Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th President of the United States. President Obama is a Democrat and was originally elected to the Presidency in 2008. He was elected for a second-term in November of 2012.
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Changes to Sudanese Sanctions Program Could Benefit U.S. Life Sciences Companies (A Little)

On January 13, 2017, President Obama signed the Executive Order “Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions” that revoked many U.S. economic...more

One of Obama OSHA’s Last Acts – An Update to the Walking-Working Surfaces Rule Decades In the Making

On January 17, 2017, OSHA’s new Walking-Working Surfaces Rule took effect, updating OSHA regulations that have been in place for nearly a half century. OSHA’s new rule, commonly referred to as the “Slips, Trips and Falls”...more

Congress in Process of Passing Disapproval Resolution of Blacklisting Regulations

On February 2, 2017, by a vote of 236 to 187, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a joint resolution of disapproval to block the Final Rule implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in...more

EIB Energy Highlights: Dakota Access & Keystone XL Pipelines Revived, FERC on Energy Storage & Pipeline Rates & More

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy...more

ABLE Accounts Begin to Spread Across Nation

A law signed by President Obama in 2014 allows people with disabilities who became disabled before they turned 26 to set aside up to $14,000 a year in tax-free savings accounts without affecting their eligibility for...more

Obama EPA Rules for Water Infrastructure Subsidies Survive Freeze as Deadline for Application Looms

In the waning days of the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a set of rules and notices to establish long-term, low-cost credit assistance to creditworthy water and wastewater projects....more

Report on U.S. Semiconductor Industry Raises Implications for PRC Investments in U.S. Companies

In January 2017, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report to then President Barack Obama titled "Ensuring Long-Term U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors."1 The report assesses the...more

Obama’s parting gift to foreign entrepreneurs: A new way to stay in the U.S.

Back in 2014, when it was clear that Congress was not going to pass bipartisan immigration reform, President Obama vowed to take whatever steps he could, short of legislation, to advance his immigration agenda, including...more

Utilizing the Congressional Review Act, Congress Moves Quickly to Repeal Numerous Obama-era Environmental Regulations

On Feb 2nd, for the second time in as many weeks, the U.S. Senate, invoking the Congressional Review Act (CRA), voted to repeal (i.e. “disapprove”) the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office of Surface Mining and...more

"President Trump Issues Executive Order Requiring Ethics Pledge"

On January 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees” (the Order). This Order requires every full-time political appointee to sign an Ethics Pledge...more

Treasury Department Imposes New Sanctions Against Iran and Clarifies Russia Cyber Sanctions

New Iran Designations - On Friday, the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 25 individuals and entities under Executive Orders 13382 and 13224 for their roles in procuring...more

"Trump Expected to Alter Labor Laws, Policies"

Editor’s note: This article was updated on February 1, 2017, to reflect new developments. While President Donald Trump has not discussed in detail how he plans to address labor and employment issues, he likely will...more

Executive Order Likely Dooms Website Regulations for Public Accommodations

Seyfarth Synopsis: An executive order from President Trump will likely halt the Justice Department’s public accommodations website rulemaking. President Obama’s Department of Justice (DOJ) had stated that proposed...more

End of Immigration Privileges for Cuban Nationals Signals Changes in U.S.-Cuba Relationship

Before former President Barack Obama left office, one of his last acts was to repeal the policy granting asylum to every Cuban national who made it to the United States. As part of the normalization of formal diplomatic...more

"Legislative, Regulatory and Judicial Challenges to the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards"

President Donald Trump has expressed a strong opposition to many federal environmental regulatory programs and the work of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during Barack Obama's presidency. His nominee for EPA...more

Leaving on a Reconciliatory Note: President Obama Ends His Term with a Substantial Easing of the Sudanese Sanctions Regime

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) recently announced a significant relaxation of the U.S. sanctions with respect to Sudan that are currently administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The...more

"Future of Sanctions on Iran, Russia and Cuba Uncertain Under Trump"

Throughout the eight years of the Obama administration, the development and implementation of economic sanctions was a key element of U.S. foreign and national security policy. This strategy continued into the post-election...more

Presidents and the Press

Here’s a quiz for you. Match the President to the quote: “He uses tweets to go directly to the public while bypassing journalists.” “[The President] directed [name] to make speeches attacking newspapers and the...more

Don’t Go Changing: White House Keeping Obama LGBTQ Order in Place

Over the weekend several media outlets reported that a draft executive order was being circulated that overturned President Obama’s 2014 directive prohibiting federal employers and contractors from discriminating on the basis...more

U.S. and Mexico Sign Bilateral Agreement to Promote Stability of Interconnected Power Grid

On January 7, 2017, the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Mexico's Ministry of Energy (SENER), the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) and the National Center for...more

Will the Proposed “Countering Russian Hostilities Act” Stop Russian Cyberattacks?

On Jan. 10, 2017, a bipartisan group of five Republican and five Democratic senators announced their support for the Countering Russian Hostilities Act of 2017. Lindsey Graham, one of the senators who announced the proposed...more

U.S. Government Loosens Controls on Transactions Involving Sudan

Before leaving office, former President Barack Obama signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13761 on Jan. 13, 2017, in response to "positive actions" by the Government of Sudan. E.O. 13761 establishes a basis for complete revocation...more

Is Andrew Puzder the Knight in Shining Armor for the Hospitality Industry?

The hospitality industry has arguably endured the most significant impact from the Obama Administration's employment legislation and regulation. From the Affordable Care Act to overtime expansion, to the attacks on the...more

Trump Executive Order Directs Executive Agencies to Minimize “Unwarranted” ACA Economic and Regulatory Burdens

President Donald Trump’s first official act in office was to sign an executive order declaring it the policy of his Administration to seek prompt repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – but in the meantime, he calls for...more

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