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Federal Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday September 01, 2019 ( 72 items )  

"We're Tougher" MacDill Airman Inspires Resiliency
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: By Rito Smith Senior Airman Courtney Carlson, a dental technician assigned to the 6th Operational Readiness Medical Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, recently spoke on a panel at the Air Force Sergeants Association conference in San Antonio, Aug. 27, 2019. Carlson was invited to speak by Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright during a visit to MacDill earlier this y  more

45th Space Wing Airmen Receive Valor Awards From Local Community
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Aug. 26 -- The U.S. Air Force (45th Space Wing) issued the following news: By Dalton Williams "It was pure instinct. Honestly, I wasn't even thinking about what was going to happen to me. I was just focused on getting out there, getting to him, and getting him back." Airman 1st Class Tyler Digby, Staff Sgt. Avery Morehead, and Master Sgt. Wynee Diaz -- each of these Airmen had just a single moment to react, and each individually saved someone's life in a momen  more

Aircraft Assigned to MacDill Air Force Base Evacuate
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: By Shannon Bowman Due to Hurricane Dorian, KC-135s from the 6th Air Mobility Wing on MacDill AFB are evacuating to McConnell AFB, Kansas, beginning Thursday, August 29, 2019. MacDill aircraft are evacuating as a precaution due to the projected winds and are expected to return to MacDill AFB when conditions return to normal. "The safety of our service members, families, and aircr  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Midland, Texas, Has Largest Job Gain, San Francisco Largest Wage Gain, Among Largest U.S. Counties
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics issued the following article from The Economics Daily: Employment increased in 298 of the 355 largest U.S. counties from March 2018 to March 2019. National employment increased 1.4 percent over the year. Midland, Texas, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (+5.8 percent). Within Midland, the largest employment increase occurred in natural resources and mining, which gained 2,745 jobs over  more

Coast Guard Conducts Offshore Medevac
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Aug. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Coast Guard issued the following news release: A Coast Guard crew medevaced a male with chest pains Sunday evening 60 miles offshore from Long Boat Key, Fla. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center watchstanders were notified at 4:25 p.m., that an EPIRB had been activated and established communications. Coast Guard watchstanders launched an Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew who hois  more

Coast Guard Medevacs Unconscious Diver
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Aug. 24 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Coast Guard issued the following news release: A Coast Guard crew medevaced a 23-year-old male Saturday afternoon from Thompson Reef. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center watchstanders were notified at 12:30 p.m. that a free diver was found by a friend to be unconscious and was conducting CPR. Coast Guard watchstanders launched an Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a Station S  more

Corps of Engineers Prepares for Hurricane Dorian
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 30 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: As Hurricane Dorian makes its way toward Florida, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is preparing to respond as needed and providing information to the public, including boaters and campers, on operational adjustments that will take place at Herbert Hoover Dike, Corps water control structures, navigation locks, and recreation facilities. The Jacksonville District activate  more

Corps of Engineers Releases Rio Guayanilla Draft Integrated Feasibility Report, Environmental Assessment for Public Comment
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District has released for public comment the draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment for the Rio Guayanilla Flood Risk Management Study at the Municipality of Guayanilla, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The draft feasibility report was completed in collaboration with our local sponsor, the Department of Natural and Env  more

Corps of Engineers: Collier County Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study Public Informational Meeting Set
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the non-Federal Sponsor, Collier County, Florida, invite the public to attend an informational public meeting on the Collier County Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study. The Corps and county will host the meeting Sept. 9, from 5-7 p.m., at the Collier County Administrative Building, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Bldg. F, 3rd Floor, Naples, FL 34112. A  more

Corps of Engineers: Florida Keys Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study Public Meeting Set
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and non-Federal Sponsor, Monroe County, invite the public to attend two informational meetings on the Florida Keys Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study. The upcoming meetings are set for: Sept. 11, 2019, 5-7 p.m. Key Largo BOCC Room Murray Nelson Government Center 102050 Overseas Hwy Key Largo, FL 33037 Sept. 12, 2019, 5-7 p.m. Key West Commiss  more

Corps of Engineers: Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study Public Meeting Set
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and non-Federal Sponsor, Miami-Dade County, invite the public to attend an informational public meeting on the Miami-Dade County Back-Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study. The Corps and county will host the meeting Sept. 10, from 5-7 p.m. at the North Shore Park & Youth Center located at 501 72nd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33141. The purpose of the  more

