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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statement on GPO Printing and Mailing delay

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statement on GPO Printing and Mailing delay

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statement on GPO Printing and Mailing delay | site |



    A statement on GPO printing and mailing delay



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs [VA] press release dated: November 30, 2021)


    A statement on GPO printing and mailing delay

    Washington - - Due to supply chain and staffing shortages, the vendor contracted by the Government Publishing Office to provide printing services for the Department of Veterans Affairs is experiencing delays in printing and mailing notification letters to Veterans and claimants. The disruption may impact the ability of some claimants to meet required deadlines via written correspondence with VA. In response to the mailing delays and to protect the best interest of claimants, the Veterans Benefits Administration is extending their response period by 90-calendar days for claimants with letters dated between July 13, 20...
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  • U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit

    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit

    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: November 19, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen sent a letter to all members of Congressional leadership regarding the debt issuance suspension period (DISP).

    The full text of the letter is also available below. The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Madam Speaker: On October 18, I informed you that I had determined that a debt issuance suspension period (DISP) would continue through December 3, 2021 with respect to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF). I am writing to notify you, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 8348(l)(2), of my determination that, by reason of the statutory debt limit, I will be unable to fully invest the portion of the CSR
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  • U.S. Department of Education Announces Recognition Status of Nine Accrediting Agencies

    U.S. Department of Education Announces Recognition Status of Nine Accrediting Agencies

    U.S. Department of Education Announces Recognition Status of Nine Accrediting Agencies | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: October 28, 2021)


    Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education’s Senior Department Official (SDO) informed nine accreditors about the status of their recognition. The following agencies were approved for renewal of recognition for five years:
    • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
    • American Bar Association (ABA).
    • Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
    • American Osteopathic Association (AOACOCA).
    • American Psychological Association (APACOA).
    Additionally, the SDO notified the following agencies that within 12 months, they must come into compliance with the specific criteria outlined in the SDO’s letter and submit a compliance report to the Department. If recognition is renewed following a decision on the compliance report, the...
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission updates Electronic Filing Requirements

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission updates Electronic Filing Requirements

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    SEC says "Amendments Will Help Modernize Manner in Which Information Is Submitted to Commission"


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: November 4, 2021) Washington D.C., Nov. 4, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today published proposed amendments to update electronic filing requirements. The SEC currently permits and sometimes requires certain forms to be filed or submitted in paper format. The proposed rule and form amendments would require certain forms to be filed or submitted electronically. The proposed amendments also would make technical amendments to certain forms to require structured data reporting and remove outdated references. The amendments are intended to promote efficiency, transparency, and operational resiliency by modernizing the manner ...
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  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues A New Memo to Terminate Migrant Protection Protocols

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues A New Memo to Terminate Migrant Protection Protocols

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues A New Memo to Terminate Migrant Protection Protocols | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: October 29, 2021)

    Washington - - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today issued a new memorandum announcing and explaining his decision to terminate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. “This Administration is tackling longstanding problems that have plagued our immigration system for decades in order to achieve needed systemic change. MPP does not help meet this goal,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “MPP had endemic flaws, imposed unjustifiable human costs, pulled resources and personnel away from other priority efforts, and did not address the root causes of irregular migration. MPP not only undercuts the Administration’s ability to implement critically needed and foundational changes to the immigration
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  • CDC Completes Sixty-Day Assessment of Order under 42 U.S.C. 265

    CDC Completes Sixty-Day Assessment of Order under 42 U.S.C. 265

    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Completes Sixty-Day Assessment of Order under 42 U.S.C. 265 | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release dated: October 2, 2021) On August 2, 2021 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Order under Sections 362 and 365 of the Public Health Service Act, and associated implementing regulations, that temporarily suspended the right to introduce certain noncitizens into the United States based on the Director’s determination that introduction of such noncitizens, regardless of their country of origin, migrating through Canada and Mexico into the United States creates a serious danger of the introduction of COVID-19 into the United States, and the danger is so increased by the introduction of such noncitizens that a temporary suspension is necessary to protect the public health. Unaccompanied noncitizen ...
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  • U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Announces New Paycheck Protection Program Milestone

