New regs for Thursday: Expanded wireless coverage

The Patent and Trademark Office is proposing to change patent rules to streamline the process.

The Department of Defense is implementing portions of its sexual assault prevention program.

The State Department is adjusting rules to implement a U.S.-Australia treaty on arms trade cooperation.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is denying a petition to require the installation of radiation alarms for rooms housing neutron sources.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is adopting rules to exempt some clearing requirements for swap deals. The CFTC is also expanding the delegation of authority for self-regulating organizations' disclosures.

Food and Drugs:
The Department of Agriculture is adopting a final rule lowering the rate of assessment for sweet cherries and apricots from Washington and processed pears from Washington and Oregon.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is proposing quotas for Atlantic bluefin tuna.

Federal Employees:
The agency designed to protect federal employees and promote merit is issuing a rule to give federal agencies more flexibility in a notification requirement.

The Office of Personnel Management is revising the geographical boundaries of its pay-setting system for federal workers paid by the hour.