Part II – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Introduction to The Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions
Document Number: X10-11220
Type: Unknown
Date: 2010-12-20
Agency: Regulatory Information Service Center, Agencies and Commissions, Part II, Introduction to the Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Federal
The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires that agencies publish semiannual regulatory agendas in the Federal Register describing regulatory actions they are developing that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities (5 U.S.C. 602). Executive Order 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' signed September 30, 1993 (58 FR 51735) and Office of Management and Budget memoranda implementing section 4 of that Order establish minimum standards for agencies' agendas, including specific types of information for each entry. Section 4 of Executive Order 12866 also directs that each agency prepare, as part of its submission to the fall edition of the Unified Agenda, a regulatory plan of the most important significant regulatory actions that the agency reasonably expects to issue in proposed or final form during the upcoming fiscal year. The Regulatory Plan (Plan) and the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Unified Agenda) help agencies fulfill these requirements.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Test Procedure for Residential Clothes Washers
Document Number: 2010-22225-2
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-09-21
Agency: Department of Energy, Part II
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes amending its test procedure for residential clothes washers under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to provide for measuring standby mode and off mode energy consumption, and to update the active mode test procedure. DOE is also proposing to eliminate an obsolete clothes washer test procedure currently codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, and is announcing a public meeting to discuss and receive comments on the issues presented in this NOPR.
Foreign Issuer Reporting Enhancements
Document Number: E8-22760
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-06
Agency: Securities and Exchange Commission, Agencies and Commissions, Part II
We are adopting a number of amendments to our rules relating to foreign private issuers that are intended to enhance the information that is available to investors. These amendments are part of a series of initiatives that seek to effect changes in our disclosure and other requirements applicable to foreign private issuers in light of market developments, new technologies and other matters in a manner that promotes investor protection and cross-border capital flows. We are adopting amendments that would enable foreign issuers to test their eligibility to use the special forms and rules available to foreign private issuers once a year, rather than continuously. We also are adopting amendments to change the deadline for annual reports filed by foreign private issuers and to eliminate an option under which foreign private issuers are permitted to omit segment data from their U.S. GAAP financial statements, and an amendment to the rule pertaining to going private transactions to reflect the new termination of reporting and deregistration rules for foreign private issuers. In addition, we are adopting amendments that would revise the annual report and registration statement forms used by foreign private issuers to improve certain disclosures provided in these forms.
Medicare Program: Proposed Changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and CY 2009 Payment Rates; Proposed Changes to the Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System and CY 2009 Payment Rates
Document Number: E8-15539
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-07-18
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Part II, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
This proposed rule would revise the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system to implement applicable statutory requirements and changes arising from our continuing experience with this system. In this proposed rule, we describe the proposed changes to the amounts and factors used to determine the payment rates for Medicare hospital outpatient services paid under the prospective payment system. These changes would be applicable to services furnished on or after January 1, 2009. In addition, this proposed rule would update the revised Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system to implement applicable statutory requirements and changes arising from our continuing experience with this system. In this proposed rule, we propose the applicable relative payment weights and amounts for services furnished in ASCs, specific HCPCS codes to which these proposed changes would apply, and other pertinent ratesetting information for the CY 2009 ASC payment system. These changes would be applicable to services furnished on or after January 1, 2009.
Medicare Program; Medicare Part D Claims Data
Document Number: 08-1298
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-28
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Part II, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
This final rule allows the Secretary to collect claims data that are presently being collected for Part D payment purposes for other research, analysis, reporting, and public health functions. The Secretary needs to use these data because other publicly available data are not, in and of themselves, sufficient for the studies and operations that the Secretary needs to undertake as part of the Department of Health and Human Service's obligation to oversee the Medicare program, protect the public's health, and respond to Congressional mandates. These data will also be used to better identify, evaluate and measure the effects of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, (MMA).
