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  • USDA Announces Intent to Establish an Equity Commission, Solicits Nominations for Membership

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Intent to Establish an Equity Commission, Solicits Nominations for Membership | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: September 24, 2021)

    Washington, September 24, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it will establish an Equity Commission and is requesting nominations for membership on the Equity Commission Advisory Committee and Equity Commission Subcommittee on Agriculture. The Notice represents an important step towards implementing President Biden’s commitment to create an Equity Commission and the American Rescue Plan Act provision that directs USDA to "address historical discrimination and disparities in the agriculture sector… [through] one or more equity commissions to address racial equity issues within USDA and its programs." “USDA is committed to advancing equity throughout our Departm...
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  • Federal Communications Commission acts to provide relief in Areas affected by Hurricane Ida

    Federal Communications Commission acts to provide relief in Areas affected by Hurricane Ida | site |




    Agency Extends Certain Regulatory and Filing Deadlines to Assist Consumers, Licensees and Communications Providers Affected by the Storm


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: September 3, 2021) Washington, September 3, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today took a series of actions to extend deadlines and waive rules to assist consumers, licensees and communications providers in Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by Hurricane Ida. “The FCC is working around the clock in coordination with government partners and industry to support the restoration of vital communications services after the destruction of Hurricane Ida,” said Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “Today, we’re extending deadlines for our universal servi...
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Requests Information and Comment on Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser Digital Engagement Practices

    SEC Requests Information and Comment on Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser Digital Engagement Practices, Related Tools and Methods, and Regulatory Considerations and Potential Approaches; Information and Comments on Investment Adviser Use of Technology | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: August 27, 2021) Washington D.C., Aug. 27, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it is requesting information and public comment on matters related to the use of digital engagement practices by broker-dealers and investment advisers. These tools include behavioral prompts, differential marketing, game-like features (commonly referred to as gamification), and other design elements or features designed to engage with retail investors on digital platforms (e.g., websites, portals, and applications), as well as the analytical and technological tools and m...
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  • Federal Election Commission announces appointment of Charles Kitcher as Associate General Counsel

    Federal Election Commission announces appointment of Charles Kitcher as Associate General Counsel | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: July 15, 2021) Washington - - The Federal Election Commission has appointed Charles Kitcher as Associate General Counsel. Mr. Kitcher, whose appointment becomes effective July 18, oversees the Enforcement Division, which is the largest division of the Office of General Counsel. The 45-person Enforcement Division recommends to the Commission appropriate action to take with respect to administrative complaints and apparent violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), investigates alleged violations, and negotiates conciliation agreements. Mr. Kitcher joined the Commission in December 2012 as a staff attorney in the Litigation Division. In August 2017, he was promoted to Acting Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and served in that role...
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the European Central Bank Sign Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Cooperation with Respect to Security-Based Swap Entities

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the European Central Bank Sign Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Cooperation with Respect to Security-Based Swap Entities | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: August 16, 2021)

    Washington D.C., Aug. 16, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to consult, cooperate, and exchange information in connection with the supervision, enforcement, and oversight of certain security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants that are registered with the SEC and supervised by the ECB. This is the first MOU between the SEC and ECB.

    The MOU was executed on Aug. 16, 2021, and is intended to facilitate the SEC's oversight of all SEC-registered security-based swap entities in EU Member
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  • Federal Election Commission Approves Advisory Opinion - - Kelly - - Considers others

    Federal Election Commission Approves Advisory Opinion - - Kelly - - Considers others| site |




    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: July 15, 2021) Washington - - The Federal Election Commission today approved an advisory opinion and discussed and held over an advisory opinion request. The Commission was unable to reach consensus by the required four affirmative votes on a motion to amend a directive governing the content of regular staff reports to the Commission. Advisory Opinion 2021-06 (Rep. Robin Kelly/Democratic Party of Illinois) The Commission approved an advisory opinion in response to a request from Rep. Kelly and the Democratic Party of Illinois. Rep. Kelly was elected chair of the Democratic State Central Committee, which governs the Democratic Party of Illinois. The Commission concluded that the state party may raise funds in amounts and from sources prohibited by the Federal Election Campaign Act o...
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  • Federal Communications Commission Proposes Updating Numbering Rules to Fight Robocalls

    Federal Communications Commission Proposes Updating Numbering Rules to Fight Robocalls | site |



    Seeks Comment on Rules to Deter Spoofed Robocalls, Protect National Security, Prevent Regulatory Arbitrage, and Promote Public Safety


