PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • March 7, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda”. The Executive Order establishes mechanisms intended to reduce regulations, including by implementing the President’s January 30, 2017 Executive Order which calls for agencies to eliminate two regulations for each new regulation they promulgate. Among the requirements of this latest Executive Order are mandates for federal agencies to appoint “Regulatory Reform Officers” and establish “Regulatory Reform Task Forces”. As described in a White House press release, the Executive Order directs each agency’s Regulatory Reform Task Force to: “evaluate existing regulations and identify candidates for repeal or modification”; and “focus on eliminating costly and unnecessary regulations.”

     

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  • February 9, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On January 30, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”. The Executive Order is intended to ensure that “for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination”. On February 3, the White House issued a memorandum titled “Interim Guidance Implementing Section 2 of the Executive Order of January 30, 2017…” The memorandum provides agencies with information on how to implement the “Regulatory Cap for Fiscal Year 2017” established by the Executive Order.   

    Among the issues addressed, the February 3, memorandum clarifies that the Executive Order applies only to significant rulemakings, and does not require compliance by independent federal agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

     

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  • January 25, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak 

    On January 24, President Trump signed an executive order and four memoranda addressing pipeline, infrastructure, and manufacturing issues. The memoranda include one directing prompt consideration of the remaining federal approvals needed by the Dakota Access Pipeline. Another memorandum invites TransCanada to resubmit its application for a Presidential border-crossing permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The memorandum further directs the Department of State to “reach a final permitting decision” within 60 days of receiving a new Keystone XL permit application.

    A memorandum to the Secretary of Commerce requires the development of a “plan” to require “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines [to]…use materials and equipment [including steel] produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law…”

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In the News

Articles featuring Williams & Jensen and our team

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy, The Houston Chronicle \

WASHINGTON - Momentum is building on Capitol Hill to lift a 40-year-old ban on exporting U.S. crude, driven by a sophisticated oil industry lobbying campaign that has enlisted executives, targeted political donors and tapped social media.

It's a remarkable reversal for a crusade met with deep skepticism when it was launched less than two years ago.

A House subcommittee is expected to approve legislation lifting the export ban this week, setting the stage for full floor action this fall...

"We've come so far, so fast," said George Baker, executive director of Producers for American Crude Oil Exports, a coalition of independent oil companies lobbying to lift the ban. "This is a whole different issue from where it was back in January."

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by The Wall Street Journal

Countries from Japan and South Korea to Poland have expressed interest in buying American oil, in part so they don’t have to rely as heavily on big oil-pumping countries such as Iran and Russia, said George Baker, executive director of Producers for American Crude Oil Exports. “Other countries quite clearly want to get in on the benefits—geopolitical and economic,” he said. “They want in on this American oil renaissance for good reasons.”

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by Williams & Jensen

On July 14, Williams & Jensen CEO Susan Hirschmann joined a number of other influential women in Washington to participate in 2015 Women’s Power Brunch, the first such event hosted by Google, National Review, and Empowered Women. Participants included Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Ann Wagner (R-MO), and Mimi Walters (R-CA). Susan and other panelists discussed some of the challenges facing women leaders in Washington, and provided insights and strategies on further empowering the next generation of women leaders.

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By Anthony J. Roda

In November 2011, the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) announcing their intention to issue regulations defining the term “governmental plan” under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 414(d). The ANPRM included a draft proposed rule and invited public comment.



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By Tracy D. Taylor

As a new class of senators and representatives is settling into offices for the 114th Congress, time is rapidly ticking towards the expiration of the MAP-21 surface transportation authorization on May 31, 2015.



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By Actmedia

“Romania's Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Thursday met Chairman of the American-Romanian Business Council (AMRO) Eric Stewart, to whom he underscored the commitment of the Romanian authorities to deepen and increase the dynamics of the economic dimension of the strategic partnership between Romania and the US, pleading in favour of increased US economic presence in Romania and the region.”



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PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • March 7, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda”. The Executive Order establishes mechanisms intended to reduce regulations, including by implementing the President’s January 30, 2017 Executive Order which calls for agencies to eliminate two regulations for each new regulation they promulgate. Among the requirements of this latest Executive Order are mandates for federal agencies to appoint “Regulatory Reform Officers” and establish “Regulatory Reform Task Forces”. As described in a White House press release, the Executive Order directs each agency’s Regulatory Reform Task Force to: “evaluate existing regulations and identify candidates for repeal or modification”; and “focus on eliminating costly and unnecessary regulations.”

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • February 9, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On January 30, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”. The Executive Order is intended to ensure that “for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination”. On February 3, the White House issued a memorandum titled “Interim Guidance Implementing Section 2 of the Executive Order of January 30, 2017…” The memorandum provides agencies with information on how to implement the “Regulatory Cap for Fiscal Year 2017” established by the Executive Order.   

    Among the issues addressed, the February 3, memorandum clarifies that the Executive Order applies only to significant rulemakings, and does not require compliance by independent federal agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • January 25, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak 

    On January 24, President Trump signed an executive order and four memoranda addressing pipeline, infrastructure, and manufacturing issues. The memoranda include one directing prompt consideration of the remaining federal approvals needed by the Dakota Access Pipeline. Another memorandum invites TransCanada to resubmit its application for a Presidential border-crossing permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The memorandum further directs the Department of State to “reach a final permitting decision” within 60 days of receiving a new Keystone XL permit application.

    A memorandum to the Secretary of Commerce requires the development of a “plan” to require “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines [to]…use materials and equipment [including steel] produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law…”

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