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  • U.S. Department of Commerce Strengthens Commercial Ties and Expands Digital Attaché Program in the UAE

    U.S. Department of Commerce Strengthens Commercial Ties and Expands Digital Attaché Program in the UAE| site |



    (October 23, 2020) - - Today, October 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce published the following information: To coincide with the first meeting of the new United States-United Arab Emirates Strategic Dialogue, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the Department is working to conclude two memorandums of understanding with Emirati government agencies promoting foreign direct investment, innovation, and entrepreneurship as well as the expansion of the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Digital Attaché Program to Dubai, UAE. This move provides U.S. companies with two on-the-ground resources in the Middle East, one in Cairo and one in Dubai, that will develop new opportunities in this critical region and support the Department’s increased engagement with countries across the Middle East on important digital trade issue...
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  • USDA Announces Fourth Round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

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    USDA Announces Fourth Round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Fourth Round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program | site |



    (October 23, 2020) - - Today, October 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., Oct. 23, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it has authorized $500 million for a fourth round of purchases for the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. USDA is issuing solicitations for the fourth round to existing Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) holders and expects to award contracts by Oct. 30 for deliveries of food boxes from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020. In the fourth round, as in the third round, states have been allocated boxes based on the internal need of the state. The program will continue the purchase of combination boxes to include fresh produce, dairy products, fluid milk and meat products. The program also will continue to require that proposals illustrate
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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 Labor Announces first Industry-recognized Apprenticeship Program

    U.S. Department of Labor Announces first Industry-recognized Apprenticeship Program| site |



    (October 1, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Labor published today (October 1, 2020) the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Raytheon Technologies as the first Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP), a major milestone in this Administration’s goal to expand apprenticeships and create more job opportunities for American workers. The National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) serves as the Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) overseeing Raytheon’s program. NIMS was recognized by the Department on Sept. 23, 2020, as one of the first SREs under the Administration’s new IRAP rule. This announcement follows a recent meeting on Sept. 25, 2020, where U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia visited the NIMS headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, to discuss apprenticeship expansion with NIMS Executive Director Mo
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  • Federal Reserve Board Updates Frequently Asked Questions on Lender Underwriting for the Main Street Lending Program

    Federal Reserve Board Updates Frequently Asked Questions to Clarify the Board and Department of Treasury’s Expectations regarding Lender Underwriting for the Main Street Lending Program | site |



    (September 18, 2020) - - Today, September 18, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board on Friday updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) to clarify the Board and Department of Treasury's expectations regarding lender underwriting for the Main Street Lending Program. The revised FAQs emphasize that lender underwriting should look back to the borrower's pre-pandemic condition and forward to their post-pandemic prospects. The FAQs also clarify supervisory expectations for lenders originating Main Street loans. The program supports lending to small and medium-sized for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations that were in sound financial condition before the COVID-19 pandemic but l...
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  • USDA Announces Contracts for Round 3 of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Contracts for Round 3 of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program | site |



    (September 17, 2020) - - Today, September 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., September 17, 2020) – Following President Donald Trump’s approval to include up to an additional $1 billion in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved up to $1 billion in contracts to support American producers and communities in need through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Earlier this week, USDA reached a milestone of having distributed more than 90 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “These contract awards will go to vendors who submitted the strongest proposals in support of American agriculture and the Ame
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Awards nearly 24 Million Dollars in Grants for Job Corps Scholars Program for At-Risk Youth

    U.S. Department of Labor Awards nearly $24 Million in Grants for Job Corps Scholars Program for At-Risk Youth| site |



    (May 28, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information: WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the awarding of 20 grants totaling nearly $24 million as part of the Job Corps Scholars Program, a new national demonstration project aimed at providing at-risk youth with job skills instruction, educational opportunities and individualized employment counseling. The grantees include accredited, two-year, public community colleges; accredited, public two- and four-year historically black colleges and universities (HBCU); and accredited tribally controlled colleges and universities (TCCU) that will serve Job Corps-eligible youth and young adults from 16 to 24 years of age. "As we look towards defeating coronavirus and reopening our economy, the Job Corps Scholars Program provides an innova...
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  • Federal Communications Commission Approves Seventh Set of COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications

