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Smart Regulations: The Oversight of Artificial Intelligence

The Obama administration's National Science and Technology Council released a report on artificial intelligence (AI) last week that shared findings on the current state of AI and its potential effect on society. The council...more

EEOC General Counsel David Lopez to Depart Agency

WASHINGTON - David Lopez, general counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) since 2010, announced today that he will depart the agency after 6 ½ years of service in early December....more

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update - October 2016

The October edition of "Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update" offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of September. This update will also be available in Contract...more

White House Addresses Sexual Misconduct in K-12 Schools

A new notice and resource materials from the White House remind K-12 schools of their obligations to prevent and address sexual misconduct under Title IX of the Education Act of 1972. Like colleges and universities, K-12...more

Methane Emissions Standards Take Effect

Effective this past August 3, the EPA has new regulations for methane and volatile organic compound emissions from oil and gas operations  As you know, reducing methane emissions is a key component of the President‘s climate...more

Plan to Grant Work Authorization to Millions Remains on Hold After Supreme Court Denies Request for Rehearing

On the first day of its new term, the United States Supreme Court sidestepped another opportunity to determine the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive immigration reforms. On October 3, 2016, the Court denied...more

Supreme Court Denies Rehearing in Immigration Case

On Monday, October 3rd the Supreme Court denied the Obama administration’s request to rehear arguments in United States v. Texas, a case involving President Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration. The Supreme Court...more

White House Investigating Data Breach of First Lady’s Passport

It has been reported that the White House is investigating a hacking of the Gmail account of a contract worker who was working on the First Lady’s advance team responsible for logistics. The hacking included emails from...more

USPTO Announces 2016 Patents for Humanity Winners

On Thursday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program, which was launched by the Office in February 2012 as part of an Obama...more

With Short-Term Government Funding Bill in Place, Congress Adjourns until after Elections

On September 29, 2016, President Obama signed into law HR 5325, which averts a government shutdown by continuing funding for the federal government through December 9, 2016. The legislation also includes $1.1 billion in...more

Clean Power Plan has its day in court - Will the D.C. Circuit uphold EPA’s landmark CO2 regulations?

In a marathon day-long session before a packed courtroom (and a number of overflow rooms) on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, the full US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit heard oral arguments in a litigation challenging the...more

Update – Red States Sue to Stop Enactment of Obama Administration’s Changes to Federal Overtime Laws

As we previously reported, in March of 2014, President Obama unilaterally directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to review and update the requirements necessary for an employee to be considered “exempt” from overtime. The DOL...more

Administration’s Biotechnology Working Group Updates Coordinated Framework & Unveils National Strategy

After launching with an ambitious agenda fourteen months ago, last Friday the Obama Administration announced that its Biotechnology Working Group had completed its two main tasks. The Working Group has proposed an Update to...more

The White House Announces an End to Sanctions Against Myanmar

After nearly 20 years, the U.S. will lift economic sanctions against Myanmar (known as Burma until 1989). President Obama made this announcement on September 14, 2016 after meeting with the country’s de facto leader Aung San...more

What Federal Contractors Need to Know to Comply With Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule

On August 25, 2016, the federal government implemented Executive Order 13673, first put forth by the Obama Administration in 2014.Officially known as the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces rule, and more commonly referred to as the...more

U.S., China ratify Paris climate agreement

The U.S. has formally ratified the global climate change agreement reached in Paris last year, as has China. This moves the Paris climate agreement closer to legal effectiveness -- but more nations must accept the pact...more

FTC Round-Up: NIST Framework Compliance Is Not Enough and Looming Ransomware Enforcement Activity

On August 31st and September 7th, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provided guidance regarding cybersecurity standards, which companies should consider when assessing their current data security posture....more

White House Issues Presidential Directive Coordinating Government Response To “Cyber Incidents”

On July 26, 2016, President Obama issued a new Presidential Directive setting forth the framework for how the United States (US) federal government will respond to “cyber incidents,” whether involving government or private...more

New FCC and Administration Initiatives Adopted to Support the Internet of Things

The Federal Communications Commission and the Obama administration recently adopted several important initiatives to facilitate innovation in and rapid deployment of the nascent Internet of Things (IoT). The FCC identified...more

Three Options to Manage the New Salaried Employee Rules

The Administration has issued new rules affecting overtime payments to workers who were formerly considered exempt. What does this mean for your business? The Obama Administration recently released a new rule governing...more

White House Announces Release of Final Contractor Blacklisting Rules: Phased Implementation for Prime Contractors and...

The long wait for the so-called “contractor blacklisting” rules is over. According to a fact sheet released by the White House, final regulations and guidance will be released on August 24, 2016 and published in the Federal...more

US Environmentalist And Organic Crop Farm Groups Want Overhaul Of Federal Biotechnology Strategy

On August 3, 2016, 24 farmer and public interest organizations wrote to the Obama Administration expressing their disappointment with the direction that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has taken...more

NEPA guidance on greenhouse gas emissions

Federal agencies have new guidance on how to address the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change as those agencies satisfy their duties under the National Environmental Policy Act. This month the White House...more

White House Issues Guidance Advising Agencies to Assess Climate Change in NEPA Reviews

On August 1, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued its final guidance for federal agencies on considering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the effects of climate change in National Environmental...more

White House Releases Policy Directive On Cyber Incident Coordination

On July 26, 2016, the White House approved a Presidential Policy Directive (“PPD”) on coordinating responses to cyber incidents that occur in the United States. The PPD seeks to clarify who in the federal government is...more

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