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White House Accelerates Response to Baby Formula Shortage
White House
White House Accelerates Response to Baby Formula Shortage
2022-05-12 23:09:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday directed his administration to “work urgently” to respond to the major baby formula shortage that has forced families across the United States to rely on others with leftover supplies to swap or sell... Read More

Energy Department Allocating $3.1B to Support Battery Supply Chain
Renewable Energy
Energy Department Allocating $3.1B to Support Battery Supply Chain
2022-05-02 18:08:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy is making $3.1 billion in funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law available to manufacturers and other commercial entities involved in making, retrofitting and recycling lithium-ion batteries.  The investment is part of the Biden... Read More

Lawmakers Told US Needs Secure Supply Chain for Electric Vehicle Market
Congress
Lawmakers Told US Needs Secure Supply Chain for Electric Vehicle Market
2022-04-21 21:13:29
by Tom Ramstack

WOODRIDGE, Ill. — U.S. policy on alternative fuel vehicles is at a turning point in the transition away from gasoline-powered engines, according to witnesses at a congressional hearing Thursday. Delays in securing the metals and minerals to manufacture rechargeable electric... Read More

Congress Seeks Compromise to Boost Computer Chip Industry
Congress
Congress Seeks Compromise to Boost Computer Chip Industry

WASHINGTON (AP) — A global computer chip shortage has made it harder for consumers to get their hands on cars, computers and other modern-day necessities, so Congress is looking to boost chip manufacturing and research in the United States with billions of... Read More

White House Sees Progress on Securing Critical Mineral Supply Chains
White House
White House Sees Progress on Securing Critical Mineral Supply Chains
2022-02-23 15:38:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that progress is being made on securing critical mineral supply chains, moves the administration says will power clean energy manufacturing and create good-paying jobs. Last year, Biden signed an executive order intended to... Read More

A Key Inflation Gauge Rose 5.8% in 2021, Most in 39 Years
Economy
A Key Inflation Gauge Rose 5.8% in 2021, Most in 39 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of prices that is closely tracked by the Federal Reserve rose 5.8% last year, the sharpest increase since 1982, as brisk consumer spending collided with snarled supply chains to raise the costs of food, furniture,... Read More

House Democrats Release Mammoth Plan for Boosting Competition With China
Congress
House Democrats Release Mammoth Plan for Boosting Competition With China
2022-01-26 19:09:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — House Democrats late Tuesday night released the America COMPETES Act, a mammoth, 2,912-page bill aimed at boosting high tech research and ending, once and for all, the semiconductor crisis that has caused rippling supply chain disruptions and put... Read More

Buttigieg Doles Out $241M to US Ports to Boost Supply Chain
In The News
Buttigieg Doles Out $241M to US Ports to Boost Supply Chain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is awarding more than $241 million in grants to bolster U.S. ports, part of the Biden administration's near-term plan to address America's clogged supply chain with infrastructure improvements to speed the flow of goods. The transportation money... Read More

‘We have stock’: Smaller Stores Aim for Last-Minute Shoppers
Business
'We have stock': Smaller Stores Aim for Last-Minute Shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) — After a wearying nearly two years of the pandemic, independent retailers are cautiously hoping their holiday seasons will be bright, despite the challenges this year ranging from supply chain snags to shortages of hot holiday items.... Read More

Blue Dog Coalition Shares Supply Chain Hurdles, Solutions During Roundtable
Trade
Blue Dog Coalition Shares Supply Chain Hurdles, Solutions During Roundtable
2021-12-16 13:09:00
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Members of the Blue Dog Coalition hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on Wednesday over impediments to the national supply chain as well as what’s being done to solve them. The discussion featured input from Gene Seroka, executive... Read More

New Dems Urge Swift Action on Supply Chain Crisis
Trade
New Dems Urge Swift Action on Supply Chain Crisis
2021-12-14 21:29:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Congress must take swift and decisive action to shore up the nation’s supply chains if it wants to keep creating jobs and ensure America leads the global economy, the New Democrat Coalition said Tuesday. Specifically, the largest ideological... Read More

House Passes Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Strengthening Shipping Supply Chain
Trade
House Passes Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Strengthening Shipping Supply Chain
2021-12-09 16:32:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON —The House on Wednesday night overwhelmingly endorsed a bipartisan bill intended to strengthen ocean supply chains that have been racked by bottlenecks since last summer. The Ocean Shipping Reform Act, introduced by Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., in August just... Read More

Holiday Sales Could Be Higher Than Expected Despite Supply Chain, Inflation Woes
Economy
Holiday Sales Could Be Higher Than Expected Despite Supply Chain, Inflation Woes
2021-12-03 20:08:46
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Holiday shopping appears to be on track to beat out the National Retail Federation’s spending forecast in spite of continued supply chain impediments, rising inflation and the omicron variant. Holiday retail sales for November and December are now... Read More

Problem Solvers, Senators Renew Call for Fully Funding CHIPS Act
National Security
Problem Solvers, Senators Renew Call for Fully Funding CHIPS Act
2021-11-24 15:54:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Before leaving town for Thanksgiving, Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, joined members of the Problem Solvers Caucus to call for fully funding the CHIPS for America Act, an initiative intended to increase semiconductor production in... Read More

Future of Supply Chain, Analytics
In The News
Future of Supply Chain, Analytics
2021-11-15 21:46:25
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON — Transparency is imperative as the world navigates a pandemic-induced supply chain disruption and works to improve its resiliency, according to a panel of experts at Monday’s Hudson Institute event.  In the U.S. military’s “biggest modernization effort since World... Read More

