Monday, January 31, 2022

Opportunity: Intern. State Climate Policy Network

 WE'RE HIRING: STATE CLIMATE POLICY NETWORK INTERN

As our State Climate Policy Network Intern, you will work closely with our SCPN Manager and take on a wide array of responsibilities. You will support our regular programming work, produce articles and blog posts on climate policy, and play a critical role in bringing new people into the state climate policy movement. | APPLY NOW

Black History Month. Honors with the Chief.

 

Honors w/ the Chief

 

The Public Safety Consortium Presents

 

In 1790, Maryland and Virginia ceded portions of their land in order to establish the Federal City. After the creation of the Federal City, for 10 years, DC had constables who were named and appointed by Maryland and Virginia. In 1802, DC was given the authority to police itself. In 1861 the Metropolitan Police Department was created and supported by President Abraham Lincoln. Attorney William B. Webb was appointed the first Superintendent of the Police for Washington, DC. From the first Police Chief in 1861 to 1977, twenty-two Chiefs later, the first African American Police Chief, the late Burtell M. Jefferson was appointed in January 1978 by the late Marion Barry, Jr. Who: Chief Robert Contee, III, one of the youngest police chiefs in the history of DC, and a major City in America, and an African American.

 

U.S. Commercial Service U.S. Caribbean Business Conference April 12-13, 2022

 

What's New in Exporting


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U.S. Commercial Service  

U.S. Caribbean Business Conference 

 

Please join the U.S. Caribbean Business Conference 2022 in Miami, Florida.  The Caribbean represents a large $23 billion export market for U.S. firms. The South Florida District Export Council in collaboration with Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Service is organizing the conference to help your company access opportunities across this important region.

U.S. Caribbean Business Conference 2022 participants will receive up-to-date market intelligence and help developing practical strategies for winning procurements and for exporting their goods
and services.

The program will include U.S. diplomats, industry professionals, trade experts, international business experts, high-level government officials and seasoned exporters – with plenty of opportunity for
networking.

EXPLORING THE MARKETS OF THE CARIBBEAN
Topics discussed in the presentation will include:   

What are the best markets for your product across the Caribbean?
What are the infrastructure development opportunities?
What U.S. government resources are available to help win government tenders?
What are today’s and tomorrow’s opportunities?
What challenges do these dynamic markets present to U.S. companies?

Date:       April 12 - 13, 2022

Where:    Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon 

Cost:       $395

Contact:  Eduardo.Torres@trade.gov

Flyer


register now


Saturday, January 29, 2022

There is still time..... 6-month pilot program begins on January 29th

 

We must act as if we answer to, and only answer to, our ancestors, our children, and the unborn. — Amilcar Cabra

January 29th deadline date is still not too late.

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WOLCF U.S. Foreign Service Initiative

Program Dates: January-June 2022 (monthly Saturday meetings)

Application Deadline: Immediately

 

The William O. Lockridge Community Foundation (WOLCF)'s new U.S. Foreign Service Initiative is designed to introduce students to careers in international affairs.

 

This 6-month pilot program begins on January 29th and will meet one Saturday each month until June 25th.

 

Students will be exposed to international trade; Africa fashion; tourism (Benin Embassy); diplomacy (New York); media, exposure, language, and culture; and land resources and science.

 

The program is for 8th, 9th, and 10th graders in Wards 7 and 8. The deadline has just been extended until available slots are filled.

Interested students should sign up right away at https://tinyurl.com/ForeignServices. Questions? Contact Austin Cooper at austincooper@hotmail.com or 202-550-1149. 

Friday, January 28, 2022

HOPE. Washington, D.C. 2022 Summer Youth Employment Program Now Accepting Applications

We must act as if we answer to, and only answer to, our ancestors, our children, and the unborn. — Amilcar Cabra

Is anything like this in your city or town for our next generation leaders?


 

2022 Summer Youth Employment Program Now Accepting Applications

Today the 2022 Summer Youth Employment Program started accepting applications from DC residents ages 14-24. The program is set to serve 14,000 this year, so be sure to share the application with the young people in your life who need a job for the summer! The program will run from June 27 through August 5, and there are both virtual and in-person options within the program.  

Applications will be accepted until Monday, February 28.

