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  • Agencies issue Shared National Credit Review

    Agencies issue Shared National Credit Review

    Agencies issue Shared National Credit Review | site |




    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: February 25, 2021)

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
    Credit risk for large, syndicated loans has increased over the last year, according to the 2020 Shared National Credit (SNC) Review released by federal bank regulatory agencies today. The elevated risk is largely attributed to the effects of COVD-19. While risk has increased, many agent banks have strengthened their risk management systems since the prior downturn and are better equipped to measure and mitigate risks associated with loans in the current environment. The review, which evaluates the quality of large syndicated loans, was conducted by the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the C
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation Chair Dr. Abdullah

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation Chair Dr. Abdullah | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press released dated: February 20, 2021)


    Readout by Spokesperson Ned Price, U.S. Department of State:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with the Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to discuss the United States’ review of its strategy in Afghanistan. The Secretary thanked Dr. Abdullah for his vital work in support of the Afghanistan peace process, and he expressed America’s resolve to support a just and durable political settlement and permanent and comprehensive ceasefire in Afghanistan.
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  • NIH’s TOPMed program publishes Data on over 53,000 diverse Genomes

    NIH’s TOPMed program publishes Data on over 53,000 diverse Genomes

    National Institutes of Health’s TOPMed program publishes Data on over 53,000 diverse Genomes | site |



    NIH says historic findings could boost precision medicine, reduce health disparities


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: February 10, 2021)

    Researchers supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, announced the publication of a groundbreaking study which analyzed more than 53,000 whole genomes, primarily from minority populations. The study, which appears in the Feb. 10 online issue of the journal Nature, examines one of the largest and most diverse data sets of high-quality whole genome sequencing—a person’s complete set of DNA. The genetic data could shed new light on how heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders impact people with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, who often are underrepresented in genetic
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  • NIH calls for greater inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating People in COVID-19 Vaccine Research

    National Institutes of Health calls for greater inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating People in COVID-19 Vaccine Research | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press releases: February 10, 2021)

    Longstanding obstacles to include pregnant and lactating people in clinical research have led to this population now deciding whether or not to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine without the benefit of scientific evidence, writes Diana W. Bianchi, M.D., director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, and colleagues. Their viewpoint article appears online in JAMA. The manufacturers of currently available vaccines excluded pregnant and lactating people from the clinical trials needed to obtain Emergency Use Authorizations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now that the vaccines have been distributed, the U.S. Center
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  • ED Announces National Survey to Gather Critical Data on School Reopening

    ED Announces National Survey to Gather Critical Data on School Reopening

    ED Announces National Survey to Gather Critical Data on School Reopening |site |



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

    To help safely reopen America's schools and promote educational equity, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education today announced the largest representative and highest-quality effort yet to gather vital data on the impact of COVID-19 on students and the status of in-person learning.

    Currently, there is not enough data to understand the status of school re-opening and how students are learning nationwide. This project, known as the "NAEP 2021 School Survey," will collect high-quality data from a nationally and state-representative sample.

    Today's announcement follows President Biden's Jan. 21 Executive Order to ensure "the collection of data necessary to fully understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students
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  • National Institutes of Health Networks to Advance Emotional Well-being Research

    National Institutes of Health Networks to Advance Emotional Well-being Research

    National Institutes of Health Networks to Advance Emotional Well-being Research | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: February 1, 2021)

    Five new research networks totaling $3.13 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health will allow investigators to refine and test key concepts that advance the study of emotional well-being. Emotional well-being has been defined as an overall positive state of one’s emotions, life satisfaction, sense of meaning and purpose, and ability to pursue self-defined goals. The opportunity to research emotional well-being and its core components — a sense of balance in emotion, thoughts, social relationships, and pursuits — aligns with NIH’s broader objectives of fostering health promotion and disease prevention. For example, having a sense of purpose in life has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. These research networks, f...
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  • DHS Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin

    DHS Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press release dated: January 27, 2021) Washington - - The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin today after consultation with the intelligence community and law enforcement partners. There is currently a heightened threat environment across the United States that is likely to persist over the coming weeks. DHS does not have any information to indicate a specific, credible plot; however, violent riots have continued in recent days and we remain concerned that individuals frustrated with the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances and ideological causes fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize a broad range of ideologically-motivated actors to i...
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  • SBA Partners with National Science and Technology Council to Award 330,000 Dollars in Prizes in New Lab to Market Competition

    U.S. Small Business Administration Partners with National Science and Technology Council to Award $330,000 in Prizes in New Lab to Market Competition | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: January 19, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration partnered with the National Science and Technology Council’s Lab-to-Market subcommittee to award $330,000 in prizes to the winners of the new Lab-to-Market (L2M) Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition.

