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Federal Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday October 06, 2019 ( 42 items )  

$10 Million Funding Available for Enhanced Hunter Education, Safety in 13 States
WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it expects to award a mandatory grant for enhanced hunter education, safety in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $240,000. The agency said the grant was associated with natural resources. The funding is open to state go  more

$10 Million Funding Available for Sport Fish Populations Restoration in 13 States
WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it expects to award a mandatory grant for sport fish populations restoration in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $10 million. The agency said the grant was associated with natural resources. The funding is open to stat  more

$10 Million Funding Available for Wildlife Restoration, Basic Hunter Education in 13 States
WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it expects to award a mandatory grant for wildlife restoration and basic hunter education in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $10 million. The agency said the grant was associated with natural resources. The funding is  more

'Best Warrior' Tests to Be Based on Real Combat Incidents
FORT MEADE, Maryland, Oct. 2 -- The U.S. Army News Service issued the following news: New events for this year's Best Warrior Competition will come from the experiences of operational advisors deployed around the world by the Asymmetric Warfare Group, the lead organizer said Sept. 25. The competition will take place Oct. 6-11 at Forts Lee and A.P. Hill, Virginia, with 22 competitors from the Army's major commands and components vying for Soldier of the Year and NCO of the Year. Winners will be  more

America's Airman: Airman 1st Class Jose Avila
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Oct. 4 -- The U.S. Air Force (11th Wing) issued the following story: Hometown? El Paso, Texas Why do you serve? I tried school but didn't like it and I didn't want to be stuck doing nothing so I joined the Air Force to become more disciplined and better myself. How does your job impact the wing's mission? I make sure our member's at the Banholzer clinic get scheduled for their PHAs. I make sure flyers get audiograms done which leads to a green IMR which means   more

Carderock Engineer Craig Madden Earns an NDIA Bronze Medal for His Undersea Warfare Innovation
WEST BETHESDA, Maryland, Sept. 24 -- The Naval Sea Systems Command issued the following news: Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division engineer Craig Madden was awarded the National Defense Industrial Association's Bronze Medal for his dedication in the area of undersea warfare, specifically his work in propulsor technologies, which has directly contributed to the acoustic superiority owned by the United States submarines and their future fleet. The NDIA awards were presented in Groton,   more

Carderock's Michael Slater Receives NDIA Bronze Medal for His Work in Undersea Warfare
WEST BETHESDA, Maryland, Sept. 24 -- The Naval Surface Warfare Center issued the following news: Every year, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) hosts an Undersea Warfare Technology Conference in the fall, inviting industrial, academic, government and military personnel of the Navy to discuss all things undersea warfare, as well as recognize major contributors to the United States' dominance in undersea warfare. During the Sept. 17 event in Groton, Connecticut, Michael Slater of   more

CPSC Commissioner Kaye Issues Statement on Final Rule Amending Fireworks Regulations
BETHESDA, Maryland, Oct. 1 -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the following statement by Commissioner Elliot F. Kaye on the final rule amending the fireworks regulations: "At a decisional meeting on September 24, 2019, the Commission failed by a vote of 1-3-1 to adopt staff's recommendation to issue a final rule amending our fireworks regulations./1 Prior to this vote, I offered an amendment to correct what I believed was a fundamental procedural flaw with the vote as called./2 No  more

EEOC Sues Bay Country Professional Concrete for Racial and Sexual Harassment and Retaliation
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Oct. 2 -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release: * * * - Concrete Contractor Fired Worker after He Complained about Assault, Federal Agency Says * * * Baltimore County-based Bay Country Professional Concrete violated federal law when it subjected a male concrete finisher to racial and sexual harassment and fired him in retaliation for his complaint about the harassment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge  more

EPA Administrator Wheeler Issues Remarks at Mid-Atlantic Lead Forum
HUNT VALLEY, Maryland, Oct. 2 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following statement by Administrator Andrew Wheeler at the Mid-Atlantic Lead Forum: "We hold this important forum on the first day of Children's Health Month. The first - and most fundamental - responsibility of government is to protect the people, especially the most vulnerable among us. "All Americans - regardless of their age, race, income, or home address - deserve an opportunity to live in safe and healthy env  more

