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Federal Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday October 13, 2019 ( 38 items )  

Allegheny National: Forest Service Awards Mayburg Bridge Overlay Contract
WARREN, Pennsylvania, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service unit - Allegheny National Forest - issued the following news release: On September 23, 2019, the USDA Forest Service awarded Horizon Construction Group, Inc., Sandy Lake, PA, a $582,800 contract to fabricate and place an overlay on top of the Mayburg Bridge. The Mayburg community is in Forest County, PA, within Howe and Kingsley townships, and includes several permanent residents and over 100 seasonal home  more

Army 3-Point Shooting to Give Team USA an Edge in China
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pennsylvania, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Army News Service issued the following news: During the upcoming Military World Games in Wuhan, China, the U.S. Armed Forces women's basketball players will face taller, Olympic-caliber players. However, the U.S. women carry a quiet confidence about them. Team USA will use a combination of speed, strength and shooting to offset any size disadvantage, U.S. coach and Army Maj. Michael Meyers II said. A few of the U.S. women are also deadly f  more

Army Corps Announces Final Water Release Schedule for Francis E. Walter Dam
WHITE HAVEN, Pennsylvania, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps Engineers' Philadelphia District announced the schedule for the final water release of the recreation season for the Francis E. Walter Dam in White Haven, PA. The Army Corps' Flow Management Plan allows for a final large water release as part of drawing the reservoir down to its winter level. The schedule and water release amounts for the final weekend will be as follows  more

Army Corps to Conduct Safety Inspections on Roth Bridge
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District will be conducting safety inspections on the Senator William V. Roth, Jr. Bridge (SR-1) beginning Oct. 15, 2019 and ending mid-December 2019. Lane closures are expected as follows: * Oct. 15-17, 2019; southbound exterior lane * Oct. 18-22, 2019; northbound exterior lane * Dec. 2-3, 2019; southbound interior lane * Dec. 3-4, 2019;   more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Average Energy Prices in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson for September 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: Gasoline prices averaged $2.425 a gallon in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson area in September 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau's Regional Commissioner, noted that area gasoline prices were 13.5 percent lower than last September when they averaged $2.802 per gallon. Baltimor  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Average Energy Prices in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington for September 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: Gasoline prices averaged $2.668 a gallon in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington area in September 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau's Regional Commissioner, noted that area gasoline prices were 10.4 percent lower than last September when they averaged $2.977 per gallon. Phi  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Consumer Price Index in Northeast Region for September 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: * * * - Regional prices unchanged over the month; up 1.4 percent over the year * * * The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) in the Northeast was unchanged in September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau's regional commissioner, noted that while there was an   more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Consumer Price Index in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria for September 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: * * * - Area prices up 0.1 percent since July, up 0.9 percent over the year * * * The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for Washington-Arlington-Alexandria inched up 0.1 percent from July to September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau's regional commission  more

Corps of Engineers: Stonewall Jackson Lake Seeks Public Input on Master Plan Update
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: Who: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District What: The Pittsburgh District is revisiting the Stonewall Jackson Lake master plan and is seeking feedback on the proposed changes to the management of the lake, resulting from public input. The master plan update, which was last updated during 1982, will affect the future use of natural resources and recreational activities at Stonew  more

Cumberland York Area Local Defense Group Hosts Military/Elected Official Reception
NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: The Cumberland York Area Local Defense Group hosted the first annual Military Leadership/Elected Officials Reception Oct. 1 at the Susquehanna Club, located on the Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna military base in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. Elected officials included U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, Rep. Dawn Keefer, Rep. Barb Gleim, Rep. Sheryl Delozier, Sen. Mike Regan  more

DesignPhiladelphia Participants Developed Creative Sustainable Onboard Delivery Solutions for Amtrak
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 11 -- The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) issued the following news release: * * * - Attendees Focused on Reducing Waste and Innovating Existing On-board Delivery Services to Minimize Amtrak's Environmental footprint * * * On Thursday evening, Amtrak welcomed 20 DesignPhiladelphia (https://www.designphiladelphia.org/2019-festival) industrial and product designers and students onboard trains at William H. Gray III 30th Street Station in an eff  more

DLA Distribution Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month
NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: Honoring Hispanic Americans--essential to the blueprint of our nation, is the 2019 theme for National Hispanic Heritage Month. Defense Logistics Agency Distribution's Multicultural Committee held an event to celebrate this annual tradition of recognizing and honoring Hispanic Americans and their contributions during a ceremony in the headquarters' Gainey Auditorium, Sep  more

