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Terrell McSweeny Confirmed as Fifth FTC Commissioner

10 months after President Obama nominated her, Terrell McSweeny has been confirmed as the fifth FTC commissioner. The vote was 95-1 for McSweeny with David Vitter, a Republican from Louisiana, voting against her nomination....more

"Democrats Gain Control of FTC With Terrell McSweeny Confirmation"

On April 9, 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Terrell McSweeny to the Federal Trade Commission. Commissioner McSweeny’s appointment creates a Democratic majority on the five-member commission, sparking...more

Kaye & Mohorovic CPSC Confirmation Hearing Set for April 8th

The rumor is now confirmed. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation officially announced it will hold the confirmation hearing for CPSC Chairman nominee, Elliot Kaye, and Commissioner nominee, Joe...more

Capital Thinking: Tax and Retirement

BAUCUS CONFIRMATION HEARING SET - On January 28, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) is set to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on his nomination to serve as the next U.S. ambassador...more

New NLRB G.C. Plots Activist Course

The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board serves important policy-making and prosecutorial decision-making roles. While the “GC” acts independently of the adjudicative “Board” arm of the agency, both, in a...more

Senate Confirms FHFA Director; FHFA Announces Senior Staff, Organizational Change

On December 10, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Representative Mel Watt (D-NC) to serve as Director of the FHFA. Once sworn in, Mr. Watt will replace Edward DeMarco, who has led the agency on an “acting” basis for more than...more

Jeh Johnson Confirmed as Next Secretary of Homeland Security

On Monday, the Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson as the next Secretary of Homeland Security. Johnson won confirmation with a bipartisan vote of 78 to 16, winning the vote of all Democratic senators and a majority of GOP senators....more

Commissioner Adler is now the Acting Chairman of the CPSC

We first wrote about Chairman Tenenbaum departing the CPSC and Commissioner Bob Adler assuming the role of Acting Chairman back in October. Last week the CPSC issued a press release confirming that Commissioner Adler became...more

PA Tax Law News -- December 2013: Board of Finance and Revenue Changes Awaited

As this issue went to press we awaited official announcement of the Governor’s two nominees, and the State Treasurer’s designee, to the Board of Finance and Revenue. The Board was reconstituted by Act 52 of 2013 (see article...more

Filibuster rule change: an explanation for Director Cordray’s confirmation?

Numerous media sources have reported that Senate Democrats “went nuclear” today and, by a vote of 52-48, voted to change Senate filibuster rules to only require 51 (a simple majority) rather than 60 votes for most...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Impact of Government Shutdown on DHS - Despite the government shutdown, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) retained more staff than other agencies because much of its operations...more

CFTC Extends Certain SEF Reporting, Confirmation, and Documentation Compliance Dates

commoThe Division of Market Oversight (“Division”) of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on September 27 and 30, 2013 issued several no-action letters to temporarily registered swap execution facilities...more

Capital Thinking: Technology & Communications

Legislative Activity - Senate Commerce Committee Evaluates FCC And FTC Nominees - The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on Wednesday, September 18 to consider the...more

CFPB Seeks To Ratify Director’s Pre-Confirmation Actions

Earlier today, the CFPB published a “Notice of Ratification” in the Federal Register in response to concerns about the legal validity of its actions during the period that Director Richard Cordray served as recess appointee. ...more

Finally, For The First Time In Over A Decade, The National Relations Labor Board Has Five Senate-Confirmed Board Members

Those active in labor law are familiar with the political chaos that has surrounded the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) since this past January. In six months, the NLRB went from being the subject of a Circuit Court...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2013

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Issues Two Key Title VII Rulings - Ogletree Deakins Launches New Fall Seminar - Are Your HIPAA Privacy Policies Up To Date - OFCCP Clarifies Damages For Victims Of Bias - The...more

FFETF Director Departs; Senate Confirms DOJ Civil Division Assistant Attorney General

On July 31, the DOJ announced the departure of Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF) Executive Director Michael Bresnick, effective August 1, 2013. ...more

Senate Confirms President Obama's NLRB Nominees, But This Development Is Unlikely To Render Noel Canning Moot

As part of a deal to avoid changes to its filibuster rules, the Senate last week confirmed President Obama’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). ...more

Back in Business: The NLRB Is Once Again a Party of Five

On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, the Senate voted to confirm all five of President Obama’s nominees to the NLRB to avoid a major showdown over Senate procedural rules regarding approval of executive appointments....more

NLRB Has Full Complement Of Board Members

The Senate confirmed all five of the President's nominees to serve as National Labor Relations Board (the "Board") members on July 30, 2013. ...more

Senate Confirms Anthony West As Associate Attorney General

On July 25, the U.S. Senate confirmed Anthony West to serve as the DOJ’s Associate Attorney General, a position he has held in an “acting” capacity since March 2012....more

Senate Confirms Three National Mediation Board Nominees

Last night, the U.S. Senate confirmed a three-member slate of National Mediation Board (NMB) nominees, giving the NMB a full complement of members for the first time in over a year....more

What’s in the Pipeline for Judicial Vacancies? – August 2 Update

We continue to follow the important changes underway behind the bench at the Federal Circuit and in several district courts where a significant number of patent infringement cases are pending. ...more

Senate Confirms New Five-Member NLRB: What Just Happened and What’s Next?

On the evening of July 30, the U.S. Senate confirmed all five pending nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), giving the agency a fully operational complement of Board members for the first time in over a...more

NLRB Back At Full Strength After Senate Approves Slate Of Nominees

As we reported earlier this month, Senate leaders reached a compromise to return a full complement of five members to the National Labor Relations Board after President Obama agreed to withdraw his February 2013 nominations...more

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