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Federal Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday October 13, 2019 ( 33 items )  

Ames Laboratory: Critical Materials Institute to Feature Award-Winning Aluminum Alloy for Additive Manufacturing at Defense Techconnect
AMES, Iowa, Oct. 7 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory issued the following news release: A new Al-Ce additive manufacturing alloy invented by the Critical Materials Institute, an Energy Innovation Hub sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, will be featured at the Defense TechConnect Innovation Summit and Expo Oct. 8-10, National Harbor, Maryland. "Al-Ce Alloys for Additive Manufacturing" received a TechConnect 2019 Innovation Award at its June 2019 Exposition for the develo  more

Army Public Health Experts Team Up for Multiple Presentations at 2019 Annual Association of the United States Army Meeting
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Army Public Health Command issued the following story: Army public health experts from the Army Office of the Surgeon General and Army Public Health Center will be participating in multiple panels and presentations at this year's Association of the United States Army annual meeting and exposition held Oct. 14-16 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington. This is the third year APHC has directly supported AUSA and the first  more

Cybersecurity Advisory: Mitigating Virtual Private Network Vulnerabilities
FORT MEADE, Maryland, Oct. 7 -- The National Security Agency issued the following news release: While actively defending our National Security Systems, NSA identifies vulnerabilities that could leave systems compromised. In response, NSA develops and issues Cybersecurity Advisories, Information sheets, Technical Reports, and Operational Risk Notices. NSA recommends users regularly review and take action based on these publications, available on NSA.gov here (https://www.nsa.gov/What-We-Do/Cybe  more

EEOC Sues Bay Country Professional Concrete LLC for Racial Harassment and Retaliation
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Oct. 9 -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release: * * * - Concrete Contractor Fired Secretary Who Opposed Racial Slurs, Federal Agency Says * * * Baltimore County-based Bay Country Professional Concrete violated federal law when it subjected a secretary to racial harassment and fired her in retaliation for her complaining about the harassment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced   more

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research: More Than Two Years In, National Cryo-EM Facility is Gaining Ground
FREDERICK, Maryland, Oct. 8 -- The National Institutes of Health's Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research issued the following news: Ulrich Baxa, Ph.D., and his team are helping to move a microscope the size of a minivan. The behemoth, a Titan Krios, is making the 29-mile trek from a Gaithersburg, Maryland, laboratory to its new home at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. It's a highly-sensitive, $7 million device being relocated across a greater metropolitan area  more

Friendly Competition, Driving Safety Focus of U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center's Safe Driving Roadeo
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news: Safe driving and friendly competition were the main themes of the fourth annual U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) Safe Driving Roadeo held October 1. Hosted and designed by ATC's Safety & Occupational Health Office, the Safe Driving Roadeo featured events to increase awareness on safety incident patterns found across the command. "We have designed the events to specifically aim  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charge Related to Maryland Correctional Institute Jessup
GREENBELT, Maryland, Oct. 11 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - Correctional Officer Accepted Bribes to Smuggle Contraband Into Prison, Including Drugs * * * Correctional Officer Janel Griffin, age 41, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to a federal racketeering charge for participating in a scheme to smuggle contraband into the Maryland Correctional Institute Jessup (MCIJ), including narcotics, unauthorized flash driv  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Ponzi Scheme Promoter Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for $396 Million Scheme
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - Kevin Merrill Also Obstructed Justice After his Arrest; SEC Has Related Civil Action * * * U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett today sentenced Kevin B. Merrill, age 54, of Towson, Maryland, to 22 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy and wire fraud arising from a $396 million investment fraud scheme that   more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Prince George's County Delegate Facing Federal Wire Fraud Charge
GREENBELT, Maryland, Oct. 7 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - Allegedly Converted Campaign Funds to her Personal Use * * * A federal criminal information was filed today charging Maryland State Delegate Tawanna P. Gaines, age 67, of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, with a federal wire fraud charge. An initial appearance and arraignment is expected to be scheduled later this week in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. The indi  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Wife of Ponzi Scheme Perpetrator Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge for Conspiring to Remove, Conceal Assets
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - Removed and Attempted to Conceal Cash and Property * * * Amanda Mahlstedt Merrill, age 30, of Towson, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to the federal charge of conspiracy to remove property to prevent seizure, obstruct justice, and disobey court orders. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Speci  more

Memorial for Fallen Test Pilots Has a New Home at Redstone Test Center
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news: An experimental test pilot, by definition, takes calculated risks. On very rare occasions, those risks can turn tragic and result in the loss of life. Fourteen years ago, a memorial to honor fallen test pilots was first dedicated at Cairns Army Airfield at Fort Rucker, Alabama, the then-home to the Army's experimental test pilot community. The large granite monument serves as a sym  more

