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  • U.S. Small Business Administration Launches - - - Getting Back on Track: Help Is Here - - - Webinar Series to Help America’s Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

    U.S. Small Business Administration Launches “Getting Back on Track: Help Is Here” Webinar Series to Help America’s Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: May 20, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the non-profit Public Private Strategies Institute will launch a new regional webinar series, “Getting Back on Track: Help is Here,” to provide Main Street entrepreneurs with the information and resources they need to continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The educational webinars will feature speakers from The White House, the SBA, Members of Congress, and small business leaders, and will provide updates on the American Rescue Plan.

    “The 'Getting Back on Track: Help is Here' webinar series is an important outreach effort to help small businesses recover, rebuild and gain resiliency,”
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  • Treasury Launches Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Deliver 350 Billion Dollars

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Launches Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Deliver $350 Billion | site |


    Aid to state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments will help bring back jobs, address pandemic’s economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong, equitable recovery


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 10, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to provide $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments. Treasury also released details on the ways funds can be used to respond to acute pandemic-response needs, fill revenue shortfalls among state and local governments, and support the communities and populations hardest-hit by the COVID-19 crisis. Eligible state,...
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  • GSA Launches Updated Regulations.gov to Improve the Integrity of Public Commenting

    U.S. General Services Administration launches Updated Regulations.gov to Improve the Integrity of Public Commenting | site |



    Site enhancements maximize operability and speed, supporting a consistent, high-quality user experience


    (Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration [GSA] press release dated: February 17, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. General Services Administration today announced a new version of Regulations.gov launching February 18, 2021. Regulations.gov is a federal shared service that provides the public with one-stop access to regulatory and deregulatory actions for over 200 federal agencies, including the ability to electronically submit comments. “GSA’s goal is to make it easier for the public to participate in the regulatory process,” said Office of Government-wide Policy Associate Administrator Krystal Brumfield. “The new Regulations.gov re-envisions the public site, with
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches Public Guidance to further protect Veterans’ personal Information

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches Public Guidance to further protect Veterans’ personal Information | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: February 22, 2021)

    Washington - - This February the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched Ethics Principles for Access to and Use of Veteran Data as part of ongoing efforts to protect Veteran data.

    The new online resource outlines nine principles for communicating clear expectations on how Veteran data is to be managed and viewed by Veterans, staff, VA partners and other stakeholders. These principles reinforce VA’s standards of data privacy and protection maintained during VA’s distribution of nearly 2 million COVID-19 vaccinations to date, and other critical health care services during the coronavirus pandemic. “VA’s principle-based ethics framework takes a proactive approach to data management and privacy
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  • U.S. Department of Labor launches new Monthly Series of Workshops to provide Employment Assistance to Transitioning Military Spouses

    U.S. Department of Labor launches new Monthly Series of Workshops to provide Employment Assistance to Transitioning Military Spouses | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor dated: February 8, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new monthly series of career workshops to provide employment assistance to transitioning military spouses. Participation is free and classes are open to all transitioning military spouses. The launch follows a successful pilot program in October 2020.

    The workshops are part of the department’s Transition Assistance Program series targeted at helping military spouses plan and prepare for their job search in pursuit of their employment goals. Offered by the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, the workshops are part of the Transition Employment Assistance for Military Spouses’ curriculum.

    Registration is now
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  • NIH launches Database to Track Neurological Symptoms associated with COVID-19

    NIH launches Database to Track Neurological Symptoms associated with COVID-19

    National Institutes of Health launches Database to Track Neurological Symptoms associated with COVID-19 | site |



    "The body’s response to COVID-19 infection on the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscle can be particularly devastating."



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: January 26, 2021)

    A new database will collect information from clinicians about COVID-19-related neurological symptoms, complications, and outcomes as well as COVID-19 effects on pre-existing neurological conditions. The COVID-19 Neuro Databank/Biobank (NeuroCOVID), which was created and will be maintained by NYU Langone Health, New York City, will be a resource of clinical information as well as biospecimens from people of all ages who have experienced neurological problems associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection. The database is supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of...
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  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Launches “Be Your REAL ID Self” Public Awareness Campaign

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Launches “Be Your REAL ID Self” Public Awareness Campaign | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: January 15, 2021) Washington, D.C. – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun a new nationwide public awareness campaign, “Be Your REAL ID Self” to promote awareness of the REAL ID requirements and encourage the public to act before the October 1, 2021 full enforcement deadline. Just over 8 months remain until the October 1, 2021 REAL ID full enforcement deadline goes into effect at all federally regulated airports, federal facilities, and nuclear power plants. The Department continues to urge Americans to obtain a REAL ID-compliant card or acceptable alternative, such as a U.S. passport or passport card prior to the October 1, 2021 enforcement deadline. Passed by Congress in 2005 following a 9/11 Commission recommendation, the REAL ID A...
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Launches 25 Billion Dollars Emergency Rental Assistance Program

