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U.S. Sentencing Commission: NEW COMMISSION PROPOSES POLICY PRIORITIES FOR 2022-2023 AMENDMENT YEAR
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Sentencing Commission issued the following news release on Sept. 29, 2022:

The newly constituted United States Sentencing Commission today issued tentative policy priorities for the 2022-2023 amendment year--with top focus on implementation of the First Step Act of 2018.

The Commission lost a voting quorum shortly after enactment of the First Step Act, preventing the Commission from amending the federal sentencing guidelines.

The First Step Act, which authorized defendants to file motions in federal court, helped facilitate a substantial increase in compassionate ... Show Full Article

OPM Launches Chief Diversity Officers Executive Council To Advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, And Accessibility Across Federal Agencies
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The Office of Personnel Management issued the following news release on Sept. 29, 2022:

The Chief Diversity Officers Executive Council (CDOEC) kicked off its inaugural interagency meeting to help implement and sustain a national strategy for DEIA across the Federal government. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) convened the CDOEC to seek to ensure that the federal government is our country's model of excellence for DEIA by strengthening the government's ability to recruit, hire, develop, promote, and retain our nation's talent.

"The inaugural meeting of the ... Show Full Article

NASA Awards Contracts In Support Of Entry, Descent, Landing Technology
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (TNSawa) -- NASA issued the following news release:

NASA has awarded a total of seven contracts to six companies including Airborne Systems North America of Santa, Ana California, CFD Research Corporation of Huntsville, Alabama, Jackson Bond Enterprises LLC of Dover, New Hampshire, Ryzing Technologies of Staunton, Virginia, Miller Scientific Inc. of Flagstaff, Arizona, and Anasphere Inc. of Manhattan, Montana. Jackson Bond Enterprises, LLC is receiving two of the seven awards.

The overall scope of this work is the development of Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (IAD) technologies ... Show Full Article

NASA Awards Contract For Acquisition Of Gaseous, Liquid Helium
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (TNSawa) -- NASA issued the following news release:

NASA has selected three companies to supply 1.4 million liters of liquid helium and 87.7 million standard cubic feet of gaseous helium for use at facilities across the agency. The indefinite delivery requirements contract includes multiple firm-fixed price delivery orders. Awardees include:

* Air Products and Chemicals Inc. of Allentown, Pennsylvania

* Messer LLC of Bridgewater, New Jersey

* Linde Inc. of Danbury, Connecticut

NASA requires helium to support the International Space Station Program as well as the Space ... Show Full Article

Fannie Mae Announces Priscilla Almodovar As Chief Executive Officer
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (TNSper) -- Fannie Mae issued the following news release on Sept. 29, 2022:

Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTCQB) today announced that it has appointed Priscilla Almodovar as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and member of the Board of Directors, effective December 5, 2022. Almodovar will succeed David C. Benson, who has served as Interim CEO and a member of the Board of Directors since May 2022. After her arrival, Benson will continue in his role as President.

Almodovar brings more than 30 years of experience in finance, real estate, and community development across a number of institutions ... Show Full Article

EPA: Containerboard Manufacturer Will Pay $2.5M For Violating Clean Air Act At Its Louisiana Mill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), headquartered in Illinois, has agreed to pay $2.5 million in civil penalties to resolve allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act's General Duty Clause and Risk Management Program Regulations at its containerboard production mill in DeRidder, Louisiana.

In the complaint, filed this week with the proposed settlement, the United States and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) allege nine Clean Air Act violations that stem, in part, from ... Show Full Article

EPA Announces Proposed Tower Standard Petroleum Site Corrective Action Will Not Affect Historic Lac Du Flambeau Reservation Properties
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 30 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release on Sept. 29, 2022:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a determination under the National Historic Preservation Act that the proposed interim measure for the Tower Standard site, located at Haskell Lake at County Road D and State Highway 70 on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation, will not impact any historic properties or cultural resources.

EPA will begin a 30-day public comment period on September 29. The agency has proposed a "no adverse effects" finding for contamination at the site ... Show Full Article