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Advocacy to Host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable and a NAFTA Outreach Meeting for Small Businesses in San Antonio

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:12am

 

Advocacy to Host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable and a NAFTA Outreach Meeting for Small Businesses in San Antonio

 

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Advocacy to Host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable and a NAFTA Outreach Meeting for Small Businesses in Houston

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:06am

 

Advocacy to Host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable and a NAFTA Outreach Meeting for Small Businesses in Houston

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, February 27th, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable at 8:30 a.m. and a NAFTA Modernization Outreach meeting at 1:30 p.m. for small business owners to attend and give input. Both events will be located at Amegy Tower, 1717 West Loop South Freeway, Houston, TX, 77027.

 

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U.S. Department of Energy Extends Comment Period on Revising Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Products

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:31pm

On December 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information 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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CPSC seeks comments on its Proposed Rule on Amendments to Fireworks Regulations

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:16pm

On  February 5, 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published an opportunity for oral presentation of comments on its proposed rule to amend its fireworks regulations. That proposed rule was published in February 2017; the period for written comments on the proposed rule ended on July 17, 2017. CPSC is now soliciting oral comments, information and data on several specific provisions of the rule. The public hearing will take place in Bethesda, MD on March 7, 2018. The deadline to register is February 28, 2018.

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Advocacy Appoints Bruce LeVell to Serve as Region 4 Advocate

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 1:36pm

Advocacy Appoints Bruce LeVell to Serve as Region 4 Advocate

 

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Department of Veterans Affairs issues proposed rule to move to the Small Business Administration regulations relating to business ownership and control for the purposes of its Veteran-Owned Small Business Verification Program

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 2:05pm

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its regulations governing VA's Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Verification Program. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (“the NDAA”), Public Law 114-840, placed the responsibility for issuing regulations relating to ownership and control for the verification of VOSBs with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA).

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Small Business Administration issues proposed rule on the determination of veteran-owned business ownership and control for the purposes of federal contracting

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 1:54pm

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposes to amend its regulations to implement provisions of The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA 2017). The NDAA 2017 placed the responsibility for issuing regulations relating to ownership and control for the Department of Veterans Affairs verification of Veteran-Owned (VO) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) Small Business Concern (SBC) with the SBA.

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Advocacy Appoints Christine Myers to Serve as Region 2 Advocate

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 11:09am

 

Advocacy Appoints Christine Myers to Serve as Region 2 Advocate

 

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 2:08pm

On January 24, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued five guidance documents to help importers and food producers meet key food safety provisions mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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