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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces WIOA Guidance on Priority of Service for Americans in Need

    U.S. Department of Labor announces WIOA Guidance on Priority of Service for Americans in Need
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    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor released a Training and Employment Guidance Letter today announcing its vision for a priority of service in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult program and explaining how the Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) expects states to implement the priority requirement.

    As outlined in the guidance, the Department will work with states to strengthen state and local policies and procedures that enhance workforce development services to recipients of public assistance, low-income individuals, and individuals who are deficient in basic skills. This follows the Department’s announcement of a tri-agency initiative with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with states to better coordinate employment assistance programs
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  • U.S. Department of Energy Announces 35 Million Dollars in Funding for Hydrokinetic Turbine Development

    U.S. Department of Energy Announces $35 Million in Funding for Hydrokinetic Turbine Development | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy [DOE] news release: November 24, 2020)


    Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $35 million in funding for 11 projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS) program. SHARKS teams will develop new economically competitive Hydrokinetic Turbines (HKT) designs for tidal and riverine currents. “Hydrokinetic energy is an abundant renewable resource that can boost grid resiliency and reduce infrastructure vulnerability, but it is currently a cost prohibitive option compared to other energy generating sources,” said ARPA-E Director Lane Genatowski. “SHARKS teams will address this barrier by designing new, efficient HKT systems that utilize America’s tidal, riverine, a...
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  • FEMA Announces 140 Million Dollars for Emergency Food and Shelter Program

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    FEMA Announces 140 Million Dollars for Emergency Food and Shelter Program

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces $140 Million for Emergency Food and Shelter Program | site |


    (Information included in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release: November 23, 2020) WASHINGTON -- FEMA has announced that $140 million will be available to communities across the county to assist with feeding and sheltering. Congress made $125 million available for Fiscal Year 2020, and this year, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board is including an additional $15 million from funds that have not been used from prior grant years. FEMA awarded the $125 million to the National Board, which is now allocating the funds, combined with the additional $15 million, to qualifying jurisdictions (counties and cities). EFSP funds assist local organizations dedicated to feeding, sheltering, and providing critical resources to people with economic emergencies, including our nation's hungry and homeless populations. These fun...
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  • Federal Reserve announces College Fed Challenge winners

    Federal Reserve announces College Fed Challenge winners

    Federal Reserve announces College Fed Challenge winners | site |


    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release: November 20, 2020) Dartmouth College won the 17th annual national College Fed Challenge on Friday, a competition that encourages students to learn about the U.S. economy, monetary policymaking, and the role of the Federal Reserve System. The team, from Hanover, New Hampshire, represented the Boston Federal Reserve District and included Ayan Agarwal, Utsav Jalen, Kira Koehler, Tench Coxe, and Zach Olson. The team's advisers were Elisabeth Curtis and C. Frank Zarnowski. The College Fed Challenge was held virtually in 2020. Eighty five schools from across the nation submitted video presentations or participated in local virtual competitions starting on October 9, 2020. Eighteen semi-finalist teams participated in question-and-answer sessions held during the week of November 9, and six finalists were selected and their...
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  • CMS Announces Historic Changes to Physician Self-Referral Regulations

    CMS Announces Historic Changes to Physician Self-Referral Regulations

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Announces Historic Changes to Physician Self-Referral Regulations| site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services press release: November 20, 2020) Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized changes to outdated federal regulations that have burdened health care providers with added administrative costs and impeded the health care system’s move toward value-based reimbursement. The Physician Self-Referral Law, also known as the “Stark Law,” generally prohibits a physician from making referrals to an entity for certain healthcare services, if the physician has a financial relationship with the entity. The old federal regulations that interpret and implement this law were designed for a health care system that reimburses providers on a fee-for-service basis, where the financial incentives are to deliver more services. However, the 21st century American health care...
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  • HUD Secretary Ben Carson announces new Foster Youth Housing Vouchers in 24 States

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announces new Foster Youth Housing Vouchers in 24 States | site |



    More than 1,000 Former Foster Youth Are Paving Their Own Way with a FYI Voucher


    (November 17, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson today announced $1.9 million for 235 former foster youth in the most recent round of grants for HUD's Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative. Forty-three Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) in 24 states will receive this funding to continue HUD's efforts to assist young adults transitioning out of foster care. See impact of local funding announced today. “Today, I am pleased to announce the Foster Youth to Independence Initiative has changed the lives of more than 1,000 young adults by helping them secure
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation announces Aer Lingus – Oneworld Application for Antitrust Immunity

    U.S. Department of Transportation announces Aer Lingus – Oneworld Application for Antitrust Immunity | site |


