Tag Archives: Public Policy & Infrastructure

The Satan Sandwich is in the Details: Breaking Down the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the Role of the Joint Select Committee on the Deficit Reduction.

Last week, the House of Representatives and the Senate each voted to pass the Budget Control Act of 2011 (“Act”) raising the nation’s debt limit and averting the real threat of a default on our debt obligations. President Barack Obama promptly signed it into law the same day, narrowly averting default (Public Law 112-35). However, … Continue Reading

Anchors Aweigh! U.S. Navy to Sail on Biofuels

This post was also written by Philip G. Lookadoo and Marco A. DeSousa. In another move demonstrating the Defense Department’s commitment to renewable energy, the U.S. Navy recently announced that it intends to make its largest purchase of biofuels ever for a test run in 2012 of its “Great Green Fleet.” For several years the Navy, as … Continue Reading

Congress makes an effort to address the growing transportation infrastructure backlog

A flurry of legislative activity in the House of Representatives and Senate on measures affecting transportation infrastructure projects may signal movement on a multi-year spending in the 112th Congress. The need is clearly there: the American Society of Civil Engineers (“ASCE”) in its 2009 “Report Card for America’s Infrastructure“, 33% of America’s major roads were … Continue Reading

Regulatory Round Up 6.24.11

Of Russians and nuclear energy … Line of the Day goes to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) from this article about the Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdictions Act: “CEJA will also protect Americans by providing the option of prosecuting them in the United States.” Finally, what we have all been waiting for, multiple international jurisdictions chomping at the … Continue Reading

Elected officials beware: Your vote does not equal free speech

Across the country, federal, state and local governments have enacted – and strengthened – conflict of interest restrictions on how their elected officials vote as a way to prevent those officials from voting in their own self-interest To those who argue that such a restriction on voting violates his or her First Amendment Right to … Continue Reading

European Commission announces new initiatives to tackle corruption

This post was written by George Hoare. On 6 June 2011, the European Commission (EC) outlined measures to tackle the problem of corruption within the European Union (EU). According to figures quoted in the press release, four out of five EU citizens regard corruption as a major problem in their Member State, with corruption estimated … Continue Reading

Consider Grant Remedies Before Repaying Uncle Sam

At times, Federal grantees reconsider the wisdom of applying for, and spending, Federal grant dollars. Unfortunately, the result of such reconsideration is a demand by the Federal grantor to repay the grant funds already spent. A grantee facing this predictable Federal decision-making has a number of options before pulling out the peoples’ checkbook (or running … Continue Reading

Regulatory Round Up 5.23.11

The US military does the Hokey Pokey in Iraq. Edward Siedle of Forbes provides some insight into the failure of effective whistleblower enforcement. The Obama Export Initiative is starting to resemble Punxsutawney Phil, whenever either rear their head we are left with several months of the same. Ezra Klein is back at it, this time breaking … Continue Reading

The debate on raising the debt limit: We’ve seen this movie before.

In April, the President and Congressional Republicans agreed on a deal to cut $38.5 billion in discretionary spending from the federal budget for the remainder of Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2011, averting the threat of a government shutdown. As we have noted however, that decision was “easy” when compared with the more difficult decisions Congress and … Continue Reading

Joint congressional hearing this Thursday on Obama Administration proposal disclosing political contributions by government contractors.

The Chairs of the House Oversight and Government Reform and Small Business Committees have announced a joint hearing of their respective committees on a sweeping proposal by the Obama Administration requiring the disclosure of political contributions and expenditures by those bidding on government contracts. The Public Policy and Infrastructure Group has been monitoring this draft … Continue Reading

Regulatory Round Up 5.9.11

I never figured the Oracle of Omaha to be much of a Parrot Head — they do spell their names differently. But in this piece  the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog breaks down Warren Buffet’s Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. Some anti-trust football analysis that isn’t related to the NFL. I know people love … Continue Reading

Are additional restrictions on political spending by government contractors coming from the Obama Administration?

The Internet has been ablaze over the past 24 hours with reports that the Obama Administration is considering requiring “all entities submitting offers for federal contracts to disclose certain political contributions and expenditures that they have made within two years prior to the submission of their offer”. This was first disclosed by Hans A. von … Continue Reading

At the 11th hour, an agreement was reached on the US Fiscal Year 2011 budget. That was the “easy” part.

Late Friday evening, with only minutes remaining before a partial shutdown of the federal government, the White House, Senate Democrats and House Republicans came to an agreement on spending and policy decisions necessary to fund the federal government for the remaining six months of Fiscal Year 2011. In the end, $38.5 billion was cut from … Continue Reading

Regulatory Round Up 3.24.11

Perhaps I’m not that creative, but I keep thinking that illegally exporting jet engines has to be more difficult than people think. I guess the arrests would lend credence to my belief. $ 16.2 Billion … sneak attacks … the cover of darkness. The only thing Robert Creamer’s summary of lobbying effort against the Wall … Continue Reading

Regulatory Round Up 3.11.11

Pun Alert: Obama’s proposal for high speed trains is picking up some speed (ouch), with the help of a couple Mad Men. Headline of the Week: If BIS Can’t Understand the EAR, How Are You Supposed To? In defense of military spending. Colin Clark argues that the passage of a Continuing Resolution, and the failure … Continue Reading

Regulatory Roundup 3.4.11

During law school, I sort of liked having to carry a copy of Blacks Law Dictionary, it made me feel extra-smart. The distinct benefit of carrying a dictionary is that is serves as a (heavy) reminder of the importance of defining your terms. Because the FCPA doesn’t, we get to read posts like this. In … Continue Reading

Ending Collective Bargaining Rights of Public Employees. Is this a Case of Cutting off your Nose to Spite your Face?

Attention has been fixated on efforts in Wisconsin and other states as governors seek concessions from public employee unions in efforts to balance their budgets. Governor Scott Walker (R) of Wisconsin has gone the furthest, so far, by seeking to eliminate the collective bargaining rights of public employee union, prompting Democrats in the State Senate … Continue Reading

Federal Filing Requirements for Logistics Companies Eased

This post was written by Matthew J. Thomas. The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), which regulates US international ocean shipping services, has made life easier for thousands of logistics companies and their import/export customers. The FMC regulates a broad range of “ocean transportation intermediaries,” the logistics providers and forwarders who connect importers and exporters with … Continue Reading

Regulatory Round Up 2.3.11

With a title like “Tactical Secrets” I was expecting a insiders look into fly fishing for Steelhead trout . But then I realized I was reading the New York Times. Instead, this piece addresses the government’s assertion of the state-secrets privilege in General Dynamics Corp v. US. Déjà vu all over again. Nick Silver compares … Continue Reading

Regulatory Round Up 1.24.11

Just once I’d like a “pilot” program to be about Top Gun. This SBA program isn’t, but it will help small businesses compete for large contracts. Ezra Klein takes a look at what it means to be pro-labor during these economic times. Here at the Round-Up we love all things in summary form — so … Continue Reading

Regulatory Round Up 1.13.11

Since there is no Nicorette equivalent for oil addiction, Stephen Stromberg takes a hard look at the cost of reducing U.S. dependence on oil. If that doesn’t spark your interest, Stromberg also challenges his readers to accuse him of playing a role is a mysterious communist conspiracy to destroy civil rights. So the post has … Continue Reading

Regulatory Round Up 1.7.11

*Attention* government contracts attorneys: If your friends and loved ones stare blankly at you when you explain what it is you do, it turns out they are not the only ones who are confused. Check out this amusing breakdown of confused experts. New Year, new Congress, new rumblings about government fraud . An attorney involved … Continue Reading