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  • Biden-Harris Administration Proposes Competitive Lease Sale for Offshore Wind Development for New York and New Jersey

    Biden-Harris Administration Proposes Competitive Lease Sale for Offshore Wind Development for New York and New Jersey | site |



    Innovative Proposed Lease Stipulations for New York Bight Lease Sale Would Prioritize Union Jobs and Ocean User Engagement


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: June 11, 2021)

    Washington - - In support of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of installing 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, the Department of the Interior today announced a proposed sale for offshore wind development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the New York Bight – an area of shallow waters between Long Island and the New Jersey coast. This would be the first competitive offshore wind lease sale for the Biden-Harris administration. The proposed lease areas have the potential to unlock over 7 gigawatts of offshore wind energy, powering more than 2.6 million
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  • SBA Proposes Rule to Eliminate Regulations that Exclude Faith-Based Organizations from Seven SBA Programs

    U.S. Small Business Administration Proposes Rule to Eliminate Regulations that Exclude Faith-Based Organizations from Seven SBA Programs | site |



    Public Comments Due by February 18, 2021


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: January 19, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration invites public comment on a proposed rule designed to remove regulatory provisions that exclude certain faith-based organizations from seven business loan and disaster assistance programs. These programs include the Intermediary Lending Program (ILP), Business Loan programs (7(a), Microloan and 504 programs), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan (MREIDL) program and Immediate Disaster Assistance Program (IDAP). Because these provisions exclude otherwise eligible applicants based on their religious status, they violate their cons...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Rule to Expand Mobility for People With Disabilities

    U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Rule to Expand Mobility for People With Disabilities | site |



    Would improve access to rental cars, simplify transportation of wheelchairs and power scooters


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release dated: December 28, 2020)

    December 28, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today proposed a rule to expand mobility for people with disabilities. This supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking would allow two new modifications for adaptive equipment. “This rule will make it easier for individuals with disabilities to achieve greater mobility and freedom in their lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The first proposed change would allow rental car companies to disable temporarily a driver’s knee bolster air bag to install hand con...
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Amendments to Rule 144 and Form 144

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Amendments to Rule 144 and Form 144 | site |



    Designed to Reduce Risk of Unregistered Distributions


    (Information included in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release: December 22, 2020)

    Washington D.C., Dec. 22, 2020 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today voted to propose an amendment to Rule 144 under the Securities Act of 1933 to revise the holding period determination for securities acquired upon the conversion or exchange of certain "market-adjustable securities." The proposed amendment is intended to reduce the risk of unregistered distributions in connection with sales of those securities. The Commission also voted to propose amendments to update and simplify the Form 144 filing requirements. "Today's proposed amendments modernize, clarify and strengthen Rule 144, including to ensure that holders of market-adjustable securities are assumin...
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  • U.S. Small Business Administration Proposes Small Business Size Standard Revisions in Five Industrial Sectors

    U.S. Small Business Administration Proposes Small Business Size Standard Revisions in Five Industrial Sectors | site |
    • Change Aimed at Increasing Eligibility for Contracting and Loan Programs.
    • Public Comments Due by Jan. 26, 2021


    SBA is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would revise the small business size standards for businesses in five NAICS sectors.


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: November 30, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would revise the small business size standards for businesses in five North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) sectors to increase small business eligibility for SBA’s loan and contracting programs.

    Comments can be submitted on this proposed rule on or before Jan. 26, 2021 at www.regulations.gov , using the following RIN number: RIN 3245-AG88.
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  • SBA Proposes Small Business Size Standard Revisions in Three Industrial Sectors

    U.S. Small Business Administration Proposes Small Business Size Standard Revisions in Three Industrial Sectors | site |


    Change Targeted at Increasing Eligibility for Contracting and Loan Programs


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release: November 16, 2020)


    Public Comments Due January 12


    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would revise the small business size standards for businesses in three North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) sectors to increase small business eligibility for SBA’s loan and contracting programs.

    Comments may be submitted on this proposed rule on or before Jan. 12, 2021 at www.regulations.gov, using the following RIN number: RIN 3245-AG91. You may also comment by mail to Khem R. Sharma, Chief, Size Standards Division, 409 3rd Street SW, Mail Code 6530,
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  • Federal Communications Commission Proposes Satellite Downlinks in the 17 GHz Band

    Federal Communications Commission Proposes Satellite Downlinks in the 17 GHz Band | site |



    FCC says "Reform Would Make More Efficient Use of Spectrum While Supporting Deployment of Advanced Satellite-Based Broadband Services"


