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Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/22/14: CFTC Extraterritorial Application; Food Safety Rules; & OMB Reviews

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Summer is clearly over and the regulatory machinery is back up to full speed.  The United States District Court for the District of Columbia remanded without vacatur more than half a dozen Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) rules for failure to adequately explain the costs and benefits of extraterritorial application of those rules.  Within the… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/8/14: King / Halbig Delayed & OMB Reviews

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies

Welcome back from summer vacation and a brief hiatus for this column.  Even with the Labor Day weekend out of the way, regulatory actions continue at a slow pace.  Of note, two procedural orders delayed the resolution of the intercircuit conflict over whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may permit tax subsidies in States where… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/25/14: Poultry Inspection; HAZMAT Harmonization; & OMB Reviews

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Regulatory Process

The Administration’s release last Friday of new Obamacare contraceptive mandate rules in light of recent adverse United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decisions overshadowed other agency actions last week, but some are noteworthy.  The Department of Agriculture (DOA) published controversial poultry inspection regulations and the Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed harmonization of hazardous materials regulations with… Continue Reading

Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate Regulations Respond to Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College: A Preliminary Review

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business, Regulatory Process

The Administration released new and expected revisions and proposals to Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) regulations to address exemption from the contraceptives mandate for non-profit and for-profit organizations in light of recent adverse United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decisions.  One interim final rule (IFR) addresses non-profits related to religious institutions, while… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/18/14: FERC Regional Electricity Grid Planning; EPA Pollution Permit Applications; GAO Critiques EPA Cost Analysis; and OMB Snapshot

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The summer doldrums advanced further last week.  Several different actions by the Courts of Appeals warrant mention this morning, including denial of multiple petitions for review of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rule that manages the development of the nationwide electricity grid and a remand of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pollution permit waiver… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/28/14: Contraception Regulations Revision; Advisory Committee Appointments; Orphan Drugs; and Oil & Ethanol Rail Cars

Posted in Agency Authority, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

A number of volatile issues made ripples in regulatory practice last week that will not be found in the general media.  The saga of the religious exemption from the contraceptives mandate in Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) added an introduction to a new chapter last week when the Department of Justice… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/9/14: Changing Interpretive Rules; Benefit / Cost Analysis Summary; Acronyms & Initializations Caution; and Maintenance Week

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Today’s review defies categorization, but four significant unrelated events are worth noting.  The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) today may grant review in a critical regulatory case raising the necessity of following notice and comment rulemaking for an agency to alter an existing interpretive rule, setting the stage for argument and decision next Term in… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review: 4/14/14 – Syrian Sanctions Regulations Withdrawal; Medical Safety Codes Incorporated; & Official Seals Banned

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Regulatory Process

With income tax filings due tomorrow, regulators appear glued to their computers, not preparing regulations, but entering numbers on their keypads, and, therefore, this week’s Monday Morning Regulatory Review focuses on three very different regulatory events:  The Department of the Treasury (DOTr)’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) withdrew from public inspection a final rule… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 4/7/14: COOL First Amendment; Rearview Cameras; Electric Utility Safety Standards; & OMB Reviews

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit took a significant step toward giving agencies more definitive guidance on the whether and how information disclosure can be used as a regulatory mechanism by ordering, on its own initiative, en banc review of a panel decision issued only a week ago.  On… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review II – 3/17/14: FLSA Overtime Standards; H-2B Wage Methodology; Gainful Employment; & Electronic Logging Hours of Service

Posted in Agency Authority, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business, Regulatory Process

While Part I of today’s Monday Morning Regulatory Review (MMRR) focused on Obamacare and health care, this Part II focuses on a wider range of regulatory activity.  President Obama instructed the Department of Labor (DOL) to charge into the breach of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations and DOL, on its own hook, proposed another… Continue Reading

ACUS Fall 2013 Recommendations and Statement & Some Thoughts

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) published its recommendations, and a statement, adopted during the December 5 – 6, 2013, plenary session in today’s Federal Register.  The recommendations provide solid guidance to agencies, and the general public, on the controversial topic of agency use of social media in rulemaking, and to the federal… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/9/13: Deferring Obamacare; International Swaps Derivatives; Economically Significant Right Whales & Social Cost of Carbon Comments

Posted in Agency Authority, Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Significant events of the past week include a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the implementation of Obamacare – and the legality of deferring enforcement; a new suit challenging the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) ongoing attempts to regulate the complex international derivative swaps markets; concluding the latest chapter in protecting the Right Whale… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/25/13

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Regulatory Process

Economically significant rules dominated the past week, with extensions of the comment periods on four Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act proposed rules, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s release of 2014 standards for renewable fuels proposed rule, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) completing review… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/4/13

Posted in Agency Authority, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA) remained in the spotlight last week with visible website problems and individual non-conforming insurance policy cancellations, but here the issues are more distinct:  the growing intercircuit conflict over the contraceptives mandate under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and adoption of a new “hardship” exemption… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/28/13

Posted in Agency Authority, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The Engine of Government fully engaged last week, paperwork to follow.  The Administration “announced” an interpretation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, aka ObamaCare) that permits more time for individuals to acquire health care and avoid tax penalties, while the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied a preliminary… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/14/13

Posted in Agency Authority, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The government shutdown – now in its 14th day – should leave little for a blog on federal regulations, but not quite so.  Admittedly, the weekly scour has become more complicated, but much fodder remains to be chewed.  A brief look at the state of the process reveals agencies like the Federal Reserve Bank and… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/19/13

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Regulatory complexity and related rulemakings are the focus of the review this week, with multiple rulemaking actions in the Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Conservation Standards program, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety and Modernization Act program, and Department of the Interior (DOI) Fish and Wildlife Services… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 8/12/13

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed review (ubiquitously consistent with change) on several sensitive significant rules last week, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed greenhouse gas reporting amendments and final renewable fuels volumes for 2013, as well as a proposal to fix an Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act problem for Members… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/24/13

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business, Regulatory Process

Regulatory process returned to the forefront last week, with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposing the latest in Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rule for small business, while the Small Business Administration (SBA) published four more size standard adjustments and will soon publish new size integrity standards.  The Securities and Exchange Commission… Continue Reading

FDA’s Food Safety Regulations – Court Requires Timing Negotiation

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has found that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearly exceeded the deadlines set by Congress for promulgating regulations under the Food Safety and Modernization Act of 2010 (FSMA).  Rather than impose its own arbitrary deadline, the court sent the parties in Center for… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/25/13

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The interplay of regulations and litigation came to the fore in a very busy last week, not just in the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS)’s recent Decker logging road culverts pollution permit decision and the for-profit colleges litigation, but five other matters: The Department of Justice (DOJ) called it quits in defending the Department of… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/18/13

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies

The regulatory process thawed last week in the Executive and Judicial Branches.  Among the highlights, the simmering Recess Appointments Clause issue facing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will head to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) while many enforcement cases are being held in abeyance and uncertainty surrounds many rules.  The United States Court… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/18/13

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Executive - OMB Review, Regulatory Process

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), along with some cohorts, published a flurry of four final rules last week that will give banking and mortgage attorneys plenty to read and absorb – and consider anew whether the CFPB can legitimately issue these rules.  Adding a little fuel to the Noel Canning fire, a House of… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 2/4/13

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Regulatory and judicial processes intersected last week to a greater extent than usual, with several departments addressing (or not) court decisions and ongoing litigation.  Highlights: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposing its promised rule on contraceptives and religious organizations that has been the subject of numerous cases, including direct challenges and injunctions; Environmental… Continue Reading