Washington Report: 2018 Issues

December 17, 2018

  • FY2019 Appropriations Update
  • Trump Administration Redefines WOTUS 
  • Farm Bill Includes Drinking Water Protections 
  • Compromise Integrated Planning Bill Introduced in House 
  • DOT Releases BUILD Grant Awardee List
  • FEMA Schedules National Exercise Program Webinars 
  • FCC Seeks Comments on Cellular Vehicle-To-Everything Technology 

December 3, 2018 

  • Status Update for Outgoing 115th Congress & Leadership for 116th Congress
  • NFIP Receives Extension through December 7, 2018 
  • Next Road to Zero Coalition Meeting 
  • Second Federal Judge Rules Against WOTUS Delay 
  • Senate EPW Holds Hearing on Surface Transportation Needs 
  • EPA Closes WIFIA Loan with San Diego 
  • APWA Supports Maintaining Federal Flood Mapping Funds

November 26, 2018 

  • FY 2019 Appropriations Update
  • President Signs Legislation Modifying DHS Cyber Agency 
  • House Plans Vote to Reauthorize National Earthquake Program 
  • FEMA Releases National Preparedness Report 
  • Wheeler to be Nominated as EPA Head 
  • DHS IOG Report on FEMA Oversight of IPAWS 
  • Head of EPA Drinking Water Office to Retire 
  • DHS Seeking Comments on First Responder Community of Practice 
  • FCC Seeking Comments on Hurricane Michael Preparation and Response 
  • FEMA Announces Risk MAP Guidelines and Standards 2018
  • APWA Participating in FirstNet Panel 
  • FEMA Releasing Prep Talk Featuring APWA Member Phil Mann

November 12, 2018

  • Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Update
  • National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week 
  • EPA Announces WIFIA Applicants 
  • NFIP Funding Set to Expire November 30
  • EPA Requests Comments on Source Water Protection 
  • FEMA Soon Releasing Prep Talk Including APWA Member 
  • November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month 

October 15, 2018 

  • Senate Adjourns Until November 13
  • NHTSA Seeking Input on Autonomous Vehicles 
  • EPA Gives States Authority on PFAS 
  • Senate Votes to Confirm FEMA Deputy Administrator 
  • FHWA Announces New Executive Director 
  • DHS Releases Strategy to Protect Against Electromagnetic Incidents 
  • FEMA Releases Revised Flood Insurance Manual 
  • FEMA Webinars on the National Response Framework 
  • DHS OIA Fellows Program Application Period Open

October 8, 2018

  • FAA Reauthorization Signed into Law
  • Senators Ask EPA to Curtail CWA State Authority 
  • First Research Grant for PFAS Awarded 
  • U.S. DOT Releases Autonomous Vehicles 3.0 
  • Senate Passes the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act 
  • DHS and DOE Announce New Cybersecurity Initiative 
  • FEMA Hosting October 9 Discovery Session 
  • FEMA Opens Application Period for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants 
  • EPA Asks for Input on Drinking Water Contaminants 
  • FEMA Seeks Comments on Federal Guidelines 

October 1, 2018

  • FY 2019 Appropriations Update
  • FAA Reauthorization Update 
  • Senate Committee Pushes on PFAS
  • DOT Awards $205 Million in Funding for Airport Infrastructure 
  • WOTUS Opponents Try Again for Nationwide Freeze 
  • FEMA Releases NIMS NQS Skillsets 
  • NIST Seeking Comments on Internet of Things Guide 
  • FEMA and FCC to Hold Nationwide Emergency Alert Test Wednesday 
  • Senate Committee Advances Nomination of FEMA Deputy Administrator 
  • Lead in Drinking Water a Focus of Federal Government 
  • October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 
  • DHS Hosting Webinar on Infrastructure Network Protection 
  • FEMA Hosting Webinar on Hazard Mitigation and Resilience 

September 24, 2018

  • FY 2019 Appropriations Update 
  • DOT Announces $14 Million in Emergency Relief Funds 
  • FAA Compromise Bill Expected this Week 
  • Bipartisan PFAS Legislation Introduced in House 
  • House Scheduled to Vote on UAS and NIST
  • White House Releases Updated National Cybersecurity Policy 
  • Iowa Joins Lawsuit Halting WOTUS

September 17, 2018

  • Congress Moves Forward on FY 2019 Appropriations
  • House Passes Water Infrastructure Legislation 
  • Senate Committee Hearing Examines Emerging Technologies in Transportation 
  • IPAWS Emergency Alert System Test Postponed 
  • House Passes Measure to Formally Establish New DHS Division 
  • APWA Executive Director Meets with USGS