CPSC Issues Carbon Monoxide Warning to Consumers in Path of Tropical Storm Dorian
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the following news release: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is issuing an important warning about the lethal hazard of carbon monoxide poisoning to consumers in the path of Tropical Storm Dorian who may soon be relying on portable generators for temporary electrical power. Dorian is expected to intensify to near-hurricane strength by the time it reaches Puerto Rico Wednesday, and is also expected to reach s  more

Defense Health Agency: Emergency Procedures in Place Due to Hurricane Dorian
FALLS CHURCH, Virginia, Aug. 30 -- Defense Health Agency issued the following news release: There are emergency procedures in place in parts of the United States. >> Sign up for future disaster alerts. Emergency Prescription Refills U.S Territory or State/Impacted areas/Through Puerto Rico / All areas / - 09/06/2019 Florida / All counties / - 09/09/2019 Georgia / Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, and Wayne counties / - 09/09/2019  more

Defense Intelligence Agency Cyber Operations Chief Talks Cybersecurity
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Intelligence Agency issued the following news: By Tyra Virgil The Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System and the Department of Defense Intelligence Information System were topics of discussion this week at the Defense Intelligence Agency DODIIS Worldwide Conference. Jean Schaffer, DIA's chief of cyber and enterprise operations, highlighted the current DIA data architecture and the need to raise the Agency's securi  more

Defense Intelligence Agency Highlights the Importance of Integration With Coalition Partners
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Intelligence Agency issued the following news: By Tyra Virgil The Defense Intelligence Agency's Deputy Director for Commonwealth Integration, Maj. Gen. John Howard spoke about the importance of integration and partnership at this year's DIA Department of Defense Intelligence Information System Worldwide Conference, Aug. 19, in Tampa, Florida. "Integration is not a one-way discussion," Howard stated. "Integration is really har  more

Defense Intelligence Agency Uses Artificial Intelligence to Confront Opioid Crisis
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Intelligence Agency issued the following news: By Christopher Van Dam The Defense Intelligence Agency is using data to tackle one of America's health challenges - the opioid epidemic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people a day in the United States die of opioid overdose. The Defense Intelligence Agency is taking an active role to combat this issue. During the DIA DoDIIS Worldwide Conference  more

Department of Labor Cites Florida Construction Contractor for Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited L N Framing Inc. for exposing employees to fall hazards at a Jacksonville, Florida, worksite. The residential and commercial framing contractor faces $58,343 in penalties. OSHA cited L N Framing Inc. for failing to ensure that employees used a fall protectio  more

Department of Labor Investigations Find Overtime Wage And Child Labor Violations at 11 Central Florida Pizzerias
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 26 -- 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), Flipper's Pizza T. & B. Inc. - operating 11 Central Florida Flippers Pizzeria restaurants - has paid $27,425 in back wages to 70 employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid $1,810 in civil money penalties for a child labor viol  more

Director of Naval Intelligence Talks Dynamic Maritime Operations at DODIIS Worldwide Conference
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 26 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Intelligence Agency issued the following news: By Angel Jackson The 2018 National Defense Strategy calls for the U.S. military to be "strategically predictable, but operationally unpredictable" by exercising the Dynamic Force Employment concept. The Navy's Design for Maintaining War Superiority 2.0 aligns the Navy with the NDS. Director of Naval Intelligence and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare Vice Ad  more

Directors of Intelligence Discuss Modernization, Information Sharing at DOD Intelligence Information System Worldwide Conference
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Intelligence Agency issued the following news: By Tyra Virgil Directors of intelligence from five military organizations participated in a panel discussion at the Defense Intelligence Agency Department of Defense Intelligence Information System Worldwide Conference, Aug. 21, at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida. Moderated by Michael Yambrick, director for Defense Strategic Issues at the Office of the Director of Nationa  more

DLA: Propelling Satellites in to Space
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: By Connie Braesch Propelled with DLA Energy-supplied high purity hydrazine, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Aug. 8. Approximately 2,600 pounds of high purity hydrazine was supplied for the rocket launch and payload and 755 pounds of dinitrogen tetroxide for the payload to deploy the fifth U.S. Air Force Advanced Extrem  more

EEOC Sues Azul Wellness dba Orlando Float for Pregnancy Discrimination
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 29 -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release: * * * - Massage Therapy Company Fired Employee Because She Was Pregnant, Federal Agency Charged * * * Azul Wellness, LLC, doing business as Orlando Float, which provides massage therapy treatments, violated federal law by firing an employee because of her pregnancy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. According to the EEOC's suit,   more

