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  • FTC Marks Identity Theft Awareness Week with Events to Help Consumers Identify Risks of Identity Theft During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Federal Trade Commission marks Identity Theft Awareness Week with Events to Help Consumers Identify Risks of Identity Theft During the COVID-19 Pandemic | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] information release dated: January 28, 2021)

    The Federal Trade Commission is launching Identity Theft Awareness Week, February 1-5, 2021, with a series of events to highlight steps consumers can take to help reduce their risk of identity theft and recover if identity theft occurs.

    Identity theft happens when someone steals personal information about you such as your Social Security number or credit card information, and uses it to commit fraud. Reports about any type of identity theft topped the list of consumer complaints submitted to the FTC through the third quarter of 2020.
    As part of Identity Theft Awareness Week,...
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  • FEMA Releases National Risk Index - - - New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Releases National Risk Index: New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities | site |


    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:

    Washington - - FEMA announced the Phase 1 rollout of the National Risk Index, a new online resource that helps illustrate communities most at risk from natural hazards. This online mapping application analyzes risk factors from 18 natural hazards. Additionally, to provide a holistic view of community risk, the application includes expected annual losses, social vulnerability and community resilience layers. This release makes the underlying data available for use by state, local, tribal and territorial partners. The interactive mapping tool can help communities, especially those with limited flood mapping and risk assessment capabilities, better prepare for natural hazards by providing standardized risk data
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  • Interior Reduces Wildfire Risks on More Than 1.4 Million Acres of Federal Land in 2019

    U.S. Department of the Interior Reduces Wildfire Risks on More Than 1.4 Million Acres of Federal Land in 2019| site |


    Largest Fuel Reduction in 10 Years (January 8, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of the Interior {DOI) published (today) the following information: WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of the Interior announced it had doubled and nearly tripled targets set by President Donald Trump for vegetative treatments to reduce wildfire risk in Fiscal Year 2019, marking the largest fuel load reduction in a decade. The announcement comes as the land management agencies with wildland fire programs—the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—report their end-of-year accomplishments and begin preparations for the next fire year. “These accomplishments reflect the Department’s commitment to the President’s goals for reducing wildfire risk and protecting our communities and resources,...
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  • U.S. State Department says European Union Identifies Risks to 5G Networks

    U.S. State Department says European Union Identifies Risks to 5G Networks

    U.S. State Department says European Union Identifies Risks to 5G Networks | site |



    (December 4, 2019) - - Today, Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, issued the following statement: On December 3, the European Union (EU) Council identified serious risks posed to 5G telecommunications networks if they are built using untrusted vendors. We welcome this acknowledgement and urge our European partners and allies to ensure only trusted vendors participate in any part of their future 5G networks. The set of conclusions published yesterday affirmed that “non-technical factors such as the legal and policy framework to which suppliers may be subject to in third countries, should be considered.” We look forward to the release of the EU’s 5G risk mitigation toolbox later this month. We hope its recommendations will include strong measures to address the risks identified in today’s statement and in the EU’s Risk Assessment
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  • FCC Bars Use of Universal Service Funding for Equipment and Services posing National Security Risks

    Federal Communications Commission Bars Use of Universal Service Funding for Equipment and Services posing National Security Risks | site |



    Proposes Process for Removing Prohibited Equipment Already in USF-Funded Networks


    (November 22, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information: WASHINGTON, November 22, 2019—As part of its continuing efforts to safeguard the security and integrity of the nation’s communications networks, the Federal Communications Commission has barred use of its $8.5 billion a year Universal Service Fund (USF) to purchase equipment and services from companies that pose a national security threat. The Order adopted today initially designates Huawei Technologies Company and ZTE Corp. as companies covered by this rule and establishes a process for designating additional covered companies in the future. The Order also establishes a certification and audit regime to enf
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Alerts Healthcare Providers and Women about Risks Associated with Improper Use of Rupture of Membranes Tests

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Alerts Healthcare Providers and Women about Risks Associated with Improper Use of Rupture of Membranes Tests





    (August 8, 2018) - - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today alerted women and their doctors about serious adverse events related to the improper use of tests intended as an aid in detecting if a pregnant woman’s water has broken (also known as a rupture of the membranes containing amniotic fluid). A rupture of the membranes (ROM) can pose immediate and severe risks to the patient and developing fetus without proper patient management and timely intervention.

    As part of the agency’s commitment to transparency in notifying the public about potential public health concerns, the FDA issued a Letter to Health Care Providers to remind providers that the labeling for these tests specifies that they should not be used on their
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  • Statement from FDA Warning about Significant Health Risks of Contaminated Illegal Synthetic Cannabinoid Products that are being encountered by FDA

    Statement from FDA Warning about Significant Health Risks of Contaminated Illegal Synthetic Cannabinoid Products that are being encountered by FDA




    Statement from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.; Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research; and Janet Woodcock, M.D., director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research



    July 24, 2018



    (July 19, 2018) - - Statement:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has become aware of reports of severe illnesses and deaths resulting from the use of synthetic cannabinoid (marijuana) products that have been contaminated with brodifacoum, a very long-acting anticoagulant commonly used in rat poison. These unapproved products are being sold in convenience stores and gas stations as substitutes for marijuana under names such as “K2” and “Spice.”
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  • Scientifically-designed Fasting Diet Lowers Risks for Major Diseases