 

 

 

 

 

Black Emergency Managers Association International

Washington, D.C.


 

bEMA International

Cooperation, Collaboration, Communication, Coordination, Community engagement, and  Partnering (C5&P)

 

A 501 (c) 3 organization
 
 
 
 


We must act as if we answer to, and only answer to, our ancestors, our children, and the unborn. — Amilcar Cabra
 

WATCH WEBINAR RECORDING Spectrum Regulation and Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

9 Detroit Job Opportunities: Director and Coordinator level. January 2022

 1 – 4 Organizations.  9 Opportunities.

 

          1.

 

The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) is seeking four experienced, socially conscious, resilient, urban farmers to join our team at the organization’s seven-acre D-Town Farm.  DBCFSN is a dynamic non-profit organization that works to build food sovereignty in Detroit’s Black community. Widely considered a leader in the field, DBCFSN works in food policy, urban agriculture, youth development, public education and food co-op development.   

 

Summary

D-Town Farmers are employees of DBCFSN and will be paid $15.00 per hour.  We are hiring for two full-time positions and two-part-time positions. Full-time employees are eligible for benefits. Basic knowledge of urban agriculture is required. It is essential that farmers have good communication skills and are able to work collectively in a harmonious way.  Farmers must support DBCFSN’s mission and Black community self-determination approach to food system change.  Knowledge of African American history and culture is helpful.  These jobs require physical and mental stamina to meet various challenges.

 

Farmers report to the Farm Manager and are responsible for:

●      Actively participating in weekly farm operations meetings.

●      Under the leadership of the Farm Manager performing a variety of tasks necessary for the progress, maintenance and growth of the farm, including but not limited to:

o   Hoop house and field crop production including planting, cultivating, and irrigating crops.

o   Harvesting, washing, packing and selling crops.

o   Implementing disease, insect and animal control measures.

o   Maintaining farm landscaping and aesthetics.

o   Maintaining integrity of raised beds and hoop houses.

o   Conducting inventory, storage and maintenance of equipment and tools.

 

Experience

 

·      A year or more of experience in small-scale sustainable farming is required.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter and resume by February 25, 2022 to:

 

Malik Yakini, Executive Director

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

11000 W. McNichols, Suite 103, Detroit, MI 48221.  

 

or

 

myakini@dbcfsn.org

 

 

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization whose mission is to build food sovereignty and food justice in Detroit's Black community.  Learn more at www.dbcfsn.org

 

 

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3 jobs available at The Charles H. Wright Museum http://thewright.org/about/careers

 

* Director of Customer Experience

* Director of Learning & Engagement

* Development Associate 

 

 

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GAIA is hiring for a new Regional Director for the U.S. & Canada and we’d be grateful if you could pass this on to others who might be interested!

 

Regional Director, US & Canada Region (based in US): share on LinkedIn

 

GAIA seeks an inspiring, dynamic, and collaborative Regional Director for our U.S. & Canada region. The core of this role will be to strengthen and support GAIA’s regional membership of grassroots groups working at the intersection of zero waste, environmental justice, and systems change. This is a leadership role in GAIA’s global network, which includes more than 500 organizations and individuals in 93 countries working for a world without waste.

 

 

4

GLS is hiring a Community Engagement Coordinator to help with the Detroit Recycles program and oversee our ambassador programs. 

 

Know someone who may be a good fit? Please share our job posting with them! 

 

https://www.greenlivingscience.org/employment

 

 

 

Black Emergency Managers Association International

Washington, D.C.  20020


 

bEMA International

Cooperation, Collaboration, Communication, Coordination, Community engagement, and  Partnering (C5&P)

 

A 501 (c) 3 organization

 

 

 

 

Community\Civil Society Imperative.  The impacts of climate change are increasing the frequency and intensity of disasters.

Individuals, families, and communities must take a proactive approach and behaviors to save lives, their  communities, their culture and heritage.

 

 

 

 



Serving all communities via the Whole of Government. January 2022

 

INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AND JOBS ACT

 

INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

Federal Communications Commission approves of rules to implement the Affordable Connectivity Program

The FCC voted to formally adopt a Report and Order and Further Notice that gives guidance regarding the Affordable Connectivity Program. This program provides $14.2 in funding that provides qualifying households discounts on their internet bill and the opportunity to receive a device from participating providers. The news release with more information regarding the program can be found here.

