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Natural Resources

Bishop Statement on Infrastructure Executive Order

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s executive order on establishing accountability in the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects
DHCD

HPTF Financing Helps Tenants Preserve Affordable Housing Units in Columbia Heights

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) closed a loan agreement totaling more than $1.5 million that will help preserve 13 affordable housing units in Ward 4 for a tenant organization that invoked their rights under the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA). The funding was made available through the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF).
The White House

President Donald J. Trump Works to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

“Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, and railways gleaming across our very, very beautiful land.” – President Donald J. Trump
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

FARÍAS SWORN IN AS HUD’S ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR FAIR HOUSING AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Texas native Anna Maria Farías is the new Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Following her confirmation last week by the U.S. Senate, HUD Secretary Ben Carson today administered the oath of office to Farías who will now lead the Department's work to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD REPORTS “WORST CASE HOUSING NEEDS” INCREASED IN 2015

The number of very poor unsubsidized families struggling to pay their monthly rent and who may also be living in substandard housing increased between 2013 and 2015, according to a new report released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD reports that in 2015, 8.3 million very low-income unassisted families paid more than half their monthly income for rent, lived in severely substandard housing, or both.
Appraisal Institute

Appraisal Institute Book Helps Value Green Commercial Real Estate

This new book is a valuable resource for those who want to keep up and stay ahead of the newest ideas and trends in commercial real estate, Appraisal Institute President Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, wrote in the books foreword
USDOJ

PHH Agrees to Pay Over $74 Million to Resolve Alleged False Claims Act Liability...

PHH Corp. PHH Mortgage Corp. and PHH Home Loans (collectively, PHH) have agreed to pay the United States $74,453,802 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting mortgage loans insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA), guaranteed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and purchased by the Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) that did not meet applicable requirements, the Justice Department announced today.
VA

VA Extends Funding to Groups Impacted By Grant and Per Diem Program Changes

VA Secretary David J. Shulkin announced an extension of funding to organizations that applied for Fiscal Year 2018 grants under VA’s Homeless Providers’ Grant and Per Diem Program, but would be found ineligible due to new program guidelines.
DHCD

HPTF Financing Will Preserve Affordable Housing Units in Ward 4

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) closed two loan agreements totaling more than $4.2 million that will help preserve 33 affordable housing units in Ward 4 for tenant organizations that invoked their purchase rights through the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA). The funding was made available through the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF).
HUD InspectorGeneral

Former Ft. Myers Housing Director Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Thousands

Fort Myers, Florida – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that Twaski Jackson (38, Lee County) today pleaded guilty to a two count information charging him with stealing and embezzling thousands of dollars from the City of Fort Myers Housing Authority and the Lee County Housing Authority.
EPA

EPA Announces Funding of More Than $3.5 Million for DC Water Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is providing more than $3.5 million in funding to the District Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE) for projects to control stormwater runoff and prevent pollution to District waterways.
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NEH Announces $39.3 Million for 245 Humanities Projects Nationwide

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $39.3 million in grants for 245 humanities projects across the country. The grants include funding to help revitalize the Lakota/Dakota language through a master-apprentice language-learning program for Sioux Tribe members and the creation of a veterans studies program at Missoula College in Montana.
GSA

GSA Awards 10 Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions Contracts

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced awards for the new 15-year, $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solution (EIS) contract. EIS is a government-wide contract that provides federal agencies with mission-critical telecommunications, infrastructure, and information technology services.
USDOJ

U.S. Files New Complaint Against City Of L.A. and a Former Redevelopment Agency to...

The United States late yesterday filed a complaint in intervention against the City of Los Angeles and the CRA/LA (formerly the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles) alleging that together they fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in housing grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by falsely certifying that the money was being spent in compliance with federal accessibility laws
NREL

NREL Names Roderick Jackson as Laboratory Program Manager for Buildings Research

Roderick Jackson is the new laboratory program manager for buildings-related research at the Energy Department's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Jackson comes to NREL from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he was the group manager for Building Envelope Systems Research.
USDOJ

Chairman of Macau Real Estate Development Company Convicted on All Counts for Role in...

