COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Barefoot, Marrinan & Associates, the compliance consulting firm, has opened a Washington, D.C., office. Establishing the office will help the company communicate better with federal regulatory agencies, legislators, and trade associations, said Jo Ann S. Barefoot, the company's president.

"It will strengthen our capabilities in both forecasting and monitoring regulatory compliance issues and trends for our clients - a necessity in today's ever-changing fair-lending environment," she said.

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