On Mondays, Rogan’s List features a listing of proposed rule and regulation changes that are currently accepting public comment. Commenting is the way to show government agencies how we feel about these proposed changes. Our comments also become part of a record that will be reviewed by courts if and when a reg change is contested. Courts use comments to judge whether an agency is acting arbitrarily and capriciously.
1. Comments due 3/19/2020. Migratory Bird Permits; Regulations Governing
Take of Migratory Birds; Environmental Impact Statement https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/03/2020-01770/migratory-bird-p ermits-regulations-governing-take-of-migratory-birds-environmental-impact-statement. Read more here and see related proposal below: https://goldrushcam.com/sierrasuntimes/index.php/news/local-news/21856-u-s-fish-a nd-wildlife-service-solicits-public-input-on-proposed-rule-and-environmental-impact-st atement-for-migratory-bird-treaty-act
2. Comments due 3/19/2020/ Regulations Governing Take of Migratory Birds.
https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FWS-HQ-MB-2018-0090-0002 . Departure from previous version, which banned “incidental take” – parses the words “pursue” “hunt” and ‘capture” – chilling. https://www.audubon.org/news/federal-government-moves-gut-americas-most-importa nt-bird-law https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/30/climate/trump-bird-deaths.html
3. Comments extended to 4-8-2020. Proposed Rule. Community Reinvestment
Act – major implications for Federal Reserve, FDIC and Comptroller of the Currency for neighborhood reinvestment, bank credit standards, and more. ““It’s every bit as bad as we thought, and then some,” says Weisberg, senior campaign analyst at the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, a coalition of community groups across New York City.“ “The proposed changes would weaken the focus of bank activities on low and moderate income (LMI) communities, while increasing the number of assessments banks could fail while still passing CRA requirements.” News release here:
https://www.occ.gov/news-issuances/news-releases/2019/nr-ia-2019-147.html – Read more at https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/opinion/Community-Reinvestment-Act.html and https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/community-advocates-proposed-changes-to-community -reinvestment-act-regs and https://www.americanbanker.com/news/cra-cheat-sheet-new-regime-would-look-very-d ifferent; https://www.novoco.com/periodicals/articles/proposed-cra-regulations-greeted-great-c oncern-aggregate-balance-sheet-ratio-could-overwhelm-other; and https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/12/business/banks-federal-reserve-community-rein vestment-act.html You may submit comments at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=OCC-2018-0008-1960 and related proposal also extended Community Reinvestment Act Regulations https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=OCC-2018-0008-1960. Comments template from The Strong, Prosperous, & Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC). http://www.sparcchub.org/2020/03/04/resources-on-nepa-affh-and-cra-proposed-rule s/ – also contains a template for commenting on NEPA, below.
4. Comment extension to 4/13/2020. Gutting fair-housing protections.
“FR-6123-P-02 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing”. Comment here. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=HUD-2020-0012-0010 There is still time to comment on the original proposal, due 3/16/2020. Gutting fair-housing protections. “FR-6123-P-02 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing”. Comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=HUD-2020-0011-0001. “…HUD issued a proposal to basically eliminate an Obama-era mandate, outlined in 2015’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, or AFFH, that required certain towns and cities to keep track of, and address, racial bias in housing.” Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/hud-s-fair-housing-policies-could-promote-fur ther-racial-discrimination-n1118636 “Now, in the latest of the Trump administration’s attacks on fair housing, HUD has proposed a new rule that would effectively eliminate AFFH, making housing discrimination easier and entrenching housing segregation. Now, in the latest of the Trump administration’s attacks on fair housing, HUD has proposed a new rule that would effectively eliminate AFFH, making housing discrimination easier and entrenching housing segregation.” https://nationalfairhousing.org/affh/ with link to petition. Also “The proposed AFFH rule change removes protections for racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and others to access housing without facing discrimination. The new rule would no longer require that local governments or housing authorities address, or even consider, legacies of unequal housing opportunities. This weakening of oversight and accountability for agencies receiving federal housing dollars means that agencies are allowed to implement policies or programs, without consideration for the impact on groups that have been discriminated against in the past.” https://buildhealthyplaces.org/whats-new/affh-rule-change/ and https://shelterforce.org/2020/01/30/affirmatively-dismantling-fair-housing/ Undoes Obama-era fair-housing protections. NRDC has published an opinion. https://www.nrdc.org/experts/sasha-forbes-aicp/regressive-federal-rules-would-set-bac
k-decades-progress Also see http://www.sparcchub.org/2020/03/04/resources-on-nepa-affh-and-cra-proposed-rule s/
5. Comments due 3/12/2020- still open for some reason. Proposed Rule.
Extending Natural Gas Export Authorizations to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries through the Year 2050. Extends LNG export authorizations to 2050 for dozens of corporations listed in the proposal. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=PHMSA-2018-0025-0002 Read Trump Administration Proposes Yet Another Handout to Fracked Gas Industry With Extension of LNG Export Licenses https://www.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2020/02/trump-administration-proposes-yet -another-handout-fracked-gas-industry. Read more https://www.gazettenet.com/Columnist-Johanna-Neumann-32789838 and sign petition: https://environmentamerica.webaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KE Y=36506
6. By 4/2/12/2020. Call for climate scientists to weigh in. Request for Comments: Expert Reviewers; Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group I Contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report. “The Department of State, in cooperation with the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), requests expert review of the second-order draft of the IPCC Working Group I (WGI) contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report cycle (AR6), including the first draft of the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) Scientists must register and then upload material. o be considered for inclusion in the U.S. government submission, comments must be received by April 2, 2020.” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOS_FRDOC_0001-5136. More on IPCC Working Group I: https://www.ipcc.ch/working-group/wg1/ More information on the Sixth Assessment Report: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sixth-assessment-report-working-group-i/ “As part of the U.S. government review—starting March 2, 2020—experts wishing to contribute to the U.S. government review are encouraged to register via the USGCRP Review and Comment System (https://review.globalchange.gov/). Instructions and the second-order draft will be available for download via the system. In accordance with IPCC policy, drafts of the report are provided for review purposes only and are not to be cited or distributed. All technical comments received that are relevant to the text under review will be forwarded to the IPCC authors for their consideration. To be considered for inclusion in the U.S. government submission, comments must be received by April 2, 2020. Experts may choose to provide comments directly through the IPCC’s expert review process, which occurs in parallel with the U.S. government review: https://apps.ipcc.ch/comments/ar6wg1/sod/. To avoid duplication, experts are requested to submit comments via either the USGCRP or IPCC review websites, not both.
