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Name: Jim Tozzi
Date registered: December 21, 2011

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  1. U.S. Information Quality Act Filing Reveals Patent Assertion Entity Propaganda — April 24, 2015
  2. Judicial Review of Agency Benefit-Cost Analysis — April 21, 2015
  3. EU, US trade talks seek to advance regulatory pillar — April 20, 2015
  4. DOL Releases Fiduciary Plan — April 16, 2015
  5. Blacklisting Exec Order to Impose Substantial Costs on Contractors — April 15, 2015

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U.S. Information Quality Act Filing Reveals Patent Assertion Entity Propaganda

Editor’s Note: For more information on the need of federal agencies to adhere to OMB’s Data Quality Act peer review requirements, please see here.

By Lawrence A. Kogan

On March 30, 2015, electrical engineer and long-time IEEE member and patent holder, Ron Katznelson, filed an Information Quality Act Request for Correction (IQA/RFC) with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (WH/OSTP).  The IQA/RFC sought correction of the statistical data and other information contained in a 2013 White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues report entitled, “Patent Assertion and U.S. Innovation.”  This report is otherwise known as the patent assertion entity (PAE) or “patent troll” report.


Judicial Review of Agency Benefit-Cost Analysis

Editor’s Note: Benefit-cost analyses relied on by agencies in rulemakings must comply with the requirements of the Data Quality Act.

From: George Mason Law Review, 2015

Caroline Cecot & W. Kip Viscusi


[W]hen an agency decides to rely on a cost-benefit analysis as part of its rulemaking, a serious flaw undermining that analysis can render the rule unreasonable.1

However, we would be reluctant to seize upon a single apparently erroneous datum in a very complex rulemaking and announce that the error undermines the entire rule . . . .2




EU, US trade talks seek to advance regulatory pillar

From: EurActiv.com

Set to meet in New York next week (20-24 April) for the ninth round of talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), negotiators are determined to make progress on all strands of the deal, but particularly on regulatory cooperation.

Daniela Vincenti


Central coordination

When it comes to structuring regulatory cooperation, the Commission has submitted a proposal for a regulatory body at the last negotiating round.


The joint body could be led at the US level by USTR and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and on the EU side by DG Trade and the Secretariat General, analysts told EurActiv.


DOL Releases Fiduciary Plan

From: Think Advisor

Revised measure out for 75-day comment period; includes ‘best interest contract’ exemption

By Melanie Waddell, Washington Bureau Chief/Investment Advisor Magazine

The Department of Labor issued for public comment Tuesday the long-anticipated controversial redraft of its rule to amend the definition of fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.


Only after reviewing all the comments will the administration decide what to include in a final rule, DOL said, and even once the DOL ultimately issues a final rule, it will not go into effect immediately.

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Blacklisting Exec Order to Impose Substantial Costs on Contractors

From: HR Policy Association

The Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces (a.k.a. “Blacklisting”) executive order would impose total costs on federal contractors well in excess of $100 million, according to a preliminary analysis recently submitted to the administration by HR Policy Association and other business groups.  The proposed rule and guidance to implement the executive order (EO) are currently under review at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and it is clear the agency is under considerable pressure to publish both soon….

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Confronting the Problem of Stealth Regulation

From: Mercatus Center | George Mason University

John D. Graham , James Broughel

The federal regulatory system includes two important components, each designed to ensure that the regulatory process works to advance the interests of the American people. First, the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946 (APA) compels regulatory agencies to consider the wishes of the American public via a process of public participation in rulemaking. Second, regulatory review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), in place since the early 1980s, provides assurance that a minimal level of evidence, especially economic evidence, is supplied to support agency decisions. Along with judicial review and congressional oversight, these components provide the checks and balances that are the foundation of the modern regulatory state.


340B CMP Proposed Rule Sent to OMB

From: cis Life Sciences Consulting


On April 8, 2015, HRSA submitted a 340B Civil Monetary Penalties for Manufacturers proposed rule (RIN: 0906-AA89) to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review.  The text of the rule has not yet been published, but according to the abstract at www.reginfo.gov, this rule, “would amend section 340B of the Public Health Service Act to impose monetary sanctions (not to exceed $5,000 per instance) on drug manufacturers who intentionally charge a covered entity a price above the ceiling price established under the procedures of the 340B Program.”


PBGC Proposes Electronic Filing for Multiemployer Plan Notices

From: PlanSponsor

By Rebecca Moore

The PBGC says electronic filing of certain notices required by multiemployer plans would result in greater efficiencies for the government.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is proposing to amend its regulations to require electronic filing of certain multiemployer notices.


The proposed rule is part of PBGC’s ongoing implementation of the Government Paperwork Elimination Act and is consistent with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)’s directive to remove regulatory impediments to electronic transactions. The proposal builds in flexibility to allow the agency to update the electronic filing process as technology advances.


Applying the Data Quality Act to Intellectual Property Protection

Editor’s Note: A discussion of DOJ’s statement to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, that OMB “polices” the Data Quality Act is available here.

From: Patentlyo | Guest Post

White House “Patent Troll” Report Challenged under the Federal Information Quality Act

By Ron D. Katznelson


The Difficulty of Planning Regulation: Insights from the US

Editor’s Note: For a discussion about the resurgence of interest in implementing a regulatory budget, please see here.

From: L’Osservatorio AIR

Fabrizio Di Mascio

For more than 35 years, federal regulatory agencies have been required to notify the public about their upcoming rules in the United States to ensure the transparency of the rulemaking process. The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires that Cabinet departments, independent agencies, and independent regulatory agencies publish “regulatory flexibility agendas” in the Federal Register each April and October describing regulatory actions they are developing that are likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Further, Executive Order  12866 requires the same agencies to “prepare an agenda of all regulations under development or review, at a time and in a manner specified by the Administrator” of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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