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    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is preparing to direct the federal government to overhaul its hiring to prioritize a job applicant's skills over a college degree, administration and industry officials say.Trump is set to sign an executive order Friday outlining a new direction for the nation's largest employer during a meeting of the board that advises the administration on worker policy.Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and adviser, is co-chair of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and has worked on improving job training to meet employers' changing needs.The federal government is the nation's largest employer with 2.1 million civilian workers, excluding postal service employees.Ivanka Trump predicted the change in federal government hiring would create a more inclusive and talented workforce. She encouraged the private sector to follow the administration's lead."We are modernizing federal hiring to find candidates with the relevant competencies and knowledge, rather than simply recruiting based on degree...
    Coronavirus — HOUSTON – Admiral Brett Giroir, COVID-19 testing czar for Donald Trump’s team, said in a statement that financial support for 5 community virus testing centers in Texas was extended by 14 days. The announcement comes after the federal government announced that it would cease aid to 13 centers in the country and among them, seven in our state. The statement did not specify which centers would receive the funds. “Case growth is an extremely worrying public health issue. The Trump government fully supports the health needs of all states, including Texas, in its response to the increase in positives for COVID-19 and hospitalizations,” Giroir said in the letter. The decision they had released on Wednesday indicated that aid would only last until June 30. The other six centers that will stop receiving federal funds are located in Illinois, New Jersey, Colorado and Pennsylvania. The...
    A company that creates and sells toys for Disney movies, including Frozen and Mulan, as well as novelties like the Chocolate Poop Maker play toilet, got $6.2 million from the U.S. government's coronavirus relief program for small businesses despite having sales of $600 million last year. Jakks Pacific of Santa Monica, California, announced its Paycheck Protection Program loan in a regulatory filing last week. Shares in the publicly traded company — which also has $66 million in cash in the bank, according to FactSet data — have traded in the pennies for much of the past year but spiked the day Jakks disclosed its PPP loan. The stock price is now around 90 cents, valuing Jakks at about $32 million.  Jakks qualifies for the government aid relief because it has 480 employees, putting it under the program's limit of 500 workers for borrowers to be eligible. It is one of 57...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration calls for Supreme Court to strike down ObamaCare Trump says there will be 'retribution' for those who deface monuments White House task force tracking coronavirus spikes even as Trump says virus is 'going away': report MORE is set to sign an executive order to shift the focus for hiring for federal government jobs from college degrees to skills, the White House announced on Friday.  Trump is expected to sign the order on Friday afternoon at the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting, which his daughter and adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump to return to rally stage in controversial style Melania Trump is 'behind-the-scenes' but 'unbelievably influential': book Tom Cotton defends Ivanka Trump over canceled commencement speech: 'Woke' critics 'ruined it for everyone' MORE co-chairs with Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossPelosi throws cold water on impeaching Barr Justice Department officials say decisions are politicized...
    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is preparing to direct the federal government to overhaul its hiring to prioritize a job applicant’s skills over a college degree, administration and industry officials say. Trump is set to sign an executive order Friday outlining a new direction for the nation’s largest employer during a meeting of the board that advises the administration on worker policy. Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, is co-chair of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and has worked on improving job training to meet employers’ changing needs. The federal government is the nation’s largest employer with 2.1 million civilian workers, excluding postal service employees. Ivanka Trump predicted the change in federal government hiring would create a more inclusive and talented workforce. She encouraged the private sector to follow the administration’s lead. “We are modernizing federal hiring to find candidates with the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is preparing to direct the federal government to overhaul its hiring to prioritize a job applicant’s skills over a college degree, administration and industry officials say. Trump is set to sign an executive order Friday outlining a new direction for the nation’s largest employer during a meeting of the board that advises the administration on worker policy. Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, is co-chair of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and has worked on improving job training to meet employers’ changing needs. The federal government is the nation’s largest employer with 2.1 million civilian workers, excluding postal service employees. Ivanka Trump predicted the change in federal government hiring would create a more inclusive and talented workforce. She encouraged the private sector to follow the administration’s lead. “We are modernizing federal hiring to find candidates with the relevant competencies and knowledge,...
