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  • NHTSA Updates Cybersecurity Best Practices for New Vehicles

    NHTSA Updates Cybersecurity Best Practices for New Vehicles

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Updates Cybersecurity Best Practices for New Vehicles​ | site |


    Guidance builds upon research, learnings and progress since 2016



    Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) press release dated: September 7, 2022

    September 7, 2022 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles, an update to its 2016 edition. The document describes NHTSA’s guidance to the automotive industry for improving vehicle cybersecurity for safety. “As vehicle technology and connectivity develop, cybersecurity needs to be a top priority for every automaker, developer, and operator,” said Dr. Steven Cliff, NHTSA’s Administrator. “NHTSA is committed to the safety of vehicles on our nation’s roads, and these updated best practices w
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  • Social Security Administration Establishing National Native American Office

    Social Security Administration Establishing National Native American Office

    Social Security Administration Establishing National Native American Office | site |


    New Office to Advocate for Tribes


    Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: October 4, 2022 Acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) established an Office of Native American Partnerships within the Office of the Commissioner. This office will elevate and centralize efforts to administer comprehensive programs and policies related to American Indians and Alaska Natives. It will enhance the agency’s relationship with Tribes and serve as the primary point of contact on Tribal affairs for all stakeholders. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to reducing barriers to ensure people who are eligible for our benefits receive them,” Acting Commissioner Kijakazi said. “Establishing our new Office of Native American Partnerships strengthens that commitment by providing Tribal com
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  • Veterans Compete at 2022 National Veterans Golden Age Games

    Veterans Compete at 2022 National Veterans Golden Age Games

    Veterans Compete at 2022 National Veterans Golden Age Games | site |




    National senior sports event returns to live competition


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) press release dated: July 11, 2022

    Washington - - After two years of virtual participation at-home, approximately 500 Veterans from across the country are set to compete in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Veterans Golden Age Games, July 18-23, in South Dakota. Military Veterans aged 55 and older will return to live competition and clinics at multiple venues throughout Sioux Falls. Through its “Fitness for Life” motto, the National Veterans Golden Age Games motivates Veterans to commit to fitness through daily recreational movement and activity. The rehabilitation event demonstrates the essential value of sports and complements VA rehabilitation programs and year-round training offered to Veterans at VA facilities across
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  • Dr. Steven Cliff Confirmed as 16th National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator

    Dr. Steven Cliff Confirmed as 16th National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator | site |


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: June 3, 2022

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that Dr. Steven Cliff has been confirmed as the 16th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nominated by President Biden on October 19, 2021, Dr. Cliff, who had been serving as Deputy Administrator, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 26.

    “From his deep academic background to his public service at the California Air Resources Board, Dr. Steven Cliff brings the experience and expertise needed to help build a safer, cleaner
    transportation system for all Americans,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “His leadership will be vital as NHTSA implements new...
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  • Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on National Center for Education Statistics - - Condition of Education - - Report

    Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on National Center for Education Statistics "Condition of Education" Report | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 31, 2022 Following is a statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the National Center for Education Statistics’ “Condition of Education” 2022 report. The report summarizes the latest data on education and includes changes in enrollment from fall of 2019 through fall of 2020, the first year of schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. “When I took office, only 46 percent of schools were open for in-person learning. Now, more than 99 percent of schools and colleges are open, and our institutions are beginning to heal. We know COVID-19 disrupted our schools and colleges, and this report serves as an important reminder of the work left to be done on the road to recovery. The Department’s urge...
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  • FEMA Administrator Urges Preparedness for 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Administrator Criswell Announces National Building Codes Initiative with White House

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Urges Preparedness for 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Administrator Criswell Announces National Building Codes Initiative with White House | site |



    Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) press release dated: June 1, 2022 Washington - - June 1 officially marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2022 outlook it will be another active season. FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell stressed the importance of taking preparedness measures early while at the National Hurricane Center in Miami earlier today. “While it is FEMA’s goal to lead the nation, to set the example for the level readiness and preparedness we need to see for this hurricane season -- we can’t do this without you. Please don’t wait -- act now. Visit Ready.gov to make your emergency pl...
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  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Announces 2022 Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Announces 2022 Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization | site |




    Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release dated: May 12, 2022

    May 12, 2022 | Washington, DC - - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced the launch of the annual Click It or Ticket national seat belt enforcement mobilization with the goal of reminding drivers that seat belts save lives. A $10 million paid media campaign will run May 16 through June 5, 2022, featuring radio, TV, and digital ads in both English and Spanish. The public awareness campaign will coincide with special enforcement efforts May 23-June 5, during which state and local law enforcement agencies across the country will be issuing tickets to drivers who choose not to buckle up. The work of our nation’s law enforcement officers plays an important role in preventing and reducing traffic-rel
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  • Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries to host Public Memorial Day Ceremonies after Two Years without Gatherings

    Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries to host Public Memorial Day Ceremonies after Two Years without Gatherings
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Va) press releasd dated: May 23, 2022

    Washington - - The Department of Veteran Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration will host its first public Memorial Day ceremonies since 2019. Ceremonies were not open in 2020 or 2021 to limit the spread of COVID-19. All visitors this year are encouraged to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines to ensure their safety while in attendance. Veterans, families and the public are welcome to attend in-person traditional VA Memorial Day ceremonies held May 28 through May 30 to commemorate the nation’s fallen service members. NCA maintains 155 national cemeteries and 34 soldiers’ lots and monument sites in 43 states and Puerto Rico. “There is no more fitting place to reflect upon the service and sacrifice of America’s Vetera
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  • HUD Announces Over 1.4 Million Dollars in Housing Assistance for Foster Youth During National Foster Care Month

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces Over $1.4 Million in Housing Assistance for Foster Youth During National Foster Care Month | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: May 12, 2022 Washington - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced over $1.4 million in housing assistance through the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative for youth transitioning out of foster care who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. May marks National Foster Care Month, a time to renew the commitment to ensuring all young people who are or have been in foster care have the support and resources they need to thrive. “The Foster Youth to Independence initiative fills a longstanding gap in support for young people who are transitioning out of foster care,” said Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “I am proud of the award-winning Foster Youth to Indepen...
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  • Laurie Locascio Confirmed as the 17th National Institute of Standards and Technology Director

    Laurie Locascio Confirmed as the 17th National Institute of Standards and Technology Director | site |



    Information contained in National Institute of Standards and Technology press release dated: April 19, 2022 Washington - - Laurie E. Locascio was sworn in today as the fourth Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and the 17th director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. As one of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories, NIST conducts research and standards development activities that support innovation in a wide array of disciplines, including cybersecurity, manufacturing, health care, greenhouse gas measurement, and quantum physics and computing. Locascio was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 7, 2022. “We are so fortunate to have Laurie Locascio assume the leadership of NIST,” said Secretary Raimondo. “She is an accomplished scientist, leader and m...
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  • FCC Chair Rosenworcel Remarks to National Education and Training Council

    Remarks of Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to the National Coalition for Technology in Education & Training Council | site |




    Information contained in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) speech release dated: May 11, 2022


    Remarks of
    Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel
    The National Coalition
    for Technology in Education & Training Council
    Washington, DC
    May 11, 2022



    Thank you for having me. This coalition is all about making digital connections, but it’s great to connect with you in person. It’s been far too long. I’ve been asked to tell a bit about my personal journey as a policymaker working to promote digital learning and equity. Specifically, I’ve been asked to explain how closing the Homework Gap became a signature issue for me, and of course, what the Federal Communications Commission is doing about...
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  • Texas Governor Abbott Celebrates National Day Of Prayer At Governor’s Prayer Breakfast In Round Rock

    Texas Governor Abbott Celebrates National Day Of Prayer At Governor’s Prayer Breakfast In Round Rock | site |


    Information contained in Office of the Governor of Texas press release dated: May 2, 2022

    May 2, 2022 | Austin, Texas | Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks at the Governor's Prayer Breakfast in Round Rock in honor of the National Day of Prayer. During the breakfast, the Governor highlighted the power of prayer in our everyday lives and for our communities. The Governor also presented a proclamation recognizing Thursday, May 5th as A Day of Prayer in the State of Texas.


    "The most powerful thing a person can say is that they are praying for you – and Texans are notorious prayer warriors, praying for the safety and success of their communities and our state," said Governor Abbott. "Where two or more are gathered in His name, God...
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  • SBA Administrator Guzman Announces 2022 National Small Business Week Small Business Person of the Year

    U.S. Small Business Administrator Guzman Announces 2022 National Small Business Week Small Business Person of the Year | site |



    West Virginia Small Business Owner Takes Top Honor, Massachusetts Restaurateur Named Runner-up


    Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) press release dated: May 5, 2022

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced this Year’s Small Business Person of the Year, Jill Rae Scarbro of Bright Futures Learning Services in West Virginia, during the 2022 National Small Business Week virtual summit. This year’s National Small Business Week (NSBW), themed “Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship,” acknowledged small businesses from across the country for their resilience, ingenuity, and creativity. It also recognized SBA partners for their involvement in entrepreneurial development, disaster recovery, government contracting, financial development,
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  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Reminds Parents to - - - Look Before You Lock - - -

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Reminds Parents to “Look Before You Lock” | site |



    National Heatstroke Prevention Day is Sunday, May 1



    Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) press release dated: April 27, 2022 April 27, 2022 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging all parents and caregivers to make sure they remember “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock” when driving with young passengers. Sunday, May 1, is National Heatstroke Prevention Day, an opportunity to remind everyone of the dangers that hot vehicles pose to children. One of the biggest risk factors for heatstroke deaths is a change in routine. As parents and caregivers continue to shift their schedules due to changes in the pandemic, the risk of someone forgetting and leaving their child in the back seat increa...
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  • For National Small Business Week, plan now to take Advantage of Tax Benefits for 2022

    For National Small Business Week, plan now to take Advantage of Tax Benefits for 2022 | site |




    Enhanced deduction for business meals, home office deduction and more


    Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) press release dated: May 3, 2022

    Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today urged business taxpayers to begin planning now to take advantage of the enhanced 100% deduction for business meals and other tax benefits available to them when they file their 2022 federal income tax return.

