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  • DHS Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking

    DHS Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking | site |


    (October 20, 2020) - - Today, October 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published the following information: WASHINGTON—U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced Tuesday the opening of the DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking, the U.S. government’s first-ever integrated law enforcement operations center directly supporting federal criminal investigations, victim assistance efforts, intelligence analysis, and outreach and training activities related to human trafficking and forced labor. The center, which has been operational since early September, is based in Washington and led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a global leader of criminal investigations into human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The center will be staffed with law enforcement officials from Homeland Security Inves...
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  • At Joint Open Meeting, SEC and CFTC Approve Final Rule on Security Futures Margin

    At Joint Open Meeting, SEC and CFTC Approve Final Rule on Security Futures Margin and Request for Comment on Portfolio Margining | site |



    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, October 22, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information: Washington D.C., Oct. 22, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, at their first joint open meeting to vote on rulemaking initiatives, today approved: (1) a joint final rule to harmonize the minimum margin level for security futures held in a futures account with the minimum margin level for security futures held in a securities portfolio margin account, and (2) the issuance of a joint request for comment on the portfolio margining of uncleared swaps and non-cleared security-based swaps. The joint final rule and request for comment are two components of the Commissions’ ongoing efforts to further harmonize their regulatory regimes to b...
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  • U.S. Social Security Administration Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021

    U.S. Social Security Administration Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021 | site |


    (October 13, 2020) - - Today, October 13, 2020, the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information: Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2020. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in a...
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  • U.S. Social Security Administration and Inspector General Announce Additional Anti-Fraud Units

    United States Social Security Administration and Office of Inspector General Announce Additional Anti-Fraud Units | site |


    Four New Disability Investigations Units Open


    (September 30, 2020) - - Today, September 30, 2020, the United States Social Security Administration published the following information: The Social Security Administration and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced four new Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Units opened across the country. CDI Units identify, investigate, and prevent Social Security disability fraud, and are a very successful part of the agency’s anti-fraud initiative. Four new statewide offices recently opened across the country, in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Las Vegas, Nevada; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Omaha, Nebraska. The CDI Program helps ensure the integrity of Federal disability programs by resolving questions of potential fraud before benefits are ever paid. The innovative initiati...
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  • U.S. Social Security Administration Announces New Online Video Hearings

    U.S. Social Security Administration Announces New Online Video Hearings

    U.S. Social Security Administration Announces New Online Video Hearings| site |



    (September 3, 2020) - - The U.S. Social Security Administration published today (September 3, 2020) the following information: The Social Security Administration announced a new service for people awaiting a hearing decision. In addition to telephone hearings, Social Security will offer the opportunity for an online video hearing using the Microsoft Teams platform beginning this fall. This new free service will allow applicants and their representatives to participate in the hearing from anywhere they have access to a camera-enabled smartphone, tablet, or computer. This stable and secure online platform allows the Social Security judge to see and interact with applicants and their representatives just like an in-person hearing, while maintaining privacy of the claimant’s information. Other hearing experts, such as medical or vocational experts, may participate as well. “The COVID-...
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  • Update on Services During COVID – 19 Pandemic From Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security

    Update on Services During COVID – 19 Pandemic From Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security| site |



    (March 18, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information:


    SOCIAL SECURITY

    Update on Services During COVID – 19 Pandemic From Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security



    “I want you to hear directly from me how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our services. The first thing you should know is that we continue to pay benefits. Be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping your Social Security payments but that is not true. Don’t be fooled.

    To protect you and help stop the spread of this coronavirus, we cannot accept visitors in our offices at this time. There are several other ways you can get help. Many services are available online at www.socialsecurity.gov . If you have a critical need that you cannot
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  • U.S. Social Security Administration says Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service

    U.S. Social Security Administration says Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service| site |



    (March 16, 2020) - - Today (March 16, 2020), the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information:


    SOCIAL SECURITY


    Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service


    ** Online Services Remain Available **


    All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services.

