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Executive Correspondence – Letter 08/23/05 to Chairman Principi from Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty

Description: Executive Correspondence – Letter 08/23/05 to Chairman Principi from Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty in support of the position of the Adjutants General Association of the United States (AGAUS) regarding DoD BRAC recommendations pertaining to the ANG. The Governor also states that he remains opposed to using the BRAC process for what amounts to programmatic actions.
Date: August 24, 2005
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Liquid Metal Bond for Improved Heat Transfer in LWR Fuel Rods

Description: A liquid metal (LM) consisting of 1/3 weight fraction each of Pb, Sn, and Bi has been proposed as the bonding substance in the pellet-cladding gap in place of He. The LM bond eliminates the large AT over the pre-closure gap which is characteristic of helium-bonded fuel elements. Because the LM does not wet either UO2 or Zircaloy, simply loading fuel pellets into a cladding tube containing LM at atmospheric pressure leaves unfilled regions (voids) in the bond. The HEATING 7.3 heat transfer code indicates that these void spaces lead to local fuel hot spots.
Date: August 24, 2005
Creator: Olander, Donald
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Characteristics of produced water discharged to the Gulf of Mexico hypoxiczone.

Description: Each summer, an area of low dissolved oxygen (the hypoxic zone) forms in the shallow nearshore Gulf of Mexico waters from the Mississippi River Delta westward to near the Texas/Louisiana border. Most scientists believe that the leading contributor to the hypoxic zone is input of nutrients (primarily nitrogen and phosphorus compounds) from the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers. The nutrients stimulate growth of phytoplankton. As the phytoplankton subsequently die, they fall to the bottom waters where they are decomposed by microorganisms. The decomposition process consumes oxygen in the bottom waters to create hypoxic conditions. Sources other than the two rivers mentioned above may also contribute significant quantities of oxygen-demanding pollutants. One very visible potential source is the hundreds of offshore oil and gas platforms located within or near the hypoxic zone. Many of these platforms discharge varying volumes of produced water. However, only limited data characterizing oxygen demand and nutrient concentration and loading from offshore produced water discharges have been collected. No comprehensive and coordinated oxygen demand data exist for produced water discharges in the Gulf of Mexico. This report describes the results of a program to sample 50 offshore oil and gas platforms located within the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone. The program was conducted in response to a requirement in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) general National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for offshore oil and gas discharges. EPA requested information on the amount of oxygen-demanding substances contained in the produced water discharges. This information is needed as inputs to several water quality models that EPA intends to run to estimate the relative contributions of the produced water discharges to the occurrence of the hypoxic zone. Sixteen platforms were sampled 3 times each at approximately one-month intervals to give an estimate of temporal variability. An additional 34 ...
Date: August 24, 2005
Creator: Veil, J. A.; Kimmell, T. A. & Rechner, A. C.
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Grazing Regulations: Changes by the Bureau of Land Management

Description: This report discusses the two-pronged approach to grazing reform the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is taking by proposing changes to grazing regulations and considering other changes to grazing policies. BLM asserts that regulatory changes are needed to increase flexibility for grazing managers and permittees, to improve rangeland management and grazing permit administration, to promote conservation, and to comply with court decisions.
Date: August 24, 2005
Creator: Vincent, Carol Hardy
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Amtrak: Improved Management and Controls over Food and Beverage Service Needed

Description: A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Food and beverages have been served on board National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) trains since Amtrak was created. Amtrak's 11 commissaries, located around the country, are responsible for receiving, warehousing and stocking food, beverages, and other items for Amtrak's on-board dining and cafe service. January 1999, Amtrak ran these commissaries with its own employees. Since then, Amtrak has contracted out the responsibility for the commissaries and for ordering and stocking all food, beverage, and related items under a contract that expires in September 2006. Gate Gourmet, the contractor, is also a supplier of food and beverages to several major airlines. During fiscal years 2002 through 2004, the period we focused on in our audit work, Amtrak paid Gate Gourmet between $59 million and $64 million a year in reimbursements and fees. Gate Gourmet personnel operate Amtrak-owned commissaries and order, receive, store, and stock trains with food, beverages, and other related items, such as table linens and napkins. Food and beverage supplies are charged to Amtrak employees who provide on-board food and beverage service and account for the food and beverages en route. When a train arrives at its final destination, all remaining stock items are returned to a commissary. Gate Gourmet charges Amtrak for the items used, as well as for labor, management, and other fees.Since Amtrak started operations in 1971, Amtrak has struggled financially and has depended on a federal subsidy of more than $1 billion a year since fiscal year 2003 to remain solvent. For fiscal years 2002 through 2004, Amtrak's food and beverage expenses were about $487 million--or only about 5 percent of the company's total expenditures. However, during that same time period, Amtrak's food and beverage service earned about $243 million in ...
Date: August 24, 2005
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
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Measurement of CP Asymmetries in B0->Ks Pi0 Pi0 Decays

