CR Through April 28 Finalized

ISSUE / Week of December 5, 2016

  • December 07,2016

    CR Through April 28 Finalized

    Appropriations,Aviation
    December 6, 2016 (Updated December 7) The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee introduced new legislation on December 6 intended to extend appropriations for the federal government from...
  • December 07,2016

    Rethinking the Swamp: Capital Convergence 2017

    Accessibility,Automated Vehicles
    This year, Washington, DC’s image took a political hit in the national debate as a “swamp that needs draining.” For years it has also famously suffered from bleak news surrounding its...
Water Resources Authorization Bill Finalized but Faces Uncertain Fate
Appropriations,Environment,Federal Governance,Governance,Maritime,Ports

Water Resources Authorization Bill Finalized but Faces Uncertain Fate

December 7, 2016 After weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations, compromise text of a water resources authorization bill was unveiled this week and could be considered by the House of...

Industry Tells T&I To Lead With The Carrot On Autonomous Vehicles
Automated Vehicles,Federal Governance,Governance,Local governance,State Governance

Industry Tells T&I To Lead With The Carrot On Autonomous Vehicles

December 7, 2016 On Tuesday, December 6, the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee held a roundtable discussion on how autonomous vehicles (AVs) will impact America’s surface transportation...

Norwegian Approved by DOT; New Flights to Cuba Already Being Cut
Airlines,Aviation,Federal Governance,Governance

Norwegian Approved by DOT; New Flights to Cuba Already Being Cut

December 7, 2016 In international aviation news, the past few weeks brought news regarding new transatlantic carriers and flights between the U.S. and Cuba. Regarding the transatlantic flights,...

Senate Commerce Asks FAA for Detailed Report on NextGen Status
Air Traffic Control,Aviation,Aviation Safety,Cybersecurity,Federal Governance,Governance

Senate Commerce Asks FAA for Detailed Report on NextGen Status

December 7, 2016 After a couple of weeks of intense reporting activity by governmental watchdogs, Senator John Thune (R-SD), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and...

New Members Named to Trump Transition Team for USDOT
Federal Governance,Governance,Trucking

New Members Named to Trump Transition Team for USDOT

December 7, 2016 President-Elect Trump's transition team formally announced three more members of its "landing team" for the U.S. Department of Transportation this week. The landing team works...

Directory of All Federal Political Appointments Released
Federal Governance,Governance

Directory of All Federal Political Appointments Released

December 7, 2016 Attention job-seekers: the official listing of all jobs that can be filled by President-Elect Trump and his Administration was released this week. Called the Plum Book for the...

White House Sends Last-Minute Railroad Nominations to Congress
Amtrak,Federal Governance,Governance,Railroads

White House Sends Last-Minute Railroad Nominations to Congress

December 7, 2016 As the 114th Congress winds to a close at the end of this week, President Obama has submitted some last-minute nominations to the Senate relating to the railroad industry. Ann...

NHTSA Takes Action on Distracted Driving and “Quiet Killers”
Electric Vehicles,Federal Governance,Governance,Highways,Pedestrian safety,Traffic Safety

NHTSA Takes Action on Distracted Driving and “Quiet Killers”

December 7, 2016 As the Obama Administration enters its final weeks, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has rushed to check a number of items off of Administrator...

Greg Walden to Chair House Energy & Commerce
Federal Governance,Governance

Greg Walden to Chair House Energy & Commerce

December 7, 2016  On Thursday, December 1, the House GOP Steering Committee elected Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) to be the next chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Established in...

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