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  • SBA Announces Recipients of Tibbetts Awards for Demonstrating Significant Economic and Social Impact from R&D Funding

    U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Recipients of Tibbetts Awards for Demonstrating Significant Economic and Social Impact from R&D Funding | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced 38 companies, seven organizations and 14 individuals as the winners of the prestigious Tibbetts Award for their accomplishments in creating cutting-edge technologies. The Tibbetts Awards, named after Roland Tibbetts, the founder of the SBIR Program, honors these awardees for the exceptional successes they achieved through SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. “For nearly four decades, the SBIR and STTR programs have been assisting small businesses with launching ideas from conception to market. The Tibbetts Awards highlight our nation’s ...
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  • American Medical Association urges Social Media Companies to Combat Vaccine Misinformation

    American Medical Association urges Social Media Companies to Combat Vaccine Misinformation | site |


    (Information contained in American Medical Association [AMA] press release dated: December 21, 2020) Chicago - - As the United States begins an unprecedented effort to administer COVID-19 vaccines to more than 300 million Americans, the American Medical Association (AMA) today urged the CEOs of six leading social media and e-commerce companies to assist the effort by combatting misinformation and disinformation about the vaccine on their platforms. The AMA also urged the platforms to share timely, accurate information on the vaccine from trusted public health institutions, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The letter was sent to the top executives at Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube. “As we work tirelessly to stop the spread of COVID-19, please remain vigilant against...
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Joint Final Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations USDA-Supported Social Service Programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Joint Final Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations USDA-Supported Social Service Programs | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release: December 14, 2020) (Washington, D.C., December 14, 2020) – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a joint final rule with eight other Agencies—the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Agency for International Development, and the Department of Veterans Affairs—to implement President Trump’s Executive Order No. 13831, on the Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative (May 3, 2018). This rule ensures that religious and non-religious organizations are treated equally in USDA-supported programs, and it clar...
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  • DHS Announces Joint Final Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations in DHS-Supported Social Service Programs

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Joint Final Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations in DHS-Supported Social Service Programs | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security press release: December 14, 2020) Today, December 14, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a joint final rule with eight other Agencies—the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Agriculture, the Agency for International Development, and the Department of Veterans Affairs—to implement President Trump’s Executive Order No. 13831, on the Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative (May 3, 2018). This rule ensures that religious and non-religious organizations are treated equally in DHS-supported programs, and it clarifies that religious organizatio...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces Joint Final Rule regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-based Organizations in Department of Labor-supported Social Service Programs

    U.S. Department of Labor announces Joint Final Rule regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-based Organizations in Department of Labor-supported Social Service Programs | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release: December 14, 2020) Washington, DC - - Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a joint final rule with eight other Agencies – the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Agriculture, the Agency for International Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs – to implement President Trump’s Executive Order No. 13831, on the Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative (May 3, 2018). This rule ensures that religious and non-religious organizations are treated equally in Department of Labor-supported programs, and it clar...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Announces Joint Final Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations in Department-Supported Social Service Programs

    U.S. Department of Education Announces Joint Final Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations in Department-Supported Social Service Programs| site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release: December 14, 2020) Washington - - Today, December 14, 2020, the Department of Education announced a joint final rule with eight other agencies — the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Agriculture, the Agency for International Development, and the Department of Veterans Affairs — to implement President Trump’s Executive Order No. 13831, on the Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative (May 3, 2018). This rule ensures that religious and non-religious organizations are treated equally in Department-supported programs, and it clar...
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  • U.S. Social Security Commissioner Saul Honored as a Top Influencer in Aging

    U.S. Social Security Commissioner Saul Honored as a Top Influencer in Aging

    U.S. Social Security Commissioner Saul Honored as a Top Influencer in Aging | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release: November 30, 2020)

    Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, recently received an honor as a 2020 Influencer in Aging by PBS’s Next Avenue, a digital publication dedicated to covering issues for people 50 and older. The list honors advocates, researchers, and thought leaders who are changing how people collectively age and think about aging. Commissioner Saul earned the distinction for being an innovative leader and making customer service his top priority since his confirmation in 2019. “When I came in, the first thing I did was make it very clear that our job at the agency, meaning the whole team, was to serve the public. Customer service is the most important feature--that's the mojo here, and that's what we are dedicated to do,” said Commissioner Saul. “The glob
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  • CDC Expands U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System with new Social Determinants of Health Module

    CDC Expands U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System with new Social Determinants of Health Module | site |


    New tool identifies Diabetes-Related Health Disparities


    (Information contained in CDC press release: November 17, 2020)

    The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded the U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System with a new social determinants of health (SDOH) module to help identify under-resourced areas of the United States and assess the potential impact of health disparities on diabetes burden and risk factors.

