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New GAO Reports – Broadband Networks, Yemen, Budgeting for Disasters, DOE Loan Programs, Aviation Alternatives

Public-Safety Broadband Network: FirstNet Should Strengthen Internal Controls and Evaluate Lessons Learned, GAO-15-407: Published: Apr 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2015. Yemen: DOD Should Improve Accuracy of Its Data on Congressional Clearance of Projects as It Reevaluates Counterterrorism Assistance, GAO-15-493: Published: Apr 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2015. Budgeting for Disasters: Approaches toContinue Reading

CRS – Cuba: Issues for the 114th Congress

Cuba: Issues for the 114th Congress. Mark P. Sullivan Specialist in Latin American Affairs, April 17, 2015. “Cuba remains a one-party communist state with a poor record on human rights. The country’s political succession in 2006 from the long-ruling Fidel Castro to his brother Raúl was characterized by a remarkable degree of stability. In 2013,Continue Reading

Mountaintop Mining: Background on Current Controversies

CRS Report – Mountaintop Mining: Background on Current Controversies. Claudia Copeland, Specialist in Resources and Environmental Policy. April 20, 2015. “Mountaintop removal mining involves removing the top of a mountain in order to recover the coal seams contained there. This practice occurs in six Appalachian states (Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Ohio). ItContinue Reading

Google Spends Record $5.47 Million On 1st Quarter Lobbying

Consumer WatchDog: “Google spent a record $5.47 million on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 43 percent from $3.82 million in the comparable 2014 period, according to disclosures just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Comcast, which is seeking approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the JusticeContinue Reading

SEC Implements Dodd-Frank Reporting and Dissemination Rules for Security-Based Swaps

SEC Implements Dodd-Frank Reporting and Dissemination Rules for Security-Based Swaps Posted by Kobi Kastiel, Co-editor, HLS Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, on Sunday, April 19, 2015 [The following post comes to us from Arthur S. Long, partner in the Financial Institutions and Securities Regulation practice groups at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, andContinue Reading

The Regulatory Adventure of the Two Norwood Builders

Davies, Ross E., The Regulatory Adventure of the Two Norwood Builders: Sherlock Holmes Crosses Paths with Congress, the President, the Courts, and the Administrative State, in the Press (April 17, 2015). 2015 Green Bag Almanac & Reader 567. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2595768 “It was almost certainly some combination of law on the booksContinue Reading

House Reconsiders Data Breach Bill

EPIC – “Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee have convened to rework the Data Security and Breach Notification Act. The Act, introduced by Reps. Blackburn and Welch, would require businesses to notify consumers of a data breach “unless there is no reasonable risk of identity theft or financial harm.” The bill would also preemptContinue Reading

CRS – Membership of the 114th Congress: A Profile

Membership of the 114th Congress: A Profile. Jennifer E. Manning, Information Research Specialist. March 31, 2015. “This report presents a profile of the membership of the 114th Congress (2015-2016). Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional service, religious affiliation, gender, ethnicity,Continue Reading

GAO Report – Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits

2015 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits, GAO-15-404SP: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. “In its 2015 report, GAO presents 66 actions that the executive branch or Congress could take to improve efficiency and effectiveness across 24 areas that span a broad rangeContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Air Traffic Control, Broadcast Exclusivity Rules, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

sAir Traffic Control: FAA Needs a More Comprehensive Approach to Address Cybersecurity As Agency Transitions to NextGen, GAO-15-370: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. Broadcast Exclusivity Rules: Effects of Elimination Would Depend on Other Federal Actions and Industry Response, GAO-15-441: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. F-35 Joint StrikeContinue Reading

H.R. 1560, Protecting Cyber Networks Act

“H.R. 1560 would establish within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) a center that would be responsible for analyzing and integrating information from the intelligence community related to cyber threats. In addition, the bill would require the government to establish procedures for sharing information and data on cyber threats between the federalContinue Reading

Membership of the 114th Congress: A Profile

Membership of the 114th Congress: A Profile. Jennifer E. Manning, Information Research Specialist. March 31, 2015 “This report presents a profile of the membership of the 114th Congress (2015-2016). Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional service, religious affiliation, gender, ethnicity,Continue Reading