New regs for Wednesday: American flag, cloud computing, hunting and fishing

Wednesday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for military purchases of American flags, cloud computing security requirements for military contractors, and hunting and fishing regulations in national wildlife refuges.

Here's what is happening:

Hunting: The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is loosening hunting and fishing regulations in national wildlife refuges.

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National wildlife refuges generally prohibit hunting and fishing to "maintain the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health," but the agency is loosening these rules. The FWS will allow hunting at one additional refuge, and increase hunting activities at 16 other refuges. The agency will also open four more refuges to fishing.

The new rules go into effect immediately. 

Endangered: The National Marine Fisheries Service and Fish and Wildlife Service is again delaying new protections for green sea turtles.

Green sea turtles are already classified as a threatened species, but the agencies proposed listing some of them as endangered in March. Since then, the agencies have delayed the changes three times.

The public now has until Sept. 25 to comment.

American flags: The Department of Defense is moving forward with new rules prohibiting the military from purchasing American flags made outside the United States.

The Defense Department's Defense Acquisition Regulations System will only purchase U.S.-made American flags under the new rules stipulated in the latest appropriations bill.

The rule goes into effect immediately.

The cloud: The Department of Defense (DOD) is moving forward with new cloud computing security requirements for contractors storing military information.

The Defense Department's Defense Acquisition Regulations System will require federal contractors to report cyber intrusions and network penetrations of unclassified information systems.

The DOD already has similar rules to report classified information breaches. 

The new rules go into effect immediately.