7. Comments due 3/23/2020. Simplifying Meal Service and Monitoring
Requirements in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FNS-2019-0007-0001 Rollback of Michelle Obama’s school lunch nutrition guidelines. One of two proposals.
Read more here and see below: https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-17/rollback-proposed-for-michel le-obama-school-lunch-guidelines Comment on simplifying school lunches from a Dietition who works at a NYC clinic that has a caseload of 1,800 WIC families. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FNS-2019-0007-9135
8. Comments due 3/23/2020 Streamlining Program Requirements and
Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FNS-2019-0034-0001 Read more: https://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Article/2020/01/20/Public-health-advocates-push -back-against-USDA-proposals-to-simplify-school-meal-standards
9. Comments due 3/30/2020. Executive Office for Immigration Review; Fee Review https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EOIR-2020-0001-0001 More fees for immigrants: “This proposed rule (“proposed rule” or “rule”) would increase the fees for those EOIR applications, appeals, and motions that are subject to an EOIR-determined fee, based on a fee review conducted by EOIR. ” “Accordingly, EOIR proposes the following fee changes:
1. Increase the fee for Form EOIR-26 from $110 to $975. 2. Increase the fee for Form EOIR-29 from $110 to $705. 3. Increase the fee for Form EOIR-40 from $100 to $305. 4. Increase the fee for Form EOIR-42A from $100 to $305. 5. Increase the fee for Form EOIR-42B from $100 to $360. 6. Increase the fee for Form EOIR-45 from $110 to $675.” Read more: https://yubanet.com/usa/new-rule-seems-designed-to-halt-valid-immigration-cour t-petitions-by-drastically-hiking-fees/ and https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/us/immigration-court-deportation-appeals. html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage§ion=US%20News. From immigration lawyers: https://www.aila.org/advo-media/press-releases/2020/new-eoir-rule and https://abovethelaw.com/2020/02/doj-opens-office-of-citizenship-stripping-becau se-priorities/
10. Comments due 4/1/2020 Notice. EPA pushing back deadline by five years for National Pollution Discharge system reporting and compliance. National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 2020 Issuance of the Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity Comment here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/03/02/2020-04254/national-polluta nt-discharge-elimination-system-npdes-2020-issuance-of-the-multi-sector-general “The proposed permit, once finalized, will replace the EPA’s existing MSGP that will expire on June 4, 2020. The EPA proposes to issue this permit for five (5) years, and to provide permit coverage to eligible operators in all areas of the country where the EPA is the NPDES permitting authority, including Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico, Indian country lands, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and most U.S. territories and protectorates.”
11. Comments due 4/6/2020. Traveling by Air with Service Animals
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/05/2020-01546/traveling-by-air- with-service-animals and https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOT-OST-2018-0068-12959 Defines a service animal under ADA – dogs only. “Under the proposed rulemaking, carriers would no longer be required to recognize emotional support animals as service animals. Passengers currently have an incentive to claim pets as emotional support animals as existing regulations require carriers to transport all emotional support animals at no cost to the passenger.”
12. Comments due 4/6/2020. Major Medicare changes. Medicare and Medicaid
Programs; Contract Year 2021 and 2022 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage Program, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, Medicaid Program, Medicare Cost Plan Program, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/18/2020-02085/medicare-and-m edicaid-programs-contract-year-2021-and-2022-policy-and-technical-changes-to-the Articles so far: https://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/Food-Drugs-Healthcare-Life-Sciences/893068/ CMS-Proposes-Significant-Changes-To-Medicare-Advantage-And-Part-D-For-2021-And- Beyond; https://www.mintz.com/insights-center/viewpoints/2146/2020-02-cms-proposes-signifi cant-changes-medicare-advantage-part-d; https://www.natlawreview.com/article/cms-issues-medicare-advantage-and-part-d-2021 -proposed-rule; https://www.natlawreview.com/article/cms-proposes-significant-changes-to-medicare-a dvantage-part-d-2021-and-beyond-part-1. This is a massive proposal and more will be written/published in coming weeks.
1. New Regulations.gov beta site – is easier to read but not as functional, as of
March 2020. https://beta.regulations.gov/
2. 3/13/2020. Coronavirus testing won’t count against immigrants trying to get
green cards, feds say. Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/immigration/article241196746. html#storylink=cpy “Alert: USCIS encourages all those, including aliens, with symptoms that resemble Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to seek necessary medical treatment or preventive services. Such treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any alien as part of a future Public Charge analysis. ” https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/public-charge
3. 3/11/2020 Notice. No comments. Extension of the Designation of Somalia
for Temporary Protected Status. Re-Registration Period Now Open for Aliens with TPS under Somalia’s Designation. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today
announced that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Somalia’s designation who want to maintain their status through Sept. 17, 2021, must re-register between March 11, 2020 and May 11, 2020.
4. 3/2/2020. Policy. Comments open – no deadline posted. Policy for
Diagnostics Testing in Laboratories Certified to Perform High Complexity Testing under CLIA prior to Emergency Use Authorization for Coronavirus Disease-2019 during the Public Health Emergency Immediately in Effect Guidance for Clinical Laboratories and Food and Drug Administration Staff. Open for comments – deadline not posted. Interesting comments so far. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2020-D-0987-0007 and https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2020-D-0987-0009 – these seem to be identical policy documents. Both open for comments.
