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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Expands Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program for Meat Processors to 9 States with Addition of South Dakota

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Expands Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program for Meat Processors to 9 States with Addition of South Dakota | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: June 10, 2021) Washington, June 10, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the State of South Dakota have finalized a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement, which provides an opportunity for selected state-inspected meat and poultry processors to ship their products across state lines. Under the CIS agreement, the State of South Dakota may inspect meat in selected establishments for shipment throughout the United States. The CIS program was launched in 2012 under Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack after being authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. Currently, 9 states participate in the program to promote the expansion of business opportunities for state...
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  • EPA, Army Announce Intent to Revise Definition of WOTUS

    EPA, Army Announce Intent to Revise Definition of WOTUS

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army announce intent to Revise Definition of "Waters of the United States" | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency press release dated: June 9, 2021) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Army (the agencies) are announcing their intent to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) to better protect our nation’s vital water resources that support public health, environmental protection, agricultural activity, and economic growth. As described in an EPA declaration requesting remand of the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule, a broad array of stakeholders—including states, Tribes, local governments, scientists, and non-governmental organizations—are seeing destructive impacts to critical water bodies under the 2020 rule. “After reviewing the Navigable Waters Protection Rule as directed by Pre...
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  • U.S. Commerce Secretary Raimondo Names New Members to United States-Brazil CEO Forum

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Raimondo Names New Members to United States-Brazil CEO Forum | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Commerce press release dated: May 14, 2021) U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo met virtually today with Brazilian Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes. During the call, Secretary Raimondo informed Minister Guedes of her recent appointment of three new private sector members to the U.S. Section of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. The Secretary and Minister Guedes also discussed their mutual commitment to continue to work through the Forum and U.S.-Brazil CEO Commercial Dialogue to grow bilateral trade and investment. The three new CEO Forum appointees will join the other U.S. private sector members and the U.S. Government to coordinate, organize, and plan the activities of the U.S. Section in preparation for the 12th U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, intended to take place in early February 2022. Secretary Raimondo and ...
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Distributes 742 Million Dollars to States and Territories through Homeowner Assistance Fund

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Distributes $742 Million to States and Territories through Homeowner Assistance Fund | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it has distributed $742 million to 42 states and 3 territories through the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF). A part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s American Rescue Plan, HAF was designed to prevent mortgage delinquencies and defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services, and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. “Today there are over 3 million homeowners behind on mortgage payments, and the pandemic has exacerbated the country’s already severe housing affordability crisis,” said Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo. “Treasury is focused on ensuring the American economy re...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance to States to permit greater flexibility for Waiving the recovery of certain Unemployment Insurance Overpayments

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance to States to permit greater flexibility for Waiving the recovery of certain Unemployment Insurance Overpayments | site |


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

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today issued an Unemployment Insurance Program Letter that provides states with guidance on addressing unemployment insurance benefit overpayments established by states for programs authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. An overpayment occurs when a state finds an individual received a payment or payments to which they are not entitled.

    The guidance includes the following updates on the CARES Act unemployment benefit programs:
    • States may choose to waive recovery of overpayments under certain circumstances when an individual is not at fault. This includes circumstances
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  • U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to States on Assessing Student Learning During the Pandemic

    U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to States on Assessing Student Learning During the Pandemic | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: February 22, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is providing guidance to states emphasizing the importance of flexibility in administering assessments this year as a result of the pandemic and supporting the use of assessment data as a source of information for parents and educators to target resources and support, rather than for accountability purposes this year. State assessments and accountability systems play an important role in advancing educational equity, identifying student needs, and targeting the resources to address them. At the same time, some schools and districts may not be able to safely administer statewide summative assessments this spring using their standard practices, while others may wish to prioritize learning time during th...
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  • The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

    The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

    The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: February 19, 2021)


    February 19, 2021
    Press Statement
    Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State On January 20, on his first day in office, President Biden signed the instrument to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement. Per the terms of the Agreement, the United States officially becomes a Party again today. The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented framework for global action. We know because we helped design it and make it a reality. Its purpose is both simple and expansive: to help us all avoid catastrophic planetary warming and to build resilience around the world to the impacts from climate change we already see. Now, as momentous as our joining the Agreement was in 2016 — and as momentous as our rejoining is today — what we do in the coming weeks, months, and years
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  • Janet L. Yellen Sworn In As 78th Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury

