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. 

March 20, 2023
  • APWA Government Affairs Committee in DC this Week
  • Engineering & Public Works Roadshow's Next Stop
  • APWA Submits Comments to OMB on Buy America
  • EPA Proposes Drinking Water Standards for 6 PFAS Chemicals
  • FHWA Funding Open for Charging & Fueling Infrastructure - due May 30
  • National Weather Service Releases 10-Year Strategic Plan

March 13, 2023
  • President Biden Releases FY '24 Budget Request
  • U.S. House Strikes Down New WOTUS Rule
  • DHS Targeted Violence, Terrorism Prevention Grants - Due April 25
  • FEMA Revisions to the Emergency Management Institute 

March 6, 2023
  • President Biden to Announce FY2024 Budget March 9
  • DOT Announces Reconnecting Communities Grant Projects
  • Funding Opportunity for Marine Highway Program - Due April 28
  • EPA Announces $2.4B for Clean Water Infrastructure Upgrades 
  • EPA Releases Report on Water Recycling for Climate Resilience
  • DHS Announces $2B in Disaster Preparedness Grants
  • White House Releases National Cyber Strategy
  • FEMA Requests Feedback on Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

February 27, 2023
  • APWA President Keith Pugh to Testify on NEPA
  • T&I Committee to Consider Resolution Striking Down New WOTUS Role
  • DOT Announces Funding to University Transportation Centers
  • Link to IIJA Webinar Recording Available 
  • FEMA Accepting Revolving Loan Funding Applications - Due April 28
  • FEMA COVID-19 Reporting Period Ends May 11
  • FEMA Seeks Input on Disaster-Related Federal Regs, Guide by March 24
  • EPA Announces $2B from IIJA for Emerging Contaminants

February 13, 2023
  • APWA's Next IIJA Webinar - February 16
  • APWA President to Judge Future City Competition in D.C.
  • OMB Releases New Proposed Build America, Buy America Rules
  • RAISE Grants Application Deadline - Feb. 28
  • EPA Publishes New MS4 Compendium Series
  • Reminder - EPA Deadline Approaching for IIJA-funded Recycling Grants

February 6, 2023
  • APWA to Host IIJA Webinar - February 16
  • APWA Joins Coalition Letter to Urge SRF Full Funding
  • EPA Issues New Clean Water Act Guidance
  • Legislation Introduced to Reverse Biden WOTUS Rule
  • Coalition Against Bigger Trucks Letter to Congress
  • U.S. DOT Launches 'Call to Action Campaign'
  • FHWA Requests Information on Improving Road Safety - Due March 20
  • Reminder - EPA Deadline Approaching for IIJA-funded Recycling Grants

January 30, 2023
  • APWA to Host IIJA Webinar - February 16
  • FTA Infrastructure Law Funding Opportunity - Due April 13
  • More PFAS Talk at EPA
  • EPA Announces Plans for Wastewater Regs, Limits for PFAS, New Nutrients Study
  • Reminder - EPA Deadline Approaching for IIJA-funded Recycling Grants
  • NOAA Release 2022 Climate Disasters Report
  • USDA Announces Grant Opportunities for Rural Water Infrastructure
  • Department of Interior Announces Funding Opportunities
  • Reminder to Welcome Your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative to the 118th Congress

January 23, 2023
  • House and Senate Back to Business
  • APWA to Host IIJA Webinar - February 16
  • FHWA Releases Updated Guidance for DBE
  • EPA Releases New PFAS Analytic Tools
  • Illinois Chemical Plant Fire Threatens Supply Chain Disruptions
  • EPA Requires Reporting on Releases for Nine Additional PFAS
  • House to Vote on FEMA Legislation this Week
  • CISA Releases 2022 Year in Review Report

January 9, 2023
  • APWA Releases New Public Policy Priorities for 118th Congress
  • EPA Announces New WOTUS Rule
  • FEMA Releases 2022 National Preparedness Report
  • NOAA Announces $3.6M for Climate Adaption Projects
  • EPA Extends Deadline for IIJA-funded Recycling Grants

December 19, 2022
  • Reminder: EPA Seeks Applications for IIJA-funded Recycling Grants - Due Jan. 16
  • RAISE Grants Open for Application - Deadline Feb. 28
  • Federal Railroad Admin. IIJA Funding - Deadline March 7
  • EPA Proposes Rule Requiring Greater Reporting of PFAS Releases
  • EPA Hosts Webcast on Green Infrastructure in MS4 Permits
  • FEMA Releases Updated Planning Guides to Assist in Emergency Preparation
  • FEMA Seeking Comments on Public Assistance Program
  • CISA and SAFECOM Requesting Survey Feedback on Emergency Communications

