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Oct 14, 2019 - nytimes.com - 0
Making America Worse

In recent months, the Agriculture Department has decided to reduce inspections at the slaughterhouses that process the nation’s pork; the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to let farmers and factories dump toxic chemicals into thousands of acres of previously protected wetlands; and the Labor Department has ruled that states can perform drug tests on applicants for unemployment benefits, allowing Texas, Mississippi and Wisconsin to begin efforts to curtail aid for people who need help. These changes in regulatory policy are part of a clear pattern. The Trump administration has worked assiduously to reduce federal protections for consumers, workers and the environment, making the United States a dirtier and more dangerous place in which to live. The Trump administration also continues to flout its obligation to comply with existing law. The Trump administration’s regulatory policy can generally be summarized as marching to the orders of the businesses it regulates. Indeed, the administration has pushed so hard to reduce regulation that even companies have sometimes expressed reservations: Four major automobile manufacturers have refused to embrace Mr. Trump’s campaign to prevent California from reducing air pollution, instead striking a deal with California to meet stricter emissions standards. Mr. Trump also has an obsession with erasing rules written under President Barack Obama. The administration’s penchant for this kind of petty vandalism does not add one whit to the case for Mr. Trump’s impeachment. It is instead a reminder that if Mr. Trump does stand for re-election in 2020, Americans can improve their lives by voting for someone else.

Oct 14, 2019 - nytimes.com - 0
E-Cigarettes Went Unchecked in 10 Years of F.D.A. Inaction

E-cigarettes and vaping devices, with $7 billion in annual sales, have become a part of daily life for millions of Americans. Youth use has skyrocketed with the proliferation of flavors targeting teenagers, such as Bazooka Joe Bubble Gum and Zombie Blood. And nearly 1,300 people have been sickened by mysterious vaping-related lung injuries this year. Yet the agency has not vetted the vast majority of vaping devices or flavored liquids for safety. In dozens of interviews, federal officials and public health experts described a lost decade of inaction, blaming an intense lobbying effort by the e-cigarette and tobacco industries, fears of a political backlash in tobacco-friendly states, bureaucratic delays, and a late reprieve by an F.D.A. commissioner who had previously served on the board of a chain of vaping lounges.

Oct 14, 2019 - arstechnica.com - 0
Visa, Mastercard, Stripe, and eBay All Quit Facebook’s Libra in One Day

Facebook's embattled Libra project suffered a major blow on Friday as four payment processors—Stripe, Visa, Mastercard, and Mercado Pago—withdrew from participation in the Libra Association, the Geneva-based group Facebook created to develop the virtual currency. eBay also announced its resignation Friday. eBay's former subsidiary, PayPal, quit the group last week. The timing is not a coincidence. The Libra Association is scheduled to hold its first official meeting on Monday. At that meeting, members will be asked to make binding commitments to the project. So for members who weren't prepared to commit to the project, Friday was a good day to get out. But this is an awkward development for Facebook. When the company introduced Libra earlier this year, it said it hoped to grow Libra's membership from 27 companies to more than 100 by the time the Libra network launched in 2020. Instead, the association's membership has fallen to 22 companies.

Latest Blogs From Our Coalition Members

The Trump Administration’s New Anti-Safeguard Executive Orders on Guidance, Explicated

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Last week, President Trump unleashed the latest volley in his administration’s efforts to bring about the “deconstruction of the administrative state” with the signing of two new executive orders relating to agency issuance and use of “guidance documents.” The first purports to ensure “improved...
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What the Trump Impeachment Inquiry Teaches Us About the Federal Bureaucracy

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Just when it seemed that President Donald Trump was completely immune to accountability for his various abuses of power, impeachment proceedings against him have quickly picked up steam over the last couple weeks. Laying aside what happens with Trump, it’s significant that it... Continue Reading
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Questions Congress Should Ask the CFPB Director Next Week

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger will deliver the statutory “Semi-Annual Report of the CFPB” to the House Financial Services (10/16) and Senate Banking (10/17) Committees next week. On the House FSC website the hearing is labeled “Who Is Standing Up for Consumers?” It’s a good question. Since Director Kraninger took... Continue Reading
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This Week at OIRA

Updated Fridays. Abbreviations: IFR = Interim Final Rule | PR = Proposed Rule | FR = Final Rule | RIN = Regulation Identifier Number

