There are a plethora of regulations and proposals scheduled to be published in Friday's Federal Register affecting fish and the oceans. Here they are:
The public will have even longer to give feedback to the Food and Drug Administration about three food safety rules proposed at the beginning of the year.
The Obama administration said the 120-day delay is a result of receiving requests to extend the comment period, which was originally set to end May 16.
All three proposals were released on Jan. 16 as part of the administration’s implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food safety system that was passed by Congress in 2011.
Produce and other food trade groups say they’re having trouble sifting through all the new regulations, which came out six months after the deadline set by the legislation.
The Obama administration is proposing to increase the maximum reward for reporting Medicare fraud to $9.9 million, saying that it could provide an incentive to whistleblowers.
Since 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recouped more than $14.9 million in fraudulent Medicare funds. The new proposal, the agency says, will root out a net $24.5 million in additional recovered revenue each year.
“President Obama has made the elimination of fraud, waste and abuse, particularly in healthcare, a top priority for the administration,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a statement on Wednesday.
The White House is conducting a final review of a proposal from the healthcare reform law that would cut federal grants for hospitals that serve poor patients.
The facilities, known as Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH), are eligible for state and federal funding to balance out the amount they spend caring for patients who are unable to pay their bills.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spent more than $17 billion on payments to DSHs in 2011, according to a Government Accountability Office study. The Affordable Care Act aimed to slash those grants exponentially from 2014-2020, starting with a $500 million cut next year.
A bunch of animal and plant measures will be published in Thursday's Federal Register, including a proposal to add a type of frog to the endangered species list. Here are Thursday's regulations:
Fish and Animals:
The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to classify the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog as an endangered species and the Yosemite toad as a threatened species. The agency also wants to designate critical habitat for the two species in areas of California.
Federal regulations reviewed by the White House budget office between 2002 and last year yielded up to $800 billion in benefits, vastly more than their costs, according to new federal estimates.
However, the data contained in the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) draft report to Congress present an incomplete picture of the economic impact regulations have on the country, since the pros and cons of many new rules are not added up.
The U.S. Postal Service wants customers to be able to mail more live animals.
In a proposal to be published on Wednesday, the mail service is pushing to allow live birds up to 25 pounds to be sent within the country.
The agency also wants to extend required special handling service for more live animal shipments and limit the available mail classes that can be used to ship live animals.
On Wednesday, the federal government is issuing a new way to calculate wages for some temporary visas, increasing fees on handling pears and issuing new rules for fossil fuel emissions. Those and more regulations are below:
New wage methodologies for temporary, non-agricultural H-2B employment visas are being issued by the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor.
New safety, threatened species and communications regulations will be issued or proposed in Tuesday's Federal Register. Here are the new rules:
Health and Safety:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is issuing a regulation to extend crane standards to underground construction and demolition work.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wants to change the way it calculates how much veterans are able to pay for extended care.
In a proposal to be unveiled on Monday, the VA will announce its desire to use a different calculation method to determine whether veterans are able to cover their copayments.
For non-service-related disabilities, veterans can pay up to $97 per day for extended care. However, the copayments only apply “to the extent the veteran and the veteran's spouse have available resources,” according to the law.