Eglin Air Force Base: Hiring Event Expedites Employment
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Florida, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: By Kevin Gaddie More than 200 job seekers attended a research, development, test and engineering field hiring event at the University of Florida Research Engineering and Education Facility Aug. 27-28, The event was held to fill 57 positions here. "We're leaning forward to utilize AFMC's expedited hiring initiative to fill those hard-to-fill positions across the installation," said Juan Robinson, 96th Force Sup  more

Eglin Air Force Base: Scholarships Awarded to Two Military Spouses
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Florida, Aug. 26 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: Corvias Foundation, a private charitable foundation dedicated to increasing opportunities for military families, awarded LaToya Adams and Aaron Eichstedt, $5,000 scholarships to be put towards furthering their academic careers. Adams and Eichstedt, spouses of Eglin Airmen, are two of the 20 recipients of Corivas Foundation's 2019 military spouse scholarship. "Each year we are completely inspired by our scholars  more

Eglin Air Force Basel: Voting a Major Topic at Luncheon
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Florida, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: By Kevin Gaddie The guest speaker for this year's Women's Equality Day luncheon was Wanjiku Jackson, a League of Women's Voters for Okaloosa and Walton Counties member. She recognized the accomplishments of military women at the Aug. 28 event. "Women are doing powerful things in the military," she said. "Coming from a military family, I saw many powerful women of all levels in the Air Force." Jackson cited th  more

Energy Department: Secretary Perry Briefed on Hurricane Dorian
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Energy issued the following news release: This morning, Secretary Perry was briefed by Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes, Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response Karen S. Evans, and other senior DOE officials about emergency preparedness underway for Hurricane Dorian. In preparation, the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Emergency Response Organization has been activated and will remain active through the   more

EPA Approves Emergency Fuel Waiver for Florida
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: In response to Hurricane Dorian, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler today approved emergency fuel waver requests made on behalf of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. EPA has waived the federal Reid vapor pressure requirements for fuel sold in Florida to minimize problems with the supply of gasoline. EPA has also waived the prohibition on the blending of reformulated ga  more

FCC Media Bureau Issues Memorandum on Gray Media Group
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- The Federal Communications Commission's Media Bureau issued the following memorandum opinion and order (MB Docket No. 19-131): In the Matter of Gray Media Group, Inc. Petition for Modification of the Satellite Television Market ofWCJB-TV, Gainesville, Florida CSR No. 8977-A MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER Adopted: August 30, 2019 Released: August 30, 2019 By the Senior Deputy Chief, Media Bureau, Policy Division I. INTRODUCTION 1. Gray Media Group, Inc. (Petitioner o  more

FDA Requests Recall of Sterile Compounded Drug Products Produced by AmEx Pharmacy
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration issued the following news release: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding patients and health care professionals not to use drug products intended to be sterile made by Pacifico National Inc., an outsourcing facility doing business as AmEx Pharmacy, in Melbourne, Florida. The drugs--which include compounded ophthalmic products among other drug products -- pose unnecessary risks due   more

Federal Government Mobilizes as Southeast U.S. Prepares for Hurricane Dorian
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: President Donald J. Trump approved an emergency declaration for Florida today, making federal funding available to assist state, tribal and local governments with emergency and life-safety actions taken ahead of Hurricane Dorian. The declaration authorizes FEMA to provide federal support and assistance for emergency measures to save lives, protect property and  more

FEMA Awards Collier County Nearly $1.3 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $1,272,871 for the State of Florida to help Collier County defray the costs of waterway debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the county for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris from waterways in Collier County between Oct. 18, 2017 and March 10,  more

FEMA Awards Hollywood More Than $5.6 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $5,614,256 for the State of Florida to help the City of Hollywood defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the city for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within Hollywood between Sept. 18 and Dec. 16, 2017 following the Septem  more

FEMA Awards Melbourne Nearly $3 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $2,993,890 for the State of Florida to help the City of Melbourne defray the costs of responding to Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the city for the cost of overtime worked by police, firefighters, road crews and other city employees to set up and operate an emergency operations center,   more

FEMA Reimburses Department of Corrections $6.4 Million for Hurricane Michael Expenses
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $6,458,521 to the state of Florida to assist the Florida Department of Corrections with reimbursement for the costs of emergency protective measures following Hurricane Michael under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the department for actions it took following the October 2018 storm to provide uninterrup  more

