PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • April 19, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On April 13, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting public comments “on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.” The notice is part of the EPA’s efforts to implement the Executive Order titled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda” (E.O. 13777), which was signed by President Trump on February 24, 2017. The deadline for submitting public comments is May 15, 2017. EPA offices will also be conducting public forums on regulatory reform over the next four weeks. The Executive Order establishes mechanisms intended to reduce regulations, including by implementing the President’s January 30, 2017 Executive Order (E.O. 13771) which calls for agencies to eliminate two regulations for each new regulation they promulgate.

     

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  • April 12, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    Congress enacted the “Congressional Review Act” (CRA) as part of the “Contract with America Advancement Act” (P.L. 104-121) in 1996 and it is codified at 5 U.S.C. 801-808. The CRA established an expedited process for Congress to repeal recently promulgated regulations through passage of joint resolutions signed into law by the President. As of April 7, the President has signed eleven CRA resolutions into law. The House and Senate have passed two more, which the President is expected to sign. Activity on CRA resolutions will begin to wind down as the statutory cut-off for action on resolutions to repeal final rules issued during the 114th Congress is expected to occur no later than early May.

     

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George Baker
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George Baker joined Williams & Jensen in 1980 and has been a principal of the firm since 1983. His legislative and administrative practice focuses on financial regulation --- especially pertaining to commodity futures and over-the-counter derivatives trading--- energy, environment, agriculture, land use and wild life conservation, and natural resource matters.

Over the last thirty years, Mr. Baker's broad experience has extended to agricultural and commodity issues encompassing regulation by the US Department of Agriculture, the US Trade Representative, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; the Commodity Exchange Act and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act; the Farm Credit Act; and successive farm bills. Regarding energy and the environment matters, Mr. Baker's experience includes significant involvement with natural gas deregulation, energy industry restructuring, Superfund, brownfield re-development, the Resource Conservation Recovery Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, electricity legislation, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), the Public Utility Holding Company Act (PUHCA), the Magnuson Fishery Conservation Act, wetlands, national wildlife refuge and park land acquisition, endangered species protection and related private property rights issues, and insurance issues arising from environmental liability.

Professional background

Prior to his work at Williams & Jensen, he served two and one-half years as an attorney with the Office of Hearings and Appeals of the U.S. Department of Energy.

In addition to serving Williams & Jensen clients, Mr. Baker is a Trustee of his alma mater, Hamilton College, and is a founder and board member of Bethesda-Chevy Chase Baseball, Inc., a youth baseball league serving over 4,500 children in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.

Education

  • Hamilton College, B.A., 1974
  • Catholic University Law School, J.D., 1977, associate editor of the law review; member of Moot Court Board

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • D.C, Superior Court
  • U.S. Circuit Court of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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...

    Read More
  • April 19, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On April 13, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting public comments “on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.” The notice is part of the EPA’s efforts to implement the Executive Order titled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda” (E.O. 13777), which was signed by President Trump on February 24, 2017. The deadline for submitting public comments is May 15, 2017. EPA offices will also be conducting public forums on regulatory reform over the next four weeks. The Executive Order establishes mechanisms intended to reduce regulations, including by implementing the President’s January 30, 2017 Executive Order (E.O. 13771) which calls for agencies to eliminate two regulations for each new regulation they promulgate.

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • April 12, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    Congress enacted the “Congressional Review Act” (CRA) as part of the “Contract with America Advancement Act” (P.L. 104-121) in 1996 and it is codified at 5 U.S.C. 801-808. The CRA established an expedited process for Congress to repeal recently promulgated regulations through passage of joint resolutions signed into law by the President. As of April 7, the President has signed eleven CRA resolutions into law. The House and Senate have passed two more, which the President is expected to sign. Activity on CRA resolutions will begin to wind down as the statutory cut-off for action on resolutions to repeal final rules issued during the 114th Congress is expected to occur no later than early May.

     

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