September 10, 2018

  • APWA Represented at FEMA's September Prep Talk
  • FHWA Announces Competitive Highway Bridge Funding 
  • House Transportation Subcommittee Hearing on Transportation Technology 
  • House Committee Holds Hearing on PFAS 
  • House and Senate Conferees Appointed on FY 2019 Transportation Appropriations 
  • September is National Preparedness Month

August 27, 2018

  • Senator John McCain Passes Away at 81
  • FY2019 Appropriations Update 
  • FHWA Deployment Phase for Every Day Counts 
  • FCC Releases 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Communications Report 
  • FEMA Announces DHS Grant Allocations for FY2018 
  • FEMA Seeking Comments on NQS Support Tools 
  • APWA Invited to Participate in FEMA September Prep Talk 

August 20, 2018 

  • APWA Submits Comments to White House CEQ on NEPA
  • Court Decision Revives WOTUS in Some States 
  • WIFIA Program Sees Record Interest 
  • FAA Issues Law Enforcement Guidance for Unauthorized UAS Operations 
  • NISC Holding FirstNet Webinar 
  • DHS Hosting Webinar on Flood Mapping 

August 6, 2018 

  • FY 2019 Appropriations Update
  • Congress Votes to Extend NFIP 
  • Cybersecurity Bill Headed to the White House 
  • APWA Invited to Participate in FEMA September Prep Talk 
  • USDA Announces Funding for Rural Water Infrastructure 
  • FEMA Releases Notice of Hazard Mitigation Grants for 2018 
  • EPA Closes Two WIFIA Loans 
  • DHS Announces New Cybersecurity Information Sharing Initiative 

July 30, 2018 

  • NFIP Update - Set to Expire July 31 - ACTION NEEDED TODAY!
  • FY 2019 Appropriations Update 
  • FAA Reauthorization Update 
  • Infrastructure Proposal Introduced by Chairman Shuster 
  • Senate WRDA Bill Scaled Back 
  • House Appropriations Committee Approves DHS 2019 Fiscal Year Appropriations Bill 
  • FEMA Will Hold a Webinar on Preparing for a National Catastrophic Event this Week 
  • FEMA Releases Planning Considerations for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks 
  • National Homeland Security Consortium Meets this Week 
  • FEMA Announces National Training Program Grants 
  • DHS Hosts National Cybersecurity Summit this Week 
  • DHS Earth EX 2018 Registration is Now Open

July 23, 2018 

  • House Begins August Recess on Friday
  • House Passes Interior-Environment Funding Bill
  • Senate to Take Up Spending Bills 
  • FAA Bill Scheduled for Senate Action This Week 
  • House Plans Vote on Bi-Partisan NFIP Extension 
  • President Trump Announces Executive Order on Workforce Development 
  • FAA Releases Statement on Drones 
  • DHS Now Accepting Fellows Program Applications 
  • FCC and FEMA to Host Emergency Alerting Webinar 
  • FEMA to Host Mitigation Reconstruction Webinar 
  • DHS and NISC to Host Bombing Prevention Webinar 
  • CEQ Accepting NEPA Comments Until August 20

July 16, 2018

  • APWA Hosting U.S. and Canada Infrastructure Roundtable
  • APWA Hosting Congressional Briefing on NFIP
  • Senate Passes NFIP Extension 
  • CEQ Announces Extension for NEPA Comments 
  • APWA Submits Testimony on Federal Infrastructure Loan Programs 
  • FEMA Releases Partner Strategy Session Transcript 
  • FEMA's 2017 Hurricane Report Released 
  • FCC Votes on National Emergency Alert Testing Systems 

July 9, 2018

  • FY 2019 Appropriations Update
  • EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Resigns 
  • CEQ Accepting Comments on NEPA Procedural Provisions 
  • House to Vote on Non-Federal Infrastructure Title Transfers 
  • DHS Seeks Comments on Nationwide Cybersecurity Review Assessment 
  • DHS to Provide Cyber Protection for Mobile Phones 
  • FCC Updates 

June 25, 2018

  • APWA Executive Director Grayson Meets with DOE and DHS Officials
  • House Committee Approves FY 2019 Budget Resolution 
  • Senate Committee Advances FY 2019 DHS Appropriations Bill 
  • House to Vote on Homeland Security Bills This Week 
  • APWA Supports 3D Elevation Program
  • President Trump Nominates FEMA Deputy Administrator 
  • FHWA Rolls Out Every Day Counts-5

