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Federal Tipoffs Involving Alabama Newsletter for Sunday April 19, 2020 ( 11 items )  

$18.1 Million Funding Available for Operational Readiness for COVID-19 Preparedness, Response in FEMA Region 4
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that it expects to award up to eight grants for operational readiness for COVID-19 preparedness and response in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The estimated total program funding available was cited as $18,098,761. Additional Information on Eligibility: State or territorial governments (the State Administrative Agency   more

Air Force Makes Final Basing Decision for Next Two Air National Guard F-35A Bases
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: The Department of the Air Force selected Truax Field, Wisconsin, and Dannelly Field, Alabama, for the next two Air National Guard F-35A Lightning II locations. F-35As will begin to replace many of the older fourth-generation aircraft, but the Air Force will continue to fly a mix of fifth and fourth-generation fighters into the 2040s. This will allow the Air Force to maintain enough fighters to meet combatant commander requir  more

Ala. U.S. Attorney Town Seeks Help From Local Hospitals in Reporting Hoarding and Price-Gouging of Medical Supplies
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, April 16 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Jay E. Town, issued the following news release: U.S. Jay E. Town sent a letter to hospital executives in Northern Alabama, encouraging employees and medical professionals to report individuals and companies that may be acquiring or selling medical supplies for the purpose of hoarding and/or price-gouging. "While this pandemic has brought to the fore the very best among us, we are unfortunately becoming inc  more

An Op-Ed From Ala. U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr.
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, April 18 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, Louis V. Franklin Sr., issued the following op-ed: With Americans adjusting their daily lives as we work to contain the Coronavirus pandemic, one thing that has not changed is law enforcement's commitment to pursuing justice and keeping our communities safe. As the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, I am privileged to work closely with state and local police as well as agents from the   more

Army Officer to Return to Earth After 272-day Mission in Space
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama, April 17 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release: U.S. Army Col. Andrew "Drew" Morgan will depart from the International Space Station to return to earth aboard a Soyuz "Union" MS-15 spacecraft April 17, at 1:17 a.m. EDT, following his 272-day mission as a part of Expeditions 60, 61 and 62. "Twenty-five years ago I made the decision to serve my country as a military officer. I view my nine-month mission to the space station as a continuation of that servic  more

Army Sustainment, LLC Sued by EEOC for Disability
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, April 17 -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release: Army Sustainment, LLC violated federal law when it required employees to discontinue taking medications prescribed by their physicians to treat their disabilities as a condition of maintaining their employment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed. From 2003 to 2018, Army Sustainment was a government contractor providing aviation maint  more

EPA Reaches Settlement Agreement With Peco Foods, Inc.
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, April 14 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release on April 13: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an administrative settlement agreement with Peco Foods, Inc. resolving allegations that the company violated Section 112(r)(7) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions, and the regulations codified at 40 C.F.R. Part 68, commonly referred to as the Risk Management Program (RMP) at five of its faci  more

FAA: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $53.96 Million to Alabama Airports in Response to COVID-19
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration issued the following news release: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $53,969,530 in airport aid to 73 airports in Alabama to help respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. This historic grant funding is part of the Trump Administration's newly created Coronavirus Aid, Relief,   more

Natural Resources Conservation Service: USDA Invests $1 Million in Partner-Driven Projects That Protect Natural Resources in Alabama
AUBURN, Alabama, April 17 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Alabama office issued the following news release on April 16: USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that it is investing $1 in Alabama for a partner-driven conservation project through its Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). NRCS will leverage $1,000,235 in partner contributions in Alabama. "I'm excited to announce the first RCPP awards under the 2018   more

NRC Schedules Virtual Meeting to Discuss 2019 Safety Performance of Farley and Hatch Nuclear Power Plants
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following news release: Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will discuss the 2019 safety performance of the Farley and Hatch nuclear power plants during a virtual meeting scheduled for April 21. The two-unit Farley plant is located in southern Alabama and the two-unit Hatch plant is in southern Georgia. Both nuclear power plants are operated by Southern Nuclear Operating Co. The session will be held from 4-5:30 p.m., Eastern  more

Peterson AFB: Swinging for the Space Fence
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado, April 11 -- The U.S. Air Force (21st Space Wing) issued the following news: The 20th Space Control Squadron Detachment 4 at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama manages a fence. But not just any fence. A Space Fence. I know what you're thinking...is it actually a giant fence in space? Kind of...yes, and kind of no. It's a radar. On the ground. And now it's operational. The Space Fence is made up of a ground-based sensor that broadcasts constant bands of energy (like fen  more