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  • Federal Emergency Management Agency says Use FEMA Grants for Intended Purpose

    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Use FEMA Grants for Intended Purpose

    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Use FEMA Grants for Intended Purpose | site |


    (November 17, 2020) - - On November 17, 2020 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information: PENSACOLA, Fla. – FEMA reminds Panhandle residents who have received federal disaster assistance for Hurricane Sally to use the money for its intended purpose and to keep receipts for three years. Disaster assistance is intended to help residents meet basic disaster-related needs. A letter explaining what the payment is to be used for arrives within a day or two of the check or direct deposit payment. If applicants spend the payment on anything other than the purpose for which it is intended, they may be denied future disaster assistance. In some cases, FEMA may ask that the money be returned. Those receiving assistance are urged to keep receipts for their disaster spending for three years to document that the money was used to meet disaster-relate...
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  • OPM Announces the Start of Open Season for Federal Employees

    OPM Announces the Start of Open Season for Federal Employees

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management announces the Start of Open Season for Federal Employees | site |




    (November 10, 2020) - - Today, November 10, 2020, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – This week, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) began this year’s Federal Benefits Open Season, allowing enrollees to select their health, dental, vision, or flexible spending account benefits for the year 2021.

    Beginning Monday, November 9, eligible Federal employees and retirees can elect to stay with their current plan or select a new one. Open Season ends Monday, December 14.

    Enrollees can use OPM’s Plan Comparison Tool to compare the cost of different plans’ monthly premiums, deductibles, and annual out-of-pocket maximums. These tools make it easy for customers to learn their coverage options and make an informed decision for the coming year.

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  • FEMA says Wildfire Survivors Must Apply To Extend Time For FEMA Rental Assistance

    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Wildfire Survivors Must Apply To Extend Time For FEMA Rental Assistance| site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information: SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Wildfire survivors who received an initial rental assistance award may be eligible for an extension of that after two months but must request it. Many individuals and households who had to move after their homes were damaged or lost due to August/September wildfires in 13 counties have been receiving help from FEMA paying rent on temporary alternative housing. The counties are Butte, Lake, Lassen, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Trinity, Tulare and Yolo. Two weeks after a household initially receives rental assistance, FEMA mails them a letter or an application for an extension. Anyone currently receiving temporary housing assistance who has not received a l...
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  • Trump Administration Returns Management and Protection of Gray Wolves to States and Tribes Following Successful Recovery Efforts

    Trump Administration Returns Management and Protection of Gray Wolves to States and Tribes Following Successful Recovery Efforts| site |


    (October 29, 2020) - - On October 29, 2020 the U.S. Department of the Interior published the following information:

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - More than 45 years after gray wolves were first listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Trump Administration and its many conservation partners are announcing the successful recovery of the gray wolf and its delisting from the ESA. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt was at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge to announce that state and tribal wildlife management agency professionals will resume responsibility for sustainable management and protection of delisted gray wolves in states with gray wolf populations, while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) monitors the species for five years to ensure the continued success of the species.
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces 2021 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces 2021 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums| site |


    (October 14, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced today that for plan year 2021, the average total premiums for current non-Postal employees and retirees enrolled in plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will increase 3.6 percent. This year’s increase is lower than last year’s increase.

    This year, OPM has negotiated a new, seven-year contract for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). While the majority of current FEDVIP enrollees should not experience a significant increase in premiums, enrollees are encouraged to research the various FEDVIP plans and choose the dental and vision coverage that best fits their needs. “Our team has worked diligently
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  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Rating System - - - CRS - - - Update

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Rating System (CRS) Update | site |


    Voluntary incentive program recognizes and encourages community floodplain management


    (October 5, 2020) - - Today, October 5, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information: PHILADELPHIA- Flooding is the most common and costly disaster in the United States. Anywhere it can rain, it can flood. With 98 percent of counties in the entire United States having experienced a flood and just a single inch of water causing up to $25,000 in damage, communities across the country must make tough decisions about protecting lives and property from flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency created the voluntary Community Rating System (CRS) program to recognize local efforts to reduce flood risk, and to reward communities, their residents and businesses by saving them money on flood insurance premiums. As of Oct. 1, 2020, the fo...
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  • OPM Launches the Presidential Management Fellows Class of 2021 Application

    OPM Launches the Presidential Management Fellows Class of 2021 Application

    OPM Launches the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Class of 2021 Application | site |



    (September 30, 2020) - - Today, September 30, 2020, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DCThe U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has opened applications for the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Class of 2021. The program, now in its 43rd year, has provided a pathway to the Federal service for more than 10,000 individuals.


