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Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Project KISS (May 24, 2017)

[Link to original Request for Information (May 3, 2017)]

Request for Information; Correction.This is a correction to a Request for Information published by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the Federal Register of May 9, 2017 regarding the submission by the public of suggestions about how the Commission's existing rules, regulations, or practices could be applied in a simpler, less burdensome, and less costly manner. This correction changes the web address to which suggestions may be submitted.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Prepaid Accounts Under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (Regulation E) and the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z); Delay of Effective Date (April 25, 2017)

[Link to original Proposed Rule (March 15, 2017)]

Final Rule; Official Interpretation; Delay of Effective DateThe Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection is issuing this final rule to delay the October 1, 2017 effective date of the rule governing Prepaid Accounts Under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (Regulation E) and the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z) by six months, to April 1, 2018.
Council on Environmental Quality
Initial List of Actions to Enhance and Modernize the Federal Environmental Review and Authorization Process (September 14, 2017)NoticeThe Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is publishing its initial list of actions pursuant to Executive Order 13807 of August 15, 2017, titled “Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects,” and published on August 24, 2017.
Withdrawal of Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews (April 5, 2017)NoticeCEQ is withdrawing its “Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews,” for which a Notice of Availability was published on August 5, 2016" (While not an agency, CEQ is listed here for purposes of regulatory efforts).
Department of Agriculture
Identifying Regulatory Reform Initiatives (July 17, 2017)Request for InformationPursuant to Executive Order 13777—Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is requesting ideas from the public on how it can provide better customer service and remove unintended barriers to participation in its programs in ways that least interfere with our customers and allow it to accomplish its mission.
Department of Commerce

Report on Streamlining Government Permitting and Reducing Unnecessary Regulations on the Domestic Manufacturing Industry (October 6, 2017)

ReportU.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross released the "Streamlining Permitting and Regulatory Burdens for American Manufacturers" report that was submitted to President Donald Trump. This report, which gathered input from domestic manufacturers and industry stakeholders, identified 20 sets of regulations and permitting issues as being a top priority for reform and immediate action to begin unleashing of the domestic manufacturing industry.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Review of National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments Designated or Expanded Since April 28, 2007; Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment (July 31, 2017)Notice; Reopening of Public Comment PeriodThe Department of Commerce is conducting a review of all designations and expansions of National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments since April 28, 2007. The June 26, 2017, notice provides more information on the scope of the review, including a list of the eleven National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments subject to the review
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Streamlining Regulatory Processes and Reducing Regulatory Burden (July 7, 2017)Notice; Request for CommentsAs part of ongoing efforts to evaluate and improve our regulations and regulatory processes, NOAA through NMFS and NOS seeks public input on identifying existing regulations that: Eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation; are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; impose costs that exceed benefits; create a serious inconsistency or interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies; are inconsistent with the requirements of section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001; and/or derive from or implement Executive Orders or other Presidential directives that have been subsequently rescinded or substantially modified.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Plan for Periodic Review of Regulations (June 7, 2017)Notice; Request for CommentsNMFS announces the existing rules that it is reviewing, as required, under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which had, or will have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities, such as small businesses, small organizations, and small governmental jurisdictions.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing-Acoustic Threshold Levels for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shifts (May 31, 2017)Notice; Request for CommentsThe National Marine Fisheries Service seeks public comment to assist the Secretary of Commerce's review of NMFS' August 2016 Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing: Underwater Acoustic Thresholds for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shifts, pursuant to section 10 of Presidential Executive Order 13795, Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy (April 28, 2017).
Impact of Federal Regulations on Domestic Manufacturing (March 7, 2017)Notice; Request for InformationThe Department of Commerce is seeking information on the impact of Federal permitting requirements on the construction and expansion of domestic manufacturing facilities and on regulations that adversely impact domestic manufacturers.
Department of Defense
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Report on Potential Actions To Reduce Regulatory Burdens on Domestic Energy Production (November 28, 2017)Notice of AvailabilityThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has issued a report that examined actions it could take to modify existing regulations that potentially burden the development and use of domestically produced energy resources, such as oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy, as well as renewable energy. The report was required by Executive Order 13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. The report identifies changes that could be made to several nationwide permits that authorize activities under section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and section 404 the Clean Water Act that are associated with domestic energy production and use.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Review of 12 Nationwide Permits Pursuant to Executive Order 13783 (September 25, 2017)ReportThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has issued a report that examined actions it could take to modify existing regulations that potentially burden the development and use of domestically produced energy resources, such as oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy, as well as renewable energy. The report was required by Executive Order 13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. The report identifies changes that could be made to several nationwide permits that authorize activities under section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and section 404 the Clean Water Act that are associated with domestic energy production and use.

DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force, Review of Existing DoD Regulations (October 23, 2017)

Request for CommentsIn accordance with Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” the primary DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force is seeking input on existing DoD regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.
Defense Health Agency (DHA); Subgroup to the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force, Review of the Existing TRICARE Regulation (October 23, 2017)Request for CommentsIn accordance with Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” the DHA Subgroup to the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force is seeking input on the sections of the existing TRICARE regulation that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.

Defense Acquisition Regulations System: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: DFARS Subgroup to the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force, Review of DFARS Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses (August 1, 2017)

(Link to original Request for Comments (June 20, 2017)]

Extension of Comment PeriodIn accordance with Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” the DFARS Subgroup to the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force is seeking input on Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement solicitation provisions and contract clauses that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. The comment period is extended three weeks.

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers: Subgroup to the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force, Review of Existing Rules (September 15, 2017)

[Link to original Proposed Rule (July 20, 2017)]

Extension of Comment PeriodOn July 20, 2017, the Corps published a document in accordance with Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.” In that document, the Corps Subgroup to the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force said it is seeking input on its existing regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. The Corps is extending the comment period by 30 days. The extension of the comment period is a result of requests from a number of entities to allow more time to submit their comments.
Department of Education
Evaluation of Existing Regulations (August 11, 2017)Request for Comments; Extension of Comment PeriodOn June 22, 2017, the Department of Education published in the Federal Register a request for input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. That request established a 60-day comment period beginning on June 22, 2017, and closing on August 21, 2017. The Department of Education is extending the public comment period for 30 days, until September 20, 2017.
Department of Energy
Final Report on Regulatory Review under Executive Order 13783 (October 24, 2017)ReportReport issued in response to Executive Order 13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth, dated March 28, 2017.
Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs (May 30, 2017)Request for InformationDOE is seeking comments and information from interested parties to assist DOE in identifying existing regulations, paperwork requirements and other regulatory obligations that can be modified or repealed, consistent with law, to achieve meaningful burden reduction while continuing to achieve the Department's statutory obligations.
Department of Health and Human Services
Food and Drug Administration: Review of Existing Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Regulatory and Information Collection Requirements (September 8, 2017)Request for Comments and InformationFDA is seeking comments and information from interested parties to help it identify existing regulations and related paperwork requirements that could be modified, repealed, or replaced, consistent with the law, to achieve meaningful burden reduction while allowing us to achieve our public health mission and fulfill statutory obligations. This relates to the products regulated by the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
Food and Drug Administration: Review of Existing Center for Devices and Radiological Health Regulatory and Information Collection Requirements (September 8, 2017)Request for Comments and InformationFDA is seeking comments and information from interested parties to help it identify existing regulations and related paperwork requirements that could be modified, repealed, or replaced, consistent with the law, to achieve meaningful burden reduction while allowing us to achieve our public health mission and fulfill statutory obligations. This relates to the products regulated by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
Food and Drug Administration: Review of Existing Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Regulatory and Information Collection Requirements (September 8, 2017)Request for Comments and InformationFDA is seeking comments and information from interested parties to help it identify existing regulations and related paperwork requirements that could be modified, repealed, or replaced, consistent with the law, to achieve meaningful burden reduction while allowing us to achieve our public health mission and fulfill statutory obligations. This relates to the products regulated by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
Food and Drug Administration: Review of Existing Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Regulatory and Information Collection Requirements (September 8, 2017)Request for Comments and InformationFDA is seeking comments and information from interested parties to help FDA identify existing regulations and related paperwork requirements that could be modified, repealed, or replaced, consistent with the law, to achieve meaningful burden reduction while allowing us to achieve our public health mission and fulfill statutory obligations. This document relates to the products regulated by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).
Food and Drug Administration: Review of Existing Center for Tobacco Products Regulatory and Information Collection Requirements (September 8, 2017)Request for Comments and InformationFDA is seeking comments and information from interested parties to help it identify existing regulations and related paperwork requirements that could be modified, repealed, or replaced, consistent with the law, to achieve meaningful burden reduction while allowing us to achieve our public health mission and fulfill statutory obligations. This relates to the products regulated by the Center for Tobacco Products.
