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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Washington Update

Our weekly update on Congress

The House passed the “JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018” (S. 488); the “Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2018” (H.R. 3030); the “Protecting Diplomats from Surveillance Through Consumer Devices Act” (H.R. 4989); and the “Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act, 2019” (H,.R. 6147).

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The House passed H.R. 5793, the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act; H.R. 5749 the Options Markets Stability Act; H.R. 200, Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act; H.R. 3281, Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act; H.R. 6237, Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019; and H.R. 50, Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act.

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The House is in recess until Tuesday, July 10.

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The House passed H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act; H.R. 5783, the Cooperate with Law Enforcement Agencies and Watch Act of 2018; H.R. 4294, the Prevention of Private Information Dissemination Act of 2017; H.R. 2083, the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act; H.R. 5841, the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act and H.R. 6157, the FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill.

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The House passed the “Securing Opioids and Unused Narcotics with Deliberate Disposal and Packaging Act of 2018” (H.R. 5687); the “Stop Excessive Narcotics in our Retirement Communities Protection Act of 2018” (H.R. 5676); the “Individuals in Medicaid Deserve Care that is Appropriate and Responsible in its Execution Act” (H.R. 5797); the “Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act” (H.R. 6082); the “Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill)” (H.R. 2); and “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act” (H.R. 6).

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The House passed H.R. 5327, the Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act; H.R. 5941, the Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act; H.R. 5890, the Assisting States’ Implementation of Plans of Safe Care Act; H.R. 5891, Improving the Federal Response to Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorder Act; H.R. 5788, Securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act; H.R. 5735, THRIVE Act and H.R. 2851, Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act.

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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.

     

    Read...

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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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