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  • Federal Trade Commission Publishes Annual Performance Report

    Federal Trade Commission Publishes Annual Performance Report

    Federal Trade Commission Publishes Annual Performance Report | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: January 19, 2021)

    The Federal Trade Commission published its Fiscal Year 2020 Performance Report as required under the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010. The report documents the progress made by the Commission in achieving the mission and performance goals established in the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Performance Plan. Also, as required by the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act during a transition in administration, the Commission will submit its Fiscal 2021-2022 Performance Plan along with its Fiscal Year 2022 budget request in support of the President’s FY 2022 budget for the federal government later this year.

    The Commission vote to submit the Performance Report to Congress was 5-0.
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  • Air Travel Consumer Report - - - November 2020 Numbers

    Air Travel Consumer Report - - - November 2020 Numbers

    Air Travel Consumer Report: November 2020 Numbers | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: January 15, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its January 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of November 2020. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer . The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency has resulted in significant changes to airline schedules and operations, contributing to airlines’ on-time performance and cancellation statistics in November 2020. ExpressJet Airlines ceased operations on Sept. 30, 2020 and no longer reports Airline Service Quality Performance Data to DOT. The 10 marketing network carriers reported 389,587 scheduled domestic flights in Novem...
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  • National Taxpayer Advocate delivers Annual Report to Congress

    National Taxpayer Advocate delivers Annual Report to Congress

    National Taxpayer Advocate delivers Annual Report to Congress; focuses on Taxpayer Impact of COVID-19 and IRS Funding needs | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release: January 13, 2021)

    Washington - - National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins today released her 2020 Annual Report to Congress, focusing on the unprecedented challenges taxpayers faced in filing their tax returns and receiving refunds and stimulus payments during a year consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The report also finds that a roughly 20% inflation-adjusted reduction in the IRS's budget since fiscal year (FY) 2010 has left the agency with antiquated technology and inadequate staffing levels to meet taxpayers' needs.

    As part of the report, Collins released the fourth edition of the National Taxpayer Advocate's "Purple Book," a compilation of 66 legislative recommendations designed to strengthen taxpayer rights and
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  • State of Takata Air Bag Recalls - - - Fourth Report

    State of Takata Air Bag Recalls - - - Fourth Report

    State of Takata Air Bag Recalls | Fourth Report | site |


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: January 7, 2021)

    Today, NHTSA released the Independent Takata Monitor’s fourth report on the state of the Takata air bag recalls. In 2020, there were nearly 5 million additional repairs of defective air bag inflators, and as of December 2020, thirteen vehicle manufacturers were reporting total completion percentages of at least 70%, seven at least 80%, and one over 90%. As of January 2021, approximately 67 million inflators are under recall for nineteen affected vehicle manufacturers, of which approximately 50 million have been repaired or are otherwise accounted for. Unrepaired air bags can explode when deployed, causing serious injury or even death. Eighteen people in the United States have been killed by defective Takata air bags, and reports suggest that more than 400 have been i
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  • U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Delivers Annual Report to Congress

    U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Delivers Annual Report to Congress Highlighting Major Milestones and Achievements in Protecting Students' Rights | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release: January 13, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released its Annual Report to the Secretary, the President, and the Congress for fiscal year 2020. The Annual Report summarizes enforcement achievements and policy priorities for FY 2020 and highlights the significant progress made over the course of the past four years of the Trump Administration (2017-2020) in strengthening civil rights enforcement. OCR achieved historic results under former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who made aggressive enforcement of students' civil rights a top priority. Over the last four years, OCR has resolved significantly more complaints with change than the previou
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  • IRS sends Taxpayer First Act Report to Congress

    IRS sends Taxpayer First Act Report to Congress

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service sends Taxpayer First Act Report to Congress | site |



    Recommendations aimed at providing greater ease, convenience to taxpayers and the tax community



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release: January 11, 2021)

    Washington - - The IRS today sent the Taxpayer First Act Report to Congress, a comprehensive set of recommendations that will reimagine the taxpayer experience, enhance employee training and restructure the organization to increase collaboration and innovation. The IRS will continue conversations with key stakeholders and congressional committees to secure funding and begin to work toward implementation of these recommendations over the next several years. "The way we interact with taxpayers and the tax community, the way that we train our employees and the way we structure our organizational structure are important foundations for our future success,...
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  • Air Travel Consumer Report: October 2020 Airline Complaint Data

    Air Travel Consumer Report: October 2020 Airline Complaint Data

    Air Travel Consumer Report: October 2020 Airline Complaint Data | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: January 8, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its updated December 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR), which includes airline consumer complaint data for October 2020. The previous version of this report excluded this data due to additional time needed to review and process consumer complaints. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer .

    Complaints About Airline Service

    In October 2020, DOT received 4,992 complaints about airline service from consumers, down 13.4% from the 5,764 received in September 2020 and up 337.9% from the total of 1,140 filed in October 2019.

