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- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is reviewing the broadband process, including updates on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program and the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.
- The FCC acting chair suggests rules for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, including providing discounts on internet service and devices.
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced event details regarding the Emergency Broadband Benefit Roundtable that will take place on February 12 at 10 a.m. ET.
- The FCC published a report, preparing for the next round of the COVID-19 telehealth program.
- The Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) has announced a roundtable discussion on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended the purchase and implementation of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program funding recipients to December 31, 2020.
- On September 16, FFC released announcements of opening second E-Rate Application window for Funding Year 2020.
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended the waiver of Sponsorship ID requirements for COVID-19 Public Service Announcements (PSA) until August 31, 2020.
- The Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) has announced that it will no longer be accepting applications for the COVID-19 telehealth program.
- On May 20, 2020 the FCC approved 43 additional COVID-19 telehealth program applications.
- On April 16,2020, the FCC released a public notice announcing additional charges and solicited additional nominations for the Disaster Response and Recovery Working Group of the Broadband Deployment advisory Committee.
- On April 10, 2020, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provided guidance to public safety entities on requesting special temporary authority and waivers in response to COVID-19.
- The FCC announced important changes on March 18, 2020 to the Rural Health Care (RHC) and E-Rate programs that will make it easier for broadband providers to support telehealth and remote learning efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. More information and regarding FCC announcement available here.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
On September 18, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) updated the FAQs regarding state driver licensing agencies and commercial drivers regarding permissible actions due to COVID-19.
On September 18, FMCSA provided three waivers in response to COVID-19 emergency:
On September 18, FMCSA published a notice of enforcement policy regarding expiring driver's licenses and medical examiner’s certificates during COVID-19 national emergency.
Department of Labor
- The Department of Labor posted guidance on Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, Emergency Unemployment Relief, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation and Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation.
- The Department of Labor (DOL) posted guidance regarding signatures on official guidance during the pandemic.
- On December 10, DOL released trading and employment notice on the public workcare system’s role in reopening state and local economies.
- Health and Safety Practices for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers and Agricultural employers during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic.
- Presidential Memorandum on authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for major Disaster Declarations related to COVID-19.
- On October 21, DOL Office of Inspector General issued states cite vulnerabilities in detecting fraud while complying the CARES Act unemployment program self-certification requirements.
- On September 16, DOL published revisions and clarifications to public health emergency leave under Title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in response to an August court decision.
- The Department of Labor (DOL) is awarding $13.5 million in dislocated worker grants during the COVID-19 public health pandemic.
- The Department of Labor has issued guidance regarding available funding to properly address fraud in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).
- The Department of Labor has issued guidance on the reopening of schools regarding eligibility for paid leave and eligibility for pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA).
- On August 24, DOL posted the initial audit of the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs).
- On August 12, DOL updated guidance for Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) and FAQs.
- The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded upwards of $1.3 million in grants to Delaware to help respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- On July 30, DOL provided an implementation checklist for the CARES Act unemployment insurance program.
- DOL announces Additional Questions and Answers of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program under CARES Act.
- DOL announces Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program operating, financial and reporting instructions.
- On July 20, DOL released additional guidance for workers and employers on how the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) affect workplace reopen.
- The Department of Labor (DOL) Inspector General has started phase 2 of auditing states’ implementation of the CARES Act Unemployment Insurance Provisions.
- The Department of Labor (DOL) has released guidance regarding paid sick leave, as well as family and medical leave amidst school closures. The guidance provides clarity that emphasizes employees not having to choose between receiving paychecks and taking the necessary pandemic precautions.
- The Department of Labor Office of inspector General has released an advisory report expressing key areas of concern regarding the enforcement of the Dislocated Worker Grant within CARES Act funding.
The President has signed a memorandum to extend Title 32, which will increase Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance.
On December 3, the Secretary of Homeland extended the Governor’s use of the National Guard to respond to COVID-19 and to recover the economy.
