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.

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

December 16, 2019

  • FY 2020 Appropriations Update
  • PFAS Language has “50-50” Odds of Inclusion in FY 2020 Appropriations Package

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