COVID-19 Federal Resources

Federal Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For community information, risk assessment, and travel information for the CDC please visit the following link.

Executive Branch

The Department of Housing and Urban Development 

NEW: 
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on Friday announced more measures to help homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

HUD has launched a COVID-19 Resources from HUD website.

United States Department of Agriculture

NEW:
 Agricultural producers who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after planting should make an appointment with their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office before the applicable deadline. July 15 is a major deadline for most crops, but acreage reporting deadlines vary by county and by crop. Read more here.

NEW: 
On June 1, 2021 USDA announced the Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP), which provides a premium benefit to agricultural producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies if they planted cover crops during this crop year.

To receive the benefit, you must file a Report of Acreage form (FSA-578) by June 15, 2021. Visit farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance/cover-crops for more information on PCCP, including eligible insurance policies and how to file the Report of Acreage form. 

The United States Department of Treasury

The IRS has created the following page, for non tax filers to submit the proper information to receive their economic stimulus checks.

The IRS, state tax agencies, and the tax industry today warned of a new text scam created by thieves that trick people into disclosing bank account information under the guise of receiving the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment.


For questions regarding stimulus payments and tax options, please visit the IRS.


The United States Food and Drug Administration

NEW: The FDA issues authorization for Quidel QuickVue At-Home COVID-19 Test.

NEW: The FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication for hand sanitizers, warning that symptoms such as headache, nausea, and dizziness can occur after applying alcohol-based hand sanitizers to the skin and inhaling the vapors that linger. Click here to learn more.

The United States Department of Education

As part of its ongoing efforts to ease the economic burden on millions of Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic the U.S. Department of Education —in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—issued guidance to postsecondary institutions to inform them about temporarily expanded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for students in need.


The United States Department of Labor

NEW: The U.S. Department of Labor today announced funding opportunities for more than $21 million in Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants for non-profit organizations.

Applications must be submitted at www.grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 26, 2021. Applicants must possess a D-U-N-S number and have an active System of Award Management registration.

NEW: The Fair Labor Standards Act provides many beneficial labor standards, including minimum wage and overtime compensation. These critical protections continue to apply during the pandemic. F
ederal and state laws may differ and operate independently; therefore, you might want to contact your state labor office to determine whether there are any state laws that address your workplace rights during the pandemic.     

Please see Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers for questions specific to the application of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and paid leave. 


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

NEW: All Veterans, their spouses and caregivers, and CHAMPVA recipients can now get a COVID-19 vaccine at the VA. Find out how to get your vaccine and get the latest VA vaccine updates and answers to common questions.

NEW: 
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, since March 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs has completed 150 Fourth Mission assignments nationwide. COVID-19 mission assignments are carried out in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Administration. Read more here.

The VA has issued the following information for veterans with concerns about COVID-19.


Small Business Administration

NEW: SBA is now accepting applications for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

Notice: the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ended on May 31, 2021. Existing borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.

FEMA

NEW: FEMA is supporting vaccination sites by providing expedited financial assistance, providing federal equipment and supplies, and deploying federal personnel to states, tribes, territories, and other eligible applicants for vaccination efforts.

 If you are an individual or a business looking to support the COVID-19 vaccine efforts, there are many different ways to help.

Federal Communications Commission 

The FCC launched a COVID-19 Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips webpage to alert consumers to the proliferation of scam phone calls and texts related to the coronavirus pandemic. Scammers are promoting bogus cures, offering fake test kits, sending hoax text messages, and generally preying on virus-related fears.