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A compilation of security news and blog posts from the 11th - 17th September. We look at 0days, more Equifax developments, our usual smattering of blog posts, and more!

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In a supply chain attack that may be unprecedented in number of downloads download servers hosting CCleaner, distributed by Avast have been delivering a version of CCleaner with malware on top.

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YARA is a tool that can be used to identify files that meet certain conditions. It is mainly in use by security researchers to classify malware.

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U.S. Department of Labor Extends Hurricane Harvey Compliance Guidance and Relief to Employee Benefit Plans Impacted by Hurricane Irma

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced employee benefit plan compliance guidance and relief for victims of Hurricane Irma that parallels that which it already provided to victims of Hurricane Harvey regarding verification procedures for plan loans and distributions, participant contributions and loan payments, blackout notices, and group health plan compliance. The Hurricane Harvey relief was announced on Aug. 30, 2017, in EBSA Release Number 17-1216-NAT.

The Department understands that plan fiduciaries, employers, labor organizations, service providers, and participants and beneficiaries may encounter issues complying with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) over the next few months as the implications of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey unfold. The guidance provided in this statement generally applies to employee benefit plans, plan sponsors, employers and employees, and service providers to such employers who were located in a county identified for individual assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) because of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey.

The above relief is in addition to the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report filing relief already provided by the IRS in accordance with the Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma news releases listed on the IRS disaster relief website. See the Treasury regulations under Internal Revenue Code § 7508A and Section 8 of Rev. Proc. 2007-56, 2007-34 I.R.B. 388. The relief is also in addition to the funding-related relief provided to defined benefit pension plans by the IRS, the Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in IRS Notice 2017-49.

Contact Information

The Department and IRS will continue to monitor the situation to address those issues that are most important in helping individuals, employers and plan sponsors recover from these hurricanes. For more information on Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief under ERISA, see “FAQs for Participants and Beneficiaries Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma,” visit EBSA’s Disaster Relief pages for employers and advisers and workers and families, or contact the Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration online at www.askebsa.dol.gov or by calling 1-866-444-3272. Questions about IRS guidance should be directed to the IRS at 1-877-829-5900.

Release Date: 
09/15/2017
Contact Name: 

Michael Trupo

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Release Number: 
17-1297-NAT
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In remembrance of the signing of the U.S.

This month, as students across the country return to the classroom, those in Silver Lake Unified School District (USD 372) in Kansas will find technology and resources that were not available previously. Their computer lab has been transformed into a print shop where students can participate in project-based learning with the help of predictable and […]

Crowdsourced funding opportunities via Kickstarter, Patreon, and GoFundMe have removed many structural roadblocks for people to access capital quickly and conveniently. But they’ve also lowered the barrier to entry for many very old scams. So how do you tell the difference between a great cause or project to contribute to and a digital confidence scam? Let us take a look at pitfalls on two crowdfunding platforms.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today released the following statement on the passing of Rev. Dwight Montgomery of Annesdale Cherokee Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee:

If you are one of the victims of the Equifax breach, you have a heightened risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. And even if you're not, you should take these precautions.

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U.S. Labor Department Commits $40 Million for Hurricane Irma Relief

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has initially committed up to $40 million in Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant funding to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist in disaster response efforts after Hurricane Irma. These grants were first announced on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. The amount of total funding announced today may increase as the needs and impacts on state and local partners are assessed following the hurricane.

Release Date: 
09/14/2017
Contact Name: 

Egan Reich

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17-1286-NAT
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In the week ending September 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 284,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 298,000. The 4-week moving average was 263,250, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 250,250. This is the highest level for this average since August 13, 2016 when it was 263,250.

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09/14/2017
Release Number: 
17-1271-NAT
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Read more about the latest Microsoft Word Zero-Day and how to protect yourself against it.

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As more life-saving medical devices are capable of connecting to the internet, the potential threat of malicious hacking leading to physical bodily harm becomes more real. An independent researcher recently found multiple vulnerabilities plaguing a particular syringe pump. ICS-CERT offers several defensive measures.

