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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghan President Ghani

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghan President Ghani

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghan President Ghani | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: May 14, 2021)

    May 14, 2021
    Spokesperson Ned Price, U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson:


    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani today. Secretary Blinken conveyed Eid greetings and expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those lost in recent violence in Afghanistan, including in the horrific attack on a girls’ school in Kabul last week. The Secretary conveyed America’s steadfast support for the U.S.-Afghan partnership and for Afghanistan’s security forces. The two leaders discussed the importance of national unity in Afghanistan at this time as well as regional efforts to advance the peace process....
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Awards Approximately 3.6 Million Dollars to Whistleblower

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Awards Approximately $3.6 Million to Whistleblower | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: May 12, 2021) Washington D.C., May 12, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of approximately $3.6 million to a whistleblower whose information and assistance led to a successful SEC enforcement action. “The whistleblower brought valuable information to the attention of the SEC, causing it to open a new investigation into wrongdoing,” said Emily Pasquinelli, Acting Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. “The whistleblower further assisted the SEC by providing ongoing assistance as the Commission’s investigation progressed. This award shows the significant help a whistleblower can provide by sharing information of potential violations of the federal securities laws with the Commission.” The SEC has awarded appro...
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  • Union says New AFL-CIO Report Shows 275 U.S. Workers Killed Daily

    Union says New AFL-CIO Report Shows 275 U.S. Workers Killed Daily

    Union says New AFL-CIO Report Shows 275 U.S. Workers Killed Daily | site |



    View Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect report here: aflcio.org/reports/death-job-toll-neglect-2021


    (Information contained in AFL-CIO press release dated: May 4, 2021)

    In 2019, 5,333 working people were killed on the job and an estimated 95,000 died from occupational diseases, according to the 30th edition of the report released today. That means every day, on average, 275 U.S. workers die from hazardous working conditions. And this was before the devastating COVID-19 pandemic that has been responsible for far too many worker infections and deaths in our country. “This year, we commemorate 50 years of OSHA and the lives saved by ensuring workers are protected on the job,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler. “COVID-19 has been a stark reminder that workplace safety protections are absolutely critical, and we still have a long
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  • Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Confirmation of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Confirmation of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington, May 13, 2021 - - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement on the confirmation of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture: “I am grateful for today's confirmation of Jewel Bronaugh as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Bronaugh’s confirmation is historic, as she will serve as the first Black woman and woman of color to serve as Deputy Secretary. Dr. Bronaugh has a long, distinguished career as an educator and champion for farmers and rural communities. Most recently as the 16th Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services she worked to expand opportunities...
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  • U.S. Department of Energy Welcomes New Biden-Harris Appointees

    U.S. Department of Energy Welcomes New Biden-Harris Appointees

    U.S. Department of Energy Welcomes New Biden-Harris Appointees | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy press release dated: May 10, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced additional Biden-Harris Administration appointees that have joined the team to help build a more prosperous and equitable clean energy future for the American people. “During the first 100 days of this Administration, the DOE team has been working quickly and urgently to deliver on President Biden’s bold climate and clean energy goals—and these latest additions bring even more muscle to our efforts,” said Chief of Staff Tarak Shah. “We’re thrilled to have their talent and expertise in our ranks as we continue to advance innovative, equitable clean energy solutions that will create millions of good-paying jobs and launch every American worker and community into a greener future.” New appointee...
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  • U.S. Social Security Administration Commissioner Saul Communicates to Congress about the State of Social Security Services

    U.S. Social Security Administration Commissioner Saul Communicates to Congress about the State of Social Security Services | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: April 26, 2021) Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, wrote to key members of Congress to raise awareness of the resources Social Security needs to recover from the ongoing pandemic and improve service. “Since becoming Commissioner, I have focused our actions and our resources on efforts to improve the service we provide to the millions of people who turn to us for help. I have been clear in my budget requests about what it takes to improve service and maintain the integrity of our programs: both additional frontline staff to help people now, and information technology (IT) investments to improve our future,” said Commissioner Saul. “2021 is a critical year to shape the agency for post-pandemic success, but our resource constraint...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Under Secretary for Benefits

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stands up Commission to Recommend new Under Secretary for Benefits | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: May 12, 2021)

    Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs established a commission to identify candidates to lead and manage the Veterans Benefits Administration. The position is for the Under Secretary for Benefits, who oversees leadership and direction on non-medical Veterans benefits matters — which has an approximate operating budget of $6.2 billion, an average employment level of 24,700 — and a benefits budget of $135 billion for the delivery of services and benefits to Veterans and their beneficiaries. By law, the appointment is made without regard to political affiliation and solely on demonstrated ability in providing oversight and management of this budget and the ability to develop, defend, and administer a budget of this size a
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: May 11, 2021)

    Washington, May 11, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold key staff positions in Washington, D.C.

