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Name: Jim Tozzi
Date registered: December 21, 2011

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  1. Food, dietary supplement & cosmetics regulatory update, vol. II, issue 2 — January 25, 2015
  2. White House aide calls for stricter broker rules on 401(k)s — January 23, 2015
  3. U.S. oil train safety proposal due in May — January 16, 2015
  4. Your Feedback During the Public Comment Period Really Does Matter — January 13, 2015
  5. Ag leader: U.S. regulation threatens farmers, ranchers — January 12, 2015

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Jan
25

Food, dietary supplement & cosmetics regulatory update, vol. II, issue 2

From: Association of Corporate Counsel

Mark Mansour, Colleen M. Heisey, Jonathan Berman , Emily K. Strunk, Stephanie L. Resnik and Brigid C. DeCoursey | Jones Day

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FSIS Releases Establishment-Specific Data Release Strategic Plan

In the January 15, 2015, Federal Register, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (“FSIS”) is announcing the availability of the draft Establishment-Specific Data Release Strategic Plan for sharing data on federally inspected meat and poultry establishments with the public. FSIS developed the Strategic Plan in response to memoranda released by President Obama and the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), an Executive Order, and internal agency recommendations that called for increased data sharing. Comments due March 16, 2015.

Jan
23

White House aide calls for stricter broker rules on 401(k)s

From: Bloomberg via LifeHealthPro

By Dave Michaels and Margaret Collins

One of President Barack Obama’s top economic advisers said abusive trading practices are costing workers billions of dollars in retirement savings each year and called for stricter rules on Wall Street brokers.

Jason Furman, chairman of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, drafted a Jan. 13 memo citing research that says some broker practices, such as boosting commissions with excessive trading, cost investors $8 billion to $17 billion a year. The document was circulated to senior aides and indicates the White House may support tighter oversight of brokers who handle retirement accounts.

Jan
16

U.S. oil train safety proposal due in May

By Reuters Media via Inforum

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Transportation Department will offer a new design for oil trains by mid-May as officials try to make sure crude oil is moving safely on the tracks, officials said this week. The next-generation tanker will have a thicker shell, more heat protection and other safety features meant to prevent future mishaps from becoming fiery derailments. Details have not been finalized.

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The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is weighing costs and benefits of a draft proposal that has drawn more than 3,800 public comments.

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Jan
13

Your Feedback During the Public Comment Period Really Does Matter

From: Moyers & Company

by Cass Sunstein & Reid Hastie

The following is an excerpt from Sunstein and Reid Hastie’s new book, Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter.

Whether the issue involves health care or immigration or clean air, federal policy is often made through rule making. Operating in groups, agencies try really hard to compile relevant information.

We have noted that the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) sees much of its responsibility as one of assembling dispersed information, so as to increase the likelihood that the relevant group — people who work for the government itself — is wiser.

Jan
12

Ag leader: U.S. regulation threatens farmers, ranchers

From: The Des Moines Register

Christopher Doering

SAN DIEGO – Excessive regulation by the federal government threatens the viability of farming and ranching, the head of the country’s largest farm group said Sunday.

Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, used much of his speech to more than 4,500 people at the group’s annual convention to warn of a barrage of regulations from the government. He focused specifically on a rule proposed last spring by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers known as the “Waters of the U.S.” rule.

Jan
07

Joint Statement: United States-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue

From: The White House

When President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the creation of the United States-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) in May 2013, they established a new strategic vision for our economic cooperation, focused on delivering tangible and positive economic benefits to the people of the United States and Mexico.  Our robust cooperation and dedication to finding binational solutions to shared economic challenges strengthens both of our countries and creates opportunities for our citizens.  As neighbors and partners, we will continue to position North America as the most competitive and dynamic region in the world.

Dec
30

Grist Gets Very Confused on EPA’s Coal Ash Rule

From: GlobalWarming.org

by William Yeatman

Over at Grist, Ben Adler repackaged press releases from Sierra Club and NRDC into a story about the supposed leniency of EPA’s final coal ash rule, a pre publication version of which was issued last Friday. Of course, retransmitting pressers by environmental special interests is nothing new for Grist’s brand of “independent green journalism.” And if the author had limited himself to parroting green groups, I’d have no reason to post. But in the second half of his blog entry, Adler took it upon himself to try to do some real reporting, and that’s when he got into trouble. To be precise, he reported on the wrong rule.

Dec
26

Satisfaction Is Not the Same as Policy Success

From: RegBlog | Penn Program on Regulation

Regulatory policies that satisfy the interests involved in policy-making are often assumed to be better policies. Numerous studies purport to evaluate the success of public participation by asking individuals what they think of the regulatory processes and outcomes in proceedings in which they were involved. Although data on participant satisfaction can potentially provide useful feedback to those who facilitate various kinds of policy deliberations, satisfaction is not an appropriate basis for evaluating the overall value of public policies or even ultimately of the processes by which these policies are made.

Dec
22

EPA’s Coal Ash Rule Demonstrates Worthiness of White House Regulatory Review

From: GlobalWarming.org

by William Yeatman

Earlier today, I posted a primer on the EPA’s pending coal ash rule. In fact, the rule is almost assuredly going to be a far superior regulation than the shoddy version EPA originally drafted. And the means by which the rule improved in quality sheds much light on a little noticed yet supremely important component of the rulemaking process: White House regulatory review.

White House Regulatory Review: The Bare Bones Basics

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Dec
18

Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings Draw First Challenge To CMS Quality Measures Under Data Quality Act

Editor’s Note: The Request for Correction is attached here.

Skewed geographic distribution of star ratings demonstrates program’s flaws, says Dialysis Patient Citizens

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Dialysis Patient Citizens has filed the first challenge to a CMS quality program under the Data Quality Act, contending that the agency’s Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) star ratings methodology fails to satisfy federal requirements for objectivity and utility in presenting information to the public. The day after being served with the complaint, CMS conceded it should have conducted cognitive testing of this system on consumers, reversing a position the agency had defended for nearly four months.

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