The APWA Washington Report newsletter covers the latest United States national legislative and regulatory news affecting public works and public works professionals. Current issues of the newsletter are available here, or you can use the links to the right of this page to view issues from past years.

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April 2014 issue


  • EPA, USACE Release Proposed Rule Defining “Waters of the US”
  • EPA Decides Against a National Stormwater Rule
  • EPA Regions Deny Residual Designation Authority Petitions from Environmental Groups
  • White House Releases New Methane Strategy
  • FY15 House Budget Proposals Released
  • House Budget Resolution Proposes Reductions to Transportation Spending
  • APWA Transportation Summit Focuses on Local Perspectives on MAP-21 and Reauthorization
  • FHWA Issues Guidance on MAP-21 Financial Penalty Provisions for Not Meeting Agency Approval Deadlines
  • FHWA Proposes Rulemaking to Address MAP-21 Changes to Core Safety Program
  • Senate Committee Hears State and Local Perspectives on MAP-21 Reauthorization
  • President Signs Flood Insurance Reform Bill
  • House Hearing Explores Disaster Mitigation Programs
  • FEMA Seeks Input on Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
  • SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants Now Available
  • FEMA Announces Meeting Dates for NFIP Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Scoping

March 2014 issue

  • President Unveils 2015 Budget Proposal
  • President Proposes $302 Billion Transportation Reauthorization
  • $600 Million Available for New Round of TIGER Grants
  • Report on Highway, Transit Conditions Shows Need for More Investment
  • FHWA Proposes Rule Establishing MAP-21 Safety Performance Measures
  • USDOT Invites Comment on Existing Regulations Review
  • Final Rule Requires Best Management Practices at Construction Sites
  • EPA Issues New Guidance to Help Cities Manage Sewer Overflows with Green Infrastructure
  • Senate Democrats Hold Climate Talk-a-Thon on Senate Floor
  • FEMA Revises Public Assistance Simplified Procedures Thresholds
  • FEMA Announces Emergency Management Performance Grant Opportunity
  • House Approves Flood Insurance Reform Bill

February 2014 issue

  • President Signs Farm Bill into Law
  • APWA Asks White House to Provide Robust SRF Funding
  • West Virginia Chemical Spill Likely to Lead to More Oversight
  • EPA Updates Stormwater Calculator to Factor in Impacts from Climate Change
  • EPA Agrees to Finalize Coal Ash Rules by End of 2014
  • APWA Submits Testimony for House Transportation Reauthorization Hearing
  • $100 Billion in New Revenue Needed for Transportation Bill
  • NHTSA Working to Enable Vehicle to Vehicle
  • Bill Would Provide Federal Credit Assistance for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure
  • APWA Urges FCC Rule Respect Local Control Regarding Managing Rights of Way
  • FHWA Issues Final Rule on MAP-21 Categorical Exclusions
  • Shuster Names Public-Private Partnership Special Panel
  • Senate Passes Bill Delaying Flood Insurance Premium Increases
  • House Committee Backs Cybersecurity Bill Clarifying DHS, Private Sector Role
  • National Infrastructure Protection Plan Outlines How to Manage Risk

January 2014 issue


  • Law Exempts Fire Hydrants from Unnecessary Regulations
  • Administration Releases Updated 2014 Sustainability Plans
  • House Approves FY14 Omnibus Spending Bill
  • FirstNet Requests Comments on Implementing NEPA
  • Johnson Becomes Fourth Homeland Security Secretary
  • Shuster Provides Transportation Reauthorization Timeline
  • FHWA Seeks Innovations Shortening Project Delivery Time
  • Senate Prepares to Take up Flood Insurance Relief Bill