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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold an executive session on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. in Dirksen 106 to consider the following legislative measures and nominations.

Click here for additional information on nominees.

Agenda:

1.      S. 1693, Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017, Sponsors: Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Shelley Capito (R-W.Va.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), along with 25 cosponsors. 

2.      S. 1668, A bill to rename a waterway in the State of New York as the “Joseph Sanford Jr. Channel”, Sponsor: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

3.      Nomination of Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2017

4.      Nomination of James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

5.       Nomination of Neil Jacobs, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce

6.       Nomination of Bruce Landsberg, of South Carolina, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2022

7.       Nomination of Raymond Martinez, of New Jersey, to be Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

8.       Nomination of Nazakhtar Nikakhtar, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce

9.       Nomination of Diana Furchtgott-Roth, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation

10.     Nomination of Leon A. Westmoreland, of Georgia, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years

*Agenda subject to change

Executive Session Details: 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
9:45 a.m.
Full Committee Markup
Senate Dirksen Building 106
 
A live video of the markup and additional information will be available at www.commerce.senate.gov.

Ranking Member Bill Nelson Opening Statement

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, along with Senators Baldwin and Cortez Masto for calling for this hearing today.

Mr. Chairman, this is the latest edition in a long history of hearings we’ve held in this committee to discuss data security and breaches.  Starting with the massive ChoicePoint breach in 2005, and continuing with Target, Neiman Marcus, Shapchat, Sony, Citigroup, CVS, South Shore Hospital, Heartland Payment Systems, and many, many others, the parade of high-profile data breaches seems to have no end.

Billions of consumers have had their sensitive personal data compromised, including Social Security numbers, drivers’ license numbers, addresses, and dates of birth.  For years going forward, criminals can use this data to steal the identity of innocent consumers and create fake accounts in their names and commit other types of fraud.

On top of that, we also recently found out that the 2013 Yahoo breach compromised the personal data of three billion users, making it the biggest data breach in history.  

Yet today, here we are once again dealing with the aftermath of the recent Equifax breach involving the personal information of nearly 145 million Americans. This most recent breach raises an even more troubling question. If a credit reporting agency that offers identity theft protection and credit monitoring services can’t safeguard their own data from hackers, then how can consumers trust any company to protect their information?   

Sadly, that’s a question millions of Americans are now asking themselves as they struggle to figure out how to protect themselves in the wake of these massive breaches.  This committee will, no doubt, once again, consider what it can do to make sure consumers are protected from these breaches.  But if we are going to do anything meaningful, we must have the political will to hold these corporations accountable.

Over the years, the Federal Trade Commission has brought numerous enforcement actions against companies for lax data security practices.  But industry has recently challenged the FTC’s well-established legal authority to bring such enforcement actions.  Furthermore, this piecemeal, after-the-fact approach would be better served if the FTC were able to prescribe rules that require companies to adopt reasonable security practices in the first place.  The FTC has already put forward rules that apply to financial institutions like Equifax.  The agency should have similar authority for the rest of the commercial sector.

Only stiffer enforcement and stringent penalties will help incentivize companies to properly safeguard consumer information and promptly notify them when their data has been compromised.

Mr. Chairman, I strongly believe that without rigorous data security rules in place to hold companies accountable, it’s not a question of if we will have another massive data breach, but when.  So, we can either take action to enact these common-sense rules or we can start planning for our next hearing on this issue, because it’s not going away on its own. 

 

Ranking Member Nelson Opening Statement

Mr. Chairman, we have a full agenda today, but I am pleased that the committee will be advancing the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act today.  What is happening to children and women around this country amounts to modern day slavery – and the cost of further inaction is simply too high.  These shady and highly profitable website operators know full well how their sites are being used. The bill we are moving forward today will help shut down these despicable websites that promote sexual trafficking.

Additionally, we have eight nominations before us today, some of which are controversial.

In fact, last week, we had a hearing on a NASA nominee that was as contentious as any nomination hearing this committee has had, and far more contentious than has been the case historically for a NASA administrator.

I have come to believe that the position of NASA administrator is one of the most challenging positions in the entire federal government. And it is a position where a failure of leadership can quite literally mean the difference between life and death.

The NASA administrator must be a skilled executive capable of managing a portfolio of many of the most challenging technical projects undertaken by humankind. 

The NASA administrator must have a strong scientific or technical background. And the NASA administrator must not be political. This is the point that my colleague Senator Rubio was making, when, after being asked about his concerns over the administration’s nomination of a politician to head NASA, he said “I just think it could be devastating for the space program.” And he said further “It’s the one federal mission which has largely been free of politics and it’s at a critical juncture in its history.”  

