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VA Prepares An EIS For Proposed Improvements In BHHCS Service Area, by Shannon Allen

In light of the recent controversy at the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”), now is a good time to highlight some of the agency’s efforts to improve services to Veterans.  Notably, the VA is planning to create an integrated environmental impact statement (“EIS”) for proposed improvements to and reconfiguration of the VA Black Hills Health Care System […]

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EPA Seeks Comment on Revised Definition of “Waters of the United States,” by Elisabeth Ulmer

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) seeks comment on a proposed rule regarding the scope of waters regulated by the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The rules are the result of two recent U.S. Supreme Court cases, U.S. v. Riverside Bayview, Rapanos v. United States (“Rapanos”) and Solid Waste […]

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DOT Proposes Rule Requiring Increased Transparency of Airline Ancillary Fees, by Shannon Allen

The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) invites public comment on a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) issuing several proposals aimed at improving the air travel environment of consumers in order to prohibit unfair or deceptive practices in air transportation. (49 U.S.C. 41712).  The DOT seeks to reinforce the rights of air travelers when they purchase […]

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FDA Seeks Comment on Changes to Food Labeling, by Elisabeth Ulmer

Since the original serving size regulations passed in 1993, the size of food portions noticeably increased.  The Food and Drug Administration’s proposed rule will revise serving sizes to reflect current consumption data and offer serving size information on nutrition facts labels “that will help [consumers] maintain healthy dietary practices.” This proposed rule has three main […]

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Brown Bag Lunch: Federal Sector Developments at EEOC

Please join us June 3, 2014 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. for a brown bag lunch on the latest federal sector developments at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Federal Operations.  This event is co-sponsored by the Sections of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and Government Operations and Personnel Committee.  Guests will include Joel […]

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SEC Proposes New Recordkeeping Requirements For SBSDs and MSBSPs, by Shannon Allen

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), per the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”), pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”), proposes new recordkeeping, reporting, and notification requirements for security-based swap dealers (“SBSDs”) and major security-based swap participants (“MSBSPs”), an additional capital charge provision, and technical amendments to […]

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The Future of International Regulatory Cooperation, by Nina Hart

On February 27 and 28, 2014, New York University School of Law hosted a symposium on “New Approaches to International Regulatory Cooperation,” featuring a mix of academics, government officials, and practitioners.  Co-sponsors were the Atlantic Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice.  Following up on the […]

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DOI Seeks Comment on Proposal to Remove Alaska Exception to Land Trusts, by Shannon Allen

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (“BIA”) proposes a rule that would remove a provision in the Department of Interior’s (“DOI’s”) “land-into-trust regulations” that excludes “land acquisitions in trust” in Alaska “from the scope of the regulations. . . . .” Section 5 of the Indian Reorganization Act (“IRA”), allows the Secretary of the Interior (“Secretary”) […]

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State Seeks Input on Making Program Material Available, by Shannon Allen

The United States Department of State (“DOS”) issued an interim final rule amending regulations to implement Section 1078 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (“NDAA”); and seeks input on changing the availability of Public Diplomacy Program Materials in the United States.  U.S. public diplomacy outreach includes communications with foreign audiences abroad through Program […]

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Profile on Sally Katzen: Former Head of OIRA, by Nina Hart

Notice and Comment Blogger Nina Hart recently had the opportunity to interview Sally Katzen, the former head of the Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) during the Clinton Administration.  Below she shares insight on her administrative law experience and lessons in leadership. An Unexpected Path Sally Katzen says that her path to law school […]

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BIS Proposes Changes To Required Support Documents Under EAR, by Shannon Allen

The Commerce Department’s (“DOC’s”) Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued a proposed rule to amend regulations regarding support documents required for license application submissions under the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) and changes to BIS’s role in issuing documents for the Import Certificate and Delivery Verification system.  The Export Administration Act of 1979 (“EAA”) has […]

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PBGC Seeks Comment on Amending Treatment of Title IV Rollovers, by Shannon Allen

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) proposes to amend its regulations to offer direction on Title IV treatment of rollovers.  In expectation of greater use of rollovers and as a part of its efforts to promote retirement security, the PBGC proposes a rule to guide the treatment of rollovers from defined contribution plans to defined […]