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Federal Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday December 08, 2019 ( 19 items )  

F/V Darana R Hosts NOAA Fisheries Scientists During Fall Survey
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Dec. 2 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Collaboration and sharing Information about our fisheries was the focus as Northeast Fisheries Science Center staff learned firsthand about the operations of the NorthEast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (NEAMAP) inshore trawl survey aboard F/V Darana R. * * * A dozen scientists and staff members from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center visited the 90-foot F/V  more

Item of Interest: John Robbins, NIH Pioneer of Conjugate Vaccine Technology, Dies at 86
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Dec. 3 -- The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child's Health and Human Development issued the following news release: * * * - Co-developer of Hemophilus influenzae type b vaccine was Lasker award recipient * * * John Bennet Robbins, M.D., co-developer of a vaccine that has spared thousands of children from a major cause of death and intellectual disability, has passed away after a long illness. He was 86 years old. Dr. Robbins was the chief of the Laborator  more

Joint Base Andrews Airman Finds Happiness in Air Force Wounded Warrior Program
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Dec. 4 -- The U.S. Air Force Joint Base Andrews (11th Wing) issued the following story: As Capt. Jennifer Hays, wounded warrior and 11th Medical Support Squadron patient, sits in a chair waiting to begin an adaptive sports event at the 2019 Air Force Wounded Warrior Program's Northeast Warrior CARE Event on Joint Base Andrews, she thinks about two quotes, over and over. "It's okay to fall down and lose your spark, just make sure when you get back up, you rise as t  more

Joint Base Andrews: America's Airman - Capt Johnathon Harris
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Dec. 6 -- The U.S. Air Force (11th Wing) issued the following story: What's your full name, job title and unit? Johnathon D. Harris, Executive Officer UH-1N Evaluator Pilot, 811th Operations Group What's your hometown city and state? Phoenix, AZ Why did you decide to serve in the military? I have come from a long line of military service and have always thought I would go into the Air Force. How do you think your job impacts the wing's mission? As the Ops Gr  more

Joint Base Andrews: America's Airman - SrA Jordon Browning
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Dec. 3 -- The U.S. Air Force (11th Wing) issued the following story: SrA Cameron Jordon Browning, Area Supervisor, 811 SFS, Charlie Flight What's your hometown city and state (and country, if not U.S.) I am from Maricopa, Arizona. Why did you decide to serve in the military? I decided to serve because I wanted to be able to support my wife and child, while also securing our future. ?How do you think your job impacts the wing's mission? My job impacts the 11 W  more

Maryland Geological Survey to Receive $117,500 Grant from Interior
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey announced that it intends to award a $117,500 grant to the Maryland Geological Survey for the development of a subsidence monitoring network to improve elevation datum quality for comprehensive analysis of land motion effects on marsh migration at the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and Virginia. The U.S. Geological Survey provided the following overview: "This effort seeks to distribute points of land elevation obser  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Cambridge Internist Pays More Than $176,000 to U.S. to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Dec. 5 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: Noman Thanwy, M.D., an internist in Cambridge, Maryland, associated with the medical practice known as M.S. Shariff, M.D., P.A., has paid the United States $176,686.00 to settle allegations that he submitted false claims to the United States for medically unnecessary autonomic nervous function tests and vestibular function tests. The settlement agreement was announc  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Justice Department Announces More Than $376 Million in Awards to Promote Public Safety
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Dec. 5 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - $5,271,746 Will Support Crime-Fighting Efforts in Maryland * * * United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs has awarded more than $376 million in grant funding to enhance state, local and tribal law enforcement operations and reinforce public safety effort  more

Naval Academy Midshipman Named Schwarzman Scholarship Recipient
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Dec. 5 -- The U.S. Naval Academy issued the following news release: Midshipman 1st Class (senior) Frey Pankratz, 24, of Wichita, Kan., was recently selected as a 2021 Schwarzman Scholar. This year, over 4,700 candidates competed for one of the 145 scholarships awarded. Pankratz is a quantitative economics major in the Naval Academy's Class of 2020. Before attending the Academy, Pankratz served as an F-35B mechanic in the United States Marine Corps. After two years statione  more