Milky Way Raids Intergalactic 'Bank Accounts,' Hubble Study Finds
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Oct. 10 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute issued the following news release: Audit of the Milky Way's gas flow rates reveals a mysterious surplus of inflowing gas. Astronomers have discovered an unexplained surplus of gas flowing into our Milky Way after conducting a galaxy-wide audit of outflowing and inflowing gas. Rather than a gas equilibrium and "balanced books," 10 years of data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show there is more gas coming in than going   more

National Environmental Satellite: Guide to Understanding Satellite Images of Hurricanes
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 10 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service issued the following news: On the morning of September 2, 2019, as a devastating Hurricane Dorian made landfall over three islands in the Bahamas, delivering torrential rain and sustained winds of 185 miles per hour, the VIIRS instruments on the NOAA-20 and NASA-NOAA Suomi-NPP (S-NPP) satellites captured infrared pictures from above. These imag  more

National Environmental Satellite: Marine Heat Wave Reminiscent of 'The Blob' Lingers Off U.S. West Coast
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 8 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service issued the following news: The new marine heat wave off the Pacific Coast is reminiscent of the early stages of the 2014-2016 "blob" that devastated marine life and is believed to have affected the weather. This year's expanse of unusually warm water stretches roughly from the Gulf of Alaska south to California and west all the way to Hawaii. T  more

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: 'Sticky' Gene May Help Valium Calm Nerves
BETHESDA, Maryland, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke issued the following news release: * * * - NIH mouse study could prompt scientists to rethink how benzodiazepines work * * * Between 1999 and 2017, the United States experienced a 10-fold increase in the number of people who died from overdoses of Valium and other benzodiazepines. For years, scientists thought that these powerful sedatives, which are used t  more

NAVAIR Engineer Wins 2019 Lasswell Award for Fleet Support
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: Alyssa Zamora, a Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) materials engineer assigned to Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW), is the recipient of the 2019 A. Bryan Lasswell Award for Fleet Support. Sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), the award recognizes individuals who provide exceptional support to the Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard forces based in San Dieg  more

Naval Academy Park Dedicated in Honor of the First Naval Aviator
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Naval Academy issued the following news release: The Naval Academy held a dedication ceremony honoring the life and accomplishments of the Navy's first naval aviator Monday, Oct. 7, next to the USNA Observatory. The static display of naval aircraft was named Ellyson Park in honor of Theodore "Spuds" Ellyson, Naval Academy Class of 1905. A number of Ellyson's grandchildren and great grandchildren were in attendance. Ellyson was the first officer to be de  more

Naval Air Systems Command: Next-Gen Jammer Mid-Band Fit Check
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: The first Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) engineering development model pod delivered to the Navy is fit checked on an EA-18G Growler at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 in September. The fit check verifies the pod securely attaches to the Growler in preparation for flight tests scheduled to begin later this year. Airborne Electronic Attack program office (PMA-234) is ca  more

NOAA: Devastating Collapse of Groundfish Fishery Forces a More Sustainable Future
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 8 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - "If you wanted to stay, you had one option." Fishermen remade the system to survive. * * * The groundfish fishery closures in 2002 were sweeping. Hundreds of thousands of square miles of West Coast waters shut off to the very same bottom fishing that had many fishing ports booming in the previous decade. The Secretary of Commerce declared the 2000 groundfish fishery a fa  more

NOAA: Genetic Evidence Points to Rapid, Large-Scale Northward Shift of Pacific Cod During Recent Climate Changes
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 9 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Commercially important southeastern Bering Sea cod migrated 1000 kilometers north of their known summer range. * * * New genetic research (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/eva.12874?af=R&) suggests that unprecedented summer abundances of Pacific cod (https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/pacific-cod) in the northern Bering Sea were due to escalating movem  more

NOAA: How Retention Limits Help Us Sustainably Manage Shark Fisheries
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 9 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Hear from a shark management expert about how NOAA Fisheries uses retention limits to maximize fishing opportunities while preventing overfishing. * * * The U.S. Atlantic Ocean has some of the most sustainable shark fisheries in the world thanks to a range of science-based management tools. One of these tools is commercial retention limits, which we can adjust during th  more

NOAA: Improving Safety Before a Trip Benefits Everyone on Commercial Fishing Vessels
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 8 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - NOAA Fisheries works hard to support a cooperative and safe working environment for fishermen, observers, and the companies that employ them. A recent two-year independent review of safety practices in U.S. observer programs found them to be robust, mature, and effective. While many positive steps have been made, there is always room to improve safety and make these relati  more

