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NASA Awards Construction Contract for Instrument Development Facility
WASHINGTON, April 21 -- NASA issued the following news release:

NASA has awarded a contract to the Manhattan Construction Company, of Arlington Virginia, for the construction of the Instrument Development Facility at the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

This firm-fixed-price contract has a potential total value of $31.1 million. Work under the contract begins April 20 and runs through Oct. 20, 2019.

This contract requires the construction of a 54,200 sq ft., multi-story laboratory and office facility to co-locate and re-locate the Science and Exploration Directorate's ... Show Full Article

IMF Reaches Staff-Level Agreement on the Fourth Review of Sri Lanka's Extended Fund Facility
WASHINGTON, April 20 -- The International Monetary Fund issued the following news release:

After constructive discussions with the authorities in Colombo and during the Spring Meetings in Washington DC, Manuela Goretti, the IMF mission chief for Sri Lanka, issued the following statement:

"The IMF team reached a staff-level agreement with the Sri Lankan authorities on the fourth review under an economic reform program supported by a three-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement . All the end-December quantitative performance criteria under the program were met, as the authorities have successfully ... Show Full Article

IDB Invest Finances the Achiras Wind Farm in Argentina
WASHINGTON, April 20 -- The Inter-American Development Bank issued the following news release:

IDB Invest, the private sector institution of the IDB Group, finances the construction, operation and maintenance of the Achiras 48 MW wind farm located in the southeast region of the province of Cordoba, in Argentina. The project includes a transmission line of 14 kilometers and is developed by the company Central Puerto, S.A.

The financing consists of a $20 million IDB Invest loan and the mobilization of $10 million from the Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector of the Americas (C2F), managed ... Show Full Article

Four Years of NASA NEOWISE Data
PASADENA, California, April 20 -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued the following news:

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its fourth year of survey data. Since the mission was restarted in December 2013, after a period of hibernation, the asteroid- and comet-hunter has completely scanned the skies nearly eight times and has observed and characterized 29,375 objects in four years of operations. This total includes 788 near-Earth objects and 136 comets since the mission restart.

Near-Earth objects (NEOs) are comets and asteroids that ... Show Full Article

EPA Announces First Water Infrastructure Loan Under WIFIA
WASHINGTON, April 20 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its first-ever loan from the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program to King County, Washington, to help finance its Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station.

"Today's loan marks a major milestone in advancing President Trump's vision for improving our country's water infrastructure," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "EPA's WIFIA program is proof positive that we can achieve environmental protections and economic ... Show Full Article

Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Announces Settlement With Wells Fargo for Auto-Loan Administration and Mortgage Practices
WASHINGTON, April 20 -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued the following news release:

Today the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) announced a settlement with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in a coordinated action with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). As described in the consent order, the Bureau found that Wells Fargo violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) in the way it administered a mandatory insurance program related to its auto loans. The Bureau also found that Wells Fargo violated the CFPA in how it charged certain borrowers for mortgage ... Show Full Article

Austin Emergency Shelter Gets Major Facelift With Help of $500K Grant
AUSTIN, Texas, April 20 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following news release:

The Salvation Army's downtown emergency shelter in Austin, Texas, has been in continuous operation for more than 30 years, serving 800 meals a day and providing shelter to thousands of individuals annually.

With such constant use, the 65,000-square-foot shelter was in need of some major tender loving care. Frost Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) helped in that effort by awarding a $500,000 Affordable Housing Program ... Show Full Article