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News Tipoffs for Massachusetts Editors Newsletter for Wednesday June 03, 2020 ( 27 items )  

40 Organizations Issue Joint Public Comment on Agricultural Marketing Service Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- Forty organizations have issued a joint public comment on the Agricultural Marketing Service's proposed rule entitled "National Organic Program: Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Economic Analysis Report". The comment was written on May 26, 2020, and posted on May 27, 2020: The comment was co-signed by the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at the George Washington University, Beyond Pesticides, Center for Environmental Health, Center for Food Safety, Certified Natu  more

5 Companies Awarded $1 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- The U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on May 26: AECOM Technical Services Inc., Los Angeles, California (N62470-19-D-8022); Aptim Federal Services LLC, Alexandria, Virginia (N62470-19-D-8023); CH2M Hill Constructors Inc., Englewood, Colorado (N62470-19-D-8024); Environmental Chemical Corp., Burlingame, California (N62470-19-D-8025); Fluor Intercontinental Inc., Greensville, South Car  more

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Rule
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- Alan F. Eisenberg, vice president for global public policy and government relations at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule entitled "Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency". The comment was posted on May 26, 2020: * * * Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Alnylam) appreciates the opportunity to comme  more

Boston University School of Public Health Students Issue Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 2 -- Beth Haley and Greylin Nielsen, students at Boston University School of Public Health, Massachusetts, have issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule entitled "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science". The comment was posted on May 28, 2020: * * * Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Our comments are informed by our expertise  more

Center for Applied Special Technology Issues Public Comment on DOEd Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- Linda Gerstle, CEO of the Center for Applied Special Technology, Wakefield, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Department of Education's proposed rule entitled "Priority and Definitions: State Personnel Development Grants". The comment was written on May 26, 2020, and posted on May 27, 2020: * * * Since 1984, CAST (originally the Center for Applied Special Technology) has worked relentlessly to ensure that our nation is one where learning has no limits for   more

Clean Air Task Force Issues Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- Hayden Hashimoto, attorney and legal fellow at Clean Air Task Force, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule entitled "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science". The comment was posted on May 26, 2020: * * * Thank you. Good evening. My name is Hayden Hashimoto, and I am an attorney and legal fellow with Clean Air Task Force. CATF seeks to protect public health and the environment from the impacts of  more

GAO Denies Protest by Mancon of Virginia
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision denying a bid protest filed by Mancon LLC of Virginia Beach, Virginia. According to the GAO, Mancon LLC, "protests the award of a contract to Noble Supply and Logistics, Inc. (Noble) of Rockland, Massachusetts, under request for proposals (RFP) No. N00189-18-R-0007, issued by the Department of the Navy for materials and logistical services in support of the Naval Facilities Mid-Atlantic Public Works Department in C  more

GAO Issues Report on Evaluation of Bureau of Prisons Drug Education & Treatment Programs
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-20-423) entitled "Bureau of Prisons: Improved Planning Would Help BOP Evaluate and Manage Its Portfolio of Drug Education and Treatment Programs". The report was sent to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Sen. Michael F. Bennet, D-Colorado, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachu  more

GAO Issues Report on Information Regarding Medicare Coverage for Beneficiaries
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-20-408) entitled "Medicare: CMS Should Provide Beneficiaries More Information about Substance Use Disorder Coverage". The report was sent to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, Republican leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Richard E. Neal,  more

General Dynamics Mission Systems Awarded $37.01 Million Army Contract
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on May 29: General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc., Taunton, Massachusetts, was awarded a $37,012,955 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (W15P7T-20-F-0114) for post-deployment software support services for Product Manager Tactical Network-Mission Network, Tactical Network-Transport On-The-Move systems and equipment. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. W  more

General Electric Awarded $9.45 Million Contract
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on May 28: General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, was awarded a $9,451,807 firm-fixed-price contract (W58RGZ-20-D-0036) for maintenance and overhaul of the Stage 1 Nozzle. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 27, 2025, according to the Pe  more

Health Effects Institute Issues Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- Daniel Greenbaum, president of the Health Effects Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule entitled "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science". The comment was written on May 18, 2020, and posted on May 26, 2020: * * * The Health Effects Institute (HEI) is pleased to submit these comments on Proposed Supplemental Rule "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science." (Docket No: EPA-HQ-O  more

House Rules Committee Issues Report on Rule for Amendment of USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- The House Rules Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-426) on a resolution (H.Res. 981), which provides for the consideration of the Senate amendments to the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act (H.R. 6172). The report was advanced by Rep. James McGovern, D-Massachusetts, on May 27. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS OF THE RESOLUTION The resolution provides for the consideration of the Senate amendments to H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020. The resolution makes in ord  more

Lockheed Martin Rotary & Mission Systems Gains $15.39 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on May 29: Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Manassas, Virginia, was awarded a $15,392,275 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-18-C-6258) to exercise options for production and component work. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia (66%); Chantilly, Virginia (18%); and Marion, Massachusetts (16%), and is ex  more

