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Capitol Hill Workshop – 3-day Legislative-Executive Seminar in Washington, DC

Capitol Hill Workshop – 3-day Legislative-Executive Seminar in Washington, DC

Capitol Hill Workshop: Politics, Policy, and Process In this engaging workshop and seminar on legislative operations, Washington-based experts focus on these 3 P’s. They discuss the policy-making process and the legislative agenda, help you understand the congressional budget process, and demystify the culture of the U.S. Congress. photo credit: popmisa You will leave this workshop […]

Federal Government Departments and Agencies

Federal Government Departments and Agencies

Within the federal government, there are two primary types of organizations: executive departments and independent agencies. photo credit: Mr. T in DC Heading the executive departments are members of the president’s cabinet. They report directly to the president and serve at his pleasure by implementing his agenda and carrying out his policies. The heads of […]

Getting Involved in the Regulatory Process

Getting Involved in the Regulatory Process

While there is often a lot of debate and controversy leading up to the passage of a piece of legislation, that is only the beginning. The federal government must then implement the legislation once it becomes law. The process that handles the implementation of law is known as the regulatory process, which involves a variety […]

Preemption: Obama Signals a Change in Federal Rulemaking

Preemption: Obama Signals a Change in Federal Rulemaking

In a memorandum to heads of executive departments and agencies, President Obama stated his administration’s policy “that preemption of State law by executive departments and agencies should be undertaken only with full consideration of the legitimate prerogatives of the States and with a sufficient legal basis for preemption.” He instructed the heads of departments and […]

“Lobbying for Locality Pay”

“Lobbying for Locality Pay”

Some federal employees may have eyed their counterparts in Raleigh, N.C., covetously this year when workers there captured a 5.62 percent pay hike. What’s the Raleigh secret? The city, along with Phoenix and Buffalo, N.Y., were marked for the first time to receive special locality payments as part of their yearly raise. They were taken […]

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FEC Advisory Opinion 2005-16

FEC Advisory Opinion 2005-16

Election Law blog reports that “the FEC approved by a 5-0 vote Advisory Opinion 2005-16.” The opinion gives an election-related website (or blog) with a definite partisan position the ability to claim the same exemption from certain campaign finance laws that the mainstream press may claim when reporting or editorializing on election-related issues. “Significant FEC […]

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Telecommuting and Federal Agencies

Telecommuting and Federal Agencies

One of the biggest advocates for telecommuting intends to keep the pressure on federal agencies next year. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), chairman of a House Appropriations subcommittee, has included a provision in a spending bill to require certain agencies to prove that more of their employees are telecommuting or risk losing $5 million. . […]

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“Prepackaged News Story Announcement Act” – S. 967

“Prepackaged News Story Announcement Act” – S. 967

In a little noticed development Thursday, the Senate Commerce Committee approved the “Prepackaged News Story Announcement Act,” legislation requiring “that all prepackaged, government-produced news stories – which are designed to be indistinguishable from those created by independent news organizations – include disclaimers notifying the audience that the government produced or funded the news segment.” The […]

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“Cyber Loophole”

“Cyber Loophole”

The Washington Post editorial of yesterday, discussed here, draws a familiar distinction, between blogging and other activities on the Internet, that those arguing for regulation have come to rely on. They have been arguing that blogging of some kind should be protected, but that the remaining territory of the Internet is fair game. Their defense […]

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