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Public-Private Partnerships Offer Alternative Model for Water Infrastructure Projects

In February 2012, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts completed a study of the state’s drinking, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs that identified a funding gap of at least $39 billion over the next 20 years. The...more

Open for Business: Who's Investing in Latin America [Video]

Latin America is open for business and the world is taking notice. Foley Partner Jeffery Atkin outlines which countries are actively taking on development projects in Latin America and how the culture is affecting the way...more

SC Public Policy Update - June 2015

What's New - The House of Representatives and Senate spent most of the week debating bills in the waning days of this year’s legislative session....more

Cities and State Legislature Organizations come together in Washington to Tout P3s during Infrastructure Week, 2015

As part of Infrastructure Week, 2015, several interested organizations banded together for an afternoon meeting on Monday, May 11, that focused on public-private partnerships as a way out of the infrastructure crunch. ...more

Bill to Streamline Federal Permitting for Major Energy and Infrastructure Projects Advances in the US Senate

On May 6, 2015, the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted 12-1 in favor of a bill designed to streamline the Federal permitting process for major energy and infrastructure projects. The bill,...more

California Needs to Spend $853 Billion for New Infrastructure

California is the most populous state in the Country; if it were a country it would have the world’s 8th largest economy. So it’s probably no surprise to hear that a new study has found California needs to spend $853 billion...more

USDA Announces Energy Efficiency And Renewable Energy Grants

On April 22, 2015, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack celebrated Earth Day by announcing that USDA "is providing more than $112 million in loans and grants to help rural communities build and upgrade...more

Administration Outlines Energy Vision in Quadrennial

The Department of Energy released its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) on April 21, 2015, which includes a series of recommendations to upgrade the country’s aging energy infrastructure (from our natural gas infrastructure to...more

Best Practices on “Best Value” Discussed by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) released its latest installment of its “Synthesis of Highway Practice” on March 5, 2015, discussing specifically practices for developing transparent “best value”...more

EPA Draft Ruling Could Mean Significant Changes to How Stormwater Systems are Categorized

The last thing that public agency leaders want to hear is that looming changes may make operating and building new public infrastructure more challenging and expensive. Unfortunately, proposed changes by the Environmental...more

Manufacturing and Infrastructure: Not Just About Economics – Our Own Security Depends on It

The call for dramatic improvements in America’s infrastructure as a critical driver in the reestablishment of the nation’s manufacturing supremacy is building momentum. But that’s only part of the story. Lost is the real...more

New Jersey Creates Energy Resilience Bank to Develop and Harden Energy Assets of Critical Facilities

One of the most important and sobering lessons learned in the wake of Superstorm Sandy was how susceptible New Jersey’s critical facilities, such as water and wastewater treatment centers, transportation centers, emergency...more

NIST Releases Draft Outline Of Cybersecurity Framework

On July 2, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a draft outline of a framework to improve the cybersecurity of certain critical infrastructure. ...more

California's State Water Project Needs to be More Efficient - BB&K Attorney Joseph Byrne Examines Why Increased Efficiency is Key...

Water in California sparks news headlines on nearly a daily basis. Much of the attention is focused on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a sprawling river delta and estuary wedged between Sacramento and Stockton that acts as...more

White House Issues Executive Order on CyberSecurity

The Obama Administration has long expressed concerns about the vulnerability of America’s critical infrastructure to cyber-attack. On February 12, 2012, the day of the President’s State of the Union address, the...more

What The Cybersecurity Executive Order Means For The Rest Of Us

If you are the CEO of Google, Facebook, Verizon, Comcast, Exxon or Boeing, don’t read this. You have a team of lawyers working for you who have already spent hours analyzing President Obama’s Cybersecurity executive order...more

What You Should Be Doing Now to Prepare for Implementation of the Cybersecurity Executive Order

A tempting response to the Cybersecurity Executive Order (the "Order"), announced by President Obama at his State of the Union address, is to ignore it. It is vague in key particulars, such as which companies are part of the...more

Executive Order Begins Process Of Strengthening Nation’s Cybersecurity And Critical Infrastructure

During his State of the Union address on February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama announced his signing of a long-anticipated Executive Order on cybersecurity. After months of discussions with technology companies the...more

New FAR Rules Likely For "Critical Infrastructure" Contractors

On February 12, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order (the Order) intended to enhance the cybersecurity of the country's critical infrastructure. According to the Order, "[t]he cyber threat to critical...more

Cybersecurity Developments in the U.S. and the EU

Everyone is talking about cybersecurity. Articles appear almost daily regarding significant cybersecurity events. And over the past two years, the drumbeat for action on the issue of cybersecurity and the protection of the...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order On Cybersecurity

On February 12, President Obama issued an Executive Order (EO) titled Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, and a related Presidential Policy Directive (PPD). ...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order on Cybersecurity

On February 12, 2013, President Obama issued a long-anticipated Executive Order concerning cybersecurity entitled Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The Executive Order marks a major milestone in the Federal...more

President Obama Issues New Executive Order on Improving Cybersecurity

On February 12, 2013, President Obama signed an executive order for "Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity" (the "Executive Order"). The Executive Order seeks to promote information sharing between the government...more

Addressing the Cyber Threat: Cybersecurity Executive Order Issued and CISPA Introduced

The long-awaited executive order entitled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” was issued on Tuesday, along with a companion Presidential Policy Directive and mention by the President in the State of the Union...more

White House Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order

The long-awaited cybersecurity executive order (EO), which will ultimately establish national cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure, was issued by President Obama on February 12, 2013. At the same time, the...more

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