MathWorks Awarded $49.51 Million Navy Contract
WASHINGTON, June 2 -- The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 1: The MathWorks Inc., Natick, Massachusetts, was awarded a $49,507,273 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-20-D-0113). This contract procures licenses for MathWorks products and associated services for the Department of Navy at multiple commands, including but not limited to: Naval Air Systems Comma  more

Merryfield Issues Public Comment on Agricultural Marketing Service Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, May 28 -- Joseph Dickson, co-founder and head of standards and policy at Merryfield PBC, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Agricultural Marketing Service's proposed rule entitled "National Organic Program: Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Economic Analysis Report". The comment was written and posted on May 26, 2020: * * * Thank you for this opportunity to comment on the implementation of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) Rule. I am wr  more

Metrc Issues Public Comment on DEA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- Lewis Koski, chief operating officer at Metrc LLC, Lakeland, Florida, has issued a public comment on the Drug Enforcement Administration's proposed rule entitled "Controls To Enhance the Cultivation of Marihuana for Research in the United States". The comment was written on May 22, 2020, and posted on May 26, 2020: * * * Metrc appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the Controls to Enhance the Cultivation of Marihuana for Research in the United States as publis  more

Northeast Seafood Coalition Issues Public Comment on NOAA Rule
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- Jackie Odell, executive director of the Northeast Seafood Coalition, Gloucester, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's rule entitled "Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: Northeast Multispecies Fishery; 2020 Allocation of Northeast Multispecies Annual Catch Entitlements and Modifications to a Regulatory Exemption for Sectors". The comment was written on May 27, 2020, and posted on May 28, 2020: * * * Th  more

Northeast Sector Service Network Issues Public Comment on NOAA Rule
WASHINGTON, May 31 -- Elizabeth "Libby" Etrie, program director of Northeast Sector Service Network, Gloucester, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's rule entitled "Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: Northeast Multispecies Fishery; 2020 Allocation of Northeast Multispecies Annual Catch Entitlements and Modifications to a Regulatory Exemption for Sectors". The comment was written on May 27, 2020, and posted on May 28, 2020:   more

Northrop Grumman Systems Gains $27.55 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, June 2 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 1: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Aerospace Systems, Melbourne, Florida, was awarded a $27,554,445 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price, incentive-firm-target contract (N00019-18-C-1037). This modification provides recurring production and non-recurring engineering in support of the incorporation of beyond line of sight, tactical targeting netw  more

Raytheon Awarded $29.22 Million Navy Contract
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- The U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on May 26: Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was awarded a $29,222,688 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00014-20-C-1073) for the Receive Only Cooperative Radar and its system. This contract provides for the development of new detection algorithms and operating modes for the AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar system, which will improve detectio  more

Raytheon Awarded Up To $14.5 Million Task Order
WASHINGTON, May 28 -- The Defense Logistics Agency aviation unit issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on May 27: Raytheon Co., Andover, Massachusetts, has been awarded a maximum $14,494,050 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRRA2-20-F-0087) against a seven-year basic ordering agreement (SPRBL1-15-D-0017) for antenna elements. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1  more

Raytheon Awarded Up To $7.55 Million DLA Contract
WASHINGTON, June 2 -- The Defense Logistics Agency aviation unit issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 1: Raytheon Co., Andover, Massachusetts, has been awarded a maximum $7,551,872 firm-fixed-price contract (SPRRA2-20-C-0028) for electrical cabinets. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a three-year, 11-month contract with no option periods. L  more

Relco Compliance Services Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- Marge Morneau, project coordinator at Relco Compliance Services, Holyoke, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater from Industrial Activities". The comment was written on May 19, 2020, and posted on May 26, 2020: * * * I am an environmental consultant with 20 years experience with the MSGP. My comments come from the perspec  more

Rolls Royce Marine North America, Wartsila Defense Awarded $67 Million Navy Contract
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on May 29: Rolls Royce Marine North America (RRMNA), Walpole, Massachusetts (N64498-20-R-4011); and Wartsila Defense Inc. (Wartsila), Chesapeake, Virginia (N64498-20-R-4012), are awarded $67,000,000 for indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity, firm-fixed-price contracts with firm-fixed-price task order provisions for the repair and refurbishment of controllable p  more

Steward Health Care Network Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Rule
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- John Polanowicz, president of the Steward Health Care Network, Needham Heights, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' rule entitled "Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Basic Health Program, and Exchanges: Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Delay of Certain Reporting Requirements for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program". The comment was post  more

Treasury: Permissible Interest on Loans That Are Sold Assigned
WASHINGTON, June 2 -- The Treasury Department's Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has issued a rule (12 CFR Part 7, Part 160), published in the Federal Register on June 2, entitled: "Permissible Interest on Loans That Are Sold, Assigned, or Otherwise Transferred". The rule was issued by Brian P. Brooks, Acting Comptroller of the Currency. DATES: The final rule is effective on August 3, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andra Shuster, Senior Counsel, Karen McSweeney, Special Couns  more