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The Trump Administration’s Automated Vehicles Guidance Hits the Gas Pedal on Innovation

Further accelerating federal regulation of automated vehicles, last week the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) announced highly anticipated new guidance for the...more

House Green Lights Autonomous Vehicle Legislation

A major milestone on the road to establishing a regulatory framework for highly automated vehicles (“HAVs”) was reached earlier this week with the passage of the first significant legislation on the subject by the House of...more

Funds Should Gear to Tap into U.S. Infrastructure Growth

Last week, investors from all over the world gathered in Washington for the annual SelectUSA Investment Summit. Despite what were sometimes pessimistic headlines, the message they heard was clear: America is open for business...more

Trump Administration Seeks Input on Red Tape to Cut to Speed Infrastructure Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT” or “Department”) is seeking input from stakeholders on the regulatory and administrative burdens that impede transportation infrastructure projects. According to a notice published...more

Infrastructure “Recycling”: An Innovative Approach to Infrastructure Finance Gains Traction with the Trump Administration

What if a solution to America’s infrastructure funding challenges were right under our feet? That’s the idea behind “infrastructure recycling,” a concept popularized in Australia that encourages governments to fund...more

Waking Up from a Long Winter’s Nap … the Border Adjustment Tax is the Sleeper Issue in the House Republican Tax Reform Blueprint

Thanks to the Republican sweep of the White House and the Congress, all the talk in recent years about tax reform is on the verge of turning into action. What many dismissed as idle chatter before Election Day suddenly...more

You’re Hired: Labor Policy Under the Trump Administration and in the 115th Congress

If personnel reflect policy, President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Andrew Puzder as the next Secretary of Labor signals a turning point for labor and employment policy. The Chief Executive Officer of CKE Restaurants,...more

NHTSA Pushes For Smartphones to Incorporate Automatic Pairing and Driver Mode in New “Guidelines”

New guidelines proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) earlier this month would encourage manufacturers of a variety of portable electronic devices to include technologies aimed at combating...more

NHTSA Guidelines Drive Toward an Autonomous Vehicle Future

Describing autonomous vehicles as potentially the “greatest personal transportation revolution since the popularization of the personal automobile,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Tuesday...more

White House Initiatives Look Toward the Future of Civilian Drone Technology

The policy debate in Washington, D.C., regarding the future regulation of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) continues to evolve rapidly, marked most recently by several significant announcements in advance of an August 2...more

Why You Should Care About the House Republican Tax Reform Blueprint

While you’re thinking about that beach getaway this summer, Chairman Brady’s staff on the Ways and Means Committee is beginning the work of vetting the House Republican Tax Reform Blueprint (the “Blueprint”) with stakeholders...more

Is the Rapidly Evolving Landscape for Vehicle Technology About to Hit Regulatory and Legal Speedbumps?

In a nation with over 250 million vehicles, accidents occur daily, and many of those result in injuries and fatalities. Rarely do they receive national attention. Yet, an incident involving a vehicle in early May has...more

New Commercial Drone Rules Take Flight: Understanding Implications, Opportunities, and What’s Next

America’s skies will be open for business as a result of new rules released by the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) regarding the commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (“sUAS”), or “drones.” (See our...more

New Era of Commercial Drone Operations Cleared for Takeoff

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its highly anticipated and long-awaited final rules for commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), or “drones,” on June 21, 2016. The new rules represent...more

Two Visions for UAS Policy, Two Opportunities to Shape the Future Regulatory Landscape

The explosive growth of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) category has challenged the aviation industry’s existing regulatory paradigms. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bills advanced by the House...more

House and Senate FAA Bills Take Diverging Flight Paths Toward Reauthorization

With the authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) set to expire on July 15, the clock is ticking for Congress to enact legislation to ensure that FAA programs and funding continue without interruption....more

IRS Sets Short Fuse for Comments, Guidance on New Partnership Audit Rules

As if it wasn’t going to be busy already, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has set Tax Day, April 15, 2016, as the due date for comments on significant new partnership audit rules. This new law, which was enacted as part...more

A “FAIR” Chance for Infrastructure P3s in Obama Administration’s Final Budget Request - President Unveils Financing America’s...

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama acknowledged that “because it’s an election season, expectations for what we will achieve this year are low.” However, the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget...more

FAST Act Nationally Significant Freight Program to Direct Billions to Priority Corridors

Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx distributed a letter and fact sheet to transportation stakeholders regarding the newly established Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (NSFHP)...more

Transformational FAA Proposal Taxis for Takeoff

The Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act of 2016 (“AIRR Act”) introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) would reshape the U.S. air traffic control (ATC)...more

President’s FY 2017 Budget Aims to Seal the Deal on Fiscal Legacy

On February 9, President Obama released the last budget request of his Administration. The FY 2017 budget incorporates many proposals from past years but also looks to cement the president’s legacy with a number of new fiscal...more

Winds of Change for Alternative Energy Tax Incentives in 2016

Congress has some unfinished business on alternative energy policy, which may provide unusual legislative opportunities in an election year. While tax credits for wind and solar power received long-term extensions in the...more

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