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Wednesday
Dec162015

CEI Today: Oil for wind, your IRA, cybersecurity, the Grinch tax and more 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
In the News Today

 

OMNIBUS OPPORTUNITIES

 

YOUR IRA - JOHN BERLAU

Omnibus with Significant Reg Relief May Be Worth Supporting


Congress should freeze funding for the Department of Labor’s (DOL) “fiduciary rule,” which would greatly limit investment choices in IRAs and 401(k)s and even restrict what financial broadcasters like Dave Ramsey could say to listeners. > Read more

OIL FOR WIND - WILLIAM YEATMAN

 
On the Rumored Oil Exports for Wind PTC Extension Swap: It Could Be Worse

In the absence of a deal, we could end up with an extension of the wind production tax credit but without a loosening of oil export restrictions. > Read more
 

> Interview William Yeatman
 

CYBERSECURITY - RYAN RADIA 

Why the Omnibus Shouldn't Include Cybersecurity Legislation


Rushing a cybersecurity bill through Congress before the holidays is premature, especially given how little we know about the details of a potential cyber addition to the omnibus. > Read more

> Interview Ryan Radia

 

INTERNET SALES TAX - JESSICA MELUGIN

The Internet grinch tax threat


Proposals to expand sales tax collection on Internet purchases just won’t go away. > Read the Watchdog.org commentary


> Interview Jessica Melugin

 

NEW DRONE REGISTRATION - MARC SCRIBNER

FAA Releases Mandatory Drone Registration Interim Final Rule


We believe the entire rule is unlawful and the FAA should go back to the drawing board. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

 

 

    

 

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Wednesday
Oct282015

CEI Today: Joint employer bill, Ex-Im Bank revival, cybersecurity, and more 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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NLRB JOINT EMPLOYER - TREY KOVACS

House Committee to Mark Up Bill to Strip NLRB of Adjudicatory Power


Today, the House education and workforce committee is scheduled to mark up a bill to reverse the National Labor Relations Board’s recent, unprecedented decision that a company can now be held liable for labor law violations committed by a contractor. > Read more 


> Interview Trey Kovacs
 

EX-IM BANK & CORPORATE WELFARE - RYAN YOUNG

Signs of Life for Ex-Im?

 

The House voted Tuesday to revive the Export-Import Bank in a 313-118 vote. This, despite the fact that Ex-Im is bad policy, bad politics, and bad economics. Already, more than 98 percent of U.S. exports happen without Ex-Im assistance. As with many other companies, Boeing will be just fine without Ex-Im and corruption it enables. > Read more


> Interview Ryan Young
 

CYBERSECURITY INFORMATION SHARING - RYAN RADIA

 

As Senate Cybersecurity Vote Nears, CISA Remains Seriously Flawed
 

Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. But the plan suffers from a serious flaw that Senate lawmakers have repeatedly ignored: the bill doesn’t put agencies on the hook if they misuse information shared with them in the name of cybersecurity> Read more

 

OBAMA'S ENERGY AGENDA - MARLO LEWIS

Obama’s Greenhouse of Cards: Doomed to Collapse or Too Big to Fail?


Obama’s attempt to commit the United States to emission-reduction targets and timetables “would alter the ‘shared understanding’ of the Convention between the Senate and the executive branch and would therefore require the Senate’s advice and consent.” > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 




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Tuesday
Oct272015

CEI Today: Ex-Im Bank revival, Cybersecurity Information Sharing, Terms of Credit Act, and more 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
In the News Today

 

EX-IM BANK & CORPORATE WELFARE - RYAN YOUNG

Latest Ex-Im Revival Tactic: The Discharge Petition


The House used a rare parliamentary procedure Monday to force a floor vote Tuesday that would revive the Ex-Im Bank. For most of its history, the Export-Import Bank has directed most of its benefits to a handful of large, politically connected firms. In other words, its main function is to dispense corporate welfare. With more $37 billion in business in 2013 and a total portfolio near its statutory limit of $140 billion, Ex-Im is one of the federal government’s largest corporate welfare programs. 
> Read more


> Interview Ryan Young
 

CYBERSECURITY INFORMATION SHARING - RYAN RADIA

 