FEMA Reimburses Gulf Coast Electric $1.5M for Hurricane Michael Expenses
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $1,579,876 to the state of Florida to assist Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative with reimbursement for management costs following Hurricane Michael in October 2018 under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. The grant is funded by FEMA's Public Assistance program, an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally  more

FEMA Reimburses Mexico Beach More Than $1M for Hurricane Michael Expenses
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 27 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $1,047,580 to the state of Florida to assist the City of Mexico Beach with reimbursement for the costs of repairs to public utilities following Hurricane Michael under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the city for restoring its master wastewater lift station back to its pre-disaster design, function and   more

FEMA, Federal Agencies Ready as Hurricane Dorian Heads to Florida
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: Hurricane Dorian continues to gain strength and could be a Category 4 hurricane before making landfall somewhere along Florida's eastern shore sometime early next week. As FEMA and other federal partners work with officials in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to assess any damages caused by Dorian, residents in Florida and southern Georgia should take a  more

FEMA: Federal Aid Programs for the State of Florida
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Dorian beginning on Aug. 28 and continuing. The President's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of  more

FEMA: President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Florida
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Dorian beginning on Aug. 28 and continuing. The President's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Florida Realtor Pleads Guilty to Making False Statement to Financial Institution
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida issued the following news release: Brannon Rue (47, Oviedo) has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to a financial institution. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set. According to the plea agreement, Rue executed a scheme to influence financial institutions to approve short sales of real estate at a loss by making false statements on va  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Former NASA Contractor Employee Convicted for Substituting Foreign Materials for Domestic Materials to Be Used by NASA
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Maria Chapa Lopez, issued the following news release: United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that a federal jury today found Jonathan Hipps (34, Warner Robins, Georgia) guilty of mail fraud, concealment of material facts from a federal agency, and providing a false document to a federal agency. Hipps faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Decembe  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Illinois Resident Convicted At South Florida Trial for Carrying Out $2M Fraud Scheme Targeting Nigerian Oil Company
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 27 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: On August 23, 2019, Oyeyemi Olatunji Owagboriaye, 63, of Chicago, Illinois, was convicted of wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343 (Case No. 18cr20361). A jury returned a guilty verdict following a five-day trial before United States District Judge Kathleen M. Williams, in Miami, Florida. Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attor  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Jacksonville Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to More Than $1 Million in Tax Fraud
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 30 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida issued the following news release: Nicole Johnson (37, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to aiding and assisting in the filing of a false tax return. She faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison. According to the plea agreement, Johnson was the owner and operator of Financial Asset Tax Service, which offered tax return preparation services. For the tax years 2014, 2015, 2016, an  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: South Florida Doctor Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Illegally Distribute Oxycodone
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 26 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Omar Perez, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General's (HHS-OIG), Miami Regional Office, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Adolphus P. Wright, Special Agent  more

Florida Agriculture Employer Pays Wages and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Wage Violations
MOUNT DORA, Florida, Aug. 26 -- 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), AG Labor LLC - based in Plant City, Florida - has paid $16,332 in back wages and damages to 44 employees for violating requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the H-2A visa program. The employer also paid $2,082 in civil money penalties for the H-2A violations. WHD investig  more

Here Comes the Boom! MacDill Air Force Base's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team Instructs Community Law Enforcement
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Aug. 22 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: By Scott Warner Handling bombs is risky business, but what makes bombs even more dangerous is the variety between explosives. Fortunately, identifying explosives is a specialty of the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight. For the first time ever, MacDill's EOD team invited the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa Police Department and the Federal   more

HHS Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency for State of Florida Due to Hurricane Dorian
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the following news release: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar today declared a public health emergency for the state in preparation for Hurricane Dorian and following President Trump's emergency declaration for the state of Florida. The declaration gives the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergenc  more

In Case You Missed It: FEMA Senior Leadership Says 'Be Prepared, Not Scared'
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: Yesterday, Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor kicked off National Preparedness Month on television and radio. With Tropical Storm Dorian in the Atlantic and forecasted to impact Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and potentially Florida and Georgia, he emphasized the importance of preparing now. Gaynor also stressed the importance of empowering our kids t  more

Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise: Building on the Visions of Our Predecessors
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Intelligence Agency issued the following news: By Christopher Van Dam Day two of the Department of Defense Intelligence Information System Worldwide Conference started with an update to the ongoing modernization efforts of the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise, Aug. 19, 2019, in Tampa, Florida. John Sherman, Chief Information Officer of the Intelligence Community, praised the groundbreaking leadership o  more

