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FY 2017 Verification and Validation Forms

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:45pm

View supporting documentation for performance indicators.

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FY 2016 Verification and Validation Forms

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:10pm

View supporting documentation for performance indicators.

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Senate Sends Legislation Protecting Consumer Reviews to President

The U.S. Senate, by unanimous consent, sent bicameral legislation to the White House for the President’s signature that will outlaw the use of “gag clauses” in non-negotiable form contracts. Some businesses have attracted national scrutiny for using gag clauses to punish or silence honest criticism of products and services.

CFPB Proposal Unconstitutionally Imposes Prior Restraint on Regulated Entities’ Speech

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 9:58am
Guest Commentary By Burt M. Rublin, Partner, and Daniel L. Delnero, Associate, Ballard Spahr LLP Prior restraints on speech are highly disfavored and presumptively unconstitutional. See Tory v. Cochran, 544 U.S. 734, 738 (2005) (“Prior restraints on speech and publication are the most serious and the least tolerable infringement on First Amendment rights.”). Yet the […]
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Court Enjoins Implementation of Overtime Regulation

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 9:16am

Court Enjoins Implementation of Overtime Regulation

On May 23, 2016, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published a final rule in the Federal Register that updated the Overtime Regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), specifically the exemptions for executive, administrative and professional employees.  The final rule implemented a 2014 Presidential Memorandum directing the Department to update and modernize these regulations.  

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Bad-Faith Federal Litigation Tactics Compel Court to Award Small Business Attorneys’ Fees

WLF Legal Pulse - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 4:37pm
Tomorrow is “Small Business Saturday,” (November 26), so it’s a good time to reflect upon the especially challenging regulatory and legal environments such businesses have faced in recent years. Even though the federal government maintains an entire agency whose mission is purportedly to assist small businesses—the Small Business Administration—regulators seem ever oblivious to their impact […]
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GSA announces Congressional authorization of Harrisburg, PA Courthouse

GSA news releases - Wed, 11/23/2016 - 12:00am
GSA announces Congressional authorization of Harrisburg, PA Courthouse

Supreme Court Given Opportunity to Clarify Specific Personal Jurisdiction

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 11/22/2016 - 12:17pm
Guest Commentary By Eric D. Miller, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP* A pending petition for a writ of certiorari presents the United States Supreme Court with an opportunity to clarify whether a state may exercise personal jurisdiction over a nonresident defendant based solely on the defendant’s sale of components to third parties who incorporate those parts […]
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Commerce Announces First Artificial Intelligence Hearing

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, will convene a hearing on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. on “The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence.” The hearing will conduct a broad overview of the state of artificial intelligence, including policy implications and effects on commerce.

Upton & Thune Request Pause on Controversial Regulations

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) today sent letters to both Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Edith Ramirez and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye requesting a pause on any controversial new regulations.

Chairman Chabot calls Overtime Rule Delay a “Victory for Small Businesses”

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 11/22/2016 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON - House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) made the following statement after a federal judge enjoined President Obama’s controversial executive order imposing costly new rules on how employers pay overtime to their workers. The nationwide preliminary injuction delays the December 1st implementation deadline, giving small employers more time to plan for and fight back against the burdensome new mandate.  

“Judge Mazzant’s injunction is a victory for America’s 28 million small businesses. As they look towards Small Business Saturday this weekend, small employers and their employees can breathe just a little bit easier knowing they have been given a reprieve from the pain caused by this disastrous new rule.  For over a year, our Committee has been warning that the overtime rule was an unlawful overreach that would lead to job losses, demotions, less flexibility, lower wages, and reduced benefits for millions of workers. Our Committee looks forward to working with the new administration to give regulatory relief to small businesses and get the government off their backs so they can focus on creating jobs. “          

BACKGROUND:

  • Last month, Chairman Chabot led a House resolution recognizing this Saturday, November 26th, as Small Business Saturday.
  • Chabot and Committee Republicans have led the opposition to the DOL overtime rule throughout the 114thCongress.
  • The Committee has held numerous hearings and roundtables and sent multiple letters documenting the damage that will be done to small businesses and other small employers as a result of the rule.
  • Chairman Chabot served as co-chairman of a special House Task Force on Reducing Regulatory Burdens which developed the House Republican policy agenda called A Better Way to Grow our Economy.
  • Chairman Chabot and House Republicans cited the overtime rule as an example of overregulation at a June press conference in front of the Department of Labor headquarters unveiling the #BetterWay agenda. 

Mayor Brown, GSA Regional Administrator Pease, Congressman Higgins Mark the Official Transfer of the Michael J. Dillon Federal Courthouse to the City of Buffalo with a Deed-Signing Ceremony

GSA news releases - Tue, 11/22/2016 - 12:00am
Mayor Brown, GSA Regional Administrator Pease, Congressman Higgins Mark the Official Transfer of the Michael J. Dillon Federal Courthouse to the City

GSA announces Congressional authorization of Des Moines Courthouse

GSA news releases - Tue, 11/22/2016 - 12:00am
GSA announces Congressional authorization of Des Moines Courthouse

Federal Judge “SLAPPs” Down Lawsuit Demanding “R” Rating for All Movies Depicting Tobacco Use

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 3:13pm
On November 10, 2016, a California federal judge dismissed a putative class-action lawsuit designed to force the Classifications and Rating Administration (CARA) to give an “R” rating to any film containing tobacco use.  Alleging that around 200,000 young people would start smoking every year after seeing tobacco use in G, PG, and PG-13 rated movies, […]
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GSA Awards Contracts for Ashley U.S. Courthouse Project

GSA news releases - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:00am
GSA Awards Contracts for Ashley U.S. Courthouse Project

OVERSIGHT UPDATE: Committee Continues Probe of Wells Fargo Scandal

House Small Business Committee News - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:00am

 

WASHINGTON - House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) has demanded regular updates from Wells Fargo after the company admitted that thousands of accounts owned by small businesses were harmed by the improper sales practices of Wells Fargo employees.

