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  • FCC announces new Covid-19 TeleHealth Program Awards totaling nearly 42 Million Dollars to Health Care Providers in every State and Territory

    Federal Communications Commission announces new Covid-19 TeleHealth Program Awards totaling nearly $42 Million to Health Care Providers in every State and Territory | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: August 26, 2021)

    Washington, August 26, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today approved an initial set of 62 applications for funding commitments totaling $41.98 million for Round 2 of its COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Health care providers in each state, territory, and the District of Columbia, including those previously unfunded in Round 1, will use this funding to provide telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic. The FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program supports the efforts of health care providers to continue serving their patients by providing reimbursement for telecommunications services, information services, and connected devices necessary to enable telehealth...
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  • Biden-Harris Administration Invests over 19 Million Dollars to Expand Telehealth Nationwide and Improve Health in Rural, Other Underserved Communities

    Biden-Harris Administration Invests over $19 Million to Expand Telehealth Nationwide and Improve Health in Rural, Other Underserved Communities | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: August 18, 2021)


    Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing key investments that will strengthen telehealth services in rural and underserved communities and expand telehealth innovation and quality nationwide. These investments—totaling over $19 million—are being distributed to 36 award recipients through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “Telehealth is crucial to providing convenient and sustained care for patients,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “This funding demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s strong commitment to expanding access to q...
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  • U.S. Small Business Administration Awards 2.7 Million Dollars in Grants to 14 Women’s Business

    U.S. Small Business Administration Awards $2.7M in Grants to 14 Women’s Business Centers | site |



    Funding Aims to Help Improve Innovative Projects Aiding Women-owned Businesses Impacted by COVID-19


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: August 16, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration issued 14 grant awards of up to $200,000 each to organizations in 13 states as part of the Women’s Business Centers (WBC) Resiliency and Recovery Demonstration Grant under the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO). The purpose of the grants is to establish or continue innovative projects that aim to improve service delivery, training, and support provided to women-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19. “The growth and recovery of women-owned small businesses is essential to our nation's economy. During the pandemic, our Women’s Business Ce
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  • HUD Deputy Secretary Todman, Officials discuss 5.5 Million Dollars in Federal Disaster Recovery and Resilience Funds for Midland, Michigan

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Todman, Officials discuss $5.5 Million in Federal Disaster Recovery and Resilience Funds for Midland, Michigan | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: August 10, 2021)

    Washington - - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman today held a Zoom call to discuss the nearly $5.5 million in new federal disaster relief awarded by HUD to Midland, Michigan to assist in the city’s recovery from severe storms and floods in May 2020. The new Community Development Block Grant Declared Disaster Recovery Fund (DDR) money will help Midland communities rebuild and become more resilient to future disasters. Deputy Secretary Todman was joined on the call by Midland, Michigan Mayor Maureen Donker, Midland City Manager Brad Kaye, and Michigan State Housing Development Authority Acting Exec...
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  • HUD Awards 30 Million Dollars to help Low-Income Elderly Homeowners Age in Place

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards $30 Million to help Low-Income Elderly Homeowners Age in Place | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: August 6, 2021)



    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $30 million to 32 nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and public housing authorities to assist in undertaking comprehensive programs that make safety and functional home modifications and limited repairs to meet the needs of low-income elderly homeowners that allow them to age in place. Provided through HUD’s Older Adults Home Modification Program (OAHMP), these grants allow low-income seniors to stay in their homes through low-cost home modifications that will reduce older adults’ risk of falling. Examples of these home modifications include installation of grab bars, ...
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  • IRS continues Unemployment Compensation Adjustments, prepares another 1.5 Million Refunds

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service continues Unemployment Compensation Adjustments, prepares another 1.5 Million Refunds | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: July 28, 2021) Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service reported today that another 1.5 million taxpayers will receive refunds averaging more than $1,600 as it continues to adjust unemployment compensation from previously filed income tax returns. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which became law in March, excluded up to $10,200 in 2020 unemployment compensation from taxable income calculations. The exclusion applied to individuals and married couples whose modified adjusted gross income was less than $150,000. Refunds by direct deposit will begin July 28 and refunds by paper check will begin July 30. This is the fourth round of refunds related to the unemployment compensation exclusion provision. Since May, the IRS has issued over 8....
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  • CDC and HHS Award 200 Million Dollars for Disease Intervention Specialist Workforce

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Award 200 Million Dollars for Disease Intervention Specialist Workforce | site |



    Funding awarded to 59 jurisdictions as part of the $1.13 billion investment over the next five years as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release dated: June 21, 2021)

    On June 18, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services awarded 59 jurisdictions with $200 million to bolster support and enhance the disease intervention specialists (DIS) workforce. These awards represent the initial funding of the $1.13 billion investment being made over the next five years, consistent with the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and will provide these jurisdiction public health programs and CDC with the
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces availability of more than 21 Million Dollars in Grants for Training on Workplace Hazards, Infectious Diseases

    U.S. Department of Labor announces availability of more than $21 Million in Grants for Training on Workplace Hazards, Infectious Diseases | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: June 17, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced funding opportunities for more than $21 million in Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants for non-profit organizations.