5. Comments due 4/14/2020. Privacy Act of 1974: Implementation of
Exemptions; Department of Homeland Security/ALL-043 Enterprise Biometric Administrative Records (EBAR) System of Records https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/03/16/2020-04985/privacy-act-of-1 974-implementation-of-exemptions-department-of-homeland-securityall-043-enterpris e Read more: “As Governments Build Advanced Surveillance Systems to Push Borders Out, Will Travel and Migration Become Unequal for Some Groups?” https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/governments-build-advanced-surveillance-sys tems
6. 3/12/2020 Federal and State Banking Agencies Encourage Financial
Institutions to Meet Financial Needs of Customers and Members Affected by Coronavirus https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/financial-services-weekly-news-18074/
7. Comments due 4/17/2020. Coal Ash is back – one of two proposed regulations. Hazardous and Solid Waste Management System: Disposal of CCR; A Holistic Approach to Closure Part B: Alternate Demonstration for Unlined Surface Impoundments; Implementation of Closure. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OLEM-2019-0173-0001 Read more: https://www.environmentallawandpolicy.com/2020/03/epa-issues-part-b-to-its-holisti c-approach-to-ccr-unit-closure-proposal/
8. Comments due 4/20/2020. Coal Ash disposal is back. Hazardous and Solid
Waste Management System: Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals From Electric Utilities; Federal CCR Permit Program. Comment here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/20/2019-28440/hazardous-and- solid-waste-management-system-disposal-of-coal-combustion-residuals-from-electric. Read more: “Only “high hazard” CCR units will be subject to immediate compliance deadlines under a newly proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that revises federal permit requirements for the management of coal combustion residuals (CCRs) at power plants. If finalized, the rule will apply to all coal facilities in Indian country and the 48 U.S. states that have not yet submitted state programs for the EPA’s
approval.” https://www.powermag.com/epa-overrides-subpart-d-in-newly-proposed-federal-coal- ash-permitting-rule/ https://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/Environment/899816/Coal-Ash-Rule-Update- EPA39s-Proposed-Federal-Permit-Program and https://www.steptoe.com/en/news-publications/coal-ash-rule-update-epas-proposed-f ederal-permit-program.html?utm_source=Mondaq&utm_medium=syndication&utm_c ampaign=LinkedIn-integration; https://www.scsengineers.com/epa-update-coal-combustion-residuals-ccr/
9. 3/9/2020. Rule. Trump Administration to Start Collecting DNA of
Immigrants. (previously posted here as proposed rule.) See above new DHS proposed rule on biometric data-sharing. https://www.npr.org/2020/03/06/812940401/trump-administration-poised-to-start-c ollecting-dna-from-immigration-detainees Link to pdf of Rule. https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2020-04256.pdf https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/03/09/2020-04256/dna-sample-col lection-from-immigration-detainees
10. Comments Due: April 13, 2020. Affects multiple areas. FCC OFFICE OF
ECONOMICS AND ANALYTICS SEEKS COMMENT ON THE STATE OF COMPETITION IN THE COMMUNICATIONS MARKETPLACE GN Docket No. 20-60 Reply Comments Due: May 13, 2020 “The competition report may be used by the Commission to help support any proposed changes in media regulations ” http://www.insideradio.com/free/fcc-begins-biennial-review-of-the-audio-marketplace /article_9b3c856e-5df4-11ea-83b4-d7fc6825a7d2.html https://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2020/02/articles/fcc-seeks-comments-on-the-stat e-of-the-communications-marketplace-including-for-audio-and-video/
11. 3/5/2020. EPA Announces Supplement to Science Transparency Proposed
Rule Comment link in upper right corner of page. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-supplement-science-transparency-p roposed-rule
12. Comments due 4/6/2020. Proposed Rule Labor Management Standards
Office (LMSO) also all of Dept. of Labor.. “The Department of Labor is issuing this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to seek public comments on a proposal to establish a system of discretionary secretarial review over cases pending before or decided by the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals and to make technical changes to Departmental regulations governing the timing and finality of decisions of the Administrative Review Board and the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals to ensure consistency with the new discretionary review processes proposed in this rule and established in Secretary’s Order 01-2020″. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=LMSO_FRDOC_0001-0043 This identical rule lists the areas over which the Secretary of Labor would have “discretionary review.” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=OFCCP_FRDOC_0001-0052 Includes employee food safety protections, whistle-blowers, and The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals. Mixed reviews: https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/labor-chief-scalia-reins-in-review-
board-earning-mixed-reviews “Secretary Scalia has placed authority back with the Secretary of Labor and provided that he, and all subsequent Secretaries of Labor, shall have discretion to issue the final decision of the DOL regarding matters the ARB decides in the first instance. With power to issue USDOL’s final decision resting once again with the Secretary of Labor, Secretary Scalia has reinstated the practice that existed before creation of the ARB.” https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/ofccp-week-in-review-march-2020-57320/
13. 3/12/2020. Some Agencies Reluctant to Embrace Telework and Take Other
Precautions, Despite Growing Coronavirus Concerns. Although both OPM and the CDC have strongly encouraged allowing employees to work remotely to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, several agencies have yet to respond to those recommendations. https://www.govexec.com/management/2020/03/unions-report-mixed-bag-coronavir us-preparations-despite-growing-concerns/163740/
14. 3/6/2020. FDA. Policy for Diagnostics Testing in Laboratories Certified To
Perform High Complexity Testing Under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments Prior to Emergency Use Authorization for Coronavirus Disease-2019 During the Public Health Emergency; Immediately in Effect Guidance for Clinical Laboratories and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2020-D-0987-0008 Comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2020-D-0987-0009. This is to promote rapid testing capacity.
15. 3/5/2020. Census – Requests for nominations to two committees. Request for
Nominations of Members To Serve on the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/03/05/2020-04556/request-for-no minations-of-members-to-serve-on-the-national-advisory-committee-on-racial-ethnic-a nd and https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/03/05/2020-04552/request-for-no minations-of-members-to-serve-on-the-census-scientific-advisory-committee
16. 2/26/2020. Justice Dept. Establishes Office to Denaturalize Immigrants.
From DOJ site – no comments: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/department-justice-creates-section-dedicated-denatur alization-cases. Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/us/politics/denaturalization-immigrants-justic e-department.html and for background: https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all/featured-issue-denaturalization-efforts-by -uscis
17. Comments due 4/21/2020. Food Standards; General Principles and Food Standards Modernization; Reopening of the Comment Period . This is “re-opened” from 1996. When is milk “milk”? Hundreds of food categories open for revision. This is new, so not much comment yet. Comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-1995-N-0062-0016 FDA
Reopens Comments on Proposed Rule to Modernize Food Standards of Identity. https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/fda-reopens-comments-on-proposed-rule-40814/ and https://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Article/2019/09/02/Do-food-standards-of-identit y-need-refreshing-FDA-to-hold-public-meeting#
18. Comments due 4/28/2020. Dept. of Transportation. Defining Unfair or
Deceptive Practices. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOT-OST-2019-0182-0016. Read more: Critics: Airlines’ proposed would make regulation harder. “Consumer advocates are complaining that a regulation proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation _ at the airline industry’s urging _ would make it harder to penalize airlines for bad behavior and to adopt new rules that protect travelers.” https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/national/story/2020/feb/29/critics-airlines- proposed-would-make-regulation-harder/818761/