Yesterday, a federal jury convicted the chairman of a real estate development company for his role in a scheme to bribe United Nations ambassadors to obtain support to build a conference center in Macau that would host, among other events, the annual United Nations Global South-South Development Expo.
EPA

EPA awards Montana Department of Environmental Quality over $2M grant to protect water quality

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $2,057,000 to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to help protect human health and the environment through two Nonpoint Source Program Clean Water Act Section 319 grants. These grants are given to states to implement environmental programs that address nonpoint source pollution in surface and groundwater in order to meet and maintain water quality standards.
GSA

Dan Mathews Appointed Commissioner of GSA’s Public Building Service

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced that Dan Mathews will be appointed Commissioner of the Public Building Service (PBS). Mathews will oversee GSA's real estate portfolio, which includes more than 370 million rentable square feet in more than 8,600 active assets across the country.
Natural Resources

Committee Passes Bills to Spur Private Investment in Water Infrastructure, Increase Federal Transparency

The House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 3281 (Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-CO), the “Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act,” and H.R. 2371 (Rep. Paul Gosar, R-AZ), the “Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act.”
Natural Resources

Committee Passes Bill to Improve Transparency, Management of Federal Land Ownership

The House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 2199, the “Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act of 2017” or the “FLAIR Act.” Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), the bipartisan bill requires the Department of the Interior to create a publicly available register of federal real property to increase transparency and improve management of the federal estate.
EPA

New EPA Tool Helps Communities Access More Than $10 Billion in Water Infrastructure Financing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching the Water Finance Clearinghouse, a web?based portal to help communities make informed financing decisions for their drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs. The Clearinghouse provides communities with a searchable database with more than $10 billion in water funding sources and over 550 resources to support local water infrastructure projects.
FTC

FTC Announces Winner of its Internet of Things Home Device Security Contest

The Federal Trade Commission announced that a mobile app developed by a New Hampshire software developer was awarded the top prize in the agency’s competition seeking tools to help consumers protect the security of their Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
New Residential

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT NEW RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN JUNE 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 June 2017.
ABC National

ABC Calls on Congress to Support Expansion of Construction Apprenticeship Programs

Michael Bennett, vice president of the Cianbro Cos., Pittsfield, Maine, today told Congress that industry-driven training programs should play a bigger role in government efforts to close the workforce/skills gap that has left 500,000 construction jobs unfilled in the United States today. Bennett testified on behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development to call for support for President Trump’s recent executive order expanding apprenticeships, which would help ensure job seekers get exactly the training required for success in today’s job market
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Introduces Bill to Extend D.C.’s Lease of RFK Stadium Site by 50 Years...

The office Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that Norton has introduced a bill to extend the District of Columbia’s lease with the National Park Service to use the land under Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (RFK) by 50 years, for a total period of 100 years. Norton said the lease extension will provide the long-term stability required to redevelop the RFK site to include more green space for public use, sports fields, pedestrian bridges to connect the area to Wards 7 and 8, and a memorial more fitting to the legacy of Robert F. Kennedy.
NREL

NREL to Receive Public Service Award for 40 Years of Energy Innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is again receiving national recognition for its 40th Anniversary with a prestigious public service award.
EPA

EPA awards North Dakota Department of Health nearly $3.9M to protect water quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $3,884,000 to the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDH) to help protect human health and the environment through a Nonpoint Source Program Clean Water Act Section 319 cooperative agreement. This grant is given to states to implement environmental programs that address nonpoint source pollution in surface and groundwater in order to meet and maintain water quality standards.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Committee Reviews Key Interior and Energy Nominees

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to consider six of President Trump’s nominees for key positions at the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Interior (DOI).
DOI

Secretary Zinke and Colorado Senator Gardner Announce more than $50 Million for National Parks...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner announced today that the National Park Service is teaming up with partners across the nation to distribute nearly $50 million in high priority maintenance and infrastructure projects at 42 parks in 29 states. Congress provided $20 million for the projects as part of the Centennial Challenge program which will be matched by $33 million from more than 50 park partners to improve trails, restore buildings, and increase visitor access to parks.
EAST BALTIMORE REDEVELOPMENT

EAST BALTIMORE REDEVELOPMENT EARNS 2017 HUD SECRETARY AWARD FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

For years, dozens of historic rowhouses in an East Baltimore neighborhood sat vacant, boarded up and crumbling from neglect while nearby families were in need of affordable housing. Then, a $9.3 million redevelopment project rehabilitated 32 vacant rowhouses into beautiful affordable housing homes complete with a coffee shop and a workforce development center inside two mixed-use buildings.

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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Headway on Anti-Home-Rule Riders Gives Her Momentum for Removing Most...

Although the fiscal year 2018 D.C. Appropriations bill passed by the House today contains five anti-home-rule riders, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she believes she will be able to keep most of them out of the final spending bill, which must be passed by December 8. The Senate version of the fiscal year 2018 D.C. Appropriations bill has not been introduced, but even under Republican control the last two fiscal years, the bill has contained zero anti-home-rule riders

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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.