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Subcommittee Begins Comprehensive Onshore Federal Lands Energy Policy Overhaul with Review of Targeted Reform...

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources began a comprehensive legislative overhaul of federal onshore energy development with a legislative hearing to review targeted bills that reform the existing federal regulatory framework

DHS Statement Regarding Safety and Enforcement During Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma approaches the United States and its territories, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) highest priorities – as they were with Hurricane Harvey – are to promote life-saving and life-sustaining activities, the safe evacuation of people who are leaving the impacted area, the maintenance of public order, the prevention of the loss of property to the extent possible, and the speedy recovery of the region. Anyone in the path of this storm should follow instructions from their local officials and heed any warnings as this dangerous storm approaches
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Amendments to Prevent States from Racially Profiling and to Increase Section 8 Housing...

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the House Rules Committee is scheduled to consider amendments to the fiscal year 2018 Transportation, Housing And Urban Development Appropriations bill, including her amendments to prohibit states that receive federal transportation funding from engaging in unconstitutional profiling based on physical characteristics and another to increase funding for Section 8 tenant-based vouchers by 1 percent, or $187 million, today, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. in H-312 (U.S. Capitol).
U.S. Department of Labor

STATEMENT ON LABOR DAY BY U.S. SECRETARY OF LABOR ALEXANDER ACOSTA

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta released the following statement to commemorate Labor Day: “Labor Day is the one day a year that we set aside to honor the men and women who work every day to make this nation great. At the Department of Labor, we have the great privilege of engaging with the greatest workforce in the world, the American workforce
Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Bowser Launches DC Infrastructure Academy

Mayor Bowser signed a memorandum of intent to formally launch the DC Infrastructure Academy, a partnership between DC Government and utility, union, university, and private sector partners that will create a pipeline to in-demand infrastructure jobs for District residents
HUD

HUD REPORT FINDS PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL DISABILITIES FACE SIGNIFICANT RENTAL HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

Persons living with mental illness, intellectual or other developmental disabilities continue to face significant housing discrimination in the rental housing market, according to a new pilot study released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Survivor Housing a Priority for the Federal and State Recovery Effort after Hurricane Harvey

The federal government continues to focus on the lives and safety of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. While the coordinated response continues, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other federal, state, local, and tribal partners, are beginning to direct efforts toward recovery, including housing survivors displaced by the disaster through the state-led disaster housing task force.
EPA

Status of Water Systems in Areas Affected by Harvey

Working together, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) continue to coordinate with local, state and federal officials to address the human health and environmental impacts of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, especially the water systems in the affected areas.  As of Saturday, September 2nd, 2017, the following information is available
Ginnie Mae

Ginnie Mae Extends Assistance to Harvey-Impacted Issuers

Ginnie Mae is highlighting its assistance program to help its Mortgage Backed Security (MBS) Issuers impacted by Hurricane Harvey. “We’ll work with our partners to ensure we get through this together,” said Michael Bright, Ginnie Mae Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Acting President.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD SECRETARY BEN CARSON’S STATEMENT ON TAX REFORM

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made the following statement regarding tax reform. "One of the most important actions we can take to grow our economy and help families get ahead is to fix our broken tax code.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD AWARDS $5 MILLION TO SUPPORT SAFETY AND SECURITY IN PUBLIC HOUSING

In an effort to address emergency, safety and security needs and fight crime at public housing properties, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $5 million to 25 local agencies in 15 states.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD ANNOUNCES DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE HARVEY

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson today announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Texas and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to Hurricane Harvey. To date, President Trump issued a disaster declaration for the following counties (more counties may be added as more disaster data becomes available)
NREL

NREL, Swiss Scientists Power Past Solar Efficiency Records

Collaboration between researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) shows the high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

To Make Congress Confront the Nation’s Affordable Housing Crisis, Norton Files Amendment to Increase...

Faced with the almost-disappearance of affordable housing in the District of Columbia and across the nation, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) filed an amendment to the fiscal year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations (THUD) bill to increase the funding for Section 8 tenant-based vouchers by 1 percent, or $187 million, which would translate into approximately 21,000 new housing vouchers. Recipients use the vouchers to reduce their rents in private apartments.
ICE

Joint statement from ICE and CBP regarding Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey approaches the United States, the Governor of Texas has issued a State of Disaster declaration for 30 counties in Texas, and the Governor of Louisiana has declared a State of Emergency. In light of Hurricane Harvey, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) highest priorities are to promote life-saving and life-sustaining activities, the safe evacuation of people who are leaving the impacted area, the maintenance of public order, the prevention of the loss of property to the extent possible, and the speedy recovery of the region.
EPA

EPAs Grant of $2,536,800 to South Carolina will Support Efforts to Improve and Protect...

