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Federal Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday October 27, 2019 ( 26 items )  

Amtrak Offers 50% Off Fares During Fall Getaway Flash Sale
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) issued the following news release: * * * - Two-Day Fall Flash Sale Includes Most Routes Nationwide * * * Save big on fall travel during the Amtrak 50% off Fall Getaway Flash Sale available for a limited time between October 22 - 23. The sale is valid for popular destinations from coast to coast with travel dates between Nov. 11 - Nov. 29, excluding Nov. 26 - 27. All routes are included with the exception of the follo  more

Army Corps of Engineers to Conduct C&D Canal Maintenance Dredging
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 22 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District and its contractor will begin maintenance dredging on the approach to the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal in late November 2019 with completion expected by mid-January 2020. The project area extends from the western approach of the C&D Canal to Fairlee Creek along the Elk River. Dredged material will be placed in the Pearce Creek Dredge  more

Army Corps Releases Draft Raystown Lake Master Plan for Public Comment
RAYSTOWN LAKE, Pennsylvania, Oct. 23 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Baltimore District issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the draft Raystown Lake Master Plan and is seeking comments and feedback from the public until December 7, 2019. "This draft plan is an accumulation of a tremendous amount of hard work by the USACE team, our partners, stakeholders and members of the public," said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District Commander, C  more

Defense Contract Management Agency Provides Summer Intern With Acquisition Experience
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 23 -- The Defense Contract Management Agency issued the following news: The Defense Contract Management Agency provides college students with a variety of work experience to learn more about the federal government. It's just a 76-mile journey from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania to Ridley Park, but traveling those miles for a DCMA summer internship opened Vanessa Lawrence's eyes to the world of government service. Lawrence, a college senior who interned at  more

DLA: Demo of Circa World War I Defense Building Marks End of One Era and Beginning of Another
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: In 1918, the U.S. Army Quartermaster Department established a depot on 851 acres of land in rural New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, based on its proximity to the Susquehanna River and Pennsylvania Railroad. Now, after 101 years of service, the last original warehouse structure from that era is being demolished. Created as depot headquarters under President Woodrow Wilson, building A1 was con  more

DOD: 100 Year Old Sentinel Returns to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news story: At 100, Jack Eaton is the oldest living, oldest known sentinel of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. His and other sentinels' names are there on plaques, commemorating their service. Sentinels, all volunteers, are members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as "The Old Guard." Life in the Army for Eaton began when he left coal country in southeastern Pennsylvania to enlist in 1937 at age 18. Statione  more

EPA Backs Pennsylvania's Water Infrastructure Plans
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 22 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it has approved and helped fund Pennsylvania's plans for nearly $200 million in water infrastructure projects that includes $40.7 million for drinking water infrastructure and $159 million for wastewater treatment infrastructure. Pennsylvania's intended use plan for drinking water includes a $33.9 million grant from EPA's Drinkin  more

EPA Offers Compliance Assistance to Community Water Treatment Facilities
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 25 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Region is offering free compliance assistance to smaller water and wastewater treatment facilities in five states and the District of Columbia to help improve water quality protection throughout the mid-Atlantic. "EPA is providing valuable technical assistance and training to operators of smaller public and private treatment facilit  more

EPA Selects Auberle for $200,000 Grant to Support More Environmental Job Training in Southwestern Pa.
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 25 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: * * * - Designates total of $5.1 million for job training nationwide * * * Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $200,000 Brownfields grant to the non-profit organization Auberle based in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. It is one of 26 organizations nationwide to receive a total of $5.1 million in grants for environmental job training programs. Funded through the agenc  more

FEMA, Pennsylvania Prepare for Mass Care Event
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: On October 24, 2019 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III joined Pennsylvania for a Mass Care Tabletop Exercise cultivating months of planning and cooperation with more than 40 partners from across the Commonwealth. The exercise tested FEMA and the Commonwealth's ability to provide mass care services during a winter storm ev  more

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Focuses on Technology-Facilitated Abuse
NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania, Oct. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. The focus of the 2019 DVAM awareness campaign, provided by Military One Source, is "Raising Awareness about Technology-facilitated Abuse." The role of technology and its misuse in domestic violence incidents is skyrocketing. Digital abuse is occurring among all populations, but young people are the most vulnerable,   more

National Energy Technology Laboratory Women Take Center Stage at 2019 Women, Technology Conference
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: Female leaders serving in a variety of roles at NETL shared their professional pathways and unique perspectives on mentoring with other women at TechConnect West Virginia's 2019 Women & Technology Conference. The conference, held Oct. 21 in Charleston, West Virginia, was designed for women working in technology fields, as well as those interested in pursuing or   more

