Pending Regs

New regs for Thursday: Endangered frogs

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.

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OMB identifies up to $800 billion in benefits from regulations since 2002

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.

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Postal Service seeks to relax animal mailing limits

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.

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New regs for Wednesday: Visa wages

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:

Immigration:
New wage methodologies for temporary, non-agricultural H-2B employment visas are being issued by the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor.

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New regs for Tuesday: Underground cranes

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.

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VA wants to recalculate vets' copayments

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.

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FTC backs new Social Security numbers for child victims of identity theft

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Friday approved an administration proposal to issue new Social Security numbers to children who fall victim to identity theft.

The policy “promises to be a helpful tool for children and their parents and guardians, as they work to undo the harms resulting from misuse of the child’s SSN [Social Security number],” the FTC said in a letter to the Social Security Administration. 

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Industry balks at ‘food safety tax’ to hit consumers

A coalition of dozens of food industry trade groups is urging Congress to do away with a set of proposed food safety fees they say would be passed along to families at supermarkets across the country.

The fees, set out in President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal, stem from the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, which in January prompted a set of sweeping new regulations now under consideration.

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New regs for Friday: Identity theft prevention

On Friday, the Federal Register will publish a handful of rules on financial, environmental and other issues. Here they are:

Financial and Housing:
Two financial oversight agencies, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission, are jointly issuing rules and guidelines to require financial institutions to develop identity theft prevention programs, as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. The Hill covered the new rules earlier in April.

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