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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Articles featuring Williams & Jensen and our team

By Politico

SCOOP…WILLIAMS AND JENSEN HIRES DOUCET AND JONES:  The lobbying and law firm Williams and Jensen has tapped Democratic lobbyists Shane Doucet and Andrew Jones, the firm tells PI. The two new hires will help strengthen Williams and Jensen’s healthcare, energy and telecommunications practice groups. Doucet comes to Williams and Jensen with nearly two decades of Washington experience — most recently serving as a partner at the firm Locke Lord Strategies. He’s also done stints at the National Federation of Independent Business and on the staff of Rep. Chris John (D-La.) on Capitol Hill.



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For Immediate Release

Washington, DC - The lobbying law firm of Williams & Jensen announced the hiring of Democrats Shane Doucet and Andrew Jones to strengthen its robust practice groups in healthcare, energy and telecommunications. 

Doucet comes to Williams & Jensen with over 17 years of experience working in Washington.  He most recently served as a partner in Locke Lord Strategies where he assisted clients in healthcare, energy, law enforcement, public pension and public affairs.  Doucet also lobbied for the National Federation of Independent Business after serving on the staff of Rep. Chris John (D-LA), a former member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  He also currently serves in the DC Air National Guard.

Jones joins Williams & Jensen after serving as Legislative Director and Counsel to Democratic Chief Deputy Whip Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), also a Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC).  Before that, Jones served as Counsel to current Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX).  Over the course of his tenure on the Hill, Jones worked closely with Hispanic Caucus Members and managed a diverse portfolio of issues including telecommunications, health, energy, and financial services while also managing the Congressman’s Legislative team. 

“Shane and Andy bring a great deal of experience and policy background that will serve our clients well,” said Steve Hart, Chairman and CEO of Williams & Jensen.  “We are excited to have these seasoned professionals join our team to help our clients navigate the challenges and complexities they often encounter.”

Williams & Jensen was founded in 1970 and has since grown to become one of the few leading independent law firms in Washington with a practice focused primarily on lobbying. On a daily basis, we help companies and organizations in the U.S. and around the world influence legislation and public policy process in Washington with highly effective government relations, grounded in technically proficient law.  The firm's record of winning in Washington has attracted a clientele of leading companies, trade associations, and institutions, many relying on the firm's services for more than three decades.

 

 

Published in Micro-Cap Review Magazine

Williams & Jensen's David Franasiak, Joel Oswald, Eric Robins and Rebecca Konst examine dark pools, their role in trading and their regulation in this article in Micro-Cap Review Magazine: "Dark pools refer to alternative trading systems (ATS) that do not publicly display bids and offers in their quotes and are not required to identify the particular ATS that executed the trade. In contrast, the trade reports of registered exchanges such as the NASDAQ or New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) are required to identify the trading venue that executed the trade. Dark pools have been around since the 1980s as "upstairs" trading in formal exchanges and generally handle institutional investors that trade sizeable positions in a company's shares. These trades remain anonymous in dark pools so as to avoid possible adverse price movements in the market driven by these trades." The article begins on page 16.

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By IntellectualsDC

Williams & Jensen Principal Eric Stewart is profiled by the blog IntellectualsDC.

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By the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

The Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service, co-managed by Williams & Jensen Principal Ben Cooper, was featured on the House Oversight and Government Reform website for its endorsement of critical postal reform legislation - H.R. 2748. The bill was marked up and approved by the Committee on July 24.

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By the U.S. Helsinki Commission

Williams & Jensen Principal Eric Stewart will be speaking at a briefing held by the U.S. Helsinki Commission on Wednesday, July 31. "The New Silk Road Strategy: Implications for Economic Development in Central Asia" will be held at 2:00 PM in Room 304 of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington. Eric Stewart is the Executive Director of the U.S.-Turkmen Business Council.

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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...

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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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