December 2009 issue

  • EPA Finds Greenhouse Gases Endanger Public Health & the Environment
  • EPA Announces Revisions to Water Enforcement Strategy
  • Long-Awaited Alternative Climate Change Blueprint Released
  • Senate Committee Approves E-Waste Bill
  • EPA Issues Effluent Guidelines for Discharges from Construction & Development Industry
  • EPA Issues Guidance on Implementing Davis-Bacon Provisions for Water Projects
  • President Obama Declares December as Critical Infrastructure Protection Month
  • DHS/FEMA Reverse Limitations on Homeland Security Grants
  • APWA Attends National Homeland Security Consortium Meeting
  • DHS Secretary Napolitano Releases FY 2010 Grant Guidance
  • Administration Proposes Rail Transit Safety Legislation
  • DOT Announces $280 Million for Urban Circulator Projects
  • $125 Billion Transportation Package Proposed
  • Third SAFETEA-LU Extension Expected
  • Congress Adopts Omnibus; Includes Transportation-HUD Spending Bill
  • Infrastructure Bank Dropped from FY 2010 Transportation Appropriations Bill
  • Infrastructure Investment Expected to be Key Component in Jobs Creation Bill

November 2009 issue 

  • APWA Washington Report Comes to You in a New Format
  • Omnibus Package Likely Needed to Finish Fiscal 2010 Appropriations Work
  • Administration, Congress Looking at Transportation Investment to Spur Job Creation
  • 2009 Election Day State and Local Ballot Measure Analysis
  • SAFETEA-LU Extension Expires December 18
  • Transportation Stimulus Funds Continue to Be Obligated
  • Department of Energy Issues EECBG Funding Notice
  • Chemical & Water Facilities Security Bill Passes the House
  • EPA Concerned Over States Ability to Meet ARRA Deadlines
  • EPA Solicits Comments on Survey for New Stormwater Rule
  • Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes Released
  • Democrats in Senate Report Cap & Trade Bill Out of Committee
  • President Signs FY 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill
  • APWA Comments on FEMA Proposed Rule
  • DHS/FEMA Impose Limitations on Homeland Security Grants
  • Change of Address for the APWA Washington Office

October 2009 issue

  • Summit Addresses Dangers of Distracted Driving
  • House Panel Holds Hearing on Progress of Transportation, Infrastructure Investment in Recovery Act
  • President Signs One-Month Continuing Resolution to Fund the Government Through  October
  • FHW A Issues Final Rule Governing Certain Requirements for Automated Toll Collection Systems
  • $1.5 Billion TIGER Grant Program Receives 1,400 Applications, $57 Billion in Funding Requests
  • Repeal of Highway Funding Cut Stopped in Senate; S AFETEA- LU Extended by  One Month
  • FHWA Seeks Comments on Traffic/Construction Noise Abatement Rule Proposed Revisions
  • APWA Endorses Emerg ency Services Sector Pandemic Planning White Paper
  • FE M A Releases 2008 Long Term Community Recovery Annual Report
  • Federal Guidelines Released for Influenza Season
  • Task Force Recommends to Revise National Homeland Security Advisory System
  • Senate Leaders Release Long Anticipated Comprehensive Climate Change Bill
  • EPA Finalizes Nation's First Greenhouse Gas Reporting System
  • EPA & DHS Reach Agreement on Approach to Water Security
  • Senator Reid Introduces Bill Creating a Blue Bank for Climate Adaptation
  • White House Issues Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy & Economic Performance
  • IRS Proposes Rule to Revive Market for Bonds that Fund Solid Waste Facilities

August 2009 issue

  • NGA Endorses Carbon Neutral Buildings by 2030
  • 83% of Clean Water Funds in Recovery Act Awarded
  • EPA Requests Comments on Perchlorate Regulation
  • EPA Approves 6 New  Alternative Methods for Testing Regulated Contaminants in Drinking Water
  • APWA Provides Comments on Federal Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Policy Development
  • NACo Adopts Resolution on Producer Responsibility for Unwanted Medicines
  • Obama Signs Bill Adding $7 Billion to Highway Trust Fund
  • EPA Issues Enforcement and Compliance Directive to Improve Water Quality
  • SAFETEA-LU Extension Expected in September
  • USDOT Secretary Testifies Before Senate on Transportation and Climate Change
  • Transportation Financing Bills Introduced
  • FHWA Seeks Participation in Value Pricing Pilot Program
  • Build America Bonds Program Issues $17.4 Billion in Tax-Free Bonds
  • House Ways and Means Committee Review Future Transportation Funding Options
  • Senate Appropriations Committee Follows House Lead and Approves $122 Billion Spending Bill
  • House Extends National Flood Insurance Program for Six Months
  • National Homeland Security Advisory System to be Reviewed
  • APWA To Meet with Key Obama Administration Officials
  • Congressman Clyburn Receives Citation for Exemplary Service to Public  Works

July 2009 issue

  • House Subcommittee Approves Surface Transportation Authorization Bill
  • Revised Notice Issued for $1.5 billion TIGER Discretionary Grant Program
  • States Obligate Half of Economic Recovery Highway Funding Ahead of Schedule
  • Administration Proposes Postponing Enactment of Multi-Year Surface Transportation Bill
  • Fiscal Year 2010 Transportation and Housing Appropriation Bill
  • House Passes ACES: Senate Action Expected By Fall
  • EPA Budget Process Continues to Progress
  • HUD, DOT & EPA Announce Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities
  • AO Release Report on Revenue Sources for Clean Water Trust Fund
  • Senate EPW Moves Several Water-focused Bills
  • Work on Security Continues to Move Forward
  • APWA Attends National Homeland Security Consortium Meeting
  • APWA Signs on to Mitigation White Paper
  • Homeland Security Appropriations Moves Smoothly Through Congress

