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  • USDA to Provide Approximately $6 Billion to Commodity and Specialty Crop Producers Impacted by 2020 and 2021 Natural Disasters

    U.S. Department of Agriculture to Provide Approximately $6 Billion to Commodity and Specialty Crop Producers Impacted by 2020 and 2021 Natural Disasters | site |



    First Wave of Payments Based on Crop Insurance Data


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: May 16, 2022

    Washington, May 16, 2022 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments totaling approximately $6 billion through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) new Emergency Relief Program (ERP) to offset crop yield and value losses. “For over two years, farmers and ranchers across the country have been hard hit by an ongoing pandemic coupled with more frequent and catastrophic natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “As the agricul
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  • Oct. 15 Deadline approaches for Taxpayers who Requested Extensions to File 2020 Tax Returns

    Oct. 15 Deadline approaches for Taxpayers who Requested Extensions to File 2020 Tax Returns | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: September 16, 2021)

    Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers about the upcoming October 15 due date to file 2020 tax returns. People who asked for an extension should file on or before the extension deadline to avoid the penalty for filing late. Electronic filing options, such as IRS Free File, are still available.

    Although October 15 is the last day for most people to file, some taxpayers may have more time. They include:
    • Members of the military and others serving in a combat zone. They typically have 180 days after they leave the combat zone to file returns and pay any taxes due.
    • Taxpayers in federally declared disaster areas who already had valid extensions. For details, see
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  • U.S. Department of State Announces Online Publication of 2020 Digest of United States Practice in International Law

    U.S. Department of State Announces Online Publication of 2020 Digest of United States Practice in International Law | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 18, 2021)

    The Department of State is pleased to announce the release of the 2020 Digest of United States Practice in International Law, covering developments during calendar year 2020. Edited by the Office of the Legal Adviser, the Digest provides the public with a record of the views and practice of the U.S. Government in public and private international law. The official edition of the 2020 Digest is available exclusively on the Department of State website at: https://www.state.gov/digest-of-united-states-practice-in-international-law . Past Digests covering 1989 through 2019 are also available online. The Digest traces its history back to an 1877 treatise by John Cadwalader, which was followed by
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  • U.S. Census Bureau says New Vintage 2020 Population Estimates Available for Nation, States, Counties, and Puerto Rico Commonwealth and Municipios by Demographic Characteristics

    U.S. Census Bureau says New Vintage 2020 Population Estimates Available for Nation, States, Counties, and Puerto Rico Commonwealth and Municipios by Demographic Characteristics | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Census Bureau release dated: June 17, 2021) June 17, 2021 - - The U.S. Census Bureau today released Vintage 2020 evaluation estimates of population for the nation, states and counties by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and for Puerto Rico Commonwealth and municipios by age and sex. These estimates are available as a limited number of downloadable datasets. These estimates are based on the 2010 Census and were created without incorporation or consideration of the 2020 Census results. They are typically used in comparisons with the 2020 Census to make determinations about the accuracy of the estimates. Differences between the estimates and census counts are interpreted as error in the estimates and are used to inform population and h...
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  • NHTSA says 2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic | site |



    Risky Driving Behaviors Including Failure to Wear a Seatbelt, Speeding, and Drinking While Driving Identified as Contributing Factors


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: June 3, 2021)

    June 3, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today released preliminary estimates of crash fatalities in 2020 involving motor vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, and people walking and biking. Alongside the release of the 2020 fatality projections, Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2020, the agency issued two special reports, Early Estimates of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities and Fatality Rate by Sub-Categories in 2020, and Update to Special Reports
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  • Flexible Spending Accounts - - - Special Enrollment Period and New Flexibilities for the 2020 and 2021 Plan Years

    Flexible Spending Accounts: Special Enrollment Period and New Flexibilities for the 2020 and 2021 Plan Years | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management [OPM] press release dated: June 14, 2021)

    In response to recent legislation (Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) 2021) and IRS guidance, the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) is announcing a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) and new flexibilities for the 2020 and 2021 plan years to Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (HCFSAs), Limited Expense Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (LEX HCFSAs), and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (DCFSAs). The SEP will be from June 1 through June 30. For questions, please contact FSAFEDS by visiting www.FSAFEDS.com or by calling 1-877-FSAFEDS (372-3337.
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  • U.S. Census Bureau Sets Key Parameters to Protect Privacy in 2020 Census Results

    U.S. Census Bureau Sets Key Parameters to Protect Privacy in 2020 Census Results | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Census Bureau press release dated: June 9, 2021)

    June 9, 2021 - - The U.S. Census Bureau’s Data Stewardship Executive Policy Committee (DSEP) announced it has selected the settings and parameters for the Disclosure Avoidance System (DAS) for the 2020 Census redistricting data (PL-94-171). The DAS uses a mathematical algorithm to ensure that the privacy of individuals is sufficiently protected while maintaining high levels of accuracy in the statistics we produce.

    The Census Bureau released the first “beta” version of the DAS in October 2019, and released further demonstration data products in May, September, and November 2020, and in April 2021. During this process, independent experts and stakeholders, along with data users, have provided extensive feedback to help shape each subsequent test product and to inform
    ...
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  • IRS sending more than 2.8 Million Refunds to those who already paid Taxes on 2020 Unemployment Compensation

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service sending more than 2.8 Million Refunds to those who already paid Taxes on 2020 Unemployment Compensation | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: June 4, 2021) Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service is sending more than 2.8 million refunds this week to taxpayers who paid taxes on unemployment compensation that new legislation now excludes as income. IRS efforts to correct unemployment compensation overpayments will help most affected taxpayers avoid filing an amended tax return. So far, the IRS has identified 13 million taxpayers that may be eligible for the adjustment. Some will receive refunds, which will be issued periodically, and some will have the overpayment applied to taxes due or other debts. For some there will be no change. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) excluded up to $10,200 in unemployment compensation per taxpayer paid in 2020. The $10,...
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  • Olivia and Liam are Social Security’s Top Baby Names for 2020

    Olivia and Liam are Social Security’s Top Baby Names for 2020

    Olivia and Liam are Social Security’s Top Baby Names for 2020 | site |


    Mason and Ethan Fall Out of Top 10


    (Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: May 7, 2021)

    Olivia and Liam are once again America’s most popular baby names in 2020. It appears parents chose to stick with the familiar during an unprecedented time, with the top three names for both girls - Olivia, Emma, and Ava - and boys - Liam, Noah, and Oliver - remaining the same for the second year in a row. In fact, out of both Top 10 lists combined, only two names changed, with the traditional names Henry and Alexander edging out Mason and Ethan. The name Henry has been steadily rising in popularity, last appearing in the Top 10 over a century ago, in 1910.


    Here are the top 10 boys and girls names for 2020:

    ...
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  • OPM Releases Government-wide Results from 2020 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Releases Government-wide Results from 2020 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey | site |



    Survey results show remarkable resilience of the federal workforce during a year of unprecedented hardship


    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press release dated: April 26, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released the government-wide results of the 2020 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (OPM FEVS), an organizational climate survey administered to the federal workforce to provide agencies a snapshot of how their employees view their current work environment and help inform future agency actions. The Governmentwide Management Report released today shows that during a year of unprecedented hardship, federal employees demonstrated remarkable resilience, continuing the critical work of the federal government on behalf...
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  • IRS Letters Explain why some 2020 Recovery Rebate Credits are Different than Expected

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service Letters Explain why some 2020 Recovery Rebate Credits are Different than Expected | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: April 5, 2021)

    Washington - - As people across the country file their 2020 tax returns, some are claiming the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC). The IRS is mailing letters to some taxpayers who claimed the 2020 credit and may be getting a different amount than they expected. It's important to remember that the first and second Economic Impact Payments (EIP) were advance payments of the 2020 credit. Most eligible people already received the first and second payments and shouldn't or don't need to include this information on their 2020 tax return. People who didn't receive a first or second EIP or received less than the full amounts may be eligible for the 2020 RRC. They must file a 2020 tax return to claim the credit, even if they don't usua
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  • 2020 Census Geographic Products Available

    2020 Census Geographic Products Available

    2020 Census Geographic Products Available | site |



    Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia


    (Information contained in U.S. Census Bureau press release dated: February 9, 2021)

    FEB. 9, 2021 — Today the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2020 Census P.L. 94-171 geographic support products for Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia. These geographic products are provided to support redistricting efforts by state and local governments and contain newly created 2020 Census blocks and updated block groups, census tracts, voting districts, and current boundaries for legal governments
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  • Air Travel Consumer Report - - - November 2020 Airline Complaint Data

    Air Travel Consumer Report: November 2020 Airline Complaint Data | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: February 5, 2021)

    Friday, February 5, 2021 -
    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its updated January 2021 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR), which includes airline consumer complaint data for November 2020. The previous version of this report excluded this data due to additional time needed to review and process consumer complaints. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer .

    Complaints About Airline Service

    In November 2020, DOT received 3,756 complaints about airline service from consumers, down 24.8% from the 4,992 received in October 2020 and up 298.3% from the total of 943 filed in November 2019.

