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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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  • Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA provides Update on Patient Access to certain REMS Drugs during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

    Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA provides Update on Patient Access to certain REMS Drugs during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency | site |




    (March 22, 2020) - - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published today (March 22, 2020) the following information:

    Today, as part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the agency issued a new guidance to sponsors and healthcare providers regarding certain Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS)-required testing during this time.

    “The FDA recognizes that during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the completion of some REMS-required laboratory testing or imaging studies may be difficult because patients suspected of having COVID-19 may be self-isolating and/or subject to quarantine,” said FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D. “Under these circumstances, undergoing
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  • SBA Administrator Carranza Applauds President’s Efforts to Reduce Public Health Barriers and Protect America’s Small Businesses

    U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Carranza Applauds President’s Efforts to Reduce Public Health Barriers and Protect America’s Small Businesses| site |




    (March 16, 2020) - - On March 13, 2020 the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published the following information: WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement today in response to the President’s Declaration of a National Emergency: “The President’s decision to declare a national emergency represents another significant and very important step in reducing barriers to public health and protecting America’s 30 million small businesses from the threat posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19). The President’s declaration, coupled with the Administration’s unprecedented efforts to mobilize and involve the full force of the federal government and the private sector — including leaders in science, medicine, transportation, finance and business ...
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  • World Health Organization provides Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 Advice for the Public - - Myth Busters

    World Health Organization provides Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Advice for the Public: Myth Busters| site |



    (February 28, 2020) - - The World Health Organization (WHO) provides Coronavirus COVID-19 myth busting information. One of its myth busting sites is located at https://www.who.int/emergencies/dise...c/myth-busters or press HERE...
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  • Public Health News Alert: CMS Develops New Code for Coronavirus Lab Test

    Public Health News Alert: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Develops New Code for Coronavirus Lab Test| site |





    (February 13, 2020) - - Today (February 13, 2020), the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took further action to ensure America’s healthcare facilities and clinical laboratories are prepared to respond to the threat of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Specifically, CMS developed a new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code for providers and laboratories to test patients for SARS-CoV-2. This code will allow those labs conducting the tests to bill for the specific test instead of using an unspecified code, which means better tracking of the public health response for this particular strain of the coronavirus to help protect people from the spread of this infectious disease. Healthcare providers wh...
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  • U.S. Department of State issues statement on Public-Private Cooperation To Combat the Novel Coronavirus

    U.S. Department of State issues Statement on Public-Private Cooperation to Combat the Novel Coronavirus| site |




    February 15, 2020) - - Today, Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, issued the following statement: Last week, thanks to a joint effort of federal and local authorities and private organizations and companies, 17.8 tons of personal protection equipment and medical supplies were delivered, and more than 800 people were evacuated from Wuhan, China, amidst the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. A number of organizations, companies, and private entities donated life-saving aid and supplies. Project HOPE received and distributed 101 pallets of personal protection equipment and medical supplies provided by Samaritan’s Purse, Boeing, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Intermountain Healthcare. Mr. Kenneth Griffin made a generous monetary donation to support the Department’s efforts in responding t...
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  • World Health Organization Declares the new Coronavirus Outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

    World Health Organization Declares the new Coronavirus Outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern| site |




    Statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)



    Geneva, Switzerland - - (January 30, 2020) - - Today (January 30, 2020), the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following information:


    Proceedings of the meeting

    Members and advisors of the Emergency Committee were convened by teleconference The Director-General welcomed the Committee and thanked them for their support. He turned the meeting over to the Chair, Professor Didier Houssin. Professor Houssin also welcomed the Committee and gave the floor to the Secretariat. A representative of the department of compliance, risk management, and ethics briefed the Committee members on their roles and responsibilities...
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  • Remarks by President Trump on the Announcement of Guidance on Constitutional Prayer in Public Schools

    Remarks by President Trump on the Announcement of Guidance on Constitutional Prayer in Public Schools| site |