    Kate Waters was named Press Secretary in the Office of Communications. Recently, Waters served as the Communications Director on the re-election campaign of Senator Mark Warner. She previously served as the traveling Press Secretary for Kamala Harris for the People and as Digital Director and Deputy Press Secretary in the office of Senator Kamala Harris. Additionally, she has held roles with Abby Finkenauer for Congress, Hillary for America, and in the office of Senator Tom Harkin. Waters is a graduate of James Madison University.

    Eddie Shimkus was named Legislative Advisor in the Office of
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  • The U.S. Small Business Administration Funds 16,000 Restaurant Revitalization Fund Awards

    The U.S. Small Business Administration Funds 16,000 Restaurant Revitalization Fund Awards | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: May 10, 2021) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration will begin delivering economic relief from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, established by the American Rescue Plan and signed into law by President Joe Biden, to more than 16,000 approved applicants. This first round of funding represents over $2 billion of relief awarded since last Monday’s successful program launch. Restaurants and other food and beverage businesses across the nation will begin to see funds in bank accounts as early as Tuesday, May 11. “Just one week after launching the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund, I am pleased to officially report that the SBA has begun to fund applications and that more than 16,000 restaurants and other food and beverage business o...
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  • U.S. Department of State announces Appointment of Ambassador Richard Norland as U.S. Special Envoy for Libya

    U.S. Department of State announces Appointment of Ambassador Richard Norland as U.S. Special Envoy for Libya | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: May 10, 2021)

    U.S. State Department Press Statement
    By: Ned Price, Department Spokesperson
    May 10, 2021


    The Department of State is pleased to announce that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland will now also serve in the capacity of U.S. Special Envoy for Libya in addition to Chief of Mission for Libya. In his role as U.S. Special Envoy, Ambassador Norland will lead U.S. diplomatic efforts to promote international support for a Libyan-led, inclusive, and negotiated political solution to the conflict, facilitated through the UN. Ambassador Norland, a Career Minister in the Foreign Service and a three-time ambassador, has served as Chief of Mission at the Libya External Office in Tunis since August 2019. The addition of the U.S. Sp...
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  • Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Walsh on the April Jobs Report

    Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Walsh on the April Jobs Report

    Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Walsh on the April Jobs Report | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: May 7, 2021) Washington, DC - - U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the April 2021 Employment Situation Report: “Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the American economy added 266,000 jobs in the month of April, and the unemployment rate was 6.1 percent, up marginally from 6.0 percent in March. Labor force participation is at its highest point since last August and the number of people expressing hesitancy about returning to work due to the coronavirus is at its lowest point in the pandemic. “However, the numbers also show we have a steep climb ahead of us. We have yet to recover roughly eight million jobs that existed prior to the pandemic. Racial inequities in the unemployment picture persist, as the Black unemployment rate increased slightly to 9.7 perc...
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Additional 21.6 Billion Dollars in Emergency Rental Assistance Allocation

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Additional $21.6 Billion in Emergency Rental Assistance Allocation | site |



    Treasury says today’s announcement includes strengthened guidance to expedite resources and prevent evictions due to the affordable housing challenges exacerbated by Covid-19


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 7, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, in coordination with the White House American Rescue Plan Implementation Team and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, announced the allocation of an additional $21.6 billion under the American Rescue Plan for Emergency Rental Assistance, which will help prevent evictions and ensure basic housing security for millions of Americans impacted by the affordable housing challenges exacerbated by COVID-19. In addition to this financial support, Treasury issued updated, st
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  • U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas Urges Small Businesses to Protect Themselves Against Ransomware

    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas Urges Small Businesses to Protect Themselves Against Ransomware | site |


    DHS Launches Next Phase of Cybersecurity “Sprints” with New Effort to Recruit Diverse Cyber Talent


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: May 5, 2021) Washington - - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas urged small businesses to proactively guard against the growing threat of ransomware during a virtual event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We recognize and appreciate the fact that small businesses comprise the backbone of our Nation’s economy,” said Secretary Mayorkas, speaking to the virtual audience of approximately 1,500 small and medium-sized business owners. “It is for that very reason that individuals who pose a threat to our nation - who employ cyber tools and particularly ransomware as the vehicle for realizing that threat - target sm...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Celebrates Public Service Recognition Week

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Celebrates Public Service Recognition Week | site |


