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  • Federal Officials send Letter to Governors, Mayors and State Courts Urging Use of Emergency Rental Assistance Over Eviction

    Secretary of the Treasury Yellen, Attorney General Garland and Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Fudge Sent Letter to Governors, Mayors and State Courts Urging Use of Emergency Rental Assistance Over Eviction | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: August 27, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen, Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice Merrick B. Garland, and Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Marcia L. Fudge sent a letter to state and local government leaders addressing the eviction moratorium.

    The full text of the letter is available here and below. Governors, Mayors, County Executives, and Chief Justices/State Court Administrators: We are writing to request your urgent help preventing unnecessary evictions during the pandemic. Our bottom line is this: No one should
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  • FCC seeks Comments on Competitive Access to Broadband in Apartment and Office Buildings

    Federal Communications Commission seeks Comments on Competitive Access to Broadband in Apartment and Office Buildings | site |



    Tees Up Questions on Revenue Sharing Agreements Between Building Owners and Providers, and on Exclusive Wiring and Marketing Arrangements


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: September 7, 2021) Washington, September 7, 2021 - - he Federal Communications Commission today announced it is inviting a new round of comments in a proceeding examining competitive access to broadband in apartment and office buildings. The new call for comments aims to better understand how the Commission can promote increased competition, consumer choice, and lower prices for Americans living and working in these buildings. “Across the country throughout the pandemic, the need for more and better broadband access has never been clearer,” said Acting Chairwoman Jessi...
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  • Federal Communications Commission acts to provide relief in Areas affected by Hurricane Ida

    Federal Communications Commission acts to provide relief in Areas affected by Hurricane Ida | site |




    Agency Extends Certain Regulatory and Filing Deadlines to Assist Consumers, Licensees and Communications Providers Affected by the Storm


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: September 3, 2021) Washington, September 3, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today took a series of actions to extend deadlines and waive rules to assist consumers, licensees and communications providers in Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by Hurricane Ida. “The FCC is working around the clock in coordination with government partners and industry to support the restoration of vital communications services after the destruction of Hurricane Ida,” said Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “Today, we’re extending deadlines for our universal servi...
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  • Federal and State Financial Regulatory Agencies issue Interagency Statement on Supervisory Practices regarding Financial Institutions affected by Hurricane Ida

    Federal and State Financial Regulatory Agencies issue Interagency Statement on Supervisory Practices regarding Financial Institutions affected by Hurricane Ida | site |



    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Conference of State Bank Supervisors
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    National Credit Union Administration
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency



    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: August 30, 2021) The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, and the state regulators, collectively the agencies, recognize the serious impact of Hurricane Ida on the customers and operations of many financial institutions and will provide appropriate regulatory assistance to affected institutions subject to their super...
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  • DHS to Serve as Lead Federal Agency Coordinating Efforts to Resettle Vulnerable Afghans

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Serve as Lead Federal Agency Coordinating Efforts to Resettle Vulnerable Afghans | site |



    Secretary Mayorkas Announces Robert J. Fenton, Jr. as Senior Response Official


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: August 29, 2021) Washington - - President Biden has directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to have his department serve as the lead agency coordinating ongoing efforts across the federal government to resettle vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked on behalf of the United States.  Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that Robert J. Fenton, Jr. will lead the interagency Unified Coordination Group. The Unified Coordination Group will report directly to Secretary Mayorkas and will include a broad range of services throughout the resettlement process, from initial immigration processing, COVID-19 te...
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  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call with German Federal Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call with German Federal Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 25, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information:

    Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with German Federal Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to exchange perspectives on the ongoing evacuation operations from Kabul. The principals noted strong cooperation and coordination among Allies, and agreed to remain in touch as the operation continued.
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  • Minutes of the Federal Reserve Board's Discount Rate Meetings on July 19 and July 28, 2021

    Minutes of the Federal Reserve Board's Discount Rate Meetings on July 19 and July 28, 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: August 24, 2021)



    The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday released the minutes of its interest rate meetings on July 19 and July 28, 2021.

    The minutes are attached.


    Attachment (PDF)
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  • FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance State-by-State Breakdown

    FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance State-by-State Breakdown

    Federal Emergency Management Agency COVID-19 Funeral Assistance State-by-State Breakdown | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: August 23, 2021)

    Washington - - FEMA has provided over $1.044 billion to nearly 159,000 people to assist with COVID-19-related funeral costs for deaths occurring on or after Jan. 20, 2020.

