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Federal Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday November 03, 2019 ( 28 items )  

Army One Health Week Events Showcase Need for Comprehensive Public Health Support
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Oct. 31 -- The U.S. Army Public Health Command issued the following story: The Army Public Health Enterprise around the globe will be participating in the 2nd Annual One Health Week Nov. 2-9 with a number of events intended to showcase the need for comprehensive public health support. One Health Day, held annually Nov. 3, is a global campaign that celebrates and brings attention to the need for a One Health Approach to address shared threats at the human-anim  more

Army Test and Evaluation Command: Dugway Clamps Onto Efficient Swatch Testing
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Oct. 31 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news: After trials, SPITFIRE'S first customer test began Aug. 1 and will continue into September, as various swatches from seven different commercial, off-the-shelf containment bags are tested for the U.S. Navy (Dugway frequently tests chem/bio defenses for all services). Each sample swatch must safely contain a liquid chemical agent for 14 days. Tested bags range from a letter-sized ev  more

Association for Public Health Laboratories to Receive $250 Million from CDC
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it intends to award a $250 million cooperative agreement to the Association for Public Health Laboratories of Silver Spring, Maryland, for the enhancement of public health laboratory capabilities. The agency description of the grant states: "This Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (NOFO) is intended to improve effectiveness of public health laboratories nati  more

Carderock's Eric Silberg Assists With NATO Exercise
WEST BETHESDA, Maryland, Nov. 1 -- The Naval Surface Warfare Center issued the following news: When the Program Executive Office for Unmanned and Small Combatants approached Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division's Eric Silberg in May to take part in a NATO exercise, it was clear that they would face a significant challenge. As the director for Carderock's Unmanned Aerial Systems Lab, Silberg, took the opportunity head on and in September completed his part of the Recognized Environmen  more

DOD Focuses Early Artificial Intelligence Use on 'Low Consequence' Applications
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news story: The Defense Department has a long way to go in developing artificial intelligence and applying it to the most pressing military problems. For now, DOD is applying AI toward humanitarian assistance and predictive maintenance, the director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center said. ''We start with low-consequence use cases for a reason,'' Air Force Lt. Gen. John Shanahan said during a panel discussion l  more

DOD: Esper Meets Middle East Leaders, Attends NATO Meeting
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news story: Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper's trip to the Middle East and Central Asia was dominated by actions in Syria, but he still managed to get a good feel for operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The secretary left Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on Oct. 19 to assess what is happening on the ground. While it was Esper's first trip to the region as defense secretary, he has made numerous trips t  more

FEMA, Mid-Atlantic States Focus on Training in 2019
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III, in close coordination with our state partners, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, increased the number of trainings offered throughout the region in 2019. FEMA jointly hosted 38 state partner trainings this year covering a wide variety of topics includin  more

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest Non-Destructive Inspection Shop Searches for Unseen Damage
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Nov. 1 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: Damage to an aircraft is not always obvious to the naked eye: Miniscule cracks, warping, and separation within laminates and parts are all potential safety hazards. To hunt down unseen damage and prevent part failure, artisans of the non-destructive inspection (NDI) program aboard Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) employ an eclectic array of tooling and technology designed to pinpoi  more

Friday Night Wright: Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, Airmen Bond Through Gaming
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Virginia, Oct. 30 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright engaged with Airmen from Air Combat Command during an event focused on resiliency Oct. 25, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Wright focused his discussions on how Airmen can work together to foster an environment of inclusiveness, resilience, increased morale and enhanced rapport between Airmen and the teams they work with. "We have to be better huma  more

Joint Base Andrews: America's Airman - TSgt Winlon Doctor
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Oct. 31 -- The U.S. Air Force Joint Base Andrews (11th Wing) issued the following story: What's your full name, job title and unit? Winlon Jamal Doctor, NCOIC, Force Management, 811TH FSS What's your hometown city and state (and country, if not U.S.)? Fitzgerald, Ga Why did you decide to serve in the military? I decided to join the military because a career was possible and it gave me the opportunity to go to school for "FREE"!! How do you think your job impa  more

Litigation: SEC Vs. North Star Finance
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following litigation release - SEC vs. North Star Finance LLC et al., Civil Action No. 15cv1339 (D. Md.): The Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained final judgments against the defendants in an advance fee loan scam involving bogus prime bank instruments. (http://investor.gov/investing-basics/avoiding-fraud/types-fraud/prime-bank-investments) On October 17, 2019, the United States District Court for the District o  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Baltimore Business Owner Convicted on Federal Charges Conspiring to Burn His Business to Obtain Insurance Proceeds
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Oct. 29 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: A federal jury convicted Demetrios Stavrakis, a/k/a Jimmy, age 53, of Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland, for an arson conspiracy to damage his business by setting it on fire in order to obtain insurance proceeds. The verdict was returned late on October 28, 2019. The guilty verdict was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Spec  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Former Silver Spring Physician Sentenced for Obtaining Over Half Million Dollars of Her Mother's Retirement Benefits
GREENBELT, Maryland, Nov. 1 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis today sentenced Crystal Mebane McGinty, age 59, of Silver Spring, Maryland, to two years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for mail fraud and for theft of government property in connection with a scheme to obtain over $517,000 of her deceased mother's social security and City of New York teachers' retirement bene  more

NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute: Hubble Captures Galaxies' Ghostly Gaze
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Oct. 28 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute issued the following news release: * * * - Menacing-Looking 'Face' Formed By Titanic Smashup Between Two Galaxies * * * The universe is a bubbling cauldron of matter and energy that have mixed together over billions of years to create a witches' brew of birth and destruction. Firestorms of star birth sweeping across the heavens. Dying stars rattling the very fabric of space in titanic explosions. Death Star-like beams   more

