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Trump Administration Personnel Update Through October 11: White House, USDA, Defense, Education, HHS, Justice, Amtrak, EPA, USAID, Ambassador of Namibia

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 (Resigned July 27, 2017) Gen. John Kelly, former Secret… Read More
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John Block: Budget

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Back in March, President Trump gave us a look at his budget plan. Although without much detail, it made clear to us that one of his highest priorities was to downsize the federal government. And, he would do tha… Read More
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John Block Reports: Election Day 2016 & the Need for a Balanced Government

On October 27, 2016, OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank filled in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on his weekly radio broadcast: Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day.  A free and fair election is what separates the U.S. from many… Read More
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GMO Regulatory Reform: The Way Forward

As we detailed in an earlier blog post, the White House issued a July 2nd executive memorandum on “Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products.”  The memo directs the relevant federal agencies – FDA, USDA, and EPA – to upd… Read More
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Global Food Security: Next Steps

In the last several months, there has been a lot of attention on a number of separate issues and events which impact global food security across a range of activities, yet they have not been drawn together. From Pope Francis’ visit to the United St… Read More
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The Agriculture Biotechnology Riddle

The debate over agriculture biotechnology (aka genetic engineering (GE), genetic modification (GM), and GM organisms (GMOs)) was front and center in July. First, the White House issued an Executive Memorandum (“the Memorandum”) entitled “Modern… Read More
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The White House Announces Plans to Update the U.S. Regulatory Framework for Biotechnology

On July 2nd, the White House issued an executive memorandum on “Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products.”  The modernization effort will apply to “biotechnology products” defined as “products developed through genetic… Read More
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Privacy Update: White House Drops Draft Consumer Privacy Bill . . . Splat!

The White House (via the Department of Commerce) has released a “discussion draft” of consumer privacy legislation intended to codify President Obama’s 2012 Consumer Data Privacy In A Networked World: A Framework For Protecting Privacy And Prom… Read More
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John Block: Cabinet Luncheon 2014

Before Christmas, I hosted the annual Cabinet Secretaries lunch at the famous Blair House. The Blair House is right across the street from the White House. It provides overnight lodging for dignitaries visiting the President. In fact, the Blair House… Read More
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Two Obama Nutrition Leaders Move On

Dr. Janey Thornton, the USDA Deputy Under-Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, has resigned her post effective at close of business Friday, January 9, 2015.  She will be returning to Kentucky to turn her attention to important family… Read More
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