    Complaints
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  • Census Bureau Update on 2020 Census

    Census Bureau Update on 2020 Census

    Census Bureau Update on 2020 Census | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Census Bureau press release dated: January 21, 2021)

    Jan. 21, 2021 - - The U.S. Census Bureau is implementing the President’s Executive Order “Ensuring a Lawful and Accurate Enumeration and Apportionment Pursuant to the Decennial Census,” released January 20, 2021. The 2020 Census data products including the P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Summary Data File will not include information on citizenship or immigration status. The Census Redistricting and Voting Rights Data Office will reengage the Department of Justice’s Voting Section to confirm that Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP) data produced from the American Community Survey (ACS) continue to meet its statistical needs. The Census Bureau has released this product annually since 2011. All work on the immigration status of the population of the United States regarding the 2020 Census was suspended on January 12, 2021.
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  • OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey: Preview Highlights of Governmentwide 2020 Results

    OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey: Preview Highlights of Governmentwide 2020 Results | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management [OPM] press release dated: January 19, 2021)

    Washington, DC As across American sectors, the COVID -19 pandemic has challenged the Federal workforce to respond and continue to perform under unique and often very difficult circumstances. With the 2020 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (OPM FEVS), OPM took advantage of an opportunity to learn how agencies have supported employees as they continued to strive toward essential missions to serve the American people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 survey has also provided an important opportunity to inform future emergency polices and actions.

    “A preview of the governmentwide results are heartening,” said Acting Director Michael Rigas. “Through the toughest times, employees have been resilient and motivated
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    USDA to Provide Approximately $6 Billion to Commodity and Specialty Crop Producers Impacted by 2020 and 2021 Natural Disasters
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture to Provide Approximately $6 Billion to Commodity and Specialty Crop Producers Impacted by 2020 and 2021 Natural Disasters | site |



    First Wave of Payments Based on Crop Insurance Data


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: May 16, 2022

    Washington, May 16, 2022 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments totaling approximately $6 billion through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) new Emergency Relief Program (ERP) to offset crop yield and value losses. “For over two years, farmers and ranchers across the country have been hard hit by an ongoing pandemic coupled with more frequent and catastrophic natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “As the agricul
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    05-17-2022, 07:02 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Oct. 15 Deadline approaches for Taxpayers who Requested Extensions to File 2020 Tax Returns
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Oct. 15 Deadline approaches for Taxpayers who Requested Extensions to File 2020 Tax Returns | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: September 16, 2021)

    Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers about the upcoming October 15 due date to file 2020 tax returns. People who asked for an extension should file on or before the extension deadline to avoid the penalty for filing late. Electronic filing options, such as IRS Free File, are still available.

    Although October 15 is the last day for most people to file, some taxpayers may have more time. They include:
    • Members of the military and others serving in a combat zone. They typically have 180 days after they leave the combat zone to file returns and pay any taxes due.
    • Taxpayers in federally declared disaster areas who already had valid extensions. For details, see
    ...
    10-11-2021, 08:53 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of State Announces Online Publication of 2020 Digest of United States Practice in International Law
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of State Announces Online Publication of 2020 Digest of United States Practice in International Law | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 18, 2021)

    The Department of State is pleased to announce the release of the 2020 Digest of United States Practice in International Law, covering developments during calendar year 2020. Edited by the Office of the Legal Adviser, the Digest provides the public with a record of the views and practice of the U.S. Government in public and private international law. The official edition of the 2020 Digest is available exclusively on the Department of State website at: https://www.state.gov/digest-of-united-states-practice-in-international-law . Past Digests covering 1989 through 2019 are also available online. The Digest traces its history back to an 1877 treatise by John Cadwalader, which was followed by
    ...
    08-18-2021, 05:40 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Census Bureau says New Vintage 2020 Population Estimates Available for Nation, States, Counties, and Puerto Rico Commonwealth and Municipios by Demographic Characteristics
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Census Bureau says New Vintage 2020 Population Estimates Available for Nation, States, Counties, and Puerto Rico Commonwealth and Municipios by Demographic Characteristics | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Census Bureau release dated: June 17, 2021) June 17, 2021 - - The U.S. Census Bureau today released Vintage 2020 evaluation estimates of population for the nation, states and counties by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and for Puerto Rico Commonwealth and municipios by age and sex. These estimates are available as a limited number of downloadable datasets. These estimates are based on the 2010 Census and were created without incorporation or consideration of the 2020 Census results. They are typically used in comparisons with the 2020 Census to make determinations about the accuracy of the estimates. Differences between the estimates and census counts are interpreted as error in the estimates and are used to inform population and h...
    06-23-2021, 06:13 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    NHTSA says 2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic | site |



    Risky Driving Behaviors Including Failure to Wear a Seatbelt, Speeding, and Drinking While Driving Identified as Contributing Factors


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: June 3, 2021)

    June 3, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today released preliminary estimates of crash fatalities in 2020 involving motor vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, and people walking and biking. Alongside the release of the 2020 fatality projections, Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2020, the agency issued two special reports, Early Estimates of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities and Fatality Rate by Sub-Categories in 2020, and Update to Special Reports
    ...
    06-23-2021, 05:17 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Flexible Spending Accounts - - - Special Enrollment Period and New Flexibilities for the 2020 and 2021 Plan Years
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Flexible Spending Accounts: Special Enrollment Period and New Flexibilities for the 2020 and 2021 Plan Years | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management [OPM] press release dated: June 14, 2021)

    In response to recent legislation (Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) 2021) and IRS guidance, the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) is announcing a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) and new flexibilities for the 2020 and 2021 plan years to Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (HCFSAs), Limited Expense Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (LEX HCFSAs), and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (DCFSAs). The SEP will be from June 1 through June 30. For questions, please contact FSAFEDS by visiting www.FSAFEDS.com or by calling 1-877-FSAFEDS (372-3337.
    ...
    06-16-2021, 05:33 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Census Bureau Sets Key Parameters to Protect Privacy in 2020 Census Results
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Census Bureau Sets Key Parameters to Protect Privacy in 2020 Census Results | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Census Bureau press release dated: June 9, 2021)

    June 9, 2021 - - The U.S. Census Bureau’s Data Stewardship Executive Policy Committee (DSEP) announced it has selected the settings and parameters for the Disclosure Avoidance System (DAS) for the 2020 Census redistricting data (PL-94-171). The DAS uses a mathematical algorithm to ensure that the privacy of individuals is sufficiently protected while maintaining high levels of accuracy in the statistics we produce.

    The Census Bureau released the first “beta” version of the DAS in October 2019, and released further demonstration data products in May, September, and November 2020, and in April 2021. During this process, independent experts and stakeholders, along with data users, have provided extensive feedback to help shape each subsequent test product and to inform
    ...
    06-11-2021, 01:09 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    IRS sending more than 2.8 Million Refunds to those who already paid Taxes on 2020 Unemployment Compensation
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Internal Revenue Service sending more than 2.8 Million Refunds to those who already paid Taxes on 2020 Unemployment Compensation | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: June 4, 2021) Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service is sending more than 2.8 million refunds this week to taxpayers who paid taxes on unemployment compensation that new legislation now excludes as income. IRS efforts to correct unemployment compensation overpayments will help most affected taxpayers avoid filing an amended tax return. So far, the IRS has identified 13 million taxpayers that may be eligible for the adjustment. Some will receive refunds, which will be issued periodically, and some will have the overpayment applied to taxes due or other debts. For some there will be no change. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) excluded up to $10,200 in unemployment compensation per taxpayer paid in 2020. The $10,...
    06-10-2021, 05:31 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Olivia and Liam are Social Security’s Top Baby Names for 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Olivia and Liam are Social Security’s Top Baby Names for 2020 | site |


    Mason and Ethan Fall Out of Top 10


    (Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: May 7, 2021)

    Olivia and Liam are once again America’s most popular baby names in 2020. It appears parents chose to stick with the familiar during an unprecedented time, with the top three names for both girls - Olivia, Emma, and Ava - and boys - Liam, Noah, and Oliver - remaining the same for the second year in a row. In fact, out of both Top 10 lists combined, only two names changed, with the traditional names Henry and Alexander edging out Mason and Ethan. The name Henry has been steadily rising in popularity, last appearing in the Top 10 over a century ago, in 1910.


    Here are the top 10 boys and girls names for 2020:

    ...
    05-20-2021, 12:41 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    OPM Releases Government-wide Results from 2020 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Releases Government-wide Results from 2020 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey | site |



    Survey results show remarkable resilience of the federal workforce during a year of unprecedented hardship


    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press release dated: April 26, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released the government-wide results of the 2020 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (OPM FEVS), an organizational climate survey administered to the federal workforce to provide agencies a snapshot of how their employees view their current work environment and help inform future agency actions. The Governmentwide Management Report released today shows that during a year of unprecedented hardship, federal employees demonstrated remarkable resilience, continuing the critical work of the federal government on behalf...
    04-29-2021, 09:41 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    IRS Letters Explain why some 2020 Recovery Rebate Credits are Different than Expected
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Internal Revenue Service Letters Explain why some 2020 Recovery Rebate Credits are Different than Expected | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: April 5, 2021)

    Washington - - As people across the country file their 2020 tax returns, some are claiming the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC). The IRS is mailing letters to some taxpayers who claimed the 2020 credit and may be getting a different amount than they expected. It's important to remember that the first and second Economic Impact Payments (EIP) were advance payments of the 2020 credit. Most eligible people already received the first and second payments and shouldn't or don't need to include this information on their 2020 tax return. People who didn't receive a first or second EIP or received less than the full amounts may be eligible for the 2020 RRC. They must file a 2020 tax return to claim the credit, even if they don't usua
    ...
    04-08-2021, 01:10 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    2020 Census Geographic Products Available
    by Staff Reporter 1
    2020 Census Geographic Products Available | site |



    Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia


    (Information contained in U.S. Census Bureau press release dated: February 9, 2021)

    FEB. 9, 2021 — Today the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2020 Census P.L. 94-171 geographic support products for Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia. These geographic products are provided to support redistricting efforts by state and local governments and contain newly created 2020 Census blocks and updated block groups, census tracts, voting districts, and current boundaries for legal governments
    ...
    02-10-2021, 01:38 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Air Travel Consumer Report - - - November 2020 Airline Complaint Data
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Air Travel Consumer Report: November 2020 Airline Complaint Data | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: February 5, 2021)

    Friday, February 5, 2021 -
    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its updated January 2021 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR), which includes airline consumer complaint data for November 2020. The previous version of this report excluded this data due to additional time needed to review and process consumer complaints. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer .

