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COVID-19: FEDERAL NEWS & UPDATES

Get the latest updates on COVID-19 as it relates to resources and information from the federal government and agencies.

U.S. Department of Labor

As provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations.  Additionally, as warranted, the Department will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.  For more information, see this recently released FAQ from the Department of Labor on implementation guidance on paid leave and family and medical leave.

FEMA Response Information

On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a nationwide emergency pursuant to Sec. 501(b) of Stafford Act, increasing federal support to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in its role as the lead federal agency for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response. Under this declaration, FEMA, in coordination with HHS, will assist state, local, tribal, territorial governments and other eligible entities with the health and safety actions they take on behalf of the American public.  Click here to see ways FEMA suggests you can help.

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Click here to view the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) response COVID-19, and find the latest news and press releases from SSA here.

Click here to find the local SSA field office locator closest to you.  Please note each office will have a message indicating that they are closed, but will include a phone number for that office for constituents.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.  The guidance also allows corporate taxpayers a similar deferment of up to $10 million of federal income tax payments that would be due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.  This guidance does not change the April 15 filing deadline.  

Click here to view the notice.

Click here for further information on IRS efforts to assist taxpayers.

Coronavirus Preparedeness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 6074)

Click here to read Rep. Lamb's statement on the passage of H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding to address the coronavirus.

Click here to read Rep. Lamb's statement on the House passage of bipartisan COVID-19 response package.

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