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Federal Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday November 24, 2019 ( 33 items )  

4th Infantry Division Soldiers Test New Battlefield Smoke Generating System
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news: 4th Infantry Division Soldiers here finished the final phases of testing a new battlefield smoke-producing system to conceal units during combat. The Screen Obscuration Module (SOM), which can be mounted to any vehicle or used dismounted, produces a billow of smoke capable of obscuring a platoon's movement. Currently the Army uses the M8 smoke pot or the M56 Coyote smoke generato  more

A Promising Step in the Fight Against Lethal Childhood Brain Cancers
BETHESDA, Maryland, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences issued the following news release: * * * - Scientists find promising drug combination against lethal childhood brain cancers - Studies in cell and animal models reveal insights into cancer cells' vulnerability that could lead to new strategies against brain cancers * * * Researchers have devised a new plan of attack against a group of deadly childhood brain c  more

Brookhaven National Laboratory: University of Maryland, Baltimore County Wins 2019 National CyberForce Competition
UPTON, New York, Nov. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the team from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as the national winner of DOE's 2019 CyberForce Competition(TM). CyberForce 2019 is DOE's fifth iteration of its cyber defense competition, designed to inspire and develop the next generation of energy sector cybersecurity professionals. "CyberForce brings togethe  more

D.C. U.S. Attorney: Former Personal Care Aide Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie K. Liu, issued the following news release: Hope Falowo, 53, of Bowie, Maryland, pled guilty today to a federal charge of health care fraud stemming from a scheme in which she caused the District of Columbia's Medicaid program to be defrauded out of approximately $400,000. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu; Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department's Criminal Divi  more

DOD: U.K.'s Newest Aircraft Carrier Hosts Atlantic Future Forum
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news story: Great Britain's newest and fifth generation of warship, the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, was at anchor near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Annapolis, Maryland, yesterday for the Atlantic Future Forum 2019. Inside, U.S. and U.K. military members, industry members and senior Defense Department civilians sat in a vast room listening to forum panelists, who came to speak on strengthening the two nations'   more

Dugway's Special Programs Division Celebrates 20 Years
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news: When the Special Programs Division (SPD) began operating at West Desert Test Center (WDTC) in October 1999, Dug-way leadership believed it would increase WDTC's customer base and its workforce. They were right. Twenty years later, SPD has grown from just six contractor employees to 40 Army civilian employees supported by almost as many contractors. The division is a close-knit gro  more

EPA Recognizes Allegany County, Maryland for Excellence in Supporting Frostburg Water Project
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing Allegany County, Maryland for excellence and innovation regarding a funding project to support a new drinking water line and fire hydrants for 61 households in the City of Frostburg. The Allegany County project is one of 25 drinking water infrastructure projects nationwide recognized for excellence and innovation within EPA's Drinking Water  more

Hubble Studies Gamma-Ray Burst With the Highest Energy Ever Seen
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Nov. 20 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute issued the following news release: * * * - Mega-Blast From The Past Came From Distant Galaxy * * * The Star Wars film trilogies are known best for the iconic "Death Star," an alien battle station that shoots out beams of directed energy powerful enough to blow up planets. The real universe makes much more extraordinary beams that can unleash in a few seconds as much energy as our sun will generate over its 10-billion-ye  more

Joint Base Andrews: America's Airman - Corraine Anita Jones
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Air Force (11th Wing) issued the following story: What's your full name, job title and unit? Corraine Anita Jones, Unit Program Coordinator/1st Helicopter Squadron What's your hometown city and state (and country, if not U.S.)? Fairfax County, VA Why did you decide to serve as a civilian? Civilians share and provide a form of stability for military members. Serving as a civilians in the military arena, is a gratifying commit to our service   more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Facing 11-Count Federal Indictment for Wire Fraud and Tax-Related Charges
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - Former City Employees Gary Brown and Roslyn Wedington Plead Guilty to Related Charges * * * A federal grand jury has indicted Catherine Elizabeth Pugh, age 69, of Baltimore, Maryland, on the federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, seven counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and two counts of tax evasion. The indictment   more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Pleads Guilty to Federal Conspiracy and Tax Charges
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Nov. 21 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: Catherine Elizabeth Pugh, age 69, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to the federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and two counts of tax evasion. U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow has scheduled sentencing for February 27, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney   more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Government Contractor Eagle Alliance Pays United States $110,000 to Resolve Allegations of Improper Billing
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Nov. 18 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: Eagle Alliance, a Northrop Grumman partnership, has paid the United States $110,000 to resolve False Claims Act allegations that it improperly billed the government for computer hardware. The settlement was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Craig, Jr. of the Defense Criminal Investigativ  more

NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute: A Weakened Black Hole Allows Its Galaxy to Awaken
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Nov. 18 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute issued the following news release: * * * - Blowtorch Jets From a Black Hole Drive Starbirth * * * Supermassive black holes, weighing millions or even billions of times our Sun's mass, are still only a tiny fraction of the mass of the galaxies they inhabit. But in some cases, the central black hole is the tail wagging the dog. It seems that black holes can run hot or cold when it comes to either enhancing or squelching s  more

National Environmental Satellite: Measuring Winds to Help Predict Weather
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 20 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service issued the following news: Wind is a fundamental variable of weather. The heating of Earth's surface and atmosphere by the sun drives winds that move heat and moisture from one place to another. Variations in large-scale wind circulation patterns are responsible for the daily weather we experience. Indeed, satellite-based wind data are among th  more

National Institute of Mental Health: Side Effects Mild, Brief With Single Antidepressant Dose of Intravenous Ketamine
BETHESDA, Maryland, Nov. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute of Mental Health issued the following news: * * * - Safety data analyzed from five NIH inpatient clinical trials * * * National Institutes of Health researchers found that a single, low-dose ketamine infusion was relatively free of side effects for patients with treatment-resistant depression. Elia Acevedo-Diaz, M.D., Carlos Zarate, M.D. (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/research/research-conducted-at  more

National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke: Accelerating Medicines Partnership Launches Data Knowledge Portal for Parkinson's Disease
BETHESDA, Maryland, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke issued the following news release: The Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) program for Parkinson's disease (PD) has launched a data portal to provide de-identified information collected from 4,298 PD patients and healthy controls to researchers working to develop effective therapies for the disease. The portal enables researchers to study complex data set  more

Naval Academy Class of 2020 Obtain Career Assignments
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Naval Academy issued the following news release: Approximately 1,000 midshipmen in the Class of 2020 received their service assignments yesterday in Bancroft Hall at the Naval Academy. Midshipmen may select from 24 different career choices in the Navy and Marine Corps and submit their service assignment preferences (up to six) in late August of their 1st Class (senior) year. Assignments are based on specific requirements provided to the Naval Academy b  more

Navy Awards MUX Prize Challenges
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Nov. 21 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: The Navy awarded four prize challenges for the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Expeditionary (MUX) November 21 to multiple vendors for their mission payload design concepts. A team from the Multi-Mission Tactical UAS program office (PMA-266) coordinated these four mission payload prize challenges, each totaling $1 million, to obtain information, perform  more

NOAA: 2019 Northeast Fall Ecosystem Monitoring Cruise Concludes
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 20 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Data collected during this cruise helps researchers monitor changes in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean ecosystem. * * * The 2019 Northeast fall ecosystem monitoring survey aboard NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter sampled 117 stations along the U.S. East Coast. In all, 75% of the cruise objectives were accomplished. The limited number of available days at sea was the main reason mor  more

NOAA: Flood Prediction Helps People and Fish
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 19 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Knowing more about how and when flooding will occur helps us manage our watersheds for the benefit of people and fish. * * * In the last 50 years, as the northeast has gotten significantly rainier, flood prediction has become increasingly important. In addition to helping the public, town planners, and emergency responders, understanding flooding is also important for f  more

NOAA: Rebound in Groundfish Leads to New Flexibility for Fishermen, Protection for Deep-Sea Corals
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 18 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Community collaboration fosters wide support for new action on groundfish. * * * Sweeping changes in West Coast groundfish fisheries adopted this week will reopen access for fishermen to productive fishing grounds where fish populations have rebounded. These changes will also protect sensitive deep-water habitat and deep-sea corals from bottom fishing. The changes come  more

NOAA: Speech Recognition Technology Provides Fast, Accurate Fisheries Data Collection
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 20 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Newly developed speech recognition software will help scientists further improve the way they record essential fisheries data at sea under challenging weather conditions. * * * Neither rain nor salt spray, or even fish slime keeps scientists from collecting data crucial to successful management of Alaska's fisheries. The computers used to record these data, however, ha  more

