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  • Federal Communications Commission announces Winning Bidders in C-Band Action

    Federal Communications Commission announces Winning Bidders in C-Band Action

    Federal Communications Commission announces Winning Bidders in C-Band Action | site |




    FCC says "Auction of 3.7 GHz Service Licenses Yields Over $81 Billion in Gross Bids and Provides Much-Needed Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G Services"


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: February 24, 2021) Washington, February 24, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today announced the winning bidders and the final bid totals in Auction 107—commonly referred to as the C-band auction. As detailed in today’s Public Notice, Auction 107 net winning bids totaled $81,114,481,921 and gross winning bids totaled $81,168,677,645. Twenty-one bidders won all of the available 5,684 licenses. “It is essential to America’s economic recovery that we deliver on the promise of next-generation wireless services for everyone, everywhere,” said FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “This au...
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  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency article says EPA Takes Action to Protect Scientific Integrity

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency article says EPA Takes Action to Protect Scientific Integrity | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] press release dated: February 9, 2021)

    Washington (February 9, 2021) - - President Biden’s Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking, which was issued on January 27, 2021, emphasizes the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to making evidence-based decisions and developing policies and programs that are guided by the best available scientific data. The memo further stipulates, “Improper political interference in the work of Federal scientists or other scientists who support the work of the Federal Government and in the communication of scientific facts undermines the welfare of the Nation, contributes to systemic inequities and injustices, and violates the trust that the public places in g
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  • HUD and Puerto Rico Housing Department announce New Action to Enable Stronger Recovery for the Island

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Puerto Rico Housing Department announce New Action to Enable Stronger Recovery for the Island | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: February 2, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Puerto Rico’s housing department, Departamento de la Vivienda, today announced two partial approvals of Vivienda’s Action Plan, approving the use of $6.2 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funding for Puerto Rico. “HUD and the Biden Administration are committed to working with Puerto Rico to reset our relationship on the island’s recovery efforts, and the action we are taking will play a key role in this effort by ensuring that Puerto Rico is able to access and spend critical disaster and recovery funds on urgent unmet needs,” said Arthur Jemison, HU...
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  • First Week: HUD takes swift Action to Support Homeowners and Tackle Nation's Housing Crisis

    First Week: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development takes swift Action to Support Homeowners and Tackle Nation's Housing Crisis | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: January 28, 2021)

    Washington - - In the first week of the Biden Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) took swift action to address immediate housing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic while laying the groundwork to address the nation’s larger, systemic housing challenges and restore sound management to the department. “HUD and the new administration are quickly addressing the urgent housing needs of a nation combating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acting HUD Secretary Matthew E. Ammon. “And, in just the first week of the Biden Administration, HUD has taken a number of critical actions to strengthen the department and to provide a f...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Releases Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Action Plan

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Releases Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Action Plan | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: January 12, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the agency’s first Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML)-Based Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) Action Plan. This action plan describes a multi-pronged approach to advance the Agency’s oversight of AI/ML-based medical software. “This action plan outlines the FDA’s next steps towards furthering oversight for AI/ML-based SaMD,” said Bakul Patel, director of the Digital Health Center of Excellence in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). “The plan outlines a holistic approach based on total product lifecycle oversight to further the enormous potential that these technologies have to improve patient care while delivering safe and effecti...
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  • Treasury Takes Further Action Against Russian-linked Actors

    Treasury Takes Further Action Against Russian-linked Actors

    Treasury Takes Further Action Against Russian-linked Actors| site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release: January 11, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took additional action against seven individuals and four entities that are part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network associated with Andrii Derkach. Russian agent Derkach was designated on September 10, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848, for his attempt to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

    “Russian disinformation campaigns targeting American citizens are a threat to our democracy,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “The United States will continue to aggressively defend the integrity of our election systems and processes.”