NOAA: Conservation Partners to Restore Nearshore Habitat in Virginia
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Dec. 4 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - NOAA and partners are working to restore nearshore fish habitat for fish and other Bay species in Virginia's Middle Peninsula area. * * * The Chesapeake Bay is full of special places--including Virginia's Middle Peninsula. Much of this area, which is bounded to the north by the Rappahannock River and to the south by the York River, is rural. Many residents make their liv  more

NOAA: Endangered Winter-run Chinook Salmon Increase With Millions of Offspring Headed to Sea
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Dec. 6 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Conservation hatchery helps species weather difficult drought years. * * * Biologists have estimated that almost 3.8 million juvenile winter-run Chinook salmon headed down the Sacramento River toward the ocean this year. This is the most offspring in a decade for the highly endangered population. Typically about 80 percent of the outgoing juveniles have headed for the o  more

NOAA: Local Knowledge and Angler Volunteers Helped Remove West Coast Rockfish From Endangered Species List
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Dec. 5 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Local anglers' knowledge and expertise contributed to NOAA's management of rockfish. * * * In 2010, three species of rockfish in Puget Sound, WA were listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and received additional protections to aid in their recovery. The decision was based on the best available science at the time. There remained considerable uncertainty whether t  more

NOAA: Salmon Lose Diversity in Managed Rivers, Reducing Resilience to Environmental Change
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Dec. 5 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Natural resilience is more important than ever in the face of unprecedented climate change. * * * The manipulation of rivers in California is jeopardizing the resilience of native Chinook salmon. It compresses their migration timing to the point that they crowd their habitats. They may miss the best window for entering the ocean and growing into adults, new research show  more

NOAA: Sustainable Management Means We Can Have Our Tuna and Eat It Too
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Dec. 2 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Once harvested at too high a rate, Atlantic bluefin tuna today are not subject to overfishing thanks to our comprehensive, sustainable management. * * * Bluefin tuna is often used as a poster species for the impacts of overfishing. But we have good news for seafood lovers eyeing bluefin sashimi at their local sushi restaurant: U.S.-caught Atlantic bluefin tuna is a sust  more

NOAA: Washington Farmer Faces Penalty for Pollution That Killed Threatened Steelhead
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Dec. 3 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Endangered Species Act violation carries civil costs for harming listed species * * * A Bellingham farmer has been assessed $7,500 in civil penalties for discharging animal waste into a restored creek, killing native Puget Sound steelhead, a threatened species. The NOAA Office of General Counsel last month assessed the penalty against Harold Carbee for discharging orga  more

Project Management Gains 20 New 'Disciples' at Point Mugu
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Dec. 4 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division recognized 20 employees for completing the Project Management 101 program during a ceremony Dec. 3 at Point Mugu; 24 more will graduate in a ceremony at China Lake on Dec. 9. PM 101 is a locally developed, command-sponsored program that teaches key project management skills and tools. Participants, who can come from anywhere in the organization, co  more

U.S. Department of Energy Awards $3.5 Million to New Gas Reactor Design
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- The U.S. Department of Energy issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded nearly $3.5 million to X-energy today to further the development of its advanced nuclear reactor. The project will examine ways to reduce construction and maintenance costs of the developer's Xe-100 reactor design. X-energy, located just outside the nation's capital in Rockville, Maryland, is developing a pebble bed, high-temperature gas-cooled reactor. The awarded  more

Va. U.S. Attorney: Former D.C. Government Employee Pleads Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Dec. 6 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, G. Zachary Terwilliger, issued the following news release: A former D.C. government employee with a prior conviction for murder pleaded guilty today to distributing the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, as well as illegally possessing multiple firearms. According to court documents, while employed at the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) in Southwest D.C., Darrell Marcellus Pope, 5  more

Yuma Proving Ground Welcomes Community for Yuma Proving Ground 2020
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Dec. 2 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news: Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) is getting ready to pull out all the stops for its biggest celebration yet. "The commander's vision on this is pretty simple. He wants to get out to the Yuma community to let them know what we do here at YPG and to thank them for all the support over the years," explains YPG's Family Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (FMWR) Director Rick Bessett. Similar to  more