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Luján Addresses National Defense Authorization Act

on December 4, 2016 - 9:13am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement after voting in support of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes a number of priorities for New Mexico.
 
“From the dedicated men and women who serve our country at Cannon Air Force Base, to the cutting edge research taking place at Los Alamos National Labs, I am proud of the leading role New Mexico’s Third District plays in ensuring our national security policy.

WIPP: Ground Control Progress In Panel 7

on December 3, 2016 - 10:52am
An Underground Operations employee, wearing anti-contamination clothing and a respirator, installs bolts in Panel 7 of the WIPP underground. Courtesy photo
 
WIPP News:
 
Underground operations personnel installed 360 bolts in one recent week – doubling the previous weekly record.
 
The significant progress made in ground control maintenance over the past several weeks in the WIPP underground has exceeded expectations. Ground control is important to ensure safe working conditions for resuming waste emplacement.
 
“The performance of our underground operations crews has been

Luján Hails Inclusion Of Opioid Funding In 21st Century Cures Act

on December 3, 2016 - 8:34am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District on Wednesday spoke on the House floor in support of the 21st Century Cures Act, which included language Congressman Luján championed that authorizes $1 billion in funding to combat the growing opioid epidemic.
 
Earlier this year, Luján introduced the Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act, which reflected President Obama’s request for much-needed resources to increase treatment programs that will help address the drug crisis.

Heinrich: Declassify Information Regarding Russia And U.S. Election

on December 2, 2016 - 9:58am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined several of his colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to declassify information relating to the Russian government and the U.S. election.
 
“We believe there is additional information concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election that should be declassified and released to the public,” wrote Heinrich and his colleagues in their letter.
 
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‘National Tax Security Awareness Week’ Begins Dec. 5

on December 2, 2016 - 9:16am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners announced the start of “National Tax Security Awareness Week.”
 
As part of the Security Summit effort, the IRS, the states and the tax community will share a variety of information throughout next week to educate taxpayers on steps they should take to protect themselves from identity theft and tax scams as well as protect their valuable financial data in advance of the upcoming filing season.
 
The week, which runs Dec.

IRS Launches New Online Tool To Assist Taxpayers

on December 2, 2016 - 9:02am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service announced today the launch of an online application that will assist taxpayers with straightforward balance inquiries in a safe, easy and convenient way.
 
This new and secure tool, available on IRS.gov allows taxpayers to view their IRS account balance, which will include the amount they owe for tax, penalties and interest. Taxpayers may also continue to take advantage of the various online payment options available by accessing any of the payment features including: direct pay, pay by card and Online Payment Agreement.
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DOE Awards $39.1 Million Contract To e-Management Consultants

on December 1, 2016 - 9:58pm

DOE News:

CINCINNATI -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the award of a contract to e-Management Consultants, Inc. for the Environmental Management Headquarters Information Technology Services Procurement.

The contract includes Firm Fixed-Price (FFP), Non-Fee Bearing Cost-Reimbursable (CR), and Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract Line Item Numbers (CLINs). The total value of the contract is $39,136,798.13 with a five-year period of performance. Thirteen proposals were received in response to the solicitation.

The services to be provided under the contract

Udall Welcomes EPA Announcement Of First 10 Chemicals For Review Under New Law

on November 30, 2016 - 10:50am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomes the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of the first 10 chemicals that the agency will review for possible risks to public health and the environment, as required under Udall’s Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.
 
Udall’s landmark, bipartisan bill, which was signed into law by President Obama in June, reforms the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), ensuring that children and communities across the nation are protected from dangerous

Heinrich Welcomes Senate Passage Of Bill To Expand Innovative UNM Rural Tele-Health Program

on November 30, 2016 - 10:38am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomes the Senate’s passage of S. 2873, the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act, a bill to boost access to high-quality health care in hard-to-reach regions.
 
Heinrich is a cosponsor of the bill, which aims to better integrate the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s groundbreaking Project ECHO telehealth model into health systems across the country.
 
