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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 IGs 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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Feds Issue ADA-related Joint Technical Assistance

This supplemental document responds to frequently asked questions that the Federal Highway Administration has received since the 2013 technical assistance document was published.

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DOL to Extend Diversity Protections to Apprentice Programs

The Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing to extend the diversity protections for apprenticeship programs to include equal employment opportunity (EEO) standards for genetic information, sexual orientation, individuals with disabilities, and individuals over 40.

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Feds File Complaint against Virginia County for Violating ADA

The Justice Department has filed a complaint and proposed consent decree in the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia resolving allegations that Augusta County, VA has discriminated on the basis of disability by failing to provide physically accessible polling places to people with mobility and vision disabilities.

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