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The Ferguson Group LLC
Washington, DC
The Leading Advocate for Local Government Since 1982
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Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed legislation providing an $11 billion bailout to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and steady state funding for highway and transit projects and programs through May 2015. Only 45 Republicans and 10 Democrats voted against H.R. 5021. The bill now moves to the Senate where... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at The Ferguson Group Blog
As one of the largest storms of the season hits Washington D.C., Congress and DC based federal agencies will be closed on Thursday, February 13th along with many other public agencies, schools, and businesses in the greater DC area. The storm is expected to dump four to eight inches of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at The Ferguson Group Blog
LADP Tests Situational Awareness Tool The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has been piloting a new mapping technology that improves situational awareness and response during large-scale events and disasters. TouchShare, this new mobile touchscreen visual geospatial mapping technology, has already been effective in improving LAPD situational awareness throughout Los Angeles... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
In the Senate, lawmakers are working out details of an agreement that would end a partial government shutdown and avert a default on the nation’s debt ceiling in a few days. The proposed deal would suspend the debt limit through February 7, 2014, fund the government through January 15, 2014,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
While the “glitches” and problems with the start of enrollment for the state health care exchanges grab the attention of the press, the drama around the expansion of Medicaid continues to unfold. New reports from the Kaiser Family Foundation suggest that the Affordable Care Act is succeeding in reducing the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Every Wednesday, The Ferguson Group blog will be posting a series of articles published over the previous week that discuss topics of interest to local governments. Learn about emerging trends and keep up on key policy issues by browsing the TFG Wednesday News Roundup! Social Media Transforms the Way Chicago... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Until last week, the most commonly used word to describe progress on the House and Senate versions of the transportation authorization bill – currently known as SAFETEA-LU – was “stalemate.” In the House, it was a problem finding funds to offset the non-Highway Trust Fund portion of its 5-year bill... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at The Ferguson Group Blog
I just received word today that the FTA is going to give folks a chance to get the scoop on filing a successful application for their pending grant programs, so I jumped at the opportunity to sign up and be one of the 200 participants per session. These webinars are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at The Ferguson Group Blog
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued Memorandum 11-34 on September 15, 2011 directing federal agencies to accelerate the spending of remaining Recovery Act funds. Further, OMB directed agencies to reclaim all unspent funds as of September 30, 2013. OMB stated the purpose of the directive is to promote... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Both the Bureau of Reclamation and the Corps of Engineers received additional discretionary funds in the final fiscal year 2012 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill and were directed by Congress to prepare work plans detailing how the additional funds are to be spent. The Bureau of Reclamation received an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at The Ferguson Group Blog
After 23 extensions over four years, the FAA Reauthorization bill will finally be signed into law. On January 6, the U.S. Senate passed the conference report accompanying H.R. 658, the FAA Reauthorization bill, by a roll call vote of 75 to 20. The House approved the measure last week. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at The Ferguson Group Blog
On Friday, January 21, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) finally reached a deal on changes to the Railway Labor Act that will hopefully lead to final enactment of a FAA Reauthorization bill in the coming weeks. The current extension - the 22nd extension... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at The Ferguson Group Blog
This week Representatives Eshoo and Waxman introduced the Wireless Innovation and Public Safety Act of 2011, which is designed to create a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network and to provide the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with incentive auction authority to repurpose broadcast spectrum and fund the creation of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Last week the Senate debated a “minibus” spending bill that includes the FY 2012 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Justice, Science and Agriculture appropriations bills. When the Senate returns from recess on October 31st, it will resume debate on amendments to the minibus before taking a final vote. Among... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at The Ferguson Group Blog
In 1965, Congress enacted the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for the purpose of “helping preserve, develop, and assure access to outdoor recreation facilities to strengthen the health of U.S. citizens.” LWCF is much more than a federal land acquisition program and provides considerable benefit to local communities. Recognizing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at The Ferguson Group Blog
We are all eager to see the new 3% government withholding requirement repealed before it goes into effect at the end of this year, so I’m pleased to let you know that the House version now has 218 cosponsors, with the majority of House members cosponsoring the bill. With the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2011 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Recognizing that local communities are struggling to maintain staffing levels and provide essential services, Rep. George Miller of California introduced legislation Friday designed to help state and local governments retain and rehire workers. His proposal provides more than $37 billion for local governments, and an additional $24 billion for states... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at The Ferguson Group Blog
While Congress was consumed with debt limit and deficit reduction legislation before the August recess another storm was quietly brewing: the expiration of the federal gas tax. The current 18.4¢ federal excise tax on auto fuel which funds the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) is authorized under SAFETEA-LU which will expire... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at The Ferguson Group Blog
On July 1, 2011 the Department of Transportation published an interim notice announcing the availability of funding for the Department of Transportation’s National Infrastructure Investments, or TIGER Discretionary Grants. The interim notice requested comments on the project selection criteria and pre-application and application requirements. The Department of Transportation considered the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2011 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Last week, Representative Lois Capps (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2738, The Water System Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2011, along with Representatives Blumenauer (D-OR), DeGette (D-CO), Edwards (D-MD), Carnahan (D-MO), Berkley (D-NV), Schwartz (D-PA), Hirono (D-HI), George Miller (D-CA), Woolsey (D-CA), and Lee (D-CA). The bill would authorize a new Environmental... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2011 at The Ferguson Group Blog
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has announced that Representatives Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) will serve on the deficit reduction “super-committee.” Pelosi's announcement completes the naming of the 12 members of the bipartisan, bicameral committee. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2011 at The Ferguson Group Blog
FEMA has announced that it will start accepting applications on Monday, August 15th for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The goal of the program is to enhance response capabilities of fire service agencies and EMS providers. We’ve worked with a number of communities to secure these funds in past... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2011 at The Ferguson Group Blog
On August 9, Representative Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) was joined by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL), and Representatives Peter King (R-NY), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and Jon Runyan (R-NJ) in introducing bipartisan legislation that would ensure that the 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees who were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Nine out of the twelve members of the deficit reduction “super-committee” have been named by congressional leaders. Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appointed Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kerry (D-MA) and Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) to the committee. Today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced he... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at The Ferguson Group Blog
The Senate has cleared, by unanimous consent, an FAA extension bill that will allow roughly 4,000 furloughed federal employees to return to work. The bill will extend authorization for federal aviation programs through September 16 herby ending the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The House passed this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2011 at The Ferguson Group Blog