    During National Small Business Week, May 1 to 7, the IRS is highlighting tax benefits and resources tied to the theme for this year's celebration: "Building a Better America through Entrepreneurship." With next year's filing deadline nearly a year away, any entrepreneur still has time to identify possible tax benefits, take action to qualify for them and then claim them when they file in 2023.
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    NHTSA Updates Cybersecurity Best Practices for New Vehicles
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Updates Cybersecurity Best Practices for New Vehicles​ | site |


    Guidance builds upon research, learnings and progress since 2016



    Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) press release dated: September 7, 2022

    September 7, 2022 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles, an update to its 2016 edition. The document describes NHTSA’s guidance to the automotive industry for improving vehicle cybersecurity for safety. “As vehicle technology and connectivity develop, cybersecurity needs to be a top priority for every automaker, developer, and operator,” said Dr. Steven Cliff, NHTSA’s Administrator. “NHTSA is committed to the safety of vehicles on our nation’s roads, and these updated best practices w
    ...
    10-24-2022, 03:07 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Social Security Administration Establishing National Native American Office
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Social Security Administration Establishing National Native American Office | site |


    New Office to Advocate for Tribes


    Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: October 4, 2022 Acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) established an Office of Native American Partnerships within the Office of the Commissioner. This office will elevate and centralize efforts to administer comprehensive programs and policies related to American Indians and Alaska Natives. It will enhance the agency’s relationship with Tribes and serve as the primary point of contact on Tribal affairs for all stakeholders. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to reducing barriers to ensure people who are eligible for our benefits receive them,” Acting Commissioner Kijakazi said. “Establishing our new Office of Native American Partnerships strengthens that commitment by providing Tribal com
    ...
    10-22-2022, 05:03 PM
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    Veterans Compete at 2022 National Veterans Golden Age Games
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    Veterans Compete at 2022 National Veterans Golden Age Games | site |




    National senior sports event returns to live competition


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) press release dated: July 11, 2022

    Washington - - After two years of virtual participation at-home, approximately 500 Veterans from across the country are set to compete in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Veterans Golden Age Games, July 18-23, in South Dakota. Military Veterans aged 55 and older will return to live competition and clinics at multiple venues throughout Sioux Falls. Through its “Fitness for Life” motto, the National Veterans Golden Age Games motivates Veterans to commit to fitness through daily recreational movement and activity. The rehabilitation event demonstrates the essential value of sports and complements VA rehabilitation programs and year-round training offered to Veterans at VA facilities across
    ...
    07-16-2022, 03:54 AM
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    Dr. Steven Cliff Confirmed as 16th National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator
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    Dr. Steven Cliff Confirmed as 16th National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator | site |


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: June 3, 2022

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that Dr. Steven Cliff has been confirmed as the 16th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nominated by President Biden on October 19, 2021, Dr. Cliff, who had been serving as Deputy Administrator, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 26.

    “From his deep academic background to his public service at the California Air Resources Board, Dr. Steven Cliff brings the experience and expertise needed to help build a safer, cleaner
    transportation system for all Americans,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “His leadership will be vital as NHTSA implements new...
    06-11-2022, 10:24 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on National Center for Education Statistics - - Condition of Education - - Report
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on National Center for Education Statistics "Condition of Education" Report | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 31, 2022 Following is a statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the National Center for Education Statistics’ “Condition of Education” 2022 report. The report summarizes the latest data on education and includes changes in enrollment from fall of 2019 through fall of 2020, the first year of schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. “When I took office, only 46 percent of schools were open for in-person learning. Now, more than 99 percent of schools and colleges are open, and our institutions are beginning to heal. We know COVID-19 disrupted our schools and colleges, and this report serves as an important reminder of the work left to be done on the road to recovery. The Department’s urge...
    06-04-2022, 04:14 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FEMA Administrator Urges Preparedness for 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Administrator Criswell Announces National Building Codes Initiative with White House
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Urges Preparedness for 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Administrator Criswell Announces National Building Codes Initiative with White House | site |



    Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) press release dated: June 1, 2022 Washington - - June 1 officially marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2022 outlook it will be another active season. FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell stressed the importance of taking preparedness measures early while at the National Hurricane Center in Miami earlier today. “While it is FEMA’s goal to lead the nation, to set the example for the level readiness and preparedness we need to see for this hurricane season -- we can’t do this without you. Please don’t wait -- act now. Visit Ready.gov to make your emergency pl...
    06-04-2022, 11:56 AM
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Announces 2022 Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Announces 2022 Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization | site |




    Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release dated: May 12, 2022

    May 12, 2022 | Washington, DC - - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced the launch of the annual Click It or Ticket national seat belt enforcement mobilization with the goal of reminding drivers that seat belts save lives. A $10 million paid media campaign will run May 16 through June 5, 2022, featuring radio, TV, and digital ads in both English and Spanish. The public awareness campaign will coincide with special enforcement efforts May 23-June 5, during which state and local law enforcement agencies across the country will be issuing tickets to drivers who choose not to buckle up. The work of our nation’s law enforcement officers plays an important role in preventing and reducing traffic-rel
    ...
    05-28-2022, 04:39 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries to host Public Memorial Day Ceremonies after Two Years without Gatherings
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    Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries to host Public Memorial Day Ceremonies after Two Years without Gatherings
    | site |

    Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Va) press releasd dated: May 23, 2022

    Washington - - The Department of Veteran Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration will host its first public Memorial Day ceremonies since 2019. Ceremonies were not open in 2020 or 2021 to limit the spread of COVID-19. All visitors this year are encouraged to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines to ensure their safety while in attendance. Veterans, families and the public are welcome to attend in-person traditional VA Memorial Day ceremonies held May 28 through May 30 to commemorate the nation’s fallen service members. NCA maintains 155 national cemeteries and 34 soldiers’ lots and monument sites in 43 states and Puerto Rico. “There is no more fitting place to reflect upon the service and sacrifice of America’s Vetera
    ...
    05-25-2022, 01:58 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    HUD Announces Over 1.4 Million Dollars in Housing Assistance for Foster Youth During National Foster Care Month
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces Over $1.4 Million in Housing Assistance for Foster Youth During National Foster Care Month | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: May 12, 2022 Washington - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced over $1.4 million in housing assistance through the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative for youth transitioning out of foster care who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. May marks National Foster Care Month, a time to renew the commitment to ensuring all young people who are or have been in foster care have the support and resources they need to thrive. “The Foster Youth to Independence initiative fills a longstanding gap in support for young people who are transitioning out of foster care,” said Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “I am proud of the award-winning Foster Youth to Indepen...
    05-17-2022, 01:50 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Laurie Locascio Confirmed as the 17th National Institute of Standards and Technology Director
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Laurie Locascio Confirmed as the 17th National Institute of Standards and Technology Director | site |



    Information contained in National Institute of Standards and Technology press release dated: April 19, 2022 Washington - - Laurie E. Locascio was sworn in today as the fourth Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and the 17th director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. As one of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories, NIST conducts research and standards development activities that support innovation in a wide array of disciplines, including cybersecurity, manufacturing, health care, greenhouse gas measurement, and quantum physics and computing. Locascio was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 7, 2022. “We are so fortunate to have Laurie Locascio assume the leadership of NIST,” said Secretary Raimondo. “She is an accomplished scientist, leader and m...
    05-14-2022, 02:50 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FCC Chair Rosenworcel Remarks to National Education and Training Council
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Remarks of Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to the National Coalition for Technology in Education & Training Council | site |




    Information contained in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) speech release dated: May 11, 2022


    Remarks of
    Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel
    The National Coalition
    for Technology in Education & Training Council
    Washington, DC
    May 11, 2022



    Thank you for having me. This coalition is all about making digital connections, but it’s great to connect with you in person. It’s been far too long. I’ve been asked to tell a bit about my personal journey as a policymaker working to promote digital learning and equity. Specifically, I’ve been asked to explain how closing the Homework Gap became a signature issue for me, and of course, what the Federal Communications Commission is doing about...
    05-13-2022, 08:02 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Texas Governor Abbott Celebrates National Day Of Prayer At Governor’s Prayer Breakfast In Round Rock
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Texas Governor Abbott Celebrates National Day Of Prayer At Governor’s Prayer Breakfast In Round Rock | site |


    Information contained in Office of the Governor of Texas press release dated: May 2, 2022

    May 2, 2022 | Austin, Texas | Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks at the Governor's Prayer Breakfast in Round Rock in honor of the National Day of Prayer. During the breakfast, the Governor highlighted the power of prayer in our everyday lives and for our communities. The Governor also presented a proclamation recognizing Thursday, May 5th as A Day of Prayer in the State of Texas.


