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CRS – Protection of Trade Secrets: Overview of Current Law and Legislation

Protection of Trade Secrets: Overview of Current Law and Legislation, Brian T. Yeh, Legislative Attorney. April 22, 2016. “A trade secret is confidential, commercially valuable information that provides a company with a competitive advantage, such as customer lists, methods of production, marketing strategies, pricing information, and chemical formulae. (Well- known examples of trade secrets includeContinue Reading

Public Advocate Appointed by FISA Court Declares PRISM Surveillance Unconstitutional

TechDirt: “On [April 19, 2016], the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released some redacted versions of three previously secret FISA Court rulings. There are a few interesting things in them, but one notable point, found in a ruling from last November regarding the NSA’s 702 PRISM program, is that the FISC took advantageContinue Reading

CRS – Arms Sales: Congressional Review Process

Via FAS – Arms Sales: Congressional Review Process, Paul K. Kerr, Analyst in Nonproliferation. April 19, 2016. “This report reviews the process and procedures that currently apply to congressional consideration of foreign arms sales proposed by the President. This includes consideration of proposals to sell major defense equipment, defense articles and services, or the re-transferContinue Reading

Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy

Via FAS – CRS report – Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy. Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. April 15, 2016. “The United States, partner countries, and the Afghan government are attempting to reverse recent gains made by the resilient Taliban-led insurgency since the December 2014 transition to a smaller international mission consistingContinue Reading

What’s on Television? The Intersection of Communications and Copyright Policies

Via FAS – CRS report – What’s on Television? The Intersection of Communications and Copyright Policies. Dana A. Scherer, Analyst in Telecommunications. April 20, 2016. “In the 1940s and 1950s, watching television meant tuning into one of a few broadcast television stations, with the help of an antenna, to watch a program at a preContinue Reading

Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in Changing Telecommunications Landscape

Via FAS – CRS report – The Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in the Changing Telecommunications Landscape, Patricia Moloney Figliola, Specialist in Internet and Telecommunications Policy. April 15, 2016. “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent federal agency with its five members appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by theContinue Reading

The U.S. Intelligence Community: Selected Cross – Cutting Issues

Via FAS – CRS report – The U.S. Intelligence Community: Selected Cross – Cutting Issues, Anne Daugherty Miles, Analyst in Intelligence and National Security Policy. April 12, 2016. “This report focuses on cross-cutting management issues that affect the Intelligence Community’s (IC’s) ability to counter “pervasive and emerging threats” to the United States and balance resourcesContinue Reading

Data Act: Progress Made but Significant Challenges Must Be Addressed

Data Act: Progress Made but Significant Challenges Must Be Addressed to Ensure Full and Effective Implementation, GAO-16-556T: Published: Apr 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2016. “The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) have taken some significant steps toward implementing the key provisions of the Digital Accountability andContinue Reading

9/11 Families, the 28 Pages, and economic threats if Congress passes bill on monetary damages

When returned to home the evening of the 9/11 attack from my office in Washington, DC I joined colleagues throughout the legal community who stayed up for days sharing every bit of information we could obtain about the status of those who worked in the Twin Towers. We continued to post this information for months,Continue Reading

Surveillance of Foreigners Outside the United States Under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Via FAS – Surveillance of Foreigners Outside the United States Under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), Edward C. Liu, Legislative Attorney. April 13, 2016. “After the attacks of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush authorized the National Security Agency to conduct a Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP) to “intercept international communicationsContinue Reading

Counting Casualties in Syria and Iraq: Process and Challenges

Via FAS – CRS INSIGHT – Counting Casualties in Syria and Iraq: Process and Challenges. April 12, 2016 (IN10474) “Casualty estimates for the conflicts in Iraq and Syria are inconsistent and unreliable because of a range of methodological challenges in conducting and reporting counts. Estimates of the number of people who have died during Syria’sContinue Reading

A Peek behind the Curtain of Bank Supervision

Liberty Street Economics Blog: “Since the financial crisis, bank regulatory and supervisory policies have changed dramatically both in the United States (Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) and abroad (Third Basel Accord). While these shifts have occasioned much debate, the discussion surrounding supervision remains limited because most supervisory activity— both the amount ofContinue Reading