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Federal Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday August 18, 2019 ( 20 items )  

Camp Blanding Sets Gold Standard for Natural Resource Conservation
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Aug. 8 -- The U.S. Army Environmental Command issued the following news: By Rita Hess Camp Blanding Joint Training Center (CBJTC) has a renowned natural resources conservation (NRC) program. Its staff fosters pristine habitats and remarkable biodiversity to ensure environmental conflicts never impede FLARNG's mission. The success of this premier training site for Florida Army National Guard (FLARNG) earned a 2019 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for   more

Chesapeake Conservancy to Receive $725,427 from Interior
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service announced that it intends to award a $725,427 cooperative agreement to the Chesapeake Conservancy of Annapolis, Maryland, for the implementation of programs and projects supporting Chesapeake Gateways. The agency description of the grant states: "The National Park Service Chesapeake Office (NPS Chesapeake) and the Chesapeake Conservancy collaborate to advance projects and programs supporting Chesapeake Bay Gatewa  more

Comptroller of the Currency Visits Baltimore Affordable Housing Event
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Aug. 14 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Comptroller of the Currency issued the following news release: Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting and senior staff visited an event promoting affordable and sustainable homeownership in Baltimore on Monday. The free "Achieve the Dream" event hosted by the non-profit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) was part of a series the organization hosts around the country that provides counseling to potential  more

D.C. U.S. Attorney: Government Contractor Pleads Guilty to Acting As Pass-Through Minority Business Enterprise
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie K. Liu, issued the following news release: * * * - Defendant Also Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering and Tax Fraud * * * Keith D. Forney, 60, formerly of Clinton, Maryland, pled guilty today to mail fraud and money laundering in one federal court case, and tax fraud in another announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu. The Honorable Rosemary M. Collyer scheduled sentencing for both cases on November 12, 2019. In the fi  more

FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel Issues Remarks at APCO 2019 Annual Conference & Expo
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Aug. 14 -- The Federal Communications Commission issued the following remarks by Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel at the APCO 2019 Annual Conference and Expo: "Thank you for having me at your annual gathering to discuss public safety communications. It's a treat to be here in Baltimore. I hope that while you're in town you make some time to explore what Charm City has to offer. Two years ago, Smithsonian Magazine labeled Baltimore the East Coast's Next Cool City. And here y  more

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research: Scientists Use Cryo-Electron Microscope to Catch CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing in Action
FREDERICK, Maryland, Aug. 13 -- The National Institutes of Health's Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research issued the following news: CRISPR is one of the most widely used technologies in the nascent quest to edit the human genome, and the precision "instrument" that makes it so effective is Cas9, a programmable enzyme harnessed from bacterial cells that cuts DNA strands at specific targets and replaces one gene with another. In a July 8 paper published in Nature Structural and Mole  more

Hereford Calf Debuts at Smithsonian's National Zoo
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- The Smithsonian's National Zoo issued the following news release: Kids' Farm keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo welcomed a new member to the cattle herd--a 10-month-old female Hereford calf named Willow. Born Oct. 4, 2018, Willow came to the Zoo from South Mountain Creamery in Middletown, Maryland. Her arrival bumps the number of cattle at the Kids' Farm up to three, as she joins the Zoo's 16-year-old Hereford heifer Rose and 1-year-old female Holstein calf, Magnol  more

Mass. U.S. Attorney: Pittsfield Businessman Sentenced For $4 Million Conspiracy to Defraud Credit Union
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Aug. 12 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Andrew E. Lelling, issued the following news release: A businessman, who owned and operated five real estate development companies in Pittsfield, was sentenced on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in federal court in Springfield for defrauding a credit union. Jeffrey Pierce, 51, of Pittsfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 20 months in prison, $3,821,616 of forfeiture, and restitution  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Provide Fraudulent Maryland Driver's Licenses to Applicants Who Paid Fee
GREENBELT, Maryland, Aug. 13 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - Conspiracy Included Bribe Payments to Two Employees of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration * * * Warner Antonio Portillo, age 34, of Manassas, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to produce and transfer identification documents without lawful authority, specifically, Maryland driver's licenses. The guilty plea was announced by United State  more