    "The most powerful thing a person can say is that they are praying for you – and Texans are notorious prayer warriors, praying for the safety and success of their communities and our state," said Governor Abbott. "Where two or more are gathered in His name, God...
    05-07-2022, 08:59 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    SBA Administrator Guzman Announces 2022 National Small Business Week Small Business Person of the Year
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Small Business Administrator Guzman Announces 2022 National Small Business Week Small Business Person of the Year | site |



    West Virginia Small Business Owner Takes Top Honor, Massachusetts Restaurateur Named Runner-up


    Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) press release dated: May 5, 2022

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced this Year’s Small Business Person of the Year, Jill Rae Scarbro of Bright Futures Learning Services in West Virginia, during the 2022 National Small Business Week virtual summit. This year’s National Small Business Week (NSBW), themed “Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship,” acknowledged small businesses from across the country for their resilience, ingenuity, and creativity. It also recognized SBA partners for their involvement in entrepreneurial development, disaster recovery, government contracting, financial development,
    ...
    05-07-2022, 08:28 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Reminds Parents to - - - Look Before You Lock - - -
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Reminds Parents to “Look Before You Lock” | site |



    National Heatstroke Prevention Day is Sunday, May 1



    Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) press release dated: April 27, 2022 April 27, 2022 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging all parents and caregivers to make sure they remember “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock” when driving with young passengers. Sunday, May 1, is National Heatstroke Prevention Day, an opportunity to remind everyone of the dangers that hot vehicles pose to children. One of the biggest risk factors for heatstroke deaths is a change in routine. As parents and caregivers continue to shift their schedules due to changes in the pandemic, the risk of someone forgetting and leaving their child in the back seat increa...
    05-07-2022, 06:39 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    For National Small Business Week, plan now to take Advantage of Tax Benefits for 2022
    by Staff Reporter 1
    For National Small Business Week, plan now to take Advantage of Tax Benefits for 2022 | site |




    Enhanced deduction for business meals, home office deduction and more


    Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) press release dated: May 3, 2022

    Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today urged business taxpayers to begin planning now to take advantage of the enhanced 100% deduction for business meals and other tax benefits available to them when they file their 2022 federal income tax return.

    During National Small Business Week, May 1 to 7, the IRS is highlighting tax benefits and resources tied to the theme for this year's celebration: "Building a Better America through Entrepreneurship." With next year's filing deadline nearly a year away, any entrepreneur still has time to identify possible tax benefits, take action to qualify for them and then claim them when they file in 2023.
    ...
    05-06-2022, 04:20 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy Praises House for Passing Duck Boat Safety Measure
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy Praises House for Passing Duck Boat Safety Measure | site |


    Information contained in National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) press release dated: April 1, 2022 Washington (April 1, 2022) – National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy Friday praised the House of Representatives for passing a Coast Guard reauthorization bill that includes policies to improve the safety of amphibious vessels known as DUKW boats and holds the Coast Guard accountable to NTSB safety recommendations. DUKW boats, also known as duck boats, were designed and built in the 1940s for military use during World War II; some were later converted for commercial service. They are unique vessels with special challenges that must be addressed to ensure passenger safety. They require greater stability and reserve buoyancy, canopy and seatbelt removal before waterborne operations and training for crews. The NTSB first identified...
    04-16-2022, 03:18 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Consumer Advisory: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Paid Media Campaign Educates Vehicle Owners About Safety Technologies
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Consumer Advisory: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Paid Media Campaign Educates Vehicle Owners About Safety Technologies | site |


    Drivers of newer cars have access to technologies that can help save lives


    Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) press release dated: March 22, 2022

    March 22, 2022 | Washington, DC - - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching a new yearlong $1.25 million digital paid media campaign to help drivers learn about the safety benefits of advanced driver-assistance technologies in newer vehicles. The agency’s research shows that many drivers are unaware of the benefits of the technologies and even how they work. The campaign will help fill those knowledge gaps
    to help reduce traffic crashes and save lives. As the nation’s vehicle safety agency, NHTSA encou...
    04-06-2022, 12:55 AM
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    Federal Communications Commission expands List of Communications Equipment and Services that pose a Threat to National Security
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission expands List of Communications Equipment and Services that pose a Threat to National Security | site |


    Adds AO Kaspersky Lab, China Telecom (Americas) Corp, and China Mobile International USA Inc.


    Information contained in Federal Communication Commission (FCC) press release dated: March 25, 2022 Washington - - March 25, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau today added equipment and services from three entities – AO Kaspersky Lab, China Telecom (Americas) Corp, and China Mobile International USA Inc. – to its list of communications equipment and services that have been deemed a threat to national security, consistent with requirements in the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019. “Last year, for the first time, the FCC published a list of communications equipment and services that pose an unacceptable risk to national security, a...
    04-02-2022, 10:49 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education Announces 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education Announces 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: September 21, 2021)

    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today recognized 325 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Secretary Cardona will make the announcement during his Return to School Road Trip, where he will visit an awardee school, Walter R. Sundling Jr. High School, in Palatine, Illinois. "This year's cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish," said Secretary Cardona. "I commend this school and all our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy and safe wh
    ...
    10-11-2021, 07:41 PM
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    The National Catholic Bioethics Center discusses Public Policy
    by Staff Reporter 1
    The National Catholic Bioethics Center discusses Public Policy | site |


    August 27, 2021

    The National Catholic Bioethics Center discusses public policy. Some of its observations are available in the Bioethics Public Policy Report: August 27, 2021,






    09-07-2021, 10:14 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 27, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone today with Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar to thank Turkey for its longstanding and significant support to the mission at Hamid Karzai International Airport. They agreed to stay closely engaged with respect to any future arrangements at the airport. The Secretary thanked Minister Akar for his condolences for the U.S. service members lost in yesterday’s attack in Kabul. The Secretary reaffirmed the enduring U.S.-Turkey defense relationship as demonstrated most recently by the strong cooperation between both countries on Afghanistan.
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    08-28-2021, 01:16 AM
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency Launches National Risk Index Update
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency Launches National Risk Index Update | site |



    Full Application Now Available with More Customization and Reporting


    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: August 16, 2021)

    Washington - - FEMA announced the full application launch of the National Risk Index, a new online resource that provides a clear, visual guide to natural hazard risks throughout the United States, and information to help communities to understand and reduce those risks, whether they involve flooding, wildfire, extreme heat, or drought. Developed with attention to the increased risks from climate change, and the need to develop new approaches to reduce those risks, this online mapping application provides simple measures of a community’s risk for 18 natural hazards. The online mapping application also measures resilience, social vulnerability and expecte
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    08-20-2021, 12:09 AM
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    DHS Issues New National Terrorism Advisory System -- NTAS -- Bulletin
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues New National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: August 13, 2021)

    Washington - - On August 13, 2021 the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the heightened threat environment across the United States. The threat environment to the Homeland is diverse and challenging, especially leading up to and following the 20th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks as well as religious holidays that could serve as catalyst for targeted violence. Threats in the Homeland include those posed by domestic terrorists, individuals and groups engaged in grievance-based violence, and those inspired or motivated by foreign terrorists and other malign foreign influences. These actors are increasingly exploiting
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    08-14-2021, 02:09 AM
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    NHTSA says 2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic | site |



    Risky Driving Behaviors Including Failure to Wear a Seatbelt, Speeding, and Drinking While Driving Identified as Contributing Factors


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: June 3, 2021)

    June 3, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today released preliminary estimates of crash fatalities in 2020 involving motor vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, and people walking and biking. Alongside the release of the 2020 fatality projections, Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2020, the agency issued two special reports, Early Estimates of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities and Fatality Rate by Sub-Categories in 2020, and Update to Special Reports
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    06-23-2021, 05:17 AM
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    Statement from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism
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    Statement from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: June 15, 2021) With today’s release of the first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism, President Biden is demonstrating his steadfast commitment to addressing the most significant and persistent terrorism-related threat to the homeland today. In furtherance of the National Strategy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will remain focused on addressing violence, while at the same time protecting privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. DHS is undertaking a number of actions as part of an all-of-government effort to fight domestic terrorism. DHS is enhancing its analysis of open-source information to identify threats and leverage credible threat-analysis produced by others. The Department is contin...
    06-16-2021, 04:07 AM
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    U.S. Interior Secretary Haaland Promotes Outdoor Recreation, Designates Ten New National Recreation Trails
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    U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Haaland Promotes Outdoor Recreation, Designates Ten New National Recreation Trails | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: June 4, 2021)

    Washington - - In celebration of National Trails Day on June 5, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today announced 10 new national recreation trails in eight states, adding more than 160 miles to the National Trails System. The newly designated trails join a network of more than 1,300 existing national recreation trails, which can be found in every U.S. state. “As COVID-19 vaccination rates increase and our nation takes a collective and cautious sigh of relief, we need recreational resources now more than ever to strengthen physical, social and mental health across our country,” said Secretary Haaland. “National recreation trails boost local economies and provide communities with safe, equitable access to t
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    06-09-2021, 01:30 AM
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    Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries plan mass Flag placements, virtual Memorial Day events
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    Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries plan mass Flag placements, virtual Memorial Day events | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: May 24, 2021) Washington - - Veterans Affairs national cemeteries will allow mass flag placements across the U.S. to commemorate Memorial Day. This is one of many events and ceremonies scheduled this year and consistent with the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. Volunteers wishing to place flags should contact their local national cemetery. “Memorial Day is a sacred day where we remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said. “We can never forget these heroes nor the families who continue to grieve the loss of their mother, father, son, daughter, sister or brother who stood in the gap for each of us to maintain the very democracy that we are able to treasure...
    05-28-2021, 02:31 AM
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    U.S. Energy Secretary Granholm Unveils National Actions to Increase Energy Efficiency for Homes and Buildings and Save Costs for Consumers
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    U.S. Energy Secretary Granholm Unveils National Actions to Increase Energy Efficiency for Homes and Buildings and Save Costs for Consumers | site |



    Department of Energy Makes Major Steps Toward Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Which Use 40% of the Nation’s Energy; Invests $30 Million in New Workforce Training Initiatives


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy [DOE] press release dated: May 17, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - As part of a White House roundtable on building efficiency, Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm today announced sweeping actions to power more American homes and buildings with cleaner, smarter, and more affordable energy services that sharply reduce the buildings sector’s contributions to the climate crisis. “America’s path to a net-zero carbon economy runs straight through our buildings, which means we need to help households and commercial buildings across the
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    05-19-2021, 04:36 PM
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Launches Influencer Campaign to Educate Drivers on Safety Features
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Launches Influencer Campaign to Educate Drivers on Safety Features | site |


    Digital Partnership with Jason Fenske Explains New Vehicle Technologies


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: May 17, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today launched a new series of safety videos featuring Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained, demonstrating for the public the potential lifesaving benefits of several advanced driver assistance systems available in many new vehicles. “Understanding what advanced driver assistance technologies can and cannot do for the driver is critical to everyone’s safety,” said Dr. Steven Cliff, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Acting Administrator. “We’re providing the driving public with knowledge about the safety benefits of these technologies.�...
    05-18-2021, 08:31 PM
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman meets with Board of the National Association of Hispanic Publications
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman meets with Board of the National Association of Hispanic Publications | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: May 17, 2021)

    Washington - - On May 13, U.S. Small Business Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman and the executive board of the National Association of Hispanic Publications met at a virtual roundtable. The group discussed the priorities of the Biden – Harris Administration and the equity focus on economic aid made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act, especially those in underserved communities.

