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  • OPM Announces the Start of Open Season for Federal Employees

    OPM Announces the Start of Open Season for Federal Employees

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




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

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

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

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

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  • OCR Settles Tenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

    OCR Settles Tenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

    Office for Civil Rights Settles Tenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative | site |


    (November 6, 2020) - - On November 6, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces that it has settled its tenth enforcement action in its HIPAA Right of Access Initiative. OCR announced this initiative as an enforcement priority in 2019 to support individuals' right to timely access to their health records at a reasonable cost under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Riverside Psychiatric Medical Group (“RPMG”) has agreed to take corrective actions and pay $25,000 to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule's right of access standard. RPMG, based in Riverside, California, is a group practice specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, psychology, and substance use disor...
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  • CDC Opens New South America Regional Office in Brazil

    CDC Opens New South America Regional Office in Brazil

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opens New South America Regional Office in Brazil | site |


    (October 29, 2020) - - Today, October 29, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the following information: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today opened its new South America regional office in Brasilia, Brazil. The new regional office strengthens CDC’s ability to meet its mission of protecting Americans by responding more rapidly to health threats wherever they occur and building key relationships to tackle shared health priorities. “The United States is one of the strongest advocates of global health security in the world, in addition to being the single largest bilateral health donor, and these commitments have special importance within our own hemisphere,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II said at the opening event. “Creating the CDC South American Regional Office is vital to building a ...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces 2021 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums

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


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

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

    This year, OPM has negotiated a new, seven-year contract for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). While the majority of current FEDVIP enrollees should not experience a significant increase in premiums, enrollees are encouraged to research the various FEDVIP plans and choose the dental and vision coverage that best fits their needs. “Our team has worked diligently
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  • U.S. Department of Energy Announces Establishment of Office of Arctic Energy

    U.S. Department of Energy Announces Establishment of Office of Arctic Energy

    U.S. Department of Energy Announces Establishment of Office of Arctic Energy| site |



    (September 17, 2020) - - Today, September 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy published the following information: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette joined Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski in announcing the reestablishment of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Arctic Energy Office (AEO), which will be located on the campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The AEO will drive coordination and collaboration on DOE’s many activities in the Arctic region including: international cooperation on Arctic issues, research on methane hydrates, and development of advanced micro grids and nuclear power systems, such as small modular reactors. Reestablishing the office fulfills Secretary Brouillette’s commitment to do so by the close of this fiscal year. “The United States is an Arctic nation, and the...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management issues Suggested 2020 Election Flexibilities for Federal Workers

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


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

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

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

    The complete memorandum can be read here.
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  • Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance to Help Ensure First Responders and Others Receive Protected Health Information

    Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance to Help Ensure First Responders and Others Receive Protected Health Information about Individuals Exposed to COVID-19 | site |




    (March 24, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information: Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance on how covered entities may disclose protected health information (PHI) about an individual who has been infected with or exposed to COVID-19 to law enforcement, paramedics, other first responders, and public health authorities in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. The guidance explains the circumstances under which a covered entity may disclose PHI such as the name or other identifying information about individuals, without their HIPAA authorization, and provides examples including:...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Issues Flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs to Combat COVID-19

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




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

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has delegated authority to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to issue dual compensation reduction waivers, enabling the VA to quickly reemploy retired subject matter experts and deploy them to where they are needed most to combat COVID-19. The delegation of dual compensation reduction waivers allows the reemployment of civilian retirees to meet the needs of this public health emergency. The VA must respond to patient needs at numerous medical centers, community-based outpatient clinics, cemeteries, community living centers, spinal cord injury units, Veterans Benefits Administration offices, headquarters, and miscellaneous VA program ...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Sends 2020 FEHB Call Letter to Carriers

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces New, Proactive Civil Rights Compliance Center within Office for Civil Rights | site |



    'OPEN Center' will focus on Outreach, Prevention, Education and Non-discrimination to Promote Equal Access in Education


