Assistance for American Workers and Families
American Workforce Policy Advisory Board – Call to Action: The American Workforce Policy Advisory Board has released a call-to-action to help the millions of workers who need assistance now, and build the resilient and agile workforce of the future powered by skilled American workers. Specific actions:
Economic Impact Payments: The CARES Act provides for Economic Impact Payments to American households of up to $1,200 per adult for individuals whose income was less than $99,000 ( or $198,000 for joint filers) and $500 per child under 17 years old – or up to $3,400 for a family of four. More information can be found here.
- Expedite American workers’ return to employment and upward mobility by investing in career pathways and implementing skills-based hiring practices.
- Remove obstacles to the modernization of American education and training to accelerate reskilling and facilitate innovation in workforce development.
- Build the technological infrastructure necessary for the future of work.
Preserving Jobs for American Industry: The CARES Act offers meaningful financial support to American businesses and job creators so they can better support employees and be prepared to get back to business as soon as possible. More information can be found here.
Supporting Child Care: The CARES Act provided an additional $3.5 billion to the Child Care and Development Block Grant to support families with child care options during this public health crisis. Additional information and State-level information can be found here.
Dislocated Worker Grants: The U.S. Department of Labor is providing Dislocated Worker Grants to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19. State-by-State data and additional details can be found here.
Assistance for Communities
CARES Act Recovery Assistance Grants: The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA)is awarding CARES Act Recovery Assistance Grants to assist communities in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. These grants are being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which provides a wide-range of financial assistance to eligible communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. For complete information, please visit the recently updated EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance page.
Opportunity Zones: Opportunity Zones were created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on December 22, 2017, to stimulate economic development and job creation, by incentivizing long- term investments in low-income neighborhoods. During the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump directed the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council to focus on underserved communities impacted by the virus. For more information, visit opportunityzones.gov.
- Opportunity Zones Best Practices
- Opportunity Zones Toolkit Volume 1
- Opportunity Zones Toolkit Volume 2
How to Help
If you or your organization are interested in helping the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, FEMA has established a website (www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help) with more information. Examples for the private sector include:
Donate Supplies and Equipment
- If you represent a business that would like to donate medical supplies, equipment or pharmaceuticals, please provide details on what you would like to give. This form is for donations only.
Sell Supplies and Equipment
- If you are interested in doing business with FEMA with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at [email protected].
- The federal government is purchasing medical supplies or equipment under the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Request for information (RFI). Visit the DLA website for more information.
Developing Medical Countermeasures
- If you would like to meet with a federal agency regarding a vaccine, diagnostic, therapeutic or other medical device that you are developing for SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, please go to medicalcountermeasures.gov.
Other Forms of Help
- If you or someone you know represent a hospital or healthcare provider in need of medical supplies, please contact your state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency.
- If you represent a private sector business and wish to learn more about getting involved in a way that is not listed here, please e-mail [email protected] or visit our National Business Emergency Operations Center page.
For additional information, please visit FEMA’s website: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/.
Guidelines for Opening Up America Again
President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. Please click here for more information: Guidelines for Opening Up America Again
· Testing Overview (HERE)
· Testing Blueprint (HERE)
· Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools and Homes (HERE)
· CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again (HERE)
· CDC videos on washing hands, wearing gloves, wearing a cloth face cover, practicing social distancing, cleaning and sanitizing toys and child care programs, cleaning and disinfecting your homes, staying safe at summer camp, staying safe at aquatic venues, dinning with friends and family with higher risk for severe illness, and visiting friends and family with higher risk for severe illness.
White House Updates
- Remarks by President Trump in a Roundtable with Stakeholders Positively Impacted by Law Enforcement (REMARKS, VIDEO)
- Bill Announcement – S. 4091 (HERE)
- Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Best Practices (HERE)
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany | 7/13/2020 (REMARKS, VIDEO)
- ICYMI | ‘Absolutely’ Reopen Schools: 5 Of 5 Pediatricians Would Send Their Kids Back To Class (HERE)
- 1600 Daily: The Stories the Media Doesn’t Tell (HERE)
SBA Provided $20 Billion to Small Businesses and Non-Profits through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance Program (HERE)
- “Following the enactment of COVID-19 emergency legislation, the SBA provided nearly six million small businesses employing 30.5 million people with $20 billion through the unprecedented EIDL Advance program,” Administrator Jovita Carranza said. “This program, built from the ground up in less than two weeks, assisted millions of small businesses, including non-profit organizations, sole proprietors and independent contractors, from a wide array of industries and business sectors.”
Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson on Secretary Mnuchin’s Discussion with G7 Finance Ministers (HERE)
- The G7 Finance Ministries remain in regular contact and continue to coordinate on timely and effective actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Finance Ministers discussed domestic and international economic responses underway and strategies to achieve a robust recovery across the global economy.
June 2020 ACIP Meeting – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Overview (HERE)
- Overview of COVID-19 disease, SARS-CoV-2 immunology, U.S. COVID-19 epidemiology, Routine pediatric and influenza vaccination in the setting of COVID-19.
Taking Care of Your Daily Health during COVID -19 (HERE)
- Rebekah Stewart, a CDC public health service officer and a nurse practitioner discusses the need to maintain personal health care during the COVID -19 pandemic.
Preparing Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities for COVID-19 (HERE)
- This presentation, led by Dr. Kara Jacobs Slifka, describes action that nursing homes and assisted living facilities can take to protect residents and staff from COVID-19.
Five Things about Nursing Homes during COVID-19 (HERE)
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma discusses five things HHS is doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus in nursing homes.
FDA Prepares for Resumption of Domestic Inspections with New Risk Assessment System (HERE)
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been thoughtfully and deliberately determining the safest and most appropriate time to resume prioritized domestic inspections of FDA-regulated facilities and other associated activities since we first announced postponement in March.
FDA Launches New Era of Smarter Food Safety Initiative, Releases Blueprint and Pilot Study (HERE)
- Today, the FDA released the New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint. This announcement was originally scheduled for March, but the FDA was forced to turn their attention to addressing the public health emergency posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Weekly Update: DHS Response to COVID-19 (HERE)
- The Department of Homeland Security and its committed workforce cross more than a dozen offices. As we continue to remain focused on security and safety for the American people, components have been working in concert with the White House to execute an aggressive response to the COVID -19 pandemic.
U.S. Department of Labor Launches Public Service Campaign to Promote Workers’ Rights to Paid Sick Leave, Safe Workplaces and Lawful Pay (HERE)
- The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the launch of a public awareness campaign to remind workers that the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is committed to ensuring their workplace rights during the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure that employers know their responsibilities.
ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers during the Coronavirus Pandemic (HERE)
- Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.
Register for the DOT Opportunity Zones Program Update Webinar (HERE)
- The United States Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) invites you to participate at the Department’s “Opportunity Zones Program” Updates Webinar to be held on Wednesday, July 29th. The webinar will start promptly at 2:00 pm, EDT. This webinar will update the public on the recent pandemic of COVID-19, and its impact on the Opportunity Zones program within the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Greater Houston Partnership and the Houston Regional Economic Development Alliance Virtual Roundtable (HERE)
- “With the economic lockdowns required by the coronavirus pandemic, the last three-and-a-half months have not been easy for anyone. The collapse in oil prices has added to the stress. Thankfully, the price of oil is ascending, and most manufacturers have been proactive ─ and creative ─ in re-engineering production lines to protect their employees. As a result, there have been far fewer layoffs in manufacturing than in many service sectors. And this bodes well for Houston as we emerge from this crisis.”
U.S. Department of Commerce Continues to Invest Cares Act Funding to Boost Economic Development Programs Critical to Helping Communities Respond to Coronavirus (HERE)
- EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, provides a wide-range of financial assistance to eligible communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. For complete information, please visit EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance page.
Washington, D.C. General Contractor Charged with COVID-Relief Fraud (HERE)
- The owner of a residential construction contracting firm based in Washington, D.C., was charged with allegedly submitting fraudulent documents to a bank in connection with applications seeking more than $400,000 in a forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
COVID-19 Sharpened Focus on Trans-Atlantic Security Gaps, Defense Official Says (HERE)
- The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a range of security issues that previously hadn’t made it into NATO’s discussions, a senior Defense Department official said.
For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC’s website: www.coronavirus.gov.