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Federal Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday November 24, 2019 ( 37 items )  

$625,380 Available in Cooperative Agreement for Research on Wading Bird Colony Location, Size, Timing in Everglades, Florida
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- The U.S. Corps of Engineers announced that it expects to award a cooperative agreement for research on wading bird colony location, size and timing in Everglades, Florida. The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $625,380. The agency said the grant was associated with science and technology and other research and development. The funding is open to non-federal partners of the South Florida-Caribbean Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit. The funding opportunity nu  more

$652,380 Available in Cooperative Agreement for Research on Marsh-Mangrove Interface Habitats in Florida
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it expects to award a cooperative agreement for research on the role of marsh-mangrove interface habitats as aquatic refuges for wetland fishes and other aquatic animals in Florida. The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $652,380. The agency said the grant was associated with science and technology and other research and development. The funding is open to non-federal partners of the South Florida-Caribbean Coope  more

Bureau of Transportation Statistics: U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces Solving for Safety Visualization Challenge Winner
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology - Bureau of Transportation Statistics issued the following news release: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced University of Central Florida (UCF) as the winner of the Solving for Safety Visualization Challenge. The challenge is a $350,000 national, multistage competition seeking innovative analytical visualization tools to improve safety on our nat  more

Chairman Tarbert Discusses U.S. Leadership in Digital Assets on CNBC
NAPLES, Florida, Nov. 20 -- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued the following news release: U.S. Commodity Futures Commission Chairman Heath Tarbert joined CNBC's "The Exchange" yesterday for an interview on digital assets and the importance of U.S. leadership in this space. Full video and highlights from the interview are below: Click Here to Watch (https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/11/19/facebooks-libra-is-a-security-cftc-chairman.html) Chairman Tarbert on Importance of U.S. Leade  more

DOE-Office of Legacy Management Achieves Unconditional Closure of Unit of Pinellas County Site
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- The Department of Energy's Office of Legacy Management issued the following news: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) announced the unconditional closure of a unit of its Pinellas County, Florida, Site. The closure order, issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, specifies that DOE no longer has any responsibilities for the unit, known as the 4.5 Acre Site, and that the landowner has full and unrestricted use of the pr  more

Eglin Air Force Base: Breeze Goes Green
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Florida, Nov. 13 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: As part of the 96th Test Wing's innovation initiative, environmentally-friendly, reusable green carry-out food containers are now available to eligible Breeze Dining Facility patrons. Each container provides 300 uses for Airmen with meal cards, which could eventually save the test wing $14,000 in disposable food container costs if it goes completely green, according to Aubrey Harvey, 96th Force Support Squadron   more

EXIM Board of Directors Approves Preliminary Commitment of $452 Million to Support U.S. Power-Related Exports to Iraq
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. issued the following news release: * * * - EXIM action boosts the competitive position of a Florida company and could lead to support of an estimated 1,800 American jobs * * * Today the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) approved a preliminary commitment for nearly $452 million to Iraq's Ministry of Finance to support the export of U.S. power-related manufactured goods and services for the retrofi  more

FEMA Awards Dania Beach Nearly $2.8 Million to Install Emergency Generators and Pumps at Wastewater Pumping Stations
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 19 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: The City of Dania Beach will receive nearly $2.8 million in federal grant money to install back-up generators and pumps at wastewater pumping stations to help them remain operational during severe storms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) has approved $2,782,789 to install pumps, permanent emergency generat  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Former Lynn Haven City Manager, Community Services Director, Three Business Executives Indicted for $5 Million
PANAMA CITY, Florida, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Larry Keefe, issued the following news release: Two former ranking City of Lynn Haven officials, including the city manager, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiring with three local business executives to process some $5 million in fraudulent invoices for Hurricane Michael cleanup work that was not performed. Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, anno  more

Florida Natural Areas Inventory to Receive $150,000 from Interior
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it intends to award a $150,000 cooperative agreement to the Florida State University's Florida Natural Areas Inventory for the assessment of the status of 16 petitioned at-risk species species. The funding opportunity number is F20AS00033 (CFDA 15.658). For more information, contact Teresa Crain, 404/679-4124, teresa_crain@fws.gov.  more

FMC Commissioner Sola Issues Remarks at Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Nov. 21 -- The Federal Maritime Commission issued the text of the following remarks by Commissioner Louis E. Sola at the Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association: "It is my honor to be here today with all of you. In my time at the FMC, I have had the opportunity to meet with many of our stakeholders and visit several different ports; but coming home to Florida is always a special treat. It is good to be home; and I am excited to be here in my role as a Commis  more

