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  • NTIA Creates First Interactive Map to Help Public See the Digital Divide Across the Country

    National Telecommunications and Information Administration Creates First Interactive Map to Help Public See the Digital Divide Across the Country | site |



    NTIA map links poverty usage and broadband access by compiling data sets to show where high-poverty communities are located with relation to internet usage patterns and access to computers and related equipment


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Commerce press release dated: June 17, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a new publicly available digital map that displays key indicators of broadband needs across the country. This is the first interactive, public map that allows users to explore different datasets about where people do not have quality Internet access. The public “Indicators of Broadband Need” tool released today puts on one map, for the first time, data from b...
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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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  • U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Announces Virtual Public Hearing to Gather Information for the Purpose of Improving Enforcement of Title IX

    U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Announces Virtual Public Hearing to Gather Information for the Purpose of Improving Enforcement of Title IX | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 17, 2021)

    The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced a virtual public hearing to be held from June 7, 2021, to June 11, 2021, to gather information for improving enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The notice for the public hearing is available here, and the official hearing notice will be published in the Federal Register in the coming days.

    The hearing is part of OCR's comprehensive review of the Department's existing regulations and other actions related to Title IX to implement President Biden's March 8 Executive Order on Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex,
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  • District Court issues Opinion in Public Citizen, et al. v FEC

    District Court issues Opinion in Public Citizen, et al. v FEC

    District Court issues Opinion in Public Citizen, et al. v FEC | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: March 17, 2021)

    Washington - - The United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order in Public Citizen, et al. v. FEC (Case 14-00148), granting the Commission’s and Intervenor-Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment and denying Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment. The lawsuit, filed on January 31, 2014, challenged the Commission’s dismissal of the Plaintiffs’ administrative complaint against Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies (MUR 6396). The complaint had alleged that Crossroads GPS violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), by not registering and reporting as a political committee. The Commission lacked the required votes to open an investigation and the matter was dismissed. The Court h
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  • Federal Executive Boards Celebrate Public Service Recognition Week by Recognizing Employees Across the Country

    Federal Executive Boards Celebrate Public Service Recognition Week by Recognizing Employees Across the Country | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management [OPM] press release dated: May 4, 2021)

    Each year Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) across the nation recognize federal employees who have made exceptional contributions in their community or the advancement of their agency’s mission. This year, OPM and the Partnership for Public Service are highlighting more than 300 awards winners from FY2020 and FY2021. To learn more about these recipients and their exemplary accomplishments, visit the FEB awards site. Award nominations are reviewed by leadership panels using a set criteria for the respective category: Leadership, Customer Service, Community Service, Diversity and Inclusion, Distinguished Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Military/Military Support, Extraordinary Contributions in the Accomplishment of Agency M
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  • HUD awards 51 Million Dollars to clean up Lead Hazards in Public Housing

    HUD awards 51 Million Dollars to clean up Lead Hazards in Public Housing

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awards $51 Million to Clean Up Lead Hazards in Public Housing | site |




    Funding to identify and control potentially dangerous lead in thousands of homes with young children


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: May 11, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $51.4 million to 25 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in 19 states to identify and reduce lead-based paint hazards in thousands of older public housing units. Provided through HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund, these grants will be targeted to public housing units currently occupied by families with young children. See funding chart below. "In order to be healthy, it’s important to have a healthy home," said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. "Protecting families with young children from lead and other hea...
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  • U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable with Educators to Discuss the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable with Educators to Discuss the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 7, 2021)

    This afternoon, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona held a virtual roundtable to discuss the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program with educators who have student loans and are participating in the program. The participants included teachers from elementary and secondary schools and an occupational therapist. They shared their personal experiences with the Secretary and provided feedback on ways the Department can make it easier for borrowers to understand the PSLF program, complete their payments, communicate clearly with their loan servicers, and eventually receive loan forgiveness based on their service. Secretary Cardona launched the discussion and listened as the educators shared their stories: "Student loan...
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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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  • Federal Reserve Board invites Public Comment on Proposed Guidelines to Evaluate Requests for Accounts and Payment Services at Federal Reserve Banks