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Launches $25 Billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program | site |


    Opens Portal to Begin Disbursement of Funding to State, Local, and Tribal Governments



    Washington - - On January 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury launched the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The ERAP assists households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are provided directly to States (including the District of Columbia), U.S. Territories, local governments with more than 200,000 residents, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and Indian tribes (defined to include certain Alaska native corporations) or the tribally designated housing entity of an Indian tribe (collectively, “eligible grantees”). Eligible grantees must use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly...
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  • U.S. Small Business Administration Launches Largest Expansion of Women’s Business Centers in 30 Years

    U.S. Small Business Administration Launches Largest Expansion of Women’s Business Centers in 30 Years | site |


    20 Women’s Business Centers to Open Across America Supporting Women-Owned Small Businesses


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: January 4, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced grant funding and the historic launch of 20 new Women’s Business Centers (WBC) across America to serve rural, urban and underserved communities alike. The opening of the 20 new WBCs is the largest single expansion of WBCs across America in its 30-year tenure, and these centers will be pivotal to the success of women-owned businesses as they continue to recover during this time. The WBCs will be hosted in rural and underserved markets and widen the footprint and partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). “Over the past severa...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Launches Single Access Point to all VA Contact Centers

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Launches Single Access Point to all VA Contact Centers | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: December 16, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, the formal launch of 1-800-MyVA411 (1-800-698-2411), a single access point to all VA contact centers.

    The number is available 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year to serve Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors.

    Responding to Veteran feedback on the challenges of knowing the right number for VA assistance, 1-800-MyVA411, serves all members of the Veteran community seeking information or help. Veterans and their families can still reach the Veterans Crisis Line directly at 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1, by Chat or by texting 838255. The White House VA Hotline is also still available at 1-855-948-2311 for Veterans and their families to share compliments
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Launches New Regional Infrastructure Accelerators Program

    U.S. Department of Transportation Launches New Regional Infrastructure Accelerators Program | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: December 16, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today launched a new demonstration program to establish several Regional Infrastructure Accelerators (Accelerators), which will expedite delivery of transportation infrastructure projects through innovative finance and delivery methods. The Department’s Build America Bureau (the Bureau) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity to solicit applications to designate Accelerators that will serve defined geographic areas, act as a resource to qualified entities within the designated areas, and demonstrate the effectiveness of these Accelerators to expedite the delivery of eligible projects through Federal credit assistance programs, including Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act
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  • U.S. Department of Labor launches National Online Dialogue to enhance Cross-agency efforts to Combat Labor Trafficking

    U.S. Department of Labor launches National Online Dialogue to enhance Cross-agency efforts to Combat Labor Trafficking | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release: December 3, 2020) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a national online dialogue intended to enhance the Department’s efforts and determine how to engage workers, advocates and other stakeholder groups to combat labor trafficking and forced employment more effectively. The Department’s Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) is partnering with the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Centers for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, Employment and Training Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Disability Employment Policy and Wage and Hour Division for an online conversation through the “U.S. Department of Labor’s Efforts to End Labor Trafficking National Online Dialogue.” Ideas and comments from t...
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  • HUD launches Recovery Housing Program to aid Americans recovering from Substance Abuse

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development launches Recovery Housing Program to aid Americans recovering from Substance Abuse | site |


    The pilot program would provide housing and stability to those who are currently in recovery from substance abuse disorder


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release: November 24, 2020)

    Washington - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced the publication of the Notice for HUD’s pilot Recovery Housing Program (RHP). The program was authorized by the SUPPORT Act to provide stable, temporary housing to individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder. RHP is funding 25 grantees, 24 states and the District of Columbia, whose age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths was above the national overdose mortality rate. “As a Nation, we need to remove the stigma associated with substance-use disorder, m
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  • HHS Launches Pilot Program of Fast Molecular POC Test for COVID-19

    HHS Launches Pilot Program of Fast Molecular POC Test for COVID-19

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Launches Pilot Program of Fast Molecular POC Test for COVID-19 | site |


    HHS says Alaska, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Texas Receive First Shipments of Test Used in NBA Bubble


