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President Obama Appoints Two To Intelligence Advisory Board PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 April 2016 05:49

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - President Obama announced he is appointing Stephen Preston and Ambassador Wendy Sherman to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board.

“I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to serve our country.  They bring their years of experience and expertise to this Administration, and I look forward to working with them," said the president in a post to the whitehouse.gov. site.


Stephen W. Preston is a Partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (WilmerHale) and Chair of the firm’s Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice, positions he has held since 2015.  Mr. Preston served as General Counsel of the Department of Defense from 2013 to 2015 and as General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2013.  Previously, Mr. Preston was a Partner at WilmerHale from 2001 to 2009, where he was Co-Chair of the Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice.  Mr. Preston served as General Counsel of the Department of the Navy from 1998 to 2000, Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice from 1995 to 1998, and Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Defense from 1993 to 1995.  He first joined WilmerHale in 1986 and was a Partner from 1991 to 1993.  Mr. Preston received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman is Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group, a position she has held since January 2016.  She is also a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and served as a Fall 2015 Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics.  Ambassador Sherman served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2011 to 2015 and was Acting Deputy Secretary of State from November 2014 to January 2015.  She previously served as Vice Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group.  Before becoming a founding member of The Albright Group in 2001, she served as Counselor for the State Department from 1997 to 2001 and served as Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State and Policy Coordinator on North Korea.  Prior to her confirmation as Counselor, Ambassador Sherman was President and CEO of the Fannie Mae Foundation.  From 1993 to 1996, she was Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs under Secretary of State Warren Christopher.  In 2008, Ambassador Sherman was appointed by Congressional leaders to serve on the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism.  She is a recipient of the National Security Medal and was a member of the Defense Policy Board of the Department of Defense.  Ambassador Sherman attended Smith College and received a B.A. from Boston University and an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland.

GAO: DOJ Should Document Its Approach to Monitoring the Effects of Legalization PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 April 2016 05:16

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Two dozen states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana for medical use, and four states have legalized it for recreational use. Since federal law prohibits the use possession or distribution of marijuana, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending that the Department of Justice document its monitoring of the effects of legalization in states.

A new report from GAO summarizes the situation:

"Officials from the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG) reported monitoring the effects of state marijuana legalization relative to DOJ policy, generally in two ways. First, officials reported that U.S. Attorneys prosecute cases that threaten federal marijuana enforcement priorities (see fig. below) and consult with state officials about areas of federal concern, such as the potential impact on enforcement priorities of edible marijuana products. Second, officials reported they collaborate with DOJ components, including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other federal agencies, including the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and assess various marijuana enforcement-related data these agencies provide.
However, DOJ has not documented its monitoring process, as called for in Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government .

Documenting a plan specifying its monitoring process would provide DOJ with greater assurance that its monitoring activities relative to DOJ marijuana enforcement guidance are occurring as intended.

Further, making this plan available to appropriate DOJ components can provide ODAG with an opportunity to gain institutional knowledge with respect to its monitoring plan, including the utility of the data ODAG is using.

This can better position ODAG to identify state systems that are not effectively protecting federal enforcement priorities and, if necessary, take steps to challenge these systems in accordance with DOJ marijuana enforcement guidance."

The full report and podcast on the subject can be found at gao.gov.

President Obama's Statement On Economy and Corporate Inversions PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 April 2016 05:41

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Using the news that the U.S. economy created 215,000 jobs in March as a springboard, President Barack Obama is praising action by the Treasury Department on corporate inversions.

The president said, in part:

"Yhis directly goes at what’s called corporate inversions.  They are not new.  Simply put, in layman’s terms, it’s when big corporations acquire small companies, and then change their address to another country on paper in order to get out of paying their fair share of taxes here at home.  As a practical matter, they keep most of their actual business here in the United States because they benefit from American infrastructure and technology and rule of law.  They benefit from our research and our development and our patents.  They benefit from American workers, who are the best in the world.  But they effectively renounce their citizenship.  They declare that they’re based somewhere else, thereby getting all the rewards of being an American company without fulfilling the responsibilities to pay their taxes the way everybody else is supposed to pay them.  

When companies exploit loopholes like this, it makes it harder to invest in the things that are going to keep America’s economy going strong for future generations.  It sticks the rest of us with the tab.  And it makes hardworking Americans feel like the deck is stacked against them."

Read the entire statement at whitehouse.gov.

Fire Forces IRS To Close D.C. Headquarters Building Through Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 05:16

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A transformer fire in the main headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service continues to impact functioning of the building. The agency has announced the building is shut down through Friday.

Federalnewsradio.com reports the building has limited electricity and no air conditioning.

Employees have been told to work from home if possible and to pick up computers and other necessary work items from the building.


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