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Building a security environment for businesses is a gamble these days. It's remediation vs. prevention. Which should you bet on?

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MSHA Proposes Changes to Final Rule on Workplace Examinations in Metal and Nonmetal Mines

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today published two proposed rules in the Federal Register that would change the Agency’s final rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines that was published on Jan. 23, 2017.

The first proposed rule would make limited changes to the final rule. The proposed changes would require that an examination of the working place be conducted before work begins or as miners begin work in that place, and that the examination record include descriptions of adverse conditions that are not corrected promptly and the dates of corrective action for these conditions. It would provide mine operators additional flexibility in managing their safety and health programs and reduce regulatory burdens without reducing the protections afforded miners. The proposed rule would continue to permit mine operators with consecutive shifts or those that operate on a 24-hour, 365-day basis to conduct an examination on the previous shift.

MSHA will hold four public hearings on the proposed rule. Each hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. local time.

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Location

Contact No.

Oct. 24:

MSHA Headquarters, 201 12th St. South, Arlington, VA 22202

202-693-9440

Oct. 26:

Salt Lake Marriott, 75 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

801-531-0800

Oct. 31:

Sheraton Birmingham, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., N. Birmingham, AL 35203

205-324-5000

Nov. 2:

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

412-682-6200

Comments on the proposed changes to the final rule must be received by midnight EST on Nov. 13, 2017.

The second proposed rule would further delay the effective date of the final rule.  The proposed extension would offer additional time for MSHA to provide stakeholders training and compliance assistance.

Comments on the proposed extension must be received by midnight EDT on Sept. 26, 2017.

For additional information, please contact fontaine.roslyn@dol.gov.

Release Date: 
09/12/2017
Contact Name: 

Amy Louviere

Phone Number: 
Release Number: 
17-1269-NAT
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A recent attack uses existing LinkedIn user accounts to send phishing links to their contacts via private message but also to external members via email.

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Following are the prepared remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to students and faculty at Woods Learning Center in Casper, Wyoming. Today's event is the first of Secretary DeVos' six-state, "Rethink School" tour, showcasing creative ways in which education leaders are meeting the needs of students in K-12 and higher education.

Thank you, Ms. Deyonne Jackson, for the kind introduction, and Superintendent Steve Hopkins, for the opportunity to be here on your wonderful campus.

U.S. Labor Department to Provide Immediate Grants and Assistance for Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor, in cooperation with state and local partners, is setting aside funding and will be making grants to assess workforce needs in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida, and other states in response to Hurricane Irma. The Department will continue to work cooperatively with states and territories to assess needs as they develop and respond accordingly. U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has directed the Department to assist the residents and businesses in affected areas. The Department has taken the steps set forth below. 

"My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by Hurricane Irma," Secretary Acosta said.  "The Department of Labor is deploying resources to support cleanup and recovery efforts. As Americans, we are strong and will come together to help our friends and neighbors."

Labor Department activities to assist states and territories include:

