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  • HUD and Census Bureau Release New American Housing Survey

    HUD and Census Bureau Release New American Housing Survey

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau Release New American Housing Survey | site |


    2019 survey provides pre-pandemic insights on home accessibility, food security, and housing costs



    (September 16, 2020) - - Today, September 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - According to the new 2019 American Housing Survey (AHS) released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of American renter households spending 30 percent or more of their income on housing costs held steady at 51 percent between 2017 and 2019.


    The 2019 AHS offers the most comprehensive picture of the nation’s housing inventory pre-pandemic. As researchers try to understand more current data on the state of housing from multiple data sources, the new survey informs our understanding
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  • USDA Announces Contracts for Round 3 of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Contracts for Round 3 of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program | site |



    (September 17, 2020) - - Today, September 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., September 17, 2020) – Following President Donald Trump’s approval to include up to an additional $1 billion in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved up to $1 billion in contracts to support American producers and communities in need through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Earlier this week, USDA reached a milestone of having distributed more than 90 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “These contract awards will go to vendors who submitted the strongest proposals in support of American agriculture and the Ame
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Awards 11.2 Million Dollars in Worker Safety and Health Training Grants

    U.S. Department of Labor Awards $11.2 Million in Worker Safety and Health Training Grants | site |



    (September 18, 2020) - - Today, September 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information: WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded approximately $11.2 million in Susan Harwood federal safety and health training grants to 90 nonprofit organizations nationwide. The grants will provide education and training programs to help workers and employers recognize serious workplace hazards, including the coronavirus, implement injury prevention measures and understand their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Under President Trump’s Qualified Opportunity Zones Executive Order, OSHA awarded 80 grants to conduct occupational safety and health training in urban and economically distressed areas. The 2020 Harwood grant awards al
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  • U.S. Department of Commerce Statement on Delayed Prohibitions Related to TikTok

    U.S. Department of Commerce Statement on Delayed Prohibitions Related to TikTok | site |




    (September 19, 2020) - - Today, September 19, 2020, The Office of Public Affairs of the U.S. Department of Commerce published (under the subheading "Wilbur Ross") the following information:

    In light of recent positive developments, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, at the direction of President Trump, will delay the prohibition of identified transactions pursuant to Executive Order 13942, related to the TikTok mobile application that would have been effective on Sunday, September 20, 2020, until September 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020 | site |



    Summer meal programs can continue operating as funding allows


    (August 31, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture published today (August 31, 2020) the following information:

    (Washington, DC, August 31, 2020) – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several flexibilities through as late as December 31, 2020. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA has been and continues to be committed to using the Congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available.

    “As
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  • U.S Department of Transportation modifies Order Regarding Chinese Carriers

    U.S Department of Transportation modifies Order Regarding Chinese Carriers

    U.S. Department of Transportation modifies Order Regarding Chinese Carriers | site |



    (August 18, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Transportation published today, August 18, 2020, the following information:

    Today, the Department of Transportation issued an Order that to allow the four Chinese airlines currently performing scheduled passenger services to the United States to increase their services to eight weekly round-trip flights. This aggregate level of service is equivalent to the total number of flights now permitted by the Chinese aviation authorities for U.S. carriers. As of August 12, the two U.S. carriers currently operating scheduled passenger service in the U.S.-China passenger market, United Airlines (“United”) and Delta Air Lines (“Delta”), had qualified for additional flight frequencies pursuant to the terms of the Civil Aviation Authority of China (“CAAC”) Notice of March 26, 2020. Accordingly, United and Delta are
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Awards nearly 24 Million Dollars in Grants for Job Corps Scholars Program for At-Risk Youth

    U.S. Department of Labor Awards nearly $24 Million in Grants for Job Corps Scholars Program for At-Risk Youth| site |



