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December 2011

The changing face of environmental regulation...

EPA and other government agencies are increasingly looking beyond the environmental impact of regulated activities and examining the potential social and economic impact. Read more.>>

Notifying employees of their rights...

Republican members of the House have joined in as “friends of the court” in a challenge to a controversial National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule requiring employers to post a notice of employee rights, including the right to organize into unions, bargain collectively, discuss wages, benefits and working conditions, jointly complain, strike and picket. Read more. >>

Proving that chemicals are safe...

Despite the general consensus that the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) needs to be updated, a number of stakeholders are opposing the current proposal for revision. Read more. >>

Declaring trade association events "off limits"...

More than 450 associations have joined together in opposing an Obama administration proposal to restrict government employees from attending educational programs, trade shows and other events held by trade associations. Read more. >>

Legal challenges to health care reform...

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to rule on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the likelihood of congressional action to repeal the law before next year’s presidential election grows slim. Read more.>>

The automatic spending cuts that probably won't happen...

The “super committee” tasked with resolving the budget deficit failed. So now billions of dollars in automatic cuts kick in, right? Probably not. Read more. >>

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Gene Goldenberg has joined us in Washington, D.C., as a consultant on federal, legislative and public policy issues. Gene is an accomplished Washington professional with three decades of experience in business, government affairs, public relations and journalism.

Most recently, he has operated his own consulting business specializing in government affairs and business consulting for corporate and association clients. Prior to that, Gene served in senior management positions with Wolters Kluwer (CCH Tax and Accounting) and H&R Block, Inc. following an award-winning career as a Washington journalist with newspaper and magazine publishers.

In his corporate positions, Gene played a key role directing relations with numerous federal and state government agencies and twice has served as president of the leading association in the tax software and tax preparation industries. His many years managing business-to-business sales and marketing have given him a broad understanding of the problems and challenges facing small to medium sized companies.

His earlier journalism career included writing about Congress, the White House and numerous federal agencies for the Scripps-Howard Newspaper group as well as the Kiplinger Washington Letter and other business publications. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University.