19. Comments due 4/28/2020. EPA seeks comment on a toxic chemical. Notice.
Trichloroethylene; Draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Risk Evaluation and TSCA Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) Meetings; Notice of Availability, Public Meetings, and Request for Comment. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPPT-2019-0500-0001 Great background article from Reveal News: EPA scientists found a toxic chemical damages fetal hearts. The Trump White House rewrote their assessment. https://www.revealnews.org/article/epa-scientists-found-a-toxic-chemical-damages-fet al-hearts-the-trump-white-house-rewrote-their-assessment/ More on TSCA: https://chemicalwatch.com/99822/tsca-new-chemicals-backlog-epa-considers-unilater al-orders#overlay-strip
20. 2/24/2020. USCIS Hiring Freeze on non-asylum Immigration Officers. Not
posted in Federal Register. https://www.govexec.com/workforce/2020/02/trump-freezes-hiring-immigrant-servic es/163282/
21. Posted 2/28/2020. Not taking comments yet. DOT-OST-2020-0023-0001.
Dept. of Transportation; potential anti-environmental implications. Regional Infrastructure Accelerator Program. “(1) What would be an effective form of the accelerator that could influence the development of infrastructure projects, and what type of structure and authority would be required for the establishment of a regional accelerator? Are there examples of such entities from around the country and abroad, or in other sectors that could be used as a model for the Program? (2) What barriers such as regulatory, technical and institutional (public or private) would hinder implementation? What authority should the accelerator(s) have to effectively carry out its mission? “ They only want comments from people with a “role as well as knowledge and experience in developing or delivering such programs.” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOT-OST-2020-0023-0001
22.Comments due 4/28/2020. Notice. Agency Information Collection Activities:
Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Submission for OMB Review;
Comment Request; Debt Collection Financial Statement. FEMA Debt Collection. Seemingly innocuous but see CA Legislators response. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FEMA-2019-0004-0002 California lawmakers propose to ban FEMA from asking victims for money back https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/02/26/lawmakers-propose-to-ban-fema-from-as king-victims-for-money-back/
23. Posted 2/20/2020. Waiving laws for the border wall- Homeland Security. Notice. Determination Pursuant to Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as Amended. Comments not accepted. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DHS_FRDOC_0001-1854 Read synopsis: https://www.lexisnexis.com/LegalNewsRoom/immigration/b/insidenews/posts/dhs-w aives-contract-laws-in-border-wall-push and https://fcw.com/articles/2020/02/18/dhs-waives-border-wall-wolf.aspx “The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements in order to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international land border in San Diego County, California, Imperial County, California, Yuma County, Arizona, Pima County, Arizona, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, Cochise County, Arizona, Luna County, New Mexico, Doña Ana County, New Mexico, El Paso County, Texas, Val Verde County, Texas, and Maverick County, Texas.”
24. Application deadline 4/17/2020. Rural School Achievement Program (REAP)
Action: write your representatives. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/01/24/2020-01193/application-dea dline-for-fiscal-year-2020-small-rural-school-achievement-program. Why this is noteworthy: rural schools say this will result in huge cuts to their programs. More info: https://www.mainepublic.org/post/maine-doe-warns-state-could-lose-more-1-million-f ederal-grants-rural-schools. and https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/medicare-change-houston-texas-h ospitals-billion-15042920.php. More on DeVos inept and corrupt assault on education: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2020/02/15/college-accreditation-d epartment-education-betsy-devos-south-dakota-sioux-falls/4746906002/
25. Comments due 4/20/2020. Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Seismic
Survey Design and Impacts to Maternal Polar Bear Dens. Proposed rule. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/18/2020-03132/endangered-spe cies-marine-mammals-seismic-survey-design-and-impacts-to-maternal-polar-bear-den s Polar bears are already an endangered species. Environmental groups are starting to weigh in: https://defenders.org/newsroom/oil-and-polar-bears-dont-mix-trump-administration- asks-public-review-peer-reviewed-polar. On CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/14/world/polar-bears-thinner-fewer-cubs-scn-trnd/in dex.html
26. Comments due 4/13/2020. HUD faith-based initiatives. FR-6130-P-01 Equal
Participation of Faith- Based Organizations in HUD Programs and Activities:
Implementation of Executive Order 13831. https://beta.regulations.gov/document/HUD-2020-0017-0001 Read more: https://www.theneat.org/blog.
27. Comments due 4/30/2020. Invitation to comment on the whole regulatory process.
Meetings: Modernizing Services for Regulation Management, https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=GSA-GSA-2019-0002-0025. “GSA’s Office of Regulation Management, within OGP, is interested in conducting a dialogue with the public, including industry, special interest groups, academia, researchers, and individuals about challenges and opportunities related to the modernization of the Electronic Rulemaking Management process. The dialogue begins with this public notice and request for comment.” I would ask that they make titles informative. Sometimes “information collections” have huge ramifications; sometimes they don’t. Titles should indicate what the content is.
28. Comments due 4/6/2020. Changes to Medicare Advantage plans. Changes to
the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. Program for Contract Year 2021 (CMS-4190-P) https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CMS-2020-0010-0001. For another take on this, see Medicare Advantage plans to get less than 1% pay increase. https://www.modernhealthcare.com/payment/medicare-advantage-plans-get-less-1-pa y-increase
29. Comments due 4/1/2019. Update: now posted with title and comment link.
Prohibitions and Restrictions on Proprietary Trading and Certain Interests in, and Relationships with, Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=OCC-2020-0002-0001 Further rollback of Volcker Rule – brings back risky practices that led to the 2007 Great Recession. “It would also allow banks to invest in debt-based funds among other changes.” General directive in Federal Register: Thresholds Increase for the Major Assets Prohibition of the Depository Institution Management Interlocks Act Rules. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/01/31/2018-28038/thresholds-incre ase-for-the-major-assets-prohibition-of-the-depository-institution-management. You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. R-1641 and RIN 7100-AF31, by any of the following methods: Agency Website: http://www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments at http://www.federalreserve.gov/ generalinfo/ foia/ ProposedRegs.cfm. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include docket number in the subject line of the message. FDIC: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 3064-AE57, by any of the following methods:Start Printed Page 605 Agency Website: https://www.fdic.gov/ regulations/ laws/ federal/ . Follow instructions for submitting comments on the Agency website. Also Email: Comments@fdic.gov. Include the RIN 3064-AE57 on the subject line of the message. Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/01/30/volcker-rule-fed/
30. 2/6/2020. CMS announces new state Medicaid Block grants.