IRS Announces Waiver of Dyed Fuel Penalty in Florida Due to Hurricane Dorian
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Internal Revenue Service issued the following news release: To minimize or prevent disruptions to the supply of fuel for diesel-powered highway vehicles because of Hurricane Dorian, the Internal Revenue Service announced today it will not impose a penalty when dyed diesel fuel is sold for use or used on the highway in the State of Florida. This relief is effective immediately. Consistent with the Environmental Protection Agency waive  more

Jet Propulsion Laboratory: NASA Invites Students to Name Mars 2020 Rover
PASADENA, California, Aug. 28 -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued the following news: Red rover, red rover, send a name for Mars 2020 right over! NASA is recruiting help from students nationwide to find a name for its next Mars rover mission. Starting Tuesday, Aug. 27, K-12 students in U.S. public, private and home schools can enter the Mars 2020 Name the Rover essay contest. One grand prize winner will name the rover and be invited to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Ca  more

Justice Department: Former CPA Indicted for Failing to Report Foreign Bank Accounts, Filing False Documents With the IRS
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 -- The U.S. Department of Justice issued the following news release: A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging Brian Booker, a former resident of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, whose business specialized in international trade, with failing to file Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) and filing false documents with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice   more

Ky. U.S. Attorney: Pain Clinic Owner From South Florida Sentenced for Oxycodone Trafficking Conspiracy
LONDON, Kentucky, Aug. 30 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Robert M. Duncan Jr., issued the following news release: Pete Anthony Tyndale, 47, of Hollywood, Florida, was sentenced to 29 years of imprisonment by United States District Judge Robert E. Wier for conspiring to distribute oxycodone and other drugs, and for money laundering. Tyndale was the co-owner of the Tennessee Pain Institute (TPI), a pain clinic that operated from 2011 to 2016 near Chattanooga. After a   more

Lockheed Martin Corp. Pays $327,271 in Back Wages and Damages to Employees at Florida Work Site After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation
CRESTVIEW, Florida, Aug. 26 -- 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), Lockheed Martin Corp. has paid $327,271 in back wages and liquidated damages to 20 employees for violating provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) at a Crestview, Florida, work site. WHD investigators determined the company errone  more

MacDill Air Force Base: Honoring the Heritage of the Fighting Sixth Week 2
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Aug. 23 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the unit presently designated the 6th Air Mobility Wing. In 1944, the 6th Bombardment Group reactivated to support the air offensive against Japan. As part of the 20th Air Force, the Group's B-29 Superfortress aircraft relocated to North Field on the small island of Tinian to strike major targets in Japan. The group received two Distinguish  more

Medal of Honor Recipient's Daughter Receives New Dog Tags
HURLBURT FIELD, Florida, Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command issued the following news: By Angelica Epperson and Lynette Rolen Even after decades, Air Commandos take care of their own. Angela Bennett-Engele, daughter of Medal of Honor recipient and OV-10 pilot Capt. Steven L. Bennett, received newly printed replica dog tags in his honor during a small ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Aug. 29, 2019. Bennett's original dog tags recently went missing. Bennett received t  more

N.Y. U.S. Attorney: Kingsmen Regional President, Convicted By Federal Jury of Racketeering, Sentenced to 240 Months in Prison
BUFFALO, New York, Aug. 27 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, James P. Kennedy Jr., issued the following news release: U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Timothy Enix a/k/a Blaze, 60, was sentenced to serve 240 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The defendant, a Kingsmen Motorcycle Club (KMC) member and Florida/Tennessee Regional President, was sentenced for his conviction following a four-month jury trial of RICO conspira  more

NASA Invites Students to Name Next Mars Rover
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- NASA issued the following news release: Red rover, red rover, send a name for Mars 2020 right over! NASA is recruiting help from students nationwide to find a name for its next Mars rover mission. Starting Tuesday, K-12 students in U.S. public, private and home schools can enter the Mars 2020 Name the Rover essay contest. One grand prize winner will name the rover and be invited to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.   more

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Takes Action to Assist With Hurricane Dorian Preparedness and Response Efforts
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued the following news: PHMSA is continuing to monitor the movements of Hurricane Dorian to understand its potential effect on hazardous materials and pipeline operations. This webpage provides critical information regarding PHMSA's pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs to assist in any necessary response and remediation efforts as the storm advances toward the sta  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