    The L2M prize competition recognizes the most impactful organizations, programs and ideas that support the research and development (R&D) innovation ecosystems, particularly those focused on underrepresented communities and pandemic responses. The competition’s goal is to encourage entrepreneurship and inclusive, sustainable growth by developing and commercializing technology to improve
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  • National Institutes of Health Officials Highlight COVID-19 Vaccine Facts, Unknowns for Healthcare Providers

    National Institutes of Health Officials Highlight COVID-19 Vaccine Facts, Unknowns for Healthcare Providers | site |



    (Information included in a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) news release dated: January 18, 2021)

    Healthcare providers must be able to explain the latest data supporting the safety and efficacy of vaccines for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) so they can strongly encourage vaccination when appropriate while acknowledging that uncertainty and unknowns remain. This message comes from a new commentary co-authored by Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and other leading NIAID scientists in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The commentary provides an overview of the seven COVID-19 vaccines furthest along in development in the United States. For each vaccine candidate, the authors des
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  • NTSB Issues 14 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Natural Gas Explosion

    National Transportation Safety Board Issues 14 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Natural Gas Explosion | site |




    (Information contained in National Transportation Safety Board [NTSB] press release dated: January 12, 2021)

    Washington (Jan. 12, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued 14 safety recommendations during a board meeting held Tuesday in which the agency determined the probable cause for the Feb. 23, 2018, natural gas explosion in a Dallas, TX, home. One person died and four others were injured in the explosion at 3534 Espanola Drive, that caused major structural damage to the one-story residence. The NTSB determined that the ignition of an accumulation of natural gas that leaked from the gas main that was damaged during a sewer replacement project 23 years earlier, led to the explosion. Atmos Energy Corporation failed to detect the leak when responding to related incidents at two other homes on th...
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  • Commerce Adds China National Offshore Oil Corporation to the Entity List and Skyrizon to the Military End-User List

    Commerce Adds China National Offshore Oil Corporation to the Entity List and Skyrizon to the Military End-User List | site |





    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Commerce press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce (Commerce) added Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) to the Entity List and Chinese company Skyrizon to the Military End-User (MEU) List. Both companies threaten U.S. national security, CNOOC by helping China intimidate neighbors in the South China Sea and Skyrizon for its capability to develop, produce, or maintain military items, such as military aircraft engines. “China’s reckless and belligerent actions in the South China Sea and its aggressive push to acquire sensitive intellectual property and technology for its militarization efforts are a threat to U.S. national security and the security of the international community,...
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  • National Taxpayer Advocate delivers Annual Report to Congress

    National Taxpayer Advocate delivers Annual Report to Congress

    National Taxpayer Advocate delivers Annual Report to Congress; focuses on Taxpayer Impact of COVID-19 and IRS Funding needs | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release: January 13, 2021)

    Washington - - National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins today released her 2020 Annual Report to Congress, focusing on the unprecedented challenges taxpayers faced in filing their tax returns and receiving refunds and stimulus payments during a year consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The report also finds that a roughly 20% inflation-adjusted reduction in the IRS's budget since fiscal year (FY) 2010 has left the agency with antiquated technology and inadequate staffing levels to meet taxpayers' needs.

    As part of the report, Collins released the fourth edition of the National Taxpayer Advocate's "Purple Book," a compilation of 66 legislative recommendations designed to strengthen taxpayer rights and
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  • NIH Scientists identify Nutrient that helps prevent Bacterial Infection

    NIH Scientists identify Nutrient that helps prevent Bacterial Infection

    National Institutes of Health Scientists identify Nutrient that helps prevent Bacterial Infection | site |



    Taurine, which helps the body digest fats and oils, could offer treatment benefit.



