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  • PHMSA Notice of Reinstatement and Extension of Enforcement Policy Regarding Hand Sanitizers

    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Notice of Reinstatement and Extension of Enforcement Policy Regarding Hand Sanitizers | site |


    (Information contained in Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [PHMSA] press release dated: December 7, 2020) As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues, PHMSA is reinstating and extending the Notice of Enforcement Discretion to offerors and carriers who offer or transport hand sanitizers manufactured and packaged prior to October 31, 2020, and in accordance with the previous Notices of Enforcement Discretion. As a result, PHMSA will not take enforcement action against any offeror or carrier who offers or transports hand sanitizers manufactured and packaged prior to October 31, 2020, and in accordance with the April 10, 2020 Notice of Enforcement Discretion and June 24, 2020 Extension of that Notice. The extended enforcement discretion will continue through March 31, 2021. See the...
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  • State Department Inspector General: No Violations of Law, Rules or Policy; No Misuse of Taxpayer Resources

    State Department Inspector General: No Violations of Law, Rules or Policy; No Misuse of Taxpayer Resources | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press release media note: December 10, 2020)

    Secretary and Mrs. Pompeo fully vindicated from baseless claims reported as fact by Democrats and Media

    The State Department’s Office of Inspector General released its report to Congress today on the representational travel by the spouse of the Secretary of State. The report alleges that the OIG “received a whistleblower complaint related to travel by the spouse of the Secretary of State.”

    ALL ACTIONS LEGAL AND JUSTIFIED

    After a nearly year-long investigation by the OIG interviewing dozens of employees and reviewing thousands of pages of documents, the report cleared the Secretary, his family, and his entire team, finding:
    • There was no violation of any law or
    ...
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  • U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Applauds New National Space Policy That Drives American Leadership in Space Commerce

    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...
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  • Federal Reserve Board announces Members of its Insurance Policy Advisory Committee

    Federal Reserve Board announces Members of its Insurance Policy Advisory Committee | site |



    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release: December 3, 2020) The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced seven members, including three new members, of its Insurance Policy Advisory Committee, or IPAC. The members will serve three-year terms beginning in 2021. The IPAC, which was established by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, provides information, advice, and recommendations to the Board on domestic and international insurance issues. This year, the inaugural IPAC members began serving staggered terms ranging from one to three years, and four have been selected to serve three-year terms beginning next year. Additionally, three new members will also start three-year terms next year. IPAC members have expertise in life insurance, property and casualty insurance, and reinsuranc...
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  • FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Issues New Policy on Dry Heat for Reuse of Certain Respirators

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues New Policy on Dry Heat for Reuse of Certain Respirators | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration press release: November 25, 2020)

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance on the use of dry heat to help support the single-user reuse of certain particulate filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs), such as N95 respirators, by health care personnel when there is a limited supply of respirators during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The immediately-in-effect guidance provides the FDA’s thinking and recommendations regarding the use of bioburden reduction systems that use dry heat to reduce the bioburden, or amount of microorganisms present, on certain respirators for reuse by a single user. Bioburden reduction systems are intended to achieve a certain level in microbial reduction on a device; these are not decontamina
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  • American Medical Association Policy aimed at Combatting Misinformation about COVID-19 Vaccines

    American Medical Association Policy aimed at Combatting Misinformation about COVID-19 Vaccines | site |


    Policy aimed at educating physicians on speaking with patients about COVID-19 vaccination


    (November 17, 2020) - - On November 17, 2020 the American Medical Association (AMA) published the following information: Chicago - - With misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine development process circulating widely, physicians at the Special Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates adopted policy today aimed at educating physicians on speaking with patients about COVID-19 vaccination, bearing in mind the historical context of “experimentation” with vaccines and other medication in communities of color, and providing physicians with culturally appropriate patient education materials. Educating the public about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine programs, particularly among populations that have been dispropo...
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  • Secretary Pompeo Remarks at the Florida Family Policy Council Dinner Gala - - - Respecting Life in America’s Foreign Policy

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Remarks at the Florida Family Policy Council Dinner Gala: Respecting Life in America’s Foreign Policy | site |



    (October 3, 2020) - - Today, October 3, 2020, the U.S. Department of State published the following information related to U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo's Remarks at the Florida Family Policy Council Dinner Gala: Respecting Life in America’s Foreign Policy:














    SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good evening, everyone. Good evening to all my friends in Florida! I can hear the applause all the way up I-95. And I know many of you came from all across the state to be with this great group tonight – from Pensacola, to Pinellas County, to Palm Beach. I am terribly...
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  • FDIC Proposes to Update Policy Statement on Minority Depository Institutions

    FDIC Proposes to Update Policy Statement on Minority Depository Institutions

    FDIC Proposes to Update Policy Statement on Minority Depository Institutions | site |




    (August 21, 2020) - - Today. August 21, 2020, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation published the following information:

    WASHINGTON—The Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today approved a new proposed Statement of Policy to enhance the agency’s efforts to encourage and preserve Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs). The proposed revisions would update, strengthen, and clarify the FDIC’s policies and procedures related to the agency’s existing MDI framework. The FDIC seeks public comment on the proposal over a 60-day period.

