Saturday - April 4, 2020
Federal Independent Agencies

News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from federal independent agencies.

Featured Stories

USAID: Cure Tuberculosis Project
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development issued the following fact sheet:

The USAID Cure Tuberculosis Project is an $18.5 million investment over five years that will assist the Kyrgyz government to diagnose, treat, and cure people with drug-resistant tuberculosis.

People at risk of tuberculosis (TB) are often among the hardest to reach, which can make it difficult for them to access health services. The Cure Tuberculosis Project works closely with the Kyrgyz government to ensure that TB services are both high-quality and accessible, even for the country's most hard-to-reach ... Show Full Article

TVA Expands Recreation Closures During Evolving COVID-19 Response
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, April 3 -- The Tennessee Valley Authority issued the following news release:

In response to enhanced public health guidance from federal and state authorities, the Tennessee Valley Authority is closing additional public recreation areas to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The closures will begin on Friday morning, April 3, and will continue indefinitely.

TVA recreation areas at Chatuge, Cherokee, Fort Loudoun, the south side of Guntersville, Normandy, Norris, Tellico and Watts Bar dams, as well as all recreation areas at Raccoon Mountain, will be closed. They ... Show Full Article

National Archives Donates Protective Gear for COVID-19 Response
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The National Archives and Records Administration issued the following news release:

N-95 masks, nitrile gloves, gowns, Tyvek suits--these supplies are in high demand across the United States right now, as hospital teams struggle to provide adequate protection for their staff responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The same equipment is used by National Archives employees when dealing with damaged records. Now the agency's supplies are making their way to health care workers, thanks to some quick brainstorming and closet-searching from employees.

In March, the National Archives ... Show Full Article

IDB to Finance Regional Projects to Support Coordinated COVID-19 Response
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Inter-American Development Bank issued the following news release:

* * *

- New submission deadline is May 15, 2020

* * *

In light of the recent developments and exceptional circumstances associated to the expansion of COVID-19 in the world, including Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) makes available more than US$7 million in non-reimbursable resources under the 2020 Call for Proposals of the Regional Public Goods (RPG) Initiative to finance proposals for regional cooperation and policy coordination in the framework of ... Show Full Article

Fed Agencies Will Consider Comments on Volcker Rule Modifications Following Expiration of Comment Period
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Federal Reserve issued the following banking and consumer regulatory policy document:

Five federal financial regulatory agencies on Thursday announced that they will consider comments submitted before May 1, 2020, on their proposal to modify the Volcker rule's general prohibition on banking entities investing in or sponsoring hedge funds or private equity funds--known as "covered funds."

The agencies will continue to consider comments to provide interested persons more time to analyze the issues and prepare their comments in light of potential disruptions resulting ... Show Full Article

EXIM: Chairman Reed Hosts Teleconference With Insurance Brokers to Outline COVID-19 Relief Measures Related to Export Credit Insurance
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. issued the following news release:

* * *

- EXIM Staff Also Reminds Stakeholders to Stay Diligent of Potential Fraud Schemes Related to COVID-19

* * *

Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) President and Chairman Kimberly A. Reed hosted a teleconference Wednesday with insurance brokers to update them on EXIM's temporary relief measures related to EXIM's export credit insurance products for American companies and workers impacted by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis.

Chairman Reed and senior EXIM staff addressed more than 50 registrants ... Show Full Article

Amtrak: Essential Service Plan - Updates To Service
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) issued the following news release:

Some states are currently limiting travel between state lines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential travel for 14 days. Amtrak service continues to operate on the Northeast Corridor to provide vital transportation for essential employees. Customers should check with each state for specific guidance.

While Amtrak continues to operate across the nation, we have adjusted our train services ... Show Full Article