Colonial Pipeline press release dated: May 12, 2021)

    Media Statement Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption
    System Restart and Operational Update
    Wednesday, May 12, 5:10 p.m.
    Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of pipeline operations today at approximately 5 p.m. ET. 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 the 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 return to normal. As we initiate our return to service, our primary focus remains safety. As part of this startup process, Colonial will conduct a comprehensive series of pipeline safety assessmen
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    05-13-2021, 06:16 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Treasury says nearly 1 Million additional Economic Impact Payments disbursed under the American Rescue Plan
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Treasury says nearly 1 Million additional Economic Impact Payments disbursed under the American Rescue Plan | site |


    Treasury says total payments reach nearly 165 million


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

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service announced they are disbursing nearly 1 million payments in the ninth batch of Economic Impact Payments from the American Rescue Plan.

    Today’s announcement brings the total disbursed so far to approximately 165 million payments, with a total value of approximately $388 billion, since these payments began rolling out to Americans in batches as announced on March 12. The ninth batch of payments began processing on Friday, May 7, with an official payment date of May 12, with some people receiving direct payments in
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    05-13-2021, 05:46 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    HUD awards 51 Million Dollars to clean up Lead Hazards in Public Housing
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awards $51 Million to Clean Up Lead Hazards in Public Housing | site |




    Funding to identify and control potentially dangerous lead in thousands of homes with young children


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: May 11, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $51.4 million to 25 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in 19 states to identify and reduce lead-based paint hazards in thousands of older public housing units. Provided through HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund, these grants will be targeted to public housing units currently occupied by families with young children. See funding chart below. "In order to be healthy, it’s important to have a healthy home," said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. "Protecting families with young children from lead and other hea...
    05-13-2021, 05:01 AM
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