New regs for Friday: Rules for catching sharks

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The agency is also adjusting rules for catching northern red hake and proposing to change regulations for activities that harm or kill harbor porpoises.

Housing:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing to expand its oversight to people who help consumers navigate a mortgage loan application process.

“This proposed rule will impose experience, training, proficiency, and structure requirements on eligible service providers,” the agency said in its proposal. 

Communications:
The Federal Communications Commission will collect more than $339 million in fees from communication companies. The fees cover the cost of enforcement, rulemaking and other duties at the agency in fiscal 2013. 

Education:
The Department of Education is proposing to stop authorizing states to set their own modified standards for some poorly performing students with disabilities.

The regulation would reverse a 2007 department decision to let states set those standards, and is meant to let states focus on “the development of more accessible general assessments.” 

Contractors:
The Department of Energy is amending its rules for contractors who feel that their employers are retaliating against them for actions they have taken. 

Finance:
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is clarifying its definition of the term “actual delivery,” which is used to determine when derivatives exchanges are exempt from some provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. 

The Federal Reserve is also issuing rules requiring major banks to pay $440 million this year to cover the cost of their oversight.

The tab, first announced last week, only applies to institutions with more than $50 billion in assets 

Transportation:
The Transportation Department will stop processing applications to transfer truckers’ operating authority and is requiring them to use a new online registration system, which goes up in 2015.

Hunting:
The Fish and Wildlife Service is issuing a framework for states and U.S. territories to establish their 2013-2014 migratory bird hunting seasons. 

Animal drugs:
Seven types of animal drugs are being withdrawn from the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process because they are no longer manufactured or marketed.