https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/healthy-adult-opportunity-fact-sheet?eTy pe=EmailBlastContent&eId=848785ed-4874-4511-b471-21aecc6d7476 Seen as an
attempt to divert funds. The Trump Administration’s Medicaid Block Grant Guidance: Frequently Asked Questions https://www.cbpp.org/research/health/the-trump-administrations-medicaid-block-gra nt-guidance-frequently-asked-questions and Trump Administration’s Harmful Changes to Medicaid https://www.cbpp.org/research/health/trump-administrations-harmful-changes-to-me dicaid See also “Trump’s Medicaid Chief Labels Medicaid ‘Mediocre.’ Is It? https://khn.org/news/trumps-medicaid-chief-labels-medicaid-mediocre-is-it/
31. Information due 3/27/2020. Status review. Endangered and Threatened
Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of 66 Species in California and Nevada. You can comment at the related post below. Also see Migratory Bird Act proposals above. Comment – “To ensure consideration in our reviews, we are requesting submission of new information no later than March 27, 2020. However, we will continue to accept new information about any species at any time.” Request for data and information with email addresses for multiple regional Fish and Wildlife Offices contained in this link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/01/27/2020-01323/endangered-and -threatened-wildlife-and-plants-initiation-of-5-year-status-reviews-of-66-species-in
32. Comments due 10/09/2020. Status review. Review of Endangered Species
Act, includes plants, birds, animals. “Endangered and Threatened Species: Review of Domestic and Foreign Species that are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened, etc.” Review of species included in endangered species list. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FWS-HQ-ES-2019-0009-0001 With a focus on birds, read this commentary: “A New Bill Aims to Counter the Rollback of a Bedrock Bird Law.” a-new-bill-aims-counter-rollback-bedrock-bird-law
33. 2/8/2020.Collective bargaining. White House Memo Could End
Unionization at the Pentagon. Not posted on any federal site just yet. “President Trump signed a memo last month that could pave the way for his administration to outlaw collective bargaining by the Defense Department’s 750,000-person civilian workforce.” Updates 2/28/2020: https://www.govexec.com/management/2020/02/bipartisan-senators-urge-trump-rec onsider-defense-union-memo/163416/ https://www.govexec.com/management/2020/02/trump-administration-publishes-me mo-could-end-defense-unions/163237/ https://www.govexec.com/management/2020/02/secret-white-house-memo-could-en d-unionization-pentagon/162981/
34.2/21/2020. Military Family Members and Retirees Could Lose Medical
Clinic Access under Pentagon Plan. Not in Federal Register. Write your representatives. https://www.health.mil/About-MHS/OASDHA/Defense-Health-Agency/Congressional -Relations/Restructuring-and-Realignment-of-Military-Medical-Treatment-Facilities Read more: https://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2020/02/family-members-retirees-could-lose- clinic-access-under-pentagon-plan/163263/ and Rep. Speier’s response:
35. Comments extended to 6/30/2020. Extension of Comment Period for the
Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2018-1058-0022 “The Coast Guard is initiating the study to analyze current vessel patterns, predict future vessel needs, and balance the needs of all waterway users by developing and recommending vessel routing measures for the Arctic.” Needless to say, with a melting Arctic and opening up lands for fossil fuel extraction, this proposed rule should receive more comment. Thorough discussion from Friends of the Earth – affiliated website: https://www.arcticpars.org/arcticpars Read this comment from Audubon Society and Ocean Conservancy, among other organizations: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2018-1058-0002 “The remoteness of the region and lack of infrastructure means that the impacts of a serious vessel accident, especially an oil spill, could be devastating to the marine environment and the people whose lives and livelihoods depend on a healthy ocean.” BLM has already released plans to drill the Arctic Coastal Plain – elsewhere in this document.
36. Comments due 4/6/2020. Proposed rule. Use of the 5.850-5.925 GHz Band. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FCC-2020-0057-0001. You may submit comments, identified by ET Docket No. 19-138, by any of the following methods: Federal Communications Commission’s website: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/ . Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Mail: Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although the Commission continues to experience delays in receiving U.S. Postal Service mail). All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission. People with Disabilities: Contact the Commission to request reasonable accommodations (accessible format documents, sign language interpreters, CART, etc.) by email: FCC504@fcc.gov or phone: 202-418-0530 or TTY: 202-418-0432. Read more: Tell The FCC What You Think About the Future of 5.9 GHz. https://insidetowers.com/cell-tower-news-tell-the-fcc-what-you-think-about-the-future -of-5-9-ghz/
37. Presidential Executive Order requiring Medicare to pay amount equal to what private insurers pay for services (rather than negotiating lower prices for Medicare recipients). Predicted to bankrupt Medicare. “(b) The Secretary, in consultation with the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, shall submit to the President, through the Assistants to the President for Domestic and Economic Policy, a report within 180 days from the date of this order that identifies approaches to modify Medicare FFS payments to more closely reflect the prices paid for services in MA and the commercial insurance market, to encourage more robust price competition, and otherwise to inject market pricing into Medicare FFS reimbursement.” https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-protecting-improvin g-medicare-nations-seniors/ When it is a proposed rule, will be posted here. Read more: https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-10-04/hiltzik-trump-medicare; https://khn.org/news/trump-speech-offers-dizzying-preview-of-his-health-care-campai gn-strategy/.
Section I – ICE, DHS, DOL, NLRB
1. 2/21/2020. BIA Amicus Brief Invitation: Alien Notice (Due Mar. 23, 2020)
https://www.lexisnexis.com/LegalNewsRoom/immigration/b/insidenews/posts/bia-ami cus-brief-invitation-alien-notice-due-mar-23-2020 “Is a Notice to Appear (Form I-862) sufficient notice of the type of proceedings being initiated, when it does not indicate whether a respondent in removal proceedings is alleged to be an (1) an arriving alien, (2) an alien present in the United States who has not been admitted or paroled, or (3) an alien who has been admitted to the United States, but is removable for reasons stated elsewhere on the NTA?” Link to pdf: https://www.justice.gov/eoir/page/file/1250781/download
2. 1/4/2020. DHS, USCIS, CBP, ICE Share Data With Census After Trump’s
Executive Order https://www.npr.org/2020/01/04/793325772/to-produce-citizenship-data-homeland-se curity-to-share-records-with-census DHS web post: https://www.dhs.gov/publication/dhsallpia-079-department-homeland-security-dhs-im migration-related-information-sharing
3. The Outlook On Immigration In 2020: Important article from Forbes.
4. Proposed regulation on specialized knowledge and H-1B visas. Strengthening the L-1
Nonimmigrant Classification https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201910&RIN=1615-AC45 H-4 EAD: March 2020 is the target date for a proposed rule to rescind an existing regulation that allows many spouses of H-1B visa holders (H-4s) to work on employment authorization documents (EADs). The administration cited such a rule in response to a lawsuit. If the rule is published, expect many comments, which will delay publication of a final rule, and litigation that seeks an injunction to block the regulation should it become final. (See here for additional background.) https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201910&RIN=1615-AC15 Here is the Notice Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File H- 1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap- Subject Aliens No comments accepted https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCIS-2019-0014-0001 AILA article on this new process: https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all/h1b-registration-tool
5. From 9/26/2019. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services officials are planning to change all references of the term “foreign national” to “alien” in the agency’s policy manual. Read more here: https://www.aila.org/infonet/tracking-uscis-policy-manual-changes and here: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/immigration-uscis-foreign-nation al-alien. Write your representative.
