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Global Wildlife Whistleblower Rewards Introduced at IUCN World Conservation Congress
Global Wildlife Whistleblower Rewards Introduced at IUCN World Conservation Congress
8/24/2016 1:09:19 PM
The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) is attending the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, advocating for the payment of large monetary rewards, worldwide, to whistleblowers who disclose illegal wildlife trafficking and violations of other key anticorruption laws.  The Lacey Act, Endangered Species Act, as well as over 40 other U.S. environmental laws allow …
Preventing Occupational Exposure Risks to Asphalt Fumes
Preventing Occupational Exposure Risks to Asphalt Fumes
8/23/2016 2:40:42 PM
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 500,000 workers are exposed to fumes from asphalt. Asphalt as it known in the United States, or bitumen, as it is called in many other parts of the world, is found in natural deposits or can be obtained by refining crude oil. The primary use of asphalt is for road construction where it is mixed with …
West Virginia DMV Expands Services to Convenient Self-Service Kiosks
West Virginia DMV Expands Services to Convenient Self-Service Kiosks
8/17/2016 12:21:13 PM
The West Virginia DMV will be introducing new self-service kiosks at the West Virginia State Fair on August 18. Improving DMV service has been a top priority for WV DMV Commissioner Patricia Reed since she took office. After implementing DMV Online Services, which recently topped 100,000 transactions, the WV DMV is now turning to providing more convenient service delivery …
Dell State of IT Trends 2016 Study Reveals Alarming Reliance on Legacy Technology in Government
Dell State of IT Trends 2016 Study Reveals Alarming Reliance on Legacy Technology in Government
8/17/2016 9:12:19 AM
Dell unveiled the results of its new State of IT Trends 2016 study focused on the federal market, which reveal the federal government’s overwhelming dependence on legacy IT.  A little more than 70 percent of federal IT decision makers surveyed said their agency runs important applications on outdated IT systems. In addition, more than half of those surveyed in total reported …
Cubic and Transport for New South Wales Complete Transition to Opal Card-Only System
Cubic and Transport for New South Wales Complete Transition to Opal Card-Only System
8/13/2016 11:59:00 PM
Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS), a business unit of Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB) , announced another milestone for the Cubic-designed Opal smart card ticketing system with retirement of the last paper tickets in Sydney, Australia. Launched in December 2012, the Opal card system, which was designed, installed and operated by Cubic, is now used for 95 percent of all …
ProjectSauron: Top Level Espionage Platform Covertly Extracts Encrypted Government Comms
ProjectSauron: Top Level Espionage Platform Covertly Extracts Encrypted Government Comms
8/12/2016 5:26:39 PM
In September 2015, Kaspersky Lab’s Anti-Targeted Attack Platform flagged an unusual feature in the network of a client organization. The anomaly led researchers to ‘ProjectSauron’, a nation-state threat actor attacking state organizations with a unique set of tools for each victim, making traditional indicators of compromise almost useless. The aim of the attacks appears to …
New 1-Cent Apples Stamp is Always Ripe for Mailing
New 1-Cent Apples Stamp is Always Ripe for Mailing
8/12/2016 5:24:56 PM
As a convenience to customers needing additional postage, the U.S. Postal Service issued the new 1-cent definitive Apples stamps today. The stamps are available in coils of 3,000 and 10,000. The stamp design features two apples on a branch surrounded by leaves. The original art for this stamp was illustrated using pen and ink and watercolor. Art director Derry Noyes of …
Rockwell Collins awarded production contract to modernize Air Force, Navy and Army test ranges
Rockwell Collins awarded production contract to modernize Air Force, Navy and Army test ranges
8/12/2016 5:21:26 PM
Rockwell Collins has been awarded a $31 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to support production of the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS) across Air Force, Navy and Army test ranges.  The award comes shortly after the completion of a successful Production Readiness Review. Rockwell Collins is the prime contractor and systems …
Army fellowship program sees its first Penn State graduates
Army fellowship program sees its first Penn State graduates
8/12/2016 4:50:16 PM
Army Sgt. Major Tim Magee spent the past year hitting the books and writing papers. It’s been a different experience from the past 27 years he spent as an audio/video repair technician for the Army, including deployments to Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. Magee, along with 18 other sergeants major, is in the first class of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Fellowship …
Analytics skills demand propels record SAS® Certification growth
Analytics skills demand propels record SAS® Certification growth
8/12/2016 4:35:57 PM
With analytics and data science careers exploding, it’s no wonder SAS® Certified applicants have a leg up in a highly competitive job market. In fact, a massive study of 54 million employee profiles on PayScale.com recently pegged knowledge of SAS as the No. 1 career skill translating into salary bumps. To seize the opportunity, workers worldwide are pursuing SAS …
Disabled Vietnam Veteran refuses to accept a diagnosis given to him by his local VA – According to Carl Holgate: “They told me I have nothing serious wrong with me!”
