WASHINGTON – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project Inc.:

“I am pleased that the Supreme Court has affirmed that the Fair Housing Act encompasses disparate impact claims, which are an essential tool for realizing the Act’s promise of fair and open access to housing opportunities for all Americans.  While our nation has made tremendous progress since the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968, disparate impact claims remain an all-too-necessary mechanism for rooting out discrimination in housing and lending.  By recognizing that laws, policies and practices with unjustified discriminatory effects are inconsistent with the Fair Housing Act, today’s decision lends support to hardworking Americans who are attempting to find good housing opportunities for themselves and their families.  Bolstered by this important ruling, the Department of Justice will continue to vigorously enforce the Fair Housing Act with every tool at its disposal – including challenges based on unfair and unacceptable discriminatory effects.”


The Supreme Court Upholds Critical Part of the Affordable Care Act

FACT SHEET: The Supreme Court Upholds Critical Part of the Affordable Care Act

What You Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act

After nearly a century of work, after decades of trying, after a year of sustained debate, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. Since then, health reform has become the law of the land and after more than five years under the law, it has been woven into the fabric of an improved American health care system, on which Americans can rely throughout life. And it’s probably impacting your life in ways you do not realize. Young adults can stay on their family’s plan. People losing jobs, changing jobs, or breaking out on their own no longer have to worry about whether they can get health insurance. Having a pre-existing condition or being a woman no longer means you pay for more coverage. And, affordability has improved – from insurance that is there for you when you need it to discounts on prescription drugs in Medicare. 

Here are examples of how the law has already made the health care system better and is providing all Americans with the peace of mind that comes with health security:

  • Better benefits and consumer protections: More than 137 million Americans now have guaranteed access to preventive care, including immunizations, well child visits, certain cancer screenings, and contraceptive services, with no additional out-of-pocket costs as well as no more annual caps on essential benefit coverage and new annual limits on out-of-pocket costs.
  • Dramatic decline in the uninsured, including more young adults covered: We’ve seen the largest decline in the uninsured rate since the early 1970s, and the uninsured rate is now at the lowest level recorded across five decades of data.  Since several of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage provisions took effect, more than 16 million uninsured people have gained health insurance coverage.  Over 4 million young adults have gained coverage, many through the Affordable Care Act’s provision allowing young adults to remain on a parent’s plan to age 26 and its broader expansion of coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces and Medicaid.  By the second quarter of 2014, the uninsured rate among young adults had dropped by more than 40 percent.  And a recent study found that over 85 percent of individuals newly covered by the ACA like their insurance.
  • Safer hospital stays: From 2010 to 2013, an estimated 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions and hospital patients experienced 1.3 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions, a 17 percent decline over the three year period.  The Affordable Care Act also improves care received through incentives that promote quality of care and time spent between patients and doctors.
  • Savings for seniors: More than 9 million seniors and people with disabilities have saved an average of $1,600 per person on their prescription medicine, over $15 billion in all since the Affordable Care Act became law.
  • Numerous affordable coverage options: About 85 percent of those who enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace (about 8.7 million individuals) qualified for an average tax credit of $272 per month.  About 8 in 10 of individuals signing up for qualified health plans this year had the option of selecting a plan with a premium of $100 or less after tax credits.  And there are more insurance plan options in many areas of the country.
  • More covered by Medicaid: As of April 2015, 12.3 million additional Americans were covered under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program compared to the start of October 2013, when the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment began.  To date, 28 States and DC have expanded Medicaid.
  • Savings for hospitals: Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, hospitals saved an estimated $7.4 billion in 2014 because of less uncompensated care, with about two-thirds of the total savings going to hospitals in States that have expanded Medicaid.  Reduced hospital uncompensated care means less of a “hidden tax” for insured Americans.

President Obama’s health care policies have even broader and more transformative implications for the U.S. economy.  The ability to buy affordable plans through a competitive Marketplace will allow countless Americans to move, start businesses, and dream big American dreams – without worrying if an illness will bankrupt them.  And, slowing health care costs have reduced the Federal budget deficit and enabled businesses to invest in jobs and a growing American economy.

