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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act claims now being Determined

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act claims now being Determined| site |



    (December 31, 2019) - - Today (December 31, 2019), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin deciding claims for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 at 12:01 a.m., Philippine Standard Time, Jan. 1, 2020. The Philippines is the farthest east VA regional benefits office. The Act extends the presumption of herbicide exposure, that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Signed into law Jun. 25, the law specifically affects Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veterans who served no more than 12 nautical miles offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 6, 1962 and May 7, 1975, as well as Veterans who served in the Korean Demilitarized Zo
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  • IRS and TTB formalize process to support processing of claims made to the IRS Whistleblower Office

    IRS and TTB formalize process to support processing of claims made to the IRS Whistleblower Office | site |




    (December 11, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information: WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced a process has been formalized with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) that puts in place procedures between the IRS and TTB to process claims for whistleblower awards under internal revenue laws that are administered and enforced by TTB. The IRS and TTB signed a Memorandum of Understanding on December 3, 2019, making these new procedures possible. "This is another important step in our efforts to make the Whistleblower Program as effective as possible," said Lee D. Martin, Director of the IRS Whistleblower Office. "The IRS Whistleblower Office is always looking to do more for whistleblowers." The new procedures enable a partnership with TTB to provide a consistent ...
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  • U.S. Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice sign Interagency Memorandum on the Application of False Claims Act

    U.S. Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice sign Interagency Memorandum on the Application of False Claims Act| site |


    Agreement Fulfills Key component of HUD Housing Finance Reform Plan


    (October 28, 2019) - - Today (October 28, 2019), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and U.S. Attorney General William Barr today issued a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two agencies that sets prudential guidance on the appropriate use of the False Claims Act (FCA) for violations by Federal Housing Administration (FHA) lenders.




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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Prioritizing all Pending Veterans Benefits Appeals Claims for Victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Prioritizing all Pending Veterans Benefits Appeals Claims for Victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael



    Washington, DC - - (October 30, 2018) - - Veterans impacted by recent hurricanes Florence and Michael will now have their pending appeals claims for benefits prioritized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), department officials announced.

    VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals has determined that the significant effects of hurricanes Florence and Michael were sufficient cause for the Board to advance the appeals for counties in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia determined to be disaster areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “Accelerating the decision process on pending appeals claims for those Veterans and their families affected by hurricanes Florence and Michael is the right thing to do,” s
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  • Federal Trade Commission Brings First-ever Action Targeting “iV Cocktail” Therapy Marketer

    Federal Trade Commission Brings First-ever Action Targeting “iV Cocktail” Therapy Marketer




    Order settling complaint bars Texas-based firm and owner from making unsupported claims that iV cocktails can treat serious diseases and produce fast, long-lasting results



    The Federal Trade Commission today, for the first time, charged a marketer and seller of intravenously injected therapy products (iV Cocktails) with making a range of deceptive and unsupported health claims about their ability to treat serious diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and congestive heart failure.

    The proposed FTC order settling the claims prohibits the company, which operates a string of clinics in north Texas; New Braunfels, Texas; and Vail, Colorado, and its owner from making such claims, unless they can be supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence. T
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  • Veteran Affairs’ Board of Veterans’ Appeals Resolves Record Number of Claims to Date for FY 2018

    Veteran Affairs’ Board of Veterans’ Appeals Resolves Record Number of Claims to Date for FY 2018



    Washington, DC - - (June 4, 2018) - - Underscoring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) pledge to reduce the wait time for those appealing disability benefits claims, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, as of May 27, has signed more than 53,650 decisions to date in fiscal year (FY) 2018, which is approximately 86 percent more than the 28,839 decisions signed through the same period last year.

    The Board is currently on track to meet and exceed its FY 2018 total goal of reviewing a historic 81,000 appeals by Sept. 30, 2018.

    This pace paves the way for implementation of the Appeals Modernization Act, which has a target implementation date of Feb. 14, 2019, and will offer Veterans more choice and control over their claims and appeals process. “I’m proud of the Boar
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Offers Early Participation in a Faster New Claims Decision Review Process

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Offers Early Participation in a Faster New Claims Decision Review Process




    Washington, DC - - (May 4, 2018) - - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is offering two opportunities for early participation in the new, more efficient claims decision review process outlined in the historic Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. These two opportunities will allow eligible Veterans to receive a review of a decision on a claim much faster than the current appeals process. “VA is committed to transforming the appeals process,” said VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This is evidenced by the success of Rapid Appeals Modernization Program which has seen over 12,000 Veterans opt-in. In addition, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals has issued approximately 46,000 decisions this fiscal year — nearly 23,000 more ...
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  • IRS Allows Additional Time to make Refund Claims for Wrongful Incarceration Exclusion

    IRS Allows Additional Time to make Refund Claims for Wrongful Incarceration Exclusion




