New regs for Wednesday: Disabled, mortgage disclosures, coal mines

Wednesday’s edition of the Federal Register contains new rules to help disabled people find jobs, a mortgage disclosure rule, and safety requirements for coal mines.

Here’s what is happening:

Disability: The Social Security Administration (SSA) is considering new rules to help disabled people find jobs.

The Ticket to Work program, which provides disabled people with career counseling, job placement, and employment support services, is facing changes under the agency’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking.

The changes stem from a Bureau of Labor Statistics report that found only 17 percent of disabled people are working. The goal of the program is to help disabled people find jobs in order to “reduce dependency on cash benefits,” the SSA wrote.

"Congress found that eliminating barriers to work and providing individuals with real choice in obtaining services and technology to find, enter, and maintain employment can greatly improve the short and long-term financial independence and personal well-being of our beneficiaries,” the agency wrote.

The public has 60 days to comment.

Mortgage disclosures: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is correcting a mistake made in a mortgage disclosure rule.

The CFPB’s 2013 mortgage disclosure rule contained a minor error that the agency is now fixing.

The correction goes into effect immediately.

Coal mines: The Department of Labor is looking into safety requirements for coal mines.

The Labor Department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) submitted an information collection request Tuesday to review the state of escape and evacuation plans from surface coal mines.

The public has 30 days to comment.