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  • U.S. Department of Education Quickly Makes Available More Than 21 Billion Dollars

    U.S. Department of Education Quickly Makes Available More Than $21 Billion in Taxpayer Funds to Support Continued Education at Colleges, Universities | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Education announced today that an additional $21.2 billion is now available to institutions of higher education (IHEs) to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is allocated to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), which was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on Dec. 27, 2020. The CRRSAA appropriated $82 billion for education, and the Department has made available all but $1.9 billion of that funding in the 18 days since the law was enacted. Earlier this year, former Secretary DeVos expeditious...
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  • SBA says 1.1 Million Paycheck Protection Program Loans Forgiven So Far Totaling Over 100 Billion Dollars

    U.S. Small Business Administration says 1.1 Million Paycheck Protection Program Loans Forgiven So Far Totaling Over $100 Billion | site |



    SBA says Small borrowers make up vast majority of forgiveness applicants


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release: January 12, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration has already forgiven more than 1.1 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for over $100 billion, providing an extraordinary amount of critical relief to America’s small businesses just 3 months since the earliest PPP borrowers’ covered periods ended. “Today’s news is a key indicator that the PPP is working for all small businesses across our Nation,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “For any eligible small business continuing to struggle due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Program has re-opened for new and certain existing PPP borrowers, and we encou...
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  • Secretary DeVos Announces More than 4 Billion Dollars Available in Emergency Education Grants for Governors to Help Students Continue Learning

    Secretary DeVos Announces More than $4 Billion Available in Emergency Education Grants for Governors to Help Students Continue Learning | site |



    $2.75 billion set aside by Congress to support disadvantaged students at non-public schools



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: January 8, 2021) Washington - - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today more than $4 billion in additional COVID-19 emergency relief is now available to governors to ensure learning continues for students of all ages and at all schools. This emergency relief aid, the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, has two components: supplemental GEER awards (GEER II) and the Emergency Assistance to Non-public Schools (EANS) awards, which comprise $2.75 billion of the total. These funds are authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, (CRRSA) Public Law 116-260...
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Launches 25 Billion Dollars Emergency Rental Assistance Program

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Launches $25 Billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program | site |


    Opens Portal to Begin Disbursement of Funding to State, Local, and Tribal Governments



    Washington - - On January 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury launched the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The ERAP assists households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are provided directly to States (including the District of Columbia), U.S. Territories, local governments with more than 200,000 residents, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and Indian tribes (defined to include certain Alaska native corporations) or the tribally designated housing entity of an Indian tribe (collectively, “eligible grantees”). Eligible grantees must use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 22 Billion Dollars in Funding to Support Expanded Testing, Vaccination Distribution

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $22 Billion in Funding to Support Expanded Testing, Vaccination Distribution | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: January 6, 2021)

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced two upcoming actions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide more than $22 billion in funding to states, localities, and territories in support of the nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as directed by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

    Funding will provide critical support for testing and vaccination-related activities to jurisdictions before January 19, 2021:
    • More than $19 billion will be allocated to jurisdictions through the existing CDC Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) cooperative agreement. These awards will support testing, contract tracing, surveillance,
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  • FCC seeks Public Input on New 3.2 Billion Dollars Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

    Federal Communications Commission seeks Public Input on New $3.2 Billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program | site |


    Initiative to Connect Low-Income Households Funded Through Recent Congressional Appropriation Responds to FCC’s Call to Keep Americans Connected


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press releasd dated: January 4, 2021) Washington, January 4, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today issued a request for comment on how best to administer a new $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program created by Congress to help low-income consumers access the Internet. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 directed the Commission to create the program, which would reimburse participating companies for providing discounted broadband service and connected devices to eligible households during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re excited to get to work on thi...
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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Quickly Makes Available an Additional 54 Billion Dollars in COVID Relief Aid

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Quickly Makes Available an Additional $54 Billion in COVID Relief Aid for K-12 Students, Teachers, and Schools | site |


    Urges educators to safely re-open schools and take immediate action to address the unprecedented learning loss of disadvantaged children


