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Weekly Highlights, August 28

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders previews upcoming events and describes other ways you can get involved.

Check out a preview of upcoming events from around the administration and a recap of recent news.

On September 20, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT, the Social Security Administration will host a Public Forum concerning Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  The forum will take place at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review located at One Skyline Tower, 5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA  22041.  Please click here to register. This forum is part of Social Security’s self-evaluation of current policies and practices that support Section 504. Under this legislation, federal agencies are required to provide meaningful access to their programs, activities, and facilities for qualified persons with disabilities.

Join the Immigration Dialogue with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: WHIAAPI, in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security, invite you to participate in the public stakeholder events hosted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS is the government agency that administers lawful immigration to the United States.  USCIS’s mission includes providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.  USCIS hosts frequent national and local engagements on a broad range of issues, including naturalization information sessions, adoptions, and employment and family-based visas. Recognizing the role that immigration has played and continues to play in the Asian American and Pacific Islander population, we welcome this partnership with USCIS and hope that you will find their engagements and public materials to be helpful and informative. To sign up for alerts for USCIS’s local and national engagements and to suggest issues of concern, please send an email with your name and location to

On August 17, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury proposed new rules under the Affordable Care Act that will enable consumers to easily understand their health coverage and determine the best health insurance options for themselves and their families. Public comments will be accepted until 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Get more information about the proposed regulation.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC) is pleased to provide additional resources to assist applicants in developing their FY2011 Community Challenge Planning Grant proposals. The following resources are available at under the “Community Challenge Program”:

  • Archived Webcast: Applicants can view the public FY2011 Community Challenge Planning Grant webcast held on August 11, 2011 in its entirety. This webcast provides context on HUD’s sustainable communities initiatives, a walk-through of the FY2011 Community Challenge Planning Grant Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and a question and answer session.
  • Webcast Slides
  • Updated Frequently Asked Questions Document
  • FY2011 Community Challenge NOFA