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Federal Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday September 08, 2019 ( 46 items )  

Ambassador Lynch Welcomes Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Guyana
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Sept. 4 -- The U.S. Embassy in Guyana issued the following news release: In line with the U.S. commitment to help Guyana efficiently manage the anticipated oil revenues for the benefit of the Guyanese people, U.S. Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch welcomed Fulbright U.S. Scholar Dr. Norman Munroe of Florida International University (FIU) to Guyana to pursue ABET Accreditation of Engineering programs, including the recently introduced Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the Facu  more

CBP Bracing for Hurricane Dorian and Making Final Preparations in Florida and Across Southeast
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 2 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection issued the following news release: As an extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian bears down on the Bahamas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) staged highly-trained teams of aircrews and personnel in Florida and across the entire Southeast to launch rescue teams immediately after Dorian passes. CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircraft and crews from Tuscon, Detroit and Puerto Rico are sta  more

CBP Continues Rescue Operations of Bahamian Survivors of Hurricane Dorian
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 6 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection issued the following news release: * * * - CBP Teams also Staged in the Carolinas to Support Response Efforts * * * U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continued to airlift Hurricane Dorian survivors Thursday from devastated areas in Abaco Island and Grand Bahama Island, Baha,mas while staging response teams in the Carolinas to support potential rescue operations there. So far, CBP Air  more

CBP Supports Bahamas Rescue Operations and Continues Preparations for U.S. Landfall
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 4 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection issued the following news release: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is assisting in Bahamas rescue efforts following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian over the weekend, and continuing preparations to respond when Dorian makes landfall in the United States. CBP is working with the U.S. Agency for International Aid (USAID), a governmental agency that helps coordinate urgently need  more

Civil Air Patrol: Dorian's Approach Spurs SE Region Preparations, Plans
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- The U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol issued the following news: By Alysia English Civil Air Patrol's Southeast Region has initiated Hurricane Dorian preparations well in advance of the storm's anticipated landfall. The potentially deadly storm, expected to reach the Florida coast sometime Monday, marks the seventh time since fall 2016 that air and ground crews from CAP will provide post-hurricane disaster relief and aerial photography to federal and state agenc  more

Coast Guard Continues Response Efforts in Bahamas Due to Hurricane Dorian
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 4 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Coast Guard issued the following news release: Coast Guard Hurricane Dorian response operations are underway in support of the Bahamas. As of Wednesday at at 10 a.m.: * Coast Guard crews from across the Coast Guard have rescued 61 people and rescued four pets in the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian began. * The Coast Guard is currently conducting air operations based out of Andros Island, Bahamas. * Port Condition Zulu   more

Coast Guard Hurricane Dorian Response Operations Continue in the Bahamas
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 3 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Coast Guard issued the following news release: Coast Guard Hurricane Dorian response operations are underway in support of the Bahamas. As of Tuesday: * Coast Guard crews from across the Coast Guard have rescued 47 people in the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian began. * The Coast Guard is currently conducting air operations based out of Andros Island, Bahamas. * Port Condition Zulu for the Port of Fort Pierce, Port of M  more

Coast Guard Responds to Hurricane Dorian Aftermath in Marsh Harbour
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 2 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Coast Guard issued the following news release: Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews, forward deployed to Andros Island, medevaced 19 people from the Marsh Harbour Clinic to Nassau International Airport, Monday. Four Jayhawk aircrews completed five medical evacuations of 19 people, ranging in ages from children to elderly, from the Marsh Harbour clinic to Nassau emergency medical personnel at  more

DLA: Lengyel - Guard Positioned to Respond to Dorian
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Sept. 4 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: By Erich B. Smith As Hurricane Dorian makes its way along the Florida coast, the National Guard is in place to respond, said Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, during a Pentagon press conference yesterday. "As I stand here, there are more than 5,500 National Guard members in four states, ready to provide full-spectrum recovery and support to all   more

DOD Ramps Up Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news story: By David Vergun As Hurricane Dorian sat offshore from Florida's southeast coast, the Defense Department had already deployed some assets to the area. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, commander of U.S. Northern Command, provided an update for a Pentagon news conference this afternoon via video-teleconference. More than 5,000 National Guard troops and 2,700 active duty personnel are either deployed   more

