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The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reportedly requested that EPA clarify whether the "significance" of a connection between smaller waterbodies and larger downstream waters marks a technical or policy issue -- echoing questions raised by a coalition of regulated stakeholders, including NAR, who are concerned that the agency may not be adequately weighing the issue as it works to clarify jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA).
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled January 14 that key elements of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) 2010 Open Internet Order are invalid.
The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) is asking the public for comments about the real estate transaction closing process.
On Dec. 20, 2013, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a 25-day extension for communities who wish to request a change to high cost area loan limits.
A Science Advisory Board panel will recommend the EPA consider the degree of connections that wetlands and streams have with downstream waters in a draft scientific study. This is a positive development for regulated stakeholders because establishing significance of the connection is a test articulated by Supreme Court Justice Kennedy to ascertain which wetlands merit Clean Water Act jurisdiction.
On Friday, December 13, FHA released its Annual Report to Congress and the FY 2013 Independent Actuarial Assessment of the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund.