New regs for Thursday: Preventing human trafficking

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NASA, the General Services Administration and the Defense Department want the extra protections to increase awareness, compliance and enforcement.

“As the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world, the Federal Government bears a responsibility to ensure that taxpayer dollars do not contribute to any form of this criminal behavior,” the agencies write in the draft rule.

People with disabilities:
The U.S. Access Board, which promotes equality for people with disabilities, is updating accessibility guidelines for picnic facilities, campgrounds and other outdoor developed areas that are built or altered by federal agencies. 

The regulation applies to agencies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Defense Department as well as any other facilities constructed on federal land.

“The final rule ensures that these facilities are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities,” the board said in the new regulation.

Housing:
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other federal home loan banks will have to conduct annual stress tests to determine whether they have the reserve capital necessary to withstand any economic crises, under a rule to be published on Thursday.

The standard will become effective in 30 days.

Endangered species:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the fluted kidneyfish and slabside pearlymussel, both of which live in systems of the Tennessee River, are endangered. 

In addition to adding them to the Endangered Species List, the agency is also designating a total of 1,380 miles of protected habitat for them in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia. 

Additionally, the service wants to change the preserved habitat for a population of protected lynx and accept additional comments on a proposal to protect the Oregon spotted frog

Transportation:
The Federal Aviation Administration is clarifying portions of its new rules on rest and duty obligations for flight crew. The regulations go into effect in January.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to change the definition of “tank vehicle” for tanker truck drivers. 

Agriculture:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to change the requirements for warehouses that store cotton. 

Finance:
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is publishing rules governing temporary cease-and-desist orders that it may issue during dispute proceedings. 

Animal drugs:
The Food and Drug Administration wants the public to weigh in on a series of data tables about the sale and distribution of new animal drugs.