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.
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.
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.
From: The National Law Review
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.”
From: The Hill
By Lydia Wheeler
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.
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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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.
Six ag groups discuss the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) rule for grain elevators which is under review by OMB.
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.
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.
Editor’s Note: Cross-posted from Regulatory Cyber Security: The FISMA Focus IPD.
From: The Hill
By Berin Szoka
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.
by LYNDON FINNEY
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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