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At Warfield & Associates, we have developed a range of services that can assist your organisation reduce the likelihood of fraud and corruption occurring and when it does, identify it more readily. Fraud Risk Assessment Fraud is a business risk and managing the risk of fraud is no different to managing other types of business risk. An important element of any fraud risk management program is a risk assessment aimed at identifying what the risks are, how great the risks are and developing appropriate strategies for those risks assessed as a significant threat to the organisation.
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CDBG: 40 Years of Building Strong Communities National CD Week: 28 Years of Showcasing CDBG National Community Development Week: April 21-26, 2014 CDBG 40th Anniversary The 2014 National Community Development (CD) Week will be celebrated from April 21-26, 2014. It provides the opportunity for grantees to meet with their congressional members, showcase projects and programs, and involve the local community, including local businesses, citizens, and community groups in the week-long celebration. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The annual National CD Week campaign is designed to focus local as well as national attention on the outstanding accomplishments of CDBG and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program. National Community Development Week provides an ideal opportunity to educate members of Congress and your community on CDBG and HOME and the importance of both programs on the lives of low- and moderate-income citizens. Please join us in the 2014 National CD Week campaign. NCDA is, once again, proud to lead this effort. About the National Community Development Association The National Community Development Association (NCDA) is a national non-pr...
This chapter describes in some detail the many categories of activity types which may be assisted using CDBG funds. It also discusses a number of activities that may not be so assisted. The chapter also contains guidance on documenting compliance and making the best choice for selecting the category to carry out an activity when more than one may apply. The purpose of the chapter is to help ensure that grantees will: (1) use CDBG funds only for activities that fall under an authorized category of basic eligibility; (2) properly classify the activity; and (3) provide adequate documentation as required by the category it selects for each such activity. The importance of using CDBG funds only for eligible activities is selfevident. The proper classification of each assisted activity by one of these categories of eligibility is also important because the statute and regulations place specific requirements on particular categories and not on others. For example, there is a statutory and regulatory limitation on the amount of CDBG funds which may be used for activities assisted under the category of Public Services. Some services that are assisted under the program may also be eligible under a category other than Public Services and, if properly classified by the grantee as such, would therefore not be subject to the 15% public service cap. There is also a limitation on the amount of CDBG funds which may be used for activities under the categories of Planning and Capacity Building and Program Administration. Likewise, there are other categories under which these types of activities might also qualify and thus not be subject to that cap.
Dear Mr. Chairman: In August 1993, the Congress authorized the 10-year Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community program to help selected distressed communities develop comprehensive approaches for dealing with their social and economic problems. In December 1994, over 100 communities were designated as federal empowerment zones and enterprise communities. These communities will receive about $1 billion in federal grants, as well as tax benefits for certain businesses located in the communities.1 In 1997, the Congress authorized the designation of 22 additional empowerment zones, 2 of which—Los Angeles and Cleveland—the administration has already designated. In addition, Members of the Congress have introduced legislative proposals to further extend this program or provide for similar programs.2 To learn how the program is working, you asked us to (1) examine the progress made by the federal empowerment zones in implementing the program, (2) describe the steps taken by the two responsible federal agencies—the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—to monitor and evaluate the existing zones’ progress, and (3) describe the status of steps to designate the second group of empowerment zones. This report focuses on six zones that we visited—three urban (Atlanta, Baltimore, and New York City) and three rural (the Rio Grande Valley, the Kentucky Highlands, and the Mississippi Mid-Delta) empowerment zones, all of which were designated in 1994. As agreed with your office, the report focuses on the empowerment zones’ progress in implementing economic development activities.
