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June 2012

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Massive federal spending cuts are coming…

There’s a lot of attention being focused these days on the Bush-era federal income tax cuts that will expire on December 31. Read more. >>

New LEED standards are delayed…

Responding to objections from architects and trade associations, approval of LEED 2012, the latest green building design and construction standards, has been delayed for at least a year. Read more. >>

Facebook and the workplace

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) says employers should carefully consider policies that limit or restrict what their employees can say on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites.
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Light bulbs and showerheads...

Light bulbs and showerheads are both the subject of federal regulations aimed at promoting conservation. These regulations are under attack from conservative lawmakers who believe the federal government has no role in such matters. Read more.>>

Reining in the EPA...

Amid all the shouting and finger-pointing that surrounds the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there’s also a good deal of calm and rational discussion about the proper role of EPA in protecting the environment. Read more.>>

Chemical regulation in the spotlight...

Federal oversight of potentially dangerous chemicals is increasingly in the spotlight these days in Washington. Read more.>>

Small business health care costs...

Surveys of small business owners repeatedly find that rising health care costs are at the top of their list of concerns for the health of their companies. That’s why groups representing small businesses are focusing on legislation aimed at lowering those costs. 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.