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Federal Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday November 17, 2019 ( 19 items )  

$24 Million Funding Available for Magnetic Levitation Technology Deployment in Five States
WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration announced that it expects to award a discretionary grant for magnetic levitation technology deployment. The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $24,027,500. The agency said the grant was associated with transportation. The funding is open to Pittsburgh, Baltimore-Washington, and Atlanta-Chattanooga projects in Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington. The agency descriptio  more

Army News Service: New Training Playing Cards in High Demand, Available to All Ranks
FORT MEADE, Maryland, Nov. 13 -- The U.S. Army News Service issued the following news: While smart phones and tablets have transitioned gaming to digital realms, one traditional gaming format remains popular in 2019: playing cards. But not just any playing cards. In response to growing demand, Army Training and Doctrine Command G-2 (Intelligence) quickly developed "Worldwide Equipment Identification" cards as a unique tool to help Soldiers identify enemy weapons and vehicles. Using a design   more

D.C. U.S. Attorney: Law Enforcement Leaders Announce Project Guardian-DMV
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie K. Liu, issued the following news release: A new illegal firearms initiative announced today, Project Guardian-DMV, is designed to reduce violent crime and further enforce federal firearms laws across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV). The new initiative builds on the Justice Department's national effort, Project Guardian, announced by Attorney General William P. Barr on Wednesday. "Gun crime re  more

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research: New Method for HPV Detection Measures Up to Leading-Edge Techniques
FREDERICK, Maryland, Nov. 15 -- The National Institutes of Health's Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research issued the following news: Scientists at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, the National Cancer Institute, and other collaborating institutions have demonstrated that their recently developed technique for detecting human papillomavirus (HPV) in patient samples performs comparably to existing gold-standard methods. The group validated the technique, an assay  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Law Enforcement Leaders Announce Project Guardian-DMV
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Nov. 15 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: A new illegal firearms initiative announced today, Project Guardian-DMV, is designed to reduce violent crime and further enforce federal firearms laws across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV). The new initiative builds on the Justice Department's national effort, Project Guardian, announced by Attorney General William P. Barr on Wednesday. The i  more

Naval Academy Cyber Teams Place at National Cyber Competition
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Nov. 15 -- The U.S. Naval Academy issued the following news release: Naval Academy midshipmen majoring in cyber operations took second and third place in the 16th annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) Policy Competition organized by the New York University Center for Cybersecurity last Friday, Nov. 8, in New York City. Only five teams nationwide were invited to the competition and the Naval Academy is the only school to have two teams to compete in the finals. The p  more

NOAA Appoints Alexa Cole as Director for International Affairs and Seafood Inspection
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 14 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Ms. Alexa Cole will lead NOAA Fisheries' work to maintain sustainable global resources and a level playing field for U.S. fishermen and seafood producers. * * * Today, NOAA announced the appointment of Ms. Alexa Cole as the new Director for NOAA Fisheries' Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection (https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/about/office-international-a  more

NOAA: New Officer Takes the Helm of the Research Vessel Gloria Michelle
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 12 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Lt. Benjamin VanDine recently assumed command of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center's research vessel Gloria Michelle.The ship conducts scientific surveys and is deployed on projects for both NOAA Fisheries and other scientific research organizations in the Northeast. * * * Benjamin VanDine's route to a career in the NOAA Corps ran through his love of diving, and do  more

NOAA: New Report - Puget Sound Marine Waters See Effect of Climate Change in 2018
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 13 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - A new report details the effects of a changing climate on Puget Sound in 2018. * * * A new report (https://pspwa.app.box.com/s/sjmkmdwvu60vzrarmfxl88slh36ejj5l) details the effects of a changing climate on Puget Sound in 2018, and describes how these changes trickled down through the ecosystem to affect marine life and seafood consumers. Scientists observed unusually w  more

NOAA: Prey-Size Plastics Are Invading Larval Fish Nurseries
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 11 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: New research shows that many larval fish species from different ocean habitats are surrounded by and ingesting plastics in their preferred nursery habitat. Many of the world's marine fish spend their first days or weeks feeding and developing at the ocean surface. Larval fish are the next generation of adult fish that will supply protein and essential nutrients to people around t  more

NOAA: Research Vessel Gloria Michelle Command Changes Hands
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 12 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Honoring a long-held maritime tradition, command of the research vessel Gloria Michelle was transferred in October in ceremonies at the Woods Hole Laboratory. * * * Guests and Woods Hole Laboratory employees gathered at the laboratory in October for a brief ceremony and the reading of orders. They welcomed a new commanding officer for the NOAA research vessel Gloria Mic  more

President Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- The White House issued the following news release: Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology: Shannon Blunt of Missouri Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska of Ohio Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee: Ricardo St. Hilaire of New Hampshire, (A  more

President Trump Issues Remarks Before Air Force One Departure
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Maryland, Nov. 9 -- President Trump issued the following remarks before the Air Force One departure at Joint Base Andrews: THE PRESIDENT: I look forward to seeing a lot of things. But on Monday, in particular, our stock market has just broken another record, as you see. Our economy is doing phenomenally well. Our jobs numbers just broke yet another record. They're higher than ever before. Our country is doing better than it's ever done. Our military is rebuilt. It was a   more

Science Update: Positive Family Relationships in Adolescence May Reduce Depression Risk During Midlife, NIH-funded Study Suggests
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Nov. 13 -- The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child's Health and Human Development issued the following science update: Adolescents who had a positive relationship with their families were less likely to have depressive symptoms not only in adolescence, but also in midlife, according to an analysis funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health. The study was conducted by  more

Secretary DeVos to Deliver Remarks Recognizing 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools at Awards Ceremony
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland, Nov. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Education issued the following media advisory: * * * - Event Date 1 : November 14, 2019 - 1:45pm * * * U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will deliver remarks to recognize the 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools and present the 2019 Terrel H. Bell Awards for Outstanding School Leadership. The National Blue Ribbon Schools distinction recognizes overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student sub  more

TSA, Regional DMV Officials From Maryland, Virginia, D.C., Come Together to Remind Travelers to Get Their REAL ID-compliant Driver's Licenses
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration issued the following news release: Area residents who want to board an airplane for a domestic flight or enter a secure federal facility will soon need a star on their driver's license, indicating that it is REAL ID (https://www.tsa.gov/real-id)-compliant, or they will need another form of federally approved identification (https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification). REAL   more

Va. U.S. Attorney: Law Enforcement Leaders Announce Project Guardian-DMV
ROANOKE, Virginia, Nov. 15 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, Thomas T. Cullen, issued the following news release: A new illegal firearms initiative announced today, Project Guardian-DMV, is designed to reduce violent crime and further enforce federal firearms laws across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV). The new initiative builds on the Justice Department's national effort, Project Guardian, announced by Attorney General William P. Barr on Wednesd  more

Va. U.S. Attorney: Law Enforcement Leaders Announce Project Guardian-DMV
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Nov. 15 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, G. Zachary Terwilliger, issued the following news release: A new illegal firearms initiative announced today, Project Guardian-DMV, is designed to reduce violent crime and further enforce federal firearms laws across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV). The new initiative builds on the Justice Department's national effort, Project Guardian, announced by Attorney General William P. Barr o  more

White House: Commemorating Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 -- The White House Council on Environmental Quality issued the following news release: Today, Administration officials, Members of Congress, the State of Maryland, and local officials came together to commemorate the first National Marine Sanctuary designation since 2000. Over 100 wooden steamships and shipwrecks, some dating back to the Civil War, sit above and below the surface of the Potomac River about 40 miles south of Washington, DC, at the Mallows Bay-Potomac River Nat  more