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News Tipoffs for Massachusetts Editors Newsletter for Sunday July 05, 2020 ( 44 items )  

18 Companies To Compete for Up To $950 Million Air Force Contract
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on July 1: Accenture Federal Services LLC, Arlington, Virginia (FA8612-20-D-0029); Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colorado (FA8612-20-D-0030); Black River Systems, Utica, New York (FA8612-20-D-0031); CAE USA Mission Solutions Inc., Tampa, Florida (FA8612-20-D-0032); CUBIC (GATR Technologies Inc.), Huntsville, Alabama (FA8612-20-D-0033); Global A  more

5 Congress Members Issue Joint Public Comment on Office of National Drug Control Policy Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Five members of Congress have issued a joint public comment on the Office of National Drug Control Policy's proposed rule entitled "Criteria for Designation of Emerging Drug Threats in the United States". The comment was written and posted on June 30, 2020: The comment was co-signed by Reps. David Trone, D-Maryland; Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pennsylvania; Madeleine Dean, D-Pennsylvania; Ben McAdams, D-Utah; and T.J. Cox, D-California. * * * Thank you for the opportunity to pro  more

Abiomed Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- Melissa D. Schooley, senior director for corporate health policy and government affairs at Abiomed Inc., Danvers, Massachusetts, 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 Medica  more

Agricultural Marketing Service Rule: Beef Promotion & Research Act
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a rule (7 CFR Part 1260), published in the Federal Register on July 1, entitled: "Beef Promotion and Research; Reapportionment". The rule was issued by Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. DATE: Effective July 31, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kahl Sesker, Agricultural Marketing Specialist; Research and Promotion Division; Livestock and Poultry Program, AMS, USDA; Room 2610-S, STOP 0251, 1400  more

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- Joseph A. Bosco, president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 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 June 23, 2020, and posted on June 24, 2020: * * * On behalf of over 34,000 orthopaedic surgeons and residents represented by the Americ  more

American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Issue Public Comment on CDC Notice
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- John A. Wilson, president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and Steven N. Kalkanis, president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Schaumburg, Illinois, have issued a public comment on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's notice entitled "Management of Acute and Chronic Pain: Request for Comment". The comment was written on June 16, 2020, and posted on June 17, 2020: * * * The American Association of Neurolo  more

Arrow Tech Associates Awarded $12.17 Million Navy Contract
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- The U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 30: Arrow Tech Associates Inc., South Burlington, Vermont, was awarded a $12,174,838 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00014-20-C-1071) for work on a modular, ultra-extended range quad wing 155mm Deep Strike Cargo Artillery Round (Deep SCAR) compatible with the M777 Lightweight Towed 155mm Howitzer (M777). This 155mm Deep SCAR will inform the art of the  more

Berkshire Sweet Gold Maple Farm Issues Public Comment on Farm Service Agency NOFA
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Brooks McCutchen, owner of Berkshire Sweet Gold Maple Farm, Heath, Massachusetts, has issued a 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 posted on June 16, 2020: * * * I and my wife Janis Steele own the Berkshire Sweet Gold Maple Farm in Heath, Massachusetts. We are an artisanal direct market farm well known for a premium product  more

Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Issues Public Comment on Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Notice
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Wendy K. Northcross, CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's notice entitled "Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Vineyard Wind LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Massachusetts and Public Meetings". The comment was written and posted on June 29, 2020: * * * On behalf of our 1,236 member businesses and organizations, thank you for the opportunity to comme  more

Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute Gains $2.7 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on July 1: The Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (CMU-SEI), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a $2,697,568,646 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification to a contract (FA8702-15-D-0002) for the operation of the CMU-SEI Federally Funded Research and Development Center. This option extends the contract order p  more

Clear Ballot Group Issues Public Comment on Election Assistance Commission Notice
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Russ Dawson, federal certification program manager at the Clear Ballot Group, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Election Assistance Commission's notice entitled "Proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0 Requirements". The comment was written and posted on June 22, 2020: * * * This document serves as Clear Ballot Group's introduction of comments offered in association with VVSG 2.0 draft requirements. We have diligently reviewed the propose  more