    “As the first Latina in President Biden’s Cabinet, I’ve made outreach to my Hispanic familia one of my key priorities,” said SBA Administrator Guzman. “Your partnership is vital in that effort – the Hispanic media has a long history of telling the story of our nation’s
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    05-17-2021, 10:37 PM
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System - - - NTAS - - - Bulletin
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: May 14, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin after consultation with the Intelligence Community and law enforcement partners. The NTAS Bulletin advises that the United States is facing threats that have evolved significantly and become increasingly complex and volatile. Specifically, the Bulletin details the threats posed by domestic terrorists, individuals, and groups engaged in grievance-based violence, and those inspired or influenced by foreign terrorists and other malign foreign influences. Social media and online forums are increasingly exploited by these actors to influence and spread violent extremist narratives and activity. Such threats als
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    05-14-2021, 10:45 PM
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    Agencies issue Shared National Credit Review
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    Agencies issue Shared National Credit Review | site |




    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: February 25, 2021)

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
    Credit risk for large, syndicated loans has increased over the last year, according to the 2020 Shared National Credit (SNC) Review released by federal bank regulatory agencies today. The elevated risk is largely attributed to the effects of COVD-19. While risk has increased, many agent banks have strengthened their risk management systems since the prior downturn and are better equipped to measure and mitigate risks associated with loans in the current environment. The review, which evaluates the quality of large syndicated loans, was conducted by the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the C
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    02-25-2021, 08:02 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation Chair Dr. Abdullah
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation Chair Dr. Abdullah | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press released dated: February 20, 2021)


    Readout by Spokesperson Ned Price, U.S. Department of State:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with the Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to discuss the United States’ review of its strategy in Afghanistan. The Secretary thanked Dr. Abdullah for his vital work in support of the Afghanistan peace process, and he expressed America’s resolve to support a just and durable political settlement and permanent and comprehensive ceasefire in Afghanistan.
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    02-22-2021, 10:21 PM
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    NIH’s TOPMed program publishes Data on over 53,000 diverse Genomes
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    National Institutes of Health’s TOPMed program publishes Data on over 53,000 diverse Genomes | site |



    NIH says historic findings could boost precision medicine, reduce health disparities


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: February 10, 2021)

    Researchers supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, announced the publication of a groundbreaking study which analyzed more than 53,000 whole genomes, primarily from minority populations. The study, which appears in the Feb. 10 online issue of the journal Nature, examines one of the largest and most diverse data sets of high-quality whole genome sequencing—a person’s complete set of DNA. The genetic data could shed new light on how heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders impact people with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, who often are underrepresented in genetic
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    02-10-2021, 03:07 PM
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    NIH calls for greater inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating People in COVID-19 Vaccine Research
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    National Institutes of Health calls for greater inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating People in COVID-19 Vaccine Research | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press releases: February 10, 2021)

    Longstanding obstacles to include pregnant and lactating people in clinical research have led to this population now deciding whether or not to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine without the benefit of scientific evidence, writes Diana W. Bianchi, M.D., director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, and colleagues. Their viewpoint article appears online in JAMA. The manufacturers of currently available vaccines excluded pregnant and lactating people from the clinical trials needed to obtain Emergency Use Authorizations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now that the vaccines have been distributed, the U.S. Center
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    02-10-2021, 01:08 PM
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    ED Announces National Survey to Gather Critical Data on School Reopening
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    ED Announces National Survey to Gather Critical Data on School Reopening |site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: February 5, 2021)

    To help safely reopen America's schools and promote educational equity, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education today announced the largest representative and highest-quality effort yet to gather vital data on the impact of COVID-19 on students and the status of in-person learning.

    Currently, there is not enough data to understand the status of school re-opening and how students are learning nationwide. This project, known as the "NAEP 2021 School Survey," will collect high-quality data from a nationally and state-representative sample.

    Today's announcement follows President Biden's Jan. 21 Executive Order to ensure "the collection of data necessary to fully understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students
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    02-09-2021, 11:23 AM
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    National Institutes of Health Networks to Advance Emotional Well-being Research
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    National Institutes of Health Networks to Advance Emotional Well-being Research | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: February 1, 2021)

    Five new research networks totaling $3.13 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health will allow investigators to refine and test key concepts that advance the study of emotional well-being. Emotional well-being has been defined as an overall positive state of one’s emotions, life satisfaction, sense of meaning and purpose, and ability to pursue self-defined goals. The opportunity to research emotional well-being and its core components — a sense of balance in emotion, thoughts, social relationships, and pursuits — aligns with NIH’s broader objectives of fostering health promotion and disease prevention. For example, having a sense of purpose in life has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. These research networks, f...
    02-03-2021, 06:21 PM
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    DHS Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press release dated: January 27, 2021) Washington - - The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin today after consultation with the intelligence community and law enforcement partners. There is currently a heightened threat environment across the United States that is likely to persist over the coming weeks. DHS does not have any information to indicate a specific, credible plot; however, violent riots have continued in recent days and we remain concerned that individuals frustrated with the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances and ideological causes fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize a broad range of ideologically-motivated actors to i...
    01-27-2021, 10:57 PM
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    SBA Partners with National Science and Technology Council to Award 330,000 Dollars in Prizes in New Lab to Market Competition
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Partners with National Science and Technology Council to Award $330,000 in Prizes in New Lab to Market Competition | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: January 19, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration partnered with the National Science and Technology Council’s Lab-to-Market subcommittee to award $330,000 in prizes to the winners of the new Lab-to-Market (L2M) Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition.

    The L2M prize competition recognizes the most impactful organizations, programs and ideas that support the research and development (R&D) innovation ecosystems, particularly those focused on underrepresented communities and pandemic responses. The competition’s goal is to encourage entrepreneurship and inclusive, sustainable growth by developing and commercializing technology to improve
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    01-26-2021, 03:00 PM
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    National Institutes of Health Officials Highlight COVID-19 Vaccine Facts, Unknowns for Healthcare Providers
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    National Institutes of Health Officials Highlight COVID-19 Vaccine Facts, Unknowns for Healthcare Providers | site |



    (Information included in a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) news release dated: January 18, 2021)

    Healthcare providers must be able to explain the latest data supporting the safety and efficacy of vaccines for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) so they can strongly encourage vaccination when appropriate while acknowledging that uncertainty and unknowns remain. This message comes from a new commentary co-authored by Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and other leading NIAID scientists in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The commentary provides an overview of the seven COVID-19 vaccines furthest along in development in the United States. For each vaccine candidate, the authors des
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    01-21-2021, 10:03 AM
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    NTSB Issues 14 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Natural Gas Explosion
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    National Transportation Safety Board Issues 14 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Natural Gas Explosion | site |




    (Information contained in National Transportation Safety Board [NTSB] press release dated: January 12, 2021)

    Washington (Jan. 12, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued 14 safety recommendations during a board meeting held Tuesday in which the agency determined the probable cause for the Feb. 23, 2018, natural gas explosion in a Dallas, TX, home. One person died and four others were injured in the explosion at 3534 Espanola Drive, that caused major structural damage to the one-story residence. The NTSB determined that the ignition of an accumulation of natural gas that leaked from the gas main that was damaged during a sewer replacement project 23 years earlier, led to the explosion. Atmos Energy Corporation failed to detect the leak when responding to related incidents at two other homes on th...
    01-19-2021, 10:15 PM
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    Commerce Adds China National Offshore Oil Corporation to the Entity List and Skyrizon to the Military End-User List
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    Commerce Adds China National Offshore Oil Corporation to the Entity List and Skyrizon to the Military End-User List | site |





    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Commerce press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce (Commerce) added Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) to the Entity List and Chinese company Skyrizon to the Military End-User (MEU) List. Both companies threaten U.S. national security, CNOOC by helping China intimidate neighbors in the South China Sea and Skyrizon for its capability to develop, produce, or maintain military items, such as military aircraft engines. “China’s reckless and belligerent actions in the South China Sea and its aggressive push to acquire sensitive intellectual property and technology for its militarization efforts are a threat to U.S. national security and the security of the international community,�...
    01-19-2021, 09:25 PM
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    National Taxpayer Advocate delivers Annual Report to Congress
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    National Taxpayer Advocate delivers Annual Report to Congress; focuses on Taxpayer Impact of COVID-19 and IRS Funding needs | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release: January 13, 2021)

    Washington - - National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins today released her 2020 Annual Report to Congress, focusing on the unprecedented challenges taxpayers faced in filing their tax returns and receiving refunds and stimulus payments during a year consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The report also finds that a roughly 20% inflation-adjusted reduction in the IRS's budget since fiscal year (FY) 2010 has left the agency with antiquated technology and inadequate staffing levels to meet taxpayers' needs.

