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Administration Seeks to Renegotiate Controversial Cybersecurity Export Control

The Obama administration will reportedly seek to renegotiate a controversial cybersecurity export control rule required to be implemented into U.S. regulations by the Commerce Department under the Wassenaar Arrangement on...more

Capitalizing on Collaboration – The President’s Precision Medicine Initiative

Last week President Obama marked the one year anniversary of his Precision Medicine Initiative (“PMI”) by holding a web-accessible panel discussion where he and interested stakeholders discussed his PMI initiative, its...more

Congress Approves Customs Bill

On February 24, President Obama signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644), which the Senate had passed earlier in February by a 75-20 vote and the House passed in December 2015 by a...more

President Obama Signs Cybersecurity Act of 2015 into Law

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Federal Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (the Act). The long-awaited and heavily negotiated legislation recognizes the need for greater cybersecurity threat information...more

New EEO-1 Reporting Requirements on Pay for Women and Minorities for Employers with 100+ Employees

The Obama Administration has directed the EEOC to collect additional data about the pay of women and racial/ethnic minorities from all employers with more than 100 employees. The updated EEO-1 reporting will provide data for...more

Executive Action: Obama Administration Budgets for Cybersecurity

On February 9, 2016, the Obama administration released its final budget, which includes a request for $19 billion to fund the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP). The CNAP sets forth a variety of cybersecurity and...more

President Creates Cybersecurity National Action Plan and Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

President Obama's Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), a comprehensive plan to address the nation's cybersecurity challenges through increased funding, a more robust cybersecurity workforce, and education initiatives,...more

White House Completes Review of Wastewater Barge Pre-Rule

The Obama administration has completed its review of the Coast Guard’s pre-rule on the bulk transport of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations. The pre-rule itself has not been released, but its title (“Carriage of...more

Expanding Basis Consistency Reporting under the President’s Revenue Proposals for 2017

The Obama Administration recently released its budget proposals covering the 2017 fiscal year. Along with the Administration’s proposals, the Department of Treasury issued its General Explanations of the Administration’s...more

Cuba: The Risks and Rewards for U.S. Businesses

Background - Last week, the Obama Administration announced that the President intends to visit Cuba next month. He will find a political mixed bag of optimism and resignation. American businesses will find an equally...more

Obama Administration Releases FY 2017 Budget Proposal with Extensive Medicare & Medicaid Funding and Program Integrity Provisions

On February 9, 2016, the Obama Administration released its proposed fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget, which contains significant Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and program integrity legislative proposals – including $419...more

New U.S. Visa Restrictions Eased for European Countries

The Obama administration recently announced that it was relaxing newly implemented restrictions to the Department of State’s Visa Waiver Program. The announcement marks the quick backtracking of travel restrictions set up by...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

Medicare and Medicaid Drug Policy Provisions in the Obama Administration’s Proposed FY 2017 Budget

The Obama Administration’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget, released on February 9, 2016, includes a number of legislative proposals that would revise Medicare and Medicaid policies to achieve budget savings and make...more

TransCanada Challenges Denial of Permit for Keystone XL Pipeline

As previously reported in the Trade & Manufacturing Alert, on November 6, 2015, President Obama officially rejected TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. As proposed, the pipeline would have transported...more

Obama Launches Cancer Moonshot Task Force – But Where’s The Patent Power?

On January 28, 2016, the White House issued a Memorandum establishing the Moonshot Task Force “to double the rate of progress in the fight against cancer – and put ourselves on a path to achieve in just 5 years research and...more

If It Walks Like a Carbon Tax and Talks Like a Carbon Tax, (Then the GOP Hates It.)

On February 4, 2015, the White House released a fact sheet describing its efforts to create a “21st Century Clean Transportation System”. There’s a lot of interesting material in the plan, but all the headlines have been on...more

Another Shoe Drops: More Changes to the U.S. Cuban Sanctions from the White House

On January 25, the Obama Administration made concurrent announcements about its evolving posture on the Cuban sanctions. On that date, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released more changes to the Cuban Assets...more

Further Changes to Cuba Sanction Regulations Open Opportunities for Agribusiness

On January 26, 2016, the Obama administration announced changes to Cuba sanction regulations, further building on the past year’s historic beginning of normalization of relations between the two countries. For the first...more

EEOC Announces Plan to Begin Collecting Pay Data on EEO-1 Reports

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced last Friday a proposed rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to report pay and hours based on their employees' race and gender. The rule...more

Employers May Soon Be Forced To Reveal Pay Information By Gender

Businesses With 100 Or More Workers Would Be Subject To Proposed New Law Aimed At Combating Gender Discrimination - The federal government announced today its intent to gather additional pay information from larger...more

President to Announce Plan to Improve Gender Pay Gap: EEOC to Increase Employers’ Reporting Requirements

Today, President Obama is expected to announce that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) plans to require employers to report what they pay their employees—by gender, race, and ethnicity—to the federal...more

Executive Gun Control Actions Result in HIPAA Modifications

In response to the Obama Administration’s executive actions to reduce gun violence, on January 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a final rule, which modifies the...more

Congressional Oversight in the 114th Congress: What to Expect in 2016

While it is likely that the Obama Administration will continue to be a major focus of GOP-led oversight inquiries in 2016, industry stakeholders, particularly those affected by legislation or proposed regulations, should also...more

Congress Approves Export of U.S. Crude Oil

On December 18, President Obama signed into law HR 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, the so-called Omnibus Appropriations bill. This $1.15 trillion measure funded the Federal Government through FY 2016....more

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