    Complaints About Airline Service

    In November 2020, DOT received 3,756 complaints about airline service from consumers, down 24.8% from the 4,992 received in October 2020 and up 298.3% from the total of 943 filed in November 2019.

    Complaints
    ...
    02-09-2021, 06:41 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Census Bureau Update on 2020 Census
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Census Bureau Update on 2020 Census | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Census Bureau press release dated: January 21, 2021)

    Jan. 21, 2021 - - The U.S. Census Bureau is implementing the President’s Executive Order “Ensuring a Lawful and Accurate Enumeration and Apportionment Pursuant to the Decennial Census,” released January 20, 2021. The 2020 Census data products including the P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Summary Data File will not include information on citizenship or immigration status. The Census Redistricting and Voting Rights Data Office will reengage the Department of Justice’s Voting Section to confirm that Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP) data produced from the American Community Survey (ACS) continue to meet its statistical needs. The Census Bureau has released this product annually since 2011. All work on the immigration status of the population of the United States regarding the 2020 Census was suspended on January 12, 2021.
    ...
    01-22-2021, 11:26 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey: Preview Highlights of Governmentwide 2020 Results
    by Staff Reporter 1
    OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey: Preview Highlights of Governmentwide 2020 Results | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management [OPM] press release dated: January 19, 2021)

    Washington, DC As across American sectors, the COVID -19 pandemic has challenged the Federal workforce to respond and continue to perform under unique and often very difficult circumstances. With the 2020 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (OPM FEVS), OPM took advantage of an opportunity to learn how agencies have supported employees as they continued to strive toward essential missions to serve the American people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 survey has also provided an important opportunity to inform future emergency polices and actions.

    “A preview of the governmentwide results are heartening,” said Acting Director Michael Rigas. “Through the toughest times, employees have been resilient and motivated
    ...
    01-20-2021, 04:07 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Air Travel Consumer Report - - - November 2020 Numbers
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Air Travel Consumer Report: November 2020 Numbers | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: January 15, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its January 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of November 2020. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer . The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency has resulted in significant changes to airline schedules and operations, contributing to airlines’ on-time performance and cancellation statistics in November 2020. ExpressJet Airlines ceased operations on Sept. 30, 2020 and no longer reports Airline Service Quality Performance Data to DOT. The 10 marketing network carriers reported 389,587 scheduled domestic flights in Novem...
    01-15-2021, 11:06 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Minutes of the Board's Discount Rate Meetings from November 16 through December 16, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Minutes of the Board's Discount Rate Meetings from November 16 through December 16, 2020 | site |


    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release: January 12, 2021)

    The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday released the minutes of its interest rate meetings from November 16 through December 16, 2020.

    The minutes are attached.

    Attachment
    ...
    01-12-2021, 03:15 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Reserve Board announces Reserve Bank Income and Expense Data and Transfers to the Treasury for 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Reserve Board announces Reserve Bank Income and Expense Data and Transfers to the Treasury for 2020 | site |



    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release: January 11, 2021) The Federal Reserve Board on Monday announced preliminary results indicating that the Reserve Banks provided for payments of approximately $88.5 billion of their estimated 2020 net income to the U.S. Treasury. The 2020 audited Reserve Bank financial statements are expected to be published in March and may include adjustments to these preliminary unaudited results. The Federal Reserve Banks' 2020 estimated net income of $88.8 billion represents an increase of $33.3 billion from 2019, primarily attributable to a $27.1 billion decrease in interest expense associated with reserve balances held by depository institutions and a $5.3 billion decrease in interest expense associated with securities sold under agreements to resell. Net income f...
    01-11-2021, 01:47 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Air Travel Consumer Report: October 2020 Airline Complaint Data
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Air Travel Consumer Report: October 2020 Airline Complaint Data | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: January 8, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its updated December 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR), which includes airline consumer complaint data for October 2020. The previous version of this report excluded this data due to additional time needed to review and process consumer complaints. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer .

    Complaints About Airline Service

    In October 2020, DOT received 4,992 complaints about airline service from consumers, down 13.4% from the 5,764 received in September 2020 and up 337.9% from the total of 1,140 filed in October 2019.

    Complaints About Treatment of Disabled Passengers In O
    ...
    01-08-2021, 08:09 PM
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    U.S. Internal Revenue Service releases 2020 Progress Update
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Internal Revenue Service releases 2020 Progress Update | site |


    IRS says "Annual report details unprecedented year"


    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: January 5, 2021)

    Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today released its 2020 annual report describing the agency's work delivering taxpayer service and compliance efforts during COVID-19 while spotlighting actions taken by IRS employees to help people during the challenging year.

    "Internal Revenue Service Progress Update/Fiscal Year 2020 – Putting Taxpayers First " outlines how the agency overcame difficulties during the pandemic to deliver Economic Impact Payments in record time. At the same time, IRS employees made adjustments to complete a successful filing season despite office closures and the latest tax deadline ever. "The COVID-19 pandemic presented some of the greatest challenges to the IRS in
    ...
    01-07-2021, 03:17 PM
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    Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, December 15-16, 2020
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    Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, December 15-16, 2020 | site |




    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: January 6, 2021)

    The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday released the attached minutes of the Committee meeting held on December 15–16, 2020.

    The minutes for each regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee ordinarily are made available three weeks after the day of the policy decision and subsequently are published in the Board's Annual Report. The descriptions of economic and financial conditions contained in these minutes are based solely on the information that was available to the Committee at the time of the meeting.

    FOMC minutes can be viewed on the Board's website at http://www.federalreserve.gov/moneta...ccalendars.htm . Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee December 15-16, 2020:
    ...
    01-06-2021, 10:52 PM
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    FEMA says Awards for Permanent Work Increase in 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Awards for Permanent Work Increase in 2020 | site |



    FEMA says "Ninety-seven percent of FEMA obligations during the year were for permanent work"


    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: December 28, 2020)

    Guaynabo, Puerto Rico – In the face of the obstacles of 2020 – earthquakes, floods and a pandemic that slowed the island’s productive sector – FEMA ended the year with a record number of obligations. Nearly 400 project obligations per month paved the way for a total of $13.4 billion in recovery funds. To date, the Hurricane María recovery operations on the island have produced the largest amount of approved disaster funding for a disaster in FEMA’s history. "This year's challenges further strengthened our commitment to the people of Puerto Rico. Our sense of duty and willingness is unstoppable, and we are proud to be able
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    01-02-2021, 09:52 PM
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    Census Bureau Update on 2020 Census
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Census Bureau Update on 2020 Census | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Census Bureau press release dated: December 30, 2020)

    DEC. 30, 2020 - - Data collection is just one part of producing a complete and accurate 2020 Census. Since mid-October, Census Bureau experts have been hard at work on processing the data.

    As issues that could affect the accuracy of the data are detected, they are corrected. This important process, which has been a part of every decennial census, is critical to produce data that can be used for apportioning seats in the House of Representatives among the states.

    The schedule for reporting this data is not static. Projected dates are fluid. We continue to process the data collected and plan to deliver a complete and accurate state population count for apportionment in early 2021, as close to the statutory deadline as possible.
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    01-02-2021, 07:52 PM
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - December 30, 2020
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: December 30, 2020 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: December 30, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • Today, the FDA published a new toolkit to help stakeholders communicate in English and Spanish about hand sanitizer safety and use during the COVID-19 pandemic. New materials include social media messages and graphics, consumer information, and health professional messaging. Furthermore, a new COVID-19 Communication Toolkits webpage provides links to all FDA toolkits on COVID-19 topics to help everyone communicate accurate and timely information to patients, the public, and health care professionals.
    ...
    12-31-2020, 12:26 AM
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    Transcript of CDC Update on COVID-19 - - December 30, 2020
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    Transcript: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Update on COVID-19 - - December 30, 2020 | site |




    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release: December 30, 2020)



    Please Note: This transcript is not edited and may contain errors.

    OPERATOR: WELCOME AND THANK YOU FOR STANDING BY. ALL LINES HAVE BEEN PLACED IN A LISTEN ONLY MODE FOR TODAY’S PREPARATION. THE CALL IS BEING RECORDED. IF YOU HAVE ANY OBJECTIONS, YOU MAY DISCONNECT AT THIS TIME. I WILL NOW INTRODUCE YOUR CONFERENCE HOST, MR. BENJAMIN HAYNES. YOU MAY BEGIN.

