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DOI

DOI Announces $3.74 Million to 12 States for Species Recovery

The Department of the Interior today announced that through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS)  Cooperative Recovery Initiative (CRI) more than $3.74 million is being committed to nine projects across 12 states to help recover some of the nation’s most at-risk species on or near national wildlife refuges.
Natural Resources

Panel: Infrastructure Package Must Include Permitting Reforms to Access Raw Materials

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources discussed the importance of domestically sourced raw materials for the upcoming infrastructure package.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Introduces Bill to Give D.C. Mayor Local Authority Over D.C. National Guard, Same...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced her bill to give the D.C. home-rule authority over the D.C. National Guard.  The bill, the District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act, would give the D.C. mayor the authority that the chief executive of states and territories have over their Guards.  The mayor would be able to deploy the D.C. National Guard during local emergencies, including natural disasters and civil disturbances unrelated to national or homeland security, after consultation with the Commanding General of the D.C. National Guard. 
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Murkowski Highlights Need for Lands and Resources Infrastructure

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today held a hearing to continue the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s discussion of opportunities to improve and expand American infrastructure. Tuesday’s hearing focused on infrastructure beneficial to federal lands and waters, as well as the people and communities who live near and rely on them.
Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Bowser to Highlight Administration’s Housing and Jobs Initiatives at the More for Housing...

Tomorrow at 11 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will highlight her Administration’s unprecedented investments in DC Government programs that promote pathways to the middle class for all DC residents by producing and preserving affordable homes, implementing new strategies to end chronic homelessness, and connecting more residents to job and employment training resources
NLIHC

Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition,...

President Trump’s budget slashes critical resources used to help keep housed some of the country’s lowest income and most vulnerable seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, veterans, and formerly homeless individuals. At a time when America’s housing crisis has reached historic heights and the lowest income people suffer the most severe impacts, proposals to further cut these vital resources are unconscionable and unacceptable.
DOI

Interior Department Auctions Over 122,000 Acres Offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina for Wind Energy...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank today announced the completion of the nation’s seventh competitive lease sale for renewable wind energy in federal waters. A Wind Energy Area of 122,405 acres offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina received the high bid of $9,066,650 from Avangrid Renewables, LLC, the provisional winner.
DOI

President Trump Requests $11.6 Billion for Interior Department’s FY 2018 Budget

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced President Trump’s $11.6 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget blueprint request for the Department of the Interior. The budget meets the Department's core mission while also saving taxpayers $1.5 billion or 12 percent reduction from the FY 2017 Annualized Continuing Resolution level.
Natural Resources

Ballooning Federal Estate a Primary Barrier to Modernizing Infrastructure on Federal Lands

The Subcommittee on Federal Lands held an oversight hearing on ways to improve infrastructure and management at the National Park Service (NPS) and the Forest Service (USFS).
U.S. Department of Commerce

Department of Commerce Seeks Input on Pipelines Made in America

Today in the Federal Register, the Department of Commerce is requesting input on the use of American-made materials in construction and maintenance of American pipelines. President Trump has issued a clear call for American pipelines to be made with American steel, and it is critical that industry, including pipeline owners, operators, manufacturers, distributors, and their suppliers, provide guidance.
HUD

Administration Proposes 2018 HUD Budget

The Administration proposed a Fiscal Year 2018 spending blueprint for discretionary programs in several agencies across the Federal Government, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The blueprint 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. It also recognizes a greater role for State and local governments, and the private sector to address community and economic development nee
HUD

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU ANNOUNCE NEW RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN FEBRUARY

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

DHCD Response to ODCA Report on Housing Production Trust Fund: Remember Unprecedented Affordable Housing...

Polly Donaldson, Director of the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), issued a statement today in response to an Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) report on the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF). That report made several recommendations for administrative improvements. Donaldson emphasized that HPTF changes implemented since January 2015 have produced and preserved more affordable housing units in the District, and as DHCD’s administrative process continues to evolve, the agency will work collaboratively with ODCA to resolve any findings identified by its review.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Murkowski: Energy Infrastructure Is Central to Our Way of Life

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to receive testimony on opportunities to improve American energy infrastructure. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources received testimony from seven witnesses who highlighted the importance of U.S. energy systems, including the electrical grid and pipelines, to national job creation and economic prosperity, as well as the need to streamline notoriously slow and uncertain federal permitting processes.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Cantwell Calls for Action to Defend Our Critical Energy Infrastructure Against Cyberattacks

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) called for action to defend our critical infrastructure against cyberattacks during a committee hearing. Modernization of the electric grid brings tremendous benefits, but it also makes the grid more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

D.C. Residents Continue to Be Hired for DHS Headquarters Project; More Opportunities for Small...

