October 12, 2017

HHS seeks Common Rule delay as informatics researchers await final rule

From: FierceHealthcare

by Evan Sweeney

The Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a proposed one-year delay for updates to the Common Rule that have been in limbo since the Trump administration took office.

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OMB indicated it is reviewing a proposal from the Department of Health and Human Services that would delay implementation for one year “while allowing the use of three burden-reducing provisions during the delay year.” The review was first reported by Politico.

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October 11, 2017

Trump Begins Repeal of Obama Power Plant Emission Cuts

From: Bloomberg

By Jennifer A Dlouhy

  • EPA is poised to argue Clean Power Plan exceeds legal limits
  • Public will be invited to offer ideas for replacement rule

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For instance, the Coalition for Innovative Climate Solutions, which represents electric generating companies, has asked administration officials for a replacement rule that would provide “regulatory certainty” and “accommodate the broad diversity in state” energy portfolios.

The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has been vetting the EPA’s repeal proposal since June.

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September 20, 2017

Trump administration prepares to ease export rules for U.S. guns

From: Reuters (Exclusive)

Mike Stone, Matt Spetalnick

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The officials from multiple agencies, speaking on condition of anonymity, say the new rules will cut government red tape and regulatory costs, boosting U.S. exports of small arms and creating jobs at home.

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The administration has all but finalized a draft of the new rules, which could be sent to the White House budget office for review within days, one U.S. official said.

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September 18, 2017

Opponents sharpen knives over impending U.S. payday loan rule

Editor’s Note: The CFPB is fully subject to the Data Quality Act. See here and here for examples.

From: Reuters

Lisa Lambert

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September 7, 2017

Is NIH Red Tape Threatening Medical Research?

From: Nature

Brain researchers in uproar over NIH clinical-trials policy

An open letter to the US National Institutes of Health says that classifying human-behaviour studies as clinical trials creates unnecessary red tape.

Sara Reardon

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An open letter posted to an online petition site on 31 August and addressed to NIH director Francis Collins on says that the policy could “unnecessarily increase the administrative burden on investigators”, slowing the pace of discovery in basic research. It asked the NIH to delay implementation of the policy until it has consulted with the behavioural-science and neuroscience communities. The letter has so far garnered more than 2,700 signatures.

August 31, 2017

All eyes on new durable medical equipment bid-Related rule

From: HME News

‘It sounds like a good thing, but we just don’t know what’s in it’

Liz Beaulieu

WASHINGTON – The website of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and the Office of Management and Budget now shows an interim final rule pending review titled “Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule, Adjustments to Resume the Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates to Provider Relief in Non-Competitive Bidding Areas.”

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“If you just look at the title, it sounds like a good thing, but we just don’t know what’s in it,” said John Gallagher, vice president of government relations for VGM & Associates. “We’re waiting on hands and knees.”

August 30, 2017

New EEO-1 Report Suspended Indefinitely

From: Lexology

David J. Goldstein and Ilyse W. Schuman | Littler Mendelson PC

To the relief of employers steeling themselves for compliance with the revised EEO-1 Report, the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) has suspended indefinitely the new report’s compliance date. The revised report would have required private-sector employers with 100 or more employees and covered federal contractors to provide information on employee compensation and hours worked in addition to demographic information. The new requirements would have applied to EEO-1 Reports for 2017, which would have been due by March 31, 2018.

August 29, 2017

OMB approves proposal for 18-month delay of DOL fiduciary rule’s second phase

From: Investment News

One observer says agency is trying to give certainty to markets; another asserts it is executing pre-determined course to water down regulation

By Mark Schoeff Jr.

The Office of Management and Budget has approved a proposal to delay for 18 months implementation of the remaining provisions in the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule.

The OMB made its determination on Monday and posted the decision on its website on Tuesday, taking only a fraction of the 90 days that it could have had to review the proposal, which was submitted by DOL on Aug. 9.

August 28, 2017

716 regulations under review by DoD

From: Federal News Radio

By Jason Miller

The Defense Department has 15 different regulations for the Freedom of Information Act. It has 21 assorted rules for privacy.

This is a small sample of why the White House ordered agencies in February to reduce and reform regulations with a goal of getting rid of two for every new one they write.

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August 25, 2017

FDA Watchers: Gottlieb May Fly Under Trump Deregulatory Radar With Product-Specific Moves

From: Inside Health Policy | Special Report

Nicholas Florko

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Bruce Levinson, senior vice president of regulatory intervention at the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness, told IHP he expects a lot of FDA’s important policy decisions will be occurring under the surface and outside of the formal rulemaking process — particularly given Trump’s Executive Order that mandates two regulations be scrapped for each new regulation.