    (May 28, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information: WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the awarding of 20 grants totaling nearly $24 million as part of the Job Corps Scholars Program, a new national demonstration project aimed at providing at-risk youth with job skills instruction, educational opportunities and individualized employment counseling. The grantees include accredited, two-year, public community colleges; accredited, public two- and four-year historically black colleges and universities (HBCU); and accredited tribally controlled colleges and universities (TCCU) that will serve Job Corps-eligible youth and young adults from 16 to 24 years of age. "As we look towards defeating coronavirus and reopening our economy, the Job Corps Scholars Program provides an innova...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 45-Day Compliance Deadline Extension for Providers

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 45-Day Compliance Deadline Extension for Providers| site |



    (May 22, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information: Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing a 45 day deadline extension for providers who are receiving payments from the Provider Relief Fund to accept the Terms and Conditions for Provider Relief Fund payments. This announcement means providers have now been granted 90 days from the date they received a payment to accept HHS Terms and Conditions or return the funds. HHS, alongside other federal agencies, has been working day and night to support local communities and has taken action to help our healthcare system respond quickly and effectively to this pandemic. The department has kept an open line of communication with our heroic frontline providers and is being responsive to their request for ad...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Modernizes Hours of Service Rules to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for America’s Truckers

    U.S. Department of Transportation Modernizes Hours of Service Rules to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for America’s Truckers| site |








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    (May 14, 2020) - - Today (May 14, 2020), the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a final rule updating hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. “America’s truckers are doing a heroic job keeping our supply chains open during this unprecedented time and these rules will provide ...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Adopts Revised Enforcement Policies for Coronavirus

    U.S. Department of Labor Adopts Revised Enforcement Policies for Coronavirus

    U.S. Department of Labor Adopts Revised Enforcement Policies for Coronavirus| site |



    (May 19, 2020) - - Today (May 19, 2020) the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information: WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA's requirements with respect to coronavirus as economies reopen in states throughout the country. Throughout the course of the pandemic, understanding about the transmission and prevention of infection has improved. The government and the private sector have taken rapid and evolving measures to slow the virus's spread, protect employees, and adapt to new ways of doing business. Now, as states begin reopening their economies, OSHA has issued two revised enforcement policies to ensure employers are taking action to protect their employees. First, OSHA is increasing in-person inspections at all types of workplaces. The ...
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  • U.S. Department of Education’s COVID-19 Conference Call with Higher Education Stakeholders

    U.S. Department of Education’s COVID-19 Conference Call with Higher Education Stakeholders | site |




    (March 31, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, along with several senior Department officials, held a conference call today with higher education leaders to provide an update on the Trump Administration’s whole-of-government response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) national emergency. The Secretary began the call by welcoming the participants, including state higher education executive officers, college and university presidents, accreditors, and leaders of national higher education organizations, and thanking them for their continued work on behalf of students. The Secretary then briefed the group on the Department’s quick action to provide regulatory flexibility so that colleges and universities could move classes online to limit...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Grants to Provide Meals for Older Adults

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Grants to Provide Meals for Older Adults | site |




    (March 24, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health of Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information:

    Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing $250 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help communities provide meals for older adults. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provided the additional funding for the nutrition services programs authorized by the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965. These programs provide meals to more than 2.4 million older adults each year, both through home delivery and in places like community centers. The need for these services, particularly home-delivered and packaged meals, has increased as community measures to slow transmission of COVID-19 have closed meal sites ...
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  • Readout of the U.S. Department of Education's COVID-19 Conference Call with K-12 Stakeholders

    Readout of the U.S. Department of Education's COVID-19 Conference Call with K-12 Stakeholders | site |




    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education and other federal partners held a conference call today with K-12 education leaders representing all 50 states and two territories to discuss the Administration's whole-of-government response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Those who attended the call included representatives from the National Association of State Boards of Education, National Governors Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, and elected officials, among many others. During the discussion, subject matter experts answered questions about the process for approval of statewide testing waivers, meal delivery for students during school closures, lengths of school closures due to the outbreak, r...
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  • U.S. Department of Education adddresses Helping Students Adversely Affected by School Closures