(1) the acquisition of real property (including air rights, water rights, and other interests therein) which is Section 105(a) Activities assisted under this title may include only— (A) blighted, deteriorated, deteriorating, undeveloped, or inappropriately developed from the standpoint of sound community development and growth; (B) appropriate for rehabilitation or conservation activities; (C) appropriate for the preservation or restoration of historic sites, the beautification of urban land, the conservation of open spaces, natural resources, and scenic areas, the provision of recreational opportunities, or the guidance of urban development; (D) to be used for the provision of public works, facilities, and improvements eligible for assistance under this title; or (E) to be used for other public purposes State Community Development Block Grant Program Appendix A ❖ 1 Section 105(a)(2) (2) the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, or installation (including design features and improvements with respect to such construction, reconstruction, or installation that promote energy efficiency) of public works, facilities (except for buildings for the general conduct of government), and site or other improvements; Section 105(a)(3) (3) code enforcement in deteriorated or deteriorating areas in which such enforcement, together with public or private improvements or services to be provided, may be expected to arrest the decline of the area; Section 105(a)(4) (4) clearance, demolition, removal, reconstruction, and rehabilitation (including rehabilitation which promotes energy efficiency) of buildings and improvements (including interim assistance, and financing public or private acquisition for reconstruction or rehabilitation, and reconstruction or rehabilitation, of privately owned properties, and including the renovation of closed school buildings);
The Truth about Teeth Whitening Who doesn’t want a bright white smile? Fortunately, we have many choices in whitening products to choose from to achieve a beautiful white smile. This guide provides information on different teeth whitening procedures, answers commonly asked questions about teeth whitening, and lets you know what foods and beverages are most likely to stain your teeth. This guide ends with information on the White Smile for Life program that Friendly Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry offers to its patients in which enrolled patients get free teeth whitening for life!* Stacey Sell has been a Dental Hygienist since 1995 and enjoys helping many people achieve bright and healthy smiles. She started out as a Dental Assistant in 1992 and soon after that, decided that she wanted to continue her education and was accepted into the dental hygiene program in 1993 at North Dakota State College of Science. Stacey graduated with an Associate's degree in Dental Hygiene in 1995. She has been a part of the Friendly Smiles Team since January 2006 and enjoys working with Dr. Barfield and the rest of the team immensely. Her main focus is as Clinical Manager at Friendly Smiles but she also enjoys working in hygiene as well. Stacey loves being able to have the opportunity to help people achieve a bright and healthy smile that they will enjoy forever.
Pursuant to the Accelerated Examination Program, an applicant may have an application granted accelerated examination status provided certain conditions are met. In order to receive accelerated treatment, applicants must file a petition to make special under 37 CFR 1.102 entitled “Advancement of examination.” Key requirements include the following: (1) the application must be filed via EFS-Web with a petition to make special along with (a) required petition fee or (b) a statement that the claimed invention is directed to environmental quality, development or conservation of energy resources, or counter terrorism; (2) the application must be complete and in condition for examination; (3) the application must contain three or fewer independent and twenty or fewer total claims, and must not contain any multiple dependent claims; (4) the claims must be directed to a single invention; (5) the petition must include a statement agreeing to have an interview; (6) applicant must provide a statement that a pre-examination search was conducted that meets certain requirements; and (7) applicant must provide an accelerated examination support document that satisfies certain requirements. Effective Dates Permanent Program Start Date Aug. 25, 2006 Examination Support Document Complete Examination Support Document Required Program Fees Terms of Acceleration US $130 Petition Fee to Request Accelerated Examination
How do you solve a problem like data-entry phishing? ‘Old school’ email social engineering or data-entry phishing is an attack method that has been on the rise in recent months, notably employed by the Syrian Electronic Army to hack seemingly every major media outlet in the Western hemisphere. Data-Entry phishing emails lure employees into freely giving up their login credentials by taking them to a seemingly legitimate landing page. Attackers then use the credentials to establish a foothold in the network. When spear phishing, data-entry style emails contain a link that takes the recipient to a webpage that appears to be a genuine corporate or commercial site soliciting login information. Despite their pervasiveness and high-success rate, data-entry attacks seeking login credentials and other sensitive information have been a secondary concern for enterprises.
Dear Educators: Preprimary thru Elementary age children and our elderly are within the two demographics with the highest incidence of stairway related injuries, most of which happen in the home. The Stairway Manufacturers’ Association members are professional stairbuilders and stair part manufacturers dedicated to reducing stairway accidents through building code reform and education of the industry and the public. This program is part of that effort and presents an opportunity, which you as educators can compliment and reinforce, as our children develop habits essential to life safety. Learning these important lessons will enable them to ―Use Stairs Safely‖ within the built environment and to transfer their knowledge to others by example. This program has been developed by a team of elementary educators and stair professionals and has been classroom tested. We invite your comments and critique to help us improve the program and to learn of the needs of our students and school systems. To contact us simply email SMA@stairways.org . You will find additional information related to stairways and the industry at www.stairways.org . What is the SMA Student Stair Safety Program? This is a program designed for students that can be customized for students of any age to introduce them to the basics of stair safety. The curriculum includes downloadable graphics, lesson plans, coloring/activity book, basic mathematic materials and introduction to stair codes. Why spend classroom time focusing on stairs and stair safety? According to the Home Safety Council's national report on home injuries, the State of Home Safety in America™ (2004), falls accounted for nearly one-third of all unintentional home injury deaths each year. Falls from stairs and steps were the second leading cause of death due to falls. Research has shown that the largest percentage of the falls that result in serious injury are not the result of faulty stair design regulated by building code but rather stairs that are in poor condition or unsafe stair usage that we might significantly affect through education. Not only do stairs present a significant safety risk, but they also present a hands-on learning opportunity for students of all ages to be involved in learning measuring and mathematics.