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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

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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

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/28/13

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

A short week after the Inaugural Holiday (reaffirming that the Republic works) may have slowed publication of rules slightly, but the courts were in full swing.  In addition to finding that the recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional and void, which drew the lion’s share of attention, the United States… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/21/13

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

This past week saw the January thaw from the holidays in regulatory movement.  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) completed review on a number of substantial (if not economically significant) regulations, from arms exports to domestic gun control, and health care privacy.  The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau… Continue Reading

First FDA Food Safety Proposed Rules Released: A Long, Long Road Ahead

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

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) completed review of the first of the long-awaited major Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) “first wave” proposed rules: Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/17/12

Posted in Executive - OMB Review

“Review Lite.”  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed review on nine proposed or final rules last week, the most significant of which were the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) particulate matter revision under court order and a reconsideration of the chemical manufacturing area sources by proposed rule.  The Department of Transportation (DOT) National Highway… Continue Reading

CFTC Pool Operator Rule Upheld – Broader Lessons Need Consideration

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

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted the agency summary judgment in Investment Company Institute v. Commodity Futures Trading Commission  (CFTC), leaving intact the Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors: Compliance Obligations final rule (as corrected) (the “pool” rule).  Plaintiffs claimed that the CFTC had violated the Administrative Procedure Act… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/10/12

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies

Regulatory activity continued to pick up speed last week, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitting three rules for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review, while OMB completed one time-sensitive review.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published an economically significant Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) proposed rule on benefit… Continue Reading