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: January 5, 2021) Washington - - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that more than $54 billion in emergency relief funding is now available to support fully reopening K-12 schools, facilitate continuity of learning, and measure and address the learning loss caused by a lack of in-person learning opportunities. This funding is allocated by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, Public Law 116-260, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on Dec. 27, 2020. "Every student deserves access to a full-time education and the opportunity to ...
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  • HHS Increases and Begins Distributing Over 24 Billion Dollars in Phase 3 COVID-19 Provider Relief Funding

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Increases and Begins Distributing Over $24 Billion in Phase 3 COVID-19 Provider Relief Funding | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release: December 16, 2020)

    Today, the Trump Administration, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is announcing it has completed review of Phase 3 applications from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) program and will distribute $24.5 billion to over 70,000 providers. Up from the $20 billion originally planned, the addition of another $4.5 billion in funding is being used to satisfy close to 90 percent of each applicant’s reported lost revenues and net change in expenses caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the first half of 2020. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recognizes this pandemic has upended the health care system and caused significant financial hardships.
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  • Trump Administration Disburses More than 8 Billion Dollars from 2020 Energy Production

    Trump Administration Disburses More than $8 Billion from 2020 Energy Production | site |



    DOI says it was a 30% increase in comparison to 2016


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior [DOI] press release: December 4, 2020)

    Washington - - U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced today that Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursed $8.08 billion in Fiscal Year 2020 from energy production on offshore areas and federal and American Indian lands. Despite this year’s pandemic, this still represents an increase of approximately 30% compared to 2016 disbursements made at the end of the previous Administration. “President Trump signed the single largest investment in our public lands with the Great American Outdoors Act, which was historic in fully and permanently funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Revenues from energy production provide the funding for the LWC...
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  • Trump Administration Announces New Half Billion Incentive Payment Distribution to Nursing Homes

    Trump Administration Announces New Half Billion Incentive Payment Distribution to Nursing Homes | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release: December 7, 2020) Today, the Trump Administration, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) operating under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is announcing it will distribute $523 million in second round performance payments to over 9,000 nursing homes. These nursing homes are being rewarded for successfully reducing COVID-19 related infections and deaths between September and October. "As we approach the rollout of safe and effective vaccines for our most vulnerable, we continue the innovative program we created this year to incentivize and assist nursing homes in battling COVID-19 and applying the right infection control practices," said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. "This half a billion dollars in incentive payments w...
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  • IRS Criminal Investigation releases Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report - - - identifies 2.3 Billion Dollars in Tax Fraud

    IRS Criminal Investigation releases Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report; identifies $2.3 Billion in Tax Fraud | site |


    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today released the Criminal Investigation Division's annual report, highlighting the agency's successes and criminal enforcement actions taken in fiscal year 2020, the majority of which occurred during COVID-19. A key achievement was the identification of over $10 billion in tax fraud and other financial crimes. "The special agents and professional staff who make up Criminal Investigation continue to perform at an incredibly high-level year after year," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Even in the face of a global pandemic, the CI workforce initiated nearly 1,600 investigations and identified $2.3 billion in tax fraud schemes. This is no small feat during a challenging year, and their w
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  • HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration generates more than 10 Billion Dollars in Construction Activity to preserve Affordable Housing

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Rental Assistance Demonstration generates more than $10 Billion in Construction Activity to preserve Affordable Housing | site |


    (November 12, 2020) - - On November 12, 2020 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a major milestone for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which has now facilitated more than $10 billion in capital investment since the program’s inception to improve or replace 140,000 public housing units – the majority of which house extremely low-income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Read more about RAD’s $10 billion milestone. Today, RAD is leveraging $12.57 for every dollar of public housing funding appropriated by Congress, significantly expanding the ability of local public housing authorities (PHAs) to improve
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  • USDA says More than 7 Billion Dollars Paid in Second Round of USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture says More than $7 Billion Paid in Second Round of USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program | site |


    (October 26, 2020) - - Today, October 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information: (Washington, D.C., Oct. 26, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that in the first month of the application period, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than $7 billion in payments to producers in the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. CFAP 2 provides agricultural producers with financial assistance to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. “America’s agriculture communities are resilient, but still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These payments directed by President Trump will continue to help this critical industry recoup some of their losses from ongoing market disrupti...
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  • Trump Administration Announces 20 Billion Dollars in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding

    Trump Administration Announces $20 Billion in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding | site |


