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Federal Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday November 03, 2019 ( 29 items )  

100 Year Old Sentinel Returns to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news: 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. Stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virg  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Changing Compensation Costs in Philadelphia Metropolitan Area for September 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 1 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: Total compensation costs for private industry workers increased 1.7 percent in the Philadelphia-Reading-Camden, PA-NJ-DE-MD, metropolitan area for the year ended September 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau's regional commissioner, noted that one year ago, Philadelphia exper  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Changing Compensation Costs in Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area for September 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 1 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: Total compensation costs for private industry workers increased 2.4 percent in the Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV, metropolitan area for the year ended September 2019 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau's regional commissioner, noted that one year ago, Washingt  more

Corps of Engineers to Host Raystown Lake Draft Master Plan Open House Days
RAYSTOWN LAKE, Pennsylvania, Oct. 28 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the surrounding communities to participate in open house meetings Nov. 3 and 4 to learn more about the draft Raystown Lake Master Plan. "The public continues to be an integral part of this revision process," said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District Commander, Col. John Litz. "This is a perfect opportunity for members of the community   more

DLA: Industrial Hardware Employees Engage Industry, Take Lessons Back
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 29 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: Employees from the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Industrial Hardware supply chain acted as organization ambassadors, while learning more about the items they buy for warfighters at bicoastal industry engagement meetings late September and October. The IH cross-functional group of pre- and post-award acquisitions, technical/quality and supply specialists attended   more

Eagle United Truck Wash Will Pay $40,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment and Retaliation Suit
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Oct. 28 -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release: * * * - Car Wash Terminated Worker Who Complained about Racial Harassment, Federal Agency Charged * * * Eagle United Truck Wash, LLC, which operates truck washing facilities at truck stop locations around the United States, will pay $40,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to settle a racial harassment, discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, the U.S. Equal Employment O  more

EPA Selects Earth Conservancy for $200,000 Grant to Support More Environmental Job Training in Ashley, Pa.
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 28 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: * * * - Designates total of $5.1 million for job training nationwide * * * The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $200,000 Brownfields grant on Oct. 24, to the non-profit organization Earth Conservancy in Ashley, Pennsylvania. The Earth Conservancy is one of 26 organizations nationwide to receive a total of $5.1 million in grants for environmental job training programs.   more

EPA Settlement With Chambersburg Chemical Manufacturer Enforces Pesticide Safeguards
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 31 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: AFCO C&S, LLC, a chemical manufacturer in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, will pay a $1,489,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of federal pesticide regulations involving 12 products used in the cleaning and sanitizing of food and beverage processing facilities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. EPA cited AFCO for violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide,   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

FHLBank Pittsburgh Announces Third Quarter Financial Results
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 29 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following news release: The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh today announced unaudited financial results for the third quarter of 2019. The Bank recorded net income of $70.3 million, and the Board of Directors declared dividends of 7.75 percent annualized on activity stock and 4.50 percent annualized on membership stock. Dividends are payable to the  more

Local Pennsylvania Rotary Club Visit to DLA Distribution Highlights Growth, Technology
NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania, Oct. 31 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: Much has changed since retired Army Col. George Connolly was assigned to the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, more than 30 years ago. The agency's role in supporting Department of Defense operations and humanitarian assistance grew dramatically beginning with Operation Desert Shield in 1990 and continued through now more than 18 years of   more

Marines Meet the Makers of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle
YORK, Pennsylvania, Oct. 31 -- The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command issued the following news: Marines from the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion--slated to receive the first of the Corps' new Amphibious Combat Vehicles--received the rare opportunity to visit the ACV's main production facility and meet with the workforce building the vehicle. On Oct. 16, representatives from Program Manager Advanced Amphibious Assault at Program Executive Officer Land Systems, Marine Corps Combat Development Co  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory Has Prominent Role at Transtech Energy Conference
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 31 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: Key researchers and leadership from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) are set to present the details of revolutionary energy technologies at the eighth annual TransTech Energy (TTE) Start-Up Development Conference, taking place Oct. 28-30 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. TTE was created to provide an opportunity f  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory Technology Licensee Awarded Best Paper at International Conference
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: Ampere Scientific, an Oregon-based company that licenses NETL's Arc Position Sensing (APS) technology, received a best paper award at the Liquid Metals Processing and Casting conference held in Birmingham, England. The paper detailed a first-of-its-kind demonstration of the technology, which may lead to better processing and larger yields of specialty metals used  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory's Coal-Derived Additive Enables Stronger, More Durable Cement at Reduced Cost
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 28 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: In an effort that could ultimately help create new jobs and markets for coal, NETL researchers have developed a low-cost, coal-derived cement additive that could lead to the construction of stronger and more durable roads and buildings. Drawing upon their experience in converting coal to advanced materials and products, the NETL team has taken a new approach to   more