    Federal Reserve Board invites Public Comment on Proposed Guidelines to Evaluate Requests for Accounts and Payment Services at Federal Reserve Banks | site |


    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: May 5, 2021) The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday invited public comment on proposed guidelines to evaluate requests for accounts and payment services at Federal Reserve Banks ("Account Access Guidelines"). Recent years have seen the introduction of new financial products and delivery mechanisms for traditional banking services, notably leveraging emerging technologies, including from institutions with novel types of banking charters designed to support such innovation. To facilitate these activities, some such institutions have requested access to the payments system offered by Federal Reserve Banks. To help achieve the goal of applying a transparent and consistent process for all access requests, as wel...
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  • GSA Launches Updated Regulations.gov to Improve the Integrity of Public Commenting

    U.S. General Services Administration launches Updated Regulations.gov to Improve the Integrity of Public Commenting | site |



    Site enhancements maximize operability and speed, supporting a consistent, high-quality user experience


    (Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration [GSA] press release dated: February 17, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. General Services Administration today announced a new version of Regulations.gov launching February 18, 2021. Regulations.gov is a federal shared service that provides the public with one-stop access to regulatory and deregulatory actions for over 200 federal agencies, including the ability to electronically submit comments. “GSA’s goal is to make it easier for the public to participate in the regulatory process,” said Office of Government-wide Policy Associate Administrator Krystal Brumfield. “The new Regulations.gov re-envisions the public site, with
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches Public Guidance to further protect Veterans’ personal Information

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches Public Guidance to further protect Veterans’ personal Information | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: February 22, 2021)

    Washington - - This February the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched Ethics Principles for Access to and Use of Veteran Data as part of ongoing efforts to protect Veteran data.

    The new online resource outlines nine principles for communicating clear expectations on how Veteran data is to be managed and viewed by Veterans, staff, VA partners and other stakeholders. These principles reinforce VA’s standards of data privacy and protection maintained during VA’s distribution of nearly 2 million COVID-19 vaccinations to date, and other critical health care services during the coronavirus pandemic. “VA’s principle-based ethics framework takes a proactive approach to data management and privacy
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  • CDC Requires Wearing of Face Masks while on Public Transportation and at Transportation Hubs

    CDC Requires Wearing of Face Masks while on Public Transportation and at Transportation Hubs | site |




    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release dated: January 30, 2021)

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in the United States, CDC is implementing provisions of President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel and will require the wearing of masks by all travelers into, within, or out of the United States, e.g., on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares. The mask requirement also applies to travelers in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and seaports; train, bus, and subway stations; and any other areas that provide transportation. Transportation operators must require all persons onboard to wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel. Operators of transportation...
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  • HHS Announces Marketplace Special Enrollment Period for COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Marketplace Special Enrollment Period for COVID-19 Public Health Emergency | site |



    2021 SEP provides access to health coverage during the pandemic


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: January 28, 2021)

    In accordance with the Executive Order issued today by President Biden, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for individuals and families for Marketplace coverage in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, which has left millions of Americans facing uncertainty and exceptional circumstances while millions of Americans have experienced new health problems during the pandemic. This SEP will allow individuals and families in states with Marketplaces served by the HealthCare.gov platform...
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  • Interior Department Welcomes Day One Executive Orders to Restore Public Lands and Waters, Combat Coronavirus

    Interior Department Welcomes Day One Executive Orders to Restore Public Lands and Waters, Combat Coronavirus | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release FACT SHEET dated: January 21, 2021)


    Washington, D.C. — Immediately following his inauguration, President Joe Biden signed Executive Orders that take critical first steps to address the climate crisis, create good union jobs, and advance environmental justice, while reversing the previous administration’s harmful policies.

