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News Tipoffs for Oregon Editors Newsletter for Sunday June 21, 2020 ( 5 items )  

$2 Million Available in Grants/Cooperative Agreements for Water, Energy Efficiency Projects in 19 States, U.S. Territories
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation announced that it expects to award up to 40 grants or cooperative agreements for water and energy efficiency projects in Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The award ceiling for this funding opport  more

31 States to Receive $424,500 Grant From DOT
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration announced that it intends to award a $424,500 grant for assistance for training, travel, and laptop computers. The following state authorities have Railroad Safety State Participation Programs and responsibilities in partnership with FRA for regulating the safety practices for railroad equipment, facilities, rolling stock, and operation in their respective states - Alabama Public Service Commission; A  more

GAO Issues Report on Compacts of Free Association
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-20-491) entitled "Compacts of Free Association: Populations in U.S. Areas Have Grown, with Varying Reported Effects". The report was sent to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on June 15, 2020. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report. What GAO Found: "More than 94,000 compact migrants--that is, citizens of the Federated States of Micr  more

GAO Issues Report: HHS Should Take Actions to Ensure It Has Adequate Number of Effectively Trained Emergency Responders
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-20-525) entitled "Public Health Preparedness: HHS Should Take Actions to Ensure It Has an Adequate Number of Effectively Trained Emergency Responders". The report was sent to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman, and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranki  more

Rep. Blumenauer Issues Statement on Introduction of Restaurants Act
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 15, entitled "Introduction of the Restaurants Act of 2020": There is perhaps nothing more central to communities large and small than their local restaurants. Restaurants play host to everything from first dates to marriage proposals and many of life's important memories. The focal restaurant industry supports Top Chef Masters, first jobs, and parents w  more