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Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update

Legislative highlights from the March 2017 Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update is below. See the full update here. Trump’s “Skinny” Budget Targets TIGER Grants, Army Corps of Engineers and Leaves Questions Elsewhere President Trump released his administration’s budget proposal in

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American Infrastructure Receives Poor Rating in Latest Quadrennial Review

In its quadrennial review of the state of American infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the nation’s ports, bridges, airports, and other key systems a D+ rating. While this rating is an alarming testament to the need

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House Judiciary Committee Hearing: The Department of Homeland Security’s Proposed Regulations Reforming the Investor Visa Program

March 8, 2017 Panel One Witnesses: Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), President Pro Tempore Panel Two Witnesses: Rebecca Gambler, Homeland Security and Justice Team, U.S.  Government Accountability Office Sam Walls III,

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TSA Under Pressure from Congress – Again

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) came under bipartisan scrutiny from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over its record keeping policies after the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Inspector General released a report finding that TSA “cannot be

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Senate Begins Consideration of Regulatory Review with Analysis of President Trump’s Executive Order

In a Senate Commerce committee hearing, “A Growth Agenda: Reducing Unnecessary Regulation,” on Wednesday, February 1, Senate Democrats called the January 31 regulatory executive order “arbitrary” and “mindless” (learn more about the order here). Ranking Member Nelson (D-FL) criticized the

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President Trump Signs Executive Order to Further Deregulation

On January 30th President Trump signed an executive order to curb what his campaign highlighted as burdensome regulations. The executive order requires federal agencies to repeal “at least two” current regulations when implementing one new regulation. The language of the

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DOT Releases Proposed Rule on Auto Communications Technology

The Department of Transportation (DOT) released a proposed rule on Tuesday mandating Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) communication technology be enabled in new cars and trucks by 2023. The rule intends to combat driving hazards by allowing cars to talk to

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Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity Report Calls for Greater Investment

On Friday December 2nd the President’s Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity (“Commission”) released their long-awaited Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. The nonpartisan Commission was created in April by President Obama with the objective of examining U.S. cybersecurity policy

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November 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

The most recent edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s recently issued consumer protection rules and initiatives, the GAO’s report on air traffic control reorganization, DOT’s tentative approval of antitrust immunity for the Delta Air Lines/Aeromexico alliance, the

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Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks

On November 16, 2016 the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade and the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on “Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks.” The hearing

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