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  • U.S. Department of Commerce Strengthens Commercial Ties and Expands Digital Attaché Program in the UAE

    U.S. Department of Commerce Strengthens Commercial Ties and Expands Digital Attaché Program in the UAE| site |



    (October 23, 2020) - - Today, October 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce published the following information: To coincide with the first meeting of the new United States-United Arab Emirates Strategic Dialogue, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the Department is working to conclude two memorandums of understanding with Emirati government agencies promoting foreign direct investment, innovation, and entrepreneurship as well as the expansion of the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Digital Attaché Program to Dubai, UAE. This move provides U.S. companies with two on-the-ground resources in the Middle East, one in Cairo and one in Dubai, that will develop new opportunities in this critical region and support the Department’s increased engagement with countries across the Middle East on important digital trade issue...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Releases Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

    U.S. Department of Education Releases Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide | site |



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

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education today released a new Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide, a resource to help parents and guardians understand how digital tools can provide tailored learning opportunities, engage students with course materials, encourage creative expression, and enrich the educational experience. "As technology continues to iterate and benefit every part of our lives, all students need more opportunities to leverage the potential of technology in education," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. "We hope families can use the information we release today as many of them are relying on technology more so than ever before and are navigating learning from home." Digital learning can help families and educators meet the
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  • U.S. Department of Education Announces Additional Funding For Earn-and-Learn Opportunities to Prepare Postsecondary Students for Career Success

    U.S. Department of Education Announces Additional Funding For Earn-and-Learn Opportunities to Prepare Postsecondary Students for Career Success | site |



    (October 21, 2020) - - Today, October 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today additional funding for the Federal Work Study (FWS) Experimental Sites, an initiative which expands earn-and-learn opportunities for students by removing barriers to off-campus jobs, allowing students to work more hours, and permitting institutions to pay students for work-based learning such as apprenticeships, externships, and clinical rotations. Initiated in February 2020, the FWS Experimental Sites at 190 institutions have incentivized student work opportunities that provide not only a paycheck, but meaningful skills training that aligns with students’ future career goals. This funding will be used both to supplem...
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  • U.S. State Department statement On the Loss of Life Due to Significant Flooding in Central Vietnam

    U.S. State Department statement On the Loss of Life Due to Significant Flooding in Central Vietnam | site |


    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State published the following statement by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo:

    The Government of the United States expresses its deepest condolences to the Government and people of Vietnam as they mourn those who perished due to significant flooding in the central region of Vietnam as a result of Tropical Storm Linfa. The U.S. government stands ready to assist Vietnam in addressing the damage caused by the floods, and we send our deepest sympathies to all affected by this tragedy, including the many thousands who were displaced.
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  • U.S. Department of Labor publishes Request For Information to Combat Race and Sex Stereotyping 

    U.S. Department of Labor publishes Request For Information to Combat Race and Sex Stereotyping | site |



    (October 21, 2020) - - Today, October 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today announced it will publish a Request for Information (RFI), as required by Executive Order 13950, “Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping,” on Sept. 22, 2020. The RFI seeks information about federal contractor and subcontractor training, workshops or similar programing provided to employees. Federal contractors and subcontractors, as well as their employees, are encouraged to provide materials in response to the RFI. The Department continuously looks for ways to improve compliance assistance provided to the federal contracting community and will use the information submitted to develop materials and focus its enforcement
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  • Article says U.S. Department of Education Uncovers Vast Underreporting of Foreign Gifts and Contracts by Higher Education Institutions

    Article says U.S. Department of Education Uncovers Vast Underreporting of Foreign Gifts and Contracts by Higher Education Institutions| site |



    Article says Investigations launched at the direction of Secretary DeVos reveal threats to academic freedom and national security



    (October 20, 2020) - - Today, October 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos unveiled a report today detailing the massive failure of many colleges and universities to disclose more than $6.5 billion in funding and resources from foreign sources including China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. Section 117 of the Higher Education Act requires institutions of higher education to transparently report foreign gifts and contracts, yet over the course of the last year, the Department has uncovered billions in unreported financial ties. “The threat...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Releases 2017-18 Civil Rights Data Collection

    U.S. Department of Education Releases 2017-18 Civil Rights Data Collection

    U.S. Department of Education Releases 2017-18 Civil Rights Data Collection |site|


