Is Your Government Relations Team #SmartWorking?

There’s been a huge swell in lobbying activities in Washington during the COVID-19 pandemic as Congress swiftly enacts policies to help those impacted. Events like the COVID-19 pandemic typically alter the course for many sectors toward technologies and different methods they should have been using all along. So, it begs the question why are some government relations firms charging their clients $40,000, $50,000 and $80,000 per quarter? It’s outrageous. #Smartworking government relations firms will never cost that much.

President Trump Challenges to Use Better Infrastructure Techniques

During the COVID-19 press conference on April 5, President Trump addressed a question on the need and timing of infrastructure improvements for the U.S.  President Trump supports a massive investment in much-needed improvements to U.S. roads, rail, bridges, levees, drinking water, seaports, airports, etc. that will also help spur the economy post-COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump…

COVID-19: U.S. Stimulus Package #3

On March 27, 2020 President Trump signed into law one of the largest stimulus packages in American history in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the 3rd stimulus package passed by Congress that is meant to address the needs of the health-care community and the economic downturn caused by the global pandemic. The Coronavirus…

@EPA and @USCG Continue Work in Tandem on Regulatory Framework for Discharges from Commercial Vessels

Shipping companies and seaports should be aware of the potential impacts of the VIDA national standards of performance currently being crafted. Do you know about ongoing and future developments of the VIDA regulations? If not, contact us at admin@canslerconsulting.com, or (202)714-2822.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service Protects Ag & Food Industries That Contribute $1 Trillion to U.S. GDP

There are only a handful of federal government agencies with responsibilities to protect the public, property and industries from the harmful effects of biological pests and diseases.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is one of those critical agencies administering programs and working with a network of local and state…

FY 2020 Appropriations

Congress has adopted two packages of bundled FY 2020 appropriations bills, H.R. 1158 and H.R.1865. Combined, the two bills contain all twelve FY 2020 appropriations bills totaling $1.394 trillion in discretionary spending. H.R. 1158 contains the appropriations bills on Commerce-Justice-Science, Defense, Homeland Security and Financial Services. The total of H.R. 1158 is $860.3 billion. H.R. 1865…

U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee Takes up Challenges in Global Food Supply Chain

On November 14, the U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture addressed the issue of invasive species and their impacts on the U.S. food supply chain. In his opening statement to begin the hearing Chairman of the Subcommittee, Jim Costa (D-CA) pointed out, “Along our southern border and in seaports across the country…

International Year of Plant Health

In December 2018 the United Nations General Assembly (@UN) declared 2020 the International Year of Plant Health.   Leaders @UN underscore this “year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.” In this year-long initiative…

Drinking Water Infrastructure Hamstrung With Antiquated Procurement Practices and Regulations That Inhibit Use of Materials & Increase Water Ratepayers Costs

Final in our series: Congress Encourages Improved Procurement Practices & Green Infrastructure Improved Procurement Practices In Part 4 of our series we talked about the billions of federal dollar$ Congress is directing to remedy the U.S.’ deteriorating drinking water infrastructure. Along with the needed financial assistance Congress is: incorporating stipulations in law to ensure federal…

Drinking Water Infrastructure Hamstrung With Antiquated Procurement Practices and Regulations That Inhibit Use of Materials & Increase Water Ratepayers Costs

Part 4 of 5 Congress Responds With Funding For Drinking Water Infrastructure In the 4th article of our 5-part series we focus on Congress responding to the challenges facing U.S. drinking water infrastructure. Congress is responding in a bipartisan fashion by providing funding to critical @EPA drinking water infrastructure financing programs. Two of the most…

Drinking Water Infrastructure Hamstrung With Antiquated Procurement Practices and Regulations That Inhibit Use of Materials & Increase Water Ratepayers Costs

Part 3 of 5 Antiquated Regulations Challenges to improved infrastructure and procurement practices are exacerbated by antiquated regulations that remain in place.  These antiquated regulations do not acknowledge new, innovative drinking water conveyance technologies.  Outdated regulations create regulatory ambiguity and complying with these old regulations contributes to project delays and increased costs to water ratepayers.…

Drinking Water Infrastructure Hamstrung With Antiquated Procurement Practices and Regulations That Inhibit Use of Materials & Increase Water Ratepayers Costs

Part 2 of 5 Antiquated Procurement Practices We have learned that there is growing bipartisan support in Congress to require state and local governments to maintain open and fair competition for materials used by public water systems when using federal financing programs.  According to some members working closely on the proposed infrastructure package Congress hopes…

White House and Congressional Leaders Reach Deal on FY 2020 & 2021 Budget

On August 2, President Trump signed into law a two-year federal budget deal totaling $2.7 trillion. Background The White House and congressional leaders announced on July 22 that a comprehensive deal had been worked out on the top line spending numbers for the U.S. discretionary budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Pressure had been…

Drinking Water Infrastructure Hamstrung With Antiquated Procurement Practices and Regulations That Inhibit Use of Materials & Increase Water Ratepayers Costs

(Part 1 of 5) Introduction According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (@ASCETweets) 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, “Most Americans – just under 300 million people – receive their drinking water from one of the nation’s 51,356 community water systems. Of these, just 8,674 systems, or approximately 17%, serve close to 92% of the total…

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