    As part of the report, Collins released the fourth edition of the National Taxpayer Advocate's "Purple Book," a compilation of 66 legislative recommendations designed to strengthen taxpayer rights and
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    01-15-2021, 09:51 PM
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    NIH Scientists identify Nutrient that helps prevent Bacterial Infection
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    National Institutes of Health Scientists identify Nutrient that helps prevent Bacterial Infection | site |



    Taurine, which helps the body digest fats and oils, could offer treatment benefit.



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: January 15, 2021)

    Scientists studying the body’s natural defenses against bacterial infection have identified a nutrient — taurine — that helps the gut recall prior infections and kill invading bacteria, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae (Kpn). The finding, published in the journal Cell by scientists from five institutes of the National Institutes of Health, could aid efforts seeking alternatives to antibiotics. Scientists know that microbiota — the trillions of beneficial microbes living harmoniously inside our gut — can protect people from bacterial infections, but little is known about how they provide protection. Scientists are studying the microbiota ...
    01-15-2021, 01:43 PM
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    NIH Scientists Study Salmonella Swimming Behavior as Clues to Infection
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    National Institutes of Health Scientists Study Salmonella Swimming Behavior as Clues to Infection | site |


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: January 13, 2021)

    Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium bacteria (S. Typhimurium) commonly cause human gastroenteritis, inflammation of the lining of the intestines. The bacteria live inside the gut and can infect the epithelial cells that line its surface. Many studies have shown that Salmonella use a “run-and-tumble” method of short swimming periods (runs) punctuated by tumbles when they randomly change direction, but how they move within the gut is not well understood.



    Salmonella bacteria (pink), a common cause of foodborne disease, invade a human epithelial cell (yellow). Courtesy: NIH/NIAID


    National Institutes...
    01-14-2021, 12:39 AM
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    National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Seeks Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles
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    National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Seeks Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles | site |



    (Information contained in National Highway Transportation Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: January 8, 2021)


    January 8, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking public comment on the draft Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles (2020 Best Practices) it submitted to the Federal Register for publication today. This is an update to the existing best practices document that was published in 2016, and describes NHTSA’s nonbinding guidance to the automotive industry for improving vehicle cybersecurity for safety. “Vehicle cybersecurity has high stakes,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “The safety and security of everyone on our roads depend on it. We have learned a great deal in the past...
    01-09-2021, 04:37 PM
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    U.S. Census Bureau provides helpful Information about National African-American History Month - - February 2021
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    U.S. Census Bureau provides helpful Information about National African-American (Black) History Month: February 2021 | site |




    January 7, 2021 - - The U.S. Census Bureau has provided information and source links that help searchers and researchers access valuable information concerning African-Americans. The Bureau notes that February is African-American (Black) History Month. A recent Census site referencing African-American history is located at:

    https://www.census.gov/newsroom/fact...ory-month.html

    or please press HERE
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    01-09-2021, 04:01 PM
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    National Institutes of Health says Peer-reviewed Report on Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Publishes
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    National Institutes of Health says Peer-reviewed Report on Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Publishes | site |



    NIH says "Data from Phase 3 clinical trial confirm vaccine is effective".


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: December 30, 2020)

    The investigational vaccine known as mRNA-1273 was 94.1% efficacious in preventing symptomatic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to preliminary results from a Phase 3 clinical trial reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. The vaccine also demonstrated efficacy in preventing severe COVID-19. Investigators identified no safety concerns and no evidence of vaccine-associated enhanced respiratory disease (VAERD). The vaccine was co-developed by Moderna, Inc., a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. ...
    01-02-2021, 01:44 PM
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Consumer Alert - - - Changes to Odometer Disclosure Requirements
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Consumer Alert: Changes to Odometer Disclosure Requirements | site |



    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release: December 22, 2020)

    December 22, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding consumers that, starting January 1, 2021, odometer disclosures will be required for every transfer of ownership for the first 20 years, beginning with Model Year 2011 vehicles. Model Year 2010 and older vehicles will continue to be subject to the previous 10-year disclosure requirements and thus are exempt from extended Federal odometer disclosure requirements. The U.S. fleet of vehicles is, on average, older than ever, and NHTSA finalized this rule late last year to address an increase in odometer fraud involving older vehicles. Model Year 2011 or newer vehicles will ...
    12-29-2020, 07:17 PM
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Releases 2019 Crash Fatality Data
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Releases 2019 Crash Fatality Data | site |



    2019 Showed Significant Improvements in Traffic Safety, Including the Lowest Percentage of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities on Record


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: December 18, 2020)

    December 18, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today released its annual 2019 traffic fatality data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

    Traffic deaths decreased nationwide during 2019 as compared to 2018, and alcohol-impaired driving fatalities decreased to the lowest percentage since 1982, when NHTSA started reporting alcohol data. There were 36,096 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019. This represents a decrease of 739 (down 2%) from the reported 36,835 fatalities
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    12-28-2020, 07:22 PM
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    HHS publishes Guidance for National Guard Personnel Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunity under the PREP Act
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publishes Guidance for National Guard Personnel Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunity under the PREP Act | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release: December 18, 2020)


    Guidance for National Guard Personnel Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunity under the PREP Act


    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Assistant Secretary for Health, extended coverage under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to qualified National Guardsmen administering COVID-19 vaccinations that have been authorized or licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This will allow states and/or territories that wish to fully utilize National Guard health and medical personnel to increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations the flexibility to do so. ...
    12-22-2020, 01:50 PM
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    NIH publishes Statement on the FDA Emeregency Use Authorization of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
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    National Institutes of Health publishes Statement on the FDA Emergency Use Authorization of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine| site |


    (The following is information contained in a National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: December 18, 2020)


    Statement from NIH and BARDA on the FDA Emergency Use Authorization of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine


    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Moderna, Inc., a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for its COVID-19 vaccine, which was co-developed with scientists at the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). This innovative and monumental partnership has enabled NIH and Moderna to develop a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine within the span of a year that will be manufactured and distributed across the U.S. The vaccine, called mRNA-1273, is a messenger...
    12-21-2020, 04:33 PM
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    National Security Multi-Mission Vessel Achieves First Construction Milestone with Steel Cutting Ceremony
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    National Security Multi-Mission Vessel Achieves First Construction Milestone with Steel Cutting Ceremony | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: December 15, 2020) Philadelphia - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today launched a new era in maritime education with the cutting of steel for the new National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV) at Philly Shipyard Inc. (Philly Shipyard). This is the initial major construction milestone for the first purpose-built, state-of-the-art training vessel for America’s state maritime academies. In addition to providing world-class training for America’s future mariners, the NSMV will be available to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. “This new state-of-the-art modern school training ship will be a tremendous addition to the U. S. Flag fleet, be available to respond to disaster relief efforts, and support ab...
    12-16-2020, 03:41 AM
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    NIST says New JILA Tools ‘Turn On’ Quantum Gases of Ultracold Molecules
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    National Institute of Standards and Technology says New JILA Tools ‘Turn On’ Quantum Gases of Ultracold Molecules | site |



    (Information contained in National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] press release: December 9, 2020)


    JILA researchers have developed tools to “turn on” quantum gases of ultracold molecules, gaining control of long-distance molecular interactions for potential applications such as encoding data for quantum computing and simulations.

    The new scheme for nudging a molecular gas down to its lowest energy state, called quantum degeneracy, while suppressing chemical reactions that break up molecules finally makes it possible to explore exotic quantum states in which all the molecules interact with one another.

    The research is described in a Nature paper published online Dec. 9. JILA is a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University
    ...
    12-14-2020, 03:09 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission Affirms Designation of Huawei as National Security Threat
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    Federal Communications Commission Affirms Designation of Huawei as National Security Threat | site |


    Upholds Ban on Universal Service Fund Spending on Huawei Equipment


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release: December 11, 2020)

    Washington, December 10, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today took another important step to secure the nation’s critical communications infrastructure by voting to deny Huawei Technologies Co.’s application for review of a June 30, 2020 order designating the company, as well as its parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries, as posing a national security threat to the safety of communications networks and the communications supply chain. In the June order, the Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau formally designated Huawei as a covered company for purposes of the agency’s November 2019 ban on the use of support from the Commission’s
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    12-14-2020, 01:11 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    National Institutes of Health says Baricitinib plus Remdesivir shows Promise for Treating COVID-19
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    National Institutes of Health says Baricitinib plus Remdesivir shows Promise for Treating COVID-19 | site |


    NIH says "Peer-reviewed results of NIH clinical trial published".


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release media advisory: December 11, 2020)

    The combination of baricitinib, an anti-inflammatory drug, and remdesivir, an antiviral, reduced time to recovery for people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to clinical trial results published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The clinical trial is the second iteration of the NIH Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial (ACTT-2), a study protocol to evaluate therapeutics for people hospitalized with COVID-19. Remdesivir is a broad-spectrum antiviral treatment developed by Gilead Sciences, Inc. Baricitinib was discove
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    12-11-2020, 11:35 PM
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    Burkina Faso’s National Day
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    Burkina Faso’s National Day | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press statement: December 11, 2020)

    Statement by: Michael R. Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State: On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I congratulate the people of Burkina Faso as you celebrate your 60th National Day. The friendship between our two peoples remains strong. We support your commitment to strengthen democratic institutions, advance peace and security, and promote economic growth. The United States values Burkina Faso’s important contributions to regional security, including to the G5 Sahel Joint Force and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, and we stand with the people of Burkina Faso in the fight against violent extremism. The United States looks forward to deepening our cooperation in support of peace, security, and prosperity in the region and for our two
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    12-11-2020, 09:33 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Trump Administration Establishes Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument
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    Trump Administration Establishes Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior [DOI] press release: December 10, 2020)

    Washington - - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced the establishment of the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument in Jackson, Mississippi as the 423rd unit of the National Park System. The monument was authorized by the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (P.L. 116-9), which was signed by President Trump on March 12, 2019.