DOD: Guardsmen Ready to Respond to Hurricane Dorian
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news story: By Jim Garamone National Guardsmen all along the East Coast are on duty, ready to do what needs to be done in response to Hurricane Dorian, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said. Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel told Pentagon reporters today that guardsmen from Florida to Virginia are assisting civilian agencies across a range of capabilities. Dorian is hitting South Carolina and North Carolina, and   more

Fed Issues Enforcement Action With First State Bank Nebraska
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- The Federal Reserve issued the following news release: The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced the execution of the enforcement action listed below: First State Bank Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska Flood insurance violation, civil money penalty, dated September 3, 2019 The Federal Reserve Board also announced the termination of the enforcement action listed below: American Express Bank International (now known as Standard Chartered Bank International (Americas), L  more

Federal Aid Programs for the Seminole Tribe of Florida
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump's emergency disaster declaration issued for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Assistance for the Tribal Government Can Include as Required: * FEMA is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency me  more

Federal Communications Commission: Communications Status Report for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Dorian
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- The Federal Communications Commission issued the following news release: The following is a report on the status of communications services in geographic areas impacted by Hurricane Dorian as of September 5, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. EDT. This report incorporates network outage data submitted by communications providers to the Federal Communications Commission's Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS). DIRS is currently activated for counties in Florida, Georgia, North Caro  more

FEMA Awards Polk County Over $1.1 Million for a Central County Jail Auxiliary Power Generator
ORLANDO, Florida, Sept. 6 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA is awarding Polk County a $1,130,812.50 Hazard Mitigation grant to fund the purchase and installation of a 1,750 kW generator with 6,000-gallon fuel tank at the Polk Central County Jail. After the installation of the generator, Polk County will be able to continue regular operation of the jail in times of disaster and during future power outages.   more

FEMA Reimburses Department of Transportation $9.8M for Hurricane Michael Expenses
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved a $9,842,926 grant to the state of Florida that will reimburse the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) for the costs of debris removal in Jackson County following Hurricane Michael under FEMA's Public Assistance program. Florida DOT was responsible for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within   more

FEMA Reimburses FDEM $15.7 Million for Hurricane Michael Expenses
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $15,709,682 to the state of Florida to assist the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) 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 recover  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Federal Jury Convicts Colombian Female of International Cocaine Smuggling Conspiracy
TAMPA, Florida, Sept. 3 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida issued the following news release: A federal jury has found Lelia Vanessa Perdomo Zapata (26, Colombia) guilty of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine while onboard a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, as well as one count of possession with the intent to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine on that vessel.   more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Five Individuals Convicted For Participating in Global Fraud Scheme
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 4 -- 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, and Justin Green, Special Agent in Charge, Miami Field Office, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA-OCI), announced the convictions of five defendants for various offenses relating to a global fraud scheme that relied upon false claims about the   more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Former City of Miami Police Officers Sentenced to Prison After Having Been Convicted at Trial
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 6 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga sentenced former City of Miami Police officer Kelvin Harris to 27 and a half years in prison for his involvement in a drug trafficking conspiracy and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Codefendant James Archibald, also a former City of Miami Police officer, was sentenced to 10 yea  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Four Peruvians Sentenced For Overseeing Spanish-Speaking Call Centers That Threatened, Extorted U.S. Consumers
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 4 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: Four residents of Lima, Peru, charged with overseeing a series of call centers that threatened and extorted Spanish-speaking victims in the United States, have been sentenced to prison, the Department of Justice and U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced. Jesus Gutierrez Rojas, 37, Alexandra Podesta Bengoa, 38, Virgilio Polo Davila, 43, and Omar Portoca  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Milton Man Sentenced For VA Disability Benefit Fraud
PENSACOLA, Florida, Sept. 3 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Larry Keefe, issued the following news release: Bryan S. Gaines, 46, of Milton, Florida, was sentenced today to 3 years' probation and ordered to repay the government more than a quarter-million dollars after pleading guilty to theft of government money and making false statements. The sentence, handed down in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola, was announced by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for th  more

Guard Positioned to Respond to Dorian
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news: By Erich B. Smith As Hurricane Dorian makes its way along the coast, the National Guard is in place to respond, said Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, during a Pentagon press conference Tuesday. "As I stand here, there are more than 5,500 National Guard members in four states, ready to provide full-spectrum recovery and support to all those impacted by Hurricane Dorian," Lengyel said. "A   more