June 18, 2018

  • Senate EPW Holds Hearing on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Senate Committee Approves EPA Spending Bill 
  • House Plans Votes on Homeland Security Legislation This Week 
  • EPA and Army Corps Submit Proposed Rule on WOTUS 
  • Senate Confirms Chris Krebs to Head DHS Cyber and Infrastructure Division 
  • President Plans to Nominate Cyber Veteran to Lead DOE Cyber Office 
  • FCC Seeks Comments on Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework 
  • NISC Hosts Webinar on Increasing Situational Awareness for First Responders 

June 11, 2018

  • Senate Appropriations Approves FY 2019 Spending Bill
  • House Passes First 2019 Spending Bills 
  • House Passes Water Resources Legislation 
  • APWA Attends U.S. DOT Infrastructure Grant Announcement 

June 4, 2018

  • Senate T-HUD Subcommittee to Mark-Up FY2019 Bill
  • House to Consider Water Resources Legislation 
  • FTA To Provide Millions in Emergency Relief Funding for Transit Systems 
  • FEMA Releases Revised Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 
  • President Trump Names New Homeland Security Advisor 
  • APWA to Hold Webinar on Autonomous Vehicles 
  • FCC to Hold Meeting June 7
  • Hurricane Season Officially Underway 
  • NEMA Cyber Security Webinar 

May 21, 2018 

  • Happy National Public Works Week!
  • APWA Pushes for Water Infrastructure Language in WRDA 
  • APWA Weighs in Against Bigger Trucks 
  • EPA Extends Deadline for WIFIA Letters of Interest 
  • DHS Releases Cybersecurity Strategy Report 
  • House T-HUD Subcommittee Marks Up FY 2019 Bill 
  • Senate Passes Volcano Early Warning Legislation 

May 14, 2018 

  • National Public Works Week and Infrastructure Week
  • APWA Unveils National Public Works First Responder Symbol 
  • APWA President to Participate in FEMA Discovery Session 
  • Bi-Partisan National Non-Emergency Mobile Number Act 
  • APWA Supports Restoring Advance Refund Municipal Bonds 
  • Senate Committee Pushes Forward on Water Resources Legislation 
  • James Reilly To Be Sworn in As Director of USGS
  • FAA Announces Winning Sites for UAS Testing 
  • EPA Delays Releasing Water Rules
  • Federal Agencies Meet to Coordinate 2018 Wildfire Prevention Efforts 

May 7, 2018

  • Congress Presses Forward on Appropriations
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week 
  • OMB to Release Regulations List
  • FCC Seeking Comments on Expanding Broadband Frequency Usage

April 23, 2018 

  • FAA Reauthorization Bill Vote Expected This Week
  • Disaster Mitigation Within FAA Reauthorization Bill 
  • U.S. DOT BUILD Funds Available 
  • House Farm Bill Includes Language for Water Infrastructure 
  • EPA Closes First WIFIA Loan 
  • Road to Zero Report Released 
  • APWA Participates in Water Week 
  • Senate EPW Holds Hearing on Groundwater 
  • FEMA Disseminates NFIP Affordability Report
  • DHS Releases CERRA Emergency Preparedness Guide 
  • NIST Releases Updated Cybersecurity Framework 
  • DHS Webinar on Physical Security & Cybersecurity

April 16, 2018 

  • Speaker Ryan Not Seeking Re-election
  • Senator Shelby Takes Helm on Appropriations 
  • Senate Confirms EPA Deputy Administrator 
  • Update on WOTUS Repeal 
  • FHWA Announces $1 Billion in Emergeceny Relief 
  • FEMA Seeks Comments on Transit Security Grant Program 
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Webinar 
  • DHS Shares Cyber "Spring Cleaning" Tips 
  • FCC Releases Report on 2017 EAS Test 
  • APWA Government Affairs Chapter Visits

April 9, 2018

  • Multiple Agencies Set to Sign Agreement on Environmental Permitting
  • APWA to Participate in Water Week
  • APWA Joins Letter Supporting Better Coordination Between Locals and Army Corps
  • DHS to Conduct Biannual National Cyber Exercise this Week
  • EPA Announces New Funding Available for WIFIA 
  • EPA Releases Report on Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs 
  • FirstNet Begins Buildout of Dedicated Core Communication System 
  • Kenneth Graham Named Director of the National Hurricane Center 
  • NFIP Chief Departs FEMA for the Private Sector 
  • FCC to Host Emergency Communications Workshop this Week 