Food and Drug Administration: Review of Existing Center for Veterinary Medicine Regulatory and Information Collection Requirements (September 8, 2017)Request for Comments and InformationFDA is seeking comments and information from interested parties to help it identify existing regulations and related paperwork requirements that could be modified, repealed, or replaced, consistent with the law, to achieve meaningful burden reduction while allowing us to achieve our public health mission and fulfill statutory obligations. This relates to the products regulated by the Center for Veterinary Medicine.
Food and Drug Administration: Review of Existing General Regulatory and Information Collection Requirements of the Food and Drug Administration (September 8, 2017)Request for Comments and InformationFDA is seeking comments and information from interested parties to help it identify existing regulations and related paperwork requirements that could be modified, repealed, or replaced, consistent with the law, to achieve meaningful burden reduction while allowing us to achieve our public health mission and fulfill statutory obligations. This relates to general regulatory and information collection requirements that affect multiple FDA Centers and/or Offices.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Reducing Regulatory Burdens Imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act & Improving Healthcare Choices To Empower Patients (June 14, 2017)Request for InformationHHS seeks comment from interested parties to inform its ongoing efforts to create a more patient-centered health care system that adheres to the key principles of affordability, accessibility, quality, innovation, and empowerment.
Food and Drug Administration: Food Labeling; Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments; Extension of Compliance Date; Request for Comments (May 4, 2017)Interim Final Rule; Extension of Compliance Date; Request for CommentsThe Food and Drug Administration is extending the compliance date for the final rule requiring disclosure of certain nutrition information for standard menu items in certain restaurants and retail food establishments.
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs (September 12, 2017)Request for InformationU.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking comments and information from interested parties to assist CBP in identifying existing regulations, paperwork requirements, and other regulatory obligations that can be modified or repealed, consistent with law, to achieve savings of time and money while continuing to achieve CBP's statutory obligations.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: International Entrepreneur Rule: Delay of Effective Date (July 11, 2017)Final Rule with Request for Comment; Delay of Effective DateThe Department of Homeland Security is temporarily delaying the effective date of the International Entrepreneur Final Rule. This delay will provide DHS with an opportunity to obtain comments from the public regarding a proposal to rescind the rule pursuant to Executive Order 13767, “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements.
Federal Emergency Management Agency: Evaluation of Existing Regulations, Policies, and Information Collections (June 15, 2017)Request for CommentFEMA is seeking input on regulations, policies, and information collections that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.
Coast Guard: Evaluation of Existing Coast Guard Regulations, Guidance Documents, Interpretative Documents, and Collections of Information (July 7, 2017)Request for Comment; Extension of Comment Period2-month extension of the comment period for the June 8 notice.  Comments are now due September 11, 2017.
Coast Guard: Evaluation of Existing Coast Guard Regulations, Guidance Documents, Interpretative Documents, and Collections of Information (June 8, 2017)Request for CommentThe Coast Guard is seeking comments on Coast Guard regulations, guidance documents, and interpretative documents that you believe should be repealed, replaced, or modified.
Federal Emergency Management Agency: Update to FEMA's Regulations on Rulemaking Procedures (June 7, 2017)Notice of Proposed RulemakingThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) proposes to revise its regulations pertaining to rulemaking.
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Reducing Regulatory Burden; Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda Under Executive Order 13777 (May 15, 2017)Notice; Request for CommentIn accordance with Executive Orders 13771, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” and 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,” HUD is reviewing its existing regulations to assess their compliance costs and reduce regulatory burden. As required by Executive Order 13777, HUD is in the process of establishing a Regulatory Task Force charged with identifying agency regulations that should be repealed, replaced, or modified.
Department of the Interior
Final Report: Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy (October 24, 2017)ReportThis final report describes the Department of the Interior's progress in implementing Executive Order 13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth, dated March 28, 2017.
Office of Natural Resources Revenue: Repeal of Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Reform (August 7, 2017)Final RuleThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue is repealing the Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Reform Final Rule,published July 1, 2016, and effective January 1, 2017. ONRR is reinstating the valuation regulations governing the valuation of Federal oil, Federal gas, and Federal and Indian coal that were in effect before January 1, 2017.
Bureau of Land Management: Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands; Rescission of a 2015 Rule (July 25, 2017)Proposed RuleBLM is  proposing to rescind the 2015 final rule because it is unnecessarily duplicative of state and some tribal regulations and imposes burdensome reporting requirements and other unjustified costs on the oil and gas industry.
Secretary Order 3354: Supporting and Improving the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program and  Federal Solid Mineral Leasing Program (July 6, 2017)

