Washington, DC - One Direction had a hit with a song called “18,” but the FTC’s recent law enforcement and policy initiatives suggest that the agency will continue to pursue many directions in its efforts to protect consumers in ‘18. (Sorry. We’re expecting a fresh shipment of pop culture references in January.) In case you missed them – and in no particular order – here are ten FTC consumer protection topics of note from 2017.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson: Over the past year, the United States has faced immense challenges in its dealings with North Korea, China and Russia, and in its efforts to defeat international terrorism. But Americans should be encouraged by the progress the State Department and United States Agency for International Development have made in pushing for global peace and stability.

Washington, DC - Chief of Naval Personnel is seeking nominations for the 2017 Spirit of Hope Award and the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in NAVADMIN 312/17.

Washington, DC - The Navy updated the Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) award plan for active component (AC) and full time support (FTS) Sailors in NAVADMIN 311/17 released yesterday.

Washington, DC - Reauthorizing Section 702 before it expires is vital to keeping the nation safe. Let us be clear: if Congress fails to act, vital intelligence collection on international terrorists and other foreign adversaries will be lost. The country will be less secure.

Washington, DC - Becton, Dickinson and Company and C. R. Bard, Inc. have agreed to divest two medical device product lines to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that Becton, Dickinson’s proposed $24 billion acquisition of Bard would negatively impact competition in those markets. Both companies supply a range of medical devices to health care organizations, healthcare workers, and pharmaceutical companies.