As Senate Cybersecurity Vote Nears, CISA Remains Seriously Flawed
 

This week, the U.S. Senate will vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. CISA suffers from a serious flaw that Senate lawmakers have repeatedly ignored: the bill doesn’t put agencies on the hook if they misuse information shared with them in the name of cybersecurity> Read more 

 

TERMS OF CREDIT ACT - IAIN MURRAY

Regulatory Freeze Needs to Be Part of the Deal


Representative Bill Flores’s Terms of Credit Act, which sought to pair the debt limit increase with significant spending cuts and deregulatory measures, failed to win enough support to advance in the House last Friday. That is a shame, as one of its provisions aggressively tackled the regulatory burden holding back the American economy. That provision calls for a complete freeze on significant regulatory activity until 2017. > Read the NRO commentary 

> Interview Iain Murray
 



 




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Friday
Apr242015

US Rep Guinta on opposition of cybersecurity bills 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement today discussing his opposition to H.R. 1560 and H.R. 1731, which both passed the House this week:

 

“In the ‘Live Free or Die’ state we believe strongly in the principle of protecting and securing our civil liberties.  In light of the significant revelations in 2013 and 2014 that the government spied and collected the personal and sensitive information of innocent Americans, Granite Staters have urged me to keep the fundamental right of privacy in mind when voting on any legislation.

                                                                                                                             

Our nation is in dire need of a serious and robust conversation regarding an overhaul of our intelligence community.  We need to ensure that individuals have a right to due process, and that there is a strong emphasis on an open and transparent society.  We must, and I believe we can, find that proper balance between protecting our civil liberties and our homeland.  These are not mutually exclusive ends, and I will continue to fight for both.” 

 

H.R. 1560 - the Protecting Cyber Networks Act - promotes the voluntary sharing of information about cyber threats among private companies and the federal government.  It allows the intelligence community to share intelligence with private sector entities.

 

H.R. 1731 – the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement – provides liability protections for private companies sharing sensitive information with the federal government.

Tuesday
Jun042013

CEI - ‘Richard Windsor’ Was Up on Ethics, Cybersecuri ty, Records Management Training

EPA Awarded Certificates To Alias Employee Created by Former Administrator to Avoid FOIA Disclosure

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 3, 2013 — Richard Windsor may not ever have existed as an employee at the Environmental Protection Agency. But he was up to date on his training for both ethics and records preservation, according to emails revealed today by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Following up on revelations of former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson’s false-identity email account plainly in violation of the Federal Records Act and EPA policy, Christopher Horner, senior fellow at CEI, asked for any certification of Jackson receiving e-mail, recordkeeping and ethics training.

It turns out Jackson completed training in ethics for 2010, 2011 and 2012 as her alter ego/false identity, Richard Windsor, as well as training for document preservation and how to deal with whistleblowers.

‘Windsor’ scored a 100 on cyber security awareness, but had various scores – one as low as 75 – on whistleblower training.

Eric Wachter, director of the EPA’s Office of the Secretariat, said Jackson “completed the EPA-hosted, computer-based training while using [the Richard Windsor] account.”

‘Richard Windsor’ was the fake name Jackson used for an alternate email address created for certain correspondence with her inner circle both inside and out of government. EPA has claimed this account was for internal use only – one in a series of what seem to be false claims made to get past the seemingly endless revelations of unlawful behavior.

Horner discovered Jackson’s alias email address – Richard is the name of her dog; Windsor comes from East Windsor, N.J., where she used to live – during research for his book, ‘The Liberal War On Transparency.’

Horner has since sued EPA seeking emails to and from the Windsor account, as well as text messages and IM communications of various senior EPA officials and correspondence to, from and about EPA’s ‘chosen’ environmentalist pressure groups. EPA has refused to produce – or produced only heavily redacted documents – in response to virtually all Horner’s requests.

Jackson took the cybersecurity awareness training in her own name in 2010 but had ‘Windsor’ take it for her in 2011.

“I don’t know how grown men and women could think having a non-existent employee take tests for the administrator of an agency – or have the administrator receive training under a false identity – is acceptable,” Horner said.

“This series of attestations that a non-existent employee completed required training reveals corruption to the core of the Agency. The best one can say is that, if you’re going to use a false identity for federal recordkeeping purposes, the fake employee may as well be fully certified in the law and ethics of the matter.”

 

 


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