- On October 26, DHS updated the response to COVID-19.
- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has provided an update to its COVID-19 response.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) grant in Puerto Rico.
- FEMA has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the second round of funding towards the Firefighters Assistance grant. Applications are only being accepted from volunteer and combination fire departments and are due November 13, 2020.
- On September 26, DHS updated the Response to COVID-19.
- On September 10, DHS updated the response to COVID-19.
- The Department of Homeland Security has provided an updated response to the COVID-19 public health pandemic.
- On August 18, DHS updated its response to COVID-19.
- On August 20, DHS announced extension of amendments to regulations regarding temporary and seasonal agricultural workers and their U.S. employers.
- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has provided it’s weekly update regarding COVID-19.
- DHS has provided updated FAQ’s for all Coronavirus-related activities.
- The President has extended states’ authority to utilize the National Guard to better respond to COVID-19 and facilitate economic recovery.
- On August 3, the Office of the Press Secretary announced extension of the use of the National Guard to respond to COVID-19 and facilitate economic recovery.
- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a new COVID-19 response update, which includes efforts the department is taking to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 (July 6, 2020).
- On June 29, The Department of Homeland Security released their response to COVID-19, which included a list of efforts they are taking to try and mitigate the pandemic and push for economic recovery.
- The Department Homeland Security (DHS) provides an updated response regarding how to minimize the national impact of COVID-19.
- The issuance of foreign work visas have been suspended until the draft date of December 31, 2020.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) releases a temporary policy regarding emergency non-congregate sheltering during the COVID-19 pandemic (June 17, 2020).
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- The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) announced portions of funding that will be provided through the American Rescue Plan (ARP), including $30.5 billion for transit programs.
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extended COVID-19 waivers through May 31, 2021 for commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders operating commercial motor vehicles (CMV’s), third party commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills test examiners and holders of CDL’s and CLP’s.
- FMCSA updated the FAQ’s regarding eligible activities during the COVID-19 pandemic for state driver license agencies (SDLA) and CDL holders.
- The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced $10 million in COVID-19 relief for Highway Infrastructure Programs.https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/legsregs/directives/notices/n4510851/
- The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) has announced $15.8 million in grant awards to 37 different projects nationwide to help improve the efficiency of transit agencies affected by COVID-19.
- Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces additional administrative relief for transit agencies during COVID-19 including the latest action available under the FAQs on FTA’s website. FTA also issued notice of enforcement discretion for PTA SP regulations through July 20, 2021, and PTSC TP regulations through August 20, 2022.
- On December 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced extension and expansion of the modified emergency declaration No.2020-002 under 49 CFR § 390.25.
- On October 5, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published guidance of COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program. Submit a proposal here by November 2, 2020.
- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced more than $1.2 billion in infrastructure grants to improve America’s airport safety.
- The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issues clarification on special permits expiration. The guidance provides clarification stating that in the event of a presidentially declared emergency, special permits are allowed to be issued through September 3O.
- The Department of Transportation, in conjunction with Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, has released a framework for airlines and airports to follow to mitigate Public Health Risks of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
- The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) has provided guidance for the implementation of the CARES Act allocations for fiscal year 2020.
- On June 18, 2020 the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released updated FAQ’s on COVID-19.
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) releases waiver for third party CDL skills test due to COVID-19 pandemic. The waiver is valid July 1, 2020- September 30, 2020.The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) releases FAQ’s regarding COVID-19 impact on FTA requirements in addition to CDC’s suggestions to further prepare grantees for COVID-19.
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants Waiver in Response to COVID-19, effective from July 1 through September 30, 2020.
- Treasury revised the FAQ’s on March 26,2021 for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
- Treasury OIG updated the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) prime recipient desk review procedures to reflect the extension of the covered period for CRF from March 1, 2020- December 30, 2021.
- The Treasury provided updated FAQ’s for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), in addition to the Congressional Research Service’s (CRS) summary of the program.