Homestead Air Force Base Provides Support to Bahamas
HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, Florida, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Air Force Reserve Command issued the following news: Reserve Citizen Airmen, civilians and contractors from Homestead Air Reserve Base are supporting U.S. Northern Command, federal agencies and other non-governmental organizations to provide assistance to the relief efforts in The Bahamas. The base quickly shifted from preparing for dangerous Hurricane Dorian, to a logistical hub to facilitate the movement of humanitarian commodities and  more

Hurricane Dorian: Evacuation of Military Personnel and Their Families
NAS JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Sept. 2 -- The U.S. Navy issued the following story: As Dorian progresses toward the Southeast United States, many Navy Sailors and civilians are wondering when they should evacuate. The simple answer is that the parent command must determine whether personnel and family members should evacuate. Currently Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Admiral Gary Mayes has authorized the evacuations of non-essential active duty military, drilling reservists, and civilian e  more

In Case You Missed It... FEMA: Residents in Hurricane Dorian's Path Must Remain Alert as Storm Nears U.S.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: Today, FEMA senior leadership urged residents in the potential path of Hurricane Dorian to maintain vigilance as the storm continues movement toward the United States. Associate Administrator for the Office of Response & Recovery Jeff Byard spoke with CNN's "New Day" about the need to battle complacency due to Dorian's slow forward movement. "That's our bigg  more

Jet Propulsion Laboratory: An Inside Look at Hurricane Dorian From a Mini Satellite
PASADENA, California, Sept. 4 -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued the following news: A new view of Hurricane Dorian shows the layers of the storm, as seen by an experimental NASA weather satellite that's the size of a cereal box. TEMPEST-D reveals rain bands in four layers of the storm as Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida on Sept. 3, 2019. The multiple vertical layers show where the strongest convective "storms" within the hurricane are pushing high into the atmosphere, with pink, red  more

Justice Department: Federal Court Shuts Down Orlando Tax Return Preparer
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- The U.S. Department of Justice issued the following news release: The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida has permanently barred defendant Gladys Quiles from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. The complaint filed by the United States alleged that Quiles did not sign the tax returns she prepares and does not identify herself in any way on the returns, instead operating as a "ghost preparer." The co  more

Labor Department Awards Additional Funds to Florida to Continue Disaster Relief Efforts After Hurricane Michael
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Department of Labor issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded additional National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) funding to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to continue disaster-relief efforts in response to Hurricane Michael and to provide career and training services to individuals forced to relocate in the storm's aftermath. The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a major disaster declaration following   more

MacDill Air Force Base: Honoring the Heritage of the Fighting Sixth Week 4
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Sept. 6 -- 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. The wing moved without personnel or equipment to Eielson AFB, Alaska, and became Strategic Air Command's Alaskan base of operations, the 6th Strategic Wing. Known after that as the 6th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, the unit flew recon missions with the state-of-the-art RC-135 aircraft  more

MacDill Air Force Base: TRICARE Open Season to Begin Nov. 11, 2019
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Sept. 6 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: By David Ellison If you would like to make changes to your or a family member's TRICARE health plan for 2020, your opportunity is fast approaching with this fall's TRICARE Open Season. Open season is an annual month-long period when you can enroll in or change your health care coverage plan for the next year. It occurs every year from the Monday of the second full week in November  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving St. Lucie County
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54253) involving St. Lucie County , Florida: "A hurricane warning is in effect for St. Lucie County including the plant site. A hurricane warning was confirmed with the State Watch Office at 1717 EDT. As a matter of procedure, St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant entered an Unusual Event classification for the hurricane warning. State and local officials have been notified by the licensee. "The NRC R  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant in Florida
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54253) involving St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant in Florida: NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO DECLARATION OF HURRICANE WARNING "A hurricane warning is in effect for St. Lucie County including the plant site. A hurricane warning was confirmed with the State Watch Office at 1717 EDT. As a matter of procedure, St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant entered an Unusual Event classification for the hurrica  more

President Donald J. Trump Approves the Seminole Tribe of Florida Emergency Declaration
WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 -- The White House issued the following news release: Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists for the Seminole Tribe of Florida and ordered Federal assistance to supplement the Tribe's 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 di  more

President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Seminole Tribe of Florida
WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 -- 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 Seminole Tribe of Florida to supplement the tribe's response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Dorian beginning on August 28, 2019 and continuing. The President's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpo  more

