January 20, 2017

Agencies rush to publish rules before Trump takes office

From: The Hill

BY TIM DEVANEY

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, federal agencies are racing to publish rules before the president-elect institutes a regulatory moratorium.

The Federal Register was overwhelmed Thursday with nearly 1,500 pages worth of rules from federal agencies. Miriam Kleiman, a spokeswoman for the Federal Register, described it as “one of the largest ever” editions of the government’s rule book.

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January 18, 2017

Mine Inspection Rule Inches Forward Despite Industry Opposition

From: Bloomberg/Occupational Safety and Health Reporter™

By Stephen Lee

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The rule (RIN:1219-AB87) would require metal and nonmetal mine operators to examine their facilities and fix problems before a shift begins. The current rule lets operators examine mines during a shift when workers may already be active in unsafe conditions.

On Jan. 11, the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs finished its review of the proposal and sent it back to the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

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January 17, 2017

Department of Education Rules: The Arts Don’t Pay Enough, Teaching Them is Prohibited

Editor’s Note: Cross-posted from the Federal Financial Forum.

From: Education Santa Fe New Mexican

Harvard program caught in for-profit regulation list

By Kevin Carey, The New York Times

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The Harvard program is run by the ART Institute at Harvard University (ART stands for American Repertory Theater). It’s a small program, admitting about two dozen students each year into “a full-time, two-year program of graduate study in acting, dramaturgy or voice pedagogy.” On average, graduates earn about $36,000 per year.

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January 11, 2017

Retired Vicar Wins UK Data Quality Act Case Against Friends of the Earth

From: Sp!ked

Fracking is the future

We need to remake the case for progress and plenty.

Andy Shaw, writer

A retired vicar from Lancashire, Reverend Michael Roberts, has scored a small victory for human progress. He challenged the myths promoted by environmentalist campaigners, Friends of the Earth (FoE), and won.

The battle began when Roberts happened upon an FoE leaflet, which fell out of his copy of Private Eye. It claimed that hydraulic fracturing to extract shale gas (fracking) caused serious harm to people’s health. Roberts teamed up with retired physics teacher Ken Wilkinson to submit a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Together, they challenged FoE’s claims that fracking poisons water supplies, causes cancer and destroys the countryside. The ASA found that the claims were contradicted by the wealth of evidence available, and ordered FoE not to repeat them.

January 10, 2017

White House Takes Final Steps to Revamp “The Common Rule” Medical Research Rule

From: BNA

By Jeannie Baumann

The final revisions to human research regulations arrived at the OMB, an indication that the first-ever overhaul of the so-called Common Rule will likely be released before President Barack Obama leaves office Jan. 20.

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No Guarantees

The OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has up to 90 days to review the final rule, so there is no guarantee a new Common Rule will move forward by Jan. 20. The OIRA/OMB review is the last required step before final rules can be published in the Federal Register, Gary Chadwick, a senior consultant with HRP Consulting Group, told Bloomberg BNA. Chadwick previously served as the associate director for human subject protections for both the OHRP and the FDA.

December 30, 2016

Market-Driven Consortia Standards: The Road to Reigning in Illicit Tobacco

Editor’s Note: Cross-posted from the Counterfeit Cigarette Enforcement Forum.

The European Union will be implementing a European-wide track-and-trace system “to prevent the smuggling and counterfeiting of cigarettes, which costs €10 billion a year. . . .” Under the new system, all tobacco pack are “marked with a unique identifier,” and with a special security stamp, so that the packet can be tracked from the factory to the shop floor.”

The key issue that remains unresolved is whether obstructionists who oppose the existence of the tobacco industry will be allowed to participate in operating the track-and-trace system.

December 29, 2016

USCIS Requests OMB for Review of Proposed Rule-Making for the EB-5 Program

From: The National Law Review

Article By Kristen W. Ng | Greenberg Traurig, LLP

On Dec. 20, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requested that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review a proposed rule making that would make changes to the current regulations as it relates to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.  The title of this rule is “Improvement of the Employment Creation Immigrant Regulations.”

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December 28, 2016

Five regulations that could come in Obama’s final days

From: The Hill

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Stoves

The Department of Energy is expected to finalize new energy efficiency standards for residential gas and electric stove tops and ovens that are designed to reduce energy costs and help with climate change.

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Organic meat 

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working on new standards for how animals should be treated before meat is sold as “certified organic.”

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December 27, 2016

EPA may need to rein in employees texting

Editor’s Note: The Corporation for National and Community Service has established an exemplary social media policy which covers text messages, blogs, Tweets, Snapchat and all other social media technologies.  The CNCS police emphasis the need for social media posts to comply with the Data Quality Act. See here.

From: FederalNewsRadio.com | 1500AM

By Eric White | @FedNewsUpdates

In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general says agency managers to need to put in guidelines for employees’ use of texting so they don’t violate the rules.

December 21, 2016

NSPS coalition meets with OMB

From: Feedstuffs

Six ag groups discuss the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) rule for grain elevators which is under review by OMB.

Jacqui Fatka

Earlier this month the National Grain and Feed Assn. led a coalition in meeting with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to urge that it not allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue final changes to the agency’s new source performance standard (NSPS) that determines whether grain elevators are required to obtain costly permits under the Clean Air Act.