    Our secure and convenient online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov . Local offices will also continue to provide critical services
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  • Social Security and OIG Announce National Slam the Scam Day

    Social Security and OIG Announce National Slam the Scam Day

    Social Security and Office of the Inspector General Announce National 'Slam the Scam' Day| site |




    (March 5, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information:

    Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, and the agency continue raising public awareness about telephone impersonation schemes during the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) national ‘Slam the Scam’ Day on March 5. Social Security and OIG have made concerted efforts to educate the public about these scams – in which fraudulent callers mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments to avoid arrest for purported Social Security number problems. As Commissioner Saul testified to Congress, the agency has taken swift actions, including helping OIG create a dedicated online reporting tool at oig.ssa.gov , providing people who call the agency with updated information on the scams and how to report them, increasing employee and public
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  • Social Security Modernizing its Disability Program

    Social Security Modernizing its Disability Program

    Social Security Modernizing its Disability Program| site |



    (February 24, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information:


    SOCIAL SECURITY


    Social Security Modernizing its Disability Program

    Decades Old Rule Updated to Reflect Today’s Workforce



    Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul announced a new final rule today, modernizing an agency disability rule that was introduced in 1978 and has remained unchanged. The new regulation, “Removing the Inability to Communicate in English as an Education Category,” updates a disability rule that was more than 40 years old and did not reflect work in the modern economy. This final rule has been in the works for a number of years and updates an antiquated policy that makes the inability to communicate in English a factor in awarding disability benefits. “It is important that we have an up-...
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  • World Health Organization Director-General's speech at the Munch Security Conference

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    (February 15, 2020) - - Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following information:


    Munich Security Conference

    WHO Director-General's speech at the Munch Security Conference

    15 February 2020



    Excellencies, distinguished guests, dear colleagues and friends, Thank you for the opportunity to address you today. And especially my appreciation to my friend Ambassador Ischinger. Yesterday I was in Kinshasa, in the Democratic of the Congo, meeting with the President and other senior ministers to review progress against the Ebola outbreak and work together on a plan to strengthen DRC’s health system so that it never sees another outbreak like this again. I’d like to thank the President for his leadership, and for his vision of a healthier and safer DRC. We are finally starting...
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  • DHS Issues Supplemental Instructions For Inbound Flights With Individuals Who Have Been In China

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues Supplemental Instructions For Inbound Flights With Individuals Who Have Been In China| site |




    DHS says 11 U.S. airports will receive flights carrying passengers from China



    (February 2, 2020) - - Today (February 2, 2020), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – To protect the American people from exposure to the coronavirus, on Sunday, February 2, 2020, the Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued instructions supplementing a decision issued on January 31, 2020, and directed all flights from China and all passengers who have traveled to China within the last 14 days to be routed through one of eight U.S. airports, effective Sunday, February 2nd, 2020, for flights departing after 5:00 PM Eastern. Three additional airports will be added to the list of airports authorized to receive such flights beginning at various times
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  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Steps Up REAL ID Education and Awareness Efforts

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Steps Up REAL ID Education and Awareness Efforts| site |



    (January 24, 2020) - - Today (January 24, 2020), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published the following information: WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently sent letters to the Governors of all states, the District of Columbia, and territories asking them to provide DHS with a monthly update of the number of REAL IDs issued by their jurisdictions. The states now report to DHS that they have collectively issued more than 95 million REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards (34%) out of 276 million total cards. While this is a noteworthy improvement over the 67 million REAL ID-compliant cards (27%) out of a total 249 million total cards previously reported in the fall, DHS urges the American public to get a REAL ID immediately and not wait until the deadline. Importantly, the Department has been increasing its ove...
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  • Social Security Launches New Campaign to Fight Scammers

    Social Security Launches New Campaign to Fight Scammers

    Social Security Launches New Campaign to Fight Scammers| site |



    (January 21, 2020) - - Today (January 21, 2020), the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information:


    Social Security Launches New Campaign to Fight Scammers


    The Social Security Administration launched a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign to continue warning people about the ongoing nationwide telephone impersonation scheme. The PSAs feature a message from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul. Social Security and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) continue to receive reports about fraudulent phone calls from people falsely claiming to be Social Security employees. The scammers mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments for help with purported identity theft, or to avoid arrest for bogus Social Security number problems. “I want every American to know that if a suspicious caller states there is a ...
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  • U.S. Department of State provides information on U.S.-Russia Strategic Security Dialogue

    U.S. Department of State provides information on U.S.-Russia Strategic Security Dialogue| site |



