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Federal Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday January 19, 2020 ( 16 items )  

$1 Million Available in Cooperative Agreement for Great Lakes Restoration in 8 States
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it expects to award up to 10 cooperative agreements for the restoration of Great Lakes in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The estimated total program funding available was cited as $1 million with a ceiling of $200,000 for each award in the program. The agency said the grant was associated with environment. The funding is open to state,   more

BLS Issues Average Energy Prices, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria for December 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: Gasoline prices averaged $2.610 a gallon in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area in December 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Regional Commissioner Sheila Watkins noted that area gasoline prices were 4.1 percent higher than those from last December when they averaged $2.507 per gallon. Washington are  more

BLS Issues Consumer Price Index, Baltimore-Columbia-Towson for December 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: * * * - Area prices increased 0.1 percent since October; up 1.8 percent over the year * * * The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for Baltimore-Columbia-Towson inched up 0.1 percent from October to December, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Regional Commissioner Sheila Watkins noted that   more

BLS Issues Consumer Price Index, Northeast Region for December 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: * * * - Regional prices down 0.1 percent over the month; up 1.9 percent over the year * * * The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) in the Northeast inched down 0.1 percent in December, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau's regional commissioner, noted that the recen  more

BLS Issues Consumer Price Index, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington for December 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mid-Atlantic Regional Information Office issued the following news release: * * * - Area prices down 0.3 percent since October; up 2.4 percent over the year * * * The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington edged down 0.3 percent from October to December, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Regional Commissioner Sheila Watkins noted that  more

Female Pennsylvania Guard Soldier Recounts Ranger School Experience
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pennsylvania, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command issued the following news on Jan. 15: A Pennsylvania National Guard Soldier made history in December when she became one of the first two enlisted National Guard female Soldiers and the first female Soldier from the Pennsylvania National Guard to graduate from the Army's vaunted Ranger School. But, Sgt. Danielle Farber said she wouldn't have made it through the grueling 61-day school if it weren't for the  more

Guns Detected at Pennsylvania Airport Checkpoints Saw Slight Decrease in 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 16 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration issued the following news release: * * * - Nationally, TSA set new record for guns caught at airport checkpoints last year * * * Transportation Security Administration officers across Pennsylvania stopped 71 handguns at checkpoints in 2019, a slight decrease from the 75 that were caught in 2018. Nationwide, Transportation Security Administration officers caught more firea  more

Litigation: SEC Vs. Hill International
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following litigation release (No. 1:20-cv-00447; S.D.N.Y. filed Jan. 16, 2020): The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Hill International, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based construction management consulting company, and two of its former executives for engaging in fraudulent accounting practices and failing to maintain accurate books and records, which led Hill to artificially boost net earnings from approximately May 20  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory Regional Workforce Initiative to Present Energy 101 Webinar Series
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: How do research breakthroughs and innovations create economic and workforce opportunities on the regional and national scale? This is the focus of the NETL Regional Workforce Initiative Energy 101 webinar series. The NETL RWFI Energy 101 Series provides a basic primer on the research conducted at NETL, including the challenges and potential economic and workforc  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory's Jimmy Thornton Explores New Uses for Artificial Intelligence in Energy
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Jan. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news on Jan. 13: During his career with NETL, U.S. Army veteran Jimmy Thornton has worked tirelessly to advance new technology development for Fossil Energy (FE), and that remains true today with current efforts to investigate uses for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for FE technology development. Born in Kentucky and growing up in Campbells Cre  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory: K-12 Stem Education, Outreach Team Supports West Virginia Regional Science Bowl Competitions in December
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: NETL's K-12 STEM Education & Outreach team provided support services during three West Virginia Regional Science Bowl (WVSB) Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) qualifying competitions in December. The competitions determined which middle and high school teams will compete in the main WVSB event, to be held Feb. 8-9 at West Virginia University in Morgantown.  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory: Ohio State University Researchers Demonstrate Rare Earth Elements Recovery Process
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Jan. 16 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: Innovations by researchers at Ohio State University have shown potential to deliver a supply of strategically and economically vital rare earth elements (REEs). REEs are used in everything from green energy applications and personal electronics to defense technology and smart car systems. Important as these elements are, China controls the lion's share of the wo  more

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Designate Individuals to Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- President Trump issued the following news release: President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration: Julie Elizabeth Hocker of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor (Disability Employment Policy). Ms. Hocker currently serves as the Commissioner of the Administration on Disabilities at the Administration for Community Living at the Department of Health and Human Services. She previou  more

Public Invited to Pennsylvania State Technical Committee Meeting
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Pennsylvania office issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invites the public to attend the Pennsylvania State Technical Committee meeting on January 23, 2020 at the USDA State Office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Quarterly State Technical Committee Meetings are held to discuss natural resources conservati  more

TSA Catches Two Guns in Three Days at Pittsburgh International Airport
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Jan. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration issued the following news release: * * * - One gun caught on Saturday, the other on Monday * * * Transportation Security Administration officers at Pittsburgh International Airport caught two guns in the last three days at the airport checkpoint. A woman from Cartagena, Columbia, was caught on Saturday, Jan. 11, trying to bring her .38 caliber handgun through the security c  more

U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Highlights Workforce Development in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of the Secretary issued the following news release on Jan. 13: U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia toured Pulverman Manufacturing and participated in a roundtable discussion with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Secretary Scalia underscored the Administration's focus on training workers for jobs of the future as well as the positive impact the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will ha  more