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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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  • FDA Approves First Treatment for COVID-19

    FDA Approves First Treatment for COVID-19

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves First Treatment for COVID-19 | site |




    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, October 22, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the antiviral drug Veklury (remdesivir) for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 kilograms (about 88 pounds) for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. Veklury should only be administered in a hospital or in a healthcare setting capable of providing acute care comparable to inpatient hospital care. Veklury is the first treatment for COVID-19 to receive FDA approval. This approval does not include the entire population that had been authorized to use Veklury under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) originally issued on May 1, 2020. In order to ensure continued access to the pediatric population previously covered und
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  • U.S. Administration Adds 1,275 Miles to the National Trail System

    U.S. Administration Adds 1,275 Miles to the National Trail System

    Trump Administration Adds 1,275 Miles to the National Trail System | site |



    30 trails designated, continued expansion of outdoor recreation



    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, October 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Interior published the following information:

    BOULDER CITY, Nev. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced 30 new national recreation trails in 25 states, adding more than 1,275 miles to the National Trails System. Secretary Bernhardt made the announcement from Lake Mead National Recreation Area, where he designated 76 miles of the Colorado River within Lake Mead National Recreation Area as a national water trail. The newly designated Mohave National Water Trail begins where the Black Canyon National Water Trail ends, providing water recreation opportunities for 106 miles along the Colorado River.


    Today’s announcement is in addition to the 370 miles of national recreation trails...
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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. Commerce Secretary Ross Highlights Commerce Actions Supporting Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross Highlights Commerce Actions Supporting Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies | site |





    (October 15, 2020) - - Today, October 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce published the following information:

    In support of the National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said the Department is fully behind the President’s strategy and has already implemented a number of export controls on emerging technologies. Earlier this month, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in Commerce imposed controls on six more emerging technologies, bringing the total to 37.

    “The National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies is a critical roadmap to protecting our national security and ensuring the United States maintains its technological leadership in military, intelligence, and economic matters,” said Secretary Ross. “Under President
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  • SEC Updates Auditor Independence Rules

    SEC Updates Auditor Independence Rules

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Updates Auditor Independence Rules | site |



    Amendments Reflect Staff Experience Applying the Auditor Independence Framework



    (October 16, 2020) - - Today, October 16, 2020 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information:

    Washington D.C., Oct. 16, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it adopted final amendments to certain auditor independence requirements in Rule 2-01 of Regulation S-X. Informed by decades of staff experience applying the auditor independence framework, the final amendments modernize the rules and more effectively focus the analysis on relationships and services that may pose threats to an auditor’s objectivity and impartiality.

    The final amendments reflect updates based on recurring fact patterns that the Commission staff has observed over years of consultations in which certain relationships
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  • FDIC Survey Shows 95 Percent of U.S. Households Were Banked in 2019

    FDIC Survey Shows 95 Percent of U.S. Households Were Banked in 2019

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation SurveyShows 95 Percent of U.S. Households Were Banked in 2019 | site |



    New survey finds 5.4 percent of households were unbanked


    (October 19, 2020) - - Today, October 19, 2020, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – A record 95 percent of U.S. households had a bank or credit union account in 2019, according to a new biennial survey and report released today by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). How America Banks: Household Use of Banking and Financial Services also found that a record low 5.4 percent of U.S. households were unbanked in 2019. Since 2009, the FDIC has measured the banked and unbanked populations in the U.S. and studied household use of banking and financial products and services, the most comprehensive analysis of its kind. “It is encouraging that a record number of households had bank accounts in 2019,
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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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  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Historic Commercial Space Transportation Reforms

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Historic Commercial Space Transportation Reforms | site |




    (October 15, 2020) - - Today, October 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced the publication of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Streamlined Launch and Reentry Licensing Requirements Final Rule for commercial space transportation launches and reentries. “This historic, comprehensive update to commercial space launch and reentry licensing requirements facilitates greater growth in this industry and helps America to maintain our #1 position in the world,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. This rule modernizes the way FAA regulates and licenses commercial space operations and allows the burgeoning aerospace industry to continue to innovate and grow, while maintaining public safety. D...
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  • Trump Administration Welcomes Amazon to the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions

    Trump Administration Welcomes Amazon to the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions | site |




    (October 16, 2020) - - Today, October 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    WASHINGTON (Oct. 16, 2020) — Today, on World Food Day, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue welcomed Amazon as a new member of the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions. Champions are U.S. businesses and organizations that pledge to reduce food loss and waste in their own operations by 50 percent by the year 2030. The commitment and action of these businesses will help the U.S. move closer to the national goal, protect and save valuable resources, and improve food system efficiencies while reducing waste.

