Monday federal headlines – January 18, 2016

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on the Federal Drive.

  • NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is reiterating the agency’s harassment policies to grantee institutions running NASA-funded programs. In a letter, Bolden stresses NASA does not tolerate sexual harassment and has a goal of providing federal dollars to STEM educational programs that extend equal opportunity to all of its participants. A recent online campaign was started in which women in science would share stories of sexual harassment and mistreatment within the astronomy community using hashtag #astroSH on Twitter. Bolden is urging all NASA grantee institutions to examine their current policies and procedures for addressing allegations of misconduct such as harassment. (NASA)
  • An examination of the Army’s mistaken Anthrax shipments found no evidence lab technicians or the American public were at any time at risk. Army Maj. Gen. Paul A. Ostrowski, who lead the investigation, said there was no single event, individual, or group directly responsible for the inadvertent shipment of active anthrax to labs around the world. The Army’s Biological Select Agents and Toxins Task Force made recommendations for the entire program. They include establishing a DoD executive agent, that will perform technical review, harmonization of procedures and integrate the inspections for this program. (Defense Department)
  • Apex Clean Energy Holdings LLC has been awarded an FFP contract for electricity from an on-site solar and off-site wind energy production facility in Virginia and Texas for the Army. It’s a 29-year, 10-month contract for renewable energy worth almost $500 million. Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment said as recently as three weeks ago, the Army will continue to work towards the goals of its net-zero initiative. (Defense Department)

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