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News Tipoffs for Alabama Editors Newsletter for Sunday June 28, 2020 ( 23 items )  

12 Organizations Issue Joint Public Comment on Farm Service Agency NOFA
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Twelve organizations have issued a joint public comment on the Farm Service Agency's notice of funding availability entitled "Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Additional Commodities Request for Information". The comment was written on June 10, 2020, and posted on June 16, 2020: The comment was co-signed by the Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Alabama Sweet Potato Association, Alabama Sweet Potato Growers Association, Californ  more

16 Organizations Issue Joint Public Comment on Office of Surface Mining Reclamation & Enforcement Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sixteen organizations have issued a joint 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 on June 15, 2020, and posted on June 16, 2020: The comment was co-signed by Aimee Erickson, executive director of Citizens Coal Council, Washington, Pennsylv  more

17 States Attorney General Issue Joint Public Comment on Corps of Engineers Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Attorneys General in 17 states have issued a joint public comment on the Corps of Engineers' proposed rule entitled "Rules and Regulations Governing Public Use of Water Resource Development Projects Administered by the Chief of Engineers". The comment was written on June 12, 2020, and posted on June 16, 2020: The comment was co-signed by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey; Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall; Alaska Attorney General Kevin G. Clarkson; Ari  more

6 Organizations Issues Public Comment on NOAA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Six organizations have issued a public comment on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's proposed rule entitled "Proposed Expansion: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary". The comment was posted on June 15, 2020: The comment was co-signed by Karen Hyun, vice president for coastal conservation at the National Audubon Society; Ansel Payne, executive director of Alabama Audubon; Karen Profita, vice president and executive director of Audubon Louisiana  more

Aerovironment Awarded $7.6 Million Army Contract
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 26: Aerovironment,* Monrovia, California, was awarded a $7,596,820 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (W31P4Q-17-C-0171) to exercise an option for repair, maintenance, training, flight support and field service representatives. Work will be performed in Simi Valley, California, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2021. Fiscal 2020 operations and mai  more

Alabama Shipyard Awarded $23.75 Million Navy Contract
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 22: Alabama Shipyard LLC, Mobile, Alabama, was awarded a $23,752,381, firm-fixed-price contract (N32205) for a 96-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry docking of the USSN Ship Supply (T-AOE 6). Work will be performed in Mobile, Alabama, and is expected to be complete by November 2020. This contract includes one base   more

Alabama State Port Authority Issues Public Comment on Federal Railroad Administration Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- 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 written on June 1, 2020, and posted on June 22, 2020: * * * On March 31, 2020, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Metrics and Minimum Standards for Intercity Passenger Rail   more

Boeing Gains $439.18 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 25: The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $439,179,677 modification to a contract (W58RGZ-16-C-0023) for new-build Apache AH-64E aircraft and Longbow crew trainers. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 1, 2025. Fiscal 2020 Foreign Military Sales (Morocco) funds in the amount of $439,179,677 were oblig  more

Cobham Mission Systems Awarded $17.49 Million DLA Contract
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- The Defense Logistics Agency aviation unit issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 24: Cobham Mission Systems Davenport LSS Inc. dba Cobham Mission Systems, Davenport, Iowa, has been awarded a maximum $17,492,050 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract (SPRRA1-20-D-0023) for a nitrogen inerting unit. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1) as stated in Federal Acquisiti  more

Cooperative Agreements Make $1.5 Million Available for Projects to Strengthen Relationship of Fisheries Researchers in 9 States, Territories
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it expects to award up to eight cooperative agreements for projects that seek to improve and strengthen the relationship of fisheries researchers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas and U.S. Virgin Islands. The estimated total program funding available was cited as $1.5 million with a ceiling of $250,000. The categories of funding activity are a) environment  more

Foreign-Trade Zones Board: Subzone Status for Facility of Signature Express Transport, Alabama
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- The Foreign-Trade Zones Board has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on June 12, entitled: "Foreign-Trade Zone 98-Birmingham, Alabama; Application for Subzone; Signature Express Transport, LLC, Fairfield, Alabama". The notice was issued by Executive Secretary Andrew McGilvray. * * * An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the City of Birmingham, Alabama, grantee of FTZ 98, requesting subzone status for the facili  more

