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Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/6/14: Failing Grades Episode 4; Oklahoma & Obamacare Intercircuit Conflict; and Contractor Minimum Wage

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Two district court decisions from last week warrant some comment while agencies added more fodder for the judicial review of rules.  The United States District Court for the District of Columbia again revisited the Administration’s failing grades in regulating for-profit colleges, and their scores have not improved, but the court failed to incentivize compliance with… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/29/14: SCOTUS 2014 Term Preview

Posted in Agency Authority, Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Review & Remedies

Rather than looking back to last week, this edition of the Monday Morning Regulatory Review focuses on the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) return to the conference room this morning, and to the bench on October 6, after a three-month flextime / flexplace schedule.  SCOTUS will take up a number of critical regulatory and administrative… Continue Reading

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 – 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

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 – 2/3/14: Volcker & Trust Preferred Securities; SOTU Contractor Minimum Wage; Battery Charger Efficiency; Safe Food Transport; and CDL Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

Posted in Agency Authority, Regulatory Process

This week in federal regulatory practice was highlighted by agency action rather than litigation, particularly the long-anticipated and delayed publication of the Volcker Rule and its first amendment, formally starting the clock for implementation and litigation.  The most significant action in the Administration’s long-term goals was President (POTUS)’s announcement that he would require federal contractors… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/27/14: SCOTUS Enjoins Obamacare Preventive Contraception Rule; NLRB Rescinds Vacated Rule; OMB Economically Significant Reviews; and Social Cost of Carbon & Crystalline Silica Extensions

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) last Friday enjoined enforcement of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations on preventive contraception minimum regulations under Obamacare against several non-profit organizations in a procedural order that may be a guidepost for future litigation.  Regulatory activity of interest included the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) best… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/6/14: Obamacare @ SCOTUS; Mortgage Disclosure Relief; Wood Burning Stoves; and Firearms & Mental Health

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

The end of 2013 was hardly quiet, with five notable events worth highlighting.  While this blog has foresworn further coverage of the crenelated litigation in the United States District Courts over the Obamacare contraceptive coverage requirements, one case has moved to an unusual posture before the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) though it may not… 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 – 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

Economically Significant: A Threshold Shapshot of OMB’s Regulatory Docket

Posted in Regulatory Process

The term “economically significant” has a distinct meaning in the regulatory process and is the source of much angst for agencies and regulated industries.  “Economically significant” is not a legal term, however, but a management term – one of several thresholds for triggering review of a proposed or final rule by the Office of Management… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 6/3/13

Posted in Regulatory Process

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not heed calls for extension of the public comment period on a massive rulemaking – granting a stingy extension that will cause more requests.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), on the other hand, delayed the effective date on a major mortgage rule for seven months to try to… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/5/12

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The election is tomorrow and regulatory activity seems to be in the calm before the storm.  Congress further pressured the Administration on the lack of a Unified Agenda, but the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) did complete review on some very time-sensitive regulations, while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced at least some compliance… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 7/2/12

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

Regulations: EPA.  As previously reported, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter on June 29, 2012.  In other EPA matters, several colleagues have inquired about EPA’s National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters, reconsiderations and proposed… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/14/12

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Judicial Review & Remedies

Regulations: Petroleum Refineries:  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed review of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s economically significant final rule to complete the Petroleum Refineries – New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)–Subparts J and Ja interim final rule.  EPA has previously promulgated new source standards for refineries, then granted reconsideration of, and stayed, specific… Continue Reading

Guns, Ammo, Conflicting Agency Views & the Importance of OMB Review

Posted in Executive - OMB Review

This morning’s Wall Street Journal highlights an often overlooked, critical, confusing, and somewhat misnomered regulatory function:  Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review.  Adam Entous and Evan Perez write that “U.S. homeland-security and law-enforcement agencies have objected to Obama administration proposals to relax export restrictions on high-powered firearms, threatening a centerpiece of the president’s trade… Continue Reading

OIRA Suggests Small, Welcome Improvement in Regulation Preambles

Posted in Executive - OMB Review

OIRA Director Cass Sunstein recently directed agencies to make a small improvement in regulatory preambles:  include an executive summary for complex regulations.  This is a simple suggestion, but for anyone who regularly reads Federal regulations, it is a welcome improvement.  Using executive summaries may seem to state the obvious, but it has not been obvious… Continue Reading