    Federal Communications Commission Approves Seventh Set of COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications | site |


    Commission Continues Approving Telehealth Funding During Coronavirus Pandemic, Surpasses $50 Million in Total Funding


    (May 20, 2020) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information: WASHINGTON, May 20, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today approved an additional 43 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Health care providers in both urban and rural areas of the country will use this $16.87 million in funding to provide telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic. To date, the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which was authorized by the CARES Act, has approved funding for 132 health care providers in 33 states plus Washington, DC for a total of just over $50 million in funding. Below is a list of health care providers that wer...
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  • Federal Reserve Board Expands its Program of Support for Flow of Credit to the Economy

    Federal Reserve Board Expands its Program of Support for Flow of Credit to the Economy by taking Steps to Enhance Liquidity and Functioning of Crucial State and Municipal Money Markets| site |



    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board on Friday expanded its program of support for the flow of credit to the economy by taking steps to enhance the liquidity and functioning of crucial state and municipal money markets. Through the Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility, or MMLF, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston will now be able to make loans available to eligible financial institutions secured by certain high-quality assets purchased from single state and other tax-exempt municipal money market mutual funds. The attached term sheet details the assets that are eligible under the MMLF program, as well as additional information. More deta...
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  • Federal Reserve Board broadens Program of Support for the Flow of Credit to Households and Businesses

    Federal Reserve Board broadens Program of Support for the Flow of Credit to Households and Businesses by establishing a Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (MMLF)| site |



    (March 18, 2020) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday broadened its program of support for the flow of credit to households and businesses by taking steps to enhance the liquidity and functioning of crucial money markets. Through the establishment of a Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility, or MMLF, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston will make loans available to eligible financial institutions secured by high-quality assets purchased by the financial institution from money market mutual funds. Money market funds are common investment tools for families, businesses, and a range of companies. The MMLF will assist money market funds in meeting demands for redemptions by househol...
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  • Social Security Modernizing its Disability Program

    Social Security Modernizing its Disability Program

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    (February 24, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information:


    SOCIAL SECURITY


    Social Security Modernizing its Disability Program

    Decades Old Rule Updated to Reflect Today’s Workforce



    Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul announced a new final rule today, modernizing an agency disability rule that was introduced in 1978 and has remained unchanged. The new regulation, “Removing the Inability to Communicate in English as an Education Category,” updates a disability rule that was more than 40 years old and did not reflect work in the modern economy. This final rule has been in the works for a number of years and updates an antiquated policy that makes the inability to communicate in English a factor in awarding disability benefits. “It is important that we have an up-...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces Proposed Rule regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-based organizations in VA-supported Social Service Programs

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces Proposed Rule regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-based organizations in VA-supported Social Service Programs| site |




    (January 16, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed a rule, Jan. 16, that would implement President Trump’s, May 3, 2018, Executive Order (EO) establishing a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative, to remove regulatory barriers allowing religious and non-religious organizations equal treatment in VA-supported social service programs. The proposed rule ensures VA-supported social service programs are implemented in a manner consistent with the Constitution and other applicable federal law. Under current regulations governing these programs, religious providers of social services — but not other providers of social services — must make referrals und...
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  • IRS says New Free File Agreement Signed to Strengthen Program, help Taxpayers

    IRS says New Free File Agreement Signed to Strengthen Program, help Taxpayers

    IRS says New Free File Agreement Signed to Strengthen Program, help Taxpayers| site |



    (December 30, 2019) Today (December 30, 2019), the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today an agreement with Free File, Inc. (FFI) designed to bring more clarity for taxpayers choosing to use free online software during the 2020 filing season. The agreement reached will help make the Free File program more taxpayer-friendly while strengthening consumer protections in several key areas. "This updated agreement is part of a larger effort by the IRS to help taxpayers meet their tax obligations," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "It continues to show the partnership we enjoy with the Free File partners and the commitment we both share in helping taxpayers since the program's creation 18 years ago. The improved process will make Free File stronger and give taxpayers another rea
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  • Library of Congress Opens Applications for Librarians-in-Residence Program

    Library of Congress Opens Applications for Librarians-in-Residence Program

    Library of Congress Opens Applications for Librarians-in-Residence Program | site |



    Recent Graduates of Library and Information Science Master’s Programs Can Apply Beginning Dec. 12


    (December 12, 2019) - - Today, the Library of Congress (LOC) published the following information:

    For the third year, the Library of Congress is announcing a Librarians-in-Residence program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s national collections.










