Man Who Sold Gun Used in Shooting Without Background Check Pleads Guilty

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A man who sold a rifle without a background check that was later used to kill seven people and injure 25 more – including three police officers – during a 2019 mass shooting in Midland and Odessa, Texas, has pleaded guilty to a gun crime, according to …

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CFPB Urged to Stop Allowing Credit Reporting Industry to Violate FCRA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 24, 2020, a letter sent by a coalition of 21 consumer, faith, and advocacy groups to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) urged the CFPB to revoke the permission they granted the credit reporting industry to violate the 30-day deadline imposed by the Fair Credit …

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FBI Observes National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) in October

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused many aspects of American life to move online in 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and partner agencies are reminding the public to do their part and #BeCyberSmart during the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) that is observed each …

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Swears In Commissioner

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 30, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – a federal government agency that advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting emp­loyment discrimination – announced that Keith E. Sonderling was sworn in as a Commissioner of the EEOC. “I am humbled …

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DOL Proposes Rule to Determine Employees and Independent Contractors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule addressing how to determine whether a worker is an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or an independent contractor and is encouraging public comment from interested parties, according to a DOL …

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FTC Releases Agenda for Virtual Data Portability Workshop on September 22

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 10, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the agenda for the virtual “FTC Workshop on Data Portability” that will take place on September 22, 2020, to examine the potential benefits and challenges to consumers and competition raised by data portability, according to a press …

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Congress Members Ask USPS About Background Check of Postmaster General

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 20, 2020, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (Illinois-08) and Congresswoman Katie Porter (California-45) sent a letter to John M. Barger of the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors requesting information about what they called the “highly irregular” selection of Louis DeJoy for the position of …

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Report Finds U.S. Federal Government Background Check Inventory Stabilized

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States federal government background check inventory returned to a stable state of approximately 200,000 background checks in February 2020, down from an estimated backlog of 725,000 cases at its peak in April 2018, according to a report on the “Security Clearance, Suitability/Fitness, and Credentialing Reform …

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FTC Virtual Workshop Seeks Input on Changes to Safeguards Rule of GLB Act

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 13, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a U.S. government agency that protects consumers and promotes competition – will host “An FTC Workshop on GLB Standards” that seeks input on proposed changes to the Safeguards Rule of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act which requires financial …

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Supreme Court Rules CFPB Director Removal Restrictions Violate Constitution

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 29, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued an opinion by a 5-4 vote in the case of Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that held the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by a single Director removable …

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