PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • December 17, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Leah H. Kim, and Rebecca L. Konst

    This memorandum provides an update of federal action on cryptocurrencies, including enforcement and guidance. It also provides a summary of Congressional activity relating to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

     

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  • 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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The House passed the “Lieutenant Oscvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act” (H.R. 613); a bill “To amend the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide additional resources to the State and local prosecutors, and for other purposed” (H.R. 4854); the “Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act” (S.35); the “Protect and Serve Act of 2018” (H.R. 5698); and the “Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act” (S. 2373).


This Week in Congress

  • House –The House passed the “Lieutenant Oscvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act” (H.R. 613); a bill “To amend the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide additional resources to the State and local prosecutors, and for other purposed” (H.R. 4854); the “Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act” (S.35); the “Protect and Serve Act of 2018” (H.R. 5698); and the “Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act” (S. 2373).

 

  • Senate –The Senate passed the “Congressional Review Act disapproval of the rule on Net Neutrality” (S.J.Res. 52); the “Improve Data on Sexual Violence Act” (S. 2349); the “Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017” (H.R. 3249); “SEA Act” (H.R. 2772); a bill “To amend title 38, United States Code to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish assistance for adaptations of residences of veterans in rehabilitation programs” (H.R. 3562); the “Smithsonian National Zoological Park Central Parking Facility Authorization Act” (H.R. 4009); and confirmed Michael Scudder to be Judge for the 7th Circuit; Amy St. Eve to be Judge for the 7th Circuit; Joel Carson III  to be Judge for the 10th Circuit;  John Nalbandian to be Judge for the 6th Circuit; and Gina Haspell  to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

 

Next Week in Congress

  • House -The House may consider the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019” (H.R. 5515); the “Trinkett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jorgan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017” (S. 204); the “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act” (S. 2155).

 

  • Senate –The Senate may consider an “Act to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide outer burial receptacles for remains buried in National Parks” (S. 2372); and an “Act to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010” (S. 140).  

 

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PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • December 17, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Leah H. Kim, and Rebecca L. Konst

    This memorandum provides an update of federal action on cryptocurrencies, including enforcement and guidance. It also provides a summary of Congressional activity relating to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • 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.

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • 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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