August 29, 2017Energy + Environment

DOE Grid Report Pins Coal Decline Primarily on Economics of Natural Gas

On August 23, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) publicly released a long‑anticipated study of the U.S. electrical grid titled “Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Grid Reliability.” The report followed on suggestions by the Trump Administration that increasing concerns regarding grid reliability were warranted as a result of increased renewable energy ...›

August 2, 2017Technology

Howey Got Here: SEC Issues Guidance on Token Offerings

The Howey test lives on—now in a lesson in what not to do when it comes to token offerings. Token offerings, also known as “initial token offerings,” “token launches,” “token sales,” “initial coin offerings,” or “ICOs,” represent a new capital-raising method being explored by many emerging companies; venture, hedge, and private equity funds; large and ...›

USDOT seeks to remove “speedbumps” for transportation infrastructure projects, opens a revamped grant program to accelerate public-private infrastructure investment

President Trump recently debuted his “Plan to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure,” which describes his vision for overhauling the nation’s infrastructure.  Although details of the plan have yet to be announced, two important components of the plan—decreasing permitting timelines and increasing funding opportunities—have begun to take shape. USDOT requests input on “unnecessary obstacles to transportation infrastructure projects” ...›

June 27, 2017Data Privacy + Cybersecurity

Cry, Cry Again: More Global Ransomware Attacks Reported

It is being widely reported that a new wave of cyberattacks is currently hitting companies and governments. The attack has spread around the globe in a matter of hours, affecting the Ukrainian government, Russian enterprises, and other companies throughout Western Europe. Just like the WannaCry ransomware that struck worldwide in May, the new attacks apparently ...›

June 26, 2017Technology

The Blockchain Comes to Washington

Those who follow developments in technology and business have been inundated over the past several months with stories about the rapid adoption of blockchain technologies across the private sector.  Less discussed is the U.S. government’s exploration of the use of blockchain technologies. At a high level, a blockchain is a decentralized, distributed transaction ledger.  What ...›

June 12, 2017National Security

Sitting Presidents Can’t Be Prosecuted. Probably.

The world watched last week as former FBI Director James B. Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in its ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A central question dominated much of the hearing: Did the president commit a crime? Comey demurred, noting that the answer will likely rest with ...›

Federal Court Rules that FAA Overstepped Its Authority in Requiring the Registration of Model Aircraft

On Friday, May 19, 2017, a federal appellate court struck down an integral part of the FAA’s attempt to safely monitor small unmanned aerial systems (“sUAS”) and integrate them into the national airspace.  The D.C. Circuit found that the FAA’s Registration Rule—which was promulgated in December 2015 and subject to an expedited rulemaking process—directly conflicted ...›