    The first availability will provide $10 million under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021for Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, including the Coronavirus grants.

    To be eligible for these grants, applicants must develop training that focuses on four program emphasis areas:
    • Identifying and preventing workplace-related infectious diseases, including the coronavirus, in industries with high illness rates, those employing frontline workers or those serving
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection Initiates Enforcement Proceeding Seeking Approximately 25 million Dollars Against Air Canada for allegedly Extreme Delays in Providing Required Refunds

    U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection Initiates Enforcement Proceeding Seeking Approximately $25 million Against Air Canada for allegedly Extreme Delays in Providing Required Refunds | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: June 15, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection (OACP) today announced that it has filed a formal complaint against Air Canada with an Administrative Law Judge regarding the carrier’s failure to provide refunds in a timely manner to thousands of consumers who requested them for flights to or from the United States that the carrier canceled or significantly changed. The OACP is seeking a civil penalty of $25,550,000 for Air Canada’s extreme delays in providing the required refunds. The civil penalty amount is based on a variety of factors, such as the consumer harm ca...
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  • CPSC Announces 2 Million Dollars in Pool Safely Grants Available for State and Local Governments to Help Prevent Drownings and Drain Entrapments

    Consumer Product Safety Commission Announces $2 Million in Pool Safely Grants Available for State and Local Governments to Help Prevent Drownings and Drain Entrapments; Apply Now | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release dated: May 28, 2021) Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking applications for a Pool Safely Grant Program (PSGP or grant program) offered to state and local governments. CPSC will award up to a total of $2 million in two-year grants to assist jurisdictions in reducing deaths and injuries from drowning and drain entrapment incidents in pools and spas. The PSGP is a part of CPSC's national campaign to make drowning and drain entrapment prevention a critical public safety priority. The grant program is made possible through the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB Act), legislation authored and advanced by Rep. Debbie Wasserma...
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  • SBA Launches 6th Annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, Debuts SBIR Catalyst to Award over 5 Million Dollars in Prizes

    U.S. Small Business Administration Launches 6th Annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, Debuts SBIR Catalyst to Award over $5 Million in Prizes | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: June 2, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration announced its 6th Annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC) with the addition of a new component aimed at spurring investment in underrepresented communities within the innovation economy at scale. The 2021 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Catalyst programs will recognize the nation’s most innovative organizations with inclusive approaches towards supporting entrepreneurs in research and development (R&D). New to this year’s competition, two tracks will run totaling over $5 million in cash prizes. “The Growth Accelerator and SBIR Catalyst programs are important parts of ...
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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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  • FTC Sends More Than 172 Million Dollars in Refunds to Consumers allegedly Misled by Rent-To-Own Provider Progressive Leasing

    Federal Trade Commission Sends More Than $172 Million in Refunds to Consumers allegedly Misled by Rent-To-Own Provider Progressive Leasing | site |



    FTC says more than two million consumers will receive refunds from FTC case alleging false promises of “same as cash” payment plans


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: June 7, 2021) The Federal Trade Commission is returning more than $172 million to consumers who overpaid for merchandise they purchased using rent-to-own plans provided by Progressive Leasing. More than two million consumers will receive refund checks. The FTC’s complaint against the company, filed in April 2020, alleged that Progressive misled consumers about the true price of items purchased through its plans. Consumers who visited retailers to buy items such as furniture, jewelry, or cellphones frequently were told that Progressive’s payment plans were “same as cash” or “no int...
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  • HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge announces 35 Million Dollars Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant during visit to Camden, NJ

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge announces $35 Million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant during visit to Camden, New Jersey | site |




    HUD says Federal grant will leverage funding to revitalize Ablett Village public housing, Cramer Hill Neighborhood


