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DOL Proposes Rule on Tip Regulations under the FLSA

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:30pm

On December 5, 2017, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a rule to rescind the parts of its tip regulation that bars tip-sharing arrangements in establishments where the employers pay full Federal minimum wage and do not take a tip credit against their minimum wage obligations.  This rule reverses a 2011 DOL regulation that created this restriction.

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Gainesville Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse named for Sidney O. Smith Jr.

GSA news releases - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:12pm
Today U.S. Representative Doug Collins joined the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. District Court at a ceremony to name the Gainesville Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse for former District Judge Sidney O. Smith, Jr. The ceremony, held at the courthouse in Judge Smith’s former courtroom, marked the official naming of the Sidney O. Smith, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse. Rep. Collins, who sponsored the legislation naming the building (H.R.4618), offered remarks, as did GSA Acting Regional Administrator, Liana Henry, U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, along with former colleagues of Judge Smith. The program concluded with an unveiling of the signage bearing the new name and comments by Judge Smith’s son Sidney Oslin Smith III.

GSA, Congressman Collins and the Northern District of Georgia host dedication ceremony to name Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse for Sidney O. Smith Jr.

GSA news releases - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:12pm
Today U.S. Representative Doug Collins joined the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. District Court at a ceremony to name the Gainesville Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse for former District Judge Sidney O. Smith, Jr. The ceremony, held at the courthouse in Judge Smith’s former courtroom, marked the official naming of the Sidney O. Smith, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse. Rep. Collins, who sponsored the legislation naming the building (H.R.4618), offered remarks, as did GSA Acting Regional Administrator, Liana Henry, U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, along with former colleagues of Judge Smith. The program concluded with an unveiling of the signage bearing the new name and comments by Judge Smith’s son Sidney Oslin Smith III.

GSA and U.S. Courts celebrate 100th anniversary of the federal courthouse in Lawton, Oklahoma

GSA news releases - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:12pm
GSA and U.S. Courts celebrate 100th anniversary of the federal courthouse in Lawton, OklahomaLAWTON, Oklahoma - Today, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. District Court for the We

La GSA y la CBP presentan la ceremonia de inicio de construcción del nuevo anexo para procesamiento de peatone

GSA news releases - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:12pm
La Garita de San Luis I procesa anualmente 2,5 millones de peatones que cruzan la frontera​PARA DISTRIBUCIÓN INMEDIATA7 de noviembre de 2017         SAN LUIS, Arizona -- La Administración de Servicios

GSA, CBP Host Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Pedestrian Processing Annex

GSA news releases - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:12pm
San Luis I Port Supports 2.5 Million Annual Pedestrian Border Crossings.

Committee Announces Hearing to Examine the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a hearing titled “Digital Decision-Making: The Building Blocks of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence,” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The hearing will examine the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) in today’s digital economy, the development of algorithms powering AI, and what practices are in place or should be in place to ensure proper use of this technology.

Witnesses:

    - Dr. Cindy Bethel, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Mississippi State University
    - Mr. Daniel Castro, Vice President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
    - Ms. Victoria Espinel, Chief Executive Officer, The Software Alliance
    - Dr. Dario Gil, Vice President, AI and IBM Q, IBM

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Army Corps of Engineers and EPA Seek Comments on Proposed Rule to Add Applicability Date to Clean Water Rule

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:06pm

On November 22, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule to apply an applicability date to the 2015 Final Rule defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The rule would establish an effective date of two years after the date of the final rule.

Written comments are due by December 13, 2017.

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New U.S. Courthouse in Los Angeles Named Project of the Year

GSA news releases - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:12pm
Recognized for Excellence in Construction ManagementFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 20, 2017SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that the new U.S. Courthouse i

GSA’s Next Generation of Alliant is Here

GSA news releases - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:12pm
November 20, 201761 Companies Awarded Spots on “Best-in-Class” Alliant 2 Governmentwide Acquisition Contract for IT servicesWASHINGTON, D.C.-- Today the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) anno

Former Army Reserve Center Hits GSA Auction Block

GSA news releases - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:12pm
For immediate release – November 13, 2017CHICAGO – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the former Army Reserve Center in Harvey, Ill., will be sold through a public auction in an

Thune Statement on Repeal of Flawed Train Brake Rule

"I applaud the department’s new leadership for reacting appropriately to the findings of independent experts and fixing a mistake.”

