Administration Approves Seven State Exchange Plans

Yesterday the Obama Administration approved seven states’ plans to form their own health care Exchanges, giving the states permission to move forward in having the entities ready for 2014.  These seven sign-offs now raise the number of states federally approved to operate an Exchange to 17 plus the District of Columbia. The seven state plans approved yesterday were: California… Read more »

ASAE Sends Follow-Up Message to White House on OGE Issue

ASAE today sent a letter to the White House from President & CEO John Graham CAE in response to a story in last weekend’s New York Times on the ongoing consideration of the Office of Government Ethics’ (OGE) proposed ethics rule.  The story said the Office of Government Ethics “is now weighing the response to… Read more »

ASAE Request Meeting On OGE’S Proposed Gift Rules

ASAE this week asked for a meeting with the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to clarify the intent of proposed rules that would restrict government employees from attending educational seminars and other substantive events held by trade associations. OGE was directed by the White House to write regulations extending the lobbyist gift ban for political… Read more »

White House Mischaracterizes Role of Associations

The new rules were drafted by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) and would amend current regulations governing standards of ethical conduct for executive branch employees that limit all government officials from accepting gifts from registered lobbyists and lobbying organizations. While the Obama administration imposed tighter gift restrictions on political appointees shortly after the president… Read more »