    While the Black community continues to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19,  both medically and financially, it has been revealed that over a million Americans who had died were still sent coronavirus stimulus payments totaling $1.4 billion. READ MORE: Wealthy hospitals get billions in COVID-19 money, says new report In March, Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus package, called the CARES Act, which was intended to mitigate the economic blow of the coronavirus pandemic for American workers and businesses. However, Thursday, a government watchdog group released a report to Congress that highlights what some believe has been a disjointed rollout by the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department of more than 160 million payments worth $269 billion. The finding was part of an in-depth review of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic conducted by the Government Accountability Office, an independent nonpartisan congressional agency. According to NBC News, “There was an initial...
    The federal government sent more than 1 million coronavirus stimulus payments — totaling nearly $1.4 billion — to dead people in the first months of the pandemic, according to a government watchdog report released Thursday. The IRS says these payments must be returned, but it's not currently planning to notify more recipients on how to do so. The finding comes in a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, an independent investigative agency for Congress, which audited the nearly $3 trillion in coronavirus relief approved by Congress in March and April. The relief packages included direct payments of up to $1,200 for individuals, and $2,400 for couples, within certain income levels.  By the end of May, the government had sent more than 160 million payments, totaling $269.3 billion. The report found that as of April 30, nearly 1.1 million of those payments went to people who were deceased. Get Breaking...
    Coronavirus — HOUSTON – President Donald Trump’s administration will end federal financial aid to 13 community centers testing for coronaviruses, seven of which are located in Texas. Aid will only go until the 30th of this month. The other six centers that will stop receiving federal funds are located in Illinois, New Jersey, Colorado and Pennsylvania. The Trump administration had already tried to withdraw aid to these centers in April, but the pressure exerted by congressmen from these states caused the decision to be reversed and extended until this month. The government’s idea is that it helps These centers are administered by the states or local administrations. In a communication sent to Telemundo Houston, The Trump administration’s evidence czar, Admiral Brett Giroir, denied that the federal government was taking away resources to run tests of COVID-19. “On the contrary, we have expanded the testing sites from the original 41...
    HOUSTON – President Donald Trump’s administration will end federal financial aid to 13 community centers testing for coronaviruses, seven of which are located in Texas. Aid will only go until the 30th of this month. The other six centers that will stop receiving federal funds are located in Illinois, New Jersey, Colorado and Pennsylvania. The Trump administration had already tried to withdraw aid to these centers in April, but the pressure exerted by congressmen from these states caused the decision to be reversed and extended until this month. The government’s idea is that it helps These centers are administered by the states or local administrations. In a communication sent to Telemundo Houston, The Trump administration’s evidence czar, Admiral Brett Giroir, denied that the federal government was taking away resources to run tests of COVID-19. “On the contrary, we have expanded the testing sites from the original 41 to more...
    VIDEO2:0202:02White House to end federal support for coronavirus test sitesHalftime Report The Trump administration will end federal funding for 13 community-based coronavirus testing sites by the end of June as part of a previously announced plan to extend support for Covid-19 testing across the nation by other means. The move, confirmed by NBC News, will affect seven sites in Texas, which has seen a surge of Covid-19 cases. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, is pushing back against the decision by the administration. A Cruz spokesman told NBC News that the senator "has urged and will continue to urge [health officials] to extend the community testing sites in Texas." Rocky Vaz,  the director of emergency management for Dallas, Texas, told NBC that the city  has "a plan and the capacity to continue testing."  The six other affected sites are located in Illinois, New Jersey, Colorado and Pennsylvania. The administration originally announced in...
    President Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday he has "authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S." The president said the punishment is up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran's Memorial Preservation act "or such other laws that may be pertinent." In a second tweet, he said the action "is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused."  It is unclear, however, what Mr. Trump's "authorization" means. The Veterans' Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act was enacted in 2003, making attempts to damage or destroy statues or monuments that commemorate the service of those in the armed forced punishable by up to a decade in prison.  I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in...
