Search Results Archives: February 2019

February 26, 2019

USCIS moves EB-5 Modernization Rule to OMB

From: The National Law Review

Article By Robert Y. Maples | Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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February 21, 2019

Significant Interest, Variety of Issues Raised During IRS OZ Hearing

From: Novogradac

by Michael Novogradac

Any question about the level of interest in proposed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations concerning the opportunity zones (OZ) incentive was answered last Thursday.


While most of the comments were focused on the first tranche of guidance, the hearing was conducted in the shadow of a second tranche, which could to go to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs–the final step before its release–in the next few weeks.

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February 19, 2019

Panel to review potential OSHA emergency response standard

From: Business Insurance

Gloria Gonzalez

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is planning to initiate a small business advocacy review panel for a potential emergency response standard outlining procedures to respond to natural catastrophes such as fires and hurricanes and incidents such as explosions at chemical plant facilities within 60 days.

The agency informed the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget on Feb. 7 that it plans to initiate a Small Business Advocacy Review panel, commonly known as a SBREFA panel, on emergency response under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, according to an email from a SBA spokesperson.

February 14, 2019

Advocacy groups say proposed rule on teen workers violates Information Quality Act

Editor’s Note: See also NGOs’ Increasing Use of the Data Quality Act.

From: Safety + Health

The National Employment Law Project and two other labor advocacy groups have filed a complaint against the Department of Labor, claiming DOL violated the Information Quality Act in its move to roll back child labor laws to allow unsupervised teens to operate powered patient lifts in health care settings.

NELP, the Child Labor Coalition and the Service Employees International Union on Feb. 11 submitted the complaint to Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget and President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff, as well as Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta and Wendy Johnson of DOL’s Wage and Hour Division.

February 1, 2019

Recent Government Shutdown Likely to Delay Publication of FMCSA’s Hours of Service Proposal

From: Trimble Transportation Mobility

By Dave Osiecki

Although Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) staff were not furloughed during the recent and prolonged partial government shutdown (due to a fairly unique agency funding stream), other parts of the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), along with other federal agencies that help review and process federal rulemaking proposals, were affected.  Many policy-related staff in the Office of the Secretary of the USDOT were furloughed, and part of their responsibility is to review draft regulatory proposals from FMCSA and other USDOT agencies.