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Advocacy Appoints Joe Knilans to Serve as Advocate for Rural Affairs

 

Advocacy Appoints Joe Knilans to Serve as Advocate for Rural Affairs

 

Author: ectherou
Posted: January 12, 2018, 6:41 pm

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

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.

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: January 11, 2018, 7:33 pm

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

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.

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: January 9, 2018, 9:28 pm

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

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.
 

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: January 8, 2018, 5:36 pm

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

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.

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: January 8, 2018, 5:24 pm

NLRB Requests Information on Union Representation Election Procedures

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?

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: January 8, 2018, 5:10 pm

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

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.

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: December 20, 2017, 5:32 pm

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

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.

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: December 20, 2017, 5:32 pm

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

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.

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: December 20, 2017, 5:14 pm

EPA Extends Comment Period for the Mercury Inventory Rule

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.

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: December 20, 2017, 4:50 pm


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