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  • Federal Communications Commission acts to provide relief in Areas affected by Hurricane Ida

    Federal Communications Commission acts to provide relief in Areas affected by Hurricane Ida | site |




    Agency Extends Certain Regulatory and Filing Deadlines to Assist Consumers, Licensees and Communications Providers Affected by the Storm


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: September 3, 2021) Washington, September 3, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today took a series of actions to extend deadlines and waive rules to assist consumers, licensees and communications providers in Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by Hurricane Ida. “The FCC is working around the clock in coordination with government partners and industry to support the restoration of vital communications services after the destruction of Hurricane Ida,” said Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “Today, we’re extending deadlines for our universal servi...
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  • IRS says Tax Relief now available to Victims of Hurricane Ida

    IRS says Tax Relief now available to Victims of Hurricane Ida

    IRS: Tax Relief now available to Victims of Hurricane Ida; Oct. 15 Deadline, other Dates extended to Jan. 3 | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: August 31, 2021)

    Washington - - Victims of Hurricane Ida that began on August 26 now have until January 3, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

    The IRS is offering this relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for individual or public assistance. Currently this includes the entire state of Louisiana, but taxpayers in Ida-impacted localities designated by FEMA in neighboring states will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov. "During this difficult time, the I
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  • Treasury Releases Guidance to Speed the Provision of Emergency Rental Assistance Relief and Support Housing Stability for Renters at Risk of Eviction

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Guidance to Speed the Provision of Emergency Rental Assistance Relief and Support Housing Stability for Renters at Risk of Eviction | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 24, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released guidance in the form of updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) and fact sheet to continue supporting the rapid deployment of Emergency Rental Assistance by states, territories, localities, and tribal governments. The FAQs build on prior actions to provide state and local governments with the tools they need to deliver relief to renters in need by helping grantees with implementation and best practices.

    The fact sheet is below and available here .

    The FAQs are available here .



    Emergency Rental Assistance Fact Sheet: Treasury Announces Further Action to Support Housing...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Announces Approval of New Categories of Borrower Defense Claims Totaling 500 Million Dollars in Loan Relief to 18,000 Borrowers

    U.S. Department of Education Announces Approval of New Categories of Borrower Defense Claims Totaling $500 Million in Loan Relief to 18,000 Borrowers | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 16, 2021) The U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced today the approval of 18,000 borrower defense to repayment (borrower defense) claims for individuals who attended ITT Technical Institute (ITT). These borrowers will receive 100 percent loan discharges, resulting in approximately $500 million in relief. This brings total loan cancellation under borrower defense by the Biden-Harris Administration to $1.5 billion for approximately 90,000 borrowers. “Our action today will give thousands of borrowers a fresh start and the relief they deserve after ITT repeatedly lied to them,” said Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. “Today’s action is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s cont...
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  • HHS Issues Revised Notice of Reporting Requirements and Reporting Timeline for Recipients of Provider Relief Fund Payments

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Issues Revised Notice of Reporting Requirements and Reporting Timeline for Recipients of Provider Relief Fund Payments | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: June 11, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is releasing revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. This announcement includes expanding the amount of time providers will have to report information, aims to reduce burdens on smaller providers, and extends key deadlines for expending PRF payments for recipients who received payments after June 30, 2020. The revised reporting requirements will be applicable to providers who received one or more payments exceeding, in the aggregate, $10,000 during a single Payment Received Period from the PRF General Dis...
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  • U.S. Treasury Awards 1.25 Billion Dollars to CDFIs to Support Economic Relief in Underserved Communities Affected by COVID-19

    U.S. Treasury Awards $1.25 Billion to Community Development Financial Institutions to Support Economic Relief in Underserved Communities Affected by COVID-19 | site |



    Announcement Made by Vice President Harris Alongside Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, U.S. Senator Mark Warner, and U.S. Representative Maxine Waters


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 15, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today awarded $1.25 billion in COVID-19 relief funds to 863 community development financial institutions (CDFIs). The awards were announced today by Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House with Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen. The grants will be made through Treasury’s CDFI Rapid Response Program (CDFI RRP) and will provide necessary capital for CDFIs to respond to economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in
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  • HHS says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services | site |



    HHS says "Bolstered by American Rescue Plan, HHS Announces $166.6 Million in Initial Funding to Advance Environmental Justice in Communities Historically Marginalized and Overburdened by Underinvestment in Access to Water and Wastewater Services"


