PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • August 13, 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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  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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Articles featuring Williams & Jensen and our team

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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By Bloomberg Government

“Despite a gridlocked Congress, signs that lobbying-related business is increasingly moving off the books, and the recent merger of an industry stalwart due to declining business performance, the on-the-books business of the largest lobbying firms looks healthy. This Bloomberg Government Analysis provides an in-depth assessment of the third-quarter 2014 performance of the 20 largest lobbying firms (by revenue in the third quarter of 2014), measured across 16 business metrics…Both Capitol Tax Partners LLP and Williams & Jensen PLLC experienced no terminations during the third quarter of 2014, while picking up one and seven new registrations, respectively.”



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PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • August 13, 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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  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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