New regs for Monday: Oil spill response plans

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The regulation will only apply to non-tank ships that carry oil, and is intended “to further protect the nation from the threat of oil spills in U.S. waters,” according to the agency.

Separately, the Coast Guard is making “non-substantive changes” to its shipping and transportation rules. 

Housing:
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is publishing its proposal to define which types of loans that it oversees count as qualified mortgages, under new rules issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The qualified mortgage rule, issued this year by the consumer watchdog, was called for by the Dodd-Frank Act to make sure that lenders are able to repay the housing loans they take out. 

Transportation:
The Transportation Department is implementing its program to recommend cars that have rearview video systems. 

Safety advocates have criticized the department for not mandating the video systems, as a law passed by Congress called for it to do by 2011. This week, a coalition of organizations sued the department over the delay. 

Additionally, the Transportation Department is also issuing four new proposals to strengthen the legal protections for consumers on charter airplanes. 

Finance:
The Federal Reserve Board is considering giving bank holding companies a one-year transition period to comply with capital framework requirements in their upcoming stress tests. 

Additionally, the Fed is asking for public comment on amendments to capital planning and stress test rules for smaller banks. 

The Securities and Exchange Commission is amending its rules for temporary registration of municipal advisers. 

Agriculture:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is increasing the fee charged to blueberry producers and importers to fund a research and promotion program. 

Protected species:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to declare that a type of bird known as the rufa red knot is threatened and should be protected by federal law. 

The National Marine Fisheries Service, which governs protected species in the oceans, is reopening the comment period for a proposal to protect some critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles

Acquisition:
The Defense Department is changing its acquisition rules to implement restrictions on textile purchases, changing limits of legal costs incurred by contractors during whistleblower cases and setting new whistleblower protections. 

The federal government is also publishing a compliance guide to the new rules for small businesses. 

Small businesses:
The Department of Veterans Affairs is changing it adjudication rules for small businesses owned by veterans that disagree with how the department treats them in its rules. 

U.S. Marshals:
The U.S. Marshals Service is finalizing the fee it charges for service in federal court proceedings. 

National Archives:
The National Archives and Records Administration is changing its rules on records fees to give it more flexibility in the way it accepts payment.

Communications:
The Federal Communications Commission is modifying its rules for transmitters operating on the 60GHz frequency range and asking the public to weigh in on proposals to make spectrum management more efficient. 

Pipeline:
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is extending the comment period for its request for the public to weigh in on whether integrity management programs requirements should be applied to more facilities. 

Fishing:
Regulators for fishing in the North Pacific have submitted a plan to manage catching of cod