    The expanded U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System now overlays diabetes data with 15 social vulnerability variables. The SDOH module gives public health professionals and researchers a more complete look at factors potentially impacting people’s ability to successfully manage diabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes around the U.S. Data are available at the national level to compare counties across stat
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  • Social Security Begins New Electronic Social Security Number Verification Service

    Social Security Begins New Electronic Social Security Number Verification Service | site |


    (October 29, 2020) - - Today, October 29, 2020, the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information: The Social Security Administration has begun the initial rollout of its new electronic Consent Based Social Security Number (SSN) Verification (eCBSV) service. The agency is rolling out the service to selected participants through 2020, and plans on expanding the number of users in 2021. “Our new electronic SSN verification service helps reduce synthetic identity fraud by comparing agency records with data provided electronically by approved participants,” said Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security. “This is an important online service that helps us provide participants and their customers fast, secure, and more efficient SSN verifications.” Social Security created eCBSV, a fee-based electronic SSN verification service, to allow sele...
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  • U.S. Social Security Administration Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021

    U.S. Social Security Administration Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021 | site |


    (October 13, 2020) - - Today, October 13, 2020, the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information: Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2020. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in a...
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  • U.S. Social Security Administration and Inspector General Announce Additional Anti-Fraud Units

    United States Social Security Administration and Office of Inspector General Announce Additional Anti-Fraud Units | site |


    Four New Disability Investigations Units Open


    (September 30, 2020) - - Today, September 30, 2020, the United States Social Security Administration published the following information: The Social Security Administration and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced four new Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Units opened across the country. CDI Units identify, investigate, and prevent Social Security disability fraud, and are a very successful part of the agency’s anti-fraud initiative. Four new statewide offices recently opened across the country, in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Las Vegas, Nevada; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Omaha, Nebraska. The CDI Program helps ensure the integrity of Federal disability programs by resolving questions of potential fraud before benefits are ever paid. The innovative initiati...
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  • U.S. Social Security Administration Announces New Online Video Hearings

    U.S. Social Security Administration Announces New Online Video Hearings

    U.S. Social Security Administration Announces New Online Video Hearings| site |



    (September 3, 2020) - - The U.S. Social Security Administration published today (September 3, 2020) the following information: The Social Security Administration announced a new service for people awaiting a hearing decision. In addition to telephone hearings, Social Security will offer the opportunity for an online video hearing using the Microsoft Teams platform beginning this fall. This new free service will allow applicants and their representatives to participate in the hearing from anywhere they have access to a camera-enabled smartphone, tablet, or computer. This stable and secure online platform allows the Social Security judge to see and interact with applicants and their representatives just like an in-person hearing, while maintaining privacy of the claimant’s information. Other hearing experts, such as medical or vocational experts, may participate as well. “The COVID-...
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  • AFL-CIO says Labor and Faith Forge Partnership for Social, Racial and Economic Justice

    AFL-CIO says Labor and Faith Forge Partnership for Social, Racial and Economic Justice| site |


    (September 15, 2020) - - The AFL-CIO published today, September 15, 2020, the following information:

    Today, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and the AFL-CIO marked the 57th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, where four girls were killed, with a virtual candlelight vigil and commitment to a 10-point pledge for social, racial and economic justice. At this moment in history, labor and faith are coming together, standing together and acting to stop the injustices that plague the nation—institutional racism and racist violence, the immoral response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the deepening economic crisis driven by division and greed. “We’re here together—the Poor People’s Campaign and America’s AFL-CIO, America’s unions—because we have to be. We must be,” the Rev. Dr. Wil
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  • Update on Services During COVID – 19 Pandemic From Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security

    Update on Services During COVID – 19 Pandemic From Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security| site |



    (March 18, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information:


    SOCIAL SECURITY

    Update on Services During COVID – 19 Pandemic From Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security



    “I want you to hear directly from me how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our services. The first thing you should know is that we continue to pay benefits. Be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping your Social Security payments but that is not true. Don’t be fooled.

