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Tax Law Hampering Airport Improvements, Government Accountability Office Finds

Since 1970, the federal Airport and Airway Trust Fund (referred to as the Aviation Trust Fund) has been an important source of finance for airport improvements. But the fund has dwindled thanks to a 2006 law, passed to quell...more

HHS Final Rule Extends Anti-Discrimination Protection to Transgender Patients

This past May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin,...more

Electric-Vehicle Infrastructure: Fertile Ground for P3’s

In 2006, the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” hit the theaters. Ten years later, there remains substantial disagreement on the answer to that question, but one truth has emerged: the electric car lives again. As...more

Estimated State Budget Impact of an Oklahoma SoonerCare Expansion

Estimated State Budget Impact of an Oklahoma SoonerCare Expansion - In 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Medicaid expansion authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was optional. That is, each...more

CMS Announces Second Round of TCPI Support Grants

On June 10, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) committed $10 million over the next three years to fund a second round of the Support and Alignment Networks under the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative...more

Safeguard Your Federal Funding – Transgender Students And Title IX Compliance

On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice published a guidance document for elementary and secondary schools that reaffirmed its 2015 opinion letter on how Title IX’s regulations apply...more

Medicare Board of Trustees Releases 2016 Annual Report: Hospital Trust Fund Insolvency Projected by 2028

The Medicare Board of Trustees is calling for urgent legislative action to address the impending financial insolvency of the Medicare hospital benefit program. The Board’s 2016 report reveals the trust fund that pays for...more

Once again, retained rights in federally funded, patented drugs will not be asserted to control price

In a previous alert, "What you need to know about retained rights in federally funded patented drugs" (March 24, 2016), we provided background on the US Department of Health and Human Services' and the National Institutes of...more

DOE Announces $16 Million to Commercialize Energy Technologies

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $16 million in funding to help businesses commercialize promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace. This is the first...more

Final Rule Issued on ACA’s Non-Discrimination Provision for Federally Funded Programs

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), in effect since 2010, prohibits discrimination in any federally funded health program on the basis of race, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The Department of Health...more

NIH Signals “Paradigm Shift” with Policy on Multi-Site Studies

Federally-funded clinical trials conducted at multiple sites will move to a single Institutional Review Board (IRB) review scheme under a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) Policy. The NIH has finalized its policy to...more

U.S. House Committee On Homeland Security Holds Hearing On States’ Preparation For Cyber Threats

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security (the “Committee”) held a hearing titled “Enhancing Preparedness and Response Capabilities to Address Cyber Threats.” The hearing was convened jointly by...more

The Rise of Social Impact Bonds

The social impact bond or pay for success program (“PFS program”) is an alternative private financing model used to test social impact programs before governments step up to finance such programs. In these programs the...more

New ADA and GINA Wellness Regulation Changes Complicate Wellness Program Compliance Analysis and Risks

Wellness programs should all be reviewed considering the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) regulatory changes because noncompliance with the new requirements do...more

Groundbreaking Healthcare Nondiscrimination Rule Issued by HHS: What It Means for Covered Entities

HHS late last week issued a Final Rule prohibiting discrimination in healthcare on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. The Rule also broadens protection for individuals with limited English...more

Federal Government Guidance On Transgender Students Breaks Barriers

On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice published a guidance document for elementary and secondary schools that summarizes emerging practices for supporting transgender students. While...more

FHWA Proposes Bold Transportation Performance Measures to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Perhaps only by coincidence, on April 22—“Earth Day”—the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that, for the first time, would set performance measures for greenhouse gas...more

Cleantech and Transportation Intersect in the 2017 U.S. Federal Budget Proposal

With the federal budget process for FY2017 and related appropriation discussions expected to heat up over the next couple of months, the previously announced 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan (the “CTP”) continues to be...more

FCC Adopts Plan to Distribute Additional Universal Service Subsidies to Rural Telecom Carriers

On March 30, the FCC released an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announcing $2 billion in new financial support to rural incumbent telecommunications carriers (so-called rate of return carriers) willing to deploy...more

New Federal Drought Action Plan Owes a Lot to Lessons Learned in California

The Obama Administration released an action plan for long-term drought resilience that will impact the way state and local water agencies interact with the federal government on drought prevention and response efforts....more

Change Orders: Analyzing Proposed New Infrastructure Spending in 2016 Budget

Shortly after the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we summarized the infrastructure promises made on the Liberal campaign trail in our October 2015 Blakes Bulletin: Under Construction: Infrastructure Plans and...more

EPA Investigates Alabama State Environmental Agency for Alleged Violation of Civil Rights Act

In an unprecedented action, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is investigating the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), one of its state counterparts, for alleged civil rights violations under Title...more

US Ignite Announces up to $10 Million in Funding for Gigabit Applications

On March 18, 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a solicitation for up to $10 million for US Ignite: Networking Research and Application Prototypes Leading to Smart and Connected Communities, which funds the...more

FirstNet Announces Up to $40 Million Available for the Band 14 Incumbent Spectrum Relocation Grant

It’s a busy time at FirstNet, gearing up for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). With yesterday’s release of a Federal Funding Opportunity for up to $40 million for the Band 14 Incumbent...more

New Mexico Expands Design-Build Authority to Highway and Road Projects

New Mexico will now allow certain highway and projects funded in whole or in part by federal funds to use the design-build delivery method. On the last day (March 9, 2016) to sign bills from the most recent legislative...more

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