    TREASURY TARGETS DERKACH’S INNER CIRCLE

    Since at least 2019, Derkach and his associates...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration takes Key Action in Fight Against COVID-19 by Issuing Emergency Use Authorization for First COVID-19 Vaccine

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration takes Key Action in Fight Against COVID-19 by Issuing Emergency Use Authorization for First COVID-19 Vaccine | site |



    FDA says "Action Follows Thorough Evaluation of Available Safety, Effectiveness, and Manufacturing Quality Information by FDA Career Scientists, Input from Independent Experts"


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: December 11, 2020)

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 16 years of age and older. The emergency use authorization allows the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. “The FDA’s authorization for emergency use of the first COVID-19 vaccine is a significant milestone in battling...
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  • Update: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

    Update: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

    Update: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] news release: December 7, 2020)

    On November 14, 2020, Judge Nicholas George Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York issued an opinion regarding the July 28, 2020 memorandum signed by Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. On December 4, 2020, Judge Garaufis required the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take certain actions to implement his November 14 opinion. As a result, effective December 7, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is:
    • Accepting first-time requests for consideration of deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court’s December 4, 2020, order;
    • Accepting DACA renewal requests based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior
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  • United States Takes Action Against Violators of Religious Freedom

    United States Takes Action Against Violators of Religious Freedom

    United States Takes Action Against Violators of Religious Freedom | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press statement: December 7, 2020)

    Press Statement:
    Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State


    Religious freedom is an unalienable right, and the bedrock upon which free societies are built and flourish. Today, the United States – a nation founded by those fleeing religious persecution, as the recent Commission on Unalienable Rights report noted – once again took action to defend those who simply want to exercise this essential freedom. The United States is designating Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, the DPRK, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, as amended, for engaging in or tolerating “systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom.” We are also placing the Co...
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  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Continues Action to Address Ethylene Oxide

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Continues Action to Address Ethylene Oxide | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency press release: November 19, 2020) WASHINGTON (November 19, 2020) — As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursues its mission to protect human health and the environment, addressing ethylene oxide (EtO) continues to be a major priority across the agency. Today, as part of this cross-agency effort, EPA took the next step in its review of the pesticide registration for EtO by releasing a draft risk assessment for public comment. Based on EPA’s thorough review of the body of available information about EtO’s toxicity, the agency believes that additional steps are needed to mitigate the risks associated with the use of EtO. EtO is used to sterilize certain medical equipment and spices. “EtO is used on half of all sterilized medical devices in the United States annually and, in some cases, it is th...
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  • U.S. Surgeon General Releases Call to Action on Hypertension Control

    U.S. Surgeon General Releases Call to Action on Hypertension Control

    U.S. Surgeon General Releases Call to Action on Hypertension Control | site |


    High Blood Pressure Control IS Possible


    (October 7, 2020) - - On October 7, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:

    Today, Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., issued a Call to Action urging Americans to recognize and address hypertension control as a national, public health priority. The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Control Hypertension provides strategies for those on the frontlines of health care and public health to address this costly, dangerous and far too common chronic health condition.







    Hypertension,...
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  • Financial Action Task Force Adopts New Standards on Proliferation Financing

    Financial Action Task Force Adopts New Standards on Proliferation Financing

    Financial Action Task Force Adopts New Standards on Proliferation Financing, and advances work on COVID-19 AML/CFT Risks, and Trade-Based Money Laundering | site |


    (October 23, 2020) - - Today, October 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information: WASHINGTON - The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) concluded its 32nd plenary meeting on Friday, October 23, by agreeing to revise its standards to further strengthen the global response to the financing of proliferation related to weapons of mass destruction. This week’s endorsement of the new standard is a result of an initiative that began under the U.S. FATF Presidency and Finance Ministers of FATF members adopted in 2019. The FATF also continued its focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on detecting and countering fraud including attempts to defraud government backed stimulus programs. The task force also adopted an updated report on trade-based money laundering and recogni...
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  • EPA Administrator Wheeler Announces Proposed Action to Cancel Irgarol Uses

    EPA Administrator Wheeler Announces Proposed Action to Cancel Irgarol Uses

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Wheeler Announces Proposed Action to Cancel Irgarol Uses | site |



    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, October 22, 2020, the U.S. Environment Protection Agency published the following information: RUSKIN, Fla. (October 22, 2020) — At an event today in Ruskin, Fla., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that the agency is proposing to cancel certain uses of irgarol in order to better protect coral and other aquatic life. Irgarol is most often used in antifoulant paint that is applied to protect boat hulls. “EPA is proposing to cancel the use of the biocide irgarol to better protect coral and other aquatic life,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Protecting the health of the plants and animals within our oceans, lake and rivers is a priority for EPA. There are less environmentally persistent alternatives to using irgarol for the boating industry, and our propo...
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  • Coordinated Central Bank Action to Further Enhance the Provision of U.S. Dollar Liquidity

    Coordinated Central Bank Action to Further Enhance the Provision of U.S. Dollar Liquidity | site |



    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:

