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Capital Thinking: Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - FY 2015 Appropriations Action - Senate appropriators will continue their work on FY 2015 spending bills this week despite significant setbacks last week when the committee postponed its...more

RAD expansion and “Pay-For-Success” Utility Demonstration among the innovations included in the Senate’s mark of the T-HUD...

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its draft Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2015. While the bill generally falls short of the funding...more

Plan Nord: Québec Liberal Government Relaunches the Plan Nord

On June 4, 2014, the first budget (Budget) of the new Liberal government, in power since April 7, 2014, was tabled in the Québec National Assembly. The Budget provides for certain measures to relaunch the Plan Nord, as...more

From Second and State: The Week Ahead – June 9-13, 2014

If comments made earlier this week by House Appropriations Chair, Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) hold true, the General Appropriations bill, the chief vehicle for the budget, could be introduced in the House sometime next...more

Hump Day Update

My head is spinning. Is yours? Happy Hump Day! Last night the Senate Finance Committee had an unusual - and unusual - evening meeting to take up it's version of HB 1030 - Omnibus Tax Changes. Two hours later the bill...more

House Agriculture Appropriations Bill Would Make Significant Cuts To Mandatory Funding For Farm Bill

On May 20, 2014, the House Committee on Appropriations' Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies (House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee) and the Senate...more

Be Global - May 2014

HIGHLIGHTS: France: Finding a buyer before a shut down - the "Florange" law - As reported in February's Be Global, the French Government has introduced legislation (known as the "Florange" law) imposing an obligation...more

Pension News

Welcome to DLA Piper’s Pensions News publication in which we report on recent developments in pensions legislation, guidance and case law, as well as keeping you up to speed on what to look out for in the coming months. This...more

Dewonkify: 302(b) Allocation

Definition: Each year, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees receive an overall funding allocation for the coming federal fiscal year. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees then, respectively, decide on how...more

How the 2014/2015 Budget Measures up for Employers

The 2014/2015 Federal Budget (Budget) has introduced a number of important reductions, incentives and clarifications impacting employer initiatives, employee remuneration and benefits and the legal framework in which...more

Appropriations Off to a Quick Start

One of the keys to last year's appropriations deal was setting the discretionary appropriations caps for the upcoming fiscal year (FY2015). The Senate has said that it will not consider a budget resolution this year as the...more

Australian Tax Update: Australian Budget 2014-2015

2014-2015 Australian Federal Budget - Government takes its first steps of tax reform in preparation for a broader comprehensive review of the Australian taxation system. INTRODUCTION - The Australian Coalition...more

What’s in Store on the Floor: This Week in Appropriations

The House and Senate are back from recess and the appropriations season is moving forward in full swing. The House passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill and the Legislative Branch bill with...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2014 #4

In this issue: - DOD, GSA, and NASA Issue Proposed Rule to Amend FAR Incorporating Section K in Contracts - DOD Issues Final Rule to Amend DFARS Contracting Officer’s Representative (DFAR Case...more

Fiscal Year 2015 Budget & Appropriations

As Congress returns next week from the Spring recess, the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) appropriations process is near the top of the list of items awaiting action. Spending Levels - A top line spending level of...more

Reading the tea leaves of tax reform

In prior Housing Plus blog entries we’ve discussed the various tax proposals that have been released over the past four months, including the comprehensive tax reform proposal from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave...more

What’s in Store on the Floor – Appropriations Update

After demonstrating hope, resolve, and bipartisanship with the passage of a 12 bill omnibus for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski and House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers have set a...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week. The White House reported Tuesday that 7.1 million people signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, meeting their original target for enrollment before...more

Private Fund Update - April 7, 2014

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) -...more

Dewonkify – Overseas Contingency Operations

Term: Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) Definition: OCO funding is money set aside in the federal budget for expenses connected to overseas operations such as: crisis response, infrastructure and coalition support...more

UK: Budget 2014 – changes announced to gambling duties; Levy consultation announced

The Chancellor of the Exchequer gave his Budget speech today. Gaming duty revalorisation – The government will increase gaming duty bands in line with RPI for accounting periods starting on or after 1 April 2014....more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week, although it had a slow start due to the snowstorm in Washington, D.C. on Monday. On Tuesday the President released his $3.9 trillion budget request followed by several...more

Weekly Update from the State House - March 14, 2014: The House began budget negotiations this week while the Senate spent most of...

Details from Each Chamber - HOUSE: The House began budget negotiations this week, eventually giving a third reading to the Appropriations Bill H. 4701 and the Capital Reserve Fund Bill H. 4702 on Wednesday...more

Program Integrity Priorities Revealed in FY 2015 HHS Budget

On March 14, 2014, President Obama unveiled his Administration’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, the Administration is seeking $77.1 billion to fund HHS in FY...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - March 13, 2014

This week President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal, which provides useful information on his priorities for the year but, as is normally the case, is not likely to gain much traction; the administration...more

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