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September 2017

New Obamacare repeal effort will go down to the wire...

Don’t look now, but there’s a last-ditch effort in Congress to repeal Obamacare.

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Republicans still at odds over tax reform; Trump hints he may work with Democrats...

President Trump has made tax reform his top priority this year.  He and his cabinet officers have been meeting regularly with congressional leaders and have lobbied lawmakers for quick action before December.

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Texas court deals the final blow to Obama overtime rules...

A Texas federal court has prevented the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing the new “overtime rule” issued under the Obama Administration, effectively killing any chance for that controversial regulation to take effect.

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Data on worker fatalities removed from the OSHA homepage...

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has removed a link to information on worker fatalities from the homepage of its website.

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Climate change critics being considered for EPA Science Advisory Board...

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has repeatedly called for more diversity of views on the EPA’s influential Science Advisory Board, which reviews the science used in formulating EPA regulations.

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Merger between OFCCP and EEOC is rejected by congressional panels...

In a move of importance to federal contractors and subcontractors, two congressional committees appear to have balked at a proposed merger between the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

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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.