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  • U.S. Small Business Administration Recognizes the Office of Surety Guarantees FY20 Award Winners

    U.S. Small Business Administration Recognizes the Office of Surety Guarantees FY20 Award Winners | site |




    SBA says winners highlighted have more than 524 bonds with contract value of more than $260 million


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: June 3, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the Office of Surety Guarantees award winners for their continued work to help small contracting businesses acquire surety bonds. Three SBA surety bond partners were selected to receive awards based on their participation, activity, claims, and recovery and their commitment to helping small businesses obtain contracts with both government and private sector entities. One small business was selected to receive an award based on its growth since entering the Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) Program and the number of jobs it supports in the local economy. West Bend Mutual Insuranc...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation modernizes the Office of Personnel Management’s Financial Management, says it Saves Millions in Taxpayer Dollars

    U.S. Department of Transportation modernizes the Office of Personnel Management’s Financial Management, says it Saves Millions in Taxpayer Dollars| site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: May 21, 2012) Washington D.C. - - The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that on May 12 the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) migrated to the Federal Aviation Administration Enterprise Service Center (FAA/ESC) Shared Financial and Procurement System. This migration was the result of a two-year collaborative effort to save time and money across government. The partnership among the Department, OPM, and the ESC will result in millions of dollars saved. Located at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC) in Oklahoma City, the Department’s FAA/ESC is a leader in Shared Services across the federal government. ESC’s mission is to deliver reliable federal Shared Services in the areas of financial ...
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  • Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education Announces Public Hearings on Protections for Students, Loan Repayment, Targeted Loan Cancellation Programs, and Other Higher Education Regulations

    U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education Announces Public Hearings on Protections for Students, Loan Repayment, Targeted Loan Cancellation Programs, and Other Higher Education Regulations | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 24, 2021) The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education announced today that it will hold virtual public hearings on June 21, 23, and 24 to receive stakeholder feedback on potential issues for future rulemaking sessions. These issues include borrower defense to repayment for students harmed by their colleges’ misleading practices and gainful employment requirements to protect students and taxpayers from poor-performing programs. They also include loan repayment and improving the rules governing targeted student loan cancellation authorities for borrowers engaged in public service, with disabilities, or whose institutions close, among other topi...
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  • OPM Announces Addition of Six Colleges and Universities to the Federal Academic Alliance, Bringing Total to 23 Colleges and Universities

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Addition of Six Colleges and Universities to the Federal Academic Alliance, Bringing Total to 23 Colleges and Universities | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press release dated: May 7, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - Today, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the addition of six new academic agreements with post-secondary education institutions as part of the Federal Academic Alliance, bringing the total to 23 colleges and universities. OPM created The Federal Academic Alliance in 2014 to, provide federal employees access to post-secondary education at reduced tuition rates, as one of the many ways the agency is assisting the federal government with addressing critical skills gaps in mission critical occupations such as human resources, information technology, acquisitions, auditor (financial), economist, and positions related to Science, Technology,
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  • FDiTech Announces New Deputy Director of Office of Innovation

    FDiTech Announces New Deputy Director of Office of Innovation

    FDiTech Announces New Deputy Director of Office of Innovation | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation [FDIC] press release dated: May 10, 2021) Washington - - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced the appointment of Zunera Mazhar as Deputy Director of the agency’s Office of Innovation. Ms. Mazhar will guide the agency’s work to promote the adoption of innovative technologies within the FDIC and across the financial services sector. “I am extremely excited that Zunera will be joining our team,” said FDIC Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji. “She is a proven leader and offers a wealth of management, communications, technology and transformation experience to help build the banking ecosystem of the future.” Ms. Mazhar added, “It is an honor and privilege to join the FDIC at this transformative moment in the agency’s long and storied history. I look forward to joining a talented ...
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  • FDiTech to Host Virtual - - - Office Hours - - - on Banking-Related Innovation

    FDiTech to Host Virtual - - - Office Hours - - - on Banking-Related Innovation

    FDiTech to Host Virtual “Office Hours” on Banking-Related Innovation | site |


    Initial sessions to focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning


    (Information contained in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation press release dated: April 29, 2021)

    Washington - - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced that it will host a series of virtual ‘office hours’ to hear directly from a range of stakeholders regarding current and evolving technological innovations in the business of banking.

