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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In the News

Articles featuring Williams & Jensen and our team

By The Atlantic

On December 8, 2016, The Atlantic gathered policymakers, experts and innovators to lay out the issues and the way forward to bring America’s infrastructure and transportation systems into the 21st century. Tracy Taylor, partner at Williams & Jensen, spoke on behalf of FP2 on the “Power of Pavement.”

 

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By NCPERS

Williams & Jensen’s Tony Roda participated in the July 19, 2016 National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS) live webcast providing a mid-year update on legislation affecting public pension plans.

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By Tony Roda

In January 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service released proposed regulations on the applicability of the 2007 normal retirement age (NRA) regulations to state and local governmental pension plans, i.e., public pension plans that meet the definition of Internal Revenue Code section 414(d). While final regulations on NRA were promulgated in 2007, the applicability of those rules to state and local government pension plans was delayed by a series of Treasury-IRS guidance. The article discusses the unique issues involved in applying the rules to state and local pension plans and explains the structure proposed 2016 regulation, including the safe harbor regime.

 

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By actmedia

Eric Stewart, President of the American-Romanian Business Council (AMRO), and Williams & Jensen Principal, met with Romania’s Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu on January 13. “The Foreign Minister reiterated on the occasion the Romanian Government's commitment to consolidating the economic dimension of the Romania - USA Strategic Partnership. According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) release, Lazar Comanescu underlined the role AMRO can play in stimulating investment and bilateral commercial exchanges.”

 

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BloombergBusiness reports on the campaign to enact repeal of the 40-year old ban on crude oil exports, led by Williams & Jensen’s George Baker: “Normally issues these days take a much longer time frame to develop,” said George Baker, head of the Producers for American Crude Oil Exports coalition. “But the persistence of the champions of this on the Hill,” along with the corporate involvement, helped rapidly propel the cause.

 

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By The Hill

The Hill ranked Williams & Jensen CEO Susan Hirschmann and Chairman J. Steven Hart among the “Top Lobbyists of 2015”.

 

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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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