 

National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities has no projects for infrastructure as defined by the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act

The “Build America, Buy America Act” requires federal entities to list all Federal financial assistance programs for infrastructure. The notice of the report can be found here.

 

 

COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce requests comments on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

The comments are due Feb. 4, 2022, and can be made here.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration publishes recording of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act webinar

The program recording can be found here and the slides can be found here.

 

Department of Transportation gives notice that they are submitting an information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget

Upon receiving the requested six-month emergency approval, the Office of the Secretary will follow normal procedures to obtain extended approval for this information collection, which includes applicants submitting proposals for discretionary grant funding under the National Infrastructure Project Assistance Program. Comments should be made as soon as possible and information about the request can be found here.

 

Federal Highway Administration announces Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection and Construction Program made possible by Infrastructure Invesment and Jobs Act

More than $27 billion will go to state and tribal transportation facilities to fix more than 15,000 bridges. More information about this new program as well as program guidance and state-by-state funding can be found here.

 

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration establishes apprenticeship program for 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds to operate commercial vehicles in interstate commerce

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act required that this program be established. Read more about the program here.

 

 

AGRICULTURE

Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General releases oversight plan for Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides the Department of Agriculture with $8.3 billion in funding. The oversight plan with a breakdown of how the funding will be allocated can be found here.

 

 

ENERGY

Department of Energy unveils Building a Better Grid Initiative

This initiative focuses on developing new and upgraded high-capacity transmission lines. More about the goals of this initiative can be found here.

 

 

HOUSING

Department of Housing and Urban Development evaluates its federal assistance infrastructure programs to check if they are consistent with the Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act requires each federal agency to file a report with Congress and the Office of Management and Budget within 60 days of enactment to identify and evaluate all financial assistance programs for infrastructure to determine if the program is inconsistent with the Act. HUD has conducted an initial review and determined that none of the programs it has reviewed to date fully meet the requirements of the act. The HUD notice can be found here.

 

 

INTERIOR

Department of the Interior releases Interim Final Rule regarding abandoned mine land reclamation fee

To be consistent with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Department of the Interior will be accepting comments through Feb. 14, and more information can be found here.

 

Bureau of Reclamation publishes spending plan for infrastructure act funds

The Bureau of Reclamation received $8.3 billion under Title IX. The funds will be spent on water storage, aging infrastructure and more. The plan, including a breakdown of how they plan to allocate the funds, can be found here.

 

The Interior releases report on programs subject to the Build America, Buy America Act Provisions of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

The report is an initial analysis of financial assistance infrastructure programs. The report and excel sheet can both be accessed here.

 

 

CORONAVIRUS

 

ENERGY

Biden administration announces state funding to address the costs of home energy

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program will help states, localities and tries address home energy costs this winter. This builds on utility companies’ commitments to preventing shut offs this winter. More information about the program can be found here.

 

 

EDUCATION

Department of Education publishes FAQs for ESSER and Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds

The questions address how to use both funds to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19 and can be found here.

 

Department of Education updates maintenance of equity FAQs

The department updated answer to question 32 clarifying if any local education agencies are excepted from the maintenance of equity requirements. The updated FAQs can be found here.

 

Education Stabilization Fund Updates Transparency Portal

The portal now displays award and expenditure data by state for four major ESF programs: ESSER, GEER, EANS and the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund.

 

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education updates ARP Homeless Children and Youth Grants FAQs

There are two new questions both of which provide information on subgrants. The FAQs can be found here.

 

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Biden administration requires insurance companies and group help plans to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests

The policy, effective Jan. 15, will cover a certain number of tests per month depending on the size of the family. FAQs can be found here and additional details here. In a press release, the Biden administration also announced other actions to expand testing such as providing 50 million free at-home tests to community health centers and Medicare-certified health clinics. That media release is available here, and more information about the health center initiative can be found here.

 

Health and Human Services Secretary renews COVID-19 public health emergency

The COVID-19 public health emergency has existed since Jan. 27, 2020. The renewal statement can be found here.

 

Administration for Children and Families publishes Low Income Household Water Assistance Program Data Webinar

The data report webinar slides, intake and eligibility slides and benefits slides can all be found here.

