APWA is supportive of low-cost Federal infrastructure loan programs such as the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA), Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA), and the newly introduced Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now (SRF WIN) programs;
Senate staff are preparing to get S. 2800 to the floor soon;
To learn more about these Federal infrastructure loan programs or S. 2800, please contact APWA Government Affairs Manager Sean Garcia.
FEMA Releases Partner Strategy Session Transcript
On May 15, APWA President William “Bo” Mills was a participant in a day-long invitation only Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Partner Strategy Session (PSS) at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C.;
Along with FEMA Administrator Brock Long and several other FEMA officials, there were approximately thirty first responders and emergency management professionals from state, local, territorial, and tribal organizations in attendance;
In 2017 Administrator Long selected APWA to participate in this nationwide working group;
President Mills shared the challenges and demands faced by public works professionals in emergency situations as well as the integral role they play as first responders;
FCC Votes on National Emergency Alert Testing Systems
Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved to make modifications to alert notifications from the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA);
The rule change is designed to improve the EAS by preventing false alerts and improve testing;
The FCC introduced procedures for authorized state and local officials to conduct “live code” tests of the EAS, which use the same alert codes and processes as would be used in actual emergencies;
Additionally, the move would require EAS equipment to be configured in a manner that can help prevent false alerts and requires an EAS participant, such as a broadcaster or cable system, to notify the FCC if it discovers that it has transmitted a false alert;
The FCC will also be seeking comments on the performance of the WEA, including how such performance should be measured and whether, and if so, how the Commission should address inconsistent delivery of these messages;
For additional information and to review the FCC release on the changes, click here.
ON THE HORIZON
On July 17 at 9:45 am ET, the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on a discussion draft bill titled the “Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018” – click here for more information;
On July 17 at 10:00 am ET, the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Communications & Technology Subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing on realizing the benefits of rural broadband – click here for more information;
On July 18 at 10:00 am ET, the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings & Emergency Management is scheduled to hold a hearing on recovering from the 2017 disasters and preparing for the 2018 hurricane season – click here for more information;
On July 19 at 10:00 am ET, the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee has scheduled a hearing on the nominations of Mary Bridget Neumayr to be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality and John C. Fleming to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development – click here for more information.