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Regulating Exploration on the Arctic OCS: U.S. Federal Regulators Propose Rules for Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic...

In recent years, the energy industry has expressed significant interest in investigating submerged lands on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Arctic for commercial quantities of oil and natural gas. The...more

FAA Proposes Generally Favorable Rules for Unmanned Aircraft; Seeks Comment on Need for Flexibility and MicroUAS Rules

On February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for small unmanned aircraft weighing up to 55 lbs. The proposed rule would create a new Part 107...more

FAA Releases Proposed Rules for Commercial Drones; White House Launches Drone Privacy Policy

On February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration published its highly anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (applicable to UAS weighing...more

Drone on Drones: FAA’s Proposed Rules Would Allow for Expanded Use

The FAA unveiled its proposed rules for unmanned aerial vehicles earlier this week, beginning a process that could eventually allow for thousands of businesses to fly drones. At the same time, the White House issued a...more

Cleared for Takeoff? Feds Release Proposed Regulations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

On February 15, 2015, the federal government unveiled two key documents concerning the future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)—sometimes referred to as “drones”—in the United States. The FAA released a highly anticipated...more

FAA Takes One Small Step Toward Legalizing Commercial Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, a.k.a Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has long been studying the promise and perils of small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), a.k.a drones. The commercial potential of UAS technology is clear. Businesses are eager to...more

Drone Propellers Aren't the Only Things Buzzing as the FAA Releases Proposed Regulations for the Commercial Operation of Unmanned...

In a surprise move during Presidents’ Day weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration released long-awaited proposed regulations for the commercial operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The draft regulations prompted a...more

Alert: Proposed FAA Small "Drone" Rules Provide Some New Flexibility but Retain Significant Restrictions on Unmanned Aircraft

Over Presidents' Day weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration ("FAA") released its long-anticipated proposed rules for commercial use of small unmanned aerial systems ("UAS") or drones. ...more

New, Clarified FAA Rules Benefit both Makers and Users of Small ‘Drones'

Newly proposed rules on the use of small, unmanned drones could bring peace of mind to farmers, researchers, real estate agents, government agencies and others who have worried they might be breaking the law by flying...more

Final approach: FAA announces long-awaited small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

At a Sunday morning press conference held on February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) announced the release of its highly-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) governing the operations of...more

FAA Opens the Door for Drone Use by Utilities and Energy Companies

On February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration issued its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), a broad class of technology commonly referred to as drones. While...more

FAA Proposes Rules for Commercial UAVs; White House Launches UAV Privacy Initiative

On February 15, 2015, the FAA issued its long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Currently, federal law prohibits commercial use of UAVs without advance approval, typically through...more

FAA Proposes Commercial Drone Rules As White House Issues Executive Order - Pending Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Rules Would...

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 for the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as...more

How Will The Commercial Use of Drones Impact Manufacturers/Distributors?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a series of proposals for the use and regulation of drones (i.e., Unmanned Aircrafy Systems (UAS)) for commercial purposes.  In conjuction with these proposals, the White...more

Big Announcement, Small UAS: FAA Launches Commercial Drone Proceeding

Unless you have been completely disconnected from all media, you are probably already aware that on Sunday, February 15, 2015, the FAA announced the release of its long-awaited rules to govern commercial sUAS (small unmanned...more

STB Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Announcing Weekly Reporting on Rail Service Issues

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in which the Board seeks comments on the establishment of regulations which will require all Class I railroads and the Chicago...more

SBA Proposed Rule Outlines New Mentor-Protégé Program for All Small Businesses - Impacts to All SBA Contracting Programs,...

The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a long-awaited notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) providing for a new mentor-protégé program that will be available to all small businesses. The proposed rule was released on...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DOL Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Discrimination on the Basis of Sex - The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a...more

Quirky Question #252, OFCCP Guidelines Become Regulations?

Question: Have there been any recent changes in the rules governing federal contractors? Answer: On January 30, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a Notice of...more

OFCCP’s Proposed Sex Bias Rules Continue Agency’s Focus on Compensation, Gender Identity, and Pregnancy Accommodation

On January 28, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to replace the current sex discrimination guidelines. This updated rule is intended to reflect...more

New Government Contractor Regulations Define and Prohibit Workplace Sexual Bias - The Guidelines Are in Fact Requirements for...

The Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has proposed the first major substantive changes to its Sex Discrimination Guidelines in more than 40 years. The new regulations are significant...more

OFCCP Announces Intent To Publish Updated Rules Prohibiting Sex Discrimination

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced its intent to update rules prohibiting sex discrimination by federal contractors and subcontractors. The OFCCP published a Notice of Proposed...more

OFCCP Proposes Updates to “Outdated and Inaccurate” Sex Discrimination Rules

On January 30, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would rescind the existing Sex Discrimination Guidelines found at 41 C.F.R. part 60-20 and...more

"FinCEN Proposes Tighter Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions"

For financial institutions, customer due diligence may become tougher and costlier in 2015 if the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's (FinCEN) latest proposed rule is finalized in its current form. On July 30, 2014, FinCEN...more

UAS hearing yields details on systems research and development, but no timeline for small UAS rule

A House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing on January 21 featured wide-ranging discussions of developing unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS,” sometimes called “unmanned aerial vehicles,” or “drones”), but no...more

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