6. 2/22/2020 Supreme Court allows ‘public charge’ rule to take effect
https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/484196-supreme-court-allow-p ublic-charge-rule-to-take-effect-across-country Sotomayor dissent: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/sotomayors-scathing-public-charge-dissent-light s-up-twitter/ar-BB10hpa5 Background: 12/1/2019 Proclamation below blocked in courts but posted 10/29/19 at Regulations.gov as a Notice. “Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Immigrant Health Insurance Coverage” – https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/11/26/us/ap-us-immigration-health-insuranc e.html response to this: https://beta.regulations.gov/document/DOS-2019-0039-0001 Read this: https://www.aila.org/advo-media/press-releases/2019/civil-rights-coalition-halts More background: Presidential Proclamation. Denying entry to immigrants without health insurance. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/09/2019-22225/suspension-of-en try-of-immigrants-who-will-financially-burden-the-united-states-healthcare-system-in and https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-suspensio n-entry-immigrants-will-financially-burden-united-states-healthcare-system/. Read more here. If/when comment period becomes available, it will be posted here. https://www.vox.com/2019/10/9/20903541/trump-proclamation-legal-immigration-he alth-insurance and https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/trump-will-deny-visas-to-immigrants-w ho-lack-health-care-coverage/2019/10/04/81e4f48a-e710-11e9-b403-f738899982d2_st ory.html
Section II – EPA, BUREAU OF RECLAMATION – ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
1. 2/11/2020. Interior Announces Region-Wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale for Gulf of Mexico – All Available Areas in Federal Waters. No comments. Write your legislators. Two items. https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-announces-region-wide-oil-and- gas-lease-sale-gulf-mexico-2 In the Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/12/2020-02717/gulf-of-mexico-o uter-continental-shelf-ocs-oil-and-gas-lease-sale-254 and https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/12/2020-02716/gulf-of-mexico-o uter-continental-shelf-region-wide-oil-and-gas-lease-sale-254 Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/12/trumps-legacy-drilled-public- lands-and-the-resulting-carbon-emissions and Wilderness Society article as pdf: https://www.wilderness.org/sites/default/files/media/file/TWS_The%20Climate%20Re port%202020_Greenhouse%20Gas%20Emissions%20from%20Public%20Lands_new.p df
2. 2/12/2020. Trump’s EPA Safe car emissions failure. How Trump Boxed the EPA
Out of a Major Climate Regulation Rollback. The Trump administration’s attempt to kill one of America’s strongest climate policies has been a complete debacle. https://www.govexec.com/oversight/2020/02/how-trump-boxed-epa-out-major-climate -regulation-rollback/163062/
3. 2/5/2020. Utah Federal Lands: Bear Ears National Monument and Grand
Staircase Escalante – shrinking national monuments. Bureau of Land Management published blueprint. Petition link below. https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-restores-access-blueprint-managing-national-m onuments-and-public-lands-utah. “A plan that permits mining, drilling, and grazing on previously protected national monuments in Utah. In December 2017, President Trump shrank two national monuments in Utah, the Bear Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase Escalante, by 85 percent and 46 percent respectively. These monuments were of historical and cultural significance to many communities, especially Native American nations and scientists. Simultaneously, they also harbored valuable coal, oil, gas, and grazing lands. According to New York Times, together, these moves were the largest rollback of public lands protection in U.S. history. On 6th February 2020, the Department of Interior published blueprints that finalized plans to allow mining, drilling, and grazing on these previously protected lands.” https://www.brookings.edu/interactives/tracking-deregulation-in-the-trump-era/ Read more from NRDC: https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/shrinking-bears-ears-and-grand-staircase-escalante-tru mps-monumental-mistake. Take Action: https://act.nrdc.org/letter/4682-national-monuments-200207?source=WBSNMOPET& _ga=2.141382834.1818402474.1581882207-1860121897.1581882207
4. Sept 9, 2019. Plan. (No comment section). National Petroleum Reserve in
Alaska Integrated Activity Plan Bureau of Land Management plan to open Alaska Coastal Plain to oil and petroleum exploration and drilling. BLM eplanning site Alaska Coastal Plain National Petroleum Reserve https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodNa me=renderDefaultPlanOrProjectSite&projectId=117408 Read more here: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/reports/2019/09/10/474256/vast-liqui dation-public-lands-underway-alaska/ Leasing site: https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends_ch4/ https://www.ecowatch.com/trump-alaska-refuge-oil-drilling-2640355340.html and https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/09/travel/alaska-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge.htm l
