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News Tipoffs for Massachusetts Editors Newsletter for Sunday July 19, 2020 ( 31 items )  

American Forest & Paper Association Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, July 13 -- Brian Hawkinson, executive director for recovered fiber at the American Forest and Paper Association, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Existing Comprehensive Procurement Guideline Designations and Recovered Materials Advisory Notice Recommendations". The comment was written on July 6, 2020, and posted on July 9, 2020: * * * The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) is pleased to submit these comments in response   more

Archaeological Institute Issues Public Comment on State Department Notice
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- The Archaeological Institute of America, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the U.S. Department of State's notice entitled "Meetings: Cultural Property Advisory Committee". The comment was written on July 8, 2020, and posted on July 10, 2020: The comment was co-signed by Laetitia La Follette, president; Elizabeth S. Greene, first vice president; and Brian I. Daniels, vice president for cultural heritage. * * * The Archaeological Institute of America (  more

Audubon Society of Rhode Island Issues Public Comment on Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Notice
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- Meg Kerr, senior director of policy at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Smithfield, 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 July 9, 2020, and posted on July 13, 2020: * * * The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is a Rhode Island non-profit repr  more

Clean Air Task Force Issues Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Jonathan Lewis, senior counsel and Alan Masinter, legal fellow of Clean Air Task Force, Boston, Massachusetts, have issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule entitled "Proposed Anti-backsliding Determination for Renewable Fuels and Air Quality". The comment was written on July 8, 2020, and posted on July 13, 2020: * * * Clean Air Task Force ("CATF") respectfully submits the following comments on the Environmental Protection Agency's (  more

Cooperative Credit Union Association Issues Public Comment on National Credit Union Administration Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- 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 proposed rule entitled "Subordinated Debt". The comment was written on July 8, 2020, and posted on July 9, 2020: * * * On behalf of the member credit unions of the Cooperative Credit Union Association, Inc. ("Association"), please accept this letter relative to the Notice of Proposed Rulem  more

EmblemHealth Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- EmblemHealth, New York, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed rule entitled "Amendments to the Health and Human Services-operated Risk Adjustment Data Validation under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Health and Human Services-operated Risk Adjustment Program". The comment was written on July 1, 2020, and posted on July 13, 2020: * * * On behalf of EmblemHealth and our partner organization ConnectiCare, we  more

EPA Proposed Rule: Partial Deletion of Industri-Plex Superfund Site
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposed rule (40 CFR Part 300), published in the Federal Register, entitled: "National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Partial Deletion of the Industri-Plex Superfund Site". The proposed rule was issued by Dennis Deziel, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 1 New England. DATES: Comments must be received by August 14, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph LeMay, Re  more

EPA Rule: Air Plan Approval for New Hampshire
WASHINGTON, July 13 -- The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a rule (40 CFR Part 52), published in the Federal Register on July 13, entitled: "Air Plan Approval; New Hampshire; Negative Declaration for the Oil and Gas Industry". The rule was issued by Dennis Deziel, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 1. DATES: This rule is effective on August 12, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob McConnell, Environmental Engineer, Air and Radiation Division (Mail Code 05-2), U.S. Environment  more

Fairfield University Issues Public Comment on Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Notice
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- David Downie, chair of Politics Department at Fairfield University, Connecticut, 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 July 9, 2020, and posted on July 13, 2020: * * * I write to support the Vineyard Wind 1 offshore wind development and urge yo  more

Fish & Wildlife Service Issues Endangered Species Notice Involving Indiana Bat
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- The Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on July 14, entitled: "Endangered Species; Recovery Permit Applications". The notice was issued by John Tirpak, Deputy Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services. DATES: We must receive written data or comments on the applications by August 13, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Marlowe, Permit Coordinator, 404-679-7097 (telephone), karen_marlowe@fws.gov (email), or 404-  more

Fore River Residents Against Compressor Station Member Issues Public Comment on Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Notice
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- Rev. Betsy Sowers, member of Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station, Weymouth, 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 July 13, 2020: * * * I am Rev. Betsy Sowers, from Weymouth, Mass., and a member of Fore River Reside  more

GAO Issues Report on Social Cost of Carbon
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-20-254) entitled "Social Cost of Carbon: Identifying a Federal Entity to Address the National Academies' Recommendations Could Strengthen Regulatory Analysis". The report was sent to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committ  more

GAO Issues Report: Customs & Border Protection Needs to Increase Oversight of Funds, Medical Care, Reporting of Deaths
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-20-536) entitled "Southwest Border: CBP Needs to Increase Oversight of Funds, Medical Care, and Reporting of Deaths". The report was sent to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, Sen. Michael F. Bennet, D-Colorado, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D  more

Georgetown University Center for Children & Families Professor Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Edwin Park, research professor in the Center for Children and Families of McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed rule entitled "Medicaid Program: Establishing Minimum Standards in Medicaid State Drug Utilization Review and Supporting Value-Based Purchasing for Drugs Covered in Medicaid, Revising Medicaid Drug Rebate and Third Party Liability Requirements". The comment  more

Hopkinton Public Schools Issues Public Comment on DOEd Rule
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- Carol Cavanaugh, superintendent of the Hopkinton Public Schools, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Department of Education's rule entitled "CARES Act Programs; Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Non-Public Schools". The comment was written and posted on July 14, 2020: * * * I am Carol Cavanaugh, and I serve as Superintendent of the Hopkinton Public Schools in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. I write today in response to the US Education Department's   more

