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Federal Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday August 18, 2019 ( 38 items )  

Army Corps of Engineers-Pittsburgh District: Corps and West View Water Authority Partner for $3.8 Million Project
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 12 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Pittsburgh District issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is announcing its partnership with the West View Water Authority for the design and construction of a $3.8 Million Section 219 Environmental Infrastructure Project. WHO: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District and WWA. WHAT: Col. Andrew Short, district commander, will attend the Authority's Board of Directors  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Consumer Price Index in Northeast Region for July 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: * * * - Regional prices increased 0.1 percent over the month; up 1.7 percent over the year * * * The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) in the Northeast inched up 0.1 percent in July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau's regional commissioner, noted that this  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Consumer Price Index in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria for July 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: * * * - Area prices down 0.3 percent since May, up 1.2 percent over the year * * * The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for Washington-Arlington-Alexandria decreased 0.3 percent from May to July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau's regional commissioner, n  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Unemployment in the Philadelphia Area by County for June 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: * * * - Unemployment Rates in All Area Counties Decreased Over the Year * * * In June, Burlington County, NJ, had the lowest unemployment rate in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metropolitan Statistical Area at 2.7 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau's re  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Unemployment in the Pittsburgh Area by County for June 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: * * * - Unemployment Rates in All Area Counties Decreased Over the Year * * * In June, Butler County had the lowest unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, at 3.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau's regional commissioner, noted that Fay  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Unemployment in the Washington Area by County for June 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: * * * - 19 of 22 Area Counties had Unemployment Rates Lower than the National Average * * * In June, Arlington County, VA, had the lowest unemployment rate in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area at 2.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins,  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Unemployment on the Delmarva Peninsula by County for June 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: * * * - Unemployment Rates in 13 of 14 Counties Declined Over the Year * * * In June, Somerset County, MD, had the highest unemployment rate on the Delmarva Peninsula at 6.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau's regional commissioner, noted that 9 of the 14 Delmarva Pe  more

CFPB Appoints Private Education Loan Ombudsman
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued the following news release: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) announced the appointment of Robert G. Cameron to serve as the Bureau's private education loan ombudsman. Mr. Cameron is a Colonel and Staff Judge Advocate for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He has served in the United States Army for 29 years. Mr. Cameron also joins the Bureau from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency where h  more

Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna Presented the 2019 Commander in Chief's Award for Installation Excellence
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: By Diana Dawa DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, was presented the 2019 Commander in Chief's Award for Installation Excellence August 9 during a video teleconference ceremony hosted by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment, Honorable Robert H. McMahon. The Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence recognizes outstanding and innovative efforts of  more

Department of Labor Investigation Results in Pennsylvania Manufacturer Paying $358,040 in Back Wages, Damages and Penalties
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued the following news release: In a settlement reached with the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Havpak Inc. will pay $158,230 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 126 employees after a WHD investigation found overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at its facilities in King of Prussia and Malvern, Pennsylvania. The Erie, Pennsylvania-  more

DLA Aviation 'Purple' Reserve Forces Answering the Call
WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: By Leon Moore Maj. Randy Gabriel has spent close to two decades serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. After graduating from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, Gabriel was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 2003. He went on to serve on active duty for seven years before transferring to the reserves, where he has served nine years and counting. The last four years, he's been  more

DLA Aviation Leaders Visit Troop Support
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: By Christian Deluca Senior leaders from the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Ogden and Richmond visited DLA Troop Support in Philadelphia, Aug. 14, to get a better understanding of the organization's mission and to foster relationships with their corresponding supply chains. Air Force Col. Gabriel Lopez, DLA Aviation Ogden commander, Air Force Col. John Gustafson and Ma  more

DLA, Defense Health Agency Agree on Joint Military Health Care Support
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: By Shaun Eagan The Defense Logistics Agency and Defense Health Agency took a step forward in strengthening their partnership as they agreed on a joint approach for improving logistics support to the military health care community. Army Lt. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, DLA Director, and Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, DHA Director, signed a memorandum of agreement that establish  more

DOE Secretary Perry Visits National Energy Technology Laboratory to Learn About Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning Applications for Fossil Energy Production
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry was at NETL in Pittsburgh Tuesday to learn about the Laboratory's work to significantly increase oil and gas recovery effectiveness while reducing environmental impacts using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) techniques. NETL Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., hosted the Secretary's visit. Anderson  more