    To protect you and help stop the spread of this coronavirus, we cannot accept visitors in our offices at this time. There are several other ways you can get help. Many services are available online at www.socialsecurity.gov . If you have a critical need that you cannot
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  • U.S. Social Security Administration says Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service

    U.S. Social Security Administration says Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service| site |



    (March 16, 2020) - - Today (March 16, 2020), the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information:


    SOCIAL SECURITY


    Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service


    ** Online Services Remain Available **


    All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services.

    Our secure and convenient online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov . Local offices will also continue to provide critical services
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    SBA Announces Recipients of Tibbetts Awards for Demonstrating Significant Economic and Social Impact from R&D Funding
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Recipients of Tibbetts Awards for Demonstrating Significant Economic and Social Impact from R&D Funding | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced 38 companies, seven organizations and 14 individuals as the winners of the prestigious Tibbetts Award for their accomplishments in creating cutting-edge technologies. The Tibbetts Awards, named after Roland Tibbetts, the founder of the SBIR Program, honors these awardees for the exceptional successes they achieved through SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. “For nearly four decades, the SBIR and STTR programs have been assisting small businesses with launching ideas from conception to market. The Tibbetts Awards highlight our nation’s ...
    01-15-2021, 09:28 PM
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    American Medical Association urges Social Media Companies to Combat Vaccine Misinformation
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    American Medical Association urges Social Media Companies to Combat Vaccine Misinformation | site |


    (Information contained in American Medical Association [AMA] press release dated: December 21, 2020) Chicago - - As the United States begins an unprecedented effort to administer COVID-19 vaccines to more than 300 million Americans, the American Medical Association (AMA) today urged the CEOs of six leading social media and e-commerce companies to assist the effort by combatting misinformation and disinformation about the vaccine on their platforms. The AMA also urged the platforms to share timely, accurate information on the vaccine from trusted public health institutions, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The letter was sent to the top executives at Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube. “As we work tirelessly to stop the spread of COVID-19, please remain vigilant against...
    12-25-2020, 05:09 AM
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Joint Final Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations USDA-Supported Social Service Programs
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Joint Final Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations USDA-Supported Social Service Programs | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release: December 14, 2020) (Washington, D.C., December 14, 2020) – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a joint final rule with eight other Agencies—the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Agency for International Development, and the Department of Veterans Affairs—to implement President Trump’s Executive Order No. 13831, on the Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative (May 3, 2018). This rule ensures that religious and non-religious organizations are treated equally in USDA-supported programs, and it clar...
    12-15-2020, 01:17 PM
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    DHS Announces Joint Final Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations in DHS-Supported Social Service Programs
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Joint Final Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations in DHS-Supported Social Service Programs | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security press release: December 14, 2020) Today, December 14, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a joint final rule with eight other Agencies—the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Agriculture, the Agency for International Development, and the Department of Veterans Affairs—to implement President Trump’s Executive Order No. 13831, on the Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative (May 3, 2018). This rule ensures that religious and non-religious organizations are treated equally in DHS-supported programs, and it clarifies that religious organizatio...
    12-15-2020, 02:26 AM
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    U.S. Department of Labor announces Joint Final Rule regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-based Organizations in Department of Labor-supported Social Service Programs
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    U.S. Department of Labor announces Joint Final Rule regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-based Organizations in Department of Labor-supported Social Service Programs | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release: December 14, 2020) Washington, DC - - Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a joint final rule with eight other Agencies – the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Agriculture, the Agency for International Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs – to implement President Trump’s Executive Order No. 13831, on the Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative (May 3, 2018). This rule ensures that religious and non-religious organizations are treated equally in Department of Labor-supported programs, and it clar...
    12-15-2020, 01:32 AM

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