June 2009 issue

  • House Committee Approves Climate Bill, Long Road to a Floor Vote Begins
  • USDA Rural Utilities Announces ARRA Funded Projects
  • EPA Announces Waivers for Buy American Requirements in ARRA
  • House Moves to Repeal Hydraulic Fracturing  Exemption Under SDWA
  • Committee Reauthorizes BEACH Act; Number of Open Beach Days Holds Steady
  • Sustainable Skylines Initiative Seeks Partners
  • National Bipartisan Group Issues Plan to Reform Transportation Policy
  • Highway Trust Fund Shortfall Predicted
  • Senate Bill Aims to Provide Plan to  Address Transportation Challenges
  • House Surface Transportation Authorization Bill Expected By End of June
  • DOT Announces $1.5  Billion in Transportation Grants Available
  • APWA Testifies Before Congress on Levee Safety During National Public Works Week
  • The Obama Administration Gears Up for 2009 Hurricane Season
  • Homeland Security Council and National Security Council Merge, New Security Directorates Created
  • FEMA  Releases Risk MAP Multi-Y ear Plan
  • FEMA to Remain in Department of Homeland Security

May 2009 issue

  • Congress adopts FY10 budget resolution
  • APWA hosts National Public Works Week on the Hill
  • Fugate confirmed as FEMA Administrator
  • Manning confirmed as FEMA’s Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness
  • Pre-disaster mitigation Reauthorization Legislation Passes House
  • FEMA releases comprehensive preparedness guide
  • President releases DHS budget request
  • Signifi cant increased investment in transportation needed, new report shows
  • Administration budget proposes slight increase for most transportation programs
  • Bills would allow states to keep Trust Fund contributions
  • House surface transportation authorization bill expected within weeks
  • Administration releases plan for high-speed passenger rail
  • ITS and work zone management resource available
  • EPA issues ARRA “Buy American” guidance
  • Senate EPW Committee introduces Water Infrastructure Financing Act
  • Effective Utility Management Collaborating Associations release case studies document
  • EPA releases Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Sur vey and Assessment
  • EPA announces plans to survey drinking water utilities for emerging contaminants
  • EPA FY10 budget sees 34% increase from FY09
  • Corps of Engineers FY10 budget proposal sees cuts from FY09

April 2009 issue 

  • APWA launches one-stop-shop for economic recovery updates
  • House and Senate pass FY10 budget resolutions
  • FY10 budget proposal would boost clean water funding for SRF programs
  • Jurisdictional issues continue over House chemical security bill
  • EPA to rescind controversial permit fee rule
  • President announces nominees for key water policy posts
  • President nominates community revitalization specialist to head EPA Office of Solid Waste
  • $3.2 billion authorized for energy efficiency & conservation block grants
  • APWA, municipal organizations meet with EPA to discuss stimulus funding
  • Draft energy & climate change bill released in the House
  • Recovery Act funding available for greenhouse gas and energy reduction
  • Rulemaking amends NEPA for transportation projects
  • HUD, DOT announce partnership
  • Complete Streets’ legislation introduced in the House and Senate
  • House bill encourages clean transportation options to curb greenhouse gas emissions
  • GAO report reveals nation’s highway infrastructure is far from secure
  • Secretary Napolitano evaluates Gulf Coast recovery
  • DHS secretary announces proposed loan forgiveness rule for special community disaster loans
  • FEMA national preparedness nomination announced
  • DHS announces FY09 grant guidance

March 2009 issue

  • DOT apportions $27.5 billion in economic recovery highway funds
  • Federal budget blueprint includes increased funding for transit, high speed rail
  • CLEAN-TEA bill would fund transportation at $100 billion annually
  • Commission urges shift from gas tax to a mileage-based usage fee by 2020
  • Kienitz named U.S. DOT Policy Under Secretary
  • Highway travel fell again in December; 2008 travel down 3.6%
  • New team to coordinate DOT role in economic recovery
  • Transportation funding increased under omnibus spending bill
  • U.S. Access Board advances proposed rulemaking on rights-of-way
  • Craig Fugate nominated as FEMA Administrator
  • Judy Mueller reappointed to Homeland Security Advisory Council
  • Possible merger of National Security Council and Homeland Security Council
  • EPA plans electronic system for fi ling Discharge Monitoring Reports
  • Will FEMA remain a part of DHS, or regain its independent agency status?
  • Water Quality Investment Act clears the House
  • APWA submits comments on proposed effl uent limitation guidelines
  • President signs FY09 budget; boosts EPA’s budget
  • OMB invites comments on improving regulatory review process
  • EPA unveiled proposed greenhouse gas reporting rule

February 2009 issue

  • Senate passes stimulus legislation, 61-37
  • Members announced for key congressional committees
  • Stimulus package includes signifi cant environmental funding
  • ASCE report card gives infrastructure a near-failing grade
  • Obama’s environment & energy team confirmed
  • EPA creates stimulus task force
  • EPA seeks comment on solid waste defi nition; impacts for biosolids incineration
  • EPA solicits smart growth implementation assistance applications
  • Final revisions to CWA defi nition of discharge of dredge material released
  • DHS announces revised NIMS
  • Napolitano confirmed as Homeland Security Secretary
  • Secretary Napolitano issues action directives
  • House and Senate Homeland Security Committees appoint leadership, determine priorities
  • FEMA announces National Disaster Housing Strategy
  • LaHood confi rmed as Transportation Secretary
  • Voluntary Private Sector Accreditation and Certifi cation Preparedness Program
  • FHWA seeks comments on TIFIA rule amendments
  • FHWA seeks comments on traffic monitoring program
  • FHWA creates economic recovery Web page