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February 2011

The Washington scene.

Washington moves into 2011 with a burst of activity trying to review, repeal, reduce and reinvent—in other words, redo—much of what it did in 2010.

Regulatory strategies and rules.

The President signed an executive order outlining a regulatory strategy to support his “competitiveness agenda.”

1099 repeal.

Members of the House and Senate from both parties have been tripping over each other in the rush to introduce legislation to repeal what is seen as the most burdensome provision of the Obama Health Care bill.
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) did an abrupt about face announcing that it was withdrawing two of its more controversial proposals.

Next month, we'll focus on EPA.

EPA has proposed modifications to the TSCA Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) causing concern among those in the business community which must comply with these reporting requirements. Read more >>

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Cece Kremer

Cece Kremer

Cece Kremer has joined us in Washington, D.C., as a consultant on federal and legislative public policy issues. Cece’s career in government and association work is well-known to many of you. Most recently, she served eight years in top executive positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff from 2003 to 2009.

Earlier in her career, she was a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Between 1984 and 1992, she was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Assistant to the Vice President and Deputy Assistant to the President.

From 1993 until 2001, Cece served as Vice President for Government Affairs of the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute, supervising the industry's policy development, legislative positions and federal regulatory agenda.