While progress has been made, we will continue to work to make health care even better, starting with making sure people understand and benefit from the law.  We will continue to work toward a health care system that results in better care, smarter spending, and healthier people, with an empowered, educated and engaged consumers in the center.  This includes promoting preventive care, securing coverage for all Americans, and further driving down the cost of care to keep our economy strong.  And we’ll continue to work with the 22 States who have not yet taken advantage of Federal funds to expand Medicaid eligibility to over 4 million Americans in need.

The SEC is looking for Enforcement Attorneys!!

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s New York Regional Office is looking for Enforcement Attorneys.

Typical Duties Include:

  • Conducts comples investigations being undertaken by the SEC. Develops investigative and litigation plans and adjust plans as appropriate.
  • Leads all aspects of investigations. Drafts subpoenas and other requests for documents, questions witnesses through interviews, testimony, or depositions, prepares written analysis of documentary and testimonial evidence, and makes recommendations as to whether sufficient evidence exists to prove violations of federal securities laws.
  •  Provides management and agency officials at all levels with advice and work products exhibiting knowledge, insight, sound judgment, and sophisticated understanding of relevant law and facts.
  •  Communicates with agency officials at all levels, including supervisors and coworkers, officials at other agencies and regulatory bodies, staff in federal courts, counsel, and members of the public.
  •  Organizes work across multiple investigations, sets priorities, and determines short- and long-term goals and strategies to achieve them. Develops innovative solutions to address factual and legal issues, and problems involving novel or unexplored questions of law or policy.
  • Participates in all aspects of litigation in federal court and administrative proceedings.

Basic Requirements: All applicants must possess the following

  • J.D. or LL.B. degree, preferably with 3+ years of experience AND
  •  Active membership of the bar in good standing in any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. (Note: proof of bar membership will be required before entry on duty.)

To be considered for these positions, please email your resume and cover letter to:






FY 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship Program for Criminal Justice Statistics

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Statistics

(BJS) is seeking applications to fund one or more fellows under its Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program for Criminal Justice Statistics. This program furthers the Department’s mission by facilitating collaboration between academic and government researchers in survey methodology, statistics, economics, and social sciences. BJS provides Graduate Research Fellows the unique opportunity to address substantive, methodological, and analytic issues relevant to BJS programs and to further existing knowledge about and understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system.

Click HERE for more information


Question of the Week

Poverty and Opportunity in Your Community: What Are You Seeing?

This week, we want to hear from you about some of the pressing issues in your own community related to poverty and opportunity.

Yesterday, President Obama sat down with Harvard professor Robert Putnam and American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks for a discussion on poverty, moderated by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. Now we want to hear from you on this important topic.

Share with us how these issues are playing out in your community, and how you think we can continue expanding opportunity for more Americans.

White House Celebrates Entreprenuers Around the World

The White House Celebrates Entrepreneurs Around the World

On Monday, the President welcomed emerging entrepreneurs from across the country and around the world to the White House to honor their achievements in their fields of business. He also announced new commitments in support of the Spark Global Entrepreneurship Initiative — a bold goal of generating $1 billion in new investment for emerging entrepreneurs worldwide by 2017.


In Case You Missed It: The First Lady’s Powerful Remarks to Tuskegee University’s Class of 2015

In Case You Missed It: The First Lady’s Powerful Remarks to Tuskegee University’s Class of 2015

This past Saturday, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2015 at Tuskegee University — a historically black university in Tuskegee, Alabama. Founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881, Tuskegee is the only university in America to be designated as a National Historic Site.



3 Thoughts the President Shared on Poverty

A Discussion on Poverty in America

Yesterday, President Obama traveled to Georgetown University to sit down with Harvard professor Robert Putnam and American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks to share his views on poverty in America. The President also outlined what we can do to ensure every American — no matter who they are, where they come from, or where they live — has access to the opportunities they deserve.