    Specifically, the proposed revisions describe the initiatives the FDIC has taken and will take to promote the preservation of MDIs and enhance communication between the FDIC and these minority-owned and managed institutions. The proposed Statement of Policy would also define
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  • Federal Reserve Board announces Implementation Delay for Changes to its Payment System Risk Policy regarding Intraday Credit

    Federal Reserve Board announces Implementation Delay for Changes to its Payment System Risk Policy regarding Intraday Credit | site |




    (March 24, 2020) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced a six-month delay in the planned implementation of policy changes to procedures governing the provision of intraday credit to U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banking organizations (FBOs). On April 1, 2019, the Board approved amendments to Part II of the PSR policy, which establishes the maximum levels of daylight overdrafts that depository institutions may incur in their Federal Reserve accounts. The changes were initially scheduled to become effective on April 1, 2020. In light of the challenges posed by the coronavirus, the Board is delaying implementation until October 1, 2020. This additional time will allow FBOs and the Federal Reserve Banks to focus ...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalizes Enforcement Policy on unauthorized Flavored Cartridge-based E-cigarettes that Appeal to Children, including Fruit and Mint

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalizes Enforcement Policy on unauthorized Flavored Cartridge-based E-cigarettes that Appeal to Children, including Fruit and Mint| site |



    Companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution and sale of unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes (other than tobacco or menthol) within 30 days risk FDA enforcement actions


    (January 2, 2020) - - Today (January 2, 2020), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:

    Amid the epidemic levels of youth use of e-cigarettes and the popularity of certain products among children, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a policy prioritizing enforcement against certain unauthorized flavored e-cigarette products that appeal to kids, including fruit and mint flavors. Under this policy, companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution and sale of unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes
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  • U.S. Department of States discusses This Week in Iran Policy, December 2-6

    U.S. Department of States discusses This Week in Iran Policy, December 2-6

    U.S. Department of State discusses This Week in Iran Policy, December 2-6 | site |



    (December 6, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information concerning This Week in Iran Policy, December 2-6:


    “Our role…is to support freedom wherever we are able to do so, to create transparency so that the world can see. In Iran, the reporting indicates that there are several hundred people who have been killed by the security forces, thousands detained inside of Iran, and to stand up and say that’s not right, these people are simply asking for a basic set of freedoms, and the Iranian leadership – that regime should change in a way that reflects the desires of their own people.”


    – Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Speech to the University of Louisville, December 2










    SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN HOOK ANNOUNCES...
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  • U.S. Department of State's review of This Week in Iran Policy, November 18-22

    U.S. Department of State's review of This Week in Iran Policy, November 18-22 | site |



    (November 22, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson published the following account of This Week in Iran Policy, November 18-22:


    “As Iranians take to the streets in protest, the Ayatollahs in Tehran continue to use violence and imprisonment to oppress their people. The United States’ message is clear: the American people stand with the people of Iran.”
    – Vice President Mike Pence, Twitter, November 20







    SECRETARY POMPEO REMARKS IN RESPONSE TO THE ONGOING PROTESTS IN IRAN
    • The United States is monitoring the ongoing protests in Iran closely. We condemn strongly any acts of violence committed by this regime against the Iranian people and are deeply concerned by reports of several fatalities.
    • The Islamic Republic must cease violence against its own people and should
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  • Federal Reserve Board announces Inaugural 21 Members of the Insurance Policy Advisory Committee

    Federal Reserve Board announces Inaugural 21 Members of the Insurance Policy Advisory Committee| site |



    (October 16, 2019) - - Today (October 16, 2019), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced the inaugural 21 members of the Insurance Policy Advisory Committee (IPAC). The IPAC provides information, advice, and recommendations to the Federal Reserve Board on domestic and international insurance issues, including negotiations at the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). The inaugural IPAC members include expertise in life insurance, property and casualty insurance, and reinsurance. Members have professional backgrounds in insurance accounting, actuarial science, academia, insurance regulation, policyholder advocacy, capital markets, and other areas. The inaugural IPAC members will serve staggered terms ranging from one to three years. Starting n...
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  • U.S. Department of State addresses This Week in Iran Policy, August 19–23

    U.S. Department of State addresses This Week in Iran Policy, August 19–23

    U.S. Department of State addresses This Week in Iran Policy, August 19–23| site |


    (August 23, 2019) - - Today (August 23, 2019), the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:

    “At the #UNSC today, I made clear that the U.S. will continue to act in concert with our allies and partners to bring stability and prosperity to the Middle East. By doing so, we will sustain the same things for the American people and our friends around the world.”

    – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Twitter, August 20


    IRANIAN VESSEL GRACE I

    “A message to all mariners – if you crew an IRGC or other FTO-affiliated ship, you jeopardize future entry to the U.S.#NotWorthIt”

    – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Twitter, August 15
    • The United States assesses that the M/T Grace I, now renamed the Adrian Darya I, is assisting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by transporting oil from
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  • Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the Alliance for Connected Care Telehealth Policy Forum for Health Systems

    Remarks by Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma at the Alliance for Connected Care Telehealth Policy Forum for Health Systems



    (November 15, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following "Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the Alliance for Connected Care Telehealth Policy Forum for Health Systems":


    Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the Alliance for Connected Care Telehealth Policy Forum for Health Systems
    (As prepared for delivery – November 15, 2018)

    Thank you Krista for that kind introduction, and thank you all for joining us today. It’s a privilege to be here with the Alliance for Connected Care. I’m glad I got to meet with your organization early in my tenure – and I’m particularly happy to continue our conversation on how we can make the promise of connected, coordinated...
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    PHMSA Notice of Reinstatement and Extension of Enforcement Policy Regarding Hand Sanitizers
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    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Notice of Reinstatement and Extension of Enforcement Policy Regarding Hand Sanitizers | site |


    (Information contained in Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [PHMSA] press release dated: December 7, 2020) As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues, PHMSA is reinstating and extending the Notice of Enforcement Discretion to offerors and carriers who offer or transport hand sanitizers manufactured and packaged prior to October 31, 2020, and in accordance with the previous Notices of Enforcement Discretion. As a result, PHMSA will not take enforcement action against any offeror or carrier who offers or transports hand sanitizers manufactured and packaged prior to October 31, 2020, and in accordance with the April 10, 2020 Notice of Enforcement Discretion and June 24, 2020 Extension of that Notice. The extended enforcement discretion will continue through March 31, 2021. See the...
    12-15-2020, 03:04 AM
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    State Department Inspector General: No Violations of Law, Rules or Policy; No Misuse of Taxpayer Resources
    by Staff Reporter 1
    State Department Inspector General: No Violations of Law, Rules or Policy; No Misuse of Taxpayer Resources | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press release media note: December 10, 2020)

    Secretary and Mrs. Pompeo fully vindicated from baseless claims reported as fact by Democrats and Media

    The State Department’s Office of Inspector General released its report to Congress today on the representational travel by the spouse of the Secretary of State. The report alleges that the OIG “received a whistleblower complaint related to travel by the spouse of the Secretary of State.”

    ALL ACTIONS LEGAL AND JUSTIFIED

    After a nearly year-long investigation by the OIG interviewing dozens of employees and reviewing thousands of pages of documents, the report cleared the Secretary, his family, and his entire team, finding:
    • There was no violation of any law or
    ...
    12-11-2020, 06:05 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Applauds New National Space Policy That Drives American Leadership in Space Commerce
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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, 10:29 PM
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    Federal Reserve Board announces Members of its Insurance Policy Advisory Committee
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Reserve Board announces Members of its Insurance Policy Advisory Committee | site |



    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release: December 3, 2020) The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced seven members, including three new members, of its Insurance Policy Advisory Committee, or IPAC. The members will serve three-year terms beginning in 2021. The IPAC, which was established by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, provides information, advice, and recommendations to the Board on domestic and international insurance issues. This year, the inaugural IPAC members began serving staggered terms ranging from one to three years, and four have been selected to serve three-year terms beginning next year. Additionally, three new members will also start three-year terms next year. IPAC members have expertise in life insurance, property and casualty insurance, and reinsuranc...
    12-04-2020, 09:08 AM
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    FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Issues New Policy on Dry Heat for Reuse of Certain Respirators
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues New Policy on Dry Heat for Reuse of Certain Respirators | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration press release: November 25, 2020)

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance on the use of dry heat to help support the single-user reuse of certain particulate filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs), such as N95 respirators, by health care personnel when there is a limited supply of respirators during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The immediately-in-effect guidance provides the FDA’s thinking and recommendations regarding the use of bioburden reduction systems that use dry heat to reduce the bioburden, or amount of microorganisms present, on certain respirators for reuse by a single user. Bioburden reduction systems are intended to achieve a certain level in microbial reduction on a device; these are not decontamina
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    11-27-2020, 10:13 AM

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