    Home of Medgar and Myrlie Evers in Jackson, Mississippi (Photo by NPS)




    Acquired by the National Park Service (NPS) by way of conveyance from...
    12-10-2020, 10:42 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Applauds New National Space Policy That Drives American Leadership in Space Commerce
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    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Applauds New National Space Policy That Drives American Leadership in Space Commerce | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Commerce press release: December 9, 2020) Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. praised President Donald J. Trump’s new National Space Policy for recognizing the significance of the rapidly growing U.S. commercial space industry and for strengthening the Nation’s role as the country of choice for space commerce. “This new National Space Policy reflects the emergence of space commerce as a driving force for positive change in our economic and national security, contributing to America’s leadership in commercial space,” said Secretary Ross. “The policy sets the stage for American businesses to thrive domestically and compete internationally as the global space economy grows into a trillion dollar market over the next two decades.” The 2020 N...
    12-09-2020, 04:29 PM
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    National Institutes of Health-funded Tool helps Organizations Plan COVID-19 Testing
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    National Institutes of Health-funded Tool helps Organizations Plan COVID-19 Testing
    | site |


    Online calculator computes costs of testing and offers strategies for preventing infections in schools and businesses.


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: December 7, 2020) It can be an enormous challenge for schools and businesses to determine how to establish an effective COVID-19 testing program, particularly with the multiple testing options now on the market. An innovative online tool funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of the National Institutes of Health, helps organizations choose a COVID-19 testing strategy that will work best for their specific needs. The COVID-19 Testing Impact Calculator is a free resource that shows how different approaches to testing and other mitigation measures, such as mask use, can curb the spread of the virus in any orga...
    12-07-2020, 04:56 PM
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    U.S. Welcomes First Meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation Leadership Committee
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    U.S. Welcomes First Meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation Leadership Committee | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press statement: December 5, 2020)

    Press Statement
    Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States welcomes the formation and the first Leadership Committee meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation today. This inclusive body is chaired by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. Afghan leaders across the political spectrum have unified to make decisions and mobilize support for a just and lasting peace. All sides of the conflict should come together and chart a path to peace. As an authoritative body on peace, the High Council and its Leadership Committee will provide counsel and guidance to the Islamic Republic negotiating team with the Taliban on the terms of an agreement on a political roadmap, power-sharing, and a permanent ceasefire to end the country’s
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    12-07-2020, 01:27 AM
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    U.S. Department of Labor launches National Online Dialogue to enhance Cross-agency efforts to Combat Labor Trafficking
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    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...
    12-05-2020, 02:34 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    NIST says Face Recognition Software Shows Improvement in Recognizing Masked Faces
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    National Institute of Standards and Technology says Face Recognition Software Shows Improvement in Recognizing Masked Faces | site |


    NIST says latest NIST test is the first to measure performance of software submitted after pandemic’s arrival.


    (Information contained in National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] release: December 1, 2020)

    A new study of face recognition technology created after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic shows that some software developers have made demonstrable progress at recognizing masked faces.

    The findings, produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), are detailed in a new report called Ongoing Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) Part 6B: Face Recognition Accuracy with Face Masks Using Post-COVID-19 Algorithms (NISTIR 8331). It is the agency’s first study that measures the performance of face recognition algorithms developed following the arrival
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    12-03-2020, 01:25 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Commemorates addition of Western New York National Cemetery
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Commemorates addition of Western New York National Cemetery | site |


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: November 30, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today dedicated a new 269-acre national cemetery in Corfu, New York, 20 miles east of Buffalo — to provide for the first time — a nearby VA burial option for an estimated 77,100 Veterans and their eligible family members.

    VA Secretary Robert Wilkie along with Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves, New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and U.S. Representative Chris Jacobs unveiled the dedication plaque for Western New York National Cemetery. "Our nation owes a debt to our Veterans who served and sacrificed so that we all could enjoy the blessings of liberty," said Wilkie. "It is a tremendous honor for me, on behalf of VA, to provide the Veteran
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    12-01-2020, 08:49 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    National Tax Security Awareness Week opens with Warnings to all Taxpayers and Tax Professionals as holidays, 2021 Tax Season approach
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Tax Security Awareness Week opens with Warnings to all Taxpayers and Tax Professionals as holidays, 2021 Tax Season approach | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release: November 30, 2020)

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners today issued warnings to all taxpayers and tax professionals to beware of scams and identity theft schemes by criminals taking advantage of the combination of holiday shopping, the approaching tax season and coronavirus concerns. The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry opened the National Tax Security Awareness Week to coincide with Cyber Monday, the traditional start of the online holiday shopping season. But the holiday shopping season combined with the impending tax season and an increased trend toward working remotely make online security an absolute necessity. "This is generally the hunting season for online thieves, but
    ...
    11-30-2020, 02:46 PM
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    NOAA says Record-breaking Atlantic Hurricane Season draws to an End
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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Record-breaking Atlantic Hurricane Season draws to an End | site |




    NOAA says Improved forecasts, extensive preparedness helped protect lives and property


    (Information contained in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) news release: November 24, 2020

    The extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is drawing to a close with a record-breaking 30 named storms and 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States. While the official hurricane season concludes on November 30, tropical storms may continue to develop past that day.




    Courtesy NOAA*



    NOAA’s seasonal hurricane outlooks accurately predicted a high likelihood of an above-normal season with a strong possibility of it...
    11-30-2020, 07:21 AM
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    NIH says Fourth Iteration of COVID-19 Treatment Trial underway
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    National Institutes of Health says Fourth Iteration of COVID-19 Treatment Trial underway| site |


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: November 25, 2020) The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that the fourth iteration of the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial (ACTT-4) has begun to enroll hospitalized adults with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) who require supplemental oxygen. The NIAID-sponsored trial will enroll up to 1,500 patients at approximately 100 sites in the United States and other countries. Participants will be assigned at random to one of two treatment arms of equal size. One group will receive both dexamethasone, a corticosteroid available as a generic drug, and remdesivir, a broad-spectrum antiviral discovered and developed by Gilead Sciences, Inc., of Foster City, California. Remdesivir, also known as Veklury, was r...
    11-25-2020, 10:28 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    NIH says Commonly used Antibiotic shows Promise for Combating Zika Infections
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    National Institutes of Health says Commonly used Antibiotic shows Promise for Combating Zika Infections | site |


    NIH preclinical study suggests FDA-approved tetracycline-based antibiotics may slow infection and reduce neurological problems.


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: November 24, 2020)

    In 2015, hundreds of children were born with brain deformities resulting from a global outbreak of Zika virus infections. Recently, National Institutes of Health researchers used a variety of advanced drug screening techniques to test out more than 10,000 compounds in search of a cure. To their surprise, they found that the widely used antibiotic methacycline was effective at preventing brain infections and reducing neurological problems associated with the virus in mice. In addition, they found that drugs originally designed to combat Alzheimer’s disease and inflammation may also help fight infections. �...
    11-24-2020, 02:57 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    National Institute of Standards and Technology Sensor Experts Invent Supercool Mini-Thermometer
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    National Institute of Standards and Technology Sensor Experts Invent Supercool Mini-Thermometer | site |



    (Information contained in National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] press release: November 17, 2020)

    Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have invented a miniature thermometer with big potential applications, such as monitoring the temperature of processor chips in superconductor-based quantum computers, which must stay cold to work properly.

    NIST’s superconducting thermometer measures temperatures below 1 kelvin (minus 272.15 C or minus 457.87 F), down to 50
    ...
    11-24-2020, 01:27 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Decades of National Institutes of Health Research help lead to first FDA-approved Treatment for Progeria
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    Decades of National Institutes of Health Research help lead to first FDA-approved Treatment for Progeria | site |


    (Information included in a National Institutes of Health [NIH] news release media advisory: November 23, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first treatment for progeria, a rare and fatal pediatric disease, characterized by dramatic, rapid aging beginning in childhood. The treatment was made possible thanks in part to work at the National Institutes of Health over nearly two decades to identify and understand the function of the mutant gene and the protein it encodes (called progerin), with the goal of identifying new therapeutic drugs for the disorder. Progeria, also known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, is a rare, multisystemic disease that causes premature aging and premature death in children. Progeria is caused by a genetic mutation in the LMNA (“lamin A”) gene, which helps maintain the normal
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    11-23-2020, 10:11 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Interior says Wrigley Field Designated as a National Historic Landmark
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    U.S. Department of the Interior says Wrigley Field Designated as a National Historic Landmark | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release: November 19, 2020)

    WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt designated Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, as a National Historic Landmark, recognizing the significant role the ballpark has played in the city of Chicago and the history of professional sports.

    National Historic Landmarks are buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects that have been determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be nationally significant in American history and culture.








    “The historical...
    11-20-2020, 09:40 PM
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    FEMA Releases National Risk Index - - - New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency Releases National Risk Index: New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities | site |


    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:

    Washington - - FEMA announced the Phase 1 rollout of the National Risk Index, a new online resource that helps illustrate communities most at risk from natural hazards. This online mapping application analyzes risk factors from 18 natural hazards. Additionally, to provide a holistic view of community risk, the application includes expected annual losses, social vulnerability and community resilience layers. This release makes the underlying data available for use by state, local, tribal and territorial partners. The interactive mapping tool can help communities, especially those with limited flood mapping and risk assessment capabilities, better prepare for natural hazards by providing standardized risk data
    ...
    11-16-2020, 10:44 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Envision Color - - - Activity Patterns in the Brain are Specific to the Color You See
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    Envision color: Activity Patterns in the Brain are Specific to the Color You See | site |


    NIH research findings reveal new aspects of visual processing.


