APWA Washington Report

The APWA Washington Report newsletter covers the latest United States national legislative and regulatory news affecting public works and public works professionals. Check your Email Communication Preferences settings to see if you are set up to receive an email copy of the APWA Washington Report. For more information, contact APWA's Washington, DC office at (202) 408-9541


May 18, 2020 

  • National Public Works Week 2020
  • House Passes $3 trillion Coronavirus Response Package
  • APWA Pushes for Water Sector Assistance in COVID-19 Legislation
  • House Approves Proxy Voting
  • FEMA Releases Preliminary Damage Assessment Guides
  • FEMA Releases State PPE Data
  • CISA Shares Information to Safeguard from Coronavirus Disinformation
  • CISA Provides STOP.THINK.CONNECT Campaign Best Practices & Recommendations

May 11, 2020 

  • Timing for a Future Congressional Aid Package Uncertain
  • President Declares National Transportation Week
  • APWA Hosting Virtual Capitol Hill Brief During National Public Works Week
  • Senate Committee Passes Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Legislation
  • House Democrats Introduce Bill to Block New Clean Water Rule
  • FAA Announces Update on UAS Remote Identifications

May 4, 2020 

  • Senate Returns to Session
  • APWA Joins With 70 Partners Urging Infrastructure Investment
  • APWA Announces Support of Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Legislation
  • APWA Contributes on Advocacy Letter for Virtual Inspections
  • States Sue EPA Over new Clean Water Rule
  • EPA Extends Comment Period on PFAS Regulations
  • EPA Plans to Finalize Lead and Copper Revisions by Summer 2020
  • FEMA Shares Coronavirus Emergency Management Recommendations
  • DOL Announces Funding Availability for WORC Initiative
  • GAO Releases U.S. DOT Highway Grants Report
  • DOE Opens Competition for Reimagining Workforce Preparation Grants
  • FEMA Releases Procurement Video Tutorial for Grant Recipients
  • FEMA Releases Annual OIA Flood Insurance Advocate Report
  • FEMA Seeking Comments on BRIC Program Stakeholder Feedback Until May 11
  • FAA Cited for Lack of Sufficient Drone Security Controls
  • CISA Issues Reminder on Required DNS Protection Tools

April 20, 2020 

  • Coronavirus Congressional Actions Update
  • APWA Action Alert - Tell Congress about COVID-19's Impact on Public Works
  • APWA Coronavirus Resources
  • APWA to Participate in Water Week 2020 Webinar
  • House T&I Chairman Releases Statement on the Condition of the Nation's Bridges
  • EPA Provides COVID-19 Resources for Local Governments
  • FEMA Releases Disaster Financial Management Guide
  • FAA Announces Airport CARES Act Grants
  • Groups Sue EPA over Pollution Enforcement Suspension
  • FEMA Seeks Comments on BRIC Program Stakeholder Feedback
  • Department of Labor Announces Youth Apprenticeship Grants
  • FEMA Announces FY2020 Homeland Security Grant Program Modifications
  • FEMA Announces Funding Available for CTP Flood Hazard Map Grant Program
  • FEMA Releases Updated Flood Insurance Manual


March 23, 2020 

  • President Trump Announces Executive Actions to Address COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Congress Focused on Third COVID-19 Disaster Relief Package
  • Water Sector - COVID-19
  • CISA Releases Guidance for Essential Critical Infrastructure Industries
  • SBA Provides Information on COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses
  • NFWF, NOAA Provides Grants of over $43 million for Conservation Efforts
  • DOT Secretary Chao Announces $248.5 Million in Grants for Railroad Infrastructure
  • FEMA Holds Preparedness Grant Webinars

