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  • U.S. Treasury Department Announces Seven Additional Policies to Encourage State and Local Governments to Expedite Emergency Rental Assistance

    U.S. Treasury Department Announces Seven Additional Policies to Encourage State and Local Governments to Expedite Emergency Rental Assistance | site |




    Latest Treasury Data Shows Continued Progress; About 1 Million Payments Made by State and Localities as of July 31


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: August 25, 2021) New data on program performance demonstrates steady improvement in delivering Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) to eligible households – particularly among state and local agencies that adopted the recommendations in Treasury’s prior guidance. Even with these improvements, many grantees need to do more to urgently accelerate efforts to prevent harmful evictions of vulnerable families. To help grantees continue to expedite assistance, today Treasury is announcing additional policies – including measures to reduce processing delays by providing even more explic...
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  • Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education

    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 24, 2021)



    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education



    Good morning Chair Scott and Ranking Member Foxx. I am pleased to join you today, and I am proud to testify about the policies and priorities of the Department of Education, including President Biden's fiscal year 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Education. The full fiscal year 2022 Budget Request, which was released a little over two weeks ago, makes good on President Biden's campaign commitment to reverse years of underinvestment in Federal education programs and would begin to address the significant inequities that millions of students—primarily students of...
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  • Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Issues Policies to Guide Medical Product Developers Addressing Virus Variants

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues Policies to Guide Medical Product Developers Addressing Virus Variants | site |



    Suite of Guidances Addresses Vaccines, Diagnostics and Therapeutics


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: February 22, 2021) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidances for medical product developers, specifically covering vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics products, to address the emergence and potential future emergence of variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. “The FDA is committed to identifying efficient ways to modify medical products that either are in the pipeline or have been authorized for emergency use to address emerging variants,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “We know the country is eager to return to a new normal and the emergence of the virus variants raises new concerns about the ...
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  • Acting HUD Secretary Statement on President Biden's Executive Order Redressing Discriminatory Housing Practices and Policies

    Acting HUD Secretary Statement on President Biden's Executive Order Redressing Discriminatory Housing Practices and Policies | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: January 26, 2021)

    Acting U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Matthew E. Ammon today released the following statement on President Biden’s executive order redressing our nation's and the federal government's history of discriminatory housing practices and policies:

    “President Biden’s executive order is a vital step toward redressing the federal government’s legacy of housing discrimination and securing equal access to housing opportunity for all. “Racially discriminatory housing practices and policies have kept communities of color from accessing safe, high-quality housing and the chance to build wealth that comes through homeownership. To this day, people of color disproportionately bear the bu
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release: December 16, 2010) Washington - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today delivered to Congress the semiannual Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States. In this Report, Treasury reviewed and assessed the policies of 20 major U.S. trading partners during the four quarters ending June 2020. The Report concluded that both Vietnam and Switzerland met all three criteria under the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (the 2015 Act) during the period under review. Treasury consequently conducted enhanced analysis of Vietnam and Switzerland in the Report and will also commence enhanced bilateral engagement with each country in accordance with the ...
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  • Trump Administration Finalizes Policies to Give Medicare Beneficiaries More Choices around Surgery

    Trump Administration Finalizes Policies to Give Medicare Beneficiaries More Choices around Surgery | site |


    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services press release: December 2, 2020) Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is finalizing policy changes that will give Medicare patients and their doctors greater choices to get care at a lower cost in an outpatient setting. The Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) final rules will increase value for Medicare beneficiaries and reflect the agency’s efforts to transform the healthcare delivery system through competition and innovation. These changes implement the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors, and will take effect on January 1, 2021. “President Trump’s term in office has been marked by an unrelenting drive to level the playing field and boost competi...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Adopts Revised Enforcement Policies for Coronavirus

    U.S. Department of Labor Adopts Revised Enforcement Policies for Coronavirus

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    (May 19, 2020) - - Today (May 19, 2020) the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information: WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA's requirements with respect to coronavirus as economies reopen in states throughout the country. Throughout the course of the pandemic, understanding about the transmission and prevention of infection has improved. The government and the private sector have taken rapid and evolving measures to slow the virus's spread, protect employees, and adapt to new ways of doing business. Now, as states begin reopening their economies, OSHA has issued two revised enforcement policies to ensure employers are taking action to protect their employees. First, OSHA is increasing in-person inspections at all types of workplaces. The ...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Modifies Smoke-free Policies at Health Care Facilities to Include Workers aimed at Increasing the Quality of Care for Veterans

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Modifies Smoke-free Policies at Health Care Facilities to Include Workers aimed at Increasing the Quality of Care for Veterans | site |



    (August 21, 2019) - - Today (August 21, 2019), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) commitment to a smoke-free health care environment for Veterans, in October, the department will extend its smoke-free policies to include employees at its health care facilities.

