New regs for Tuesday: Nutrition labels, missile exports, jobs

Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for nutrition labels on food, the export of advanced missile technology, job training for young adults with disabilities and free legal services for non-U.S. citizens.

Here's what is happening:

Nutrition: The Food and Drug Administration is delaying a food labeling rule, the agency announced Friday.

The FDA proposed changes to nutrition labels in March but is extending the comment period through Aug. 1 to provide interested parties with more time to consider the rule.

The rule would change the nutrition information provided on labels for conventional foods and dietary supplements in an effort to better inform consumers who are looking to maintain a healthy diet.

Specifically, it would makes changes to the recommended serving sizes for different foods, including breath mints.

Employment: The Department of Education is looking for ways to help teenagers and young adults with disabilities find jobs.

The Education Department's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) announced Friday it is considering a new vocational rehabilitation priority to help train these young adults how to find jobs and stay employed once they find work. 

"We intend for this priority to contribute to improved outcomes of youth and young adults with disabilities in the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services program," the agency wrote.

The public has 30 days to comment.

Missiles: The Department of Commerce is moving forward with new rules for exporting advanced missile technology capable of carrying out a nuclear, chemical or biological attack.

The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security announced Friday changes to an international agreement intended to prevent the spread of missiles to dangerous regimes.

"Such proliferation has been identified as a threat to international peace and security," the agency wrote. 

The rule goes into effect immediately.

Lawyers: The Legal Services Corp. (LSC) is correcting a mistake made in a rule it published last month about providing legal assistance to people who are not U.S. citizens.

The rule expanded the list of noncitizens who are eligible to receive government-sponsored legal assistance.

By law, the LSC cannot provide free legal services to most illegal immigrants, but there are exceptions. For example, victims of sexual assault or trafficking have long been eligible for free legal assistance. 

The agency announced last month that it is updating this list of illegal immigrants who are eligible for legal assistance to include people who have been "battered" or the victims of "extreme cruelty." Furthermore, the parents of these victims would also be eligible.

Africa: The Department of Treasury and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are moving forward with a joint rule that provides permanent trade benefits to sub-Saharan African countries. 

The trade benefits include duty-free treatment of apparel, textile and nontextile items from these African countries.

The rules were first established on an interim basis in 2000, but are not being finalized. They go into effect in 30 days.