PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • April 19, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Michael D. Kans, and Rebecca L. Konst

     This memorandum will provide a survey of federal action on cryptocurrencies (aka virtual currencies), including enforcement and guidance. At present, some federal regulators have begun asserting oversight and enforcement authority under their existing powers while other potential regulators have not yet indicated publicly what, if any, oversight they will exercise. Other federal stakeholders on cryptocurrencies have also begun to engage. However, the U.S. government’s approach to virtual currencies remains fluid.

     

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  • February 5, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Michael D. Kans, and Rebecca L. Konst

     This memorandum will provide a survey of federal action on cryptocurrencies (aka virtual currencies), including enforcement and guidance. At present, some federal regulators have begun asserting oversight and enforcement authority under their existing powers while other potential regulators have not yet indicated publicly what, if any, oversight they will exercise. Other federal stakeholders on cryptocurrencies have also begun to engage. However, the U.S. government’s approach to virtual currencies remains fluid.

     

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  • 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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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

  • April 19, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Michael D. Kans, and Rebecca L. Konst

     This memorandum will provide a survey of federal action on cryptocurrencies (aka virtual currencies), including enforcement and guidance. At present, some federal regulators have begun asserting oversight and enforcement authority under their existing powers while other potential regulators have not yet indicated publicly what, if any, oversight they will exercise. Other federal stakeholders on cryptocurrencies have also begun to engage. However, the U.S. government’s approach to virtual currencies remains fluid.

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • February 5, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Michael D. Kans, and Rebecca L. Konst

     This memorandum will provide a survey of federal action on cryptocurrencies (aka virtual currencies), including enforcement and guidance. At present, some federal regulators have begun asserting oversight and enforcement authority under their existing powers while other potential regulators have not yet indicated publicly what, if any, oversight they will exercise. Other federal stakeholders on cryptocurrencies have also begun to engage. However, the U.S. government’s approach to virtual currencies remains fluid.

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • 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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