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Federal Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday September 15, 2019 ( 39 items )  

$2.5 Million Funding Available for Head Start Services in Carroll County, Maryland
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families announced that it expects to award up to two discretionary grants for Head Start services in Carroll County, Maryland. The estimated total program funding available was cited as $2,517,199. The agency said the grant was associated with income security and social services. The funding is open to state, county, city, township governments; independent school districts; private, publi  more

$7.7 Million Funding Available for Head Start Services in Baltimore County, Maryland
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families announced that it expects to award up to three discretionary grants for Head Start services in Baltimore County, Maryland. The estimated total program funding available was cited as $7,731,065. The agency said the grant was associated with income security and social services. The funding is open to state, county, city, township governments; independent school districts; private, p  more

Acting Secretary McAleenan Affirms Strong Support for Law Enforcement at FLEOA Address
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued the following news release: Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan delivered remarks at the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) Biennial National Conference at the University of Maryland to express his strong support for law enforcement across the nation and emphasize the importance of the partnership between DHS and federal law enforcement officers. In his remarks, Acting Secretar  more

Avoid GI Issues 'Cramping' Your Running Style With These Army Public Health Expert Tips
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Sept. 12 -- The U.S. Army Medicine issued the following news: By Douglas Holl It may not make for polite conversation, but most runners at one time or another have dealt with unpleasant intestinal rumblings, sometimes called runner's stomach, or faced other gastrointestinal running emergencies while running recreationally or competitively. The Army Public Health Center's resident nutrition experts offer a few strategies to help runners avoid unfortunate GI is  more

Corps of Engineers: Perfect Timing Benefits Both District and Intern
WINCHESTER, Virginia, Sept. 11 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news story: By Julie Shoemaker Experts agree that success is achieved through various means by different people. Some have boiled success down to mathematics, the simplest formula being: skill X effort = achievement. But what about timing, training, and even pure luck? When impulse, sheer chance, and coincidence collide, they sometimes create a perfect opportunity for the lucky person who is ready to acce  more

D.C. U.S. Attorney: Former Dentist Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie K. Liu, issued the following news release: Bilal Ahmed, 47, of Potomac, Maryland, pled guilty on September 6, 2019, to a federal charge of health care fraud stemming from a scheme in which he and others caused the District of Columbia's Medicaid program to be defrauded out of more than $5 million. The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, Timothy Dunham, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Divisi  more

Delmarva Resource Conservation & Development Council to Receive $70,000 from Interior
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it intends to award a $70,000 cooperative agreement to the Delmarva Resource Conservation and Development Council of Cambridge, Maryland, for waterfowl and facilities maintenance at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. The agency description of the grant states: "This includes planting and maintaining over 400 acres of crops for migrating and o  more

Deltares USA to Receive $2,105,000 from Interior
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey announced that it intends to award a $2,105,000 cooperative agreement to the Deltares USA of Silver Spring, Maryland, for coastal morphodynamic research. The U.S. Geological Survey provided the following overview: "This collaboration is linked to the Coastal and Marine Geology Program that is operated from science centers in Santa Cruz (California), St. Petersburg (Florida), and Woods Hole (Massachusetts). The  more

DLA Joint Reserve Force's Audit Task Force Commander Retires Following 32 Years of Service
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: By James Harless Navy Rear Adm. Deborah Haven celebrated 32 years of military service during a retirement ceremony in the Operations Center Auditorium September 6 at the Defense Supply Center Columbus, where she previously completed 29 years of Federal Service as a civilian logistician. In her final assignment, Haven served as the DLA Joint Reserve Force's Audit Task Force commander  more

EPA Awards Nearly $850,000 to Johns Hopkins University to Advance Research on Alternative Methods to Animal Testing
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Sept. 11 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: * * * - Grant is part of $4.25 million to universities on heels of memo from Administrator Wheeler to prioritize agency efforts to reduce animal testing * * * The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $849,276 to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, as part of a total of $4.25 million in funding to five universities to research the development and use of alternative   more

FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of the State of Maryland
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Sept. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency will evaluate a biennial emergency preparedness exercise at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, Maryland. The exercise will take place on September 17th to test the ability of the State of Maryland to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility. "These d  more

Frederick National Laboratory: Partnership With University of Delaware Aims at Pushing Limits of High-Performance Computing for Cancer Research
FREDERICK, Maryland, Sept. 11 -- The National Institutes of Health's Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research issued the following news: High-performance computing and other data science technologies are enabling critical inroads in cancer research. However, bringing together the necessary computing and cancer biology expertise to effectively leverage these technologies is a challenge--a challenge that a new partnership between the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and   more

Hubble Explores the Formation and Evolution of Star Clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Sept. 9 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute issued the following news release: * * * - Different structures of star clusters are due to different levels of dynamical aging. * * * Like batches of cookies, stars are born together in groups. These star clusters, containing as many as 1 million members, evolve over time largely through a gravitational pinball where more massive stars are segregated from lower mass stars. Heavy stars tend to progressively sink toward   more

Joint Base Andrews Honors Legacy of Service During Retirement Ceremony
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Sept. 12 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: By Cary Smith Michael Thomas stood in front of more than 200 people attending his retirement ceremony on a warm July afternoon. Ceiling fans hummed overhead as those in attendance sat shoulder to shoulder in neat rows of chairs inside The Courses at Andrews' clubhouse at Joint Base Andrews. To Thomas, the golf course general manager, his retirement was not just a culmination of the golf course's accomplis  more

Joint Base Andrews: 9/11 Mermorial Ceremony
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Sept. 12 -- The U.S. Air Force (11th Wing) issued the following story: By Spencer Slocum More than 100 military and civilian base personnel and local officials took part in a 9/11 remembrance ceremony held at Heritage Park here to honor the victims and first responders of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. "2,996 people died because of 19 terrorists," said Col. Andrew M. Purath, 11th Wing and JBA commander. "I don't want those numbers to just become statist  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Former Union Treasurer Sentenced to 2 Years in Federal Prison For Embezzling At Least $82,000
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Sept. 10 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow today sentenced Annette Elizabeth Jones, age 45, of Port Deposit, Maryland, to 24 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for bank fraud in connection with a scheme to embezzle funds from the labor union where she worked. Jones entered her guilty plea on May 7, 2019. The sentence was announced by United S  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Maryland MS-13 Gang Leader Sentenced to 260 Months in Prison for Violent Racketeering Conspiracy
GREENBELT, Maryland, Sept. 10 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - Defendant Brought Guns from Florida and Distributed Them to MS-13 Members in Maryland; Participated in a Shooting; and Sold Cocaine for the Benefit of the Gang * * * U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis today sentenced Jose Augustin Salmeron-Larios (a/k/a Joseph Morales-Martinez, Angel Salvador Gutierrez, Yankee, and Kean), age 26, of Severn, Maryland, to 260   more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Member of Maryland MS-13 Extortion Operation in DC Suburbs Sentenced to 51 Months In Federal Prison
GREENBELT, Maryland, Sept. 9 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - Gang Members Used Guns, Violence, and Threats against Victims' Families to Extort Local Businesses * * * U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis today sentenced Gerdandino Delgado-Escobar, a/k/a "Pumba," age 24, of Hyattsville, a member of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, to 51 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy t  more

N.Y. U.S. Attorney: MS-13 Member Sentenced to 50 Years for 2017 Murders of Four Men With Machetes, Knives, Clubs, Ax
BROOKLYN, New York, Sept. 10 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Richard P. Donoghue, issued the following news release: * * * - After Committing Murders in a Central Islip Park, Defendant Fled to Virginia and Maryland Where He Continued His Membership in the MS-13 * * * Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Freiry Martinez, also known as "Discreto" and "Sovietico," a member of the Herndon City Locos Salvatruchas clique of La Mara Salvatrucha, also  more