Litigation: SEC Vs. Burkholz
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following litigation release - SEC vs. Burkholz, et al., No. 19 cv-2713 (S.D. Fla. filed Nov. 14, 2019): The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it has filed an emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining order and asset freeze against two individuals and two companies they control in connection with an alleged $6 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded at least 55 investors, many of whom are senior cit  more

MacDill Air Force Base Fuels the Fight
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Nov. 18 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: Strategic deterrence is the responsibility of Airmen from each of the Air Force's major commands and Air Mobility Command's role is to deliver rapid global mobility. Mobility Airmen step up every day to contribute to the high-end fight. Through precise training, the Airmen of the 927th and 6th Air Refueling Wings stationed at MacDill Air Force Base remain ready to deter near-peer adversaries. "U.S. natio  more

MacDill Air Force Base Supports Joint Force Exercise
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command issued the following news: For around a week, the skies over MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, buzzed with the sounds of HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters, as the base hosted a Joint Force deployment readiness exercise. The 512th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, and the 445th Airlift Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, transported the assets needed by the 305th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan, Air  more

MacDill Air Force Base Supports Joint Force Exercise
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: For around a week, the skies over MacDill Air Force Base, Florida buzzed with the sounds of HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters, as the base hosted a Joint Force deployment readiness exercise. The 512th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, and the 445th Airlift Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, transported the assets needed by the 305th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan, A  more

MacDill Air Force Base Supports Joint Force Exercise
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Air Force Reserve Command issued the following news: For around a week, the skies over MacDill Air Force Base, Florida buzzed with the sounds of HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters, as the base hosted a Joint Force deployment readiness exercise. The 512th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, and the 445th Airlift Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, transported the assets needed by the 305th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan, Air Force  more

MacDill Air Force Base Wing Commander Inspires Future Leaders
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: Finding a path to a fulfilling career can be a difficult task. Even with the best planning, unexpected twists and turns can arise at the most inopportune times. Proper preparation and laying a foundation often keeps most individuals on track, and for cadets with the 158th Cadet Wing at the University of South Florida, their dedication and commitment is setting a course for bright f  more

MacDill Air Force Base: 'Show Some Love' by Donating Through Combined Federal Campaign
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Nov. 18 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: The Combined Federal Campaign kicked off Sept. 9, 2019 at MacDill Air Force Base and will run until Jan 12, 2020. According to the U.S. Office of Personal Management, the mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing Federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for   more

Maritime Administration: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces $20 Million Infrastructure Investment in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration issued the following news release: U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration Deputy Administrator, Richard Balzano formally presented a check for $20 million to Jacksonville for the International Cargo Terminal Modernization Project. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure throu  more

N.C. U.S. Attorney: Market Logistics Executives, Employees Sentenced for Their Roles in Scheme to Defraud BB&T Bank
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Nov. 21 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon Jr., issued the following news release: United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that yesterday in federal court, MICHAEL G. CALE, 60, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, MICHAEL J. LANDRY, 56, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, MICHAEL R. BRIGEVICH, 60, of Traveler's Rest, South Carolina, and EDWIN PENA, 61, of Fort Pierce, Florida, were sentenced for their involvement in  more

N.Y. U.S. Attorney: CEO of Security Company Charged With Multimillion-Dollar Stock and Carbon Credit Fraud
NEW YORK, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey S. Berman, issued the following news release: Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Jonathan D. Larsen, the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation ("IRS-CI"), announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging ROGER RALSTON - the CEO of DirectView, Inc., a video surveillance and secur  more

NASA Updates Mars 2020 Mission Environmental Review
PASADENA, California, Nov. 21 -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued the following news: As NASA continues preparations for the summer 2020 Florida launch of its Mars 2020 rover, including the recent completion of testing the spacecraft in Mars-like conditions, public safety remains a top priority. Detailed analysis of the potential radiological risks associated with launching a spacecraft powered by a radioisotope thermoelectric generator is part of standard operating procedures for NASA   more

Natural Resources Conservation Service: USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service Funds Feral Swine Control
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Florida office issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today it is awarding approximately $1.5 million to fund a project to control feral swine in the Red Hills region of Florida and Georgia, from Tallahassee Fla. to Thomasville Ga. The project is part of the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program, an effort between USDA's Natura  more

President Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- The White House issued the following news release: Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: J. Steven Dowd of Florida, to be United States Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Mr. Dowd was confirmed as U.S. Executive Director of the African Development Bank in October 2017, where he currently chairs the Bank's Audit & Finance Committee. In this capacit  more

Regency Park Assisted Living & Memory Care Sued by EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination
TAMPA, Florida, Nov. 21 -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release: * * * - Retirement Community Failed to Hire Pregnant Woman, Federal Agency Charges * * * Excel Hospitality Group LLC d/b/a Regency Park Assisted Living & Memorial Care, an assisted living facility in Eustis, Florida, violated federal law by rescinding a woman's job offer upon learning she was pregnant, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed yes  more