    “The Trump Administration is leading the way in combating food waste, and the addition of Amazon to our Food Loss
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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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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves First Treatment for Ebola Virus

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves First Treatment for Ebola Virus

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves First Treatment for Ebola Virus | site |


    (October 14, 2020) - - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published today, October 14, 2020, the following information:

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Inmazeb (atoltivimab, maftivimab, and odesivimab-ebgn), a mixture of three monoclonal antibodies, as the first FDA-approved treatment for Zaire ebolavirus (Ebola virus) infection in adult and pediatric patients.

    “Today’s action demonstrates the FDA’s ongoing commitment to responding to public health threats—both domestically and abroad—on the basis of science and data,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. “This approval was made possible because of our steadfast dedication to facilitate the development of safe and effective treatments for infectious diseases as part of our vital public health mission.”

    Zaire ebolavirus, commonly known as Ebola virus, is one
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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. Office of Personnel Management Announces 2021 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces 2021 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums| site |


    (October 14, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced today that for plan year 2021, the average total premiums for current non-Postal employees and retirees enrolled in plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will increase 3.6 percent. This year’s increase is lower than last year’s increase.

    This year, OPM has negotiated a new, seven-year contract for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). While the majority of current FEDVIP enrollees should not experience a significant increase in premiums, enrollees are encouraged to research the various FEDVIP plans and choose the dental and vision coverage that best fits their needs. “Our team has worked diligently
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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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    FDA Approves First Treatment for COVID-19
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves First Treatment for COVID-19 | site |




    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, October 22, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the antiviral drug Veklury (remdesivir) for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 kilograms (about 88 pounds) for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. Veklury should only be administered in a hospital or in a healthcare setting capable of providing acute care comparable to inpatient hospital care. Veklury is the first treatment for COVID-19 to receive FDA approval. This approval does not include the entire population that had been authorized to use Veklury under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) originally issued on May 1, 2020. In order to ensure continued access to the pediatric population previously covered und
    ...
    10-23-2020, 10:22 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Administration Adds 1,275 Miles to the National Trail System
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Trump Administration Adds 1,275 Miles to the National Trail System | site |



    30 trails designated, continued expansion of outdoor recreation



    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, October 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Interior published the following information:

    BOULDER CITY, Nev. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced 30 new national recreation trails in 25 states, adding more than 1,275 miles to the National Trails System. Secretary Bernhardt made the announcement from Lake Mead National Recreation Area, where he designated 76 miles of the Colorado River within Lake Mead National Recreation Area as a national water trail. The newly designated Mohave National Water Trail begins where the Black Canyon National Water Trail ends, providing water recreation opportunities for 106 miles along the Colorado River.


    Today’s announcement is in addition to the 370 miles of national recreation trails...
    10-23-2020, 08:59 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. State Department statement On the Loss of Life Due to Significant Flooding in Central Vietnam
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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.
    ...
    10-22-2020, 10:33 PM
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    U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross Highlights Commerce Actions Supporting Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies
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    U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross Highlights Commerce Actions Supporting Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies | site |





    (October 15, 2020) - - Today, October 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce published the following information:

    In support of the National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said the Department is fully behind the President’s strategy and has already implemented a number of export controls on emerging technologies. Earlier this month, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in Commerce imposed controls on six more emerging technologies, bringing the total to 37.

    “The National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies is a critical roadmap to protecting our national security and ensuring the United States maintains its technological leadership in military, intelligence, and economic matters,” said Secretary Ross. “Under President
    ...
    10-22-2020, 09:16 PM

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