December 2011 issue  



  • APWA Urges Flexibility in Meeting Proposed Access Board Accessibility Guidelines
  • Consideration of a House Transportation Authorization Bill Postponed until 2012
  • Senate Finance Committee Republicans Offer Recommendations for Financing Transportation Bill
  • Traffic Fatalities Fall to Lowest Level in Six Decades
  • T&I Democrats Introduce Buy America Bill
  • President Signs 3 Percent Withholding into Law
  • House Approves Pipeline Safety Bill
  • USDOT Announces Funding for 46 Transportation Projects under TIGER III Grants
  • APWA Expresses Support for EPA Smart Growth Program
  • Post Construction Stormwater Rule behind Schedule
  • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Holds Water Infrastructure Funding Hearing
  • EPA Plans Regional Meetings on New Framework for Integrated Wastewater Planning
  • President Obama Declares December Critical Infrastructure Protection Month
  • APWA Attends National Homeland Security Consortium
  • House Passes Payroll Tax Bill which Includes NFIP Extension and Interoperable Communications Network for Public Safety
  • Two Bills that Aim to Expedite Project Delivery were Introduced in the House
  • House and Senate Pass FY 2012 Spending Bill


November 2011 issue

  • EPA Announces Integrated Planning Approach for Wastewater and Stormwater Management
  • APWA Joins Diverse Coalition in Defeating Rural Development Program Budget Cut
  • DHS Authorization Legislation Moves Forward
  • National Levee Database Released to the Public
  • APWA Submits Comments to FEMA on NIMS Public Works Resources
  • Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert System
  • APWA President Linderman Testifies on Proposed Accessibility Guidelines
  • Senate Committee Unanimously Approves 2-Year Transportation Authorization
  • Competing Infrastructure Bills Fail in the Senate
  • Senate Approves Three Percent Withholding Repeal
  • DOT Issues TIFIA Funding Announcement
  • APWA files Comments Addressing Traffic Control Compliance Dates
  • FHWA Issues Call for Every Day Counts Innovation Initiatives
  • Conference Committee Completes Work on FY 2012 Transportation Spending Bill with Continuing Resolution Through December 16
  • Super Committee Stalled
  • APWA Launches APWA Advocates


October 2011 issue

  • FHWA Proposes Eliminating Dozens of Traffic Control Compliance Date Deadlines
  • American Jobs Act Fails in Senate
  • Senate and House Appropriations Committees Approve Spending Bills for Transportation
  • Democratic Members of the T&I Committee Submit their Deficit-Cutting Suggestions to the Super Committee
  • SAFETEA-LU Extended By Six Months
  • Administration Announces Selection of 14 Projects for Expedited Permitting and Environmental Review Process
  • House Committee Passes Three Percent Withholding Repeal
  • GAO Report: All States Received More Funding Than They Contributed in Highway Taxes from 2005 to 2009
  • Senators Landrieu and Cochran Introduce Stafford Act Reform Legislation
  • FEMA Releases National Disaster Recovery Framework
  • FEMA Releases National Preparedness Goal
  • Obama Signs Short-Term Continuing Resolution, Emergency Management Programs Impacted
  • Proposed National Rulemaking to Strengthen Stormwater Program Delayed
  • APWA Supports Newly Introduced Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2011

August 2011 issue

  • US Access Board Releases Rights-of-Way Guidelines for Public Comment
  • EPA Requests Input on Sustainable Materials Management
  • Administration Reveals National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship
  • EPA Proposes Rule Redefining Solid Waste
  • EPA Holds Workshop on Sanitary Sewer Overflows
  • APWA Comments on Draft Waters of the United States Guidance
  • Assistant Administrator for Water Has Confirmation Hearing
  • APWA Joins Ready Campaign
  • DHS Secretary Releases Progress Report on 9/11 Commission Recommendations
  • National Mitigation Alliance Holds Briefing on Capitol Hill
  • President Signs Bill Raising Debt Ceiling
  • State Transportation Opt-Out Bill Introduced in Senate
  • APWA and Local Government Groups File Comments in Response to FCC Notice on Broadband Deployment
  • Still No Transportation Reauthorization Legislation as Congress Begins August Recess
  • Local, State and FHWA Officials Meet to Discuss Ways to Improve Project Delivery
  • FHWA Seeks Comment on Proposed MUTCD Revision

July 2011 issue

  • Mica Releases 6-Year, $230 Billion Plan to Reauthorize Highway, Transit Programs
  • National Complete Streets Coalition Reacts to House Transportation Proposal
  • USDOT Announces $527 Million in Funding for New Round of TIGER Grants
  • US Access Board to Issue Proposed Guidelines for Accessible Public Rights-of-Way
  • Highway Maintenance Bill Introduced in Senate
  • Inhofe Receives Citation for Exemplary Service to Public Works
  • House Bill Aims to Limit EPA Clean Water Act Authority, President Threatens Veto
  • House Appropriators Move to Slash EPA Budget and Block Regulations
  • APWA Supports Legislation on Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2011
  • Federal Agencies Partner to Revitalize Urban Waterways
  • EPA Grants Biomass Facilities 3 Year Deferral on GHG Permitting
  • APWA Attends White House Interoperable Communications Meeting
  • Congress Moves Chemical Facility Legislation Forward
  • APWA Attends National Homeland Security Consortium
  • House Passes Long-Term NFIP Legislation