    2021 marks 36 years of highlighting public service


    (Information contained in U.S. Office of Personnel Management press release dated: May 3, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. – This week, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is honoring the 2.8 million federal employees for their service and commitment as part of Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), celebrated annually during the first week of May. During a global pandemic and unprecedented set of challenges this past year, the federal workforce displayed resilience and commitment to their work. The Biden-Harris Administration will celebrate PSRW throughout the federal government as a sign of the President’s commitment to protect, empower, and rebuild the career federal workforce. “The work of federal public servants affects so much of our lives, from supporting our biggest dreams to helping
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Law expands Veteran Housing Benefits

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says Law expands Veteran Housing Benefits | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: May 4, 2021)

    Washington - - May is National Moving Month and many Veterans may find themselves moving to a new address as they take advantage of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded home loan program, which now includes additional benefits for eligible borrowers.

    VA is currently implementing Public Law 116-315 containing three key loan provisions for Vietnam War era Veterans, eligible National Guard members, and service members, Veterans and certain surviving spouses with VA-guaranteed loans. “The law, known as the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 offers new and renewed homeownership possibilities,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy. “These few changes
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghan President Ghani
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghan President Ghani | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: May 14, 2021)

    May 14, 2021
    Spokesperson Ned Price, U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson:


    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani today. Secretary Blinken conveyed Eid greetings and expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those lost in recent violence in Afghanistan, including in the horrific attack on a girls’ school in Kabul last week. The Secretary conveyed America’s steadfast support for the U.S.-Afghan partnership and for Afghanistan’s security forces. The two leaders discussed the importance of national unity in Afghanistan at this time as well as regional efforts to advance the peace process....
    05-14-2021, 07:35 PM
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Awards Approximately 3.6 Million Dollars to Whistleblower
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Awards Approximately $3.6 Million to Whistleblower | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: May 12, 2021) Washington D.C., May 12, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of approximately $3.6 million to a whistleblower whose information and assistance led to a successful SEC enforcement action. “The whistleblower brought valuable information to the attention of the SEC, causing it to open a new investigation into wrongdoing,” said Emily Pasquinelli, Acting Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. “The whistleblower further assisted the SEC by providing ongoing assistance as the Commission’s investigation progressed. This award shows the significant help a whistleblower can provide by sharing information of potential violations of the federal securities laws with the Commission.” The SEC has awarded appro...
    05-14-2021, 10:52 AM
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    Union says New AFL-CIO Report Shows 275 U.S. Workers Killed Daily
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Union says New AFL-CIO Report Shows 275 U.S. Workers Killed Daily | site |



    View Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect report here: aflcio.org/reports/death-job-toll-neglect-2021


    (Information contained in AFL-CIO press release dated: May 4, 2021)

    In 2019, 5,333 working people were killed on the job and an estimated 95,000 died from occupational diseases, according to the 30th edition of the report released today. That means every day, on average, 275 U.S. workers die from hazardous working conditions. And this was before the devastating COVID-19 pandemic that has been responsible for far too many worker infections and deaths in our country. “This year, we commemorate 50 years of OSHA and the lives saved by ensuring workers are protected on the job,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler. “COVID-19 has been a stark reminder that workplace safety protections are absolutely critical, and we still have a long
    ...
    05-14-2021, 06:32 AM
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    Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Confirmation of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
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    Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Confirmation of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: May 13, 2021) Washington, May 13, 2021 - - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement on the confirmation of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture: “I am grateful for today's confirmation of Jewel Bronaugh as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Bronaugh’s confirmation is historic, as she will serve as the first Black woman and woman of color to serve as Deputy Secretary. Dr. Bronaugh has a long, distinguished career as an educator and champion for farmers and rural communities. Most recently as the 16th Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services she worked to expand opportunities...
    05-14-2021, 03:46 AM
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    U.S. Department of Energy Welcomes New Biden-Harris Appointees
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    U.S. Department of Energy Welcomes New Biden-Harris Appointees | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy press release dated: May 10, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced additional Biden-Harris Administration appointees that have joined the team to help build a more prosperous and equitable clean energy future for the American people. “During the first 100 days of this Administration, the DOE team has been working quickly and urgently to deliver on President Biden’s bold climate and clean energy goals—and these latest additions bring even more muscle to our efforts,” said Chief of Staff Tarak Shah. “We’re thrilled to have their talent and expertise in our ranks as we continue to advance innovative, equitable clean energy solutions that will create millions of good-paying jobs and launch every American worker and community into a greener future.” New appointee...
    05-14-2021, 03:29 AM

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