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How Lying to the U.S. Government Can Land You in Jail

by Holland & Knight LLP on

If you ask people why Martha Stewart went to jail, many will say insider trading. And if you ask others what crime Scooter Libby committed, most will say breaching national security by disclosing the name of a covert C.I.A....more

Illinois General Assembly Takes Steps to Address Sexual Harassment in Government

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the past several months, it often seems like the news brings daily revelations of a new individual in a position of power committing sexual harassment, or even sexual assault, against employees. Springfield is no stranger...more

K&L Gates Triage: An Insider’s Perspective on the Health Care Debate in Washington, DC

by K&L Gates LLP on

In this episode of Triage, Amanda Makki and Corbin Santo of the K&L Gates Public Policy and Law practice group discuss several fundamental issues that are currently at the center of the health care debate in Washington, DC....more

Podcast Episode 10 - Negotiating for Project Change and the National Environmental Policy Act

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 10, I share some thoughts around negotiating for a change in a project to benefit the utility of the remainder property. I also discuss the...more

Chevron Deference: Should a Government Agency Get to Decide its Own Contract Disputes?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

For more than 30 years, courts have deferred to administrative agencies’ interpretation of ambiguous statutes, unless the interpretation is unreasonable. The doctrine is called “Chevron deference” after the decision that...more

2017 Security Breaches: Frequency and Severity on the Rise (Updated)

by Revision Legal on

We periodically update this post with recent data breach statistics. Now that we’re into the final quarter of 2017, it’s time to look back at the largest data breaches of 2017. This was originally published in December,...more

Hurricane Maria's Aftermath, Part II: Puerto Rico Government Provides Various Exemptions and Extensions to Multiple Upcoming...

by Littler on

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria's catastrophic impact on Puerto Rico, in order to assist in rebuilding and recovery, Puerto Rico’s governor and several agencies have issued multiple exemptions to previously established...more

Under What Circumstances Can a Private Qui Tam Plaintiff Overrule Government Agency Experts' Use of Administrative Discretion to...

• How have appellate courts applied the Supreme Court’s ruling in Escobar? • If the government is aware of the relator’s allegation, but does not undertake any administrative action to address the defendant’s alleged...more

NIST Updates Digital Identity Guidelines for Federal Agencies

This month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced in a Bulletin that it has updated its Digital Identity Guidelines, which “provides agencies with technical guidelines regarding the digital...more

Cherokee Agency and the Standard for Disclosure of Public Records in Tennessee

by Butler Snow LLP on

As statutes go, the Tennessee Public Records Act (TPRA) is fairly straightforward. Under it, “[a]ll state, county, and municipal records shall . . . be open for personal inspection by any citizen of this state[.]” “[T]hose in...more

A Review of the OMB Guidelines Issued to Federal Agencies for Reporting Requirements to Congress That Redefined What Constitutes a...

by Nossaman LLP on

With the growing threat of cyberattacks, we thought it would be worthwhile to discuss a late 2016 change in reporting requirements for federal agencies that have suffered a data breach. The Office of Management and Budget’s...more

2017 Security Breaches: Frequency and Severity on the Rise

by Revision Legal on

We are only six months into 2017, and we can already tell that it is going to be a bumper year with regard to instances of data security breaches. Looking back at the hacking statistics from 2015 and 2016, we should not be...more

The Potential Declawing of the SEC: The Financial CHOICE Act

The Financial CHOICE Act (or “CHOICE Act 2.0”), which would significantly narrow the SEC’s ability to bring enforcement actions and make it more challenging for it to prevail in such actions, is inching its way towards...more

President Trump's Budget Includes Proposed Merger of EEOC and OFCCP

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 23, 2017, the White House released its proposed budget for the 2018 Fiscal Year. Included in the proposal, which would impose deep cuts to many programs administered by the Department of Labor, was...more

What Does the Introduction of Mandatory Data Breach Notification in Australia Mean for You?

by Jones Day on

Australia's Data Breach Bill amends the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) ("Privacy Act") and requires private and public organisations regulated by the Privacy Act to notify affected individuals and the Australian Information...more

New Executive Order Directs Federal Agencies to Trim The Fat

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: President Trump’s executive order directs all federal agencies to point out where they can be trimmed down to meet his proposed budget. On Monday, March 13, President Trump signed Executive Order 13781...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

Trump’s Budget Blueprint Sets Regulatory Posture

The Trump administration has published its budgetary Blueprint. The Blueprint notes the 2018 Budget is being unveiled sequentially in that the Blueprint provides details only on discretionary funding proposals. The full...more

Federal Agencies Hit with 30,899 Cyberincidents in 2016

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a report this week indicating that federal agencies experience almost 31,000 cyberincidents in 2016. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was responsible for 10 of 16...more

Trump Executive Order Calls for Plan to Reorganize Executive Branch

President Trump has issued an Executive Order directing the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director) to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies (as defined in...more

How Independent Is The SEC And How Independent Should It Be?

by Allen Matkins on

Can the President say “You’re Fired!” to an SEC Commissioner? In a recent post, Broc Romanek emphasized the commonly held understanding that the Securities and Exchange Commission is an “independent agency”. The...more

Website Accessibility Epidemic Reaches Arizona

It was only a matter of time until the flood of litigation over the accessibility of websites to persons with disabilities reached Arizona. Recently it did when an Arizona man and his attorney filed lawsuits against four...more

The White House’s Revisions to its Breach Response Policy For Federal Agencies and Departments Also Affect Contractors

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On January 3, 2017, the Obama Administration issued a memorandum to all executive departments and agencies setting for a comprehensive policy for handling breaches of personally identifiable information (the “Memorandum”),...more

[Webinar] Rate Issues and Design; Proposition 218 and Proposition 26 - January 12th, 1:00pm PST

by Nossaman LLP on

Join Nossaman attorneys for a timely discussion of issues related to water rate design and pricing. This webinar for CLE credit* will explain the theory of water rate design and address similarities and differences between...more

How Gov’t Shutdowns Impact Event Cancellation Policies

by Zelle LLP on

Prior to the 2016 presidential election, several commentators opined that opposing political parties would control the office of the president and Congress’s two chambers — the Senate and the House of Representatives. In...more

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