    HAYNES: THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO HAS JOINS US TO DISCUSS TWO, NEW VARIANTS OF THE VIRUS THAT CAUSES COVID-19 AS WELL AS COVID-19 VACCINES. WE ARE JOINED BY DR. HENRY WALKE, THE INCIDENT MANAGER FOR CDC’S COVID-19 RESPONSE AND DR. NANCY MESSONNIER, DIRECTOR CDC’S NATIONAL CENTER FOR IMMUNIZATION AND RESPIRATORY DISEASES, AND THE SENIOR FEDERAL
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    12-30-2020, 09:56 PM
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2020 in Review
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2020 in Review | site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release: December 29, 2020)

    In 2020 CDC worked around the clock – and around the globe – to protect Americans from health threats. While the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the news, a number of other public health and scientific advancements are worth highlighting.

    “This has been a year of challenges, but also of innovation, modernization, and advancement in public health,” said Dr. Robert R. Redfield, CDC Director. “I am hopeful for the future and the months to come as CDC continues to secure the safety of the American people and this Nation.”


    Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic

    As 2020 draws to a close, COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise across the United States. This is the worst pandemic to hit Americans in over 100 years. CDC urges everyone to help us stop...
    12-30-2020, 02:37 PM
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    FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - December 28, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: December 28, 2020 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: December 28, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • On Dec. 23, the FDA updated the Device Shortage List on our web page that lists Medical Device Shortages During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Specifically, the FDA added the following device types in the testing supplies and equipment category: pipette tips (product codes LXG and PPM) and micro pipettes (product code JRC). The FDA also added clarifying notes and links to more resources in the “Additional Information” column, as well as adding clarity to the categories, such as grouping gloves under “Personal Protective Equipment – Gloves.” The device shortage list reflects the categories of
    ...
    12-29-2020, 05:17 AM
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    U.S. Department of Labor releases the Office of Labor-Management Standards' Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report of Performance and Activities
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    U.S. Department of Labor releases the Office of Labor-Management Standards' Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report of Performance and Activities | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release: December 28, 2020)

    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has released its annual fiscal year summary of its performance and program activities in its 2020 Annual Report today. OLMS administers and enforces most provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA).

    The 2020 report describes OLMS’ actions and accomplishments including the following:
    • A total of 61 criminal indictments and 69 convictions as well as $3,886,997 in restitution paid or ordered for payment to labor organizations and their members;
    • How OLMS exceeded its financial integrity goal to increase the audit-to-criminal case fallout rate, a measurement of OLMS’ effectiveness
    ...
    12-28-2020, 06:34 PM
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    NHTSA Announces 2020 Update on AEB Installation by 20 Automakers
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Announces 2020 Update on Automatic Emergency Braking Installation by 20 Automakers | site |



    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: December 17, 2020)

    December 17, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced the progress of 20 automakers toward manufacturing passenger vehicles with low-speed automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems. This is part of a voluntary effort by automakers in collaboration with NHTSA to equip almost all new passenger vehicles with low-speed AEB, including forward collision warning, by August 31, 2023. Ten manufacturers – Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo – are already installing AEB in all new passenger vehicles, three years ahead of schedule. During the period from...
    12-26-2020, 09:35 PM
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - December 22, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: December 22, 2020 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: December 22, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • The FDA has posted translations of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine fact sheet for recipients and caregivers, and the fact sheet for healthcare providers in languages including: Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. We will post additional language translations of the fact sheet for recipients and caregivers to this page as we receive the translations.
    • The FDA recently approved three abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs):
    On Dec. 18, one ANDA for etomidate injection, indicated for the induction of general anesthesia. The most common side effects of etomidate injection are venous pain on injection and
    ...
    12-24-2020, 01:30 AM
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission releases 2020 Office of Credit Rating Reports
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission releases 2020 Office of Credit Rating Reports| site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release: December 18, 2020) Washington D.C., Dec. 18, 2020 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today issued the Annual Report on Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations (NRSROs) and the 2020 Summary Report of Commission Staff’s Examinations of Each Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization. The annual report discusses, among other topics, the state of competition, transparency, and conflicts of interest among the firms. The exam report provides a comprehensive overview of the Office of Credit Rating (OCR)’s examinations of the NRSROs, including, among other things, the staff’s essential findings and recommendations. “The Office of Credit Ratings and its oversight of the NRSROs is an important aspect of the Commission’s overall focus on investor prote...
    12-22-2020, 12:31 PM
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    FDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - - - December 21, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: December 21, 2020 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: December 21, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • The FDA has posted translations of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine fact sheet for recipients and caregivers in languages including: Arabic, Burmese, Cherokee, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Chuukese, German, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hmong, Korean, Mam, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Yiddish. We will post additional language translations of the fact sheet for recipients and caregivers to this page as we receive the translations.
    • Today, the agency updated its FDA COVID-19 Response At-A-Glance Summary, which provides a quick look at facts, figures, and highlights on
    ...
    12-22-2020, 02:03 AM
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    IRS gives Year-end reminder - - - Expanded Tax Benefits help Individuals and Businesses give to Charity during 2020
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    IRS gives Year-end reminder: Expanded Tax Benefits help Individuals and Businesses give to Charity during 2020 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release: December 18, 2020)

    Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today explained how expanded tax benefits can help both individuals and businesses give to charity before the end of this year.

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted last spring, includes four temporary tax changes that are designed to help people and businesses who give to charity this year. Here is a rundown of these key changes.


    New deduction for people who don't itemize

    Individuals who elect to take the standard deduction generally cannot claim a deduction for their charitable contributions. However, the CARES Act permits these individuals to claim a limited deduction on their 2020 federal income tax returns for...
    12-22-2020, 12:45 AM
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    Air Travel Consumer Report - - October 2020 Numbers
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Air Travel Consumer Report: October 2020 Numbers | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: December 18, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its December 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of October 2020. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer . The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency has resulted in significant changes to airline schedules and operations, contributing to airlines’ on-time performance and cancellation statistics in October 2020. ExpressJet Airlines ceased operations on Sept. 30, 2020 and no longer reports Airline Service Quality Performance Data to DOT. The 10 marketing network carriers reported 374,538 scheduled domestic flights
    ...
    12-21-2020, 01:22 PM
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - December 17, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: December 17, 2020| site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: December 17, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • Today, the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), made up of independent scientific and public health experts from around the country, met to discuss a request for emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for COVID-19 prevention, submitted by ModernaTX, Inc. This meeting is an important step in the review process, providing an opportunity for outside experts to provide valuable advice and input for the agency to consider as part of its review. Importantly, the final decision about whether to authorize the vaccine for emergency use will be made by FDA’s career officials.
    • Also
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    12-18-2020, 07:24 AM
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - December 16, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: December 16, 2020 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: December 16, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • Today, the FDA issued a new Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test for at-home use with a prescription. The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test is an antigen test that detects fragments of proteins from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from a nasal swab sample. It is authorized for use at home with self-collected samples in individuals age 15 years or older who are suspected of having COVID-19 by a health care provider within the first seven days of symptom onset. The test is also for use with individuals aged four years or older who
    ...
    12-17-2020, 07:14 PM
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    Excerpt from FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - December 14, 2020
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    Excerpts from U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: December 14, 2020 | site |




    (The following are EXCERPTS from information contained in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: December 14, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • Yesterday, the FDA posted the review memorandum outlining the basis of the agency’s decision to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. To ensure all Americans can have trust and confidence in the carefulness of FDA’s review, we have made, and will continue to make, the vaccine review process as transparent as possible.
    • On Dec. 11, the agency approved an abbreviated new drug application for midazolam injection, indicated for preoperative sedation/anxiolysis (anxiety)/amnesia; as an agent for sedation/anxiolysis/amnesia prior to or during diagnostic, therapeutic
    ...
    12-15-2020, 04:57 AM
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    Statement of Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Department of the Treasury Before the Congressional Oversight Commission U.S. Congress December 10, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement of Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Department of the Treasury Before the Congressional Oversight Commission U.S. Congress December 10, 2020 | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release: December 10, 2020)


    December 10, 2020
    Statement of Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Department of the Treasury Before the Congressional Oversight Commission U.S. Congress December 10, 2020

    Senator Toomey, Representative Hill, Representative Shalala, and Commissioner Ramamurti, I am pleased to join you today to discuss the Department of the Treasury’s work to execute the National Security Loan Program established in the CARES Act. Treasury has worked diligently to implement every piece of the CARES Act, including the National Security Loan Program, efficiently and transparently.

    NATIONAL SECURITY LOAN PROGRAM The CARES Act provides funding for up to $17 billion in loans to
    ...
    12-14-2020, 01:46 AM
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    Air Travel Consumer Report: September 2020 Airline Complaint Data
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Air Travel Consumer Report: September 2020 Airline Complaint Data | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: December 11, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its updated November 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR), which includes airline consumer complaint data for September 2020. The previous version of this report excluded this data due to additional time needed to review and process consumer complaints. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer .

    Complaints About Airline Service

    In September 2020, DOT received 5,764 complaints about airline service from consumers, down 24.7% from the 7,657 received in August 2020 and up 357.8% from the total of 1,259 filed in September 2019.