SEC Halts Ponzi Scheme Targeting Seniors and Small Business Owners
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following news release: The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it has filed an emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining order and asset freeze against two individuals and two companies they control in connection with an alleged $6 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded at least 55 investors, many of whom are senior citizens or small business owners. According to the SEC's complaint, Neil Bur  more

State Department: 66th Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission Convenes in Florida
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- The U.S. Department of State issued the following news release: From November 19 - 21, the 66th Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) convenes in Miami, Florida to further Western Hemispheric cooperation essential to combating illicit drugs and drug trafficking. Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Kirsten D. Madison will lead the U.S. delegation's efforts to protect American citizens from the scourge of transnational  more

Surface Transportation Board Issues Notice of Exemption Involving Five Companies
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Surface Transportation Board issued the following notice of exemption (Docket No. FD 36365) entitled "3i RR Holdings GP LLC, 3i Holdings Partnership L.P., 3i RR LLC, Regional Rail Holdings, LLC, and Regional Rail, LLC Control Exemption Florida Central Railroad Company, Inc., Florida Midland Railroad Company, Inc., and Florida Northern Railroad Company, Inc.": 3i RR Holdings GP LLC, 3i Holdings Partnership L.P., 3i RR LLC, and Region  more

Team Tyndall Air Force Base Airmen Volunteer at Local School
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Air Force (325th Fighter Wing) issued the following news: On Nov. 21, Airmen from Tyndall Air Force Base volunteered during a Thanksgiving lunch for students at Northside Elementary School in Panama City, Florida. Team Tyndall members helped serve food and also engaged with children whose families were not able to attend the event. "It's amazing," said Amy Harvey, Northside Elementary School principal. "With all that parents are dealing wit  more

Total Force Airmen: Air National Guard Critical Care Air Transport Team Brings Specialized Skills to the Fight
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Nov. 21 -- The U.S. Air Forces Central Command issued the following news: During the 2019 fighting season here, United States service member casualty rates reached a five-year high. Providing expert medical care in remote locations can be challenging, but that did not stop an Air National Guard Critical Care Air Transport Team, deployed from the 125th Medical Group, Jacksonville Air National Guard Base, Florida. During the course of their six-month deployment feat  more

True Support: Logistics Readiness Squadron Creates New Parts Shop for F-22s
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Florida, Nov. 21 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: In December of 2018, the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron stood up a supply shop here to support the 325th Fighter Wing's F-22 pilot training mission. Currently, the shop's nine personnel support 31 F-22s. They are responsible for 5,000 warehouse stock numbers totaling more than 98,000 assets worth more than $83 million according to Master Sgt. Marquita Gaines, 96th LRS section chief for the F-22 warehouse. It  more

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Florida Farm Labor Contractor Violated Guest Worker Visa Program Requirements
LAKE PLACID, Florida, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued the following news release: After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Red Harvesting Inc. - a farm labor contractor based in Lake Placid, Florida - has paid $39,527 in wages to 119 employees for violating requirements of the H-2A visa program. The contractor also paid a $1,214 civil penalty, assessed by the Department. WHD investigators determined that Red   more

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in South Florida ServPro Franchisee Paying $201,508 in Back Wages
BOYNTON BEACH, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued the following news release: After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Restoration Management 2013 Inc. - operating as ServPro in Boynton Beach, Florida - has paid $201,508 in back wages to 141 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD investigators found the restoration and remediation company violated F  more

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $53,018 for Tampa Nursing Facility Employees After Investigation Reveals Overtime Violations
TAMPA, Florida, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued the following news release: After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Gandy SNF LLC - a nursing facility based in Tampa, Florida - has paid $53,018 in back wages to 105 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD investigators that found Gandy SNF LLC - operating as Gandy Crossing Care Center - automatically deduc  more

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $32.9 Million to Seven Airports in Florida
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 $32.9 million in airport infrastructure grants to two airports in the state of Florida. With this announcement, the Trump Administration has invested a historic $10.8 billion in more than two thousand American airports across the United States for safety a  more

Whistleblower Reveals New Hazardous Air Traffic Procedures Put Flying Public at Greater Risk
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- The U.S. Office of Special Counsel issued the following news release: The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) today sent letters (https://osc.gov/Documents/Public%20Files/FY20/DI-17-5857/President%27s%20Letter.DI-17-5857_Redacted.pdf) to the President and Congress alerting them that noncompliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules by air traffic controllers at a Florida control center is creating hazardous conditions that could increase the likelihood of ev  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