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release: November 18, 2020) WASHINGTON, November 18, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to make 17 GHz band spectrum available for geostationary orbit fixed-satellite downlink operations. With advanced, high-throughput satellite systems’ reliance on downlink (transmissions in the space-to-Earth direction) capacity for delivering satellite-based services like broadband, the Commission is initiating this rulemaking to empower next-generation satellites to help bridge the digital divide. Today’s action seeks comment on proposed changes to the U.S. Table of Frequency Allocations a...
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  • HHS Proposes Unprecedented Regulatory Reform through Retrospective Review

    HHS Proposes Unprecedented Regulatory Reform through Retrospective Review

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Proposes Unprecedented Regulatory Reform through Retrospective Review | site |



    (November 4, 2020) - - On November 4, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:




    HHS Proposes Unprecedented Regulatory Reform through Retrospective Review



    Today, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a notice of proposed rulemaking requiring the Department to assess its regulations every ten years to determine whether they are subject to review under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), which requires regular review of certain significant regulations. If a given regulation is subject to the RFA, the Department must review the regulation every ten years to determine whether the regulation is still needed and whether it is having appropriate impacts. Regulations will expire if the Department does not assess and (if required)...
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  • FDIC Proposes to Update Policy Statement on Minority Depository Institutions

    FDIC Proposes to Update Policy Statement on Minority Depository Institutions

    FDIC Proposes to Update Policy Statement on Minority Depository Institutions | site |




    (August 21, 2020) - - Today. August 21, 2020, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation published the following information:

    WASHINGTON—The Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today approved a new proposed Statement of Policy to enhance the agency’s efforts to encourage and preserve Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs). The proposed revisions would update, strengthen, and clarify the FDIC’s policies and procedures related to the agency’s existing MDI framework. The FDIC seeks public comment on the proposal over a 60-day period.

    Specifically, the proposed revisions describe the initiatives the FDIC has taken and will take to promote the preservation of MDIs and enhance communication between the FDIC and these minority-owned and managed institutions. The proposed Statement of Policy would also define
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  • SEC Proposes to Modernize Regulation of the Use of Derivatives by Registered Funds and Business Development Companies

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes to Modernize Regulation of the Use of Derivatives by Registered Funds and Business Development Companies | site |




    (November 25, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information:

    Washington D.C., Nov. 25, 2019 — The Securities and Exchange Commission has voted to propose a new rule designed to enhance the regulation of the use of derivatives by registered investment companies, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and closed-end funds, as well as business development companies. The proposed rule would provide an updated and more comprehensive approach to the regulation of funds’ derivatives use. “The Commission’s proposal recognizes the extensive changes that have taken place in our capital markets and the fund industry over the past several decades, including the importance of derivatives in effective portfolio management,
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  • Federal Communications Commission Proposes new Rules to Remove Bad Actors from Commission Programs

    Federal Communications Commission Proposes new Rules to Remove Bad Actors from Commission Programs | site |



    Agency Would Have Improved Tools to Protect Its Universal Service & Accessible Communications Funds



    (November 25, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the following information:

    WASHINGTON, November 22, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today began a rulemaking which would adopt new procedures to protect federal funds from misuse. The proposed rules would provide the agency with broader and more flexible authority to promptly remove bad actors from participation in the Universal Service Fund (USF), the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Fund, and the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. The proposal would align FCC rules with the Office of Management and Budget’s Guidelines to Agencies on Government Debarment and Suspension. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ...
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  • U.S. Department of the Interior Proposes Region-Wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale for Gulf of Mexico

    U.S. Department of the Interior Proposes Region-Wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale for Gulf of Mexico| site |


    (October 7, 2019) - - Today (October 7, 2019), the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) published the following information: WASHINGTON - In support of the Administration’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, Department of the Interior’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Casey Hammond and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Dr. Walter Cruickshank today announced that BOEM proposes to offer approximately 78 million acres for a region-wide lease sale scheduled for March 2020. The sale would include all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico that are not subject to Congressional moratorium. “Offshore energy development is about furthering America’s energy security, ensuring fair market value to the taxpayers, and producing domestic energy in an environmentally responsible manner,” ...
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Transparency and Financial Accountability Amendments to the CAT NMS Plan

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Transparency and Financial Accountability Amendments to the CAT NMS Plan| site |



    (September 9, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information: Washington D.C., Sept. 9, 2019 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today voted to propose amendments to the national market system plan governing the Consolidated Audit Trail (the “CAT NMS Plan”). The proposed amendments to the CAT NMS Plan would require self-regulatory organizations that are participants to the CAT NMS Plan (the “Participants”) to file with the Commission and publish a complete implementation plan for the Consolidated Audit Trail (“CAT”) and quarterly progress reports, each of which must be approved by the Operating Committee established by the CAT NMS Plan and submitted to the CEO, President, or equivalently situated senior officer at each Participant. In addition, the propos...
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Disclosure Improvements for Variable Annuities and Variable Life Insurance Contracts

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Disclosure Improvements for Variable Annuities and Variable Life Insurance Contracts