NASA's Hubble Finds Water Vapor on Habitable-Zone Exoplanet for the First Time
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Sept. 13 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute issued the following news release: * * * - Planet Weather Forecast: Cloudy with Rain * * * To date, approximately 4,000 planets have been found orbiting other stars. The majority are extremely hostile to any chances for life: with exotic atmospheres, wide temperature extremes, and oddball orbits. Astronomers have now made an important step toward the ultimate goal of finding an exoplanet with an atmosphere more like Ea  more

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Scientists Triple Storage Time of Human Donor Livers
BETHESDA, Maryland, Sept. 9 -- The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases issued the following research update: * * * - NIH-funded research project develops new method to preserve human livers for transplantation. * * * Scientists have greatly extended the amount of time human livers can be stored for transplantation by modifying a previous protocol to extend the viability of rat livers. Previously, human livers were only viable for an average of nine hours, but the  more

National Institute of Standards and Technology Awards Nearly $4 Million to 19 Small Businesses for Technology Development
GAITHERSBURG, Maryland, Sept. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the following news: The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a total of nearly $4 million in grants to 19 small businesses to support innovative technology development. Awardees in 12 states will receive Phase I or Phase II funding through NIST's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. "American small c  more

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Marijuana Use at Historic Highs Among College-Age Adults
BETHESDA, Maryland, Sept. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute on Drug Abuse issued the following news release: * * * - New survey now online * * * Newly released Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey data on drug use in college-age adults ages 19-22 shows an increase in marijuana use in the past five years, including vaping with marijuana, as well as a significant increase in nicotine vaping. The survey is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, pa  more

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Stocking Young Atlantic Salmon Downstream Means Higher Survival Success
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Sept. 9 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - When it comes to recovering endangered Atlantic salmon, it makes a difference where smolt stocking takes place along a river. A new model can help by evaluating estimated survival of smolts released at different stocking locations. * * * Young Atlantic salmon smolt released at lower-river stocking sites on the Penobscot River are more likely to survive and enter the oce  more

National Security Agency Releases First Semi-Annual Report on the Activities of the NSA Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer
FORT MEADE, Maryland, Sept. 12 -- The National Security Agency issued the following news release: The National Security Agency (NSA) announced today the public release of its first Semi-Annual Report of the NSA Civil Liberties and Privacy (CLP) Officer. The unclassified report covers the time period of Jan. - June 2018 and summarizes information on the discharge of the civil liberties and privacy functions of the NSA CLP Officer, Rebecca Richards, and her office. "This report provides greater  more

Natural Resources Conservation Service: USDA to Invest Up to $300 Million in Partner-Driven Conservation
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Maryland office issued the following news release: * * * - Application period has opened for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program * * * USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today the launch of the updated Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Potential partners are encouraged to submit proposals that will improve the nation's water quality, combat   more

New 'Sea, Sun, and Space' Exhibition Open at Naval Academy Museum
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Sept. 13 -- The U.S. Naval Academy issued the following news release: "Sea, Sun, and Space" is a new exhibition open now at the Naval Academy Museum. The exhibition traces a century of Navy efforts to use radio, and later satellite hardware, in the space environment and will be on display through March 2020. Since the mid-1900's, the U.S. Navy has used satellites for reconnaissance, weather and solar observation, communications and navigation. This exhibition features seve  more

NICHD Appoints Alison Cernich, a Leader in Medical Rehabilitation Research, as Deputy Director
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Sept. 3 -- The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child's Health and Human Development issued the following news release: After a nationwide search, Alison Cernich, Ph.D., has been selected as deputy director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health. Since 2015, Dr. Cernich has served as the director of NICHD's National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR  more

NOAA Official to Be Honored by Seafood Nutrition Partnership
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Sept. 10 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Laurel Bryant's contributions to building the national narrative on seafood sustainability earn recognition. * * * On September 16, the Seafood Nutrition Partnership will recognize NOAA Fisheries Chief of External Affairs Laurel Bryant for her contributions to the national seafood sustainability movement. Throughout her 25-year career at NOAA, she has championed the be  more