    (October 15, 2020) - - Today, October 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today released the 2017-18 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). This data, which are self-reported by 17,604 public school districts and 97,632 public schools and educational programs, have been collected and published biennially by OCR since 1968. The CRDC is a universal collection of data related to OCR’s civil rights enforcement responsibilities at Pre-K through 12th grade levels, including charter schools, magnet schools or programs, alternative schools, schools serving students with disabilities, and long-term secure juvenile justice facilities. The 2017-18 CRDC covers a broad array of topics and requires school districts and their schools to collect and input as ma...
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  • Statement from U.S. Department of Labor

    Statement from U.S. Department of Labor

    Statement from U.S. Department of Labor | site |



    (October 14, 2020) - - Today, October 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor released the following statement:

    This afternoon, doctors confirmed that U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia’s wife, Trish, tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Mrs. Scalia is experiencing mild symptoms but doing well. This evening, Secretary Scalia received a test and the results were negative; he has experienced no symptoms. The Secretary and Mrs. Scalia will follow the advice of health professionals for Trish’s recovery and the health of those around them. For the time being, the Secretary will work from home while continuing to carry out the mission of the Department and the President’s agenda.

    Agency Office of the Secretary
    Date October 14, 2020
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  • Department of Veterans Affairs says Federal Electronic Health Record connects with more Community Partners

    Department of Veterans Affairs says Federal Electronic Health Record connects with more Community Partners | site |


    VA says addition of new health care network enhances patient care


    (October 13, 2020) - - Today, October 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization (FEHRM) program office announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) expanded their joint health information exchange (HIE) network with the private sector, Oct. 9, after connecting with the CommonWell Health Alliance. CommonWell brings a nationwide network of more than 15,000 hospitals and clinics to the 46,000 community partners already part of the joint HIE. Launched earlier this year, the joint HIE is a modernized health data sharing capability that enhances the abili...
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Alabama Disaster Areas

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Alabama Disaster Areas| site |



    (September 30, 2020) - - Today, September 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information: WASHINGTON, September 30, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that low-income Alabama residents recovering from Hurricane Sally could be eligible for a helping hand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Secretary Perdue said that households who may not normally be eligible under regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rules may qualify for D-SNAP – if they meet the disaster income limits and have qualifying disaster-related expenses. “D-SNAP will be critical in our ongoing, on-the-ground food assistance for our neighbors on the Alabama Gulf Coast,” Secretary Perdue said. “USDA is committed to ensuring Alabamians...
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  • U.S. General Services Administration and U.S. Department of Energy issue RFI for Resource-Efficient Technologies

    U.S. General Services Administration and U.S. Department of Energy issue RFI for Resource-Efficient Technologies that Improve Building Health and Resilience | site |



    (October 7, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration published the following information: WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to obtain responses from vendors and other interested parties on resource-efficient technologies that improve commercial building health and resilience. The RFI invites technology manufacturers and industry to submit information on technologies that are nearly ready for commercial use, or in the early stages of commercial application. Responses will be evaluated and considered for inclusion in the GSA Proving Ground (GPG) program (for federally-owned facilities) or voluntary partnership programs facilitated by DOE (for privately-owned fa...
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Approval of D-SNAP for California Disaster Areas

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Approval of D-SNAP for California Disaster Areas | site |



    (September 29, 2020) - - Today, September 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that low-income California residents dealing with the ongoing wildfires could be eligible for a helping hand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Secretary Perdue said that households who may not normally be eligible under regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rules may qualify for D-SNAP – if they meet the disaster income limits and have qualifying disaster-related expenses. “USDA is committed to ensuring Californians affected by these wildfires have enough to eat and will be here to help throughout their entire recovery. D-SNAP will be a vital
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  • U.S. Department of Labor and Princeton University reach Agreement to Resolve Pay Disparities in Professors' Positions

    U.S. Department of Labor and Princeton University reach Agreement to Resolve Pay Disparities in Professors' Positions | site |




    (October 5, 2020) - - Today, October 5, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Princeton University entered into an early resolution conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination. Princeton University has agreed to pay $925,000 in back pay and at least $250,000 in future salary adjustments to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination by OFCCP.

    While not admitting liability in the investigation, Princeton University agreed to an early resolution conciliation agreement, and to enhance future compliance proactively. OFCCP’s preliminary findings showed that – between 2012 and 2014 – pay disparities existed for 106 female
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  • U.S. Department of Energy Announces Establishment of Office of Arctic Energy

    U.S. Department of Energy Announces Establishment of Office of Arctic Energy

    U.S. Department of Energy Announces Establishment of Office of Arctic Energy| site |