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: August 6, 2021) Washington, August 5, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today approved a proposal seeking comment on how to modify its policies to reduce access to phone numbers by perpetrators of illegal robocalls. The proposed rules are part of ongoing Commission efforts to protect Americans from unwanted and illegal robocalls. The FCC is proposing to update its rules governing interconnected VoIP providers’ direct access to phone numbers to address problems that have arisen from the growth of widely available VoIP software that can allow bad actors to make spoofed robocal...
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  • Federal Communications Commission to Vote on designating Boston and Raleigh as Newest FCC Innovation Zones

    Federal Communications Commission to Vote on designating Boston and Raleigh as Newest FCC Innovation Zones | site |



    Boston and Raleigh Would Join New York City and Salt Lake City as Innovation and Research Test Beds for Advanced Wireless Technologies Like 5G and Open RAN


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) press release dated: July 14, 2021) Washington, July 14, 2021—FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel today proposed establishing Raleigh, North Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts as innovation zones to allow for advanced wireless communications and network innovation and research. These designations would, among other positive impacts, help spur the development and integration of 5G network technologies and open radio access networks, or Open RAN. Innovation zones are FCC-designated, city-scale test beds managed by the National Science Foundation’s Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research. If a...
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  • Federal Election Commission says District Court issues opinion in Ted Cruz for Senate, et al. v. FEC

    Federal Election Commission says District Court issues opinion in Ted Cruz for Senate, et al. v. FEC | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: June 3, 2021)

    Washington - - A three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order in Ted Cruz for Senate, et al. v. FEC (Case No. 19-908), denying the Commission’s motion for summary judgment and granting the Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment.

    On April 1, 2019, Ted Cruz for Senate and Senator Cruz filed suit against the Commission alleging that the limit on repayment of candidate loans at 52 U.S.C. § 30116(j) violates the First Amendment to the Constitution. The three-judge panel concurred.
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Charges Amec Foster Wheeler Limited With FCPA Violations Related To Brazilian Bribery Scheme

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Charges Amec Foster Wheeler Limited With FCPA Violations Related To Brazilian Bribery Scheme | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: June 25, 2021) Washington D.C., June 25, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against Amec Foster Wheeler Limited (Foster Wheeler) for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) arising out of a bribery scheme that took place in Brazil. As part of coordinated resolutions with the SEC, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Brazil Controladoria-General da Uniᾶo (CGU)/Advocacia-Geral da Uniᾶo (AGU) and the Ministério Publico Federal (MPF), and the United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the company has agreed to pay more than $43 million related to this scheme, including more than $10.1 million to settle the SEC's charges. The SEC's order finds that Foster...
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  • Lina Khan Sworn in as Chair of the Federal Trade Commission

    Lina Khan Sworn in as Chair of the Federal Trade Commission

    Lina Khan Sworn in as Chair of the Federal Trade Commission | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: June 15, 2021)

    Lina Khan was sworn in today as Chair of the Federal Trade Commission. President Biden named Khan, a Democrat, to a term on the Commission that expires September 25, 2024, and designated her as Chair. Khan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 15, 2021. “It is a tremendous honor to have been selected by President Biden to lead the Federal Trade Commission,” said Chair Khan. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to protect the public from corporate abuse. I’m very grateful to Acting Chairwoman Slaughter for her outstanding stewardship of the Commission." Prior to becoming Chair of the FTC, Khan was an Associate Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She also previously served as counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommit...
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  • Federal Communications Commission offers Guidance on Connected Care Pilot Program; Announces 36 newly approved Projects

    Federal Communications Commission offers Guidance on Connected Care Pilot Program; Announces 36 newly approved Projects | site |




    $100 Million Program Will Support Connected Care Service Across Country, Focus on Low-Income and Veteran Patients


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 17, 2021) Washington, June 17, 2021 - - Today the Federal Communications Commission approved a Report and Order offering further guidance on the administration of its $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program, including guidance on eligible services, competitive bidding, invoicing, and data reporting for selected participants, which will enable applicants selected for the Pilot Program to begin their projects. Additionally, the FCC this week voted to approve 36 additional pilot projects for a total of over $31 million in funding. The newly selected Pilot projects join an initial set of 23 p...
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  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Report Shows Child Drownings Remain High; Most Fatalities to Children Under Five

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Report Shows Child Drownings Remain High; Most Fatalities to Children Under Five | site |




    Fewer Kids Took Swim Lessons During COVID-19 Pandemic Putting Them at Risk


    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release dated: June 8, 2021)

    Washington - - The annual drowning and submersion report released today by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds families to make water safety a priority, particularly as they return to community pools and resume warm-weather activities near water. Child drownings remain the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages one to four years old.

