Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: CFPB Orders Tech Giants to Turn Over Information on their Payment System Plans

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: CFPB Orders Tech Giants to Turn Over Information on their Payment System Plans. “Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a series of orders to collect information on the business practices of large technology companies operating payments systems in the United States. The information will help the CFPB better understand how these firms use personal payments data and manage data access to users so the Bureau can ensure adequate consumer protection.”

ProPublica: The Federal Government Gave Billions to America’s Schools for COVID-19 Relief. Where Did the Money Go?

ProPublica: The Federal Government Gave Billions to America’s Schools for COVID-19 Relief. Where Did the Money Go?. “After the pandemic shut down schools across the country, the federal government provided about $190 billion in aid to help them reopen and respond to the effects of the pandemic. In the year and a half since millions of children were sent home, the Education Department has done only limited tracking of how the money has been spent. That has left officials in Washington largely in the dark about how effective the aid has been in helping students, especially those whose schools and communities were among the hardest hit by the pandemic.”

Washington Post: White House unveils plans to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children ages 5 to 11

Washington Post: White House unveils plans to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children ages 5 to 11. “The White House on Wednesday announced its plan to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, pending the vaccine’s approval by federal health officials, which the Biden administration anticipates will happen within weeks. White House officials said they have secured enough doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine for the country’s 28 million children in that age group and have been working with local jurisdictions to make sure they will be ready to distribute and administer the shots for free.”

Motherboard: The White House’s Plan to Stop Government Employees From Getting Phished

Motherboard: The White House’s Plan to Stop Government Employees From Getting Phished. “The White House has an ambitious plan to greatly reduce the risk of phishing to the U.S. government. Part of that is having agencies phase out the use of SMS and app-based multi-factor authentication, and replace them with phishing-resistant methods such as hardware security keys.”

New York Times: The U.S. will open the Canada and Mexico borders for fully vaccinated travelers in November

New York Times: The U.S. will open the Canada and Mexico borders for fully vaccinated travelers in November. “The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions at the borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travelers, reopening the door of the United States to tourists and separated family members who had been sealed out of the country during the pandemic.”

NOAA: NOAA upgrades climate website amid growing demand for climate information

NOAA: NOAA upgrades climate website amid growing demand for climate information. “NOAA’s Climate Program Office today launched a newly redesigned version of Climate.gov, NOAA’s award-winning, flagship website that provides the public with clear, timely, and science-based information about climate. The redesign expands the site’s already significant capacity to connect Americans with the resources they need to understand and plan for climate-related risks.”

CNET: As scrutiny of cryptocurrency expands, Justice Department forms new enforcement unit

CNET: As scrutiny of cryptocurrency expands, Justice Department forms new enforcement unit. “As the US government continues to expand its scrutiny of cryptocurrency, the Department of Justice has hatched a new unit dedicated to its policing. The National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team, introduced Thursday by Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco, will investigate and prosecute ‘criminal misuses of cryptocurrency, particularly crimes committed by virtual currency exchanges, mixing and tumbling services and money laundering infrastructure actors.’”

WRAL: FEMA delivers help to struggling Wake County EMS

WRAL: FEMA delivers help to struggling Wake County EMS. “New state-of-the-art ambulances and trained EMS crews are arriving in Wake County on Friday. FEMA has assigned ambulances to 10 counties in North Carolina overwhelmed by calls during the pandemic, including Robeson, Franklin, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Guilford, Brunswick, Graham, Macon, Pender and Wake counties.”

Mississippi Free Press: Pfizer Asks FDA To Authorize COVID Vaccine For Children 5 to 11 After Positive Trials

Mississippi Free Press: Pfizer Asks FDA To Authorize COVID Vaccine For Children 5 to 11 After Positive Trials. “Pfizer and BioNTech have asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve their COVID-19 vaccine for use in children ages 5 to 11, Pfizer announced this morning. If the FDA approves an emergency use authorization, it would be the first time a COVID-19 vaccine was available for children younger than 12.”

CNN: Biden administration to boost at-home rapid testing with $1 billion investment

CNN: Biden administration to boost at-home rapid testing with $1 billion investment. “The Biden administration is set to boost Covid-19 testing in the US by announcing an additional investment in at-home rapid tests. On Wednesday, a White House official said, the US will announce a $1 billion investment, which will go toward the ‘purchase of rapid at-home Covid tests to further mobilize our testing manufacturers to bring more to market.’”