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  • Federal Communications Commission Rules that Government Contractors must have Consent before Robocalling Consumers

    Federal Communications Commission Rules that Government Contractors must have Consent before Robocalling Consumers | site |


    FCC says Commission Protects Americans from Unwanted Federal, State, and Local Government Contractor Robocalls


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release: December 14, 2020) Washington, December 14, 2020 - - The Federal Communications Commission has ruled that government contractors must have consent before robocalling consumers. Today’s order reconsidered a 2016 interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act adopted by the prior FCC that allowed federal contractors to robocall consumers without their prior express consent. The Order on Reconsideration confirms that contractors working for federal, state, or local governments—along with local governments themselves—must obtain consumer consent before making robocalls. The Commission also clarified that federal and state ...
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  • State Department Inspector General: No Violations of Law, Rules or Policy; No Misuse of Taxpayer Resources

    State Department Inspector General: No Violations of Law, Rules or Policy; No Misuse of Taxpayer Resources | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press release media note: December 10, 2020)

    Secretary and Mrs. Pompeo fully vindicated from baseless claims reported as fact by Democrats and Media

    The State Department’s Office of Inspector General released its report to Congress today on the representational travel by the spouse of the Secretary of State. The report alleges that the OIG “received a whistleblower complaint related to travel by the spouse of the Secretary of State.”

    ALL ACTIONS LEGAL AND JUSTIFIED

    After a nearly year-long investigation by the OIG interviewing dozens of employees and reviewing thousands of pages of documents, the report cleared the Secretary, his family, and his entire team, finding:
    • There was no violation of any law or
    ...
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  • SEC Adopts Rules to Modernize Key Market Infrastructure Responsible for Collecting, Consolidating, and Disseminating Equity Market Data

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Rules to Modernize Key Market Infrastructure Responsible for Collecting, Consolidating, and Disseminating Equity Market Data | site |



    SEC says this action "Fosters a competitive environment for core components of the national market system for the first time"


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release: December 9, 2020) Washington D.C., Dec. 9, 2020 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted rules to modernize the infrastructure for the collection, consolidation, and dissemination of market data for exchange-listed national market system stocks (“NMS market data”). This infrastructure has not been significantly updated since its initial implementation in the late 1970s. The adopted rules update and significantly expand the content of NMS market data to better meet the diverse needs of investors in today’s equity markets. Th...
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  • AHA Statement On HHS Final Rules Removing Barriers To Coordinated Care

    AHA Statement On HHS Final Rules Removing Barriers To Coordinated Care

    American Hospital Association Statement On U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Final Rules Removing Barriers To Coordinated Care | site |




    (Information contained in American Hospital Association [AHA] press release: November 20, 2020)




    AHA Statement On HHS Final Rules Removing Barriers To Coordinated Care



    Tom Nickels
    Executive Vice President
    American Hospital Association

    November 20, 2020


    The actions taken today by the Department of Health and Human Services will significantly benefit patients by allowing their health care providers to work together to improve their care. The AHA greatly appreciates the leadership of Deputy Secretary Hargan in finalizing this rule and listening to the concerns of hospitals and health systems. The AHA has long called for the ability to coordinate care among providers to provide comprehensive patient care. Outd...
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  • CDC issues Cruise Line Crew Member Disembarkation Rules and Guidelines

    CDC issues Cruise Line Crew Member Disembarkation Rules and Guidelines

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues Cruise Line Crew Member Disembarkation Rules and Guidelines | site |



    (November 11, 2020) - - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published "Crew Disembarkations through Commercial Travel" and "Criteria for Commercial Transport of Crew" rules and guidelines.

    Included in the CDC's published rules and guidelines is the following statement:


    "CDC is allowing crew members to disembark from all cruise ships in U.S. waters with certain precautions."

    The published rules and guidelines may be viewed at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...al-travel.html or press HERE



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  • SEC Updates Auditor Independence Rules

    SEC Updates Auditor Independence Rules

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Updates Auditor Independence Rules | site |



    Amendments Reflect Staff Experience Applying the Auditor Independence Framework



    (October 16, 2020) - - Today, October 16, 2020 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information:

    Washington D.C., Oct. 16, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it adopted final amendments to certain auditor independence requirements in Rule 2-01 of Regulation S-X. Informed by decades of staff experience applying the auditor independence framework, the final amendments modernize the rules and more effectively focus the analysis on relationships and services that may pose threats to an auditor’s objectivity and impartiality.

