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Federal Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday September 01, 2019 ( 28 items )  

American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing to Receive $35,000 Grant from Interior
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey announced that it intends to award a $35,000 grant to the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing of Bethesda, Maryland, for organizational and logistical support for the Pecora symposium. The agency description of the grant states: "The Pecora 21 theme is Continuous Monitoring of Our Changing Planet: From Sensors to Decisions. During the past several decades, there has been an explosion in Earth   more

Army Showcases New Electronic Warfare Tech
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Aug. 22 -- The U.S. Army News Service issued the following news: By Devon L. Suits The Army is advancing its ground-based precision navigation and timing, or PNT, technology to counter spoofing threats and improve operations in a multi-domain environment. While GPS continues to be the "gold standard" for PNT capabilities, it can be disrupted from a number of frequency interferences such as weather, and man-made or natural terrain, said Col. Nick Kioutas, the  more

Edwards Air Force Base: 412th Test Wing Warrior Spotlight
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, California, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Air Force (412th Test Wing) issued the following news: By Giancarlo Casem Member: Tech. Sgt. Brian Penka Unit: 412th Test Wing, Plant 42 Job: Standardization and Evaluation Congratulations to Tech. Sgt. Brian Penka, this week's 412th Test Wing's Warrior Spotlight. Penka's first duty station was Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. He was then assigned to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. He has been deployed Kosovo in 2010. Penka's five-ye  more

Frederick National Laboratory and Purdue University Establish Biomedical Research Collaboration
FREDERICK, Maryland, Aug. 28 -- The National Institutes of Health's Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research issued the following news: Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research has launched a partnership with Purdue University that aims to enhance and accelerate research initiatives, technological innovation, and workforce development in the biomedical sciences. The two-year memorandum of understanding between Frederick National Laboratory (FNL) and Purdue University Center f  more

From Fitness Guru to Beauty Queen, Army Officer Crushes Goals While Helping Others
FORT MEADE, Maryland, Aug. 23 -- The Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command issued the following news: By Sean Kimmons As a young girl, Angie DiMattia knew softball would be her way out of an impoverished life. Growing up, she lived with her parents and shared a room with her older sister inside a crammed 500-square-foot mobile home in Phenix City, Alabama. "I remember stray animals coming into the house from the holes in the floor," said Angie, now a first lieu  more

FTC Sending Refund Checks Totaling More Than $11.6 Million to Businesses and Organizations That Paid for Unordered Office and Cleaning Supplies
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- The Federal Trade Commission issued the following news release: Refunds for small businesses who were charged for unordered office supplies. Visit ftc.gov/refunds for more information. Total refund amount: $11.6 million. Average refund check amount: $396. Number of checks sent to small businesses: 29,333. Source: Federal Trade Commission ftc.govThe Federal Trade Commission is mailing 29,333 refund checks totaling more than $11.6 million to small businesses and other organ  more

Funding Available in Cooperative Agreement for Natural Resource Programs in Virginia, Maryland
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Savannah District announced that it expects to award a cooperative agreement for natural resource programs at the Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, and Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. No award amount was specified for this program. The agency said the grant was associated with natural resources. The funding is open to state, county, city, township and special district governments; independent school districts; private, public and state c  more

Joint Base Andrews: 11th Medical Group Closures
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Aug. 26 -- The U.S. Air Force (11th Wing) issued the following story: In an effort to focus on resilience issues and explore viable solutions, the 11th Medical Group will provide limited services at times during the month of September. Please refer to the list below for the schedule of clinics and office closures. We appreciate your patience and apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. 3 Sept - The following clinics will be CLOSED. Audiology Bi  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Former Chief Financial Officer Sentenced to Federal Prison for Conspiracy Related to $20 Million Ponzi Scheme
GREENBELT, Maryland, Aug. 28 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - Admitted Conspiring with Dawn Bennett to Misappropriate Investors' Funds, and to Making False Statements to SEC Investigators * * * U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis today sentenced Bradley Mascho, age 53, of Frederick, Maryland, to 30 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit securities fraud and for m  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Maryland Man Facing Federal Indictment for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS
GREENBELT, Maryland, Aug. 28 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - Indictment Alleges that Rondell Henry Attempted to Provide Personnel and Services to the Foreign Terrorist Organization ISIS * * * A federal grand jury today returned a superseding indictment charging Rondell Henry, age 28, of Germantown, Maryland, with federal charges of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, specifica  more