    Complaints About Treatment of Disabled
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    12-11-2020, 09:10 PM
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    Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - December 10, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: December 10, 2020 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration press release: December 10, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • Today, the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), made up of independent scientific and public health experts from around the country, met to discuss the first request for emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for COVID-19 prevention, submitted by Pfizer Inc. in partnership with BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH.
    This meeting is an important step in the review process, providing an opportunity for outside experts to provide valuable advice and input for the agency to consider as part of its review. Importantly, the final decision about whether to authorize the vaccine for emergency use will be made by FDA’s career officials.
    • [
    ...
    12-11-2020, 12:46 AM
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - December 8, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: December 8, 2020 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: December 8, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • Today, the FDA posted online background material for this week’s upcoming Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) public meeting. The VRBPAC will meet in open session on Thursday, Dec. 10, to discuss Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older.
    • On Dec. 7, the FDA approved an abbreviated new drug application for dexmedetomidine hydrochloride in 0.9% sodium chloride injection, indicated for sedation of initially intubated and mechanically ventilated patients during treatment in an intensive-care
    ...
    12-08-2020, 11:04 PM
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    Trump Administration Disburses More than 8 Billion Dollars from 2020 Energy Production
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Trump Administration Disburses More than $8 Billion from 2020 Energy Production | site |



    DOI says it was a 30% increase in comparison to 2016


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior [DOI] press release: December 4, 2020)

    Washington - - U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced today that Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursed $8.08 billion in Fiscal Year 2020 from energy production on offshore areas and federal and American Indian lands. Despite this year’s pandemic, this still represents an increase of approximately 30% compared to 2016 disbursements made at the end of the previous Administration. “President Trump signed the single largest investment in our public lands with the Great American Outdoors Act, which was historic in fully and permanently funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Revenues from energy production provide the funding for the LWC...
    12-08-2020, 07:29 PM
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    FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - December 4, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: December 4, 2020 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: December 4, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    ...
    12-05-2020, 12:02 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FDIC says FDIC-Insured Institutions Reported Improved Profitability in Third Quarter 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation says FDIC-Insured Institutions Reported Improved Profitability in Third Quarter 2020 | site |
    • Quarterly Net Income Improved, Primarily Because of Lower Provision Expense
    • Net Interest Margin Fell to a Record Low
    • Loan and Lease Balances Declined, Driven by Reduced Commercial and Industrial Lending Activity
    • Noncurrent Loan Balances Increased Modestly
    • Community Banks Reported a 10 Percent Increase in Net Income Year Over Year



    “The banking industry exhibited operational resiliency in the third quarter, with improvements in profitability despite continued headwinds and economic uncertainties resulting from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

    — FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams




    (Information contained in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation press release: December 1, 2020)

    Washington - - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today reported results from commercial...
    12-02-2020, 12:09 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Reserve Board publishes Minutes of the Board's Discount Rate Meeting from October 5 through November 5, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Reserve Board publishes Minutes of the Board's Discount Rate Meeting from October 5 through November 5, 2020 | site |


    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release: December 1, 2020)

    The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday released the minutes of its interest rate meetings from October 5 through November 5, 2020.

    The minutes are attached.


    Attachment
    ...
    12-01-2020, 09:20 PM
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    U.S. Department of Transportation publishes Air Travel Consumer Report - - - September 2020 and 3rd Quarter 2020 Numbers
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Transportation publishes Air Travel Consumer Report: September 2020 and 3rd Quarter 2020 Numbers | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: November 25, 2020)

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its November 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of September 2020. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer . The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency has resulted in significant changes to airline schedules and operations, contributing to airlines’ on-time performance and cancellation statistics in September 2020 and 3rd Quarter 2020. The 10 marketing network carriers reported 345,294 scheduled domestic flights in September 2020 compared to 398,470 flights in A
    ...
    11-25-2020, 11:45 PM
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    Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, November 4-5, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, November 4-5, 2020 | site |



    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release: November 25, 2020)

    The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday released the attached minutes of the Committee meeting held on November 4-5, 2020.

    The minutes for each regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee ordinarily are made available three weeks after the day of the policy decision and subsequently are published in the Board’s Annual Report. The descriptions of economic and financial conditions contained in these minutes are based solely on the information that was available to the Committee at the time of the meeting.

    FOMC minutes can be viewed on the Board's website at http://www.federalreserve.gov/moneta...ccalendars.htm


    Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee
    November 4-5, 2020: HT
    ...
    11-25-2020, 09:56 PM
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: November 24, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: November 24, 2020 | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: November 24, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • The FDA today published Face Masks, Including Surgical Masks, and Respirators for COVID-19, a comprehensive new page on FDA.gov with answers to frequently asked questions about face masks, surgical masks, and respirators. The topics covered in this new page include:
      • The basics on face masks, surgical masks, and respirators
      • Using face masks, surgical masks, and respirators
      • Shortages of face masks, surgical masks, and respirators during COVID-19
      • The Emergency Use Authorizations for face masks, surgical masks, and respirators
      • Manufacturing and importing face masks, surgical masks, and respirators during
    ...
    11-24-2020, 11:42 PM
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    U.S. Reinforces Commitment to Secure, Stable, Democratic, and Self-Reliant Afghanistan at 2020 Conference
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Reinforces Commitment to Secure, Stable, Democratic, and Self-Reliant Afghanistan at 2020 Conference | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson press release fact sheet: November 24, 2020)


    The United States participated in the 2020 Afghanistan Conference on November 23-24, the sixth quadrennial gathering to coordinate international development support for Afghanistan. The conference was hosted virtually by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Government of Finland, and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. At the conference, the United States emphasized its commitment to a secure, stable, democratic, and self-reliant Afghanistan that is at peace with itself and its neighbors, and underscored the following:
    • The United States has announced the availability of up to approximately $600 million in civilian assistance for Afghanistan for calendar year
    ...
    11-24-2020, 06:22 PM
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    FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - November 23, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: November 23, 2020 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: November 23, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continued to take action in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • On Nov. 20, the FDA approved an abbreviated new drug application for succinylcholine chloride injection USP 200 mg/10 mL, which is indicated, in addition to general anesthesia, to facilitate tracheal intubation and to provide skeletal muscle relaxation during surgery or mechanical ventilation. Side effects of succinylcholine chloride injection include anaphylaxis, hyperkalemia, and malignant hyperthermia. The FDA recognizes the increased demand for certain products during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and we remain deeply committed to facilitating access to safe and effective medical products to help address critical needs of the American
    ...
    11-24-2020, 05:23 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    IRS says Get Ready for Taxes - - - Get ready now to File 2020 Federal Income Tax Returns
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Internal Revenue Service says Get Ready for Taxes: Get ready now to File 2020 Federal Income Tax Returns | site |


    (November 17, 2020) - - On November 17, 2020 the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to take necessary actions this fall to help them file their federal tax returns timely and accurately in 2021, including special steps related to Economic Impact Payments (EIP).

    This is the first in a series of reminders to help taxpayers get ready for the upcoming tax filing season. A special page, updated and available on IRS.gov, outlines steps taxpayers can take now to prepare for the 2021 tax return filing season ahead.

    Steps taxpayers can take now to make tax filing easier in 2021

    Taxpayers should gather Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, Forms 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and other income documents
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    11-19-2020, 05:07 AM
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    FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - November 17, 2020
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: November 17, 2020 | site |



    (November 17, 2020) - - On November 17, 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • Today, the FDA reaffirmed its commitment to transparency around the EUA process and shared updates on its plan to provide more information about the agency’s decisions to issue, revise or revoke EUAs for drugs and biological products, including vaccines, as part of our COVID-19 response. FDA is taking additional steps to promote transparency and public confidence in the agency’s scientific review process and the appropriate use of these products authorized for emergency use by posting, to the extent appropriate and permitted by law, the scientific reviews for EUAs issued, revised, or revoked
    ...
    11-18-2020, 03:40 AM
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    Ambassador Samuel D. Brownback On the 2020 Ministerial to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief
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    Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel D. Brownback On the 2020 Ministerial to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief and the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance Ministers’ Forum | site |




    (November 17, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of State published the following information:



    Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel D. Brownback On the 2020 Ministerial to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief and the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance Ministers’ Forum


    Special Briefing



    SAMUEL D. BROWNBACK, AMBASSADOR AT LARGE FOR INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
    OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM




    MR ICE: Thank you very much and good afternoon, everyone. I’m glad you could join us for this on-the-record briefing to discuss the 2020 Ministerial to Advance Freedom of...
    11-17-2020, 06:57 PM
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    FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - November 16, 2020
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: November 16, 2020 | site |



    (November 16, 2020) - - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published (today) the following information:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • Today, FDA updated its guidance on investigational COVID-19 convalescent plasma. The updated guidance extends the period of enforcement discretion through the end of February 2021. This extension will allow continued access to convalescent plasma for the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients while blood establishments develop the necessary operating procedures to manufacture the plasma consistent with the EUA. The guidance also includes a new recommendation that authorized COVID-19 convalescent plasma not be collected from individuals who have received an investigational COVID-19 vaccine.
    • The agency
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    11-17-2020, 01:24 PM
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    IRS Criminal Investigation releases Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report - - - identifies 2.3 Billion Dollars in Tax Fraud
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    IRS Criminal Investigation releases Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report; identifies $2.3 Billion in Tax Fraud | site |