  • The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) will provide Disaster Dislocated Worker Grants to assess workforce needs. The disbursement of funding will be determined as needs are assessed by state and local partners.
  • ETA is assisting in administering Disaster Unemployment Assistance for Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This assistance may also become available to other states impacted by Hurricane Irma if additional disaster declarations are made.
  • ETA and the Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy will make funding available from Disability Employment Initiative grants to provide services, medical equipment, and other resources to individuals with disabilities who are affected by the hurricane.
  • As it did in response to Hurricane Harvey, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is temporarily waiving certain requirements and deadlines related to retirement plans and group health plans, and is coordinating with other federal agencies that regulate employee benefit plans on relief for employers, other plan sponsors, and plan participants and beneficiaries affected by the hurricanes. For example, EBSA is working with the Internal Revenue Service to make it easier for workers to get loans and distributions from 401(k) and other retirement plans and to give employers more time to file the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report for their employee benefit plans. 
  • The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is temporarily suspending select federal contractor requirements, allowing businesses involved in hurricane relief the ability to prioritize recovery efforts.
  • The Mine Safety and Health Administration is preparing to send personnel and equipment to assist FEMA in recovery efforts.
  • The Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) is working with its grantees to identify flexibilities and additional funding needs for its programs, including the Departments of Labor for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Florida (which administer the Jobs for Veterans State Grants programs); affected Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program grantees; and the affected military bases where the Transition Assistance Program's Employment Workshops are provided. VETS' staff stands ready to offer assistance to employers, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and members of the National Disaster Medical System and Urban Search and Rescue service who may be deployed in support of rescue and recovery operations.
  • The Wage and Hour Division will be triaging all calls in the affected areas to continue to provide uninterrupted service to workers and employers.
  • The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) plans to issue a special enforcement advisory that would temporarily ease reporting and other regulatory burdens on labor organizations, labor relations consultants, and employers affected by Hurricane Irma. Advisories will be sent by email to OLMS and Department stakeholders.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is helping employers keep their workers safe during cleanup and recovery operations by providing a number of hurricane and flood resources.
  • Most OSHA programmed enforcement actions will cease in the affected areas to avoid disrupting recovery operations. An OSHA Emergency Response Team will provide compliance assistance.
  • OSHA is actively engaged with the National Response Team and the interagency response to the hurricane and flooding. It is working with the Federal Emergency Management Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies to coordinate strategies for the recovery.
  • Public Service Announcements emphasizing the need to work safely in English and Spanish will be broadcast in affected areas during recovery efforts.

As the severity and geographical extent of the damage becomes known, the Department will monitor activities and take additional actions as necessary.

Release Date: 
09/12/2017
Contact Name: 

Egan Reich

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17-1255-NAT
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Washington As part of its ongoing efforts to aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and in the wake of Hurricane Irma, the Department of Education released the following update:

Higher Education

o succeed in college and career, today’s students need the ability to understand content deeply and use that knowledge to think critically and solve problems. They also need to communicate effectively in a variety of media, collaborate with others, and be a lifelong learner through the ability to direct their own learning.
During the month of September, the Alliance for Excellent Education will hold a series of three webinars focused on these “deeper learning” competencies. For additional information on each, or to RSVP for a webinar, click on a link below or scroll down to the bottom of this email.

Thursday, September 14: Advancing Positive Learning Mindsets Through Deeper Learning
Monday, September 18: How States and School District Leaders Can Assess Deeper Learning
Wednesday, September 27: Using Title I to Promote Deeper Learning

Community engagement and trust building is one of the most important aspects of community-based policing. We, as police, need to create the situations where those things can occur, but it is often difficult and we don’t always reach our intended audience with town hall meetings alone. Coffee with a Cop is the perfect answer to the question of how to better engage our community and show our officers in a true and human light

The COPS Office is pleased to feature the September 2017 winner of the Community Policing in Action Photo Contest – the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. The winning photo features an emotional reunion between Sergeant Orrlando Mayes and “Baby Michael.” Six years prior to this photo, Mayes rescued Michael from what would be the longest hostage standoff in the department’s history.

A compilation of security news and blog posts from the 4th - 10th September. We touched on threat surveys, Android patching, the Equifax breach and more!

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) announced today the awarding of $20 million in grants under the National Professional Development Program (NPD), to support educators of English learner students.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement: "Watching brave men and women rush into danger to help in the wake of devastating natural disasters over the past days and weeks, one can’t help but be reminded of the heroes who rushed in to help in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania 16 years ago today. Their courage is the true embodiment of the American spirit, something not even the most horrific of attacks could dampen.

"We remember the victims, honor the heroes and offer our deepest thanks to those who continue to fight for our freedom today."

