FILE - In this May 23, 2020, file photo Elizabeth Santoro, a medic with the Minnesota Air National Guard 133rd Medical Group, administers a free COVID-19 test at the Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis. Since the pandemic began, Congress has set aside trillions of dollars to ease the crisis. A joint KHN and Associated Press investigation finds that many communities with big outbreaks have spent little of that federal money on local public health departments for work such as testing and contact tracing. Others, like Minnesota, were slow to do so. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)

For the next pandemic, new report spells out plan for federal agencies to work together

In today’s Federal Newscast: A new, in-depth report spells out a plan for federal agencies to work together to fight the next pandemic. Beware, it’s…

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President Joe Biden speaks from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in Washington, as he announces that a U.S. airstrike killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri in Afghanistan. (Jim Watson/Pool via AP)

Biden names FEMA, CDC officials to head monkeypox response

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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, people arrive before the start of a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Miami Field Office in Miami. USCIS, The cash-strapped federal agency that oversees that nation's legal immigration system, scrapped plans Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, to furlough 13,000 employees, or nearly 70% of its workforce. The agency said it would maintain operations through September when the the fiscal year ends.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

USCIS sets ambitious hiring, processing goals to shrink massive immigration case backlog

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While advocates await new DoD data on military food insecurity, researchers suggest solutions

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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2021, file photo, Victor Villegas, 78, right, receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot from a health care worker at a vaccination site in the Mission district of San Francisco. As Newsom faces a likely recall, Latino advocates say engaging their communities and providing a more robust response to the pandemic could be keys to his survival. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)

In the pandemic, federal, state and local government responses weren’t always aligned

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Academic challenge nets knowledge and possible future employees for the FDIC

A team of four students at a Virginia university won the challenge competition put on by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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If the government forces you back to the office, you’ve got rights

Perhaps on purpose, but the administration has offered only vague guidance on when or if or which federal employees must return to their offices.

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FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo people photograph the signage outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in Tukwila, Wash., that was closed due to concerns about the coronavirus. The U.S. government says a new rule disqualifying more people from green cards if they use government benefits will not apply to immigrants with symptoms of the illness caused by coronavirus who seek care. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said late Friday, March 13, 2020, that seeking treatment or preventive services will not impact someone's immigration status under the new public charge rule, which took effect last month. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times via AP, File)/The Seattle Times via AP)

Is USCIS up to the task of processing all of the green cards available?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services hasn’t returned to full capacity after two years of pandemic, and it’s having trouble processing all of the visa numbers available.

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