President Trump Issues Remarks in Briefing on Hurricane Dorian
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- President Trump issued the following remarks in a briefing on Hurricane Dorian: THE PRESIDENT: We thought we'd give you an update on the hurricane. We got lucky in Florida -- very, very lucky indeed. We had -- actually, our original chart was that it was going to be hit -- hitting Florida directly. Maybe I could just see that, Kevin. It was going to be hitting directly, and that would have affected a lot of other states. But that was the original chart. And you see it wa  more

Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau Announces Partial Deactivation of the Disaster Information Reporting System for Hurricane Dorian
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- The Federal Communications Commission issued the following news release: * * * DIRS deactivated for all counties Florida. DIRS remains active in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. * * * At the request of the Department of Homeland Security, National Coordinating Center for Communications and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has deactivated its Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS)/1 for the following a  more

Residents of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas Urged to Remain Vigilant as Dorian Continues Strengthening
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: As Dorian remains mostly stalled over the Bahamas and its path over the next few days remains uncertain, FEMA urges residents and visitors along the southeastern coast of the United States to complete preparations, monitor the storm closely, and follow instructions and warnings of local officials. Hurricane Dorian will have dangerous impacts even if it does n  more

Residents of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas Urged to Remain Vigilant as Dorian Continues Strengthening
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: As Dorian's strength and path continues to change, FEMA urges residents and visitors along the southeastern coast of the United States to remain vigilant, continue preparations, monitor the storm closely, and follow instructions and warnings of local officials. Hurricane Dorian is a strong storm that can produce dangerous flooding and damaging winds along Flo  more

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: An Invisible Story is Revealed Through the Senses
PANAMA CITY, Panama, Sept. 3 -- The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute issued the following news: Through sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow Jennifer Gil-Acevedo makes the world of microalgae accessible to all When she volunteered for the Special Olympics in Greece in 2011, Puerto Rican Jennifer Gil-Acevedo became especially fond of the Panamanian team. So, when she was presented with the opportunity to develop a project in Pa  more

Tyndall Air Force Base: Rescued to Be a Rescuer
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Sept. 3 -- The U.S. Air Force (325th Fighter Wing) issued the following news: By Dylan Auger September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and much emphasis is being put on a mental health crisis that has impacted military members. "Suicide is an adversary that is killing more of our Airmen than any enemy on the planet," said Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. David Goldfein. Goldfein ordered a stand down, a day-long pause of operations for all units to   more

U.S. Air Force Preps for Hurricane Dorian
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Maryland, Sept. 3 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: As Hurricane Dorian approaches the U.S., Air Force bases along the East Coast have begun preparing for the storm, currently a powerful Category 2 hurricane. As of Sept. 3, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, entered Hurricane Condition, or HURCON, 1, which indicates surface winds in excess of 50 knots (58 mph) could arrive in the area of Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station within 12 hours. The ba  more

U.S. Air Force: Limited Evacuation Order for Hurricane Dorian Now Active
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado, Sept. 1 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Reserve Personnel Center issued the following news: By Eric Amidon The 45th Space Wing commander has issued a limited evacuation order for Patrick Air Force Base (PAFB), Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) and the Jonathan-Dickinson Missile Tracking Annex (JDMTA) personnel to move from a CONUS residence to the nearest Safe Haven. This order applies to all personnel and their families within Hurricane Evacuation Zones A   more

U.S. Air Force: National Guard Positioned to Respond to Hurricane Dorian
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Sept. 4 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: By Erich B. Smith As Hurricane Dorian makes its way along the Florida coast, the National Guard is in place to respond, said Gen. Joseph Lengyel, National Guard Bureau chief, during a Pentagon press conference Sept. 3. "As I stand here, there are more than 5,500 National Guard members in four states, ready to provide full-spectrum recovery and support to all those impacted by Hurricane Dorian," Lengyel said. "A prep  more

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Provides Update on Dorian Response Activities
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District is assessing impacts to its projects now that Hurricane Dorian has moved out of its area of responsibility. Jacksonville District staff began surveys of multiple deep-draft ports and are evaluating impacts to coastal storm risk management projects along Florida's Atlantic Coast. "We are working to provide the Coast Guard with survey infor  more

U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh: Education USA South Asia Fall Your 2019
DHAKA, Bangladesh, Aug. 31 -- The U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh issued the following news release: On Saturday, September 7, U.S. Embassy's EducationUSA Student Advising Center will host the South Asia Fall Tour 2019 University Fair at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden Hotel. Representatives from 26 U.S. universities will attend, including from Drew University, George Mason University, Hofstra University, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, University of Houston-Victoria, and University of South Flori  more