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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Expands on Revamped College Scorecard, Adding Second-year Post Graduation Earnings and Cumulative Loan Data to Help Students Make Informed Choices

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Expands on Revamped College Scorecard, Adding Second-year Post Graduation Earnings and Cumulative Loan Data to Help Students Make Informed Choices | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release: December 2, 2020)

    Washington - - Delivering on her promise to continually update and improve College Scorecard, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that students can now compare average earnings two years after graduation based on field of study and how much federal student loan debt they can expect to incur, including new information on Parent PLUS loans, based on where they decide to attend school.

    Building on Secretary DeVos' successful revamp of College Scorecard in Nov. 2019, College Scorecard now provides new median income data for students two years out from their date of graduation across the various fields of study an institution offers. Future earnings data
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  • FDA Expands Approval of Influenza Treatment to Post-Exposure Prevention

    FDA Expands Approval of Influenza Treatment to Post-Exposure Prevention

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Expands Approval of Influenza Treatment to Post-Exposure Prevention | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration press release: November 23, 2020)

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the approved indication for Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) to include post-exposure prevention of influenza (flu) for patients 12 years of age and older after contact with an individual who has the flu. Xofluza, previously available only in tablet form, is also now available as granules for mixing in water. Xofluza was originally approved in 2018 for treating uncomplicated flu in patients 12 years of age and older who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours. “This expanded indication for Xofluza will provide an important option to help prevent influenza just in time for a flu season that is anticipated to be unlike any other because it will coincide with the coronavirus pandemic,” said Debra
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  • NIH expands Research to Improve COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations

    National Institutes of Health expands Research to Improve COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations | site |



    NIH says research is designed to rapidly implement testing strategies in populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: November 20, 2020)

    The National Institutes of Health has awarded nearly $45 million to expand the research network of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program, adding 20 institutions and seven states and territories. RADx-UP aims to enable and enhance COVID-19 testing of populations disproportionately affected by the disease, including African Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Latinos/Latinas, Native Hawaiians, older adults, pregnant women and those who are homeless or incarcerated. This second round of awards brings the total investment in the RADx-UP
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  • CDC Expands U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System with new Social Determinants of Health Module

    CDC Expands U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System with new Social Determinants of Health Module | site |


    New tool identifies Diabetes-Related Health Disparities


    (Information contained in CDC press release: November 17, 2020)

    The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded the U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System with a new social determinants of health (SDOH) module to help identify under-resourced areas of the United States and assess the potential impact of health disparities on diabetes burden and risk factors.

    The expanded U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System now overlays diabetes data with 15 social vulnerability variables. The SDOH module gives public health professionals and researchers a more complete look at factors potentially impacting people’s ability to successfully manage diabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes around the U.S. Data are available at the national level to compare counties across stat
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  • Additional Details - - - HHS Expands Relief Fund Eligibility and Updates Reporting Requirements

    Additional Details - - - Health and Human Services Expands Relief Fund Eligibility and Updates Reporting Requirements | site |



    (October 22, 2020) - - In a news release dated October 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing the latest Provider Relief Fund (PRF) application period has been expanded to include provider applicants such as residential treatment facilities, chiropractors, and eye and vision providers that have not yet received Provider Relief Fund distributions. On October 1, 2020, HHS announced it would be making up to $20 billion in new Phase 3 General Distribution funding available for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. HHS is also focused on ensuring the safe continuity of all types of health care delivery despite this pandemic. A...
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  • U.S. Department of Commerce Strengthens Commercial Ties and Expands Digital Attaché Program in the UAE

    U.S. Department of Commerce Strengthens Commercial Ties and Expands Digital Attaché Program in the UAE| site |



    (October 23, 2020) - - Today, October 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce published the following information: To coincide with the first meeting of the new United States-United Arab Emirates Strategic Dialogue, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the Department is working to conclude two memorandums of understanding with Emirati government agencies promoting foreign direct investment, innovation, and entrepreneurship as well as the expansion of the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Digital Attaché Program to Dubai, UAE. This move provides U.S. companies with two on-the-ground resources in the Middle East, one in Cairo and one in Dubai, that will develop new opportunities in this critical region and support the Department’s increased engagement with countries across the Middle East on important digital trade issue...
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  • HHS Expands Relief Fund Eligibility and Updates Reporting Requirements

