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  • Data Privacy -- Background as the Federal Debate Takes Shape

    Since the 2016 election, as more information has become known about the nature and extent of the collection of all sorts of personal data by companies dominating internet utilization, as well as the co-opting of such information by various parties for nefarious purposes (e.g. Russian interference in US elections, enabled by access to personal data via third parties such as Cambridge Analytica), Congress has been increasingly agitating for a broad federal data privacy framework. 
  • Breaking news - Persuader Rule Dead!

    Less than a month after a Federal Court in Texas invalidated the Overtime Rule, another Texas Federal District Court  has court struck down another significant Department of Labor rule that NCISS and Lobbyit have long been tracking. 

    On June 27, 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a nation-wide preliminary injunction against the "Persuader" rule.   The Persuader rule would greatly encumber the efforts of employers to fightagainst attempted unionization by employees by subjecting the law firms and consultants advising them to divulgenumerous types of sensitive information, dissuading such firms from participating. No such measures were requiredof the labor-side advocates

    On Monday, December 12, this same court made the preliminary injunction permanent, enjoining any and all departments and/or officials of the U.S. Government (USG) from implementing or enforcing any provisions of the rule.

    What does this mean for our professions? Please read the full Alert!
  • NCISS Legal Alert - Overtime Rule Blocked!

    On November 22, 2016, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas imposed a nationwide injunction against the Obama Administration's "overtime" rule (the subject of prior NCISS issue alerts). Judge Mazzant held that the Labor Department regulation exceeded the authority granted it by Congress, which he said gave Labor the right to define which workers are considered salaried but only based on the duties they performed, not by how much they made.

    What does this mean for our professions? Please read the full Alert!

NCISS / Lobbyit Monthly Reports

 

In late June, the sharp-eyed Francie Koehler notified Lobbyit of new data privacy law in California which seriously threatened to undermine the ability of private investigators to conduct their business. The measure began life as a proposed ballot initiative, but morphed into legislation when California legislators agreed to move on the issue with alacrity.  The provisions largely mirror the European Union's (EU) sweeping General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • NCISS Montly Report from Lobbyit for May 2018

    In the month of May, Lobbyit participated in a conference call with other Security Service providers (and some NCISS members) to discuss Senator Toomey's Private Security Officer Screening Improvement Act (PSOSIA), followed-up with Senator Toomery's staff per the bill, and met with Senate Judiciary Committee minority counsel to discuss the situation.

  • NCISS Monthly Report from Lobbyit Hit the Hill

    Lobbyit's recent activity on behalf of NCISS consisted significantly of preparation for NCISS's 2018 "Hit the Hill" Congressional fly-in, including updating legislative advocacy materials, touching base with target offices, securing a meeting space, and arranging meetings for the NCISS board with key congressional officials.

  • NCISS Monthly Report from LobbyIt for November 2017
In the month of November, Lobbyit tracked developments at the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) regarding "Net Neutrality" regulations, met with the Senate Commerce regarding the same, and continued tracking developments in funding for fiscal year 2018 (FY18).

In the month of October, Lobbyit spoke with the House and Senate appropriations committees about plans for "labor policy" riders in the eventual omnibus appropriations bill to fund government for FY 2018.

In the month of August, Lobbyit took advantage of the lull in legislative activity to discuss future plans for action on Senator Toomey's Security Officer Screening Improvements Act (SOSIA) with allied parties, including Steve Amitay, Executive Director of the National Association of Security Companies (NASCO).

  • NCISS Monthly Report from Lobbyit for July 2017

    In the month of July, Congress was almost completely focused on passing some sort of repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, a.k.a. "Obamacare").  As such, very few other matters were considered in the legislature, and we are all surely familiar with the end result (at least, for the time being) of the ACA repeal vote.

  • NCISS Monthly Report from Lobbyit for June 2017

    I n the month of May, Lobbyit and NCISS focused on the outlook in this session of legislation we supported in prior Congresses.  In particular, we explored the environment for Senator Toomey's Security Officers Screening Improvements Act (SOSIA -- S. 2647, 114th Congress).  We discussed prospects for this legislation with Senator Toomey's office, Senator Hatch's office, and with counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • NCISS Monthly Report from Lobbyit for January 2017

    In the month of January, Lobbyit continued our efforts to divine where Congress and the Trump Administration might be headed with respect to issues important to NCISS members. Lobbyit also met with the Senate Commerce Committee and Senator Bill Nelson’s office, and with the House Energy and Commerce Committee to discuss the Spoofing Prevention Act.

    What does this mean for our professions? Please read the full Report!
  • NCISS Monthly Report from Lobbyit for December 2016

    The month of December was extremely quiet in DC, as Congress left town early and government prepared for te transition to a new Trump Administration and the 115th Congress. Lobbyit stayed abreast of developments, though most of the details about upcoming action are still unclear.

    What does this mean for our professions? Please read the full Report!
  • NCISS Monthly Report from Lobbyit for November 2016 

    As we look to closing 2016, and with elections a new session of Congress and President - what will we see for the investigative & security professions?

    In the month of November, Lobbyit spent much of our time attempting to discern what would happen in the lame duck session of Congress, and talking with a variety of Hill offices about what we might expect to see in 2017.

    What is the outlook for 2017? Please read the full Report!

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