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Agencies Finalize Swap Margin Rule

“Five federal agencies have issued a final rule to establish capital and margin requirements for swap dealers, major swap participants, security-based swap dealers, and major security-based swap participants regulated by one of the agencies (“covered swap entities”), as required by the Dodd-Frank Act. The final rule, issued by the Farm Credit Administration (FCA), the FederalContinue Reading

The Federal Advisory Committee Act: Analysis of Operations and Costs

CRS Report – The Federal Advisory Committee Act: Analysis of Operations and Costs, Wendy Ginsberg, Analyst in American National Government. October 27, 2015. “Federal advisory committees are established to allow experts from outside the federal government to provide advice and recommendations to executive branch agencies or the President. Federal advisory committees can be created either byContinue Reading

A Survey of House and Senate Committee Rules on Subpoenas

CRS Report – A Survey of House and Senate Committee Rules on Subpoenas. Michael L. Koempel, Senior Specialist in American National Government, October 26, 2015. “House Rule XI, clause 2(m)(1) and (3) authorizes House committees and subcommittees to issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents. Senate Rule XXVI, paragraph 1Continue Reading

Wealth of Congress Index

“Every year since 1990, Roll Call has raked through congressional financial disclosure forms to create our Wealth of Congress Index. In the course of analyzing the data of the 50 richest members of Congress, the 10 “poorest” and all the others elected to represent Americans in the Capitol, we discovered scores of interesting things thatContinue Reading

Regulating Real-World Surveillance

Kaminski, Margot E., Regulating Real-World Surveillance (October 27, 2015). Washington Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 113, 2015; Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 316. Available for download at SSRN: “A number of laws govern information gathering, or surveillance, by private parties in the physical world. But we lack a compelling theory of privacyContinue Reading

CRS Policy on Confidentiality

Follow up to 22 Former CRS Employees Support Free Public Access to CRS reports this new memorandum via FAS – CRS Policy on Confidentiality: “The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all Congressional Research Service (CRS or Service) employees recognize the long-standing requirement for preserving the confidentiality of our work for Congress andContinue Reading

Creating a Federal Advisory Committee in the Executive Branch

Creating a Federal Advisory Committee in the Executive Branch, Wendy Ginsberg, Analyst in American National Government. October 19, 2015 “Federal advisory committees allow members of the public to formally provide advice and recommendations to the executive branch of the federal government. These advisory committees, of which about 1,000 operate at any given time, provide adviceContinue Reading

22 Former CRS Employees Support Free Public Access to CRS reports

From the October 22, 2015 letter [via Politico]: “Dear Chairman Blunt, Chairman Capito, Chairman Miller, Chairman Graves, Ranking Member Schumer, Ranking Member Schatz, Ranking Member Brady, Ranking Member Wasserman Schultz, and Vice Chairman Harper: We are former employees of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), with more than a collective five hundred years with the agency.Continue Reading

Senate votes quickly to limit term of new Librarian of Congress

Bloomberg BNA: “A Senate-passed bill to limit the Librarian of Congress to a 10-year term could stall in the House amid Republican turmoil over finding a successor to Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), according to observers who spoke to Bloomberg BNA. The position has achieved a higher profile in the digital age, as copyright issuesContinue Reading

GPO to Digitize Two Million Pages of the Federal Register

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) to make every issue of the Federal Register digitally available to the public.  A total of 14,587 individual issues, which go back to 1936, will be digitized.  GPO employees will hand pack and catalogue every issue. The projectContinue Reading

Volcker Rule – How a Simple Idea to Rein In Banks Got Supersized

Bloomberg Quick Take by Yalman Onaran: “Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “speculation” in 31 words. The key ones are “risk of a large loss.” When Paul Volcker, the former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman,  in January 2009 proposed banning speculation by federally insured banks to reduce risk to the world economy, he did it in one paragraph. FourContinue Reading

Labor law highlights, 1915–2015

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Monthly Labor Review – October 2015 – Labor law highlights, 1915–2015 – “To help mark the Monthly Labor Review’s centennial, the Review invited several producers and users of BLS data to take a look back at the last 100 years. This article highlights important U.S. labor legislation since 1915. AreasContinue Reading