5. Update 12/23/2019: California to consider zero-emissions vehicles.
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/12/20191223-carbzev.html / 9/6/2019 EPA, NHTSA, and DOJ threaten California Air Resources Board and automakers for auto-emissions standard, politicizing EPA and DOJ in anti-environment move. NHTSA: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NHTSA-2018-0067-12444 EPA letter to CA: https://www.epa.gov › documents › epa.dot_puts_california_on_notice.pdf and DOJ story here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/justice-dept-launches-antitrust- probe-of-automakers-over-their-fuel-efficiency-deal-with-california/2019/09/06/29a22e e6-d0c7-11e9-b29b-a528dc82154a_story.html?noredirect=on. “California officials, who have repeatedly asserted the state’s rights under the 1970 Clean Air Act, criticized the inquiry as politicization to impose the Republican president’s policies.” Read more here: https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/09/20190919-onerule.html . Other federal announcements pertaining to CA auto emissions standards:
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/trump-administration-announces-one-national-prog ram-rule-federal-preemption-state-fuel and https://www.nhtsa.gov/corporate-average-fuel-economy/safe and https://www.nhtsa.gov/document/safe-vehicles-rule-part-1-fr-notice-09192019 Comment email addresses for EPA officials by area: Email addresses for EPA https://www.epa.gov/dockets/where-send-comments-epa-dockets#regional
6. Multiple items posted undoing the Clean Air Act piecemeal. “NESHAP” is
“National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.” https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/risk-and-technology-review-natio nal-emissions-standards-hazardous . This link shows postings and comment dates: https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/risk-and-technology-review-natio nal-emissions-standards-hazardous#status Read more here, including a good explanation of how this works: https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/miscellaneous-coating-manufacturing-20449/ and https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/municipal-solid-waste-landfills-neshap-65928/
7. Posted February 2020. Allowing more toxic substances. Notice. Certain New
Chemicals or Significant New Uses; EPA proposed significant new uses of toxic chemicals. Comments due 3/25/2020. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/24/2020-02892/significant-new- use-rules-on-certain-chemical-substances-20-2b . Read more here: https://news.bloombergenvironment.com/environment-and-energy/epa-shifts-timeline- for-chemical-risk-evaluations and http://blogs.edf.org/health/2019/08/08/trump-epa-caves-again-to-industry-demands-o n-new-chemicals-and-workers-pay-the-price/ and https://chemicalwatch.com/84049/epa-proposes-26-tsca-significant-new-use-rules#ove rlay-strip
8. July 14, 2019 Multiple BLM Notices and Proposed Rules with links to
comment pages. Constantly updated. https://www.esa.org/public-policy/stay-informed/federal-register-opportun ities/
9. July 14, 2019 Multiple Ozone Standards – EPA is doing this state-by-state.
10. Comments must be received on or before midnight EDT September 25, 2020.
Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust Request for Information; reopening of the rulemaking record for public comments. Because of comments, comment period extended to Sept. 25, 2020. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=MSHA-2014-0031-0185 Federal Register version comment period ends 09/25/2020 https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/25/2019-05443/exposure-of-unde rground-miners-to-diesel-exhaust Update – “The comment period for the request for information, published on June 8, 2016 (81 FR 36826), which was scheduled to close on March 26, 2019 (58 FR 12904) is extended. An important comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=MSHA-2014-0031-0180 “This reopened RFI
takes into account information originally gathered and shared from NIOSH, NCI, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which shows a correlation to exposure to diesel exhaust, a classified human carcinogen, and negative impact on miners health (Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust, 81 Fed. Reg. 110, 36826-36827 (June 8, 2016). On page 36827, stakeholders, MSHA, and the Diesel Exhaust Health Effects Partnership (Partnership) decided that more research and complex questions needed to be gathered and answered before allowing miners to continue working in DPM in the air. Potential for new technology and stricter standards that are in compliance with EPA DPM standards. “https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=MSHA-2014-0031-0182 And this study: https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/press-releases/2012/DieselMinersPressRelease
11. 2019 BLM oil and gas lease sales – still for sale. Website listing upcoming sales:
https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do And the site doing the selling where you can buy leases starting at $2 and acre: https://www.energynet.com/govt_listing.plSee the calendar of government leases sales here: https://www.energynet.com/calendar.pl
12. BLM’s own e-planningsite:
Section III – CIVIL RIGHTS, TITLE IX, HEALTH, EDUCATION, FOOD, BANKING, HOUSING and FCC
1. Posted 1/27/2020. From HUD – Imposing additional restrictions on aid to
Puerto Rico. “Allocations, Common Application, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements for Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Grantees; Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Allocation.” Notice-Action. Not accepting comments. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/01/27/2020-01334/allocations-com mon-application-waivers-and-alternative-requirements-for-community-development-bl ock Read more: https://www.theweeklyjournal.com/business/more-restrictions-to-puerto-rico-s-aid-rai se-questions/article_d7810692-3ca4-11ea-a868-cba9a436a6ce.html. Background on U.S. withholding aid to Puerto Rico: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-trump-refuses-aid-puerto-rico-earthq uakes-20200109-leu5ushanzcnlehtnqucr6btze-story.html and from Representative Velazquez: “Congress approved this disaster relief almost two years ago and these ongoing delays speak to the Administration’s disdain for the people of Puerto Rico.” https://velazquez.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/vel-zquez-release-hud-puerto -rico-funds
2. Posted 1/27/2020. Notice. No comment. HUD disaster relief. Allocations,
Common Application, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements for Disaster Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Grantees, https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/01/27/2020-01204/allocations-com mon-application-waivers-and-alternative-requirements-for-disaster-community HUD’s program funds slow to reach applicants because of “the bureaucratic knot that governs
disaster relief funds administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/25/florida-sits-on-900m-in-aid-while-storm- victims-wait-103629
3. Comments due 3/11/2020. CMS rolls out basic health plan funding. Basic Health
Program; Federal Funding Methodology for Program Year 2021. Comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CMS-2020-0011-0001 https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/10/2020-02472/basic-health-pr ogram-federal-funding-methodology-for-program-year-2021. Impact unknown but some states responding to federal ACA cuts: Adopting a State-Based Health Insurance Marketplace Poses Risks and Challenges. https://www.cbpp.org/research/health/adopting-a-state-based-health-insurance-mark etplace-poses-risks-and-challenges
38. 1/22/2020. DOJ Announcement. Attorney General William P. Barr Announces the
Establishment of the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice “ – to address, among other things,
· Refusals by State and local prosecutors to enforce laws or prosecute categories of
· The need to promote public confidence and respect for the law and law enforcement officers; https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/attorney-general-william-p-barr-announces-establish ment-presidential-commission-law Raising concerns with the NAACP: https://www.naacpldf.org/press-release/the-doj-announces-details-of-the-presidents-la w-enforcement-commission-reaffirming-the-civil-rights-concerns-around-its-establish ment
4. October, 2019. Medicaid work requirements – effect on states. From Center
on Budget and Policy Priorities: https://www.cbpp.org/health/states-experiences-confirming-harmful-effec ts-of-medicaid-work-requirements One in a string of proposals, analyzed here: https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/understanding-the-intersection-of-medicaid- and-work-what-does-the-data-say/ and https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/medicaid-waiver-tracker-approved-and-pend ing-section-1115-waivers-by-state/
5. Coming as a proposed regulation. From June: Proposal to recalculate how the
Federal government calculates poverty rates so as to reduce benefits to poor people. This was a notice – proposed rule will follow sometime. I’m putting this here as a place-holder because it’s coming. This notice received thousands of comments. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=OMB-2019-0002-0001 Article about it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/us/politics/trump-poverty-level-proposal.html
3. Extending Medicaid provisions: Some include work-requirements. These are by state. Some have comments open – usual time period is one month. Those with open comments are at the top of the list. Some good news:
https://khn.org/morning-breakout/medicaid-expansion-becoming-more-politically-pal atable-as-link-to-obama-administration-fades-in-peoples-minds / https://public.medicaid.gov/connect.ti/public.comments/whatsNew
4. Not posted as a regulation but followed as policy. State Medicaid block grants. Many view this as a way to cut Medicaid to individuals. Also see link to state updates above. https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/medicaid-what-to-watch-in-2019-from-the-a dministration-congress-and-the-states/ Tracking info: https://www.kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/tracking-section-1332-state-innovation- waivers/ Kaiser Health News take here: https://khn.org/news/block-grants-medicaid-faq/
Other: More on regulations – tracking the trackers and general information
Federal Government Sites:
2. Overview of Trump Regulatory actions: See White House Complete Government
“Reform” plan – it is sweeping and alarming: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Government-Reform-and-R eorg-Plan.pdf and their regulations office: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/information-regulatory-affairs/
3. Tracking regulations by Agency and Industry:
4. USCIS Federal Register Announcements:
Non-governmental sites providing up-to-date overviews and discussions of regulatory rollbacks:
