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News Tipoffs for New Jersey Editors Newsletter for Sunday June 28, 2020 ( 38 items )  

$5.1 Million Funding Available for Conservation of Land, Natural Resources in 4 States
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it expects to award up to four grants for the conservation of land and natural resources in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The estimated total program funding available was cited as $5,064,884 with a ceiling of $2 million. Eligible Applicants: State governments. Additional Information on Eligibility: Only the Lead State Agency (or Agencies), as determined by the Gove  more

16 Organizations Issue Joint Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sixteen organizations have issued a joint public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Draft Scopes of the Risk Evaluations to be Conducted for Seven Chemical Substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act". The comment was written on June 8, 2020, and posted on June 12, 2020: The comment was co-signed by the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, Center for Environmental Health, Clean and Healthy New York, Env  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

3 Companies to Compete for $30 Million Corps of Engineers Task Order
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 24: Ilsi-Arcadis JV,* New Orleans, Louisiana (W912DR-20-D-0013); Princetone Hydro LLC,* Ringoes, New Jersey (W912DR-20-D-0015); and W.F. Baird & Associates,* Madison, Wisconsin (D912DR-20-D-0016), will compete for each order of the $30,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for civil works architect engineering services. Bids were solicited via the internet with  more

3M Issues Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- Oyebode A. Taiwo, corporate medical director of the 3M Co., St. Paul, Minnesota, 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: * * * The 3M Company (3M) is providing comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the Announceme  more

6 Companies Awarded $17.5 Million Navy Contract
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 26: Embree Machine Inc.,* Springville, Indiana (N00164-20-D-JN88); J&R Tool Inc.,* Loogootee, Indiana (N00164-20-D-JN89); Loughmiller Machine, Tool & Die,* Loogootee, Indiana (N00164-20-D-JN90); MSP Aviation Inc.,* Bloomington, Indiana (N00164-20-D-JN91); Specialty CNC Inc.,* Bloomington, Indiana (N00164-20-D-JN92); and United Support Solutions - LMT Inc  more

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

American Water Operations & Maintenance Gains $15.94 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The Defense Logistics Agency energy unit issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 26: American Water Operations and Maintenance LLC, Camden, New Jersey, has been awarded a $15,943,623 modification to a 50-year contract (SP0600-08-C-8250) with no options periods for the ownership, operation and maintenance of water and wastewater utility systems at Fort Hood, Texas. This is a fixed-price with prospective-price-redetermination cont  more

Association of Missouri Cleanwater Agencies Issues Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- F. Paul Calamita, general counsel at the Association of Missouri Cleanwater Agencies, 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: * * * The Association of Missouri Cleanwater Agencies (AMCA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the EPA's  more

Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Craig J. Anmuth, medical director of Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, Pomona, New Jersey, 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 10, 2020, and posted on June 17, 2020: * * * We at Bacharach stand strongly in support of patients who require high-quality IRF-level   more

Consumer Federation Issues Public Comment on CPSC Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- Rachel Weintraub, legislative director and general counsel at the Consumer Federation of America, has issued a public comment on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's proposed rule entitled "Safety Standard for Crib Bumpers/Liners". The comment was written on June 17, 2020, and posted on June 18, 2020: * * * Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is an association of non-profit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through   more

Cooper Hospital Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- Hamza Shaikh, director of neurointerventional surgery at Cooper Hospital, Camden, New Jersey, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed rule entitled "Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the LongTerm Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2021 Rates; Quality Reporting and Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Progr  more

Disability Rights New Jersey Issues Public Comment on DOEd Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- Mary A. Ciccone, director of policy at Disability Rights New Jersey, Trenton, has issued a public comment on the Department of Education's proposed rule entitled "Proposed Priorities--Innovative Rehabilitation Training Program". The comment was written on May 27, 2020, and posted on June 12, 2020: * * * Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on behalf of Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ). DRNJ is the designated protection and advocacy system for individuals w  more

Disability Rights New Jersey Issues Public Comment on Election Assistance Commission Notice
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- Mary A. Ciccone, director of policy at Disability Rights New Jersey, Trenton, has issued a public comment on the Election Assistance Commission's notice entitled "Proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0 Requirements". The comment was posted on June 19, 2020: * * * Disability Rights New Jersey appreciates the opportunity to comment on the draft Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) 2.0 Requirements. Voting is a fundamental right, and ensuring that the vote is   more

Energy Kinetics Issues Public Comment on Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Roger D. Marran, president of Energy Kinetics Inc., Lebanon, New Jersey, has issued a public comment on the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office's proposed rule entitled "Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Consumer Boilers; Request for information". The comment was written and posted on June 15, 2020: * * * Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) for residential boilers was implemented nearly 35 years ago and has gone through little practical revi  more

Environmental Technology Council Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- James A. Williams II, vice president for government affairs at the Environmental Technology Council, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Draft Scopes of the Risk Evaluations to be Conducted for Seven Chemical Substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act". The comment was written on June 8, 2020, and posted on June 11, 2020: * * * The Environmental Technology Council (ETC) submits these comments on EPA's - Draft Scope  more

Environmental Working Group Issues Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- Melanie Benesh, legislative attorney at the Environmental Working Group, 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 posted on June 11, 2020: * * * For too long, the Environmental Protection Agency has ignored the risks of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). For decades, chemical manufact  more

EPA Approves Implementation Plans for New Jersey
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a rule (40 CFR Part 52), published in the Federal Register on June 18, entitled: "Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Jersey; Gasoline Vapor Recovery Requirements". The rule was issued by Peter Lopez, Regional Administrator, Region 2. DATES: The final rule is effective on July 20, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Linda Longo, Air Programs Branch, Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 Office, 290 Broa  more

