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ICE

US files 9 lawsuits seeking forfeiture of properties worth over $30 million allegedly bought...

Federal prosecutors have filed civil complaints seeking the forfeiture of nine real properties across Southern California that were allegedly purchased with proceeds generated by a fraudulent scheme that collected more than $50 million from foreign investors seeking “green cards” through the EB-5 visa program.
USDA

USDA Seeks Applications for Community Development Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting applications for grants to support economic development in rural communities. “These grants will support partnerships between community development groups and rural communities to develop essential facilities and create jobs and business opportunities,” USDA Rural Development Acting Deputy Undersecretary Roger Glendenning said

Murkowski Announces Support for Three Energy Nominees

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing for President Trump’s nominees for key positions at two federal agencies: Dan Brouillette to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE), and Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
USDA

USDA Awards Loans to Build and Expand Rural Electric Infrastructure

Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA is providing more than a quarter billion dollars in loans for rural electric infrastructure improvements

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Receives Good Neighbor Award From U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

May 24th, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry accepted the Good Neighbor Award from the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce for his leadership in fostering collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico during his tenure as Governor of the State of Texas. The award goes to individuals in the private and public sectors that have made outstanding contributions to U.S.-Mexico relations and was presented during the Good Neighbor Award Gala, held at the Organization of American States building in Washington, D.C.
USDA

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Support the Development of Rural Community Facilities

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is seeking applications for technical assistance and training grants in the Community Facilities program.
Energy

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $72 Million for Innovative Research and Development by Small...

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy will award 73 grants totaling $72 million to 68 small businesses in 24 states. Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, today’s selections are for Phase II research and development. Small businesses that demonstrated technical feasibility for innovations during their Phase I grants competed for funding for prototype or processes development during Phase II. In addition, prior Phase II awardees competed for sequential Phase II awards to continue prototype and process development. The median Phase II award is $1 million for a period of two years.

President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposes Investments in Infrastructure, Security and Government Efficiency

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Acting Administrator Timothy Horne announced critical investments that are a part of the President’s fiscal year 2018 budget request. The $10.5 billion budget proposed for the agency focuses on ensuring efficient and effective operations supporting Americans with improvements in real estate, security and information technology systems.
HUD

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES 2018 HUD BUDGET

The Trump Administration today announced the proposed 2018 Budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The Budget reflects the President’s commitment to support HUD’s critical functions that provide rental assistance to low-income and vulnerable households and to help work-eligible families achieve self-sufficiency. The President’s 2018 Budget continues to provide rental assistance for 4.5 million households while recognizing a greater role for State and local governments, and the private sector, to address community and economic development needs.
HUD

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES IN APRIL 2017

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau today jointly announced the following new residential sales statistics for April 2017
DHCD

Two DHCD Properties Will Be Transformed Into 40 Affordable Townhomes in Wards 7 and...

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announces it has awarded two District-owned properties to two local development companies for the construction of 40 new townhomes, capable of housing over 100 residents, located in Wards 7 and 8.
EPA

EPA Awards Multi-Million Dollar Grant to North Carolina to Protect Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $2,652,592 to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) to help protect human health and the environment. The amount is part of a Clean Water Act Section 106 grant, which is given to states to implement environmental programs. The grant will go toward NCDEQ’s administration of environmental management programs that monitor and control water pollution
HUD

HUD REACHES AGREEMENT WITH CALIFORNIA LANDLORDS ACCUSED OF DISCRIMINATING AGAINST HISPANIC FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it reached an agreement with the owner and manager of a California apartment complex, resolving allegations they discriminated against tenants because of their national origin and familial status. Two related complaints filed with HUD alleged that the manager of the Four Palms Apartments in Mountain View, California, made discriminatory statements about Latino residents and prohibited their children from playing outside.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Says Groundbreaking for Affordable Housing Units in Ward 8 Complements Her Work on...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today thanked District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and joined the Mayor and other city officials and leaders to break ground on South Capitol Street Apartments, a rare project that will bring hundreds of affordable housing units to Ward 8. Norton, whose work in Congress resulted in federal funding for the project, praised the development of affordable housing in Ward 8, where affordable housing is most needed due to the District’s increasingly costly housing market.
NREL

Teams From Stargate, Manning Options Schools Victorious in NREL’s 27th Solar and Lithium-Ion Car...

