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PIPES Act Puts More Priorities in PHMSA’s Regulatory Pipeline

On June 22, 2016, the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act) was signed into law. The new law reauthorizes the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials...more

Recent Congressional Hearings

Congressional committees held hearings on a wide variety of on health policy issues this month before going on summer recess. Notable hearings include the following...more

Even Members of Congress Are Confused by the FCC’s Latest Ruling

I was contemplating a monthly column given the confusion surrounding the FCC’s recent rulings. I guess I better make it weekly. Here’s this week’s episode....more

Senate Finance Committee Explores Revisions to Stark Law

At a July 12, 2016 hearing entitled “Examining the Stark Law: Current Issues and Opportunities,” members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee expressed openness to potentially significant amendments to the Stark Law aimed at...more

Senate Committee Releases Report on Potential Stark Law Changes, Hearing Scheduled

On June 30, 2016, the Senate Finance Committee’s Republican staff issued a 20-page report discussing comments made by industry stakeholders after a December 2015 round-table on the future of the physician self-referral law,...more

SEC Disclosure Initiative Encounters Resistance on Capitol Hill

Since 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission, under the direction of Chair Mary Jo White, has undertaken a “Disclosure Effectiveness Initiative” aimed at improving the content and presentation of disclosures by...more

MedPAC Releases Report to Congress on Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System

In June, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released their final annual report to Congress detailing recommendations on a variety of Medicare payment system issues....more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2016 #4

SENATE TESTIMONY - Jon Williams Testifies in Kingdomware Senate Committee Hearing On June 23, Jon Williams, Partner in the PilieroMazza Government Contracts Group, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #4

Regulatory Developments - SEC Issues Order Approving Inflation Adjustments to “Qualified Client” Dollar Thresholds for Investment Adviser Performance Fee Rule - On June 14, the SEC issued an order approving...more

Recent Congressional Health Policy Hearings and Markups

A number of Congressional committees have recently considered legislation and/or held hearings on various health policy proposals. ..The Ways and Means Committee approved seven bills related to health care coverage and...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Congressional Panel To Investigate The Fairness Of Pay TV Billing, Competitive Practices - There was plenty of startup news out of DC this week, starting...more

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Ramirez Testifies Before Congress Regarding 17 FTC Reform Bills Pending in Congress

On May 24, 2016, Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez delivered testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade in a...more

U.S. House Committee On Homeland Security Holds Hearing On States’ Preparation For Cyber Threats

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security (the “Committee”) held a hearing titled “Enhancing Preparedness and Response Capabilities to Address Cyber Threats.” The hearing was convened jointly by...more

Recent Congressional Health Policy Hearings

Recent Congressional hearings focusing on health policy topics include the following: - ..House Energy and Commerce Committee hearings on HHS cybersecurity responsibilities, Medicare and Medicaid program integrity, the...more

The FCC’s Broadband Privacy Proposal – Hit from All Sides

Initial Comments are due on May 27, 2016 regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) released last month by the FCC in its broadband privacy proceeding. The rules proposed in the NPRM have already been the subject of...more

TCPA Under Scrutiny in Court and by Senate

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and a 2015 omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (2015 Order) interpreting the TCPA issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have recently faced additional challenges...more

Senate hearing reviews ransomware in a school system

On May 18, the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism heard from Charles C. Hucks, the Executive Director of Technology for the Horry County, South Carolina, School System. The 52 schools and the...more

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing On FISA

On Tuesday, May 10, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary (the “Judiciary Committee”) held a hearing titled “Oversight and Reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act: The Balance between National Security, Privacy and Civil...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Pierce Atwood’s 2016 Summary of New Maine Laws Now Available! We are pleased to share our 2016...more

Chief Information Officer of US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Testifies before the US House of Representatives on...

Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy Officer of the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Lawrence Gross, testified before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives’...more

House Financial Services Committee investigating CFPB arbitration rulemaking

On April 20, 2016, Congressman Sean Duffy sent a letter to Director Cordray indicating that the House Financial Services Committee is investigating “the examination and possible regulation by the [CFPB] of pre-dispute...more

Recent Congressional Health Policy Hearings

A number of recent Congressional hearings have focused on health policy topics, including the following: - ..A House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of...more

As drug prices skyrocket, senators rip an ex-Big Pharma CEO

Prescription drug prices continue to soar, prompting hearings on Capitol Hill, and leading a columnist to suggest nifty ways how Big Pharma could better educate consumers about medications, especially since many seniors may...more

Thoughts on Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation, Despite Inaction by Congress

Last week, as part of my work with the American Bar Association, I had the opportunity to meet with all of Connecticut’s Representatives and Senators in Washington, D.C. Most were available in person, while I met with senior...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Beneath the Hype: Why Developers & Entrepreneurs Should Be Excited About the Rise of Chat Bots - Last week we featured autonomous hardware as a growth area...more

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