Regulatory Tools Depend on the Craftsmen Who Use Them

There has been a great deal of discussion, and in some circles hand-wringing, about President Trump’s regulatory reform initiatives and how they will impact independent agencies like the CPSC.  The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIR… Read More
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Trump Administration Announcements through April 25: Additions to HHS, HUD, Labor, Education, Homeland Security, Occupational Safety, Health Review Commission, Selective Service and Ambassador to New Zealand

More announcements are being made each day.  We will update this list, as appropriate. PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP WHITE HOUSE STAFF Chief of Staff – Reince Priebus – head of the RNC Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Adviser to… Read More
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John Block: How Do We Raise Prices?

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I can report that I was on my Illinois farm last week.  Weather was beautiful and we planted 360 acres of corn.  Then it rained.  At least we got started.  It is always exciting when you first hit the field… Read More
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OFW Law Supports Medical Device Innovators at the 2017 Rice Business Plan Competition

On April 8, 2017, Forest Devices, Inc. from Carnegie Mellon University was awarded OFW Law’s Regulatory Strategy Prize at the 2017 Rice Business Plan Competition in Houston, Texas.  Forest Devices bested 41 other competitors hailing from some of t… Read More
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What Would You Change About the Federal Government?

President Trump issued an Executive Order (Reorganization EO) on March 13 directing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to submit a comprehensive plan to reorganize Executive Branch departments and agencies.  OMB has now issued a Memorandum fo… Read More
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John Block: Confirmation Process

This week, I stopped by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and met with Governor Perdue’s Chief of Staff and Policy Advisor, Brian Klippenstein. It was a short visit but we all agreed that we desperately need to get Sonny Perdue confirmed. All of t… Read More
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Trump’s New OCR Director and HIPAA Policy

As federal policy rapidly develops under the Trump Administration, much of it reversing or seeking to reverse the Obama legacy, the world of medical privacy (at least that which is on the books for now) remains static – after all, privacy always ha… Read More
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Employment Law: Title VII Protects LGBTs From Discrimination, Says 7th Circuit

In a ground-breaking ruling this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled in an en banc opinion that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation.  In Hively v. Ivy Tech… Read More
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John Block: Slow Process

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block President Trump took his oath of office with a priority list of actions he wanted to take in his first 100 days. It has not been easy. In the first place, I don’t think his team had prepared enough to move qui… Read More
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Prior Notice of “Grey Market” Food Imports

Yesterday, FDA published a final rule making some technical amendments to its prior notice of imported food regulations.  The prior notice regulations implement section 801(m) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 381(m)), which req… Read More
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