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  • Federal Trade Commission Announces Opening Session of Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century

    Federal Trade Commission Announces Opening Session of Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century September 13-14 at Georgetown University Law Center

    (August 24, 2018) - - The Federal Trade Commission will begin its Hearings Initiative with two full-day sessions, co-sponsored with and held at the Georgetown University Law Center, on September 13 and 14, 2018. The event will be webcast live.

    The Georgetown event will be the first in a series of hearings that will examine whether broad-based changes in the economy, evolving business practices, new technologies, or international developments might require adjustments to competition and consumer protection enforcement priorities of the Commission. These public events, in conjunction with the public comment process, will provide the FTC with a broad and diverse range of viewpoints and stimulate evaluation of key enforcement and policy issues.

    FTC Chairman Joe Simons will present opening remarks, followed by two days of discussion by a distinguished set of panelists on the following topics:
    • the current landscape of competition and consumer protection law and policy;
    • whether the U.S. economy has become more concentrated and less competitive;
    • the regulation of consumer data;
    • antitrust law and the consumer welfare standard; and
    • the analysis of vertical mergers.
    The Commission invites public comment on any of these issues. Comments can be submitted electronically until October 14.
    Additional sessions of the FTC Hearings Initiative will be held throughout the fall and early winter. An initial list of sessions and topics follows, and additional sessions and topics will be announced in the fall:

    September 21, 2018
    FTC Constitution Center
    • State of U.S. Antitrust Law
    • Mergers and Monopsony or Buyer Power
    October 15-17, 2018
    George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
    • The Identification and Analysis of Collusive, Exclusionary, and Predatory Conduct by Digital and Technology-Based Platform Businesses
    • Antitrust Framework for Evaluating Acquisitions of Potential or Nascent Competitors in Digital Marketplaces
    • Antitrust Evaluation of Labor Markets
    October 23-24, 2018
    FTC Constitution Center
    • Innovation and Intellectual Property Policy
    November 6-7, 2018
    American University Washington College of Law
    • Privacy, Big Data, and Competition
    November 13-14, 2018
    Howard University School of Law
    • Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, and Predictive Analytics
    The FTC Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century will accommodate as many attendees as possible; however, admittance may be limited due to seating availability. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Requests for accommodations should be submitted to Elizabeth Kraszewski via email at or by phone at (202) 326-3087. Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed. Please allow at least five days advance notice for accommodation requests; last minute requests will be accepted but may not be possible to accommodate.

    Hearing #1 On Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century 9:00 am to 5:15 pm, September 13 and 14, 2018
    Georgetown University Law Center’s Hart Auditorium
    600 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001

    The Federal Trade Commission develops policy initiatives on issues that affect competition, consumers, and the U.S. economy.

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  • Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice to Hold Workshop on Competition in Real Estate Brokerage

    Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice to Hold Workshop on Competition in Real Estate Brokerage

    (April 5, 2018) - - The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice announced today that they will hold a joint public workshop in Washington, DC on June 5, 2018, to explore competition issues in the residential real estate brokerage industry.

    Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest financial transactions most consumers make in their lives, and the residential real estate brokerage industry has seen significant change in recent years, including the emergence of new business models. The workshop will focus on developments since the publication of the FTC and DOJ’s Report on Competition in the Real Estate Brokerage Industry in 2007. Topics to be discussed include:
    • existing and emerging consumer-facing platforms for accessing listings information
    • availability of listings information to consumers
    • regulatory and competitive hurdles facing listings platforms
    • effect of listings platforms on consumers’ use of real estate services
    • changes in traditional real estate broker, brokerage, and Multiple Listing Service practices
    • emergence and growth of nontraditional fee and service models
    • obstacles and catalysts to innovation in real estate fee structures and service models
    • competitive impact of nontraditional real estate fee and service models
    • effect of antitrust enforcement actions and consent decrees on competition in the residential real estate industry, and
    • state licensing regimes relating to residential real estate transactions.

    The FTC and DOJ invite comments from the public on competition in the residential real estate brokerage industry and the topics covered by this workshop. For further information on the workshop and the public comment process, including a list of suggested questions open for comment, please visit the workshop event page. Interested parties may submit public comments online now through July 31, 2018. Submitted comments will be posted on the FTC website.

    The joint workshop is free and open to the public. It starts at 9:00 a.m. at the FTC’s Constitution Center Auditorium, 400 7th St., SW, Washington, DC, and will be webcast live on the FTC’s website. Registration information, an agenda, directions to the FTC Conference Center, and a list of speakers will be available in the near future on the event web page. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to register in advance for the workshop by sending an email to RealEstateworkshop@ftc.go v . Please include “RSVP” in the subject line. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
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  • U.S. Department of Education Announces 2017 National Professional Development Grant Competition to Support Educators of English Learner Students

    U.S. Department of Education Announces 2017 National Professional Development Grant Competition to Support Educators of English Learner Students

    Washington, DC - - (March 8, 2017) - - The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), announced recently in the Federal Register, the availability of $20 million for its National Professional Development (NPD) grant competition to support educators of English Learner (EL) students.

    “These grants are great investments in helping prepare new teachers improve their content skills to better serve the needs of English learner students,” said Supreet Anand, deputy director of OELA. “Our English Learners benefit by having competent and capable instructors in the classroom.”

    The NPD program provides grants for eligible institutions of higher education or public or private entities with relevant experience and capacity, in collaboration with states or districts, to implement professional development activities that will improve instruction for ELs. Professional development may include preservice or in-service activities for educators of ELs including teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals or other educators working with ELs. Professional development activities may also include teacher education programs and training for other education professionals that lead to certification, licensing or endorsement for providing instruction to ELs.

    The deadline for submitting an Intent to Apply is March 13, 2017. The deadline for submitting the applications is April 24, 2017.

    Since 2008, the Department has awarded an estimated $370 million in NPD grants to assist educators working with English Learner students.

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