Tuesday - March 28, 2017
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News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from national and international trade associations influencing the debate on federal policies.

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State Regulators Highlight EGRPRA Priorities for Financial Regulatory Relief
WASHINGTON, March 24 -- The Conference of State Bank Supervisors issued the following news release:

State financial regulators highlight their perspectives and offer suggestions to further reduce regulatory burden related to certain issues raised as part of the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act (EGRPRA) review process.

The EGRPRA review is required by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) and its member agencies every 10 years. As part of this process, federal financial regulators issued this week a joint report to Congress detailing the results ... Show Full Article

Nearly 75 Percent of OECD Countries Have Now Adopted Accrual Accounting Practices According to a New Study from IFAC and the OECD
NEW YORK, March 24 -- The International Federation of Accountants issued the following news release:

Nearly three-quarters of OECD countries have adopted accrual accounting for their year-end financial reports and more than a quarter now prepare their annual budgets on an accrual basis, according to the landmark study Accrual Practices and Reform Experiences in OECD Countries (https://www.ifac.org/publications-resources/accrual-practices-and-reform-experiences-oecd-countries) by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ... Show Full Article

NPPC Asks USDA to Abandon GIPSA Rules
WASHINGTON, March 24 -- The National Pork Producers Council issued the following news release:

Citing grave concerns that they would "cause serious harm to the pork industry," the National Pork Producers Council in comments submitted today said the U.S. Department of Agriculture should not finalize - or at least exempt pork producers from - regulations related to the buying and selling of livestock.

According to NPPC, the so-called Farmer Fair Practices Rules - an interim final rule and a proposed regulation - would "enable a torrent of lawsuits against members of the pork industry," replace ... Show Full Article

LifeSprout Wins $10K in AUTM Venture Challenge
WASHINGTON, March 24 -- The Association of University Technology Managers issued the following news release:

LifeSprout, a Maryland-based biotech start-up from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has won the $10,000 top prize in the Association of University Technology Managers' (AUTM) Pitch and Play business plan competition held at AUTM's 2017 Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida.

New company creation and development is an integral component of academic research commercialization. AUTM celebrates this mission-critical function annually through Pitch and Play - The AUTM Venture Challenge, where ... Show Full Article

International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Welcomes Its First Ambassador for Central America
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 24 -- The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association issued the following news release:

San Jose-based travel consultant Julio Calvo, CEO of Gaycostarica.com, recently became the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's first ambassador for Central America, a volunteer role that assists with membership support and development throughout the region. He is also the founder and president of the Costa Rica Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Camara De Comercio Diversa Costa Rica), an IGLTA organizational partner.

"Costa Rica and some of its neighbors ... Show Full Article

America's Front Line Physicians Urge Congress to Find a New Way Forward to Protect Patients' Access to Care
WASHINGTON, March 24 -- The American College of Physicians issued the following news release:

Following the U.S. House of Representatives' failure to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American Osteopathic Association, representing 500,000 physicians and medical students, urge Congress to find a new way forward. We stood in opposition to the AHCA for the harm it would cause our patients by leading to less access to coverage, ... Show Full Article

ATA Announces Renewal of HireRight as ATA Corporate Partner
ARLINGTON, Va., March 24 -- The American Trucking Associations issued the following news release:

Today, American Trucking Associations announced HireRight, one of the world's largest providers of employee background check services, was renewed as an ATA Corporate Partner and Endorsed Featured Product provider.

"Over the past few months, ATA has focused a large share of our resources on addressing the driver shortage through several different avenues," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. "One of the best ways to assist fleets as they look to hire safe, professional truck drivers is to ... Show Full Article