APWA – Washington Report – August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018

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LATEST NEWS

Senator John McCain Passes Away at 81

  • Arizona Senator John McCain passed away late Saturday afternoon at the age of 81;
  • He had been battling brain cancer for several years, and just last Friday announced that he had stopped receiving treatment;
  • McCain was a Representative in the U.S House from 1983 to 1987 and served in the U.S. Senate from 1987 until his passing;
  • McCain was a Naval Aviator and is remembered as a war hero after being held captive as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than five years;
  • The Senator will be laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, MD, following funerals in Arizona and Washington, D.C. where he will also lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda;
  • Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, has said he will not make any announcement regarding who he will appoint to serve the remaining two years of Senator McCain’s senate term until after Senator McCain has been laid to rest.

FY2019 Appropriations Update

  • Last week, the Senate passed a third fiscal year (FY) 2019 “minibus” spending package, including the Defense and Labor, and the Health and Human Services spending bills;
  • The Senate has previously passed “minibus” packages that include proposed funding for Energy and Water, the Legislative Branch, and Military Construction bills, as well as the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, Interior and Environment, Financial Services, and Agriculture spending bills;
  • To date, the Senate has passed nine of 12 appropriations bills, while the House has passed six of 12;
  • To date, no FY2019 appropriations bill has been conferenced between the two chambers to then be sent to President Trump for his signature;
  • The current fiscal year ends September 30, and a continuing resolution (CR) will likely be needed to keep the federal government funded into the new fiscal year;
  • The likely scenario in September is a CR being attached to an appropriations measure that is traditionally bipartisan such as the FY2019 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs appropriations bill;
  • How long the CR would extend funding, and whether it will extend beyond the November 6 midterm elections, will need to be decided upon.

FHWA Deployment Phase for Every Day Counts

  • The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is about to begin its deployment phase for its fifth round of the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative;
  • Beginning October 18-19, 2018 in Baltimore, MD, the agency will begin its first of five summits to hear from stakeholder groups;
  • EDC is a State–based model whose purpose is to identify and deploy transportation innovations intended to shorten project delivery, enhance road safety, reduce traffic congestion, and improve environmental sustainability;
  • APWA is a stakeholder to EDC and has been in regular communication with FHWA, and an APWA representative will be present to represent public works during at least one of the upcoming summits:
  • For additional information about EDC, please click here.

FCC Releases 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Communications Report

  • The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have released the “2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Report: Impact on Communications;
  • The report covers the effects Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate had on emergency communications;
  • Also included in the report are recommended, voluntary best practices for federal government partners, service providers, 911 call centers, and consumers;
  • To view the report, click here.

FEMA Announces DHS Grant Allocations for FY2018

  • On August 24, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent out a bulletin announcing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant allocations for FY 2018 Preparedness Grants;
  • Grant programs whose funding allocations are detailed in this announcement include: Homeland Security, Emergency Management Performance, Tribal Homeland Security, Nonprofit Security, Transit Security, Port Security, Intercity Passenger Rail and Intercity Bus Security;
  • The total amount of funds allocated for these grant programs is $1.69 billion which was originally announced on May 21 as part of the Notice of Funding Opportunity release;
  • To view the bulletin, click here.

FEMA Seeking Comments on NQS Support Tools

  • FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback on several National Qualification System (NQS) documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid;
  • Topics covered are NQS Job Titles/Position Qualifications for the Recovery mission area, Mitigation, Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP), and Incident/Exercise Evaluator that define minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in these positions, and NQS Position Task Books (PTB) for the Recovery mission area, Mitigation, EHP, and Incident/Exercise Evaluator that identify the competencies, behaviors, and tasks that personnel should demonstrate to become qualified for a these positions;
  • Please submit comments to APWA Government Affairs Manager Marty Williams by COB on Friday, August 31;
  • Alternatively, if you would like to submit comments directly to FEMA you may send them to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov, by 5:00 pm EDT on September 5;
  • The documents which FEMA is asking for feedback on can be found here, under the “NIMS Resource Management Supplemental Guidance And Tools” dropdown menu.

APWA Invited to Participate in FEMA September PrepTalk

  • On September 6, Phil Mann, Public Works Director for the City of Gainesville, FL will represent APWA during a FEMA PrepTalk session;
  • PrepTalks, which began this past January, are a partnership of the emergency management community including FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security;
  • Mr. Mann will provide an 18-minute presentation, followed by a 10-minute audience question and answer period during the in-person symposium;
  • PrepTalks are recorded, providing the emergency management community, and the general public, an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the essential role played by public works professionals before, during, and after disasters;
  • For additional information on PrepTalks, click here.


ON THE HORIZON

  • On August 28, at 2:30 pm ET, the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a hearing on harmful algae blooms and their impacts on the nation’s waters – click here for more information.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, has said he will not make any announcement regarding who he will appoint to serve the remaining two years of Senator McCain’s senate term until after Senator McCain has been laid to rest