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News Tipoffs for Massachusetts Editors Newsletter for Sunday June 28, 2020 ( 27 items )  

78 Organizations Issues Joint Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- Seventy-eight organizations have issued a joint public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule entitled "Preliminary Regulatory Determinations for Contaminants on the Fourth Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List". The comment was posted on June 11, 2020: The comment was co-signed by Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Alaska PIRG, Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, Audubon Naturalist Society, Audubon Society  more

Advanced Electronics Gains $12.37 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 23: Advanced Electronics Co. Ltd., Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has been awarded a $12,374,760 firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursable modification to a contract (FA8730-16-C-0019) for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) F-15SA Cyber Protection System (CPS) and Related Facilities program. This modification provides for implementation and delivery of end  more

Apogee Research Awarded $13.4 Million Air Force Contract
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 26: Apogee Research LLC,* Arlington, Virginia, has been awarded a $13,398,315 cost-plus-fixed-fee completion type contract (FA8750-20-C-0520) for SymLang, an invariant driven approach to software via symmetries and software. The objective of this effort includes developing novel software systems that enable automated adaptation of the resulting softwa  more

Archway Health Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Keely Macmillan, senior vice president for policy and solutions management at Archway Health, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed rule entitled "Medicare Program: Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model Three Year Extension and Changes to Episode Definition and Pricing". The comment was written on April 24, 2020, and posted on June 11, 2020: * * * Archway Health thanks you for the opportuni  more

Athenahealth Issues Public Comment on HHS IG Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- Greg Carey, director for government affairs at Athenahealth, Watertown, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Health and Human Services Department Inspector General's proposed rule entitled "Grants, Contracts, And Other Agreements: Fraud and Abuse; Information Blocking; Office of Inspector General's Civil Money Penalty Rules". The comment was written and posted on June 22, 2020: * * * We appreciate the opportunity to provide comment on the OIG Proposed Grants  more

Boeing Gains $8.47 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 23: The Boeing Co., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; San Antonio, Texas; and Hamamatsu, Japan, has been awarded an $8,471,689 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a contract (FA8730-18-C-0001) for the Japan Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) mission computing upgrade (MCU) installation and checkout   more

Cooperative Credit Union Association Issues Public Comment on National Credit Union Administration Rule
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Ronald McLean, president and CEO of the Cooperative Credit Union Association Inc., Marlborough, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the National Credit Union Administration's rule entitled "Real Estate Appraisals". The comment was written on June 5, 2020, and posted on June 15, 2020: * * * On behalf of the member credit unions of the Cooperative Credit Union Association, Inc. ("Association"), please accept this comment letter in support of the National Credit U  more

Corporate Accountability Issues Public Comment on Food & Nutrition Service Notice
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- Ashka Naik, research director at Corporate Accountability, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Food and Nutrition Service's notice entitled "Meetings: 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee". The comment was written on June 10, 2020, and posted on June 11, 2020: * * * On behalf of Corporate Accountability, we are pleased to submit the following comment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the 20  more

EPA Rule: Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule Approving State Implementation Plan Revision Submitted by Massachusetts
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a rule (40 CFR Part 52), published in the Federal Register on June 26, entitled: "Air Plan Approval; Massachusetts; Negative Declaration for the Oil and Gas Industry; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule". The rule was issued by Dennis Deziel, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 1. DATES: The direct final rule published at 85 FR 29628 on May 18, 2020 is withdrawn effective June 26, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ariel Gar  more

Federal Reserve Issues Notice on Banking Activity in Massachusetts, Missouri, Oklahoma
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- The Federal Reserve System has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on June 25, entitled: "Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies". The notice was issued by Board Assistant Secretary Yao-Chin Chao. * * * The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR part 225), and all other applicable statute  more

Fisheries Survival Fund Issues Public Comment on NOAA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Kelley Drye and Warren LLP has issued a public comment on behalf the Fisheries Survival Fund on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's proposed rule entitled "Framework Adjustment 59 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan". The comment was written and posted on June 15, 2020: The comment was co-signed by David E. Frulla and Andrew E. Minkiewicz, partners and Bezalel A. Stern, special counsel. * * * On behalf of the Fisheries Survival Fund (  more

Funeral Consumers Alliance of Arizona Issues Public Comment on FTC Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Mart Clare Lynch, executive director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Arizona, Tucson, has issued a public comment on the Federal Trade Commission's proposed rule entitled "Funeral Industry Practices Rule". The comment was written and posted on June 15, 2020: * * * The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Arizona (FCAAZ) is grateful to the Federal Trade Commission for this opportunity to participate in the Funeral Rule Regulatory Review, 16 CFR part 310, Project No. P034410  more

