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  • Federal Reserve Board invites Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Regulation II regarding Network Availability for Card-Not-Present Debit Card Transactions

    Federal Reserve Board invites Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Regulation II regarding Network Availability for Card-Not-Present Debit Card Transactions | site |


    Publishes a Biennial Report containing Summary Information on Debit Card Transactions in 2019



    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: May 7, 2021)

    The Federal Reserve Board on Friday invited public comment on proposed changes to Regulation II (Debit Card Interchange Fees and Routing) to clarify that debit card issuers should enable, and allow merchants to choose from, at least two unaffiliated networks for card-not-present debit card transactions, such as online purchases. The Board views these clarifications of Regulation II's existing requirements as necessary in light of information indicating that often only one network is enabled for such transactions. Additionally, the Board published today a bie...
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury is Delivering Millions of Economic Impact Payments by Prepaid Debit Card

    U.S. Department of the Treasury is Delivering Millions of Economic Impact Payments by Prepaid Debit Card | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: January 7, 2021)

    Washington - - This week, Treasury and the IRS started to send approximately 8 million Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) by prepaid debit card. The distribution of EIP Cards follows the millions of payments already made by direct deposit and the ongoing mailing of paper checks and are part of Treasury’s and is IRS’s plan to deliver Economic Impact Payments as rapidly as possible. EIP Cards are safe, convenient, and secure. Cardholders can make purchases online or in-stores anywhere Visa® Debit Cards are accepted, get cash from domestic in-network ATMs, transfer funds to a personal bank account, and obtain a replacement EIP Card if needed without incurring any fees. They can also check their card balance online, through a mobile ap...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on EUA for At-Home Use of BinaxNOW Card Test

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on EUA for At-Home Use of BinaxNOW Card Test | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: December 16, 2020) On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration issued a new emergency use authorization (EUA) for Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test, allowing individuals to perform the test at home with a prescription. The test will be offered in partnership with a telehealth service that will guide users step-by-step and report all test results to the relevant public health authorities in accordance with local, state and federal requirements HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “FDA’s authorization of the BinaxNOW card test for home use means we should have tens of millions of COVID-19 tests in the coming months that Americans can use without leaving their home. HHS’s testing leadership ha...
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  • FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Issues New Authorization for the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues New Authorization for the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: December 16, 2020) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new emergency use authorization (EUA) for the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test which is authorized for use by patients at home with a prescription. The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test is authorized for prescription use at home with self-collected nasal swab samples from individuals ages 15 years or older who are suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider within the first seven days of symptom onset. It is also authorized for use with adult-collected nasal swab samples from individuals ages four years or older who are suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider within the first seven days of symptom onset. The test will b...
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  • American Federation of Teachers President Weingarten comments on Latest NAEP Report Card

    American Federation of Teachers President Weingarten comments on Latest NAEP Report Card| site |


    (October 28, 2020) - - Today, October 28, 2020, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement in response to the National Assessment of Educational Progress Report Card. The Nation’s Report Card shows that average scores for 12th-grade students declined in reading and has stayed the same for math since 2015, with scores dropping for struggling students in both subjects: “What we see in this data snapshot, while disappointing, is not surprising: Our students—particularly in Black, brown and low-income communities—are still bearing the brunt of two decades of austerity, competition and test-based fixation that have failed to prioritize the needs of students, including the 90 percent of kids who attend public schools. Ou
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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Releases Statement on The Nation's Report Card Results for 12th Graders

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Releases Statement on The Nation's Report Card Results for 12th Graders | site |



    (October 28, 2020) - - Today, October 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the new reading and mathematics results for 12th grade students on The Nation's Report Card: "America is the greatest country on the face of the earth, and we should deliver our rising generation the greatest educational opportunities possible. Sadly, today’s results confirm America’s schools continue to fall far short, and continue to fail too many kids, especially the most disadvantaged. Being a high school graduate should mean something. But when 40% of these graduates are 'below basic' in math, and 30% are 'below basic' in reading, it’s hard to argue the education system is preparing them for what comes next. "It’s particularly tr
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  • U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Appoints Three New Members, Chair To Board Overseeing The Nation’s Report Card

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Appoints Three New Members, Chair To Board Overseeing The Nation’s Report Card| site |



    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour named chair of National Assessment Governing Board


    (January 30, 2020) - - Today (January 30, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has appointed a former governor, engineering curriculum specialist, and twelfth-grade U.S. government and politics teacher to four-year terms on the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the only continuing, nationally representative evaluation of U.S. students' knowledge. Secretary DeVos named former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, one of the new appointees, as chair of the Board. The Governing Board is a nonpartisan body that works independently from the U.S. Department of Education to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress...
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  • Federal Reserve Payments Study finds Growth in Card and Automated Clearinghouse Payments

    Federal Reserve Payments Study finds Growth in Card and Automated Clearinghouse Payments| site |



    (December 19, 2019) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The growth of payments using debit and credit cards and the automated clearinghouse (ACH) system continued to accelerate from 2015 to 2018, while check payments continued their long-run decline, according to U.S. noncash payments data collected by the Federal Reserve. The 2019 Federal Reserve Payments Study shows that the growth rate of core noncash payments, defined for the report as debit card, credit card, ACH, and check payments, was 6.7 percent per year between 2015 and 2018. During the prior three-year survey period, core noncash payments grew at a rate of 5.1 percent per year. These core noncash payment types have retained their ability to be used in traditional ways even while they increasingly function as the means of settlement for...
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Reveals New Medicare Card Design

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Reveals New Medicare Card Design



    Removing Social Security numbers strengthens fraud protections for about 58 million Americans



    (September 4, 2017) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave the public its first look at the newly designed Medicare card. The new Medicare card contains a unique, randomly-assigned number that replaces the current Social Security-based number. CMS will begin mailing the new cards to people with Medicare benefits in April 2018 to meet the statutory deadline for replacing all existing Medicare cards by April 2019. In addition to today’s announcement, people with Medicare will also be able to see the design of the new Medicare card in the 2018 Medicare & You Handbook. The handbooks are being mailed and will arrive throughout September. “The goal of the initiative to re
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    Federal Reserve Board invites Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Regulation II regarding Network Availability for Card-Not-Present Debit Card Transactions
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    Federal Reserve Board invites Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Regulation II regarding Network Availability for Card-Not-Present Debit Card Transactions | site |


    Publishes a Biennial Report containing Summary Information on Debit Card Transactions in 2019



    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: May 7, 2021)

    The Federal Reserve Board on Friday invited public comment on proposed changes to Regulation II (Debit Card Interchange Fees and Routing) to clarify that debit card issuers should enable, and allow merchants to choose from, at least two unaffiliated networks for card-not-present debit card transactions, such as online purchases. The Board views these clarifications of Regulation II's existing requirements as necessary in light of information indicating that often only one network is enabled for such transactions. Additionally, the Board published today a bie...
    05-10-2021, 08:43 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury is Delivering Millions of Economic Impact Payments by Prepaid Debit Card
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury is Delivering Millions of Economic Impact Payments by Prepaid Debit Card | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: January 7, 2021)

    Washington - - This week, Treasury and the IRS started to send approximately 8 million Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) by prepaid debit card. The distribution of EIP Cards follows the millions of payments already made by direct deposit and the ongoing mailing of paper checks and are part of Treasury’s and is IRS’s plan to deliver Economic Impact Payments as rapidly as possible. EIP Cards are safe, convenient, and secure. Cardholders can make purchases online or in-stores anywhere Visa® Debit Cards are accepted, get cash from domestic in-network ATMs, transfer funds to a personal bank account, and obtain a replacement EIP Card if needed without incurring any fees. They can also check their card balance online, through a mobile ap...
    01-07-2021, 10:23 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on EUA for At-Home Use of BinaxNOW Card Test
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on EUA for At-Home Use of BinaxNOW Card Test | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: December 16, 2020) On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration issued a new emergency use authorization (EUA) for Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test, allowing individuals to perform the test at home with a prescription. The test will be offered in partnership with a telehealth service that will guide users step-by-step and report all test results to the relevant public health authorities in accordance with local, state and federal requirements HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “FDA’s authorization of the BinaxNOW card test for home use means we should have tens of millions of COVID-19 tests in the coming months that Americans can use without leaving their home. HHS’s testing leadership ha...
    12-18-2020, 12:45 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Issues New Authorization for the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues New Authorization for the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: December 16, 2020) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new emergency use authorization (EUA) for the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test which is authorized for use by patients at home with a prescription. The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test is authorized for prescription use at home with self-collected nasal swab samples from individuals ages 15 years or older who are suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider within the first seven days of symptom onset. It is also authorized for use with adult-collected nasal swab samples from individuals ages four years or older who are suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider within the first seven days of symptom onset. The test will b...
    12-16-2020, 09:47 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    American Federation of Teachers President Weingarten comments on Latest NAEP Report Card
    by Staff Reporter 1
    American Federation of Teachers President Weingarten comments on Latest NAEP Report Card| site |


    (October 28, 2020) - - Today, October 28, 2020, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement in response to the National Assessment of Educational Progress Report Card. The Nation’s Report Card shows that average scores for 12th-grade students declined in reading and has stayed the same for math since 2015, with scores dropping for struggling students in both subjects: “What we see in this data snapshot, while disappointing, is not surprising: Our students—particularly in Black, brown and low-income communities—are still bearing the brunt of two decades of austerity, competition and test-based fixation that have failed to prioritize the needs of students, including the 90 percent of kids who attend public schools. Ou
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    10-31-2020, 01:37 AM

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