National Energy Technology Laboratory: Researchers Working to Connect Dots Between Bubbles, Viscosity in Foamed Cement
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: A team of researchers from NETL and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) recently developed equations to more simply determine how the viscosity of foamed cement is affected by the addition of bubbles into the slurry. Understanding the connection between an increase of bubbles concentration and the ensuing changes in viscosity is crucial for predicting how well the f  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving York Hospital
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54346) involving York Hospital, York, Pennsylvania: INCORRECT BRACHYTHERAPY SEED SET USED FOR IMPLANTATION The following information was received via E-mail: "The licensee informed the Department [Pennsylvania Department of Radiation Protection] that a brachytherapy seed set was implanted in the wrong patient. It is reportable per 10 CFR 35.3045(a)(2)(iii)(B). "On October 23, 2019, the licens  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney Brady Announces Record Number of Prosecutions for Western District of Pennsylvania
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Nov. 1 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release: Scott W. Brady, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, today announced that the number of cases being prosecuted by the district reached an all-time record high in FY 2019. From October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019, the office filed cases against 665 defendants, an increase of 46% versus 2016. The total number of drug  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Ex-Doctor Sentenced to Imprisonment for His Role in Illegal Oxycodone Prescribing, Health Care Fraud, Money Laundering
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 29 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release: A former Pennsylvania-licensed physician has been sentenced in federal court to a total of 11 years and four months (136 months) in prison on his conviction for conspiracy to illegally distribute oxycodone, conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and Social Security fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady   more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Greensburg Physician Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution, Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 28 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release: A Greensburg physician pleaded guilty in federal to three counts of distribution of buprenorphine, a Schedule III controlled substance, outside the usual course of professional practice; one count of health care fraud; and one count of money laundering, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Nabil Jabbour, 68, a physician who previo  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Justice Department Awards Grant Funds to Lackawanna County District Attorney's Office
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Oct. 31 -- 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 District Attorney Mark Powell today in announcing $900,000 in grant funding by the U.S. Department of Justice to the Lackawanna County District Attorney's Office to facilitate the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program. The award of $900,000 includes funds to support the Lackawanna County District Attorney'  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Montgomery County Doctor Agrees to Pay $1.4 Million to Resolve Allegations of Improper Opioid Prescribing
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 1 -- 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 Montgomery County physician Spiro Y. Kassis, M.D., of Plymouth Township, PA, has agreed to pay $1.4 million, has committed to never obtaining a controlled substance registration, and has consented to a 15-year exclusion from Medicare and Medicaid in order to resolve allegations that he improperly   more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Opioid Treatment Practice Owner Sentenced for Illegal Distribution of Buprenorphine and Health Care Fraud
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 30 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release: A resident of Washington, PA, was sentenced in federal court to three years of probation, with 90 days of home detention, 100 hours of community service, and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $80,000 in restitution on charges of aiding and abetting the unlawful distribution of controlled substances and health care fraud, United States Attorney Scott  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Opioid Treatment Practice Owner Sentenced for Illegal Distribution of Buprenorphine and Health Care Fraud
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Oct. 31 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release: A resident of Washington, PA, was sentenced in federal court to three years of probation, with 90 days of home detention, 100 hours of community service, and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $80,000 in restitution on charges of aiding and abetting the unlawful distribution of controlled substances and health care fraud, United States Attorney Scott  more

President Trump Issues Proclamation on National American History, Founders Month
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- The White House issued the following proclamation on National American History and Founders Month: Over 243 years ago, our Founders gathered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at Independence Hall to sign the Declaration of Independence, enshrining in the heart of every American a bedrock principle that all men are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights." Throughout our Nation's history, countless men and women have boldly defended this principle, often mak  more

Sasebo Team Expedites MEDEVAC and Delivers Critical Parts to USS Lake Erie
NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania, Oct. 28 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: During the evening of Sept. 17, a medical evacuation message was released from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70). The USS Lake Erie Supply Team immediately reached out to the Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka, Site Sasebo logistics support representative. The ship's team was already familiar with the work and the level of service provided b  more

Subsistence Supports USS Indianapolis Ahead of Commissioning Ceremony
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 28 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: When the USS Indianapolis commissioned Oct. 26 in Indiana, it was a first for the United States Navy and posed a unique challenge for the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Subsistence supply chain. Traditionally, Navy ships are commissioned out of Mayport, Florida, where prime vendor support is established through the Subsistence contracts. In the absence of prime v  more

Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Deputy Commander Visits DLA Distribution, Tours Eastern Distribution Center
NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania, Nov. 1 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: Army Col. Lillard D. Evans, deputy commander of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, visited Defense Logistics Agency Distribution, Oct. 15, for a general overview on DLA Distribution's mission and function and a discussion about consolidation and containerization point eligibility and the need for a west coast port of embarkment. During his visit, Evans  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