Secretarial Order

This order directs the BLM to make both federal oil and gas resources and solid mineral resources on the public lands available for the benefit of the citizens of the United States.
Bureau of Land Management: BLM Streamlining Planning & NEPA - Input Form (July 3, 2017)Agency Information CollectionBLM is working to identify discrete actions that can be taken to improve the NEPA and planning processes.

Regulatory Reform (June 22, 2017)

Proposed Rule; Request for Comments

DOI requests public input on how it can improve implementation of regulatory reform initiatives and policies and identify regulations for repeal, replacement, or modification. This document also provides an overview of Interior’s approach for implementing the regulatory reform initiative to alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on the American people, which was established by President Trump in Executive Order (E.O.) 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.”
Bureau of Land Management: Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation; Postponement of Certain Compliance Dates (June 15, 2017)Notification; Postponement of Compliance DatesIn light of the existence and potential consequences of the pending litigation, the BLM has concluded that justice requires it to postpone the compliance dates for certain sections of the Rule pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, pending judicial review.

Memorandum to the President: Interim Report [on the Bears Ears National Monument] Pursuant to Executive Order 13792 (June 10, 2017)

Secretarial MemorandumSec. Zinke issued an interim report to the President regarding the status of Bears Ears National Monument and extended the formal public comment period through July 10th.
Secretary Order 3353: Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and Cooperation with Western States (June 8, 2017)Secretarial OrderThis order "establishes an internal review team that will evaluate both Federal sage-grouse plans and state plans and programs to ensure they are complementary. As the team explores possible plan modifications, it will also consider local economic growth and job creation."
Secretary Order 3352: National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska (May 31, 2017)Secretarial OrderThis order "jump-starts Alaskan energy production in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A) and update resource assessments for areas of the North Slope, including the "1002 area" of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)."
Review of Certain National Monuments Established Since 1996; Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment (May 11, 2017)Notice; Request for CommentsThe U.S. Department of the Interior is conducting a review of certain National Monuments designated or expanded since 1996 under the Antiquities Act of 1906 in order to implement Executive Order 13792 of April 26, 2017.
Secretary Order 3351: Strengthening the Department of the Interior's Energy Portfolio (May 1, 2017)Secretarial OrderThis order "establishes a new position – Counselor to the Secretary for Energy Policy – to coordinate the Interior Department’s energy portfolio that spans nine of the Department’s ten bureaus."
Secretary Order 3350: America-First Offshore Energy Strategy (May 1, 2017)Secretarial OrderThis order "directs the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to develop a new five-year plan for oil and gas exploration in offshore waters and reconsider a number of regulations governing those activities."
Office of Natural Resources Revenue: Repeal of Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Reform (April 4, 2017)Proposed RuleThe Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) proposes to repeal the Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Reform Rule that was published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2016.
Secretary Order 3349: American Energy Independence (March 29, 2017)Secretarial OrderThis order "implements review of agency actions directed by the President’s Executive Order signed yesterday on energy independence. It also directs a reexamination of the mitigation and climate change policies and guidance across the Department of the Interior in order to better balance conservation strategies and policies with the equally legitimate need of creating jobs for hardworking American families. In particular, the order sets a timetable for review of agency actions that may hamper responsible energy development and reconsideration of regulations related to U.S. oil and natural gas development."
Secretary Order 3348: Concerning the Federal Coal Moratorium (March 29, 2017)Secretarial OrderThis order "overturns the 2016 moratorium on all new coal leases on federal land and ends the programmatic environmental impacts statement that was set to be completed no sooner than 2019. Based upon the Department’s review of Secretary’s Order 3338, the order notes that, 'the public interest is not served by halting the federal coal program for an extended time, nor is a PEIS required to consider potential improvements to the program.' The order notes that the federal coal leasing program supplies approximately 40 percent of the coal produced in the United States and is critically important to the U.S. economy."
Secretary Order 3347: Conservation Stewardship and Outdoor Recreation (March 2, 2017)Secretarial OrderThis order "advances conservation stewardship, improves game and habitat management, and increases outdoor recreation opportunities by directing bureaus and agencies to immediately identify areas where recreation and fishing can be expanded, and requests input from the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council and Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council to provide recommendations on enhancing and expanding access on public lands and improving habitat for fish and wildlife."
Secretary Order 3346: Revocation of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Director's Order No. 219 (Use of Nontoxic Ammunition and Fishing Tackle) (March 2, 2017)Secretarial OrderThis order "overturns the recent ban of lead ammunition and fish tackle used on Fish and Wildlife Service lands, waters, and facilities, and highlights the need for additional review and consultation with local stakeholders."
Department of Justice
Prohibition on Improper Guidance Documents (November 16, 2017)MemorandumAttorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo prohibiting the Department of Justice from issuing guidance documents that have the effect of adopting new regulatory requirements or amending the law. The memo prevents the Department of Justice from evading required rulemaking processes by using guidance memos to create de facto regulations.
Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda; Department of Justice Task Force on Regulatory Reform Under E.O. 13777 (June 28, 2017)Request for CommentsPursuant to Executive Order 13777, the Department of Justice's Regulatory Reform Task Force is publishing this Notice to solicit public suggestions for subjects meriting the Task Force's attention.
Department of Labor
Wage and House Division: Request for Information; Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees (July 26, 2017)Request for InformationThe Department of Labor is seeking information from the public regarding the regulations that define and delimit exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime requirements for certain executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer employees. The Department is publishing this Request for Information to gather information to aid in formulating a proposal to revise the regulations.