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: June 2, 2021) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announced the official launch of the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). This first-of-its-kind water assistance program will expand access to more affordable water and help low-income households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their water and wastewater bills, avoid shutoffs, and support household w...
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  • IRS grants Dyed Diesel Fuel Penalty Relief due to Disruptions of the Fuel Supply Chain

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service grants Dyed Diesel Fuel Penalty Relief due to Disruptions of the Fuel Supply Chain | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service, in response to disruptions of the fuel supply chain, will not impose a penalty when dyed diesel fuel is sold for use or used on the highway in the states of Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. This relief is retroactive to May 7, 2021, and will remain in effect through May 21, 2021. This penalty relief is available to any person that sells or uses dyed diesel fuel for highway use. In the case of the operator of the vehicle in which the dyed diesel fuel is used, the relief is available only if the operator or the person selling such fuel pays the tax of 24.4 cents per...
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  • SBA Fact Sheet - - - Changes to Paycheck Protection Program by Biden-Harris Administration Increase Equitable Access to Relief

    U.S. Small Business Administration Fact Sheet: Changes to Paycheck Protection Program by Biden-Harris Administration Increase Equitable Access to Relief | site |



    SBA says "Early indications show program reforms and efforts to engage with communities authentically are working in meaningful ways."


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: March 9, 2021)

    Two weeks ago, the Biden-Harris Administration made several reforms to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to further ensure small businesses get the help they need, especially Mom-and-Pop businesses in underserved communities. Putting equity at the center of its policies and programs, the Biden-Harris Administration launched a comprehensive plan to engage small businesses and nonprofits, focusing on building trust in underserved communities. The cornerstone of reforms included a 14-day exclusivity period (February 24-Mar...
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  • Victims of Texas Winter Storms get Deadline Extensions and Other Tax Relief

    Victims of Texas Winter Storms get Deadline Extensions and Other Tax Relief

    Victims of Texas Winter Storms get Deadline Extensions and Other Tax Relief | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: February 22, 2021)

    Washington - - Victims of this month's winter storms in Texas will have until June 15, 2021, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

    Following the recent disaster declaration issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the IRS is providing this relief to the entire state of Texas. But taxpayers in other states impacted by these winter storms that receive similar FEMA disaster declarations will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov. The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on February
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  • HUD announces Extensions and Expansions of COVID-19 Homeowner Relief and Home Retention Measures

    HUD announces Extensions and Expansions of COVID-19 Homeowner Relief and Home Retention Measures | site |



    Extensions and expansions support the immediate and ongoing needs of homeowners who are experiencing economic impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: February 16, 2021) Washington - - To provide urgent economic relief to homeowners impacted by COVID-19, today the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced extensions of the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) foreclosure and eviction moratoriums, as well as an extension of the initial start date of a COVID-19 Forbearance. Forbearance is an option mortgage servicers use to provide homeowners with a pause to their monthly payments for a limited period of time during a COVID-19 induced hardship. The FHA has extended the length of forbearance for some...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers continued Debt Relief Options to Veterans

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers continued Debt Relief Options to Veterans | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: February 18, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reaffirms its commitment to extend debt relief for Veterans through Sept. 30.

    VA will continue suspension of collection on all Veteran benefit overpayments and medical copayment debts incurred after April 1, 2020. VA is suspending this debt collection to provide Veterans continued financial relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “My top priority right now is to do everything in our power to help our Veterans, caregivers and their families get through this challenging COVID-19 pandemic,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “VA will continue to find ways to provide real relief to 2 million Veterans and their families as we fight through this health crisis together.” To assist with making inf
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  • Statement by Katharine Ferguson, USDA Chief of Staff, on the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act

    Statement by Katharine Ferguson, USDA Chief of Staff, on the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act | site | (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: February 9, 2021) Washington, Feb. 9, 2021 — “We are pleased to see the introduction of the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act yesterday in the Senate, a bill that will bring much-needed economic assistance during the pandemic and begin to advance equity for farmers of color. The bill is the culmination of hard work and collaboration among members of the Senate and House and new leadership at USDA who share a common purpose to end inequity in our food and agricultural systems. It’s a bill crafted to address the immediate need for debt relief among those who have been marginalized and are hurting while also advancing long-term issues such as Heirs’ Property, tackling the root causes of discrimination via an Equity Commission, and investing in building back a new ge...
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  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Highlights Biden Administration’s Support for Transportation Workers and Additional COVID-19 Relief Funding

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Highlights Biden Administration’s Support for Transportation Workers and Additional COVID-19 Relief Funding | site |



    Meets with leaders from Amtrak, and local transit agencies, as well as front line transit and rail workers at Union Station


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: February 5, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with Amtrak and transit officials as well as front line transit and rail workers at Union Station, where he discussed the importance of the recently announced federal mask requirements for public transportation employees and users to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 and highlighted the Biden Administration’s support for additional COVID-19 relief funding for public transportation.