Naval Air Systems Command: Congressional Commission Examines Aviation Safety
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Oct. 29 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: Created by the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act of 2019, a committee of eight aviation and transportation safety experts have been tasked with identifying the causes of and ways to avoid aviation accidents by going from site to site and talking with everyone in the field, from senior commanders to trainers and maintainers. Congress established the National Commission on Mili  more

Navy Awards Contracts for Next-Generation Dual Band Towed Decoy
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Nov. 1 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: The Navy has awarded contracts to BAE Systems and Raytheon in October for the development and demonstration a next-generation, dual band towed decoy. The contracts, valued at $36.7 million and $33 million respectively, will help determine the best fit to meet F/A-18E/F decoy requirements through a 27-month development and demonstration phase. The Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Syste  more

Navy Demonstrates New Shipboard Air Traffic Radar
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Oct. 31 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: The Navy demonstrated its new Shipboard Air Traffic Radar, AN/SPN-50, for the first time Oct. 23 at Webster Field in St. Inigoes, Maryland. The AN/SPN-50 , which is currently in the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase, is scheduled for a production decision in late 2020.The AN/SPN-50 radar will begin replacing the Navy's current radar system, AN/SPN-43C, on Nimitz-class   more

NOAA Fisheries Announces New Shellfish Program Manager
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 29 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following news release: * * * - The Alaska Fisheries Science Center announces appointment of new Shellfish Program Manager. * * * NOAA Fisheries is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Michael Litzows to the position of Shellfish Assessment Program Manager of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Litzows is based at our Kodiak Laboratory. Litzow is a fisheries oceanographer who has studied   more

NOAA Fisheries Hosts Habitat Workshops With Recreational Anglers in the Chesapeake Bay
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 29 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Recreational fishermen provided feedback at recent workshops and expressed a desire to be involved in collaborative habitat restoration projects. * * * NOAA recently hosted two habitat workshops in the Chesapeake Bay region. They discussed fish habitat issues and priorities with representatives from recreational angling organizations. This was a prime opportunity for th  more

NOAA: Researchers to Study Survival of Kona Crabs After Catch and Release
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Oct. 30 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - The new NOAA Fisheries-funded study will help managers better understand if crabs that are released back to the wild survive any fisheries-related injuries. * * * Given as gifts and served at social gatherings, graduations, weddings, and holidays, the Kona crab (also called spanner crab) is a rare delicacy in Hawai'i. It's also tightly regulated. Fishermen who catch a f  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54349) involving Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland: UNACCOUNTED FOR FISSION CHAMBER On October 24, 2019, during performance of an annual inventory, one fission chamber could not be accounted for. After a thorough search, the fission chamber was declared missing. The fission chamber was manufactured by Reuter-Stokes with a part number of: RS-P6-0805-134 and a seria  more

President Trump Issues Remarks Before Air Force One Departure
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Oct. 28 -- President Trump issued the following remarks before the Air Force One departure: THE PRESIDENT: So, we had a great weekend for our country. We captured a man that should've been caught a long time ago. Unfortunately, he wasn't. He's done tremendous damage. But it was an amazing display of intelligence and military power and coordination, and getting along with people. Lots of great things happened. So that was a big, big day and a big weekend, and we're   more

Professor Kip Thorne to Deliver U.S. Naval Academy's Annual Michelson Lecture
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Oct. 30 -- The U.S. Naval Academy issued the following news release: The Naval Academy's Physics Department invites the public to attend a lecture by Professor Kip Thorne, Wednesday, November 6 at 7 p.m. in Mahan Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Thorne will present, "Probing the Warped Side of the Universe with Gravitational Waves: From the Big Bang to Black Holes," in which he will share some history of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observat  more

SAMHSA: HHS Establishes Structure to Include Oral Fluid Specimens in Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Oct. 29 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration issued the following news release: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), has established scientific and technical guidelines for the inclusion of oral fluid specimens in the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs. The Mandatory Guidelines   more

Sysco Corporation Enters Into Conciliation Agreements With U.S. Department of Labor to Resolve Discrimination Allegations
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 31 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued the following news release: After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Sysco Corp. has entered into conciliation agreements with the Department of Labor to resolve alleged gender discrimination at its Sysco Baltimore LLC, Sysco Eastern Maryland LLC, Sysco Central Pennsylvania LLC and Sysco Virginia LLC l  more

U.S. Naval Academy Museum Announces Inaugural Non-Resident Fellowship Program
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Oct. 30 -- The U.S. Naval Academy issued the following news release: The United States Naval Academy Museum is pleased to announce its inaugural cadre of Non-Resident Fellows for 2020-2021. The purpose of the fellowship is to support part of the museum's mission to inform USNA faculty, staff, midshipmen and the community at large about the history of the Naval Academy. "The Naval Academy has a rich history," said Naval Academy Museum Director Dr. Claude Berube. "While ther  more

White House: Six Nominations Sent to the Senate
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- The White House issued the following news release: NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Sarah C. Arbes, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, vice Matthew Bassett, resigned. Todd C. Chapman, of Texas, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federative Republic of Brazil. Lanny Erdos, of Ohio, to be Director of the Of  more

Workforce Has a Voice With the Beneficial Suggestion Program
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Oct. 30 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: Fleet Readiness Center East employees who come up with a money-saving idea have a chance to earn a portion of that savings, under the depot's Beneficial Suggestion Program. Leaders credit the program with generating cost-saving ideas while it rewards suggestors for their innovation and hard work. Fleet Readiness Center East's Beneficial Suggestion Program gives employees the opportunity t  more