A Guide to Creating a Crisis Management and Communication Plan
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IRS Increases Deduction for Mileage Today
The Internal Revenue Service today announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2011. Taxpayers may use the optional standard rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and other purposes.
The rate will increase to 55.5 cents a mile for all business miles driven from July 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2011. This is an increase of 4.5 cents from the 51 cent rate in effect for the first six months of 2011, as set forth in Revenue Procedure 2010-51. http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=240903,00.html
New Debit Fees Effective October 1st - Exemption for Banks with Assets under $10 Billion.
Excerpts from the Federal Reserve Board’s Decision on new debit card rules follow. Under the final rule issued by the Federal Reserve Board on June 29th, the maximum permissible interchange fee that an issuer may receive for an electronic debit transaction will be the sum of 21 cents per transaction and 5 basis points multiplied by the value of the transaction. This provision regarding debit card interchange fees is effective on October 1, 2011.
The Board also approved on Wednesday an interim final rule that allows for an upward adjustment of no more than 1 cent to an issuer's debit card interchange fee if the issuer develops and implements policies and procedures reasonably designed to achieve the fraud-prevention standards set out in the interim final rule. If an issuer meets these standards and wishes to receive the adjustment, it must certify its eligibility to receive the adjustment to the payment card networks in which it participates. The fraud-prevention adjustment is effective on October 1, 2011, concurrent with the debit card interchange fee limits. The Board will re-evaluate this adjustment in light of feedback received during this comment period.
According to the Federal Reserve, when combined with the maximum permissible interchange fee under the interchange fee standards, a covered issuer eligible for the fraud-prevention adjustment could receive an interchange fee of up to approximately 24 cents for the average debit card transaction, which is valued at $38.
In accordance with the statute, issuers that, together with their affiliates, have assets of less than $10 billion are exempt from the debit card interchange fee standards. To assist payment card networks in determining which of the issuers are subject to the debit card interchange fee standards, the Board plans to publish by mid-July and annually thereafter lists of institutions that are above and below the small issuer exemption asset threshold. Also, the Board plans to annually survey the networks and publish a list of the average interchange transaction fees each network provides to its covered and exempt issuers.
To view the full news release from the Federal Reserve go to: http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/bcreg/20110629a.htm
NPS Accepting Nominations for Concessioner Accessibility Achievement Awards
The National Park Service is now accepting nominations for the Concessioner Accessibility Achievement Award - Improving Accessibility in Commercial Services. This award is one of eight Accessibility Awards given out by the NPS. The Concessioner Accessibility Achievement Award recognizes exemplary efforts that significantly improve accessibility for visitors with disabilities to concessioner-operated programs and facilities within the National Parks.
Projects and programs may address programmatic accessibility (access to programs and services) as well as architectural access. Successful projects will demonstrate innovation, creativity, and success in providing more than just minimum requirements for accessibility, going above and beyond the normal requirements.
Nominees must fill out the NPS National Accessibility Achievement Award Nomination Form and submit a limited amount of relevant photographs, publications, audiovisual aids, or other documents that directly relate to the program or project and that contribute to the judges' understanding of the nomination.
For more information and access to the nomination guidelines and the nomination form, please visit: http://concessions.nps.gov/caaa.htm.
Nominations for this award will be accepted from July 1 - August 31, 2011.