    U.S. Department of Education addresses Helping Students Adversely Affected by School Closures | site |



    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces Broad Flexibilities for States to Cancel Testing During National Emergency



    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. Upon a proper request, the Department will grant a waiver to any state that is unable to assess its students due to the ongoing national emergency, providing relief from federally mandated testing requirements for this school year. Secretary DeVos commented: "Students need to be focused on staying healthy and continuing to learn. Teachers need to be able to focus on remote learning an...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Issues Flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs to Combat COVID-19

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Issues Flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs to Combat COVID-19 | site |




    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has delegated authority to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to issue dual compensation reduction waivers, enabling the VA to quickly reemploy retired subject matter experts and deploy them to where they are needed most to combat COVID-19. The delegation of dual compensation reduction waivers allows the reemployment of civilian retirees to meet the needs of this public health emergency. The VA must respond to patient needs at numerous medical centers, community-based outpatient clinics, cemeteries, community living centers, spinal cord injury units, Veterans Benefits Administration offices, headquarters, and miscellaneous VA program ...
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    HUD and Census Bureau Release New American Housing Survey
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau Release New American Housing Survey | site |


    2019 survey provides pre-pandemic insights on home accessibility, food security, and housing costs



    (September 16, 2020) - - Today, September 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - According to the new 2019 American Housing Survey (AHS) released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of American renter households spending 30 percent or more of their income on housing costs held steady at 51 percent between 2017 and 2019.


    The 2019 AHS offers the most comprehensive picture of the nation’s housing inventory pre-pandemic. As researchers try to understand more current data on the state of housing from multiple data sources, the new survey informs our understanding
    ...
    09-21-2020, 08:02 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    USDA Announces Contracts for Round 3 of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Contracts for Round 3 of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program | site |



    (September 17, 2020) - - Today, September 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., September 17, 2020) – Following President Donald Trump’s approval to include up to an additional $1 billion in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved up to $1 billion in contracts to support American producers and communities in need through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Earlier this week, USDA reached a milestone of having distributed more than 90 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “These contract awards will go to vendors who submitted the strongest proposals in support of American agriculture and the Ame
    ...
    09-21-2020, 02:21 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Labor Awards 11.2 Million Dollars in Worker Safety and Health Training Grants
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    U.S. Department of Labor Awards $11.2 Million in Worker Safety and Health Training Grants | site |



    (September 18, 2020) - - Today, September 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information: WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded approximately $11.2 million in Susan Harwood federal safety and health training grants to 90 nonprofit organizations nationwide. The grants will provide education and training programs to help workers and employers recognize serious workplace hazards, including the coronavirus, implement injury prevention measures and understand their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Under President Trump’s Qualified Opportunity Zones Executive Order, OSHA awarded 80 grants to conduct occupational safety and health training in urban and economically distressed areas. The 2020 Harwood grant awards al
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    09-21-2020, 01:55 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Commerce Statement on Delayed Prohibitions Related to TikTok
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    U.S. Department of Commerce Statement on Delayed Prohibitions Related to TikTok | site |




    (September 19, 2020) - - Today, September 19, 2020, The Office of Public Affairs of the U.S. Department of Commerce published (under the subheading "Wilbur Ross") the following information:

    In light of recent positive developments, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, at the direction of President Trump, will delay the prohibition of identified transactions pursuant to Executive Order 13942, related to the TikTok mobile application that would have been effective on Sunday, September 20, 2020, until September 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

    LEADERSHIP
    Wilbur Ross
    ...
    09-21-2020, 12:02 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020 | site |



    Summer meal programs can continue operating as funding allows


    (August 31, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture published today (August 31, 2020) the following information:

    (Washington, DC, August 31, 2020) – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several flexibilities through as late as December 31, 2020. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA has been and continues to be committed to using the Congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available.

    “As
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    08-31-2020, 04:09 PM

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