    HHS Expands Relief Fund Eligibility and Updates Reporting Requirements

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Expands Relief Fund Eligibility and Updates Reporting Requirements | site |




    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, October 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing the latest Provider Relief Fund (PRF) application period has been expanded to include provider applicants such as residential treatment facilities, chiropractors, and eye and vision providers that have not yet received Provider Relief Fund distributions. On October 1, 2020, HHS announced it would be making up to $20 billion in new Phase 3 General Distribution funding available for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. HHS is also focused on ensuring the safe continuity of all types of health care delivery despite this pandemic. As such, the Adminis...
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  • NIH expands Clinical Trials to Test Convalescent Plasma against COVID-19

    National Institutes of Health expands Clinical Trials to Test Convalescent Plasma against COVID-19 | site |


    Rigorous studies to build on earlier efforts to test the experimental treatment


    (September 22, 2020) - - Today the National Institutes of Health published the following information: Two randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are expanding enrollment to further evaluate convalescent plasma as a treatment for patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Preliminary observational studies indicate that convalescent plasma may improve outcomes among severely ill and hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Prospective, well-controlled randomized trials are needed to generate sufficient data on whether convalescent plasma is effective and safe for the treatment of COVID-19. Convalescent plasma is blood plasma taken from people who have recovered from COVID-19. It contains antibodies that can recognize and
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  • U.S. Secretary of Education DeVos Expands Earn and Learn Opportunities for Students at 190 Schools through Federal Work-Study Reform Initiative

    U.S. Secretary of Education DeVos Expands Earn and Learn Opportunities for Students at 190 Schools through Federal Work-Study Reform Initiative| site |



    (February 19, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the creation of a new initiative that allows more students to gain on-the-job experience with employers in their field of study as part of their Federal Work-Study (FWS) program. The initiative, known as an experimental site, expands FWS opportunities for students at 190 institutions. Institutions participating in the experimental site will be granted waivers, which encourage them to expand the use of FWS funds to support more students working in the private sector and, for the first time, allow them to pay low-income students for work experiences required by their academic programs, such as student teaching and clinical rotations. “We know ...
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  • Social Security Expands Public Hours at Offices Nationwide

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    Social Security Expands Public Hours at Offices Nationwide

    Social Security Expands Public Hours at Offices Nationwide | site |


    SOCIAL SECURITY



    Wednesdays to Return to Full Public Service Hours; Agency to Hire 1,100 Direct Service Employees


    (December 2, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information:

    Starting on January 8, 2020, Social Security offices nationwide will be open to the public on Wednesday afternoons, Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, announced. This change restores Wednesday public service hours that were last in place in late 2012. “I don’t want someone to come to our office at 2:30 on a Wednesday only to find our doors closed,” Commissioner Saul said.

    In another move to improve service to the public, Commissioner Saul announced in his Open Letter to the Public at www.ssa.gov/agency/coss-message.html that the agency is hiring 1,100 front line employees to provide service on the agency’s
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Expands Focus on Program Integrity Across All Nutrition Programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Expands Focus on Program Integrity Across All Nutrition Programs


    April 4, 2018


    Washington, DC - - (March 29, 2018) - - As part of Agriculture Secretary Perdue’s strategic goal of ensuring that our programs are delivered efficiently, effectively and with integrity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced an enhanced focus on program integrity today, that will include renewed attention on transparency, payment accuracy, fraud and waste prevention, and improved quality control. “Where protection of taxpayer dollars is concerned – the job is never done,” said Acting Deputy Under Secretary for USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Brandon Lipps. “Today we are renewing our commitment to ensuring that our nutrition programs are run as effectively and efficiently as possible; increasing program int
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  • U.S. Small Business Administration Expands its Emerging Leaders Initiative Helping Small Businesses to Thrive

    U.S. Small Business Administration Expands its Emerging Leaders Initiative Helping Small Businesses to Thrive




    Recruitment now underway to help increase small business development in underserved communities



    Washington, DC - - (March 10, 2017) - - The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced the launch of the 2017 Emerging Leaders Initiative, a seven-month executive-level training series targeting small businesses with high-growth potential in underserved cities across the nation. This year, three new cities have been added, bringing the number of participating communities to 55.

