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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Washington Update

Our weekly update on Congress

The House passed H.R. 56 “The Financial Technology Protection Act;” H.R. 624 “The Promoting Transparent Standards for Corporate Insiders Act;” and H.R. 790 “To provide for a pay increase in 2019 for certain civilian employees of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.”

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The House passed H.J. Res. 31 “Making further continuing appropriations  for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes;” “H.J. Res. 28 “Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes;” and H.R. 328 “To require the Secretary of State to design and establish a Vulnerability Disclosure Process (VDP) to improve Department of State cybersecurity and a bug bounty program to identify and report vulnerabilities of internet-facing information technology of the Department of State, and for other purposes.”

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The House passed: H.R. 268, “Making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes;” H.R. 150, “To modernize Federal grant reporting, and for other purposes;” H.J. Res. 30, “Disapproving the President's proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation;” and H.J. Res. 27, “Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes.”

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The House considered H.R. 259 – Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019; H.R.269 – Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019; H.R. 266 — “Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019;” S. 24 — “To provide for the compensation of Federal and other government employees affected by lapses in appropriations;” H.R. 267 — “Making appropriations for the Department of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019;” H.R. 265 — “Making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019;”

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The House convened the 116th Congress; voted Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as Speaker of the House; approved the Rules of the House for the 116th Congress; and approved two bills to restore funding to the federal government.

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The House passed H.R. 1221 the Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act of 2017; H.R. 6615, the Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization Act; S. 2076, the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act; S. 2278, State Offices of Rural Health Reauthorization Act; H.R. 7327, the SECURE Technology Act; H.R. 7279, the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act; H.R. 7328, the  Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018; HR. 2765, the RBIC Advisers Relief Act; S. 2200, the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act; H.R. 767, the Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond to Health and Wellness Act; and S. 2276, GAO-IG Act.

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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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