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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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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - Daily Roundup September 18, 2020

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - Daily Roundup September 18, 2020 | site |



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

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continued to take action in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • The FDA reissued the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Abbott ID Now COVID-19 test. The revisions to the previous EUA letter of authorization include a revised intended use to:
      • Indicate that testing is for specimens collected “from individuals who are suspected of COVID-19 by their health care provider within the first seven days of the onset of symptoms.”
      • Clarify that testing is authorized for laboratories certified under CLIA and meet the requirements to perform high, moderate, or waived complexity tests.
      • Clarify that testing facilities within the United States and its territories
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  • U.S. General Services Administration Issues Award for Regulatory Workflow Modernization

    U.S. General Services Administration Issues Award for Regulatory Workflow Modernization | site |





    (September 16, 2020) - - Today, September 16, 2020, the U.S General Services Administration (GSA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration today announced the award of its multiple year, $9.9 million contract to Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Esper, Inc., through GSA's Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) authority.

    The Centers of Excellence (CoE), housed within GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Technology Transformation Services (TTS) office, and GSA’s assisted acquisition services provider Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) worked to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning technology solutions to conduct regulatory review and improve the rule-making process for federal agencies. This award supports the White House’s Executive Order on Regulatory
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - Daily Roundup May 28, 2020

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup May 28, 2020| site |



    (May 28, 2020) - - Today (May 28, 2020), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • The FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Stryker Sustainability Solutions (SSS) VHP N95 Respirator Decontamination System (RDS). This product uses vapor hydrogen peroxide (VHP) to decontaminate compatible N95 respirators that are, or potentially are, contaminated with SARS-CoV-2 or other pathogenic microorganisms for multiple-user reuse by healthcare personnel to prevent exposure to pathogenic biological airborne particulates when there are insufficient supplies of face-filtering respirators (FFRs) resulting from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. N95 respirators containing cellulose-based materials
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  • Trump Administration Announces Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D to Provide Better Coverage and Increase Access for Medicare Beneficiaries

    Trump Administration Announces Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D to Provide Better Coverage and Increase Access for Medicare Beneficiaries| site |



    May 22, 2020) - - Today (May 22, 2020), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today finalized requirements that will increase access to telehealth for seniors in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, expand the types of supplemental benefits available for beneficiaries with an MA plan who have chronic diseases, provide support for more MA options for beneficiaries in rural communities, and expand access to MA for patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Together, the changes advance President Trump’s Executive Orders on Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors and Advancing American Kidney Health as well as several of the CMS strategic initiatives. Due to the upcoming June 1, 2020, MA and Part D ...
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  • Trump Administration Announces Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D to Provide Better Coverage and Increase Access for Medicare Beneficiaries

    Trump Administration Announces Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D to Provide Better Coverage and Increase Access for Medicare Beneficiaries | site | May 22, 2020) - - Today (May 22, 2020), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today finalized requirements that will increase access to telehealth for seniors in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, expand the types of supplemental benefits available for beneficiaries with an MA plan who have chronic diseases, provide support for more MA options for beneficiaries in rural communities, and expand access to MA for patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Together, the changes advance President Trump’s Executive Orders on Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors and Advancing American Kidney Health as well as several of the CMS strategic initiatives. Due to the upcoming June 1, 2020, MA and Part D bid deadlines for t...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Provides Promised Transparency for Coronavirus COVID-19 Antibody Tests

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Provides Promised Transparency for Coronavirus COVID-19 Antibody Tests| site |



    (May 21, 2020) - - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published today (May 21, 2020) the following information:

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted a list of antibody tests that are being removed from the “notification list” of tests being offered under the Policy for Coronavirus Disease-2019 Tests During the Public Health Emergency. Antibody tests on this new removal list include those voluntarily withdrawn from the notification list by the test’s commercial manufacturer and those for which there is not a pending Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) request or issued EUA. FDA expects that the tests on the removal list will not be marketed or distributed. Antibody tests offered by commercial manufacturers as outlined under the policy, which was issued on March 16 and updated on May 4, continue to be located on
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Expedites Review of Diagnostic Tests to Combat COVID-19

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Expedites Review of Diagnostic Tests to Combat COVID-19 | site |




    (March 30, 2020) - - Today (March 30, 2020), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:



    March 30, 2020

    Statement From:

    Commissioner of Food and Drugs - Food and Drug Administration

    Stephen M. Hahn M.D.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been providing unprecedented flexibility to labs and manufacturers to develop and offer COVID-19 tests across the U.S. The FDA’s regulations have not hindered or been a roadblock to the rollout of tests during this pandemic. Every action the FDA has taken during this public health emergency to address the COVID-19 pandemic has balanced the urgent need to make diagnostic tests available with providing a level of oversight that ensures accurate tests are being deployed. Moreover, as in previous...
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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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  • College Board is Canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test Administration

    College Board is Canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test Administration| site |



    (March 18, 2020) - - According to its website, the College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration.