    The Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve, and the Swiss National Bank are today announcing a coordinated action to further enhance the provision of liquidity via the standing U.S. dollar liquidity swap line arrangements. To improve the swap lines' effectiveness in providing U.S. dollar funding, these central banks have agreed to increase the frequency of 7-day maturity operations from weekly to daily. These daily operations will commence on Monday, March 23, 2020, and will continue at least through the end of April. The central banks also will continue to hold weekly 84-day maturity operations. The swap lines among these central banks are available sta...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration takes Action with Indian Government to Protect Consumers From Illicit Medical Products

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration takes Action with Indian Government to Protect Consumers From Illicit Medical Products | site |



    First Bilateral Enforcement Operation with India Stopped Approximately 500 Shipments Through International Mail


    (February 18, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that its first bilateral enforcement operation with the Government of India, stopped approximately 500 shipments of illicit, and potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription drugs and combination medical devices from reaching American consumers over the course of an operation that took place in January.

    “With standards and regulations varying in each country, U.S. consumers face hazards when they order drugs and other FDA-regulated products from unauthorized foreign sources and receive them through the international
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    Federal Communications Commission announces Winning Bidders in C-Band Action
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    FCC says "Auction of 3.7 GHz Service Licenses Yields Over $81 Billion in Gross Bids and Provides Much-Needed Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G Services"


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: February 24, 2021) Washington, February 24, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today announced the winning bidders and the final bid totals in Auction 107—commonly referred to as the C-band auction. As detailed in today’s Public Notice, Auction 107 net winning bids totaled $81,114,481,921 and gross winning bids totaled $81,168,677,645. Twenty-one bidders won all of the available 5,684 licenses. “It is essential to America’s economic recovery that we deliver on the promise of next-generation wireless services for everyone, everywhere,” said FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “This au...
    02-25-2021, 12:30 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency article says EPA Takes Action to Protect Scientific Integrity
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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency article says EPA Takes Action to Protect Scientific Integrity | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] press release dated: February 9, 2021)

    Washington (February 9, 2021) - - President Biden’s Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking, which was issued on January 27, 2021, emphasizes the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to making evidence-based decisions and developing policies and programs that are guided by the best available scientific data. The memo further stipulates, “Improper political interference in the work of Federal scientists or other scientists who support the work of the Federal Government and in the communication of scientific facts undermines the welfare of the Nation, contributes to systemic inequities and injustices, and violates the trust that the public places in g
    ...
    02-10-2021, 02:24 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    HUD and Puerto Rico Housing Department announce New Action to Enable Stronger Recovery for the Island
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Puerto Rico Housing Department announce New Action to Enable Stronger Recovery for the Island | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: February 2, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Puerto Rico’s housing department, Departamento de la Vivienda, today announced two partial approvals of Vivienda’s Action Plan, approving the use of $6.2 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funding for Puerto Rico. “HUD and the Biden Administration are committed to working with Puerto Rico to reset our relationship on the island’s recovery efforts, and the action we are taking will play a key role in this effort by ensuring that Puerto Rico is able to access and spend critical disaster and recovery funds on urgent unmet needs,” said Arthur Jemison, HU...
    02-03-2021, 09:50 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    First Week: HUD takes swift Action to Support Homeowners and Tackle Nation's Housing Crisis
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    First Week: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development takes swift Action to Support Homeowners and Tackle Nation's Housing Crisis | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: January 28, 2021)

    Washington - - In the first week of the Biden Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) took swift action to address immediate housing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic while laying the groundwork to address the nation’s larger, systemic housing challenges and restore sound management to the department. “HUD and the new administration are quickly addressing the urgent housing needs of a nation combating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acting HUD Secretary Matthew E. Ammon. “And, in just the first week of the Biden Administration, HUD has taken a number of critical actions to strengthen the department and to provide a f...
    01-29-2021, 07:39 AM
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Releases Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Action Plan
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Releases Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Action Plan | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: January 12, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the agency’s first Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML)-Based Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) Action Plan. This action plan describes a multi-pronged approach to advance the Agency’s oversight of AI/ML-based medical software. “This action plan outlines the FDA’s next steps towards furthering oversight for AI/ML-based SaMD,” said Bakul Patel, director of the Digital Health Center of Excellence in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). “The plan outlines a holistic approach based on total product lifecycle oversight to further the enormous potential that these technologies have to improve patient care while delivering safe and effecti...
    01-12-2021, 07:54 PM

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