APWA – Washington Report – July 8, 2019

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LATEST NEWS
FY2020 Appropriations Update
• This week both the U.S. Senate and House return to D.C. for legislative business, and a high priority item is fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations;
• So far, an overall budget resolution to set spending levels for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2019, has not been agreed upon and this has stalled the FY 2020 appropriations process;
• Without a budget resolution, and under the Budget Control Act (Public Law 112-25), automatic spending cuts totaling tens of billions of dollars across all accounts would happen this fall;
• The House has passed 10 of the 12 annual spending bills, while the Senate has yet to even consider any of the measures;
• The House is scheduled to be in session 25 legislative days prior to the September 30 fiscal year end, while the Senate has an additional week;
• The Senate may follow the House lead and pass a “deeming resolution” to set overall spending levels in order to work on FY 2020 appropriations measures;
• These numbers would lack the force of law, but would allow spending bills to be written and considered by the Senate;
• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has downplayed such a strategy, and is pushing for a two-year spending agreement to set spending caps as prescribed by the Budget Control Act, and also include a new debt limit;
• Last week, 15 Republican Senators sent a letter to Trump Administration officials asking that FY 2020 not be funded through a one-year continuing resolution (CR);
• Administration officials have previously floated the idea of a one-year CR that would also raise the debt limit.
FEMA Seeks Feedback on Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program Doctrine
• FEMA plans a series of webinars on the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP);
• HSEEP was created to provide a set of guiding principles for homeland security exercise programs, as well as provide a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning;
• These exercises comprise a key component of national preparedness as they provide elected and appointed officials and stakeholders from across the whole community with the opportunity to shape planning, assess and validate capabilities, and address areas for improvement;
• For additional information on HSEEP—click here.
Biannual Update of the NFIP Flood Insurance Manual
• Last week the Federal Emergency Management Agency released an updated version of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Flood Insurance Manual (FIM);
• Along with NFIP guidelines, policy instructions and how to sign up for flood insurance, the revised edition includes changes to FIM since its release this past April;
• For additional details on the updated FIM—please click here.
FAA expands its Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability
• The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it will be expanding its Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC);
• LAANC is a joint project between the FAA and the private sector designed to support Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integration into airspace;
• Furthermore, LAANC automates the application and approval process for airspace authorizations and via automated FAA applications pilots are then able to apply for an airspace authorization;
• For additional information on LAANC—click here.
EPA and USDA Host Nutrient Reduction Webinar
• On July 10, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will jointly host a webinar on nutrient reduction;
• The webinar, titled, “Funding Landscape-Scale Nutrient Reductions,” is the third in a four-part series;
• The series features case studies of successful approaches from across the country for funding nutrient reductions;
• The featured webinar speakers will describe a variety of funding approaches, including crop insurance incentives and tax incentives, to increase cover crops and decrease nutrient runoff;
• The focus of the webinar is innovative financing strategies for reducing nutrients;
• The webinar is part of the work of the EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center;
• The Center is an information and assistance center, identifying water infrastructure financing approaches that help communities reach their public health and environmental goals;
• You may register for the webinar here.
ON THE HORIZON
• On July 10 at 10:00 am ET, the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing, “Investing in America’s Surface Transportation Infrastructure: The Need for a Multi-Year Reauthorization Bill”—for more information, please click here;
• On July 11 at 10:00 am ET, the House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy & Credit is scheduled to hold a hearing, “Building Opportunity in Rural America through Affordable, Reliable, and High Speed Broadband”—for more information, please click here;
• On July 10 at 10:00 am ET, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment has scheduled a hearing, “Water Resources Development Acts: Status of Implementation and Assessing Future Needs,”–for more information, please click here;
• On July 11 at 10:00 am ET, the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, & Recovery will hold a hearing, “Road to Recovery-Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria”–for more information, please click here;
• On July 11 at 10:15 am ET, the House Committee on Education & Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections has a hearing scheduled to discuss preventing workplace injury and death from excessive heat—for more information, please click here;
• On July 11 at 2:00 pm ET, the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology Subcommittee on Research & Technology is scheduled to hold a hearing, “Bumper to Bumper: The Need for a National Surface Transportation Research Agenda”—for more information, please click here;
• On July 12 at 9:30 am ET, the House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy will hold a hearing, “Keeping The Lights On-Addressing Cyber Threats To The Grid”—for more information, please click here.