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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers continued Debt Relief Options to Veterans

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers continued Debt Relief Options to Veterans | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: February 18, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reaffirms its commitment to extend debt relief for Veterans through Sept. 30.

    VA will continue suspension of collection on all Veteran benefit overpayments and medical copayment debts incurred after April 1, 2020. VA is suspending this debt collection to provide Veterans continued financial relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “My top priority right now is to do everything in our power to help our Veterans, caregivers and their families get through this challenging COVID-19 pandemic,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “VA will continue to find ways to provide real relief to 2 million Veterans and their families as we fight through this health crisis together.” To assist with making inf
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs resumes Overpayment Notifications while continuing Relief Options for Veterans

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs resumes Overpayment Notifications while continuing Relief Options for Veterans | site |



    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today its nationwide plan to resume mailing notification letters to Veterans, for benefit overpayments placed in suspension from April 3 through Jan. 1, 2021.

    The collection of these overpayments was deferred to provide financial relief to Veterans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “VA recognizes Veterans and beneficiaries may still experience financial distress from COVID-19, and it will continue to offer enhanced relief options for impacted Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “These include extending repayment plans, waivers, compromises and temporary hardship suspensions. Most importantly, the department will pause collections through October 2021 for Veterans who remain in financial hardship and request relief.” Veterans an
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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces New Funding to Accelerate Education Innovation and Empower Teachers with Professional Development Options

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces New Funding to Accelerate Education Innovation and Empower Teachers with Professional Development Options | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release: December 15, 2020)

    Washington - - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced $185 million in new grant funding for 28 school districts, institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations across the United States as part of the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program. These new grant awards will accelerate locally-driven innovation and improve academic achievement for high-needs students around the country. This year's funding supports a new, groundbreaking effort to empower teachers to personalize their professional development, rather than have it imposed on them by their state or school district. More than $72 million in new funding will help develop systems to enable teachers to select p
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  • Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options

    Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options| site |



    New Fact Sheet Provides Additional Information on How Distance Learning Can be Used to Meet Students’ Needs During COVID-19 National Emergency


    (March 21, 2020) - - Today (March 21, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department has released new information clarifying that federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering distance learning opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities. This new resource from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) explains that as a school district takes necessary steps to address the health, safety, and well-being of all its students
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  • IRS Free File offers Free Tax Prep Options for Military Personnel

    IRS Free File offers Free Tax Prep Options for Military Personnel

    IRS Free File offers Free Tax Prep Options for Military Personnel| site |



    (January 13, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information: WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today reminded active duty military personnel that IRS Free File offers them multiple options for free federal tax preparation. Free File is for individuals or families whose adjusted gross income was $69,000 or less last year. Free File is a private-public partnership between the IRS and the Free File Inc. "The IRS takes special steps to help military members and their families with their taxes, and the Free File program is part of that effort," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Almost 10% of the IRS workforce are veterans. We greatly appreciate the service to the nation of every veteran and their supportive families, and we will do all we can to assist them." For active duty military and their spouses, Free File has a special offe...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Introduces New Direct Deposit Options for Veterans, Beneficiaries

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Introduces New Direct Deposit Options for Veterans, Beneficiaries| site |



    Partners with Association of Military Banks of America


    (December 17, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in partnership with the Association of Military Banks of America (AMBA), launched the Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP), available starting Dec. 20. The program will provide Veterans and their beneficiaries the chance to safely, reliably, and inexpensively receive and manage their VA monetary benefits through financial services at participating banks. “VBBP offers another way to simplify banking choices to help eligible Veterans select the right bank for themselves and their families,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “The VA and AMBA are proud to provide this opportunity to connect veterans wit
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  • U.S. Educaton Secretary DeVos Makes Clear Federal Funds can be Used to Support Dual Enrollment, Postsecondary Options for Students and Youth with Disabilities

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Makes Clear Federal Funds can be Used to Support Dual Enrollment, Postsecondary Options for Students and Youth with Disabilities| site |


    (September 17, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today made clear that vocational rehabilitation (VR) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds can be used to support dual enrollment, comprehensive transition and other postsecondary education programs for students and youth with disabilities. The Department produced a question and answer (Q&A) guide after the Secretary heard from the field there was confusion about whether and when these funds could be used to help students and youth with disabilities access these valuable educational options. "All students deserve the freedom to pursue an education that is challenging and allows them to reach their full potential," said Secret...
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  • Federal Housing Administration Strengthens Mortgage Relief Options to Help Homeowners Impacted by Major Disasters

    Federal Housing Administration Strengthens Mortgage Relief Options to Help Homeowners Impacted by Major Disasters| site |


    (August 29, 2019) - - Today (August 29, 2019), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - When disasters strike, homeowners can fall behind in their mortgage payments as they struggle to recover from a major disaster. To help homeowners impacted by major disasters, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced it is expanding its foreclosure prevention options to allow borrowers in Presidentially Declared Major Disaster Areas (PDMDAs) with delinquent FHA-insured mortgages to bring their mortgages current without increasing their interest rates or principal and interest payments.