 

Administration for Children and Families releases Low Income Household Water Assistance Program Data Webinar quarterly report form and instructions

The first quarter 2022 report is due Jan. 31, and the form and instructions can be found here.

 

Administration for Children and Families publishes update on Head Start litigation after two district court decisions

The updates highlight states that do not have to comply with the Interim Final Rule on vaccine and mask requirements in Head Start programs, pending future developments in litigation. The update can be found here.

 

Children and Families announces additional training opportunities for Emergency Rental Assistance/Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

There will be additional office hour sessions on Jan. 28 from 1-2 p.m. (ET) and on Feb. 1 from 1-2 p.m. (ET). There will also be another webinar on Jan. 31 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. (ET). Registration information can be found here.

 

Administration for Children and Families updates Low Income Household Water Assistance Program FAQs

The six new FAQs can be found here.

 

Administration for Community Living starts awarding $150 million to broaden the ageing and disability networks’ public health workforce

Half of this funding is being awarded over the next two weeks and the rest over the coming months. You can find the 11 grantee networks as well as more general information here. FAQs can be found here. Four networks must still submit letters of assurance, as explained in the Federal Register notices linked below:

·    State Councils on Developmental Disabilities

·    Protection and Advocacy Systems

·    Centers for Independent Living

·    Independent Living Designated State Entities

 

 

HOUSING

HUD Office of Inspector General examines slow-spending grantees

The HUD Office of the Inspector General audited Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery slow-spending grantees to assess oversight of grant expenditures, determine the status of grants and the impacts of COVID-19 on grantee spending. The audit can be found here.

 

 

HOMELAND SECURITY

Federal Emergency Management Agency cancels over $870 million in outstanding community disaster loan balances

The cancellation is due to congressional legislation in the continuing budget resolution. It will significantly impact states along the Gulf Coast. More information can be found here.

 

 

INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

FCC commits an additional $361 million in Emergency Connectivity Fund support to schools and libraries

This addition brings the total program commitments to nearly $4.2 billion. The news release can be found here.

 

Small Business Association Office of the Inspector General publishes Oversight of the Grant Recipient’s Implementation of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act

The Small Business Administration was the recipient of $25 million to provide a centralized hub for COVID-19 information. Their evaluation can be found here.

 

 

NUTRITION

Food and Nutrition Services releases annual adjustment to Summer Food Service Program reimbursement rates

This Summer Food Service Program 2022 rate adjustment will increase federal reimbursements to school food programs by 25 cents per lunch. More information about the reimbursement rates can be found here, and a table estimating total pandemic-related support to school food programs can be found here.

 

FNS posts resources and FAQs for The Emergency Food Assistance Program Reach and Resiliency Grants

These grants are available for state agencies in the Emergency Food Assistance Program. The FAQs and other resources can be found here, and the request for applications for the grant is available here. Applications are due Feb. 4.

 

 

TREASURY

The Department of the Treasury publishes list for recipients of State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to identify their reporting tiers

The spreadsheet can be found here, and the project and expenditure report user guide can be found here.

 

The Treasury updates status of payments to states for Non-Entitlement Units of Government

 

The Department of the Treasury takes several actions on Emergency Rental Assistance program

The Department of the Treasury reallocated more than $1 billion in ERA1 funding, most of it within the same state. Materials include:

·    The November report.

·    Amounts for ERA1 round 1 reallocations and voluntary reallocations.

·    A form to request funds from the second round of reallocated funds.

·    A form that includes the voluntary reallocation of funds from an ERA1 grantee.

·    Updated guidelines for program websites.

 

The Treasury publishes practice that may help those in the Emergency Rental Assistance program

Households may not have rental arrears but need assistance in a security deposit or future rent. The use of commitment letters would allow those applicants to provide documentation to their landlord that says they are preliminarily qualified for rental assistance. More information about this practice can be found here.

 

The Treasury department publishes periodic report on Municipal Liquidity Facility

This report is accompanied by a transaction specific spreadsheet. Both can be found here.

 

The Department of the Treasury publishes State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Final Rule materials

·    Webinar and slides explaining the final rule.

·    Multiple webinars about reporting requirements.




 

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