• President Trump, Congress Announce Deal to End Shutdown

    On Jan. 25, President Trump announced a deal with Democrats to end the shutdown. Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is in direct talks with the White House over finalizing the language. The deal would be a CR for three weeks, which would include the current level of fencing and wall repair money ($1.3 billion for the year.) There are still issues over the backpay provisions that any agreement would include, one source says. Once it's passed, lawmakers would have three weeks to reach an agreement that addresses President Trump's border wall funding request.

  • U.S. GAO Publishes Water Sector Workforce Report, U.S. Congress Introduces Workforce Legislation

    Jan. 26, 2018 — The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Jan. 26 published a new report that analyzes the current and future workforce needs for the drinking water and wastewater sector. The report also provides recommendations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Congress regarding actions the federal government could take to avoid workforce shortages.