    Janet L. Yellen Sworn In As 78th Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: January 26, 2021)

    Washington - - Earlier today, Vice President Kamala D. Harris administered the oath of office to Janet L. Yellen. Secretary Yellen is the first woman to lead the U.S. Department of the Treasury in its 231-year history, and the first person to have served as Treasury Secretary, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, and Chair of the Federal Reserve. She has previously been confirmed by the Senate on four separate occasions....
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  • The United States Condemns Attack on Saudi Arabia

    The United States Condemns Attack on Saudi Arabia

    The United States Condemns Attack on Saudi Arabia | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: January 24, 2021


    January 24, 2021
    Press statement
    Ned Price, Department Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State

    The United States strongly condemns the latest attack on Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We are gathering more information, but it appears to have been an attempt to target civilians. Such attacks contravene international law and undermine all efforts to promote peace and stability. As we work to de-escalate tensions in the region through principled diplomacy, including by bringing an end to the war in Yemen, we will also help our partner Saudi Arabia defend against attacks on its territory and hold those who attempt to undermine stability to account.
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  • United States to Host World Data System’s International Program Office

    United States to Host World Data System’s International Program Office

    United States to Host World Data System’s International Program Office | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press release media note: January 14, 2021)

    The Department of State is proud to see that the World Data System (WDS), a non-governmental body for norms and standards for scientific data, has selected the Oak Ridge Institute at the University of Tennessee (ORI at UT) to host its International Program Office for a five-year term starting in 2021. The Office will promote U.S. leadership in values-based international norms and standards for data and scientific research over the next five years. With the strong support of the Department of State, this selection is a testament to American scientific leadership and innovation, reflecting U.S. universities’ and laboratories’ long-standing tradition of excellence, freedom, openness, and transparency in science and technology. The Department ...
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  • CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States | site |


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release: January 12, 2021) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more efficiently protects the health of Americans. Variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus continue to emerge in countries around the world, and there is evidence of increased transmissibility of some of these variants. With the US already in surge status, the testing requirement for air passengers will help slow the spread of the virus as we work to vaccinate the American public. Before departu...
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  • The United States Welcomes the Breakthrough To Restore Gulf and Arab Unity

    The United States Welcomes the Breakthrough To Restore Gulf and Arab Unity

    The United States Welcomes the Breakthrough To Restore Gulf and Arab Unity | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release press statement dated: January 5, 2021)


    January 5, 2021

    Press Statement
    Michael R. Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State We are encouraged by the breakthrough made with the Al-Ula Declaration today at the GCC summit, which marks a positive step toward restoring Gulf and Arab unity. We have long stressed that a truly united Gulf will bring added prosperity through the free flow of goods and services and more security to its people. We welcome the pledge today to restore cooperation in military, economic, health, counter-corruption, and cultural initiatives. We hope the Gulf countries will continue to reconcile their differences. Restoring full diplomatic relations is imperative for all parties in the region to unite against common threats. We are stronger when we stand together.
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  • FedEx to Ship First Wave of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Across the United States

    FedEx to Ship First Wave of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Across the United States | site |



    Company to begin transporting first Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shipments for McKesson Corp.


    (Information contained in FedEx press release dated: December 19, 2020)

    Memphis, Tenn. December 19, 2020 – FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, announced today that operations are in motion to transport Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines for McKesson Corp. throughout the United States. Following the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Emergency Use Authorization for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, FedEx Express will begin transport of the vaccine and kits of supplies for administration of the vaccine, using its FedEx Priority Overnight® service supported by FedEx Priority Alert® advanced monitoring. After months of preparation and close planning with McKesson, Operation W...
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  • U.S. Deeply Saddened by Passing of Niger’s Ambassador to the United States

    U.S. Deeply Saddened by Passing of Niger’s Ambassador to the United States | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press statement: December 19, 2020)