    (November 16, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Transportation published (today) the following information: WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announces the tentative approval of, and grant of antitrust immunity for, the proposed addition of Aer Lingus to the existing Oneworld alliance. The carriers request antitrust immunity to include Aer Lingus in the existing joint venture including American Airlines, British Airways, OpenSkies, Iberia, and Finnair. Aer Lingus will be integrated into the joint venture’s network planning, pricing, and sales activities. With Aer Lingus’ addition, over time the carriers are expected to expand capacity on some existing routes while introducing services on several new routes, allowing more options for travel to and from Ireland and the rest of Europe. The Department’s review of the applicati...
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  • SBA Announces New Reduced 504 Loan Debenture Rates

    SBA Announces New Reduced 504 Loan Debenture Rates

    U.S. Small Business Administration announces New Reduced 504 Loan Debenture Rates | site |



    SBA announced the updated interest rates for the 504 Loan Program offered by CDC


    (November 13, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the updated interest rates for the 504 Loan Program offered by Certified Development Companies (CDC). The program now allows for 10, 20, and 25-year interest rates at 2.231 percent, 2.364 percent, and 2.399 percent, respectively. Small businesses can now apply for a 504 loan at these low-interest rates.

    “These are very encouraging terms and very supportive of our nation’s goal to bounce-back from COVID-19,” said William Manger, SBA Chief of Staff and Associate Administrator for the Office of Capital Access. “The longer terms and now lowest interest rates support and encourage
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  • DHS Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf Announces New Homeland Security Advisory Council Members

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf Announces New Homeland Security Advisory Council Members | site |


    (November 12, 2020) - - In an article dated November 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the following information:

    Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad F. Wolf, introduced two new members to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC): Tom Jenkins and Catherine Lotrionte. Created by President George W. Bush in 2002, the HSAC is a Department of Homeland Security federal advisory committee that provides the secretary with independent, informed recommendations, and advice on a variety of homeland security issues. “My vision for the Homeland Security Advisory Council, consistent with its charter, is to seek strategic, timely, specific and actionable advice on a range of homeland security issues,” said Acting Secretary Wolf. “I’m pleased to appoint these leaders in their re
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces Registration Requirements for Pooled Plan Providers

    U.S. Department of Labor announces Registration Requirements for Pooled Plan Providers | site |



    (November 12, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule establishing registration requirements for pooled plan providers. The rule implements the registration requirements for pooled plan providers pursuant to the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act). The SECURE Act amended the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code to establish a new type of multiple employer plan (MEP) called a “pooled employer plan.” Pooled employer plans must be administered by a “pooled plan provider.” “Pooled employer plans will give employers, especially small unrelated employers, a way of offering their employees a workplace retirement savings option with reduced bur
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces Kick-off of Sixth Annual National Apprenticeship Week

    U.S. Department of Labor announces Kick-off of Sixth Annual National Apprenticeship Week| site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the start of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2020. NAW 2020 includes a series of events held nationwide as thousands of participants celebrate the dynamic and evolving work of apprentices. This year’s events will focus on both traditional Registered Apprenticeship Programs and newly created Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs. NAW 2020 will focus on themes and industries in which apprenticeships are making a significant difference for American workers, including information technology, healthcare, financial services, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity. “Apprentices have a crucial role to play in our ongoing economic recovery, and National Apprenticeship Week is
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization | site |




    Ads runs November 9-29 to Remind Americans to Buckle Up, Obey Seat Belt Laws


    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published the following information:

    November 9, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today kicked off the annual Click It or Ticket national seat belt enforcement mobilization, reminding everyone that seat belts save lives.

    “Seat belts save thousands of lives each year, and the Department’s Click It or Ticket initiative is a critical reminder that drivers should wear a seat belt every time they get behind the wheel,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

    Click It or Ticket combines enforcement of state seat belt laws with an $8 million
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury announces Marketable Borrowing Estimates

    U.S. Department of the Treasury announces Marketable Borrowing Estimates

    U.S. Department of the Treasury announces Marketable Borrowing Estimates| site |



    (November 2, 2020) - - Today, November 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:





    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced its current estimates of privately-held net marketable borrowing [1] for the October - December 2020 and January - March 2021 quarters [2].
    • During the October – December 2020 quarter, Treasury expects to borrow $617 billion in privately-held net marketable debt, assuming an end-of-December cash balance of $800 billion. The borrowing estimate is $599 billion lower than announced in August 2020. The decrease in privately-held net marketable borrowing is primarily driven by a high beginning-of-October cash balance, [3] partially offset by assumptions for higher expenditures in new legislation.
    • During the January – March 2021
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  • U.S. Department of Energy Announces Energy Incubator Funding Opportunity

    U.S. Department of Energy Announces Energy Incubator Funding Opportunity

    U.S. Department of Energy Announces Energy Incubator Funding Opportunity | site |


    EPIC Program to Support Hardware Development and Testing in Regional Innovation Clusters


