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Federal Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday September 01, 2019 ( 32 items )  

Administration for Community Living: Two New Grantees for the Paralysis Resource Center State Pilot Program Grants
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living issued the following news release: Two new grants have been awarded for the Paralysis Resource Center State Pilot Grant Programs by the Administration for Community Living. State of Pennsylvania Paralysis Resource Center The Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Human Engineering Research Laboratorie  more

Allegheny National Forest Service Reopens Opportunity to Submit Natural Resource Project Proposals for Title II Funds
WARREN, Pennsylvania, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service unit - Allegheny National Forest - issued the following news release: Christopher Warner, public affairs officer, 814/728-6115, christopher.warner@usda.gov The USDA Forest Service - Allegheny National Forest has reopened the opportunity to submit proposals seeking funds for local natural resource projects through the Allegheny Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). Project proposals will be accepted through O  more

Allegheny National Forest: Andrea Hille Named Ecosystems Management Staff Officer for the Allegheny National Forest
WARREN, Pennsylvania, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service unit - Allegheny National Forest - issued the following news release: The USDA Forest Service - Allegheny National Forest has selected Andrea Hille to be the new Ecosystems Management Staff Officer. Hille has been the Forest Silviculturist for the past 10 years. She replaces Nadine Pollock who retired October 3, 2018. "The Allegheny National Forest is very excited to welcome Andrea to her new position," s  more

Army Security Assistance Command: New Program Sets Employees Up for Success
NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania, Aug. 27 -- The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command issued the following news: By Tim Hanson The importance of onboarding led the United States Army Security Assistance Command to launch a New Employee Orientation Program. Spearheaded by the USASAC New Cumberland office, the two-day course ensures new hires receive an understanding of the Department of Defense and how USASAC fits into the big picture. "We felt the need to explain all of that to them. This is one  more

Baltimore's Parks & People Foundation Awarded $60,000 EPA Environmental Education Grant
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 27 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: * * * - Professionals help high school students learn green design * * * The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected the Parks & People Foundation to receive a $60,000 Environmental Education grant to fund a program where high school students explore and design green spaces. The Baltimore non-profit was selected through a competitive process and is one of four grants awarde  more

DEA: Pennsylvania Man and California Woman Charged With Federal Drug and Firearms Crimes
SYRACUSE, New York, Aug. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Administration's New York field office issued the following news release: * * * - Kyle Leeper and Arlene Rodriguez named in indictment alleging methamphetamine conspiracy and possession of a pistol * * * Kyle Leeper, 35, of Pennsylvania and Arlene Rodriguez, 35, of Almonte, California appeared today in federal court in Syracuse on an indictment charging them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a  more

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency: Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Trick, J.)
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency issued the following news release: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today Army Pvt. James I. Trick, 25, of Hughesville, Pennsylvania, was accounted for July 8, 2019. (This identification was initially published July 11, 2019.) In late 1944, Trick was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, which was engaged against enemy forces in the H  more

EPA Awards Living Classrooms Foundation a $60,000 Environmental Education Grant for South Baltimore Program
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 27 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected the Living Classroom Foundation in Baltimore to receive a $60,000 Environmental Education grant to expand environmental service learning for students and community members in South Baltimore. The Living Classrooms Foundation was selected through a competitive process and is one of four grantees this year in EPA's Mid-Atlantic region.  more

EPA Selects Virginia's Friends of the Rappahannock for $100,000 Environmental Education Grant, Professional Development for Teachers
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 27 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected Friends of the Rappahannock in Fredericksburg, Va., to receive a $100,000 Environmental Education grant to provide training for teachers. This non-profit was selected through a competitive process and is one of the four grantees this year in EPA's Mid-Atlantic Region. "EPA is glad to support professional development for teachers to   more

EPA Selects Virginia's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for $100,000 for Community Education Program to Reduce Stormwater Run-Off
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 27 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Richmond, Va.-based Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden a $100,000 Environmental Education grant to lead educational opportunities for community volunteers to help reduce stormwater runoff pollution and create water-friendly landscapes. This grantee was selected through a competitive process and is one of four awarded this year in EPA's Mid  more