National Energy Technology Laboratory's Tim Skone Earns Recognition at Life Cycle Analysis Conference
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: NETL Senior Environmental Engineer Timothy Skone was recently honored by the ACLCA for leadership in life cycle analysis (LCA) that exemplifies bold and forward-thinking initiatives that advance the implementation and application of LCA. The award was presented at the LCA XIX Awards dinner Sept. 25, 2019, in Tucson, Arizona. Skone, who has 21 years' experience i  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory: Carbon Nanomaterials Research Offers New Opportunities for Coal
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: As America's energy landscape evolves, NETL is advancing emerging technologies that offer new economic opportunities for the nation's most abundant domestic resource -- coal. Converting coal to high-value carbon nanomaterials has the potential to reduce manufacturing costs and energy consumption while improving the performance of electronics, batteries, solar cel  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Peach Bottom Power Reactor in Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54340) involving the Peach Bottom power reactor in Pennsylvania: UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO NO CONTROL ROD MOVEMENT WITH MANUAL SCRAM ACTUATION "While Unit 3 was shutting down for 3R22 refueling outage, the mode switch was taken to shutdown position which is a manual scram signal. The manual scram signal was not received from the mode switch. A subsequent manual scram was inserted with the   more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: A.G. William Barr Recognizes Department Employees, Others for Their Service at 67th Annual Attorney General Awards
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release: * * * - 3 U.S. Attorney's Office - Western District of Pennsylvania Employees Honored * * * Attorney General William P. Barr recognized 295 department employees, including three from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Pennsylvania, for their distinguished public service today at the 67thAnnual Attorney General's Awards Ceremony. Sixty-two ot  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Former Director of Perry County Family Center Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Oct. 24 -- 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 the former Executive Director of the Perry County Family Center, Shelly A. Dreyer-Aurila, age 53, of New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on October 22, 2019, before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo, for embezzlement of funds involving f  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Former Rite Aid Vice President Sentenced to Imprisonment on $5.7 Million Vendor Kick-Back, Tax Evasion Charges
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, David J. Freed, issued the following news release: The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that former Vice President for Rite Aid, Inc. (Rite Aid), James W. Pilsner, age 61, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to two years' imprisonment followed by two years on supervised release on October 23, 2019, by U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones, III, for per  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Justice Department Awards Grant Funds to YWCA Greater Harrisburg
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, Oct. 24 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, David J. Freed, issued the following news release: U.S. Attorney David J. Freed joined Mary Quinn, President and CEO at YWCA Greater Harrisburg today, in announcing $1,375,000 in grant funding by the U.S. Department of Justice to the YWCA Greater Harrisburg to assist victims of human trafficking and to support transitional housing for victims. The award of $925,000 includes funds to support victims of  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Prominent Business Owner, Ex-Board Member of Philadelphia Non-Profits Sentenced to 17 1/2 Years in Prison
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 23 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William M. McSwain, issued the following news release: U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Gary Frank, 48, of Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd, PA, was sentenced to 210 months' imprisonment, five years supervised release and ordered to pay $33,702,900 in restitution by United States District Judge Gerald Pappert for executing a massive fraudulent loan scheme, for which he was indicted in M  more

Pennsylvania American Innovation $1 Coin Products on Sale Oct. 24
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's U.S. Mint issued the following news release: The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for products containing American Innovation $1 Coins honoring Pennsylvania on October 24 at noon EDT. This is the second of four American Innovation $1 coins the Mint will release this year. The American Innovation $1 Coin Program is a multi-year series featuring distinctive reverse (tails) designs that pay homage to America's ingenu  more

President Trump Issues Remarks at 9th Annual Shale Insight Conference
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 23 -- President Trump issued the following remarks at the 9th Annual Shale Insight Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center: THE PRESIDENT: I was here three years ago; you're much happier now. (Applause.) And you're much wealthier, and you're providing a lot more energy than you used to, that's for sure. Right? (Applause.) Thank you. You know, Harold is a very successful man. And I was with the great football coach, Barry Switzer. I think he might be  more

President Trump Issues Remarks Before Marine One Departure
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- President Trump issued the following remarks before the Marine One departure: THE PRESIDENT: We're going to Pennsylvania, on an energy meeting and speech, and look forward to it. I hope you saw what I had to say about the safe zone in Syria, and -- are dealing with Turkey. It's been very successful. We'll see what happens. It's a very volatile part of the world, but, so far, it's been pretty amazing what's gone on. We've lost no soldiers. We didn't have a soldier hurt. W  more

U.S. Commerce Department Announces $13 Million to Support U.S. Manufacturers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced $13 million in U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants to support 11 Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers (TAACs) that help manufacturers affected by imports adjust to increasing global competition and to create jobs. The TAACs, which each service multiple states, are located in California, Colorado,   more

Vice President Pence Issues Remarks on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
DURYEA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 21 -- The White House issued the following remarks by Vice President Mike Pence on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement at Schott North America: THE VICE PRESIDENT: Before we get started, allow me to bring greetings from another friend of mine -- a man who loves the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and who's been fighting every day for the last three years for manufacturing in this state and all across this country. I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United Sta  more

Wyoming Valley Communities Have Flexibility in Implementing Their Stormwater Program
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 25 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: * * * - Rain tax not required by EPA * * * The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today said that it has worked with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to ensure local communities have flexibility in planning and implementing local solutions to address stormwater runoff in Pennsylvania. "EPA has been working diligently to answer questions of local co  more