CommonWell Health Alliance Issues Public Comment on HHS IG Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- Paul L. Wilder, executive director of the CommonWell Health Alliance, Boston, 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 posted on July 2, 2020: * * * On behalf of CommonWell Health Alliance, we are pleased to submit comments on the O  more

Cooperative Credit Union Association Inc. Issues Public Comment on National Credit Union Administration Rule
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- 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 "Central Liquidity Facility". The comment was written on June 29, 2020, and posted on June 30, 2020: * * * On behalf of the member credit unions of the Cooperative Credit Union Association, Inc. ("Association"), please accept this letter relative to the National Credit Union A  more

CTA Construction Awarded $35.52 Million Corps of Engineers Contract
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 30: CTA Construction Co. Inc., Waltham, Massachusetts, was awarded a $35,521,088 firm-fixed-price contract (W912WJ-20-C-0007) to construct the Soldier Squad Performance Research Institute. Bids were solicited via the internet with four received. Work will be performed in Natick, Massachusetts, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 19, 2022. Fiscal 20  more

Environment America, Environment California Issue Public Comment on NOAA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Kelsey Lamp, ocean advocate at Environment America, Boston, Massachusetts, and Dan Jacobson, state director of Environment California, Los Angeles, have issued a public comment on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's notice entitled "Review of Nomination for Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary". The comment was written on June 15, 2020, and posted on June 17, 2020: * * * Environment America is a national nonprofit advocacy group that strives to pr  more

EPA Approves Implementation Plans for New Hampshire
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a rule (40 CFR Part 52), published in the Federal Register on July 1, entitled: "Air Plan Approval; New Hampshire; Single Source Order for PSI Molded Plastics". The rule was issued by Dennis Deziel, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 1. DATES: This rule is effective on July 31, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob McConnell, Environmental Engineer, Air and Radiation Division (Mail Code 05-2), U.S. Environmental Protect  more

Food Research & Action Center Issues Public Comment on Food & Nutrition Service Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Ellen Vollinger, legal director of the Food Research and Action Center, has issued a public comment on the Food and Nutrition Service's proposed rule entitled "Employment and Training Opportunities in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program". The comment was written on June 17, 2020, and posted on June 26, 2020: * * * On behalf of the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), please accept these comments in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed   more

Fresenius Medical Care North America Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Rule
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- C.M. Cameron Lynch, senior vice president for government affairs at Fresenius Medical Care North America, Waltham, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' rule entitled "Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Basic Health Program, and Exchanges: Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Delay of Certain Reporting Requirements for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Repo  more

General Dynamics Mission Systems Awarded $19.3 Million Army Contract
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- The U.S. Army Contracting Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 29: General Dynamics Mission Systems, Taunton, Massachusetts, was awarded a $19,298,469 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (W15P7T-20-F-0159) to procure engineering and testing contractor support services. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Taunton, Massachusetts, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2021  more

Ginkgo Bioworks Issues Public Comment on State Department Notice
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- Lily Fitzgerald, policy and government affairs manager at Ginkgo Bioworks, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the U.S. Department of State's notice entitled "Meetings: Digital Sequence Information of Genetic Resources". The comment was written on June 30, 2020, and posted on July 2, 2020: * * * Ginkgo Bioworks, a synthetic biology company with a $4.5B market evaluation based out of Boston, Massachusetts, is pleased to submit the following response to th  more

Harvard University Physician Issues Public Comment on CDC Notice
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Syed Owais, physician at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's notice entitled "Management of Acute and Chronic Pain: Request for Comment". The comment was written on June 14, 2020, and posted on June 18, 2020: * * * Thank you for the opportunity to provide public comment to help inform the CDC about alternatives to opioids in the treatment of acute and chronic pain. I am a physician tha  more

HeadsUPmigraine Issues Public Comment on CDC Notice
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Nita Ghei, director of research at headsUPmigraine, San Francisco, California, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's notice entitled "Management of Acute and Chronic Pain: Request for Comment". The comment was posted on June 19, 2020: * * * INTRODUCTION HeadsUpMigraine is a volunteer, patient advocacy group dedicated to advancing knowledge of the disease of migraine, reducing stigma, and increasing access to treatment to those wh  more

