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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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USCIS Proposes Rule Increasing Minimum Investment Thresholds for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:57pm

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program which allows individuals to be eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence in the United States if they make the necessary investments in a commercial enterprise in the United States and create 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers.  
 

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Advocacy Report Explains High Entrepreneurship among Immigrants

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:07pm

For Release: January 12, 2017

SBA Number: 17-01 ADV

 

Media Contacts:

Elizabeth Horowitz                                                            Victoria Carlborg

Elizabeth.Horowitz@sba.gov                                       Victoria.Carlborg@sba.gov        

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Office of the United States Trade Representative: The European Union/Measures Concerning Meat and Meat Products

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 2:32pm

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, the Office  of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice for  “Public Comments and Hearing Regarding a Request to Reinstate Action Taken in Connection with the European’s Union’s Measures Concerning Meat and Meat Products.” The EU bans the import of beef and beef products produced from animals in which six hormones have been administered for growth-production. The effect of the EU ban is to prohibit the import of all but specially-produced U.S.

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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 - Tue, 12/20/2016 - 3:21pm

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

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 12:10pm

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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IRS Proposes Rules on LIFO Pooling

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:18pm

IRS Proposes Rules on LIFO Pooling

On November 28, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed rules relating to the establishment of dollar-value last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory pools by certain taxpayers that use the inventory price index computation (IPIC) pooling method. The proposed regulations provide that when the IPIC pooling method is used, purchased inventory goods and produced inventory goods may not be included in the same IPIC LIFO pool.

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FY 2017 Verification and Validation Forms

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:45pm

View supporting documentation for performance indicators.

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FY 2016 Verification and Validation Forms

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:10pm

View supporting documentation for performance indicators.

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Court Enjoins Implementation of Overtime Regulation

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 9:16am

Court Enjoins Implementation of Overtime Regulation

On May 23, 2016, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published a final rule in the Federal Register that updated the Overtime Regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), specifically the exemptions for executive, administrative and professional employees.  The final rule implemented a 2014 Presidential Memorandum directing the Department to update and modernize these regulations.  

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Court Enjoins Implementation of Fair Pay Regulation

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 11/03/2016 - 11:11am

On August 25, 2016, the FAR Council published the final Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule in the Federal Register.  The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs also issued guidance to accompany this rule. This final rule implemented E.O. 13673, which was intended to promote contracting efficiency by improving contractor compliance with basic labor standards during the performance of Federal contracts. The final rule contained an effective date of October 25, 2016. 

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Advocacy Background Paper 2009-2016

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 11:12am

This Background Paper on the Office of Advocacy is a resource for stakeholders that includes a history of Advocacy and provides extensive reference materials. It is the most comprehensive single publication on the office and includes important new legislation, Executive Orders and special initiatives, with a focus on the accomplishments of the office from 2009 - 2016.

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Minority-Owned Businesses Remained Resilient During Recession

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 1:22pm

Minority-Owned Businesses Remained Resilient During Recession

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today’s issue brief, Minority Business Ownership: Data from the 2012 Survey of Business Owners by Regulatory Economist Michael McManus, analyzes the data collected from minority business owners through the Census 2012 Survey of Business Owners. After taking a closer look at the five years enveloping the economic recession, McManus discovered that minority-owned businesses helped keep the US economy alive despite traditional setbacks.

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Role of Immigrant Entrepreneurs Growing In America

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 10/06/2016 - 10:42am

For Release: October 6, 2016
SBA Number: 16-10 ADV 

Contact: Elle Patout
Elle.Patout@sba.gov

 

Role of Immigrant Entrepreneurs Growing In America

 

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