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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In the News

Articles featuring Williams & Jensen and our team

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 Tracy D. Taylor

As Reported in the Summer 2017 Pavement Preservation Journal, the president and Congress spent much of the administration’s first 100 days focused on efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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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

  • 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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