House Armed Services Committee Issues Report on Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021 (Part 30 of 40): Title XXVI--Guard And Reserve Forces Facilities Summary
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- The House Armed Services Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-442) on the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2021 (H.R. 6395) to authorize appropriations for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction and to prescribe military personnel strengths. The report was advanced by Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, on July 9. (Continued from Part 29 of 40) TITLE XXVI--GUARD AND RESERVE FORCES FACILITIES SUM  more

House Armed Services Committee Issues Report on Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021 (Part 8 of 40): Title III--Operation And Maintenance - Army Sustainable Readiness Model
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- The House Armed Services Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-442) on the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2021 (H.R. 6395) to authorize appropriations for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction and to prescribe military personnel strengths. The report was advanced by Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, on July 9. Continued from Part 7 of 40) Army Sustainable Readiness Model The Sustainable Rea  more

Massachusetts Bankers Association Issues Public Comment on National Credit Union Administration Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, July 13 -- Ben Craigie, director of compliance and training at the Massachusetts Bankers Association, Boston, has issued a public comment on the National Credit Union Administration's proposed rule entitled "Subordinated Debt". The comment was written on July 6, 2020, and posted on July 9, 2020: * * * On behalf of our 130 commercial, cooperative and savings banks and federal savings banks and savings and loan associations with more than 72,000 employees located throughout the Commo  more

NOAA: Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Marine Site Characterization Surveys Offshore of Massachusetts, Rhode Island
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on July 14, entitled: "Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Marine Site Characterization Surveys Offshore of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York". The notice was issued by DATES: This authorization is effective from June 21, 2020, through June 2020, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:   more

NOFA: Outreach, Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers, Ranchers, Veteran Farmers, Ranchers
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- The Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on July 13, entitled: "Funding Opportunity Announcement: Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers". The notice was issued by Jacqueline Davis-Slay, Deputy Director, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement. DATES: Only one project proposal may be submitted per eligible entity. Proposals must be submitt  more

Orsted Issues Public Comment on Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Notice
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- John O'Keeffe, head of marine affairs for North America at Orsted, Fredericia, Denmark, has issued a public comment on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's notice entitled "Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Vineyard Wind LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Massachusetts". The comment was written on July 7, 2020, and posted on July 15, 2020: * * * Good afternoon, my name is John O'Keeffe and I am the Head of Marine Aff  more

OSHA: Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services Request for Renewal of Recognition
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on July 13, entitled: "Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Inc.: Request for Renewal of Recognition". The notice was issued by Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. DATES: Submit comments, information, and documents in response to this notice, or requests for an extension of time to make a submission, on  more

OSHA: Intertek Testing Services Request for Renewal of Recognition
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on July 13, entitled: "Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc.: Request for Renewal of Recognition". The notice was issued by Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. DATES: Submit comments, information, and documents in response to this notice, or requests for an extension of time to make a submission, on or before Ju  more

Raytheon Missiles & Defense Gains $125.88 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on July 17: Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Marlborough, Massachusetts, was awarded a $125,881,928 fixed-price, incentive fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-5370) to exercise options for the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) low rate initial production (LRIP). Work will be performed in Marlborough, Massachusetts (76%); Andover, M  more

Raytheon Missiles & Defense Gains $26.46 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on July 15: Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Marlborough, Massachusetts, was awarded a $26,463,116 cost-plus-fixed fee and cost only modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-19-C-5501) to exercise options and realign level of effort ceiling for Air and Missile Defense Radar AN/SPY-6(V) integration and production support efforts. Work will be performed   more

Renco Awarded Up To $22.4 Million Air Force Contract
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on July 13: Renco Corp., Manchester, Massachusetts, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $22,400,000 undefinitized contract (FA8527-20-C-0005) action for capacity expansion of Nitrile beutadine rubber (NBR) gloves production for the Department of Health and Human Services in care of the Joint Acquisition Task Force. This contract provides for the procure  more

Sika Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, July 13 -- S.P. Graveline, senior vice president for technical services and sustainability at Sika Corp., Canton, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "Existing Comprehensive Procurement Guideline Designations and Recovered Materials Advisory Notice Recommendations". The comment was posted on July 9, 2020: * * * We thank you for providing us with the opportunity to provide input to the docket HQ-OLEM-2019-0589: "Existin  more

Southeastern Wind Coalition Issues Public Comment on Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Notice
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- Katharine Kollins, president of the Southeastern Wind Coalition, Raleigh, North Carolina, 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 July 13, 2020: * * * The Southeastern Wind Coalition appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the Bureau of  more

Stanford University Professor Issues Public Comment on NRC Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- Gabrielle Hecht, professor of nuclear security at Stanford University, California, has issued a public comment on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's proposed rule entitled "Emergency Preparedness for Small Modular Reactors and Other New Technologies; Proposed Rule". The comment was written on July 8, 2020, and posted on July 13, 2020: * * * I am a professor of nuclear security at Stanford University, and I write - as an expert, and as a private citizen -- to express my   more

Tufts Health Plan Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Tracey Carter, senior vice president and chief actuary at Tufts Health Plan, Watertown, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed rule entitled "Amendments to the Health and Human Services-operated Risk Adjustment Data Validation under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Health and Human Services-operated Risk Adjustment Program". The comment was written on July 2, 2020, and posted on July 13, 2020:   more

Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems Gains Up To $42.19 Million Contract Modification
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on July 14: Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems, Braintree, Massachusetts, was awarded a $42,192,128 not-to-exceed, undefinitized modification to a previously awarded contract (N63394-19-C-0007) to exercise options for production of Next Generation Surface Search Radar (NGSSR) systems. The NGSSR will replace all variants of the current AN/SPS-67, AN/SPS-73, Bridge  more