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Statement from DHS Press Secretary on April Border Numbers

On May 4, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton released the following statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Southwest Border Migration numbers for April:

"The recently released April 2018 Southwest Border Migration numbers underscore the continuing security crisis along our southwest border.  The number of illegal border crossers increased in April from the previous month, and more than tripled in April 2018 in comparison to April 2017. For the second month in a row, we have seen more than 50,000 individuals try to illegally enter the United States. 

"If you enter our country illegally, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution.  DHS has zero tolerance for those who break the law and will no longer exempt classes or groups of individuals from prosecution.  Whether you are a single adult or an adult member of a family unit, if you are apprehended you will be prosecuted and put in removal proceedings.

"DHS has significantly increased our referral rates to the Department of Justice for illegal border crossers when compared to the same time period in FY 2017.  DHS and DOJ have taken recent steps to surge the necessary resources – such as asylum officers, immigration judges, prosecutors, and ICE attorneys – to promptly adjudicate cases through our civil immigration system or through criminal prosecution. 

"To those seeking to abuse our generous laws – we are watching.  We will not sit back and watch our laws exploited.  If you make a false immigration claim, you will be referred for prosecution.  If you assist or coach individuals in making false immigration claims, you will be referred for prosecution." 

 

 

 

CBP’s Southwest Border Migration Numbers for April can be found here.

 

Southwest Border Migration FY2018

During the month of April, CBP saw a slight increase overall when compared to March, but a 223 percent increase compared to April 2017.

The number of Family Units increased by 8 percent and the number of unaccompanied children (UAC) increased by 2 percent compared to last month.

FY18YTD Migration

U.S. Border Patrol Apprehensions FY2018 YTD (October 1 - April 30)

USBPDemographicOCTNOVDECJANFEBMARAPRTotal
Southwest BorderUAC3,1533,9774,0663,2113,1274,1534,31426,001
Family Units4,8377,0168,1205,6545,4758,8739,64749,622
Southwest Border Total Apprehensions25,48229,08428,99825,97826,66237,38338,234211,821

Tables are accurate as of 5/1/18, totals change as data is adjudicated.

In April a total of 38,234 individuals were apprehended between ports of entry on our Southwest Border, compared with 37,383 in March and 26,662 in February. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, USBP apprehended 303,916 individuals along our Southwest Border, compared to 408,870 in FY16, 331,333 in FY15, and 479,371 in FY14.

For breakdown by Sector, visit USBP Southwest Border Apprehensions by Sector

 

Office of Field Operations Inadmissibles FY2018 YTD (October 1 - April 30)

Field OperationsDemographicOCTNOVDECJANFEBMARAPRTotal
Southwest BorderUAC6296729056865871,0571,0154,605
Family Units3,2303,6804,9063,5623,9415,1625,44524,446
Southwest Border Total Inadmissibles9,3609,91211,5119,83910,02012,91312,69063,556

Tables are accurate as of 5/2/18, totals change as data is adjudicated.

In April, 12,690 people presenting themselves at ports of entry on the Southwest Border were deemed inadmissible compared to 12,913 in March, and 10,020 in February. In FY 2017 111,275 individuals were deemed inadmissible compared to 150,825 in FY16, 114,486 in FY15 and 90,601 in FY14.

OFO inadmissibility metrics include: individuals encountered at ports of entry who are seeking lawful admission into the United States but are determined to be inadmissible, individuals presenting themselves to seek humanitarian protection under our laws; and individuals who withdraw an application for admission and return to their countries of origin within a short timeframe.

For breakdown by Field Office, visit Southwest Border Inadmissibles by Field Office

DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation Awarded MDA TEAMS Cybersecurity Compliance and Risk Management (CCRM) Contract

ARLINGTON, Va., May 7, 2018 -- The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has awarded DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation (DAC) with a $59.4M competitive contract to provide Cybersecurity Compliance and Risk Management (CCRM) under the Technical, Engineering, Advisory, and Management Support (TEAMS) acquisitions for a total period of performance of 5 years including options. The work under this contract will be performed in Colorado Springs, CO and Huntsville, AL.

DAC will support MDA's Office of the CIO, Assessment and Risk Management Division, in providing innovative solutions to the implementation of the Risk Management Framework, and activities supporting MDA Cybersecurity initiatives. Under this effort, DAC will specifically be supporting MDA's Cybersecurity Controls Validation Testing (CCVT) program, Cybersecurity Software Code Assessment program, Cybersecurity Risk Assessment (CRA) program, providing Cyber Range Operational Test and Evaluation operations and support, and supporting MDA's Cyber Training, Education, and Leader Development program. Team DAC will enable senior MDA leaders to make fully informed decisions about cybersecurity vulnerabilities and risks to protect BMDS mission systems; Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) systems and networks; and the MDA enterprise networks.

