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By Zach Israel  / March 9, 2017 / 0 Comments
ProPublica Publishes List of more than 400 Trump Administration hires

On March 8, 2017 the investigative news organization ProPublica published a list of more than 400 Trump Administration hires throughout all federal agencies that have been made (without Senate confirmation). ProPublica compiled the list through FOIA requests made with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). 

By Stephanie Missert  / March 1, 2017 / 0 Comments
Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda Issued by the Trump Administration (Post #4)
Since our last post on February 14, President Trump has issued three more Executive Orders. The pace is slowing, so we are posting less often, but we will continue to keep you updated. Click the link below for summaries of each action.
By Stephanie Missert  / February 17, 2017 / 0 Comments
House Marks Up More Regulatory Reform Bills This Week
On February 14, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee marked up a number of regulatory reform bills, including the "Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (“SCRUB”) Act of 2017," the "Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017," and the "OIRA (“Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs”) Insight, Reform and Accountability Act." Meanwhile, more regulatory reform bills continue to be introduced in the House.  Read more by clicking on the link below.
By Stephanie Missert  / February 14, 2017 / 0 Comments
Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda Issued by the Trump Administration (Post #3)
Since our last post on February 6, President Trump has issued four more Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda. Click the link below for summaries of each action.
By Stephanie Missert  / February 6, 2017 / 0 Comments
Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda Issued by the Trump Administration (Post #2)
Since our last post on January 25, President Trump has issued eight more Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda. Click the link below for summaries of each action.
By Stephanie Missert  / January 31, 2017 / 0 Comments
Trump Signs Executive Order Requiring Two Regulations be Rescinded for Every New Regulation

On January 30, President Trump signed a “Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” which is intended to zero-out regulatory costs by eliminating two regulations for every one implemented. The order goes into effect immediately and requires the cost of all regulations in fiscal year 2017, which ends September 30, to equal zero.

By Zach Israel  / January 26, 2017 / 0 Comments
Senate Democrats Announce Infrastructure Plan, While Trump Team Supposedly Compiles Infrastructure Priority List
On January 24, 2017 Senate Democrats’ unveiled their “Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure,” a 10-year, $1 trillion proposal to “rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and create 15 million middle-class jobs.” Also on Jan. 24., a document leaked out listing 50 infrastructure projects compiled and shared by President Donald Trump’s transition team, and put together by a Washington-based consulting firm. President Trump also signed an Executive Order on Jan. 24, entitled “Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects.” 
By Stephanie Missert  / January 25, 2017 / 0 Comments
Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda Issued by the Trump Administration (So Far)

The TFG blog will be posting weekly entries to keep track of all Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda (collectively “executive actions”) issued by President Trump. As of today (1/25), the Trump Administration has issued 12 executive actions. Click the link below for summaries of each action.

By Stephanie Missert  / January 24, 2017 / 0 Comments
Trump Administration Orders Regulatory Freeze
On January 20, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus sent a memorandum to the heads of all federal departments and agencies instructing them to halt action on regulatory activities.
By Stephanie Missert  / November 10, 2016 / 0 Comments
FirstNet Launches Innovation and Test Lab

On November 9, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the opening of the FirstNet Innovation and Test Lab at its technical headquarters in Boulder, CO. FirstNet’s state-of-the-art lab will be a “plug and play” environment in which FirstNet and its future private industry partner will test public safety features, devices, and apps before they are deployed on the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

By Stephanie Missert  / November 1, 2016 / 0 Comments
White House Announces Launch of Collaborative Online Service to Support Local Climate Resilience Needs
On October 21, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the launch of a collaborative public-private online service that allows community leaders to engage in facilitated, expedited, and tailored consultations with scientists, resilience practitioners, and other subject-matter experts on climate resilience.
By Heidi Schott / October 4, 2016 / 0 Comments
184 Law Enforcement Agencies Receive Funding to Hire Community Policing Officers
On October 3, 2016 the Department of Justice awarded $119 million in grant funding through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). Funding was dispersed across 184 law enforcement agencies with the purpose of hiring and rehiring entry-level career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs and increase community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. This year, over 900 law enforcement positions were created or saved as a result of CHP.
By Heidi Schott / September 8, 2016 / 0 Comments
DOT Announces Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Awardees
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced awardees for its Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program.  Sixty-one projects in 41 states, the Virgin Islands, and Indian Country received a share of nearly $211 million to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase transit buses and related equipment, and construct bus-related facilities. Was your community one of the lucky applicants?
By Heidi Schott / August 12, 2016 / 0 Comments
The FY2016 Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) Application Period Is Coming Soon
The FY2016 AFG application period is anticipated to occur sometime in September. The open application period dates will be released as soon as the information becomes available. Now is the perfect time to start planning and preparing for your application by reviewing the application assistance tools released by FEMA this week.
By Heidi Schott / August 1, 2016 / 0 Comments
DOT Awards $500M in TIGER Grants

On July 29, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced nearly $500 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. Of the 40 grant recipients this year, nearly two-thirds are repeat applicants. Find out which communities were successful!

By Zach Israel / July 20, 2016 / 0 Comments
President Obama Signs FAA Reauthorization BIll Into Law
On Friday, July 15, President Obama signed the "FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016" (H.R. 636) into law, which extends Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) program, spending, and tax authorities through September 30, 2017 at current funding levels. The House passed the bill by voice vote on July 11 and the Senate passed the bill on July 13 by a vote of 89-4. The bill also provides important aviation safety, security, and time-sensitive improvements, including: improvements to the I-95 corridor in Northern Virginia.
By Heidi Schott / July 8, 2016 / 0 Comments
FASTLANE Grant Program Awardees Announced
This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) notified the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Senate Environment and Public Works committees that it intends to award a total of $759.2 million to 18 transportation projects under its newly created “FASTLANE” grant program. The projects selected range in size from $5 million to upgrade an interchange in a Seattle suburb to $165 million for a series of multimodal improvements to the I-95 corridor in Northern Virginia.
By Kristi More / June 23, 2016 / 0 Comments
TFG to Host Webinar on FY 2017 Brownfields Grant Program
Join us for an informative webinar on the Environmental Protection Agency's FY 2017 Brownfields Grant Program. The EPA recently announced the FY 2017 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant with proposals due on August 10, 2016. The agency is expected to release solicitations for the Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants this fall. The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 30 from 2:00 - 3:00pm EST.
By Zach Israel / April 6, 2016 / 0 Comments
FAA Reauthorization One of the Few Major Bills to Move Forward in Congress in 2016

For the remainder of 2016, there are only two must-pass pieces of legislation remaining in Congress: (1) a massive Omnibus appropriations bill funding the federal government for fiscal year (FY) 2017, which will likely pass in the lame-duck period of November-December after the presidential election and following the enactment of a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government beginning October 1; and (2) the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). On March 30, President Obama signed the “Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2016” into law, which extends authorization and tax authority for the FAA through July 15, 2016; FAA authorization was set to expire on March 31. This gives the House and Senate just over three months to reach consensus and pass a long-term FAA reauthorization bill before Congress recesses for seven weeks from July 16-September 6, for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and the annual August summer recess.   

By Stephanie Missert / March 22, 2016 / 0 Comments
World Water Day Brought Much News On – You Guessed It – Water

March 22, or World Water Day, brought with it much discussion about the future of water policy in the United States. From the White House to Capitol Hill, learn about a few of the major takeaways from World Water Day events and announcements.

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