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Rethinking Pathways to Prosperity

Education & the Workforce Committee - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 12:00am

Career and technical education helps students acquire the education, skills, and experience they need to compete and succeed in the workforce. That’s why Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA) introduced—and the committee unanimously approved—the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587). In an op-ed for U.S. News and World Report, Charles Sahm, director of education policy at the Manhattan Institute, writes that the bipartisan bill will “help young people place their feet on the ladder to economic prosperity.”

Rethinking Pathways to Prosperity
By Charles Sahm
September 1, 2016

Across the political spectrum, there is wide agreement that strengthening career and technical education is key to improving economic and social mobility. Still, in these polarized, hyperpartisan times, it seems far-fetched that Congress could pass a thoughtful, bipartisan piece of legislation that would help young people place their feet on the ladder to economic prosperity. But as Congress returns from recess next week just such a bill is awaiting a vote.

The legislation, titled the "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act," modernizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Act, which has funded career and technical education programs since 1984. It emerged from the House Education Committee via a unanimous 37 to 0 vote in June.

Like the recent reauthorization of the federal government's main education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Perkins reauthorization gives more discretion to the states. It doesn't seek to micromanage policy but rather requires states to measure and report certain targeted outcomes. The new law also incentivizes stronger engagement with employers, the utilization of "work-based learning" and programs that lead to attainment of "recognized postsecondary credentials" …

The best, most secure jobs of the 21st century will require some sort of post-secondary degree or industry-recognized credential. But that doesn't mean that every student need go directly from high school to a four-year college. It's time to rethink some of our rigid views around higher education in the United States. Other nations with higher mobility rates tend to make more use of apprenticeships and technical education.

If passed, the new Perkins Act would be a small but important step toward making sure that students get on the pathway to prosperity that's right for them.

To read the full op-ed, click here.

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GSA Proposes New Rule Allowing Other Direct Costs into the Schedules Program

GSA news releases - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 12:00am
GSA Proposes New Rule Allowing Other Direct Costs into the Schedules Program

Ensuring Opportunities: Oversight of the HUBZone Program

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 11:00am
Chairman Steve Chabot has scheduled a hearing of the Committee on Small Business titled, “Ensuring Opportunities: Oversight of the HUBZone Program." The hearing will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

1. Hearing Notice
2. Witness List

Mr. William B. Shear
Financial Markets and Community Investment
United States Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC

Mr. John Shoraka
Associate Administrator
Office of Government Contracts and Business Development
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

Court Pours Cold Water on Unreasonable Serving-Size Class Action vs. Starbucks

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 10:52am
Since its inception in the spring of 2010, the WLF Legal Pulse has routinely cast aspersions upon (mostly California-based) class-action lawsuits alleging fraudulent food labeling and the shopping-cart-chasing lawyers who file them. The blog even has a tag devoted entirely to posts on these suits: Food Court. Of all the lawsuits we’ve discussed here, few […]
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Traditional Lending for Small Business on the Decline: What about Alternative Finance?

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 9:51am

For Release: September 7, 2016

SBA Number: 16-08 ADV

Contact: Elle Patout



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SBA Leaves Committee with More Questions than Answers on HUBZones

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:00am

Chairman Chabot Says Congress Must Approve Changes to Program

WASHINGTON – House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) today expressed concern that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has failed to improve a federal program that aids small business development in economically distressed areas. Chairman Chabot also admonished the SBA that Congress and the Committee must approve all changes to the Historically Underutilized Business Zone or “HUBZone” program in order to ensure it is working as intended.

“The HUBZone program cannot fulfill its mission if the opportunities provided by these incentives are being taken by companies that don’t actually qualify for the program,” said Chairman Chabot in his opening statement. “The HUBZone program is intended to help these small businesses, but can only succeed if the program is run in way that actually helps the areas most in need.”

“It is crucial, however, that any efforts to alter or expand the program are made by working through Congress and with this Committee. Actions that could change how the program has been run, or how effective the program will be, must be done out in the open, with the public debate afforded by the People’s branch,” added Chabot.

After the hearing concluded, Chairman Chabot said “The SBA’s actions on the HUBZone program have left our Committee with more questions than answers. Our Committee will be evaluating all available options as we move forward in the coming weeks and months to improve this program.”

You can read full testimony from today’s hearing here and watch the full video here.