    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today released the Criminal Investigation Division's annual report, highlighting the agency's successes and criminal enforcement actions taken in fiscal year 2020, the majority of which occurred during COVID-19. A key achievement was the identification of over $10 billion in tax fraud and other financial crimes. "The special agents and professional staff who make up Criminal Investigation continue to perform at an incredibly high-level year after year," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Even in the face of a global pandemic, the CI workforce initiated nearly 1,600 investigations and identified $2.3 billion in tax fraud schemes. This is no small feat during a challenging year, and their w
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    11-16-2020, 03:10 PM
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    Library of Congress to Host Experts on Mapping COVID-19 Pandemic for GIS Day 2020
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    Library of Congress to Host Experts on Mapping COVID-19 Pandemic for GIS Day 2020 | site |


    (November 10, 2020) - - On November 10, 2020 the Library of Congress (LOC) published the following information: The Library of Congress will mark GIS Day on Nov. 18 with special programs featuring geographic information science professionals and analysts who are documenting the outbreak of COVID-19. For cartographers and epidemiologists tracking the spread, evolution and mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus as well as the distribution of a potential vaccine and personal protective equipment, the outbreak of COVID-19 has presented a geospatial analysis challenge like none other. Experts from multiple institutions will discuss their findings and examine how mapping and geographic information science technologies are helping public health officials, emergency rooms, epidemiologists and the general public as they struggle to understand the spread of the disease and work to allocate...
    11-16-2020, 04:27 AM
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    U.S. Department of Transportation provides Air Travel Consumer Report - - - August 2020 Numbers
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    U.S. Department of Transportation provides Air Travel Consumer Report: August 2020 Numbers | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its October 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of August 2020. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer . The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency has resulted in significant changes to airline schedules and operations, contributing to airlines’ on-time performance and cancellation statistics in August 2020. The 10 marketing network carriers reported 398,470 scheduled domestic flights in August 2020 compared to 370,859 flights in July 2020 and 717,456 flights in August 2019. Of thos
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    11-13-2020, 06:50 PM
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    U.S. FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - November 10, 2020
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - November 10, 2020 | site |




    (November 10, 2020) - - On November 10, 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • On November 12, the FDA will host a virtual FDA Grand Rounds: Facial Coverings During the COVID-19 Pandemic: How well do they flatten the curve? This presentation provides an overview of the FDA’s research to evaluate the ability of facial coverings to reduce the spread of infection and how the FDA is developing a comprehensive risk-assessment tool to predict the probability of infection with individuals wearing a non-surgical face mask or cloth face covering; given the characteristics of non-surgical face masks, the population, and the pathogen. This presentation discusses how the
    ...
    11-11-2020, 05:28 PM
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    Minutes of the Meeting of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association November 3, 2020
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    Minutes of the Meeting of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association November 3, 2020 | site |




    (November 4, 2020) - - On November 4, 2020 the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:




    Minutes of the Meeting of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association November 3, 2020


    The Committee convened in a closed session via teleconference at 9:30 a.m. All members were present, except for Bob Miller, Ajay Rajadhyaksha, and Irene Tse. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets Kipp Kranbuhl, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Finance Brian Smith, Director of the Office of Debt Management Fred Pietrangeli, and Deputy Director of the Office of Debt Management Nick Steele welcomed the Committee. Other members of Treasury staff present were Ayeh Bandeh-Ahmadi,...
    11-06-2020, 12:51 PM
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    Air Travel Consumer Report - - - July 2020 Numbers
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    Air Travel Consumer Report: July 2020 Numbers | site |



    (October 23, 2020) - - Today, October 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its September 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of July 2020. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer . The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency has resulted in significant changes to airline schedules and operations, contributing to airlines’ on-time performance and cancellation statistics in July 2020. The 10 marketing network carriers reported 370,859 scheduled domestic flights in July 2020 compared to 237,264 flights in June 2020 and 717,684 flights in July 2019. Of those 370,859 scheduled
    ...
    11-05-2020, 10:35 AM
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    FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - October 28, 2020
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: October 28, 2020 | site |



    (October 28, 2020) - - Today, October 28, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • Today, the FDA updated an immediately in effect guidance, Enforcement Policy for Non-Invasive Remote Monitoring Devices Used to Support Patient Monitoring During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency. This update expands the scope of the guidance to include an additional device type: Gaseous-Phase Carbon-Dioxide Gas Analyzer (product code CCK), which includes capnographs and devices with a capnography feature.
    • Yesterday, the FDA approved two generic drugs indicated to facilitate tracheal intubation and to provide skeletal muscle relaxation during surgery or mechanical
    ...
    10-31-2020, 12:14 AM
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    FDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - - - Daily Roundup October 23, 2020
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup October 23, 2020
    | site |



    (October 23, 2020) - - Today, October 23, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • On Thursday, the FDA approved Veklury (remdesivir), the first drug approved to treat COVID-19, for use in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 kg) for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. Veklury should only be administered in a hospital or in a healthcare setting capable of providing acute care comparable to inpatient hospital care. The FDA revised the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Veklury to remove those uses that are now approved under Gilead’s New Drug Application (NDA). The EUA for Veklury continues
    ...
    10-23-2020, 07:19 PM
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    FDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - - - Daily Roundup October 20, 2020
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup October 20, 2020 | site |




    (October 20, 2020) - - Today, October 20, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:

    The FDA posted a new “FDA Insight” podcast featuring Deputy Commissioner Anand Shah, M.D., and Dr. Peter Marks, the Director of FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, discussing the upcoming Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting on October 22, 2020.
    ...
    10-21-2020, 09:03 PM
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    Statement On Budget Results For Fiscal Year 2020
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    Statement On Budget Results For Fiscal Year 2020 | site |




    (October 16, 2020) - - Today, October 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:




    Statement On Budget Results For Fiscal Year 2020



    WASHINGTON — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Russell Vought today released the final budget results for fiscal year (FY) 2020.

    President Donald Trump took bold and swift action to protect public health from the effects of the unprecedented pandemic, signing into law four major pieces of legislation that address the health and economic effects of COVID-19. Through these laws, the Trump Administration has provided assistance to American workers and families, small businesses, and state, local, and tribal governments, and preserved jobs for American industry. Primarily due to these efforts,
    ...
    10-20-2020, 12:31 AM
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    10 Principals Named Recipients of 2020 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership
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    10 Principals Named Recipients of 2020 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership | site |



    (October 19, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today named 10 principals as recipients of the 2020 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. The 10 principals were selected from the 2020 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools and will be honored during the National Blue Ribbon Schools virtual awards ceremony on Nov. 12, 2020. “Excellent learning environments are led by excellent leaders—those willing to think innovatively and creatively about how best to serve students and support teachers,” said Secretary DeVos. “I’m honored to, once again this year, recognize the talented principals who are this year’s Bell Award winners. They are the ones leading needed transformation at the most local level and are committed to studen...
    10-19-2020, 11:46 PM
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    Earthquake Ready - - Join the Annual Great ShakeOut Drill - - October 15, 2020
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    Earthquake Ready - - Join the Annual Great ShakeOut Drill - - October 15, 2020 | site |


    (October 14, 2020) - - Today, Wednesday, October 14, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:

    CHICAGO – The annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill will take place Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m. local time across the United States and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 5 office wants everyone to Drop, Cover and Hold On with us, while learning the important steps to stay safe during an earthquake. In the past 25 years, scientists have learned that strong earthquakes in the central Mississippi Valley have occurred repeatedly in the geologic past and remain a serious risk today. “Every day is earthquake season,” said Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5. "The best time to prepare for an earthquake is before it happens. Take the time to practice now and join the Great ShakeOut dril
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    10-15-2020, 02:28 AM
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus - - - COVID-19 - - - Update: Daily Roundup October 13, 2020
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus - - - COVID-19 - - - Update: Daily Roundup October 13, 2020 | site |


    (October 13, 2020) - - Today, October 13, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published the following information:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continued to take action in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    ...
    10-14-2020, 11:27 PM
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    IRS says Online Seminars from 2020 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums now Available
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    U.S. Internal Revenue Service says Online Seminars from 2020 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums now Available | site |


    Tax pros: 18 new self-study seminars available for continuing education credit


    (October 13, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced 18 new seminars from the 2020 Nationwide Tax Forums are now available on IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online. The cost is $29 per seminar.

    These self-study seminars provide information to participants using interactive videos, PowerPoint slides and audio transcripts.

    These and all other previously recorded sessions from prior IRS Nationwide Tax Forums will be available for $29.



    2020 Nationwide Tax Forums Online course listing

    The following is the comprehensive list of the new 2020 courses available:



    ...
    10-13-2020, 01:31 PM
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    CDC Medical Officer Honored with 2020 Sammies Award
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Medical Officer Honored with 2020 Sammies Award | site |



    Krishnasamy recognized for exemplary public service


    (October 5, 2020) - - Today, October 5, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health scientist Vikram Krishnasamy, M.D., MPH, has been awarded the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal® by the Partnership for Public Service.