    Complaints About Treatment of Disabled Passengers In O
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  • National Institutes of Health says Peer-reviewed Report on Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Publishes

    National Institutes of Health says Peer-reviewed Report on Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Publishes | site |



    NIH says "Data from Phase 3 clinical trial confirm vaccine is effective".


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: December 30, 2020)

    The investigational vaccine known as mRNA-1273 was 94.1% efficacious in preventing symptomatic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to preliminary results from a Phase 3 clinical trial reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. The vaccine also demonstrated efficacy in preventing severe COVID-19. Investigators identified no safety concerns and no evidence of vaccine-associated enhanced respiratory disease (VAERD). The vaccine was co-developed by Moderna, Inc., a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. ...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Final Report on Forces to Flyers Initiative to Assist Military Veterans in Becoming Pilots

    U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Final Report on Forces to Flyers Initiative to Assist Military Veterans in Becoming Pilots | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: December 30, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the release of a final report on Forces to Flyers, a three-year research initiative offering interested military veterans an opportunity to earn commercial pilot’s licenses and flight instructor certifications. The report evaluates the initiative’s success in meeting project goals and provides lessons learned for future efforts to assist veterans in obtaining flight training to become airline pilots. The report also discusses pathways and opportunities for Americans seeking to become airline pilots, including flight training options. “The Forces to Flyers demonstration project has helped veterans transition from military service to good pay
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  • Statement from New York Mayor de Blasio on the Law Department Report on NYPD Protest Response

    Statement from New York Mayor de Blasio on the Law Department Report on NYPD Protest Response| site |


    (Information contained in New York Office of the Mayor press release: December 30, 2020)

    New York - - Mayor Bill de Blasio today released a statement supporting the findings and recommendations of Corporation Counsel James Johnson’s report on the NYPD’s response to the George Floyd protests in New York City. “There are clear lessons to be learned from the protests this year and a necessary drive to bring about real, transformative changes. We must make improvements immediately, and the reports from the Department of Investigation and the Law Department will help guide the way forward,” said Mayor de Blasio. In addition to the 20 recommendations from the DOI report, I fully support the Law Department’s 10 recommendations for the NYPD to better respond to protests, strengthen community engagement and improve officer training.” In May, the M
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  • U.S. Department of Energy Issues Report on Management and Beneficial Reuse of Used Lubricating Oil

    U.S. Department of Energy Issues Report on Management and Beneficial Reuse of Used Lubricating Oil | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy press release dated: December 23, 2020) Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy issued a report to Congress including recommendations for increasing the beneficial reuse of used oils and lubricants. Beneficial reuse includes turning waste lubricants like used motor oil into more valuable base oils, fuels, and other commodity products. This report examines the current status of the used oil industry and stakeholder perspectives and provides Congress with updates on market challenges and opportunities both domestically and abroad. “The Trump Administration is committed to promoting the safety and environmental sustainability of oil and natural gas,” said Deputy Secretary Mark W. Menezes. “This report will help inform federal policies...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor releases the Office of Labor-Management Standards' Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report of Performance and Activities

    U.S. Department of Labor releases the Office of Labor-Management Standards' Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report of Performance and Activities | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release: December 28, 2020)

    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has released its annual fiscal year summary of its performance and program activities in its 2020 Annual Report today. OLMS administers and enforces most provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA).

    The 2020 report describes OLMS’ actions and accomplishments including the following:
    • A total of 61 criminal indictments and 69 convictions as well as $3,886,997 in restitution paid or ordered for payment to labor organizations and their members;
    • How OLMS exceeded its financial integrity goal to increase the audit-to-criminal case fallout rate, a measurement of OLMS’ effectiveness
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  • Report to Congress - - - Human Trafficking in the Seafood Supply Chain

    Report to Congress - - - Human Trafficking in the Seafood Supply Chain

    Report to Congress: Human Trafficking in the Seafood Supply Chain | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press release media note: December 23, 2020) To address human trafficking, including forced labor, in the seafood sector, the Department of State and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have submitted a joint report to Congress, “Human Trafficking in the Seafood Supply Chain,” pursuant to Section 3563 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (P.L. 116-92). The report lists countries at risk for having human trafficking in their seafood catching and processing industries, provides detailed descriptions, risk assessments, and recommendations. The fishing sector has inherently high risk for human trafficking. The work is considered hazardous and often relies heavily on a low-skilled, migrant, easily replaced workforce, vulnerable to trafficking. Fishing is also inheren...
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  • President’s Working Group on Financial Markets Releases Report on Money Market Funds

