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Agency Rulemaking Highlights
Upholding Civil Service Protections and Merit System Principles
The Office of Personnel Management is proposing to reinforce and clarify longstanding civil service protections as they relate to the movement of federal employees and positions from the competitive service to the excepted service. The proposed rule distinguishes civil service roles from those of noncareer, political appointees. The proposal is intended to prevent future administrations from reclassifying civil service employees as political appointees who may be removed at will for potentially political reasons. Comments due November 17.
Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in HHS Programs or Activities
The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing to clarify existing requirements that prohibit its service programs from discriminating on the basis of disability in the provision of health care, child welfare, or other human services so that persons with disabilities have an opportunity to benefit from programs equal to those afforded others. Comments due November 13.
Regulatory Capital Rule: Large Banking Organizations
The Treasury Department invites public comment on a proposal to revise the capital requirements applicable to large banking organizations and to banking organizations with significant trading activity. The revisions are intended to improve the calculation of risk-based capital requirements to better reflect the risks of these banking organizations' exposures, and facilitate more effective supervisory and market assessments of capital adequacy. Comments due November 30.
Long-Term Debt Requirements for Large Bank Holding Companies
The Treasury Department is proposing to require certain large depository institution holding companies to issue and maintain a minimum amount of long-term debt to improve the resolvability of these banking organizations in case of failure, and mitigate financial stability and contagion risks by reducing the risk of loss to uninsured depositors. Comments due November 30.
The Environmental Protection Agency extended the comment period for its proposed rule, “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Integrated Iron and Steel Manufacturing Facilities Technology Review.” Comments now due September 29.
Energy & Environment
- Biden’s New Climate Corps Will Train Thousands of Young People, Washington Post
- Companies Might Be Forced to Report Their Impact on Nature. A New Framework Aims to Help, Wall Street Journal
- DOE Rule Breakthrough? Industry, Greens Reach Deal, E&E News
- Inside Exxon’s Strategy to Downplay Climate Change, Wall Street Journal
- Biden’s Climate Law Is Reshaping Private Investment in the United States, New York Times
- A Legal Victory for the (Very) Little Guys, New York Times
- Are Electric Cars Really Better for the Environment?, Washington Post
- Biden to Target Industrial Pollution in a 2nd Term, if He Gets One, New York Times
- Debate Over State and Federal Regulation of Prescribed Burns Pits Biden Against Fellow Democrats, Forbes
- FERC Official Rejects Republican Bill Targeting Biden Rules, E&E News
- California Governor to Sign Landmark Climate Disclosure Bill, New York Times
- California Lawsuit Says Oil Giants Deceived Public on Climate, Seeks Funds for Storm Damage, Associated Press
- California Legislature Approves Plan Allowing the State to Buy Power, Associated Press
- Carbon-Disclosure Rules for US Companies are Coming Sooner Than Expected, Wall Street Journal
- California’s Zero-Emissions Rule Triggers a Run on Diesel Rigs, Wall Street Journal
- House Approves Bill Against Calif. Clean Air Act Waivers, E&E News
- The US and China Outpace Europe in the Energy Transition Race, Forbes