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  • U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Opens Investigations in Five States Regarding Prohibitions of Universal Indoor Masking

    U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Opens Investigations in Five States Regarding Prohibitions of Universal Indoor Masking | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 30, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) opened directed investigations in five states exploring whether statewide prohibitions on universal indoor masking discriminate against students with disabilities who are at heightened risk for severe illness from COVID-19 by preventing them from safely accessing in-person education. "The Department has heard from parents from across the country – particularly parents of students with disabilities and with underlying medical conditions – about how state bans on universal indoor masking are putting their children at risk and preventing them from accessing in-person learning equally," said...
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  • U.S. Department of State Commemorates Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent

    U.S. Department of State Commemorates Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 31, 2021)



    Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent

    Statement by Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State


    August 31, 2021


    The United States joins others around the world in commemorating the first International Day for People of African Descent. This day was created to promote the extraordinary contributions of Africans and members of the African diaspora around the world and is an opportunity to focus on eliminating all forms of discrimination against people of African descent. The United States continues to support the International Decade for People of African Descent through shared goals of recognition, justice, and development. This Administration has elevated racial just...
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  • U.S. Department of State publishes Statement by the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS

    U.S. Department of State publishes Statement by the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS | site |





    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, media note press release dated: August 30, 2021)


    Statement by the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS

    The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS strongly condemns the attacks that occurred in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26, 2021. We grieve for the loss of Afghan and British civilians, and American service members at the hands of Daesh/ISIS terrorists. The tragic loss of life is only compounded by the fact that those killed were endeavoring to evacuate or working to conduct that humanitarian mission. The Coalition and its partners continue to stand shoulder to shoulder, as we did when we fought to achieve the territorial defeat of Daesh/ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Daesh/ISIS remains a determined enemy and we will continue to take necess...
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  • U.S. Department of State publishes Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

    U.S. Department of State publishes Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, media note press release dated: August 29, 2021)


    Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances


    The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan,...
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  • U.S. Treasury Department Releases Letter to Nonfinancial Corporate Stakeholders on LIBOR Transition

    U.S. Treasury Department Releases Letter to Nonfinancial Corporate Stakeholders on LIBOR Transition | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: August 23, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Jerome H. Powell, Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission Gary Gensler, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York John C. Williams, and Acting Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Rostin Behnam released a letter to nonfinancial corporate stakeholders following a discussion of the experiences and concerns of nonfinancial corporations as they prepare to transition from U.S. dollar (USD) LIBOR.

    The full text of the letter is below and can be found here
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Grants improve Transitional Housing, prevent Veteran Homelessness

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Grants improve Transitional Housing, prevent Veteran Homelessness | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: August 24, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin awarding $116.4 million in grants Sept. 30 to more than 200 community organizations under VA’s Grant and Per Diem program.

    GPD provides funding to community organizations that provide transitional housing and supportive services for Veterans at risk of or experiencing homelessness and aims to help them achieve residential stability, increase skill levels and income, and obtain greater self-determination.

    “The Grant and Per Diem program is integral to VA’s evidence-based approach to preventing and ending homelessness among Veterans, which remains one of our highest priorities,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough.
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  • U.S. Department of Defense Identifies Marine Corps, Navy and Army Casualties

    U.S. Department of Defense Identifies Marine Corps, Navy and Army Casualties | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 28, 2021)

    The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of 13 service members who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died Aug. 26, 2021, as the result of an enemy attack while supporting non-combatant evacuation operations in Kabul, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

    For the Marine Corps, the deceased are:

    Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

    Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California.

    Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California.

    Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska. Marine Corps
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  • U.S. Department of Defense Activates Civil Reserve Air Fleet to Assist With Afghanistan Efforts

    U.S. Department of Defense Activates Civil Reserve Air Fleet to Assist With Afghanistan Efforts | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 22, 2021)

    Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has ordered the Commander of U.S. Transportation Command to activate Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). CRAF activation provides the Department of Defense access to commercial air mobility resources to augment our support to the Department of State in the evacuation of U.S. citizens and personnel, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk individuals from Afghanistan. The current activation is for 18 aircraft: three each from American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines and Omni Air; two from Hawaiian Airlines; and four from United Airlines. The Department does not anticipate a major impact to commercial flights from this activation.
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  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin Issues Guidance for Mandatory Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination of Department of Defense Service Members

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin Issues Guidance for Mandatory Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination of Department of Defense Service Members | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 25, 2021) Today, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III issued a memorandum for Mandatory Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination of Department of Defense Service Members. The memo directs the Secretaries of the Military Departments to immediately begin full vaccination of all members of the Armed Forces under DoD authority on active duty or in the Ready Reserve, including the National Guard, who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 will only use COVID-19 vaccines that receive full licensure from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in accordance with FDA-approved labeling and guidance. Service members voluntarily immunized with a COVID-19 vaccine u...
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  • U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Visit to Miami, Florida

    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Visit to Miami, Florida

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Visit to Miami, Florida | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: August 19, 2021) Washington - - On Thursday, August 19, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas traveled to Miami, Florida to participate in a series of important engagements with the Cuban and Haitian diaspora communities in Miami focused on hearing from community leaders about critical issues in their countries of origin and providing updates on the latest actions from the Administration. Secretary Mayorkas was joined by Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere Juan Gonzalez and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Principal Advisor to the Administrator Mark Feierstein. The Secretary’s meetings with community leaders were the latest engagements carried out...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Grants Interest Rate Benefit to More Than 47,000 Service Members