    Hosted by the FDIC’s tech lab, FDiTech, and FDIC Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji, these hour-long, one-on-one sessions will provide insight into the important role innovation plays in transforming banks and enabling regulators to conduct efficient and effective oversight. “Thoughtful innovation requires listening,” said FDIC Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji. “These virtual office hour
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Celebrates Public Service Recognition Week

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Celebrates Public Service Recognition Week | site |


    2021 marks 36 years of highlighting public service


    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press release dated: May 3, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. – This week, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is honoring the 2.8 million federal employees for their service and commitment as part of Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), celebrated annually during the first week of May. During a global pandemic and unprecedented set of challenges this past year, the federal workforce displayed resilience and commitment to their work. The Biden-Harris Administration will celebrate PSRW throughout the federal government as a sign of the President’s commitment to protect, empower, and rebuild the career federal workforce. “The work of federal public servants affects so much of our lives, from supporting our biggest dreams to helping
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  • OPM Launches Federal Workforce Competency Initiative (FWCI) to Build Stronger Federal Workforce Capability

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Launches Federal Workforce Competency Initiative (FWCI) to Build Stronger Federal Workforce Capability | site |


    Phase One Survey Will Cover More Than 350 Occupational Series


    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press release dated: April 9, 2021) Washington, D.C. - - This month, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is launching the Federal Workforce Competency Initiative (FWCI) to update governmentwide competency models. With the goal of strengthening the federal workforce, the initiative will provide current data for a wide variety of human capital activities, including job design, recruitment, selection, performance management, training, and career development. “The FWCI is an opportunity for OPM to work together with agencies to identify the competencies most important for success,” said OPM Acting Director Kathleen McGettigan. “It will contribute critical data needed to...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Authorizes Leave Transfer Program for Feds Affected by 2021 Winter Storm Shirley

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Authorizes Leave Transfer Program for Feds Affected by 2021 Winter Storm Shirley | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press release dated: March 15, 2021) Washington, D.C. - - The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced today an emergency leave transfer program (ELTP) in response to 2021 Winter Storm Shirley. After coordinating with Federal agencies to assess the impact on employees affected by the Texas Severe Winter Storm February 2021 in the disaster areas, OPM, in consultation with Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has determined that the establishment of an ELTP is warranted. An ELTP permits employees in the executive and judicial branches, or agency leave banks established under 5 U.S.C. 6363, to donate unused annual leave for transfer to employees of the same or other agencies (or the judicial branch) who are adversely affected by a major disaster or eme...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces CFC Nationwide Special Solicitation for 2021 Winter Storm Shirley Response and Recovery

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces CFC Nationwide Special Solicitation for 2021 Winter Storm Shirley Response and Recovery | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press released dated: March 11, 2021) Washington, D.C. - - Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) will conduct a special solicitation to support charities serving and affected by Winter Storm Shirley. This special solicitation will run through April 9. On February 20, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms beginning on February 11, 2021 and continuing. Millions of Americans are in great need, with many still without water, food, and other basic needs. In response to the appeals from the Federal Executive Boards i...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Return of the Presidential Rank Awards

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Return of the Presidential Rank Awards | site |


    OPM Calls for 2021 Presidential Rank Awards Nominations


    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press release dated: March 3, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - Today, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced a call for nominations for the 2021 Presidential Rank Awards. The awards – which recognize exceptional performance by members of the career Senior Executive Service (SES) and Senior Career Employees (SL/ST) – will resume this year after having been canceled in 2020. The resumption of the Presidential Rank Awards reflects the Biden Administration’s commitment to supporting the federal workforce and recognizing federal employees who serve with distinction. “The Presidential Rank Awards have a rich history of awarding well-deserved individuals in Federal career service,” said Ronald Klain, White House Chief...
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  • Social Security and OIG Hold Second Annual - - - Slam the Scam - - - Day

    Social Security and OIG Hold Second Annual - - - Slam the Scam - - - Day

    Social Security and Office of the Inspector General Hold Second Annual ‘Slam the Scam’ Day | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: March 4, 2021) The Social Security Administration and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have once again joined forces to raise public awareness about Social Security imposter scams during the second annual ‘Slam the Scam’ Day on March 4. Social Security scams - in which fraudsters mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments to fix purported Social Security number problems or to avoid arrest - are the #1 type of government imposter fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission and Social Security. The agency has made concerted efforts to address this issue, including partnering with other Federal and State agencies to identify and pursue scammers, increasing employee and public outreach and education, raising awareness through marketing in post off...
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  • OCR Resolves Three Discrimination Complaints After Medstar Health System Ensures Patients With Disabilities Can Have Support Persons in Health Care Settings During Covid-19 Pandemic

    Office for Civil Rights Resolves Three Discrimination Complaints After Medstar Health System Ensures Patients With Disabilities Can Have Support Persons in Health Care Settings During Covid-19 Pandemic | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] news release dated: February 25, 2021) Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services announces the resolution of three disability discrimination complaints to ensure that patients with disabilities are allowed access to support persons in MedStar Health hospitals and care locations during the COVID-19 pandemic. A support person may be a family member, personal care assistant, similar disability service provider, or other individual knowledgeable about the management or care of the patient who is authorized to assist the patient in making decisions. None of the individuals in the complaints had COVID-19, but all w...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Key Biden-Harris Staff Appointments