    The information is located on their website HERE
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  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration site addresses Coronavirus COVID-19 Control and Prevention

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration site addresses Coronavirus COVID-19 Control and Prevention| site |




    (February 28, 2020) - - The website of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) contains information about the control and prevention of Coronavirus COVID-19. One of the sites is located at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/c...revention.html or press HERE...
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  • U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides Information on Guidance and Resources regarding Coronavirus - - COVID-19

    U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides Information on Guidance and Resources regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)| site |



    (February 26, 2020) - - The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published guidance and resources for employers and workers concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Much of the information is accessible at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19


    or

    Press HERE
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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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  • Maritime Administration Announces More Than $280 Million in Grants for Nation’s Ports

    Maritime Administration Announces More Than $280 Million in Grants for Nation’s Ports| site |


    New grants will provide critical infrastructure support


    (February 14, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced that it has awarded more than $280 million in discretionary grant funding through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program. This funding is designed to improve port facilities at or near coastal seaports. “Ports are gateways to the world and port infrastructure investments will improve the regional economy, increase productivity and economic competitiveness, and create more jobs,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The Port Infrastructure Development Program supports efforts by ports and industry stakeholders to improve facility and freight infrastructure...
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  • General Services Administration and the Department of Labor partner in Centers of Excellence Initiative

    General Services Administration and the Department of Labor partner in Centers of Excellence Initiative| site |



    The two agencies are entering into an agile, sprint-based approach to capture requirements and define a path forward for acquisition, design, and implementation



    (February 13, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) published the following information: WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. General Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) are entering into a partnership, as part of GSA’s Centers of Excellence (CoE) initiative, housed within the Technology Transformation Services (TTS) office. This newest CoE engagement will accelerate the modernization of DOL’s acquisition capabilities using Robotic Process Automation (RPA) expertise, a part of GSA’s newly formed Artificial Intelligence (AI) CoE. It will also position these capabilities to be scaled throughout the Department as a shared...
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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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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - Daily Roundup September 18, 2020
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - Daily Roundup September 18, 2020 | site |



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

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continued to take action in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • The FDA reissued the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Abbott ID Now COVID-19 test. The revisions to the previous EUA letter of authorization include a revised intended use to:
      • Indicate that testing is for specimens collected “from individuals who are suspected of COVID-19 by their health care provider within the first seven days of the onset of symptoms.”
      • Clarify that testing is authorized for laboratories certified under CLIA and meet the requirements to perform high, moderate, or waived complexity tests.
      • Clarify that testing facilities within the United States and its territories
    ...
    09-21-2020, 10:14 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. General Services Administration Issues Award for Regulatory Workflow Modernization
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. General Services Administration Issues Award for Regulatory Workflow Modernization | site |





    (September 16, 2020) - - Today, September 16, 2020, the U.S General Services Administration (GSA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration today announced the award of its multiple year, $9.9 million contract to Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Esper, Inc., through GSA's Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) authority.

    The Centers of Excellence (CoE), housed within GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Technology Transformation Services (TTS) office, and GSA’s assisted acquisition services provider Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) worked to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning technology solutions to conduct regulatory review and improve the rule-making process for federal agencies. This award supports the White House’s Executive Order on Regulatory
    ...
    09-21-2020, 05:07 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - Daily Roundup May 28, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup May 28, 2020| site |



    (May 28, 2020) - - Today (May 28, 2020), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • The FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Stryker Sustainability Solutions (SSS) VHP N95 Respirator Decontamination System (RDS). This product uses vapor hydrogen peroxide (VHP) to decontaminate compatible N95 respirators that are, or potentially are, contaminated with SARS-CoV-2 or other pathogenic microorganisms for multiple-user reuse by healthcare personnel to prevent exposure to pathogenic biological airborne particulates when there are insufficient supplies of face-filtering respirators (FFRs) resulting from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. N95 respirators containing cellulose-based materials
    ...
    05-29-2020, 07:26 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Trump Administration Announces Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D to Provide Better Coverage and Increase Access for Medicare Beneficiaries
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Trump Administration Announces Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D to Provide Better Coverage and Increase Access for Medicare Beneficiaries| site |



    May 22, 2020) - - Today (May 22, 2020), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today finalized requirements that will increase access to telehealth for seniors in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, expand the types of supplemental benefits available for beneficiaries with an MA plan who have chronic diseases, provide support for more MA options for beneficiaries in rural communities, and expand access to MA for patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Together, the changes advance President Trump’s Executive Orders on Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors and Advancing American Kidney Health as well as several of the CMS strategic initiatives. Due to the upcoming June 1, 2020, MA and Part D ...
    05-26-2020, 05:42 AM

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