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  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Solid Start program makes Strides in First Year
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Solid Start program makes Strides in First Year | site |


    VA says successful contact made with recently separated Veterans during first 365-days following transition from military service


    (Information contained in U.S Department of Veterans Affairs press release: December 2, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, as VA Solid Start celebrates its one year anniversary — the Veterans Benefits Administration connected with nearly 70,000 newly-separated service members. Annually, the program aims to proactively contact Veterans three times during their first year of transition from military to civilian life at the 90-, 180- and 360-day mark after separation. “The department’s efforts have been effective,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Approximately 124,000 service members separated from the military in fiscal year 2020, and nearly 60% of those
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    12-03-2020, 08:34 AM
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Proposes Small Business Size Standard Revisions in Five Industrial Sectors
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Proposes Small Business Size Standard Revisions in Five Industrial Sectors | site |
    • Change Aimed at Increasing Eligibility for Contracting and Loan Programs.
    • Public Comments Due by Jan. 26, 2021


    SBA is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would revise the small business size standards for businesses in five NAICS sectors.


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: November 30, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would revise the small business size standards for businesses in five North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) sectors to increase small business eligibility for SBA’s loan and contracting programs.

    Comments can be submitted on this proposed rule on or before Jan. 26, 2021 at www.regulations.gov , using the following RIN number: RIN 3245-AG88.
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    12-03-2020, 07:56 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    NIST says Face Recognition Software Shows Improvement in Recognizing Masked Faces
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    National Institute of Standards and Technology says Face Recognition Software Shows Improvement in Recognizing Masked Faces | site |


    NIST says latest NIST test is the first to measure performance of software submitted after pandemic’s arrival.


    (Information contained in National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] release: December 1, 2020)

    A new study of face recognition technology created after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic shows that some software developers have made demonstrable progress at recognizing masked faces.

    The findings, produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), are detailed in a new report called Ongoing Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) Part 6B: Face Recognition Accuracy with Face Masks Using Post-COVID-19 Algorithms (NISTIR 8331). It is the agency’s first study that measures the performance of face recognition algorithms developed following the arrival
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    12-03-2020, 07:25 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's Regulatory Robot helps Manufacturers find Product Safety Information
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    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's Regulatory Robot helps Manufacturers find Product Safety Information | site |



    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) Regulatory Robot may prove helpful to businesses creating products for consumer use. CPSC says, "We've designed our Regulatory Robot to guide you through our requirements to identify important product safety requirements that you should review before manufacturing or importing your consumer product".

    More information on the Regulatory Robot may be found at https://cpsc.gov/Business--Manufactu...cts-Start-Here or press HERE .




    12-03-2020, 07:03 AM
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    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Expands on Revamped College Scorecard, Adding Second-year Post Graduation Earnings and Cumulative Loan Data to Help Students Make Informed Choices
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    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Expands on Revamped College Scorecard, Adding Second-year Post Graduation Earnings and Cumulative Loan Data to Help Students Make Informed Choices | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release: December 2, 2020)

    Washington - - Delivering on her promise to continually update and improve College Scorecard, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that students can now compare average earnings two years after graduation based on field of study and how much federal student loan debt they can expect to incur, including new information on Parent PLUS loans, based on where they decide to attend school.

    Building on Secretary DeVos' successful revamp of College Scorecard in Nov. 2019, College Scorecard now provides new median income data for students two years out from their date of graduation across the various fields of study an institution offers. Future earnings data
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    12-03-2020, 05:55 AM

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