New regs for Friday: Closing red snapper fishing


The service is also extending its comment period on a petition to list harbor seals in Alaska's Iliamna Lake as threatened or endangered and proposing to implement regulations for catching conch in areas off of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Federal contracting:
The Interior Department is finalizing rules to implement the Buy Indian Act, which allows it to set aside procurement contracts for businesses owned and controlled by Native Americans. 

The Defense Department is assigning procedures and responsibilities for implementing a portion of the Post-9/11 GI Bill that provides supplemental education benefits. 

The department also wants to allow some members of its TRICARE healthcare system to be exempt from future enrollment fees.

The Department of Health and Human Services is correcting "inadvertent errors and omissions" in rules on healthcare privacy. 

The Education Department will prioritize disability research grants that focus on promoting healthy aging for people with long-term physical disabilities under a rehabilitation research program. 

Environment and energy:
The Environmental Protection Agency wants to strengthen controls on pollution discharges from some steam electric power plants. 

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is fixing "miscellaneous corrections" in its rules. 

The Federal Communications Commission has received a petition to revise its rules on interactions between aircraft and satellites.