Description: The authors present a preliminary measurement of the time-dependent CP asymmetry for the neutral B-meson decay into the CP = +1 final state K{sub S}{sup 0}{pi}{sup 0}{pi}{sup 0}, with K{sub S}{sup 0} {yields} {pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup -} and {pi}{sup 0} {yields} {gamma}{gamma}. They use a sample of approximately 227 million B-meson pairs recorded at the {Upsilon}(4S) resonance by the BABAR detector at the PEP-II B-Factory at SLAC. From a maximum likelihood fit they extract the mixing-induced CP-violation parameter S{sub K{sub S}{sup 0}{pi}{sup 0}{pi}{sup 0}} = 0.84 {+-} 0.71(stat) {+-} 0.08(syst) and the direct CP-violation parameter C{sub K{sub S}{sup 0}}{pi}{sup 0}{pi}{sup 0} = 0.27 {+-} 0.52(stat) {+-} 0.13(syst), where the first uncertainty is statistical and the second systematic.
Date: August 24, 2005
Creator: Aubert, B.; Barate, R.; Boutigny, D.; Couderc, F.; Karyotakis, Y.; Lees, J. P. et al.
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Measurement of Time-dependent CP-Violating Asymmetries in B0 --> KsKsKs Decays

Description: The authors present preliminary measurements of the CP asymmetry parameters in B{sup 0} {yields} K{sub S}{sup 0}K{sub S}{sup 0}K{sub S}{sup 0} decays, reconstructing two of the K{sub S}{sup 0} into {pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup -} and one into {pi}{sup 0}{pi}{sup 0}. In a sample of 227 M B{bar B} pairs collected by the BABAR detector at the PEP-II B Factory at SLAC, they find the CP parameters to be S = -0.25{sub -0.61}{sup +0.68}(stat) {+-} 0.05(syst) and C = 0.56{sub -0.43}{sup +0.34}(stat) {+-} 004(syst). Combining this result with the previous BABAR measurement, obtained from events with three K{sub S}{sup 0} decaying into {pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup -}, they get S = -0.63{sub -0.28}{sup +0.32}(stat) {+-} 0.04(syst); C = -0.10 {+-} 0.25(stat) {+-} 0.05, (syst).
Date: August 24, 2005
Creator: Aubert, B.; Barate, R.; Boutigny, D.; Couderc, F.; Karyotakis, Y.; Lees, J. P. et al.
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Executive Correspondence – Letter dtd 08/22/05 to Chairman Principi from Major General Douglas Burnett, Adjutant General of the Florida National Guard

Description: Executive Correspondence – Letter dtd 08/22/05 to Chairman Principi from Major General Douglas Burnett, Adjutant General of the Florida National Guard, in support of relocating the Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base to NAS Cecil Field and contesting certain testimony alleging that air space in the area was significantly restricted by commercial air traffic.
Date: August 24, 2005
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Executive Correspondence – Letter dtd 08/22/05 to Chairman Principi from Senator John Warner, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee

Description: Executive Correspondence – Letter dtd 08/22/05 to Chairman Principi from Senator John Warner, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in support of retaining NAS Oceana, stating that the only advantage held by NAS Cecil Field over NAS Oceana was in the realm of encroachment on the ground and the restrictions imposed on take offs and landing. The Senator also enumerates the multiple advantages of NAS Oceana.
Date: August 24, 2005
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Executive Correspondence – Executive Correspondence – Letter dtd 08/18/05 to Commissioner Gehman from Representative Spencer Bachus (6th, AL)

Description: Executive Correspondence – Executive Correspondence – Letter dtd 08/18/05 to Commissioner Gehman from Representative Spencer Bachus (6th, AL) forwarding a copy his letter of the same date to Chairman Principi discussing the 08/10/05 legal memorandum offered to the Commission from the Department of Justice
Date: August 24, 2005
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Executive Correspondence – Letter dtd 08/18/05 to Commissioner Hansen from Representative Spencer Bachus (6th, AL)

Description: Executive Correspondence – Letter dtd 08/18/05 to Commissioner Hansen from Representative Spencer Bachus (6th, AL) discussing his concern with the methodology used by DoD to strip the 117th Air Refueling Wing in Birmingham AL of its aircraft and quoting Commissioner Gehman on that subject.
Date: August 24, 2005
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Executive Correspondence – Letter dtd 08/01/05 to Chairman Principi from Michael Griffin, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

Description: Executive Correspondence – Letter dtd 08/01/05 to Chairman Principi from Michael Griffin, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), expressing concern with DoD’s recommendation to close the Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant and how the repair, maintenance, and operations of the former installation by NASA would be an undue burden (NASA has no budget identified for this).
Date: August 24, 2005
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