Federal Contractor to Pay $424,463 in Back Pay and Interest to Resolve Discrimination Allegations
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 26 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued the following news release: After a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor, federal contractor Cintas Corp. - based in Cincinnati, Ohio - has agreed to pay $424,463 in back pay and interest to resolve hiring and pay discrimination allegations against 197 applicants and employees. The lawsuit, filed in January 2017, alleged the company violated Executive Order 11246  more

Federal Judge Orders Lloyd Industries and Company Owner to Pay $1.04 Million to Employees Terminated for Assisting Safety Investigation
MONTGOMERYVILLE, Pennsylvania, Aug. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the following news release: A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has awarded $1,047,399 in lost wages and punitive damages to two former employees of a Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, manufacturer after a jury found the company and its owner fired them in retaliation for their participation in a federal safety investigation.   more

FHLBank Pittsburgh: Congressman Boyle Helps Celebrate $1.2 Million in Homeownership Grants
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 27 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following news release: Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-02) and Philadelphia's Mayor Jim Kenney were the special guest speakers at a community celebration held today in Philadelphia. The event was organized by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLBank Pittsburgh) and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBank New York) to highlight the impo  more

Five Star Urban Waters Grant Awarded to Anacostia Riverkeeper
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 29 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: * * * - With support from EPA, community-led projects will restore urban waters and streams, address water quality in priority watersheds * * * Today, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced a $45,927 grant to the Anacostia Riverkeeper in Washington, D.C. to expand a water quality monitoring program  more

Five Star Urban Waters Grant Awarded to Canaan Valley Institute
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 29 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: Today, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced a $34,172 grant to the Canaan Valley Institute in Abingdon, Virginia to help restore 3.6 acres of streambank along Wolf Creek and Town Creek by improving wildlife habitats. The Canaan Valley Institute grant was among 46 Five Star and Urban Waters Restorat  more

Five Star Urban Waters Grant Awarded to Elizabeth River Project
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 29 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: * * * - With support from EPA, community-led projects will restore urban waters and streams, address water quality in priority watersheds * * * Today, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced a $49,968 grant to the Elizabeth River Project in Norfolk, Virginia to help create oyster habitats in the Eas  more

How to Avoid Packing a Prohibited Item When Flying Out of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, Aug. 27 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration issued the following news release: It is important to avoid packing prohibited items in baggage when flying if travelers expect a smooth security checkpoint experience. The Transportation Security Administration has tools that travelers who are flying out of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport can use to help ensure that passengers aren't bringing prohibited items to the   more

Justice Department-Environment & Natural Resources Division: Pennsylvania Man Sentenced for Trafficking Protected Turtles
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division issued the following news release: David Sommers, 64, of Levittown, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to six months imprisonment, three years of supervised release including six months of home detention, and to pay $250,000 in restitution for trafficking protected turtles. From November 2011 until October 2017, Sommers poached thousands of protected diamondback terrapins and their eggs from coastal mar  more

Lee Takes Command of DLA Distribution Puget Sound, Washington
NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania, Aug. 26 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: Navy Cmdr. Evelyn Lee took command of Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Puget Sound, Washington, during a ceremony held Aug. 23. "Commander Evelyn Lee is the right person to continue the strong leadership that we have had at Puget Sound," said Navy Rear Adm. Kevin M. Jones, commanding officer, DLA Distribution. "Evelyn is no stranger to the Defense Logistics Agency.  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory Highlights 200-Plus Research Projects Aimed At Addressing U.S. Energy Needs
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: NETL hosted a comprehensive meeting Aug. 26-30 to showcase cutting-edge research in four key areas aimed at developing novel technological solutions to America's energy challenges. The inaugural Carbon Capture, Utilization, Storage, and Oil & Gas Technologies Integrated Project Review Meeting, "Addressing the Nation's Energy Needs Through Technology Innovation,"  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory Regional Workforce Initiative to Present Ethane Storage, Distribution Hub Webinar Sept. 12
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: NETL's Regional Workforce Initiative (RWFI) will present a one-hour webinar addressing the potential for an Appalachian ethane storage hub at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. The webinar is free, but participants must register here. Participants will learn the basics of ethane storage and distribution, potential downstream manufacturing activity, and key findings of   more

