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HHS issues funding opportunities for Info Sharing and Analysis Organization for health and public health sector

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) today announced two cooperative agreement funding opportunities for an Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) for the Healthcare and Public Health sector.  “Establishing robust threat information sharing infrastructure and capability within the Healthcare and Public Health Sector is crucial to the privacy and security of health information, which is foundational to the digital health system,” said Karen DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., national coordinator for health IT. “This coordinated resource will focus on sharing the most up-to-date threat information across the health and public health sectors and will better equip health systems to identify potential threats and further protect electronic health information.” “Keeping health IT up and running is critical to health system preparedness. Not only do we need to worry about natural disasters, but also increasingly we must combat—and prevent—cyber threats. Many parts of the healthcare system don’t have access to the information they need to protect themselves from these threats,” said Dr. Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response. “Using an ISAO to exchange cyber threat information with these healthcare organizations, bi-directionally between HHS and the Healthcare and Public Health sector, we hope to build the capacity to better prevent, detect and respond to cyber attacks.” The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 directs the Department of Homeland Security, Sector-Specific Agencies (including HHS), and private industry to develop tools that can help with the sharing of cybersecurity threat risks. Even before CISA, Executive Order 13691, signed on February 13, 2015, encouraged the development of information sharing and analysis organizations to collaborate and share cybersecurity information and best practices among government and the private sector…”

New DOJ legislation eases access for foreign governments to acquire electronic data stored by US companies

“On behalf of the Administration, I am pleased to present for the consideration of the Congress a legislative proposal that would help resolve potential conflicting legal obligations that U.S. electronic communications service providers (“service providers”) may face when required to disclose electronic data by foreign governments investigating serious crime, including terrorism. The legislative proposal is… Continue Reading

An Analysis of Ethics Articles Published between 2000-2015 in the Journal of Accountancy and the Accounting Review

Thompson, James H. and McCoy, Timothy L., An Analysis of Ethics Articles Published between 2000-2015 in the Journal of Accountancy and the Accounting Review (June 30, 2016). Journal of Accounting, Ethics and Public Policy, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2016. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2810006 “This paper considers the impact that financial scandals, the end… Continue Reading

United States Health Care Reform – Progress to Date and Next Steps

United States Health Care Reform Progress to Date and Next Steps, Barack Obama, JD – free article via JAMA. Published online July 11, 2016. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.9797 “Importance  The Affordable Care Act is the most important health care legislation enacted in the United States since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The law implemented comprehensive reforms designed… Continue Reading

EFF – Senate Still Considering Giving FBI More Power to Spy on Browser History

Via EFF – “Despite strong opposition in Congress and from the grassroots, the FBI is still pushing to expand its National Security Letter (NSL) authority. The proposed amendments would allow the FBI to serve companies with NSLs and obtain a wide range of Internet records, known as Electronic Communication Transactional Records (ECTRs), including browsing history. … Continue Reading

Introduction to Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics

Robertson, Christopher T. and Cohen, I. Glenn and Lynch, Holly Fernandez, Introduction to Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics (July 6, 2016). Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics, Forthcoming; Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 16-20. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2805664 “This introductory chapter to the edited volume “Nudging Health: Health Law… Continue Reading

New bill permits reimbursement for alternative transportation used by fed employees

Via FCW.com – Zach Noble – “A new bill would allow federal employees to expense Uber and other app-powered transportation options. A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants feds to be able to use ride-hailing and -sharing services for official government travel. The Modernizing Government Travel Act, introduced July 5, would allow federal employees to seek… Continue Reading

House-Senate Opioid Conference Report Finalized

News release – Upton, Grassley, Goodlatte, Alexander, and Hatch Hail Agreement to Combat Opioid Epidemic: “After this morning’s meeting of House and Senate opioid conferees, bicameral leaders announced that a conference report has been filed. The conference report will be considered by the House Rules Committee tonight, and is expected to be on the House… Continue Reading

National Security Archive – President Obama Signs Freedom of Information Act Improvements Into Law

National Security Archive posting June 30, 2016: “At 4:00 PM today President Barack Obama signed the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (S. 337) into law. The bipartisan, bicameral bill – introduced by Senators John Cornyn, Chuck Grassley, and Patrick Leahy, and supported by Representatives Jason Chaffetz and Elijah Cummings in the House – will improve… Continue Reading

Paper – Faith, Social Action & Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Augustine, Jonathan C., The Substance of Things Hoped for: Faith, Social Action & Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (June 30, 2015). The Substance of Things Hoped For: Faith, Social Action & Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 46 Cum. L. Rev. 423 (2016). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2802981 “In… Continue Reading

Congressional Censure and “ No Confidence” Votes Regarding Public Officials

Congressional Censure and “No Confidence” Votes Regarding Public Officials. Jack Maskell, Legislative Attorney; Richard S. Beth, Specialist on the Congress and Legislative Process. June 23, 2016. “The House and the Senate have, from time to time in the past, proposed and—on some occasions—adopted a resolution which has expressed the body’s disapproval, condemnation, censure, or lack… Continue Reading

The State of Campaign Finance Policy: Recent Developments and Issues for Congress

The State of Campaign Finance Policy: Recent Developments and Issues for Congress. R. Sam Garrett, Specialist in American National Government. June 23, 2016. “Major changes have occurred in campaign finance policy since 2002, when Congress substantially amended campaign finance law via the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA). The Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United… Continue Reading