Federal Updates

Opioid Abuse the Focus of Federal Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act
Elizabeth Dietzen Olsen, Kim Flores, and Janelle Miyashiro, October 2016


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Unveils Policy Guidance for Automated Vehicles
Ted Link-Oberstar, October 2016


Supreme Court Ruling Halts the President’s Deferred Action Programs
Gayle Miller and Megan Lane, June 2016


Federal Energy Tax Credits Extended
Jim Damrell, March 2016


Congress Advances Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Lisa Giroux, March 2016


Congress Delivers Long-Awaited Transportation Act
Ted Link-Oberstar, January 2016


The President’s executive actions on reducing gun violence
Elizabeth Dietzen Olsen, January 2016


Federal Tax Extenders: Congress Makes 52 Tax Provisions Permanent
Gayle Miller, December 2015


Congress reauthorizes an important K-12 education law, ESEA
Jody Martin, December 2015

Immigration Reform: Local Jurisdictions Community Policing and Detention Policies
Elizabeth Dietzen Olsen, September 2015


The Federal Highway Trust Fund – Its Solvency is Preserved through October, 2015
Ted Link-Obestar, August 2015


The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement
Gayle Miller, June 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling May Impact Membership of California’s Regulatory Boards
Taryn A. Smith, April 2015


Medicare 'Doc Fix' and Continued Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program
Kim Flores, April 2015


Internet Tax Moratorium Extended for the Short Term in Government Funding Measure
Meg Svoboda, November 2014
A federal moratorium banning state and local governments from taxing Internet access has been extended to December 11, 2014—and may be extended again.


California's Poverty Rate: The Highest in the Nation
Daphne Hunt, October 2014
Recently released U.S. Census Bureau data show nearly one-quarter of Californians live in poverty.


Federal Highway Trust Fund Solvency Preserved (Temporarily): President Obama Signs Bill Authorizing Federal Transportation Spending/Funding Through May 2015
Ted Link-Oberstar, August 2014
On August 8, 2014, President Obama signed HR 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, which extends the federal Surface Transportation Act.


Changes to the Workforce Investment Act: President Obama Signs the New Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Susanna Cooper, August 2014
On July 22, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a successor to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) that had been in place since 1998.


Unaccompanied Minors: A Crisis at the U.S. Border

Norma Loza, July 11, 2014
An unprecedented number of unaccompanied minors from Central America have migrated into the United States at the Mexican border, creating what is being called a "humanitarian crisis" and requiring immediate action by the Obama administration and Congress.


Changes to the Student Loan Program: Long-Term Relief for Borrowers

Susanna Cooper, July 2014
Important changes to the federal student loan program that went into effect on July 1, 2014, could make repayment of future student loan debt more manageable for many borrowers.


The Agricultural Act of 2014: Highlights of Impacts to California

Daphne Hunt and Bob Franzoia, February 2014
President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642)—commonly known as the farm bill—on February 7, 2014, which reauthorizes dozens of farm bill programs ranging from nutrition to agriculture for five years, through federal fiscal year 2018. This farm bill authorizes $956 billion over the next 10 years, with nearly 80 percent of the funding allocated to nutrition programs.


The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013: Sequester Relief for Federal Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015

Meg Svoboda and Daphne Hunt, January 10, 2014
A summary of how the recent federal budget agreement eases the sequester for discretionary funding in the next two federal fiscal years.


Sequestration Is Now in Effect: What It Could Mean to California

Meredith Wurden and Meg Svoboda, March 2013
Find out which major programs are impacted by the sequester (automatic federal budget cuts) and what it could mean to California.


Sequestration: What Is It? And How Could It Impact California?

Erin Riches, Meredith Wurden, Meg Svoboda, and SOR Staff, October 2012
Automatic federal budget reductions—known as sequestration—could cut many federal programs and spare others beginning in January 2013.