Reg Watch

President Obama has issued an executive order to establish the Interagency Task Force on Commercial Advocacy. 

The task force will “provide enhanced federal support for U.S. businesses competing for international contracts.” 

The Commerce Department said the task force would make it “easier for our exporters to access the wide array of federal services to make them more competitive through the one-stop shop of the Advocacy Center at the Commerce Department.”

The secretary of the Department of Commerce — now Rebecca Blank — will head the task force along with “senior-level” members from 14 other federal agencies, including the Department of State, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Defense, the Agency for International Development and the Treasury Department, among others.

The task force’s primary responsibilities will include giving federal support for American businesses that are competing worldwide for the ability to export various products and services, including the export of American defense contracts and forces.


• The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is proposing to change its regulations for “low-level radioactive waste” disposal, to provide greater specifics to each facility that disposes of radioactive waste. The commission is seeking public comment in regard to the proposals, which include “site-specific” analyses of waste facilities. 

In tailoring requirements to the both the site and surrounding public’s needs, the hope is that greater efficiency and safety will be achieved. Comments are due by Jan. 7.

• The District of Columbia courts system has proposed a rule to amend its supervision of sex offenders, even those who are not under the provision of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency in Washington. If accepted, the rule would allow the local agency and its law enforcement partners to verify the “addresses of sex offenders by conducting home visits.”

• The Fish and Wildlife Service has designated habitat areas for the Lost River sucker and shortnose sucker as “critical habitat” for the species, so as to conserve the remaining populations. The agency aims to protect a total of 146 miles of streams and 117,848 acres of lakes and reservoirs for Lost River sucker, and approximately 136 miles of streams and 123,590 acres of lakes and reservoirs for shortnose sucker in Oregon and California.