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Federal Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday November 17, 2019 ( 15 items )  

$3.3 Million Available in Cooperative Agreement for Resource Monitoring
WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey announced that it expects to award a cooperative agreement for resource monitoring. The estimated total program funding available was cited as $3.3 million with a ceiling of $1 million. The agency said the grant was associated with a) environment, b) natural resources and c) science and technology and other research and development. The funding is open to Iowa Department of Natural Resources Long Term Resource   more

Air Force Creates Cyberspace Capabilities Center to Streamline Communications Enterprise
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Nov. 12 -- The U.S. Air Force Scott Air Force Base issued the following news: The Air Force created a new Cyberspace Capabilities Center Nov. 7 in an effort to bridge cyber support gaps and synchronize enterprise requirements to best support today's warfighter. The center, or CCC, absorbed the Air Force Network Integration Center, Air Combat Command's Cyberspace Support Squadron and the 38th Cyberspace Readiness Squadron, which were all located at Scott and inac  more

Argonne National Laboratory: Deep Neural Networks Speed Up Weather and Climate Models
ARGONNE, Illinois, Nov. 12 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory issued the following news release: * * * - Researchers develop low-cost models to predict how short-term and long-term changes in weather patterns affect the local scale -- down to neighborhoods or specific critical infrastructure. * * * When you check the weather forecast in the morning, the results you see are more than likely determined by the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, a comprehen  more

Argonne National Laboratory: Lab-Wide Stormwater Capture, Transportation Savings and Clean-Up Efforts Win Federal Recognition
ARGONNE, Illinois, Nov. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory issued the following news release: The award recognized myriad efforts, including "Disposal Days." Thirty metric tons of electronics were processed through the effort. Seventeen dumpsters were filled with scrap metal, representing 36 metric tons of material recycled. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has won a regional Federal Green Challenge award for conserving resources and savin  more

Argonne National Laboratory: Scientists Discover 'Ripple' in Flexible Material That Could Improve Electronic Properties
ARGONNE, Illinois, Nov. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory issued the following news release: A newly discovered phenomenon in a flexible semiconductor could affect its promise for electronic devices. Two-dimensional materials -- those either only an atom or layer thick -- display a number of interesting properties and could form the foundation for a range of new devices. One of these materials, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), has shown an unusual flexibility that c  more

Argonne Nuclear Engineer J'Tia Hart Selected to Crain's Chicago Business '40 Under 40'
ARGONNE, Illinois, Nov. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory issued the following news release: J'Tia Hart, a nuclear engineer working in nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, has been honored as one of Crain's Chicago Business's "40 Under 40," an annual list of young leaders in a variety of fields. Hart was selected both for her scientific accomplishments and for her extensive outreach. In September, Hart was also n  more

Collaborating Talent to Embrace Technological Change, Solutions
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Nov. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Transportation Command issued the following news release: U.S. Transportation Command is embracing technology and processes to solve future problems. More than 50 people attended the Technology and Human Capital Trends panel Nov. 11 at the T-REX center located in downtown St. Louis. Mark Munsell, chief technology officer of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Deborah Kotulich, chief of sta  more

EPA Requires Additional Manganese Safeguards at Watco Facility in Chicago
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 12 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced an administrative consent order requiring Watco Terminal and Port Services to limit handling, storing and shipping of bulk manganese-containing materials to and from its Chicago facility by Jan. 31, 2020. Bulk manganese-containing materials are those materials which are open to the air, non-packaged and able to escape as fugitive emissio  more

EXIM Board of Directors Approves a Preliminary Commitment for a Nearly $370 Million Loan to Support U.S. Telecommunications Exports to Indonesia
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. issued the following news release: Today the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) approved a preliminary commitment for a nearly $370 million loan to support the export of U.S.-made telecommunications-related goods and services from multiple states for the rehabilitation and development of a broadcasting system in Indonesia. If the transaction reaches final approval, EXIM's financing would support an   more

Ill. U.S. Attorney: Attorney General Announces Project Guardian to Reduce Gun Violence
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, Nov. 13 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, John C. Milhiser, issued the following news release: Today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Project Guardian, a nationwide initiative to complement and strengthen the Department of Justice's existing Project Safe Neighborhoods program, to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. In addition to reinforcing efforts by ATF to work with state and local law enforcement par  more

N.C. U.S. Attorney: Former Operator of Illegal Booter Services is Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Computer Damage and Abuse
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon Jr., issued the following news release: An Orland Park, Illinois, resident was sentenced yesterday to 13 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release on one count of conspiracy to cause damage to internet-connected computers for his role in owning, administering and supporting illegal booter services that launched millions of illegal denial of service, or DDoS, attacks agains  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Lasalle Power Reactor in Illinois
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54384) involving the Lasalle power reactor in Illinois: OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO AN ONSITE FATALITY "This report is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi), "News Release or Notification of Other Government Agency". The Main Control Room received a report from on-site Maintenance personnel performing diving activities at the lake screen house that communications with a diver had been lo  more

Surface Transportation Board Issues Decision Involving Canadian National Railway
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Surface Transportation Board issued the following decision (Docket No. FD 35743) entitled "Application of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation Under 49 U.S.C. Sec. 24308(a) Canadian national Railway Company": On July 30, 2013, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) filed an application under 49 U.S.C. Sec. 24308(a)(2), asking the Board to establish reasonable terms and compensation for Amtrak's use of the facili  more

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Three Chicago Area Companies Violated Child Labor Regulations After Minors Suffer Serious Injuries
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 12 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued the following news release: After investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), it was determined that three Chicago-area companies - Maria V. Contracting, Prate Roofing & Installations LLC, and Red Line Management - violated the Child Labor Provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD has also assessed a total of $127,262 in civil money penalties against the com  more

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Injunction Against Illinois Restaurant for Repeated Violations of Federal Wage Laws
EAST PEORIA, Illinois, Nov. 12 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued the following news release: After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime requirements, a federal judge has issued an injunction against Tequila's Mexican Bar and Grill - based in Peoria, Illinois - and its owner Hector Munoz and manager Javier Munoz for repeated violations of federal reco  more