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 »

Andreas (L) and Laetitia, local inhabitants, pose with a laptop during a Google Street View startup event in Oberstaufen, November 2, 2010. The first panoramic images of German locations became available on Tuesday in Google Street View online service.  REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY)

According to a New York Times article Wednesday, the federal government could soon be issuing two sets of Internet privacy guidelines from two different agencies, both of which have different means of addressing online privacy issues. The Department of Commerce has said that it will soon issue a paper arguing for a private/public partnership on… Read more »

DENVER - OCTOBER 05: U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) meets with an aide at his campaign headquarters on October 5, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Bennet is in a tough election fight against Republican challenger and Tea Party favorite Ken Buck. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

A Democratic freshman member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee said Tuesday that the Senate will likely take another look at revisions to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) said in an interview with NPR that he thought Senate Democrats would look into making some… Read more »

LAS VEGAS - MARCH 23: A new Samsung Galaxy S Android smartphone is displayed at the International CTIA Wireless 2010 convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center March 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CTIA is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to online child protection.  ASACP helps parents prevent children from viewing age-restricted material online with its Restricted To Adults (RTA) Website Label, and last Monday announced its newest label. ASACP announced that it has expanded its RTA label to mobile devices with… Read more »

“Associations come into being because they allow individuals and organizations to accomplish together what they cannot accomplish alone.  We not only accomplish more together, we accomplish it more efficiently.” “It should not surprise any of us that utilities are closely scrutinizing every cost they incur these days nor that a number of utility programs and… Read more »

US Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) listens to testimony during a hearing on Developments in Synthetic Genomics and Implications for Health and Energy by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 27, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SCI TECH)

The impact of the 2010 election on policy will continue to be determined over the next few weeks, but the impact on Internet privacy legislation is already being felt.  Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA), the author of Internet privacy legislation and current chair of the relevant subcommittee, was defeated in his reelection.  In addition, with the… Read more »