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What you need to know about an Obama or McCain Department of Homeland Security

  • Wiley Rein LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 30 2008

With the presidential race heading into its final laps, it is unclear what the presidential candidates' homeland security priorities will be, how they plan to approach management of the now five-year old Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or who will take over from Secretary Chertoff and his team

Cities plan lobbying effort to scrap D-block reauction

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • October 3 2008

The deputy chief of the New York City Police Department (NYCPD) confirmed he is organizing a coalition of up to ten major cities that aims to convince the FCC and Congress to abandon a reauction of the 700 MHz D-block in favor of assigning that spectrum directly to public safety entities

SAIC verdict illustrates continued effort to crack down on conflicts of interest

  • Wiley Rein LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 30 2008

On July 31, 2008, a federal jury in the District of Columbia found that Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by failing to disclose conflicts of interest that had the potential to bias its work as an advisor to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the development of rules governing the release and recycling of radioactive materials

Strand vs. Escambia County victory

  • Locke Lord LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 30 2008

Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge won an unusual victory on a motion for rehearing and clarification in the Florida Supreme Court

Court rejects Quon decision; orders plaintiff to serve Rule 34 requests in lieu of subpoenas; requires City of Detroit to produce text messages

  • Bricker & Eckler LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 24 2008

In this case, the plaintiff was seeking text messages relating to its allegations that the City of Detroit avoided and delayed investigating a murder

Illinois ethics bill dramatically limits political contributions to candidates for statewide office

  • Dentons
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  • USA
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  • October 6 2008

The Illinois State Legislature recently amended the Illinois Procurement Code to place new restrictions on political contributions by those that seek or secure state contracts

Colleges and universities resist mandatory endowment payout for tuition

  • Bricker & Eckler LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 30 2008

College and university educators and administrators at a congressionally sponsored roundtable September 8 came to agreement that a mandatory endowment payout would hinder their methods of operation

Legislation to lift church political endorsements ban

  • Bricker & Eckler LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 30 2008

According to a Congressional Research Service report released September 9, attention is being given to a bill that would allow churches to participate in some campaign activity without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status

NSF announces revised salary policy effective January 5, 2009

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • USA
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  • October 8 2008

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced on October 1, 2008, in its new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), that the agency will no longer limit salary support on NSF grants to effort expended during the summer months

Compliance check questionnaire highlights areas of IRS concern

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • USA
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  • October 3 2008

On October 1, 2008, the Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) announced that approximately 400 public and private U.S. colleges and universities of all sizes will soon receive compliance questionnaires