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Dewonkify – Overseas Contingency Operations

Term: Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) Definition: OCO funding is money set aside in the federal budget for expenses connected to overseas operations such as: crisis response, infrastructure and coalition support...more

EU adds 12 individuals (politicians, military and one journalist) to Ukraine sanctions, more sanctions may follow

As a further response to recent developments in Crimea, the EU today added another 12 names to the existing list of individuals in Russia and Crimea subject to a visa ban and asset freeze. These restrictions were published in...more

Africa Update

In This Issue: Leading the News; United States – Africa Relations; North Africa; East Africa; West Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; and General Africa News. Excerpt from Leading the News - Libya: On...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week. A special election was held Tuesday in Florida’s 13th Congressional District to replace deceased Republican Congressman Bill Young. Both political parties and outside...more

South Carolina Legislative Update - March 3, 2014

The Senate gave third reading to H. 3945 late Thursday. The latest version of the ethics reform legislation provides for public officials to disclose sources of income, defines “consultants” and requires reporting and...more

Newsletters - Feb 28, 2014: The Elevator Speech Overview

The U.S. House and Senate were both in session this past week, returning from a week long work period in district. The National Governors Association (NGA) met in Washington DC for their annual winter meeting, discussing...more

Capital Thinking: Defense

arLegislative Branch Activity - Budget - Lawmakers have until today, to pass a spending bill and to avert another government shut down. Last Friday, January 10, House Appropriations Chair Harold Rogers (R-KY)...more

ML Strategies' Washington Outlook for 2014

In This Update: ..1. Introduction ..2. Agriculture ..3. Defense & National Security ..4. Education ..5. Energy & Environment ..6. Financial Services ..7. Foreign Policy ..8. Health Care ..9....more

Capital Thinking: Defense

Defense Authorization, Budget And the Sequester - The Fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (S.1197) is expected to come to the floor on Wednesday, November 13. The Military Justice Improvement Act (S....more

Capital Thinking: General Legislative

The Senate will convene today, Monday, October 28, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 4:30 pm, with senators allowed to speak for up to 10 minutes each....more

Capital Thinking: Defense

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Budget and the Debt Ceiling - With no congressional consensus on a bill to fund the U.S. federal government for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, on Tuesday, October 1, the U.S....more

House Committee Seeks Information from OFCCP on Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities

On September 19, 2013, two members of the House of Representatives’ Education and Workforce Committee sent a letter to Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez seeking additional information regarding the regulations...more

Capital Thinking: Defense

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Syria - Last Wednesday, September 4, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, after a hearing and two days of debate held during a congressional recess, passed by a...more

Obama Administration Moves Forward With Export Control Reform

On March 7 and 8, 2013, President Obama took two important steps to further U.S. export control reform. First, the President notified Congress of the proposed transfer of certain items relating to aircraft and gas turbine...more

Implementation of Sequestration on Government Contracts

Today, the President issued a Sequestration Order that requires federal agencies to make uniform percentage reductions in each separate item in their budgets. Under that Order, the agencies will be obliged to apply a...more

This Week in Washington - January 25, 2013

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Inauguration. After being officially sworn in to a second term at the White House on Sunday, January 20, as prescribed by law, President Barack Obama and Vice...more

Legal Index: Citizenship Under The United States Constitution

This legal index is a guide to citizenship under the United States Constitution since the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment. Each entry, being a legal topic, is supplemented with legal authority, which is quoted, cited,...more

See for yourself, A citizen of a State under Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution

The case of Dred Scoot v. Sanford (60 U.S. 393, 1856) was meant to be a federal question case. However, it became a diversity of citizenship case when Dred Scott's citizenship was challenged. The Supreme Court...more

Department of Defense Energy Initiatives Update: What's Next? How Will the Election Impact Energy Programs?

Hundreds of industry representatives from companies of all types and sizes spent countless hours over the summer preparing submissions to the U.S. Army's $7 billion Renewable and Alternative Energy Power Production for...more

Political Question Doctrine Requires Dismissal of Wrongful Death Suit Against Government Contractor in Iraq

Earlier this month, in a lengthy and well reasoned opinion, a federal trial court relied on the Political Question Doctrine in dismissing a wrongful death action against a military contractor. In Harris v. Kellogg, Brown &...more

REGULATORY: Government Relations: Renewable Energy Initiatives in the Department of Defense by Thomas J. Spulak and Allison F....

The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest energy consumer in the country, accounting for one percent of total consumption. In fact, the Department’s energy bill last year was $19 billion, up $3 billion from the year...more

Senate Armed Services Committee Releases Final Report on Counterfeit Electronic Parts in the Defense Supply Chain

After a year-long investigation that involved the review of more than 100,000 pages of documents submitted by DoD, electronic parts manufacturers, defense contractors and subcontractors, electronic parts testing laboratories...more

2012 Florida Legislation Amending Florida Growth Management Laws Including 2011 Florida Community Planning Act

Last December, we wrote on the constitutional challenge made by the Town of Yankeetown, Florida, to portions of the Florida Community Planning Act with the resulting settlement which included proposed legislation that would...more

This Week in Washington - June 1, 2012

DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Appropriations. While the Senate was not in session this week, the House continued work on its FY 2013 appropriations bills. On Thursday, the House Appropriations...more

May 26, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

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