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Senate Democrats Issue Confirmations To Floor

On September 17, the Senate confirmed by a voice vote Laura Werthheiner as Inspector General of FHFA. In addition, Bradford Raymond Hunter was confirmed as the Chief Financial Officer of HUD....more

Julián Castro is confirmed as next HUD Secretary

With a resounding 71-26 vote, the Senate has confirmed Julián Castro as the 16th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. President Obama’s nomination of Mr. Castro replaces outing Secretary Shaun Donovan, who was in turn...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules Post-Confirmation Settlement Proceeds are Property of Chapter 13 Estate

A recent case out of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (the “Court”) concluded that proceeds stemming from a post-confirmation settlement agreement between a chapter 13 debtor and its mortgagor related to a violation of...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - June 2014

Burwell Confirmed as HHS Secretary – On June 5, 2014, the Senate voted 78-17 to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Secretary of HHS. Burwell has served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget since April of...more

Confirmation Hearing for Commissioner Adler on June 11th

According to the Senate Commerce Committee’s hearings calendar, the committee will be holding a nominations hearing on June 11th at 2:30pm to “consider several nominations.” There are unconfirmed reports that the CPSC’s...more

Senate Confirms First Department Of Labor Wage And Hour Division Administrator In Decade

The Senate voted narrowly on Monday to confirm David Weil as administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD). The narrow 51-42 majority followed a similarly narrow 12-10 party-line committee vote in...more

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

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