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2018 Political Law Update

As we enter the new year, there are new changes in state and federal lobbying, gift and campaign finance laws. California: In September, Gov. Jerry Brown signed new campaign finance laws that require political committees...more

Trump Administration: 2017 Recap and 2018 Outlook

On January 20, 2017, businessman Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States following a contentious and unconventional 2016 presidential election. Republicans also successfully maintained control...more

Congressional Investigations Alert - October 2017

House Passes Resolution to Expand Congressional Subpoena Power and Demand Extraordinary Compliance from its Targets - Yesterday, the House passed a bill that could expand Congress’s investigative authority and...more

Second Circuit Upholds Prosecutorial Discretion in Deferred Prosecution Agreements

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in United States v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. that a federal district court does not have the authority to supervise the implementation of a deferred...more

NEPA, Energy, and Infrastructure – The Times They Are a Changin’?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

For energy and infrastructure project developers, investors, and market participants, the past few weeks introduced increased regulatory uncertainty around the environmental reviews required as part of federal decision-making...more

Understanding The Amended Executive Branch Gift Rules

by WilmerHale on

The ethical principles that govern the conduct of federal officials have received more media attention over the past several months than at any time in recent memory. This article addresses the most pertinent rules that...more

March 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s tentative award of Mexico City slots, DHS/TSA’s prohibitions on the in-cabin carriage of certain personal electronic devices on nonstop flights to...more

State of Texas Sues Federal Government to Prompt Action on Yucca Mountain

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The state of Texas sued the federal government on March 14, 2017, under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, stating that the executive branch failed to comply with the Act’s mandate that the federal government establish a...more

CFPB covered by executive order on plan for reorganizing the executive branch

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Trump has signed a new executive order entitled “Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch.” Unlike the regulatory freeze memo issued on Inauguration Day by...more

Connecting more: Two ways the revised OGE gift standards ease communication with government employees

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Many companies are very familiar with the issues that arise when someone at the company wants to provide a Government employee with any item of value or wants to stay in touch with a former employee now working for Uncle Sam....more

Religious Institutions Update: February 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - A draft executive order of President Donald Trump relating to religious freedom proposes several material changes to federal law. First, it would require the executive branches to recognize a broad scope...more

Insider Trading and Related Risks for Executive Branch Employees: Pay Attention to the STOCK Act

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

As a new administration arrives in the nation’s capital amid heightened scrutiny over conflicts between government service and personal business interests, a little-used law — the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act...more

"President Trump Issues Executive Order Requiring Ethics Pledge"

On January 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees” (the Order). This Order requires every full-time political appointee to sign an Ethics Pledge...more

ML Strategies 2017 Outlook: Appropriations & Budget

The federal government is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) passed last December that extends funding for most federal agencies, programs, and services through April 27, 2017, while maintaining the...more

A Guide to Executive Branch Gift Rules for 2017

by Perkins Coie on

In this update, we summarize the current rules on providing gifts to federal executive branch officials and employees, including amendments to those rules effective January 1, 2017. The executive branch gift and travel rules...more

ML Strategies 2017 Outlook: Energy

Though federal energy and environmental policy will look significantly different under a Trump Administration than what we have seen develop over the last eight years, the extent to which his administration will be able to...more

MLS 2017 Outlook: Infrastructure

Following a presidential campaign that promised significant infrastructure investments, and just over 60 years after President Eisenhower launched the federal highway system in 1956, a national infrastructure commitment is...more

MLS 2017 Outlook: Regulatory Reform

Following the beginning of the 115th Congress and President-elect Trump’s inauguration, the legislative and executive branches will have at their disposal a number of legal methods for following through on their deregulation...more

ML Strategies 2017 Outlook: Cybersecurity

Regardless of who won the presidential election, it was always expected that cybersecurity would continue to be a leading concern for business and government alike. As new cyber threats and the evolution of technology and the...more

MLS 2017 Outlook: Tax Reform

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, a landmark bill that is recognized as the single largest reform of the U.S. tax code in the nation’s history. There seems to be broad consensus, across the...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - January 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our January edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, including an in-depth look at how the new administration will impact energy in 2017. As always, we...more

ML Strategies 2017 Outlook: Defense

Over the course of the next year, we are likely to see a new approach to the U.S. national security decision-making apparatus. While the Obama Administration often relied on an inner circle of key advisors to inform defense...more

ML Strategies 2017 Outlook: Foreign Policy

Unlike many other policy areas where there may be some indication of an overarching strategy or approach to prioritization, the manner in which the Trump Administration will execute foreign policy remains largely unknown....more

ML Strategies 2017 Outlook: Health Care

If Congress chose to do nothing other than what it absolutely has to address, it would have three very consuming legislative policy issues on its plate in 2017: the various User Fee Acts (UFAs) reauthorization, the...more

MLS 2017 Outlook: Higher Education Act Reauthorization

The Higher Education Act (HEA) is the cornerstone of the Federal government's commitment to postsecondary education. The HEA governs the Department of Education's programs on accreditation, international and graduate...more

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