Therefore, Mr. Chairman, I believe Congressman Bridenstine falls short in all three of these areas.

With that Mr. Chairman, let’s now proceed to our agenda.

 

Hiring More Heroes: A Review of SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON—Ahead of Veterans Day, Members of the House Committee on Small Business heard testimony from Ms. Barbara Carson, the Associate Administrator of the Office of Veterans Business Development at the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), on the tools and resources veterans can access to start or expand their small business.

Our nation’s veterans make extraordinary sacrifices, put their lives on the line, and keep our country safe. They are our fathers, mothers, siblings, and friends. They are our heroes,” said Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH).

However, veteran employment levels have historically fallen behind those of their nonveteran counterparts. This is often due to the difficulties veterans face when transitioning from the military to the workforce. Research shows that veterans face many barriers to employment that their peers do not, such as potential employers’ difficulty in understanding a military resume or the result of a service-connected disability. We can, and must, do better for them,” Chairman Chabot continued.

From the Battlefield to the Boardroom

America’s armed forces not only defend and protect our nation, but also learn the skillset needed to operate successful businesses. The SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development was established to bridge the gap that exists between veteran and nonveteran employment levels.

The SBA is dedicated to serving aspiring and existing veteran business owners. About 2.5 million businesses are majority-owned by veterans, and nearly all veteran-owned businesses are small businesses and contribute approximately 1.4 trillion dollars to the nation’s total sales/receipts per year,” said Barbara Carson. “Many veteran business owners have gained important skills and leadership abilities that are often directly relevant to business ownership.”

The significance of access to capital is one of the greatest challenges small businesses face,” said Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH). “This is why the Ranking Member and I introduced the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act a couple years back which was signed into law by the President.” 

Rep. Trent Kelly (R-MS), asked, “Of all the SBA’s loan programs that are targeting veterans, which ones are most popular for our veteran entrepreneurs?”  To which Ms. Carson replied, “We have the most participation in the 7(a) loan program.”

How do you measure success? Does your department have goals? And if they do, what are the big goals? Where we measure in business, we improve on,” said Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA).

Ms. Carson replied, “We measure things such as business starts, capital acquired, but because of the mission assigned, it will be tougher for that group [veterans]. The results have been increased participation by 12 percent in the last three years, and 55,000 were trained by Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs).”

Several Members of the Committee on Small Business have served, or are still serving, in the military. Mr. Kelly (R-MS), Mr. Knight (R-CA), Mr. Bacon (R-NE), and Mr. Marshall (R-KS), have all served their country honorably both on the battlefield and in the halls of Congress.

Click here to view full video and here to read full testimony.

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Chairman Chabot Commends House Passage of Save Local Business Act

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON - Today, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement upon House passage yesterday of H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act, legislation that will reverse an Obama-era scheme that threatens small businesses. Chairman Chabot is an original co-sponsor of the bill and, earlier this year, sent a letter to the House Education and Workforce Committee in support of H.R. 3441.

Small businesses have been hurting under this rule for years and it’s time we put an end to it. Under the new standard, a potential small business owner may avoid buying a franchise because of the risk of being punished for the actions of a franchiser. It has also created a lot of confusion and unnecessary challenges for job creators that just want to grow their companies,” said Chairman Chabot. “Today’s vote will restore certainty to America’s small business owners and their employees so they can continue to operate their businesses locally and independently.  Enacting this legislation will help ensure continued freedom for America’s best job creators.”

The Committee first held a roundtable in April 2015 on the emerging issue. NLRB then expanded its definition of the joint employer standard in August 2015. In March 2016, the Committee held a hearing titled, “Risky Business: Effects of New Joint Employer Standards for Small Firms” to examine the direct impact of the rule on small businesses.

To watch Chairman Chabot’s full remarks, click on the video below.

Rep. Rokita Opening Statement (R-IN) | Subcommittee Hearing on "Close to Home: How Opioids are Impacting Communities”

Education & the Workforce Committee - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:00am

Good morning, and welcome to today’s joint subcommittee hearing with our colleagues from the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development. I’d like to thank our panel of witnesses and our members for joining today’s important discussion on opioid abuse and addiction that is taking a toll on the nation.

The opioid crisis is having a profound impact on families, jobs, communities, and the economy, and that is why we’re here today.

The issue of drug overdoses due to opioids is only getting worse as deaths related to opioids have quadrupled since 1999. In 2016 alone, there were approximately 64,000 drug overdoses. This means that the opioid crisis is claiming the lives of 175 Americans per day.