    Issued on: January 16, 2020



    (January 16, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. White House provided the following transcript of "Remarks by President Trump on the Announcement of Guidance on Constitutional Prayer in Public Schools". Oval Office 2:42 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. A couple of things happened today that are very exciting. The USMCA passed the Senate. It’s one of the biggest trade bills ever made. And then, yesterday, as you know, China passed, and that’s something that is extraordinary. And it’s going to have tremendous far-reaching effects, including our relationship, long term, with China, our farmers and manufacturers and bankers, and everybody. It’s jobs. It’s jobs like we’ve never seen before, and that’s going to be something very special. And USMCA today, which just passed by a very co...
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  • Federal Railroad Administration Launches Web Portal For Public to Report Blocked Railroad Crossings

    Federal Railroad Administration Launches Web Portal For Public to Report Blocked Railroad Crossings | site |


    (December 20, 2019) - - Today (December 20, 2019), the Federal Railroad Administration published the following information: WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced it has established a new, dedicated webpage for the public and law enforcement to report blocked highway-rail grade crossings. Blocked crossings occur when stopped trains impede the flow of motor vehicle or pedestrian traffic at railroad tracks for extended periods of time. Communities have long dealt with the issue of blocked crossings, and FRA is now seeking broad public input to better understand the scope of the problem and engage with affected parties to identify potential solutions. “Railroads, states and local jurisdictions are best positioned to address blocked highway-rail grade crossings and I’ve asked them to work toget...
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  • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai Calls on Congress to Protect Public Safety and Repeal T-Band Mandate

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai Calls on Congress to Protect Public Safety and Repeal T-Band Mandate | site |



    Agency Announces Suspension of Application Processing for T-Band Licenses and Renewals Because of Current Mandate to Hold an Auction in 2021



    (December 2, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, December 2, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement calling on Congress to repeal the mandate to auction T-Band spectrum and allow public safety officials to continue saving lives through T-Band communications: “In 2012, Congress passed legislation requiring the FCC to reallocate and auction T-Band spectrum used for decades by public safety licensees and fund the relocation of those licensees elsewhere. The agency has extensively analyzed the T-Band and concluded that moving forward is not viab...
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  • Social Security Expands Public Hours at Offices Nationwide

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    Social Security Expands Public Hours at Offices Nationwide

    Social Security Expands Public Hours at Offices Nationwide | site |


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    Wednesdays to Return to Full Public Service Hours; Agency to Hire 1,100 Direct Service Employees


    (December 2, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information:

    Starting on January 8, 2020, Social Security offices nationwide will be open to the public on Wednesday afternoons, Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, announced. This change restores Wednesday public service hours that were last in place in late 2012. “I don’t want someone to come to our office at 2:30 on a Wednesday only to find our doors closed,” Commissioner Saul said.

    In another move to improve service to the public, Commissioner Saul announced in his Open Letter to the Public at www.ssa.gov/agency/coss-message.html that the agency is hiring 1,100 front line employees to provide service on the agency’s
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input for Innovation Council

    U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input for Innovation Council | site |



    (November 26, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today published a Request for Comment (RFC) inviting the public and stakeholders to share public comments on how the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation (NETT) Council can be responsive to the needs of the public and industry. “The NETT council was established to provide a common portal to the Department’s decentralized modes to better engage with new technologies which are cross-modal; the Department is seeking input on how to make the NETT council work more effectively to prepare for the transportation system of the future,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. Since the Council’s inception in March 2019, innovators and stakeholders have approached the Department with concepts and ideas ...
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  • National Transportation Safety Board Calls for Federal Review Process for Automated Vehicle Testing on Public Roads

    National Transportation Safety Board Calls for Federal Review Process for Automated Vehicle Testing on Public Roads| site |



    NTSB says ‘Inadequate Safety Culture’ Contributed to Uber Automated Test Vehicle Crash


    (November 19, 2019) - - Today (November 19, 2019), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: WASHINGTON (Nov. 19, 2019) - The National Transportation Safety Board called upon federal regulators Tuesday to create a review process before allowing automated test vehicles to operate on public roads, based upon the agency’s investigation of a fatal collision between an Uber automated test vehicle and a pedestrian. During a board meeting held to determine the probable cause of the March 18, 2018, Tempe, Arizona crash, the NTSB said an Uber Technologies Inc. division’s “inadequate safety culture” contributed to the March 18, 2018, nighttime fatal collision between an Uber automated test ...
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  • Federal Communications Commission issues Public Safety and Telehealth Reports from its Intergovernmental Advisory Committee