This week’s digest features a new set of toolkits to deepen learning for students, an upcoming deeper learning webinar series, a look at the connection between military values and deeper learning, and the importance of sharing learning. Toolkits for Deepening Student Learning The Alliance debuted toolkits designed to demystify deeper learning and help education leaders create the conditions […]

Every now and then, we see the 419 "Hitman deployed to kill you" missive doing the rounds. This time, we have a fake DHS notification telling you to pay a $350 fee within 24 hours - or else.

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On July 29, 2017, Equifax discovered that attackers had gained unauthorized access to private data belonging to an estimated 143 million Americans by exploiting a vulnerability in a website application.

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Thank you Dean Henry Butler for the kind introduction and for the opportunity to be here. Thank you President Angel Cabrera for your leadership of George Mason University.

And to the students and faculty with us today, thank you for making time to be here during this busy day of classes.

It is a great honor for me to be here today to address a very important topic.

Washington U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today discussed a better way forward on Title IX enforcement with students and faculty at George Mason University. In her remarks, the Secretary laid out the problems with the current failed system and the need to establish a regulatory framework that serves all students.

The following are key excerpts from the Secretary's prepared remarks:

To encourage website owners and service providers to move to HTTPS, Google began sending out emails to remind them that their sites will be marked as insecure if they don't comply. This is the latest step in the search giant's long-term effort of creating a safer web experience for every user.

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False positives are alarms for non-specific files or behavior that is flagged as malicious, while in fact there were no bad intentions present.

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Nearly a century ago, civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois was asked about the system of education in the United States. He remarked, “Education must not simply teach work—it must teach life.” With his choice of words, Du Bois demonstrated what education leaders and practitioners, policymakers, and researchers now are coalescing their efforts around—creating an […]

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Arizona’s consolidated state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

“After reviewing Arizona’s plan and ensuring it complies with the law, I am pleased to approve it,” said Secretary DeVos. “I commend Governor Ducey, Superintendent Douglas and the many stakeholders in Arizona who helped craft a plan to improve education for the students of the Grand Canyon State.”

In the week ending September 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 298,000, an increase of 62,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 236,000. This is the highest level for initial claims since April 18, 2015 when it was 298,000. The 4-week moving average was 250,250, an increase of 13,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 236,750.

Release Date: 
09/07/2017
Release Number: 
17-1236-NAT
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Many in the United States are familiar with Nigerian scams, but what kind of scams are going on in non-English countries? Take a look at the Chinese version – the seminar scam.

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What could have happened when you find Facebook posts or messages that you didn't post or send? And what are the actions you can take to prevent further abuse?

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A look at how expired domain names can be turned into a lucrative malicious traffic redirection tool.

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Last week, we looked at what actions Kronos can perform in the final installment of a 2-part post. We also dived into Locky, again, a ransomware that just made a comeback, and found that its latest variant (as of this writing) has anti-sandboxing capabilities. This means that once Locky has determined that it’s residing in...

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Statement on Labor Day by U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta released the following statement to commemorate Labor Day:

“Labor Day is the one day a year that we set aside to honor the men and women who work every day to make this nation great.  At the Department of Labor, we have the great privilege of engaging with the greatest workforce in the world, the American workforce.

“On this day, we remember that every individual matters and every worker makes a contribution to the United States economy.  The miners and the growers, the makers and the builders, the movers and the drivers, make all that we have possible.

“This is especially important to remember as the State of Texas begins the long and difficult work of recovering from Hurricane Harvey.  Many workers of all skills will be needed to reconstruct homes, businesses, and infrastructure. 

“This Labor Day, we remember the work it took to build these great United States.  We accomplish great things working together as one nation.  Happy Labor Day!”

Release Date: 
09/04/2017
Contact Name: 

Amanda Kraft

Phone Number: 
Release Number: 
17-1231-NAT
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Houston U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today joined President Trump, FEMA Administrator Brock Long and members of the Cabinet in Texas and Louisiana to visit with those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The group toured the Hurricane Harvey Relief Center and met with members of the Texas and Louisiana congressional delegations to learn more about how best to assist those on the frontlines of the recovery effort.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of North Dakota's consolidated state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

"North Dakota's plan meets the law's requirements, so I am glad to announce its approval," said Secretary DeVos. "I want to thank Superintendent Baesler, Governor Burgum and all other stakeholders who helped craft a plan to improve education for North Dakota students."

