State Dept. Accepting Comments on Immigrant Refugee Biographic Data Methods

The Department of State announced it is accepting public comments about its proposed information collection practices for biographic data collected overseas on individuals to be admitted into the country under the United States Refugee Admissions Program. “The Refugee Biographic Data … Continue Reading

CFPB Proposes Modifications to Electronic Fund Transfer and Truth in Lending Rules

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau or CFPB) announced proposed changes to its rules related to the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and the Truth in Lending Act. The Bureau is accepting comments on potential modifications to several issues, including … Continue Reading

FTC Reviewing CAN-SPAM Rule, Accepting Public Comments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it is conducting a systematic review of the Controlling the Assault of CAN-SPAM Rule (Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act), which took effect in 2003 and has been subsequently updated. CAN-SPAM regulates the transmission of … Continue Reading

NOAA Determines Taiwanese Humpback Dolphins are Endangered Species

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it has determined the Taiwanese humpback dolphin is presently in danger of extinction throughout all of its range. As a result, conservation measures provided under the … Continue Reading

USDA Considers Adding Dental Analysis to Grading of Beef Carcasses

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced proposed amendments to the U.S beef standards to allow dentition and documentation of actual age as additional methods of classifying maturity for official quality grading. The current … Continue Reading

FDA Accepting Comments on Philip Morris Application for Marlboro Heatsticks

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is accepting public comments about “modified risk tobacco product applications (MRTPAs)” regarding three different Marlboro Heatsticks models. MRTPs are tobacco products sold for use to reduce harm or the risk of tobacco-related … Continue Reading

FDA Extends Comment Period on Genome-Editing for Food Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is extending the comment period until June 19, 2017, for a proposed rule on the use of genome-editing techniques to produce new plant varieties used for human or animal food. FDA seeks … Continue Reading

Rural Housing Service Taking Applications for Housing Preservation Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service (RHS) announced it is accepting applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program, which provides qualified public agencies, private non-profit organizations to assist low- and very low-income rural homeowners, to repair and … Continue Reading

DOT Delays Effective Date for Electric Vehicle Minimum Sound Requirements

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has extended the effective date of a final rule requiring electric and hybrid vehicle manufacturers to install sound-emitting technologies, to reduce the risk of pedestrian crashes. The rule requires hybrid and electric vehicles to … Continue Reading

FDA Considering Changes to Healthcare Provider Education Guidelines for Opioids

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is accepting public comments on proposed draft revisions to  the agency’s blueprint for accredited continued education, regarding the prescription of extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics. The draft revisions would broaden to include … Continue Reading

USDA Hosting Public “Listening Session” on Native Bee Monitoring Strategy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Pollinator Health Working Group announced it will host a public “listening session” to discuss a strategy to monitor native bees in the United States. USDA researchers have determined several species of animal pollinators in … Continue Reading