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Commission publishes EMIR responses

The Commission has published responses to its consultation on the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The review asked stakeholders for feedback on experiences in the implementation of EMIR to date. It received...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan and 2014 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review Report EPA is announcing the availability of its Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines...more

German Federal IT Committee Issues New Restrictions for Cloud Service Providers

Last month the German Federal Government IT Advisory Committee ("Federal IT Committee") issued new cloud computing service criteria for all prospective vendors to German Federal Agencies. Cloud services providers who offer,...more

NIST Guide Highlights Cybersecurity Considerations for Utilities and Manufacturing Companies

In 2013 alone, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) responded to more than 256 cyber-incident reports—more than half of them in the energy...more

BIS consults on harmonisation of the unique transaction identifier

BIS’s Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and IOSCO have published a consultative report on the harmonised global Unique Transaction Identifier (UTI). Its purpose is to identify each over-the-counter (OTC)...more

BIS reports on applying principles to FMIs

CPMI and IOSCO have published a report providing guidance on how the Principles for financial market infrastructures (PFMI) apply to financial market infrastructures (FMIs) that are owned and operated by central banks....more

China’s Draft Cybersecurity Law – A New Regime for Network Security

China’s current leadership has attached significant attention to network security, which is deemed to be a core aspect of national security. In early 2014, China’s President, Xi Jinping, who is also the head of the Office for...more

Germany rolls out IT Security Act

Germany's controversial IT Security Act (ITSG) came into effect on July 25, 2015.[1] The new act seeks to increase protections for German citizens, companies and government institutions that may be vulnerable to a range of IT...more

We’re All About Sharing Cyber Information: The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center

Amidst the maelstrom of unceasing cyber attacks and intrusions, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC or Center) assumes a front-and-center role as the government command and communication...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - July 2015

In this issue: - Electric Items - Miscellaneous - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificates Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s July 16, 2015 meeting,...more

Public-Private Partnerships Offer Alternative Model for Water Infrastructure Projects

In February 2012, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts completed a study of the state’s drinking, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs that identified a funding gap of at least $39 billion over the next 20 years. The...more

Obama Administration’s FY 2016 Budget Includes Potential Tweaks to Airport Funding Mechanisms

The Obama administration’s fiscal year 2016 budget includes approximately $95 billion for a broad array of transportation-related projects. Included in that category of spending are several interesting aviation infrastructure...more

Open for Business: Who's Investing in Latin America [Video]

Latin America is open for business and the world is taking notice. Foley Partner Jeffery Atkin outlines which countries are actively taking on development projects in Latin America and how the culture is affecting the way...more

Congressional Action Supports Improvement of Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure and Beyond

None of us in the United States – no family or individual, no industry or business, and no government agency – is immune from the potential devastation that cyber-attacks can wreak. No particular reminder is needed. Each day,...more

SC Public Policy Update - June 2015

What's New - The House of Representatives and Senate spent most of the week debating bills in the waning days of this year’s legislative session....more

Cities and State Legislature Organizations come together in Washington to Tout P3s during Infrastructure Week, 2015

As part of Infrastructure Week, 2015, several interested organizations banded together for an afternoon meeting on Monday, May 11, that focused on public-private partnerships as a way out of the infrastructure crunch. ...more

Bill to Streamline Federal Permitting for Major Energy and Infrastructure Projects Advances in the US Senate

On May 6, 2015, the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted 12-1 in favor of a bill designed to streamline the Federal permitting process for major energy and infrastructure projects. The bill,...more

California Needs to Spend $853 Billion for New Infrastructure

California is the most populous state in the Country; if it were a country it would have the world’s 8th largest economy. So it’s probably no surprise to hear that a new study has found California needs to spend $853 billion...more

USDA Announces Energy Efficiency And Renewable Energy Grants

On April 22, 2015, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack celebrated Earth Day by announcing that USDA "is providing more than $112 million in loans and grants to help rural communities build and upgrade...more

New Executive Order Allows for Sanctions Related to Cybersecurity

On April 1, 2015, President Obama issued a groundbreaking Executive Order (E.O.) enabling the United States to sanction persons that have (1) participated in malicious cyber-enabled activities constituting a “significant...more

Administration Outlines Energy Vision in Quadrennial

The Department of Energy released its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) on April 21, 2015, which includes a series of recommendations to upgrade the country’s aging energy infrastructure (from our natural gas infrastructure to...more

New US sanctions program to combat cybercrimes: 3 action steps for tech companies

The new sanctions in President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities,” target individuals and...more

New Executive Order Authorizes Economic Sanctions to Combat Malicious Cyber Activity

Calling cyber threats “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges to the United States” and declaring a national emergency relating to those threats, on April 1, 2015, President Obama issued an...more

Obama Administration Recognizes Cyber Threats to U.S. Critical Infrastructure as a National Emergency

Many cybersecurity experts have warned that the United States is already engaged in covert cyber warfare against hostile actors around the world. The latest cybersecurity Executive Order reflects formal recognition that,...more

Executive Order Blocks Property of Those Engaging in Malicious Cyber Activities

The executive order enables US government agencies to block the assets of any foreign person determined to have engaged in malicious cyber-enabled activities....more

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