Tuesday - October 16, 2018
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USAID Administrator Issues Statement on House Foreign Affairs Committee Review
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development issued the following statement by Administrator Mark Green appreciating the House Foreign Affairs Committee's review of the agency's Global Health Supply Chain Program:

"I welcome the bipartisan efforts of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to review the Global Health Supply Chain Program at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

"I thank Chairman Royce, Staff Director Tom Sheehy, and their team for their thorough report, which identified areas for improvement in various institutional and procurement processes.

"Oversight ... Show Full Article

U.S. EPA Requires U.S. Forest Service to Close Over 60 Cesspools in California's National Forests
SAN FRANCISCO, California, Oct. 15 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to close 62 campground pit toilets, considered to be large capacity cesspools, at seven national forests across California. USFS, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will have until December 2020 to comply with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act's ban on large capacity cesspools (LCC).

"EPA and the U.S. Forest Service are taking important steps to close these banned ... Show Full Article

Third Installment Available of 'The Daily Summary: Informing President Truman'
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- The Central Intelligence Agency issued the following news release:

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) today released the third of six sets of declassified daily intelligence reports President Harry Truman received from CIA and its predecessor organization, the Central Intelligence Group. Known then as the Daily Summary, the product continues now as the President's Daily Brief.

Today's release, totals 887 pages of Daily Summary reports from 1947--the year the United States unveiled its strategy for countering the expansion of communism, later known as the Truman Doctrine. ... Show Full Article

Scientists to Debate Landing Site for Next Mars Rover
PASADENA, California, Oct. 15 -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued the following news:

Hundreds of scientists and Mars-exploration enthusiasts will convene in a hotel ballroom just north of Los Angeles later this week to present, discuss and deliberate the future landing site for NASA's next Red Planet rover - Mars 2020. The three-day workshop is the fourth and final in a series designed to ensure NASA receives the broadest range of data and opinion from the scientific community before the agency chooses where to send the new rover.

The Mars 2020 mission is tasked with not only seeking ... Show Full Article

Peace Corps Volunteers Promote Culture of Handwashing Around the World
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- The Peace Corps issued the following news release:

On Global Handwashing Day, celebrated annually on Oct. 15, the Peace Corps recognizes volunteers who promote handwashing and sanitation in communities around the world. Through education and training on best sanitation practices, Peace Corps volunteers and their local partners are working to improve hygiene and help prevent diseases in the communities they serve.

Established in 2008 by the Global Handwashing Partnership, Global Handwashing Day is dedicated to raising awareness about handwashing with soap as an easy and ... Show Full Article

Mortgage Translations Clearinghouse Launched to Help Borrowers With English Language Barriers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Federal Housing Finance Agency issued the following news release:

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Freddie Mac (OTCQB:FMCC), and Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) together announce the launch of Mortgage Translations - a centralized clearinghouse of online resources to assist lenders, servicers, housing counselors, and other real estate professionals in serving limited English proficient (LEP) borrowers.

LEP borrowers make up a growing share of today's mortgage market - a trend that is likely to continue in the coming decades - and lenders and other mortgage market participants ... Show Full Article

Federal Reserve Governor Brainard Issues Speech on Community Investment
DENVER, Colorado, Oct. 15 -- The Federal Reserve issued the following speech by Governor Lael Brainard on community investment at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City:

"Good afternoon. I am delighted to be here in Denver for a few days to visit with community leaders working to support affordable housing, workforce development, and small businesses across the Mile High City. So far, I have had a chance to hear firsthand about the housing affordability challenges facing many Denver families, which are requiring some families to make difficult choices between paying rent and paying for other ... Show Full Article