    (January 16, 2020) - - The Office of the Spokesperson of the United States Department of State provided (today) the following information: Today, Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Dr. Christopher A. Ford, who has been delegated the authorities and functions of the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, led a U.S. interagency delegation to Vienna, Austria, to participate in a U.S.-Russia Strategic Security Dialogue. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov led the Russian delegation. The Strategic Security Dialogue last took place on July 17, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland, led by former Deputy Secretary John Sullivan. The United States and Russia intend to hold additional consultations as needed. The delegations discussed their respective national strategic policies as a means to reduce misun...
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  • National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 4 - - - IRS, Security Summit warns Business Owners about being Targets for Identity Thieves

    National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 4: IRS, Security Summit warns Business Owners about being Targets for Identity Thieves | site |



    (December 5, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information: WASHINGTON — Amid threats from cybercriminals, the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry urged employers large and small to step up cybersecurity protections against business identity theft. Identity thieves are displaying a sophisticated knowledge of the tax code and industry filing practices as they attempt to obtain valuable data to help file fraudulent returns. To address this and protect taxpayers and their business returns, the IRS has taken steps to identify and prevent business identity theft. "As the IRS and the Security Summit partners have strengthened our protections against tax-related identity theft, cybercriminals increasingly look for other places to find data to file fraudulent returns," s...
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    DHS Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking | site |


    (October 20, 2020) - - Today, October 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published the following information: WASHINGTON—U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced Tuesday the opening of the DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking, the U.S. government’s first-ever integrated law enforcement operations center directly supporting federal criminal investigations, victim assistance efforts, intelligence analysis, and outreach and training activities related to human trafficking and forced labor. The center, which has been operational since early September, is based in Washington and led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a global leader of criminal investigations into human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The center will be staffed with law enforcement officials from Homeland Security Inves...
    10-27-2020, 08:36 PM
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    At Joint Open Meeting, SEC and CFTC Approve Final Rule on Security Futures Margin
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    At Joint Open Meeting, SEC and CFTC Approve Final Rule on Security Futures Margin and Request for Comment on Portfolio Margining | site |



    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, October 22, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information: Washington D.C., Oct. 22, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, at their first joint open meeting to vote on rulemaking initiatives, today approved: (1) a joint final rule to harmonize the minimum margin level for security futures held in a futures account with the minimum margin level for security futures held in a securities portfolio margin account, and (2) the issuance of a joint request for comment on the portfolio margining of uncleared swaps and non-cleared security-based swaps. The joint final rule and request for comment are two components of the Commissions’ ongoing efforts to further harmonize their regulatory regimes to b...
    10-27-2020, 04:55 AM
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    U.S. Social Security Administration Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021
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    U.S. Social Security Administration Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021 | site |


    (October 13, 2020) - - Today, October 13, 2020, the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information: Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2020. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in a...
    10-15-2020, 05:04 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Social Security Administration and Inspector General Announce Additional Anti-Fraud Units
    by Staff Reporter 1
    United States Social Security Administration and Office of Inspector General Announce Additional Anti-Fraud Units | site |


    Four New Disability Investigations Units Open


    (September 30, 2020) - - Today, September 30, 2020, the United States Social Security Administration published the following information: The Social Security Administration and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced four new Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Units opened across the country. CDI Units identify, investigate, and prevent Social Security disability fraud, and are a very successful part of the agency’s anti-fraud initiative. Four new statewide offices recently opened across the country, in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Las Vegas, Nevada; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Omaha, Nebraska. The CDI Program helps ensure the integrity of Federal disability programs by resolving questions of potential fraud before benefits are ever paid. The innovative initiati...
    10-04-2020, 03:57 AM
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    U.S. Social Security Administration Announces New Online Video Hearings
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    U.S. Social Security Administration Announces New Online Video Hearings| site |



    (September 3, 2020) - - The U.S. Social Security Administration published today (September 3, 2020) the following information: The Social Security Administration announced a new service for people awaiting a hearing decision. In addition to telephone hearings, Social Security will offer the opportunity for an online video hearing using the Microsoft Teams platform beginning this fall. This new free service will allow applicants and their representatives to participate in the hearing from anywhere they have access to a camera-enabled smartphone, tablet, or computer. This stable and secure online platform allows the Social Security judge to see and interact with applicants and their representatives just like an in-person hearing, while maintaining privacy of the claimant’s information. Other hearing experts, such as medical or vocational experts, may participate as well. “The COVID-...
    09-21-2020, 10:51 PM

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