    Krishnasamy, a senior medical officer at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, was honored in the Emerging Leaders category for his leadership in battling the ongoing epidemic of opioid overdose deaths. The awards, known as the “Sammies,” recognize federal employees whose professional contributions exemplify the highest attributes of public service.
    ...
    10-12-2020, 04:58 PM
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    Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, September 15-16, 2020
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    Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, September 15-16, 2020| site |



    (October 7, 2020) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday released the attached minutes of the Committee meeting held on September 15–16, 2020. A summary of economic projections made by Federal Reserve Board members and Reserve Bank presidents for the meeting is also included as an addendum to these minutes. The minutes for each regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee ordinarily are made available three weeks after the day of the policy decision and subsequently are published in the Board's Annual Report. The descriptions of economic and financial conditions contained in these minutes and in the Summary of Economic Projections are based solely on the information that was available to the Committee at the time of the meeting. FOMC minutes ...
    10-07-2020, 03:39 PM
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    Federal Reserve begins 2020 Census of Finance Companies and Other Lenders
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    Federal Reserve begins 2020 Census of Finance Companies and Other Lenders| site |


    (October 6, 2020) - - Today the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board announced on Tuesday that it will begin the 2020 Census of Finance Companies and Other Lenders. The census is a key part of the Federal Reserve's effort to paint a complete picture of this important sector of the U.S. economy. "Your participation is important to help us understand the size and structure of lenders like yours that supply credit or lease financing to U.S. households and businesses," said Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell in a letter to prospective census participants. "The results will contribute to better-informed policy decisions and form the basis of our statistical releases, which have become all the more critical during the pandemic outbreak." The assets and liabilities of finance companies have been surveyed by the...
    10-06-2020, 04:03 PM
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    NIH intramural researcher Dr. Harvey Alter wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
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    National Institutes of Health intramural researcher Dr. Harvey Alter wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine | site |



    (October 5, 2020) - - Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:


    Dr. Harvey J. Alter in 2020. NIH/Chiachi Chang


    National Institutes of Health intramural researcher Harvey J. Alter, M.D., has won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his contributions to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus. Dr. Alter is a Senior Scholar at the NIH Clinical Center’s Department of Transfusion Medicine and shares the award with Michael Houghton, Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada, and Charles M. Rice, Ph.D., Rockefeller University, New York City.
    The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said, “Prior to their work, the discovery of the Hepatitis A and B viruses had been...
    10-05-2020, 06:51 PM
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management issues Suggested 2020 Election Flexibilities for Federal Workers
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management issues Suggested 2020 Election Flexibilities for Federal Workers| site |


    (September 29, 2020) - - Today, September 29, 2020, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released today a memorandum providing agencies with information on the Federal Government’s longstanding policy to grant employees limited time off from work to vote in Federal, State, county, or municipal elections.

    In addition to excused absence for voting, the memorandum encourages agencies to permit Federal employees to make use of available flexibilities to volunteer as a nonpartisan poll worker, participate in early voting, or to receive an excused absence if their polling place requires an extended commute and voting by absentee ballot is not permitted.

    The complete memorandum can be read here.
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    10-05-2020, 02:45 AM
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    USA Staffing Onboarding Wins 2020 Igniting Innovation Award
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    USA Staffing Onboarding Wins 2020 Igniting Innovation Award | site |



    (September 3, 2020) - - Today, September 3, 2020, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management(OPM) announces that their Human Resources Solutions’ USA Staffing® Onboarding platform is the winner of the 2020 Igniting Innovation Awards, hosted by the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC). The awards recognize groundbreaking technologies that enhance services for citizens and government operations. USA Staffing Onboarding won with 68% of the vote. “I am very proud of the OPM employees on USA Staffing’s onboarding team. Their hard work and dedication are a great credit to the agency. USA Staffing Onboarding is a leading example of OPM’s ongoing efforts to help Federal agencies work efficiently to better serve the American people,” said OPM Acting Dire
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    09-21-2020, 12:19 PM
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020 | site |



    Summer meal programs can continue operating as funding allows


    (August 31, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture published today (August 31, 2020) the following information:

    (Washington, DC, August 31, 2020) – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several flexibilities through as late as December 31, 2020. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA has been and continues to be committed to using the Congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available.

    “As
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    08-31-2020, 11:09 AM
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - Daily Roundup May 28, 2020
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    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup May 28, 2020| site |



    (May 28, 2020) - - Today (May 28, 2020), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • The FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Stryker Sustainability Solutions (SSS) VHP N95 Respirator Decontamination System (RDS). This product uses vapor hydrogen peroxide (VHP) to decontaminate compatible N95 respirators that are, or potentially are, contaminated with SARS-CoV-2 or other pathogenic microorganisms for multiple-user reuse by healthcare personnel to prevent exposure to pathogenic biological airborne particulates when there are insufficient supplies of face-filtering respirators (FFRs) resulting from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. N95 respirators containing cellulose-based materials
    ...
    05-29-2020, 02:26 AM
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    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System publishes Minutes of the Board's Discount Rate Meeting on April 29, 2020
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    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System publishes Minutes of the Board's Discount Rate Meeting on April 29, 2020 | site |


    (May 26, 2020) - - Today (May 26, 2020), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:

    The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday released the minutes of its interest rate meeting on April 29, 2020.

    The minutes are attached.



    Attachment (PDF)
    ...
    05-28-2020, 11:49 PM
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    CMS NEWS ALERT May 19, 2020
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    CMS NEWS ALERT May 19, 2020 | site |



    (May 19, 2020) - - Today (May 19, 2020), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following "CMS NEWS ALERT May 19, 2020":

    As part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts taken in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), following is a summary of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) actions. To keep up with the important Task Force work being done in response to COVID-19, click here www.coronavirus.gov . For information specific to CMS, please visit the CMS News Room and Current Emergencies Website. CMS updates these resources on an ongoing basis throughout the day; the information below is current as of May 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm ET.

    Trump Administration Issues Guidance to Ensure States Have a Plan in Place to Safely Reopen Nursing Homes

    CMS announced new guidance for state and local officials to ensure the safe reopening of nursing...
    05-26-2020, 01:31 AM
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    IRS Nationwide Tax Forums go Virtual in 2020
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    IRS Nationwide Tax Forums go Virtual in 2020 | site |



    Tax pros can choose from up to 30 webinars beginning in July


    (May 21, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information: WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the 2020 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums will be held virtually in 2020 with a series of live-streamed webinars beginning this July. "Given restrictions on large gatherings and difficulties with travel, we've made the decision to present the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums in a virtual format this year," IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said. "While we're unable to meet in person, tax professionals will still be able to choose from a wide variety of virtual seminars on tax law.Many will be able to fully satisfy their annual continuing education requirements by registering and attending." Held each summer for the past 30 years, the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums are the IRS's marquee ou...
    05-25-2020, 09:58 PM
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    Treasury, IRS release Latest State-by-State Economic Impact Payment Figures for May 22, 2020
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    Treasury, IRS release Latest State-by-State Economic Impact Payment Figures for May 22, 2020 | site |



    (May 22, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information: WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today released updated state-by-state figures for Economic Impact Payments reflecting the opening weeks of the program. "Economic Impact Payments have continued going out at a rapid rate to Americans across the country," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "We remind people to visit IRS.gov for the latest information, including answers to the most common questions we see surrounding the payments. We also continue to urge those who don't normally have a filing requirement, including those with little or no income, that they can quickly register for the payments on IRS.gov." Millions of people who do not typically file a tax return are eligible to receive these payments. Payments are automa...
    05-23-2020, 01:11 AM
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    U.S. Social Security Administration says Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Social Security Administration says Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service| site |



    (March 16, 2020) - - Today (March 16, 2020), the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information:


    SOCIAL SECURITY


    Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service


    ** Online Services Remain Available **


    All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services.

    Our secure and convenient online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov . Local offices will also continue to provide critical services
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    03-18-2020, 08:40 PM
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    College Board is Canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test Administration
    by Staff Reporter 1
    College Board is Canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test Administration| site |



    (March 18, 2020) - - According to its website, the College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration.

    The information is located on their website HERE
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    03-18-2020, 03:55 PM
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention March 9, 2020 Media Telebriefing Update on COVID-19
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention March 9, 2020 Media Telebriefing Update: COVID-19| site |



    (March 9, 2020) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following audio version of CDC Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19:






    or


    Press HERE
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    03-09-2020, 10:59 PM
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    World Health Organization Director-General's Opening Remarks at the March 6, 2020 Media Briefing on COVID-19
    by Staff Reporter 1
    World Health Organization Director-General's Opening Remarks at the March 6, 2020 Media Briefing on COVID-19| site |



    (March 6, 2020) - - Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19: Good afternoon, and thank you once again for joining us in person and online. I would like to start by acknowledging International Women’s Day this Sunday. This is a moment to remember that around the world, many women cannot access essential health services, and continue to suffer disproportionately from preventable and treatable diseases. But International Women’s Day is an opportunity not only to promote and protect the health of women, but to highlight the vital role they play in promoting and protecting the health of all people. Globally, women make up 70% of the global health workforce, but hold only 25% of senior roles. WHO is committed to promoting gender equality every...
    03-06-2020, 05:48 PM
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    Finance Regulators announce that the 2020 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference is Postponed
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    Finance Regulators announce that the 2020 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference is Postponed| site |



