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  • 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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By Tony Roda

Williams & Jensen's Tony Roda discusses the proposal to apply the Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) to certain investment income of state and local pension plans. The article, which appears in the April, 2018 edition of The NAPPA Report, also details the successful effort on behalf of state and local government pension plans to eliminate the UBIT provision from the final version of the 2017 tax reform legislation.  


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By Williams & Jensen

 

Williams & Jensen’s International Government Affairs team announces its schedule of events for 2018. Featured events include:

  1. Poland Business Mission - April 25 - 27: The US-Poland Business Council will lead its 8th mission to Warsaw in the spring. The trip will include a summit on US-Polish economic relations and coincide with a senior-level delegation from the U.S. government.
  2. Czech Republic Business Mission - May 23-24: The American-Central European Business Association will lead its first-ever mission to Prague. The trip will also be paired with the first ever US-Czech Defense Forum.

 

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By Marianne LeVine and Theodoric Meyer

 

IN MEMORIAM: J.D. Williams, a co-founder of the lobbying firm Williams & Jensen and one of Washington's top lobbyists in the 1970s and '80s, died Saturday evening at his ranch in Pearsall, Texas, according to the firm. He was 80. Williams came to Washington after graduating from the University of Oklahoma to work for Sen. Bob Kerr (D-Okla.) and started his own firm in 1969, recruiting Bob Jensen to join him a year later.

 

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Williams & Jensen’s International Government Affairs team announces its schedule of events for 2018. Featured events include:

  1. Lithuania Business Mission - Feb. 28 - Mar. 1: The American-Lithuanian Business Council will lead its 5th Annual Business Mission to Vilnius. The trip will be paired with the 2nd Annual American-Lithuanian Defense Forum.

 

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With particular sadness and enormous respect, the law firm of Williams & Jensen PLLC announces the death of its co-founder, JD Williams, on the evening of Saturday, January 27, 2018 at his ranch in Pearsall, Texas.  JD’s wife, Carol Jo, and children, Sarah Williams and Walter Williams, were at his side. A singularly successful, effective, colorful and iconic pioneer in Washington DC’s legal, lobbying and government relations professions for many decades, JD served as advisor and mentor to a broad range of Members of Congress from both major political parties.  JD is widely credited with being the premier lobbyist of his era and establishing the modern practice of lobbying in the Nation’s Capital.   Steve Hart, Chairman of the firm, said: “He loved Oklahoma and never forgot where he started.”  The firm’s CEO, Susan Hirschmann, added: “The members of Williams & Jensen are proud to have known JD as their friend and colleague and to carry on his legacy.”  A memorial is being planned for April in Washington DC for family, colleagues, friends and other admirers to gather in commemoration of JD. 

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Williams & Jensen’s International Government Affairs team announces its schedule of events for the fall. Featured events include:

  1. Lithuania Business Mission - Feburary 28 - March 1: The American-Lithuanian Business Council will lead its 5th Annual Business Mission to Vilnius.

 

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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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