Friday - February 24, 2017
Federal Independent Agencies

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U.S. House Prices Rise 1.5 Percent in Fourth Quarter
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- Federal Housing Finance Agency issued the following news release:

U.S. house prices rose 1.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI). House prices rose 6.2 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015 to the fourth quarter of 2016. FHFA's seasonally adjusted monthly index for December was up 0.4 percent from November.

The HPI is calculated using home sales price information from mortgages sold to, or guaranteed by, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. FHFA has produced a video of highlights for this quarter.

"Although ... Show Full Article

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Nevada Businesses and Residents Affected by the Severe Winter Storms, Flooding and Mudslides
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 23 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Nevada businesses and residents affected by the severe winter storms, flooding and mudslides that occurred Jan. 5-14, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Brian Sandoval on Feb. 22, 2017.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Churchill, ... Show Full Article

New Report Examines the Impact of Undergraduate Research Experiences for STEM Students
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine issued the following news release:

The call for expanding undergraduates' access to research experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) raises questions about their use and potential to increase students' interest and persistence in these disciplines. A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines the evidence on undergraduate research experiences (UREs) and recommends more well-designed research to gain a deeper understanding of how these ... Show Full Article

NASA Establishes New Public-Private Partnerships to Advance U.S. Commercial Space Capabilities
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- NASA issued the following news release:

NASA is partnering with eight U.S. companies to advance small spacecraft and launch vehicle technologies that are on the verge of maturation and are likely to benefit both NASA and the commercial space market.

These partnerships are the result of a solicitation released in August 2016 by NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), titled Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies. They mark the second round of public-private opportunities that enable industry to develop promising commercial ... Show Full Article

DRBC to Review Aquatic Life Uses in Delaware River Estuary in Recognition of Improved Water Quality - Public Hearing Scheduled for March 15
WEST TRENTON, N.J., Feb. 23 -- The Delaware River Basin Commission issued the following news release:

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) today announced plans to take several actions to recognize improved water quality in the Delaware River Estuary and to formally review the designated aquatic life uses and water quality criteria necessary to support these uses in the estuary.

The plans are described in a proposed resolution which will be the subject of a special public hearing on March 15, 2017, where interested parties will have the opportunity to provide oral comments. The hearing, ... Show Full Article

Curious to Know What it's Like to be a Directorate of Operations Intern?
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The Central Intelligence Agency issued the following feature story:

Every officer has a unique path to the Agency, and CIA interns are no exception. We recently polled some former DO undergraduate interns (https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities/ncs-intern.html) now working as full-time DO officers to illustrate some shared commonalities, as well as differences, in their personal backgrounds and prior internship experiences. Here is a sampling of responses...

What led you to apply for an internship with the CIA and specifically, the DO?

* Growing up in ... Show Full Article

Approval of Application by PCSB Financial Corporation
NEW YORK, Feb. 23 -- The Federal Reserve Bank of New York issued the following news release:

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York approved the application under Section 3 of the Bank Holding Company Act by PCSB Financial Corporation, Yorktown Heights, New York, to become a bank holding company by acquiring 100 percent of the voting shares of PCSB Bank, Brewster, New York.

The Reserve Bank acted under authority delegated by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.