New regs for Friday: Women's violence prevention, debt collection, air pollution

Friday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for protecting women on college campuses, debt collection, electronic data collection, school breakfasts and hazardous waste.

Here's what is happening:

Women: The Department of Education is looking to change its regulations to comply with the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, the agency announced Thursday.

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The proposed rules are intended to protect women on college campuses from domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. They would require colleges to collect statistics on these crimes and compile a report.

The public has 30 days to comment.

Debt collection: The State Department will begin sending debt collection notices to employees by email, the agency announced Thursday.

Previously, the State Department would either hand-deliver notices to employees who owe the agency money or send them by first-class mail. But the State Department believes email would be more effective and efficient, particularly for employees who are working overseas, because it can verify receipt of the email.

The State Department will still be required to give employees a 30-day notice before collecting the debt, such as by offsetting their salary, the agency said.

"In some situations, sending debt notices by email is a more effective and efficient means of ensuring actual receipt of the notice by the debtor in a timely manner," the agency wrote. "For example, for a debtor who is a current State employee and, therefore, has been assigned a State email account, the delivery of a notification via that email account will allow the debtor to receive the notice more quickly, reliably, and conveniently than if it were sent by first class mail. This is especially true for employees serving overseas for whom it takes longer to receive first class mail." 

The rule goes into effect immediately.

Data collection: The Securities and Exchange Commission is changing some of its electronic data collection rules, the agency announced Thursday. The commission said it is revising the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval System's (also known as EDGAR) manual effective immediately.

Air pollution: The Air Force is revising its environmental regulations to correct errors in the original rule, it announced Thursday.

The environmental regulations limit how much Air Force planes pollute while flying at home and abroad.

Hazardous waste: The Environmental Protection Agency is revising its hazardous waste regulations to exclude certain oils and fluids that are used in metalworking to create parts for ships, bridges and engines, the agency said Thursday. 

This action corrects an error in the old rule.

School breakfasts: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is correcting an error in the rule governing the national school breakfast program, the agency said Thursday.

USPS: The U.S. Postal Service is raising some of its fees starting July 28. This would include an increase in the agency's hourly charges for some services. 

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