    One of President Biden’s Executive Orders requires the Interior Department to conduct a review of the monument boundaries and conditions of the Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bears Ears, Northeast Canyons, and Seamounts Marine National Monuments. The order directs Interior, in consultation with other agencies and Tribal governments, to determine whether restoration of the monument boundaries and conditions would be
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  • Federal Reserve Board announces that the Public Comment period for the application by First Citizens BancShares, Inc. to acquire CIT Group, Inc. has been extended through February 22, 2021

    Federal Reserve Board announces that the Public Comment period for the application by First Citizens BancShares, Inc. to acquire CIT Group, Inc. has been extended through February 22, 2021 | site |


    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: January 22, 2021)

    The Federal Reserve Board on Friday announced that the public comment period has been extended through February 22, 2021, for the application by First Citizens BancShares, Inc. of Raleigh, North Carolina, to acquire CIT Group, Inc. of New York, New York.

    The comment period is being extended to provide additional time for interested parties to comment on the application in light of the ongoing challenges from the coronavirus.



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    NTIA Creates First Interactive Map to Help Public See the Digital Divide Across the Country
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    National Telecommunications and Information Administration Creates First Interactive Map to Help Public See the Digital Divide Across the Country | site |



    NTIA map links poverty usage and broadband access by compiling data sets to show where high-poverty communities are located with relation to internet usage patterns and access to computers and related equipment


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Commerce press release dated: June 17, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a new publicly available digital map that displays key indicators of broadband needs across the country. This is the first interactive, public map that allows users to explore different datasets about where people do not have quality Internet access. The public “Indicators of Broadband Need” tool released today puts on one map, for the first time, data from b...
    06-23-2021, 09:09 AM
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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
    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
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    U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Announces Virtual Public Hearing to Gather Information for the Purpose of Improving Enforcement of Title IX
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    U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Announces Virtual Public Hearing to Gather Information for the Purpose of Improving Enforcement of Title IX | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 17, 2021)

    The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced a virtual public hearing to be held from June 7, 2021, to June 11, 2021, to gather information for improving enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The notice for the public hearing is available here, and the official hearing notice will be published in the Federal Register in the coming days.

    The hearing is part of OCR's comprehensive review of the Department's existing regulations and other actions related to Title IX to implement President Biden's March 8 Executive Order on Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex,
    ...
    05-18-2021, 02:49 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    District Court issues Opinion in Public Citizen, et al. v FEC
    by Staff Reporter 1
    District Court issues Opinion in Public Citizen, et al. v FEC | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: March 17, 2021)

    Washington - - The United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order in Public Citizen, et al. v. FEC (Case 14-00148), granting the Commission’s and Intervenor-Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment and denying Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment. The lawsuit, filed on January 31, 2014, challenged the Commission’s dismissal of the Plaintiffs’ administrative complaint against Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies (MUR 6396). The complaint had alleged that Crossroads GPS violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), by not registering and reporting as a political committee. The Commission lacked the required votes to open an investigation and the matter was dismissed. The Court h
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    05-13-2021, 09:19 AM
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    Federal Executive Boards Celebrate Public Service Recognition Week by Recognizing Employees Across the Country
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Executive Boards Celebrate Public Service Recognition Week by Recognizing Employees Across the Country | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management [OPM] press release dated: May 4, 2021)

    Each year Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) across the nation recognize federal employees who have made exceptional contributions in their community or the advancement of their agency’s mission. This year, OPM and the Partnership for Public Service are highlighting more than 300 awards winners from FY2020 and FY2021. To learn more about these recipients and their exemplary accomplishments, visit the FEB awards site. Award nominations are reviewed by leadership panels using a set criteria for the respective category: Leadership, Customer Service, Community Service, Diversity and Inclusion, Distinguished Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Military/Military Support, Extraordinary Contributions in the Accomplishment of Agency M
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    05-13-2021, 08:14 AM

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