    This follows the department’s June 10 announcement of a new policy restricting smoking by patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors at its health care facilities. The integration of these two efforts guarantees a fully smoke-free environment for Veterans. “This policy change is consistent with our mission to promote a healthy environment for patients, visitors and employees at our facilities and is an i
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  • Treasury Releases Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States

    Treasury Releases Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States


    Washington, DC - - (October 17, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today delivered to Congress the semiannual Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States. The Report concluded that while the currency practices of six countries were found to require close attention, no major U.S. trading partner met the relevant 2015 legislative criteria for enhanced analysis during the period covered by the Report. Further, no trading partner was found to have met the 1988 legislative standards during the current reporting period. “The Treasury Department is working vigorously to ensure that our trading partners dismantle unfair barriers that stand in the way of free, fair, and reciprocal trade. Of particular concern are China...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Policies to Ensure Equal Employment Opportunity and Protect Religious Freedom

    U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Policies to Ensure Equal Employment Opportunity and Protect Religious Freedom




    Washington, DC - - (August 10, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today announced two new policy directives focused on ensuring equal employment opportunity and protecting Americans’ religious freedom. The equal employment opportunity directive calls for more comprehensive reviews of contractor compliance with federal anti-discrimination laws, and the religious freedom directive protects the rights of religion-exercising organizations. By law, federal contractors are required to take affirmative steps to ensure equal opportunity in their employment processes. OFCCP enforces federal laws that prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual...
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  • Treasury Releases Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States

    Treasury Releases Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States




    Washington, DC - - (April 13, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today delivered to Congress the semiannual Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States. The Report concluded that while the currency practices of six countries were found to require close attention, no major U.S. trading partner met the relevant legislative criteria for enhanced analysis in 2017. Further, no trading partner was found to have met the legislative standards for currency manipulation during the current reporting period. “The Treasury Department is working vigorously to ensure that trade is free, fair, and reciprocal so American workers and companies can compete and succeed globally. We will continue to monitor and combat ...
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    U.S. Treasury Department Announces Seven Additional Policies to Encourage State and Local Governments to Expedite Emergency Rental Assistance
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    U.S. Treasury Department Announces Seven Additional Policies to Encourage State and Local Governments to Expedite Emergency Rental Assistance | site |




    Latest Treasury Data Shows Continued Progress; About 1 Million Payments Made by State and Localities as of July 31


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: August 25, 2021) New data on program performance demonstrates steady improvement in delivering Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) to eligible households – particularly among state and local agencies that adopted the recommendations in Treasury’s prior guidance. Even with these improvements, many grantees need to do more to urgently accelerate efforts to prevent harmful evictions of vulnerable families. To help grantees continue to expedite assistance, today Treasury is announcing additional policies – including measures to reduce processing delays by providing even more explic...
    09-04-2021, 11:56 PM
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    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 24, 2021)



    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education



    Good morning Chair Scott and Ranking Member Foxx. I am pleased to join you today, and I am proud to testify about the policies and priorities of the Department of Education, including President Biden's fiscal year 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Education. The full fiscal year 2022 Budget Request, which was released a little over two weeks ago, makes good on President Biden's campaign commitment to reverse years of underinvestment in Federal education programs and would begin to address the significant inequities that millions of students—primarily students of...
    07-14-2021, 07:46 PM
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    Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Issues Policies to Guide Medical Product Developers Addressing Virus Variants
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues Policies to Guide Medical Product Developers Addressing Virus Variants | site |



    Suite of Guidances Addresses Vaccines, Diagnostics and Therapeutics


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: February 22, 2021) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidances for medical product developers, specifically covering vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics products, to address the emergence and potential future emergence of variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. “The FDA is committed to identifying efficient ways to modify medical products that either are in the pipeline or have been authorized for emergency use to address emerging variants,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “We know the country is eager to return to a new normal and the emergence of the virus variants raises new concerns about the ...
    02-25-2021, 11:52 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Acting HUD Secretary Statement on President Biden's Executive Order Redressing Discriminatory Housing Practices and Policies
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Acting HUD Secretary Statement on President Biden's Executive Order Redressing Discriminatory Housing Practices and Policies | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: January 26, 2021)

    Acting U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Matthew E. Ammon today released the following statement on President Biden’s executive order redressing our nation's and the federal government's history of discriminatory housing practices and policies:

    “President Biden’s executive order is a vital step toward redressing the federal government’s legacy of housing discrimination and securing equal access to housing opportunity for all. “Racially discriminatory housing practices and policies have kept communities of color from accessing safe, high-quality housing and the chance to build wealth that comes through homeownership. To this day, people of color disproportionately bear the bu
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    01-28-2021, 12:35 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release: December 16, 2010) Washington - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today delivered to Congress the semiannual Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States. In this Report, Treasury reviewed and assessed the policies of 20 major U.S. trading partners during the four quarters ending June 2020. The Report concluded that both Vietnam and Switzerland met all three criteria under the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (the 2015 Act) during the period under review. Treasury consequently conducted enhanced analysis of Vietnam and Switzerland in the Report and will also commence enhanced bilateral engagement with each country in accordance with the ...
    12-16-2020, 10:22 PM

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