Hopwood Globe Issues Public Comment on SBA Rule
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Michael D. Drinkwater, partner of Hopwood Globe Co., Malden, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Small Business Administration's rule entitled "Business Loan Program Temporary Changes: Paycheck Protection Program-Loan Increases". The comment was written on June 4, 2020, and posted on June 30, 2020: * * * Thank you for addressing the need to modify Paycheck Protection Program loans based on changes to the program rules regarding partner income since inception  more

House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Issues Report on Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act (Part 1 of 6)
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-437) on the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act (H.R. 2), which authorizes funds for federal-aid highways, highway safety programs and transit programs. The report was advanced by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, on June 26. Excerpts of the report follow: Part 1 will include: Purpose of Legislation; Background and Need for Legislation; and Hea  more

L3 Technologies Awarded $25.71 Million Navy Contract
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on July 2: L3 Technologies Inc. KEO, Northampton, Massachusetts, was awarded a $25,713,600 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00024-20-C-6249) for engineering and technical services for the design, development, testing, system support and production of submarine photonics masts. This contract includes options which, if exercised, will bring the cumulative value of  more

Makeup By Nicoleta Issues Public Comment on Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Notice
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Nicoleta Trandafir of Makeup by Nicoleta, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's notice entitled "Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Vineyard Wind LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Massachusetts and Public Meetings". The comment was posted on June 29, 2020: * * * Climate change is real and we can see this even more on the Vineyard. I fully support the Vineyard Wind 1 Project and   more

Maryland Fisherman Issues Comment on Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Notice
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Capt. George E. Topping, a fisherman from Ocean City, Maryland, has issued a public comment on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's notice entitled "Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Vineyard Wind LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Massachusetts and Public Meetings". The comment was written on June 15, 2020, and posted on June 17, 2020: * * * As a Commercial Fisherman for 50+ years, I fish for Horseshoe crabs for medical science. T  more

Mass Audubon Issues Public Comment on Fish & Wildlife Service Notice
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- David O'Neill, president of Mass Audubon, Lincoln, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Fish and Wildlife Service's notice entitled "Migratory Bird Permits; Regulations Governing Take of Migratory Birds". The comment was written on June 15, 2020, and posted on June 19, 2020: * * * Mass Audubon submits these comments in strong opposition to the proposed action by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to adopt regulations Governing Take of Migratory Birds t  more

Massachusetts Cooperative Agreements Make $650,000 Available for Conservation Programs
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that it expects to award up to three cooperative agreements for conservation programs in Massachusetts. The estimated total program funding available was cited as $650,000. The categories of funding activity are a) agriculture, b) environment and c) natural resources. Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher educ  more

Massachusetts Package Stores Association Issues Public Comment on Office of Trade Representative Notice
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- Robert A. Mellion, executive director and general counsel at the Massachusetts Package Stores Association, Westborough, has issued a public comment on the Office of U.S. Trade Representative's notice entitled "Initiation of Section 301 Investigations of Digital Services Taxes". The comment was written and posted on June 25, 2020: * * * The Massachusetts Package Stores Association, on behalf of all Massachusetts retailers of beer, wine and spirits, is again writing to exp  more

Medical Information Technology Issues Public Comment on HHS IG Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- Medical Information Technology Inc., Westwood, 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 on June 23, 2020, and posted on July 2, 2020: * * * On behalf of Medical Information Technology, Inc., I am pleased to offer comments on  more

Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Visibility Union Issues Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Peter Walke, chair of Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Visibility Union, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule entitled "Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter". The comment was written on June 29, 2020, and posted on June 30, 2020: * * * The Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Visibility Union (MANE-VU) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the United States Environmental Protection A  more