If you missed the discussion, here’s three important things that the President said.

National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Profressions

The National Center E-Note is an electronic newsletter providing news, updates and analysis concerning events and issues of interest to constituency groups.

May 2015 Edition Contents:

  1.      The National Center’s 42nd Annual Conference: A Major Success
  2.      Photographs from the Annual Conference
  3.      Proceedings from National Center Conference Since 1973 Now Available On-Line
  4.      NYPERB ALJ Decides Cayuga Comm. Coll. Adjuncts Belong in Separate Unit
  5.      NLRB RD Finds Lesley Univ. Temporary Faculty Should Be in Unit with Core   Faculty
  6.     GEU-UAW and U. Conn. Ratify First Contract for Graduate Assistants
  7.     SEIU Certified to Represent Lecturers at Boston University
  8.     Petition Filed for Representation of Schenectady County Comm. Coll. Adjuncts
  9.     Representation Election Scheduled for Siena College Adjunct Faculty
  10.     Representation Election Scheduled for Siena College Visiting Faculty
  11.     Webster University Adjuncts Vote Down Union Representation
  12.     NYU Annual Labor Conference To Examine Employee and Employer Status
  13.     The Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy 
  14.     Donate to Support the National Center’s Work and Mission

2015 NASA MUREP Virtual MSI Symposium and Collaboration Videoconference

2015 NASA MUREP Virtual MSI Symposium and Collaboration Videoconference Audience: Minority Serving Institutions Event Date: May 20, 2015 Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT

2015 NASA MUREP Virtual MSI Symposium and Collaboration Videoconference NASA’s Office of Education will host this virtual symposium to provide an opportunity for Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) to receive in-depth information about current NASA EONS solicitations.

This discussion is offered in an effort to help strengthen collaborations between MSI’s and NASA Centers in support of open solicitations in EONS.   MSI’s will have an opportunity to listen to presentations from each NASA Center on Center strengths, core competencies and education interests.  This virtual session will serve as a platform to connect MSI’s with appropriate Center POC’s and raise awareness of the unique strengths of each Center.

This event will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. EDT.  During the event, audience members may submit typed questions via chat box.  After the presentation, there will be a brief Q&A via teleconference call line to provide real time answers to participant questions. In order to address as many participants as possible, questions should be clear and concise, and limited to general topics only. This event will begin promptly on time, so everyone is encouraged to connect 10 – 15 minutes prior to start time to address any technical difficulties you may encounter. To join this symposium, follow these instructions and connect to both videoconference and teleconference number.

To connect to videoconference (for slide presentations and presenter introductions) login at:

To connect to teleconference call number Dial toll free: 1-844-467-6272 Enter participant passcode: 529064

This call will be recorded and transcribed. For the sake of accuracy be sure to speak slowly and clearly, and please spell anything that might be recorded incorrectly.  Please keep all phones muted at all times until it is your turn to speak. Cell phones are not recommended for use for this call due to the possibility of disconnection and static. Subsequently, a written transcript of this symposium will be posted to the NSPIRES website. Questions asked during the call will also be posted. Any questions regarding this session should be sent to

Technical/system requirements necessary are:

  • High speed internet connection
  • A nearby landline
  • Updated browser (preferably Firefox)
  • Updated Adobe Flash Player
  • Bandwidth: min. 56 Kbps (if unsure, you may test your connection speed at

At any time, you may test your system and internet connection at:  This diagnostic test will ensure your computer and network connections are properly configured to provide you with the best possible Adobe Connect meeting experience. The diagnostic test checks for the following:

  1. Clear connection to Adobe Connect
  2. Bandwidth availability
  3. Latest Adobe Connect Add-in

If all tests pass successfully, you are prepared for logging in this symposium 10 minutes before scheduled start time.  If you should experience any difficulties during the diagnostic test, the site also includes troubleshooting tips and procedures as well as a few detailed instructions if this is first time using Adobe Connect.