Thursday - August 11, 2022
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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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White House Announces Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act Being Signed Into Law
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 -- The White House issued the following news release:

S. 3373 - the "Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022," which amends various VA authorities related to: health care and benefits to address the effects of harmful environmental exposures that occurred during military service; human resource matters; and medical facility leases.

Thank you to Senators Tester and Moran and Representatives Takano, Bost, and Ruiz, and many others for their leadership.

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Original text here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/legislation/2022/08/10/bills-signed-s-3373/ ... Show Full Article

Treasury Secretary Yellen Sends Letter to IRS Commissioner in Support of Funding for IRS to Improve Taxpayer Service & Combat Evasion by High Income Earners, Corporations
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued the following news release and letter on Aug. 10, 2022:

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Charles P. Rettig in support of the much needed funding to the IRS to improve taxpayer service, modernize outdated technological infrastructure, and increase equity in the tax system by enforcing the tax laws against those high-earners, large corporations, and complex partnerships who today do not pay what they owe.

Secretary Yellen also reaffirmed the Administration's ... Show Full Article

Mont. U.S. Attorney: Belgrade Construction Company Co-owner Sentenced to Prison for Failing to Pay $2.8M in Payroll Taxes
BILLINGS, Montana, Aug. 11 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana, Jesse Laslovich, issued the following news release on Aug. 10, 2022:

The co-owner of H & H Earthworks, Inc., was sentenced today to 30 months in prison after she admitted to failing to pay the IRS more than $2.8 million in employee and employer taxes, and instead, spent some of the money on personal expenses, including home renovations and recreational vehicles, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Melissa Lynne Horner, 43, of Bozeman, pleaded guilty in April to failure to truthfully account for and pay over withholding ... Show Full Article

Ga. U.S. Attorney: Correctional Officer Indicted for Paycheck Protection Program Fraud
ATLANTA, Georgia, Aug. 11 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Ryan K. Buchanan, issued the following news release:

Harrescia Hopkins, a correctional officer employed at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia, has been arraigned on federal charges of wire fraud for fraudulently obtaining two Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") loans. Hopkins was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 9, 2022.

"Hopkins was employed in a position of trust to help safeguard our community," said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. "But during a time of extreme economic need in our nation ... Show Full Article

Federal Highway Administration: DOT Awards $1.83M to Ohio's NEORide to Improve Access to Transit Services in Ohio, Surrounding States
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration issued the following news release:

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) together awarded more than $1.83 million in innovative technology grants to Ohio's NEORide to improve mobility and multimodal connections for Ohioans.

The FHWA provided a $1.49 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant and the FTA provided a $338,600 Enhancing Mobility Innovation (EMI) grant to ... Show Full Article

Commander of Air Combat Command Praises Hill's Depot Workforce for Sustaining America's Fighter Fleet
HILL AFB, Utah, Aug. 11 -- The U.S. Air Force Hill Air Force Base (75th Air Base Wing) issued the following news:

Gen. Mark D. Kelly, commander of Air Combat Command, visited with Ogden Air Logistics Complex and 388th Fighter Wing units at Hill Air Force Base on Aug 9.

During his visit, he met with the units' military and civilian workforce while being updated on fighter aircraft maintenance, sustainment and operations.

"For decades, the depot workforce at Hill has sustained America's fighter fleet to meet the needs of ACC and our warfighters," said Kelly on his Facebook page after the visit.

"Depot ... Show Full Article

Army Public Health Center: Sleep Education, Good Leadership May Help Army Solve Its Sleeping Problem
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Aug. 11 -- The U.S. Army Public Health Center, which focuses on identifying health threats and developing solutions, issued the following news release:

By Douglas Holl

America has a sleeping problem - and for many service members, it's even worse.

* According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a third of U.S. adults report they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep, which is seven to nine hours for adults 18 - 64.

* The Army Public Health Center's 2021 Health of the Force report says only 38 percent of Soldiers attained seven ... Show Full Article