EPA Kicks Off Children's Health Month 2019 With Its Report on Protecting Children's Health
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: In support of Children's Health Month 2019, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler participated in the Mid-Atlantic Lead Forum, held in Hunt Valley, Maryland, to tout the agency's successes with regard to the Trump Administration's Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts (released in December 2018). The forum convened local an  more

High-Speed Video Section Has the Key to 'Stopping Time'
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Oct. 3 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news: High-speed Section Chief, Chris Insco, has the key to stopping time, when people ask Insco what he does his answer is "I basically stop time." Insco goes on to explain, "Our cameras and the high-speed process we use range from 1,000 frames per second (fps) up to 10,000 fps but these cameras have the ability to take up to one-million fps which is basically a camera taking a million   more

Justice Department Alleges Maryland Used Car Dealership Engaged in Illegal Lending Discrimination Against African Americans
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Justice issued the following news release: The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit today alleging that defendant Guaranteed Auto Sales, a used car dealership, along with its owner and manager, defendants Kelly Ann West and Robert Chesgreen, violated the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act by offering different terms of credit based on race to those seeking to purchase and finance used cars in Glen Burnie, Maryland. The lawsuit is based on the re  more

Kapisillit River Home to Greenland's Only Native Atlantic Salmon Population
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 4 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Large numbers of North American and European origin Atlantic salmon congregate off the coast of Greenland each summer and autumn to feed, yet only one river is thought to be a spawning site in Greenland. Until recently, little has been known about the Kapisillit River, home to the island's only native salmon population. * * * Atlantic salmon are native to many subarctic   more

Looking Back at The Blob - Chapter 2: Marine Heat Wave Intensifies, 'Completely Off the Chart'
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 1 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: Andrew Leising is a research oceanographer at NOAA Fisheries' Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC). In 2018 he set out to answer a simple question about the unusual ocean heating of the Blob Years: How unusual was it? "We now recognize that the Blob was an extreme example of a marine heat wave, where the ocean surface warms beyond the reach of our observations," said Toby Ga  more

Looking Back at the Blob: Chapter 3 - Unexpected Effects Conspire in Increased Entanglements
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 3 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: Many West Coast Dungeness crab fishermen once fished for salmon. But with sharp ups and downs in salmon returns, they switched to the more dependable Dungeness crab fishery. With harmful algal blooms driving unprecedented delays, "now they see that's not reliable either," said Nate Mantua of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center. The California crab fishery finally opened in Apri  more

Maine Association's Decision Disappoints, But Work With Fishermen to Lower Risk to Whales Will Proceed
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 2 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - NOAA Fisheries responds to letter from Maine lobster industry. * * * NOAA Fisheries is disappointed that the Maine Lobstermen's Association announced it is backing away from its commitment to regional measures to reduce the risk of right whale serious injuries and deaths. This week, I responded to their concerns with this letter. (https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/webdam/do  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Rockville Man Pleads Guilty Scheme to Defraud His Employer of More Than $1.7 Million
GREENBELT, Maryland, Oct. 3 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - After the Fraud was Discovered, the Defendant Filed a Petition for Bankruptcy Which was Denied by the Bankruptcy Court * * * Rakesh Kaushal, age 66, of Rockville, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to the federal charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in connection with a scheme to defraud his employer of more than $1.7 million. The guilty plea was announ  more

National Institute of Diabetes: NIH Funding Bolsters Rare Diseases Research Collaborations
BETHESDA, Maryland, Oct. 3 -- The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases issued the following research update: Of an estimated 6,500 to 7,000 known rare diseases, only a fraction - maybe 5% - have U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved treatments. To increase that percentage, the National Institutes of Health has awarded approximately $31 million in grants in fiscal year 2019 to 20 teams - including five new groups -- of scientists, clinicians, patients, families a  more

National Security Agency Names Anne Neuberger New Deputy National Manager
FORT MEADE, Maryland, Oct. 3 -- The National Security Agency issued the following news release: The National Security Agency (NSA) announced today that Anne Neuberger, Director of Cybersecurity has assumed responsibility as Deputy National Manager (DNM) replacing Marianne Bailey. For decades NSA has served public interest through unmatched execution of its two missions, Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Cybersecurity. NSA's role in U.S. cybersecurity includes serving as the Office of the Natio  more