March 30, 2020

  • Third Coronavirus Emergency Response Funding Package Becomes Law
  • Federal Government Actions Supporting Water Sector in Coronavirus Crisis
  • APWA Urges Congress to Support Water Sector in Next Stimulus
  • FEMA Administrator Gaynor Shares Recommendations for Emergency Managers
  • DHS Announces Tool Supporting Emergency Management Operations
  • FEMA Extends Application Deadlines for FY2020 Preparedness Grant Programs
  • FEMA Hosting TMAC Virtual Meeting
  • NHTSA Seeking Comments on AV Proposal - Due May 29, 2020


March 23, 2020

  • President Trump Announces Executive Actions to Address COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Congress Focused on Third COVID-19 Disaster Relief Package
  • Water Sector - COVID-19
  • CISA Releases Guidance for Essential Critical Infrastructure Industries
  • SBA Provides Information on COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses
  • NFWF, NOAA Provides Grants of over $43 million for Conservation Efforts
  • DOT Secretary Chao Announces $248.5 Million in Grants for Railroad Infrastructure
  • FEMA Holds Preparedness Grant Webinars

March 9, 2020

  • APWA Board of Directors in DC this Week
  • APWA Holds Surface Transportation Reauthorization Brief on the Hill
  • APWA Submits Comments on NEPA Procedures Update
  • APWA Submits Comments on FCC Proposal to Reallocate 5.9 GHz Spectrum
  • APWA Submits Comments on Proposed FAA Drone Identification Rule
  • House Reviews President’s Proposed FY 2021 DHS Budget

March 2, 2020

  • Comments Due to FCC on 5.9 GHz Spectrum by March 9
  • FY 2021 Budget Season in Full Swing
  • House Committee Hears from Members on WRDA Legislation
  • CISA Provides National Cybersecurity Assessments and Technical Services

February 24, 2020

  • APWA's Washington Office has Moved
  • CEQ Reviewing NEPA
  • APWA Weighs in on Municipal Bonds
  • EPA Proposes Regulations on Two PFAS Compounds
  • DHS Announces FY2020 Preparedness Grants Rollout
  • U.S. DOT Awards Over $520 Million in Airport Infrastructure Grants
  • FEMA Releases Proposed Revised NFIP Community Eligibility Guidelines
  • CISA Releases IoT Security Acquisition Guidance Document

February 10, 2020

  • APWA Government Affairs Committee on the Hill this Week
  • APWA Submits Comments on Lead and Copper Rule
  • President Trump Releases FY 2021 Budget Proposal
  • SOTU Highlights Surface Transportation Reauthorization
  • APWA, State and Local Groups Weigh in Against Bigger Trucks
  • House Expected to Vote on Drone Threat and Fusion Center Legislation this Week
  • DHS Announces New Social Media Emergency Management Tool
  • FEMA Releases 2020 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program Doctrine
  • U.S. DOT Releases Information on Hazardous Materials Grants
  • FAA Seeking Comments on Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • FEMA to Host NSGP Webinar this Week

February 3, 2020

  • House Democrats Release Infrastructure Framework
  • Comments on Lead and Copper Rule Revisions Due February 12
  • FTA Announces Transit Bus Funding Availability
  • FEMA Now Accepting Youth Preparedness Council Applications
  • DOL Now Accepting 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Award Applications
  • FEMA to Host NSGP Webinar this Week

January 27, 2020

  • Trump Administration Releases New WOTUS Rule
  • APWA Participates in NGA Infrastructure Summit
  • APWA Participates in NHSC Annual Winter Meeting
  • FEMA HMA Grant Applications Due this Week
  • U.S. DOT Announces INFRA Grant Funding Availability
  • FEMA Requests Comments on Building Code and Floodplain Management Draft Policy
  • FEMA Hosts NSGP Webinar This Week
  • FAA Seeks Comments on Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