WCOE Turning Point for 9/6

Turning Point RSS - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 1:49pm

California Supreme Court Continues Its “Grasping” and “Exorbitant” Personal Jurisdiction over Nonresident Defendants

WLF Legal Pulse - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 11:31am
In its seminal 2014 decision, Daimler AG v. Bauman, the U.S. Supreme Court imposed strict limits on the authority of courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over out-of-state corporate defendants.  It condemned as “grasping” and “exorbitant” a California court’s efforts to exercise jurisdiction over claims lacking any connection with the State based solely on a corporate […]
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When Prices for an App Increase, There’s a Lawsuit for That

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 1:27pm
By Trey Wassdorf, a Judge K.K. Legett Fellow at Washington Legal Foundation in the summer of 2016 who is currently a third-year student at Texas Tech University School of Law. Recently, online video-on-demand service Hulu decided to migrate from a business model that had provided either a free ad-supported service or a subscription-based premium service. […]
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Five FCC Commissioners to Testify September 15

This hearing presents an opportunity to discuss concerns about partisanship affecting commission work and to raise issues on important policy questions under consideration this fall.

USCIS Proposes Rule to Allow Parole or Temporary Status to International Entrepreneurs

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:19pm

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a new rule which would allow international entrepreneurs to be considered for parole or temporary permission to be in the United States. Entrepreneurs may be granted an initial stay of two years, and seek a subsequent request for re-parole for up to three additional years.  USCIS welcomes public comment on the numbers and types of small businesses that may be impacted by this rule, the compliance costs of this rule, and any potential alternatives that may minimize the compliance costs of this rule. 

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GSA Awards Construction Contract at the Federico Degetau Federal Building Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

GSA news releases - Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:00am
GSA Awards Construction Contract at the Federico Degetau Federal Building Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

Update: Activists Hostile to Domestic Energy Development Fail in Colorado Ballot Initiative Effort

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 2:25pm
In an August 26, 2016 Washington Legal Foundation Legal Backgrounder, Fighting the Frack Attack: The State of State Preemption Efforts, Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP attorneys Wayne D’Angelo and Travis Cushman document how the highest courts in four states have addressed local government limits on highly successful oil and gas extraction methods, such as hydraulic […]
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Update: FCC Declines Appeal of Sixth Circuit Loss in Municipal Broadband Preemption Case

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:07pm
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced on August 29 that it will not be appealing its loss in the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Tennessee v. FCC. The August 10 decision held that FCC lacked the authority under Telecommunications Act § 706 to preempt state limits on municipalities’ offering of broadband […]
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Crusade or Charade?: What’s Really Motivating Efforts to Mandate GMO-Labeling?

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:12pm
Because “public-interest” groups cloak themselves with the feel-good mantle of protecting consumers, the environment, animals, etc., the motives of such groups rarely get questioned. But several recent developments show that all too often, activists put their own self-interest before the public’s interest. Consider, for example, environmental groups’ opposition to a Washington state ballot measure going […]
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Texas Supreme Court Restricts Scope of Common-Law Nuisance

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:39am
Featured Expert Column − Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation Richard O. Faulk, a Partner with Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP serving clients in Texas and Washington DC. In a unanimous decision, the Texas Supreme Court recently clarified key points regarding the common-law doctrine of private nuisance.  See Crosstex North Texas Pipeline v. Gardiner.1 Although […]
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Former USDA Research Site Hits GSA Auction Block

GSA news releases - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:00am
Former USDA Research Site Hits GSA Auction Block

Chabot: Obama Administration’s Final Blacklisting Rule As Bad as We Thought

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON - House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) made the following statement on the Obama administration’s final rule and guidance on the blacklisting of small contractors.  

“President Obama’s latest regulatory power grab should send a chill down the spine of every small contractor who does business with the federal government.  At a time when we should be doing all we can to encourage small businesses to compete for federal contracts, this new red tape will discourage competition resulting in delayed procurement and higher costs shouldered by the American taxpayer. Rather than work with Congress to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in federal contracting, the Obama administration chose to implement a backwards policy of  ‘guilty until proven innocent’ for small businesses. This outrageous new rule is as bad as we thought and underscores the need for common sense regulatory reforms like those included in the ‘Better Way’ agenda’ put forth by House Republicans this spring.”   


Since 2012, there are 100,000 fewer small businesses are competing for federal contracts.

The House Small Business Committee has repeatedly warned the Obama administration about the negative consequences of this rule for small businesses through letters, hearings and roundtables.  

SEC Drifting Further Away from Its Statutory Mission with Latest “Therapeutic Disclosure” Idea

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 9:39am
Featured Expert Contributor — Corporate Governance/Securities Law Stephen M. Bainbridge, William D. Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law *Editor’s Note: Washington Legal Foundation is pleased to have Professor Bainbridge joining our roster of WLF Legal Pulse Featured Expert Contributors. Professor Bainbridge is a member of WLF’s Legal Policy Advisory Board. He is […]
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GSA showcases government-wide shared services at Industry Day

GSA news releases - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:00am
GSA showcases government-wide shared services at Industry Day


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