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2021-10-21 18:36:44
by Reece Nations
FCC Announces $554 Million Broadband Opportunity Fund Program

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday it is set to approve a total of $554,150,641 for the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday it is set to approve a total of $554,150,641 for the third round of funding in deployments of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The FCC previously announced over $1 billion in... Read More

2021-10-20 22:27:05
by Dan McCue
FDA Signs Off on Moderna, J&J Boosters, Mixing Vaccines

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said Americans who got either the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said Americans who got either the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine can now get a COVID-19 booster, and also say that those eligible for a booster don’t have to get... Read More

2021-10-19 20:58:31
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Wants Tougher Enforcement of Sanctions Against ‘Malign Actors’

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee tried Tuesday to chart a better course through the minefield of monetary sanctions against U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee tried Tuesday to chart a better course through the minefield of monetary sanctions against U.S. foreign adversaries. The Senate seeks to protect U.S. economic policies without trampling foreign entities that could be trading partners and... Read More

US Expected to Authorize Mix-and-Match COVID Booster Shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster shots this week in... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster shots this week in an effort to provide flexibility for those seeking to maintain protection against the coronavirus. The upcoming announcement by the Food... Read More

FDA Spells Out Lower Sodium Goals for Food Industry

NEW YORK (AP) — Food companies are coming under renewed pressure to use less salt after U.S. regulators spelled out... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Food companies are coming under renewed pressure to use less salt after U.S. regulators spelled out long-awaited guidelines aimed at reducing sodium levels in dozens of foods including condiments, cereals, french fries and potato chips. The... Read More

2021-10-13 14:29:12
by Dan McCue
In a First, FDA Permits Marketing of E-Cigarette Products in the US

WASHINGTON  -- The Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday authorized the marketing of an electronic cigarette in the United States.... Read More

WASHINGTON  -- The Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday authorized the marketing of an electronic cigarette in the United States. A groundbreaking development in a long running debate over the healthfulness of such products. Specifically, the FDA granted the R.J.... Read More

2021-10-12 18:40:45
by Victoria Turner
Family of Slain Journalist Claims Facebook Exploited Tragedy for Profit

WASHINGTON -- Imagine knowing your daughter’s moment of death has been immortalized in a video online. Now imagine that it... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Imagine knowing your daughter’s moment of death has been immortalized in a video online. Now imagine that it keeps popping up over and over again on Facebook, Instagram, and Google’s YouTube for six years and counting, despite your... Read More

Next on FDA's Agenda: Booster Shots of Moderna, J&J Vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — With many Americans who got Pfizer vaccinations already rolling up their sleeves for a booster shot, millions... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — With many Americans who got Pfizer vaccinations already rolling up their sleeves for a booster shot, millions of others who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine wait anxiously to learn when it's their turn. Federal... Read More

2021-10-08 17:55:30
by Dan McCue
White House Restoring Stricter Environmental Reviews for Major Projects

WASHINGTON -- The White House Council on Environmental Quality is restoring provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act set aside... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The White House Council on Environmental Quality is restoring provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act set aside by the Trump administration to bolster the environmental review process for a wide range of projects. The former president, a... Read More

New FDA Chief Can't Come Soon Enough for Beleaguered Agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Straining under a pandemic workload and battered by a string of public controversies, one of the leading... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Straining under a pandemic workload and battered by a string of public controversies, one of the leading agencies in the government's fight against COVID-19 is finally on the verge of getting a new commissioner. After nearly nine... Read More

2021-09-17 18:47:14
by Victoria Turner
FTC Rescinds Recently Issued Merger Guidelines

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission rescinded its Vertical Merger Guidelines Wednesday signaling the start of what may be a... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission rescinded its Vertical Merger Guidelines Wednesday signaling the start of what may be a ramping up of antitrust efforts by the agency. The guidelines were issued jointly by the FTC and the Justice Department’s... Read More

2021-09-04 18:07:26
by Dan McCue
Broadcasters Say Media Ownership Rules Are Detrimental to Competition, Diversity

WASHINGTON -- Regulations governing the ownership of broadcast radio and television stations harms broadcasters’ ability to compete in the marketplace,... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Regulations governing the ownership of broadcast radio and television stations harms broadcasters’ ability to compete in the marketplace, stymies service to local communities and fails to promote diversity in ownership, the National Association of Broadcasters said in a... Read More

2021-08-30 19:52:25
by Victoria Turner
FTC Commissioner Says There are Benefits to a Federal Privacy Law

WASHINGTON -- As a number of states move towards enacting their own data privacy laws, the U.S. Congress should come... Read More

WASHINGTON -- As a number of states move towards enacting their own data privacy laws, the U.S. Congress should come up with its own comprehensive privacy statute enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, said FTC Commissioner Noah Phillips Monday. Having... Read More

2021-08-30 17:50:33
by Dan McCue
SEC Seeks Info on Digital Engagement by Investment Advisors, Brokers

WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking information from the public and industry professionals on the digital engagement... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking information from the public and industry professionals on the digital engagement practices of investment advisors and brokers. These tools include behavioral prompts, differential marketing, game-like features (also known as gamification) and... Read More

2021-08-23 14:20:37
by TWN Staff
FDA Grants Full Approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and over, making it the first to move beyond emergency use status in the United States. The approval comes as parts... Read More

2021-08-20 15:30:32
by Dan McCue
Corn Growers, Others Seek Rehearing on Fuel Blend Standard

WASHINGTON -- The National Corn Growers Association, Renewable Fuels Association, and Growth Energy asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The National Corn Growers Association, Renewable Fuels Association, and Growth Energy asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision to disallow year-round sales of a 15% ethanol fuel blend. In a petition filed with the... Read More

