Waymo, GM to Deploy Self-Driving Cars With or Without Congress

Congress is the closest it could be for at least a year to passing self-driving vehicle legislation, but if lawmakers fall short, companies such as Alphabet Inc.,'s Waymo and General Motors Co. plan to deploy commercially with fewer strings attached.

Amazon Could Boost Washington Influence With Addition of Hub

Placing one of its new headquarters in northern Virginia would expand an already significant inside-the-Beltway presence for Amazon.com Inc., which has more than a dozen federal lobbying firms working on its behalf and whose chief executive, Jeff Bezos, owns The Washington Post.

Thin Bench, Senate Gauntlet Would Complicate a Nielsen Ouster

President Donald Trump’s ouster of Jeff Sessions as attorney general the day after the midterm elections raises the question: Who could be shown the door next? Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the reported target of Trump’s ire over migrants trying to cross the Southwest border, would be difficult to replace because of a small number of potential candidates and a tough confirmation process, lobbyists, academics and former government officials said.

Scooters Trigger Backlash Among Cities That Felt Burned by Uber

It was after 10 p.m. on a Monday night when Rick Usher learned, via Facebook, that Bird Rides Inc. was bringing hundreds of its matte black electric scooters to Kansas City, Mo., in two days. Usher, Kansas City’s assistant manager for small business and entrepreneurship, got right on the phone.

(Bloomberg) — 
President Trump has “determined that for 2019, both across-the-board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero,” according to letter from the president to Congress.

  • “In light of our nation’s fiscal situation, Federal employee pay must be performance-based, and aligned strategically toward recruiting, retaining, and rewarding high-performing Federal employees and those with critical skill sets,” Trump says in letter
    • “These alternative pay plan decisions will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well‑qualified Federal workforce,” Trump writes; says federal employee pay must be performance-based and aligned toward recruiting, retaining, rewarding “high-performing” workers and those with “critical skill sets”
    • Letter says adjustments take effect in first pay period on or after Jan. 1, 2019
  • NOTE: Trump called for a pay freeze for federal workers in his FY19 budget proposal but also for a $1b workforce fund that would be used to recruit and retain high performers in critical fields across the government

2018 Post-Election Briefing with Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight

On November 8, Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Group joined together for a post-election briefing, providing in-depth analysis of the midterm elections results.

New Congress Promises More Scrutiny of Trump IT Agenda

Leading Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are promising greater scrutiny of the Trump administration and its policies when they take over the majority in the 116th Congress. One item on the agenda appears to be the president’s approach to federal technology modernization.