December 12, 2022
  • Current Continuing Resolution Expires this Week
  • WRDA Passes the U.S. House
  • FHWA Administrator Confirmed by U.S. Senate
  • EPA Releases Memo on PFAS Discharges
  • APWA Participates in NHSC Annual Winter Meeting
  • House Plans Vote to Establish National Flood Integration System
  • Recording of APWA Workforce Development Virtual Brief Available

December 5, 2022
  • Current CR Expires Dec. 16
  • Senate EPW Approves FHWA Nominee
  • U.S. House to Consider Disaster Reform Bills
  • EPA Hosts Webinar on Water Infrastructure Climate Resiliency
  • EPA Offering WIFIA Program Office Hours
  • Letters of Intent Due for National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) 
  • APWA Kicks Off Engineering & Public Works Roadshow
  • APWA Advocacy Ambassador Corner
  • Reminder to Check IIJA Resource Page!

November 28, 2022
  • APWA On the Road with ACEC and ASCE in California
  • APWA Hosting Virtual Capitol Hill Brief on Workforce Development
  • U.S. Congress Update
  • Updated Infrastructure Law Resources Available
  • CISA Announces Infrastructure Resilience Planning Framework Update
  • FEMA Seeks Comments on Community Disaster Loan Program 
  • EPA Updates Supply Chain Resilience Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities
  • EPA Hosts Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) Webinar
  • EPA Seeks Applications for IIJA-funded Recycling Grants - Due Jan. 16

November 14, 2022
  • Congress Returns Post-Election
  • Crash Responder Safety Week Recognized Nov. 14-18
  • November Recognized as Infrastructure Security Month
  • November 15 is America Recycles Day
  • US DOT Issues a Notice and a Call for Comment on Build America, Buy America
  • APWA Supports Protecting Water Infrastructure from Unfair Legal Liability 
  • EPA Increases Scrutiny of PFAS for Regulatory Consideration in Drinking Water
  • EPA Releases Guidance for Community Grants (Earmarks)
  • EPA Issues De Minimis Waiver for Buy America Requirements
  • US House to Vote on Disaster Assistance Legislation

October 3, 2022
  • CR Funds Government through December 16
  • APWA Transportation Workforce Product Updated
  • U.S. DOT Funding Available for Advanced Transportation Technologies - Due Nov. 18
  • October is National Pedestrian Safety Month
  • EPA Releases Buy America Waiver for Small Grants 
  • DOI, USBR Seek Small Surface Water & Groundwater Storage Project Applicants 
  • White House Issues Cybersecurity Awareness Month Proclamation 

September 26, 2022
  • Congress to Consider CR to beat Oct. 1 FY Deadline
  • APWA Signs Updated MOU with FEMA
  • DOT Announces SMART Grant Funding - Applications Due Nov. 18
  • Railroad Crossing Elimination Program - Applications Due Oct. 11
  • Transit Safety Guide Released
  • EPA Issues RFA for EAR Research Grants

September 19, 2022
  • DOT Requests Input on Enhancing Safety at Intersections - Due Oct. 16
  • SMART Grants Funding Opportunity to Open this Month
  • DOT Announces 2022 INFRA Grant Recipients
  • FHWA Approves 35 States' Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plans
  • MOU Signed by Four Federal Agencies to Reduce GHGs
  • EPA Announces $1.1 B in IIJA Water Infrastructure Funding
  • CISA Announces $1 Billion in Cybersecurity Grants
  • FEMA Announces National Exercise Program Assistance
  • FEMA Seeking Recovery Guide Comments

September 12, 2022
  • EPA Proposing PFAS as Hazardous Substances
  • EPA Releases Buy America Waivers for SRFs, Other Water Programs
  • EPA Proposes Revisions to Chemical Accident Regs
  • DOT Justice 40 Initiative Update
  • Federal Railroad Administration Announces CRISI Funding - Due Dec. 1
  • FHWA Publishes Final Rule Updating MUTCD Pavement Marking Retro Reflectivity
  • September is National Preparedness Month
  • Biden Administration Announces Climate Portal
  • House Schedules Disaster Relief, Drone Usage Votes
  • FEMA Publishes Support Materials for Emergency Management Partners
  • FEMA Announces Revolving Loan Program
  • FEMA Seeks Grant Programs Directorate Comments
  • FEMA Requests Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program, Policy Guide Feedback
  • Biden Administration Launches Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative

August 1, 2022
  • APWA, ACEC and ASCE Partner for Engineering Road Show
  • U.S. DOT Releases RFI on Build America Buy America - Due Aug. 12
  • FHWA Releases Guidance on PROTECT Program Funding
  • FTA Announces Funding for All Stations Accessibility Program - Due Sept. 30
  • FEMA Begins Hazard Mitigation Assistance Summer Engagement Series
  • U.S. Senate to Vote to Undo Biden Administration NEPA Rule
  • U.S. Senate Passes WRDA

July 25, 2022
  • APWA to Host IIJA Webinar - July 28 - Only Two Days Left to Register!
  • President Biden Nominates Candidate to Lead FHWA
  • U.S. Senate to Vote on WRDA
  • APWA Supports Maximum Relief for Water Infrastructure Projects
  • White House Announces Executive Actions to Address Climate Concerns
  • DOT Releases NPRM on DBEs
  • IIJA Increases Investment in CDLs
  • U.S. House to Vote on Wildfire and Drought Resiliency Legislation
  • FEMA Seeking National WEA System Test Feedback

July 18, 2022
  • House to Consider FY 2023 Appropriations Package
  • EPA Seeks Comments on Water Infrastructure Waiver - Due July 27
  • EPA Science Advisory Board Meets to Review Proposed Drinking Water Rules
  • FHWA Proposed Rulemaking on Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Comments due Oct. 13
  • Update on the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council
  • APWA to Host IIJA Webinar - July 28
  • FEMA National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Funding - Applications Due August 12
  • FEMA Releases Information on Homeland Security National Training Program Funding - Applications Due August 15
  • FEMA Announces Resources to Help Locals Protect Older Adults from Disasters

July 11, 2022
  • U.S. Senate and House Return to Session
  • EPA Hosts Webinar on IIJA Water Infrastructure Funding
  • APWA to Host IIJA Webinar - July 28
  • DOT Funding for Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program - Due Oct. 13
  • FTA Announces Funding to Ferry Services for Rural Communities - Due Sept. 6
  • FAA Announces Grant Funding Recipients to Improve Terminals
  • FEMA Seeking Comments on Draft Guidance - Due July 31
  • FEMA Announces New Tool for Disaster Recovery Efforts
  • FEMA Introduces Flood Resiliency Website
  • FEMA Announces Updates to Mobile App

June 20, 2022
  • EPA Issues PFAS, Other Advisories; $1B IIJA Health Protections Grants
  • APWA Chapter Leader Idea Exchange: IIJA & How to Get $$$
  • Biden Administration Announces 'Talent Pipeline Challenge'
  • U.S. House Releases Proposed FY23 DHS Funding Bill
  • DHS Announces New Digital Indoor Mapping Tool for First Responders
  • FEMA Releases COVID-19 Public Assistance Programmatic Deadlines Guidance

June 13, 2022
  • NOFO Open for Bridge Investment Program
  • EPA Announces June 14 Webinar for Recycling Stakeholders
  • WRDA Passed by House
  • U.S. Treasury Updates Economic Relief, Recovery Program Guidance
  • FEMA 2021 Annual Flood Report Now Available
  • FEMA Announces Baseline Assessment Emergency Management Grants
  • FEMA Releases Interim Federal Flood Risk Management Standards
  • FEMA Report on Mitigating Wildfire Losses
  • NOAA Names New National Weather Service Director

June 6, 2022
  • House to Vote on WRDA
  • NHTSA Administrator Confirmed
  • FTA Hosting Webinar on Flexing Funds - June 14
  • White House Announces Initiative to Modernize Building Codes
  • CISA Unveils Secure Tomorrow Series Toolkit

May 23, 2022
  • House Committee Marks-up Water Resources Development Act
  • Safe Streets for All-Open for Applications to Sept. 15
  • NHTSA Report-Highest Number of Roadway Deaths in 16 years
  • IIJA Technical Assistance Guide Released
  • FEMA Announces #33 Million for Dam Safety
  • FEMA Seeks Comments on Framework for Chemical Incident Consequence Management

 May 16, 2022
  • APWA Virtual Brief on Cybersecurity and Public Works-May 17
  • House Panel Reviewing WIOA
  • NTIA Releases Broadband Notice of Funding Opportunity
  • New FRA Guide on Expansion, Enhancement of Intercity Passenger Rail
  • FHWA Releases Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation, Appalachian Development Highway Programs Funding
  • House Schedules Votes on Cybersecurity Legislation
  • FEMA Announces $1.6B in Disaster Preparedness Grants

 May 9, 2022
  • APWA Virtual Brief on Cybersecurity and Public Works-May 17
  • House Plans Votes on NOAA related Bills
  • FEMA Announces $400M in Emergency Management Grants
  • FEMA Earthquake Assistance Grants Now Accepting Applications
  • DOT Holding Information Session on Transportation Equity
  • DOT Issues Final Rule on National Bridge Inspection Standards

