Tuesday - March 20, 2018
Federal Independent Agencies

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New Vision and Dental Plans Coming Soon to Military Families and Retirees
WASHINGTON, March 19 -- The Office of Personnel Management issued the following news release:

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in partnership with the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), announced the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) will be offered for the first time to TRICARE eligible retirees and their families during the 2018 Federal Benefits Open Season. Active duty family members will be eligible to enroll in FEDVIP vision insurance.

The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program ends on Dec. 31, 2018. Those enrolled in TRDP ... Show Full Article

National Archives Celebrates the Environmental Film Festival March 22
WASHINGTON, March 19 -- The National Archives and Records Administration issued the following news release:

On Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m., the National Archives celebrates the 2018 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (https://filmfreeway.com/EnvironmentalFilmFestivalInTheNationsCapital) with a special screening of the 1979 documentary Generation on the Wind. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. The building is Metro accessible on ... Show Full Article

NTSB Issues Urgent Safety Recommendation to Prohibit Flights That Use Unsafe Harness Systems
WASHINGTON, March 19 -- The National Transportation Safety Board issued the following news release:

The National Transportation Safety Board Monday called on the Federal Aviation Administration to prohibit commercial flights that use passenger harness systems that do not allow for easy release during emergencies.

The urgent recommendation (http://link.email.dynect.net/link.php?DynEngagement=true&H=s8mq%2BFF8Y8J/7/XrLp5ygdcwMPrxjsUdQBMch4EEnHhpCCjF3/NlfNgVOLjUy79f0vB5Bmg5BqPDgtqjNB/FuprZEnLt5wLswmvCg8%2BRnxqCJ33FBxOGgHbpCiOWizLY&G=0&R=https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Pages/asr1802.aspx&I=20180319181931.000002c094c7%40mail6-34-usnbn1&X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVhYWZmZjIxOGI5YzJjNWM5Y2NhMjBiMjs%3D&S=pcxK_Vv-vXW7F432m6XhjktIC9hBOVl9anKhnHs-Ye8) ... Show Full Article

NTSB Investigating Uber Crash
WASHINGTON, March 19 -- The National Transportation Safety Board issued the following news release:

The NTSB is sending a team to Tempe, Arizona, to investigate the fatal collision of an Uber vehicle and a pedestrian that occurred on Sunday.

The Uber vehicle was part of the company's self-driving fleet of vehicles. The investigation will address the vehicle's interaction with the environment, other vehicles and vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists.

The team will consist of Investigator-in-Charge Jennifer Morrison and three investigators who will examine vehicle factors, human ... Show Full Article

Modernizing Crime Statistics - New Report
WASHINGTON, March 19 -- The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine issued the following news:

As a nation, we know much less about crime than we should. The nation's system for collecting crime statistics has not been well-equipped to measure cybercrimes such as the deployment of malware or coordinated attacks on computer networks. Current national crime statistics lack the detail and the timeliness to address important concerns, even about offenses that are commonly thought to be well-measured, such as the current homicide rate.

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, ... Show Full Article

International Experts Discuss Future of Water in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Region With the Highest Water Availability in the World
BRASILIA, Brazil, March 19 -- The Inter-American Development Bank issued the following news release:

The World Water Forum 2018 opened in Brasilia, Brazil, with a call to make quality water and sanitation access a focal point of the global development agenda. Every three years, the Forum brings together the main water and sanitation experts from the government, private sector, civil society and academia.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) coordinated the Regional Process of the Americas, which laid out the continent's situation at the Forum. As a result of this process, most of the water ... Show Full Article

Boston Fed Announces Members of 2018 Community Development Advisory Council
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 19 -- The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston issued the following news release:

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston announced today the appointment of two new members to the Bank's Community Development Advisory Council (https://www.bostonfed.org/about-the-boston-fed/advisory-councils/new-england-community-development.aspx) (CDAC):

* Massachusetts

Tracy Palandjian, Chief Executive Officer, Social Finance

* Vermont

William Belongia, Executive Director, Vermont Community Loan Fund

Standing members of the Council include:

* Connecticut

Ann Deming Pratt, Executive Director, ... Show Full Article