EPA Rule: Pesticide Tolerances for Residues of Fenpyroximate
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a rule (40 CFR Part 180), published in the Federal Register on June 18, entitled: "Fenpyroximate; Pesticide Tolerances". The rule was issued by Michael Goodis, Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. DATES: This regulation is effective June 18, 2020. Objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before August 17, 2020, and must be filed in accordance with the instructions provided in 40 C  more

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Rule: Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a rule (49 CFR 350, 355 and 388), published in the Federal Register on June 24, entitled: "Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program". The rule was issued by Deputy Administrator James A. Mullen. DATES: This final rule is effective July 24, 2020. Petitions for Reconsideration of this final rule must be submitted to the FMCSA Administrator no later than July 24, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jack Koste  more

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Application for Renewal of Exemption From Minimum 30-Minute Rest Break Provision of Hours-of-Service Regulations
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on June 24, entitled: "Hours of Service of Drivers: Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA); Application for Renewal of Exemption". The notice was issued by Deputy Administrator James A. Mullen. DATES: The exemption is applicable from June 18, 2020 through June 17, 2025. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning this notice, contact Ms. Pea  more

FGS Awarded $9.76 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: FGS LLC, La Plata, Maryland, was awarded a $9,760,698 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N68335-20-D-0029). This contract procures network video teleconference equipment for the integrated command control and intelligence divisions integration of specialized network video teleconference systems in supp  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: Mixed Progress in Increasing Diversity, Actions Needed to Consistently Meet Equal Employment Opportunity Requirements
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-20-477) entitled "USAID: Mixed Progress in Increasing Diversity, and Actions Needed to Consistently Meet EEO Requirements". The report was sent to Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York, chairman of the House Foreign   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

ITC: Issuance of General Exclusion Order, 4 Cease, Desist Orders
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- The International Trade Commission has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on June 17, entitled: "Certain Powered Cover Plates; Issuance of a General Exclusion Order and Four Cease and Desist Orders; Termination of Investigation". The notice was issued by Lisa Barton, Secretary to the Commission. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Liberman, Esq., Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436  more

Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association Issues Public Comment on CPSC Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- Kelly Mariotti, executive director of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, has issued a public comment on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's proposed rule entitled "Safety Standard for Crib Bumpers/Liners". The comment was written on June 17, 2020, and posted on June 18, 2020: * * * The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Federal Register Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,   more

Mercury Defense Systems Awarded $11.73 Million Task Order
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 23: Mercury Defense Systems Inc., Cypress, California, was awarded an $11,734,623 firm-fixed-price order (N68335-20-F-0243) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N683350-17-G-0017). This order provides for non-recurring engineering associated with the hardware and software design and development of the Type II Advanced Dig  more

MFW Wine Issues Public Comment on Office of Trade Representative Notice
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Jason Malumed, partner at MFW Wine Co., New York, has issued a public comment on the Office of U.S. Trade Representative's notice entitled "Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Large Civil Aircraft Dispute Portal". The comment was written on June 8, 2020, and posted on June 16, 2020: * * * I am writing today to express my strongest possible opposition to the existing tariffs related to the Large Civil Aircraft dispute and well   more

National Transportation Safety Board Issues Public Comment on FAA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Robert L. Sumwalt III, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, has issued a public comment on the Federal Aviation Administration's proposed rule entitled "Pilot Records Database". The comment was written and posted on June 16, 2020: * * * The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) titled "14 CFR Parts 91, 111, 121, 125, and 135: Pilot Records Database," which  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

New Jersey Hospital Association Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Neil Eicher, vice president for government relations and policy at the New Jersey Hospital Association, Princeton, 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 15, 2020, and posted on June 16, 2020: * * * The New Jersey Hospital Association appreciates the opportunity to off  more

New Jersey Hospital Association Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Neil Eicher, vice president for government relations and policy at the New Jersey Hospital Association, Princeton, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed rule entitled "Medicare Program: Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities; Updates to the Value-Based Purchasing Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2021". The comment was written on June 9, 2020, and posted on June 12, 2020: * * * Th  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

North American Olive Oil Association Issues Public Comment on Office of Trade Representative Notice
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Joseph R. Profaci, executive director of the North American Olive Oil Association, Neptune, New Jersey, has issued a public comment on the Office of United States Trade Representative's notice entitled "Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Large Civil Aircraft Dispute Portal". The comment was posted on June 16, 2020: * * * I am writing to oppose the proposed changes in the collection of comments in connection the USTR 'Large Ci  more

Northrop Grumman Systems Gains $8.44 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: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., McLean, Virginia, was awarded an $8,440,579 modification to a contract (W15QKN-17-F-0006) to accelerate enhancements to the identity, credential and access management system, as well as continuation of the Army Knowledge Online enterprise services modernization. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. W  more

Senate Conducted 5 Committee Hearings on June 23
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The U.S. Senate conducted five committee hearings on June 23, 2020: EXPORT-IMPORT BANK Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to examine the Export-Import Bank of the United States, after receiving testimony from Kimberly A. Reed, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Export-Import Bank of the United States. IMPROVING PUBLIC SERVICE Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on R  more

Trinitas Regional Medical Center Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Elizabeth, New Jersey, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed rule entitled "Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the LongTerm Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2021 Rates; Quality Reporting and Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Programs Requirements for Eligible Hos  more