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has received a $2,536,800 EPA grant to reduce nonpoint source pollution as well as achieve and maintain beneficial use of water. The grant is part of EPA's 2017 Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant Program.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Files Amendment to Prevent States from Engaging in Racial Profiling

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) filed an amendment to the fiscal year 2018 Transportation, Housing And Urban Development Appropriations bill to prohibit states that receive federal transportation funding from engaging in unconstitutional profiling based on physical characteristics.
DHCD

HPTF Financing Helps Preserve Affordable Housing Units in Shepherd Park

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) closed a loan agreement totaling more than $3.1 million that will help preserve 21 affordable housing units in Ward 4 for a tenant association invoking its purchase rights through the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA). The funding was made available through the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF).
NREL

NREL Updates Baseline Cost and Performance Data for Electricity Generation Technologies

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2017 Annual Technology Baseline (ATB), updating a key source of reliable electricity generation technology cost and performance data used to support and inform electric sector analysis in the United States. Now in its third year, the ATB documents technology-specific information on a broad spectrum of electricity generation technologies, including wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biomass, coal, natural gas, and nuclear.
NREL

NREL Analysis Identifies Where Commercial Customers Might Benefit from Battery Energy Storage

Commercial electricity customers who are subject to high demand charges may be able to reduce overall costs by using battery energy storage to manage demand, according to research by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
NREL

Researchers Validate UV Light’s Use in Improving Semiconductors

A discovery by two scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) could aid the development of next-generation semiconductor devices. The researchers, Kwangwook Park and Kirstin Alberi, experimented with integrating two dissimilar semiconductors into a heterostructure by using light to modify the interface between them.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Department of Energy awards $1.9 Million Grant to The City of Seattle Department of...

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) applauded the Department of Energy’s (DOE) announcement that the City of Seattle Department of Transportation will receive a $1.9 million grant to accelerate the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in Seattle.
New Residential Sales

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES IN JULY 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 July 2017
EPA

EPA Announces Innovative Mussel Research to Address Water Quality Issues

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a new project today to develop innovative methods to improve our understanding of the distribution of freshwater mussels. EPA will partner with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in this effort
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Files Amendments to Strike All Anti-Home-Rule Riders from D.C. Appropriations Bill and Warns...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today filed amendments to strike all four anti-home-rule riders from the House’s fiscal year 2018 District of Columbia Appropriations bill, which is expected to be considered on the floor next month when Congress returns from recess. Norton’s amendments would strike the riders that prohibit D.C. from spending its local funds on marijuana commercialization and on abortions for low-income women, as well as those that repeal D.C.’s medical aid-in-dying law, the Death with Dignity Act, and budget autonomy referendum.
Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Bowser Announces New Affordable Housing for Petworth

Mayor Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announced Victory Housing with Brinshore Development as the developer selected to redevelop the historic Hebrew Home at 1125 Spring Road, NW in Ward 4. The project will produce 187 residential units, with 80 percent of the units created as affordable housing for seniors and families.
VA

VA to Revise State Veteran Home Construction Regulations

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA plans to propose changes to regulations for its State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program to make it easier to for States to receive VA funding to construct Veterans homes in rural areas.
EPA

EPA awards $1.1 million to Idaho to protect drinking water sources

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it awarded a total of $1.1 million in two-year grant funding for 2016-2018 to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to protect underground sources of drinking water from leaking underground petroleum storage tanks.
USDOJ

Construction Company Sentenced for Clean Air Act Violations in Puerto Rico

A construction company was sentenced today to a fine of $1.5 million dollars and three years of probation for violating the federal Clean Air Act, announced the Justice Department. AIREKO Construction Company failed to comply with the asbestos National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants during the illegal removal of asbestos containing materials from the Minillas North Tower in May 2012, according to court documents.
RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN JULY 2017

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 July 2017.

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DOI

Secretary Zinke Announces $94.3 Million to States for Parks and Outdoor...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that $94.3 million will be distributed for outdoor recreation and conservation projects to the 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing. These funds are awarded through federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment in America’s state and local public parks.

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DOI

Secretary Zinke Announces $94.3 Million to States for Parks and Outdoor...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that $94.3 million will be distributed for outdoor recreation and conservation projects to the 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing. These funds are awarded through federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment in America’s state and local public parks.