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Monday Morning Regulatory Review II – 11/3/14: Gainful Employment; WOTUS Science; and OMB Reviews

Posted in Executive - OMB Review, Regulatory Process

The agencies began to get busy in the two weeks running up to tomorrow’s mid-term elections.  Among key events, the Department of Education (ED) published yet another chapter in the gainful employment saga.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the results of a scientific advisory board opining on the Waters of the United States.  The… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 10/20/14: Management by Executive Order; Gainful Employment Meetings; OMB Meetings; & Record Completion and Privilege

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

A holiday-shortened workweek and a pre-midterm election pause provide the opportunity to review a few miscellaneous topics.  President Obama (POTUS) issued a new Executive Order seeking to improve the security of federal government credit and debit cards, and improve the anti-fraud environment, but with limited effect.  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of… Continue Reading

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 – 9/8/14: 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

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 – 5/26/14: Electric Power Sales; Orphan Drugs Other Uses; Spring 2014 Unified Agenda & Memorial Day, 2014

Posted in Agency Authority, Judicial Review & Remedies

The Friday before the long Memorial Day weekend is either a desert of regulatory activity or – as last week – a cornucopia in need of distillation.  Three highlights warrant note, though many rules were published, placed on inspection, or otherwise released.  The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 5/5/14: SCOTUS on EPA Cross State / Transport Rule; SEC Conflict Minerals Stay; DOT Trucker Coercion; & TSA Air Passenger Fees

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

Travail between the agencies and the courts present three of last week’s major events in federal regulations while an agency’s view of its authority to change fees by a final rule presents a fourth significant issue.  The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) reversed and remanded a lower court vacatur of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)… 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 – 2/10/14: NLRB Election Rule Resurrection; Auto Auto Communications; & Lithium Batteries

Posted in Regulatory Process

Among few highlights from the regulatory world last week other than one problematic court decision previously noted, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) resurrected a union election process rule that had been vacated for want of a quorum.  The Department of Transportation (DOT) took two interesting steps – moving forward with new technology for light… 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 – 12/30/13: Obamacare Fractal Geography; Volcker Rule Stay & Reconsideration; OSHA Interpretations & Ripeness; and Rearview Mirrors & Cameras

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

The final week of 2013 does not go gently into that good night, with four unrelated but significant issues.  Obamacare further disintegrated as a nationwide legal program with further administrative exceptions and delays and piecemeal judicial bars to enforcement that have worn out their welcome.  The Volcker Rule still awaits publication in the Federal Register,… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/23/13: Obamacare Guidance, not Rules, & More Exceptions; Carbon Capture & Sequestration; OMB Reviews; Contracts, Dogs & Cats

Posted in Agency Authority, Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business, Regulatory Process

As the end of year holidays and the health insurance deadline nears, the patchwork of Obamacare fixes and court decisions creating exceptions grows geometrically, making Obamacare less and less universal: at least two core policy changes and three new court decisions highlight the week.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule that may… 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 – 12/16/13: Obamacare Deadlines; Labor Elections Rule; Swaps Litigation; Vacating Empty Rules; & the Volcker Rule

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

Regulatory highlights from the past week include the Administration pushing back the deadline for applying for Obamacare and then begging insurance companies for even more time and leniency.  Two independent agencies – the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) threw in the towel on litigation and proposed new rules… Continue Reading

Fall 2013 Unified Agenda Published: Something New, Something Old

Posted in Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business, Regulatory Process

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released the Fall 2013 Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions on November 26, 2013.  Many of the rulemakings are “old hat” and have appeared in the plan and agenda many times – illustrating the fundamental… 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

Judicial Review of An Orderly Shutdown of Government – Regulatory Process

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

The Government is closed – somewhat – and the regulatory process surely is winding down but will not entirely stop.  The funding lapse with closing the books on FY2013 and no appropriations in place for FY2014 set in motion an “orderly shutdown” yesterday.  What that means from a regulatory process perspective is as varied as… Continue Reading

ACUS Fall Meetings Schedule: New Projects, New Challenges

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies, Regulatory Process

The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) announced its schedule of committee meetings for this Fall, including projects on ex parte communications with agencies during informal rulemaking and judicial remand of rules without vacatur.  Many ACUS projects set trends for the development of administrative law or new consensus standards, and these committee meetings provide… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/2/13

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

The week before Labor Day – the final week of summer vacation – the Government might be expected to slow down, but the contrary was true.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published an obscure “ratification” of its Director’s previous acts, further raising questions of the efficacy of those acts.  The Internal Revenue Service, on… Continue Reading