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New Cyber Agency to Combat Cyber Threats

The Obama administration, on February 10, announced its intention to create a new federal agency to combat cyber threats and coordinate digital intelligence among all federal agencies....more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Ways and Means Advances Four Health-Related Measures... Senate Commerce Committee Clears Legislation on E-Cigarette Packaging... CMS Pushes Back Deadline on Meaningful Use for Physicians....more

Self Righteousness Still Does Not Help the Environmentalists’ Cause

Fully five years ago, I noted that the cavalier treatment by government officials of FOIA requests made by opponents of government policy revealed a degree of self-righteousness that was both offensive and self-defeating –...more

Congress Passes One-Week DHS Funding Extension, Averting Agency “Shut Down” Until Midnight March 6

Ten minutes before funding for the Department of Homeland Security ran out at midnight on February 27th, President Obama signed the one-week funding extension passed by Congress late Friday night. ...more

DHS Funded for One More Week; Shutdown Temporarily Averted

Republican leaders and both branches of Congress failed Friday to come to a long-term agreement to provide fiscal year funding for the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and provide confidence that a DHS shutdown will be...more

Executive order "promoting private sector cybersecurity information sharing": top points

In conjunction with the recent White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Summit, President Barack Obama has issued a much-anticipated cybersecurity information sharing Executive Order, "Promoting Private...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The House of Representatives adopted several ethics reform measures (public meeting notice, Freedom of Information Act/public records, and public official reporting requirements) this week. In addition, the House Ways and...more

FAA Releases Proposed Rules for Commercial Drones; White House Launches Drone Privacy Policy

On February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration published its highly anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (applicable to UAS weighing...more

White House Unveils New Federal Cybersecurity Agency

On February 10, the White House announced it will establish the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC). In prepared remarks, Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterrorism,...more

Federal Judge Enjoins President’s Immigration Action

On Monday, February 16th, a federal judge in Texas ruled in favor of the state of Texas and 25 other states to halt President Obama’s executive action on immigration, which was announced in November 2014. HRLegalist...more

Cybersecurity Executive Order: Not Much New

President Obama’s February 13 Executive Order, “Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing” (the “EO”), turns out to be light on new measures to improve cybersecurity, but focused heavily on adjustments to...more

DHS Halts Implementation of DACA Expansion and DAPA

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday, February 17th that it will comply with an injunction temporarily blocking its plan to shield millions of people who are in the United States illegally, suspending applications...more

Regulatory Relief for Regional and Community Banks

After the US elections in November 2014, Congress passed two amendments to provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) – the so-called “swaps push-out rule” and the “Collins...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015 #3

The Impact of Regulation on Community Banks: Harvard Study and Senate Banking Committee Hearing Highlight Differing Views. FDIC Director of Risk Management Supervision Doreen Eberley testified last week before the Senate...more

White House Creates New Federal Agency To Combat Cyber-Threats

The White House, on February 10, 2015, announced the creation of a new federal agency, the Cyber Threat and Intelligence Integration Center (“CTIIC” or the “Center”), to combat cyber-threats by coordinating digital...more

FAA Proposes Rules for Commercial UAVs; White House Launches UAV Privacy Initiative

On February 15, 2015, the FAA issued its long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Currently, federal law prohibits commercial use of UAVs without advance approval, typically through...more

FAA Proposes Commercial Drone Rules As White House Issues Executive Order - Pending Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Rules Would...

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 for the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Energy and Commerce Hearing Examines ICD-10 Preparedness... HHS Announces Oncology Care Model Initiative... Pennsylvania Governor Abandons Alternative Medicaid Expansion Approach for Traditional Plan....more

State/Local Bond Proposals in Administration's 2016 Budget

Several proposals affecting tax-exempt bonds were included in the Obama Administration's Budget for FY 2016. As usual, the overall budget proposal has immediately been declared DOA by political pundits. Nonetheless, taking...more

Atlantic County Freeholders Vote to Repeal Pay-to-Play Ordinance

Earlier this week, the Atlantic County Freeholders approved a measure that rolls back the County’s pay-to-play ordinance. New Jersey is home to an overlapping series of pay-to-play laws. Although there is a statewide law in...more

Delaware Enacts Unclaimed Property Legislation That Addresses Some (But Not All) Holder Concerns

The Delaware Legislature appears to have heard some of the complaints of the unclaimed property community. Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 11, which is based on the recommendations of the Delaware Task Force...more

USCIS to Run Out of Funds February 27th

On February 4, 2015 the Senate held a vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) but the vote failed. This was the second vote on DHS funding, which will run out on February 27, 2015....more

FDA Commisioner Hamburg to Step Down: Ostroff Acting Until New Commissioner Named

On February 5, FDA announced that FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D. has reportedly informed agency colleagues via en e-mail that she will step down as Commissioner at the end of March 2015. ...more

A UAS On Capitol Hill: Cleared For Takeoff?

On January 21, 2015 the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Subcommittee on Space met to discuss UAS Research and Development (R&D). ...more

DOJ Obtains $30,000 Lobbying Disclosure Act Settlement

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia recently entered into a settlement with a lobbyist that includes a $30,000 fine for missing Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) reports. The lobbyist had been facing the...more

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