REGULATORY ACTIONS RECEIVED FOR REVIEW

AID, Equal Participation of Faith-Based Organizations in USAID’s Programs and Activities: Implementation of Executive Order 13831, PR, RIN: 0412-AA99 – received 10/4/19
DOJ, Equal Participation of Faith-Based Organizations in Department of Justice’s Programs and Activities: Implementation of Executive Order 13831, PR, RIN: 1105-AB58 – received 10/4/19
DOJ, Registration Requirements for Mobile Narcotic Treatment Programs, PR, RIN: 1117-AB43received 10/7/19
DOJ-LA, DNA-Sample Collection From Immigration Detainees, PR, RIN: 1105-AB56 – received 10/9/19
DOL, Equal Participation of Faith-Based Organizations in Department of Labor Programs and Activities: Implementation of Executive Order 13831, PR, RIN: 1291-AA41received 10/7/19
EPA, Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revisions to the Refrigerant Management Program’s Extension to Substitutes, FR, RIN: 2060-AT81received 10/4/19
EPA, NESHAP: Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units–Reconsideration of Supplemental Cost Finding and Residual Risk and Technology Review, FR, RIN: 2060-AT99received 10/4/19
EPA, Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2020, Biomass-Based Diesel Volumes for 2021, and Other Changes, PR, RIN: 2060-AU42received 10/8/19
EPA, Interpreting “Adjacent” for New Source Review and Title V Source Determinations in All Industries Other Than Oil and Gas, Notice, RIN: 2060-ZA29 – received 10/9/19
GSA, Federal Management Regulation (FMR); FMR Case 2018-102-1, Safety and Environmental Management, PR, RIN: 3090-AJ93received 10/10/19
HHS, CY 2020 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and Quality Reporting Requirements, FR, RIN: 0938-AT68received 10/4/19
HHS, Ensuring Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations, PR, RIN: 0991-AC13received 10/4/19
HHS-FDA, Importation of Certain FDA-Approved Human Prescription Drugs, Including Biological Products, Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability, Notice, RIN: 0910-ZA55 – received 10/7/19
HHS-CMS, CY 2020 Changes to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies, FR, RIN: 0938-AT70received 10/8/19
HHS-CMS, CY 2020 Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B, FR, RIN: 0938-AT72received 10/10/19
HUD, Equal Participation of Faith-Based Organizations in HUD Programs and Activities: Implementation of Executive Order 13831, PR, RIN: 2501-AD91 – received 10/8/19
IRS, The Treatment of Certain Interests in Corporations as Stock or Indebtedness, Prerule, RIN: 1545-BP51 – received 10/8/19
OPM, Administrative Law Judges, PR, RIN: 3206-AN72received 10/10/19
OPM, Career and Career-Conditional Employment by Reinstatement, PR, RIN: 3206-AN77received 10/10/19
State, FAM Notes on Public Charge and Affidavit of Support, Prerule, RIN: 1400-ZA25 – received 10/4/19
USDA, Equal Participation of Faith-Based Organizations in USDA Programs and Activities: Implementation of Executive Order 13831, PR, RIN: 0510-AA08 – received 10/4/19
USDA, Changes to Reporting Requirements–Vegetable and Specialty Crop Imports; and Other Clarifying Changes–Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crop Import Regulations, FR, RIN: 0581-AD68received 10/7/19
USDA-FDA, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), IFR, RIN: 0560-AI41received 10/8/19
VA, Center for Innovation for Care and Payment, FR, RIN: 2900-AQ56received 10/7/19
VA, Equal Participation of Faith-Based Organizations in Veterans Affairs Programs and Activities: Implementation of Executive Order 13831, PR, RIN: 2900-AQ75 – received 10/7/19
Received Week of 10/7/19 – 10/11/19

REGULATORY REVIEW COMPLETED

DOD/GSA/NASA, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013-002; Reporting of Nonconforming Items to the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program, FR, RIN: 9000-AM58completed 10/8/19
DOI-BLM, Non-Energy Solid Leasable Mineral Royalty Rate Reduction, PR, RIN: 1004-AE58completed 10/7/19
DOJ-FBI, Child Protection Improvements Act Criteria for Designated Entity Determinations, PR, RIN: 1110-AA33completed 10/4/19
DOJ-LA, DNA-Sample Collection From Immigration Detainees, PR, RIN: 1105-AB56 – received and completed 10/9/19
DOT-FHWA, National Bridge Inspection Standards (MAP-21), PR, RIN: 2125-AF55completed 10/4/19
DOT-PHMSA, Hazardous Materials: Liquefied Natural Gas by Rail, PR, RIN: 2137-AF40completed 10/10/19
EPA, National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for Lead and Copper: Regulatory Revisions, PR, RIN: 2040-AF15completed 10/9/19
State, Intercountry Adoptions, PR, RIN: 1400-AE39completed 10/7/19  (WITHDRAWN)
State, Visas: Documentation Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, as Amended, IFR, RIN: 1400-AE87completed 10/9/19
Completed Week of 10/7/19 – 10/11/19
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