January 13, 2020

  • CEQ Reviewing NEPA
  • House Passes PFAS Action Act of 2019
  • Senate Expected to Act on FEMA Administrator Nomination this Week
  • Senate Confirms Carranza to lead SBA
  • APWA to Participate in NHSC Annual Winter Meeting
  • U.S. DOT Releases Fourth Guidance on Autonomous Vehicles
  • SBA Releases Disaster Recovery Informational Video
  • DHS/CISA to Host Cyber Essentials Webinar this week
  • FEMA Releases Dam Incident Planning Guide

January 6, 2020

  • PFAS Bill to Reach House Floor this Week
  • FHWA Seeking Input on EDC Round 6
  • U.S. DOT Seeking Feedback on ROUTES Initiative
  • FEMA Announces Additional $50 million in Mitigation Grant Funds
  • U.S. DOT Seeking Feedback for National Freight Strategic Plan
  • FEMA Continues Flood Risk Reinsurance Program
  • FAA Seeks Comments on Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

December 16, 2019

  • FY 2020 Appropriations Update
  • PFAS Language has “50-50” Odds of Inclusion in FY 2020 Appropriations Package
  • FCC Votes to Reallocate 5.9 GHz Spectrum
  • FEMA Announces Adjustments to NFIP Group Flood Insurance Policy
  • House Plans Vote on Hazard Mitigation Assistance Language

December 9, 2019

  • FY 2020 Appropriations Update
  • APWA Joins Support for Increased Map Funding from Congress
  • House Committee on Energy and Commerce Holds Hearing on FCC
  • EPA Will Not Disclose PFAS Regulation this Year
  • EPA Sends WOTUS Replacement Rule to White House
  • FTA Announces Emergency Relief Program Grants Now Available
  • FEMA’S National Preparedness Report Now Available
  • FEMA Releases Updated Core Capability Development Sheets

December 2, 2019

  • FY 2020 Appropriations Update
  • Senate Expected to Vote on Confirming Next Energy Secretary
  • President Trump to Nominate Assistant Secretary to U.S. DOT
  • APWA’s Mark Ray Recognized by Homeland Security Today
  • New Hampshire Judge Halts PFAS Restrictions
  • FEMA Releases First Report Assessing Impact of DRRA
  • FEMA Releases Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month Podcast
  • DOJ Announces Updated UAS Policy

November 18, 2019

  • FY 2020 Appropriations Update
  • Chad Wolf Sworn in as Acting DHS Secretary
  • Senate May Vote on FEMA Administrator This Week
  • APWA Continues to Push Congress on Transportation Funding Rescission
  • Congress Taking Steps on Forever Chemicals
  • DHS Releases Critical Infrastructure Guide
  • CISA Accepting Comments on Improving Infrastructure Protection
  • U.S. DOT Announces $900 Million in BUILD Grants
  • FEMA Releases Public Assistance Interim Policy
  • FEMA Announces $10 Million to Address Hazardous Dams
  • FEMA to Host Webinar on Revised National Response Framework

November 11, 2019

  • FY 2020 Appropriations Update
  • APWA to Hold Congressional Briefing on Water Issues
  • Senate to Act on Nomination of New DHS Administrator
  • APWA to Participate in FHWA Traffic Incident Management Summit 
  • APWA Big Cities & Big Counties Forum Holds Meeting
  • Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Crucial Groundwater Case
  • CISA Releases Cyber Essentials for Small Businesses and Small Governments 
  • FEMA Introduces Updated Field Manual
  • FEMA’s NAC Meets in Washington, D.C.
  • FEMA Defers Implementation of Risk Rating 2.0
  • FCC’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee Releases Emergency Notifications Reports

November 4, 2019

  • Senate Passes First Omnibus – Repeal of FHWA Rescission Not Included
  • Chad Wolf Expected to be Named Next Acting DHS Secretary
  • Wastewater Infrastructure Bill Passed by House Committee
  • President Trump Recognizes November as National Critical Infrastructure and Resiliency Month
  • FAA’s National Drone Safety Awareness Week Begins November 4
  • Department of Commerce Announces Disaster Response Competition
  • DHS Releases Fourth Edition of the National Response Framework

