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News Tipoffs for Alabama Editors Newsletter for Sunday June 14, 2020 ( 22 items )  

15 Organizations Issue Joint Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 10 -- Fifteen organizations have issued a joint public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System: Issuance of the Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity". The comment was written on June 1, 2020, and posted on June 3, 2020: The comment was co-signed by the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, United Egg Pro  more

Alabama Cooperative Agreement Makes $1.6 Million Available for Technical Services, Projects ti Implement Farm Bill Programs
WASHINGTON, June 8 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that it expects to award up to 15 cooperative agreements for technical services and projects for the implementation of all Farm Bill programs in Alabama. The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $1,550,000. The categories of funding activity are a) agriculture, b) environment and c) natural resources. Eligible Applicants: Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)  more

Alabama State Port Authority Issues Public Comment on Federal Railroad Administration Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 8 -- John C. Driscoll, director and CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority, Mobile, has issued a public comment on the Federal Railroad Administration's proposed rule entitled "Metrics and Minimum Standards for Intercity Passenger Rail Service". The comment was posted on June 2, 2020: * * * On March 31, 2020, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Metrics and Minimum Standards for Intercity Passenger Rail Service Docket No. FRA-2019-006  more

APTIM Federal Services Awarded $129.17 Million Navy Contract
WASHINGTON, June 10 -- The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 9: APTIM Federal Services LLC, Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $129,174,167 firm-fixed-price contract (N00024-20-C-4139) for the dismantlement and disposal of the Surface Ship Support Barge, a radiologically controlled Navy support facility. Work will be performed in Mobile, Alabama (65%); Norfolk, Virginia (25%); and Andrews, Texas (10%). This cont  more

Avion Solutions Gains $19.83 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 12: Avion Solutions Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $19,825,503 modification to time-and-materials Foreign Military Sales (Bahrain, Egypt, Latvia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Sweden, Taiwan, and United Arab Emirates) contract (W31P4Q-15-A-0029) for utility helicopter logistics support services. Bids were solicited via the internet with four received.  more

Black Warrior Riverkeeper Issues Public Comment on Office of Surface Mining Reclamation & Enforcement Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 9 -- Eva Dillard, staff attorney at Black Warrior Riverkeeper Inc., Birmingham, Alabama, has issued a public comment on the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's proposed rule entitled "Clarification of Provisions: Ten-Day Notices to State Regulatory Authorities and Enhancement of Corrective Action for State Regulatory Program Issues". The comment was written and posted on June 3, 2020: * * * Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Inc. ("Riverkeeper') respectfully request  more

Council for Autism Service Providers Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 10 -- The Council for Autism Service Providers, Wakefield, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed rule entitled "Coordinating Care from Out-of-State Providers for Medicaid Eligible Children with Medically Complex Conditions". The comment was written on June 1, 2020, and posted on June 3, 2020: The comment was co-signed by Joy Pollard, chair of Telehealth Task Force; Lorri Unumb, CEO; and Michael Wasmer, vice presid  more

Dyncorp International Gains $22.16 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, June 12 -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 11: Dyncorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $22,161,082 hybrid (cost-no-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, time-and-materials) contract (W58RGZ-19-C-0025) modification for aviation maintenance services. Bids were solicited via the internet with five received. Work will be performed Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Afghanistan; and Iraq with an estima  more

Education: Federal Need Analysis Methodology for the 2021-22 Award Year-Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
SPRINGFIELD, Virginia, June 9 -- The Department of Education has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on June 5, entitled: "Federal Need Analysis Methodology for the 2021-22 Award Year-Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, and TEACH Grant Programs". The notice was issued by Mark A. Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid. FOR FURTHER INFORMATI  more

Encompass Health Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 10 -- Justin R. Hunter, senior vice president for public policy, legislation and regulations, and Rob Wisner, senior vice president for reimbursement, at Encompass Health Corp., Birmingham, Alabama, have issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed rule entitled "Medicare Program: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2021". The comment was written on June 3, 2020, and posted on June 4, 2020: *  more

EPA Proposed Rule: Air Plan Approval for Alabama
WASHINGTON, June 9 -- The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposed rule (40 CFR Part 52), published in the Federal Register on June 8, entitled: "Air Plan Approval; Alabama: Air Quality Control, VOC Definition". The proposed rule was issued by Mary Walker, Regional Administrator, Region 4. DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 8, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah LaRocca, Air Regulatory Management Section, Air Planning and Implementation Branch, Air and Ra  more

