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  • CMS’ New One-Stop Nursing Home Resource Center Assists Providers, Caregivers, Residents

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services New One-Stop Nursing Home Resource Center Assists Providers, Caregivers, Residents | site |


    (October 30, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published today, October 30, 2020, the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new online platform - the Nursing Home Resource Center - to serve as a centralized hub bringing together the latest information, guidance and data on nursing homes that is important to facilities, frontline providers, residents and their families, especially as the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues. Previously, individuals seeking information specific to nursing homes needed to navigate to several disparate webpages and spent valuable time looking for answers. With the onset of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), quick access to up-to-date information and resources, including the 24 guidance documents r...
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  • DHS Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking

    DHS Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking | site |


    (October 20, 2020) - - Today, October 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published the following information: WASHINGTON—U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced Tuesday the opening of the DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking, the U.S. government’s first-ever integrated law enforcement operations center directly supporting federal criminal investigations, victim assistance efforts, intelligence analysis, and outreach and training activities related to human trafficking and forced labor. The center, which has been operational since early September, is based in Washington and led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a global leader of criminal investigations into human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The center will be staffed with law enforcement officials from Homeland Security Inves...
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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces New, Proactive Civil Rights Compliance Center within Office for Civil Rights

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces New, Proactive Civil Rights Compliance Center within Office for Civil Rights | site |



    'OPEN Center' will focus on Outreach, Prevention, Education and Non-discrimination to Promote Equal Access in Education


    (January 21, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education will launch the Outreach, Prevention, Education and Non-discrimination (OPEN) Center to focus on proactive compliance with federal civil rights laws. The OPEN Center will provide assistance and support to schools, educators, families, and students to ensure better awareness of the requirements and protections of federal non-discrimination laws. "The creation of the OPEN Center is yet another example of this Department's focus on supporting school distr...
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  • Secretary DeVos Cancels Student Loans, Resets Pell Eligibility, and Extends Closed School Discharge Period for Students Impacted by Dream Center School Closures

    Secretary DeVos Cancels Student Loans, Resets Pell Eligibility, and Extends Closed School Discharge Period for Students Impacted by Dream Center School Closures| site |


    (November 8, 2019) - - Today (November 8, 2019) the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that students who attended Art Institute of Colorado or the Illinois Institute of Art between January 20, 2018, and December 31, 2018, will have their student loans cancelled and their Federal Pell Grant eligibility restored. The Secretary also announced the Department will extend the lookback period of eligibility for closed school discharges for students who attended another 24 Dream Center schools that closed in December 2018. "The Department is committed to holding institutions and accreditors accountable to the students they serve," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. "In this instance, students were...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs takes Action to Restore Trust at Atlanta VAMC’s Eagles’ Nest Community Living Center

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs takes Action to Restore Trust at Atlanta VAMC’s Eagles’ Nest Community Living Center| site |



    (September 17, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published (today, September 17, 2019) the following information:

    Today, Veterans Health Administration Executive in Charge Dr. Richard Stone announced a number of actions VA is taking in response to recent events at the Atlanta VA Medical Center’s Eagles’ Nest Community Living Center and ongoing issues at other VA facilities in that region.

    These actions include:
    • Placing the Veterans Integrated Service Network 7 director on immediate administrative leave
    • Effective immediately, Charleston, S.C., VAMC director Scott Isaacks will take over as Acting VISN 7 director
    • Detailing the VISN 7 Chief Medical Officer to other administrative duties outside the VISN, pending a review of the quality and safety of care issues in the network
    • Detailing
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  • SBA to Open Business Recovery Center in Saipan to Help Businesses Impacted by Super Typhoon Yutu

    SBA NEWS RELEASE: SBA to Open Business Recovery Center in Saipan to Help Businesses Impacted by Super Typhoon Yutu




    (November 4, 2018) - - Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:

    Sacramento, Calif. - - The U.S Small Business Administration today announced the opening of an SBA Business Recovery Center in Saipan to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by Super Typhoon Yutu that occurred Oct. 24–26, 2018. The center will open as indicated below. “Due to the severe property damage and economic losses Super Typhoon Yutu inflicted on Saipan businesses, we want to provide every available service to help get them back on their feet,” said SBA’s Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. “The center will provide a one-stop location fo
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces the Official Opening of the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces the Official Opening of the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center