    File back-year claims by Dec. 17, 2018, at special address



    Washington, DC - - (March 16, 2018) - - The Internal Revenue Service announced that wrongfully incarcerated individuals have additional time to take advantage of the retroactive exclusion from income for any civil damages, restitution or other monetary award received in connection with their incarcerations. Under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, a wrongfully incarcerated individual now has until Dec. 17, 2018, to file a related refund claim. Under the wrongful incarceration exclusion, a wrongfully incarcerated individual does not include in income any civil damages, restitution or other monetary award received that related to his or her incarceration for the covered offense for which he or she was convicted. A set of
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  • Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims

    Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims

    Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims





    February 10, 2017



    Washington, DC - - (February 9, 2017) - - The following is an excerpt of the U.S. Department of Labor's unemploment insurance weekly claims data:


    SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA
    In the week ending February 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 234,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 246,000. The 4-week moving average was 244,250, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 248,000. This is the lowest level for this average since November 3, 1973 when it was 244,000.

    The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.5 percent for the week ending January 28, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 28 was 2,078,000, an increase of 15,000
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  • Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims

    Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims

    Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims



    Seasonally Adjusted Data






    January 30, 2017




    Editor's note: This is a partial statement published by the U.S. Department of Labor


    Washington, DC - - (January 26, 2017)

    In the week ending January 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 259,000, an increase of 22,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 3,000 from 234,000 to 237,000. The 4-week moving average was 245,500, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since November 3, 1973 when it was 244,000. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 246,750 to 247,500.

    The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.5 percent for the week ending January 14, unchanged from the previous week's
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act claims now being Determined
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act claims now being Determined| site |



    (December 31, 2019) - - Today (December 31, 2019), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin deciding claims for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 at 12:01 a.m., Philippine Standard Time, Jan. 1, 2020. The Philippines is the farthest east VA regional benefits office. The Act extends the presumption of herbicide exposure, that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Signed into law Jun. 25, the law specifically affects Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veterans who served no more than 12 nautical miles offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 6, 1962 and May 7, 1975, as well as Veterans who served in the Korean Demilitarized Zo
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    01-09-2020, 08:54 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    IRS and TTB formalize process to support processing of claims made to the IRS Whistleblower Office
    by Staff Reporter 1
    IRS and TTB formalize process to support processing of claims made to the IRS Whistleblower Office | site |




    (December 11, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information: WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced a process has been formalized with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) that puts in place procedures between the IRS and TTB to process claims for whistleblower awards under internal revenue laws that are administered and enforced by TTB. The IRS and TTB signed a Memorandum of Understanding on December 3, 2019, making these new procedures possible. "This is another important step in our efforts to make the Whistleblower Program as effective as possible," said Lee D. Martin, Director of the IRS Whistleblower Office. "The IRS Whistleblower Office is always looking to do more for whistleblowers." The new procedures enable a partnership with TTB to provide a consistent ...
    12-14-2019, 01:51 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice sign Interagency Memorandum on the Application of False Claims Act
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice sign Interagency Memorandum on the Application of False Claims Act| site |


    Agreement Fulfills Key component of HUD Housing Finance Reform Plan


    (October 28, 2019) - - Today (October 28, 2019), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and U.S. Attorney General William Barr today issued a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two agencies that sets prudential guidance on the appropriate use of the False Claims Act (FCA) for violations by Federal Housing Administration (FHA) lenders.




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    11-02-2019, 06:52 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Prioritizing all Pending Veterans Benefits Appeals Claims for Victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Prioritizing all Pending Veterans Benefits Appeals Claims for Victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael



    Washington, DC - - (October 30, 2018) - - Veterans impacted by recent hurricanes Florence and Michael will now have their pending appeals claims for benefits prioritized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), department officials announced.

    VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals has determined that the significant effects of hurricanes Florence and Michael were sufficient cause for the Board to advance the appeals for counties in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia determined to be disaster areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “Accelerating the decision process on pending appeals claims for those Veterans and their families affected by hurricanes Florence and Michael is the right thing to do,” s
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    10-31-2018, 08:43 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Trade Commission Brings First-ever Action Targeting “iV Cocktail” Therapy Marketer
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Trade Commission Brings First-ever Action Targeting “iV Cocktail” Therapy Marketer




    Order settling complaint bars Texas-based firm and owner from making unsupported claims that iV cocktails can treat serious diseases and produce fast, long-lasting results



    The Federal Trade Commission today, for the first time, charged a marketer and seller of intravenously injected therapy products (iV Cocktails) with making a range of deceptive and unsupported health claims about their ability to treat serious diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and congestive heart failure.

    The proposed FTC order settling the claims prohibits the company, which operates a string of clinics in north Texas; New Braunfels, Texas; and Vail, Colorado, and its owner from making such claims, unless they can be supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence. T
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    09-21-2018, 12:04 PM

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