Employee Benefits Security Administration: Request for Information Regarding the Fiduciary Rule and Prohibited Transaction Exemptions (July 6, 2017)Request for InformationThe Employee Benefits Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor is publishing this Request for Information in connection with its examination of the final rule defining who is a “fiduciary” of an employee benefit plan for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code, as a result of giving investment advice for a fee or other compensation with respect to assets of a plan or IRA.
Rescission of Rule Interpreting “Advice” Exemption in Section 203(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (June 14, 2017)Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Request for CommentsThis Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes to rescind the regulations established in the final rule titled “Interpretation of the `Advice' Exemption in Section 203(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act,” effective April 15, 2016.
Withdrawal of 2016 Interpretation of federal Fair Labor Standards Act (June 7, 2017)N/A - Did Not Go Through Formal APA ProcessDOL said in a statement that it was rescinding an Obama Administration standard for determining when companies are "joint employers" of contract and franchise workers.  This restores a previous standard under which companies are joint employers only when they have a role in hiring, firing, and setting wages.
Mine Safety and Health Administration: Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines (May 22, 2017)Final Rule; Delay of Effective DateThe Mine Safety and Health Administration is delaying the effective date of the Agency's final rule that amends existing standards for examination of working places in metal and nonmetal mines. The effective date of that rule is extended to October 2, 2017.
Employee Benefits Security Administration: Definition of the Term “Fiduciary”; Conflict of Interest Rule-Retirement Investment Advice; Best Interest Contract Exemption (Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2016-01); Class Exemption for Principal Transactions in Certain Assets Between Investment Advice Fiduciaries and Employee Benefit Plans and IRAs (Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2016-02); Prohibited Transaction Exemptions 75-1, 77-4, 80-83, 83-1, 84-24 and 86-128 (April 7, 2017)Final Rule; Extension of Applicability DateThis document extends for 60 days the applicability date of the final regulation, published on April 8, 2016, defining who is a “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. 
Employee Benefits Security Administration: Definition of the Term “Fiduciary”; Conflict of Interest Rule-Retirement Investment Advice; Best Interest Contract Exemption (Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2016-01); Class Exemption for Principal Transactions in Certain Assets Between Investment Advice Fiduciaries and Employee Benefit Plans and IRAs (Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2016-02); Prohibited Transaction Exemptions 75-1, 77-4, 80-83, 83-1, 84-24 and 86-128 (March 2, 2017)Proposed Rule; Extension of Applicability DateThis document proposes to extend for 60 days the applicability date defining who is a “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (Code), and the applicability date of related prohibited transaction exemptions including the Best Interest Contract Exemption and amended prohibited transaction exemptions (collectively PTEs) to address questions of law and policy.
Department of State
Reducing Regulation and Public Burden, and Controlling Cost (July 14, 2017)Request for CommentsThe Department of State is seeking comments and information from interested parties to assist the Department in identifying existing regulations, paperwork requirements and other regulatory obligations that can be modified or repealed, consistent with law, to achieve meaningful burden reduction while continuing to achieve the Department's statutory obligations.
Department of Transportation
Notification of Regulatory Review (October 2, 2017)Regulatory ReviewThe U.S. Department of Transportation is reviewing its existing regulations and other agency actions to evaluate their continued necessity, determine whether they are crafted effectively to solve current problems, and evaluate whether they potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources. As part of these reviews, the Department invites the public to provide input on existing rules and other agency actions that are good candidates for repeal, replacement, suspension, or modification. The Department may also hold a public meeting to discuss and consider comments from members of the public.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC); Public Meeting (May 26, 2017)Notice of Advisory Committee MeetingFMCSA announces that its MCSAC will meet to provide recommendations to the Agency concerning: Highly automated commercial vehicles, the development of the Agency's fiscal year 2018-2022 strategic plan, and the review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to identify potential opportunities to reduce regulatory burdens while ensuring that Federal safety programs continue to achieve safety outcomes.
Federal Highway Administration: National Performance Management Measures; Assessing Performance of the National Highway System, Freight Movement on the Interstate System, and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (May 19, 2017)Final Regulation; Delay of Effective DateThis document announces the indefinite delay of specific portions of the National Performance Management measures; Assessing Performance of the National Highway System, Freight Movement on the Interstate System, and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program Final Rule (PM#3) (RIN 2125-AF54) and announces the initiation of additional regulatory proceedings for those portions.
Federal Aviation Administration: Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC)-ARAC Input To Support Regulatory Reform of Aviation Regulations-New Task (April 28, 2017)Notice of a New Task Assignment for the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory CommitteeThe FAA assigned the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) a new task to consider (1) recommendations on existing regulations that are good candidates for repeal, replacement, or modification and (2) recommendations on regulatory action identified in FAA's regulatory agenda.
Federal Aviation Administration: Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee; Meeting (March 30, 2017)Notice of Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee MeetingThe FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of ARAC.
Department of the Treasury
Executive Order 13789-Second Report to the President on Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens (October 16, 2017)Regulatory ReviewOn April 21, 2017, the President issued Executive Order 13789 (82 FR 19317), a directive designed to reduce tax regulatory burdens. The order directed the Secretary of the Treasury to identify significant tax regulations issued on or after January 1, 2016, that impose an undue financial burden on U.S. taxpayers, add undue complexity to the Federal tax laws, or exceed the statutory authority of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In an interim Report to the President dated June 22, 2017, Treasury identified eight such regulations. Executive Order 13789further directs the Secretary to submit to the President and publish in the Federal Register a report recommending specific actions to mitigate the burden imposed by regulations identified in the interim report. This Second Report sets forth the Secretary's recommendations.
