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Wireless Legislation on the Way? [Audio]

In the current divisive political climate, there’s one thing pretty much everyone can agree on – broadband infrastructure deployment is and should remain a high priority for legislators and regulators. In this special edition...more

Commerce Establishes Advisory Council on Trade Enforcement and Compliance

On January 4, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the establishment of the Advisory Council on Trade Enforcement and Compliance (ACTEC). The ACTEC is a government-business forum that will seek “stakeholder input...more

Impact of New Administration on Natural Resources Development in United States

Anyone who has owned or operated a project involving public lands in the United States knows of the complex jigsaw puzzle of land ownership that defines the landscape of the United States. Jurisdictional governance is divided...more

FDA Devices Center Issues Multiple Guidances in the Obama Administration’s Final Months

A flurry of regulatory activity preceded the transition in administration on January 20. Anticipating that the new administration would impose a regulatory slowdown, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s or the...more

Plan to Trump Obama Administration Regulations of Employers Already Underway

As the 115th Congress begins its term, certain regulations that went into effect during the Obama Administration are under fire due to an obscure rule. Congress passed the Congressional Review Act (CRA) in 1996 to block...more

Trump Administration Makes First Iran Sanctions Designations

Key Points - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has added 25 new entities and individuals to its Specially Designated Nationals List, including some located in China, Lebanon,...more

What’s in a Pronoun? Liability for Employers

Political correctness in the workplace has become increasingly complex. Employers who have referred to transitioning employees with the wrong pronoun have found themselves in the crosshairs of the EEOC. But what about those...more

President Trump’s “One In, Two Out” Executive Order Signals Regulatory and Employment Policy Shift

Amidst a first-week flurry of executive orders on trade, immigration, and construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at peeling back many Obama-era regulations. On...more

Hail to . . . The Contracting Officer in Chief? - Donald Trump, Lockheed Martin and the Art of the Government Deal

The art of the deal in government contracts is much more complex than in the private sector because public policies and principles attach to the use of public funds. President Donald Trump has made his federal...more

WPI Insider Briefing: New President, New Congress, New Direction in Workplace Policy

President Donald J. Trump was sworn into office on January 20, 2017, ushering in a new balance of power in Washington and what is expected to be a dramatically different era of workplace policy. On his first day in office,...more

Congress Acts to Rescind the Already-Enjoined Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulation and Other Last-Minute Obama Administration...

On February 2 the House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 37, which would nullify the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces rule issued on August 25, 2016. If the identical pending joint resolution is passed by the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2017

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs - On January 30, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order requiring for every one new federal...more

A New World Order?

In the wake of November’s elections, just about the only thing that Washington can agree on is a pervasive sense of uncertainty about the future, which includes the direction of government regulation. The fact that many...more

Global Cybersecurity, Surveillance, and Privacy: The Obama Administration’s Conflicted Legacy

In the wake of Edward Snowden’s disclosures, the United States administration faced a daunting series of challenges on surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy. Congress was reluctant to enact comprehensive legislation....more

What’s Happening at the EPA This Week — and What Does It Mean?

The Trump administration is barely a week and a half old, and its intention regarding Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority and oversight has been a hot topic. Here is an update about what we know — and what we...more

President Trump Announces Continuation of Protections for LGBTQ Workers on Federal Contracts

The White House announced on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, that Executive Order 13762, which prohibits discrimination against employees working for federal contractors on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity, will...more

U.S. and Mexico Sign Bilateral Agreement to Promote Stability of Interconnected Power Grid

On January 7, 2017, the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Mexico's Ministry of Energy (SENER), the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) and the National Center for...more

Parting Shot: Outgoing Administration Releases FinTech White Paper

On January 13, 2017, a week before the change in Administration, the Obama White House issued a white paper entitled “A Framework for FinTech” (“White Paper”). The White Paper highlights various financial technology...more

Among Final Actions, Obama Administration Suspends Core of US Sanctions Against Sudan

Trump administration expected to maintain changes, but certain restrictions remain. In the final days of his administration, President Obama announced significant changes to the US embargo against Sudan, in place since...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #4

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump White House hits pause on Obama efficiency standards - Utility Dive - Jan 23 - The Obama administration issued several new efficiency regulations in late December,...more

Will China Become the Global Leader on Climate Change?

Climate change has become a key concern for China in recent years, as evidenced by its pledge to reduce carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 60% from 2015 levels by 2030. As we have previously written, it has also become a...more

OSHA’s New Chemical NEP: Serious Violations Preferred and EPA Referrals Encouraged

On January 17, 2017, the outgoing administration left one last gift for the Process Safety Management (PSM) community: a new national emphasis inspection program. As the compliance directive notes, “Any violation of the PSM...more

Top Things to Watch in Energy Policy in 2017

With each passing day, we learn more about the implications of the 2016 election and how President Trump’s administration will approach federal policies that impact the energy industry. As you prepare for the year ahead, here...more

Amid Wave of Final Executive Actions, President Obama Eases Sanctions Against Sudan

On January 13, 2017, the White House issued an executive order revoking significant aspects of the sanctions in place against Sudan (that have been in effect since 1997). In conjunction with the announcement, the Treasury...more

Obama Administration Antitrust Enforcers Take Last-Minute IP Licensing Actions

As the Obama Administration drew to a close, its antitrust enforcers took two actions of note for those involved in intellectual property (IP) licensing. The first, the joint release by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

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