Fifty-three teams from 18 Colorado middle schools gathered at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden today for the 27th Annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lit
ABI

Puerto Rico, Energy Sector Issues and Averting the Next Financial Crisis Among Topics to...

Puerto Rico’s financial crisis, cross-border issues, Energy Future Holdings and health care and education will be among the many topics presented at the 2017 New York City Bankruptcy Conference, being held May 18 at the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Cantwell, Bipartisan Coalition of Senators Call For Continued Funding of Land and Water Conservation...

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and a bipartisan coalition of 48 senators sent a letter urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to support the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and, specifically, the Forest Legacy Program, one of the nation’s most important federal conservation programs, as they begin considerations for the upcoming fiscal year.
FTC

FTC Obtains Court Order Requiring Owner of Precious Metals Investment Scam To Surrender Florida...

A federal court has granted the Federal Trade Commission’s request fo
Natural Resources

Murkowski Announces Promotions and Additions to Energy Committee Staff

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced several recent promotions and additions to her Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff.
USDOJ

Financial Freedom Settles Alleged Liability for Servicing of Federally Insured Reverse Mortgage Loans for...

Financial Freedom has agreed to a settlement with the United States of more than $89 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) in connection with its participation in a federally insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) or ‘reverse mortgage’ program, the Justice Department announced today.

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU ANNOUNCE NEW RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN APRIL

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for April 2017
Energy

Better Buildings Challenge Partners Save $1.9 Billion, 18 Achieve their Portfolio-Wide Goal this Year

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the energy-efficiency progress made by the 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge. These efforts have led to a combined 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings. These results are summarized in the 2017 Better Buildings Progress Report released today that highlights accomplishments across the broader Better Buildings Initiative.
DOI

Share Secretary Zinke Announces $23.6 Million for Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects and Studies

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation awarded $23,619,391 to communities in seven states for planning, designing and constructing
Natural Resources

Bishop Statement on EPA’s Pebble Mine Announcement

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an agreement to allow the Pebble Mine project in southwest Alaska to proceed to regular permitting under the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposed mineral development project was preemptively denied by the Obama administration outside of the traditional NEPA process
HUD

2017 HUD SECRETARY DESIGN AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced three model housing developments in California, Missour
Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Bowser to Open New Fire and EMS Station and Affordable Housing Preservation Complex...

On Friday, May 12, at 3 pm, Mayor Muriel Bowser will celebrate the completion of West End Square 50, a new development that will serve as the home for DC Fire and EMS Engine No. 1
U.S. Department of Commerce

Release of Gross Domestic Product by State: Fourth Quarter and Annual 2016 Numbers Throw...

Data on the Fourth Quarter and Annual 2016 GDP by State released today by the Department of Commerce showed some states’ gross domestic product (GDP) to have been impeded by the policies of the Obama Administration, especially in the energy sector
HUD

RENTAL ASSISTANCE DEMONSTRATION GENERATES $4 BILLION IN PUBLIC-PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN DISTRESSED PUBLIC HOUSING

Each year, thousands of units of public housing are demolished and thousands more sit vacant because they are no longer decent, safe or sanitary. Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

During National Infrastructure Week, Norton Will Introduce Bill to Make D.C., Like Coastal States...

Next week, during National Infrastructure Week (May 15-19), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
HUD

HUD ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH CALIFORNIA CREDIT UNION TO SETTLE MATERNITY DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today an agreement between Wescom Central Credit Union, based in Pasadena, California, and a married couple, resolving allegations the company denied the couple’s mortgage loan application because the wife was on maternity leave.

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Receives Good Neighbor Award From U.S.-Mexico...

May 24th, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry accepted the Good Neighbor Award from the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce for his leadership in fostering collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico during his tenure as Governor of the State of Texas. The award goes to individuals in the private and public sectors that have made outstanding contributions to U.S.-Mexico relations and was presented during the Good Neighbor Award Gala, held at the Organization of American States building in Washington, D.C.

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WINDPOWER 2017 closes with an eye on 2020

American wind power’s future growth will be driven by a diverse range of customers and trends. Leaders representing a corporate purchaser, deregulated utility, a public utility commissioner, and a wind developer, discussed a few of those trends – demand from diverse customers, transmission expansion, falling costs, and storytelling – on the closing General Session panel as the WINDPOWER 2017 Conference wrapped up this week in Anaheim.