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency: Proprietary Trading and Certain Interests in and Relationships With Covered Funds (Volcker Rule); Request for Public Input (August 7, 2017)Request for InformationThe OCC is seeking the public's input with this request for information to assist in determining how the final rule implementing section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act should be revised to better accomplish the purposes of the statute. The OCC also solicits comments suggesting improvements in the ways in which the final rule has been applied and administered to date. This OCC request is limited to regulatory actions that may be undertaken to achieve these objectives. The OCC is not requesting comment on changes to the underlying Volcker statute. The OCC recognizes that any revision to the final rule or the administration of that rule must be done consistent with the constraints of the statute and requests that commenters provide input that fits within the contours of that structure.
Internal Revenue Service: Implementation of Executive Order 13789 (Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens) (July 7, 2017)NoticeThe IRS issued is announcing that the agency will review whether to rescind or modify proposed regulations relating to the valuation of interests in a closely-held partnership or corporation for estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes.
Review of Regulations (June 14, 2017)Request for InformationThis notice invites members of the public to submit views and recommendations for Treasury Department regulations that can be eliminated, modified, or streamlined in order to reduce burdens.
Environmental Protection Agency
Financial Responsibility Requirements Under CERCLA 108(b) for Classes of Facilities in the Hardrock Mining Industry (December 1, 2017)Final RuleEPA is announcing its decision to not issue final regulations for financial responsibility requirements applicable to hardrock mining facilities that were published on January 11, 2017 because the Agency has determined that final regulations are not appropriate.
Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers): Definition of ‘‘Waters of the United States’’—Addition of an Applicability Date to 2015 Clean Water Rule (November 22, 2017)Proposed RuleThe Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army (‘‘the agencies’’) are proposing to add an applicability date to the ‘‘Clean Water Rule: Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’’’ (the ‘‘2015 Rule’’) to two years from the date of final action on this proposal.
Final Report on Review of Agency Actions that Potentially Burden the Safe, Efficient Development of Domestic Energy Resources Under Executive Order 13783 (October 25, 2017)ReportOn March 28, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. The Executive Order establishes a national policy to promote the clean and safe development of domestic energy resources while avoiding unnecessary regulatory burdens. It directs federal agencies to “review all existing regulations, orders, guidance documents, policies, and any other similar agency actions (collectively, “agency actions”) that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources[.]”1 The Executive Order also orders the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review specific rules. As part of E.O. 13783, agencies are to develop a report detailing this review that includes recommendations for reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens.
Voluntary Consensus Standards Update: Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products: Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule (December 8, 2017)Direct Final Rule; WithdrawalEPA is withdrawing a direct final rule issued on October 25, 2017 that would have updated the voluntary consensus standards originally published in the Toxics Substances Control Act Title VI formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products final rule in response to receiving adverse comments .  Instead, it is proceeding with a proposed rule issued on the same day that would have the same effect.
Directive Promoting Transparency and Public Participation in Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements (October 16, 2017)DirectiveEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued an Agency-wide directive  designed to end “sue and settle” practices within the Agency, providing an unprecedented level of public participation and transparency in EPA consent decrees and settlement agreements.
EPA Smart Sectors Program Launch (September 26, 2017)NoticeThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the Smart Sectors program in the Office of Policy. Based on the successful EPA Sector Strategies program, EPA’s Smart Sectors program will re-examine how EPA engages with industry in order to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden, create certainty and predictability, and improve the ability of both EPA and industry to conduct long-term regulatory planning while also protecting the environment and public health.
Compliance Date Extension; Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products (September 25, 2017)Final Rule; Compliance Date ExtensionEPA is extending the compliance dates for the formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products final rule issued pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title VI, and published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2016. EPA is extending the December 12, 2017, manufactured-by date for emission standards, recordkeeping, and labeling provisions until December 12, 2018; extending the December 12, 2018 compliance date for import certification provisions until March 22, 2019; and extending the December 12, 2023, compliance date for provisions applicable to producers of laminated products until March 22, 2024. Additionally, this final rule will extend the transitional period during which the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Third Party Certifiers (TPC) may certify composite wood products under TSCA Title VI without an accreditation issued by an EPA TSCA Title VI Accreditation Body, so long as the TPC remains approved by CARB, is recognized by EPA, and complies with all aspects of the December 12, 2016 final rule until March 22, 2019. EPA believes that extension of these compliance dates and the transitional period for CARB TPCs adds needed regulatory flexibility for regulated entities, reduces compliance burdens, and helps to prevent disruptions to supply chains while still ensuring that compliant composite wood products enter the supply chain in a timely manner.
Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers): Definition of “Waters of the United States”-Schedule of Public Meetings (August 28, 2017)Announcement of Public MeetingsThe Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Army will hold ten teleconferences to hear from stakeholders their recommendations to revise the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers): Definition of “Waters of the United States”-Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules; Extension of Comment Period (August 22, 2017)

