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Dave Nyczepir

News Editor Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor for Government Executive's Route Fifty. He previously was a reporter at the Desert Sun newspaper in Southern California's Coachella Valley and worked for Campaigns & Elections magazine and covered Maryland's 2012 legislative session for the University of Maryland's Capital News Service and holds a master's of journalism from the University of Maryland.
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Agriculture States Assess the ‘Collateral Damage’ of Trump’s Trade War

July 19, 2018 WASHINGTON — Farmers from states most vulnerable in President Trump’s escalating trade wars questioned the logic behind continuing tariffs on major export markets Mexico and Canada. Testifying before a full House Ways and Means trade subcommittee Wednesday afternoon in D.C., agriculture stakeholders pointed out multiple times that net farm income...

Federal Drone Committee Faces ‘Kitty Hawk Moment’

July 18, 2018 The Federal Aviation Administration’s recently rechartered Drone Advisory Committee convened for the first time this week and faces a “Kitty Hawk moment” when it comes to balancing innovation with regulation, Wade Troxell told Route Fifty after the meeting. Troxell, the mayor of Fort Collins, Colorado, replaces San Francisco’s former Mayor...

Emergency Managers Ask Congress to Invest in Mitigation

July 18, 2018 WASHINGTON — State and local officials expressed support Wednesday for legislation allowing them to put a portion of disaster costs toward mitigation, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency stresses greater intergovernmental coordination. The Disaster Recovery Reform Act proposed by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a Republican from Pennsylvania, would shift 6...

California Isn’t Expecting Policy Changes Under the New EPA Head

July 17, 2018 WASHINGTON — Energy experts aren’t expecting policy changes under the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator, Andrew Wheeler, but do see more professionalism and practicality. Wheeler reached out to the California Air Resources Board following his replacement of scandal-plagued Scott Pruitt in early July. He indicated “a more open discussion” of...

Labor Shortages Necessitate Local Investment in Immigrant Workers

July 17, 2018 Immigrants play a critical role in the U.S. workforce, and it’s important local governments invest in their training to improve their skills and address labor shortages, according to an Urban Institute report released Tuesday. The D.C.-based think tank found immigrant workers in lower-skilled jobs earn a median wage of $21,266...

5G Compromise Bill Still a Hit to Local Government

July 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bipartisan Senate bill introduced in late June would expedite placement of 5G infrastructure but limit state and local authority in negotiating application fees with mobile carriers. Already the proposed legislation has earned the praise of the wireless industry, with trade association CTIA stating S. 3157 “will help America win...

FEMA Acknowledges Shortcomings In Puerto Rico Hurricane Response

July 13, 2018 Staffing shortages at the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the 2017 hurricane season and other logistical shortcomings hampered the response after Hurricane Maria walloped Puerto Rico, the agency says in a new report. The after-action report, released Thursday, reveals the agency also dealt with contracting personnel strains across disasters in...

5G Compromise Bill Still a Hit to Local Government

July 12, 2018 A bipartisan Senate bill introduced in late June would expedite placement of 5G infrastructure but limit state and local authority in negotiating application fees with mobile carriers. Already the proposed legislation has earned the praise of the wireless industry, with trade association CTIA stating S. 3157 “will help America win...

Income Is More Than Just a Product of Location

July 11, 2018 Income varies by location in the U.S., but occupation, cost of living, taxes and non-wage amenities also affect labor market outcomes, according to a new report from Brookings’ The Hamilton Project. So the project—aimed at growing the economy to benefit more Americans—released an interactive tool to help workers account for...

Mid-Atlantic Officials Share Regional Efforts to Regulate the Environment

July 11, 2018 Federal environmental deregulation under the Trump administration has opened the door for clean air leadership at the state level, officials said this week. Maryland and Virginia’s top environment officials expressed disappointment with the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan at Route Fifty’s Clean Air Action...