DLA Distribution Employees Presented Commander's Coins
NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Commanding Officer Navy Rear Adm. Kevin M. Jones presented coins to several DLA Distribution headquarters employees Sept.17. From DLA Distribution's J9, Donnie Thompson was recognized for his compassion for the warfighter, our employees and his fellow citizens. Thompson not only works hard for DLA Distribution, he also volunteers in   more

Drexel University to Pay $189,062 to Resolve Potential False Claims Liability
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 7 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William M. McSwain, issued the following news release: * * * - Case stems from former professor's misuse of federal grant funds, including for gentlemen's clubs * * * United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Drexel University has agreed to pay the United States $189,062 to resolve potential liability under the False Claims Act for a former professor's use of grant funds towards "  more

EEOC Sues Center One for Religious Discrimination
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 9 -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release: * * * - Call Center Company Refused to Accommodate Religious Beliefs and Practices of Employee, Federal Agency Charges * * * Center One, LLC, a Buffalo, N.Y.-based call center company with operations in Pennsylvania and New York, violated federal law by refusing to provide religious accommodations for an employee's religious observance, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Comm  more

EEOC Sues Sikorsky Global Helicopters for Racial Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 11 -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release: * * * - Helicopter Maker Racially Harassed Workers, Federal Agency Charged * * * Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a Stratford, Conn.-based manufacturer of helicopters for commercial and military use, violated federal law when it subjected a class of African American employees to racial harassment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it ann  more

EPA Proposes Updates to Lead and Copper Rule to Better Protect Children and At-Risk Communities
YORK, Pennsylvania, Oct. 10 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: As part of Children's Health Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed rule that significantly improves the actions that water systems must take to reduce lead in the nation's drinking water. EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio announced the proposal at an event in York, Pa. This action represents the first major overhaul of the Lead and Copper Rule since   more

EPA Settles Clean Air Act Violations at ARG Refinery in Bradford, Pa.
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 8 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it has settled alleged Clean Air Act violations by American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG) at ARG's petroleum refinery in Bradford, Pennsylvania. In an administrative consent agreement, ARG has agreed to pay a $350,000 penalty along with $4.5 million in equipment improvements that were completed prior to the final settlement. These im  more

Hunting Opportunities at Raystown Lake for the 2019 and 2020 Season
RAYSTOWN LAKE, Pennsylvania, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Raystown Lake announces the opening of the following access roads to accommodate various upcoming hunting seasons. The following gate is now open and will remain open until December 14, 2019: * High Germany Road (Gate 28 - Nancy's Camp Service Road, off Old Plank Road) The following gates will be open from October 19 - December 14, 2019: * Hawn Roa  more

Leading Shippers, Carriers and Logistics Firms in EPA Region 3 Earn EPA Distinction for Efficiency
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 8 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored top-performers in the freight industry with its annual SmartWay Excellence Awards. Awardees are shippers, carriers and logistics providers that excel at saving fuel and shrinking their emissions footprints. "Over the past 15 years, the U.S. EPA's SmartWay Transportation Partnership has provided the tools and information for t  more

N.Y. U.S. Attorney: Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Conspiracy, Money Laundering in Rochester Federal Court
ROCHESTER, New York, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, James P. Kennedy Jr., issued the following news release: * * * - At least 1000 Victims Bilked Out Of Over 100 Million Over A Decade * * * U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., of the Western District of New York, together with David J. Freed, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced today that Perry Santillo, 39, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty, before Chief U.S. District Judge Fran  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory Analysis Projects Global Demand for High-Performance Materials
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: A new NETL study identified strong opportunities for global export of high-performance materials that are used in power plants and the aerospace industry - exports that could mean increased demand for U.S. goods and services and positive impacts for the U.S. economy. The report, "Assessing the Export Potential for High-Performance Materials," examined the export  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory Builds Connections at National Lab Day
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: NETL Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., will participate in a roundtable discussion at National Lab Day at the University of Toledo, which will be held Oct. 10-11 in Toledo, Ohio, to meet with other national laboratory directors and discuss NETL's role in moving technology to society. Held each year, National Lab Day connects students and researchers with U.S. Depar  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory-Developed Tool Used in Carbon Storage Study for Northern Michigan Basin
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: A team of researchers from government, academia and industry used NETL's advanced carbon storage estimation tool called CO2-SCREEN to assess the feasibility of a commercial-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) storage complex in the Northern Michigan Basin (NMB) that could safely and cost-effectively store carbon emissions from industrial operations in the region. Use of th  more

