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.   

September 20, 2021
  • Update on Infrastructure and Budget Reconciliation Package
  • APWA Issues Comments to EPA and USACE on WOTUS Rule Changes
  • APWA Launches New Advocacy Platform – Get Involved! 
  • FEMA Releases National Preparedness Report
  • FEMA Announces Final Rule on Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs 

September 13, 2021        

  • Update on Infrastructure and Budget Resolution
  • Federal Judge Overturns Navigable Waters Protection Rule
  • EPA Announces Intent to Regulate PFAS in Wastewater
  • EPA and DOD Publish First Validated Laboratory Method for PFAS Testing in Wastewater
  • President Biden Announces Executive Order Addressing COVID Safety Protocols
  • September Recognized as National Preparedness Month
  • CISA Releases Drone Guidance to Assist Emergency Communications Centers

August 9, 2021        

  • Update on Senate's Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
  • APWA Releases New Policymaker Primers on Climate & Recycling
  • FEMA Announces $3.5 billion in Disaster Mitigation Grants
  • CISA Announces New Cybersecurity Collaborative Effort

August 2, 2021        

  • Update on Senate Infrastructure Deal
  • House of Representatives Passes Appropriations Package
  • President Biden Signs Memorandum to Improve Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure
  • Senate Republicans Introduce Legislation to Uphold WOTUS Rule
  • U.S. EPA and Army Announce Community Engagements on WOTUS

July 26, 2021        

  • Infrastructure and FY 2022 Budget Update
  • House of Representatives Passes Sweeping PFAS Legislation
  • House Appropriations Committee Advances FY 2022 DHS Bill
  • White House Releases Environmental Justice Memorandum
  • FEMA Announces New Guide to help Build Private-Public Partnerships
  • EPA Announces New Water Quality Monitoring Web Tool
  • EPA and Forest Service Release Wildfire Smoke Resources

July 19, 2021        

  • Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Infrastructure Update
  • APWA to Provide Testimony During Senate EPW Hearing
  • House Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2022 Spending Bills
  • House of Representatives Plans Votes on Cybersecurity Legislation
  • EPA Releases Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List
  • DHS Releases FY 2021 Preparedness Grant Funding Allocations
  • CISA Establishes New Ransomware Assistance Website
  • FEMA Announces 2022 Virtual Tabletop Exercise Program Schedule

July 12, 2021        

  • Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Infrastructure Update
  • Senate Expected to Vote on the Nomination of Jen Easterly as CISA Director
  • House Appropriations Committee Advances FY22 Interior-Environment Bill
  • FHWA Announces Funding Opportunity for Advanced Transportation Technologies
  • CISA Releases Analysis of Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (RVA) in 2020
  • President Biden Signs Executive Order on Licensure Reform

June 28, 2021        

  • Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Infrastructure Update
  • House E&C Committee Advances Drinking Water Infrastructure Bills
  • U.S. Senate Designates National Cybersecurity Education Week
  • U.S. EPA Announces American Rescue Plan Funding for Environmental Justice

June 21, 2021        

  • Infrastructure Update
  • Richard Spinrad Confirmed by Senate to Lead NOAA
  • APWA to Host Congressional Briefing on Water Policy
  • NHSC Releases After Action Report on COVID-19
  • U.S. EPA Delays Implementation of Lead and Copper Rule Revisions
  • FEMA to Provide Additional Funds to Help Homeowners Following Disasters
  • FEMA Releases Incident Complexity Guide


June 14, 2021        

  • Infrastructure Update
  • House T&I Committee Passes Wastewater Bill
  • House Schedules Votes on Disaster Relief Legislation
  • U.S. EPA and U.S. Army Announce Intent to Revise WOTUS Definition
  • U.S. DOT Requesting Comments on Self-Driving Vehicles
  • U.S. EPA Proposes Rule Establishing Reporting Requirements for PFAS

June 7, 2021        

  • Infrastructure Update
  • President Biden Releases Full FY 2022 Budget Proposal
  • U.S. EPA Announces Intent to Reconsider Clean Water Act Certification Rule
  • U.S. EPA Adds PFAS Chemicals to Toxics Release Inventory
  • U.S. EPA Implements Court Ruling Vacating Scientific Transparency Rule

May 24, 2021        

  • Senate EPW Committee to Mark-up Bipartisan Surface Transportation Bill this Week
  • U.S. EPA Finalizes Changes to NPDES Test Procedures
  • FEMA Now Accepting FY 2021 Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grants Applications
  • FEMA Releases COVID-19 and All-Hazards Operational Guidance
  • FEMA Releases NIMS Implementation Private Sector Fact Sheet
  • DOT Hosting Virtual Speaker Series
  • DOT Announces Expansion of Workforce Development Pilot Programs