    President’s Working Group on Financial Markets Releases Report on Money Market Funds | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release: December 22, 2020) Washington - - In March 2020, short-term funding markets came under sharp stress amid growing economic concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and an overall flight to liquidity and quality among investors. Today the President's Working Group on Financial Markets (PWG) released a report that examines these events and sets forth potential policy measures to improve the resilience of money market funds and broader short-term funding markets. “During March, money markets experienced significant outflows, forcing Treasury and the Federal Reserve to step in to prevent a destabilizing run. We must now consider reforms to ensure this vulnerability does not threaten financial stability in the future,” said Deputy Secretary Justin Muzinich. The PWG agrees that while many of t...
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  • Boeing Statement on the Senate Commerce Committee Report on Aviation Safety Oversight

    Boeing Statement on the Senate Commerce Committee Report on Aviation Safety Oversight | site |


    (Information contained in the Boeing Company press release: December 18, 2020)


    Boeing Statement on the Senate Commerce Committee Report on Aviation Safety Oversight


    Chicago, Dec. 18, 2020 — Boeing is committed to improving aviation safety, strengthening our safety culture, and rebuilding trust with our customers, regulators, and the flying public. We take seriously the Committee’s findings and will continue to review the report in full. We have learned many hard lessons from the Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Flight 302 accidents, and we will never forget the lives lost on board. The events and lessons learned have reshaped our company and further focused our attention on our core values of safety, quality, and integrity. Over the past twenty years, commercial aviation has become the safest form of travel in the worl...
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    Federal Trade Commission Publishes Annual Performance Report
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    Federal Trade Commission Publishes Annual Performance Report | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: January 19, 2021)

    The Federal Trade Commission published its Fiscal Year 2020 Performance Report as required under the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010. The report documents the progress made by the Commission in achieving the mission and performance goals established in the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Performance Plan. Also, as required by the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act during a transition in administration, the Commission will submit its Fiscal 2021-2022 Performance Plan along with its Fiscal Year 2022 budget request in support of the President’s FY 2022 budget for the federal government later this year.

    The Commission vote to submit the Performance Report to Congress was 5-0.
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    01-21-2021, 04:12 AM
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    Air Travel Consumer Report - - - November 2020 Numbers
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    Air Travel Consumer Report: November 2020 Numbers | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: January 15, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its January 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of November 2020. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer . The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency has resulted in significant changes to airline schedules and operations, contributing to airlines’ on-time performance and cancellation statistics in November 2020. ExpressJet Airlines ceased operations on Sept. 30, 2020 and no longer reports Airline Service Quality Performance Data to DOT. The 10 marketing network carriers reported 389,587 scheduled domestic flights in Novem...
    01-16-2021, 05:06 AM
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    National Taxpayer Advocate delivers Annual Report to Congress
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    National Taxpayer Advocate delivers Annual Report to Congress; focuses on Taxpayer Impact of COVID-19 and IRS Funding needs | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release: January 13, 2021)

    Washington - - National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins today released her 2020 Annual Report to Congress, focusing on the unprecedented challenges taxpayers faced in filing their tax returns and receiving refunds and stimulus payments during a year consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The report also finds that a roughly 20% inflation-adjusted reduction in the IRS's budget since fiscal year (FY) 2010 has left the agency with antiquated technology and inadequate staffing levels to meet taxpayers' needs.

    As part of the report, Collins released the fourth edition of the National Taxpayer Advocate's "Purple Book," a compilation of 66 legislative recommendations designed to strengthen taxpayer rights and
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    01-16-2021, 03:51 AM
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    State of Takata Air Bag Recalls - - - Fourth Report
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    State of Takata Air Bag Recalls | Fourth Report | site |


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: January 7, 2021)

    Today, NHTSA released the Independent Takata Monitor’s fourth report on the state of the Takata air bag recalls. In 2020, there were nearly 5 million additional repairs of defective air bag inflators, and as of December 2020, thirteen vehicle manufacturers were reporting total completion percentages of at least 70%, seven at least 80%, and one over 90%. As of January 2021, approximately 67 million inflators are under recall for nineteen affected vehicle manufacturers, of which approximately 50 million have been repaired or are otherwise accounted for. Unrepaired air bags can explode when deployed, causing serious injury or even death. Eighteen people in the United States have been killed by defective Takata air bags, and reports suggest that more than 400 have been i
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    01-14-2021, 05:28 AM
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    U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Delivers Annual Report to Congress
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    U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Delivers Annual Report to Congress Highlighting Major Milestones and Achievements in Protecting Students' Rights | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release: January 13, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released its Annual Report to the Secretary, the President, and the Congress for fiscal year 2020. The Annual Report summarizes enforcement achievements and policy priorities for FY 2020 and highlights the significant progress made over the course of the past four years of the Trump Administration (2017-2020) in strengthening civil rights enforcement. OCR achieved historic results under former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who made aggressive enforcement of students' civil rights a top priority. Over the last four years, OCR has resolved significantly more complaints with change than the previou
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    01-14-2021, 05:01 AM

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