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  • OCR Provides Technical Assistance to Ensure Crisis Standards of Care Protect Against Age and Disability Discrimination

    OCR Provides Technical Assistance to Ensure Crisis Standards of Care Protect Against Age and Disability Discrimination | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing it has worked collaboratively with the State of North Carolina, the North Texas Mass Critical Care Guidelines Task Force, the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, and the Indian Health Service to revise each entity’s crisis standards of care ("CSC") guidelines to reflect best practices for serving individuals with disabilities and the elderly. This builds on OCR's prior work regarding discrimination concerns during COVID-19. OCR enforces a number of federal antidiscrimination laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, th...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act

    U.S. Department of Labor announces Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release: January 6, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


    “This rule brings long-needed clarity for American workers and employers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “Sharpening the test to determine who is an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act makes it easier to identify employees covered by the Act, while recognizing and respecting the entrepreneurial spirit of workers who choose to pursue the freedom associated with being an independent contractor.”

    “Streamlining and clarifying the test to identify independent contractors will reduce worker
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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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  • Federal Railroad Administration Modernizes Brake Safety Standards

    Federal Railroad Administration Modernizes Brake Safety Standards

    Federal Railroad Administration Modernizes Brake Safety Standards| site |



    (Information contained in Federal Railroad Administration [FRA] press release dated: December 11, 2020) The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued a final rule, extending the amount of time freight rail equipment can be left off-air (meaning parked with its air brake system depressurized) before requiring a new brake inspection, which is expected to reduce the number of idling locomotives. The final rule incorporates longstanding waivers for brake inspections, tests and equipment, while clarifying existing regulations and removing outdated provisions. These revisions contemporize Brake System Safety requirements by incorporating safer, newer technologies, reduce unnecessary costs and increase consistency between U.S. and Canadian regulations. “Incorporating technologies and safety practices, this final rule improves freight ra...
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  • NIST says New JILA Tools ‘Turn On’ Quantum Gases of Ultracold Molecules

    NIST says New JILA Tools ‘Turn On’ Quantum Gases of Ultracold Molecules

    National Institute of Standards and Technology says New JILA Tools ‘Turn On’ Quantum Gases of Ultracold Molecules | site |



    (Information contained in National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] press release: December 9, 2020)


    JILA researchers have developed tools to “turn on” quantum gases of ultracold molecules, gaining control of long-distance molecular interactions for potential applications such as encoding data for quantum computing and simulations.

    The new scheme for nudging a molecular gas down to its lowest energy state, called quantum degeneracy, while suppressing chemical reactions that break up molecules finally makes it possible to explore exotic quantum states in which all the molecules interact with one another.

    The research is described in a Nature paper published online Dec. 9. JILA is a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University
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  • Trump Administration, DHS Set New Standards for American Leadership in Space

    Trump Administration, DHS Set New Standards for American Leadership in Space

    Trump Administration, DHS Set New Standards for American Leadership in Space | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security press release: December 9, 2020) Washington, D.C. – The Trump Administration and the National Space Council recognize the opportunities for continued American prosperity and innovation afforded by U.S. space activities and today announced the release of the National Space Policy. The policy is President Trump’s direction for all U.S. space activities and reaffirms the Nation’s interest to act responsibly in space to ensure the safety, stability, security, and long-term sustainability of space activities. Under President Trump’s leadership, this will create new economic opportunities for the commercial space sector as well as the promotion of American values through American technology and innovation. The policy builds upon over 50 years of U.S. principles for responsible space activities and brings America’s ...
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  • NIST says Face Recognition Software Shows Improvement in Recognizing Masked Faces

    National Institute of Standards and Technology says Face Recognition Software Shows Improvement in Recognizing Masked Faces | site |


    NIST says latest NIST test is the first to measure performance of software submitted after pandemic’s arrival.


    (Information contained in National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] release: December 1, 2020)

    A new study of face recognition technology created after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic shows that some software developers have made demonstrable progress at recognizing masked faces.

