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NEH

NEH Creates New Grant Program to Support Humanities Infrastructure

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced a new grant program designed to create and sustain humanities infrastructure. Cultural institutions are eligible to receive up to $750,000 grants.
EPA

EPA Hurricane Maria Update for January 18, 2018: Hazardous Household Materials Collection Program Underway...

Continuing its Hurricane Maria response efforts, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency is collecting hazardous household materials, orphan containers and e-waste items in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Vieques, an island seven miles off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, was one of the hardest hit areas and has presented exceptional challenges, from a logistics and communications standpoint, to response and recovery efforts on Vieques.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Bill Allowing D.C. to Work with NPS to Make Improvements to Franklin Park...

A $488,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) and member institution, The First, A National Banking Association (The First), will rehabilitate 72 homes in Laurel, Mississippi. Local dignitaries yesterday joined bank and project representatives at a check presentation ceremony at the office of Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee to award the funds.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

CARSON DELIVERS OATH OF OFFICE TO FOUR NEW HUD LEADERS

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has four new top leaders who are assuming key roles in the agency at the start of a new year and during a critical recovery period following last year's devastating hurricanes. HUD Secretary Ben Carson administered the oath of office to the following individuals recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate: J. Paul Compton, Jr. to become HUD's General Counsel;
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Urges Senate Sergeant at Arms to Reconsider Concerns with Louisiana Avenue Bike Lane...

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today apparent Norton’s letter to Senate Sergeant at Arms Frank J. Larkin requesting he reconsider his purported opposition to the construction of a protected bike lane between Union Station and the U.S. Capitol Grounds on Louisiana Avenue. Norton has worked with Architect of the Capitol, the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, and the local biking community to achieve widespread support for the project, to be built using local funds in DDOT’s MoveDC action plan for D.C.’s transportation future

REMARKS FROM MATTHEW DOHERTY ON HUD’S AWARD OF $2 BILLION TO CONTINUUMS OF CARE...

Good afternoon, everyone. At the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, we work directly with our 19 federal member agencies to support state and local efforts to prevent and end homelessness in America. Secretary Carson and his team at HUD are critical partners in that work.
EPA

EPA Urges Home Radon Tests this January for National Radon Action Month

Radon, a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that causes cancer, can build up to unsafe levels in any home at any time of year. With many Americans spending more time inside their homes during January, however, there is no better time to make sure our homes are radon-free. That is why EPA starts every new year encouraging Americans to get their homes tested for radon.
NREL

Multi-model Effort Highlights Progress, Future Needs in Renewable Energy Modeling

Models of the U.S. electricity sector are relied upon by sector stakeholders and decision makers, but the recent surge in variable renewable energy (VRE), such as wind and solar, led a team of modeling experts to examine how these models would represent scenarios with high penetrations of VRE. Four agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Chairman Crowley Statement on President Trump’s $18 Billion Border Wall

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement on the funding request from President Trump to build his border wall: “President Trump has no interest in keeping Americans safe or overhauling our nation’s fundamentally flawed immigration system.
U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security Release Preliminary Report on Promoting Action Against Botnets...

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a draft report to President Trump in response to the May 11, 2017, Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure
DOE

Department of Energy to Invest $30 Million to Boost Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas...

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of six projects to receive approximately $30 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development in unconventional oil and natural gas recovery.
NIBS

Building Innovation 2018: Three Days Left to Save

If you're planning to attend Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference & Expo, January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., you have one last chance to save on registration.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Says Congressional Budget Process Ironically Allows D.C. Homeowners to Avoid New Property Tax...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said that in one of the great ironies of the onerous District of Columbia budget process, D.C. residents can prepay their 2018 property taxes by December 31, 2017, to avoid the $10,000 state and local tax deduction cap that takes effect next year.
Speaker Paul Ryan

The Biggest Tax Reform In A Generation Is Now Law

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “The biggest tax reform in a generation is now the law of the land. As promised, the American people will begin the new year with a new tax code.
Mayor Muriel Bowser

Norton Commemorates 44th Anniversary of Home Rule Act, Today

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) issued the following statement today on the 44th anniversary of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, which was signed into law by Republican President Richard Nixon on December 24, 1973.

Business Real Estate Press Releases

Kamran Charmsaz

Kamran Charmsaz Becomes Shareholder of KTGY Architecture + Planning

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce the addition of Kamran Charmsaz, CSI, CCCA, LEED AP, as a shareholder. Charmsaz, formerly an associate principal with KTGY, was also named a principal. Charmsaz is based in the firm’s Tysons, Virginia office and joins other KTGY Tysons shareholders: Rohit Anand, AIA, NCARB, principal; and Smita Anand, AIA, principal

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

MBA

Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 4.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 9, 2018. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 4.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.