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'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Not a Creature Was Stirring, Except EPA - EPA Releases Final Fracking Report and General...

As the Obama era comes to a close, on Christmas eve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued its final report on "Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on...more

Hey! Did You Hear? The United States Imposed Sanctions Against Russia.

For those of us who live and breathe U.S. economic sanctions, we are used to most people largely ignoring what goes on in our world. The United States’ recent imposition of new sanctions against Russia, however, was not one...more

U.S. Senate committee rips drug makers for predatory price-gouging

Congress must stop Big Pharma predators from ripping off American consumers by acting like hedge funds, buying up decades-old, off-patent drugs and jacking up prices on long-standing “gold standard” prescription medications,...more

Cybersecurity Experts to Congress: It’s Time for Guidance

On October 21, 2016, millions of internet users across the United States were prevented from accessing a number of popular websites, including Amazon, Netflix, Spotify and Twitter. The reason? A hacker had previously...more

Internet of Things (IoT) Security Takes Center Stage At FBI, DHS, NIST and Congress

On October 21, 2016, a domain name service host and internet management company experienced at least two waves of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that impacted at least 80 websites, including those belonging to...more

US Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen Testifies Before House Committee on Financial Services

Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, testified before the Committee on Financial Services of the US House of Representatives. Yellen began by discussing the Federal Reserve Board’s efforts to strengthen regulation on...more

Congressional Hearings Focus on Health Policy Issues - September 2016

A number of recent Congressional hearings have focused on health policy issues, including: ..Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearings on laboratory testing in the era of precision medicine, and...more

Congress Revisits the History of the Federal Power Act to Consider its Future

On September 7, 2016, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing titled “Federal Power Act: Historical Perspectives,” exploring the development and restructuring of the wholesale energy markets over the past...more

The House Ways and Means Committee is looking at Endowments

The House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight Chairman Peter Roskam announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on college and university endowments. The hearing is entitled “Back to School: A Review...more

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

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