    The final amendments reflect updates based on recurring fact patterns that the Commission staff has observed over years of consultations in which certain relationships
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  • Agencies Issue Two Final Rules

    Agencies Issue Two Final Rules

    Agencies Issue Two Final Rules | site |



    (September 29, 2020) - - Today, September 29, 2020, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) published the following information:

    Joint Release:

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency



    The federal bank regulatory agencies finalized two rules, which are either identical or substantially similar to interim final rules currently in effect and issued earlier this year. They include:
    • A final rule that temporarily defers appraisal and evaluation requirements for up to 120 days after the closing of certain residential and commercial real estate transactions; and
    • A final rule that neutralizes—due to the lack of credit and market risk—the regulatory capital and liquidity effects for banks that participate in certain Federal Reserve liquidity facilities.
    The...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Modernizes Hours of Service Rules to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for America’s Truckers

    U.S. Department of Transportation Modernizes Hours of Service Rules to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for America’s Truckers| site |








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    (May 14, 2020) - - Today (May 14, 2020), the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a final rule updating hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. “America’s truckers are doing a heroic job keeping our supply chains open during this unprecedented time and these rules will provide ...
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  • FCC Waives Rules to Promote Connectivity for Hospitals and Students during Coronavirus Pandemic

    Federal Communications Commission Waives Rural Health Care and E-Rate Program Gift Rules to Promote Connectivity for Hospitals and Students during Coronavirus Pandemic| site |



    Waiver Will Enable RHC and E-Rate Program Participants to Obtain Free Broadband Connections and Devices for Telehealth and Remote Learning During COVID-19 Outbreak


    (March 18, 2020) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the following information: WASHINGTON, March 18, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today announced important changes to the Rural Health Care (RHC) and E-Rate programs that will make it easier for broadband providers to support telehealth and remote learning efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau has waived the gift rules until September 30, 2020 to enable service providers to offer, and RHC and E-Rate program participants to solicit and accept, improved connections...
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  • IRS, Treasury issue Proposed Regulations updating Income Tax Withholding Rules

    IRS, Treasury issue Proposed Regulations updating Income Tax Withholding Rules

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the Department of the Treasury issue Proposed Regulations updating Income Tax Withholding Rules| site |




    (February 11, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today issued proposed regulations updating the federal income tax withholding rules to reflect changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and other legislation.

    In general, the proposed regulations, available now in the Federal Register, are designed to accommodate the redesigned Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Certificate, to be used starting in 2020, and the related tables and computational procedures in Publication 15-T, Federal Income Tax Withholding Methods. The proposed regulations and related guidance do not require employees to furnish a new Form W-4 solely because of the redesign of the Form
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  • Agencies extend Comment Period for Proposed Rule to amend Swap Margin Rules

    Agencies extend Comment Period for Proposed Rule to amend Swap Margin Rules

    Agencies extend Comment Period for Proposed Rule to amend Swap Margin Rules | site |



    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Farm Credit Administration
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    Federal Housing Finance Agency
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency




    (December 20, 2019) - - Today (December 20, 2019), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:

    Five federal agencies today announced they will reopen and extend until January 23, 2020, the comment period on a proposal to change swap margin rules to facilitate the implementation of prudent risk management strategies at certain banks and swap entities.

    The agencies extended the comment period to allow interested persons more time to analyze the issues and prepare their comments, which were originally due by December 9, 2019.

    Federal Register notice
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  • Federal Communications Commission Proposes new Rules to Remove Bad Actors from Commission Programs

    Federal Communications Commission Proposes new Rules to Remove Bad Actors from Commission Programs | site |



    Agency Would Have Improved Tools to Protect Its Universal Service & Accessible Communications Funds



    (November 25, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the following information:

    WASHINGTON, November 22, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today began a rulemaking which would adopt new procedures to protect federal funds from misuse. The proposed rules would provide the agency with broader and more flexible authority to promptly remove bad actors from participation in the Universal Service Fund (USF), the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Fund, and the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. The proposal would align FCC rules with the Office of Management and Budget’s Guidelines to Agencies on Government Debarment and Suspension. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ...
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  • Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Approve Procedural Amendments to Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules for Foreign Entities

    Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Approve Procedural Amendments to Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules for Foreign Entities | site |



    (November 8, 2019) - - Today (November 8, 2019), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information: The Federal Trade Commission, with the concurrence of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has published in the Federal Register proposed amendments that clarify whether a transaction is exempt from premerger notification under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act because the entity involved is foreign. Determining whether an entity is a foreign person or issuer is often a necessary first step in analyzing whether the entity must file premerger notification or is exempt from those filing requirements. Under the current Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules, the determination often relies on the location of the entity’s “principal offices,” a term that has not previously been defined in the Rules. Under th...
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission  Adopts New Rules and Amendments under Title VII of Dodd-Frank

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts New Rules and Amendments under Title VII of Dodd-Frank| site |


