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OMB Releases Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda

Earlier today, the White House Office of Management and Budget released its semi-annual Unified Regulatory Agenda and Regulatory Plan for Fall 2015, covering 59 Federal departments, agencies, and commissions. Entries are...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - November 2015 #2

OMB Reviewing Final Rule Regarding New Payment Model for Hip and Knee Replacements – The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received for review on October 28, 2015, a final rule establishing a new Medicare...more

FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee Recommends Open Internet Consumer Disclosures

On November 3, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s or Commission’s) Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) issued consumer disclosure recommendations that–subject to bureau-level review and approval–will enable...more

Energy & Environment Update - November 2015

Energy and Climate Debate - In his final major effort prior to retiring last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) reached a bipartisan agreement, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, with other House and Senate...more

The November Surprise: OSHA Raises Penalties 82% And No One Notices

Employers woke up to a surprise on November 3. That’s when we learned that the Federal Budget Agreement, which was quickly worked out behind closed doors and signed the day before, includes surprise provisions authorizing the...more

Blog: OIG Releases FY2016 Work Plan: Areas to be Reviewed Include SNFs, Drug Pricing, HIPAA

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released this week its FY2016 Work Plan (Work Plan). The OIG Work Plan summarizes new and ongoing OIG reviews of various HHS programs and...more

OFCCP Submits Final Sex Discrimination Regulations to OMB for Review and Approval

Earlier this year, we reported that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued a proposed rule to revise and replace the sex discrimination guidance it issued in 1970 and clarify federal contractors’...more

Update on arbitration SBREFA panel

The CFPB has now taken two more significant steps towards issuing a proposed arbitration rule. On October 20, 2015, the CFPB convened its Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panel to review the...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2015 #4

Energy and Climate Debate - Following a busy week for the Obama Administration during which it held several energy and climate events in anticipation of the international climate negotiations at the end of the year in...more

OMB Receives Final Medicare Parts A and B 60-Day Overpayment Rule from CMS

On October 21, 2015, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received the Medicare Parts A and B overpayment final rule from CMS which is the last phase before the rule is issued in the Federal Register. While the text of...more

CMS Sends Long-Awaited Medicare 60-Day Overpayment Rule to OMB for Final Clearance

CMS is moving ahead on its much-anticipated final rule implementing Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements on reporting and returning of Medicare overpayments. Under the ACA, enrolled providers and suppliers (and certain...more

CFPB Announces Intent to Commence Arbitration Rulemaking

On October 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is considering two rulemaking proposals that would severely limit the use of pre-dispute arbitration clauses in consumer financial service...more

FCC’s Change to its Contest Rules Not Effective for Four to Six Months

As a follow-up to our posting on September 17, 2015, and in response to questions we have received from several of our readers, I wanted to clarify that the Federal Communication Commission’s (“FCC”)_ revision to its contest...more

Update on STEM OPT Work Permit Extension: Administrative Process for Regulation Is Underway

In response to Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle’s ruling in Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security et al., No. 14-529 (August 12, 2015) that vacated the previous regulations on STEM...more

CMS Sends Final 2016 Medicare Payment Rules to OMB for Review

This week CMS referred major final calendar year 2016 Medicare payment rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for regulatory clearance. Specifically, OMB is reviewing the final CMS rules to update the...more

House Passes Legislation to Lift Nearly 40 Year Ban on Crude Oil Exports

Signifying a historic shift in U.S. energy policy, the House of Representatives passed legislation on October 9 that would lift the nearly 40-year ban on crude oil exports by a vote of 261 to 159. Twenty-six Democrats joined...more

DHS Sends New STEM OPT Rule to OMB For Review

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent its proposed regulation on the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) this week. A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) is...more

Biotechnology: OSTP Seeks Comment on Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the...

On October 6, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit relevant data and information, including case studies that may assist in the development of...more

CFPB Proposes Banning Use of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Consumer Class Actions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced today that it is considering rules prohibiting application of pre-dispute arbitration agreements to class litigation involving certain consumer financial...more

OMB Reviewing New Final Rule on ACO Waivers

Joint waivers issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) relating the application of the physician self-referral law, the Federal anti-kickback statute, and...more

A&B Healthcare Week In Review, September 2015

On September 25, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Medicare Program: Medicare Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests Payment System”. This proposed rule would...more

Obama Administration Releases Infrastructure Permitting Guidance

On September 22, 2015, the White House, through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), issued guidance to the heads of certain federal departments and agencies (the Agencies)...more

Planning for a Government Shutdown

As described in detail in a recent Washington Update, there is once again a reasonable likelihood that we are headed for a government shutdown beginning Thursday, October 1. This article puts aside politics to focus on the...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - September 2015 #2

Final ACO Fraud Waiver Under OMB Review – The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reported on September 9, 2015, that it began its review of the final rule (CMS-1439-F; RIN 0938-AR30), titled “Medicare Shared...more

CFPB use of behavioral economics validated by Executive Order

Since opening its doors for business, behavioral economics has played a central role in the CFPB’s regulatory agenda. Behavioral economists posit that consumers are not rational decision makers and instead have certain...more

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