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released data on the first round of the economic impact payments.
- On December 9, Treasury updated paycheck protection program loans FAQs with question 53 addresses PPP borrowers are receiving a “loan necessity” questionnaire.
- On December 10, the Federal Reserve updated outstanding lending facilities authorized by the Board under Section 13(3) of the federal reserve act. A transaction-specific spreadsheet is available here.
- The Treasury and Federal Reserve Board extended four lending facilities until March 31. 2021.
- The Federal Reserve established the Municipal Liquidity Facility for states and local government serving households and businesses in their communities.
- On November 25, the Department of the Treasury Office of Inspoector General revised the FAQs related to reporting and recordkeeping.
- IRS review of regulatory and other relief to support economic recovery.
- Treasury OIG presented to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) regarding Coronavirus Relief Fund reporting and record retention requirements. The agency also provided answers to the pre-submitted questions.
The Federal Reserve posts a periodic report on outstanding lending facilities on November 6. A transaction-specific spreadsheet is here.
- On October 26, the Office of Inspector General published the Coronavirus Relief Fund prime recipient desk review procedures.
- The Federal Reserve Board announced adjustments in terms of the Main Street Lending Program and an updated FAQ.
- The Treasury has added a few Q&A’s to the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) FAQ’s, including issues regarding higher education student refunds, the improvement of property and equipment, small business assistance and administrative issues regarding the Single Audit Act.
- The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has announced a deadline for submitting a Notice of Interest to the Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF).
- The Federal Reserve Bank has issued a periodic report on the Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF).
- On September 21, Treasury’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) revised the FAQs regarding CRF reporting and Recordkeeping.
- The Federal Reserve has updated the Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF) data, including a transaction-specific spreadsheet. FAQ’s for MLF were also updated.
- The Treasury has posted CRF reporting materials including training materials, a guide for reviewing and monitoring recipient quarterly submissions and a recipient reporting data dictionary.
- New guidance regarding the Coronavirus Relief Fund has been issued, with new sections regarding the use of funds to cover employee payroll and benefits, as well as administrative costs. Additional questions were also included in the updated FAQ document.
- The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has posted COVID-19 materials, including a memo regarding COVID-19 reporting and contract requirements, a Coronavirus Relief Fund reporting presentation and a controller alert on award description data.
- The Treasury has posted updated interim reports regarding Coronavirus Relief Fund spending.
- The Treasury has issued guidance regarding the August 8 memorandum issued by the president that allows employees to defer paying payroll taxes if the employee’s wages are below a certain amount.
- The Federal Reserve has updated the Municipal Liquidity Facility, now including lending facilities.
- The Treasury has updated the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) FAQ’s with four additional questions regarding lost wages and business assistance.
- On July 31, the Office of Inspector General updated the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) reporting requirements.
- On July 28, the Federal Reserve Board extended its lending facilities through December 31.
- The Treasury has added the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Q&A to its website, addressing the question of whether or not CRF funds are to be used to pay for costs associated with administrative leave due to a possible stay-at-home order (July 8, 2020).
- The Treasury provides updated guidance to State, Territorial, Local and Tribal Governments regarding the guidelines for incurred costs and reimbursements. (June 30, 2020)
- The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released guidance regarding Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) record-keeping and reporting requirements. The guidance instructs find recipients to record and report data in a portal moving forward.
- A revised borrower application form for the Paycheck Protection Program has been released by the Treasury, along with a new lender application form.
- Federal and State bank regulators have released guidance regarding COVID-19, to ensure that these banking institutes remain consistent amidst the effects of COVID-19.
- Treasury, along with the Small Business Association (SBA) update the application for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), making it more “borrower-friendly”.
- Treasury provides revisions to the formula in which Tribal Governments receive Coronavirus Relief Funds. While information regarding the Tribal Governments’ employment and expenditure data was originally requested on May 5, 2020, the June 17th update also requires additional information.
- Treasury launches Website for CARES Act Assistance to State and Local Governments.
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