    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
    (March 5, 2020) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: After careful consideration of the growing public health concerns associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the organizing sponsors of the 2020 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference (NICRC), scheduled March 9-12 in Denver, Colorado, have made the decision to postpone the conference. The Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation jointly made this decision out of an abundance of caution to help safeguard the health and well-being of the more than 1,300 registered conference participants.
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    03-05-2020, 04:01 PM
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    World Health Organization Director-General's Opening Remarks at the March 5, 2020 Media Briefing on COVID-19
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    (March 5, 2020) - - Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19: Good afternoon, and thank you once again for joining us in person and online. Today I want to start by saying thank you to all our colleagues in the media. As providers of information, you play a vital role in the response to COVID-19. The fight against rumours and misinformation is a vital part of the battle against this virus. We rely on you to make sure people have accurate information about the threat they face, and how to protect themselves and others. Now to the numbers. There is now a total of 95,265 reported cases of COVID-19 globally, and 3281 deaths. In the past 24 hours, China reported 143 cases. Most cases continue to be reported from Hubei province, and 8 provinces...
    03-05-2020, 03:22 PM
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention March 3, 2020 Telebriefing Update on COVID-19
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    (March 3, 2020) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following audio version of CDC Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19:









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    03-03-2020, 07:56 PM
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    World Health Organization Director-General's Opening Remarks at the March 2, 2020 Media Briefing on COVID-19
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    (March 2, 2020) - - Today (March 2, 2020), the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following WHO Director-General's Opening Remarks at the March 2, 2020 Media Briefing on COVID-19: Good afternoon to everyone online and in the room. The number of cases in China continues to decline. Yesterday, China reported 206 cases of COVID-19 to WHO, the lowest since the 22nd of January. Only 8 cases were reported outside Hubei province yesterday. Outside China, a total of 8739 cases of COVID-19 have been reported to WHO from 61 countries, with 127 deaths. In the last 24 hours there were almost 9 times more cases reported outside China than inside China. The epidemics in the Republic of Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan are our greatest concern. I would also like to inform you that a WHO team arrived in Iran this afternoon to deliver suppli...
    03-03-2020, 12:38 AM
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention February 29, 2020 Telebriefing Update on COVID-19
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention February 29, 2020 Telebriefing Update on COVID-19 | site |





    (February 29, 2020) - - On Saturday, February 29, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published following audio version of its Saturday, February 29, 2020 Telebriefing Update on COVID-19:








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    03-02-2020, 09:00 PM
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    Transcript for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention February 28, 2020 Telebriefing Update on COVID-19
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    (February 28, 2020) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following Transcript for the CDC Telebriefing Update on COVID-19:




    Please Note: This transcript is not edited and may contain errors.





    Benjamin Haynes: Thank you all joining us for this briefing. We’re joined today by the director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, Dr. Nancy Messonnier. At this time Ii will turn the call over.

    Dr. Nancy Messonnier: Good afternoon, thank you for joining us today. Since I last briefed you, there has been one new case of COVID-19 detected through the U.S. public health system. As has been widely reported, at this time we don’t know how or where this person became infected. This brings the
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    02-28-2020, 11:46 PM
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    IRS says Interest Rates remain the Same for the Second Quarter of 2020
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    U.S. Internal Revenue Service says Interest Rates remain the Same for the Second Quarter of 2020| site |



    (February 28, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning April 1, 2020. The rates will be:
    • five (5) percent for overpayments [four (4) percent in the case of a corporation];
    • two and one-half (2.5) percent for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000;
    • five (5) percent for underpayments; and
    • seven (7) percent for large corporate underpayments.
    Under the Internal Revenue Code, the rate of interest is determined on a quarterly basis. For taxpayers other than corporations, the overpayment and underpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus 3 percentage points. Generally, in the case of a corporation, the underpayment rate is the federal...
    02-28-2020, 11:23 PM
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention February 28, 2020 Media Telebriefing Update on COVID-19
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention February 28, 2020 Media Telebriefing Update on COVID-19 | site |




    (February 28, 2020) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following audio version of CDC's Friday, February 28, 2020 Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19:







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    02-28-2020, 04:10 PM
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    World Health Organization Director-General's opening Remarks at the February 28, 2020 Media Briefing on COVID-19
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    (February 28, 2020) - - Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following information:




    WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 28 February 2020



    Good afternoon to everyone online and in the room. First, as usual, the numbers: In the past 24 hours, China reported 329 cases – the lowest in more than a month. As of 6am Geneva time this morning, China has reported a total of 78,959 cases of COVID-19 to WHO, including 2791 deaths. Outside China, there are now 4351 cases in 49 countries, and 67 deaths. Since yesterday, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Netherlands and Nigeria have all reported their first cases. All these cases have links to Italy. 24 cases have been exported from Italy to 14 countries, and 97 cases...
    02-28-2020, 03:48 PM
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    World Health Organization Director-General's February 27, 2020 Opening Remarks at Briefing on COVID-19
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    (February 27, 2020) - - Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following transcript of WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 27 February 2020: Good afternoon to everyone online and in the room. Let me start, as usual, with the latest numbers. As of 6am Geneva time this morning, China has reported a total of 78,630 cases of COVID-19 to WHO, including 2747 deaths. But as you know, it’s what is happening in the rest of the world that is now our greatest concern. Outside China, there are now 3474 cases in 44 countries, and 54 deaths. We are at a decisive point. For the past two days, the number of new cases reported in the rest of the world has exceeded the number of new cases in China. And in the past 24 hours, seven countries have reported cases for the first time: Brazil, Georgia, ...
    02-28-2020, 02:06 PM
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    Federal Banking Agencies host the 2020 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference
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    Federal Banking Agencies host the 2020 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference| site |



    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency



    (February 21, 2020) - - Today (February 21, 2020), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The 2020 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference takes place in Denver from March 9 to 12. The conference is hosted by the three federal banking agencies, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Reserve Banks of San Francisco, Kansas City, and Chicago. This biennial conference offers participants from around the country the opportunity to learn about the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and to discuss best practices and emer...
    02-28-2020, 12:21 AM
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    World Health Organization Director-General's February 26, 2020 Opening Remarks at the Mission Briefing on COVID-19
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    World Health Organization Director-General's February 26, 2020 Opening Remarks at the Mission Briefing on COVID-19 | site |




    (February 26, 2020) - - Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following Director-General's opening remarks at the mission briefing on COVID-19: Excellencies, dear colleagues and friends, First of all, good morning and welcome to our weekly mission briefing on COVID-19. I’m glad that we’re maintaining these regular briefings. A lot has changed since we briefed you last Wednesday, which illustrates the rapidly evolving nature of this epidemic. As of 6am Geneva time this morning, China has reported 78,190 cases to WHO, including 2718 deaths. Yesterday, only 10 new cases were reported in China outside of Hubei province. But this is no time for complacency. This is a time for continued vigilance. On Monday, the WHO-China joint mission concluded its visit and delivered its report. As you also know, the team h...
    02-26-2020, 11:18 PM
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    Minutes of the Board's Discount Rate Meetings from January 21 and January 29, 2020
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    Minutes of the Board's Discount Rate Meetings from January 21 and January 29, 2020| site |




    February 25, 2020) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:

    The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday released the minutes of its interest rate meetings on January 21 and January 29, 2020.

    The minutes are attached.


    Attachment (PDF)
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    02-26-2020, 05:35 AM
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    Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the National Association of Healthcare Underwriters Capitol Conference 2020
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    Speech: Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the National Association of Healthcare Underwriters (NAHU) Capitol Conference 2020 | site |




    (February 24, 2020) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information:


    Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the National Association of Healthcare Underwriters (NAHU) Capitol Conference 2020


    (As prepared for delivery – February 24, 2020)



    Thank you for having me. Going back to my time in Indiana designing health care plans, I have always valued the knowledge and expertise that agents and brokers bring to the table, because they have front line experience. In this town, policy experts are a dime a dozen, but you all understand the healthcare system in a more concrete way. You see the impact of policy and know how it affects real people. Many of these people are our Medicare and exchange beneficiaries,...
    02-25-2020, 03:07 AM
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    Transcript for CDC February 21, 2020 Telebriefing Update on COVID-19
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    Transcript for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention February 21, 2020 Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19 | site |




    (February 21, 2020) - - Today (February 21, 2020), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following transcript for CDC Telebriefing Update on COVID-19:

    Please Note: This transcript is not edited and may contain errors.



    >>> Good afternoon and thank you all for standing by. For the duration of today’s conference, all listeners are on silence mode until the question and answer section. After that time, press star one. Today’s call is recorded. If you have objections, disconnect at this time. It is my pleasure to introduce Mr. Paul Fulton. Thank you, sir. You may begin. >> Thank you for joining us on the briefing of the COVID-19 response. We’re joined by secretary for consular affairs for the department of state, Ian G. Brownlee, and Nancy Messonnier, the Director fo...
    02-22-2020, 11:21 PM
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Sends 2020 FEHB Call Letter to Carriers
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Sends 2020 Federal Employees Health Benefits Call Letter to Carriers | site |



    (February 11, 2020) - - Today (February 11, 2020), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has sent out the annual Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Call Letter to carriers. The Call Letter describes OPM’s policy goals and initiatives for the next plan year. It highlights ongoing policy goals, new initiatives, and negotiation objectives for the FEHB Program. OPM’s continued efforts on affordability and transparency reflect the Administrations’ strategic vision for reforming the American healthcare system through choice and competition, as evidenced in the Executive Order 13877, “Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First” (June 27, 2019). The 2019 Call Letter highlights OPM...
    02-21-2020, 11:31 PM

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