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Key Biden-Harris Staff Appointments | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management [OPM] press release dated: January 25, 2021) Washington, DC - - Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced several political appointees to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The group will work alongside OPM civil servants in support of OPM’s mission and the Biden Administration’s commitment to build a federal workforce that reflects the diversity of America. “President Biden made a promise to the American people that he would assemble diverse and talented teams that look like America, and today he continues to fulfill that promise,” said Chris Canning, incoming Chief of Staff. “We are looking forward to joining the hard working and committed civil servants at OPM to support and empower the federal workforce.” OPM works in several broad categories to lead and serve ...
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  • Office for Civil Rights Settles Fifteenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

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


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: February 10, 2021)

    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces its fifteenth settlement of an enforcement action in its HIPAA Right of Access Initiative. OCR announced this initiative to support individuals’ right to timely access their health records at a reasonable cost under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Renown Health, P.C., a private, not-for-profit health system in Nevada, has agreed to take corrective actions and pay $75,000 to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s right of access standard. In February 2019, OCR received a complaint alleging that Renown Health failed to timely respond to a patient’s request that an electronic copy of her protected health information, inc...
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Recognizes the Office of Surety Guarantees FY20 Award Winners
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Recognizes the Office of Surety Guarantees FY20 Award Winners | site |




    SBA says winners highlighted have more than 524 bonds with contract value of more than $260 million


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: June 3, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the Office of Surety Guarantees award winners for their continued work to help small contracting businesses acquire surety bonds. Three SBA surety bond partners were selected to receive awards based on their participation, activity, claims, and recovery and their commitment to helping small businesses obtain contracts with both government and private sector entities. One small business was selected to receive an award based on its growth since entering the Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) Program and the number of jobs it supports in the local economy. West Bend Mutual Insuranc...
    06-10-2021, 05:02 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Transportation modernizes the Office of Personnel Management’s Financial Management, says it Saves Millions in Taxpayer Dollars
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Transportation modernizes the Office of Personnel Management’s Financial Management, says it Saves Millions in Taxpayer Dollars| site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: May 21, 2012) Washington D.C. - - The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that on May 12 the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) migrated to the Federal Aviation Administration Enterprise Service Center (FAA/ESC) Shared Financial and Procurement System. This migration was the result of a two-year collaborative effort to save time and money across government. The partnership among the Department, OPM, and the ESC will result in millions of dollars saved. Located at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC) in Oklahoma City, the Department’s FAA/ESC is a leader in Shared Services across the federal government. ESC’s mission is to deliver reliable federal Shared Services in the areas of financial ...
    05-27-2021, 07:00 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education Announces Public Hearings on Protections for Students, Loan Repayment, Targeted Loan Cancellation Programs, and Other Higher Education Regulations
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education Announces Public Hearings on Protections for Students, Loan Repayment, Targeted Loan Cancellation Programs, and Other Higher Education Regulations | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 24, 2021) The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education announced today that it will hold virtual public hearings on June 21, 23, and 24 to receive stakeholder feedback on potential issues for future rulemaking sessions. These issues include borrower defense to repayment for students harmed by their colleges’ misleading practices and gainful employment requirements to protect students and taxpayers from poor-performing programs. They also include loan repayment and improving the rules governing targeted student loan cancellation authorities for borrowers engaged in public service, with disabilities, or whose institutions close, among other topi...
    05-27-2021, 03:17 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    OPM Announces Addition of Six Colleges and Universities to the Federal Academic Alliance, Bringing Total to 23 Colleges and Universities
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces Addition of Six Colleges and Universities to the Federal Academic Alliance, Bringing Total to 23 Colleges and Universities | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press release dated: May 7, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - Today, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the addition of six new academic agreements with post-secondary education institutions as part of the Federal Academic Alliance, bringing the total to 23 colleges and universities. OPM created The Federal Academic Alliance in 2014 to, provide federal employees access to post-secondary education at reduced tuition rates, as one of the many ways the agency is assisting the federal government with addressing critical skills gaps in mission critical occupations such as human resources, information technology, acquisitions, auditor (financial), economist, and positions related to Science, Technology,
    ...
    05-14-2021, 09:50 AM
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    FDiTech Announces New Deputy Director of Office of Innovation
    by Staff Reporter 1
    FDiTech Announces New Deputy Director of Office of Innovation | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation [FDIC] press release dated: May 10, 2021) Washington - - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced the appointment of Zunera Mazhar as Deputy Director of the agency’s Office of Innovation. Ms. Mazhar will guide the agency’s work to promote the adoption of innovative technologies within the FDIC and across the financial services sector. “I am extremely excited that Zunera will be joining our team,” said FDIC Chief Innovation Officer Sultan Meghji. “She is a proven leader and offers a wealth of management, communications, technology and transformation experience to help build the banking ecosystem of the future.” Ms. Mazhar added, “It is an honor and privilege to join the FDIC at this transformative moment in the agency’s long and storied history. I look forward to joining a talented ...
    05-11-2021, 11:53 PM

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