    Applications for the program will run until Wednesday, October 14 at Noon (Eastern). To learn more about the application process, visit the “Become a PMF” section of the PMF website.

    Subject Matter Expert Availability:

    Arianne Gallagher, Director, Presidential Management Fellows Program

    Please contact [email protected] for comment.

    Background:

    The Presidential Management Fellows Program is a
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management issues Suggested 2020 Election Flexibilities for Federal Workers

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management issues Suggested 2020 Election Flexibilities for Federal Workers| site |


    (September 29, 2020) - - Today, September 29, 2020, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released today a memorandum providing agencies with information on the Federal Government’s longstanding policy to grant employees limited time off from work to vote in Federal, State, county, or municipal elections.

    In addition to excused absence for voting, the memorandum encourages agencies to permit Federal employees to make use of available flexibilities to volunteer as a nonpartisan poll worker, participate in early voting, or to receive an excused absence if their polling place requires an extended commute and voting by absentee ballot is not permitted.

    The complete memorandum can be read here.
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Agenda for May 27 Meeting of the Asset Management Advisory Committee

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Agenda for May 27 Meeting of the Asset Management Advisory Committee | site |



    (May 21, 2020) - - Today (May 21, 2020), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information: Washington D.C., May 21, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today released the agenda for the May 27 meeting of the Asset Management Advisory Committee (AMAC). AMAC was formed to provide the Commission with diverse perspectives on asset management and related advice and recommendations. The meeting will include a discussion of matters relating to AMAC’s subcommittees and to COVID-19 and the asset management industry. The meeting will be held by remote means and is open to the public. The meeting will be webcast live on SEC.gov and will be archived on the website for later viewing. Members of the public who wish to provide their views on the matters to be considered by AMAC may submit comments either
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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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  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Signs First Secretary’s Orders and Announces Department Management Decisions

    U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Signs First Secretary’s Orders and Announces Department Management Decisions| site |



    (February 21, 2020) - - Today (February 21, 2020), the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information: WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia announced a series of management decisions, including his first Secretary's Orders since his confirmation in September 2019. "Two constitutional principles that have guided me since my confirmation are 'fair notice' and the duty to 'take care that the laws be faithfully executed,'" Secretary Scalia said. "Establishing policy for the Department, making sure the Department is well-run, and taking responsibility for its actions are important duties of the Secretary of Labor. Today's actions enhance the ability that I and future secretaries will have to fulfill those duties." Secretary's Orders are the primary means for formally communicating policies, decisions r...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Sends 2020 FEHB Call Letter to Carriers

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Sends 2020 FEHB Call Letter to Carriers

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Sends 2020 Federal Employees Health Benefits Call Letter to Carriers | site |



    (February 11, 2020) - - Today (February 11, 2020), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has sent out the annual Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Call Letter to carriers. The Call Letter describes OPM’s policy goals and initiatives for the next plan year. It highlights ongoing policy goals, new initiatives, and negotiation objectives for the FEHB Program. OPM’s continued efforts on affordability and transparency reflect the Administrations’ strategic vision for reforming the American healthcare system through choice and competition, as evidenced in the Executive Order 13877, “Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First” (June 27, 2019). The 2019 Call Letter highlights OPM...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Reminds Agencies of Guidance for 2020 Census

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Reminds Agencies of Guidance for 2020 Census| site |



    (February 6, 2020) - - Today (February 6, 2020), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies as a reminder to agencies that current employees may be able to accept employment with the Census Bureau during the 2020 census taking. This is being done so that agencies can ensure their employees understand the circumstances under which they may receive pay for more than one federal position, specifically short-term, temporary jobs affiliated with the 2020 Census.
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Issues Further Coronavirus Guidance to Agencies

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Issues Further Coronavirus Guidance to Agencies| site |



    (February 7, 2020) - - Today (February 7, 2020), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has released additional guidance to assist agencies and employees in responding to any concerns about exposure to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The memo provides information on various human resources (HR) flexibilities that agencies and employees may use during periods when employees are subject to quarantine or isolation in connection with 2019-nCoV. OPM has convened a working group of key agencies to determine what HR guidance is needed in response to 2019-nCoV. OPM will continue to coordinate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the agency working group to identify federal workforce impacts, direct agencies to the latest informati
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management publishes Collective Bargaining Agreements Database Online

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management publishes Collective Bargaining Agreements Database Online| site |


    (January 9, 2020) - - Today (January 9, 2020), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management provided the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the release of the collective bargaining agreements (CBA) database available on its website in accordance with President Trump’s Executive Order on Developing Efficient, Effective, and Cost Reducing Approaches to Federal Sector Collective Bargaining (EO 13836).

