The DOJ launched an investigation of Volkswagen, the Obama administration announced steps to expedite infrastructure projects, and more…
- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reportedly launched an investigation of Volkswagen after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of violation to the automaker for its alleged multi-year violations of emission standards under the Clean Air Act.
- The Obama administration announced a series of steps it plans to take to expedite infrastructure projects, including improving its Federal Infrastructure Projects Dashboard—a website that tracks construction projects throughout the nation—and issuing new guidance to agencies about managing infrastructure projects.
- The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reportedly spoke with the heads of executive agencies about their “contingency plans,” which would be used if the budget is not passed by the end of the month.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will be conducting hearings on three proposed rules on emission standards for the oil and natural gas industries.
- Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $23.2 million in funding to law enforcement agencies for the purchase of body-worn cameras, a move which she explained is intended “to enhance transparency, accountability and credibility” among law enforcement officers.
- The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) voted on the implementation of its proposed statement, which suggests what courts should evaluate in “issue exhaustion” claims where agency rulemaking is contested.
- Republican Candidate Jeb Bush announced reforms that he would introduce if president including requiring cost-benefit analysis for all regulations, and rescinding certain rules and legislation, such as parts of the Dodd-Frank Act and the net neutrality rule, in order to “remove the burdens of overregulation.”