    CPSC’s latest data show:
    • an increase in pool-or spa-related fatal drowning incidents among children younger than 15 years old;
    • on average, there were 397 reported pool-or-spa-related fatal drownings per
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  • The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting

    The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting

    The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 17, 2021) Washington, June 17, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules to improve the way the public receives emergency alerts on their mobile phones, televisions, and radios. The nation’s Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts help keep the public safe and informed and are of ever-increasing importance given the emergencies and disasters Americans have faced in recent years. In 2018, however, a false emergency alert in Hawaii mistakenly warned of an incoming ballistic missile and highlighted the need to improve these systems. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 subsequently directed the Commission, in consultation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to adopt rules to strengthen emergency...
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Charges Issuer With Cybersecurity Disclosure Controls Failures

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Charges Issuer With Cybersecurity Disclosure Controls Failures | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: June 15, 2021) Washington D.C., June 15, 2021 — - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settled charges against real estate settlement services company First American Financial Corporation for disclosure controls and procedures violations related to a cybersecurity vulnerability that exposed sensitive customer information. According to the SEC’s order, on the morning of May 24, 2019, a cybersecurity journalist notified First American of a vulnerability with its application for sharing document images that exposed over 800 million images dating back to 2003, including images containing sensitive personal data such as social security numbers and financial information. In response, according to the order, First Ame...
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    USDA Announces Intent to Establish an Equity Commission, Solicits Nominations for Membership
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Intent to Establish an Equity Commission, Solicits Nominations for Membership | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: September 24, 2021)

    Washington, September 24, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it will establish an Equity Commission and is requesting nominations for membership on the Equity Commission Advisory Committee and Equity Commission Subcommittee on Agriculture. The Notice represents an important step towards implementing President Biden’s commitment to create an Equity Commission and the American Rescue Plan Act provision that directs USDA to "address historical discrimination and disparities in the agriculture sector… [through] one or more equity commissions to address racial equity issues within USDA and its programs." “USDA is committed to advancing equity throughout our Departm...
    10-14-2021, 12:44 AM
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    Federal Communications Commission acts to provide relief in Areas affected by Hurricane Ida
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    Federal Communications Commission acts to provide relief in Areas affected by Hurricane Ida | site |




    Agency Extends Certain Regulatory and Filing Deadlines to Assist Consumers, Licensees and Communications Providers Affected by the Storm


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: September 3, 2021) Washington, September 3, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today took a series of actions to extend deadlines and waive rules to assist consumers, licensees and communications providers in Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by Hurricane Ida. “The FCC is working around the clock in coordination with government partners and industry to support the restoration of vital communications services after the destruction of Hurricane Ida,” said Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “Today, we’re extending deadlines for our universal servi...
    09-04-2021, 10:04 PM
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Requests Information and Comment on Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser Digital Engagement Practices
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    SEC Requests Information and Comment on Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser Digital Engagement Practices, Related Tools and Methods, and Regulatory Considerations and Potential Approaches; Information and Comments on Investment Adviser Use of Technology | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: August 27, 2021) Washington D.C., Aug. 27, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it is requesting information and public comment on matters related to the use of digital engagement practices by broker-dealers and investment advisers. These tools include behavioral prompts, differential marketing, game-like features (commonly referred to as gamification), and other design elements or features designed to engage with retail investors on digital platforms (e.g., websites, portals, and applications), as well as the analytical and technological tools and m...
    09-01-2021, 03:54 AM
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    Federal Election Commission announces appointment of Charles Kitcher as Associate General Counsel
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    Federal Election Commission announces appointment of Charles Kitcher as Associate General Counsel | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: July 15, 2021) Washington - - The Federal Election Commission has appointed Charles Kitcher as Associate General Counsel. Mr. Kitcher, whose appointment becomes effective July 18, oversees the Enforcement Division, which is the largest division of the Office of General Counsel. The 45-person Enforcement Division recommends to the Commission appropriate action to take with respect to administrative complaints and apparent violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), investigates alleged violations, and negotiates conciliation agreements. Mr. Kitcher joined the Commission in December 2012 as a staff attorney in the Litigation Division. In August 2017, he was promoted to Acting Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and served in that role...
    08-20-2021, 01:51 AM
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the European Central Bank Sign Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Cooperation with Respect to Security-Based Swap Entities
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the European Central Bank Sign Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Cooperation with Respect to Security-Based Swap Entities | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: August 16, 2021)

    Washington D.C., Aug. 16, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to consult, cooperate, and exchange information in connection with the supervision, enforcement, and oversight of certain security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants that are registered with the SEC and supervised by the ECB. This is the first MOU between the SEC and ECB.

    The MOU was executed on Aug. 16, 2021, and is intended to facilitate the SEC's oversight of all SEC-registered security-based swap entities in EU Member
    ...
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