    Andrew Cuomo has refused to accept blame for his decision to return coronavirus patients to their nursing homes, despite the directive being blamed by many for contributing to the more than 6,000 New York nursing home deaths.  More patients died in New York nursing homes than in nursing homes in any other state. 'Yes, we had more people die in nursing homes than anywhere else – because we had more people die,' Cuomo told MSNBC on Monday.  'Because the federal government missed the boat and never told us that this virus was coming from Europe and not from China.'  Andrew Cuomo, appearing on MSNBC Monday, blamed the federal government for deaths in New York nursing homes. On March 25 he ordered those recovering to be sent back to homes He said that those questioning his decision were 'playing politics', and said Republicans seized on the criticism to deflect attention...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed the high death rates in New York nursing homes on the Federal Government and the CDC, noting that they failed to handle the coronavirus pandemic and that they allowed the virus to enter the U.S. from Europe. MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle asked Cuomo about his order that directed nursing homes to take in patients who had been infected by the coronavirus and reminded the governor that those who died were people’s parents and family members. “This thing is not going away, sir,” she said. “Sixty-three hundred died in New York nursing homes, that is the most in this country. The more time that’s past the more your office can look into this. Do you take responsibility for that order and the role it may have played in those deaths?” Cuomo insisted that Republicans were politicizing the issue by looking into the order and ridiculed them for implying that deaths have to...
    Richard Grenell, the former acting director of National Intelligence, weighed in late Sunday about this week's vote on a bill to admit Washington, D.C., as the country’s 51st state. BOLTON: DEMS SOMEWHAT EQUIVALENT TO TRUMP “DC was designed to be a temporary place where politicians would go for a short period of time—and then go back home to live under the laws they created,” he tweeted. “DC is too big, too entrenched, too insular, and too out of touch." His tweet was in response to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, who tweeted in favor of granting the district statehood, “Washington, D.C., has over 700,000 residents—more than Wyoming or Vermont—and its residents pay federal taxes. But they don’t get an equal voice in our government. It’s time for D.C. statehood.” VideoThe bill, which was introduced by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., on Feb. 28 and co-sponsored by 29 senators. The District of Columbia would...
    A case has been registered and teams have been shaped to arrest the culprits, police mentioned. New Delhi: A 94-yr-previous retired Exterior Affairs Ministry official was attacked and his 88-year-aged woman stabbed to loss of life when they tried to resist a robbery bid at their dwelling in southwest Delhi’s Safdarjung Enclave, law enforcement claimed on Sunday. B R Chawla and his spouse Kanta Chawla lived by yourself soon after the demise of their two children a few a long time ago. The incident took area about 9 PM on Saturday when the a short while ago-appointed security guard of their constructing arrived at their house with his two-three associates, the law enforcement said. According to police, the protection guard and his associates barged inside of the Chawla household, overpowered the pair and pressured them to sit on a sofa. When Kanta experimented with to resist the theft bid,...
    NEW JERSEY -- The federal government will be fully funding the renovation of New Jersey's portal bridge.Governor Phil Murphy took to Twitter to thank President Donald Trump for his cooperation. MAJOR NEWS: The Portal Bridge project will enter into its engineering phase with FULL federal funding.Honored to have made the case directly to @realDonaldTrump last weekend, and proud to usher in a new era of safe, modern, reliable infrastructure for NJ and the region.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 19, 2020Officials say the nearly $2 billion project will replace the 110-year-old structure that had been plagued by delays caused by red tape.The new bridge will speed up train service along the northeast corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C.----------* More New Jersey news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts
    The Justice Department's attempt to block the release of John Bolton's tell-all book has been denied.  Judge Royce Lamberth denied the request to block the sale of the former national security adviser's memoir, 'The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir' in a ruling Saturday.   Lamberth, a Reagan appointee, heard arguments Friday over Zoom from Bolton's lawyer Charles Cooper and Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Morrell, representing the government.  This came after the Trump administration sued Bolton on Tuesday in order to postpone the release of his book because of concerns that classified information could be exposed The book was leaked to the media the next day.  It contains a number of explosive claims about President Trump, including that he asked China for help with his re-election bid - a move similar to how Trump interacted with Ukraine, which led to him being impeached.   The Justice Department's attempt to...
