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Kareem Murphy
Washington, DC
Lobbyist with The Ferguson Group
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The Senate has confirmed President Obama’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The agency has been without a settled leader since former Secretary Janet Napolitano left this summer to lead the University of California System. Secretary Jeh Johnson, approved on a 78-16 vote, will lead one... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Stakeholders are voicing strong concerns that some health insurers are failing to provide minimum standards of coverage for people who are HIV+. A coalition of 31 HIV/AIDS organizations reached out to the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on December 2, calling on them to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Legislation introduced recently would expand federal programs to review and seek to end policies and laws that criminalize the transmission of HIV and lead to our sources of discrimination against HIV+ people. On Monday, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the “Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal (“REPEAL”) HIV... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Briefing the media on Sunday, the Obama Administration announced that it substantively met its goal of making the website operational, allowing it to handle a larger volume of traffic and permit individuals to sign up for health insurance in the federally-run healthcare marketplaces in states that are not running... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Two of the largest of HIV/AIDS service organizations (amfAR and NMAC) released a new infographic illustrating the potential impact of sequestration in Fiscal Year 2014, should it be allowed to go into effect. These estimates are based on the latest publicly available data on budget allocations and unit costs. Applying... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
How to sort through the conflicting information on the Affordable Care Act and how it’s impacting President Obama’s second term? With so much information celebrating the bill and criticizing its implementation and effect on health care coverage, it is no wonder the public is either confused or now opposed to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
With all the problems with the website, the “technological glitches,” the “tech surge,” and even an apology from the President, Obamacare’s supporters and detractors await solid, verifiable numbers on how many Americans are actually signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Over a dozen states have successfully... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Facing mounting criticism from multiple corners, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius faces numerous calls from Obamacare critics and opponents to resign. During a CNN interview that aired last week, she refused to comment on whether she offered the President her resignation. The landscape for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
The USDA is ramping up its social media campaign to tout the benefits of Farm Bill-authorized programs, especially as they promote job growth and retention and advance agricultural research around the nation. They are inviting stakeholders to help drive this social media campaign by using the hashtag #MyFarmBill and asking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
This morning, President Obama tackled the debacle over the malfunctioning website that was supposed to allow people to sign up on the health care exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment began on October 1st, but has reportedly been unable to actually enroll anyone in the federally-run health... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
President Obama is expected to nominate Jeh Johnson to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security. Concern has growing all summer among stakeholders because the White House has not moved quickly to select a replacement for former Secretary Janet Napolitano. Napolitano, the former Governor of Arizona, announced her intent to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
The Obama Administration released partial data on insurance rates for those state-based health insurance exchanges that will be run by the federal government. The rates have been much-anticipated because they will cover the major of states (35) that did not choose to run the exchanges on their own. The announcement... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) is hosting a Twitter Town Hall on Tuesday, September 17th to highlight the connections between the federal government’s investment in water infrastructure and jobs and economic growth. The T&I Committee is attempting to move the Water Resources Reform and Development... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Stakeholders from broad spectrum anxiously await news on how rates for insurance coverage will be affected by the Affordable Care Act. State-based Health Care Exchanges start enrollment on October 1st, with coverage becoming effective on January 1, 2014. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will run exchanges for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
With the August District Work Period in full swing, Congress continues along battle lines drawn earlier this year around the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Members of both parties in both chambers are holding town hall style meetings to talk about implementation of ACA, whether they support it, question it, or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Association of the Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) jointly issued a report showing the benefits of tax-exempt status for municipal bonds. The groups analysis shows that ending or capping the tax-exempt status would directly result in increased costs for providing water... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
The progressive think-thank Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new "Mapping the Sequester" project that shows how selected areas around the U.S. have been impacted by the sequester. Information is available on CAP’s website by state or by city. They also share subject matter and area experts who may... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog much so that the Obama Administration has announced that it will delay the deadline for employers to offer basic health care coverage for their employees by a year, pushing it back to 2015. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) places penalties of up to $3,000 per worker on businesses with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
A year ago, the Supreme Court ruled that states did not have to accept enhanced Medicaid matching rates that were part of the Affordable Care Act. Battles raged in several state legislatures and between state officials and Governors over whether or not to accept the new funding. In all but... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
The City of Oak Ridge was the focus of congressional hearings in the House and Senate on May 16th. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) and Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) presided over a hearing of the House Nuclear Clean Up Caucus featuring representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy and a major... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Not only has the White House issued its second budget in which it calls for the consolidation of over a dozen grant programs specifically for state and local first responders, but they have also issued preliminary guidance detailing how the proposed National Preparedness Grant Program would work. Last week, Homeland... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Today, the House of Representatives will consider two cybersecurity bills. H.R. 756, the “Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013,” by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX). and H.R. 967, the “Advancing America's Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2013,” whose lead sponsor is Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY). President Obama made... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
Legislative sessions in key states that have held out on establishing Health Care Exchanges are soon drawing to a close. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that exchanges in all states be online and ready to provide access to coverage starting January 1, 2014. Many states are now scrambling to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
The American Society of Civil Engineers just gave the state of U.S. infrastructure a grade D+. In a newly-issued “Report Card for America’s Infrastructure,” they note that despite a small increase due to the recent completion of a handful of large scale bridge projects, quality remains flat. ASCE President Greg... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) wants to hear from stakeholders, including local governments, on proposed rule changes that designed to simplify the process for applying for federal grants. A 2009 Presidential Executive Order regarding the elimination of waste in federal programs included an element on the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at The Ferguson Group Blog