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New ADA and GINA Wellness Regulation Changes Complicate Wellness Program Compliance Analysis and Risks

Wellness programs should all be reviewed considering the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) regulatory changes because noncompliance with the new requirements do...more

Groundbreaking Healthcare Nondiscrimination Rule Issued by HHS: What It Means for Covered Entities

HHS late last week issued a Final Rule prohibiting discrimination in healthcare on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. The Rule also broadens protection for individuals with limited English...more

Federal Government Guidance On Transgender Students Breaks Barriers

On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice published a guidance document for elementary and secondary schools that summarizes emerging practices for supporting transgender students. While...more

FHWA Proposes Bold Transportation Performance Measures to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Perhaps only by coincidence, on April 22—“Earth Day”—the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that, for the first time, would set performance measures for greenhouse gas...more

Cleantech and Transportation Intersect in the 2017 U.S. Federal Budget Proposal

With the federal budget process for FY2017 and related appropriation discussions expected to heat up over the next couple of months, the previously announced 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan (the “CTP”) continues to be...more

FCC Adopts Plan to Distribute Additional Universal Service Subsidies to Rural Telecom Carriers

On March 30, the FCC released an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announcing $2 billion in new financial support to rural incumbent telecommunications carriers (so-called rate of return carriers) willing to deploy...more

New Federal Drought Action Plan Owes a Lot to Lessons Learned in California

The Obama Administration released an action plan for long-term drought resilience that will impact the way state and local water agencies interact with the federal government on drought prevention and response efforts....more

Change Orders: Analyzing Proposed New Infrastructure Spending in 2016 Budget

Shortly after the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we summarized the infrastructure promises made on the Liberal campaign trail in our October 2015 Blakes Bulletin: Under Construction: Infrastructure Plans and...more

EPA Investigates Alabama State Environmental Agency for Alleged Violation of Civil Rights Act

In an unprecedented action, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is investigating the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), one of its state counterparts, for alleged civil rights violations under Title...more

US Ignite Announces up to $10 Million in Funding for Gigabit Applications

On March 18, 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a solicitation for up to $10 million for US Ignite: Networking Research and Application Prototypes Leading to Smart and Connected Communities, which funds the...more

FirstNet Announces Up to $40 Million Available for the Band 14 Incumbent Spectrum Relocation Grant

It’s a busy time at FirstNet, gearing up for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). With yesterday’s release of a Federal Funding Opportunity for up to $40 million for the Band 14 Incumbent...more

New Mexico Expands Design-Build Authority to Highway and Road Projects

New Mexico will now allow certain highway and projects funded in whole or in part by federal funds to use the design-build delivery method. On the last day (March 9, 2016) to sign bills from the most recent legislative...more

$2 Billion In Unused Earmarks Now Available for Transportation Infrastructure Projects

Eligible transportation projects in need of funding now have the opportunity to access roughly $2 billion in previously earmarked federal transportation under recently released guidance from the U.S. Department of...more

President’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan Seeks to Leverage Private Sector Expertise for Federal Advancement

As stated by Wired, “It’s all the standard advice you’d give a tech novice,” aptly sums up the White House’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) that President Obama unveiled on February 9, 2016. Announced as part of...more

DOL Seeks to Expand the Definition of Illegal Discrimination

We round out our series on recent federal agency action by discussing the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The Proposed Rules would...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On February 24, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a guidance entitled, “Special Enrollment Confirmation Process” that will enhance program integrity...more

FAST Act Nationally Significant Freight Program to Direct Billions to Priority Corridors

Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx distributed a letter and fact sheet to transportation stakeholders regarding the newly established Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (NSFHP)...more

DOE Looking For Experts To Review Algal Biomass Funding Opportunity Applications

On February 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced that it is preparing the reviewer pool for the funding opportunity announcement "Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield,...more

DOE Announces Start Of Applications For Mega-Bio: Bioproducts To Enable Biofuels

On February 8, 2016, DOE announced up to $11.3 million to fund the development of flexible biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce biofuels or bioproducts based on market demands. BETO has a goal...more

Follow the Money: The FY 2017 Budget

One way to assess an administration's public policy priorities is by examining its annual budget submission to Congress: The higher an administration sets its funding requests for particular federal departments, agencies, and...more

Department of Energy Provides Major Funding Opportunities

The start of the new year has brought with it numerous opportunities for energy tech funding from the Department of Energy. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been or are being given out to companies and research...more

The President’s FY 2017 Budget Contains Substantial Funding for Cybersecurity

The president’s FY 2017 budget, released today, includes cybersecurity as a national priority. The budget would invest $19 billion in overall federal resources for cybersecurity that are intended to support a broad-based...more

Catching up on developments posted on the blog

Some quick updates on stories I have been following: SENTENCING FOR DEADLY PAIN-MEDS DOC: An Orange County, CA., physician has been sentenced to 30 years to life imprisonment. She was convicted of murder for her...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Infrastructure, workforce development, Sharia Law, and automobile dealer closing fees seemed to dominate last week’s activities of the South Carolina General Assembly. Below are a few highlights...more

Supreme Court Update: Montgomery V. Louisiana (14-280), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission V. Electric Power Supply Association...

The decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana (14-280) was a biggie, and not just because it retroactively applied the Court's 2012 holding that mandatory sentences of life without parole for juvenile offenders violate the Eighth...more

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