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Recent Federal Actions to Streamline the NEPA Process

by Stoel Rives LLP on

There has been a string of actions in the past few weeks addressing the federal government’s policy goal of streamlining the NEPA review process. Although a number of actions have been taken, it presently boils down to this:...more

China’s new cybersecurity law

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Mimi Yang, a Ropes & Gray government enforcement partner in Hong Kong, provides an overview of China’s new cybersecurity law (CSL), which came into effect in June 2017. ___________ The new cybersecurity law of China has...more

U.S., China Infrastructure Investment Visions Differ

Infrastructure investment is a global phenomenon with long-term implications for the regions and countries involved. As illustrated by two announcements last week, the United States and China have very different...more

Executive order presents three-pronged approach to improving U.S. cybersecurity

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

With a recent executive order, the President of the United States continued the efforts of the previous administration to improve the U.S.’s cybersecurity capabilities and protections. While the previous administration had...more

DHS Designates Election Infrastructure As “Critical” Amid Cybersecurity Concerns

by King & Spalding on

In a January 6, 2017 statement, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced that election infrastructure in the United States has been designated “critical” and worthy of the Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS”)...more

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

by Dentons on

It’s that time of the quarter again and Chancellor Philip Hammond’s first (and last) Autumn Statement. It’s also the first Statement ‘post-Brexit’. The focus of the Statement has, as predicted, been on austerity versus...more

Constitutional Use of Toll Revenue the Subject of Recent Federal Court Decision

by Nossaman LLP on

Public agencies with toll-setting authority should take note of a recent federal court decision relating to the uses of user fees and toll revenue, as well as the stated goals of the plaintiff in that case. The U.S....more

FERC to Strengthen Protections for Infrastructure Information

by Morgan Lewis on

Implementing new statutory authority, FERC proposes revised regulations to secure and share Critical Electric Infrastructure Information and penalize its unauthorized disclosure....more

Infrastructure Reforms in 2016 – Pulling in the Same Direction?

by K&L Gates LLP on

Looking to kick-start lacklustre economic growth, Australian Governments routinely consider infrastructure funding and reform to be a headline-grabbing opportunity to demonstrate their pro-active "nation-building"...more

[Event] 2015 Cybersecurity Seminar: Identifying and Mitigating Data Breaches and Related Liabilities - Oct. 29th, Richmond, VA

by Williams Mullen on

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Please join Williams Mullen, Marsh and EY for an in-depth discussion on effective strategies for identifying and mitigating data breach and related liabilities. WHO...more

Public-Private Partnerships Offer Alternative Model for Water Infrastructure Projects

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

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

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

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

by Nossaman LLP on

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

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

by Nossaman LLP on

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

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

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

by Nossaman LLP on

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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

by Dechert LLP on

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

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

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

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