"DAC has provided value-added support to MDA's cyber and technical innovation activities for the past 10 years. We have assembled a top-notch team that is ready and able to tackle MDA's most complex cyber needs," said Greg Owens, Program Manager for DECISIVE ANALYTICS. "We are excited and honored to continue our work with MDA in finding solutions to today's cybersecurity issues as well as tomorrow's cybersecurity problems."

About DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation

DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation is an employee-owned systems engineering company headquartered in Arlington, VA.  DECISIVE ANALYTICS also has offices in Huntsville, AL; Colorado Springs, CO; San Diego, CA; and Dayton, OH.  Founded two decades ago, DECISIVE ANALYTICS' core ideology is to bring together highly motivated individuals to form an organization that provides superior, innovative technical contributions to all endeavors in which it participates.  We deliver industry-leading products and services to commercial businesses, the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and a wide range of other government agencies.  An award-winning growing company, DECISIVE ANALYTICS is consistently ranked among the Best Places to Work within communities where we serve. For more information, please visit www.dac.us.

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Awards Leidos $250 Million Task Orders

RESTON, Va., May 7, 2018 -- Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a FORTUNE 500® science, information technology, and engineering leader, was awarded 7 task orders by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) under the Multi-Intelligence Analytical & Collection Support Services (MACSS) program. The task orders will be executed over the next five and a half years at a total contract value of approximately $250 million. Work will be primarily performed in Springfield, Va., and St. Louis.        

 

NGA collects, analyzes and distributes geospatial intelligence in support of national security. Under the task orders, Leidos will provide a variety of analytic support including geospatial and imagery analysis, data science, multimedia services, and full motion video analysis to NGA and its mission partners. Leidos has prime contracts for MACSS Geospatial Intelligence (MACSS GEOINT) and MACSS Full Motion Video (MACSS FMV) and a subcontract for MACSS SOURCE.

Leidos has supported the MACSS program and its predecessor contracts for over a decade and will continue to bring a mix of mission knowledge and a deep bench of skilled analysts with the technical expertise to enhance NGA's critical missions.

"MACSS is one of many large analytic programs we have that supports the national security efforts of the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense," said Tim Reardon, Leidos Defense & Intelligence President. "This award demonstrates our proven success and steadfast commitment to provide the right people to solve our customer's most challenging problems."

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 31,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.17 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2017. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com

Statements in this announcement, other than historical data and information, constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 29, 2017, and other such filings that Leidos makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

Raytheon named key partner to develop America's first, most advanced drone-testing airspace corridor

The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance selected Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) as a key partner in the development of America's first and most advanced unmanned aircraft system-testing airspace corridor in New York state.  Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business will help plan, design, build and support the state's next-generation air traffic management system to safely test and manage drones.

 

"UASs are playing an increasingly important role in our society, which means we must have low-altitude air traffic management solutions," said Matt Gilligan, vice president of Raytheon's Navigation, Weather and Services mission area. "The New York airspace corridor is the first-of-its kind, but it won't be the last."

The new corridor will extend 50 miles (80 kilometers) west from Griffiss International Airport, which is one of only seven Federal Aviation Administration-approved unmanned aircraft systems test sites in America.  It will allow companies to test both drones and air traffic management technologies in real-world settings, generating valuable data that will inform industry and regulators and ultimately advance the commercial use of drones.

"We have identified the most qualified organizations to complete the New York UTM corridor and expand our UAS testing capabilities," said Maj. Gen. Marke F. "Hoot" Gibson (ret), NUAIR Alliance's chief executive officer. "With all our state economic and technical support, I think we are well positioned to accelerate the UAS industry and further establish this region as a national leader."

Raytheon's leadership in air traffic management includes the low-power radar, a small, one-meter square Active Electronically Scanned Array, or AESA, software-defined radar unit. When numerous LPRs are networked together, the radar units can cover and control the low-altitude flights of smaller craft—a feat not possible with current large radar systems.

A distributed, low-level LPR network could be created with relative ease, mounting the system atop current cell phone towers or tall buildings.

A LPR network could support:

  • Safe plane and drone landings
  • Aviation surveillance
  • Precision weather observations (including 3-D wind information and urban hydrology)
  • Small drone detection and tracking
  • Border security and surveillance
  • Wildfire detection
  • Elevation and geographic gap fills

To learn more about LPR and other Raytheon air traffic management solutions, visit us here.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 96 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5ITM products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Follow us on Twitter.