    (October 29, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Energy published today, October 29, 2020, the following information: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for its Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC). With up to $4 million in available funding, the EPIC FOA is the second of a two-part, $5 million program sponsored by DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT). The FOA seeks to recognize innovation accelerating organizations focused on stimulating energy hardware development and related supportive ecosystems. “The Department of Energy is home to the world’s greatest R&D talent, and America succeeds when there is a comprehensive value chain that encompasses all levels of technological develo...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces Final Rule to Protect Americans' Retirement Investments

    U.S. Department of Labor announces Final Rule to Protect Americans' Retirement Investments | site |



    (October 30, 2020) - - Today, October 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule that updates and clarifies the Department’s investment duties regulation in 29 CFR 2550.404a-1. The final rule intends to provide clear regulatory guideposts for fiduciaries of private-sector retirement and other employee benefit plans in light of recent trends involving environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. During the last 30 years, the Department has periodically considered the application of the fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to plan investments that promote non-financial objectives, such as furthering environmental, social and public policy goals. The Department has issued
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    U.S. Department of Labor announces WIOA Guidance on Priority of Service for Americans in Need
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    U.S. Department of Labor announces WIOA Guidance on Priority of Service for Americans in Need
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    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor released a Training and Employment Guidance Letter today announcing its vision for a priority of service in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult program and explaining how the Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) expects states to implement the priority requirement.

    As outlined in the guidance, the Department will work with states to strengthen state and local policies and procedures that enhance workforce development services to recipients of public assistance, low-income individuals, and individuals who are deficient in basic skills. This follows the Department’s announcement of a tri-agency initiative with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with states to better coordinate employment assistance programs
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    11-28-2020, 01:37 AM
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    U.S. Department of Energy Announces 35 Million Dollars in Funding for Hydrokinetic Turbine Development
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    U.S. Department of Energy Announces $35 Million in Funding for Hydrokinetic Turbine Development | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy [DOE] news release: November 24, 2020)


    Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $35 million in funding for 11 projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS) program. SHARKS teams will develop new economically competitive Hydrokinetic Turbines (HKT) designs for tidal and riverine currents. “Hydrokinetic energy is an abundant renewable resource that can boost grid resiliency and reduce infrastructure vulnerability, but it is currently a cost prohibitive option compared to other energy generating sources,” said ARPA-E Director Lane Genatowski. “SHARKS teams will address this barrier by designing new, efficient HKT systems that utilize America’s tidal, riverine, a...
    11-27-2020, 10:55 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FEMA Announces 140 Million Dollars for Emergency Food and Shelter Program
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces $140 Million for Emergency Food and Shelter Program | site |


    (Information included in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release: November 23, 2020) WASHINGTON -- FEMA has announced that $140 million will be available to communities across the county to assist with feeding and sheltering. Congress made $125 million available for Fiscal Year 2020, and this year, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board is including an additional $15 million from funds that have not been used from prior grant years. FEMA awarded the $125 million to the National Board, which is now allocating the funds, combined with the additional $15 million, to qualifying jurisdictions (counties and cities). EFSP funds assist local organizations dedicated to feeding, sheltering, and providing critical resources to people with economic emergencies, including our nation's hungry and homeless populations. These fun...
    11-24-2020, 02:17 AM
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    Federal Reserve announces College Fed Challenge winners
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    Federal Reserve announces College Fed Challenge winners | site |


    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release: November 20, 2020) Dartmouth College won the 17th annual national College Fed Challenge on Friday, a competition that encourages students to learn about the U.S. economy, monetary policymaking, and the role of the Federal Reserve System. The team, from Hanover, New Hampshire, represented the Boston Federal Reserve District and included Ayan Agarwal, Utsav Jalen, Kira Koehler, Tench Coxe, and Zach Olson. The team's advisers were Elisabeth Curtis and C. Frank Zarnowski. The College Fed Challenge was held virtually in 2020. Eighty five schools from across the nation submitted video presentations or participated in local virtual competitions starting on October 9, 2020. Eighteen semi-finalist teams participated in question-and-answer sessions held during the week of November 9, and six finalists were selected and their...
    11-21-2020, 05:41 AM
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    CMS Announces Historic Changes to Physician Self-Referral Regulations
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    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Announces Historic Changes to Physician Self-Referral Regulations| site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services press release: November 20, 2020) Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized changes to outdated federal regulations that have burdened health care providers with added administrative costs and impeded the health care system’s move toward value-based reimbursement. The Physician Self-Referral Law, also known as the “Stark Law,” generally prohibits a physician from making referrals to an entity for certain healthcare services, if the physician has a financial relationship with the entity. The old federal regulations that interpret and implement this law were designed for a health care system that reimburses providers on a fee-for-service basis, where the financial incentives are to deliver more services. However, the 21st century American health care...
    11-21-2020, 04:17 AM

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