    Eligibility determinations are not driven by state/location; instead, they are based on when the applicant submits all required documentation.

    “Applications” in the below chart reflect the number of individuals who called to begin the assistance process.

    Please find state-specific information below:



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  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Launches National Risk Index Update

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Launches National Risk Index Update

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Launches National Risk Index Update | site |



    Full Application Now Available with More Customization and Reporting


    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: August 16, 2021)

    Washington - - FEMA announced the full application launch of the National Risk Index, a new online resource that provides a clear, visual guide to natural hazard risks throughout the United States, and information to help communities to understand and reduce those risks, whether they involve flooding, wildfire, extreme heat, or drought. Developed with attention to the increased risks from climate change, and the need to develop new approaches to reduce those risks, this online mapping application provides simple measures of a community’s risk for 18 natural hazards. The online mapping application also measures resilience, social vulnerability and expecte
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  • Federal Election Commission announces appointment of Charles Kitcher as Associate General Counsel

    Federal Election Commission announces appointment of Charles Kitcher as Associate General Counsel | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: July 15, 2021) Washington - - The Federal Election Commission has appointed Charles Kitcher as Associate General Counsel. Mr. Kitcher, whose appointment becomes effective July 18, oversees the Enforcement Division, which is the largest division of the Office of General Counsel. The 45-person Enforcement Division recommends to the Commission appropriate action to take with respect to administrative complaints and apparent violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), investigates alleged violations, and negotiates conciliation agreements. Mr. Kitcher joined the Commission in December 2012 as a staff attorney in the Litigation Division. In August 2017, he was promoted to Acting Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and served in that role...
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  • Over 323,000 Federal Student Loan Borrowers to Receive 5.8 Billion Dollars in Automatic Total and Permanent Disability Discharges

    Over 323,000 Federal Student Loan Borrowers to Receive $5.8 Billion in Automatic Total and Permanent Disability Discharges | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 19, 2021)

    Over 323,000 borrowers who have a total and permanent disability (TPD) will receive more than $5.8 billion in automatic student loan discharges due to a new regulation announced today by the U.S. Department of Education. The change will apply to borrowers who are identified through an existing data match with the Social Security Administration (SSA). It will begin with the September quarterly match with SSA. The Department is also announcing two other policy items related to TPD today. First, the Department will indefinitely extend the policy announced in March to stop asking these borrowers to provide information on their earnings —a process that results in the reinstatement of loans if and when borrowers...
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  • Federal Trade Commission Urges Federal Reserve Board to Require Debit Card Gatekeepers to Compete Fairly

    Federal Trade Commission Urges Federal Reserve Board to Require Debit Card Gatekeepers to Compete Fairly | site |



    FTC says, "As mobile and electronic payments become the norm, Commission staff advocate for more competition to protect businesses and families from unfair fees"


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: August 12, 2021)

    The Federal Trade Commission announced that staff have submitted a comment urging the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the Fed) to clarify and strengthen the implementation of debit card fee and routing reforms to the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) made under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank).

    According to a 2019 study, Americans use debit cards almost twice as often as credit cards. Merchants, including millions of small businesses, must pay fees to card issuers, usually banks, and card
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  • Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, July 27-28, 2021

    Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, July 27-28, 2021

    Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, July 27-28, 2021 | site |




    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: August 18, 2021)

    The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday released the attached minutes of the Committee meeting held on July 27–28, 2021.

    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/monetarypolicy/fomccalendars.htm Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee July 27-28, 2021:
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  • Federal Reserve Board announces the Individual Capital Requirements for all large Banks, effective on October 1

    Federal Reserve Board announces the Individual Capital Requirements for all large Banks, effective on October 1 | site |



    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: August 5, 2021)

    Following its stress test earlier this year, the Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced the individual capital requirements for all large banks, effective on October 1. Those capital requirements ensure that the large banks tested will hold roughly $1 trillion in high-quality capital—enough to survive a severe recession and still be able to lend to households and businesses. Large bank capital requirements are in part determined by the Board's stress test results, which provide a risk-sensitive and forward-looking assessment of capital needs. The below table shows the total common equity tier 1, or CET1, capital requirements for each bank, which is made up of several components, including:...
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  • Federal Election Commission Approves Advisory Opinion - - Kelly - - Considers others