    (October 1, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published today, October 1, 2020, the following information:

    Today, under the leadership of President Trump, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Under this Phase 3 General Distribution allocation, providers that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments will be invited to apply for additional funding that considers financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by the coronavirus. Previously ineligible providers, such as those who began practicing in 2020 will also be invited to apply, and an expanded group of behavioral health providers confronting the emergence of increased mental
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  • U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces 1 Billion Dollars to Upgrade American Infrastructure

    U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces $1 Billion to Upgrade American Infrastructure | site |




    (September 16, 2020) - - Today, September 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Trump Administration will invest $1 billion in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. The funding has been awarded to 70 projects in 44 states. “This Administration is making significant investments in infrastructure, and this $1 billion in BUILD grants will repair, rebuild, and revitalize transportation systems across America,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. Fiscal Year 2020 BUILD Transportation grants are for planning and capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and were awarded on a competitiv
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    U.S. Department of Education Quickly Makes Available More Than 21 Billion Dollars
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    U.S. Department of Education Quickly Makes Available More Than $21 Billion in Taxpayer Funds to Support Continued Education at Colleges, Universities | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Education announced today that an additional $21.2 billion is now available to institutions of higher education (IHEs) to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is allocated to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), which was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on Dec. 27, 2020. The CRRSAA appropriated $82 billion for education, and the Department has made available all but $1.9 billion of that funding in the 18 days since the law was enacted. Earlier this year, former Secretary DeVos expeditious...
    01-18-2021, 11:48 PM
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    SBA says 1.1 Million Paycheck Protection Program Loans Forgiven So Far Totaling Over 100 Billion Dollars
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    U.S. Small Business Administration says 1.1 Million Paycheck Protection Program Loans Forgiven So Far Totaling Over $100 Billion | site |



    SBA says Small borrowers make up vast majority of forgiveness applicants


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release: January 12, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration has already forgiven more than 1.1 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for over $100 billion, providing an extraordinary amount of critical relief to America’s small businesses just 3 months since the earliest PPP borrowers’ covered periods ended. “Today’s news is a key indicator that the PPP is working for all small businesses across our Nation,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “For any eligible small business continuing to struggle due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Program has re-opened for new and certain existing PPP borrowers, and we encou...
    01-13-2021, 08:22 AM
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    Secretary DeVos Announces More than 4 Billion Dollars Available in Emergency Education Grants for Governors to Help Students Continue Learning
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    Secretary DeVos Announces More than $4 Billion Available in Emergency Education Grants for Governors to Help Students Continue Learning | site |



    $2.75 billion set aside by Congress to support disadvantaged students at non-public schools



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: January 8, 2021) Washington - - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today more than $4 billion in additional COVID-19 emergency relief is now available to governors to ensure learning continues for students of all ages and at all schools. This emergency relief aid, the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, has two components: supplemental GEER awards (GEER II) and the Emergency Assistance to Non-public Schools (EANS) awards, which comprise $2.75 billion of the total. These funds are authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, (CRRSA) Public Law 116-260...
    01-09-2021, 06:08 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Launches 25 Billion Dollars Emergency Rental Assistance Program
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury Launches $25 Billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program | site |


    Opens Portal to Begin Disbursement of Funding to State, Local, and Tribal Governments



    Washington - - On January 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury launched the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The ERAP assists households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are provided directly to States (including the District of Columbia), U.S. Territories, local governments with more than 200,000 residents, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and Indian tribes (defined to include certain Alaska native corporations) or the tribally designated housing entity of an Indian tribe (collectively, “eligible grantees”). Eligible grantees must use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly...
    01-07-2021, 07:36 PM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 22 Billion Dollars in Funding to Support Expanded Testing, Vaccination Distribution
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $22 Billion in Funding to Support Expanded Testing, Vaccination Distribution | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: January 6, 2021)

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced two upcoming actions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide more than $22 billion in funding to states, localities, and territories in support of the nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as directed by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

    Funding will provide critical support for testing and vaccination-related activities to jurisdictions before January 19, 2021:
    • More than $19 billion will be allocated to jurisdictions through the existing CDC Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) cooperative agreement. These awards will support testing, contract tracing, surveillance,
    ...
    01-07-2021, 10:30 AM

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