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  • Statement from Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regarding Occupational Fatalities in 2018

    Statement from Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regarding Occupational Fatalities in 2018| site |




    (December 17, 2019) - - Today (December 17, 2019), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the following information: WASHINGTON, DC – The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Report, released today, shows the rate of fatal work injuries remained unchanged in 2018. Tragically, unintentional overdoses at work increased by 12 percent—the sixth consecutive annual increase and a reflection of the broader opioid crisis that our nation is facing. To combat this problem, President Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a National Health Emergency. OSHA also teamed with the National Safety Council on the release of a toolkit to help employers address opioid abuse in their workplaces and support workers in recovery. Suicide at work, which increased by 11 percent in 2018, is also a tr...
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  • National Transportation Safety Board says U.S. Aviation Fatalities Increased in 2018

    National Transportation Safety Board says U.S. Aviation Fatalities Increased in 2018 | site |




    (November 14, 2019) - - Today (November 14, 2019), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: WASHINGTON (Nov. 14, 2019) — U.S. civil aviation deaths increased from 347 in 2017 to 393 in 2018, according to preliminary statistics released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The year 2018 saw the nation’s first airline passenger fatality since 2009, when a passenger on a Southwest airliner was killed in connection with an engine failure. Most aviation deaths in 2018 took place during general aviation operations, when 381 were killed, compared to 331 the year before. The fatal accident rate in general aviation was 1.029 accidents per 100,000 flight hours, compared to 2017’s rate of 0.935. Accidents in On-Demand Part 135 operations, which encompass charters, air taxis, air tours and medical serv
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary Releases 2018 National Health Expenditures

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary Releases 2018 National Health Expenditures | site |



    (December 5, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Office of Medicare and Medicaid Services published the following information: Total national healthcare spending in 2018 grew 4.6 percent, which was slower than the 5.4 percent overall economic growth as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to a study conducted by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and published today ahead of print by Health Affairs. As a result, the share of the economy devoted to health spending decreased from 17.9 percent in 2017 to 17.7 percent in 2018. Growth in overall healthcare spending has averaged 4.5 percent for 2016-2018, slower than the 5.5 percent average growth for 2014-2015, that was affected by expanded Medicaid and private insurance coverage and increased spending for prescription drugs, particularly for drugs
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Resources Available for Farmers Hurt by 2018, 2019 Disasters

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    Signup Begins Sept. 11 for More Than $3 Billion in Aid


    (September 9, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information: WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 9, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that agricultural producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019, including Hurricane Dorian, can apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). Signup for this U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will begin Sept. 11, 2019. “U.S. agriculture has been dealt a hefty blow by extreme weather over the last several years, and 2019 is no exception,” Perdue said. “The scope of this year’s prevented planting alone is devastating, and although these disaster program benefits will not make producers whole, we hope the assistance will ease so...
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  • Federal Housing Administration Releases 2018 Annual Report to Congress

    Federal Housing Administration Releases 2018 Annual Report to Congress

    Federal Housing Administration Releases 2018 Annual Report to Congress


    Capital Reserves remain above statutory minimum for fourth straight year


    Washington, DC - - (November 15, 2018) - - The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today released its 2018 Annual Report to Congress on the economic condition of the agency's Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMI Fund). FHA reports that at the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the MMI Fund had a total Economic Net Worth of $34.8 billion and a Capital Reserve Ratio that remains above the statutory minimum for a fourth consecutive year. The MMI Fund supports FHA’s single-family mortgage insurance programs, including all forward mortgage purchase and refinance transactions, as well as mortgages insured under the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), or reverse mortgage program. While the value of FHA’s forward mortgage portfolio is growing,...
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  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Releases 2018 Version of Money Smart for Adults

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Releases 2018 Version of Money Smart for Adults


    (November 14, 2018) - - Today, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) published the following information: The FDIC today released the 2018 version of its popular instructor-led Money Smart for Adults financial education curriculum. Instructors can use the fully scripted materials with minimal preparation to deliver unbiased, relevant, and accurate financial education. "The FDIC's Money Smart for Adults helps people gain the knowledge, confidence, and skills to use banks more effectively and manage their finances. And it gives banks a valuable tool to build deeper relationships with their customers," said FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams. The 2018 version of Money Smart for Adults fully replaces the previous version, which was released in 2010. Features of the 2018 version of Money Smart for Adults i...
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  • Message from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen on the 2018 Secretary’s Awards

    Message from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen on the 2018 Secretary’s Awards



    (November 8, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published the following information: Each year, the Secretary's Awards provide an opportunity to recognize some of the outstanding DHS employees who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to our missions. It is a time for us to celebrate their accomplishments, and thank them for their service. Today, I had the distinct honor of presenting these awards to the more than 660 employees who received individual or team awards. These employees and their stories—full of honor, courage, and ingenuity—represent the very best of our Department. It was a pleasure to be joined by other leaders throughout the Department, as well as the families of our honorees, to celebrate their accomplishments. I would like to note, how...
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  • Statement From Attorney General Sessions on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment

    Statement From Attorney General Sessions on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment



    (November 2, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Justice published (today) the following statement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released its 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment, a comprehensive, strategic assessment of the illicit drug threats facing the United States. Attorney General Sessions made the following statement about the report: “This new report from the DEA confirms that transnational drug cartels and foreign drug labs, working with street gangs, are flooding our communities with drugs like heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamines,” Attorney General Sessions said. “But under the Trump Administration, we are hammering these groups. I have restored commonsense criminal charging and sentencing...
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  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Enforcement Bulletin Highlights 2018 Lead Cases

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Enforcement Bulletin Highlights 2018 Lead Cases




    Washington, DC - - (October 26, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Lead Bulletin, providing highlights of fiscal year 2018 lead-focused enforcement actions.

    EPA and its partners use multiple statutory and regulatory authorities to prevent or reduce exposure to lead in environmental media. EPA leads and supports a variety of compliance assurance activities conducted by EPA Regions, and by states, tribes, and territories implementing EPA-authorized programs. Also, EPA collaborates with states, tribes, other federal agencies, communities, governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, and industry to address lead contamination.

    EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Lead Bulletin for fiscal year 2018 provides
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Announces 2018 Government-Business Forum to Be Held at The Ohio State University

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Announces 2018 Government-Business Forum to Be Held at The Ohio State University



    Washington, DC - - (October 18, 2018) - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced it is partnering with the National Center for the Middle Market at The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business to host the SEC’s annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation on Dec. 12. This annual forum provides a platform to highlight additional measures to improve small business capital formation. “We have made it a priority to reach out to small businesses across the country,” said Chairman Jay Clayton. “Holding this event in Columbus, one of the top five best cities for entrepreneurs and startups, will give us the opportunity to hear directly from small businesses and their investors on ways to improve our regulatory system.” ...
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  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says September 2018 and Year to Date were 4th Hottest on Record for the Globe

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says September 2018 and Year to Date were 4th Hottest on Record for the Globe



    Polar sea ice coverage remains at near-record lows


    (October 17, 2018) - - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says warmth continued its steady march across the world last month, making for the fourth hottest September on record for the globe and the fourth warmest year to date, according to the latest analysis by scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.




    (Source: Graphic published by NOAA)



    According to NOAA, the 10 warmest September global land and ocean surface temperatures have occurred since 2003 with the last five Septembers (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) ranking as the five warmest on record.


    NOAA says: Le...
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  • U.S. Department of the Interior Announces Multi-Billion Dollar Regulatory Relief in FY 2018

    U.S. Department of the Interior Announces Multi-Billion Dollar Regulatory Relief in FY 2018



    (October 17, 2018) - - On this date the U.S. Department of the Interior published the following information:


    Washington, DC - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced its success in reducing the Department's regulatory burden in support of and compliance with President Donald Trump's Executive Order 13771 on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs. Interior has been a leader in the Trump Administration at cutting bureaucratic red tape. Fiscal Year 2018 regulatory reform actions have resulted in a savings of roughly $2.5 billion in net present value. Since January 2017, Interior has withdrawn more than 150 proposed rulemakings from the regulatory agenda and finalized no less than 19 deregulatory actions in FY2018. These regulatory reforms coupled with historic
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  • EPA Hurricane Florence Update - - Friday - - September 14 - - 2018

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    EPA Hurricane Florence Update - - Friday - - September 14 - - 2018

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Hurricane Florence Update Friday, September 14, 2018




    Washington, DC - - (September 14, 2018) - - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is coordinating closely with local, state, and federal partners as the Agency focuses on responding to the impacts of Hurricane Florence. EPA is monitoring numerous sources of information for reports on releases of oil and hazardous substances from first responders engaged in search and rescue efforts, as well as media observations and reporting, information from facility personnel embedded at their sites, the National Response Center, and information flows from the local command posts, state, and regional emergency operations centers. EPA On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) are deployed to the State Emergency Operation Centers (SEOCs) in North Carolina and South Carolina and to the Federal Emergency Management ...
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issues Proposed Additional Rule to Address Risk Adjustment Program for the 2018 Benefit Year

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issues Proposed Additional Rule to Address Risk Adjustment Program for the 2018 Benefit Year



    Proposed rule seeks to provide certainty and sustain consumer choices and affordability


