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Fortune – How Online Privacy Protection Could Become a Campaign Issue in 2018

Follow up to previous posting – ALA and advocacy groups letter to FCC and Congress supporting Net Neutrality – via Fortune’s Aaron Pressman: “Now that Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump have successfully killed stringent new online privacy rules, public interest groups sense they may have a potent campaign issue to use in upcoming… Continue Reading

7th Circuit rules sexual orientation of employees protected

On April 4, 2017 the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled (en banc) that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers employees based on their sexual orientation… this case may be a battle ground for a Supreme Court case on LGBT rights. “WOOD, Chief Judge. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes… Continue Reading

CRS – The War Powers Resolution: Concepts and Practice

The War Powers Resolution: Concepts and Practice, updated March 28, 2017 [via FAS] “This report discusses and assesses the War Powers Resolution and its application since enactment in 1973, providing detailed background on various cases in which it was used, as well as cases in which issues of its applicability were raised. It will be… Continue Reading

Developing Clarity: Innovating in Library Systems

Knight Foundation: “The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has a history of supporting libraries. We made our first library grant to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in 1964, and our first grant to an urban public library was to the Akron-Summit County Public Library in 1971. Since then we have made nearly… Continue Reading

Independence of Federal Financial Regulators: Structure, Funding, and Other Issues

CRS, February 28, 2017:  “Conventional wisdom regarding regulators is that the structure and design of the organization matters for policy outcomes. Financial regulators conduct rulemaking and enforcement to implement law and supervise financial institutions. These agencies have been given certain characteristics that enhance their day-to-day independence from the President and Congress, which may make policymaking more… Continue Reading

The 2017 Long-Term Budget Outlook

The 2017 Long-Term Budget Outlook – “CBO’s projections show a substantial imbalance looming in the federal budget over the next 30 years, with spending outpacing revenues by steadily increasing amounts. As a result, if current laws generally remained unchanged, federal debt would reach an unprecedented share of GDP, intensifying pressures on the federal budget, dampening… Continue Reading

Wharton – The Vote to Deregulate Online Privacy

“Controversy continues to ramp up in Donald Trump’s presidency, with the latest debate spurred by a congressional vote that reverses landmark online privacy protections put in place during the last days of the Obama administration. While some experts say the problems with online privacy don’t loom as large as health care or immigration, the conflict… Continue Reading

POGO’s 2017 Baker’s Dozen Wishlist for Congress

“The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has unveiled its biennial list of 13 policy areas ripe for Congressional action. It includes recommendations for legislative fixes to make the federal government more transparent, accountable, and ethical. Called the “Baker’s Dozen,” these are priorities demanding immediate attention by lawmakers who are serious about improving the effectiveness of government and saving taxpayers… Continue Reading

Statement on ‘Bringing Justice Closer to the People: Examining Ideas for Restructuring the Ninth Circuit’

Hellman, Arthur D., Statement on ‘Bringing Justice Closer to the People: Examining Ideas for Restructuring the Ninth Circuit’ (March 16, 2017). Hearing Before the House Committee on the Judiciary — Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, March 16, 2017; U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-03. Available at SSRN: “Congress… Continue Reading

Collective Bargaining and the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute: Selected Legal Issues

CRS – Collective Bargaining and the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute: Selected Legal Issues, Jon O. Shimabukuro, Legislative Attorney, March 21, 2017. [via FAS] “Title VII of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, commonly referred to as the “Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute” (FSLMRS), recognizes the right of most federal employees to engage in… Continue Reading

CRS – Russia: Background and U.S. Interests

Russia: Background and U.S. Interests, March 1, 2017 (R44775) “Since 1991, Congress has played a key role in the development of U.S. policy toward the Russian Federation (Russia), the principal successor to the United States’ former superpower rival, the Soviet Union. In that time, U.S.-Russian relations have gone through positive and negative periods. Each new… Continue Reading

Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era

The New York Times – “Landmark internet privacy protections for consumers in the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration, and a harbinger of further deregulation. The measure [S.J.Res.34 sponsored by Senator Flake] passed in a 50-to-48 vote largely along party lines. The House is expected to mirror the… Continue Reading