NOAA: Tracking and Managing Predicted Massive Coral Bleaching in Hawaii
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Sept. 10 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - NOAA scientists are helping the State of Hawai'i track and manage the extent of predicted coral bleaching events around Hawai'i. * * * Satellite data from the NOAA Coral Reef Watch program indicate coral reefs in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are experiencing a major bleaching event. The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program surveyed the Papahanaumokuakea Marine  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54254) involving Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center, Rossville, Maryland: AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - MOBILE LEAD SHIELD SHIPPED WITH SOURCE INSIDE The following report was received from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Radiological Health Program (RHP) via email: "On August 30, 2019, at 13:10 [EDT], the MDE-RHP was contacted by telephone by medical licensee, MedStar Frankli  more

Patent & Trademark Office Director Iancu Issues Remarks at Standard-Essential Patents Strategy Conference
BRUSSELS, Belgium, Sept. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office issued the following remarks by Director Andrei Iancu at the standard-essential patents strategy conference: "Good morning, everyone, and thank you for that kind introduction. It's truly an honor to be here, in the great, historic city of Brussels. And greetings from Washington, D.C. "On the morning of February 7, 1904, not far from D.C., a dry goods store in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, burst into fl  more

Science Update: Differences in Fatty Acid Metabolism as Early as the First Trimester May Provide Insight Into Gestational Diabetes Risk, NIH Study Suggests
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Sept. 13 -- The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child's Health and Human Development issued the following science update: Blood levels of omega-6 fatty acids produced in the body could influence the likelihood of developing gestational diabetes, suggests a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. However, the researchers found no association with gestational diabetes from consuming foods containing omega-6 fatty acids, s  more

Secret Service Celebrates the Opening of the New Maloney Canine Training Facility
LAUREL, Maryland, Sept. 12 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Secret Service issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. Secret Service announces the completion of the new state-of-the-art canine training facility. This new Maloney Canine Training Facility, located at the agency's James J. Rowley Training Center, is roughly triple the size of the previous facility. "I am confident that this facility, with its various upgrades and improvements, will enhance the capabilities of  more

Space Telescope Science Institute: Saturn's Rings Shine in New Hubble Portrait
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Sept. 12 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute issued the following news release: * * * - Hubble's Annual Snapshots Help Astronomers Monitor the Ringed World * * * Saturn is so beautiful that astronomers cannot resist using the Hubble Space Telescope to take yearly snapshots of the ringed world when it is at its closest distance to Earth. These images, however, are more than just beauty shots. They reveal a planet with a turbulent, dynamic atmosphere. This year's   more

Terribly Fond Farewell: Air Force District of Washington Sends Off Vice Commander in Style
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Maryland, Sept. 6 -- The U.S. Air Force District of Washington issued the following news: By Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle Staffers and family members gathered yesterday for a Pittsburgh Steelers-themed send off at Air Force District of Washington headquarters in honor of outgoing Vice Commander Col. Kevin Eastland Sept. 5. An avid Steelers fan, Eastland showed off his newly-received JuJu Smith-Schuster jersey while flanked by the iconic Terrible Towels, made famous by forme  more

Trinity Site Open House Set for Oct. 5
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Sept. 6 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news: White Sands Missile Range, N.M., will open Trinity Site to the public for the second of two annual open houses, Oct. 5, 2019. Trinity Site is where the world's first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945. The open house is free and no reservations are required. At the site visitors can take a quarter-mile walk to ground zero where a small obelisk m  more

U.S. Air Force Builds Partner Capacity With Armed Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany, Sept. 9 -- The U.S. Air Forces in Europe issued the following news: Air advisors assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, along with various subject-matter experts and Total Force Airmen from Ohio and Maryland Air National Guard units, have arrived at Tuzla Air Base, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to conduct interoperability training with their counterparts in the BiH armed forces. Airmen have deployed aboard an Ohio Air National Guar  more

White House: Seventeen Nominations and Two Withdrawals Sent to the Senate
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- The White House issued the following news release: NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Barbara McConnell Barrett, of Arizona, to be Secretary of the Air Force, vice Heather Wilson. Rahkel Bouchet, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years, vice John Ramsey Johnson, retired. Sandra E. Clark, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to b  more