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Head Start Performance Standards

Categories: Children,Education-Higher,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/09/06/2016-19748/head-start-performance-standards

Text of the final rule which revised the Head Start Standards.  From the Office of the Federal Register and the Children and Families Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services

 

HHS Announces New Standards to Further Strengthen the Quality of Head Start Programs

Categories: Children,Education,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations

http://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/09/01/hhs-announces-new-standards-further-strengthen-quality-head-start-programs.html

Press release about the major changes included in the new regulations for the Head Start Program.  Highlights of the new standards include raising teacher requirements, increasing the amount of time children spend in classes, affirming the role of parents as leaders, and strengthening comprehensive services.  From the Children and Families Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services

(children     education     headlines     income/poverty     laws/regulations)

Household Food Security in the United States in 2015

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/2137663/err215.pdf

12.7% of American households were food insecure at least some time during 2015, and 5% had very low food security.  The low food security households lacked the money to prevent disruptions of eating patterns.  Also describes the prevalence of food insecurity in households with children and participation in federal food assistance programs. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Audit of the National Security Division’s Enforcement and Administration of the Foreign Agents Registration Act

Categories: Crime/Justice,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

https://oig.justice.gov/reports/2016/a1624.pdf#page=1

Reviews and evaluates the enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Passed to compel disclosure when U.S. citizens serve as agents of a foreign government, the review found a declining trend in registrations and prosecutions beginning in the 1990s and confusion as to the purpose of the act.  Makes 14 recommendations for improved enforcement.  Current investigations are said by the press to be aimed at foreign sources of income for Virginia Governor McAuliffe and former Trump advisor Paul Manafort.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department

 

 

FBI Releases Documents in Hillary Clinton E-Mail Investigation

https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-documents-in-hillary-clinton-e-mail-investigation

Press release announcing public availability of the summary of Hillary Clinton’s July 2016 interview with FBI officials concerning allegations that classified information was improperly stored/transmitted on a personal e-mail server.  Also includes a factual summary of the FBI investigation.  Contains links to text of documents in FBI’s Vault site. The documents released for public viewing represent only a portion of the material turned over to congressional committees. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Investigative Report: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Analysis of Patent Examiners’ Time and Attendance

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Govt Finance,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Statistics

https://www.oig.doc.gov/OIGPublications/14-0990.pdf

Full text of the report on time and attendance abuse by patent examiners at the Patent and Trademark Office.  Identified 137,000 unsupported hours of claimed work at a cost of nearly $8.8 million in a 9 month period.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce

 

State Aid: Ireland Gave Illegal Tax Benefits to Apple Worth 13 Billion Euros

Categories: Business/Economics,European Union,Headlines,Taxes

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-2923_en.htm

Press release which charges that Ireland provided tax benefits to Apple which violated state aid rules of the European Union.  Charges that the Irish tax treatment allowed Apple to link most profits earned in the EU to a head office in Ireland which existed only on paper and reduced their tax rate to 0.005% by 2014.  The ruling seeks recovery of the unpaid taxes from 2003 to 2014.  From the European Commission

 

 

Presidential Proclamation, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Expansion

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/08/26/presidential-proclamation-papahanaumokuakea-marine-national-monument

Expands a National Monument area off the northwestern Hawaiian Islands to become the world’s largest marine protected area.  From the White House

 

 

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