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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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  • Biden Administration Enlists GSA Team with a Mix of Obama Veterans and Public-Private Sector Expertise

    Biden Administration Enlists GSA Team with a Mix of Obama Veterans and Public/Private Sector Expertise | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration press release dated: January 20, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is set to begin work on the four key priorities of the Biden Administration to include COVID relief, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate. The appointees selected are a combination of seasoned Obama-Biden administration officials and others with public/private sector experience specifically in climate and technology.

    Among these appointees are:

    - Katy Kale, former Assistant to the President for Management and Administration under President Obama and GSA Chief of Staff has been appointed the Deputy Administrator and will serve as the Acting Administrator.

    - Sonny Hashmi, former Chief Information Officer of GSA and
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  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Launches “Be Your REAL ID Self” Public Awareness Campaign

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Launches “Be Your REAL ID Self” Public Awareness Campaign | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: January 15, 2021) Washington, D.C. – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun a new nationwide public awareness campaign, “Be Your REAL ID Self” to promote awareness of the REAL ID requirements and encourage the public to act before the October 1, 2021 full enforcement deadline. Just over 8 months remain until the October 1, 2021 REAL ID full enforcement deadline goes into effect at all federally regulated airports, federal facilities, and nuclear power plants. The Department continues to urge Americans to obtain a REAL ID-compliant card or acceptable alternative, such as a U.S. passport or passport card prior to the October 1, 2021 enforcement deadline. Passed by Congress in 2005 following a 9/11 Commission recommendation, the REAL ID A...
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  • NHTSA Requests Public Comment on New Car Assessment Program Modernization

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Requests Public Comment on New Car Assessment Program Modernization | site |


    Proposed Upgrades to Five-Star Safety Ratings Program Would Address Advanced Driving Features, Pedestrian Safety


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    January 14, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today issued a request for public comment on proposed upgrades to the New Car Assessment Program. “Thanks in part to NCAP, new vehicles today are much safer than a generation ago,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “Even so, there are still too many fatalities and serious injuries in crashes every year, so it is critical that vehicles keep getting safer in the future, and a modernized NCAP will better enable American families to select v
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  • U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science discusses A Partnership for Public Engagement

    U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science discusses A Partnership for Public Engagement | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science press release dated: January 5, 2021) For many people, the annual Nobel Prize announcement is the only time of the year that they consider the role that discovery science plays in their lives. They use the results of that science every day, from electronics to medicine, but aren’t aware of the underlying research that created the foundation for those technologies – including amazing stories of human achievement. Telling the Department of Energy Office of Science’s stories of discovery to the many broad audiences outside of our headquarters and the national labs has been an important priority for me since I became director of the Office of Science (SC). It’s critical that scientists have the tools to engage the public about why and how they make their many contributions to t...
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  • FCC seeks Public Input on New 3.2 Billion Dollars Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

    Federal Communications Commission seeks Public Input on New $3.2 Billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program | site |


    Initiative to Connect Low-Income Households Funded Through Recent Congressional Appropriation Responds to FCC’s Call to Keep Americans Connected


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press releasd dated: January 4, 2021) Washington, January 4, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today issued a request for comment on how best to administer a new $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program created by Congress to help low-income consumers access the Internet. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 directed the Commission to create the program, which would reimburse participating companies for providing discounted broadband service and connected devices to eligible households during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re excited to get to work on thi...
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  • FDIC Makes Public November Enforcement Actions

    FDIC Makes Public November Enforcement Actions

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Makes Public November Enforcement Actions | site |


    No Administrative Hearings Scheduled for January 2021


    (Information contained in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation [FDIC] press release dated: December 28, 2020) The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today released a list of orders of administrative enforcement actions taken against banks and individuals in November. There are no administrative hearings scheduled for January 2021. The FDIC issued 10 orders in November 2020. The administrative enforcement actions in those orders consisted of two civil money penalties, one removal order, two terminations of consent orders, one termination of an order for restitution, one termination of a supervisory prompt corrective action directive and four Section 19 applications. To view orders, adjudicated decisions and notices and the administrative hearing details online, please visit the FDIC’s W...
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  • Federal Reserve Board invites Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Regulation D and issues Final Rule amending Regulation D