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: June 2, 2021) Washington - - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge traveled to Camden, New Jersey, to announce a $35 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant awarded to the Housing Authority of the City of Camden and the City of Camden Cramer Hill Neighborhood. This award will be used to redevelop severely distressed housing and spur comprehensive revitalization under HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Program. U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, U.S. Representative Donald Norcross (NJ-01), and Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen...
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  • FCC says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls 2.3 Million Households in first 3 Weeks of Program

    Federal Communications Commission says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls 2.3 Million Households in first 3 Weeks of Program | site |



    Releases EBB public data tracking dashboard


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 7, 2021) Washington, June 7, 2021 - - Today FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolled over 2.3 million households into the subsidy program initiated by Congress. Since mid-May, households in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and American Samoa were approved to receive a discount on their monthly internet bills and have selected a participating EBB provider to receive internet service at home. “I am thrilled to see that the great need for affordable broadband support is being met with over 2 million households enrolled in three short weeks. I’ve also said we nee...
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    FCC announces new Covid-19 TeleHealth Program Awards totaling nearly 42 Million Dollars to Health Care Providers in every State and Territory
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    Federal Communications Commission announces new Covid-19 TeleHealth Program Awards totaling nearly $42 Million to Health Care Providers in every State and Territory | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: August 26, 2021)

    Washington, August 26, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today approved an initial set of 62 applications for funding commitments totaling $41.98 million for Round 2 of its COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Health care providers in each state, territory, and the District of Columbia, including those previously unfunded in Round 1, will use this funding to provide telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic. The FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program supports the efforts of health care providers to continue serving their patients by providing reimbursement for telecommunications services, information services, and connected devices necessary to enable telehealth...
    08-29-2021, 04:03 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Biden-Harris Administration Invests over 19 Million Dollars to Expand Telehealth Nationwide and Improve Health in Rural, Other Underserved Communities
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Biden-Harris Administration Invests over $19 Million to Expand Telehealth Nationwide and Improve Health in Rural, Other Underserved Communities | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: August 18, 2021)


    Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing key investments that will strengthen telehealth services in rural and underserved communities and expand telehealth innovation and quality nationwide. These investments—totaling over $19 million—are being distributed to 36 award recipients through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “Telehealth is crucial to providing convenient and sustained care for patients,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “This funding demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s strong commitment to expanding access to q...
    08-18-2021, 06:46 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Small Business Administration Awards 2.7 Million Dollars in Grants to 14 Women’s Business
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Small Business Administration Awards $2.7M in Grants to 14 Women’s Business Centers | site |



    Funding Aims to Help Improve Innovative Projects Aiding Women-owned Businesses Impacted by COVID-19


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: August 16, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration issued 14 grant awards of up to $200,000 each to organizations in 13 states as part of the Women’s Business Centers (WBC) Resiliency and Recovery Demonstration Grant under the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO). The purpose of the grants is to establish or continue innovative projects that aim to improve service delivery, training, and support provided to women-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19. “The growth and recovery of women-owned small businesses is essential to our nation's economy. During the pandemic, our Women’s Business Ce
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    08-17-2021, 06:08 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    HUD Deputy Secretary Todman, Officials discuss 5.5 Million Dollars in Federal Disaster Recovery and Resilience Funds for Midland, Michigan
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Todman, Officials discuss $5.5 Million in Federal Disaster Recovery and Resilience Funds for Midland, Michigan | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: August 10, 2021)

    Washington - - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman today held a Zoom call to discuss the nearly $5.5 million in new federal disaster relief awarded by HUD to Midland, Michigan to assist in the city’s recovery from severe storms and floods in May 2020. The new Community Development Block Grant Declared Disaster Recovery Fund (DDR) money will help Midland communities rebuild and become more resilient to future disasters. Deputy Secretary Todman was joined on the call by Midland, Michigan Mayor Maureen Donker, Midland City Manager Brad Kaye, and Michigan State Housing Development Authority Acting Exec...
    08-14-2021, 08:35 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    HUD Awards 30 Million Dollars to help Low-Income Elderly Homeowners Age in Place
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards $30 Million to help Low-Income Elderly Homeowners Age in Place | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: August 6, 2021)



    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $30 million to 32 nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and public housing authorities to assist in undertaking comprehensive programs that make safety and functional home modifications and limited repairs to meet the needs of low-income elderly homeowners that allow them to age in place. Provided through HUD’s Older Adults Home Modification Program (OAHMP), these grants allow low-income seniors to stay in their homes through low-cost home modifications that will reduce older adults’ risk of falling. Examples of these home modifications include installation of grab bars, ...
    08-08-2021, 04:42 AM

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