PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

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  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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  • May 16, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On May 8, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum titled “Guidance for Section 2 of Executive Order 13783, titled ‘Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth’”. E.O. 13783 directs federal agencies to review, and potentially suspend, revise or repeal, existing regulations that “burden domestic energy production.”

     

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Tony Roda has been actively involved in public policy since 1982. Today, he is able to draw upon a depth of experience, and contacts in the legislative, regulatory and political areas to assist his clients meet their objectives in Washington.

Tony became associated with Williams & Jensen in 1992 and became a principal of the firm in 1995. He is adept at planning and executing the broad strategies and day-to-day tactics needed for success in Congress and the federal agencies, such as identifying and organizing bipartisan Congressional allies and private sector coalitions, drafting legislation, white papers and talking points, shaping legislative histories, preparing witnesses for Congressional hearings, and providing overall strategic advice. Tony has managed projects that have resulted in enacting changes to federal law (including the Internal Revenue Code), securing federal appropriations funding, and obtaining specific regulatory relief.

While handling a variety of subject areas, Tony has spent considerable time on federal taxation, national defense and intellectual property. He has spoken at several national conferences on law and legislation affecting public pensions and is a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys. Tony has authored numerous articles on federal legislation and regulations affecting public pension plans.

Professional background

Prior to joining Williams & Jensen Tony worked for three Members of the U.S. House of Representatives - Congressmen Stewart McKinney of Connecticut, Steve Gunderson of Wisconsin and Minority Whip Newt Gingrich of Georgia - as well as a Member of the British House of Commons. At age 23 Tony was named Legislative Director to Congressman McKinney. During his tenure in the Leadership staff, he served as the point person for private sector coalition building and long-term legislative strategy.

Originally from Stamford, Connecticut, Tony and his wife Jennifer and their children Nicholas, Elizabeth and Caroline now live in Alexandria, Virginia. He coached youth baseball and softball for many years and served on the Board of Directors of Alexandria Little League. Tony is Vice Chairman of the University of Maryland's Center for American Politics and Citizenship.

Education

  • University of Maryland, B.A., 1983
  • The Catholic University Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1989
  • Georgetown University Law Center, L.L.M., (Tax), 1995

 

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

 

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

    Read...

    Read More
  • May 16, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On May 8, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum titled “Guidance for Section 2 of Executive Order 13783, titled ‘Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth’”. E.O. 13783 directs federal agencies to review, and potentially suspend, revise or repeal, existing regulations that “burden domestic energy production.”

     

    Read...

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