    (Information contained in HHS press release: November 19, 2020) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a pilot program with five states to use portable, cartridge-based COVID-19 molecular test kits that provide rapid results. The pilot program will assess how to best integrate diagnostic technology developed by Cue Health, Inc., into strategies for disease surveillance and infection control in institutions such as nursing homes. Used successfully as the primary molecular point-of-care (POC) test to control the spread of COVID-19 within in the National Basketball Association “bubble,” as well as by leading healthcare providers in the U.S., the nasal swab POC test generates results in ab...
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  • HHS Launches First-of-its-Kind Regulatory Clean-Up Initiative Utilizing AI

    HHS Launches First-of-its-Kind Regulatory Clean-Up Initiative Utilizing AI

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Launches First-of-its-Kind Regulatory Clean-Up Initiative Utilizing AI | site |



    (November 17, 2020) - - On November 17, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule as part of a new department-wide regulatory clean-up initiative, the first of its kind utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) technologies, which will provide a foundation for future innovation across federal agencies. Under this initiative, HHS was able to run an automated process that identified specific locations in the CFR that warrant corrections, such as those with incorrect citations and outdated regulations that have gone unnoticed. The rule provides for the correction of nearly 100 citations, the removal of erroneous language, and correction of misspellings and typographical errors among HHS regula...
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Launches - - - Getting Back on Track: Help Is Here - - - Webinar Series to Help America’s Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Launches “Getting Back on Track: Help Is Here” Webinar Series to Help America’s Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: May 20, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the non-profit Public Private Strategies Institute will launch a new regional webinar series, “Getting Back on Track: Help is Here,” to provide Main Street entrepreneurs with the information and resources they need to continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The educational webinars will feature speakers from The White House, the SBA, Members of Congress, and small business leaders, and will provide updates on the American Rescue Plan.

    “The 'Getting Back on Track: Help is Here' webinar series is an important outreach effort to help small businesses recover, rebuild and gain resiliency,”
    ...
    05-29-2021, 06:41 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Treasury Launches Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Deliver 350 Billion Dollars
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Launches Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Deliver $350 Billion | site |


    Aid to state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments will help bring back jobs, address pandemic’s economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong, equitable recovery


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 10, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to provide $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments. Treasury also released details on the ways funds can be used to respond to acute pandemic-response needs, fill revenue shortfalls among state and local governments, and support the communities and populations hardest-hit by the COVID-19 crisis. Eligible state,...
    05-11-2021, 01:10 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    GSA Launches Updated Regulations.gov to Improve the Integrity of Public Commenting
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. General Services Administration launches Updated Regulations.gov to Improve the Integrity of Public Commenting | site |



    Site enhancements maximize operability and speed, supporting a consistent, high-quality user experience


    (Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration [GSA] press release dated: February 17, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. General Services Administration today announced a new version of Regulations.gov launching February 18, 2021. Regulations.gov is a federal shared service that provides the public with one-stop access to regulatory and deregulatory actions for over 200 federal agencies, including the ability to electronically submit comments. “GSA’s goal is to make it easier for the public to participate in the regulatory process,” said Office of Government-wide Policy Associate Administrator Krystal Brumfield. “The new Regulations.gov re-envisions the public site, with
    ...
    03-08-2021, 06:51 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches Public Guidance to further protect Veterans’ personal Information
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches Public Guidance to further protect Veterans’ personal Information | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: February 22, 2021)

    Washington - - This February the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched Ethics Principles for Access to and Use of Veteran Data as part of ongoing efforts to protect Veteran data.

    The new online resource outlines nine principles for communicating clear expectations on how Veteran data is to be managed and viewed by Veterans, staff, VA partners and other stakeholders. These principles reinforce VA’s standards of data privacy and protection maintained during VA’s distribution of nearly 2 million COVID-19 vaccinations to date, and other critical health care services during the coronavirus pandemic. “VA’s principle-based ethics framework takes a proactive approach to data management and privacy
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    02-26-2021, 05:16 AM
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    U.S. Department of Labor launches new Monthly Series of Workshops to provide Employment Assistance to Transitioning Military Spouses
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    U.S. Department of Labor launches new Monthly Series of Workshops to provide Employment Assistance to Transitioning Military Spouses | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor dated: February 8, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new monthly series of career workshops to provide employment assistance to transitioning military spouses. Participation is free and classes are open to all transitioning military spouses. The launch follows a successful pilot program in October 2020.

    The workshops are part of the department’s Transition Assistance Program series targeted at helping military spouses plan and prepare for their job search in pursuit of their employment goals. Offered by the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, the workshops are part of the Transition Employment Assistance for Military Spouses’ curriculum.

    Registration is now
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    02-09-2021, 04:00 AM

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