Tuesday - March 28, 2017
Federal - Executive Branch

News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from the U.S. Executive Branch, covering all aspects of the Obama administration including cabinet departments, federal agencies, regulatory and independent agencies.

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RED - Producers to Markets Alliance Objective
WASHINGTON, March 27 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development issued the following fact sheet:

While Colombia's conflict-affected territories are home to resilient communities and entrepreneurial human capital, they have also long been plagued by illegal economies, violence and underdevelopment. Precarious institutions and decades-long armed conflict have given rise to narco-trafficking, illegal mining, trafficking in persons and arms, all which threaten stability, security and the country's transition to peace. For this reason, USAID's Producers to Market Alliance (PMA) seeks to strengthen ... Show Full Article

NRCS South Dakota Announces Opportunity for 2017 Conservation Collaboration Grants
HURON, S.D., March 27 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service South Dakota office issued the following news release:

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) serving South Dakota is seeking proposals for Conservation Collaboration Grants (CCG) to help address SD's most pressing natural resource concerns. Proposals are due May 26, 2017.

The NRCS will select proposals that leverage USDA and partner resources and effectively implement projects. Successful proposals will address at least one of the following:

1. Improve soil health in SD.

2. ... Show Full Article

NETL-University of Kentucky Project Closes in on Coal-to-Liquids Process for Cleaner Transportation Fuels
WASHINGTON, March 27 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news release:

With an eye toward the development of cleaner coal-derived liquid fuels that can someday power cars, trucks, tanks, and even jets, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has been supporting researchers at the University of Kentucky as they close in on an innovation that could someday advance the state of the art for transportation fuels production.

In an ongoing 5-year project, the researchers have advanced the design, construction, and operation of a ... Show Full Article

NASS - Indiana Field Office: Indiana Honey Production Up 36 Percent
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., March 27 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service - Indiana Field Office issued the following news release:

Indiana honey production for 2016 totaled 434 thousand pounds, up 36 percent from 2015. This estimate included honey from producers with 5 or more colonies. Yields from Indiana's 7,000 honey producing colonies averaged 62 pounds in 2016, compared with 53 pounds the previous year. Indiana honey price averaged $3.36 per pound, up 13 cents per pound from last year. Value of production totaled $1.46 million, up 42 percent from 2015. ... Show Full Article

MICC Soldiers Participate in DOD's Premier OCS Exercise at Ft Bliss
FORT BLISS, Texas, March 27 -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command issued the following news:

Nearly 450 Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and civilians are here for Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise-17 and a significant number of them are from the Army's Mission and Installation Contracting Command.

Approximately 50 MICC personnel are participating in the exercise or providing support to ensure the exercise is successful. Most of the MICC participants will deploy within the next six months, including some who are only days away from heading downrange as contracting professionals ... Show Full Article

IRS Issues Notice on Housing Cost Determination for Exclusion or Deduction
WASHINGTON, March 27 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Internal Revenue Service issued the following notice on determination of housing cost amounts eligible for exclusion or deduction for 2017 (Notice 2017-21):

SECTION 1. PURPOSE

This notice provides adjustments to the limitation on housing expenses for purposes of section 911 of the Internal Revenue Code for specific locations for 2017. These adjustments are made on the basis of geographic differences in housing costs relative to housing costs in the United States.

SECTION 2. BACKGROUND

Section 911(a) allows a qualified individual ... Show Full Article

Former Chairman of the Board of Payroll Services Company Sentenced to 30 Months for Conspiracy
STATESVILLE, N.C., March 27 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, Jill Westmoreland Rose, issued the following news release:

Frank Alton Moody, II, 57, of Arden, N.C., the former Chairman of the Board of a payroll services company, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for conspiring to steal over $2 million from client companies, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In addition to the prison term imposed, Moody was ordered to spend two years under court supervision after he is released from prison and to ... Show Full Article