2015 Congressional Outlook for Health Information Technology

On January 23, 2015, BPC organized an event on Capitol Hill to assess and share the outlook for health information technology (IT) in the coming year. The audience of more than 250 people listened as professional staff serving key Congressional committees shared their perspectives on both the challenges and the opportunities associated with HIT, as well as what might be expected in 2015.

Obama: It’s Time to End Sequester

Alex Gold January 30, 2015
In his budget, the president plans to call for a full repeal of the sequestration-level budget caps.

House “Roll Back” of Executive Action on Immigration Goes Beyond Latest Obama Actions

Theresa Cardinal Brown January 30, 2015

The series of amendments to the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill that passed in the House of Representatives January 14, were aimed at “rolling back” President Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration, but also went beyond the November 20, 2014 announcements to undo administrative memos going back to 2011.

What We’re Reading in Financial Regulatory Reform, January 30

Financial Reform January 30, 2015
We hope you enjoy our latest selection of readings from the financial regulatory world this Super Bowl weekend.

Analysis: New High-Skilled Immigration Reform Bills

Lazaro Zamora January 29, 2015
Two groups of bipartisan senators introduced legislation to increase higher-skilled, employment-based immigration through several reforms to the legal immigration system.

New CBO Outlook: Deficits to Grow Over Decade

Alex Gold January 26, 2015
The Congressional Budget Office projects that deficits will remain modest through 2018, but will then surge through the latter part of the decade to over $1 trillion in 2025.

Is MyRA the Only Way?

Alex Gold January 26, 2015
Programs designed to help individuals save more have advanced in the administration, in the academic and advocacy community, in Congress, and in the states.

Sony Attack Underscores Evolving Nature of Cyber Threats

Jessica Michek January 23, 2015
The Sony hack illustrates a new reality for corporations: economic security is intertwined with cybersecurity.

FSOC to Consider New Transparency and Process Measures

Aaron Klein, Justin Schardin January 22, 2015
Although they only cover a portion of the concerns about the FSOC, the proposed changes appear to be important steps in the right direction.

State of the Union Against a Nuclear Iran

Blaise Misztal January 21, 2015
Preventing a nuclear Iran is one of the major national security challenges facing the United States for all the reasons the president listed in his speech.