    The findings, produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), are detailed in a new report called Ongoing Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) Part 6B: Face Recognition Accuracy with Face Masks Using Post-COVID-19 Algorithms (NISTIR 8331). It is the agency’s first study that measures the performance of face recognition algorithms developed following the arrival
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  • National Institute of Standards and Technology Sensor Experts Invent Supercool Mini-Thermometer

    National Institute of Standards and Technology Sensor Experts Invent Supercool Mini-Thermometer | site |



    (Information contained in National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] press release: November 17, 2020)

    Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have invented a miniature thermometer with big potential applications, such as monitoring the temperature of processor chips in superconductor-based quantum computers, which must stay cold to work properly.

    NIST’s superconducting thermometer measures temperatures below 1 kelvin (minus 272.15 C or minus 457.87 F), down to 50
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  • NIST researches Room Temperature Conversion of CO2 to CO: A New Way to Synthesize Hydrocarbons

    National Institute of Standards and Technology researches Room Temperature Conversion of CO2 to CO: A New Way to Synthesize Hydrocarbons | site |


    NIST says new method could potentially reduce carbon dioxide emission into the atmosphere and slash costs of chemical manufacturing.


    (November 2, 2020) - - On November 2, 2020 the National Institute of Standards and Technology published the following information: Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and their colleagues have demonstrated a room-temperature method that could significantly reduce carbon dioxide levels in fossil-fuel power plant exhaust, one of the main sources of carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Although the researchers demonstrated this method in a small-scale, highly controlled environment with dimensions of just nanometers (billionths of a meter), they have already come up with concepts for scaling up the method and making it practical for real-w...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance alerting Employers to frequently cited Standards related to COVID-19 Inspections

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance alerting Employers to frequently cited Standards related to COVID-19 Inspections| site |


    (November 7, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance and an accompanying one-pager to help employers understand which standards are most frequently cited during coronavirus-related inspections. OSHA based these documents on data from citations issued, many of which were the result of complaints, referrals and fatalities in industries such as hospitals and healthcare, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, and meat/poultry processing plants.

    The one-pager and guidance document provide available resources that address the most frequently cited standards, including Respiratory Protection, Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses,
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  • Financial Action Task Force Adopts New Standards on Proliferation Financing

    Financial Action Task Force Adopts New Standards on Proliferation Financing

    Financial Action Task Force Adopts New Standards on Proliferation Financing, and advances work on COVID-19 AML/CFT Risks, and Trade-Based Money Laundering | site |


    (October 23, 2020) - - Today, October 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information: WASHINGTON - The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) concluded its 32nd plenary meeting on Friday, October 23, by agreeing to revise its standards to further strengthen the global response to the financing of proliferation related to weapons of mass destruction. This week’s endorsement of the new standard is a result of an initiative that began under the U.S. FATF Presidency and Finance Ministers of FATF members adopted in 2019. The FATF also continued its focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on detecting and countering fraud including attempts to defraud government backed stimulus programs. The task force also adopted an updated report on trade-based money laundering and recogni...
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  • National Transportation Safety Board Calls for National Safety Standards for Limousines

    National Transportation Safety Board Calls for National Safety Standards for Limousines| site |

    ​ (October 2, 2019) - - Today (October 2, 2019), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: WASHINGTON (Oct. 2, 2019) – The National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday called for new national requirements for seating and seat belt systems on limousines, citing evidence gathered in investigations of accidents in New York, Illinois and New Jersey. The NTSB’s Safety Recommendation Report recommended that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration require lap/shoulder belts for each passenger seating position on all new vehicles modified to be used as limousines. It also requires seating systems in these vehicles to meet minimum performance standards to ensure their integrity during a crash. The NTSB also called on the National Limousine Association to educate members on the benefits of proper seat belt use and recommended t...
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  • The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency Propose Fuel Economy Standards for MY 2021-2026 Vehicles