Cincinnati Business Courier: Helping Greater Cincinnati Minority Entrepreneurs Succeed

House Small Business Committee News - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:00am

A decade ago, Ohio was considered a fly-over state. But today, the state is gaining ground on big startup regions. Cincinnati in particular has seen a number of changes in the past few years, including more capital, mentors, incubators and accelerators ready to guide the next generation of innovators.  

With a goal of pitching ideas to investors during a demo day – think “Shark Tank” – accelerators put entrepreneurs through a fixed-term, group-based program that focuses on mentorships. 

Though the accelerator model is not new, women and minorities still only make up a small share of accelerator participants. Fortunately, minority and women-focused accelerators have increasingly opened their doors over the last few years, many of which are right here in Cincinnati. 

The Hillman Accelerator was launched this year by former Cincinnati Bengals star Dhani Jones, Candice Matthews and Ebow Vroom with the intent of increasing diversity in tech startups, particularly among minority and women entrepreneurs. 

On July 10, 2017, Hillman welcomed its pilot cohort for a four-month program for tech companies led by underrepresented – African-American, Hispanic, Asian and/or woman – founders. Hillman invested $100,000 per founding team and delivered invaluable services such as business modeling, fundraising leadership, strategy development and legal consultations that helped position the teams for growth. 

According to the Minority Entrepreneur Connectivity Assessment, a study released earlier this year by Sean Rugless at the Katalyst Group, ethnic minority firms make up only 3 to 4 percent of the total clients served by state-supported pre-seed funds in Ohio.

On May 3, the House Committee on Small Business heard from entrepreneurs who are using their resources and knowledge to help other entrepreneurs succeed. 

One witness, Ms. Carolyn Rodz, founder and CEO of Circular Board in Houston, told the committee, “If women and men participated equally in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the United States’ GDP could rise by $30 billion. Yet in spite of this, less than 5 percent of venture capital goes to female founders, and when we start to look at minorities, the numbers are significantly lower.”

Hillman is tearing down these walls as it seeks to empower underrepresented communities in tech by investing in their ideas, developing their talent and creating a runway for their future. 

In their first 12 weeks, Hillman’s pilot cohort created 11 new full-time jobs and four part-time jobs, helped a company secure a paid contract with a large hospital system, engaged business and community mentors throughout the region for more than 400 volunteer hours and attracted over $2 million in venture capital from outside the state of Ohio.

As the Small Business Committee continues to fight for small businesses, accelerators like Hillman will make Ohio a leader in technology and innovation for entrepreneurs.

Hyperconverged Cloud Infrastructure Solution Now Available on GSA’s IT Schedule 70

GSA news releases - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:12pm
November 17, 2017Nutanix Innovative Enterprise Cloud Platform Added to Carahsoft Contract in Support FITARA and Data Optimization Initiatives  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. General Services Administrati

FDA Makes a Welcome Return to Courtroom Advocacy for Uniform, National Regulation

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 5:00pm
Through the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (FDCA) and its amendments, Congress put the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in charge of establishing uniform, national regulation of consumer products. In the past decade, private litigants and state officials have increasingly undercut regulatory uniformity through state tort and consumer-protection lawsuits. Rather than defend its congressional mandate …

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A River Runs to Court: Environmental Activists Circumvent Democracy to Impose Agenda

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:54pm
This is a frustrating time for environmental special-interest activists. Their cause is not one the public rates as a national priority. Their allies are no longer in leadership positions in federal agencies. And though they still have friends at the state and local levels, shrinking budgets prevent those regulators and elected officials from pursuing the …

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GSA Announces New Class of Presidential Innovation Fellows

GSA news releases - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 12:12pm
November 30, 2017​WASHINGTON, D.C. - Building on the efforts underway to modernize technology within the federal government, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced 10 new Presi

GSA’s Office of Small Business Utilization Hosts Successful Event for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

GSA news releases - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 12:12pm
November 9, 2017​More than 80 veterans took part in GSA’s Veteran-to-Veteran Coaching Event  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of Small Business Utilization

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