Disabled Vietnam Veteran refuses to accept a diagnosis given to him by his local VA – According to Carl Holgate: “They told me I have nothing serious wrong with me!”
8/12/2016 8:14:47 AM
Carl Holgate is not happy with his local VA, the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida.  He states: “I’ve been to nine VA’s across the country in the forty-five years I’ve been in the VA system, this is the first time I’ve been dissatisfied with the care I’ve received.”   Holgate is battling a physical illness that began in 2010 in Prescott, AZ and is …
Water Damage and Mold Growth Temporarily Close California Courthouse
Water Damage and Mold Growth Temporarily Close California Courthouse
8/11/2016 9:39:38 AM
A lack of building maintenance that resulted in water leaks at a local Northern California courthouse is being blamed for the temporary closure of the facility several months ago. To make matters worse, media reports have stated that mold was also discovered that could cause indoor air quality (IAQ) issues for the public and the court’s staff. In response, County officials …
Simfoni’s Spend Analytics Tools Have Officially Been Approved by the Crown Commercial Service
Simfoni’s Spend Analytics Tools Have Officially Been Approved by the Crown Commercial Service
8/10/2016 12:58:19 AM
As a leading provider of analytics and enterprise apps for procurement & supply chain, Simfoni is excited to announce that they were recently approved as a supplier of SaaS solutions by the Crown Commercial Service. Public sector entities can access Simfoni’s analytics apps through the Digital Marketplace. The Digital Marketplace, which is managed by the Crown …
The Importance of Eyewash Station Maintenance and Monitoring
The Importance of Eyewash Station Maintenance and Monitoring
8/8/2016 1:05:27 PM
Many different types of industries are required to install and maintain eyewash stations for their employees’ safety and health. These eyewash stations are an important safety device that can be instrumental for mitigating a number of different types of eye injuries.   The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that work-related eye injuries cost …
Lyme Advocates Petition CDC to End Preferential Treatment of IDSA Guidelines
Lyme Advocates Petition CDC to End Preferential Treatment of IDSA Guidelines
8/8/2016 7:00:00 AM
A D.C. based citizens action group wants the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta to change its stance on the treatment of Lyme disease in the United States. The Patient Centered Care Advocacy Group filed a “citizen petition” with the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention calling on it to end the preferential treatment it extends to the Infectious Diseases …
Four-Year Campaign Results In Historic-Win For Tax Whistleblowers
8/5/2016 4:34:34 PM
On August 3, 2016 the U.S. Tax Court ruled that tax whistleblowers were entitled to a reward based on monies collected in criminal fines and penalties. This landmark decision reversed the position of the Department of Treasury that severely limited the “collected proceeds” upon which a whistleblower reward could be based. The decision ruled that two anonymous whistleblowers, …
Tax Court Ruling: Landmark Victory for Whistleblowers
8/4/2016 4:11:10 PM
August 4, 2016. Washington, D.C. Good news for tax whistleblowers – the Tax Court, in a landmark precedent setting ruling, made it clear that whistleblowers can receive award payments for criminal penalties and civil forfeitures – not just tax payments made under Title 26. The Tax Court opinion,  147 T.C. No. 4 – Whistleblower 21276-13W v. CIR (Aug. 3, 2016)  held that for …
OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Further Protect Workers from Beryllium Exposure
OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Further Protect Workers from Beryllium Exposure
8/2/2016 12:47:04 PM
In 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a proposal to amend its existing exposure limits for occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds in general industry. It would promulgate a substance-specific standard for general industry regulating occupational exposure with a new permissible exposure limit (PEL). The proposed rule …

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