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches West Coast’s First Interplanetary Mission for NASA

Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., May 5, 2018 – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying NASA’s InSight Mars lander lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 on May 5 at 4:05 a.m. PDT. InSight is the first mission launched to another planet from the West Coast, which requires more energy than an East Coast launch that takes advantage of the Earth’s rotation. The West Coast Mars launch was made possible by the performance of the Atlas V and an optimized trajectory design to achieve the very exact hyperbolic injection required to deliver the spacecraft to Mars.

ULA and its heritage rockets have launched every U.S. spacecraft to the Red Planet since the 1960s, including Mars Science Lab, as well as the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. This was the 10th Mars launch on an Atlas rocket, and the fourth by the Atlas V following the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2005, the Curiosity rover in 2011 and the MAVEN orbiter in 2013.

In addition to InSight, the mission included two CubeSats which launched from dispensers mounted on the aft bulkhead carrier on the Atlas V Centaur second stage.
The Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, designed and built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, are the first to travel interplanetary.
 
“ULA is proud to have been a key part of this mission to explore our universe and unlock possibilities in space that will benefit all of humankind,” said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs. “I want to express my sincerest thanks to the entire ULA team, NASA and all our partners and suppliers for their exceptional teamwork and dedication to another successful mission.”

This mission was launched aboard an Atlas V 401 configuration vehicle, which includes a 4-meter Payload Fairing (PLF). The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine. Aerojet Rocketdyne provided the RL10C-1 engine for the Centaur upper stage.

This is the 78th launch of the Atlas V rocket, ULA’s fifth launch in 2018 and the 128th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006.

ULA's next launch is the Parker Solar Probe mission for NASA on a Delta IV Heavy rocket. The launch is scheduled for no earlier than July 31 at Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the Nation’s most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 125 satellites to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field and enable personal device-based GPS navigation.

For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.

Honeywell Appoints Olivier Rabiller To Continue As President And CEO Of Transportation Systems Business After It Spins

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that Olivier Rabiller has been appointed to continue to lead Transportation Systems as President and CEO after it spins into a standalone, publicly traded company between now and the end of the third quarter. Olivier has led Transportation Systems since July 2016, capping a series of increasingly large leadership roles he has held since joining Honeywell in 2002.

 

"Olivier is a highly effective leader who is well-respected in the automotive industry and has played a key role in the sustained outperformance of his business within Honeywell. We are excited about what Transportation Systems will accomplish as an independent company under Olivier's leadership," said Honeywell Chairman and CEO Darius Adamczyk. "Transportation Systems is a global leader in turbocharger technologies, and it is rapidly expanding its range of technologies to meet the needs of vehicles with electrified powertrains – these include eBoosting solutions, and high-performance electric compressors for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The business is also introducing leading software solutions that monitor vehicle performance and health, and offer state-of-the-art cybersecurity."

 

Prior to Rabiller's current role, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Transportation Systems for High Growth Regions, Business Development, and Aftermarket, for two years. Prior to that, he served two years as Vice President and General Manager, Transportation Systems Aftermarket. Earlier positions within Honeywell included roles as the Vice President of Sourcing for Transportation Systems for three years; Vice President of Customer Management for Passenger Vehicles at Honeywell Turbo Technologies; Vice President, European Sales and Customer Management; and Director of Marketing and Business Development for the European region. Rabiller joined Honeywell in 2002 as Senior Program Manager and Business Development Manager for Turbo Technologies EMEA. He also served for seven years at Renault in Customer Services, Engine Project Management and Purchasing. He holds an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Nantes and an MBA from INSEAD. He is fluent in French, English and Portuguese.

 

"It is an honor to have this opportunity to lead our business with its extremely talent workforce and world-class technology portfolio into the post-spin era," Rabiller said. "We look forward to continuing to work with our customers and suppliers to advance the state of the art in the vehicle industry, all for the benefit of drivers who are seeking the utmost in performance and efficiency."

 

On October 10, 2017, Honeywell announced its intention to separately spin off the Transportation Systems business, as well as its Honeywell Homes product portfolio and ADI global distribution business, into two standalone, publicly traded companies. The planned Transportation Systems spin is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2018. The planned Homes spin is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

 

The new Transportation Systems business will be a global leader in turbocharger technologies with best-in-class engineering capabilities for a broad range of engine types across global automobile, truck and other vehicle markets. The business is expected to have annualized revenue of approximately $3 billion, a high-yield credit rating, and approximately 6,500 employees. Transportation Systems currently serves more than 150 countries and develops more than 100 new applications each year.