    U.S. Department of Education Grants Interest Rate Benefit to More Than 47,000 Service Members | site |


    Automated process benefits 880% more current and former active-duty service members since 2019


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 20, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that the office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) has retroactively waived interest on loans held by more than 47,000 current and former active-duty service members. This action was made possible by a data-matching agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) that substantially improves access to a student loan interest-waiver benefit for many service members with federal student loans. Under the Higher Education Act, service members deployed to areas that qualify them for imminent danger or hostile fire pay, have no interest accrual on certain federal student loans that were first d...
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  • U.S. DOT Launches “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Labor Day High- Visibility Enforcement Campaign

    U.S. Department of Transportation Launches “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Labor Day High- Visibility Enforcement Campaign | site |



    August 18 – September 6, 2021


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: August 17, 2021)

    August 17, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration kicked off its annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Labor Day high-visibility enforcement campaign today, aimed at preventing impaired driving and improving safety for all road users. Joining NHTSA Acting Administrator Dr. Steven Cliff in spreading awareness about the deadly consequences of impaired driving and the steps being taken across the country to save lives and ensure equity in enforcement were representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Governors’ Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Car
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ensures access to Health Care as 9/11 Anniversary nears

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ensures access to Health Care as 9/11 Anniversary nears | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: August 12, 2021) Washington - - As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the Department of Veterans Affairs is providing those who served awareness of and access to all their health care services, specifically in areas of mental health and post-traumatic stress care. VA Mental Health officials said there has been an uptick in Veterans seeking help, which could increase more as they come to terms with their service and as the Afghanistan withdrawal comes to completion. “Our nation is indebted to the men and women who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, because they made our world infinitely safer,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “Their service did not come without sacrifice as some carry physical and emotional wounds...
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  • U.S. Department of the Interior: Federal Coalition Announces Summit to Improve Broadband

    U.S. Department of the Interior: Federal Coalition Announces Summit to Improve Broadband | site |



    Registration Open for the 2021 National Tribal Broadband Summit


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior [DOI] press release dated: August 16, 2021)

    Washington - -  A coalition of federal agencies are working together to address the issue of how to close the digital divide and increase internet access across Indian Country. The Department of the Interior and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are partnering with the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Service and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) for the 2021 National Tribal Broadband Summit, taking place throughout the month of September as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The National Tribal Broadband Summit offers a platform for leaders
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  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Alternatives to Detention Case Management Pilot Program

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Alternatives to Detention Case Management Pilot Program | site |



    Department Seeks Appointees to Serve on the National Board


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security press release dated: August 17, 2021) Washington - - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a new Alternatives to Detention (ATD) Case Management Pilot Program (CMPP), which will provide voluntary case management and other services to ensure that noncitizens in removal proceedings have access to legal information and other critical services. Alternatives to Detention is an important tool used by DHS for individuals and families as they await the outcome of immigration proceedings. This new congressionally directed pilot will supplement existing Alternatives to Detention programs run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and will inform...
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    U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Opens Investigations in Five States Regarding Prohibitions of Universal Indoor Masking
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    U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Opens Investigations in Five States Regarding Prohibitions of Universal Indoor Masking | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 30, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) opened directed investigations in five states exploring whether statewide prohibitions on universal indoor masking discriminate against students with disabilities who are at heightened risk for severe illness from COVID-19 by preventing them from safely accessing in-person education. "The Department has heard from parents from across the country – particularly parents of students with disabilities and with underlying medical conditions – about how state bans on universal indoor masking are putting their children at risk and preventing them from accessing in-person learning equally," said...
    09-08-2021, 01:42 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of State Commemorates Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent
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    U.S. Department of State Commemorates Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 31, 2021)



    Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent

    Statement by Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State


    August 31, 2021


    The United States joins others around the world in commemorating the first International Day for People of African Descent. This day was created to promote the extraordinary contributions of Africans and members of the African diaspora around the world and is an opportunity to focus on eliminating all forms of discrimination against people of African descent. The United States continues to support the International Decade for People of African Descent through shared goals of recognition, justice, and development. This Administration has elevated racial just...
    08-31-2021, 05:53 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of State publishes Statement by the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of State publishes Statement by the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS | site |





    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, media note press release dated: August 30, 2021)


    Statement by the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS

    The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS strongly condemns the attacks that occurred in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26, 2021. We grieve for the loss of Afghan and British civilians, and American service members at the hands of Daesh/ISIS terrorists. The tragic loss of life is only compounded by the fact that those killed were endeavoring to evacuate or working to conduct that humanitarian mission. The Coalition and its partners continue to stand shoulder to shoulder, as we did when we fought to achieve the territorial defeat of Daesh/ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Daesh/ISIS remains a determined enemy and we will continue to take necess...
    08-31-2021, 07:25 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of State publishes Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of State publishes Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, media note press release dated: August 29, 2021)


    Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances


    The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan,...
    08-31-2021, 05:45 AM
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    U.S. Treasury Department Releases Letter to Nonfinancial Corporate Stakeholders on LIBOR Transition
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    U.S. Treasury Department Releases Letter to Nonfinancial Corporate Stakeholders on LIBOR Transition | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: August 23, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Jerome H. Powell, Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission Gary Gensler, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York John C. Williams, and Acting Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Rostin Behnam released a letter to nonfinancial corporate stakeholders following a discussion of the experiences and concerns of nonfinancial corporations as they prepare to transition from U.S. dollar (USD) LIBOR.

    The full text of the letter is below and can be found here
    ...
    08-31-2021, 12:29 AM

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