Search Results Archives: November 2014

November 28, 2014

DOL Fiduciary Redraft Still Coming in January: OMB

From: ThinkAdvisor

ASPPA’s Graff sees the controversial proposal coming out in early Spring

By Melanie Waddell, Washington Bureau Chief, Investment Advisor Magazine

The Department of Labor plans to release in January a redraft of its rule to amend the definition of fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, according to an updated regulatory notice posted on the Office of Management and Budget’s website.

Speculation had ensued as to whether DOL would actually move forward with a redraft of its Conflict of Interest-Investment Advice rule in January. In mid-October, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez referred to the January redraft release date as cited in DOL’s regulatory agenda.

November 26, 2014

Why the June 2015 FDA Deadline Isn’t Really a Deadline

Editor’s Note: Search the Unified Agenda here.

From: Halfwheel


Last week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) updated its regulatory calendar, including a small update to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) planned regulations of tobacco products under the Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act. Post update, the proposed rule now lists a date of “06/00/2015” for “Final Action.” Many have taken to accepting as a deadline on when the FDA must act regarding the proposed regulation of premium cigars, something that isn’t really true.


November 24, 2014

Major energy rule timelines pushed back

Editor’s Note: OIRA’s Introduction to the Fall 2014 Unified Agenda is here. The Fall 2014 Agency Statements of Regulatory Priorities is here.

From: The Hill

By Timothy Cama

The Obama administration is pushing back its timeline for issuing major energy regulations from the Interior Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The delays, announced late Friday in the administration’s semi-annual regulatory agenda update, mean energy companies will have to wait months longer for rules on oil and gas drilling on federal land, protecting streams from mountaintop removal mining, disclosing payments to foreign governments and other actions.

Rules for use of drones needed, Schumer says

From: Newsday


Three drone sightings in recent days by commercial pilots approaching Kennedy Airport through Nassau County airspace should motivate federal agencies to strengthen their regulations of the unmanned aircraft, Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Office of Management and Budget must speed up the release of a rule on drone use in light of the “near-misses” and because safety and privacy are at risk with the rising popularity of drones, Schumer (D-N.Y.) said.

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November 21, 2014

FDA Decides to Delay UDI Labeling Rule for Some Orthopedic Implants

From: Regulatory Affairs Professional Society

By Alexander Gaffney, RAC

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is granting labelers of certain types of implantable medical devices a temporary reprieve from its upcoming requirements that all medical device products be marked with a unique device identifier (UDI) meant to make the devices safer.


The rule was originally mandated by the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) of 2007, but was subject to lengthy delays, both due to extensive rewrites resulting from industry criticism and months of review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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November 19, 2014

DOJ Continues Enforcement of Accessibility Requirements for Websites and Mobile Apps – But Its Rulemaking Still Awaits

From: The National Law Review

On Nov. 17, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement with Ahold U.S.A., Inc., and Peapod, LLC, regarding the accessibility of and its associated mobile application. This follows on the DOJ having earlier this year entered into a consent decree with H&R Block (which culminated from a lawsuit originally initiated by the National Federation of the Blind) regarding the
accessibility of its website, online tax preparation product and mobile application.


November 18, 2014

OSHA’s confined spaces in construction rule under review by OMB

From: Safety + Health

Washington – OSHA’s final rule on confined spaces in construction currently is being reviewed by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The review is one of the final steps required before OSHA can formally publish the rule.

OIRA, which is a branch of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, received the rule for review on Nov. 14. The office is limited to a 90-day review, but can request an extension. The rule has been in the works since at least 2003; the proposed rule was published in 2007.

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November 14, 2014

GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro: “If the data quality is not good, you’re limited in your abilities to use it”

Editor’s Note: For information on the Data Quality Act which controls the quality of virtually all data disseminated by the federal government, see here.

From: 1500AM

GAO: Not too early to track DATA Act progress

By Emily Kopp

At an event on the power of data analytics, speakers talked about its potential to solve some of government’s toughest challenges: stopping $150 billion in improper payments a year, collecting lost tax revenue, getting the Defense Department ready for its first full audit in 2017 and improving federal IT procurement by identifying bottlenecks in programs. The opportunities seem limitless.

November 5, 2014

US Telecom Association Tells FCC it Needs Additional Special Access Data to Conduct a Lawful Market Analysis

From: CCMI

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

The industry response to the FCC’s trimmed down special access request is due on December 15th and ILECs are not happy. With special access responders now required to file data for 2013 only, ILECs are concerned that a single data peoint will provide a misleading picture of the special access market to the Commission. Moreover, they believe that the Commission would unlawfully use the misleading data to restrict their special access pricing flexibility and possibly even their earnings.