Proposed Rule; Extension of Comment Period

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army are publishing this proposed rule to initiate the first step in a comprehensive, two-step process intended to review and revise the definition of “waters of the United States” consistent with the Executive Order signed on February 28, 2017, “Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the `Waters of the United States' Rule.” The agencies are extending the comment period for 30 days in response to stakeholder requests for an extension, from August 28, 2017 to September 27, 2017.

Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources: Stay of Certain Requirements (June 16, 2017)

Proposed Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to stay for two years certain requirements that are contained within the Final Rule titled “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources,” published in the Federal Register on June 3, 2016 (2016 Rule). On June 5, 2017, the EPA published a notice that it stayed for three months the; fugitive emissions requirements, well site pneumatic pump standards, and the requirements for certification of closed vent systems by a professional engineer in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA). The EPA has granted reconsideration based on specific objections to these requirements. The proposed stay discussed in this action, which follows the three-month stay, would provide the EPA sufficient time to propose, take public comment, and issue a final action on the issues concerning the specific requirements on which EPA has granted reconsideration.

Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources: Three Month Stay of Certain Requirements (June 16, 2017)

Proposed Rule[In a separate notice published today, the EPA is proposing a stay for two years, providing the EPA sufficient time to propose, take public comment, and issue a final action on the issues concerning the specific requirements on which EPA has granted reconsideration. The two-year proposed stay published today, if finalized as proposed, would likely be determined to be a major rule under the Congressional Review Act and therefore will not take effect until sixty days after publication or after Congress receives the rule report, whichever is later.] Therefore, while the EPA intends to complete that rulemaking and take final action before the initial three-month stay expires, there may potentially be a gap between the two stays due to the sixty-day delay in effectiveness of that action. To avoid such a potential gap, and the resulting confusion, in this action the EPA is proposing a three-month stay which would not qualify as a major rule and could become effective upon publication.
Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources; Grant of Reconsideration and Partial Stay (June 5, 2017)Notice of Reconsideration and Partial StayEPA is granting reconsideration of additional requirements in that rule, specifically the well site pneumatic pumps standards and the requirements for certification by professional engineer. In addition, the EPA is staying for three months these rule requirements pending reconsideration.
Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators; Delay of Effective Date (June 2, 2017)Final Rule; Delay of Effective DateEPA is delaying the effective date for the final rule issued in the Federal Register on January 4, 2017, from June 5, 2017 to May 22, 2018. 
Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule; Delay of Effective Date (May 22, 2017)Final Rule; Delay of Effective DatesEPA is making an interim extension of the effective date until June 5, 2017 in order to consider and respond to public comments received in regard to the proposed May 22, 2018 extension.
Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule; Extension of Effective Date (May 15, 2017)Final Rule; Request for CommentsIn accordance with the Presidential directives as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,” and the principles identified in the April 25, 2017 Executive Order “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America,” EPA is proposing to further delay the effective date of the January 4, 2017 revisions to the Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule until May 22, 2018.
Evaluation of Existing Regulations (April 13, 2017)Proposed Rule; Request for CommentIn accordance with Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” EPA is seeking input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.

Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units (October 16, 2017)

[Link to original Announcement of Review (April 4, 2017)]

Proposed RuleIn this action, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to repeal the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units (EGUs), commonly referred to as the Clean Power Plan (CPP), as promulgated on October 23, 2015.
Guidance on Executive Order 13777: Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda (March 24, 2017)GuidanceEPA Guidance on EO 13777.

Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act; Further Delay of Effective Date (June 14, 2017)

Final Rule; Delay of Effective Date

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delaying the effective date of the Risk Management Program Amendments for an additional 20 months, to allow EPA to conduct a reconsideration proceeding and to consider other issues that may benefit from additional comment. The new effective date of the rule is February 19, 2019. The Risk Management Program Amendments were published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017. On January 26, 2017 and on March 16, 2017, EPA published two documents in the Federal Register that delayed the effective date of the amendments until June 19, 2017. The EPA proposed in an April 3, 2017 Federal Register action to further delay the effective date until February 19, 2019 and held a public hearing on April 19, 2017. This action allows the Agency time to consider petitions for reconsideration of the Risk Management Program Amendments and take further regulatory action, as appropriate, which could include proposing and finalizing a rule to revise or rescind these amendments.

Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act; Further Delay of Effective Date (April 3, 2017)

Proposed Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to delay the effective date of the final rule that amends the Risk Management Program regulations under the Clean Air Act published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017. On March 16, 2017, the EPA published in the Federal Register a stay and delay of the effective date pending reconsideration to June 19, 2017. The EPA is proposing to further delay the effective date to February 19, 2019. This action would allow the Agency time to consider petitions for reconsideration of this final rule and take further regulatory action, which could include proposing and finalizing a rule to revise the Risk Management Program amendments.

Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act; Further Delay of Effective Date (March 16, 2017)

Final Rule; Delay of Effective Date

By a letter dated March 13, 2017, the Administrator announced the convening of a proceeding for reconsideration of the final rule that amends the chemical accident prevention provisions addressing Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017. The effective date of these regulations had been March 21, 2017. By this action, the EPA is administratively staying and delaying the effective date of this rule for 90 days. Thus, the January 13, 2017 rule will become effective on June 19, 2017.

Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers): Intention to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule (March 6, 2017)Notice of IntentIn accordance with a Presidential directive, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) announces its intention to review and rescind or revise the Clean Water Rule.
Further Delay of Effective Dates for Five Final Regulations Published by the Environmental Protection Agency Between December 12, 2016 and January 17, 2017 (March 20, 2017)Final Rule; Further Delay of Effective DatesIn accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,” and the Federal Register document published by EPA on January 26, 2017, EPA is further delaying the effective dates for five of the regulations.
Delay of Effective Date for 30 Final Regulations Published by the Environmental Protection Agency Between October 28, 2016 and January 17, 2017 (January 26, 2017)Final Rule; Delay of Effective DatesIn accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,” this action temporarily delays until March 21, 2017, the effective date of the regulations listed in the table below.
Farm Credit Administration
Statement on Regulatory Burden (May 18, 2017)Notice of Intent; Request for CommentThe Farm Credit Administration  issues this announcement to consider whether our existing regulations are ineffective or burdensome.
Federal Communications Commission
Restoring Internet Freedom Order (November 22, 2017)ProposalThis would return to the bipartisan consensus on light touch regulation, ending utility-style regulation of the Internet. This will promote future innovation and investment. And more investment in digital infrastructure will create jobs, increase competition, and lead to better, faster, cheaper Internet access for all Americans, especially those in rural and low-income areas.
Federal Maritime Commission
Regulatory Reform Initiative (June 1, 2017)Notice of InquiryThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) is issuing this Inquiry to solicit information and comments in an effort to identify existing FMC regulations that are outdated, unnecessary, ineffective, eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation, impose costs that exceed benefits, or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies.
General Services Administration

Evaluation of Existing Acquisition Regulations; Extension of Comment Period (July 31, 2017)

[Link to original Request for Comments (May 30, 2017)]

Request for Comments; Extension of Comment PeriodGSA issued a request on May 30, 2017 seeking input by July 31, 2017. The comment period is extended, until August 14, 2017, in order to provide additional time for interested parties to review and submit comments on the request.

Evaluation of Existing Federal Management and Federal Property Management Regulations; Extension of Comment Period (July 31, 2017)

[Link to original Request for Comments (May 30, 2017)]

Request for Comments; Extension of Comment PeriodGSA issued a request on May 30, 2017 seeking input by July 31, 2017. The comment period is extended until August 14, 2017, to provide additional time for interested parties to review and submit comments on the request.

Evaluation of Existing Leasing Acquisition Regulations; Extension of Comment Period (July 31, 2017)

[Link to original Request for Comments (May 30, 2017)]

Request for Comments; Extension of Comment PeriodGSA issued a document on May 30, 2017 seeking input by July 31, 2017. The comment period is extended until August 14, 2017, in order to provide additional time for interested parties to review and submit comments on the document.

Evaluation of Existing Federal Travel Regulation; Extension of Comment Period (July 31, 2017)

[Link to original Request for Comments (May 30, 2017)]

Request for Comments; Extension of Comment PeriodGSA issued a document on May 30, 2017 seeking input by July 31, 2017. The comment period is extended to provide additional time for interested parties to review and submit comments on the document.
National Credit Union Administration
Regulatory Reform Agenda (August 22, 2017)Request for CommentsNCUA has established a Regulatory Reform Task Force (Task Force) to oversee the implementation of the agency's regulatory reform agenda. This is consistent with the spirit of President Trump's regulatory reform agenda and Executive Order 13777. Although NCUA, as an independent agency, is not required to comply with Executive Order 13777, the agency chooses to comply with its spirit and has reviewed all of NCUA's regulations to that end. The substance of the Task Force's initial report is provided in this notice. NCUA seeks public comment on the report and if any other regulatory changes should be made.
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Regulatory Planning and Review of Existing Regulations (July 26, 2017)Request for InformationThe Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is asking for input on what regulatory and deregulatory actions it should be considering as part of its regulatory program.
Small Business Administration

Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burden (October 13, 2017)

[Link to original Request for Information (August 15, 2017)]

Request for Information; Extension of Comment PeriodOn August 15, 2017, the Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) published in the Federal Register a request for information seeking input from the public on identifying which of the Agency's regulations should be repealed, replaced or modified because they are obsolete, unnecessary, ineffective, or burdensome. That request established a 60-day comment period closing on October 16, 2017. SBA is extending the public comment period for 30 days, until November 15, 2017.
Small Business Regulatory Reform Input (May 10, 2017)Agency Information CollectionSBA has asked small businesses to submit information to its website on burdensome regulations.