“Families across New Mexico, including in our rural and tribal communities, deserve access to high-quality

EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto Discusses Year Ahead

on November 30, 2016 - 9:53am

EM Assistant Secretary Dr. Monica Regalbuto

EM News:

EM Update recently spoke to Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management (EM) Monica Regalbuto about EM’s priorities and goals for fiscal year 2017.

What are your main objectives and goals for fiscal year 2017?

We were very fortunate in EM in the last fiscal year to realize some significant achievements across the complex, and I think we’re on track to do the same this fiscal year.

Of course, our highest priority is resuming waste emplacement activities at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) once it is safe to do so.

EDGE Bioinformatics Brings Genomics To Everyone

on November 29, 2016 - 9:59am

Los Alamos’s Cheryl Gleaner, left, demonstrates to students how to use EDGE bioinformatics to analyze their sequence data. At its annual Sequencing and Bioinformatics Training in June, Los Alamos hosted 34 participants from 10 countries to train them in sequencing and analysis, including the use of EDGE bioinformatics. EDGE tools are used in eight countries and within several government laboratories in the United States. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New platform enables rapid genomic-sequence data analysis 

A new bioinformatics platform called Empowering the Development of Genomics Expertise

AGU: West Antarctic Ice Shelf Breaking From Inside Out

on November 29, 2016 - 8:01am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A key glacier in Antarctica is breaking apart from the inside out, suggesting that the ocean is weakening ice on the edges of the continent.
 
The Pine Island Glacier, part of the ice shelf that bounds the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is one of two glaciers that researchers believe are most likely to undergo rapid retreat, bringing more ice from the interior of the ice sheet to the ocean, where its melting would flood coastlines around the world.
 

Heinrich Calls On President To Reroute Dakota Access Pipeline

on November 26, 2016 - 9:22am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued Thanksgiving Day the following statement on the Dakota Access pipeline:

“Today is Thanksgiving and I cannot help but reflect on our history in these United States and how often it has not lived up to the rosy picture of Pilgrims and Indians sharing a meal in friendly company that I saw in textbooks as a child.

Udall Urges Congress To Make Changes To Improve And Protect U.S. Mail Service

on November 22, 2016 - 12:17pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has joined over 80 members of Congress in signing a letter calling for provisions that improve and protect mail delivery and service to be added to the comprehensive U.S. Postal Service reform legislation that has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.
 
In many New Mexico communities, especially in rural areas, the post office is a meeting place and an anchor on Main Street. Udall has heard from many New Mexicans who have expressed concerns about rollbacks in postal service.
 
In their letter to U.S.

Udall, Heinrich Urge President-Elect Trump To Make Good On Promises To 'Drain The Swamp' Of Corporate Special Interests In Washington

on November 22, 2016 - 11:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced that they have joined 17 other senators in sending a letter urging President-elect Donald Trump to increase transparency during his transition and keep his promises to reduce the influence of lobbyists and corporate special interests during his transition and in his administration. 
 
Despite a pledge announced last week to limit lobbying by members of the Trump administration, corporate lobbyists and Washington insiders so far have filled many prominent posts within the Trump transition

Jimenez: Public Lands Must Reflect Diversity Of People

on November 22, 2016 - 8:00am
NMVFC Executive Director James Jimenez at Bryce National Park. Courtesy photo
 
By James Jimenez, Executive Director
New Mexico Voices For Children
 
My father and mother raised my four siblings and me to appreciate the beauty of our environment by hiking, mountain climbing, and visiting parks and other natural sites.
 
At the time I didn’t think much about it but when I reflect back on those outings I realize that there weren’t that many people who looked like us visiting or working in the parks.

Four Tips For Easier Parking, Less Road Rage And Fewer Tickets During Holiday Season

on November 21, 2016 - 7:28am
How to survive holiday parking challenges with your safety, security and sanity intact. Courtesy photo
 

IPI News:

ALEXANDRIA, VA ― Economists are forecasting increased sales this holiday season, and even with an increase in online purchases, more than 100 million consumers will shop at traditional retailers.