    Applications will be accepted from December 12, 2019 to January 17, 2020. The Library will select up to nine applicants for a six-month residency beginning in July 2020. The program is open to students who will complete their master’s degrees in an American Library Association-accredited library and information science program...
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces 1890 National Scholars Program Funding Opportunity

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces 1890 National Scholars Program Funding Opportunity| site |


    (October 29, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, October 29, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the opening of the 2020 scholarship application cycle for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program. The program aims to increase the number of students studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and other agriculture-related disciplines. The program is available through the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE).

    The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program was established in 1992 as part of the partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nineteen 1890 Land-Grant Universities . The program provides full tuition, fees, books, room and board to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or
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    U.S. Department of Commerce Strengthens Commercial Ties and Expands Digital Attaché Program in the UAE
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    U.S. Department of Commerce Strengthens Commercial Ties and Expands Digital Attaché Program in the UAE| site |



    (October 23, 2020) - - Today, October 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce published the following information: To coincide with the first meeting of the new United States-United Arab Emirates Strategic Dialogue, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the Department is working to conclude two memorandums of understanding with Emirati government agencies promoting foreign direct investment, innovation, and entrepreneurship as well as the expansion of the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Digital Attaché Program to Dubai, UAE. This move provides U.S. companies with two on-the-ground resources in the Middle East, one in Cairo and one in Dubai, that will develop new opportunities in this critical region and support the Department’s increased engagement with countries across the Middle East on important digital trade issue...
    10-25-2020, 04:39 AM
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    USDA Announces Fourth Round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Fourth Round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program | site |



    (October 23, 2020) - - Today, October 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., Oct. 23, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it has authorized $500 million for a fourth round of purchases for the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. USDA is issuing solicitations for the fourth round to existing Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) holders and expects to award contracts by Oct. 30 for deliveries of food boxes from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020. In the fourth round, as in the third round, states have been allocated boxes based on the internal need of the state. The program will continue the purchase of combination boxes to include fresh produce, dairy products, fluid milk and meat products. The program also will continue to require that proposals illustrate
    ...
    10-25-2020, 03:19 AM
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    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, 10:53 PM
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    U.S. Department of Labor Announces first Industry-recognized Apprenticeship Program
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    U.S. Department of Labor Announces first Industry-recognized Apprenticeship Program| site |



    (October 1, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Labor published today (October 1, 2020) the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Raytheon Technologies as the first Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP), a major milestone in this Administration’s goal to expand apprenticeships and create more job opportunities for American workers. The National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) serves as the Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) overseeing Raytheon’s program. NIMS was recognized by the Department on Sept. 23, 2020, as one of the first SREs under the Administration’s new IRAP rule. This announcement follows a recent meeting on Sept. 25, 2020, where U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia visited the NIMS headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, to discuss apprenticeship expansion with NIMS Executive Director Mo
    ...
    10-05-2020, 07:30 AM
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    Federal Reserve Board Updates Frequently Asked Questions on Lender Underwriting for the Main Street Lending Program
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    Federal Reserve Board Updates Frequently Asked Questions to Clarify the Board and Department of Treasury’s Expectations regarding Lender Underwriting for the Main Street Lending Program | site |



    (September 18, 2020) - - Today, September 18, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board on Friday updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) to clarify the Board and Department of Treasury's expectations regarding lender underwriting for the Main Street Lending Program. The revised FAQs emphasize that lender underwriting should look back to the borrower's pre-pandemic condition and forward to their post-pandemic prospects. The FAQs also clarify supervisory expectations for lenders originating Main Street loans. The program supports lending to small and medium-sized for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations that were in sound financial condition before the COVID-19 pandemic but l...
    09-21-2020, 08:26 PM

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