Chairman Chabot’s letter is a follow-up to official inquiries the Committee made last month to both Wells Fargo and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to determine the scandal’s impact on any Wells Fargo accounts associated with small businesses.

“In Wells Fargo’s response to my letter, it admitted that thousands of the deposit and credit card accounts that were harmed by the improper sales practices of Wells Fargo employees were accounts owned by small businesses.” Chairman Chabot wrote in his letter to Wells Fargo.

“The response also indicated that Wells Fargo plans to work with a third party to review all accounts dating back to 2009 in order to identify those that may have been affected,” Chabot added. “I believe that a more in-depth review is important to ensure that any individual or small business that may have been harmed is made whole. Because Wells Fargo will be implementing this additional review, it is possible that the information that you provided in response to my letter will change. Accordingly, I request that Wells Fargo provide the Committee with updates throughout its review and keep the Committee informed.”

You can view Chairman Chabot’s full letter HERE.

BACKGROUND:

  • After John G. Stumpf stepped down as CEO of Wells Fargo, Chabot stated that the resignation would have absolutely no bearing on the seriousness and urgency of the Committee’s probe into the scandal. Chabot provided an update on his requests for information in a guest op-ed for CNBC.

In their response to Chairman Chabot’s initial request for information, the SBA informed the Committee of the following:

  • “SBA’s Office of Credit Risk Management (OCRM) has conducted several risk-based, in depth reviews of Wells Fargo’s SBA lending operations (in 2011, 2014, and 2016). Each resulted in an acceptable assessment and no enforcement or disciplinary actions were taken.”
  • “OCRM is currently conducting an additional targeted review of Wells Fargo including a sample of Wells Fargo 7(a) loans to identify any unusual activity which may indicate abusive activities by Wells Fargo employees, and will follow-up as appropriate.”

Chairman Chabot Hails House Passage of Midnight Rules Relief Act

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON - House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) today praised House passage of H.R. 5982, the Midnight Rules Relief Act, bipartisan legislation to give Congress the power to stop, with one vote, all last minute regulations issued by the Obama administration.

"Over the last eight years, the Obama administration has gone on a regulatory rampage," Chairman Chabot said in his speech on the House floor. "For each year, the administration’s major rules have cost over $100 billion annually. A disproportionate share of those enormous costs have fallen on America’s 28 million small businesses."

"As Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I have heard firsthand from the owners and employees of these small businesses in our hearing room and back home in Ohio how these new regulations have harmed them personally," Chabot added. "The last thing they need right now is a new flood of regulations from the President’s army of bureaucrats as they beat a hasty retreat out of Washington."

"This common-sense, bipartisan legislation will give Congress the power to stop all midnight rules with one vote. Next weekend, we will celebrate Small Business Saturday – an opportunity to celebrate small businesses and recognize they are the key to making our economy succeed. Midnight regulations are an imminent threat to their success," Chabot concluded.

BACKGROUND: Earlier this week, Chairman Chabot, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other House Committee Chairmen sent a letter to the heads of all Cabinet departments and federal agencies warning them against moving forward with Midnight Regulations.

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Who’s on Your Panel?: The Answer Increasingly Determines Software-Patent Decisions at the Federal Circuit

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 11/16/2016 - 3:38pm
Featured Expert Contributor – Intellectual Property (Patents) Jeffri A. Kaminski, Partner, Venable LLP, with Ryan T. Ward, Associate, Venable LLP. Mr. Ward was a Judge K.K. Legett Fellow at the Washington Legal Foundation in the summer of 2009 prior to his third year at Texas Tech School of Law. The Federal Circuit continues to struggle […]
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Ranking Member Bill Nelson Opening Statement

Chairman Thune, thank you for holding this hearing to explore the exciting promises of augmented reality technologies and to spur important discussions on the many policy questions that augmented reality raises.

Over the August recess, I took a tour of Magic Leap’s facility in Dania Beach, Florida.  Magic Leap, which will be headquartered in Plantation, is one of the leading, cutting-edge AR companies in the world. And what I saw was truly amazing – not only because this technology will change how we interact with the world, but also because of what it means for growing Florida’s economy and creating well-paying, high-skilled jobs.

And, if I may, Chairman Thune, I’d like to submit for the record a recent piece in Wired Magazine on Magic Leap.

Yes, augmented reality can be used for video games.  But it can also be used to educate or do business like never before, spurring efficiency and convenience. And the technology has the potential to break down barriers for those with disabilities and create a safer world for consumers.

One of the big questions is: what does augmented reality mean for consumer privacy?  AR devices can potentially record, download, and store vast amounts of information about the real world, including about innocent bystanders who may have no clue they are being recorded.  What are we going to do to protect their privacy?

And what must be done to make sure that these devices are secure from hackers and cyber-vulnerabilities?  For instance, augmented reality is being used in cars so drivers can get real-time information on their windshields.  Will hackers be able to infiltrate that system and, say, block the driver’s view of a stop sign or a pedestrian crossing the street?

How will we protect children from unsuitable augmented reality content?  Parents are already struggling to shield their kids from adult-oriented and dangerous videos and video games.  This could be an even bigger problem for parents when it comes to sophisticated AR content that may be completely inappropriate for young eyes and brains.

These are the types of questions I hope our witnesses can shed some light on.  I share my colleagues’ enthusiasm about this exciting, ground-breaking technology.  And I’m a believer in what this growing industry can do for states like mine in creating the jobs of tomorrow.  But we also must ask some of the tough questions to make sure that innovation is taking place in a responsible manner.

Thank you.

 

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