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Federal Banking Agencies Seek Comment on Proposed Market Risk Regulatory Report

On February 18, three federal banking agencies – the Federal Reserve Board, OCC, and FDIC – issued a joint notice seeking public comments on a proposed information collection form and its reporting requirements, FFIEC 102 –...more

Seattle Office for Civil Rights Issues Proposed Rules Regarding Minimum Wage Ordinance; Seeks Comments

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights has just released proposed administrative rules for the Minimum Wage Ordinance, which takes effect on April 1, 2015. Once finalized, the rules will guide how the Ordinance is interpreted...more

USPTO Holds Forum on Interim Guidance -- Part II

In a forum held last month on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Alexandria campus, Office representatives discussed the Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, which was released in December, and received...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

Notice of Availability of Draft NPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Small Municipal Separate Storm EPA is reopening the public comment period for its Notice of Availability of the draft small municipal...more

USPTO Seeks Input on Patent Quality

As announced in a February 5, 2015 Federal Register Notice, the USPTO is launching an enhanced quality initiative that includes a request for public comment on certain proposals and a two-day “Quality Summit” to be held March...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

EPA Releases For Public Comment Controversial “EPA Framework for PIP Registrants: Proposal to Address Key SAP Recommendations for...

On January 28, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has made available for public comment its proposal to improve the corn rootworm insect resistance management program currently in place for...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

CFPB Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to 2013 Mortgage Rules

The CFPB is currently seeking public comment on several proposed amendments to its final rules issued in 2013, which went into effect in January 2014. The comment period is open through March 16, 2015, so mortgage servicers,...more

Pennsylvania’s Management of Fill…One Step Forward and Two Steps Back

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is currently considering modifications to its “Fill Policy.” The proposed revisions appear likely to result in a reduction in acceptable numeric values of contaminants...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

State Virtual Currency Regulatory Developments

On February 4, 2015, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) issued for public comment a revised proposed rule to implement a “BitLicense” regulatory regime (the “2015 Proposal”). As discussed below, the 2015...more

"MSRB Issues Status Update on Draft Rule G-42"

Earlier this week, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) released an update on the status of Draft Rule G-42, which outlines the duties of non-solicitor municipal advisors. The MSRB indicated that it has further...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Implement JOBS Act Relief From Exchange Act Registration Requirements

In December 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules to implement Title V and Title VI of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), which permit early stage companies to defer registration...more

Environmental and Energy: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Seeks Comment on Preliminary Draft of Revisions...

On February 4, 2015, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) made available for comment a Preliminary Draft for Public Consideration of Revised Hazardous Waste Management Regulations (Preliminary...more

National Marine Fisheries Service Extends Comment Period for Proposed Arctic Ringed Seal Critical Habitat Designation

On February 2, 2015 the National Marine Fisheries Service (“Service”) announced its plan to extend the period for public comments on its December 3, 2014 proposed designation of critical habitat for the threatened Arctic...more

FTC Recommends Privacy and Data Security Protections for "Internet of Things"

On January 27, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a staff report, "The Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World," setting out the staff's privacy and data security recommendations...more

China’s SAIC Solicits Comments on the Draft Rules on Online Mass Promotion Events

On Jan. 6, 2015, China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce ("SAIC") issued an announcement to solicit the second round of public comments on the draft of Interim Rules on the Administration on Online Mass...more

Interior Department Proposes to Open Offshore Atlantic Region to Oil and Gas Leasing

The Department of the Interior today announced that it will publish for public comment a draft proposed Five-Year Program (“DPP”) governing the leasing of offshore oil and gas for 2017 through 2022.  Interior’s DPP will...more

MEPA Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency Policy Available for Public Comment

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is accepting public comments on its proposed draft Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency Policy...more

MIA Announces Opportunity for Comment on Draft Proposed Regulation 31.01.02 on Emergency Powers

On January 23, 2015, the Maryland Insurance Administration issued Bulletin 15-04 to announce a thirty-day opportunity for comment on Draft Proposed Regulation 31.01.02 – Emergency Powers. ...more

CFPB Issues Request For Information on Proposed “Safe Student Account Score Card”

On January 14, the CFPB issued a press release seeking public comments on its “Safe Student Account Scorecard.” The scorecard is a tool for colleges and universities to solicit information on the fees and features of...more

IRS Interim Guidance Creates New Category of Permissible Arrangements - Public Comments Due January 22, 2015

On October 24, 2014, the IRS issued Announcement 2014-67, which “amplifies” Rev. Proc. 97-13 regarding certain management contracts that do not result in private business use. Prior to this Announcement, Rev. Proc. 97-13...more

OEHHA Proposes New Proposition 65 Warning Regulations

On January 12, 2015, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) published two notices of proposed rulemaking regarding the State’s Proposition 65 warning regulations. OEHHA proposes to repeal...more

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