    Local recruitment for the 2017 training cycle has begun and is ongoing at designated SBA district offices. Classes are scheduled to begin in April, and interested small business owners can learn more on eligibility and how to apply at the SBA’s website: www.sba.gov/emergingleaders. The SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative delivers en
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    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Expands on Revamped College Scorecard, Adding Second-year Post Graduation Earnings and Cumulative Loan Data to Help Students Make Informed Choices
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    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Expands on Revamped College Scorecard, Adding Second-year Post Graduation Earnings and Cumulative Loan Data to Help Students Make Informed Choices | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release: December 2, 2020)

    Washington - - Delivering on her promise to continually update and improve College Scorecard, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that students can now compare average earnings two years after graduation based on field of study and how much federal student loan debt they can expect to incur, including new information on Parent PLUS loans, based on where they decide to attend school.

    Building on Secretary DeVos' successful revamp of College Scorecard in Nov. 2019, College Scorecard now provides new median income data for students two years out from their date of graduation across the various fields of study an institution offers. Future earnings data
    ...
    12-03-2020, 05:55 AM
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    FDA Expands Approval of Influenza Treatment to Post-Exposure Prevention
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Expands Approval of Influenza Treatment to Post-Exposure Prevention | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration press release: November 23, 2020)

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the approved indication for Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) to include post-exposure prevention of influenza (flu) for patients 12 years of age and older after contact with an individual who has the flu. Xofluza, previously available only in tablet form, is also now available as granules for mixing in water. Xofluza was originally approved in 2018 for treating uncomplicated flu in patients 12 years of age and older who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours. “This expanded indication for Xofluza will provide an important option to help prevent influenza just in time for a flu season that is anticipated to be unlike any other because it will coincide with the coronavirus pandemic,” said Debra
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    11-23-2020, 11:37 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    NIH expands Research to Improve COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Institutes of Health expands Research to Improve COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations | site |



    NIH says research is designed to rapidly implement testing strategies in populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: November 20, 2020)

    The National Institutes of Health has awarded nearly $45 million to expand the research network of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program, adding 20 institutions and seven states and territories. RADx-UP aims to enable and enhance COVID-19 testing of populations disproportionately affected by the disease, including African Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Latinos/Latinas, Native Hawaiians, older adults, pregnant women and those who are homeless or incarcerated. This second round of awards brings the total investment in the RADx-UP
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    11-20-2020, 10:44 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    CDC Expands U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System with new Social Determinants of Health Module
    by Staff Reporter 1
    CDC Expands U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System with new Social Determinants of Health Module | site |


    New tool identifies Diabetes-Related Health Disparities


    (Information contained in CDC press release: November 17, 2020)

    The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded the U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System with a new social determinants of health (SDOH) module to help identify under-resourced areas of the United States and assess the potential impact of health disparities on diabetes burden and risk factors.

    The expanded U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System now overlays diabetes data with 15 social vulnerability variables. The SDOH module gives public health professionals and researchers a more complete look at factors potentially impacting people’s ability to successfully manage diabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes around the U.S. Data are available at the national level to compare counties across stat
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    11-19-2020, 01:22 PM
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    Additional Details - - - HHS Expands Relief Fund Eligibility and Updates Reporting Requirements
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Additional Details - - - Health and Human Services Expands Relief Fund Eligibility and Updates Reporting Requirements | site |



    (October 22, 2020) - - In a news release dated October 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing the latest Provider Relief Fund (PRF) application period has been expanded to include provider applicants such as residential treatment facilities, chiropractors, and eye and vision providers that have not yet received Provider Relief Fund distributions. On October 1, 2020, HHS announced it would be making up to $20 billion in new Phase 3 General Distribution funding available for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. HHS is also focused on ensuring the safe continuity of all types of health care delivery despite this pandemic. A...
    10-27-2020, 05:13 AM

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