1. Trump’s regulatory agenda – status, challenges, enforcement or lack of, etc.
2. Overview of regulatory rollbacks: https://sensiblesafeguards.org/
3. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities weekly wrap up: https://www.cbpp.org/blog/in-case-you-missed-it-496
4. Discussion of regulations.gov ongoing and upcoming issues from Yale Law and ABA
5. Good overview of proposed regulations:
6. Department of Transportation. Employment – hours of service – tracking
trucking driver regulations: https://www.truckingoffice.com/blog/federal-dot-regulations-recent-changes-hours-serv ice/
7. Employment law tracker: https://www.nelp.org/tracker/ Weekly updates on Trump
effects on labor. See also: https://tax.thomsonreuters.com/blog/dols-regulatory-to-do-list-tackles-flsa-fmla-and-w ork-visa-issues/
8. Environmental regulation roundup:
https://www.hcn.org/articles/department-of-interior-zinke-leaves-unfinished-business- at-the-interior-department/legal-status-of-interior-department-during-the-trump-admin istration
9. Environmental law review: https://www.environmentallawandpolicy.com/
10. Environmental overview:
11. Tracking Alaska Oil and Gas drilling:
12. Environmental regulation rollback tracking:
https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/problems http://saveepaalums.info/ Also see their comments on specific regulatory rollbacks: http://saveepaalums.info/submittedcomments https://eelp.law.harvard.edu/regulatory-rollback-tracker/ Other trackers here: https://eelp.law.harvard.edu/2018/07/tracking-the-trackers/
13. Brookings Institution “Tracking Deregulation in the Trump Era.”
14. Rules at Risk: https://rulesatrisk.org/
15. For state impact – listed by state: https://www.trinityconsultants.com/news/states
16. EPA regulation rollbacks:
17. EPA Dozens of proposals for significant new uses of chemicals. Too many to list here
but this link will take you to the current proposals. https://www.regulations.gov/searchResults?rpp=25&so=DESC&sb=postedDate&po=0& np=7&dct=N%2BPR%2BFR&cp=O&a=EPA This is an article on the EPA rush to reclassify chemicals and toxic substances from the Environmental Defense Fund: http://blogs.edf.org/health/2018/09/19/the-tsca-new-chemicals-mess-a-problem-of-the -chemical-industrys-own-making/
18. Upcoming Public Federal Meetings and Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service Comment opportunities on the environment/ecology from Ecological Society of America: https://www.esa.org/esablog/federal-register-opportunities/
19. Law of the Land Project from Center for American Progress. Tracks regulations and
litigation with status updates. https://www.lawofthelandproject.org/
20.Environment: Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics
21. EPA Regulation Watch blog. http://acoel.org/category/Regulation.aspx
22.EPA’s own Inspector General report critical of EPA biosludge policy and public health
risks: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-11/documents/_epaoig_20 181115-19-p-0002.pdf
23.FCC pending and in-place regulations –
https://www.commlawblog.com/2019/02/articles/fcc/fcc-ponders-revising-s everalnce-and-lpfm-procedures/ and https://urgentcomm.com/type/fcc/
24.FDA Regulations https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/default.htm
25.Federal Facilities Environmental Stewardship Center – where the Feds deal
seriously with climate change: https://www.fedcenter.gov/news/regs/ See American Institute of Physics Report on Trump admin. plan for research and development – https://www.aip.org/fyi/2018/trump-administration-identifies-rd-priorities-its-next-bu dget-request and DOE 2019 plan – https://www.aip.org/fyi/2018/fy19-budget-request-doe-applied-rd-slashed-again
26.Healthcare: Overview of Medicare financial plans for hospitals for
2019-2020. https://www.advisory.com/research/revenue-cycle-advancement-center/at-the-margins /2019/04/ipps-rule
27.HHS healthcare rollbacks, proposed regulations and proposed legislation from
28.Immigration regulation tracking: Government Public Comment Opportunities On
Immigration Rules And Policies https://www.nafsa.org/Professional_Resources/Browse_by_Interest/International_Stu dents_and_Scholars/Government_Public_Comment_Opportunities_On_Immigration_ Rules_And_Policies/
29.Immigration: list of regulatory changes open for comment:
https://www.nafsa.org/Professional_Resources/Browse_by_Interest/International_Stu dents_and_Scholars/Government_Public_Comment_Opportunities_On_Immigration_ Rules_And_Policies/
30.Immigration – good summary of all immigration rules at several government
agencies – USCIS, DOJ, DOS: https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all and https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all/public-charge-changes-at-uscis-doj-and-dos
31. Immigration law resources – great resource: https://www.aila.org/infonet
32.Labor: Federal Labor Impacts:
33. Labor: National Employment Law Project: https://www.nelp.org/
34.Medicare/ACA tracking changes:
35.Native American issues. https://turtletalk.blog/
36.Public Lands Tracking legal battles over the future of America’s public lands:
37.SEC Regulatory site: https://www.sec.gov/rules.shtml for information on proposed
changes to financial rule and markets.
38.Department of Transportation New and pending rules.
39.USDA Regulatory actions: http://www.afdo.org/blog/7879271
40.For effective Commenting on Regulations, please read
https://www.regulations.gov/docs/Tips_For_Submitting_Effective_Comments.pdf and “How to Comment on EPA dockets”: https://www.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets
41. Proposed “Regulatory Reform Agenda”:
42.Search and track all Federal regulations at https://regulations.justia.com/
43.Special filings this week: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/current
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