Homeland Security Rule: Applicant-Related Form I-765 Employment Authorization Applications
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- The Homeland Security Department has issued a rule, published in the Federal Register on June 22, entitled: "Removal of 30-Day Processing Provision for Asylum Applicant-Related Form I-765 Employment Authorization Applications". The rule was issued by Chad R. Mizelle, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DATES: This final rule is effective August 21, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel Kane, Branch   more

Homeland Security Rule: Asylum Application, Interview, Employment Authorization for Applicants
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The Department of Homeland Security has issued a rule (8 CFR 208 and 274), published in the Federal Register on June 26, entitled: "Asylum Application, Interview, and Employment Authorization for Applicants". The rule was issued by Chad R. Mizelle, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DATES: This final rule is effective August 25, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maureen Dunn, Chief, Division of Humani  more

Imprivata Issues Public Comment on DEA Rule
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Gus Malezis, president and CEO of Imprivata, Lexington, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Drug Enforcement Administration's rule entitled "Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances". The comment was written and posted on June 18, 2020: * * * Imprivata is pleased to respond to the request for comments to the interim final rule in the Federal Register published March 31, 2010, at 75 FR 16236, which became effective June 1, 2010, which provides prac  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

Lincoln Public School Awarded $85.72 Million Defense Contract
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- The Department of Defense Education Activity issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 22: Lincoln Public School, Lincoln, Massachusetts, was being awarded an $85,722,108 firm-fixed-price contract (HE1254-20-C-0005) for comprehensive educational program services for Pre-K-grade 12 and special education services. The place of performance will be at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. The period of performance is one 12-month bas  more

Lockheed Martin Gains $22.43 Million Task Order Modification
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 23: Lockheed Martin Corp., Liverpool, New York, was awarded a $22,433,508 modification to firm-fixed-price order (N00019-20-F-0535) against a basic ordering agreement (N00019-19-G-0029). This order exercises options to procure 12 retrofit advanced radar processor systems for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. Work will be performed in Liverpool, New York  more

National Community Pharmacists Association Issues Comment on FDA Letter
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Ronna B. Hauser, vice president of policy and government affairs operations at the National Community Pharmacists Association, Alexandria, Virginia, has issued a public comment on the Food and Drug Administration's letter entitled "Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Drug Substances; Guidance for Industry; Draft Guidance". The comment was written on June 11, 2020, and posted on June 12, 2020: * * * The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) appreciates the op  more

National Fire Protection Association Issues Public Comment on Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- L. Seth Statler, director of government affairs at the National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's proposed rule entitled "Pipeline Safety: Regulatory Reform for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines". The comment was written on June 15, 2020, and posted on June 16, 2020: * * * The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on proposed  more

National Wildlife Federation Issues Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Michael W. Murray, staff scientist at the National Wildlife Federation, Ann Arbor, Michigan, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule entitled "Preliminary Regulatory Determinations for Contaminants on the Fourth Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List". The comment was written on June 10, 2020, and posted on June 11, 2020: * * * On behalf of National Wildlife Federation (NWF), I am submitting these comments concerning the U.S.  more

NOAA Rule: Recreational Management Measures for Summer Flounder Fishery
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a rule (50 CFR Part 648), published in the Federal Register on June 18, entitled: "Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Recreational Management Measures for the Summer Flounder Fishery; Fishing Year 2020". The rule was issued by Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. DATES: This rule is effective June 18, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFOR  more

Paul Revere Memorial Association to Receive $16,712 from Interior
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service announced that it intends to award a $16,712 cooperative agreement to the Paul Revere Memorial Association of Boston, Massachusetts, for professional development opportunities for teachers with a commitment to fostering a place-based teaching and learning community. The category of funding activity is education. The agency description of the cooperative agreement states: "Teachers will: * Learn how place-based   more

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Issues Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- Tim Whitehouse, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Silver Spring, Maryland, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule entitled "Preliminary Regulatory Determinations for Contaminants on the Fourth Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List". The comment was written on June 10, 2020, and posted on June 11, 2020: * * * Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection   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

Raytheon Technologies Gains $9.22 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 26: Raytheon Technologies, Woburn, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $9,223,822, firm-fixed-price modification to a contract (FA8730-17-C-0010) for the Qatar Early Warning Radar (QEWR). This modification is for the construction of the communications infrastructure at the QEWR site. Work will be performed in Woburn, Massachusetts; and Qatar,  more

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- David E. Storto, president of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital-Boston and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has 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 11, 2020, and posted on June 12, 2020: * * * Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH)- Boston and Cape Cod, thank the Centers for M  more