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Senate Aging Committee Leaders Press FCC on Robocall Rules

Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Robert Casey (D-PA), the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Aging Committee, are urging support for a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) that would limit robocalls and help protect seniors against caller ID spoofing.

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IRS Warns Seniors to Beware of Tax Collection Telephone Scams

Itís that time of year again and the Internal Revenue Service is reminding seniors to remain wary about aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents. The callers claim to be IRS employees but are not.

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Fraud Alert: HHS OIG Hotline Telephone Number Used in Scam

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) confirms that the HHS OIG Hotline telephone number is being used as part of a telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the country.

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New Federal Poverty Guidelines Established for 2017

The new poverty guidelines are used for determining financial eligibility for many federal and state programs, including affordable housing subsidies, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, etc.

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CFPB Chief Vows No Early Exit Despite Trump

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray vows not to ease enforcement strategies as the new Trump administration settles in and makes the agency a principal target for reform or extinction. Cordray has been under heavy pressure to resign from Republicans eager to neuter the 5-year old agency.

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Feds Kick Off National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The Department of Agriculture (USDA), in partnership with the National Disability Mentoring Coalition, earlier this past week hosted a celebration -- "#InclusionWorks: Mentoring to and through Employment" -- to kick off National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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HHS Inspector General Offers Preview of Upcoming Audits

The Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Service updates its list of active and completed investigations. Most of the IGís current and anticipated projects focus on funding and program administration in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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EEOC Publishes NPRM on Hiring People with Disabilities

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) describing specific actions that federal agencies must take to comply with their obligation to engage in affirmative action in employment for individuals with disabilities.

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CMS Tightens Process for Special Enrollment Periods

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week implemented yet another step aimed at enhancing program integrity for Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs) -- a new Special Enrollment Confirmation Process in the 38 states using the HealthCare.gov platform. Under the new process, all consumers applying through the most common special enrollment periods will need to submit documentation to verify their eligibility to use an SEP.

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Agency Offers List of Foods Available

The Food and Nutrition Service (USDA) provides a list of surplus and purchased foods available for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) this fiscal year.

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