    Press Statement by
    Cale Brown, Principal Deputy Spokesperson U.S. Department of State We are deeply saddened by the passing on December 16 of His Excellency Abdallah Wafy, Ambassador of Niger to the United States, and offer our sincere condolences to his family and all those who worked with him. Ambassador Wafy was a valued partner and friend who worked tirelessly over the years in Washington, New York, and Niamey, to strengthen the relationship between our two countries. Ambassador Wafy’s long career in law enforcement and diplomacy reflected his strong commitment to public service. During his service with United Nations Peacekeeping missions and as Niger’s Ambassador to the United Nations and later to the United States, Ambassador Wafy advanced peace and secur
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release: December 16, 2010) Washington - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today delivered to Congress the semiannual Report on Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States. In this Report, Treasury reviewed and assessed the policies of 20 major U.S. trading partners during the four quarters ending June 2020. The Report concluded that both Vietnam and Switzerland met all three criteria under the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (the 2015 Act) during the period under review. Treasury consequently conducted enhanced analysis of Vietnam and Switzerland in the Report and will also commence enhanced bilateral engagement with each country in accordance with the ...
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Expands Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program for Meat Processors to 9 States with Addition of South Dakota
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Expands Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program for Meat Processors to 9 States with Addition of South Dakota | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: June 10, 2021) Washington, June 10, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the State of South Dakota have finalized a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement, which provides an opportunity for selected state-inspected meat and poultry processors to ship their products across state lines. Under the CIS agreement, the State of South Dakota may inspect meat in selected establishments for shipment throughout the United States. The CIS program was launched in 2012 under Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack after being authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. Currently, 9 states participate in the program to promote the expansion of business opportunities for state...
    06-16-2021, 06:58 AM
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    EPA, Army Announce Intent to Revise Definition of WOTUS
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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army announce intent to Revise Definition of "Waters of the United States" | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency press release dated: June 9, 2021) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Army (the agencies) are announcing their intent to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) to better protect our nation’s vital water resources that support public health, environmental protection, agricultural activity, and economic growth. As described in an EPA declaration requesting remand of the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule, a broad array of stakeholders—including states, Tribes, local governments, scientists, and non-governmental organizations—are seeing destructive impacts to critical water bodies under the 2020 rule. “After reviewing the Navigable Waters Protection Rule as directed by Pre...
    06-12-2021, 03:40 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Commerce Secretary Raimondo Names New Members to United States-Brazil CEO Forum
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    U.S. Commerce Secretary Raimondo Names New Members to United States-Brazil CEO Forum | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Commerce press release dated: May 14, 2021) U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo met virtually today with Brazilian Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes. During the call, Secretary Raimondo informed Minister Guedes of her recent appointment of three new private sector members to the U.S. Section of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. The Secretary and Minister Guedes also discussed their mutual commitment to continue to work through the Forum and U.S.-Brazil CEO Commercial Dialogue to grow bilateral trade and investment. The three new CEO Forum appointees will join the other U.S. private sector members and the U.S. Government to coordinate, organize, and plan the activities of the U.S. Section in preparation for the 12th U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, intended to take place in early February 2022. Secretary Raimondo and ...
    05-19-2021, 12:06 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury Distributes 742 Million Dollars to States and Territories through Homeowner Assistance Fund
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury Distributes $742 Million to States and Territories through Homeowner Assistance Fund | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it has distributed $742 million to 42 states and 3 territories through the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF). A part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s American Rescue Plan, HAF was designed to prevent mortgage delinquencies and defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services, and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. “Today there are over 3 million homeowners behind on mortgage payments, and the pandemic has exacerbated the country’s already severe housing affordability crisis,” said Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo. “Treasury is focused on ensuring the American economy re...
    05-14-2021, 07:25 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance to States to permit greater flexibility for Waiving the recovery of certain Unemployment Insurance Overpayments
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance to States to permit greater flexibility for Waiving the recovery of certain Unemployment Insurance Overpayments | site |


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

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today issued an Unemployment Insurance Program Letter that provides states with guidance on addressing unemployment insurance benefit overpayments established by states for programs authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. An overpayment occurs when a state finds an individual received a payment or payments to which they are not entitled.

    The guidance includes the following updates on the CARES Act unemployment benefit programs:
    • States may choose to waive recovery of overpayments under certain circumstances when an individual is not at fault. This includes circumstances
    ...
    05-07-2021, 06:20 AM

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