GAO Issues Report on COVID-19
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-20-625) entitled "Covid-19: Opportunities to Improve Federal Response and Recovery Efforts". The report was sent to Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Sen. Ron   more

GAO Issues Report on Military Depots
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-20-390) entitled "Military Depots: The Navy Needs Improved Planning to Address Persistent Aircraft Maintenance Delays While Air Force Maintenance Has Generally Been Timely". The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, ranki  more

GAO Issues Report on Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-20-337) entitled "Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Additional DOL Actions Needed to Help States and Employers Address Substance Use Disorder". The report was sent to Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, Republican leader of the House Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Andy Barr, R-Kentucky, and Rep. S. Brett Guthrie, R-Kentucky, on June 22, 2020. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the rep  more

Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence Issues Public Comment on Corps of Engineers Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Lindsay Nichols, federal policy director of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, San Francisco, California, has issued a public comment on the Corps of Engineers' proposed rule entitled "Rules and Regulations Governing Public Use of Water Resource Development Projects Administered by the Chief of Engineers". The comment was written on June 12, 2020, and posted on June 16, 2020: * * * This comment is submitted on behalf of Giffords and Giffords Law Center to P  more

Honeywell International Awarded $7.15 Million Army Contract
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 24: Honeywell International Inc., Clearwater, Florida, was awarded a $7,146,942 firm-fixed-price contract (W31P4Q-20-D-0027) for procurement of 66 Tactical Advanced Land Inertial Navigator High Accuracy North Finding Systems. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an est  more

Innovative Defense Technologies Awarded $9.74 Million Navy Contract
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 22: Innovative Defense Technologies LLC,* Arlington, Virginia, was awarded a $9,738,679 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N68335-20-F-0349) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-19-G-0036). This order provides for continued research and development efforts under Small Business Innovation Research topic N171-012, titled "Tr  more

Kepler Research Awarded $73.12 Million Defense Contract
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- The Missile Defense Agency issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 25: Kepler Research Inc., Woodbridge, Virginia, is being awarded a $73,119,865 competitive cost-plus-fixed-fee level-of-effort contract (HQ0858-20-C-0008) with a two-year base value of $16,925,921 and three one-year options for contracting, compliance, cost/price and operations advisory and assistance services. The work will be performed in the National Capital R  more

MCR Federal Gains $8.58 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 26: MCR Federal LLC, McLean, Virginia, was awarded an $8,579,438 modification to a contract (W31P4Q-16-A-0016) for technical engineering services in support of the Fixed Wing Project Office. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of July 28, 2021. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Army) funds; and 2018 airc  more

Mission Critical Solutions Awarded $16.28 Million Contract
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 24: Mission Critical Solutions LLC,* Alum Bank, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $16,276,805 firm-fixed-price contract (W31P4Q-20-D-0025) for procurement of inert warheads. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 24, 2025, the Pentagon re  more

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Awarded $2.27 Million Defense Contract
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 26: Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Massachusetts, was being awarded a sole-source contract (HQ0862-20-C-0002) in the amount of $2,271,181,543 under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The contract type will be a hybrid firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-fee, cost-plus-award-fee and cost-plus-incen  more

Rheem Manufacturing Issues Public Comment on Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Karen Meyers, vice president for government affairs at Rheem Manufacturing Co., Atlanta, Georgia, has issued a public comment on the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office's proposed rule entitled "Test Procedure for Consumer Boilers". The comment was written on June 15, 2020, and posted on June 16, 2020: * * * Rheem Manufacturing Company ("Rheem") is pleased to submit the following comments in response to the Request for Information (RFI) pertaining to Test Proce  more

System Dynamics International Awarded $28.74 Million Air Force Contract
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 24: System Dynamics International, Huntsville, Alabama, has been awarded a $28,736,071 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (FA8620-20-C-2001) for MQ-9 unmanned aerial system aircrew and support services. Work will be performed in Poway, California; China Lake Naval Air Station, California; Edwards Air Force Base, California; Palmda  more