    Scientifically-designed Fasting Diet Lowers Risks for Major Diseases

    Scientifically-designed Fasting Diet Lowers Risks for Major Diseases



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    February 27, 2017


    Los Angeles, CA - - (February 15, 2017) - - What if you could lose weight and reduce your risk of life-threatening disease without any changes in what you eat — other than a five-day special diet once every few months? According to the University of Southern California that’s what happened for 71 adults who were placed on three cycles of a low-calorie, “fasting-mimicking” diet. The phase II trial, conducted by researchers at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, demonstrated a host of benefits from the regimen. The diet reduced cardiovascular risk factors including blood pressure, signs of inflammation (measured by C-reactive protein levels), as well as fasting glucose and reduced levels of IGF-1, a hormone that affects metabolism. It also shrank waistlines and resulted in weight loss, both in
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Lack of Timely Action Risks Security and Costs Money

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Lack of Timely Action Risks Security and Costs Money








    Editor's note: On February 1, 2017 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information:


    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has announced a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) civil money penalty against Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Children’s) based on its impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI) and non-compliance over many years with multiple standards of the HIPAA Security Rule. OCR issued a Notice of Proposed Determination in accordance with 45 CFR 160.420, which included instruction for how Children’s could file a request for a hearing. Children’s did not request a hearing. Accordingly, OCR issued a Notice of Final Determination
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    FTC Marks Identity Theft Awareness Week with Events to Help Consumers Identify Risks of Identity Theft During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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    Federal Trade Commission marks Identity Theft Awareness Week with Events to Help Consumers Identify Risks of Identity Theft During the COVID-19 Pandemic | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] information release dated: January 28, 2021)

    The Federal Trade Commission is launching Identity Theft Awareness Week, February 1-5, 2021, with a series of events to highlight steps consumers can take to help reduce their risk of identity theft and recover if identity theft occurs.

    Identity theft happens when someone steals personal information about you such as your Social Security number or credit card information, and uses it to commit fraud. Reports about any type of identity theft topped the list of consumer complaints submitted to the FTC through the third quarter of 2020.
    As part of Identity Theft Awareness Week,...
    01-29-2021, 06:07 AM
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    FEMA Releases National Risk Index - - - New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Emergency Management Agency Releases National Risk Index: New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities | site |


    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:

    Washington - - FEMA announced the Phase 1 rollout of the National Risk Index, a new online resource that helps illustrate communities most at risk from natural hazards. This online mapping application analyzes risk factors from 18 natural hazards. Additionally, to provide a holistic view of community risk, the application includes expected annual losses, social vulnerability and community resilience layers. This release makes the underlying data available for use by state, local, tribal and territorial partners. The interactive mapping tool can help communities, especially those with limited flood mapping and risk assessment capabilities, better prepare for natural hazards by providing standardized risk data
    ...
    11-17-2020, 03:44 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Interior Reduces Wildfire Risks on More Than 1.4 Million Acres of Federal Land in 2019
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Interior Reduces Wildfire Risks on More Than 1.4 Million Acres of Federal Land in 2019| site |


    Largest Fuel Reduction in 10 Years (January 8, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of the Interior {DOI) published (today) the following information: WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of the Interior announced it had doubled and nearly tripled targets set by President Donald Trump for vegetative treatments to reduce wildfire risk in Fiscal Year 2019, marking the largest fuel load reduction in a decade. The announcement comes as the land management agencies with wildland fire programs—the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—report their end-of-year accomplishments and begin preparations for the next fire year. “These accomplishments reflect the Department’s commitment to the President’s goals for reducing wildfire risk and protecting our communities and resources,...
    01-14-2020, 12:15 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. State Department says European Union Identifies Risks to 5G Networks
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. State Department says European Union Identifies Risks to 5G Networks | site |



    (December 4, 2019) - - Today, Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, issued the following statement: On December 3, the European Union (EU) Council identified serious risks posed to 5G telecommunications networks if they are built using untrusted vendors. We welcome this acknowledgement and urge our European partners and allies to ensure only trusted vendors participate in any part of their future 5G networks. The set of conclusions published yesterday affirmed that “non-technical factors such as the legal and policy framework to which suppliers may be subject to in third countries, should be considered.” We look forward to the release of the EU’s 5G risk mitigation toolbox later this month. We hope its recommendations will include strong measures to address the risks identified in today’s statement and in the EU’s Risk Assessment
    ...
    12-04-2019, 10:55 PM
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    FCC Bars Use of Universal Service Funding for Equipment and Services posing National Security Risks
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission Bars Use of Universal Service Funding for Equipment and Services posing National Security Risks | site |



    Proposes Process for Removing Prohibited Equipment Already in USF-Funded Networks


    (November 22, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information: WASHINGTON, November 22, 2019—As part of its continuing efforts to safeguard the security and integrity of the nation’s communications networks, the Federal Communications Commission has barred use of its $8.5 billion a year Universal Service Fund (USF) to purchase equipment and services from companies that pose a national security threat. The Order adopted today initially designates Huawei Technologies Company and ZTE Corp. as companies covered by this rule and establishes a process for designating additional covered companies in the future. The Order also establishes a certification and audit regime to enf
    ...
    11-23-2019, 12:47 AM

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