Meet Shannon Meseck, Research Chemist
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Aug. 23 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - We continue our series to introduce the people who work at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Each month we feature a new "face" from the Center's five laboratories and share with you a bit about who they are, what they do at the Center, and what they enjoy doing in their spare time. Shannon Meseck is a research chemist at our Milford Laboratory in Milford, Connectic  more

NASA Awards Contract for Flight Dynamics Support Services
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- NASA issued the following news release: NASA has awarded the Flight Dynamics Support Services (FDSS) III contract, a small business set-aside, to OPR, LLC of Beltsville, Maryland, to provide flight dynamics support services to, and related service support for, the Engineering and Technology Directorate's Mission and Systems Analysis Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The cost-plus-fixed fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity cont  more

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Meet Zach Fyke, Observer Compliance Officer
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Aug. 27 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Resolving issues that arise between commercial fishing vessel operators and federal fisheries observers can be a challenge, but Zachary Fyke is ready to take it on. * * * Zachary Fyke is the new Observer Compliance Officer in the Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Fisheries Sampling Branch. A former fishery observer himself, he has been there and done that, as they sa  more

Naval Surface Warfare Center IHEODTD Nitration Facility Receives Digital Upgrade
INDIAN HEAD, Maryland, Aug. 28 -- The Naval Surface Warfare Center issued the following news: Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technology Division's Moser Facility recently received a facelift, bringing it from the analog age to the digital. The nitration facility, constructed in the 1970s, is the Navy's sole source supplier for Otto Fuel II: a monopropellant used to power torpedo systems. Moser was designed to allow for continuous operation, while also keeping the operators away fr  more

NOAA Issues Statement on Civil Case Against Rafael, His Fishing Captains
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Aug. 19 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following statement by Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver on the settlement of the government's civil case against Carlos Rafael and his fishing captains: "U.S. fisheries are among the most sustainable in the world. That achievement is based on dynamic management and by honest fishermen following the rules. Today's settlement of the government's civil case against Carlos Rafael accomplishes NOAA  more

NOAA: Detecting Fish From Ocean-Going Robots to Complement Ship-Based Surveys
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Aug. 22 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Unmanned wind-powered vehicles go farther for longer to expand our knowledge of the ocean. * * * The ocean is vast, and fish swim. These are challenges for scientists who need to find out when, where, and how many, fish are found in Alaska's marine waters. They also want to know which species and what ages are found there--all information essential to managing Alaska'  more

NOAA: Searching for the Giant Manta Ray
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Aug. 19 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Researchers will follow a tagged manta ray to learn more about the threatened species. * * * A team of scientists recently completed a 3-day research cruise in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico. The team conducted more than 20 dives throughout the sanctuary in an effort to find and tag giant manta rays. The scientists used drones   more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Cardinal Health
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54225) involving Cardinal Health, Beltsville, Maryland: AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - VEHICLE ACCIDENT DURING RADIOPHARMACEUTICAL TRANSPORT The following was received from the State of Maryland via email: "On August 14, 2019, at 1415 EDT, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Hazardous Materials Division contacted the MDE Radiological Health Program (RHP) concerning a vehicular accident  more