    (CNN)The committee of government watchdogs overseeing the federal government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic warned Wednesday that federal agencies face significant challenges rapidly doling out $2 trillion in relief money while stopping fraud and misuse of the funds.More than three dozen inspectors general across the federal government summarized the biggest challenges Covid-19 poses to their agencies in the first report released by the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, the council of inspectors general tasked with coronavirus oversight. The inspectors general said that financial management of relief funds was a top concern, along with cybersecurity issues and protecting the health and safety of federal employees while keeping operations running amid the pandemic.There's already tensions over the oversight efforts and the amount of transparency the federal government will provide related to spending. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is demanding that the Treasury Department release a list of recipients who received significant under the...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the federal government is making a "historic mistake" in advising some states to reopen despite rising numbers of coronavirus cases.  "The federal government is making a mistake… a historic mistake," Cuomo said at his daily press briefing. The governor noted that at least 19 states have seen cases have gone up in the last two weeks. Six states reported record increases on Tuesday. Cuomo said President Trump's claim that cases have increased because the nation's testing has ramped up is a false one. "That is just not true. As a matter of fact, as a matter of mathematics, as a matter of data, that is just not a true statement," Cuomo said.  Coronavirus: The Race To Respond Cuomo: U.S. government making "historic mistake" on virus advice Rare "super" antibodies could be key in COVID-19 vaccine race Coronavirus' return to Beijing disrupts life and rattles...
    Daniel Lewis Lee, 47-year-old avowed white supremacist, was scheduled to be put to death on Monday for the 1996 murder of a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl in Arkansas Four death-row inmates, including a white supremacist, have been scheduled for execution by the Justice Department, and will be the first prisoners to be put to death since 2003. The Justice Department set new dates for executing the four men starting in mid-July following a months-long legal battle that held back the plan.  The inmates who will be executed include among them Daniel Lewis Lee, 48, an avowed white supremacist, convicted for the 1996 murder of a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl in Arkansas. Wesley Ira Purkey, 68, of Kansas, will be executed for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl and an 80-year-old woman. A third man scheduled for death is Dustin Lee Honken, 52, who...
    (CNN)No one in a position of authority is regularly talking to the American people about the coronavirus. The national leadership has decided that the best way to inform the public on the daily death toll is to leave the task to private institutions, state and local officials, educators and news anchors. Merrill BrownIt is a small step in the right direction that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held their second briefing in the past two weeks on Friday. However, during the conference officials dodged questions on outbreak trends and limited the discussion to "safety matters." This lack of transparency and information remains what may be the greatest abdication of communication responsibility of a US government amid a crisis in modern history. Meanwhile, the nation's politicians, even opponents of the Trump administration, seem indifferent to holding public briefings, with the exception of some governors like New York's...
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials in the nation’s capital pushed back on an aggressive response by the federal government to demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, with the mayor flatly rejecting a Trump administration proposal for the federal government to take over its police force and one county in Virginia pulling its officers from Washington. The federal government has deployed law enforcement officials from numerous agencies, and National Guard troops from a number of states have been sent to the District of Columbia. Attorney General William Barr, who is directing the federal law enforcement response in the city, promised by Tuesday “even greater law enforcement resources and support in the region.” District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said the Trump administration floated the idea of taking over the Metropolitan Police Department, a proposal she strongly rejected. She threatened to take legal action if the federal government attempted to...
    A former federal executive, still working within a high level of the national security apparatus, recently had his home network hacked. He was working from home, as most Americans are these days. Rather than reaching out to the U.S. government, he reached out to us. We run a small nonprofit cyber innovation lab. We became the first responders to what we soon understood to be a devastating cyberattack. We came prepared. Thankfully, we were able to rapidly deploy a "break-glass-in-emergency" remediation. It was not the most elegant of solutions, but it did the job—re-establishing connectivity for the house while mitigating the effect of any remaining malware and restoring basic essential functions like web, email and phone. But this former executive is not alone. A vast cyber danger to national security has mushroomed almost overnight. Many senior government leaders, whose sensitive work comprise the richest prize for hostile intelligence services, have...
    Gov. Phil Murphy, the New Jersey Democrat, said in an interview Thursday that without financial help from the federal government, his state will likely have to cut 200,000 public employees, including police officers and firefighters. NJ SALON OWNER: WE'RE AT A BREAKING POINT New Jersey is among several states facing serious financial hardships after the coronavirus outbreaks. There is debate in Washington about whether these states should have access to the funding. Some Republicans say poor fiscal management led them to this point. CLICK FOR THE LATEST ON THE CORONAVIRUS “I don’t think there’s any amount of cuts or any amount of taxes that begin to fill the hole,” Murphy told Bloomberg Television. He continued, “The alternative to not getting that funding is a whole lot of layoffs—we think as much as 200,000 or more.” VideoBloomberg reported that Murphy vowed to cut $5 billion, but the state’s expected to have about a...
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