March 19, 2018 

  • Public Works Champion Congresswoman Louise Slaughter Dies
  • FY 2018 Appropriations Update 
  • APWA Submits FY 2019 Appropriations Requests 
  • APWA Transportation TC Submits Comments to FHWA on ADS 
  • States Drop Endangered Species Lawsuit 
  • FEMA Releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan 
  • APWA to Attend NEMA Mid-Year Conference 
  • House to Vote this Week on Multiple Homeland Security Bill 

March 12, 2018 

  • APWA Board of Directors in D.C.
  • FY 2018 Appropriations Update 
  • DOT Announces TIGER Grant Awards 
  • APWA Submits Comments on LCR Revisions 
  • FEMA Releases Updates for Flood Risk & Mapping 
  • FirstNet Webinar This Week

March 5, 2018 

  • FY 2018 Appropriations Update
  • Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Infrastructure 
  • FEMA Seeking Comments on NMIS
  • Senator Pushes Water Infrastructure Bill with APWA Support 
  • Ask you Senator to Support NFIP Reauthorization 
  • APWA Members Speak Up Against Bigger Trucks
  • March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month

February 26, 2018 

  • Congress Returns to a Packed Agenda
  • APWA Board of Directors to Meet in DC
  • EPA Convenes Meeting on Lead 
  • DHS Hosts 2018 Critical Infrastructure Summit 
  • FEMA Seeking Comments on NMIS
  • FEMA is Accepting Applications for the National Youth Preparedness Council

February 12, 2018 

  • Congress Passes a Two-Year Budget Deal
  • President Releases Infrastructure Plan 
  • GAC Wraps up Busy Week in D.C. 
  • President Trump Nominates Permanent NPPD Chief 
  • States Sue Over Rule to Delay WOTUS Implementation

February 5, 2018 

  • APWA Speaks Out About Infrastructure Reform in The Hill
  • Congress Scheduled to Vote on Six Week CR 
  • President Announces Infrastructure Plans in State of the Union 
  • GAC in D.C. This Week 
  • Water Infrastructure Financing Legislation Introduced 
  • Administration Finalize Rule to Delay WOTUS Implementation 
  • FCC Moves to Improve Range of Wireless Emergency Alerts 
  • SAFECOM Releases Executive Committee Meeting Summary

January 29, 2018 

  • President Trump to Share Infrastructure Plans in State of the Union
  • APWA Government Affairs Committee Meeting in D.C. Next Week 
  • WOTUS Delay May be Infeasible 
  • Wildfire Assistance Grants Available Through the NFPA 
  • 2017 National 911 Progress Report Released 
  • FCC to Vote on Proposal to Improve Emergency Alert Notifications 

January 22, 2018 

  • Federal Government Shutdown 
  • White House Infrastructure Plan Expected Soon 
  • Committees Hold Hearings on Water Infrastructure Bill 
  • House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Superfund 
  • SAFECOM Releases Nationwide Survey 
  • Conference of Mayors Releases Water Infrastructure Investment Report 

January 16, 2018

  • Congress to Begin Again on Funding the Federal Government
  • President Meets with Key Senators to Discuss Infrastructure 
  • NFIP Set to Expire January 19
  • U.S. DOT Calling for Stakeholder Engagement on Autonomous Vehicles Policies 
  • APWA Participates in EPA Meeting on Lead and Copper Rule Revision 
  • FCC Plans Vote on Proposal to Improve Emergency Alert Notification 
  • FEMA Seeks Comments on National Mitigation Investment Strategy (NMIS) Draft Report 
  • Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Army Corps Project Authorization 
  • EPA to Hold Information Session on Water Financing Program 
  • NHSC Conducts Annual Winter Meeting 
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hosts Infrastructure Summit on January 18

January 8, 2018 

  • Infrastructure Push is On
  • Government Funding Discussions Begin Again 
  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Chair to Retire 
  • Congress Passes Legislation for Mobile-Friendly Federal Websites 
  • FirstNet-Adopted Nationwide 
  • EPA Invites APWA to Comment on Lead and Copper Rule Revision 
  • House Scheduled to Vote on Cybersecurity Vulnerability Bill 
  • 2018 National Homeland Security Consortium Meets This Week 
  • Road to Zero Safety Grants Available 
  • APWA Members 'Tell Your Story' 

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