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: January 15, 2021)

    Scientists studying the body’s natural defenses against bacterial infection have identified a nutrient — taurine — that helps the gut recall prior infections and kill invading bacteria, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae (Kpn). The finding, published in the journal Cell by scientists from five institutes of the National Institutes of Health, could aid efforts seeking alternatives to antibiotics. Scientists know that microbiota — the trillions of beneficial microbes living harmoniously inside our gut — can protect people from bacterial infections, but little is known about how they provide protection. Scientists are studying the microbiota ...
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  • NIH Scientists Study Salmonella Swimming Behavior as Clues to Infection

    NIH Scientists Study Salmonella Swimming Behavior as Clues to Infection

    National Institutes of Health Scientists Study Salmonella Swimming Behavior as Clues to Infection | site |


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: January 13, 2021)

    Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium bacteria (S. Typhimurium) commonly cause human gastroenteritis, inflammation of the lining of the intestines. The bacteria live inside the gut and can infect the epithelial cells that line its surface. Many studies have shown that Salmonella use a “run-and-tumble” method of short swimming periods (runs) punctuated by tumbles when they randomly change direction, but how they move within the gut is not well understood.



    Salmonella bacteria (pink), a common cause of foodborne disease, invade a human epithelial cell (yellow). Courtesy: NIH/NIAID


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  • National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Seeks Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles

    National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Seeks Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles | site |



    (Information contained in National Highway Transportation Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: January 8, 2021)


    January 8, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking public comment on the draft Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles (2020 Best Practices) it submitted to the Federal Register for publication today. This is an update to the existing best practices document that was published in 2016, and describes NHTSA’s nonbinding guidance to the automotive industry for improving vehicle cybersecurity for safety. “Vehicle cybersecurity has high stakes,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “The safety and security of everyone on our roads depend on it. We have learned a great deal in the past...
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    Agencies issue Shared National Credit Review
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    Agencies issue Shared National Credit Review | site |




    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: February 25, 2021)

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
    Credit risk for large, syndicated loans has increased over the last year, according to the 2020 Shared National Credit (SNC) Review released by federal bank regulatory agencies today. The elevated risk is largely attributed to the effects of COVD-19. While risk has increased, many agent banks have strengthened their risk management systems since the prior downturn and are better equipped to measure and mitigate risks associated with loans in the current environment. The review, which evaluates the quality of large syndicated loans, was conducted by the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the C
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    02-26-2021, 02:02 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation Chair Dr. Abdullah
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation Chair Dr. Abdullah | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press released dated: February 20, 2021)


    Readout by Spokesperson Ned Price, U.S. Department of State:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with the Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to discuss the United States’ review of its strategy in Afghanistan. The Secretary thanked Dr. Abdullah for his vital work in support of the Afghanistan peace process, and he expressed America’s resolve to support a just and durable political settlement and permanent and comprehensive ceasefire in Afghanistan.
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    02-23-2021, 04:21 AM
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    NIH’s TOPMed program publishes Data on over 53,000 diverse Genomes
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Institutes of Health’s TOPMed program publishes Data on over 53,000 diverse Genomes | site |



    NIH says historic findings could boost precision medicine, reduce health disparities


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: February 10, 2021)

    Researchers supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, announced the publication of a groundbreaking study which analyzed more than 53,000 whole genomes, primarily from minority populations. The study, which appears in the Feb. 10 online issue of the journal Nature, examines one of the largest and most diverse data sets of high-quality whole genome sequencing—a person’s complete set of DNA. The genetic data could shed new light on how heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders impact people with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, who often are underrepresented in genetic
    ...
    02-10-2021, 09:07 PM
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    NIH calls for greater inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating People in COVID-19 Vaccine Research
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Institutes of Health calls for greater inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating People in COVID-19 Vaccine Research | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press releases: February 10, 2021)

    Longstanding obstacles to include pregnant and lactating people in clinical research have led to this population now deciding whether or not to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine without the benefit of scientific evidence, writes Diana W. Bianchi, M.D., director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, and colleagues. Their viewpoint article appears online in JAMA. The manufacturers of currently available vaccines excluded pregnant and lactating people from the clinical trials needed to obtain Emergency Use Authorizations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now that the vaccines have been distributed, the U.S. Center
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    02-10-2021, 07:08 PM
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    ED Announces National Survey to Gather Critical Data on School Reopening
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    ED Announces National Survey to Gather Critical Data on School Reopening |site |



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

    To help safely reopen America's schools and promote educational equity, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education today announced the largest representative and highest-quality effort yet to gather vital data on the impact of COVID-19 on students and the status of in-person learning.

    Currently, there is not enough data to understand the status of school re-opening and how students are learning nationwide. This project, known as the "NAEP 2021 School Survey," will collect high-quality data from a nationally and state-representative sample.

    Today's announcement follows President Biden's Jan. 21 Executive Order to ensure "the collection of data necessary to fully understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students
    ...
    02-09-2021, 05:23 PM

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