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White House Office of Administration Not Subject to FOIA Regulations

Removal of Published Rules To Align Published Policy with Current Sources of Law – A Rule by the Administration Office, Executive Office of the President on 03/17/2015. Final rule.

“The Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, is removing regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations related to the status of records created and maintained by the Executive Office of the President. This action is being taken in order to align Office of Administration policy with well-settled legal interpretations of the Office of Administration’s status under Federal law and Executive Orders, including the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act of 1974, and Executive Order 13526. The Office of Administration, as an entity whose sole function is to advise and assist the President of the United States, is not an agency under the Freedom of Information Act or the Privacy Act of 1974, nor does its implementation of Executive Order 13526 affect members of the public. Accordingly, the provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations to be removed are without legal effect.”

How the Volcker Rules Became an 8 Billion Annual Business

Via AmericanBanker.com, John Heltman (free to non-subscribers): “The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency — one of the five regulatory agencies that had to write and implement the Volcker Rule — estimated the cost of compliance at just under $1 billion when it conducted a cost-benefit analysis of the proposal back in 2011. AContinue Reading

Federal Administrative Law: A Brief Overview

Via Rick McKinney – “The Legislative Research Special Interest Section of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., Inc. (llsdc.org) is pleased to announce the availability of a new website entitled Federal Administrative Law: A Brief Overview. The site, which had been available only in PDF, has been substantially revised and its subheadings, each withContinue Reading

Library of Congress – Treaties, Text, and Timely Updates

Via Andrew Weber – “Treaties, Text, and Timely Updates – Congress.gov Spring Cleaning – Since introducing Congress.gov in September 2012, we have continued to add the databases from THOMAS to the new system.  We launched with legislation, followed soon thereafter by the Congressional Record, Committee Reports, and nominations.  Today, we are releasing treaty documents.  You canContinue Reading

Agencies Provide Feedback on Resolution Plans of Three Foreign Banking Organizations

Firms Required to Address Shortcomings in 2015 Submissions – “The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on Monday announced that they had completed the reviews of resolution plans submitted in 2014 by three large, foreign banking organizations and had issued feedback letters to each institution. In their review of the resolutionContinue Reading

Commentary and document release – CIA declassifies document used to support Iraq invasion

Article by Jason Leopold – March 19, 2015: “Thirteen years ago, the intelligence community concluded in a 93-page classified document used to justify the invasion of Iraq that it lacked “specific information” on “many key aspects” of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs. But that’s not what top Bush administration officials said during their campaign toContinue Reading

Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament published its Report ‘Privacy and Security: A modern and transparent legal framework’

“The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament has today published its Report ‘Privacy and Security: A modern and transparent legal framework‘. This Report includes, for the first time in a single document, a comprehensive review of the full range of intrusive capabilities available to the UK intelligence Agencies. It contains an unprecedented amount of informationContinue Reading

Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate

CRS – Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate. Angele A. Gilroy, Specialist in Telecommunications Policy. March 9, 2015. “As congressional policymakers continue to debate telecommunications reform, a major discussion point revolves around what approach should be taken to ensure unfettered access to the Internet. The move to place restrictions on the owners ofContinue Reading

CRS – The Debt Limit Since 2011

The Debt Limit Since 2011, D. Andrew Austin, Analyst in Economic Policy. March 9, 2015. “The Constitution grants Congress the power to borrow money on the credit of the United States—one part of its power of the purse—and thus mandates that Congress exercise control over federal debt. Control of debt policy has at times providedContinue Reading

Senate Committee Approves Cyber Surveillance Bill

EPIC – “In a closed-door meeting, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence approved the Cyber Information Sharing Act of 2015. The bill would allow the government to obtain user information from private companies without judicial oversight. Companies would receive immunity for their disregard of existing privacy law. Senator Wyden, who opposed the measure, stated, “IfContinue Reading

FCC Open Internet Order – Separating Fact From Fiction

“The Open Internet Order: Preserving and Protecting the Internet for All Americans – The Commission has released the full and final text of the Open Internet Order, which will preserve and  protect the Internet as a platform for innovation, expression and economic growth. An Open Internet  means consumers can go where they want, when theyContinue Reading

National Security Archive – Most Agencies Falling Short on Mandate for Online Records

“Nearly 20 years after Congress passed the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments (E-FOIA), only 40 percent of agencies have followed the law’s instruction for systematic posting of records released through FOIA in their electronic reading rooms, according to a new FOIA Audit released today by the National Security Archive at http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB505/ to mark Sunshine Week.Continue Reading