    U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Announces New Paycheck Protection Program Milestone

    U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Announces New Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Milestone
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    In Less Than Two Months, One Million Borrowers Apply for Direct Forgiveness through Agency’s PPP Portal 

    Administrator Guzman highlights new Direct Forgiveness Portal and other innovations as critical to accelerating reviews and approvals



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration press release dated: September 22, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reached a major milestone today as its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Direct Borrower Forgiveness Portal recorded its one millionth PPP loan forgiveness application for borrowers seeking forgiveness for loans of $150,000 or less. “We are committed to delivering against the promise of forgiveness for our eligible PPP borrowers. Our innovative direct forgiveness portal is helping our PPP borrowe
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  • U.S. Department of Education Announces 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools

    U.S. Department of Education Announces 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools

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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: September 21, 2021)

    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today recognized 325 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Secretary Cardona will make the announcement during his Return to School Road Trip, where he will visit an awardee school, Walter R. Sundling Jr. High School, in Palatine, Illinois. "This year's cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish," said Secretary Cardona. "I commend this school and all our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy and safe wh
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  • U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit

    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit

    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: September 8, 2021)


    September 8, 2021 - -Washington - - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen sent a letter to Congressional leadership regarding the debt limit.

    The full text of the letter and also available below.

    The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

    Speaker

    U.S. House of Representatives

    Washington, DC 20515

    Dear Madam Speaker:

    I am writing to follow up on my previous letters regarding the debt limit and to provide additional information regarding the Treasury Department’s ability to continue to finance the government in the absence of Congressional action to address the debt limit. After th
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  • U.S. Social Security Board of Trustees says Combined Trust Funds Projected Depletion One Year Sooner Than Last Year

    U.S. Social Security Board of Trustees: Combined Trust Funds Projected Depletion One Year Sooner Than Last Year | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: August 31, 2021) The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASI and DI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, one year earlier than projected last year, with 78 percent of benefits payable at that time. The OASI Trust Fund is projected to become depleted in 2033, one year sooner than last year’s estimate, with 76 percent of benefits payable at that time. The DI Trust Fund is estimated to become depleted in 2057, eight years earlier than last year’s estimate, with 91 percent of benefits still payable. In the 2021 Annual Report...
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  • U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Key Staff

    U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Key Staff

    U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Key Staff | site |




    Nearly 40 Biden-Harris Administration appointees named to serve the 30 million small businesses across the nation



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: August 18, 2021) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced its senior leadership team and key Biden-Harris Administration appointees. This experienced group of staffers will join thousands of SBA career servants working tirelessly to deliver recovery funding to millions of small businesses and rebuild the engine of our nation's economy. In April, Antwaun Griffin was named Chief of Staff, playing a critical role in executing Administrator Guzman's priorities as the agency provides a historic $1 trillion in economic relief to America's entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits. "The Biden-Ha...
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  • U.S. Statement Condemning the Recent Houthi Attack Against Saudi Arabia

    U.S. Statement Condemning the Recent Houthi Attack Against Saudi Arabia

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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 31, 2021)


    Today, August 31, 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken issued the following statement: The United States strongly condemns the recent Houthi attack against Saudi Arabia that struck the civilian airport in Abha, wounding eight civilians and damaging a commercial airliner. Since the beginning of the year, Saudi Arabia has endured more than 240 attacks from the Houthis, who have endangered the Saudi people alongside more than 70,000 U.S. citizens residing in Saudi Arabia. The Houthis have also intensified their attacks inside of Yemen in recent weeks, particularly their offensive on Marib. This costly, stalemated offensive is exacerbating Yemen’s humanitarian crisis. The Houthi attacks are perpetuating the conflict, prolonging the sufferin
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  • U.S. Department of State Commemorates Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent

    U.S. Department of State Commemorates Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent

    U.S. Department of State Commemorates Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 31, 2021)



    Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent

    Statement by Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State


    August 31, 2021


    The United States joins others around the world in commemorating the first International Day for People of African Descent. This day was created to promote the extraordinary contributions of Africans and members of the African diaspora around the world and is an opportunity to focus on eliminating all forms of discrimination against people of African descent. The United States continues to support the International Decade for People of African Descent through shared goals of recognition, justice, and development. This Administration has elevated racial just...
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's Remarks on Our Efforts in Afghanistan

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's Remarks on Our Efforts in Afghanistan

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's Remarks on Our Efforts in Afghanistan | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State publication dated: August 30, 2021)


    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's Remarks on Our Efforts in Afghanistan







    Courtesy: U.S. Department of State and Brightcove...
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Australian Foreign Minister Payne

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Australian Foreign Minister Payne

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Australian Foreign Minister Payne | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 30, 2021)


    Today, August 30, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne about recent events in Afghanistan, including the attack on U.S. forces there. They also discussed our mutual efforts to assist Afghan refugees and partners.
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    A statement on GPO printing and mailing delay



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs [VA] press release dated: November 30, 2021)


    A statement on GPO printing and mailing delay

    Washington - - Due to supply chain and staffing shortages, the vendor contracted by the Government Publishing Office to provide printing services for the Department of Veterans Affairs is experiencing delays in printing and mailing notification letters to Veterans and claimants. The disruption may impact the ability of some claimants to meet required deadlines via written correspondence with VA. In response to the mailing delays and to protect the best interest of claimants, the Veterans Benefits Administration is extending their response period by 90-calendar days for claimants with letters dated between July 13, 20...
    12-05-2021, 05:19 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit
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    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: November 19, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen sent a letter to all members of Congressional leadership regarding the debt issuance suspension period (DISP).

    The full text of the letter is also available below. The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Madam Speaker: On October 18, I informed you that I had determined that a debt issuance suspension period (DISP) would continue through December 3, 2021 with respect to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF). I am writing to notify you, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 8348(l)(2), of my determination that, by reason of the statutory debt limit, I will be unable to fully invest the portion of the CSR
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    U.S. Department of Education Announces Recognition Status of Nine Accrediting Agencies
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: October 28, 2021)


    Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education’s Senior Department Official (SDO) informed nine accreditors about the status of their recognition. The following agencies were approved for renewal of recognition for five years:
    • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
    • American Bar Association (ABA).
    • Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
    • American Osteopathic Association (AOACOCA).
    • American Psychological Association (APACOA).
    Additionally, the SDO notified the following agencies that within 12 months, they must come into compliance with the specific criteria outlined in the SDO’s letter and submit a compliance report to the Department. If recognition is renewed following a decision on the compliance report, the...
    11-10-2021, 05:15 AM
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission updates Electronic Filing Requirements
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    SEC says "Amendments Will Help Modernize Manner in Which Information Is Submitted to Commission"


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: November 4, 2021) Washington D.C., Nov. 4, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today published proposed amendments to update electronic filing requirements. The SEC currently permits and sometimes requires certain forms to be filed or submitted in paper format. The proposed rule and form amendments would require certain forms to be filed or submitted electronically. The proposed amendments also would make technical amendments to certain forms to require structured data reporting and remove outdated references. The amendments are intended to promote efficiency, transparency, and operational resiliency by modernizing the manner ...
    11-10-2021, 04:51 AM
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues A New Memo to Terminate Migrant Protection Protocols
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: October 29, 2021)

    Washington - - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today issued a new memorandum announcing and explaining his decision to terminate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. “This Administration is tackling longstanding problems that have plagued our immigration system for decades in order to achieve needed systemic change. MPP does not help meet this goal,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “MPP had endemic flaws, imposed unjustifiable human costs, pulled resources and personnel away from other priority efforts, and did not address the root causes of irregular migration. MPP not only undercuts the Administration’s ability to implement critically needed and foundational changes to the immigration
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