One Airman at a Time: New Air Force District of Washington Commander Seeks to Lead, Listen in Person
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Maryland, Aug. 26 -- The U.S. Air Force District of Washington issued the following news: By Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle As the new commander of Air Force District of Washington, Maj. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp has spent has spent his first month focused on getting know the AFDW's Airmen and civilians -- face to face. AFDW's charge to organize, train, equip, and support approximately 33,000 Air Force military and civilian members across 2,000 elements in more than 500 locations wi  more

PSA - Army Corps Advises Boaters to Stay Clear of Poplar Island Construction Zone Over Labor Day Weekend
POPLAR ISLAND, Maryland, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District cautions the public about the construction zone at Poplar Island over the Labor Day weekend. Due to expected increase in boating activities the District urges boaters to stay clear from this area. "The District holds the public's safety as its highest priority and, with the holiday weekend likely increasing boating activities, it is impera  more

Road Replacement Project Opens Pathway for Salmon Recovery in Washington
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Aug. 23 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - In partnership with the North Olympic Salmon Coalition and Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, NOAA is helping reopen tidal channels to salmon migration and create a more resilient coastal community. * * * Across Washington State, restoration projects are underway to aid in the recovery of declining salmon populations. In the northwestern region of Puget Sound, one such projec  more

Science Update: Air Pollutants May Increase Risk of Pregnancy-related Blood Pressure Disorders, NIH Study Suggests
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Aug. 23 -- The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child's Health and Human Development issued the following science update: Exposure to high levels of certain common air pollutants in early pregnancy may increase the risk of pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, suggests an analysis by researchers at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). In addition, exposure to a class of air pollutants known as volatile org  more

Science Update: High Genetic Risk Score for Cholesterol Might Predict Fetal Weight, NIH Study Suggests
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Aug. 20 -- The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child's Health and Human Development issued the following science update: A high genetic risk score for cholesterol and other blood lipids among pregnant women is linked to fetal weight, but varies according to the mother's racial and ethnic group and obesity status, suggests an analysis by researchers at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the Nation  more

Science Update: Naltrexone Could Hold Promise for Treating Opioid Use Disorder During Pregnancy, NICHD-funded Study Suggests
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Aug. 26 -- The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child's Health and Human Development issued the following science update: Infants born to mothers taking the drug naltrexone to treat opioid use disorder showed no signs of drug withdrawal and had shorter hospital stays than infants born to mothers undergoing the standard treatment, according to a small study funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The study w  more

TSA Officers at BWI Airport Catch 22nd Gun of the Year in Carry-on Bag, Tying the Number Caught During All 12 Months Last Year
LINTHICUM, Maryland, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration issued the following news release: It only took eight months for Transportation Security Administration officers at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) to catch as many guns at checkpoints this year as were caught during all 12 months of 2018. The 22nd gun caught this year was spotted yesterday when a Lancaster, Pennsylvania, man was found in possessi  more

U.S., Australia Work Side-By-Side on Triton Unmanned Aircraft System Development
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Aug. 26 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: The U.S. Navy's Triton team is working alongside its partners from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to develop and execute the cooperative program between the two countries. Over the past year, the RAAF have provided eight Cooperative Project Personnel (CPP) in support of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program after signing an agreement in 2018 to procure up to six Triton aircra  more

White Sands Missile Range Welcomes McAfee Commander
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Aug. 21 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news: By Miriam U Rodriguez White Sands Missile Range welcomed McAfee U.S. Army Health Clinic Commander Lt. Col. Aaron Braxton II on June 27. In the following interview he talks about why he serves, his priorities and goals for McAfee. What led you to join the Army? My father served in Vietnam and he spoke often about his experiences so my connection to military service has always bee  more

With Final Stage Underway, NOAA Works Toward a Restored Manistique River
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Aug. 23 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - NOAA and partners have begun the final stage in the effort to remove Michigan's Manistique River from a list of "toxic hot spots" in the Great Lakes. * * * After years of pollution from industrial waste, Michigan's Manistique River was listed as one of the most environmentally degraded areas in the Great Lakes region, known as Areas of Concern. Today, NOAA is supporting  more