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Department of Transportation Issues Guidance on Vehicle Cybersecurity

In the latest iteration of the Obama Administration’s cyber push, the Department of Transportation last week released guidance to the automotive industry regarding improving motor vehicle cybersecurity. The guidance passed down from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers

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Trump’s New Cyber Security Plan?

With the recent news regarding Yahoo’s massive data breach and the continuing posting of Clinton Foundation emails by Wikileaks, cybersecurity policy is beginning to get the discourse it is due. Secretary Clinton’s campaign was swift to publish a lengthy briefing

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U.S. DOT Issues New Air Travel Consumer Protection Rulemaking Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced a new round of consumer protection-related rulemaking initiatives affecting U.S. and foreign airlines, ticket agents, and air travel consumers. As part of these initiatives, DOT has issued: a third final rule (PP3)

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OFAC Issues General License to Authorize US persons to Enter Contingent Contracts for Trade with Cuba

On Friday, October 14, 2016, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a General License to authorize U.S. persons to enter into certain contingent contracts for trade with Cuba.  All U.S. trade

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FAA Extension – Signed, Sealed, Delivered

President Obama signed into law the Federal Aviation Administration Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 on July 15, thereby allowing the Administration to continue operating until October 2017. The extension contains safety measures that set new medical screening requirements

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Paul Ryan’s Plan to Expand Opportunities

One of the ways in which Speaker Ryan’s agenda has differed from conventional Republican legislative priorities is in his focus on fighting poverty and expanding opportunity. He believes that conservative policies can help the poor and middle class, and he

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Global Tax Environment in 2016 and Implications for International Tax Reform

International corporate tax reform has become a salient issue recently due in part to numerous high-profile corporate inversions, most recently the merger between Johnson Controls and Ireland-based Tyco International. Inversions occur when a corporation relocates to a lower-tax nation by

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House Politics and the Paul Ryan Speakership

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) was recently elected to be the youngest Speaker of the House in 150 years. Although young, he has had significant leadership experience, including chairing the powerful Budget and Ways and Means Committees. He is well-liked across

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The Failures and Future of the EB-5 Regional Center Program: Can it be Fixed?

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on February 2nd on the future of the EB-5 Regional Center Program. The hearing was led by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT); the two witnesses were Nicholas Colucci, the Chief

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Politics Slow Federal Action on Cybersecurity

Expectations were raised last month that the federal government would soon enact legislation to address the legal and regulatory obstacles that prevent private companies and government agencies from working together to prevent cyberattacks. President Obama announced he was forwarding a

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