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Useful Links

Useful Links

Government Links

A vast amount of information is available on the federal government’s various Web sites, but it may be difficult to find exactly what you’re seeking. The following links can help narrow your search.
 
These links are organized in sections to help you find information on pending bills in Congress or rules at the regulatory agencies; existing laws or regulations pending or approved by federal regulatory agencies; and California Air Resources Board activities.
 
Sections include:
  • Executive Branch — Find truck-related federal regulatory agencies as well as more information on motor vehicle safety and emissions regulations and programs.
  • Legislative Branch — Find contact information for federal legislators.
  • Research Laws, Legislation and Regulations — Find existing laws and regulations.
  • Grants — Learn how to research and apply for federal grant funds.
  • General Federal Government Resources — Search federal and state government information.
If there are any links you find particularly helpful that are not on this page, please email us at gtainfo@ntea.com.
 
The Executive Branch
The
President is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws written by Congress. The President appoints the heads of the federal agencies, including the Cabinet. The Cabinet and independent federal agencies are responsible for the day-to-day enforcement and administration of federal laws.
 
There are hundreds of federal agencies and commissions charged with handling such responsibilities as managing America’s space program, protecting its forests and gathering intelligence.
 
Truck-related federal regulatory agencies include:
 
Sets and enforces emission standards for motor vehicles, fuels and consumer products.
  • On-Road Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles Regulation — In 2008, ARB approved a new regulation to significantly reduce emissions from existing on-road diesel vehicles operating in California. This regulation requires affected trucks and buses to meet performance requirements between 2011 and 2023. By Jan. 1, 2023, all vehicles must have a 2010 model year engine or equivalent. This regulation applies to all on-road heavy-duty diesel-fueled vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 lbs., agricultural yard trucks with off-road certified engines and certain diesel-fueled shuttle vehicles of any GVWR. Out-of-state trucks and buses that operate in California are also subject to this regulation.
A governmental department charged with advancing the national, economic and energy security of the U.S.; promoting scientific and technological innovation; and ensuring the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.
 
  • 21st Century Truck — A Vehicle Technologies Program partnership aimed at developing technologies for the nation’s trucks and buses that could safely and cost-effectively move larger volumes of freight and greater numbers of passengers while emitting little or no pollution and dramatically reducing dependence on foreign oil.
  • Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center — Educates consumers and fleets on alternative fuels and advanced vehicles.
  • Clean Cities — Supports public-private partnerships that deploy alternative fuel vehicles and build supporting alternative fuel infrastructures.
  • Vehicle Technologies Program — Partners with industry to develop and deploy advanced transportation technologies that could achieve significant improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency and displace oil with domestically produced fuels. Program activities include research, development, demonstration, testing, technology validation and transfer, and education.
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
A governmental department charged with advancing the national, economic and energy security of the U.S.; promoting scientific and technological innovation; and ensuring the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.
A U.S. government agency established in 1970 to consolidate a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection. The EPA’s mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment.
 
  • Climate Change — Information on climate change for communities, individuals, businesses, states, localities and governments.
  • Diesel Retrofit Technology Verification — This program evaluates the emission reduction performance of retrofit technologies, including durability, and identifies engine operating criteria and conditions necessary to achieve reductions. 
  • National Clean Diesel Campaign — Advances strategies to reduce diesel emissions and move toward cleaner air by working with fleet operators, manufacturers, air quality professionals, environmental and community organizations, and state and local officials.
  • Office of Transportation and Air Quality — Regulates air pollution from motor vehicles, engines and the fuels by which they are operated.
  • On-road Vehicles and Engines — Information on cars, light and heavy trucks, buses, engines and motorcycles, including fuel economy, emission standards and regulations, emission recall programs, new vehicle certification and in-use vehicle compliance, inspection and maintenance programs, and diesel retrofit programs.
  • SmartWaySM — A partnership among government, business and consumers to reduce fuel consumption. All EPA SmartWay transportation programs result in significant, measurable air quality and/or greenhouse gas improvements while maintaining or improving current levels of other emissions and/or pollutants.
The Legislative Branch
The Legislative Branch consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate, known collectively as the Congress.
 
The House of Representatives has 435 elected members, and the Senate is composed of 100 Senators (two for each state). The Vice President of the U.S. serves as President of the Senate and may cast the decisive vote in the event of a tie in the Senate.
 
In order to pass legislation and send it to the President for his signature, both the House and the Senate must pass the same bill by majority vote. If the President vetoes a bill, they may override his veto by passing the bill again in each chamber with at least two-thirds of each body voting in favor.
 
The House of Representatives is the lower body of the federal legislature. Each U.S. state receives representation in the House in proportion to its population but is entitled to at least one representative.
 
  • Committee Offices — Links to all House committees.
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce — Writes legislation on interstate and foreign commerce, energy generation and conservation, travel and tourism, and consumer protection.
  • Committee on Science and Technology — Jurisdiction includes all non-defense federal scientific research and development at numerous federal agencies, including the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The Senate is the upper body of the federal legislature. It has several exclusive powers not granted to the House, including consenting to treaties as a precondition to their ratification and consenting or confirming appointments of Cabinet secretaries, federal judges, other federal executive officials, military officers and other federal uniformed officers, as well as trying federal officials impeached by the House. Visit
Research Laws, Legislation and Regulations
Congressional Actions
The Library of Congress allows you to search for congressional bills by number, sponsor or topic. Review recent and current congressional activity.
 
The United States Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the U.S.
 
Regulations.govis the primary federal Web portal for regulatory information. Search for proposed rules, final rules or Federal Register notices; submit formal comments on proposed regulations; or review comments submitted by others.
  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) — The codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government. The CFR divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to federal regulation, and each volume is updated once each calendar year and issued quarterly.
  • The Federal Register — The official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
Grants
Grants.gov
Find and apply for federal grants using this site.
  • Apply — A step-by-step guide to applying for grant opportunities.
  • Grant Opportunities — Search for available federal grants by keyword, category, agency, and more.
General Federal Government Resources
Businesses and Nonprofits
The U.S. government’s official Web portal for business provides the most complete search of government information and services along with a comprehensive collection of topical links. 
 
State Government Information
Links to state government information.

U.S. Senate Website
Visit to find your senator by state, link to individual senators’ home pages and view the current Senate schedule.

Visit www.house.gov to find your representative via zip code search, link to individual representatives’ home pages and view the current House schedule.