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White House Issues Final Guidance on Climate Change Impact Analysis

On August 1, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released its final guidance on how and when federal agencies should consider the direct and indirect impacts from climate change, including from...more

White House Issues Final NEPA Guidance on Climate Change

On August 2, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued its final guidance for federal agencies to assess the impact of their decisions on greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and also how such decisions...more

Obama Administration Announces Plan to Promote Electric Vehicles

In late July, the Obama administration announced a collaboration with 50 federal and state agencies, electric utility companies, vehicle manufacturers, electric charging station companies, and others in the private sector to...more

Zika Funding Delayed

Emergency supplemental financing to fight the Zika virus appears to be delayed after the Senate failed to overcome a Democrat filibuster of a $1.1 billion compromise measure negotiated between House and Senate Republicans....more

Democrats reach compromise on hydraulic fracturing as EPA continues its working on regulating methane

In the US, there is growing divide on how to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. This debate is impacting Democratic presidential politics and could affect future regulatory efforts at the federal, state and...more

NLRB Regional Directors’ Formal Unfair Labor Practices Complaints to be Reported to Federal Database

The National Labor Relations Board has stated that it will report to a federal database all unfair labor practice complaints issued by its Regional Directors beginning July 1, 2016, in order to comply with “Fair Pay and Safe...more

Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to the U.S.: U.S., India Seek Stronger Ties, Increased Trade

The world’s largest democracy and the world’s most powerful democracy continue to seek ways to create deeper ties. Given larger geopolitical trends, it appears the relationship is blossoming, which presents opportunities for...more

Calling All Robot Enthusiasts: The White House Wants Your Input

White House issues an RFI on the legal and governance implications of artificial intelligence. On June 27, the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Request For Information on Artificial Intelligence...more

Open Wide: FOIA Reform Expands Public Access to U.S. Government Information

On June 30, 2016, President Obama signed the bipartisan Freedom of Information Improvement Act of 2016 (S. 337). The bill most notably requires that the government operate under a “presumption of openness” in federal law and...more

Administration Signals Intent to Challenge Judicial Decision That Struck Down Fracking Rule as Unlawful

On June 24, the Obama Administration filed its notice of appeal to challenge last week’s federal court decision to strike down the newest regulation over hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands by the Bureau of Land...more

Congress Jumps on Bandwagon to Reduce Biologic Drug Exclusivity Term

Ever since the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) was passed along with the rest of the healthcare law commonly called "Obamacare" in 2010, the Obama Administration has included in every budget a proposal...more

Obama Administration Asks Court to Dismiss ACA Risk Corridor Litigation

Yet another challenge is being brought against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this time regarding the ACA's risk corridor program. The first of several lawsuits over this program was filed in February 2016 by an Oregon health...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - California utility phasing out nuclear, voluntarily raising renewables target - PV-Tech - Jun 22 - California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) plans to increase investment...more

Energy Storage Gets a Boost from Federal and Private Sector Actions

On June 16, 2016, the White House hosted a Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets. As a backdrop to the Summit, the Obama Administration announced new executive actions and 33 public and private...more

Deadlocked Supreme Court Presents Another Roadblock For President’s Immigration Actions

In a 4-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it could not reach a majority consensus on President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration. As a result, the Executive Action remains subject to an injunction...more

Immigration Showdown: Defeat for the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action Policies

On Thursday, June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States reached a 4 – 4 tie on issues related to the validity of the Obama administration’s contested immigration programs, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans...more

EPA Doubles Down with Expansive New Methane Regulation

The Obama administration took two major steps in implementing its comprehensive climate change strategy this month, setting first-ever methane emissions standards for new, reconstructed and modified sources and simultaneously...more

The Washington Report

In Washington, the Government Relations and Public Policy Group focuses on serving our clients by helping to design and implement government relations and public policy strategies. As part of that effort, we have launched a...more

White House Announces Equal Pay Pledge for Private Employers as Part of Today’s United State of Women Summit

The White House announced a new Equal Pay Pledge for private sector companies as part of yesterday’s “United State of Women Summit” in Washington, D.C. The Pledge is one of several initiatives announced at the Summit...more

Washington, D.C. Update – June 2016

With the national party conventions less than eight weeks away, the House and Senate continue to push forward on Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) appropriations legislation (despite possible floor obstacles detailed below) and other...more

House and Senate Pass Dueling Zika Funding Bills; House Bill Faces Veto Threat

On May 18, 2016, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act, by a vote of 241-184. The bill would provide $622.1 million to the federal agencies to fight the Zika virus, offset by...more

The U.S. Election: Evaluating the Ramifications for Maritime

A proverb common to both Greek and Turkish cultures states that a wolf may change its fur, but does not change its nature (? ????? t?? t???a a????e?, t? ???? de? t`a????e? /Kurt tüyünü degistirir, huyunu degistirmez). In...more

White House Weighs in on Ongoing Non-Compete Battle

As states continue to struggle with the pros and cons of non-competes, the White House has recently weighed in, siding largely with critics of non-competes. In Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues,...more

Administration Releases Spring 2016 Regulatory Agenda with Timeline for Rulemaking

The Obama Administration has posted its updated 2016 regulatory agenda, which lists major pending or planned rulemaking and the expected timing for action. The latest agenda includes numerous rules in the pipeline impacting...more

Obama Administration Publishes Spring Agency Rule List Highlighting Key Dates For Final Publication of Controversial Regulations

The Obama administration has released its Spring Agency Rule List. The list provides updates on the priorities of the Obama administration as it relates to pending rules and regulations. The agenda notes that the Obama...more

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