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Regulatory agencies release public sections of resolution plans

“The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today made available the public portions of resolution plans for firms with generally less than $100 billion in qualifying nonbank assets, as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). The Dodd-Frank Act requires that certain banking organizations with totalContinue Reading

National Academy of Sciences Releases Report – Bulk Collection of Signals Intelligence

James R. Clapper – Director of National Intelligence” “On January 17, 2014, the President, through Presidential Policy Directive 28, directed my office to assess “the feasibility of creating software that would allow the Intelligence Community more easily to conduct targeted information acquisition rather than bulk collection.” In order to fulfill this direction, I asked the National AcademyContinue Reading

CIA Releases Redacted Report on Surveillance of Congress

“Several months after EPIC filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency, the agency has released the Inspector General’s report on the agency’s surveillance of Congress. The Inspector General launched an investigation after the Senate accused the CIA of improperly accessing the computers of Senate staff who were investigating CIA tortureContinue Reading

Research Shows XBRL Filing Costs Lower than Expected

AICPA: “EXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) is a global data standard used for reporting business information in a computer-readable format. The standardization of business reporting information eliminates the costs associated with manually processing this data or using proprietary products that lock data in incompatible formats.  When it enacted the Final Rule for XBRL, the U.S.Continue Reading

Dueling Canons

Krishnakumar, Anita S., Dueling Canons (January 9, 2015). St. John’s Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-0002. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2549248 “This Article offers the first targeted study of the Supreme Court’s use of the canons and other tools of statutory interpretation in a “dueling” manner — i.e., to support opposing outcomes in bothContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Environmental Litigation, Iranian Commercial Activities Update

Environmental Litigation: Impact of Deadline Suits on EPA’s Rulemaking Is Limited, GAO-15-34: Published: Dec 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 2015. Iranian Commercial Activities Update: Foreign Firms Reported to Have Engaged in Iran’s Energy or Communications Sectors, GAO-15-258R: Published: Jan 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2015.

The Growth of Incarceration in the United States

Jeremy Travis, Bruce Western, and Steve Redburn, Editors; Committee on Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration; Committee on Law and Justice; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Research Council. 2014. “After decades of stability from the 1920s to the early 1970s, the rate of imprisonment in the United States moreContinue Reading

The Board Should Enhance Its Supervisory Processes as a Result of Lessons Learned From Federal Reserve’s Supervision of JPMorgan Chase Chief Investment Office

Summary – The Board Should Enhance Its Supervisory Processes as a Result of Lessons Learned From the Federal Reserve’s Supervision of JPMorgan Chase & Company’s Chief Investment Office: “In May 2012, media outlets reported that JPMorgan Chase & Company’s (JPMC) Chief Investment Office (CIO) incurred approximately $2 billion in losses due to a complex tradingContinue Reading

Definitions of “Inherently Governmental Function” in Federal Procurement Law and Guidance

Definitions of “Inherently Governmental Function” in Federal Procurement Law and Guidance. Kate M. Manuel, Legislative Attorney. December 23, 2014. “Functions that federal law and policy require to be performed by government personnel, not contractor employees, are known as “inherently governmental functions.” Such functions have been a topic of interest in recent Congresses, in part, because of questions about sourcing policy (i.e., whether specificContinue Reading

Open Payments Explorer – How Much Industry Money Goes to Doctors and Teaching Hospitals

Lena Groeger, Ryann Grochowski Jones, Charles Ornstein and Mike Tigas, ProPublica, Jan. 7, 2015 “Beginning in 2014, the federal government mandated that pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers publicly report payments made to doctors and teaching hospitals. The first report covered the last five months of 2013. Use this tool to search for a company, drugContinue Reading

ABA – 100 Years of Law

“It goes without saying that the world was a vastly different place in 1915 than it is today. But while the events of that year now carry the echoes of history, they also predicted some of the upheaval of the coming century. A year earlier, the outbreak of war in Europe, which quickly spread to theContinue Reading

POGO – Foreign Influence Database

“POGO’s Foreign Influence Database is based on informational materials filed by lobbying and public relations firms working on behalf of foreign entities in the U.S. The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) requires advocates representing foreign interests to register with the Department of Justice and to file within 48 hours any informational materials disseminated to twoContinue Reading