National Environmental Satellite, Data & Information Service: 50 Years After Hurricane Camille, NOAA Satellites Keep U.S. Weather-Ready
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Aug. 16 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service issued the following news: In the late evening hours of August 17, 1969, a catastrophic storm named Hurricane Camille slammed into the Gulf Coast. A Category 5 hurricane, with sustained winds of 175 mph and a storm surge of more than 24 feet, Camille devastated much of coastal Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. More than 250 people lost their   more

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Announces 2019 Winners of the Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship
BETHESDA, Maryland, Aug. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke issued the following news release: * * * - Award named for former NINDS director recognizes dedication to mentorship and training * * * The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health, has announced the 2019 recipients of the Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship. "We are thrilled to announce  more

New Bloodsucker Is Discovered: First North American Medicinal Leech Scientifically Described in Over 40 Years
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release: * * * - Museum Collections Reveal the New Leech Has Hidden in Plain Sight for Decades * * * Freshwater wetlands from Georgia to New York are home to a previously unrecognized species of medicinal leech, according to scientists at the Smithsonian's National Museum of National History. The new species, named Macrobdella mimicus, was first identified from specimens collected in southern Maryland, prompting a   more

NIST: Plan Outlines Priorities for Federal Agency Engagement in AI Standards Development
GAITHERSBURG, Maryland, Aug. 12 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the following news: The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a plan for prioritizing federal agency engagement in the development of standards for artificial intelligence (AI). The plan recommends that the federal government "commit to deeper, consistent, long-term engagement" in activities to help the United State  more

NOAA: New Mapping Reveals Lost West Coast Estuary Habitat
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Aug. 14 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Report highlights potential for restoration of these important habitats. * * * An unprecedented survey has revealed the loss of about 85 percent of historical tidal wetlands in California, Oregon, and Washington. The report, published today in PLOS ONE, also highlights forgotten estuary acreage that might now be targeted for restoration. Where West Coast rivers reach t  more

Sultana Education Foundation to Receive $82,105 from Interior
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service announced that it intends to award a $82,105 cooperative agreement to the Sultana Education Foundation of Chestertown, Maryland, for planning, educational, and recreational initiatives. The agency description of the grant states: "The scope of work for this task agreement award under under Master Cooperative Agreement P16AC01430 encompasses numerous individual projects part of three broad initiatives, including s  more

Trustees Release Final Plan to Restore Salt Marsh Habitat at McKinney National Wildlife Refuge
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Aug. 16 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Projects will leverage funds from damaged resources at two contaminated sites nearby. * * * Led by NOAA, federal and state Trustees released the Final Restoration Plan for the Lordship Point Gun Club hazardous waste site and Raymark Industries Superfund site, both in Stratford, Connecticut. The plan includes projects to restore salt marsh habitat in the Stewart B. McKin  more

U.S. Air Force: Walk This Way
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Aug. 15 -- The U.S. Air Force District of Washington issued the following news: By John Ross Airmen at Joint Base Andrews started football season right today with a special walkthrough practice and visit from the Washington Redskins. The event is part of the NFL team's continued Redskins Salutes efforts presented by USAA. Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp shakes hands with Washington Redskins defensive end Jonathan Allen Aug. 14.  more

U.S. and Canadian Officials Discuss Next Steps in North Atlantic Right Whale Protection
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Aug. 12 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver recently met with Canadian officials to coordinate conservation and management efforts for the endangered North Atlantic right whale. * * * By Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator Last week, I met with officials from Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Transport Canada to continue our bilateral discussio  more

U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command: Yuma Proving Ground's New High-Definition Inspection Equipment Provide Results in Real Time
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Aug. 12 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news: By Ana Henderson Yuma Test Center's motto is "Truth in Testing" and that is Subject Matter Expert Lead of Non-Destructive Testing, Mechanical Engineer, David Le's mission with non-destructive inspections at the Yuma Proving Grounds (YPG) Metrology and Simulation Division. Le says as a test center, "We have to perform the inspection and measurements at a higher precision level re  more

U.S. Naval Air Systems Command: Advanced Arresting Gear Ready for Props and Jets
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Aug. 12 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: The Navy's newest aircraft carrier Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system received the green light to recover all "props and jets" aircraft, according to the Aircraft Recovery Bulletin (ARB) released Aug. 2. The ARBs enable propeller aircraft: C-2A Greyhound, E-2C Hawkeye and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, and jet aircraft: F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and E/A-18G Growler to perform flight operations abo  more