Medicare Program; Changes to the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems and Fiscal Year 2008 Rates
Document Number: 07-3820
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-08-22
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Part II, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
We are revising the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs to implement changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems, and to implement certain provisions made by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-171), the Medicare Improvements and Extension Act under Division B, Title I of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-432), and the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (Pub. L. 109-417). In addition, in the Addendum to this final rule with comment period, we describe the changes to the amounts and factors used to determine the rates for Medicare hospital inpatient services for operating costs and capital-related costs. We also are setting forth the rate of increase limits for certain hospitals and hospital units excluded from the IPPS that are paid on a reasonable cost basis subject to these limits, or that have a portion of a prospective payment system payment based on reasonable cost principles. These changes are applicable to discharges occurring on or after October 1, 2007. In this final rule with comment period, as part of our efforts to further refine the diagnosis related group (DRG) system under the IPPS to better recognize severity of illness among patients, for FY 2008, we are adopting a Medicare Severity DRG (MS DRG) classification system for the IPPS. We are also adopting the structure of the MS-DRG system for the LTCH prospective payment system (referred to as MS-LTC-DRGs) for FY 2008. Among the other policy decisions and changes that we are making, we are making changes related to: limited revisions of the reclassification of cases to MS-DRGs, the relative weights for the MS- LTC-DRGs; applications for new technologies and medical services add-on payments; the wage data, including the occupational mix data, used to compute the FY 2008 wage indices; payments to hospitals for the indirect costs of graduate medical education; submission of hospital quality data; provisions governing the application of sanctions relating to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1986 (EMTALA); provisions governing the disclosure of physician ownership in hospitals and patient safety measures; and provisions relating to services furnished to beneficiaries in custody of penal authorities.
Grazing AdministrationExclusive of Alaska
Document Number: 06-5788
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-07-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Part II, Land Management Bureau
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) amends its regulations concerning how BLM administers livestock grazing on public lands. The changes ensure that BLM documents its consideration of the social, cultural, environmental, and economic consequences of grazing changes; provide that changes in grazing use will be phased in under certain circumstances; allow permittees, lessees, and others to share title to range improvements with BLM in certain circumstances; make clear how BLM will authorize grazing if a BLM decision affecting a grazing permit is stayed pending administrative appeal; remove provisions in the present regulations concerning conservation use grazing permits; ensure adequate time for developing and successfully implementing an appropriate management action when BLM finds that rangelands do not meet standards and guidelines for rangeland health and that authorized grazing is a significant factor in not achieving one or more land health standards or not conforming with guidelines for grazing administration; and revise some administrative service charges. We intend these changes to contribute to improving working relationships with permittees and lessees, protecting the health of the rangelands and increasing administrative efficiency and effectiveness.
Cumulative List of Public Laws
Document Number: granule001
Type: Unknown
Date: 2006-04-07
Agency: Part II, Reader Aids
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: 06-1641
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-24
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Part II
This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for possible use to assist the homeless.
Fifty-Seventh Report of the TSCA Interagency Testing Committee to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Receipt of Report and Request for Comments
Document Number: 05-24410
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency, Part II
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Interagency Testing Committee (ITC) transmitted its Fifty-Seventh Report to the Administrator of EPA on November 22, 2005. In the 57th ITC Report, which is included with this notice, there are no changes to the TSCA section 4(e) Priority Testing List published in the 56th ITC Report in the Federal Register of October 24, 2005. As stated in the 56th ITC Report, it was the ITC's intention to provide in this 57th ITC Report a data-availability study of the high production volume (HPV) chemicals in the 2002 Inventory Update Rule (IUR). The study of the HPV chemicals in the 2002 IUR may be made available after the ITC has had an opportunity to review comments received on the study of the HPV chemicals described in the 56th ITC Report. In addition, the ITC needs additional time to review information submitted from the International Tungsten Industry Association, the Indium Corporation of America, and the Vanadium Producers and Reclaimers Association, as well as data on tungsten, indium, and vanadium compounds submitted in response to TSCA section 8(a) Preliminary Assessment Information Reporting (PAIR) rules.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: 05-2475
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-11
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Part II
This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for possible use to assist the homeless.