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division Celebrates LGBT History Month
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- The Naval Sea Systems Command issued the following news: Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division held its first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) History Month event featuring Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims as the guest speaker on Oct. 9. Since 2012, Sims has represented Pennsylvania's 182nd District, which consists of Philadelphia County, and is the first out gay man in the history of Pennsylvania's State Legislature. "This is our fir  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney Brady Announces Progress in Making Our Communities Safer Through Targeted Strategies to Combat Violent Crime
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release: * * * - FBI Uniform Crime Report Shows 19% Drop in Firearms-Related Violent Crime in western Pennsylvania in 2018 * * * Scott W. Brady, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, today announced continued progress in combatting violent crime through a series of targeted strategies as part of the revitalized Project Safe Neig  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney McSwain Issues Remarks at Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation Gala
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William M. McSwain, issued the following remarks at the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation Gala: The annual event, held this year at the SugarHouse Casino, is a fundraiser to support the Foundation's core mission: to provide scholarships to children who have lost a parent serving in the U.S. Marine Corps or federal law enforcement. Since its founding in 1995, MC-LEF has awarded over $76 millio  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Armstrong County Couple Sentenced for Theft of Government Property
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 7 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release: Two residents of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania have each been sentenced in federal court to three years' probation after being convicted of theft of government money, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Additionally, the defendants were ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $25,164, which is the total amount of the benefits   more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Chiropractor, Related Practice to Pay Nearly $100,000 to Resolve False Claims Act
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 8 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued the following news release: First Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that chiropractor Ron Siscoe and his practice, Ovation Center of Integrative Medicine ("Ovation"), have agreed to pay $98,497.62 to resolve liability under the False Claims Act for the alleged improper billing of electro-acupuncture devices called Stivax and/or P-Stim. This i  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Lancaster County Oil & Gas Company Officers Charged With Bank Fraud
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William M. McSwain, issued the following news release: United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Jeffrey Lyons, 58, of Lancaster, PA, Karen Connelly, 65, of Manheim, PA, and Judith Avilez, 58, of Elizabethtown, PA were all charged with bank fraud for their roles in defrauding Fulton Bank. Lyons and Connelly were charged by Information and Avilez was charged by Indictment. The chargi  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Man Who Attempted to Rob South Side Bank in Wheelchair is Indicted
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release: A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of attempted bank robbery, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The one-count Indictment, returned on October 8, named Emanuel Luna, 54, as the sole defendant. According to the Indictment and criminal complaint, Luna, while i  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Plains Township Man Pleads Guilty to Firebombing Luzerne County Children & Youth
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, David J. Freed, issued the following news release: The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Philip Finn, Jr., age 49, of Plains, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on October 9, 2019, before United States District Court Judge James M. Munley, to use of fire to commit stalking. According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Finn admitted that on March 6,  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Conspiracy, Money Laundering in Rochester Federal Court
ROCHESTER, New York, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, David J. Freed, issued the following news release: * * * - Charged in Federal Court in Pennsylvania as a Result of His Role in Masterminding a Nationwide Multi-Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme * * * U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., of the Western District of New York, together with David J. Freed, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced today that Perry Santillo, 39, of Rochester  more

Secretary of the Navy Names Future Amphibious Transport Dock Ship in Honor of the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Navy issued the following story: Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer named the next San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, LPD 30, in honor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. "The people of central Pennsylvania have always played a critical role in forging the strength of our Navy and fighting to defend our nation," said Spencer. "The future USS Harrisburg will carry on this legacy to every part of the world." LPD 30 will be the second U  more

U.S. Department of Labor Conducting Survey of Highway Construction Projects to Ensure Delaware Employees Covered by Proper Wage Rates
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 11 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued the following news release: To help establish prevailing wage rates, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a survey of highway construction projects in Delaware. The survey includes wages paid on all highway construction projects - active between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019 - throughout the state of Delaware. The survey is not limited to federally funded co  more

U.S. Mint Conducted Sales Launch Event for American Innovation 2019 $1 Coin Proof Set
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 11 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's U.S. Mint issued the following news release: United States Mint (Mint) Director David J. Ryder delivered remarks and sold the ceremonial first American Innovation(TM) 2019 $1 Coin Proof Set today at the Mint facility located here. Director Ryder thanked the Mint employees whose combined efforts brought this coin set to market and stated that in producing this coin set "the men and women of the United States Mint demon  more

USDA Invests $152 Million to Improve Broadband Service in 14 States
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Oct. 7 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development - Pennsylvania office issued the following news release: * * * - Projects will Provide High-Speed Communications Technology to Support Economic and Educational Opportunities * * * U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald "DJ" LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $152 million in 20 projects to provide or improve rural broadband service in 14 state  more

Western Pennsylvania Continuum of Care Announces the End of Veteran Homelessness in the Region
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that the Western Pennsylvania Continuum of Care (CoC) met the requirements in September (https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-commends-western-pa-continuum-of-care-on-ending-veteran-homelessness-urges-continued-action/) to declare the effective end of Veteran homelessness in the 20 counties it serves, bringing the nation anot  more