NOAA: New Tool Can Help Nova Scotia Lobster Fishery Address Impacts of Climate Change
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 10 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Researchers use long-term survey data sets and climate models to help fishing communities plan for a warmer ocean * * * U.S. and Canadian researchers have developed a new tool that incorporates projected changes in ocean climate onto specific fishery management areas. Now fishermen, resource managers, and policy-makers can use it to plan for the future sustainability of  more

NOAA: Nominate Outstanding Leaders in Wetland Conservation
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 11 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Nominations for the National Wetlands Awards are open until December 20, 2019. * * * Do you know someone deserving of special recognition for outstanding leadership and achievements in the conservation and restoration of our nation's wetlands? If so, we invite you to nominate them for one of six achievement and recognition awards. We are seeking nominations for the 31s  more

NOAA: Now Comes the Hard Work - Rebuilding the Market for West Coast Groundfish
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 9 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Innovation and determination pushes local rockfish back onto fish counters often dominated by imported fish. * * * Millions of people watching the first game of the World Series in 2014 saw something else, too. A commercial (https://youtu.be/iQoqF2Hlawk) for Whole Foods Market aired that night featuring the Warrenton, Oregon, vessel Iron Lady fishing for West Coast groun  more

NOAA: Rare Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Nest Discovered on O?ahu
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 8 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Researchers record the sixth olive ridley sea turtle nest in the Hawaiian Islands in three decades, thanks to quick reporting by members of the public! * * * Imagine the surprise and excitement of finding a sea turtle nest hatching under your beach blanket during your island vacation. Then to discover that nesting by that species is extremely rare across the entire arch  more

NOAA: Restored Corals are Thriving Three Years After Hurricane Matthew
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 10 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Monitoring shows 90 percent survival rate for restored corals in Puerto Rico. * * * Hurricane Matthew swept a destructive path through the south Atlantic and Carribean. Immediately, staff from the NOAA Restoration Center set to work responding to a damaged coral reef off the coast of Puerto Rico. Three years later, monitoring of the restored reef (https://www.fisheries.  more

NOAA: West Coast Fisheries 'Comeback of the Century'
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 7 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - At San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf and beyond, sustainable rockfish returns to market and to dinner plates around the world. * * * With help from rebounding West Coast rockfish, Giuseppe "Joe" Pennisi has put the fisherman back in San Francisco's famed Fisherman's Wharf. Pennisi is the first fisherman to sell freshly caught fish off his boat at Fisherman's Wharf in ma  more

P-8A Gets New Tool, Extended Search and Rescue Capability
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: Flying at a maximum speed of about 565 mph, at about 41,000 feet, the U.S. Navy's P-8A Poseidon already covers an operational area of about 1,200 nautical miles during a four-hour on-station period. Now, add air-to-air refueling for extended range and endurance and an advanced search and rescue kit and officials say the P-8A is postured to respond to humanitarian missions around the globe.   more

Research Cruise to Survey Deep-Sea Corals, Sponges and Fish Habitat Along the West Coast
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 7 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Live video feed from underwater submersible allows anyone to virtually join the expedition. * * * On October 7, a team of scientists and engineers left Newport, Oregon for a month-long research cruise along the West Coast. The expedition, representing collective efforts of three federal agencies led by NOAA Fisheries, will dive deep to explore corals, sponges, and fish h  more

Thompson Wins DOD Civilian Employees With Disabilities Award
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: An advanced development engineer at NAVAIR recently received a Department of Defense award honoring his contributions to fleet aircraft. Shawn Thompson received the Department of the Navy 2019 Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Department of Defense (DoD) Service Members and Civilian Employees with Disabilities at a ceremony at the Pentagon Oct. 3. Thompson, based out of Patuxent   more

VX-23 Changes Command Hundreds of Feet Over Squadron Hangars
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Oct. 11 -- The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, an organization within the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, issued the following news release: Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 welcomed its newest commanding officer during a change of command ceremony Oct. 11 at NAS Patuxent River. Rear Adm. Carl Chebi, program executive officer for C4I and Space Systems, and Marine Corps Col. Richard Marigliano, commodore of Naval Test Wing Atlantic, presided over t  more

White House Issues Press Briefing By ICE Acting Director Albence
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- The White House issued the following press briefing by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Matthew Albence ACTING DIRECTOR ALBENCE: I want to take a moment before I begin to recognize and thank the sheriffs joining me today: Sheriff Robert Nolan from Cape May County, New Jersey; Sheriff Bill Waybourn from Tarrant County, Texas; Sheriff Butch Conway from Gwinnett County, Georgia; Sheriff Mike Lewis from Wicomico County, Maryland; and Sheriff Chuck Jenkins f  more