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  • GSA Names Key Senior Advisors to Focus on COVID Relief and Executive Actions

    GSA Names Key Senior Advisors to Focus on COVID Relief and Executive Actions

    U.S. General Services Administration Names Key Senior Advisors to Focus on COVID Relief and Executive Actions | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration press release dated: January 25, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Acting Administrator Katy Kale named Zoe Garmendia as the Senior Advisor to the Administrator on COVID and Josh Sawislak as the Senior Advisor to the Administrator focusing on implementing executive actions. “We are thrilled to have Zoe Garmendia and Josh Sawislak on board to support GSA’s coordinated response to President Biden’s critical executive actions, particularly to fight the pandemic," said Acting Administrator Katy Kale. Garmendia brings more than 20 years of executive level experience in strategic management of people, resources and operations. This includes work at the White House, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Wisconsi...
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    Federal Communications Commission acts to provide relief in Areas affected by Hurricane Ida
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    Federal Communications Commission acts to provide relief in Areas affected by Hurricane Ida | site |




    Agency Extends Certain Regulatory and Filing Deadlines to Assist Consumers, Licensees and Communications Providers Affected by the Storm


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: September 3, 2021) Washington, September 3, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today took a series of actions to extend deadlines and waive rules to assist consumers, licensees and communications providers in Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by Hurricane Ida. “The FCC is working around the clock in coordination with government partners and industry to support the restoration of vital communications services after the destruction of Hurricane Ida,” said Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “Today, we’re extending deadlines for our universal servi...
    09-04-2021, 10:04 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    IRS says Tax Relief now available to Victims of Hurricane Ida
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    IRS: Tax Relief now available to Victims of Hurricane Ida; Oct. 15 Deadline, other Dates extended to Jan. 3 | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: August 31, 2021)

    Washington - - Victims of Hurricane Ida that began on August 26 now have until January 3, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

    The IRS is offering this relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for individual or public assistance. Currently this includes the entire state of Louisiana, but taxpayers in Ida-impacted localities designated by FEMA in neighboring states will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov. "During this difficult time, the I
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    09-01-2021, 06:12 AM
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    Treasury Releases Guidance to Speed the Provision of Emergency Rental Assistance Relief and Support Housing Stability for Renters at Risk of Eviction
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Guidance to Speed the Provision of Emergency Rental Assistance Relief and Support Housing Stability for Renters at Risk of Eviction | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 24, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released guidance in the form of updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) and fact sheet to continue supporting the rapid deployment of Emergency Rental Assistance by states, territories, localities, and tribal governments. The FAQs build on prior actions to provide state and local governments with the tools they need to deliver relief to renters in need by helping grantees with implementation and best practices.

    The fact sheet is below and available here .

    The FAQs are available here .



    Emergency Rental Assistance Fact Sheet: Treasury Announces Further Action to Support Housing...
    06-26-2021, 02:25 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education Announces Approval of New Categories of Borrower Defense Claims Totaling 500 Million Dollars in Loan Relief to 18,000 Borrowers
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education Announces Approval of New Categories of Borrower Defense Claims Totaling $500 Million in Loan Relief to 18,000 Borrowers | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 16, 2021) The U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced today the approval of 18,000 borrower defense to repayment (borrower defense) claims for individuals who attended ITT Technical Institute (ITT). These borrowers will receive 100 percent loan discharges, resulting in approximately $500 million in relief. This brings total loan cancellation under borrower defense by the Biden-Harris Administration to $1.5 billion for approximately 90,000 borrowers. “Our action today will give thousands of borrowers a fresh start and the relief they deserve after ITT repeatedly lied to them,” said Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. “Today’s action is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s cont...
    06-18-2021, 12:46 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    HHS Issues Revised Notice of Reporting Requirements and Reporting Timeline for Recipients of Provider Relief Fund Payments
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Issues Revised Notice of Reporting Requirements and Reporting Timeline for Recipients of Provider Relief Fund Payments | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: June 11, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is releasing revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. This announcement includes expanding the amount of time providers will have to report information, aims to reduce burdens on smaller providers, and extends key deadlines for expending PRF payments for recipients who received payments after June 30, 2020. The revised reporting requirements will be applicable to providers who received one or more payments exceeding, in the aggregate, $10,000 during a single Payment Received Period from the PRF General Dis...
    06-16-2021, 09:32 AM

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