    Federal Reserve Board invites Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Regulation D and issues Final Rule amending Regulation D with regard to Reserve Requirement Ratios on Transaction Accounts
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    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release: December 22, 2020) The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that requests public comment on proposed amendments to Regulation D (Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions). Under the proposal, references to an "interest on required reserves" ("IORR") rate and to an "interest on excess reserves" ("IOER") rate would be replaced with a single "interest on reserve balances" ("IORB") rate. The proposed amendments would make other conforming changes, such as simplifying the formula used to calculate the amount of interest paid on balances maintained by or on behalf of eligible institutions in master accounts at Federal Reserve Ban...
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  • Statement by DHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Alexei Woltornist on Federal Government Cyber Breaches

    Statement by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Alexei Woltornist on Federal Government Cyber Breaches | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: December 14, 2020)

    “The Department of Homeland Security is aware of cyber breaches across the federal government and working closely with our partners in the public and private sector on the federal response. As the federal lead for cyber breaches of civilian federal agencies, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has already issued Emergency Directive 21-01 to the federal government to address compromises related to SolarWinds. As further remedies to these vulnerabilities are available, CISA will update the public at www.cisa.gov ."

    “If anyone has further information related to cyber breaches, they should contact CISA at [email protected]
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  • CMS Solicits Public Comment for a New Demonstration to Offer Inpatient Rehabilitation Providers Flexibilities and Reduce Medicare Fraud

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Solicits Public Comment for a New Demonstration to Offer Inpatient Rehabilitation Providers Flexibilities and Reduce Medicare Fraud | site |



    CMS says "New Demonstration gives providers wider choices in payment review process"


    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] press release: December 14, 2020)

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced it is seeking public comment on a new Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) services. This demonstration develops improved methods for the identification, investigation, and prosecution of potential Medicare fraud. The demonstration would also help ensure the right payments are made at the right time for IRF services through either pre-claim or post-payment review; thus, protecting the Medicare Trust Fund from improper payments, reducing the number...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Automated Driving System Safety Principles

    U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Automated Driving System Safety Principles | site |



    Publishes an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on ADS safety framework


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release: November 19, 2020)

    November 19, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on the potential development of a framework of principles to govern the safe behavior of automated driving systems (ADS) in the future. The advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) was submitted to the Federal Register on November 19 and is available online here. “This rulemaking will help address legitimate public concerns about safety, security and privacy without hampering innovation in the development of automated driving systems,”
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  • AMA, AHA, ANA issue Open Letter urging Public to Scale back Holiday Gatherings to Stop further COVID-19 Spread

    American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, and American Nurses Association issue Open Letter urging Public to Scale back Holiday Gatherings to Stop further COVID-19 Spread | site |




    (Information contained in American Hospital Association press release: November 19, 2020)



    AMA, AHA, ANA issue open letter urging public to scale back holiday gatherings to stop further COVID-19 spread


    CHICAGO – Leading U.S. medical and health organizations today called on the American people to celebrate safely this holiday season by scaling back traditional gatherings to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 to friends and loved ones.

    The open letter from the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, and American Nurses Association is available here. The full text is below: An open letter to the American people: With Thanksgiving and the holiday season fast approaching
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  • New AMA PSA urges Three Key Actions as COVID-19 Cases Spike

    New AMA PSA urges Three Key Actions as COVID-19 Cases Spike

    New American Medical Association Public Service Announcement urges Three Key Actions as COVID-19 Cases Spike | site |




    (November 11, 2020) - - On November 11, 2020 the American Medical Association (AMA) published the following information:

    CHICAGO — With record numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths being reported across the country, the American Medical Association (AMA) today released a public service announcement (PSA) urging the general public to take three simple steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19: wash your hands frequently, practice physical distancing by staying at least six feet away from others and #MaskUp. The PSA is part of ongoing efforts by America’s physicians to urge individuals to take the necessary health and safety precautions this season to protect themselves, loved ones and the health care workers who are on the front lines handling the dramatic increase in cases.