National Energy Technology Laboratory-Developed Digital Suite Prevents, Predicts Oil Spills
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill -- which released 130 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days -- put a spotlight on the urgent need for improved system-wide knowledge and advanced computational tools to predict and prevent future spills as oil and gas operations continue to expand into new territory. To address the unique challenges asso  more

Natural Resources Conservation Service: Nanna Receives Soil and Water Conservation Society Award
SALINA, Kansas, Aug. 26 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Kansas office issued the following news release: Tania Nanna, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Scientist, Salina, Kansas, was recognized as a recipient of the 2019 Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Commendation Award, during the 74th SWCS International Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 29, 2019. This award recognizes SWCS members for service to the  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54230) involving Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - PATIENT UNDER-DOSAGE The following was received via fax: "On August 16, 2019, a patient underwent a Y-90 SIR-Sphere treatment. The treatment plan was for 2 administrations of Y-90. The first administration was delivered without incident. The second administration was to be a total dosa  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Defense Contractor to Pay $940,000 to Resolve Allegations of Withholding Discounts From TRICARE
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William M. McSwain, issued the following news release: * * * - Company alleged to have fraudulently increased profits by negotiating discounts with air ambulance providers, and not passing the discounts on to TRICARE * * * United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that International SOS Assistance, Inc., International SOS Government Services, Inc., International SOS, LP, Air Rescue Am  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: United States Brings Criminal Charges and Files Suit Against Center City Doctor
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 28 -- 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 Stephen Padnes, M.D., 77, of Glenside, Pennsylvania, a physician formerly licensed in Pennsylvania, was charged by Indictment with illegally distributing controlled substances and filing false tax returns (the "Indictment"). McSwain also announced two civil law suits brought by the Unite  more

Philadelphia Woman Arrested in $100 Million Securities Fraud Scheme
NEWARK, New Jersey, Aug. 27 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Craig Carpenito, issued the following news release: An investment fund manager was arrested today in connection with an alleged $100 million securities fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Brenda Smith, 59, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is charged by complaint with four counts of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud. Smith was arrested in Philadelphia and is scheduled to appear this afte  more

Pittsburgh District Power Team Deploys in Support of Anticipated Tropical Storm Landfall
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 27 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District's emergency power team deployed to Florida and Puerto Rico, today, in anticipation of Tropical Storm Dorian's landfall. The 13-member team (three to Jacksonville, Florida and 10 to Puerto Rico) deployed early Tuesday morning in preparation of a potential Federal Emergency Management Agency assigned $1.9 million mission to provide emergenc  more

SEC Obtains Emergency Asset Freeze, Charges Pennsylvania Investment Adviser With $100 Million Fraud
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following news release: The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a Pennsylvania investment adviser with operating an investment advisory fraud involving over $100 million in investments. The SEC also obtained an emergency asset freeze. The SEC's complaint alleges that Brenda Smith, and her fund Broad Reach Capital, LP, raised approximately $105 million from approximately 40 investors by representing that she w  more

Temporary TSA Pre Application Center to Open for Appointments at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport for One Week in September
LATROBE, Pennsylvania, Aug. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration issued the following news release: Residents of Western Pennsylvania will be able to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration's popular TSA Precheck(R) application program inside Arnold Palmer Regional Airport from September 23 to 27, where officials will host a temporary "pop-up" enrollment center in the terminal. The airport is a convenient location to enroll in the  more

Temporary TSA Precheck Application Center to Open for Appointments at Philadelphia International Airport for One Week in September
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration issued the following news release: Residents of the Philadelphia area will be able to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration's popular TSA Precheck(R) application program inside Philadelphia International Airport from September 23 to 27, where officials will host a temporary "pop-up" enrollment center in Terminal B. The airport is a convenient location to enrol  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