New regs for Thursday: School lunch program to cost $16.4B

Thursday's edition of the Federal Register contains 185 new agency submissions, including an update to the cost of the National School Lunch Program.

Nutrition: The Regulatory Impact Analysis for Michelle Obama's National School Lunch Program was corrected by the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reflect new language about the program.

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The National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, which provides free and low-cost healthy meals to more than 31 million students, is projected to cost taxpayers $16.4 billion in 2014.

The costs will continue to grow over the next couple years, according to government estimates, adding up to $17 billion by 2016.

In 2013, the costs totaled $15.9 billion.

Schools that participate in the lunch and breakfast programs receive a 6-cent reimbursement for each meal they serve to students, as well as food from the Agriculture Department to make sure it complies with the requirements.

The lunch and breakfast programs that Michelle Obama pushed for were authorized by Congress under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Archaeology: The U.S. Treasury Department and Customs and Border Protection are teaming up to ban certain archaeological materials from Bulgaria.

The two agencies issued a joint final rule adding Bulgaria to a list of countries that the United Nations has designated. Now, Bulgarian artifacts from the Middle Ages will be protected from export to the United States.

The rule goes into effect Tuesday.

Workplace safety: The Department of Health and Human Services is looking to update rules for workplace safety and health investigations. The proposal would update outdated terminology from the HHS's regulations.