DHS Still Considering Laptop Ban on Inbound Flights

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly told Congress on June 7 that the administration is still considering banning laptop computers and other larger electronics from the cabins of inbound flights from 71 airports worldwide. The DHS cited security concerns in announcing a new policy in March prohibiting large electronics from being carried on… Read more »

Trump Preparing Government Reorganization Order

The White House is reportedly preparing a new executive order that will require federal agencies to quickly draft plans for improving how each agency meets its mission. The draft order includes a list of elements that agencies need to include in their plans, including programs that are duplicative and assessments on whether state and local… Read more »

OMB Updates Guidelines for Conference Spending

For the first time in four years, the Obama administration has relaxed guidelines on federal employee attendance at conferences may have a positive impact on associations. The updated guidance issued last week by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reflect changes to the rules issued by the White House in 2012 to drastically reduce… Read more »

DOT Announces Air Traveler Protections

The Obama administration this week announced a number of new regulations designed to protect air travelers and promote competition in the airline industry. The regulations, announced by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, are in response to an executive order issued by President Obama directing federal agencies to identify ways to relieve undue burdens on competition and… Read more »