EPA Administrator Wheeler Statement About Shell Ethylene Cracker Plant Tour in Monaca, Pennsylvania, With President Trump
MONACO, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler traveled to Monaca with President Donald Trump to visit the Pennsylvania Shell ethylene cracker plant. President Trump, Administrator Wheeler, and U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry will tour the soon-to-be completed Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex, which currently has on site 4,500 construction wor  more

EPA Recognizes Mifflintown, Pennsylvania Farmer for Environmental Stewardship at PA Ag Progress Days
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 15 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today joined the American Dairy Association North East (ADANE) in presenting an Environmental Stewardship Award to farmer Dave Graybill, who operates Red Sunset Farms in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. "EPA is excited to recognize Dave Graybill for his exceptional work in implementing conservation practices that benefit the environment," said E  more

EPA Settlement of Pretreatment Violations From Librandi's Plating Helps Protect Water Quality of Susquehanna Tributary
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: Librandi's Plating of Middletown, Pennsylvania, has agreed to settle Clean Water Act violations involving the discharge of pollutants to a collection system for a municipal wastewater treatment facility, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. Librandi's Plating will pay a $30,000 penalty and take corrective actions as part of the settlement. According to EPA, t  more

Former DLA Distribution San Joaquin, California Commander Receives Defense Superior Service Medal
NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania, Aug. 16 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: United States Marine Corps Col. Andre T. Harrell was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal in a ceremony held at DLA Distribution San Joaquin, California, Aug. 16. "Dre is an exceptional leader who has demonstrated unprecedented performance comparable to only a select few officers I have ever had the privilege of serving alongside," said Rear Adm. Kevin M. Jones, S  more

Independence Visitor Center to Receive $770,814 from Interior
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service announced that it intends to award a $770,814 cooperative agreement to the Independence Visitor Center Corp. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for Independence Visitor Center operation and maintenance. The funding opportunity number is NPS-19-NERO-0103 (CFDA 15.946). For more information, contact Patrick J. Reidy, 215/597-5949.  more

Infographics Highlight National Energy Technology Laboratory-Led Successes in Reducing Carbon-Capture Costs
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 12 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: As NETL prepares for its inaugural Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage, and Oil and Gas Technologies Integrated Project Review Meeting, "Addressing the Nation's Energy Needs Through Technology Innovation," the Lab is releasing three additional infographics to highlight the success of NETL-managed carbon capture research and development (R&D) projects that are  more

Labor Department Investigation Results in Colorado Company Paying Back Wages, Damages For Wage Violations in Pennsylvania
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued the following news release: After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Huwa Enterprises - an environmental restoration company based in Keenesburg, Colorado - paid $9,174 in back wages, and an equal amount in liquidated damages for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) while performing reclamation services on pipelines i  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory K-12 Stem Education, Outreach Team Leads Summer Learning Activities
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 16 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: Throughout the school year, NETL's K-12 STEM Education & Outreach team encourages positive attitudes surrounding science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by bringing engaging hands-on, minds-on activities to children. During the summer when classrooms are empty, the team continues to provide STEM instruction at day camps, summer programs and other educati  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory-Developed Alloy, Manufacturing Process Offer Unprecedented Magnetic Capabilities
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: Magnetic components are essential to America's electricity delivery system, ultimately powering homes, businesses and more to drive the nation's economy and enhance quality of life. Converging societal trends -- including the evolution of the nation's energy infrastructure, demand for more efficient electrical machinery and increasing electrification of transpor  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving ITT Engineered Valves
WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54118) involving ITT Engineered Valves, Lancaster, Pennsylvania: EN Revision Imported Date : 8/14/2019 EN Revision Text: INITIAL PART 21 REPORT - POTENTIAL PREMATURE FAILURE OF AIRMOTOR ACTUATOR DIAPHRAGM The following is a summary of the information received from ITT Engineered Valves, LLC (ITT) via facsimile: ITT discovered one batch of ten actuator diaphragms (five at the licensee's facil  more