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released the most recent data available (January 2017) on the number of District of Columbia residents hired to work at federal construction sites in the District and D.C. small businesses with subcontracts at the sites.  Three of the projects that wrapped up in the fall established generally good D.C. hiring rates as measured against the percentage of D.C. residents in the region (10 percent).
Speaker Paul Ryan

Two House Committees Approve the American Health Care Act

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today applauded the Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee for approving the American Health Care Act, the first step in an open, transparent process
U.S. Department of Commerce

Commerce Department Seeks Comments on Impact of Burdensome Federal Regulations and Construction Permitting Process...

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. is asking for input from American manufacturers to learn about the unnecessary burdens manufacturers face from federal permitting and regulatory requirements.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Authorize, Fully Fund the Land and Water Conservation...

U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and 20 other senators introduced bipartisan legislation to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which conserves and promotes access to America’s national parks, forests and public lands. After expiring for the first time in 50 years, Congress voted in December 2015 to extend the program’s authorization for only three years.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell Announce Upcoming Energy Infrastructure Hearing

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EST in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

The Senate passed H.J. Res. 44 (Rep. Liz Cheney, WY-at large), a joint resolution...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will host a “Norton in Your Neighborhood” conversation in conjunction with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8A this evening, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development (1800 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE).
Natural Resources

Bishop Statement on Senate Passage of the CRA to Overturn BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule

The Senate passed H.J. Res. 44 (Rep. Liz Cheney, WY-at large), a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Planning 2.0 rule.
NREL

NREL Industry Growth Forum Connects Clean Energy Startups and Investors

Clean energy innovation will be on display April 13 and 14 in Denver, Colorado, as 30 small businesses present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts as the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts its annual Industry Growth Forum.
Financial Services Committee

Committee Hearing Schedule for the Week of March 6

Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) today announced the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance will hold a hearing on March 9 at 10 a.m. to examine the National Flood Insurance Program and potential reforms.
VA

VA partnership provides community organizations with path to support homeless Veterans

Military Outreach USA, a partner of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), recently launched a program to encourage communities to connect with local VA facilities and help VA provide support to homeless or recently homeless Veterans and their families.
DHCD

DHCD Announces DC Housing Finance Agency as New HPAP Co-Administrator

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is pleased to announce that on March 1 the DC Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) began operations as co-administrator of the Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP). DCHFA joins the Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) as a second administrator.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Questions Officials at Committee Hearing on Airplane Noise and Minority- and Women-Owned Small...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus and a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, continued her efforts to reduce airplane noise in the District of Columbia and across the country at a committee hearing yesterday. She asked Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport CEO Sean Donohue about that airport’s efforts to address airplane noise in order to see if some of those reforms can be applied to airports like Ronald Reagan National Airport.
Natural Resources

Subcommittee Explores Water Infrastructure Barriers and Solutions

During questioning, Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) asked witness Andrew J. Colosimo, Government and Corporate Affairs Manager of Colorado Springs Utilities, to explain what makes the construction process so difficult, based on lessons from an existing water pipeline.

ENERGY STAR’s First-Ever Specification for Commercial Packaged Boilers Makes Energy-Efficient Heating Easier for Small...

On December 20, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its first-ever ENERGY STAR specification for commercial packaged boilers. These products incorporate a burner and hot water storage to provide hydronic space heating, and in some cases hot water, in smaller commercial buildings. Expanding into this category is consistent with the ENERGY STAR program’s goal of advancing energy efficiency in a growing number of industries and protecting the environment.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Bill to Require Federal Buildings to Provide Lactation Spaces to Nursing Mothers Passes...

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that Norton’s bill, the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act (H.R. 1174), to require buildings that are either federally owned or leased to provide designated private and hygienic lactation spaces for nursing mothers passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee by voice vote. Last Congress, Norton’s bill passed the House as part of the Public Buildings Reform and Savings Act of 2016.

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HUD

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU ANNOUNCE NEW RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN FEBRUARY

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

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April 21 BSSC Webinar Looks at Steel-Framed Buildings

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the third webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Design of Seismic Force-Resisting Systems in Steel-Framed Buildings,” will be held Friday, April 21, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).