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USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

By | Coronavirus, County News, National News

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.

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Montana’s Counties Need Help

By | Association News, Coronavirus, County News, National News, State News

HELENA, MT – Local Government is at the front lines of the COVID-19 response, including our law enforcement, health departments, health officers, county-owned medical facilities, and through our work with local private providers and facilities.  Montana’s counties are working hard to ensure continuity of operations and service delivery during this nation-wide pandemic while keeping the public as safe as possible.  County operations are being modified to comply with protective measures while still providing essential county service delivery and ensuring public access and participation.  Montana counties need help.

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FBI Releases Guidance on Defending Against VTC Hijacking and Zoom-bombing

By | Coronavirus, County News, National News

On March 30, 2020, the FBI released an article, warning users of teleconferencing sessions being hijacked (also being referred to as “Zoom-bombing”) all over the nation. The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language. In the wake of reports of this activity being reported to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaints Center, they have published the following recommendations:

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U.S. DOL Announces Additional Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

By | Coronavirus, County News, National News

On March 26th, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced more guidance to provide information to workers and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.

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FY 2020 Federal Spending Agreement

By | National News

On December 20, 2019, the President signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-94), which reauthorized SRS payments for FY19 (payment year FY20) and for FY20 (payment year FY21).  The Forest Service is in the process of calculating the projected payments for FY19 , and they anticipate funds will be electronically transferred to states in spring 2020.

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