Officials Focus on Flood Insurance as Hurricane Season Ramps Up
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region III, in partnership with the State of Delaware, hosted a Delaware Flood Insurance Partners Roundtable Event in Dover, DE. FEMA, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Delaware Department of Insurance, and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Accounting Coordinator at Non-Profit Facing Fraud Charges for Embezzling $321K in Organization Funds
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release: An accounting coordinator at a Pittsburgh-area non-profit organization has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of bank fraud and mail fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The nine-count Indictment, returned on August 6 and unsealed yesterday, named Danielle Strother-Rush, 32, of Pittsburgh, PA as   more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Osceola Mills Man Charged With Concealing Over $380,000 in Cash From Bankruptcy Trustee and Creditors
WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania, Aug. 16 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, David J. Freed, issued the following news release: The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Andrew Lee Coleman, age 65, of Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania, was charged in a criminal information on August 13, 2019, for concealment of assets and false statements in bankruptcy proceedings. According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Owner of Erie Auto Group and Finance Manager Indicted on Fraud Charges
ERIE, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release: Two Erie County residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on charges of conspiracy, bank fraud and wire fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The 17-count indictment named Andrew Gabler, 50, of Harborcreek, Pennsylvania and Chad Bednarski, 48, of Fairview, Pennsylvania as defendants. According to the indictment  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Painting Contractor Sentenced to 46 Months' Imprisonment in Connection With George Wade Bridge Project
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Aug. 16 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, David J. Freed, issued the following news release: The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that the painting contractor on the George Wade Bridge Project, Andrew Manganas, age 61, of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and Panthera Painting, Inc., headquartered in Canonsburg, was sentenced on August 14, 2019, to 46 months' imprisonment followed by five years' on sup  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Real Estate Investor Guilty of Bribing Philadelphia Sheriff's Office Employee Sentenced
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 15 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William M. McSwain, issued the following news release: United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Behzad Sabagh, 37, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to 1 month imprisonment, 9 months house arrest as part of 3 years supervised release, $30,000 fine and $100 special assessment plus costs of prosecution by United States District Judge Wendy Beetlestone. Sabagh pleaded  more

Philadelphia Officer Selected as Amtrak Police Officer of the Year
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 12 -- The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) issued the following news release: Dean Stecklair has been chosen as the 2018 Amtrak Police Department (APD) Officer of the Year in recognition of his significant efforts in keeping customers, employees and the public safe while on duty. "Our top officers from the divisions within the APD were recognized this year for their hard work and dedication in providing for the safety and security of the people   more

President Donald J. Trump Remains Committed to Expanding Energy Production and Increasing Manufacturing in the United States
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- The White House issued the following fact sheet: ENERGY AND MANUFACTURING VICTORIES: President Donald J. Trump's policies have paved the way to energy dominance and rejuvenated United States manufacturing. * Today, President Trump visited the Pennsylvania Shell ethylene cracker plant to demonstrate his continued commitment to United States energy and manufacturing. * Under the Trump Administration, burdensome regulations that unfairly punished the energy industry have b  more

President Trump Issues Remarks on Energy, Manufacturing
MONACO, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- President Trump issued the following remarks on American energy and manufacturing at the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex: THE PRESIDENT: It's great to be back in the incredible Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Great place. And this is my 13th visit to Pennsylvania during my administration, which is more than any other President to this point in the term. And I really love Pennsylvania. I went to school in Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia. So, we love this s  more

President Trump Issues Remarks on Tour of Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex
MONACO, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- President Trump issued the following remarks on a tour of the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex: THE PRESIDENT: These folks are from Shell, and this is a plant like no other. It's just incredible. And they are -- they're going to be opening. Over the next six, seven months, it'll start to open in phases, and then over the next year and a half, it'll be totally open. Tremendous employment right now. They have almost 2,000 workers -- anywhere from 1,500 to  more

Research Foundation for SUNY to Receive $113,948 from Interior
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service announced that it intends to award a $113,948 cooperative agreement to the Research Foundation for the State University of New York for research, inventory and documentation of the post 9/11 history of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. The agency description of the grant states: "This project will focus on documenting the post 9/11 history of the site, including measures stemming from the immediate  more

Temporary TSA Precheck Application Center to Open for Appointments at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, Aug. 12 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration issued the following news release: Residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Southern Central New York will be able to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration's popular TSA Precheck(R) program at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport from September 9 to 13, where officials will host a temporary "pop-up" enrollment center in the airport terminal. The airport i  more

U.S. Attorney McSwain Issues Statement on Shooting of Philadelphia Police Officers
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 15 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William M. McSwain, issued the following statement on the shooting of six Philadelphia police officers: "What I witnessed last night was true heroism by the Philadelphia police. But the crisis was precipitated by a stunning disrespect for law enforcement - a disrespect so flagrant and so reckless that the suspect immediately opened fire on every single officer within shooting distance. Only by the  more

U.S. Mint Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Fourth Philadelphia Coining Facility
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 14 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's U.S. Mint issued the following news release: The United States Mint (Mint) marked a historic milestone today: the 50th anniversary of its fourth and current minting facility in Philadelphia, PA. In celebration of this milestone, on August 14, visitors will have a rare opportunity to speak directly with Mint personnel who make our nation's coins. The original "five-handed" shovel used for the ground breaking the fourth   more