May 17, 2021        

  • Infrastructure Update
  • Resolution Recognizing National Public Works Week Introduced in U.S. House
  • U.S. Department of Treasury Updates COVID-19 Resource Guidance Page
  • House Republicans Introduce Wastewater Infrastructure Bill
  • President Biden Announces Cybersecurity Executive Order
  • U.S. EPA Rescinds Rule Restricting Use of Guidance Documents
  • U.S. EPA Releases Grant Funding for Technical Assistance to Small Water Systems

May 10, 2021        

  • Infrastructure Update
  • U.S. Senate Passes Key Water Infrastructure Legislation
  • U.S. EPA Announces $6.5 Billion in WIFIA and SWIFIA Water Infrastructure Financing
  • President Biden Releases “America The Beautiful” Proposal
  • FEMA Releases 2020 National Preparedness Report
  • U.S. EPA Establishes New Council to Address PFAS Contamination
  • U.S. EPA Releases Tools to Assist with Nutrient Reduction in Water
  • DOL Reestablishes Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship

April 26, 2021        

  • Water Week 2021 Begins
  • APWA Issues Action Alert on Key Water Infrastructure Bill
  • Senate Republicans Introduce Infrastructure Framework
  • U.S. Senate Confirms Deanne Criswell as FEMA Administrator
  • APWA Government Affairs to Lead APWA Region VIII Advocacy Training
  • President Biden Nominates Richard Spinrad to Lead NOAA
  • FEMA Seeking Comments on Improving Operations
  • White House Environmental Justice Council to Meet in April and May
  • U.S. EPA Releases Funding for Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program

April 19, 2021        

  • Infrastructure Update
  • APWA Joins 17 Transportation Groups Calling for Increased Surface Transportation Funding
  • House Public Works and Infrastructure Caucus Formally Reestablished
  • American Rescue Plan Updated Disbursement Guidelines Released
  • Senate to Vote on Key Water Infrastructure Legislation
  • White House CEQ Chair Confirmed by U.S. Senate
  • Legislation to Combat PFAS Reintroduced in House of Representatives
  • U.S. DOT RAISE Grant Funding Available
  • U.S. EPA Announces New Round of WIFIA Loan Recipients
  • FEMA Continues Full Coverage of Safe Opening and Operation Costs

April 12, 2021        

  • President Biden Releases FY 2022 Topline Budget Outline
  • Infrastructure Update
  • APWA and House Public Works & Infrastructure Caucus Host Virtual Brief
  • APWA to host Third Thursday Advocacy Jam
  • EPA Holds Water Infrastructure Roundtable
  • FEMA Releases Updated Guidance on Receiving Public Assistance Funds
  • EPA Releases Updated Tool for Water Pollution Monitoring

March 22, 2021        

  • House Introduces Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill
  • Senate Committee Approves PFAS Protection Bill
  • APWA Board of Directors Holds Virtual Congressional Meetings
  • APWA to Host Panel with Congressional Staff
  • Deb Haaland Sworn-in as DOI Secretary
  • Isabel Guzman Sworn-in as SBA Administrator
  • Senate to Vote on Marty Walsh for DOL Secretary
  • FHWA Hosting Webinars on MUTCD –Comments Due May 14, 2021
  • White House Environmental Justice Council to Meet in March
  • EPA Environmental Financial Advisory Board to Meet in April
  • FEMA Releases 18 Public Works Resource Typing Documents
  • FEMA Provides Update on Fiscal Year 2020 FMA and BRIC Grants
  • FAA Final Rules on Drones to be Released Next Month
  • NOAA Hosts Listening Sessions

March 15, 2021        

  • President Biden Signs the American Rescue Plan into Law
  • Infrastructure Update
  • APWA to Hold Third Thursday Advocacy Jam
  • Regan Confirmed as EPA Administrator
  • EPA Delays Implementation of Lead and Copper Rule Revisions
  • FHWA Hosting Webinars on MUTCD –Comments Due May 14, 2021
  • FEMA Extends Comment Period on Determining Disaster Declarations – Comments Due April 12, 2021
  • FEMA Announces Updates on Flood Insurance Manual
  • FEMA Launches 2021 Ready Campaign