These figures are horrifying and sad not only for the country’s future, but for communities who are losing parents, husbands, wives, teachers, and students.

Additionally, the opioid epidemic knows no age, gender, educational credential, or class distinction. This crisis is touching all Americans.

Some of the most unfortunate stories have to do with the children whose lives have been forever changed by this public health emergency.

Between 2000 and 2014, the number of babies born drug-dependent increased by 500 percent. In my home state of Indiana, a recent pilot program from the state Department of Health found that about 1 in 5 infants assessed at hospitals around the state tested positive for opiates.

More and more children are being placed into foster care or are cared for by another relative due to parental drug abuse. According to a recent analysis, nearly a third of the children who entered foster care in the U.S. in 2015 did so at least partially because of parental drug abuse.

It is one thing to read the statistics and accounts in the news about communities in the midst of the opioid crisis, but these accounts do not compare to the real voices we need to hear from in order to understand this crisis.

I had the opportunity to host a school safety summit last week in my district. One of the two big topics was the opioid crisis. I heard from Dustin Noonkester, one of the founders of “Brady’s Hope.” Dustin lost his son to opioid overdose. This organization is a resource to members of the community on how to spot abuse, how to address opioid misuse, and how families can help one another treat opioid addiction.

These are the stories that give me hope that this crisis can be overcome.

This epidemic can no longer be ignored, and it is important that we hear from those who are on the ground and facing the tragic truths of the opioid crisis every day.

The witnesses we have gathered here today understand the opioid problem better than any of us here in Washington, because they see it, and fight it, in their communities.

I am pleased this committee can come together to understand this true public health emergency and its impact on communities across the United States.

To read PDF version, click here.


Rep. Guthrie Opening Statement (R-KY) | Subcommittee Hearing on "Close to Home: How Opioids are Impacting Communities”

Education & the Workforce Committee - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:00am
Thank you Subcommittee Chairman Rokita, and I want to echo the Chairman’s appreciation for the witnesses joining us at today’s hearing. The opioid crisis is having a profound impact on my constituents as well, and I’m sure the stories we will hear from the witnesses today will resonate with many of the stories I have heard in Kentucky.

The opioid crisis is a public health emergency and Congress must continue working to face the epidemic that has had an impact on all aspects of our society.

Unfortunately, a problem as widespread as the opioid epidemic, which has already had an impact on over 11.5 million Americans, also has taken a devastating toll on local economies and the national economy as a whole, as we’re only beginning to see more clearly.

As the opioid public health emergency continues to worsen, the economy will continue to suffer.

Data from the CDC analyzing opioid overdose deaths by age groups in 1999 and 2015 showed that the people most likely to die of an opioid overdose are between the ages of 25 and 39 years old.

These are people who had entire lives, careers, and untold contributions to make to their communities and our country ahead of them.

Numbers are important, but people with their own stories are at the heart of this crisis.

To Americans who live in some of the areas hardest hit by the opioid crisis, including my home state of Kentucky, they are seeing their coworkers, bosses, friends, and family members suffer from this horrible affliction.

The administration and Congress are coming together to identify community-based solutions to combat this crisis, but the day-to-day hard work fighting this outbreak is already being done on the ground by the people that face this issue every day.

The witnesses we have gathered here today have seen the impact the opioid crisis is having on their communities every day, and it’s important we hear their stories of how it has specifically impacted them as individuals, as well as their friends, families, and coworkers.

When it comes to finding solutions for workforce development needs, and creating more good-paying jobs, we look to state and local entities who are leading by example, and the opioid crisis is no different.

Our witnesses before us have learned a lot in their communities about how to spot opioid abuse and implement successful forms of treatment. It is important we hear about these experiences in order to inform the Congressional response to the crisis.

At this Committee, we talk a lot about how we are addressing the shortage of skilled workers across the country, and how we want to empower people to build the lives they want for themselves. For many workers ensnared in this epidemic, it is critical that they receive the treatment they need to help them return to the workforce, and find a good job once they are drug-free. We also have to acknowledge that the opioid crisis is resulting in too many lives ending far too soon, and we have to look at ways to stop it.

I’d like to welcome Tim Robinson from my home state of Kentucky who is testifying here today. Tim is the founder and CEO of Addiction Recovery Care in Louisa, Kentucky, which is a network of 13 addiction treatment centers. Thank you for the work you are doing to serve your community and the Commonwealth. I look forward to hearing your testimony today.

I appreciate the witnesses for appearing before this committee, and look forward to hearing how they have responded in their own communities to combat this crisis.