    (October 30, 2018) - - On Monday, October 29, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Eric Hargan, announced the official dedication of the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) at an official opening ceremony in the Hubert H. Humphrey building. As part of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and in coordination with the Administration’s rollout of the National Cyber Strategy, the opening underscores HHS’ commitment to support and improve the health sector’s cybersecurity defenses. “HHS is proud to work with the health community to better protect Americans’ health data and confidential information,” Deputy Secretary Hargan said. “Today’s announcement is a recognition of the impo...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Debt Management Center Reduces Average Wait Times for Veterans Contacting Call Center

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Debt Management Center Reduces Average Wait Times for Veterans Contacting Call Center




    (October 23, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Debt Management Center (DMC) reached a recent milestone this July when it reported it had lowered the average wait times for Veterans contacting the call center, from over 21 minutes in fiscal year (FY) 2016 to under five minutes during FY 2018. “The team at the DMC has enhanced services to our Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “It’s our mission to take care of our Veterans, no matter what their needs are. DMC is in concert with our priority of improving customer service and will continue to gather customer feedback through direct feedback, surveys and outreach in
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Fund First National Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Fund First National Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research




    Washington, DC - - (September 7, 2018) - - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will fund a new center of excellence to expand the department’s capacity to deliver innovative, data-driven and integrated approaches to improve services for Veterans and their caregivers.

    Managed by VA’s Office of Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D), the first of its kind center will be named for Sen. Elizabeth Dole in recognition of her national leadership and advocacy on behalf of the nation’s 5.5 million military and Veteran caregivers, and her support for the landmark RAND Corp. research on their challenges. The Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research will serve as the model for excellence in peer-review
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  • Justice Department Reminds the Public to be Aware of Fraud When Disaster Strikes and Report It

    U.S. Department of Justice Reminds the Public to be Aware of Fraud When Disaster Strikes and Report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud



    National Center For Disaster Fraud Partners With National Association of Attorneys General to Combat Disaster-Related Fraud



    (August 29, 2018) - - The Department of Justice established the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when billions of dollars in federal disaster relief poured into the Gulf Coast region, which opened opportunities for criminals to exploit people during vulnerable times. The NCDF, a national coordinating agency within the Department’s Criminal Division, operates a call center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and serves as a centralized clearinghouse for disaster fraud complaints and information relating to both natural and man-made disasters. The...
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  • GEAR Center Seeks to Bring Bright Minds Together to Solve Government's Biggest Challenges

    GEAR Center Seeks to Bring Bright Minds Together to Solve Government's Biggest Challenges



    (By the Office of Management and Budget)


    (July 23, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Government's Office of Management and Budget published the following information: The Federal Government has fallen behind the curve in adapting how we operate to the realities of the 21st century. Most Federal entities and programs were designed decades ago, and many of our organizations are still aligned to the 19th century. Back then we could not have anticipated how technology and society would evolve or how the mission demands on government would look today. The current state of our government still relies heavily on outdated technology which has led to a decrease in public trust and customer satisfaction. Moreover, our workforce does not have the skills needed to transition to be more modern in a
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Wilkie meets with leaders at Washington DC VA Medical Center

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Wilkie meets with leaders at Washington DC VA Medical Center


    Receives update on progress and game plan for facility improvements in Veterans’ care



    Washington, DC - - (August 6, 2018) - - Today, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie visited the Washington DC VA Medical Center (VAMC), where he met with facility and regional leaders and received updates on recent progress in Veterans’ care and plans for further improvements at the facility.

    Of the 25 recommendations made to the facility in a recent Inspector General report, the facility announced it has addressed or resolved six, and is working to resolve the remaining 19.

    The DC VAMC has now put in place changes/improvements in six broad areas:
    • Bringing in skilled leaders in quality improvement, purchasing, a new deputy chief of staff and
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  • U.S. DOT Announces 7.7 million Dollars for First Round of Regional University Transportation Center Grants

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $7.7 Million for First Round of Regional University Transportation Center Grants



    Washington, DC - - (June 12, 2018) - - As part of the University Transportation Centers (UTC) program, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has selected the University of Maine, Rutgers University, and Pennsylvania State University for regional grants authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act for fiscal years 2016-2020. All three UTCs will receive their first-year funding now:
    • Region 1: University of Maine – Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center: $2,570,600
    • Region 2: Rutgers University - Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation: $2,570,600
    • Region 3: Pennsylvania State University – Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multi-modal Transportation Infrastructure Systems: $2,570,600

    In all, thirteen...
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  • U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Visits National Hurricane Center in Miami

    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Visits National Hurricane Center in Miami