The result? Long checkout lines, crowded stores and parking challenges. Fortunately, you can minimize holiday parking woes with some expert tips.

The International Parking Institute (IPI), the largest association of parking professionals, recommends these measures to keep you safe,

How To Outwit Porch Pirates And Hackers During Holiday Shopping Season

on November 20, 2016 - 10:58am
NRF News:
 
Americans’ love affair with online shopping continues to grow, and retailers predict a 7 to 10 percent increase in online sales this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation.
 
While that news might make retailers giddy, security experts are reiterating their annual warnings that the convenience of online shopping comes with hazards. You could become the target of hackers out to steal your credit card or bank information, or “porch pirates” who prey on those packages left on your doorstep.
 
“Consumers need to take proper precautions if they don’t want

International Team Completes Security Enhancements To Uzbekistan’s Radiological Waste Disposal Site

on November 20, 2016 - 5:58am
NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington. Courtesy/NNSA
 
NNSA News:
 
TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN  The United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Government of Uzbekistan performed a final review Nov. 15 of the physical protection upgrades implemented to enhance the secure storage of radiological materials at the Republican Establishment of Radioactive Waste Burial (RPZRO).
 
This jointly completed $330,000 project is

Exascale Computing Project Awards $34 Million For Software Development Projects

on November 20, 2016 - 5:36am
ECP Director Paul Messina
 
DOE News:
 
OAK RIDGE  The Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) announced the selection of 35 software development proposals representing 25 research and academic organizations.

The awards for the first year of funding total $34 million and cover many components of the software stack for exascale systems, including programming models and runtime libraries, mathematical libraries and frameworks, tools, lower-level system software, data management and I/O, as well as in situ visualization and data analysis.

Exascale refers to computing systems

Presidential Medal Of Freedom Recipients Announced

on November 20, 2016 - 5:17am
Bill and Melinda Gates are among 21 recently named recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Courtesy/wikipedia
 
WHITE HOUSE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  President Barack Obama has named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom including Bill and Melinda Gates.
 
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
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Rotary Foundation Named World’s Most Outstanding!

on November 19, 2016 - 7:56am

ROTARY News:

The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation!

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving - Kellogg, Komen and MacArthur, among others, are past honorees.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” Rotary

Tax Preparedness Series: How To Avoid A Refund Delay; Plan Ahead

on November 19, 2016 - 7:31am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  As tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers about steps they can take now to ensure smooth processing of their 2016 tax return and avoid a delay in getting their tax refund next year.
 
The IRS reminds taxpayers to be sure they have all the documents they need, such as W-2s and 1099s, before filing a tax return. You may also need a copy of your 2015 tax return to make it easier to fill out a 2016 tax return.
 
Beginning in 2017, taxpayers using a software product for the first time may need their Adjusted Gross Income
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What Impact Do Medication Errors Have On Nursing Home Residents?

on November 19, 2016 - 7:02am
WILEY News:
 
A new analysis points to surprisingly low rates of serious impacts from medication errors affecting nursing home residents, despite the fact that these errors remain fairly common.
 
The investigators noted that it’s unclear whether medication errors resulting in serious outcomes are truly infrequent or are under-reported due to the difficulty in ascertaining them. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
 
Medication errors can cause considerable harm, and older adults in nursing homes may be especially vulnerable.

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Applaud Air Force Decision To Relocate F-16 Squadrons To Holloman AFB

on November 18, 2016 - 10:15am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce applaud the U.S. Air Force’s interim decision to relocate two additional F-16 training squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base for the creation of a new Formal Training Unit (FTU).
 
The Air Force will move the F-16s from Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Currently, the Air Force is roughly 700 F-16 fighter pilots short of requirements, which makes the additional two squadrons at Holloman critically important to addressing the Air Force’s shortage of fighter pilots.   
 
The decision,

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