    (January 21, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education will launch the Outreach, Prevention, Education and Non-discrimination (OPEN) Center to focus on proactive compliance with federal civil rights laws. The OPEN Center will provide assistance and support to schools, educators, families, and students to ensure better awareness of the requirements and protections of federal non-discrimination laws. "The creation of the OPEN Center is yet another example of this Department's focus on supporting school distr...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management publishes Collective Bargaining Agreements Database Online

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


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

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

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

    Agencies will now be able to submit their CBAs and arbitration awards directly to OPM. Agency labor relations staff or other appropriate personnel
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Announces 2020 Examination Priorities

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Announces 2020 Examination Priorities | site |



    (January 7, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information: Washington D.C., Jan. 7, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) today announced its 2020 examination priorities. OCIE publishes its examination priorities annually to enhance the transparency of its examination program and to provide insights into its risk-based approach, including the areas it believes present potential risks to investors and the integrity of the U.S. capital markets. “OCIE’s 2020 examination priorities identify key areas of risk, both existing and emerging, that we expect self-regulatory organizations (SROs), clearing firms, investment advisers and other market participants to identify and mitigate. I applaud OCIE’s thou...
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  • Federal Reserve Board announces Series of "Fintech Innovation Office Hours" across the Country to Meet with Banks and Companies engaged in Emerging Financial Technologies

    Federal Reserve Board announces Series of "Fintech Innovation Office Hours" across the Country to Meet with Banks and Companies engaged in Emerging Financial Technologies | site |



    (December 17, 2019) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced that it will hold a series of "fintech innovation office hours" across the country to meet with banks and companies engaged in emerging financial technologies, popularly known as fintech. The sessions will serve as a resource for banks and fintech firms to meet one-on-one with Federal Reserve staff members with relevant expertise to discuss fintech developments and ask questions. They may be particularly helpful to community banks and their potential fintech partners. Sessions will be co-hosted with Reserve Banks, with the first session at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on February 26. Firms interested in participa...
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    OPM Announces the Start of Open Season for Federal Employees
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management announces the Start of Open Season for Federal Employees | site |




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

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

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

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

    Visit
    ...
    11-11-2020, 05:02 AM
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    OCR Settles Tenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative
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    Office for Civil Rights Settles Tenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative | site |


    (November 6, 2020) - - On November 6, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces that it has settled its tenth enforcement action in its HIPAA Right of Access Initiative. OCR announced this initiative as an enforcement priority in 2019 to support individuals' right to timely access to their health records at a reasonable cost under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Riverside Psychiatric Medical Group (“RPMG”) has agreed to take corrective actions and pay $25,000 to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule's right of access standard. RPMG, based in Riverside, California, is a group practice specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, psychology, and substance use disor...
    11-07-2020, 07:57 PM
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    CDC Opens New South America Regional Office in Brazil
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opens New South America Regional Office in Brazil | site |


    (October 29, 2020) - - Today, October 29, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the following information: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today opened its new South America regional office in Brasilia, Brazil. The new regional office strengthens CDC’s ability to meet its mission of protecting Americans by responding more rapidly to health threats wherever they occur and building key relationships to tackle shared health priorities. “The United States is one of the strongest advocates of global health security in the world, in addition to being the single largest bilateral health donor, and these commitments have special importance within our own hemisphere,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II said at the opening event. “Creating the CDC South American Regional Office is vital to building a ...
    10-31-2020, 02:54 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces 2021 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces 2021 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums| site |


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

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

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



    (September 17, 2020) - - Today, September 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy published the following information: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette joined Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski in announcing the reestablishment of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Arctic Energy Office (AEO), which will be located on the campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The AEO will drive coordination and collaboration on DOE’s many activities in the Arctic region including: international cooperation on Arctic issues, research on methane hydrates, and development of advanced micro grids and nuclear power systems, such as small modular reactors. Reestablishing the office fulfills Secretary Brouillette’s commitment to do so by the close of this fiscal year. “The United States is an Arctic nation, and the...
    10-07-2020, 08:17 PM

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