Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its recommendation for the creation of a “do-not-track” Internet privacy database, which would allow consumers to opt-out of having their browsing information collected by websites and site advertisers.  The recommendation is part of a broader push to further protect consumers from privacy breaches but could hinder advertisers and… Read more »

Two separate reports recently have again placed nonprofits in the position as revenue raisers for local government. DC Council member Mary Cheh last week sent a letter to the entire council advocating for a PILOT (payments in lieu of taxes) from city universities.  Her letter states that by charging every city university a $100 fee… Read more »

The president’s deficit panel released its final report today and added details to its original leaked outline for how it suggests the U.S. balance the budget and enact a more stable fiscal policy.  Dubbed “The Moment of Truth”, the document adopts some policies from other private deficit commissions and adjusts some of its prior recommendations…. Read more »

Two 1099 repeal amendments were debated yesterday as part of the food safety bill, but both failed under the Senate’s 2/3rds rule for passage. The Johanns amendment (S.Amdt 4702) was a complete repeal with the offset coming from rescinding $39 billion in non-Defense Department discretionary spending, i.e. unused stimulus funds.  His amendment failed 61-35, with… Read more »

This month, three major panels have released high-profile plans to reduce the federal deficit and balance the budget within the near future.  While the press has focused on some of the more high-profile topics like raising taxes or defense spending, the plans, if implemented as written, would have an impact on nonprofits and nonprofit governance:… Read more »

DORCHESTER - APRIL 05:  Dominique Entzminger, a physician assistant of family medicine, wears a stethoscope during an examination at the Codman Square Health Center April 5, 2006 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. State lawmakers approved a health care reform bill March 4 that would make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to require all its citizens have some form of health insurance. Governor Mitt Romney is scheduled to sign the bill next week.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Proposed and interim final rules issued yesterday by the Obama administration will now allow employers to change insurance plans and not lose their grandfathered status so long as they maintain current benefits, according to the Bureau of National Affairs.  The rules will be published in Wednesday’s Federal Register. Prior to the new rules, employers could… Read more »

Sen. Max Baucus, D-MT, speaks during a news conference to discuss how to improve The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law yesterday by U.S. President Barack Obama, on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 24, 2010.  UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg Photo via Newscom

Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, pledged on Friday to introduce legislation that would repeal the expanded 1099 reporting requirement contained in the health care bill, according to the National Journal. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) contained a provision (passed by the Senate Finance Committee) that would expand… Read more »