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November 2017

Pruitt moves aggressively to reshape EPA’s science advisory panels...

Scott Pruitt, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has long signaled his plans to remove many academic experts from the agency’s influential science advisory panels, replacing them with corporate and industry experts.

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Trump and Congress remold the NLRB to a more pro-business shape...

Republicans will now be in control of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the nation’s top labor law enforcement agency, for the first time in more than a decade.

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Steps your business can take to avoid sexual harassment charges...

The recent wave of harassment charges against high-profile figures in the entertainment business should serve as a warning to businesses of all types.  Broader awareness of this problem provides an opportunity and an incentive for all employers to review their training programs and harassment policies.

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Trump names a trucking executive to head OSHA...

In a move widely praised by industry groups, President Trump has nominated Scott A. Mugno to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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ICE plans to increase workplace enforcement of immigration rules...

The Trump administration is making good on the president’s promise to crack down on illegal aliens in the workplace.  In a recent speech, Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customer Enforcement (ICE), outlined his agency’s plans.

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Here we go again as a government shutdown looms in December...

With the House and Senate focused on the pending tax bill, there’s a looming logjam of must-do legislative items that could lead to an impasse as Congress tries to escape for the holiday season.

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Tax bill is about basic math, not “reform...”

As you watch the back-and-forth over tax “reform” in the coming days, it’s important to remember one thing:  regardless of your political or economic views, this discussion is not about “reform.”  It’s about addition and subtraction.

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Gene Goldenberg

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.