October 28, 2019

  • Full Senate to Consider FY 2020 Minibus Appropriations Bills this Week 
  • U.S. Senate Designates October 28, 2019, “Honoring the Nation’s First Responders Day”
  • Trump Administration Publishes Final WOTUS Repeal
  • House of Representatives Plans Vote on Emergency Management Legislation 
  • Wastewater Infrastructure Bill to Be Considered by House Committee
  • November is National Critical Infrastructure and Resiliency Month
  • Highway Fatalities Decreased in 2018 

October 21, 2019

  • Senate to Consider FY 2020 Minibus Appropriations Bills this Week 
  • Congressman Elijah Cummings Passes Away at 68
  • President Trump Nominates Peter Gaynor to Lead FEMA
  • APWA Joins 37 Advocacy Groups Pushing for Senate EPW Transportation Bill
  • APWA President Attends NGA Infrastructure Summit
  • White House Reviewing Environmental Permitting Process
  • FEMA Announces End of STEP Pilot Program
  • NHSC Report Touts Positive ROI from Homeland Security Grants
  • APWA Supports Water Resiliency Legislation in Senate 

October 14, 2019

  • Congress Returns – FY 2020 Appropriations Update
  • APWA Offers Letters Supporting Public Works Inclusion in Congressional Resolutions
  • DHS Acting Secretary McAleenan Announces Departure
  • EPA Releases New Lead and Copper Rule Proposal
  • President Signs Bill to Reduce Lead in Drinking Water
  • IWG Calls on Congress to Pass Transportation Reauthorization on Time
  • U.S. DOT Announces Rural Grants Program
  • CISA Releases Updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP)
  • CISA Accepting Comments on Updated Critical Infrastructure Incident Reporting Form
  • FEMA Accepting Comments on Revised PAPPG
  • FEMA Announces Revised NFIP Records System
  • President Trump Issues Proclamation for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

September 23, 2019

  • House Passes CR to Fund Federal Government to November 21
  • House Hearing on WOTUS Repeal
  • Congress Passes Lead Contamination Bill
  • FTA Announces FY 2019 Competitive Funding Opportunity
  • APWA Attends DHS/CISA Cybersecurity Summit

September 16, 2019

  • APWA Joins Continued Push to Repeal FAST Act Recission
  • Conversations Continue on Surface Transportation Reathorization
  • Trump Administration Finalizes WOTUS Repeal
  • Senate Announces Proposed DHS & DOI Funding Amounts for FY 2020
  • FHWA Announces $871.2 million in Emergency Relief for Repairs
  • DHS Releases National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Toolkit
  • APWA Government Affairs to Attend DHS/CISA Cybersecurity Summit

September 9, 2019

  • Congress is Back in Session
  • APWA Board of Directors Approves Surface Transportation Reauthorization Priorities
  • September is National Preparedness Month
  • APWA Signs Letter Addressing Flood Standards
  • EPA Releases DWSRF Guidance Documents
  • FEMA Announces HMAP Grant Funding for FY 2019
  • FEMA Releases Updated Continuity Resource Toolkit and Risk MAP Guidance Details
  • FirstNet Releases Five-Year "Roadmap"

July 29, 2019

  • Senate EPW to Mark-Up Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill
  • House Passes Two-Year Budget Deal
  • DOT Secretary Chao Announces Next Round of INFRA Grant Funds
  • National THIRA Released by FEMA
  • FEMA and FCC to Conduct Test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System

July 22, 2019

  • APWA Seeking Your Input on the Federal Gas Tax
  • EPA Sends WOTUS Repeal Rule to White House
  • NGA Announces Information on State Cyber Disruption Response Plans
  • DHS Releases Water Cybersecurity Fundamentals Guide
  • FAA Announces Revised Guidelines Regarding UAS