    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information: Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have decoded brain maps of human color perception. The findings, published today in Current Biology, open a window into how color processing is organized in the brain, and how the brain recognizes and groups colors in the environment. The study may have implications for the development of machine-brain interfaces for visual prosthetics. NEI is part of the National Institutes of Health. “This is one of the first studies to determine what color a person is seeing based on direct measurements of brain activity,” said Bevil Conway, Ph.D., chief of NEI’s Unit on Sensation, Cognition and Action, who led the study. “The approach lets us get at...
    11-16-2020, 03:54 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    National Institutes of Health says Cardiac Arrest Treatment that uses Life Support Machine boosts Survival
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    National Institutes of Health says Cardiac Arrest Treatment that uses Life Support Machine boosts Survival | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    Using a life support machine to replicate the functions of the heart and lungs significantly improved the survival of people who suffered from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to a new study published today in The Lancet . The treatment program involving the life support machine called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) proved so much more effective than the standard treatment for this usually fatal condition that the trial was stopped early after enrolling just 30 of the expected 165 patients. The study, known as the Advanced Reperfusion Strategies for Refractory Cardiac Arrest (ARREST) trial, was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health. It found th
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    11-13-2020, 01:54 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Veterans Affairs releases 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report | site |


    (November 12, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released today the 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report which found no significant increases in the Veteran suicide rate from 2017-2018, average suicide deaths per day or total count of Veteran suicides — however, there were positive trends related to VA health care and suicide prevention efforts overall.

    The report includes analyses of Veteran suicide from 2005-2018 and findings from ongoing monitoring of VA health system suicide-related indicators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “The suicide data presented in this new report is an integral part of VA’s Public Health Model for Suicide Prevention, which combines evidence-based clinical interventions
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    11-12-2020, 04:17 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Labor announces Kick-off of Sixth Annual National Apprenticeship Week
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    U.S. Department of Labor announces Kick-off of Sixth Annual National Apprenticeship Week| site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the start of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2020. NAW 2020 includes a series of events held nationwide as thousands of participants celebrate the dynamic and evolving work of apprentices. This year’s events will focus on both traditional Registered Apprenticeship Programs and newly created Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs. NAW 2020 will focus on themes and industries in which apprenticeships are making a significant difference for American workers, including information technology, healthcare, financial services, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity. “Apprentices have a crucial role to play in our ongoing economic recovery, and National Apprenticeship Week is
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    11-11-2020, 01:52 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Trump Administration Grants Gold Star Families and Military Veterans Free Entrance to National Parks, Refuges and Other Public Lands Starting Veterans Day
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    Trump Administration Grants Gold Star Families and Military Veterans Free Entrance to National Parks, Refuges and Other Public Lands Starting Veterans Day | site |


    (November 10, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of the Interior published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — On behalf of the Trump Administration and in support of America’s military members and families, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt signed Secretary’s Order 3387 at the Iowa Gold Star Museum in October, announcing that Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans will be granted free access to national parks, national wildlife refuges and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior starting on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) this year and every day onward. “The Trump Administration is committed to honoring American patriots – the men and women who have served in our armed forces,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “With the utmost respect and gratitu
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    11-10-2020, 09:46 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    NOAA says Large, deep Antarctic Ozone Hole to persist into November
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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Large, deep Antarctic Ozone Hole to persist into November | site |



    (October 30, 2020) - - On October 30, 2020 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published the following information:

    Persistent cold temperatures and strong circumpolar winds supported the formation of a large and deep Antarctic ozone hole that will persist into November, NOAA and NASA scientists reported today.






    A NOAA ozonesonde - - an instrument used to help scientists monitor the Antarctic ozone hole - - ascends over the South Pole in this time-lapse photo taken October 21, 2020. Ideal weather conditions helped create a large, persistent ozone hole that will last into November 2020.
    (Courtesy of Yuya Makino/IceCube)
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    11-10-2020, 05:40 PM
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    National Institutes of Health Question and Answer conference on COVID-19 Vaccine Research
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    National Institutes of Health Question and Answer conference on COVID-19 Vaccine Research | site |



    An Update on COVID-19 Vaccines featuring Drs. Francis Collins and Anthony Fauci


    (October 29, 2020) - - On October 29, 2020 National Institutes of Health (NIH) officials discussed COVID-19 Vaccine Research. The video conference is available at https://youtu.be/rDT1WrzHWH8 or press HERE



    Credit: NIH...
    11-10-2020, 11:07 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    IRS reminder to Non-filers - - - Nov. 10 is National EIP Registration Day
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    IRS reminder to Non-filers: Nov. 10 is ‘National EIP Registration Day;’ Community Partners can help People sign up for Economic Impact Payment | site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information: WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today urged anyone who doesn’t normally file a tax return and has not yet received an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) to take advantage of “National EIP Registration Day,” on Tuesday, Nov. 10. National EIP Registration Day is part of the agency’s further concerted push with partners across the country to make sure every eligible American has registered before the Nov. 21 deadline to receive their Economic Impact Payment this year. National EIP Registration Day will take place just a few days ahead of the Nov. 21 deadline for registering online to receive an Economic Impact Payment. This special event will feature support from IRS partner groups...
    11-10-2020, 10:33 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    NIST researches Room Temperature Conversion of CO2 to CO: A New Way to Synthesize Hydrocarbons
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Institute of Standards and Technology researches Room Temperature Conversion of CO2 to CO: A New Way to Synthesize Hydrocarbons | site |


    NIST says new method could potentially reduce carbon dioxide emission into the atmosphere and slash costs of chemical manufacturing.


    (November 2, 2020) - - On November 2, 2020 the National Institute of Standards and Technology published the following information: Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and their colleagues have demonstrated a room-temperature method that could significantly reduce carbon dioxide levels in fossil-fuel power plant exhaust, one of the main sources of carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Although the researchers demonstrated this method in a small-scale, highly controlled environment with dimensions of just nanometers (billionths of a meter), they have already come up with concepts for scaling up the method and making it practical for real-w...
    11-10-2020, 10:06 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    NIH says Hydroxychloroquine does not benefit Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19
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    National Institutes of Health says Hydroxychloroquine does not benefit Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19 | site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    A National Institutes of Health clinical trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of adults with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has formally concluded that the drug provides no clinical benefit to hospitalized patients. Though found not to cause harm, early findings in June when the trial was stopped indicated that the drug was not improving outcomes in COVID-19 patients. Final data and analyses of
    ...
    11-09-2020, 03:58 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    NTSB Calls for Major Safety Improvements to Small Passenger Vessels
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    National Transportation Safety Board Calls for Major Safety Improvements to Small Passenger Vessels | site |



    California Dive Boat Fire Killed 34


    (October 20, 2020) - - On October 20, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: WASHINGTON (Oct. 20, 2020) – The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday called for major safety improvements to small passenger vessels after the investigation of a 2019 California dive boat fire that killed 34. The 75-foot recreational diving vessel, Conception, with 33 passengers and six crew aboard, was anchored in Platts Harbor, off Santa Cruz Island, when it caught fire in the early morning of Sept. 2, 2019. All 33 passengers and one crewmember died of smoke inhalation after they were trapped in the berthing area while a fire raged on the deck above. Both exits from the berthing area led to the fire- and smoke-filled enclosed area above. The NTSB called for all v...
    11-05-2020, 11:07 PM
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    NIH says the Gut trains the Immune System to Protect the Brain
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    National Institutes of Health says the Gut trains the Immune System to Protect the Brain| site |



    Gut-trained immune cells at CNS borders guard against meningitis and other infections.


    (November 5, 2020) - - Today, November 5, 2020, the National Institutes of Health published the following information: The membranes surrounding our brains are in a never-ending battle against deadly infections, as germs constantly try to elude watchful immune cells and sneak past a special protective barrier called the meninges. In a study involving mice and human autopsy tissue, researchers at the National Institutes of Health and Cambridge University have shown that some of these immune cells are trained to fight these infections by first spending time in the gut. “This finding opens a new area of neuroimmunology, showing that gut-educated antibody-producing cells inhabit and defend regions that surround the central nervous system,” said Dorian McGavern, P...
    11-05-2020, 03:47 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    USDA Exempts Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Exempts Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule | site |



    (October 28, 2020) - - Today, October 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information: WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a final Alaska Roadless Rule that exempts the Tongass National Forest from the 2001 provision that prohibited road construction, road reconstruction and timber harvests. The Record of Decision identifies the selected alternative, provides the rationale for the decision, and explains that the exemption does not authorize any specific projects in Alaska. Proposed projects must continue to comply with the 2016 Tongass Land Management Plan and be analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act. The official notice is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on Oct. 29, 2020. A copy of the final Alaska Roadless Rule and the Record of Decision als...
    10-30-2020, 09:11 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement—NIH-Sponsored ACTIV-3 Trial Closes LY-CoV555 Sub-Study
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    Statement — National Institutes of Health-Sponsored ACTIV-3 Trial Closes LY-CoV555 Sub-Study | site |



    (October 26, 2020) - - Today, October 26, 2020, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases published the following information:



    Statement—NIH-Sponsored ACTIV-3 Trial Closes LY-CoV555 Sub-Study



    The ACTIV-3 clinical trial evaluating the investigational monoclonal antibody LY-CoV555 in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 will not enroll more participants into this sub-study following a recommendation from the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB). The trial is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. ACTIV-3 is a master protocol designed to allow for the study of multiple investigational agents compared to placebo in adults hospitalized with COVID-19. Participants in the trial are randomly as...
    10-27-2020, 02:04 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Partners Kick Off Workshop on Federal Government Human Health PFAS Research
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    Federal Partners Kick Off Workshop on Federal Government Human Health PFAS Research with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine| site |


    (October 26, 2020) - - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published today, October 26, 2020, the following information: WASHINGTON (October 26, 2020) — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) kicked off the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)’s Workshop on Federal Government Human Health Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Research. Aggressively addressing PFAS has been an active and ongoing priority for this Administration. This collaborative workshop will help to further coordinate PFAS research across the federal government and is an important part of EPA’s work under its PFAS Action Plan. “EPA is com...
    10-27-2020, 02:30 AM
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    U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Wilkie Thanks President Trump for Making “988” America’s New National Suicide Prevention Number
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    U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Wilkie Thanks President Trump for Making “988” America’s New National Suicide Prevention Number | site |



    (October 17, 2020) - - Today, October 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the following information: Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie released the following statement after President Trump signed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act: “People in distress and in need of timely care should face the fewest obstacles possible to get help. The bill President Trump signed today will soon make it easier for those at risk to be quickly connected to a trained responder and will help save lives.” Currently, anyone in need of timely crisis suicide prevention resources can reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline by dialing 1-800-273-8255. Veterans who call that number can press 1 to be connected to the Veterans Crisis Line. During the ...
    10-24-2020, 10:39 PM
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    NIH says Study discovers Gene that Helps us Know When it’s Time to Urinate
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    National Institutes of Health says Study discovers Gene that Helps us Know When it’s Time to Urinate | site |




    (October 19, 2020) - - Today, October 19, 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    In a National Institutes of Health-funded study involving both mice and patients who are part of an NIH Clinical Center trial, researchers discovered that a gene, called PIEZO2, may be responsible for the powerful urge to urinate that we normally feel several times a day. The results, published in Nature, suggest that the gene helps at least two different types of cells in the body sense when our bladders are full and need to be emptied. These results also
    ...
    10-24-2020, 06:27 PM
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    U.S. Administration Adds 1,275 Miles to the National Trail System
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    Trump Administration Adds 1,275 Miles to the National Trail System | site |



    30 trails designated, continued expansion of outdoor recreation



    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, October 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Interior published the following information:

    BOULDER CITY, Nev. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced 30 new national recreation trails in 25 states, adding more than 1,275 miles to the National Trails System. Secretary Bernhardt made the announcement from Lake Mead National Recreation Area, where he designated 76 miles of the Colorado River within Lake Mead National Recreation Area as a national water trail. The newly designated Mohave National Water Trail begins where the Black Canyon National Water Trail ends, providing water recreation opportunities for 106 miles along the Colorado River.


    Today’s announcement is in addition to the 370 miles of national recreation trails...
    10-23-2020, 03:59 AM
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    National Drought Resilience Partnership Responsibilities Under New Executive Order
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    National Drought Resilience Partnership Responsibilities Under New Executive Order | site |



    (October 22, 2020) - - Today, October 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2020 – National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP) staff provided an overview of the NDRP’s role under the Presidential Executive Order (EO) issued October 13 on Modernizing America’s Water Resource Management and Water Infrastructure at the National Integrated Drought Information System Executive Council fall meeting on Tuesday. Established in 2016, the NDRP is an interagency task force responsible for enhancing coordination of federal drought resilience policies and monitoring the implementation of the activities and goals as set out in the Presidential Memorandum that established the partnership. Under the EO, the NDRP will implement the “Priority Actions Supporting Long-Term Drought Resilience” document is
    ...
    10-22-2020, 05:16 PM
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    National Urban League publishes Restart Smart - - - School Reopening Guidance
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    National Urban League publishes Restart Smart: School Reopening Guidance | site |



    (October 14, 2020) - - Today, October 14, 2020, the National Urban League published the following information:

    By National Urban League



    Restart Smart: School Reopening Guidance





    The National Urban League believes that high-quality in-person instruction is the ideal for student learning, this may not be consistently possible in many places due to public health concerns. Any decision on school reopening must be conditioned on meeting the following four principles with public health concerns kept top of mind. If these principles cannot be met, we believe that school buildings should remain closed, and school systems should redouble their efforts to ensure that every student will have the support, resources, and opportunities imperative to be both truly educated and fully supported in a high-q...
    10-16-2020, 10:21 PM
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    NIH Study aims to Identify promising COVID-19 Treatments for larger Clinical Trials
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Institutes of Health Study aims to Identify promising COVID-19 Treatments for larger Clinical Trials | site |



    (October 13, 2020) - - Today, the National Institutes of Health published the following information:

    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, today launched a study designed to determine whether certain approved therapies or investigational drugs in late-stage clinical development show




    This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round gold objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus shown was isolated from a patient in the U.S.
    Graphic courtesy NIAID

    promise against COVID-19 and merit...
    10-13-2020, 05:24 PM
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    Wet Snow Flight Hazards Highlighted in National Transportation Safety Board Safety Alert
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    Wet Snow Flight Hazards Highlighted in National Transportation Safety Board Safety Alert | site |




    (September 17, 2020) - - Today, September 17, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: ​WASHINGTON (Sept. 17, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued Safety Alert SA-082 Thursday, highlighting the importance of pilots assessing, understanding and preparing for the risk of wet snow and icing conditions before flight. The “Flight in Snow” safety alert provides guidance to pilots, dispatchers and operators regarding flight during wet snow and icing conditions. Wet snow contains liquid particles on the snowflakes or liquid particles falling amongst the snowflakes compared to dry snow in which there is no liquid. The liquid in wet snow has the potential to compromise flight safety through structural, engine and windshield ice accumulation. “As we go into the fall season with coolin...
    10-07-2020, 11:02 PM
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    National Transportation Safety Board  Renews Call for Inward-Facing Cameras in Locomotives
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Transportation Safety Board Renews Call for Inward-Facing Cameras in Locomotives | site |




    (September 15, 2020) - - Today, September 15, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: ​WASHINGTON (Sept. 15, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday once again called for federal railroad regulators to mandate the use of inward- and outward-facing cameras on train locomotives after investigating an Ohio collision between two CSX Transportation trains. Tuesday’s reiteration of its 2010 camera recommendations came after the board completed its investigation into the Aug. 12, 2019, train collision and derailment near Carey, Ohio. The NTSB investigation found that the westbound train’s engineer was impaired by his use of alcohol at the time of the accident. Although post-accident testing showed the presence of marijuana in his system, NTSB investigators could not determine if his us...
    10-05-2020, 09:56 PM
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    National Institutes of Health to Assess and Expand COVID-19 Testing for Underserved Communities
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Institutes of Health to Assess and Expand COVID-19 Testing for Underserved Communities | site |



    (September 30, 2020) - - Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    The National Institutes of Health has awarded nearly $234 million to improve COVID-19 testing for underserved and vulnerable populations. A part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, the RADx Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program will support 32 institutions across the United States and will focus on populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic. These groups include African Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Latinos/Latinas, Native Hawaiians, older adults, pregnant women and those who are homeless or incarcerated. “It is critical that all Americans have access to rapid, accurate diagnostics for COVID-19, especially underserved and vulnerable populations who are bearing the brunt of th
    ...
    10-01-2020, 06:48 AM
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    NIH expands Clinical Trials to Test Convalescent Plasma against COVID-19
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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
    ...
    09-22-2020, 02:17 PM
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    NIH Funds Community Engagement Research Efforts in Areas Hardest Hit by COVID-19
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Institutes of Health Funds Community Engagement Research Efforts in Areas Hardest Hit by COVID-19 | site |




    (September 16, 2020) - - Today, September 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:

    The National Institutes of Health today announced a $12 million award for outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The award to RTI International, a non-profit research institution, will support teams in 11 states established as part of the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities. These teams have received initial funding to immediately create CEAL programs, and RTI will serve as the Technical and Administrative Support and Coordination (TASC) center.


    The CEAL research teams will focus on COVID-19 awareness and education research, especially among African Americans,
    ...
    09-21-2020, 06:41 PM
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    National Transportation Safety Board Issues 4 Safety Recommendations Based on Investigation of USS Fitzgerald Collision
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Transportation Safety Board Issues 4 Safety Recommendations Based on Investigation of USS Fitzgerald Collision| site |



    (September 3, 2020) - - Today, September 3, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON (Sept. 3, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued Thursday four safety recommendations in its final report on the agency’s investigation of the fatal, June 17, 2017, collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the container ship ACX Crystal.

    The collision happened shortly after the 504.5 foot-long, US Navy destroyer Fitzgerald, with 315 people on board, departed its homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, bound for the Philippines. The Fitzgerald was traveling southbound at about 22 knots in the bay of Sagami Nada off Japan’s Honshu Island, while the 730 foot-long, Philippine-flag, container ship ACX Crystal with 21 people on board was traveling east-northeast
    ...
    09-21-2020, 04:49 PM
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    National Transportation Safety Board says First Officer, Captain Actions, Aviation Industry Practices, Led to Fatal Atlas Air Crash
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Transportation Safety Board says First Officer, Captain Actions, Aviation Industry Practices, Led to Fatal Atlas Air Crash | site |



    (July 14, 2020) - - Today, July 14, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:

    ​WASHINGTON (July 14, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board determined during a public board meeting held Tuesday that Atlas Air flight 3591 crashed in Trinity Bay, Texas, because of the first officer’s inappropriate response to an inadvertent activation of the airplane’s go-around mode, resulting in his spatial disorientation that led him to place the airplane in a steep descent from which the crew did not recover.

    The accident happened Feb. 23, 2019, when the Atlas Air Boeing 767 cargo jet entered a rapid descent from about 6,000 feet and impacted a marshy bay about 40 miles from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The captain, first
    ...
    08-31-2020, 10:38 AM

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