Washington Report: 2020 Issues


December 14, 2020

  • FY 2021 Appropriations Update - New CR Expires December 18, 2020
  • Senate Set to Consider WRDA Legislation
  • New Members of the 117th Congress
  • Trump Administration Releases Final Regulatory Agenda
  • EPA Introduces Environmental Finance Clearinghouse
  • FEMA Announces Proposed National Strategy on PPE Distribution
  • FEMA Considering Revisions in Determining Disaster Declarations
  • FHWA Proposes Changes to MUTCD
  • Potential Cabinet Officials in a Biden Administration and Committee Leadership in the 117th Congress


December 7, 2020

  • APWA Advocates for Public Works Vaccination Priority
  • House Releases WRDA Legislation
  • Defense Bill Includes PFAS Provisions
  • NEPA Revisions See Court Action
  • NHTSA Releases Proposal for Framework on Automated Driving Systems
  • FEMA Seeking Comments on Emergency Operations Center Toolkit Documents

November 30, 2020

  • U.S. DOT Proposing Internal NEPA Updates
  • FCC Votes to Repurpose Portion of Transportation Spectrum
  • FEMA Releases National Risk Index
  • FEMA Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on Updated Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101
  • CISA Releases Final Cyber Essentials Toolkit: "Your Crisis Response"


November 16, 2020

  • This Week’s FCC Meeting to Include Modernizing 5.9 GHz Band
  • FEMA Requests Comments on Draft Building Private-Public Partnerships Guide
  • APWA Member Phil Mann to Speak at SAFECOM Annual Fall Meeting
  • APWA Co-Sponsors Advance Refunding FAQ Primer
  • “Tell Your Story” of COVID-19’s Impacts on Public Works
  • Second Annual National Drone Safety Awareness Week Begins November 16

October 26, 2020

  • Weigh-in on WRDA
  • Share COVID-19 Impacts on Your Communities
  • U.S. Department of Education Expands Funding for Federal Work Study Job Training
  • FEMA Announces Updates on Grant and Mitigation Planning Programs – Deadline October 27, 2020
  • FEMA Still Accepting Disaster Relief Grant Program Applications – Deadline January 21, 2021

October 19, 2020

October 5, 2020


September 28, 2020


September 21, 2020

  • U.S. DOT Awards BUILD Grant Dollars
  • U.S. DOE Announces Grants to Career and Technical Education
  • U.S. DOL Launches Campaign to Promote Apprenticeships
  • EPA Proposes Updated Pollution Control Payment Guidance
  • FEMA Releases IPAWS Program Planning Kit
  • FEMA Requests Comments on Draft Inundated and Submerged Roads Guidance


September 14, 2020

  • FEMA Releases Interim COVID-19 Reimbursement Policy
  • FEMA Announces Updates on Grant and Mitigation Planning Programs
  • CISA Announces Malicious Domain Blocking and Reporting


August 11, 2020

  • FEMA Releases BRIC Grant Information
  • FEMA Requests Comments on Interim Debris Monitoring Guide


August 3, 2020


July 27, 2020


July 20, 2020

  • APWA Advocacy Tools
  • Congress Returns to Session to Work on Next COVID-19 Relief Package
  • House Continues Work on FY 2021 Spending Bills 
  • White House Announces Major Revisions to Permitting Regulations
  • House Committee Approves Water Resources Legislation
  • FEMA Releases Updated Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide
  • White House Launches "Find Something New" Ad Campaign
  • CISA Hosts NECP Webinar


July 13, 2020

  • House Committee Rushes to Approve Spending Bills
  • APWA Supports LOCAL Infrastructure Act
  • Share How COVID-19 Impacts Your Community
  • FHWA Announces ATCMTD Funding Opportunity
  • FEMA Hosts BRIC Engagement Webinars
  • CISA Releases Second of Six Planned Cyber Essentials Toolkits
  • CISA Releases Industrial Control Systems Guidance

June 29, 2020

  • House to Vote on Infrastructure Package this Week
  • APWA Joins State and Local Government Groups Advocating for Federal Aid
  • Court Rules Water Protection Rule into Effect in 49 States
  • APWA Supports Voluntary Partnership Legislation
  • FEMA Publishes Emergency Sheltering Policy
  • FEMA Requests Feedback on Resource Management

June 22, 2020

  • House Committee Passes Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill
  • Judge Weighs Blocking Trump Water Rule
  • U.S. DOT Announces $906 Million in INFRA Grants
  • Department of Education Begins New CARES Act Workforce Development Grant
  • FEMA Requests Comments on HSGP Effectiveness
  • FEMA Hosts COVID-19 Themed Hurricane Webinars this Week
  • CISA Announces Cyber Guide to Accompany Updated Next Generation 9-1-1

June 15, 2020

  • APWA Urges Congress to Invest in Infrastructure for COVID-19 Recovery
  • Congressional Republicans Work to Expand Trump Order on Streamlining
  • U.S. DOT Announces Safety Data Initiative Funds
  • DHS Seeking Feedback from First Responders on UAS
  • FEMA Releases Business Emergency Operations Center Guidance
  • FEMA Mass Care Delivery Guidance Now Available
  • FEMA Seeking Comments on Effectiveness in Maintaining and Improving Preparedness

June 8, 2020

  • House Democrats Introduce Transportation Bill
  • President Signs Executive Order to Speed Infrastructure Permitting
  • APWA Joins in Advocating for COVID-19 Funding to State DOTs
  • U.S. DOT Announces $891 Million in Infrastructure Funds 
  • House Plans to Finish Spending Bills in July
  • FEMA & NOAA Announce Joint Resilience Planning Webinar
  • NOAA Requests Comments on Draft Education Plan
  • CISA Central Established to Streamline Engagement between Partners
  • Cyberspace Solarium Commission Releases Cyber-Themed Pandemic Recommendations

June 1, 2020

  • APWA Advocates for Local and State Assistance
  • Congress Makes Plans for Infrastructure Legislation
  • FEMA's COVID-19 Hurricane Season Operational Guidance Available
  • DOL Shares Guidance on Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs
  • DOL Issues Alert on Social Distancing at Work
  • FEMA Releases Fourth Version of Public Assistance Policy and Program Guide
  • FEMA Offers Updated NIMS Training
  • FEMA Announces $10 Million in Funding for RCP Grant Program
  • CISA Releases Cyber Essentials Toolkit
  • NOAA Shares 2020 Hurricane Season Forecast


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

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