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Illinois Passes Landmark Pension Reform

The Governor of Illinois last week signed into law legislation involving significant overhauls to the state’s pension system. The reform is intended to help stabilize both the pension system and the state's financial health...more

New Budget Deal Can Bring Extension of Medicare Sequestration Cuts

While many in Washington, D.C. are celebrating today the unusual display of bipartisan budgetary comity as the new budget deal is announced, there is a direct and immediate adverse effect for hospitals and physicians. As...more

As shutdown week 2 approaches, 4 subtle signs of a possible deal

Congressional sources indicate, however, that a deal might not come together politically until very close to the October 17 - 18 deadline at which Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has warned Congress that, absent additional...more

Appropriations and Sequester – Laying Down Markers

With no budget framework in place, the House and the Senate are both marching to their own drummers and producing appropriations bills based on spending levels detailed in their respective budget outlines....more

Legislative Update Tax Reform—A Work in Progress

With high tax rates and a worldwide (as opposed to territorial) system of taxation, U.S. corporate tax laws encourage new multinational corporations to organize outside the U.S. and encourage existing U.S. corporations to...more

Jeffrey DeBoer on the intersection of Washington and commercial real estate [Video]

John Corey, Founding Partner of Greentarget, interviews Jeffrey De Boer, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Real Estate Roundtable, on the intersection of Washington and commercial real estate....more

EEOC Diversity Luncheon: Discussions of Budget Hurdles and Enforcement Priorities with Hon. Jacqueline Berrien and Hon. Victoria...

When the Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Jacqueline A. Berrien, and EEOC Commissioner Victoria A. Lipnic sat down for an informal conversation regarding workplace diversity during the...more

IRS Pressures Build: Budgetary Constraints, the Aging IRS Workforce and Changes in IRS Focus

On April 10, 2013, President Obama released his proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget of the U.S. Government. The budget calls for an increase in funding for the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), which has faced budget cuts in...more

Sequestration And The Continuing Resolution’s Effect On Government Contracting

On March 26, 2013, President Obama signed the Continuing Resolution, which will fund government operations through the end of Fiscal Year 2013 or September 30. While this may assuage some of the uncertainty of...more

The Present and Future of ADR

At the recent ABA Dispute Resolution Section conference in Chicago a panel that included myself, Debbie Masucci, past president of the DR section; India Johnson, CEO of AAA; and Dale Matschullat of Schiff Hardin, discussed...more

Sequestration and its Impact on the Construction Industry

Pursuant to the Budget Control Act of 2011, sequestration is the process by which automatic across-the-board spending cuts are being imposed on government programs. Because Congress was unable to reach an agreement by its...more

Capital Thinking Update - April 15, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations and Sequestration - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services -...more

CFTC Commissioners Bicker About Budget And Performance Report

There continues to be significant public discord amongst the Commissioners at the CFTC. According to Commissioner Scott O’Malia “Given the vast deficit spending challenges this country is facing, I do not believe it is...more

Sequestration to Reduce Government Payments to Issuers of Certain Qualifying Bonds

March 2013 On March 1, 2013, $85 Billion in automatic reductions in federal spending occurred as mandated by federal law. The automatic budget cuts are known in the parlance of the Beltway as “sequestration.” For issuers of...more

Sequester the Sequestration Cuts, Please! Why the Health Care Industry Must Brace Itself for More Change...

As the federal government scrambles to cut burgeoning health care costs, yet increase health care coverage to the uninsured or underinsured, the paradox of expansion, on the one hand, yet constriction, on the other, has...more

Financial Services Legislative And Regulatory Update -- March 25‚ 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Members rushed out of town at the end of last week for a two-week...more

Under Construction - March 2013: The Ever-Shrinking Federal Budget: Preparing for Contract Cut-Backs

On March 1, 2013, President Obama signed the order directing “sequestration” to go into effect. As has been repeated constantly leading up to sequestration, $85 billion will now be cut from the federal government’s budget...more

Second Continuing Resolution Expected to Cut Department of Energy Program Funding by $44 million – ML Strategies Weekly Energy and...

To avoid governmental shutdown, the House and Senate are committed to passing a second continuing resolution (H.R. 933) before the current one expires on March 27. The new continuing resolution (CR) is expected to provide...more

Health Care Reform Update -- March 19, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the News – Budgets and the Continuing Resolution (CR); Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other...more

Immigration Related Government Updates: 1. USCIS Announces That H-1B Cap May Be Reached Early In the First Week Of April; 2....

On Friday, March 15, USCIS announced how it plans to process FY 2014 H-1B cap filings. In the USCIS press release, USCIS indicated that it was preparing for the likelihood that the H-1B cap may be reached during the April 1 –...more

Sequestration Tango: Taking Steps to Assess Risk and Mitigate Impacts

Many federal contractors and subcontractors are in store for a bumpy ride. On March 1, 2013, sequestration went into effect, requiring the federal government to cancel $85 billion in budgetary resources between now and...more

Over-the-Cliff: Advice to Contractors Facing Sequestration

Automatic spending cuts caused by “sequestration” went into effect on March 1, 2013, after the federal Government could not avoid or further delay sequestration as Congress and the President had agreed during January of 2013....more

Effects Of American Taxpayer Relief Act Overshadowed By Sequester Talk

With much of the current news cycle discussing mandatory federal budget cuts known as the "sequester," one may tend to forget that Congress narrowly averted the country's fall over the "fiscal cliff " by enacting the American...more

Sequestration: Federal Subsidy Payments for BABS and Other Direct-Pay Subsidy Bonds will be Reduced 8.7%

Pursuant to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, on March 1, 2013, the President issued the sequestration order which requires automatic spending cuts ("sequestration") as the result of Congress' failure to...more

Looming Budget Cuts Could Delay Travel

According to published reports, the Department of State (“DOS”) has warned that sequestration-related spending cuts could result in “major setbacks” for visa processing and travel screening delays at ports of entry. ...more

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