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Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI), declined to place the Greater Sage Grouse on the Endangered Species list, stating that unprecedented cooperative, voluntary, conservation actions by advocates, state governments and the private sector had sufficiently increased the bird's population and protected its habitat.
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) budget for its Section 502 Direct Loan Program must be spent by September 30, 2015.
NAR sent a letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee asking them to oppose any transportation package that includes using GSE g-fees as a pay-for of federal transportation funding.
President Chris Polychron testified at a House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet at a hearing on “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Commercial Applications and Public Policy Implications.”
A federal district judge in North Dakota stayed the final "Waters of the U.S." rule of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), which was set to take effect on August 28, 2015.
NAR urges Congress to oppose legislation that utilizes Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac’s credit risk guarantee fees (g-fees) to offset highway program costs.
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) released a proposal altering the requirements for member business loans (MBL). NAR submitted comments in support of the proposal, citing the need for increased lending for commercial real estate and to small businesses.
The Obama Administration announced a number of initiatives related to energy efficiency and renewable energy, including two programs of interest to the real estate industry.
The FAA continues to approve Section 333 waivers for commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones.