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USAID Administrator Green's Meeting With Mark Lowcock, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Relief Coordinator
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development issued the following news release:

On January 13, 2020, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met with the United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, who directs the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The two officials discussed some of the world's most-pressing man-made crises, including Yemen, Venezuela, South Sudan, and Syria. Administrator Green expressed USAID's continued commitment ... Show Full Article

New Publication Features the Breadth of Atlanta Fed Research
ATLANTA, Georgia, Jan. 18 -- The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta issued the following news release:

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta announced that the premiere issue of its new online policy and research publication has been released. "Policy Hub will focus on the expertise of our economists and other researchers and the breadth of the work that they do here at the Atlanta Fed," said Paula Tkac, Atlanta Fed senior vice president and associate research directory. "The publication is designed to be of interest to academic researchers, policy experts, private-sector businesses, financial institutions, ... Show Full Article

Gulf Research Program Awards $7.25 Million to Eight Projects Working to Advance Safety Culture in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine issued the following news release:

The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced $7.25 million in grant awards for eight projects focused on strengthening safety culture in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Oil and gas production in deepwater are inherently hazardous activities that can fail in complex, catastrophic ways, as tragically shown by the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico and the 87-day oil spill that ensued 10 years ago. While ... Show Full Article

Greg Armstrong of Houston Reappointed Chair of Dallas Fed Board; Tom Falk of Irving Reappointed Deputy Chair
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 18 -- The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas issued the following news release:

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors has reappointed Greg L. Armstrong as chair and Thomas J. Falk as deputy chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas board of directors for 2020.

Armstrong is co-founder and retired chairman and CEO of Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline LP. He previously served as president, CEO and director of Plains Resources.

He was appointed to the Dallas Fed board in 2015 and reappointed in 2019 for a three-year term. He served as deputy chair of the board in 2018.

Armstrong ... Show Full Article

Fannie Mae Multifamily Closes 2019 With Record Volume of More Than $70 Billion
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Fannie Mae issued the following corporate news release:

Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTCQB) provided more than $70 billion in financing to support the multifamily market in 2019, the highest volume in the history of its Delegated Underwriting and Servicing (DUS(R)) program. Fannie Mae continues to build a broad and diverse investor base, while providing financing that meets the needs of our customers in all multifamily market segments in the United States.

"Our DUS program is well positioned to support the secondary market and play a key role as a stable source of liquidity for rental ... Show Full Article

David E. Wildt, Renowned Scientist and Conservationist Dies
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute issued the following news release:

A cow is not a cheetah. Yet against all odds, the fate of this iconic cat will be forever tied to a farm boy from Chandlerville, Illinois, whose would-be career as a livestock husbandry scientist took a wild turn forty years ago. David E. Wildt, renowned scientist and conservationist died at his home on January 15, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was 69. Wildt retired as the Director of the Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Species Survival in December ... Show Full Article

DOE Employee Debarred From Federal Employment for Violating the Hatch Act by Providing Tour to a Political Candidate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Office of Special Counsel issued the following news release:

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced a settlement agreement reached with a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) employee who violated the Hatch Act when she provided a guided tour of a radioactive waste treatment plant in Washington State to a candidate for U.S. Congress. The purpose of the tour, which was not open to the general public, was to provide the candidate with information for her campaign. The candidate had repeatedly sought a tour of the plant to demonstrate her familiarity with the ... Show Full Article