    Read FHA’s Mortgagee Letter to mortgage servicers. “Today we take another important step to help families with FHA-insured mortgages recover from the impact of a major
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Provides Additional Food Options to SNAP Participants Impacted by Hurricane Florence

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Provides Additional Food Options to SNAP Participants Impacted by Hurricane Florence



    SNAP participants may use benefits to purchase hot and prepared foods and receive additional time to report food losses



    Washington, DC - - (September 17, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday approved a waiver that will allow participants in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in North Carolina to buy hot foods with their benefits through October 31, 2018. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue emphasized the importance of the waiver, noting that many North Carolina residents evacuated to shelters cannot store food and are lacking access to cooking facilities as a result. “As the state of North Carolina works to recover from this storm, USDA stands ready to provide common-sense flexibilities to help them meet t
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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Praises Trump Administration Expansion of Health Insurance Options

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Praises Trump Administration Expansion of Health Insurance Options



    (June 19, 2018) - - HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding the Department of Labor’s release of a final rule on the regulation of Association/Small Business Health Plans:

    “This action by the Trump Administration will give more Americans access to affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage. Allowing small businesses and individuals to band together to offer new options is especially important because access to health insurance for employees of small businesses has narrowed over the years, including under the Affordable Care Act. We look forward to leading continued work across the Trump Administration to open up more options for affordable, accessible, private health coverage.”






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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Conservation Stewardship Program Contracts

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Conservation Stewardship Program Contracts


    USDA’s Largest Conservation Program Helps Producers Improve Health, Productivity of Working Lands




    Washington, DC - - (March 30, 2017) - - Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young today announced that a contract renewal sign-up is underway for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), USDA’s largest working lands conservation program with more than 80 million acres enrolled. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) made several updates to the popular program last fall. These changes help producers better evaluate conservation options that benefit their operations while improving the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands.

    “The changes made to CSP are providing even greater opportunities for stewardship-minded producers across the country to participate and bring their
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers continued Debt Relief Options to Veterans
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers continued Debt Relief Options to Veterans | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: February 18, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reaffirms its commitment to extend debt relief for Veterans through Sept. 30.

    VA will continue suspension of collection on all Veteran benefit overpayments and medical copayment debts incurred after April 1, 2020. VA is suspending this debt collection to provide Veterans continued financial relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “My top priority right now is to do everything in our power to help our Veterans, caregivers and their families get through this challenging COVID-19 pandemic,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “VA will continue to find ways to provide real relief to 2 million Veterans and their families as we fight through this health crisis together.” To assist with making inf
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    02-19-2021, 09:20 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs resumes Overpayment Notifications while continuing Relief Options for Veterans
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs resumes Overpayment Notifications while continuing Relief Options for Veterans | site |



    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today its nationwide plan to resume mailing notification letters to Veterans, for benefit overpayments placed in suspension from April 3 through Jan. 1, 2021.

    The collection of these overpayments was deferred to provide financial relief to Veterans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “VA recognizes Veterans and beneficiaries may still experience financial distress from COVID-19, and it will continue to offer enhanced relief options for impacted Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “These include extending repayment plans, waivers, compromises and temporary hardship suspensions. Most importantly, the department will pause collections through October 2021 for Veterans who remain in financial hardship and request relief.” Veterans an
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    01-02-2021, 04:35 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces New Funding to Accelerate Education Innovation and Empower Teachers with Professional Development Options
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces New Funding to Accelerate Education Innovation and Empower Teachers with Professional Development Options | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release: December 15, 2020)

    Washington - - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced $185 million in new grant funding for 28 school districts, institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations across the United States as part of the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program. These new grant awards will accelerate locally-driven innovation and improve academic achievement for high-needs students around the country. This year's funding supports a new, groundbreaking effort to empower teachers to personalize their professional development, rather than have it imposed on them by their state or school district. More than $72 million in new funding will help develop systems to enable teachers to select p
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    12-16-2020, 07:43 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options| site |



    New Fact Sheet Provides Additional Information on How Distance Learning Can be Used to Meet Students’ Needs During COVID-19 National Emergency


    (March 21, 2020) - - Today (March 21, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department has released new information clarifying that federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering distance learning opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities. This new resource from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) explains that as a school district takes necessary steps to address the health, safety, and well-being of all its students
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    03-24-2020, 11:07 PM
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    IRS Free File offers Free Tax Prep Options for Military Personnel
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    IRS Free File offers Free Tax Prep Options for Military Personnel| site |



    (January 13, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information: WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today reminded active duty military personnel that IRS Free File offers them multiple options for free federal tax preparation. Free File is for individuals or families whose adjusted gross income was $69,000 or less last year. Free File is a private-public partnership between the IRS and the Free File Inc. "The IRS takes special steps to help military members and their families with their taxes, and the Free File program is part of that effort," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Almost 10% of the IRS workforce are veterans. We greatly appreciate the service to the nation of every veteran and their supportive families, and we will do all we can to assist them." For active duty military and their spouses, Free File has a special offe...
    01-15-2020, 05:24 AM

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