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Nancy Zurbuchen Appointed Small Business Advocate for Region 7

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:00am

Nancy Zurbuchen Appointed Small Business Advocate for Region 7

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nancy Zurbuchen, a Missouri businesswoman, has been appointed small business advocate for federal Region 7. In this role, Zurbuchen will be the direct link between the region’s small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, small business associations and the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Zurbuchen will be Advocacy’s eyes and ears in Region 7, which covers Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri.

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Philip D. Lovas Appointed Small Business Advocate for Region 9

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:56am

 

Philip D. Lovas Appointed Small Business Advocate for Region 9

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Joseph M. DiStasio Appointed Small Business Advocate for Region 1

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:10am

Joseph M. DiStasio Appointed Small Business Advocate for Region 1

 

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EPA Implementation of Executive Order 13777

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 1:48pm

As part of its implementation of Executive Order 13777, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened a docket requesting comments from the public on the evaluation of existing regulations. In addition, EPA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is holding a public meeting on April 25 in Washington DC to solicit additional input.

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CFPB Proposed Amendments to Regulation B

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 11:54am

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

On April 4, 2017, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) proposed amendments to Regulation B to permit creditors additional flexibility in complying with Regulation B in order to facilitate compliance with Regulation C, to add certain model forms and remove others from Regulation B, and to make various other amendments to Regulation B and its commentary to facilitate the collection and retention of information about the ethnicity, sex, and race of certain mortgage applicants.

Dates

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NCUA Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Supplemental Capital

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 11:49am

National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)

Advance notice of proposed rulemaking

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IRS Requests Comments on a Proposed Revenue Procedure for Requesting Consent to Change a Method of Accounting

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 03/31/2017 - 11:57am

On March 28, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a notice inviting comments on a proposed revenue procedure on changes in accounting.  If finalized, the new revenue procedure will allow a taxpayer to request consent to change a method of accounting for recognizing income when the change is made for the same taxable year for which the taxpayer adopts the new financial accounting revenue recognition standards.

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SEC Reconsiders Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 2:11pm

On January 31, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that the agency would reconsider how to enforce a regulation that requires SEC filers to provide certain disclosures about the use of specified conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Link to announcement: https://www.sec.gov/news/statement/reconsideration-of-conflict-minerals-rule-implementation.html

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DOL Proposes to Delay the Fiduciary Rule

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 1:40pm

On March 2, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposal to extend for 60 days rules defining who is a “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (Code).  The proposal would also extend for 60 days the applicability date of related prohibited transaction exemptions including the Best Interest Contract Exemption and amended prohibited transaction exemptions (collectively PTEs).

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USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Seeks Comments on Its Proposed Rule on Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:42am

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a proposed rule revising its regulations on the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. The regulations were first established in 1987. This is the first comprehensive revision of the regulations, which are being updated to include advances in genetic engineering and the risks posed by such organisms. APHIS is seeking any relevant data on possible impacts to small business.

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DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Seeks Comments on Its Proposed Rule on Energy Conservation Standards for Dedicated-Purpose Pool Pumps

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 2:11pm

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy published concurrent and identical proposed and direct final rules amending energy conservation standards for dedicated-purpose pool pumps.  On January 25, 2016 DOE published a Test Procedure final rule establishing new test procedures for the pumps. This rule became effective on February 24, 2016. DOE is now seeking comments on its identical direct final and proposed rules for conservation standards.

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DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Seeks Comments on Its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Central Air Conditioners and Heaters

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:31pm

 On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy published concurrent and identical proposed and direct final rules amending energy conservation standards for consumer central air conditioners and heat pumps. On January 5, 2017 DOE published a Test Procedure final rule establishing new test procedures for the air conditioners and heaters. This final rule has been delayed and will take effect on March 21, 2017. DOE is now seeking comments on its identical direct final and proposed rules for conservation standards.

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Consumer Product Safety Commission Seeks Comments on Its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Safety Standards for Portable Generators

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:43pm

On November 21, 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking on Safety Standards for Portable Generators. The proposed regulation aims to lower the unreasonable risk of injury and death due to CO emissions by setting specific CO emissions guidelines. The rule would require that portable generators powered by handheld spark-ignition (SI) engines of various classes fall within specific CO emissions rates. The CPSC has concluded that the rule will have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities.

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Consumer Product Safety Commission Seeks Comments on Its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Amendments to Fireworks Regulations

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:38pm

On February 2, 2017, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking on Amendments to Fireworks Regulations. The rule aims to clarify and amend current fireworks standards as well as codify limits, and test procedures. The Commission believes the requirements will reduce the risk of injury.  Comments are due by April 18, 2017.

Read the proposed rule and submit comments here.

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USDA, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration Seeks Comments on Its Proposed Rule on Unfair Practices and Undue Preferences in Violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 2:56pm

On December 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) published a proposed rule amending regulations issued under the original Packers and Stockyards Act (P&S Act) of 1921. The rule clarifies conduct or actions by packers, swine contractors, or live poultry dealers GIPSA considers unfair, unjustly discriminatory, or deceptive in violation of Section 202(a) of the P&S Act.

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USDA, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration Seeks Comments on Its Interim Final Rule on the Scope of Sections 202(a) and (b) of the Packers and Stockyards Act

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 2:55pm

On December 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) published an interim final rule amending regulations issued under the original Packers and Stockyards Act (P&S Act) of 1921. The rule aims to clarify conduct or actions that may violate sections 202(a) and (b) of the P&S Act. The regulations would change the scope of sections 202(a) and (b) to include conduct or actions that, depending on the circumstances, can be found to violate the P&S Act without a finding of harm or likely harm to competition.

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USDA, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration Seeks Comments on Its Proposed Rule on Poultry Grower Ranking Systems

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 2:53pm

On December 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) published a proposed rule amending regulations issued under the original Packers and Stockyards Act (P&S Act) of 1921. The rule identifies criteria that the Secretary may consider when determining whether use of a poultry grower ranking system is unfair, unjustly discriminatory or deceptive.

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DOI, Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on Its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Proposed Frameworks for Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:26pm

On February 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on Proposed Frameworks for Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations. The rule would establish the 2017-2018 hunting regulations for migratory bird game including dates and times when hunting may occur. Comments are due by March 13, 2017.

Read the proposed rule and submit comments here.

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Advocacy Involvement Helps Relieve Small Business of Regulatory Burdens

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 3:50pm

For Release: January 19, 2017

SBA Number: 17-02

 

Contact: Victoria Carlborg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Victoria.Carlborg@sba.gov

 

Advocacy Involvement Helps Relieve Small Business of Regulatory Burdens

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State Department Proposes Changes to the Exchange Visitor Program for Summer Work Travel

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 1:00pm

The U.S. Department of State proposes to amend existing regulations to provide new program requirements for the Summer Work Travel category of the Exchange Visitor Program.  With this proposed rulemaking, the Department proposes to: specify and add to the program requirements for sponsors, their third parties and hosts; enhance transparency in the recruitment of exchange visitors; limit exchange visitor repeat participation to a total of three visits; and require all exchange visitors to be placed in advance of their arrival.

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