To  read PDF version, click here.

U.S. Department of the Interior Seeks Comments on Mitigation Policies

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 4:37pm

On November 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a request for comments on its Mitigation Policies. Specifically, FWS is seeking comments on the existing Mitigation Policy and Endangered Species Act Compensatory Mitigation Policy. The Service will use these comments in determining whether and how to revise these policies.

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Advocacy Appoints Elmo J. Rinaldi to Serve as Region 3 Advocate

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:03pm

 

Advocacy Appoints Elmo J. Rinaldi to Serve as Region 3 Advocate

 

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Committee Announces Hearing To Examine Technology in Agriculture

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, & Data Security, will convene a hearing titled “Technology in Agriculture: Data-Driven Farming,” at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The hearing will examine the potential benefits of advancements in agricultural technology and the collection and utilization of data in farming.

Witnesses:

  - Dr. Shannon Ferrell, Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University
  - Mr. Todd J. Janzen, President, Janzen Agricultural Law, LLC
  - Mr. Justin Knopf, Vice President, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers
  - Mr. Jason Tatge, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Farmobile

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
2:30 p.m.
Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, & Data Security

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.

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Today, the subcommittee meets to examine the Internet of Things.  Our discussion will focus on how to advance the availability and accessibility of these technologies in rural America.  I am glad to convene this hearing with my good friend and colleague Ranking Member Schatz.

The Internet of Things encompasses a diverse market of internet-connected devices, machines, and physical objects.  Over the past few years, we have seen an increasing number of physical objects like refrigerators and washing machines take on “smarter” capabilities through internet-connected sensors.  Internet connectivity enables these things to collect data and share actionable insights to consumers and businesses alike.  This information allows the user to be more productive, efficient, and cost-effective. It is changing our economy.

Beyond generating simple conveniences, Internet of Things technologies are taking on more significant and vital roles in our lives.  They are making us safer, improving our health, and opening up opportunities for economic advancement in both urban and rural communities. 

In our rural communities in particular, Internet of Things technologies, such as telemedicine, are making a big impact.  In my home state, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, which is represented here today, is providing life-saving health-care services through innovative telehealth applications.  Physicians are remotely monitoring and diagnosing patients.  This remote access can offer specialty care that is not readily available in many rural communities.  

Our first responders are also using telemedicine to communicate and provide treatment in the field.  For example, first responders can consult with emergency personnel in hospitals through video applications.  This is accelerating the delivery of care and saving lives.

Underlying these IoT technologies and their economic and societal benefits are reliable broadband connections and mobile broadband services.  Internet connectivity is absolutely essential to the adoption of these technologies.  As IoT technologies become smarter and increasingly sophisticated, they will require seamless and reliable internet connectivity to achieve the promised health, safety, and economic benefits.

To that end, it is vitally important that the Federal Communications Commission take steps to ensure that the Universal Service Fund program provide adequate and predictable support to help preserve and expand broadband in rural and underserved communities.  It is also important for the Commission to collect accurate and reliable coverage data for programs, like Phase II of the Mobility Fund, before making new funding decisions.  We should ensure the delivery of essential communications services to communities in need first. 

In addition to accelerating the deployment of broadband in our rural areas, cybersecurity will be key to advancing the economic success of the Internet of Things market.  Large-scale data breaches have understandably shaken consumers’ confidence and trust.  Fortified security measures will help strengthen the United States’ leadership role and competitiveness in the IoT market around the world.

The Internet of Things marks an exciting space for digital innovation in this country.  There is significant economic potential associated with these technological developments.  Today, I look forward to learning from our witnesses about the how the IoT is bringing vital services to rural America and creating opportunities for investment, innovation, and job creation.  I welcome all the witnesses here today and thank them for their testimonies.

Advancing the Internet of Things in Rural America

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a hearing titled “Advancing the Internet of Things in Rural America,” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The hearing will examine the use and benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) in rural communities, and the infrastructure needs necessary to advance the IoT market to ensure rural America has access to products and devices that are driving the digital economy.

Witnesses:

  • Mr. Michael Adcock, Executive Director, Telehealth Center University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Miss.
  • Mr. David Armitage, Founder and CEO of Cartasite, Denver, Colo.
  • Mr. Timothy Hassinger, President and CEO, Lindsay Corporation, Omaha, Neb.
  • Mr. Michael Terzich, Chief Administrative Officer, Zebra Technologies, Lincolnshire, Ill.

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet

 

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.