 

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 software-industrial company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace and automotive products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help everything from aircraft, cars, homes and buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.

Neurotechnology Iris Recognition Algorithms Among Top Rankings in NIST IREX IX Evaluation

VILNIUS, Lithuania, April 23, 2018 -- Neurotechnology, a provider of high-precision biometric identification technologies, today announced that their iris recognition algorithms were among the top scorers in the NIST Iris Exchange (IREX) IX evaluation. Neurotechnology's algorithm had the second best accuracy among all tested iris recognition algorithms for both verification (1:1) and identification (1:N) scenarios, and their accelerated iris identification algorithm was nearly 50 times faster than any other matcher in the IREX IX evaluation according to NIST's report.

 

"Once again the NIST IREX evaluation proved that our ongoing improvements in both accuracy and speed provide our customers with the best-performance solutions for real-time iris recognition biometric systems at any scale," said Dr. Justas Kranauskas, head of the biometric research department for Neurotechnology.

The only vendor to achieve higher accuracy results in this latest IREX evaluation processes iris images seven times slower, creates a roughly two-and-a-half times larger template and matches irises two times slower than Neurotechnology's VeriEye and MegaMatcher iris recognition algorithm in a verification scenario. In an identification scenario, the MegaMatcher Accelerator iris matching algorithm from Neurotechnology was 50 to 1000 times faster than any other algorithm in the top accuracy range.

Neurotechnology submitted top performing iris recognition algorithms in 2009, 2012 and 2013 IREX evaluations. For IREX IX, NIST evaluated 46 iris recognition algorithms from 13 commercial and research institutions in a large-scale identification task. As in past evaluations, Neurotechnology's algorithms continue to be among the most accurate for iris recognition while also being the fastest by a wide margin.

Also Neurotechnology has consistently achieved industry-leading results from NIST for fingerprint algorithms. In the latest MINEX III evaluation, Neurotechnology's fingerprint template generator algorithm ranked first in the interoperability category and the fingerprint matching algorithm ranked second. When combined, the two offer the most accurate, highspeed fingerprint recognition system.

Neurotechnology offers a full line of products for iris (VeriEye), fingerprint (VeriFinger), face (VeriLook) and voice (VeriSpeak) modalities as well as MegaMatcher SDK multibiometric technology, which includes all modalities in any combination. For very large, national-scale applications the company also offers turnkey solutions, including MegaMatcher ABIS and MegaMatcher Accelerator in Extreme, Extended, Standard and Development editions.

The entire Neurotechnology biometric product line can be purchased from Neurotechnology and through distributors worldwide. For more information, go to www.neurotechnology.com.

About Neurotechnology

Neurotechnology is a developer of high-precision algorithms and software based on deep neural network (DNN) and other AI-related technologies. The company offers a range of products for biometric fingerprint, face, iris, palmprint and voice identification as well as AI, computer vision, object recognition and robotics. Drawing from years of academic research in the fields of neuroinformatics, image processing and pattern recognition, Neurotechnology was founded in 1990 in Vilnius, Lithuania and released its first fingerprint identification system in 1991. Since that time the company has released more than 130 products and version upgrades. More than 3000 system integrators, security companies and hardware providers integrate Neurotechnology's algorithms into their products, with millions of customer installations worldwide. Neurotechnology's algorithms have achieved top results in independent technology evaluations, including NIST MINEX and IREX.

Engility unveils MetaSift™: Groundbreaking data analytics integration platform developed for intelligence community

TAMPA, Fla., April 23, 2018 -- Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EGL) today unveiled MetaSift, a data analytics integration platform developed specifically to help the intelligence and defense communities better find actionable information in huge amounts of data. The company debuted MetaSift to leaders of the geospatial intelligence community at the GEOINT Symposium today in Tampa, Florida.

 

"Every day human analysts in the intelligence community and Department of Defense sift through enough data to fill the Library of Congress," said Lynn Dugle, Engility Chairman and CEO. "MetaSift is designed to meet the needs of agencies in analyzing, processing and managing large data sets, and then turning that into usable information. We address our customers' specific missions, systems and infrastructure rather than providing them a one-size-fits-all proprietary solution."

Human analysts often examine thousands of data "haystacks" to find one "needle" of key information. The data is typically spread through immense amounts and various types of data across multiple, unstructured formats, such as removable media, large network shares and complex databases.

Engility developed MetaSift to handle those challenges and more. The platform gives intelligence analysts automated content management processes and the means to identify information linkages not readily apparent to human users. Built on an open architecture, the platform uses source-agnostic tools to ingest, manage and quickly retrieve data.