    'This database is about transparency in government,' said Director Dale Cabaniss. “OPM is committed to implementing President Trump’s workforce reforms so the American people can have a more effective and efficient government.”

    Agencies will now be able to submit their CBAs and arbitration awards directly to OPM. Agency labor relations staff or other appropriate personnel
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Use FEMA Grants for Intended Purpose
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Use FEMA Grants for Intended Purpose | site |


    (November 17, 2020) - - On November 17, 2020 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information: PENSACOLA, Fla. – FEMA reminds Panhandle residents who have received federal disaster assistance for Hurricane Sally to use the money for its intended purpose and to keep receipts for three years. Disaster assistance is intended to help residents meet basic disaster-related needs. A letter explaining what the payment is to be used for arrives within a day or two of the check or direct deposit payment. If applicants spend the payment on anything other than the purpose for which it is intended, they may be denied future disaster assistance. In some cases, FEMA may ask that the money be returned. Those receiving assistance are urged to keep receipts for their disaster spending for three years to document that the money was used to meet disaster-relate...
    11-19-2020, 11:53 AM
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    OPM Announces the Start of Open Season for Federal Employees
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management announces the Start of Open Season for Federal Employees | site |




    (November 10, 2020) - - Today, November 10, 2020, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – This week, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) began this year’s Federal Benefits Open Season, allowing enrollees to select their health, dental, vision, or flexible spending account benefits for the year 2021.

    Beginning Monday, November 9, eligible Federal employees and retirees can elect to stay with their current plan or select a new one. Open Season ends Monday, December 14.

    Enrollees can use OPM’s Plan Comparison Tool to compare the cost of different plans’ monthly premiums, deductibles, and annual out-of-pocket maximums. These tools make it easy for customers to learn their coverage options and make an informed decision for the coming year.

    Visit
    ...
    11-11-2020, 05:02 AM
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    FEMA says Wildfire Survivors Must Apply To Extend Time For FEMA Rental Assistance
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Wildfire Survivors Must Apply To Extend Time For FEMA Rental Assistance| site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information: SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Wildfire survivors who received an initial rental assistance award may be eligible for an extension of that after two months but must request it. Many individuals and households who had to move after their homes were damaged or lost due to August/September wildfires in 13 counties have been receiving help from FEMA paying rent on temporary alternative housing. The counties are Butte, Lake, Lassen, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Trinity, Tulare and Yolo. Two weeks after a household initially receives rental assistance, FEMA mails them a letter or an application for an extension. Anyone currently receiving temporary housing assistance who has not received a l...
    11-10-2020, 05:55 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Trump Administration Returns Management and Protection of Gray Wolves to States and Tribes Following Successful Recovery Efforts
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Trump Administration Returns Management and Protection of Gray Wolves to States and Tribes Following Successful Recovery Efforts| site |


    (October 29, 2020) - - On October 29, 2020 the U.S. Department of the Interior published the following information:

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - More than 45 years after gray wolves were first listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Trump Administration and its many conservation partners are announcing the successful recovery of the gray wolf and its delisting from the ESA. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt was at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge to announce that state and tribal wildlife management agency professionals will resume responsibility for sustainable management and protection of delisted gray wolves in states with gray wolf populations, while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) monitors the species for five years to ensure the continued success of the species.
    ...
    11-10-2020, 02:29 AM
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces 2021 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces 2021 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums| site |


    (October 14, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced today that for plan year 2021, the average total premiums for current non-Postal employees and retirees enrolled in plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will increase 3.6 percent. This year’s increase is lower than last year’s increase.

    This year, OPM has negotiated a new, seven-year contract for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). While the majority of current FEDVIP enrollees should not experience a significant increase in premiums, enrollees are encouraged to research the various FEDVIP plans and choose the dental and vision coverage that best fits their needs. “Our team has worked diligently
    ...
    10-14-2020, 11:53 PM

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