US Opens Formal Probe into Tesla Autopilot System

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government has opened a formal investigation into Tesla's Autopilot partially automated driving system after a... Read More

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government has opened a formal investigation into Tesla's Autopilot partially automated driving system after a series of collisions with parked emergency vehicles.  The investigation covers 765,000 vehicles, almost everything that Tesla has sold in the... Read More

2021-08-13 15:53:27
by TWN Staff
FDA Approves Additional COVID Vaccine Dose for Some Individuals

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines... Read More

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for organ transplant recipients diagnosed as immunocompromised. Thursday’s announcement came ahead of a meeting today of the Centers for Disease... Read More

2021-08-11 20:27:32
by Alexa Hornbeck
What FDA Approval Might Mean for Vaccine Mandates

As the Delta variant continues to spread, COVID cases surge among the unvaccinated, and rates of new vaccinations decline, the... Read More

As the Delta variant continues to spread, COVID cases surge among the unvaccinated, and rates of new vaccinations decline, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is receiving pressure from President Joe Biden to approve a COVID vaccine. Biden recently said... Read More

2021-07-28 15:42:37
by Dan McCue
States to Fight Dismissal of Antitrust Lawsuit Against Facebook

WASHINGTON -- Attorneys general from 45 states, the District of Columbia and Guam served notice on Wednesday that they are... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Attorneys general from 45 states, the District of Columbia and Guam served notice on Wednesday that they are appealing a federal judge’s decision to throw out their antitrust lawsuit against Facebook. “We filed this notice of appeal because... Read More

2021-07-27 13:12:41
by Alexa Hornbeck
FDA Commits to Proposal to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration announced they are working toward issuing proposed product standards within the next year... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration announced they are working toward issuing proposed product standards within the next year to ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and all characterizing flavors in cigars.  Menthol flavoring has been known... Read More

2021-07-21 13:17:47
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Dog Cancer Treatment Gets Green Light from FDA

WASHINGTON - Dog-owners whose pets are diagnosed with a common form of cancer now have a federally approved treatment option. ... Read More

WASHINGTON - Dog-owners whose pets are diagnosed with a common form of cancer now have a federally approved treatment option.  That new treatment, the first fully approved drug for canine lymphoma, has shown the conditional track of animal medicine can... Read More

Trump Showerhead Rule to Increase Water Flow Being Dropped

WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for Donald Trump's quest for "perfect" hair.  President Joe Biden's administration is reversing a Trump-era... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for Donald Trump's quest for "perfect" hair.  President Joe Biden's administration is reversing a Trump-era rule approved after the former president complained he wasn't getting wet enough because of limits on water flow from showerheads.... Read More

2021-07-14 20:00:54
by TWN Staff
DeGette, Bucshon Lead Bipartisan Push to Improve Diagnostic Testing

WASHINGTON - Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Dr. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., are leading a renewed bipartisan drive to improve the... Read More

WASHINGTON - Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Dr. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., are leading a renewed bipartisan drive to improve the nation’s diagnostic testing capabilities and ensure hospitals and laboratories across the country are better able to respond to future national... Read More

2021-07-13 19:56:58
by Victoria Turner
FCC Affirms $25,000 Fine on Mobile Relay Associates

The Federal Communications Commission affirmed a $25,000 fine Tuesday against Mobile Relay Associates for overuse of a shared spectrum channel... Read More

The Federal Communications Commission affirmed a $25,000 fine Tuesday against Mobile Relay Associates for overuse of a shared spectrum channel and causing interference to other FCC licensees.  The first notice of violation against the radio communications company was issued in... Read More

2021-07-12 17:12:25
by Victoria Turner
Federal, State Laws Should Bolster Social Media Accountability, Carr says

Reforming Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act is not enough to curb the power of social media platforms,... Read More

Reforming Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act is not enough to curb the power of social media platforms, and should be bolstered by federal and state laws to enforce transparency, accountability and anti-discrimination, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said. ... Read More

2021-07-08 17:38:20
by Dan McCue
FDA Changes Prescribing Instructions for Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug

U.S. health regulators on Thursday approved new prescribing instructions that are likely to limit use of a controversial new Alzheimer’s... Read More

U.S. health regulators on Thursday approved new prescribing instructions that are likely to limit use of a controversial new Alzheimer’s drug. The announcement came through Biogen Inc., the maker of Aduhelm, which stated the update is intended to “clarify” the... Read More

2021-06-30 19:10:43
by Brock Blasdell
SEC Appoints Grewal as Director of Enforcement

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that Gurbir Grewal, New Jersey’s attorney general since 2018, has been appointed as... Read More

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that Gurbir Grewal, New Jersey’s attorney general since 2018, has been appointed as the director of the Division of Enforcement.  “I’m honored and delighted to welcome Attorney General Grewal to the SEC,” Gary... Read More

After 9 Years and $10M, Georgia Spaceport Nears FAA Approval

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — After nine years of planning and $10 million invested by local taxpayers, county officials in Georgia's... Read More

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — After nine years of planning and $10 million invested by local taxpayers, county officials in Georgia's coastal southeast corner came a big step closer Thursday to winning federal approval of a project engineered to literally inject... Read More

2021-06-02 19:28:23
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Biden's Budget Seeks Bigger Investments And Expanded Authority For FDA

WASHINGTON- The Biden Administration's 2022 budget, released at the end of last week, seeks significant spending increases for the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON- The Biden Administration's 2022 budget, released at the end of last week, seeks significant spending increases for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  The fiscal year 2022 budget request sets out $6.5 billion for the FDA, an increase of... Read More

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