    Federal Election Commission Approves Advisory Opinion - - Kelly - - Considers others| site |




    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: July 15, 2021) Washington - - The Federal Election Commission today approved an advisory opinion and discussed and held over an advisory opinion request. The Commission was unable to reach consensus by the required four affirmative votes on a motion to amend a directive governing the content of regular staff reports to the Commission. Advisory Opinion 2021-06 (Rep. Robin Kelly/Democratic Party of Illinois) The Commission approved an advisory opinion in response to a request from Rep. Kelly and the Democratic Party of Illinois. Rep. Kelly was elected chair of the Democratic State Central Committee, which governs the Democratic Party of Illinois. The Commission concluded that the state party may raise funds in amounts and from sources prohibited by the Federal Election Campaign Act o...
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    Federal Officials send Letter to Governors, Mayors and State Courts Urging Use of Emergency Rental Assistance Over Eviction
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    Secretary of the Treasury Yellen, Attorney General Garland and Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Fudge Sent Letter to Governors, Mayors and State Courts Urging Use of Emergency Rental Assistance Over Eviction | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: August 27, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen, Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice Merrick B. Garland, and Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Marcia L. Fudge sent a letter to state and local government leaders addressing the eviction moratorium.

    The full text of the letter is available here and below. Governors, Mayors, County Executives, and Chief Justices/State Court Administrators: We are writing to request your urgent help preventing unnecessary evictions during the pandemic. Our bottom line is this: No one should
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    09-08-2021, 04:38 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FCC seeks Comments on Competitive Access to Broadband in Apartment and Office Buildings
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission seeks Comments on Competitive Access to Broadband in Apartment and Office Buildings | site |



    Tees Up Questions on Revenue Sharing Agreements Between Building Owners and Providers, and on Exclusive Wiring and Marketing Arrangements


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: September 7, 2021) Washington, September 7, 2021 - - he Federal Communications Commission today announced it is inviting a new round of comments in a proceeding examining competitive access to broadband in apartment and office buildings. The new call for comments aims to better understand how the Commission can promote increased competition, consumer choice, and lower prices for Americans living and working in these buildings. “Across the country throughout the pandemic, the need for more and better broadband access has never been clearer,” said Acting Chairwoman Jessi...
    09-08-2021, 02:06 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission acts to provide relief in Areas affected by Hurricane Ida
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission acts to provide relief in Areas affected by Hurricane Ida | site |




    Agency Extends Certain Regulatory and Filing Deadlines to Assist Consumers, Licensees and Communications Providers Affected by the Storm


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: September 3, 2021) Washington, September 3, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today took a series of actions to extend deadlines and waive rules to assist consumers, licensees and communications providers in Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by Hurricane Ida. “The FCC is working around the clock in coordination with government partners and industry to support the restoration of vital communications services after the destruction of Hurricane Ida,” said Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “Today, we’re extending deadlines for our universal servi...
    09-04-2021, 10:04 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Federal and State Financial Regulatory Agencies issue Interagency Statement on Supervisory Practices regarding Financial Institutions affected by Hurricane Ida
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal and State Financial Regulatory Agencies issue Interagency Statement on Supervisory Practices regarding Financial Institutions affected by Hurricane Ida | site |



    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Conference of State Bank Supervisors
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    National Credit Union Administration
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency



    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: August 30, 2021) The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, and the state regulators, collectively the agencies, recognize the serious impact of Hurricane Ida on the customers and operations of many financial institutions and will provide appropriate regulatory assistance to affected institutions subject to their super...
    09-04-2021, 09:36 PM
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    DHS to Serve as Lead Federal Agency Coordinating Efforts to Resettle Vulnerable Afghans
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Serve as Lead Federal Agency Coordinating Efforts to Resettle Vulnerable Afghans | site |



    Secretary Mayorkas Announces Robert J. Fenton, Jr. as Senior Response Official


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: August 29, 2021) Washington - - President Biden has directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to have his department serve as the lead agency coordinating ongoing efforts across the federal government to resettle vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked on behalf of the United States.  Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that Robert J. Fenton, Jr. will lead the interagency Unified Coordination Group. The Unified Coordination Group will report directly to Secretary Mayorkas and will include a broad range of services throughout the resettlement process, from initial immigration processing, COVID-19 te...
    09-01-2021, 05:41 AM

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