    Federal Communications Commission issues Public Safety and Telehealth Reports from its Intergovernmental Advisory Committee | site |


    (November 7, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information: WASHINGTON, November 7, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today released four reports from its Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. The reports aim to assist state, local, Tribal, and territorial officials and other stakeholders by offering recommendations and best practices to improve emergency alerting, bolster communications reliability during disasters, and promote the use of telemedicine. “The Intergovernmental Advisory Committee’s reports offer valuable insights and recommendations that will help inform the work of the FCC and that of our state, local, Tribal, and territorial government partners,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “We welcome the input and perspective of these officials as we work to enhance p
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  • U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Requires Significant Corrective Action from Chicago Public Schools Following Systemic Failure to Address Sexual Violence

    U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Requires Significant Corrective Action from Chicago Public Schools Following Systemic Failure to Address Sexual Violence| site |


    (September 12, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Education published (today) the following information:

    WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it has reached a resolution agreement with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that will require significant structural and procedural changes within the District in order to protect students from sexual assault and abuse.

    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) concluded that, for years, CPS's management, handling, and oversight of complaints of student-on-student and adult-on-student sexual harassment has violated Title IX. In May 2015 and November 2016, OCR received two individual complaints alleging that the District failed to respond to sexual harassment and sexual assault of students by both teache
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    Federal Reserve requests Public Comment on Technical, Clarifying Updates
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    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...
    10-14-2020, 10:32 PM
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    Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA provides Update on Patient Access to certain REMS Drugs during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
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    Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA provides Update on Patient Access to certain REMS Drugs during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency | site |




    (March 22, 2020) - - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published today (March 22, 2020) the following information:

    Today, as part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the agency issued a new guidance to sponsors and healthcare providers regarding certain Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS)-required testing during this time.

    “The FDA recognizes that during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the completion of some REMS-required laboratory testing or imaging studies may be difficult because patients suspected of having COVID-19 may be self-isolating and/or subject to quarantine,” said FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D. “Under these circumstances, undergoing
    ...
    03-24-2020, 03:36 AM
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    SBA Administrator Carranza Applauds President’s Efforts to Reduce Public Health Barriers and Protect America’s Small Businesses
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Carranza Applauds President’s Efforts to Reduce Public Health Barriers and Protect America’s Small Businesses| site |




    (March 16, 2020) - - On March 13, 2020 the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published the following information: WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement today in response to the President’s Declaration of a National Emergency: “The President’s decision to declare a national emergency represents another significant and very important step in reducing barriers to public health and protecting America’s 30 million small businesses from the threat posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19). The President’s declaration, coupled with the Administration’s unprecedented efforts to mobilize and involve the full force of the federal government and the private sector — including leaders in science, medicine, transportation, finance and business ...
    03-16-2020, 10:05 AM
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    World Health Organization provides Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 Advice for the Public - - Myth Busters
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    World Health Organization provides Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Advice for the Public: Myth Busters| site |



    (February 28, 2020) - - The World Health Organization (WHO) provides Coronavirus COVID-19 myth busting information. One of its myth busting sites is located at https://www.who.int/emergencies/dise...c/myth-busters or press HERE...
    02-28-2020, 05:43 PM
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    Public Health News Alert: CMS Develops New Code for Coronavirus Lab Test
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    Public Health News Alert: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Develops New Code for Coronavirus Lab Test| site |





    (February 13, 2020) - - Today (February 13, 2020), the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took further action to ensure America’s healthcare facilities and clinical laboratories are prepared to respond to the threat of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Specifically, CMS developed a new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code for providers and laboratories to test patients for SARS-CoV-2. This code will allow those labs conducting the tests to bill for the specific test instead of using an unspecified code, which means better tracking of the public health response for this particular strain of the coronavirus to help protect people from the spread of this infectious disease. Healthcare providers wh...
    02-16-2020, 02:43 AM

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