NOAA: United States Takes Leading Role in Global Fisheries Management
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 20 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - November 21 is World Fisheries Day. Read our latest leadership message from Alexa Cole, new Director for NOAA Fisheries' Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, to learn how U.S. fisheries management and seafood inspection set the global standard for sustainability. * * * The United States is one of the largest markets for seafood in the world. Every Am  more

NOAA: Will Old Bones Tell Tales?
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 19 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Archeologists studying Smuttynose Island in the Gulf of Maine uncovered the remnants of cod and other fish deposited by one of colonial America's first fishing stations. Researchers are using these fish parts to learn more about fish and the ocean they lived in nearly 350 years ago. * * * Northeast Fisheries Science Center researchers are engaged in a multi-year effort  more

Partnering With Private Industry Necessary for U.S., U.K. Defense, Official Says
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news story: The future of defense for the United States and the United Kingdom in the face of growing cyber threats and technological change was a key topic of the 2019 Atlantic Future Forum yesterday aboard the U.K. Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, anchored near Annapolis, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay. Discussions centered on how crucial the competitive edge is against potential adversaries and how  more

ROTC Event Emphasizes People, Career Program Options for Cadets
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- The U.S. Army News Service issued the following news: For the past two years, Sgt. Jacob Davis has ascended through the ranks within Bowie State University's ROTC program, determined to branch as a medical services officer and lead the future force. Previously stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Davis continues to serve on active duty under the Army's Green to Gold Active Duty Option Program. "I spent some time as a medic to   more

TSA Expects Record-breaking Holiday Travel Season, Urges Travelers From BWI Airport to Get to the Airport Early
LINTHICUM, Maryland, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration issued the following news release: The number of passengers expected to fly this Thanksgiving holiday is expected to be record-breaking with more than 26.8 million passengers and crew (https://www.tsa.gov/news/releases/2019/11/13/era-travel-milestones-tsa-expects-another-record-breaking-holiday-season) members traveling through security screening checkpoints nationwide from Nov. 22   more

U.S. Attorney: Former President of Maryland-Based Transportation Company Found Guilty of Federal Charges, Including Violating Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
GREENBELT, Maryland, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - Executive Paid Bribes to a Russian Official So His Company Could Win Highly Sensitive Nuclear Fuel Transportation Contracts * * * A federal jury today convicted Mark Lambert, 56, of Mount Airy, Maryland, of four counts of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), two counts of wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA and commit  more

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $3.4 Million to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Maryland
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration issued the following news release: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced today that the Department of Transportation will award $3.4 million in airport infrastructure grants to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Maryland. With this announcement, the Trump Administration has invested a historic $10.8 billion in more than two thousand American airports ac  more

U.S., U.K., Japan Navies Reaffirm Commitment to Increased Cooperation
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Navy issued the following story: Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday joined First Sea Lord, United Kingdom Royal Navy Adm. Tony Radakin and Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura for a trilateral maritime discussion onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) anchored outside Annapolis, Nov. 20. During the meeting, the three leaders signed a trilateral cooperation agreement reaffirming their commitment to increa  more

U.S., U.K., Japan Navies Reaffirm Commitment to Increased Cooperation
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Navy's Chief of Naval Operations issued the following news release: Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday joined First Sea Lord, United Kingdom Royal Navy Adm. Tony Radakin and Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura for a trilateral maritime discussion onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) anchored outside Annapolis, Nov. 20. During the meeting, the three leaders signed a trilateral cooperation agreement rea  more

University of Maryland Wins 2019 National CyberForce Competition
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Energy issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the team from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as the national winner of DOE's 2019 CyberForce Competition(TM). CyberForce 2019 is DOE's fifth iteration of its cyber defense competition, designed to inspire and develop the next generation of energy sector cybersecurity professionals. "CyberForce brings together our nation's brightest students to p  more

White House: Nine Nominations Sent to the Senate
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- The White House issued the following news release: NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Kathryn C. Davis, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years, vice Charles F. Lettow, term expired. J. Steven Dowd, of Florida, to be United States Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, vice Judy Lynn Shelton, resigned. Crosby Kemper III, of Missouri, to be Director of the Institute of Museum and Library  more