MIT Sloan School of Management Issues Public Comment on Treasury Department Notice
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Haoxiang Zhu, associate professor of finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, has issued a public comment on the Department of the Treasury's notice entitled "Development and Potential Issuance of Treasury Floating Rate Notes Indexed to the SOFR". The comment was written on June 26, 2020, and posted on June 30, 2020: * * * I appreciate the opportunity to comment on the development and potential issue of Treasury floating   more

Motorola Solutions Awarded $9.89 Million Space Force Contract
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The U.S. Space Force issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on July 1: Motorola Solutions Inc., Linthicum Heights, Maryland, has been awarded a $9,887,739 firm-fixed-price contract (FA2544-20-F-0002) to fulfill Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center's requirement for Land Mobile Radio (LMR) trunking system operations and maintenance of the Air Force Space Command zone core. Work will be performed at Buckley Air Force Base, Co  more

NOAA Rule: Atlantic Bluefish Fishery, Projected Specifications for Fishing Year 2021
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a rule (50 CFR Part 648), published in the Federal Register on June 29, entitled: "Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; Revised 2020 and Projected 2021 Specifications and Recreational Management Measures". The rule was issued by Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. DATES: Effective June 29, 2020. FOR  more

Noble Sales Awarded $12.36 Million Navy Contract
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- The U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 30: Noble Sales Co. Inc.,* Rockland, Massachusetts, was awarded a $12,362,495 firm-fixed- price blanket purchase agreement contract (N00604-20-A-4000) to stock, store and issue supplies, construction materials and hardware in support of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Oah  more

Northeast Seafood Coalition Issues Public Comment on NOAA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Jackie Odell, executive director of the Northeast Seafood Coalition, Gloucester, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's proposed rule entitled "Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Framework Adjustment 59". The comment was written on June 15, 2020, and posted on June 16, 2020: * * * The Northeast Seafood  more

Raytheon Missiles & Defense Gains $32.19 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on July 1: Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $32,192,842 firm-fixed-price contract modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-15-C-5420) to complete engineering and manufacturing development software development, testing and support to complete the government operational test and evaluation of the Block II Evolved Sea Sparrow M  more

Senate Conducted 10 Committee Hearings on June 30
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The U.S. Senate conducted 10 committee hearings on June 30, 2020: DIGITIZATION OF MONEY AND PAYMENTS Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the digitization of money and payments, including S. 2563, to improve laws relating to money laundering, and S. 3571, to require member banks to maintain pass-through digital dollar wallets for certain persons, after receiving testimony from J. Christopher Giancarlo, Willkie Farr and  more

Senate Publishes Executive Communications on July 1 Involving Regulations Published in Federal Register
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- The Senate on July 1 published 15 executive communications involving regulations that were published in the Federal Register: EC-4938. A communication from the Director of the Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, transmitting, pursuant to law, the report of a rule entitled "Air Plan Conditional Approval and Disapproval; Arizona; Maricopa County; Power Plants, Fuel Burning Equipment, and Internal Combustion Engines" (FRL No. 10009- 81-Region 9) r  more

South Shore Health Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Rule
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Adrienne Gerlach, executive director of value based operations at South Shore Health, South Weymouth, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' rule entitled "Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Basic Health Program, and Exchanges: Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Delay of Certain Reporting Requirements for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program  more

Systems & Technology Research Awarded $7.74 Million Navy Contract
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The U.S. Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on July 1: Systems and Technology Research, Woburn, Massachusetts, was awarded a $7,735,180 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N66001-20-C-4019) to develop a binary structure inference system to extract software properties from binary code to support repository-based reverse engineering for assured micro-patching that minimizes lifecycle maintenance and su  more

Trump Nominee for International Development Finance Corporation Board Member Received by Senate
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The Senate received the nomination of an individual for a position in the federal government on June 29: Christopher P. Vincze, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the United States International Development Finance Corporation for a term of three years.  more

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Issues Public Comment on CDC Notice
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Samantha Ventimiglia, vice president of U.S. public affairs at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's notice entitled "Management of Acute and Chronic Pain: Request for Comment". The comment was written on June 12, 2020, and posted on June 17, 2020: * * * Vertex Pharmaceuticals ("Vertex") applauds the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ("CDC") efforts to better understand bo  more