Tuesday - January 26, 2021
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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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Warning Issued by U.S. Attorney, IRS Criminal Investigation Pertaining to New Wave of COVID-19 Scams as Second Round of Economic Impact Payments are Delivered
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands, Jan. 26 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Virgin Islands, Gretchen C.F. Shappert, issued the following news release on Jan. 25:

Gretchen C.F. Shappert, United States Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands, and Tyler R. Hatcher, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement today in an effort to prevent taxpayers from falling victim to criminals engaged in fraud schemes.

In the last several months, IRS-CI has seen a variety of Economic Impact Payment (EIP) scams ... Show Full Article

W.Va. U.S. Attorney: Berkeley County Man Sentenced for Wire Fraud Involving Hearts2Heros Organization
MARTINSBURG, West Virginia, Jan. 26 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, Bill Powell, issued the following news release on Jan. 25:

Christopher T. Engle, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 41 months of incarceration for wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Engle, age 30, was the co-owner of Hearts2Heros, a for-profit entity that allegedly was meant to support the military by creating and sending care packages to deployed service members. Hearts2Heros employees solicited contributions and misrepresented that the organization was a charity. ... Show Full Article

U.S. Navy Conducts Interoperability With NATO in the Black Sea
NAPLES, Italy, Jan. 26 -- The U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa - U.S. 6th Fleet issued the following news:

The U.S. Navy and NATO Air Command, conducted the first joint maritime and air training mission in the Black Sea for 2021, Jan. 23, 2021.

The Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), one U.S. Navy P-8 Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Aircraft from VP-46 out of Sigonella, Italy, and NATO Air Command aircraft E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft based out of Geilenkirchen Air Base, Germany, participated in the training.

"Integrated maritime ... Show Full Article

U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence Adds Antigen Testing Lab to COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 26 -- The U.S. Army Medicine issued the following news:

It took nearly 8,000 COVID antigen tests, at least that many screenings and 14 days of restriction of movement (ROM), but in-person learning at the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence (MEDCoE) safely resumed after post-holiday block leave (HBL) reintegration this week.

Dr. Nadia Pearson, the MEDCoE Command Surgeon and Chief of the MEDCoE Force Health Protection Cell responsible for the MEDCoE HBL reintegration plan, said she credits Soldier and leader professionalism and discipline ... Show Full Article

DOD Issues Statement on Transgender Service in the Military
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on transgender service in the military:

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"I fully support the President's direction that all transgender individuals who wish to serve in the United States military and can meet the appropriate standards shall be able to do so openly and free from discrimination.

"The Department will immediately take appropriate policy action to ensure individuals who identify as transgender are eligible to enter and serve in their self-identified gender. These changes will ensure ... Show Full Article

DOD I.G. Issues Memorandum on Special Operations Command's Supply Chain Risk Management for Security, Acquisition & Delivery of Specialized Equipment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 -- The Defense Inspector General issued the following memorandum on "Evaluation of U.S. Special Operations Command's Supply Chain Risk Management for the Security, Acquisition, and Delivery of Specialized Equipment" (Project No. D2021-DEV0PD-0052.000):

MEMORANDUM FOR UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR SPECIAL OPERATIONS AND LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT COMMANDER, UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND

SUBJECT: Evaluation of U.S. Special Operations Command's Supply Chain Risk Management for the Security, Acquisition, and Delivery ... Show Full Article

Air Force Global Strike Flyover to Support Super Bowl 55 in Tampa
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Jan. 26 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news:

Three different Air Force Global Strike Command bombers will conduct a first-of-its-kind trifecta flyover during the National Anthem performance at the 55th Super Bowl, Feb. 7, over Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

"Supporting this event is a tremendous honor for our command and the U.S. Air Force," said Gen. Tim Ray, AFGSC commander. "We look forward to this opportunity to showcase the reliability, flexibility and precision of our bomber fleet to the nation during this exciting event."

The bomber flyover, ... Show Full Article