//  6/11/17  //  Topic Update

As appointed positions remain empty, the Federal Trade Commission has only two commissioners, who must agree before the FTC can challenge a merger, writes Brent Kendall (WSJ).

President Trump is struggling to fill key position in his administration—most notably FBI director (Politico).

  • Only 15% of science positions requiring confirmation have nominees (WaPo).
  • Many face long wait times for approval due to late submissions and other paperwork delays (WaPo).

A Senate Committee advanced President Trump’s controversial nominee for deputy Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, who faced opposition due to his role as a mining and energy lobbyist (The Hill).  

In the first few months of the Trump Administration, federal regulation has come to nearly a complete halt.

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

The Government Accountability Office will investigate alleged fraud during the comment period on the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules. President Trump's decision to allow agencies with leftover funding to remain open during the government shutdown may have been illegal.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

A federal judge denies Leandra English's motion for a preliminary injunction in the dispute over who is acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

A federal judge denied Leandra English's request for a temporary restraining order in the fight over who is the acting director of the CFPB.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School