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.


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.”


December 28, 2016

Five regulations that could come in Obama’s final days

From: The Hill



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.


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.

December 16, 2016

Mandating Talking Cars: Costliest and Most Beneficial?

From: American Action Forum

After roughly two years in the regulatory process, the Department of Transportation has released its 392-page “Vehicle-to-Vehicle” (V2V) communications proposed rule. First released in the form of an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking in 2014, the proposed version made its way to the White House in January, where it waited for 331 days under review at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Given the rulemaking’s possible effects on smart car innovation, billions of dollars in annual and costs and benefits, there are several reasons to understand its winding road to formal form this month.

December 14, 2016

Breaking the tech policy logjam wrought in Congress

Editor’s Note: Cross-posted from Regulatory Cyber Security: The FISMA Focus IPD.

From: The Hill


Our model is clear: In 2004, my former think tank, The Progress & Freedom Foundation, convened scholars on the left and right to explore how to re-write American telecom law. This remarkably diverse group included not only free marketeers but also Howard Shelanski, now President Obama’s regulatory czar, and Clinton allies. Together, the two sides produced a clear vision for reforming the FCC to work more like the FTC: the Digital Age Communications Act. That may or may not be where Congress winds up now, but the underlying process is proven.

December 13, 2016

30-hour minimum training stripped from entry-level driver rule by OMB, says insider

From: TheTrucker.com


WASHINGTON — The 30-hour minimum behind-the-wheel training requirement was stripped from the final rule on entry-level driver training by the Office of Management and Budget, a source close to the rulemaking told The Trucker.

One of the key tenants among the recommendations from the Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee appointed by the FMCSA was establishing the minimum of 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training with at least 10 hours of training on a driving range and 10 hours on the open highway.

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