A quick look back at the news from last week. Compiled by Penn Hill Group.
HOUSE and SENATE
Reports indicate that the Senate will likely consider a $500 billion “skinny” COVID-19 relief bill when the chamber reconvenes next week. The bill is likely to include $105 billion in overall funding for education, in addition to extensions of the Paycheck Protection Program, liability provisions and additional unemployment benefits.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on some aspects of the Federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) updated its public reporting requirements for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L.116-136) to extend reporting deadlines to every quarter rather than every 45 days.
A Federal judge in Massachusetts issued an injunction blocking the implementation of ED’s Title IV-eligibility requirements for student emergency relief funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L.116-136) in the Commonwealth.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced as part of an interim policy that after September 15 it would no longer provide reimbursement for personal protective equipment (PPE) used in non-emergency settings, including schools.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an extension of Federal meal waivers for students through December 31, 2020.
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