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May 2013

Obamacare rollout faces major hurdles…

After more than three years of study & preparation, the Affordable Care Act of 2010 is approaching the January 1 launch of mandatory health insurance with significant components likely to be missing or only partially in place. Read more >>

The impact of the federal budget sequester is still unclear…

Despite initial dire warnings of economic collapse and widespread unemployment, the sequester of federal spending has not had a noticeable impact on the economy.

Internet sales tax legislation unlikely to pass…

A long-debated measure that would enable states to require retailers to collect sales taxes on online sales has only a slim chance of passage. Read more >>

Employee complaints on the internet are protected by labor laws…

The trend is clear: Employers must be extremely cautious about disciplining or firing workers because of their online activity. Read more >>

EPA is faulted for lacking a viable strategy for regulation of toxic chemicals…

A new study by the congressional watchdog GAO has concluded that the EPA lacks a strategy to identify & regulate chemical safety under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


Texas plant explosion spurs call for new chemical and workplace safety enforcement…

The massive explosion at the plant in West, Texas, that killed 15 people and injured hundreds of others has led to demands for tightening chemical safety regulations & increased funding for OSHA. 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.