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U.S. Court of Federal Claims Issues Reported Opinion Involving Westdale Northwest Center Vs. U.S.
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- The U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued the following reported opinion (Case No. 16-113):

WESTDALE NORTHWEST CENTER, LP, Plaintiff, v. UNITED STATES, Defendant.

Jennifer A. Gehrt, Barbee & Gehrt, LLP, Dallas, TX, for the plaintiff.

Michael D. Austin, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for the defendant, with Helen Kerns, General Counsel Office, General Services Administration, of counsel.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

HERTLING, Judge

The Court awarded judgment for the plaintiff, Westdale Northwest Center, LP ("Westdale"), after ... Show Full Article

Smithsonian American Art Museum Names Randall Griffey as New Head Curator
WASHINGTON, May 26 (TNSper) -- The Smithsonian American Art Museum issued the following news release on May 25, 2022:

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced today that Randall Griffey will join its senior leadership team as head curator. Griffey will oversee all aspects of the museum's curatorial program, including research, exhibitions, acquisitions and collections. He will lead the major reinstallation and reinterpretation plan for all three floors of the museum's permanent collection galleries. He begins work at the museum this summer.

"Randy is one of the most dynamic curators and ... Show Full Article

Office of Personnel Management Announces Additional Key Staff Appointments
WASHINGTON, May 26 (TNSper) -- The Office of Personnel Management issued the following news release on May 25, 2022:

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced additional Biden-Harris Administration political appointees. These diverse and accomplished individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the agency and will work to quickly advance key priorities for the Biden-Harris Administration.

Tiffany Avila, Confidential Assistant, Office of the Director

Tiffany most recently served on the Leadership and Training team at the White House Presidential Personnel Office. Prior ... Show Full Article

National Endowment for the Arts Announces More Than $750,000 in Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- The National Endowment for the Arts issued the following news release:

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance, is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of Creative Forces(R) Community Engagement grants, with support for 26 organizations totaling $750,385.

Awards will support community-based arts programming that will expand the work of Creative Forces into more communities nationwide to address the distinct experiences, challenges, and strengths of military-connected populations through the arts. View the complete ... Show Full Article

NASA, Boeing Complete Starliner Uncrewed Flight Test to Space Station
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- NASA issued the following news release:

NASA and Boeing safely landed the company's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft Wednesday in the desert of the western United States, completing the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) to the International Space Station to help prove the system is ready to fly astronauts.

About four hours after departing the space station, Starliner touched down onto its airbags at 4:49 p.m. MDT, wrapping up the six-day flight, which tested the end-to-end capabilities of the crew-capable spacecraft. The landing followed a deorbit burn at 4:05 p.m., separation ... Show Full Article

Development Finance Corp. Collaborates With USAID and the African Union to Support Financial Inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- The U.S. International Development Finance Corp. issued the following news release May 25, 2022:

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) today announced the financial commitment of four transactions under a partnership with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) African Union and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD). The new projects mobilize $74 million total to expand access to financing for African micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia.

"DFC's partnership with USAID and AUDA-NEPAD ... Show Full Article

Amtrak Travelers Can Now Buy Tickets for Berkshire Flyer Service Between Pittsfield and New York City
NEW YORK, May 26 -- The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) issued the following news release:

Amtrak, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), is now selling tickets for its newest train service, the Berkshire Flyer, for travel between New York City and Pittsfield, MA via Amtrak.com, the Amtrak app, Amtrak ticket desks and kiosks, and through 1-800-USA-RAIL. Service will begin Friday, July 8 and will operate on weekends through the summer months between Moynihan Train Hall and Pittsfield, ... Show Full Article