Investing in Small Businesses: The SBIC Program

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade will meet for a hearing titled, “Investing in Small Businesses: The SBIC Program.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building

This hearing will examine the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program.  As the Committee continues to explore the issue of access to capital, this hearing will provide Members the opportunity to hear directly from participants in the SBIC Program.  

Attachments
1. Hearing Notice
2. Witness List

Witnesses

Mr. Brett Palmer
President
Small Business Investor Alliance
Washington, DC

Mr. Thies Kolln
Partner
Aavin Private Equity
Cedar Rapids, IA

Mr. Michael Painter
Managing Partner
Plexus Capital
Raleigh, NC

Investing in Small Businesses: The SBIC Program

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade will meet for a hearing titled, “Investing in Small Businesses: The SBIC Program.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building

This hearing will examine the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program.  As the Committee continues to explore the issue of access to capital, this hearing will provide Members the opportunity to hear directly from participants in the SBIC Program.  

Attachments
1. Hearing Notice
2. Witness List 

Witnesses
Mr. Brett Palmer
President
Small Business Investor Alliance
Washington, DC 

Investing in Small Businesses: The SBIC Program

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON—Today, Members of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade heard from a panel of witnesses from all over the country who participate in the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program.

As a way to inject more equity into the small business ecosystem to address the gap in long-term financing, the SBA created the Small Business Investment Company Program, also known as the SBIC Program, in 1958,” said Subcommittee Chairman Rod Blum (R-IA).Like many of the SBA’s financial programs…robust and thorough Congressional oversight is required to ensure taxpayer money is safeguarded and protected.

A Successful Private-Public Sector Solution   

The SBIC program is a vital source of capital for small businesses and is a leading example of how the federal government and the private sector can work together to grow the economy and create jobs.

“The program is effective and distinct because the private sector leads with its capital and investment expertise and then SBIC leverage follows to augment the impact of the private investment,” said Brett Palmer, President of the Small Business Investor Alliance in Washington, DC. “It is a mark of SBIC industry pride that the program continued to maintain its zero-subsidy throughout the Great Recession.”

“A hallmark of the SBIC Program is its rigorous licensing process for prospective SBIC funds, ensuring taxpayer protection and safeguarding the program’s reputation,” said Thies Kolln, Partner at Aavin Private Equity in Cedar Rapids, IA. “Because of our location and our firm’s investing principles, we have a particular impact on small businesses in Iowa. In our firm’s history, we have made 26 investments in Iowa small businesses, one as recently as the end of October.”

Our growth has been driven by doing more of the same investments in small businesses. We invested in 28 small businesses through our first SBIC fund and expect to invest in 40 – 50 small businesses over the life of Plexus Fund IV,” stated Michael Painter, Managing Partner at Plexus Capital in Raleigh, NC. “While many peers have found great success moving up market to serve larger companies, we have been intentional about staying focused on smaller businesses who have limited access to capital where we can make a meaningful impact on growth.”

The SBIC program is one of the most innovative, financially successful and well-structured government programs in existence,” said Mark Walsh, Managing Director at Ruxton Ventures in Chevy Chase, MD. “The license application and approval process is extraordinarily rigorous, and creates an efficient “filter” for mismanaged or ill-targeted funds from receiving taxpayer dollars.”

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Update: Plaintiffs in Subway Not-Foot-Long Class Action Throw in the Napkin

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 5:55pm
In September WLF’s Cory Andrews applauded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit’s rejection of a settlement of a consumer-fraud class-action suit against Subway. The suit alleged that not all Subway foot-long sandwiches measured a full 12″. The WLF Legal Pulse post did note, however, that on the basis of “new” information from …

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GSA Breaks Ground on New, Consolidated U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Leased Headquarters in Camp Springs, MD

GSA news releases - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:12am
October 30, 2017 Washington, D.C. - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today broke ground at USCIS’ new headquarters facility in Camp Springs, Md.

Federal CIO Council Expects Large Turnout at Federal Tech/Cyber Hiring and Recruitment Event

GSA news releases - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:12am
October 30, 2017 Washington, D.C. - The Federal Chief Information Officers Council, supported by the U. S. General Services Administration (GSA), will host the first-ever, governmentwide Federal Tech/Cyber Hiring and Recruitment Event on November 6 and 7, at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, Md.

Notificación a los viajeros de la construcción en curso en la Garita de San Luis I

GSA news releases - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:12am
La Administración de Servicios Generales de los Estados Unidos (GSA, por sus siglas en inglés) está preparando la construcción de una nueva instalación para peatones en la Garita de San Luis I y quisiera anunciar las siguientes ligeras modificaciones en las rutas vehiculares y peatonales en la salida de la garita.

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