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GAO Reports – Defense Infrastructure, Federal Green Building, IRS Examination Selection, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, Teacher Preparation Programs

  • Defense Infrastructure: Improvements in DOD Reporting and Cybersecurity Implementation Needed to Enhance Utility Resilience Planning, GAO-15-749: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
  • Federal Green Building: Federal Efforts and Third-Party Certification Help Agencies Implement Key Requirements, but Challenges Remain, GAO-15-667: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
  • IRS Examination Selection: Internal Controls for Exempt Organization Selection Should Be Strengthened, GAO-15-514: Published: Jul 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
  • IRS Examination Selection: IRS Should Strengthen Internal Controls for Exempt Organization Selection, GAO-15-753T: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
  • Low-Income Housing Tax Credit: Joint IRS-HUD Administration Could Help Address Weaknesses in Oversight, GAO-15-330: Published: Jul 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015
  • Teacher Preparation Programs: Education Should Ensure States Identify Low-Performing Programs and Improve Information-Sharing, GAO-15-598: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
  • Teacher Preparation Programs: Survey of State Entities that Oversee Teacher Preparation Programs (GAO-15-599SP, July 2015), an E-supplement to GAO-15-598 GAO-15-599SP: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.

Millions of Children Living in High-Poverty Areas

Annie E. Casey Foundation: “The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book reports that 14% of children — 10.1 million total — are now living in areas of concentrated poverty.  These numbers represent an unsettling trend: An increase of nearly 4 million more children living in high-poverty areas since 2000.  State-by-state, the percentage of children living inContinue Reading

Monetary Policy, Hot Housing Markets and Leverage

Ungerer, Christoph, Monetary Policy, Hot Housing Markets and Leverage (May 22, 2015). FEDS Working Paper No. 2015-048. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2628295 “Expansionary monetary policy can increase household leverage by stimulating housing liquidity. Low mortgage rates encourage buyers to enter the housing market, raising the speed at which properties can be sold. Because lendersContinue Reading

Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2015

UK Institute for Fiscal Studies – Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2015. Chris Belfield, Jonathan Cribb, Andrew Hood, Robert Joyce.July 2015. “Average incomes are edging up slowly after falling sharply after the Great Recession. Income inequality has fallen back to levels last seen one or two decades ago. Relative poverty is lowerContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Propane and Heating Oil Programs, HUD, IGs, International Space Station

Check-Off Programs: Observations from the Propane and Heating Oil Programs, GAO-15-769T: Published: Jul 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2015. HUD Public and Indian Housing Programs: Progress on Prior GAO Recommendations to Enhance Accountability and Efficiency, GAO-15-747T: Published: Jul 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2015. Inspectors General: Additional Efforts Needed by the Department ofContinue Reading

Confronting Suburban Poverty in America – data from new book

Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program – via the blog for the book, Confronting Suburban Poverty in America: “Between 2000 and 2012, poverty grew and re-concentrated in parts of metropolitan areas that were farther from jobs, particularly in suburbs, which are now home to more than half of the poor residents of the country’s 100 largest metroContinue Reading

HUD – Family Options Study for Homeless Families

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development | Office of Policy Development and Research: Family Options Study – Short-Term Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families, July 2015. “The study examines four interventions: 1. Permanent housing subsidy, or SUB, usually a housing choice voucher (HCV), could include assistance to find housing but noContinue Reading

Agencies release list of distressed or underserved nonmetropolitan middle-income geographies

“The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation today announced the availability of the 2015 list of distressed or underserved nonmetropolitan middle-income geographies, where revitalization or stabilization activities will receive Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) consideration as community development. Distressed nonmetropolitanContinue Reading

25 Metropolitan Area Fact Sheets from the American Housing Survey

“The fact sheets released by Census provide information on 25 selected metropolitan areas’ housing costs, mortgages and a variety of other physical and financial characteristics. A national fact sheet is also available.  The statistics come from the American Housing Survey, which is sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and conducted by theContinue Reading

25 Metropolitan Area Fact Sheets from American Housing Survey

“The fact sheets released today provide information on 25 selected metropolitan areas’ housing costs, mortgages and a variety of other physical and financial characteristics. A national fact sheet is also available.  The statistics come from the American Housing Survey, which is sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and conducted by the U.S.Continue Reading

House Price Volatility and the Housing Ladder

Banks, James W. and Blundell, Richard W. and Oldfield, Zoé and Smith, James P., House Price Volatility and the Housing Ladder (June 2015). NBER Working Paper No. w21255. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2618643 “This paper investigates the effects of spatial housing price risk on housing choices over the first half of the life-cycle. HousingContinue Reading

American Housing Survey Emergency Preparedness Infographic

“To better understand the needs of first responders and other emergency workers, the 2013 American Housing Survey asked U.S. residents how prepared they are for disasters. A new infographic released today displays a wide range of the resulting statistics on topics such as having an emergency water supply and emergency evacuation kit. The American HousingContinue Reading