    (May 30, 2018) - - Ahead of the official start of hurricane season, which begins June 1st, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen visited the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida for an operational briefing regarding the 2018 hurricane season. Secretary Nielsen was joined by National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long. Secretary Nielsen urged Americans to use the time before the next disaster hits to understand their risk, prepare, and stay informed. She also reiterated that DHS and FEMA continue to work closely with their private sector, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to identify, prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from the threat of natural disasters. “Disasters oft...
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  • Treasury and the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center Partner Together to Sanction Hizballah’s Senior Leadership

    Treasury and the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center Partner Together to Sanction Hizballah’s Senior Leadership






    The U.S. Department of the Treasury published to following information: Washington, DC - - (May 16, 2018) - - Today, the seven member nations of the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC) took significant actions to disrupt an Iranian-backed terrorist group by designating the senior leadership of Lebanese Hizballah. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the co-chair of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), and the other TFTC member states – the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – designated members of Hizballah’s Shura Council, the primary decision-making body of Hiz...
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    CMS’ New One-Stop Nursing Home Resource Center Assists Providers, Caregivers, Residents
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    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services New One-Stop Nursing Home Resource Center Assists Providers, Caregivers, Residents | site |


    (October 30, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published today, October 30, 2020, the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new online platform - the Nursing Home Resource Center - to serve as a centralized hub bringing together the latest information, guidance and data on nursing homes that is important to facilities, frontline providers, residents and their families, especially as the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues. Previously, individuals seeking information specific to nursing homes needed to navigate to several disparate webpages and spent valuable time looking for answers. With the onset of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), quick access to up-to-date information and resources, including the 24 guidance documents r...
    10-31-2020, 09:27 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    DHS Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking | site |


    (October 20, 2020) - - Today, October 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published the following information: WASHINGTON—U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced Tuesday the opening of the DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking, the U.S. government’s first-ever integrated law enforcement operations center directly supporting federal criminal investigations, victim assistance efforts, intelligence analysis, and outreach and training activities related to human trafficking and forced labor. The center, which has been operational since early September, is based in Washington and led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a global leader of criminal investigations into human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The center will be staffed with law enforcement officials from Homeland Security Inves...
    10-27-2020, 09:36 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces New, Proactive Civil Rights Compliance Center within Office for Civil Rights
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces New, Proactive Civil Rights Compliance Center within Office for Civil Rights | site |



    'OPEN Center' will focus on Outreach, Prevention, Education and Non-discrimination to Promote Equal Access in Education


    (January 21, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education will launch the Outreach, Prevention, Education and Non-discrimination (OPEN) Center to focus on proactive compliance with federal civil rights laws. The OPEN Center will provide assistance and support to schools, educators, families, and students to ensure better awareness of the requirements and protections of federal non-discrimination laws. "The creation of the OPEN Center is yet another example of this Department's focus on supporting school distr...
    01-24-2020, 08:17 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Secretary DeVos Cancels Student Loans, Resets Pell Eligibility, and Extends Closed School Discharge Period for Students Impacted by Dream Center School Closures
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Secretary DeVos Cancels Student Loans, Resets Pell Eligibility, and Extends Closed School Discharge Period for Students Impacted by Dream Center School Closures| site |


    (November 8, 2019) - - Today (November 8, 2019) the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that students who attended Art Institute of Colorado or the Illinois Institute of Art between January 20, 2018, and December 31, 2018, will have their student loans cancelled and their Federal Pell Grant eligibility restored. The Secretary also announced the Department will extend the lookback period of eligibility for closed school discharges for students who attended another 24 Dream Center schools that closed in December 2018. "The Department is committed to holding institutions and accreditors accountable to the students they serve," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. "In this instance, students were...
    11-16-2019, 12:53 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs takes Action to Restore Trust at Atlanta VAMC’s Eagles’ Nest Community Living Center
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs takes Action to Restore Trust at Atlanta VAMC’s Eagles’ Nest Community Living Center| site |



    (September 17, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published (today, September 17, 2019) the following information:

    Today, Veterans Health Administration Executive in Charge Dr. Richard Stone announced a number of actions VA is taking in response to recent events at the Atlanta VA Medical Center’s Eagles’ Nest Community Living Center and ongoing issues at other VA facilities in that region.

    These actions include:
    • Placing the Veterans Integrated Service Network 7 director on immediate administrative leave
    • Effective immediately, Charleston, S.C., VAMC director Scott Isaacks will take over as Acting VISN 7 director
    • Detailing the VISN 7 Chief Medical Officer to other administrative duties outside the VISN, pending a review of the quality and safety of care issues in the network
    • Detailing
    ...
    09-30-2019, 05:38 PM

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