    Washington, DC - - (October 30, 2018) - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it has voted to propose rule changes designed to improve disclosure for investors about variable annuities and variable life insurance contracts. The proposal is intended to help investors better understand these contracts' features, fees, and risks, and to more easily find the information that they need to make an informed investment decision. "This proposal is another important step in the Commission's efforts to provide Main Street investors with better information to make informed investment decisions. I have participated in many roundtables with retail investors over the last several months, and investors have emphasized their preference for clear and c...
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposes “Pathways to Success,” an Overhaul of Medicare’s ACO Program

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposes “Pathways to Success,” an Overhaul of Medicare’s ACO Program







    (August 9, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which is the program established by the Affordable Care Act and launched in 2012 under which the vast majority of Medicare’s Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) operate. The redesigned program is called “Pathways to Success.” ACOs are groups of health care providers that agree to take responsibility for the total cost and quality of care for their patients. In return, ACOs receive a portion of the savings they achieve, and CMS provides them with waivers to provide the regulatory relief needed to innovate. 10.5 million beneficiaries in Fee-for-Service Medicare (of the 38 million total Fee-f...
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    Biden-Harris Administration Proposes Competitive Lease Sale for Offshore Wind Development for New York and New Jersey
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    Biden-Harris Administration Proposes Competitive Lease Sale for Offshore Wind Development for New York and New Jersey | site |



    Innovative Proposed Lease Stipulations for New York Bight Lease Sale Would Prioritize Union Jobs and Ocean User Engagement


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: June 11, 2021)

    Washington - - In support of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of installing 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, the Department of the Interior today announced a proposed sale for offshore wind development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the New York Bight – an area of shallow waters between Long Island and the New Jersey coast. This would be the first competitive offshore wind lease sale for the Biden-Harris administration. The proposed lease areas have the potential to unlock over 7 gigawatts of offshore wind energy, powering more than 2.6 million
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    06-17-2021, 07:32 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    SBA Proposes Rule to Eliminate Regulations that Exclude Faith-Based Organizations from Seven SBA Programs
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Small Business Administration Proposes Rule to Eliminate Regulations that Exclude Faith-Based Organizations from Seven SBA Programs | site |



    Public Comments Due by February 18, 2021


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: January 19, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration invites public comment on a proposed rule designed to remove regulatory provisions that exclude certain faith-based organizations from seven business loan and disaster assistance programs. These programs include the Intermediary Lending Program (ILP), Business Loan programs (7(a), Microloan and 504 programs), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan (MREIDL) program and Immediate Disaster Assistance Program (IDAP). Because these provisions exclude otherwise eligible applicants based on their religious status, they violate their cons...
    01-20-2021, 02:44 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Rule to Expand Mobility for People With Disabilities
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Rule to Expand Mobility for People With Disabilities | site |



    Would improve access to rental cars, simplify transportation of wheelchairs and power scooters


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release dated: December 28, 2020)

    December 28, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today proposed a rule to expand mobility for people with disabilities. This supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking would allow two new modifications for adaptive equipment. “This rule will make it easier for individuals with disabilities to achieve greater mobility and freedom in their lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The first proposed change would allow rental car companies to disable temporarily a driver’s knee bolster air bag to install hand con...
    01-02-2021, 12:55 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Amendments to Rule 144 and Form 144
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Amendments to Rule 144 and Form 144 | site |



    Designed to Reduce Risk of Unregistered Distributions


    (Information included in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release: December 22, 2020)

    Washington D.C., Dec. 22, 2020 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today voted to propose an amendment to Rule 144 under the Securities Act of 1933 to revise the holding period determination for securities acquired upon the conversion or exchange of certain "market-adjustable securities." The proposed amendment is intended to reduce the risk of unregistered distributions in connection with sales of those securities. The Commission also voted to propose amendments to update and simplify the Form 144 filing requirements. "Today's proposed amendments modernize, clarify and strengthen Rule 144, including to ensure that holders of market-adjustable securities are assumin...
    12-26-2020, 09:51 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Small Business Administration Proposes Small Business Size Standard Revisions in Five Industrial Sectors
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Small Business Administration Proposes Small Business Size Standard Revisions in Five Industrial Sectors | site |
    • Change Aimed at Increasing Eligibility for Contracting and Loan Programs.
    • Public Comments Due by Jan. 26, 2021


    SBA is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would revise the small business size standards for businesses in five NAICS sectors.


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: November 30, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would revise the small business size standards for businesses in five North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) sectors to increase small business eligibility for SBA’s loan and contracting programs.

    Comments can be submitted on this proposed rule on or before Jan. 26, 2021 at www.regulations.gov , using the following RIN number: RIN 3245-AG88.
    ...
    12-03-2020, 06:56 AM

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