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Administrative Procedure Act Logical Outgrowth & Lack of Notice: D.C. Circuit Affirms Vacatur of HHS Hospital Reimbursement Rule

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today affirmed the vacatur the portion of a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) final rule setting hospital reimbursement rates because the final rule took a position diametrically opposed to the proposed rule without adequate notice that the final position was a possibility… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/31/14: Obamacare Extension; Waters of the United States; IRS Meets Bitcoin; & COOL Regulations Preliminary Injunction Denial Affirmed

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

Anthology of the highlights of the last week in regulatory practice is somewhat focuses on some large issues that drew immediate attention, even if the substantive resolutions are many years away.  Foremost (of course) is the latest adjustment in Obamacare in Bulletins from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 3/24/14: Debit Card Fees Revival; Contractors & Disability Data Analyses; Mathematics & Law; Food Safety Slip; & Obamacare Slide

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

This column changes each and every week as the moving parts of regulatory law shift.  Highlights from the past week illuminate significant government litigation victories in the revival of a regulation that set maximum fees between retailers and servicers of debit cards, summary judgment for the government in a challenge to a rule setting affirmative… 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

Third Circuit Upholds Labor H-2B Regulations & Confuses Agency Rulemaking Jurisdiction

Posted in Agency Authority, Regulatory Process

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently upheld the Department of Labor (DOL) promulgation of regulations governing the calculation of the minimum wage a United States employer must offer to recruit non-agricultural foreign workers under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “H-2B” visa program in Louisiana Forestry Association v. Secretary United… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/20/14: Lobbyist Bar Remanded; Indian Country Clean Air Rule Vacated; Prison Telephone Rule Stayed; Obamacare Subsidies Rule and Non-Resident Alien Interest Reporting Rules Upheld; & Volcker Rule Retreat

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

The United States courts in the District of Columbia were the focus of the regulatory world last week, and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacatur of the “net neutrality” rule was only the news leader.  The D.C. Circuit also remanded a case to the district court to assess… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 1/13/14: Electric Generating Emissions; Demise of the NLRB Posting Rule; Obamacare Regulation by Blog Post; Aircraft Repair Stations Coordination; Unified Agendas & Regulatory Plans

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

The beginning of a new year raises several process questions for regulatory practitioners.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a new proposed rule to limit emissions from new electric power generators – a rule EPA released several months ago, but only published last week.  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) threw in the towel on… 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 – 12/23/13: 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

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 – 11/11/13 – Part I: Regulations

Posted in Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business, Regulatory Process

Agencies charged new rules and proposed new charges to the American economy last week with renewed vigor, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s overdue crowdfunding proposal, Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s (and others) mental health parity rule, Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s electronic reporting proposal, Environmental Protection… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/30/13

Posted in Judicial Review & Remedies

The weekly scour of administrative law sources occasionally comes up very dry.  Readers are welcome to provide tips and pointers on current events relating to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA), and all significant things regulatory related to the federal agencies and their… 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

SCOTUS Review: Administrative Law Cases in the 2012 Term

Posted in Constitutional Issues in Regulations, Judicial Process, Judicial Review & Remedies

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decides a few significant administrative law cases each Term and the Term just concluded was no exception.  Although “administrative law” decisions do not draw the interest of the more volatile constitutional cases that the general press finds so tantalizing, administrative law and related decisions profoundly affect how Americans live… 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

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

OMB Releases Fall 2012 Unified Agenda & Regulatory Plan: Meaning what?

Posted in Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business, Regulatory Process

The Obama Administration released a Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan overnight December 22, 2012, after being missing in action for months and finally skipping the Spring 2012 version altogether, not releasing any instructions for the development of the Fall 2012 Unified Agenda, and with no announcement of the 2012 Fall Unified Agenda whatever.  OMB’s lack… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 12/3/12

Posted in Regulatory Process

Rule submission to and completions by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) began to pick up speed last week.  Most significant, OMB quickly completed review of a legally significant Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) logging road final rule – a subject of oral argument this morning at the Supreme Court and about which Congress has… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 11/19/12

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

Activity at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has begun to pick up after the election – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations lead the way.  On the other hand, another court ordered an exemption from the mandatory contraceptive coverage regulation ahead of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) submitting… 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 – 10/1/12

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

Small movements with potentially large impact over time occurred last week, but most did not see the light of day in the national or legal media.  Key points: Department of Labor (DOL) extended the effective date of the H-2B Wage Methodology rule given another appropriation rider; Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to lag behind… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/24/12

Posted in Legislation, Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business

A relatively quiet week allows us to catch up on some important odds and ends.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) published three new small business size standards that affect large swaths of the economy and many future regulatory analyses.  The Congress left town (they were here for a short period), but the House passed limitations… Continue Reading

Monday Morning Regulatory Review – 9/17/12

Posted in Regulatory Flexibility & Small Business, Regulatory Process

A bevy of new rules and proposed rules were issued last week.  Most notable contributions come from the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Small Business Administration (SBA).  On the management side, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has… Continue Reading

Food Safety Statute & Delay: Litigating Congressional Deadlines

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

Food safety – what could be more important?  The FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law on January 4, 2011, requires a significant regulatory shift by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  FSMA imposed numerous deadlines for FDA to adopt regulations and those deadlines have passed into history without rules.  Given those… Continue Reading