New regs for Wednesday: Dehumidifiers, military healthcare, wage garnishment

Wednesday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for dehumidifiers, wage garnishment procedures, military healthcare, and privacy.

Here's what is happening:

Dehumidifiers: The Department of Energy is considering new energy efficiency rules for dehumidifiers, which reduce the level of humidity in a home.

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced the proposed rules Tuesday, which would establish new test procedures for both portable and whole-home dehumidifiers. 

The public has 75 days to comment. The Energy Department will also hold a public hearing on June 13 to discuss the proposal.

Tariffs: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is moving forward with new electronic filing rules. The new rules will require companies to file tariffs electronically through a system known as eTariff. 

Public utilities, natural gas and oil pipelines and supposed to file changes in their rates or the terms and conditions of their service with FERC. But many were filing the documents the wrong way. So the agency clarified that these changes will not be considered effective unless they are filed properly through the eTariff system.

"Filings not made in proper electronic format will not become effective under the applicable statutes," FERC wrote.

The rules goes into effect in 30 days.

Acquisitions: The General Services Administration is making small changes to the government's acquisitions regulation. The rule change goes into effect immediately.

Debt collection: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is moving forward with a rule that will allow the agency to collect non-tax debts owed to the federal government by taking it directly out of people's paychecks. 

The OPM is required to issue regulations concerning the agency's debt collection procedures.

The administrative wage garnishment rule will go into effect in 60 days.

Healthcare: The Department of Defense is moving forward with changes to a military healthcare program

TRICARE is a healthcare program for members of the military, military retirees, and their dependents. The program's rates have been based on the date that a patient is admitted to a hospital, but now it will be based on the date of discharge, according to the Defense Department.

The rule goes into effect in 30 days.

Privacy: The Department of Homeland Security is moving forward with a new rule that exempts chemical facility anti-terrorism records from the Privacy Act, as a matter of national security.

The rule goes into effect immediately.