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HHS Overhauls the Common Rule to Enhance Protection for Human Subjects in Research

On 18 January 2017, as one of the last actions of the outgoing Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and fifteen other federal agencies (the Agencies) issued a final rule overhauling the...more

The TTB Proposes New Definition of Hard Cider

On January 23, 2017 the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) published a Temporary Rule and a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to the new definition of hard cider. Congressional action required a new...more

HHS Finalizes Toned-Down Version of Common Rule Overhaul

The Final Rule published by the US Department of Health and Human Services on January 18, 2017, largely avoids major modifications to the Common Rule. However, it specifically addresses creation of biospecimen and data...more

Welcome to the Future: HHS Releases Final Rule to Modernize Protections for Clinical Trial Participants

The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, or the “Common Rule,” governs the ethical conduct of research involving human subjects and is funded through various federal agencies. On January 19, the U.S....more

The Newly Updated Common Rule is Here – And On a Collision Course With the 21st Century Cures Act

On January 18th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and 15 other federal agencies issued a final rule updating regulations for the protection of human research subjects, the so-called “Common Rule.” The...more

DOT To Add Synthetic Opioids To Its Drug Testing Panel

Today the U.S. Department of Transportation published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register in which it proposes to amend its drug testing program regulation to add four synthetic opioids (hydrocodone,...more

FERC electric storage policy statement

U.S. energy regulators have issued a policy statement addressing how electric storage resources may provide services at a mix of cost-based and market-based rates. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's January 19, 2017...more

Is the Proposed Safety Fitness Determination Rule in Jeopardy?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register on Jan. 21, 2016, designed to enhance the agency's ability to identify non-compliant motor...more

HHS Finalizes Major Changes to the Common Rule

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), together with fifteen other federal Departments and Agencies, issued a final rule intended to revise and modernize the federal Policy for the...more

The Saga Continues: Recent Opt-Outs and Other Developments Relating to the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Act, Illinois Employee...

The Village of Rosemont and the City of Oak Forest have become the latest suburban Cook County municipalities to join the Village of Barrington in opting out of the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance. (They both passed...more

EB-5 Alert!  DHS to Publish Proposed Rules Addressing TEAs and Minimum Investment Amount

Today, January 13, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will expand upon the notice of proposed rulemaking released on January 11, 2017 by publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register, titled ‘EB-5...more

Breaking News: FCC Moves Forward on Eliminating the Need to Maintain a Local Public File

Last May, Jessica Nyman and I wrote about the potential impact of an FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to eliminate the requirement that stations keep “Letters and Emails from the Public” in their Public Inspection...more

TTB Changes Under the Fall Edition of the Unified Agenda

On December 23rd, 2016 the federal government published its Fall edition of the “Unified Agenda” – a bi-annual compilation of all ongoing federal rulemaking projects. Attached is a copy of the TTB detail from this latest...more

Back to 1981: More Reasonable Salary Levels for the Overtime Regulations

By almost all accounts, the Trump administration, under the leadership of Secretary of Labor-designate Andrew Puzder, should inherit the part 541 regulations of the Obama administration that dramatically increased the salary...more

FERC Proposes Broad Changes to Its Pro Forma Interconnection Procedures and Interconnection Agreement

In its final meeting of 2016, FERC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in which it proposes changes to its standard interconnection rules and agreement for generators with a capacity of more than 20 megawatts. The proposed...more

FERC Takes Its Next Step on “Price Formation” in Organized Markets

On December 15, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to revise its regulations to require that each Regional Transmission Organization or Independent...more

DOJ Projects Rulemaking on State and Local Government Websites in July 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that it is expediting its timetable and expects to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding accessibility of state and local government websites in July of...more

36-Month Rule for Reporting Discharges of Indebtedness Is Repealed

The Treasury Department has issued proposed amendments to the regulations governing the reporting of discharges of indebtedness that will impact the filing of Forms 1099-C by member banks for the 2016 calendar year. In...more

CFPB Releases Status Update Regarding Fall 2016 Rulemaking Agenda

On December 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a status update regarding various initiatives that were proposed in its fall 2016 rulemaking agenda. The update provides readers with an overview...more

FERC Proposes Wide-Ranging New Regulations to Remedy Barriers to Wholesale Market Participation by Energy Storage and Distributed...

At its November 17, 2016 Open Meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) proposed to amend its regulations to address and remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources and...more

FERC Proposes Market Changes for Electricity Storage, Distributed Energy Resources

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued on Nov. 17, 2016, a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) aimed at more effectively integrating electric storage resources into organized wholesale markets to encourage...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - FAR Amendment Proposal to Implement Section of NDAA 2016 - The Department of Defense (“DOD”), General Services Administration (“GSA”), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration...more

DOJ Publishes Final Rule Requiring Movie Theaters Nationwide to Provide Closed Captioning and Audio Description

Seyfarth Synopsis: DOJ published regulations today requiring that movie theaters throughout the United States provide closed captioning and audio description to patrons with disabilities for digital movies distributed with...more

Maine considers community solar rules

As Maine utility regulators consider changes to the state’s net metering rule for solar panels and other customer-owned generation, revisions proposed by the Public Utilities Commission could change how consumers can...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Issues Proposals to Automated Trading Regulations

The CFTC approved the issuance of a notice of proposed rulemaking, seeking to enhance the CFTC’s previous notice of proposed rulemaking for automated trading regulation, which proposed a series of risk controls, transparency...more

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