OSHA Suspends Enforcement of COVID-19 Vaccination-or-Test Requirement

OSHA Suspends Enforcement of COVID-19 Vaccination-or-Test Requirement On Thursday, November 4, 2021, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard(ETS), which requires employers with more than 100 employees to mandate their workers are fully vaccinated or test at least weekly for COVID-19....
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Heads up, federal contractors: DoD has announced “CMMC 2.0” with significant changes to program structure and requirements, including expanded self-attestation that heightens False Claims Act exposure.

DOD REVAMPS CYBERSECURITY MATURITY MODEL CERTIFICATION (“CMMC”) ROBUST ENFORCEMENT LIKELY USING THE FALSE CLAIMS ACT CMMC Program Overview The CMMC program enhances cyber protection standards for companies in the Defense Industrial Base. It is designed to protect sensitive unclassified information that is shared by the Department of Defense (“DoD”) with its contractors and subcontractors....
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Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) Sanctions Compliance Guidance for the Virtual Currency Industry

In mid-October 2021, OFAC issued sanctions compliance guidance (the “OFAC Guidance”) for the virtual currency industry, including tech companies, exchanges, administrators, miners, crypto wallet providers, and even users. OFAC issued the guidance to help the virtual currency industry mitigate the risks of transacting cryptocurrencies with a sanctioned country, entity, or individual. OFAC is the...
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Lawmakers and Regulators Recognize Crypto and Blockchain Present Unique Problems for Traditional Enforcement Mechanisms

Congressional Democrats Seek Increased Oversight Into Crypto Matters Following Ransomware Attacks A group of Democratic senators and congressmen are calling on the Department of Justice, the State Department, the Department of the Treasury, and Homeland Security to beef up efforts to protect against the recent wave of ransomware attacks. The group, comprised of senators...
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DOJ Announces Creation of Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team

Posted on October 8, 2021
On October 6, 2021, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced the creation of the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (“NCET”) to investigate and prosecute criminal misuses of cryptocurrency. NCET’s particular focus will be on crimes committed by virtual currency exchanges, mixing and tumbling services, and money laundering infrastructure actors, to include the tracing and recovery...
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Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative to Hold Government Contractors Responsible for Cybersecurity

On October 6, 2021, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced the Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative (the “Initiative”) to combat cyber threats, specifically to sensitive information and critical systems of the United States Government (USG). In launching the Initiative, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco made clear that a primary focus of the Initiative is to...
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