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USDA Announces Public Meetings and Request for Comments on National Organic Standards

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:10pm

On January 17, 2018, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced public meetings of the National Organic Standards Board, and a request for comments on the board’s agenda items including development of organic standards, substances petitioned for addition or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, and guidance on organic policies. In addition to accepting written comments, AMS will also hold two webinars on April 17 and 19, 2018 and in-person meetings on April 25 and 26, 2018.

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Advocacy Appoints Joe Knilans to Serve as Advocate for Rural Affairs

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 1:41pm

 

Advocacy Appoints Joe Knilans to Serve as Advocate for Rural Affairs

 

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USDA Releases Report from Rural Prosperity Task Force, Continues to Accept Comments on Existing Rules

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 2:33pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force report on January 8, 2018. The findings outline legislative, regulatory, and policy issues surrounding five indicators including: E-Connectivity, Quality of Life, Rural Workforce, Technology, and Economic Development. The full report is available here.

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DOI Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement seeks comments on its Proposed Rule to Amend Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 4:28pm

On December 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) published a proposed rule to amend safety requirements under Subpart H of Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf. Specific revisions include but are not limited to clarifying failure reporting requirements, clarifying requirements for Class 1 vessels, and revising requirements for safety and pollution prevention equipment (SPPE). Comments are due by January 29, 2018.

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USDA Forest Service seeks comments on its National Environmental Policy Act Procedure

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:36pm

On January 3, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (FS) published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments on its current National Environmental Policy Act procedures. The FS is seeking comments on ways to increase efficiency of environmental analyses. Specifically, the FS is asking for comments on processes and requirements that can be modified, approaches to landscape-scale analysis, classes of actions that are unlikely, and ways to enhance coordination with other federal agencies. Comments are due by February 2, 2018.
 

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DOL issues proposed rule to expand the flexibility for group health plans

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:24pm

On January 5, 2018, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed rule that would broaden the criteria under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) for determining when employers may join together an employer group or association that is treated as the "employer" sponsor of a single multiple-employer group health plan.

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NLRB Requests Information on Union Representation Election Procedures

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:10pm

On December 14, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a Request for Information in the Federal Register, asking for public input regarding the Board’s 2014 Election Rule, which modified the Board’s union representation election procedures.

The Board seeks information from interested parties regarding three questions:

1. Should the 2014 Election Rule be retained without change?

2. Should the 2014 Election Rule be retained with modifications? If so, what should be modified?

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Seeks Comments on a Proposed Rule to Withdraw Organic Standards for Livestock and Poultry Practices

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:32pm

On December 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a proposed rule to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule published in January 2017.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Seeks Comments on a Proposed Rule to Withdraw Organic Standards for Livestock and Poultry Practices

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:32pm

On December 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a proposed rule to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule published in January 2017.

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U.S. Department of Energy Seeks Comments on Revising Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Products

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:14pm

On December 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information and a notification of public meeting on revising energy conservation standards for consumer products. The request for information is in response to DOE’s regulatory reform efforts. DOE is seeking comments and information on potential improvements to the process of revising energy conservation standards.

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EPA Extends Comment Period for the Mercury Inventory Rule

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:50am

The Environmental Protection Agency is extending the comment deadline for its mercury inventory rule from December 26, 2017 to January 11, 2018. EPA published the proposal on October 26, 2017.

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Use and Exposure Information on Five PBT Chemicals

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:51pm

The amended Toxic Substance Control Act requires EPA to take expedited regulatory action under section 6(a) for certain persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals; the chemicals subject to this expedited action must meet the statutory criteria in section 6(h) and must be drawn from the 2014 update of the TSCA Work Plan for Chemical Assessments. Specifically, EPA is directed to move forward without completing a risk evaluation.

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DOL Proposes Rule on Tip Regulations under the FLSA

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:30pm

On December 5, 2017, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a rule to rescind the parts of its tip regulation that bars tip-sharing arrangements in establishments where the employers pay full Federal minimum wage and do not take a tip credit against their minimum wage obligations.  This rule reverses a 2011 DOL regulation that created this restriction.

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Army Corps of Engineers and EPA Seek Comments on Proposed Rule to Add Applicability Date to Clean Water Rule

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:06pm

On November 22, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule to apply an applicability date to the 2015 Final Rule defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The rule would establish an effective date of two years after the date of the final rule.

Written comments are due by December 13, 2017.

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DOL Issues 18-Month Delay Related to Prohibited Transaction Exemptions under the Fiduciary Rule

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 4:03pm

On November 28, 2017, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an 18-month extension transition period and delay of applicability date related to the Prohibited Transaction Exemptions (PTEs) under the Fiduciary Rule.  The 18-month extension transition period applies to the Best Interest Contract Exemption and the Class Exemp

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FDA Issues Small Entity Compliance Guide for Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:33am

On November 22, 2017, FDA issued guidance entitled “Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food: What You Need to Know About the FDA Regulation—Small Entity Compliance Guide.” The purpose of the guidance is to assist small entity compliance with the rule concerning Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food pursuant to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FMSA).

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FDA Seeks Comments on Draft Guidance for Menu Labeling

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:29am

On November 9, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published draft guidance entitled “Menu Labeling: Supplement Guidance for Industry” to address the implementation of nutrition labelling required for foods sold in covered establishments, including restaurants or similar retail food establishments. FDA seeks comments on the draft guidance and will consider submitted comments when drafting the final guidance.

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Public Meeting on New Chemicals

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:54pm

EPA is holding a public meeting to update and engage with the public on its  progress in implementing changes to the New Chemicals Review Program as a result of the 2016 amendments to Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), including discussion of EPA’s New Chemicals Decision-Making Framework on Monday, December 6, 2017.  During the meeting, EPA plans to provide an overview of its review process for new chemicals and will provide an opportunity for interested parties to discuss their experiences and ask questions regarding the New Chemicals Review Program.

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Public Meeting on Approaches for Identifying Potential Candidates for Prioritization for TSCA Risk Evaluation

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:49pm

EPA is holding a public meeting to discuss the possible approaches for identifying potential candidate chemicals for EPA’s prioritization process under the Toxic Substance Control Act on Monday, December 11, 2017.  During the meeting, EPA plans to describe and take comments and questions on the number of possible approaches that the agency has identified in its discussion paper. EPA has also provided a public docket to accept written comments until January 25, 2018.

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Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable for Small Business in Boston, MA

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:43am

 

Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable for Small Business in Boston, MA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, November 29th, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in Boston, Mass. The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Federal Building located at 10 Causeway St. Boston, MA 02114.

 

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