Naval Academy to Celebrate Navy's 244th Birthday
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Oct. 3 -- The U.S. Naval Academy issued the following news release: The U.S. Naval Academy will celebrate the Navy's 244th birthday Oct. 11-13. (The U.S. Navy's birthday is Oct. 13.) The theme of this year's celebration is "No Higher Honor," in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the longest naval engagement in WWII. The annual Navy birthday cake-cutting ceremony will take place during noon meal in King Hall at the Naval Academy Friday, Oct. 11  more

Navy Announces Tactical Resupply Unmanned Aircraft Challenge
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: The Navy announced a prize challenge Sept. 27 for its future tactical resupply unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that will aid in the distribution of critical supplies for the Marine Corps. "Our goal is to provide an autonomous aerial delivery capability to the Marine Corps for field user evaluation", said Col. John Neville, Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical UAS (PMA-263) program manager  more

New Commander at Special Operations Aviation Command
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Oct. 3 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news: The U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command held a change of command ceremony at Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) on Sept. 19 with Capt. Jarod Steen assuming command of the Yuma flight detachment from Chief Warrant Officer 5 Christopher Eicher. The flight detachment has supported training operations of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School's Military Free Fall School  more

NOAA Fisheries Evaluates Role of Opt-in Angler Reporting Apps in Recreational Fisheries
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 4 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - The agency is committed to identifying ways electronic reporting can improve our recreational fishing surveys. * * * In a new report, NOAA Fisheries describes how electronic technologies, including web and app-based data collection programs, may improve the agency's estimates of marine recreational catch. The report finds "opt-in," or non-mandatory, angler reporting apps  more

NOAA Offers Reward for Information Regarding Unreported/Misreported Landings of Summer Flounder
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 2 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Please call the NOAA Enforcement Hotline (800) 853-1964 with information. * * * The NOAA Office of Law Enforcement is offering a reward of up to $20,000 in exchange for information leading to the successful prosecution of individuals suspected of being involved in significant unreported or misreported landings of summer flounder (fluke) in New York and New Jersey. NOAA   more

NOAA: Eat Your Way to a Healthier You, Me, Country and Planet
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 1 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Dr. Michael Rubino, Senior Advisor for Seafood Strategy at NOAA Fisheries, discusses why seafood is good for our health, nation, and planet. * * * October often conjures images of colorful trees and pumpkins, but it's also National Seafood Month (https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/serving-seafood-national-seafood-month)--the perfect time to include more seafood  more

NOAA: New Director of the Auke Bay Laboratories Division of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 1 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following news release: NOAA Fisheries is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Dana Hanselman as Director of the Auke Bay Laboratories Division of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Auke Bay Laboratories is located in the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute in Juneau, AK. During his 16 years with the Science Center, Hanselman has distinguished himself through his innovative analytical meth  more

NOAA: New Online Course for Spotting and Reporting Entangled Whales in Alaska Waters
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 2 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Highly-trained responders depend on boating community to be "eyes and ears" on the water. * * * The foundation of responding to entangled whales is the on-water community. NOAA's Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network depends on recreational and commercial boaters and other ocean users for spotting and reporting entangled whales off Alaska's coast. That's one reason NOAA  more

NOAA: Nine Leatherback Turtles Satellite Tagged in Cape Cod Bay
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 1 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Researchers from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and colleagues successfully attached satellite tags to nine leatherback turtles in Cape Cod Bay this summer. * * * The August 21-28 field work marked the first year of full sampling in Massachusetts after two years of pilot studies identifying more efficient and cost effective ways to tag leatherbacks. The studies  more

NOAA: Voicing the Stories of Women in Alaska Fisheries
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 1 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Women work to keep fisheries sustainable, communities resilient, and traditional knowledge alive in Alaska. A new NOAA study documents women's experience through their own stories. * * * Alaska women's experience and knowledge are fundamental to the social, cultural, economic, and ecological sustainability of Bristol Bay salmon fisheries, a new NOAA Fisheries study find  more

NOAA: West Coast Rockfish Boom With the Blob
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 3 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Young groundfish and other marine creatures thrived under unprecedented ocean conditions, according to new paper. * * * The high temperatures that came with the marine heatwave known as the Blob led to unprecedented mixing of local and subtropical species. There were, often with new and unpredictable outcomes. Out of that mix came one unexpected winner: West Coast rockfi  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Geo-Technology Associates
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54294) involving Geo-Technology Associates, Reisterstown, Maryland: AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST PORTABLE DENSITY GAUGE The following was received from the Maryland Radiological Health Program via phone and email: "On September 23, 2019 at 1520 EDT, the Maryland Department of the Environment Radiological Health Program (MDE/RHP) was contacted via telephone by the Assistant Radiation Safety Of  more