Washington U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today released the following statement:

A new phishing campaign that targets businesses goes beyond business email compromise or CEO fraud.

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Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on the August Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on the August 2017 Employment Situation report:

“This month’s jobs report reflects the continued economic strength and optimism spreading across the United States. Since January, 1.2 million jobs have been added to the economy.

“The August unemployment rate was 4.4 percent. Non-farm payroll employment rose by 156,000 jobs, private-sector employment rose by 165,000 jobs in August.  This year, we have seen average private-sector job increases of 176,000 jobs per month, as compared with 170,000 jobs per month in 2016. The unemployment rate for Americans with less than a high school diploma is at its lowest rate in nearly 11 years, dropping 0.9 percentage points last month. Nominal wage growth is steady, yet real wage growth has room for improvement.

“Multiple economic sectors showed job growth in August, including 36,000 manufacturing, 28,000 construction, and 6,000 mining and logging jobs. The breadth of job gains across manufacturing sub-industries is at a 20-year high; more than 70 percent of manufacturing sub-industries added jobs in August. These family-sustaining jobs are the foundation of the American Dream.”

Release Date: 
09/01/2017
Contact Name: 

Eric Holland

Phone Number: 
Release Number: 
17-1230-NAT
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Secretary Acosta Joins Vice President Pence in Texas

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joined U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, and other cabinet officials, in Texas to survey the affected areas, consult with state and local officials, and offer support and gratitude to first responders.

“In the midst of this catastrophe, the people of Texas have persevered to help their friends, neighbors, and all individuals in their communities. Across our nation, Americans are uniting to help those who have been affected by this storm,” said Secretary Acosta. “The U.S. Department of Labor has approved $30 million in grants and will continue to partner with Texas as the state assesses its workforce needs.  I am proud to stand with the President, Vice President, and the entire Administration to support Texas.”

The Department of Labor is supporting Texas’ response to Hurricane Harvey. These efforts include:

  • A total of $30 million in Dislocated Worker Grants have been awarded to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). A grant for $10 million was awarded on Monday, August 28, 2017, and an additional grant for $20 million was awarded on Thursday, August 31, 2017.
  • The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is assisting Texas in administering Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
  • The Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) is temporarily waiving certain requirements and deadlines related to retirement and health insurance plans for employers, employees and others who may have trouble meeting them due to Hurricane Harvey.
  • EBSA is working with the Internal Revenue Service to make it easier for workers to get loans and distributions from 401(k) and other retirement plans, and is temporarily waiving certain employer requirements and deadlines related to employee benefit plans.
  • The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is temporarily suspending select federal contractor requirements, allowing businesses involved in hurricane relief the ability to prioritize recovery efforts. 
  • The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is sending personnel and equipment to assist FEMA in recovery efforts.
  • The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) is working with its grantees to identify flexibilities requested or additional funding needs for its programs, including the Texas Veterans Commission, which administers the Jobs for Veterans State Grants program; affected Homeless Veterans Reintegration Programs (HVRP) grantees; and affected military bases where Employment Workshops are taught.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is helping employers keep their workers safe during cleanup and recovery operations by providing a number of resources.
  • Programmed OSHA enforcement actions will cease in the affected areas to avoid disrupting recovery operations. An OSHA Emergency Response Team (ERT) will provide compliance assistance.
  • OSHA is actively engaged with the National Response Team and the interagency response to the hurricane and flooding. It is working with the FEMA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies to coordinate strategies for the recovery.
  • Public Service Announcements in English and Spanish will be broadcast in Texas during recovery efforts.

As the situation on the ground develops, the Department will monitor activities and take additional actions as necessary. 

Release Date: 
08/31/2017
Contact Name: 

Egan Reich

Phone Number: 
Release Number: 
17-1217-NAT
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