    (September 17, 2020) - - Today, September 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy published the following information: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette joined Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski in announcing the reestablishment of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Arctic Energy Office (AEO), which will be located on the campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The AEO will drive coordination and collaboration on DOE’s many activities in the Arctic region including: international cooperation on Arctic issues, research on methane hydrates, and development of advanced micro grids and nuclear power systems, such as small modular reactors. Reestablishing the office fulfills Secretary Brouillette’s commitment to do so by the close of this fiscal year. “The United States is an Arctic nation, and the...
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  • U.S. Treasury Department Issues Ransomware Advisories to Increase Awareness and Thwart Attacks

    U.S. Treasury Department Issues Ransomware Advisories to Increase Awareness and Thwart Attacks | site |



    Advisories provide guidance and tools to recognize, resist, and report attacks


    (October 1, 2020) - - Today, October 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information: WASHNGTON—The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence today issued a pair of advisories to assist U.S. individuals and businesses in efforts to combat ransomware scams and attacks, which continue to increase in size and scope. Anti-money laundering and sanctions regulations implemented and enforced by Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence may have implications for persons involved in facilitating ransomware payments. Efforts to detect and report ransomware payments are vital to prevent and deter cyber actors from deploying malicious software to extort individuals and busines
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    U.S. Department of Commerce Strengthens Commercial Ties and Expands Digital Attaché Program in the UAE
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    U.S. Department of Commerce Strengthens Commercial Ties and Expands Digital Attaché Program in the UAE| site |



    (October 23, 2020) - - Today, October 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce published the following information: To coincide with the first meeting of the new United States-United Arab Emirates Strategic Dialogue, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the Department is working to conclude two memorandums of understanding with Emirati government agencies promoting foreign direct investment, innovation, and entrepreneurship as well as the expansion of the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Digital Attaché Program to Dubai, UAE. This move provides U.S. companies with two on-the-ground resources in the Middle East, one in Cairo and one in Dubai, that will develop new opportunities in this critical region and support the Department’s increased engagement with countries across the Middle East on important digital trade issue...
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    U.S. Department of Education Releases Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide
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    U.S. Department of Education Releases Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide | site |



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

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education today released a new Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide, a resource to help parents and guardians understand how digital tools can provide tailored learning opportunities, engage students with course materials, encourage creative expression, and enrich the educational experience. "As technology continues to iterate and benefit every part of our lives, all students need more opportunities to leverage the potential of technology in education," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. "We hope families can use the information we release today as many of them are relying on technology more so than ever before and are navigating learning from home." Digital learning can help families and educators meet the
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    10-24-2020, 12:36 AM
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    U.S. Department of Education Announces Additional Funding For Earn-and-Learn Opportunities to Prepare Postsecondary Students for Career Success
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    U.S. Department of Education Announces Additional Funding For Earn-and-Learn Opportunities to Prepare Postsecondary Students for Career Success | site |



    (October 21, 2020) - - Today, October 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today additional funding for the Federal Work Study (FWS) Experimental Sites, an initiative which expands earn-and-learn opportunities for students by removing barriers to off-campus jobs, allowing students to work more hours, and permitting institutions to pay students for work-based learning such as apprenticeships, externships, and clinical rotations. Initiated in February 2020, the FWS Experimental Sites at 190 institutions have incentivized student work opportunities that provide not only a paycheck, but meaningful skills training that aligns with students’ future career goals. This funding will be used both to supplem...
    10-22-2020, 10:52 PM
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    U.S. State Department statement On the Loss of Life Due to Significant Flooding in Central Vietnam
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    U.S. State Department statement On the Loss of Life Due to Significant Flooding in Central Vietnam | site |


    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State published the following statement by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo:

    The Government of the United States expresses its deepest condolences to the Government and people of Vietnam as they mourn those who perished due to significant flooding in the central region of Vietnam as a result of Tropical Storm Linfa. The U.S. government stands ready to assist Vietnam in addressing the damage caused by the floods, and we send our deepest sympathies to all affected by this tragedy, including the many thousands who were displaced.
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    10-22-2020, 10:33 PM
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    U.S. Department of Labor publishes Request For Information to Combat Race and Sex Stereotyping 
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    U.S. Department of Labor publishes Request For Information to Combat Race and Sex Stereotyping | site |



    (October 21, 2020) - - Today, October 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today announced it will publish a Request for Information (RFI), as required by Executive Order 13950, “Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping,” on Sept. 22, 2020. The RFI seeks information about federal contractor and subcontractor training, workshops or similar programing provided to employees. Federal contractors and subcontractors, as well as their employees, are encouraged to provide materials in response to the RFI. The Department continuously looks for ways to improve compliance assistance provided to the federal contracting community and will use the information submitted to develop materials and focus its enforcement
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    10-22-2020, 05:19 AM

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