    The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency Propose Fuel Economy Standards for MY 2021-2026 Vehicles



    The U.S. Department of Transportation published the following: Washington, DC - - (August 2, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a notice of proposed rulemaking, the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks (SAFE Vehicles Rule), to correct the national automobile fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards to give the American people greater access to safer, more affordable vehicles that are cleaner for the environment. The SAFE Vehicles Rule is the next generation of the Congressionally mandated Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and Ligh...
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Posts Notice of Availability of International Financial Reporting Standards Taxonomy

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Posts Notice of Availability of International Financial Reporting Standards Taxonomy


    Foreign Private Issuers May Begin Submitting Their Financial Statements in XBRL




    March 3, 2017


    Washington, DC - - (March 1, 2017) - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today published a taxonomy on its website so that foreign private issuers that prepare their financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) may submit those reports using XBRL. XBRL is a machine readable data format that allows investors and other data users to more easily access, analyze and compare financial information across reporting periods and across companies.

    Foreign private issuers that prepare their financial statements in accordance with IFRS as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board may begin immediately to submit their financial statements
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    OCR Provides Technical Assistance to Ensure Crisis Standards of Care Protect Against Age and Disability Discrimination
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    OCR Provides Technical Assistance to Ensure Crisis Standards of Care Protect Against Age and Disability Discrimination | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing it has worked collaboratively with the State of North Carolina, the North Texas Mass Critical Care Guidelines Task Force, the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, and the Indian Health Service to revise each entity’s crisis standards of care ("CSC") guidelines to reflect best practices for serving individuals with disabilities and the elderly. This builds on OCR's prior work regarding discrimination concerns during COVID-19. OCR enforces a number of federal antidiscrimination laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, th...
    01-15-2021, 11:57 PM
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    U.S. Department of Labor announces Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act
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    U.S. Department of Labor announces Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release: January 6, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


    “This rule brings long-needed clarity for American workers and employers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “Sharpening the test to determine who is an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act makes it easier to identify employees covered by the Act, while recognizing and respecting the entrepreneurial spirit of workers who choose to pursue the freedom associated with being an independent contractor.”

    “Streamlining and clarifying the test to identify independent contractors will reduce worker
    ...
    01-07-2021, 12:18 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Labor releases the Office of Labor-Management Standards' Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report of Performance and Activities
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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
    ...
    12-29-2020, 12:34 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Railroad Administration Modernizes Brake Safety Standards
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Railroad Administration Modernizes Brake Safety Standards| site |



    (Information contained in Federal Railroad Administration [FRA] press release dated: December 11, 2020) The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued a final rule, extending the amount of time freight rail equipment can be left off-air (meaning parked with its air brake system depressurized) before requiring a new brake inspection, which is expected to reduce the number of idling locomotives. The final rule incorporates longstanding waivers for brake inspections, tests and equipment, while clarifying existing regulations and removing outdated provisions. These revisions contemporize Brake System Safety requirements by incorporating safer, newer technologies, reduce unnecessary costs and increase consistency between U.S. and Canadian regulations. “Incorporating technologies and safety practices, this final rule improves freight ra...
    12-18-2020, 03:20 AM
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    NIST says New JILA Tools ‘Turn On’ Quantum Gases of Ultracold Molecules
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Institute of Standards and Technology says New JILA Tools ‘Turn On’ Quantum Gases of Ultracold Molecules | site |



    (Information contained in National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] press release: December 9, 2020)


    JILA researchers have developed tools to “turn on” quantum gases of ultracold molecules, gaining control of long-distance molecular interactions for potential applications such as encoding data for quantum computing and simulations.

    The new scheme for nudging a molecular gas down to its lowest energy state, called quantum degeneracy, while suppressing chemical reactions that break up molecules finally makes it possible to explore exotic quantum states in which all the molecules interact with one another.

    The research is described in a Nature paper published online Dec. 9. JILA is a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University
    ...
    12-14-2020, 09:09 AM

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