June 2011 issue

  • Senators Announce Framework for Transportation Reauthorization Bill
  • Obama Administration Establishes Rural Council
  • Senate Debates EDA Reauthorization
  • Rural Road Safety Bill Introduced in House
  • NCSL, AASHTO Partner on Transportation Finance and Governance Report
  • Mica Releases High Speed Rail Privatization Proposal
  • DHS Releases FY 2011 Grant Guidance
  • APWA Participates in FEMA National Level Exercise 2011
  • Interoperable Emergency Communications Bills Move Forward in Senate
  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week
  • House Passes DHS FY 2012 Appropriations
  • Appropriations Process Slowly Begins for Water Programs
  • APWA Again Supports Energy Conservation Bill
  • EPA Proposes 31 Rules for Review in Regulatory Overhaul Effort

May 2011 issue

  • U.S. Senate Proclaims May 15-21 National Public Works Week
  • National Infrastructure Summit Focuses on Advancing an Infrastructure Improvement Agenda
  • Funding for FY12 Transportation, Housing Appropriations Reduced under House Plan
  • Draft of DOT’s Transportation Reauthorization Bill Circulating
  • Survey of Mayors Shows Support for Greater Share of Federal Transportation Dollars to Metro Areas
  • Senate Bill Aims to Contain Highway Stormwater Runoff
  • Senate Commerce Committee Approves Pipeline Safety Bill
  • IRS Issues Regulations on Three Percent Withholding
  • House Appropriators Seek Sharp FY 12 Budget Cuts, EPA SRF Programs Under Threat
  • EPA Office of Water Releases Several Guidance Documents
  • EPA Solicits Comments on Permit to Reduce Storm water Discharges from Construction Sites
  • Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011 Introduced
  • National Research Council Releases America’s Climate Choices Report
  • DHS Announces New Terrorism Advisory System * National Mitigation Alliance Launches Website
  • Congress Continues to Push for CFATS Reauthorization

April 2011 issue

  • Congress Approves Compromise FY11 Funding Bill
  • House FY12 Budget Plan Proposes Steep Cuts to Transportation
  • APWA Transportation Sustainability Summit Provides Unique Forum on Future of US Transportation
  • USDOT Announces Pipeline Safety Plan
  • Senators Announce $10 Billion Infrastructure Bank Bill
  • GAO Report: Grant Programs Could Benefit from Increased Performance Focus
  • Traffic Fatalities in 2010 Drop to Lowest Level
  • US Access Board Seeks Comment on Access to Shared Use Paths
  • FHWA Launches New Bridge Safety Initiative
  • EPA Seeks Comments on Storm Water TMDL Memorandum
  • Justice Department Issues Policy on Federal Payment of Storm Water Fees
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Municipal Permittee Liable for Storm Water Discharges
  • Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act Introduced
  • Administration Calls for Ideas to Improve NEPA
  • 7th Circuit Holds State Action Doctrine Shields Municipalities from Challenge to Trash Disposal Contracts
  • Obama Administration Releases HSPPD-8

March 2011 issue

  • Congress Passes Another Short-Term Spending Bill
  • SAFETEA-LU Extended Through Sept. 30, 2011
  • House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Holds Field Hearings
  • APWA Submits Statement on Accelerating Transportation Project Delivery
  • US Highway Travel at Highest Level Since 2007
  • DOT Seeks Comments on Review of Existing Regulations
  • EPW Issues Call for WRDA Projects
  • EPA Proposes Unregulated Contaminants Rule
  • EPA Publishes New Sewage Sludge Incineration Rule
  • EPA Publishes Final Boiler Rule
  • Final Rule Defines Fuels and Waste
  • Government Seeks Input on Disposing and Recycling Electronic Waste
  • Congress Introduces CFATS Reauthorization Bills
  • FEMA Commemorates Flood Safety Awareness Week

February 2011 issue

  • President Obama Unveils $3.7 Trillion Budget Proposal
  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Members Selected
  • House Committee Announces Transportation Reauthorization Field Hearings
  • Mica Says Reauthorization of Aviation, Surface Transportation Are Top Priorities
  • President Links Infrastructure Investment with Economic Recovery in State of the Union Address
  • Federal Agencies Ordered to Review Regulations
  • APWA Submits Comments on MUTCD Compliance Dates
  • Senator Casey Introduces Two Highway Funding Bills
  • Senators Boxer and Feinstein Introduce a Bill to Strengthen Pipeline Safety and Enforcement
  • APWA Challenges EPA Memorandum on Use of Numeric Limits for Storm Water
  • APWA Advocates for Swift Implementation of Federal Responsibility for Storm Water Fees Law
  • EPA Announces Plans to Regulate Perchlorate
  • EPA Announces Plans to Defer Permitting Requirements for Industries that Use Biomass
  • APWA Comments of Flood Insurance Reform
  • APWA Joins the Public Safety Alliance
  • Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Act Becomes Public Law
  • APWA Attends Mitigation Alliance
  • Obama Administration Supports D Block Allocation