March 8, 2021        

  • Senate Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Package
  • Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Meets at White House on Infrastructure
  • House T&I Committee Bringing Back Earmarks
  • APWA Participates in 2021 Future Cities Competition
  • ASCE Releases its 2021 ‘Report Card’
  • EPA Seeking Nominations for Local Government Advisory Committee – Deadline April 16, 2021
  • FEMA Currently Accepting Spring Nominations for Exercise Assistance
  • CISA Releases Guide for Public Safety on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

March 1, 2021           

  • U.S. House Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Package
  • APWA Releases First Policymaker Primers on Workforce Development and Public Right of Way
  • APWA Supports Clean Water Legislation
  • Transportation Infrastructure Update
  • Advance Refunding Legislation Introduced in Senate
  • Senate to Vote on U.S. Department of Education Nominee
  • Jennifer Granholm Sworn-in as Department of Energy Secretary
  • President Biden Nominates Deanne Criswell to Lead FEMA
  • CISA Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Physical Security Action Guide
  • DHS Announces Funding Opportunity for $1.87 Billion in Preparedness Grants
  • Stormwater Sector Facing Funding Gap
  • FEMA Renews Three-Year Reinsurance Agreement
  • NEMA Releases Emergency and Disasters Recommendations Paper

February 22, 2021           

  • Congress Looks to Act on COVID-19 Relief Package
  • APWA Continues to Advocate for COVID-19 Aid to State and Local Entities
  • Intelligence Committee Chairman Asks for Answers on Water Hack
  • FY 2021 DOT INFRA Grant Funding Available
  • APWA Hosting Online PFAS Session
  • FEMA Corps Now Accepting Applications
  • FEMA Seeking Disaster Preparation Workshop Participants
  • FBI Releases Ransomware Fact Sheet
  • APWA Public Policy Priorities Twitter Fleets


February 8, 2021         

  • Congress Clears Way for COVID-19 Stimulus Plan
  • APWA Hosting Congressional Brief on Infrastructure
  • Senate Agrees on Power-Sharing
  • White House Policy Increases FEMA COVID-19 Assistance
  • Senate Committee to Vote on DOL Nominee
  • Senate Committee to Vote on DOE Nominee
  • Senate Committee to Vote on EPA Nominee
  • APWA Participates in NHSC Winter Virtual Meeting
  • DOT Secretary Sworn into Office
  • DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Sworn into Office
  • FEMA Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Support Webpage
  • FHWA Proposes Changes to MUTCD - Deadline Extended to May 14, 2021
  • APWA Hosting Online Water Resources Events in February


February 1, 2021         

  • Update on Potential COVID-19 Stimulus
  • APWA Joins 24 State & Local Organizations in Support for Tax-exempt Bonds
  • Senate to Vote on DOT Nomination
  • Senate to Vote on DHS Secretary Nomination
  • EPA Nominee to Face Senate Committee this Week
  • U.S. Congressional PFAS Task Force Reestablished
  • Senate Republicans Urge President Biden to Keep Navigable Waters Rule
  • FEMA Announces Extension of Emergency Non-Congregate Sheltering Assistance
  • FEMA Releases Soil-Structure Interaction Guide
  • FEMA Publishes Revised NFIP Guidance Bulletins
  • EPA Hosts Webinar on WIFIA Eligibility

January 25, 2021         

  • President Biden Unveils $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Stimulus Proposal
  • White House Releases Proposed COVID-19 Response Strategy
  • Update on U.S. Senate Organization
  • White House Issues EO's to Address COVID-19
  • APWA Issues Action Alerts on 117th Congress Policy Priorities & COVID-19
  • Hearing Held on U.S. DOT Nominee
  • President Biden Nominates Deanne Criswell to lead FEMA
  • EPA Announces Advancement of PFAS Action Plan
  • Biden EPA Asks Justice to Cease Defense of Trump-era Rules
  • FEMA Releases Emergency Operations Center Toolkit
  • CISA Announces Ransomware Campaign


January 11, 2021       

  • U.S. Senate Control
  • COVID Relief and Infrastructure Package Expected Early
  • EPA Releases "Secret Science Rule
  • NOAA Releases Final 2020 Disaster Report
  • Potential Cabinet Officials in a Biden Administration and Committee Leadership in the 117th Congress


January 4, 2021      

  • APWA Board Approves Public Policy Priorities for the 117th Congress
  • 117th Congress Sworn into Office
  • EPA Publishes Updated Lead and Copper Rule
  • National Homeland Security Consortium Survey on COVID-19
  • FHWA Proposes Changes to MUTCD
  • FEMA Releases 2020 National Preparedness Report

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