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New on LLRX – Tell the FCC to Require Read-Aloud for Future Kindles and Other E Ink Devices

Via LLRX.com – Tell the FCC to Require Read-Aloud for Future Kindles and Other E Ink Devices – David H. Rothman calls attention to a pivotal upcoming event for readers everywhere: On Jan. 28, 2015 if the Federal Communications Commission makes the right choice and sticks to its past inclinations, a regulatory waiver will expire. The waiver hasContinue Reading

The Enforcers & the Great Recession

Totten, Mark, The Enforcers & the Great Recession (December 7, 2014). Cardozo Law Review, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2535109 “No one played a more vital role responding to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression than a small band of state attorneys general (AGs). Yet this story has never been told norContinue Reading

Legal by Design: A New Paradigm for Handling Complexity in Banking Regulation and Elsewhere in Law

Lippe, Paul and Katz, Daniel Martin and Jackson, Daniel H, Legal by Design: A New Paradigm for Handling Complexity in Banking Regulation and Elsewhere in Law (December 16, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2539315 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2539315 “On August 5, 2014, the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation criticized shortcomings in the ResolutionContinue Reading

Review of New Student Privacy Laws

National Law Review: “Amid a year filled with high-profile data breaches and a focus on privacy concerns, a number of states have enacted enhanced privacy and data security laws that apply specifically to students, including, in the case of California, new rules that may potentially apply to a broad class of technology services directed atContinue Reading

EPIC – Senator Rockefeller Proposes Drone Privacy Bill

“Senator Rockefeller, the outgoing Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee and a leading privacy champion, introduced a bill to require privacy safeguards in the commercial operation of drones. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Privacy Act of 2014 would prohibit surveillance of individuals by companies unless explicit prior consent is obtained and would require the development ofContinue Reading

SEC Office of the Investor Advocate Report FY2014

REPORT ON ACTIVITIES FISCAL YEAR 2014 – Office of the Investor Advocate. “THE OFFICE OF THE INVESTOR ADVOCATE was established pursuant to Section 915 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), as codified under Section 4(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), 15 U.S.C. § 78d(g). Exchange Act SectionContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – DHS, Fair Labor Standards Act, FEMA. State and Local Govt’s, Tax Exempt Organizations

Department of Homeland Security: Continued Action Needed to Strengthen Management of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime, GAO-15-95: Published: Dec 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2014. Fair Labor Standards Act: Extending Protections to Home Care Workers, GAO-15-12: Published: Dec 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2014. Federal Emergency Management Agency: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Oversight of Administrative Costs forContinue Reading

Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis

CRS – Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis. N. Eric Weiss, Specialist in Financial Economics. December 11, 2014. “Data breaches, such as those at Target, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, and JPMorgan Chase, affecting financial records of tens of millions of households seem to occur regularly. Companies typically respond by trying to increase their cybersecurity by hiring consultants and purchasing newContinue Reading

114th Congress New Member Pictorial Directory

Via GPO – New Member Pictorial Directory Prepared by the Committee on House Administration. Candice S. Miller, Chairman | Robert A. Brady, Ranking Minority Member.

Fiscal 2015: All Things ‘Cromnibus’

Via CQ Roll Call: ” Lawmakers have released the so-called cromnibus, which would to fund the entire government, except the Department of Homeland Security, through the end of fiscal 2015. DHS would be funded with a shorter-term continuing resolution (putting the “cr” in cromnibus). Congress will likely vote by the end of the week of theContinue Reading

Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong – Paper

Brookings – Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong, By Gary D. Bass, Danielle Brian and Norman Eisen. “A number of commentators and academics have recently made the attention-grabbing assertion that excessive openness and transparency are one of the causes of our country’s governance woes. For example, The Atlantic’s David Frum claims that transparency and accountability reforms in government “have weakenedContinue Reading

Intelligence Authorization Legislation for FY2014 and FY2015

CRS – Intelligence Authorization Legislation for FY2014 and FY2015: Provisions, Status, Intelligence Community Framework, Anne Daugherty Miles, Analyst in Intelligence and National Security Policy. November 20, 2014 November 20, 2014. “An Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years (FY) 2014 and 2015 (H.R. 4681) was considered in May 2014 and passed by the House but not by the Senate.Continue Reading