White House Rolls Out Multibillion-Dollar Plan to Fix Aging Ports, Ease Bottlenecks
Infrastructure
White House Rolls Out Multibillion-Dollar Plan to Fix Aging Ports, Ease Bottlenecks
2021-11-09 22:34:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  — The White House outlined an ambitious multibillion dollar plan on Tuesday to dramatically upgrade the nation’s aging ports and relieve the bottlenecks that have plagued the nation’s critical supply chains since early summer. The actions announced during a... Read More

Bordeaux Leading Bipartisan Effort to Make Supply Chain More Resilient
Trade
Bordeaux Leading Bipartisan Effort to Make Supply Chain More Resilient
2021-11-01 13:18:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — It’s easy to dip one’s toe into the 24-hour news cycle and suppose the breakdown of the nation’s supply chain for incoming and outgoing goods is a west coast phenomena. The truth is, the backlogs have impacted ports... Read More

AMP Issues Supply Chain Letter to DOT Secretary Buttigieg
Transportation
AMP Issues Supply Chain Letter to DOT Secretary Buttigieg
2021-10-26 17:08:36
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON — The American Maritime Partnership publicly released a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg underscoring the continued reliability of America’s domestic maritime services despite the current supply chain crisis.  In a press release AMP stated, American... Read More

Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Again Target Global Supply Chain
In The News
Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Again Target Global Supply Chain
2021-10-26 12:57:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Microsoft announced Monday that the same hackers who tapped into U.S. government computers in the 2020 SolarWinds cyberattack continue to attack the global supply chain but with a slightly revamped strategy. This time, the Russia-backed group Microsoft calls... Read More

Congress Tries to Intervene In Supply Chain Disruptions
Economy
Congress Tries to Intervene In Supply Chain Disruptions
2021-10-20 21:25:22
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- While economists warned about disruptions to the U.S. supply chain, Chuck Fowke told a congressional panel Wednesday about countertops. “If you can’t get the cabinets, you can’t put the countertops on,” Fowke said as he testified on behalf... Read More

Report: Offshore Wind Supply Chain Worth $109B Over 10 Years
Energy
Report: Offshore Wind Supply Chain Worth $109B Over 10 Years

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A group studying the economics of offshore wind energy in the U.S. says building and operating the nascent industry will be worth $109 billion to businesses in its supply chain over the next 10 years.... Read More

White House Action on Supply Chain Bottleneck Seen As First Step To Ending Crisis
Economy
White House Action on Supply Chain Bottleneck Seen As First Step To Ending Crisis
2021-10-14 19:52:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- They’ve almost become as ubiquitous as scenes of weathermen and women leaning into the fierce winds of a tropical storm during hurricane season. We refer, of course, to the daily television news footage of a reporter bobbing up... Read More

White House Steps Up Fight Against Supply Chain Woes
Economy
White House Steps Up Fight Against Supply Chain Woes
2021-10-13 15:44:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON --  In an ideal economy, the nation’s supply chains work something like this: raw materials, finished products and ready-to-assemble merchandise like cars and trucks flow into the nation’s ports. The largest of these ports, those blessed to sit on... Read More

General Motors, GE Sign MOU to Develop Joint EV and Renewable Energy Supply Chains
Manufacturing
General Motors, GE Sign MOU to Develop Joint EV and Renewable Energy Supply Chains
2021-10-06 19:39:47
by Dan McCue

DETROIT - General Motors and GE Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of the General Electric Co., have signed an agreement to develop supply chains supporting the manufacturing of electric vehicles and renewable energy equipment. What both companies are calling a “non-binding... Read More

Pentagon to Address Supply Chain Issues Unveiled by Pandemic
Military
Pentagon to Address Supply Chain Issues Unveiled by Pandemic
2021-09-08 18:18:58
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense is establishing a supply chain resiliency working group to address systemic barriers that limit “supply chain visibility” in addition to performing resiliency assessments and developing effective mitigation measures. In February, President Joe Biden issued... Read More

Congress Searches for Way to Make Supply Chains Resilient
Economy
Congress Searches for Way to Make Supply Chains Resilient
2021-07-15 20:29:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Senate continued its search Thursday for ways to prevent the kind of devastation brought to U.S. supply chains by COVID-19. Industry executives told a Senate panel the pandemic exposed U.S. dependence on foreign suppliers to keep the... Read More

Semiconductor Shortage a Continuing National Concern
Technology
Semiconductor Shortage a Continuing National Concern
2021-06-25 14:26:07
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — In our increasingly wired life, semiconductors power much of what we do, but only recently did these technical wonders — called chips — start receiving broad interest.  All of a sudden, worries persist not only about whether there... Read More

Defense Supply Chain Management Systems Are Vulnerable, GAO Says
Defense
Defense Supply Chain Management Systems Are Vulnerable, GAO Says
2021-06-24 14:30:50
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Government Accountability Office issued a report this week addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the Department of Defense inventory management systems used to manage the national defense supply chain. Risks in six inventory management systems run by the Defense... Read More

US Supply Chain Cyberdefense Approach Needs to Assist Small Businesses
Cybersecurity
US Supply Chain Cyberdefense Approach Needs to Assist Small Businesses
2021-05-27 14:29:50
by Victoria Turner

The U.S. witnessed an “uptick” in ransomware attacks during the pandemic, particularly small businesses. And if those small businesses were offline even a couple of days, “the impact on their supply chain was so significant” that manufacturers turned to other... Read More

Defense Department Seeks Comments on Supply Chain Risks for Critical Materials
Defense
Defense Department Seeks Comments on Supply Chain Risks for Critical Materials
2021-04-15 17:52:43
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is seeking comments on risks to the supply chain for strategic and critical materials. In February, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing the Defense Department and three other federal agencies to closely examine... Read More

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