Some of the platform's specific capabilities include:

  • Applied AI and machine learning integration
  • Knowledge management
  • Multi-media analysis
  • Content creation and collaboration
  • Intelligence reporting
  • Digital information management

Learn more about MetaSift at www.engility.co/metasift.

About Engility

Engility (NYSE: EGL), a $2 billion technology leader, has thousands of employees around the world working to make a difference.  Our history of delivering results for the defense, federal civilian, intelligence and space industries spans more than 60 years.  We provide leading-edge solutions and services on Earth, in space and across cyber by leveraging expertise in systems engineering & integration, high performance computing, cybersecurity, readiness & training, enterprise modernization and mission operations support.  To learn more about us, please visit www.engility.com and connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Raytheon builds small satellites for Department of Homeland Security

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has built two small, Polar Scout satellites for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in partnership with Millennium Engineering and Integration. The satellites have flexible radio frequency receivers to help search and rescue teams locate emergency beacons in remote areas, such as the Arctic.

Raytheon assembled the small satellites at the company's advanced missile production facility in Tucson, Arizona. The smallsats are part of a project led by the U.S. Air Force Operationally Responsive Space program to show how they can be built efficiently and cost effectively.

"With our automated production lines, Raytheon can produce highly reliable, small satellites quickly and affordably," said Dr. Thomas Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president. "Because our advanced manufacturing facilities are flexible, we can build small satellites or satellite components designed by Raytheon or another company."

Small satellites are less expensive and can be produced more quickly than large geostationary satellites. Operating from lower orbits, the smallsats apertures and sensors can meet mission requirements normally accomplished by larger satellites.

"Because of its innovative technology and advanced production facilities, Raytheon has been the ideal partner for this program," said George Moretti, Millennium Engineering and Integration executive director. 

In addition to Millennium, Raytheon worked with Rincon Research and Space Dynamics Laboratories to develop and produce the Polar Scout satellites. The smallsats are scheduled to be launched into lower Earth orbit later this year.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 96 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5Iproducts and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter.

The American Waterways Operators Responds to Senate Vote Against Vessel Incidental Discharge Act

WASHINGTON, The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017, due to inclusion of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) within the bill, failed by three votes to reach the 60 votes needed in the United States Senate to end debate and move to a vote on final passage. While the vote tally reflected bipartisan support for the Coast Guard authorization bill with VIDA included, the votes against included several senators who were previously supporters of VIDA, either in this Congress or the previous Congress: Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), Sen. Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts), Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts).

In response to the vote, Thomas A. Allegretti, President & CEO of The American Waterways Operators, stated:

"The outcome of yesterday's vote on VIDA was a great disappointment to the men and women of the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry, who work tirelessly to support homeland security and to deliver annually over 760 million tons of vital commodities that drive our economy.

"VIDA is both critically important and thoughtfully balanced legislation. Currently, commercial vessels navigating American waters are subject to a patchwork of conflicting vessel discharge regulations issued by two federal agencies and 25 states. Our government does not require airplanes, trains or trucks to disrupt transit, switch out technologies and take on exceedingly high costs to meet a different environmental standard every time the vehicle crosses state lines. To require this of commercial vessels defies common sense and threatens the viability of maritime commerce – the most environmentally friendly mode of cargo transport – throughout the country, including in states like Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Virginia.

"VIDA replaces today's unsustainable system with one under which the Coast Guard administers a single federal ballast water discharge standard, but maintains as that standard one that the EPA and National Academy of Sciences have deemed the most stringent currently available, and that can be raised over time as technology improves. The approach taken by VIDA is the reason it is supported by over 320 organizations representing U.S. and international vessel owners and operators; fishing vessel, passage vessel and charterboat operators; labor unions; marine terminals and port authorities; national business organizations; and industries that rely on maritime shipping to transport essential cargoes in domestic and international commerce. This legislation solves a serious regulatory problem while protecting the environment – a point on which at least 60 senators had agreed for many months, until yesterday.

"We remain committed to working on a bipartisan basis to see VIDA enacted into law, and we call on the Senate to resolve any outstanding issues before adjourning for Memorial Day recess. The American maritime workforce, which urgently needs the balanced, common sense regulatory relief that VIDA provides, deserves no less."

About AWO

The American Waterways Operators is the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, which operates on the rivers, the Great Lakes, and along the coasts and in the harbors of the United States.  Barge transportation serves the nation as the safest, most environmentally friendly and most economical mode of freight transportation.  For more information about AWO, please visit www.americanwaterways.com.

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