    (September 19, 2019) - - Today (September 19, 2019), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information: Washington D.C., Sept. 19, 2019 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it took a significant step toward establishing the regulatory regime for security-based swap dealers by adopting a package of rules and rule amendments under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). These actions establish recordkeeping and reporting requirements for security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants and amend the recordkeeping and reporting requirements for broker-dealers. Under these rules, these companies will be required to create and retain fundamental business records to document and track their operations, facilitating the Commiss...
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  • Trump Administration Issues Final Rules Protecting Conscience Rights in Health Insurance

    Trump Administration Issues Final Rules Protecting Conscience Rights in Health Insurance



    (November 7, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information:

    Today, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor released two final rules to provide conscience protections for Americans who have a religious or moral objection to health insurance that covers contraception methods. Under the Affordable Care Act, employer-provided health insurance plans are required to cover certain “preventative services” – which were defined through guidance by the Obama Administration as including all contraception methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including methods viewed by many as abortifacients, and sterilization procedures. In October 2017, the Trump Administration issued two interim final rules...
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    Federal Communications Commission Rules that Government Contractors must have Consent before Robocalling Consumers
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    Federal Communications Commission Rules that Government Contractors must have Consent before Robocalling Consumers | site |


    FCC says Commission Protects Americans from Unwanted Federal, State, and Local Government Contractor Robocalls


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release: December 14, 2020) Washington, December 14, 2020 - - The Federal Communications Commission has ruled that government contractors must have consent before robocalling consumers. Today’s order reconsidered a 2016 interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act adopted by the prior FCC that allowed federal contractors to robocall consumers without their prior express consent. The Order on Reconsideration confirms that contractors working for federal, state, or local governments—along with local governments themselves—must obtain consumer consent before making robocalls. The Commission also clarified that federal and state ...
    12-15-2020, 02:44 AM
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    State Department Inspector General: No Violations of Law, Rules or Policy; No Misuse of Taxpayer Resources
    by Staff Reporter 1
    State Department Inspector General: No Violations of Law, Rules or Policy; No Misuse of Taxpayer Resources | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press release media note: December 10, 2020)

    Secretary and Mrs. Pompeo fully vindicated from baseless claims reported as fact by Democrats and Media

    The State Department’s Office of Inspector General released its report to Congress today on the representational travel by the spouse of the Secretary of State. The report alleges that the OIG “received a whistleblower complaint related to travel by the spouse of the Secretary of State.”

    ALL ACTIONS LEGAL AND JUSTIFIED

    After a nearly year-long investigation by the OIG interviewing dozens of employees and reviewing thousands of pages of documents, the report cleared the Secretary, his family, and his entire team, finding:
    • There was no violation of any law or
    ...
    12-11-2020, 06:05 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    SEC Adopts Rules to Modernize Key Market Infrastructure Responsible for Collecting, Consolidating, and Disseminating Equity Market Data
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Rules to Modernize Key Market Infrastructure Responsible for Collecting, Consolidating, and Disseminating Equity Market Data | site |



    SEC says this action "Fosters a competitive environment for core components of the national market system for the first time"


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release: December 9, 2020) Washington D.C., Dec. 9, 2020 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted rules to modernize the infrastructure for the collection, consolidation, and dissemination of market data for exchange-listed national market system stocks (“NMS market data”). This infrastructure has not been significantly updated since its initial implementation in the late 1970s. The adopted rules update and significantly expand the content of NMS market data to better meet the diverse needs of investors in today’s equity markets. Th...
    12-09-2020, 11:37 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    AHA Statement On HHS Final Rules Removing Barriers To Coordinated Care
    by Staff Reporter 1
    American Hospital Association Statement On U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Final Rules Removing Barriers To Coordinated Care | site |




    (Information contained in American Hospital Association [AHA] press release: November 20, 2020)




    AHA Statement On HHS Final Rules Removing Barriers To Coordinated Care



    Tom Nickels
    Executive Vice President
    American Hospital Association

    November 20, 2020


    The actions taken today by the Department of Health and Human Services will significantly benefit patients by allowing their health care providers to work together to improve their care. The AHA greatly appreciates the leadership of Deputy Secretary Hargan in finalizing this rule and listening to the concerns of hospitals and health systems. The AHA has long called for the ability to coordinate care among providers to provide comprehensive patient care. Outd...
    11-24-2020, 04:49 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    CDC issues Cruise Line Crew Member Disembarkation Rules and Guidelines
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues Cruise Line Crew Member Disembarkation Rules and Guidelines | site |



    (November 11, 2020) - - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published "Crew Disembarkations through Commercial Travel" and "Criteria for Commercial Transport of Crew" rules and guidelines.

    Included in the CDC's published rules and guidelines is the following statement:


    "CDC is allowing crew members to disembark from all cruise ships in U.S. waters with certain precautions."

    The published rules and guidelines may be viewed at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...al-travel.html or press HERE



    11-11-2020, 08:32 PM

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