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  • Trump Administration Provides 5th Grade Students with Free Entrance to National Parks, Refuges and Other Public Lands

    Trump Administration Provides 5th Grade Students with Free Entrance to National Parks, Refuges and Other Public Lands| site |



    (October 28, 2020) - - Today, October 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) published the following information:

    DES MOINES, Iowa — While at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt signed a Secretary’s Order that waives entrance fees to national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands and waters managed by the Department of the Interior for 5th grade students and their families from now until Aug. 31, 2021. Secretary Bernhardt’s actions ensure that American 5th grade students who may have been unable to make full use of the Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass during the 2019-2020 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have free access to national parks and other Federal lands managed by the Department during this academic year. “The Trump
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  • Federal Reserve requests Public Comment on Technical, Clarifying Updates

    Federal Reserve requests Public Comment on Technical, Clarifying Updates

    Federal Reserve requests Public Comment on Technical, Clarifying Updates regarding the Federal Open Market Committee’s Rules Regarding Availability of Information, which describe its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Procedures | site |



    (October 14, 2020) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve on Wednesday requested public comment on technical, clarifying updates regarding the Federal Open Market Committee's Rules Regarding Availability of Information, which describe its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) procedures. The proposal would implement non-substantive updates to the Committee's FOIA procedures to make them consistent with the Committee's current practices and to incorporate recent changes in law and guidance. The proposal also incorporates formatting and language from the Federal Reserve Board's revisions to its own FOIA procedures, which are effective October 15, 2020. Comm...
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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
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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 | 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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  • Staff Reporter 1
    Biden Administration Enlists GSA Team with a Mix of Obama Veterans and Public-Private Sector Expertise
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Biden Administration Enlists GSA Team with a Mix of Obama Veterans and Public/Private Sector Expertise | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration press release dated: January 20, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is set to begin work on the four key priorities of the Biden Administration to include COVID relief, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate. The appointees selected are a combination of seasoned Obama-Biden administration officials and others with public/private sector experience specifically in climate and technology.

    Among these appointees are:

    - Katy Kale, former Assistant to the President for Management and Administration under President Obama and GSA Chief of Staff has been appointed the Deputy Administrator and will serve as the Acting Administrator.

    - Sonny Hashmi, former Chief Information Officer of GSA and
    ...
    01-21-2021, 04:55 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Launches “Be Your REAL ID Self” Public Awareness Campaign
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Launches “Be Your REAL ID Self” Public Awareness Campaign | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: January 15, 2021) Washington, D.C. – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun a new nationwide public awareness campaign, “Be Your REAL ID Self” to promote awareness of the REAL ID requirements and encourage the public to act before the October 1, 2021 full enforcement deadline. Just over 8 months remain until the October 1, 2021 REAL ID full enforcement deadline goes into effect at all federally regulated airports, federal facilities, and nuclear power plants. The Department continues to urge Americans to obtain a REAL ID-compliant card or acceptable alternative, such as a U.S. passport or passport card prior to the October 1, 2021 enforcement deadline. Passed by Congress in 2005 following a 9/11 Commission recommendation, the REAL ID A...
    01-19-2021, 12:45 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    NHTSA Requests Public Comment on New Car Assessment Program Modernization
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Requests Public Comment on New Car Assessment Program Modernization | site |


    Proposed Upgrades to Five-Star Safety Ratings Program Would Address Advanced Driving Features, Pedestrian Safety


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    January 14, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today issued a request for public comment on proposed upgrades to the New Car Assessment Program. “Thanks in part to NCAP, new vehicles today are much safer than a generation ago,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “Even so, there are still too many fatalities and serious injuries in crashes every year, so it is critical that vehicles keep getting safer in the future, and a modernized NCAP will better enable American families to select v
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    01-19-2021, 08:24 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science discusses A Partnership for Public Engagement
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science discusses A Partnership for Public Engagement | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science press release dated: January 5, 2021) For many people, the annual Nobel Prize announcement is the only time of the year that they consider the role that discovery science plays in their lives. They use the results of that science every day, from electronics to medicine, but aren’t aware of the underlying research that created the foundation for those technologies – including amazing stories of human achievement. Telling the Department of Energy Office of Science’s stories of discovery to the many broad audiences outside of our headquarters and the national labs has been an important priority for me since I became director of the Office of Science (SC). It’s critical that scientists have the tools to engage the public about why and how they make their many contributions to t...
    01-07-2021, 10:19 PM

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