EPA Proposed Rule: Removal of Vehicle I/M Program
WASHINGTON, June 9 -- The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposed rule (40 CFR Part 52), published in the Federal Register on June 8, entitled: "Air Plan Approval; TN; Removal of the Vehicle I/M Program, Hamilton County, TN". The proposed rule was issued by Mary Walker, Regional Administrator, Region 4. DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 8, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelly Sheckler, Air Regulatory Management Section, Air Planning and Implementation Br  more

Foreign-Trade Zones Board: Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 82-Mobile, Alabama; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; Airbus Americas, Inc. (Commercial Passenger Jet Aircraft); Mobile, Irvington and Theodore, Alabama
WASHINGTON, June 11 -- The Foreign-Trade Zones Board has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on June 9, entitled: "Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 82-Mobile, Alabama; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; Airbus Americas, Inc. (Commercial Passenger Jet Aircraft); Mobile, Irvington and Theodore, Alabama". The notice was issued by Executive Secretary Andrew McGilvray. * * * Airbus Americas, Inc. (Airbus) submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ Board f  more

GAO Issues Report: Economic Trends, Status of Tuna Canning Industry, Stakeholders' Views on Minimum Wage Increases
WASHINGTON, June 12 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-20-467) entitled "American Samoa: Economic Trends, Status of the Tuna Canning Industry, and Stakeholders' Views on Minimum Wage Increases". The report was sent to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairwoman, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Sena  more

House Natural Resources Committee Issues Report on Sinkhole Mapping Act
WASHINGTON, June 10 -- The House Natural Resources Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-427) on the Sinkhole Mapping Act (H.R.496), which directs the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey to establish a program to map zones that are at greater risk of sinkhole formation. The report was advanced by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, on June 4. PURPOSE OF THE BILL The purpose of H.R. 496 is to direct the Director of the United States Geological Survey to establish a program to map zones that are a  more

House Natural Resources Committee Issues Report on Young Fishermen's Development Act
WASHINGTON, June 11 -- The House Natural Resources Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-429) on the Young Fishermen's Development Act (H.R. 1240) to preserve fishing heritage through a national program dedicated to training and assisting the next generation of commercial fishermen. The report was advanced by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, on June 4. PURPOSE OF THE BILL The purpose of H.R. 1240 is to preserve United States fishing heritage through a national program dedicated to training and a  more

Lockheed Martin Gains $1.04 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, June 11 -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 10: Lockheed Martin Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $1,042,250,000 modification to a contract (W31P4Q-20-C-0023) for incidental services, hardware, facilities, equipment, and all technical, planning, management, manufacturing, and testing efforts to produce Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target Advanced Capability-3 missiles. Bids w  more

National Park Service: Notice of Inventory Completion: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Research Laboratories of Archaeology, Chapel Hill, NC
WASHINGTON, June 12 -- The National Park Service has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on June 10, entitled: "Notice of Inventory Completion: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Research Laboratories of Archaeology, Chapel Hill, NC". The notice was issued by Melanie O'Brien, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. DATES: Representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human r  more

North American Metals Council Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 9 -- William J. Adams, chair of the North American Metals Council, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System: Issuance of the Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity". The comment was written on June 1, 2020, and posted on June 3, 2020: * * * The North American Metals Council (NAMC) is pleased to submit this letter regarding the U.S. Env  more

Redstone Government Consulting Issues Public Comment on SBA Rule
WASHINGTON, June 8 -- John Shire, director of Redstone Government Consulting Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, has issued a public comment on the Small Business Administration's rule entitled "Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program: Requirements-Loan Forgiveness". The comment was posted on June 2, 2020: * * * Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to provide comments to the Interim Final Rule Docket No. SBA-2020-0032 implementing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)   more

Torch Technologies Gains $7.48 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 12: Torch Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $7,484,308 modification to a contract (W31P4Q-19-F-C003) for technical and engineering support for research and development. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of July 10, 2020. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation, Army funds i  more

Treated Wood Council Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 9 -- Jeffrey T. Miller, president and executive director of the Treated Wood Council, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System: Issuance of the Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity". The comment was written on May 28, 2020, and posted on June 3, 2020: * * * The Treated Wood Council (TWC) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments  more