Category: Federal


Budget Subcommittees Convene to Hear Governor’s FY 2020-21 May Revision

Following the release of Governor Gavin Newsom’s FY 2020-21 May Revision Budget last week, Senate and Assembly budget subcommittees convened several hearings this week to assess the Newsom Administration’s proposals and to provide stakeholders and the public an extended amount of time to weigh in on May Revision proposals. Given the abbreviated budget timeline due…

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Western State Leaders Urge Federal Support for State and Local Governments in Responding to COVID-19, House Considers $3 Trillion Relief Package

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, federal and state leaders continue to attempt to respond to significant economic relief needs nationwide. Below, we highlight these actions: Western States Pact Urges $1 Trillion for State and Local Governments This week, Governor Gavin Newsom announced governors and legislative leaders from California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington sent a…

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NACCHO, ASTHO Roll Out Contact Tracing Workforce Estimator Tool

This week, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), in partnership with the George Washington University, launched a contact tracing estimator tool to assist local and state health departments in determining workforce needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The tool allows users to…

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Federal Government Launches COVID-19 Funding Oversight Activities

This week, several federal developments related to the oversight and accountability of COVID-19 response funding and activities occurred. Below, we detail these actions: Pandemic Response Accountability Committee Names Leader, Establishes Website The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) this week announced a series of developments, including the appointment of its executive director and U.S. House of…

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National Public Health Organizations Request $7.6 Billion in Emergency Supplemental Funding for Contact Tracing Efforts

A coalition of national public health organizations and associations, including the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and the National Coalition of STD Directors, released a $7.6 billion federal emergency supplemental funding request to support an expanded and robust nationwide contact tracing workforce…

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EPA Announces Grant Opportunity for Environmental Justice Communities Impacted by COVID-19

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new grant program to provide funds to states, local governments, tribes, and U.S. territories to work collaboratively with environmental justice communities to understand, promote, and integrate approaches to provide meaningful and measurable improvements to public health and the environment in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These…

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President Signs Fourth Federal COVID-19 Aid Package

This afternoon, in a ceremony in the Oval Office, President Trump signed the fourth coronavirus relief bill passed by Congress earlier this week. The legislation contained $484 billion of additional funding including funding for the small business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), an additional $75 billion in funding for hospitals, and $25 billion in targeted COVID-19…

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Newsom, Trump Outline Frameworks for Reopening Society After COVID-19

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom and President Donald Trump both outlined frameworks and guidelines for reopening normal operations of daily life in California and the U.S. Newsom Administration Identifies Six Criteria for Modifying Stay-at-Home Order On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a series of indicators and considerations that will guide California’s actions for when and…

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FEMA Issues Disaster Financial Management Guide for Local Jurisdictions

Yesterday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued the “Disaster Financial Management Guide” to support jurisdictions in establishing and implementing sound disaster financial management practices. The guide takes an all-hazards approach and addresses a broad range of issues and contains concepts, principles, and resources applicable to the COVID-19 pandemic response. The guide identifies capabilities and…

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Trump Administration Halts Funding to World Health Organization

This week, President Donald Trump directed his administration to place a hold on all funding to the World Health Organization (WHO). Each year, the U.S. Government provides approximately $400 million to $500 million to WHO to support its international health planning, coordination, and response activities. The Trump Administration contends that the WHO mismanaged the handling…

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