    (August 8, 2018) - - Today’s notice of proposed rulemaking, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Methodology for the HHS-operated Permanent Risk Adjustment Program for 2018 Proposed Rule,” proposes to adopt the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2018 benefit year which uses the statewide average premium in the payment transfer formula. “Today’s proposed rule continues our effort to help stabilize the individual and small group markets,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Our goal has been, and will continue to be, to stabilize the market and provide American consumers with more affordable health cove
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  • Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Remarks at the 2018 American Bar Association Annual Meeting

    Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Remarks at the 2018 American Bar Association Annual Meeting


    Chicago, IL - - (August 2, 2018)

    Remarks as prepared for delivery Thank you for that kind introduction, Hilarie, and congratulations on your successful tenure as president of the American Bar Association. The ABA is a diverse organization. Not all of its objectives are universally shared. But lawyers should be united in the goal of “advancing the rule of law throughout the United States and around the world.” There is a story about two police officers who pull over a car for a traffic stop. One officer walks to the driver’s side while his partner stands behind the car. As the first officer approaches, the driver rolls down the window and leans out, shaking his fist. “Do you know who I am? Do you know who I am!?” The second officer hears the ruckus and calls out, “
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    Statement from Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regarding Occupational Fatalities in 2018
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    (December 17, 2019) - - Today (December 17, 2019), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the following information: WASHINGTON, DC – The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Report, released today, shows the rate of fatal work injuries remained unchanged in 2018. Tragically, unintentional overdoses at work increased by 12 percent—the sixth consecutive annual increase and a reflection of the broader opioid crisis that our nation is facing. To combat this problem, President Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a National Health Emergency. OSHA also teamed with the National Safety Council on the release of a toolkit to help employers address opioid abuse in their workplaces and support workers in recovery. Suicide at work, which increased by 11 percent in 2018, is also a tr...
    01-18-2020, 06:28 AM
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    National Transportation Safety Board says U.S. Aviation Fatalities Increased in 2018
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    National Transportation Safety Board says U.S. Aviation Fatalities Increased in 2018 | site |




    (November 14, 2019) - - Today (November 14, 2019), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: WASHINGTON (Nov. 14, 2019) — U.S. civil aviation deaths increased from 347 in 2017 to 393 in 2018, according to preliminary statistics released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The year 2018 saw the nation’s first airline passenger fatality since 2009, when a passenger on a Southwest airliner was killed in connection with an engine failure. Most aviation deaths in 2018 took place during general aviation operations, when 381 were killed, compared to 331 the year before. The fatal accident rate in general aviation was 1.029 accidents per 100,000 flight hours, compared to 2017’s rate of 0.935. Accidents in On-Demand Part 135 operations, which encompass charters, air taxis, air tours and medical serv
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    12-14-2019, 01:57 AM
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    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary Releases 2018 National Health Expenditures
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    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary Releases 2018 National Health Expenditures | site |



    (December 5, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Office of Medicare and Medicaid Services published the following information: Total national healthcare spending in 2018 grew 4.6 percent, which was slower than the 5.4 percent overall economic growth as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to a study conducted by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and published today ahead of print by Health Affairs. As a result, the share of the economy devoted to health spending decreased from 17.9 percent in 2017 to 17.7 percent in 2018. Growth in overall healthcare spending has averaged 4.5 percent for 2016-2018, slower than the 5.5 percent average growth for 2014-2015, that was affected by expanded Medicaid and private insurance coverage and increased spending for prescription drugs, particularly for drugs
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    12-06-2019, 10:48 PM
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Resources Available for Farmers Hurt by 2018, 2019 Disasters
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Resources Available for Farmers Hurt by 2018, 2019 Disasters| site |


    Signup Begins Sept. 11 for More Than $3 Billion in Aid


    (September 9, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information: WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 9, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that agricultural producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019, including Hurricane Dorian, can apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). Signup for this U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will begin Sept. 11, 2019. “U.S. agriculture has been dealt a hefty blow by extreme weather over the last several years, and 2019 is no exception,” Perdue said. “The scope of this year’s prevented planting alone is devastating, and although these disaster program benefits will not make producers whole, we hope the assistance will ease so...
    09-12-2019, 10:41 PM
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    Federal Housing Administration Releases 2018 Annual Report to Congress
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    Federal Housing Administration Releases 2018 Annual Report to Congress


    Capital Reserves remain above statutory minimum for fourth straight year


    Washington, DC - - (November 15, 2018) - - The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today released its 2018 Annual Report to Congress on the economic condition of the agency's Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMI Fund). FHA reports that at the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the MMI Fund had a total Economic Net Worth of $34.8 billion and a Capital Reserve Ratio that remains above the statutory minimum for a fourth consecutive year. The MMI Fund supports FHA’s single-family mortgage insurance programs, including all forward mortgage purchase and refinance transactions, as well as mortgages insured under the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), or reverse mortgage program. While the value of FHA’s forward mortgage portfolio is growing,...
    11-16-2018, 04:58 AM

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