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- The White House issued the following news release: Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Sean O'Donnell of Maryland, to be the Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency. Sean O'Donnell has served as a Federal civil servant for nearly 20 years, most recently as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. Mr. O'Donnell has handled a wide   more

Residents of Maryland Will Need REAL ID to Board Airplane Starting October 2020
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration issued the following news release: * * * - REAL ID deadline is just one year away * * * Do you have a star on your driver's license? If not, it's time to get REAL. Maryland residents who want to board an airplane will soon need a star on their driver's license, indicating that it is a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or they will need another form of approved identification t  more

Same Team, Different Uniform: The Story of an Iraqi Translator Who Became an American Airman
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Oct. 3 -- The U.S. Air Force (11th Wing) issued the following story: In 2003, Airman 1st Class Saeed Shnawa was not Airman 1st Class Saeed Shnawa. He was a 21-year-old Iraqi student of technology at a university in Baghdad. That's when American and coalition forces arrived to overthrow the Iraqi government, turning Baghdad a war zone. Like many young men and women in Baghdad, Shnawa fled the city, bound for western Iraq, where his parents lived at the time. His li  more

Same Team, Different Uniform: The Story of an Iraqi Translator Who Became an American Airman
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Oct. 4 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: In 2003, Airman 1st Class Saeed Shnawa was not Airman 1st Class Saeed Shnawa. He was a 21-year-old Iraqi student of technology at a university in Baghdad. That's when American and coalition forces arrived to overthrow the Iraqi government, turning Baghdad into a war zone. Like many young men and women in Baghdad, Shnawa fled the city, bound for western Iraq, where his parents lived at the time. His life was u  more

Science Update: Parents' Early Adversity May Affect Offspring Health, NIH-funded Animal Study Suggests
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Oct. 3 -- The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child's Health and Human Development issued the following science update: * * * - Reduced life span seen among wild baboons born to mothers who experienced early hardship * * * Early life adversity among female baboons is directly linked to lower survival rates for their offspring, suggests an analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study includes 45 years of data from a wild baboon population a  more

Study Reveals Sex-Based Differences in the Development of Brain Hubs Involved in Memory and Emotion
BETHESDA, Maryland, Oct. 2 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute of Mental Health issued the following news: * * * - Findings may help researchers understand why mental disorders present differently in males and females during adolescence * * * Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, have uncovered sex-based differences in the development of the hippocampus and amygdala. These brain areas have  more

The Wildlife Society to Receive $49,000 from Interior
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it intends to award a $49,000 cooperative agreement to The Wildlife Society of Bethesda, Maryland, for fish and wildlife coordination and assistance. The funding opportunity number is F20AS00004 (CFDA 15.664). For more information, contact Anna-Marie York, 703/358-1881, Anna-Marie_York@fws.gov.  more

U.S. Naval Academy: Midshipman Discovers Threat in 3D Printer During Cyber Security Challenge
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Oct. 2 -- The U.S. Naval Academy issued the following news release: U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 3rd Class (sophomore) Kade Heckel, 19, of Hughesville, Penn., discovered a new vulnerability in a 3D printer during a cybersecurity challenge held in Brooklyn, N.Y., Sept. 6-8. The cyber challenge, HACKtheMACHINE, was held aboard New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It is a Navy-hosted event and encourages civilians and military from a variety of different backgrounds to come to  more

White House: U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls to 50-Year Low
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- The White House issued the following news release: Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its monthly Employment Situation Report, which shows robust employment growth in September. Job gains are particularly noteworthy considering that the United States is in the midst of the longest economic recovery in its history. The Trump Administration's pro-growth agenda provides job creators with the framework they need to expand their businesses and offer more oppor  more

Yuma Proving Ground Representatives Tour Republic of Germany's Technical Centers
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Oct. 3 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news: The Technologies and Investments Directorate (TID) is tasked with looking into the future and anticipating Yuma Proving Ground's (YPG) and Yuma, Cold Regions and Tropic Region's Test Center's, needs. Todd Hudson, Director of TID explains, "We are responsible for sustainment, enhancement, and modernization of YPG's test capabilities and integrating new technology and innovation to en  more