 May 2, 2022
  • Senate EPW Set to Mark-up WRDA
  • NHTSA Seeks State Highway Safety Grant Program Comments by May 23
  • Temporary Waiver of 'Buy America' Requirements for Construction Materials - Comments Due May 13
  • FEMA Seeks Comments on Public Assistance Policy
  • House Panel on Highways, Transit Hearing on Workforce Development
  • Updated APWA 'What is Public Works?' Brochure Available

  April 25, 2022
  • Congress Back in Session
  • CEQ Issues Final NEPA Rule
  • White House Extends Deadline for Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool Comments
  • FHWA Announces Opportunities to Address Climate Challenges
  • AIP Grants Available - Applications Due June 30
  • FEMA Releases Updated State, Local Mitigation Planning Policy Guidance
  • FEMA Announces Departmental Equity Action Plan

  April 4, 2022
  • President's FY 2023 Budget Proposal
  • U.S. House to Vote on Emergency Management Legislation This Week
  • White House Launches One-Stop Covid-19 Website
  • FEMA's Updated Flood Rating System Now in Effect

March 28, 2022
  • U.S. DOT Multimodal Projects Grants Initiative - Due May 23
  • President FY 2023 Budget Proposal Release
  • Guidance Issued for Safe Streets and Roads for All
  • Coronavirus Recovery Funds Final Rule Effective April 1
  • FEMA Requests Feedback on Draft Emergency Management Guide
  • FEMA Accepting Applications for the National Exercise Program
  • FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety to be Acting Agency Administrator

March 21, 2022
  • ROUTES Webinar March 29 -- National Roadway Safety Strategy for Rural Communities
  • DOT Seeks Comments on NETT Council - Due April 8
  • National Scenic Byways Program NOFO - Applications Due May 16
  • FEMA Announces Cost Share Adjustments Related to Disaster Assistance
  • CISA's Cyber Resource Hub Available to the Public

March 14, 2022
  • FY 2022 Omnibus Appropriations Passed
  • FHWA Releases Virtual Course on Safety
  • EPA Releases Technical Guidance for IIJA State Revolving Fund Implementation
  • FEMA Releases 2021 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Annual Year in Review
  • White House Nominates Dr. David Applegate to Lead USGS
  • DOL Announces Workforce Reentry Grant Opportunity - Deadline April 21

March 7, 2022
  • Register for APWA'S March 10 IIJA Webinar
  • NHTSA Releases 2020 Traffic Crash Data
  • FY 2022 Appropriations Update - Weigh-in on No More CRs!
  • FHWA Sends "Complete Streets" Report to Congress
  • New DOT Funding for Marine Highway Program - Applications Due April 29
  • White House Seeks Feedback on New Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool
  • EPA Releases Toxics Release Inventory Data Including PFAS
  • White House Releases Updated Plan to Combat COVID-19
  • U.S. House Schedules Vote on Cyber Training Legislation This Week
  • U.S. Department of Treasury Releases Updated American Rescue Plan Guidance
  • FEMA Seeks Comments on Emergency Operations Resource Typing Definition
  • FEMA Extends COVID-19 Cost Share Extensions through July 1, 2022

February 28, 2022
  • Register for APWA'S March 10 IIJA Webinar
  • APWA Opposes Fuel Tax Holiday
  • FY 2022 Appropriations Update
  • EPA Announces Availability of Lead Reduction Grants - Deadline April 2019
  • EPA Local Government Advisory Committee Releases IIJA Recommendations
  • FEMA Re-Ups with Reinsurance Program to Mitigate Financial Flood Risk
  • CISA Unveils Enhanced Telecommunications Services to Assist During Disasters

February 14, 2022
  • APWA Launches IIJA Resource Page
  • FY 2022 Appropriations Update
  • U.S. DOT and DOE Electric Vehicle Program Announced
  • FHWA 'Office Hours' on CMAQ
  • APWA Supports Bill to Establish Flushability Standards
  • EPA Announces Environmental Justice Meetings on PFAS Regulations
  • FEMA Seeks Comments on Emergency Operations Center Toolkit

February 7, 2022
  • House Expected to Vote to Extend CR Through March 11
  • U.S. DOT Hosting RAISE Grant Webinars
  • FHWA Outlines HSIP Changes
  • DOT Releases Toolkit for Rural Electric Mobility Infrastructure
  • White House Releases IIJA Reference Guide for State, Local Governments
  • President Biden Signs Executive Order on Project Labor Agreements
  • EPA Announces $3.8 Million in Brownfields Workforce Training
  • DOE Plans New COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Initiative
  • CISA Announces Cyber Safety Review Board 

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