President Donald J. Trump Amends Florida Disaster Declaration
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 -- The White House issued the following news release: Today, President Donald J. Trump made additional disaster assistance available to the State of Florida by authorizing an increase in the level of Federal funding for Public Assistance projects undertaken in the State of Florida as a result of Hurricane Irma during the period of September 4 to October 18, 2017. Under the President's order today, the Federal share for Public Assistance has been increased to 90 percent of t  more

President Donald J. Trump Approves Florida Emergency Declaration
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- The White House issued the following news release: Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Florida and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Dorian beginning on August 28, 2019, and continuing. The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all dis  more

S.C. U.S. Attorney's Office Sponsors 20th Annual Southern States Victim Assistance Conference
COLUMBIA, South Carolina, Aug. 30 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, Sherri A. Lydon, issued the following news release: United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that this week, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina joined 15 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands as a co-sponsor of the 20th annual Southern States Victim Assistance Conference. The conference, which took place August 27-29 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a  more

SEC Charges Adviser Firm and Its Principals With Defrauding Retired NFL Players
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following news release: The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a Tallahassee-based investment adviser firm and its two former principals with defrauding investors, most of whom were retired NFL players who had joined a class-action lawsuit against the league claiming they suffered brain injuries as a result of concussions. The SEC charged Cambridge Capital Group Advisors, LLC (f/k/a Cambridge Capital Advisor  more

Securities and Exchange Commission V. Cambridge Capital Advisors
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following litigation release: The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a Tallahassee-based investment adviser firm and its two former principals with defrauding investors, most of whom were retired NFL players who had joined a class-action lawsuit against the league claiming they suffered brain injuries as a result of concussions. The SEC charged Cambridge Capital Group Advisors, LLC (f/k/a Cambridge Capital A  more

Securities and Exchange Commission Vs. William Cluxton
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following litigation release: The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged William Hutchinson (a.k.a. William Cluxton), of Sarasota, Florida for fraudulently selling securities. The SEC's complaint alleges that between March and December 2018, Hutchinson raised at least $35,000 from at least four investors through a fraudulent securities offering in the stock of Symulto Corporation, a company he formed in 2016. Ac  more

SMC and Its Government, Industry Partners Successfully Launch GPS III SV 2 Satellite From Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, California, Aug. 26 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the second Global Positioning Systems (GPS) III satellite at 9:06 a.m. EDT, Aug. 22 from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Lockheed Martin-built satellite, known as "Magellan" (in honor of Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese navigator who led the first expedition to circumnavigate the globe), was  more

SMC and Its Government, Industry Partners Successfully Launch GPS III SV 2 Satellite From Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, California, Aug. 22 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news release: The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the second Global Positioning Systems (GPS) III satellite at 9:06 a.m. EDT, Aug. 22 from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Lockheed Martin-built satellite, known as "Magellan" (in honor of Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese navigator who led the first expedition to circumnavigate the glo  more

Tyndall Air Force Base Tactical Pause
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The U.S. Air Force (325th Fighter Wing) issued the following news: By Magen M. Reeves U.S. Air Force Airmen had a tactical pause on Aug. 27, 2019, at Tyndall Air Force Base. The tactical pause was issued by top-level leadership in regards to an ongoing Air Force wide suicide awareness and prevention campaign. "Suicide is an adversary that is killing more of our airmen than any enemy on the planet," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein.  more

U.S. Air Force: Leadership Commentary - I Did It. On Purpose
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The U.S. Air Force (50th Space Wing) issued the following news: By Eric V. Reynolds You've probably heard the words, "I'm sorry, it was an accident" or some variation countless times throughout your life. I have five kids, so I hear it way too often. I know I've used the phrase more than I'd like to admit, and after careful deliberation, I'm purposefully trying to eliminate the phrase from my thinking and will try to retrain my kids as well. Hopeful  more

U.S. and Partner Forces Implement Security Mechanism in Northeast Syria
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Central Command issued the following news release: The Syrian Democratic Forces, a Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve partner force in the fight against Daesh, completed the destruction of People's Protection Unit, also known as YPG, fighting positions in northeast Syria using bulldozers and backhoes, Aug. 24. Following the demolition, People's Protection Unit soldiers manning the positions left the zone designated   more

VA IG Issues Oversight Report Summary on Patient Suicide on Locked Mental Health Unit
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 -- The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General issued the following oversight report (No. 19-07429-195) summary on "Patient Suicide on a Locked Mental Health Unit at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, Florida": Summary: The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a healthcare inspection, in response to a notification that a hospitalized patient died by suicide and a subsequent request from House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano,   more