July 15, 2019

  • APWA Attends NGA Infrastructure Roundtable
  • Senate EPW Hosts Hearing on Surface Transportation Reauthorization
  • House to Vote on Small Business Cybersecurity Training
  • DHS Releases Report on Mass Attacks in Public Places
  • FEMA Requests Feedback on Revised NFIP Payment Methodology
  • DOE Seeks Comments on Guidance Standards

July 8, 2019

  • FY2020 Appropriations Update
  • FEMA Seeks Feedback on Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program Doctrine
  • Biannual Update of the NFIP Flood Insurance Manual
  • FAA Expands its Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability
  • EPA and USDA Host Nutrient Reduction Webinar

June 24, 2019

  • Second FY2020 Minibus Package Up This Week
  • APWA Submits Congressional Testimony on FEMA's Disaster Readiness
  • FEMA Administrator Nominee Advances in Confirmation Process
  • Senate Committee Hearing on Drone Security
  • FEMA Announces Over $400 Million in Mitigation Grant Awards
  • FEMA Hosts Webinar for New Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
  • NISC to host a Black Sky Webinar Exercise This Week

June 17, 2019

  • Senate EPW Leaders Call for Repeal of FAST Act Rescission
  • House to Begin Consideration of FY 2020 Appropriation Bills
  • FEMA NFIP Data Posted on OpenFEMA
  • FEMA Seeks Feedback on the National Response Framework
  • Updated Risk MAP Guidelines and Standards
  • NIMS Implementation Fact Sheet for Nonprofit Organizations (REWORK)

June 10, 2019

  • President Trump Signs $19.1 Billion Disaster Aid Bill
  • FHWA Holds ELG TIM Meeting June 11
  • APWA Working to Expand Public Works and Infrastructure Caucus
  • House Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2020 T-HUD Measure
  • House to Vote on Cybersecurity & Homeland Security Legislation
  • FAA Announces $840 Million in Transportation Grants
  • NHTSA and FMCSA Call for Comments on Autonomous Vehicles
  • Science Advisors Comment on WOTUS Proposed Rule 
  • FEMA Seeks Feedback on NIMS Training Program

June 3, 2019

  • NFIP Extended Through June 14
  • House Expected to Act on Disaster Relief 
  • House to Consider Spending Bills Soon 
  • FEMA Releases Tribal Mitigation Planning Handbook

May 20, 2019

  • Happy National Public Works Week!
  • APWA and the Public Finance Network Weigh-In for Municipal Bonds 
  • Senate NFIP Action 
  • Senate May Address Disaster Relief This Week 
  • House Appropriators Increase EPA Funding 
  • DOT Announces $779M Airport Rehab Funding Opportunity 
  • FAA Releases Revised Action on Drone Usage 

May 13, 2019

  • Next Week is National Public Works Week, May 19-25
  • House Passes Disaster Relief Measure 
  • House May Vote on NFIP Extension 
  • House Appropriators Increase EPA Funding 
  • House T&I Committee Leadership Submits Budget Requests 
  • Congress Acting on PFAS
  • House Plans Votes on Homeland Security Legislation 
  • FEMA Announces Updated Guidelines for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping 
  • FTA Announces $15 Million Funding Opportunity for Innovative Mobility Projects 
  • FEMA Releases Senior Leader Toolkit for Incident Response 
  • FEMA Seeks Comments on Standard Flood Hazard Determination 
  • DHS Releases Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 UAS Fact Sheet 
  • DHS Cybersecurity Resources Road Map Available 
  • FAA Advises Airports Against Installing Anti-Drone Technology

May 6, 2019

  • Infrastructure Investment Conversation Continues
  • House Expected to Take up Disaster Relief Measure 
  • DHS Announces National Critical Functions List
  • FEMA Announces Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Post Fire Policy 
  • FEMA Seeks Comments on REP & CDL Programs 
  • APWA Joins Organizations Supporting Funding for 3DEP Mapping 

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