The executive actions come after the administration failed to secure enough votes in Congress to expand the national background check system.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is publishing instructions for businesses to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.
The requirement for employers with 50 or more full-time workers to offer health insurance was pushed back from its original Jan. 1 implementation date to 2015, but the IRS is nonetheless issuing draft rules. The proposals detail how businesses will report to the IRS that they are complying with the mandate and other guidance.
The Obama administration wants employers to follow the rules on a voluntary basis starting next year.
The Transportation Department is largely denying a request that it beef up standards to ensure that people are not thrown out of automobiles through side windows during crashes.
It is, however, making “minor” changes in response to the requests, which it said are “mostly to clarify the requirements of the standard.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing to create a certification process for cotton futures contracts. The move comes in response to request from the American cotton industry.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is beginning a review to determine whether or not five Southwestern species should be taken off of the Endangered Species List. The analysis comes after the agency received a petition to delist the species, including types of cacti, a bat, a bird and a variety of buckwheat.
The White House’s budget office has approved the Federal Communications Commission’s request to collect information as part of its program to give money to rural healthcare providers for telecommunications services like broadband Internet.
In addition to the ObamaCare proposals, the IRS is also looking to change regulations for some corporations that transfer property through liquidations.
The National Marine Fisheries Service is reallocating commercial fishers’ quotas of Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska.
The Pentagon is making “technical amendments" to its acquisition regulations “to provide needed editorial changes,” it said.