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August 2012

Presidential campaigns focus on small business...

Hardly a day goes by without one or both of the presidential candidates talking about the importance of small business to the nation’s economic recovery. Read more >>

IRS criticized for too many S-corporation audits…

IRS statistics show that 62 percent of the S-corporation audits were closed by the IRS with no recommended changes to the items reported on the return in FY 2011. Read more >>

Two court rulings against the NLRB…

A ruling that employees covered by individual arbitration agreements could pursue their cases through class-action arbitration or lawsuits was rejected by a California state appeals court in just one of two rulings against the NLRB. Read more >>

OSHA adds to its Severe Violator Enforcement Program…

As of the end of June, 330 establishments were designated as severe violators, according to OSHA data reported by BNA’s Occupational Health and Safety Reporter. In July 2011, OSHA reported that number was 182. Read more >>

Revising EPA's oversight of dangerous chemicals...

A delicate, bi-partisan coalition that had been moving toward modernization of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) appears to be collapsing as Senate Democrats seek to speed up consideration of the plan. Read more >>

Special favor tariffs are coming back...

A two-year-old move to ban loopholes in the U.S. tariff code may be falling apart as lawmakers once again seek the ability to provide special help for favored constituents. 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.