AG Barr joins renewed Trump administration push to curtail nationwide injunctions

Reuters | May 23, 2019

AG Barr joins renewed Trump administration push to curtail nationwide injunctions
At a speech Tuesday night to the elite American Law Institute, Attorney General William Barr jumped with both feet into the Trump administration’s campaign against nationwide injunctions. The AG told ALI members that federal trial judges have 37 injunctions blocking Trump administration policies across jurisdictions beyond their courtrooms – 10 more than the 27 nationwide injunctions issued in all of the 20th century. Barr said trial judges’ unprecedented show of force is nothing less than a usurpation of the prerogatives of the executive branch and an erosion of the geographical limits Congress set on the jurisdiction of lower courts – in short, a deeply unsettling violation of the bedrock constitutional principle of separation of powers.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs recently committed $20 million to correct a data breach that could affect almost one million VA physicians and patients. While the VA is a unique government institution in the sense that it must comply with HIPAA (which protects sensitive electronic health records for patients) – something that most government institutions don’t need to comply with -- it still underscores the fact that noncompliance in the government sector is a costly venture. And it’s not just costly in a monetary sense -- it could be potentially harmful to the security and well-being of the nation’s critical information assets.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs recently committed $20 million to correct a data breach that could affect almost one million VA physicians and patients. While the VA is a unique government institution in the sense that it must comply with HIPAA (which protects sensitive electronic health records for patients) – something that most government institutions don’t need to comply with -- it still underscores the fact that noncompliance in the government sector is a costly venture. And it’s not just costly in a monetary sense -- it could be potentially harmful to the security and well-being of the nation’s critical information assets.