Agency Rulemaking Highlights
In response to the recent executive order of the same name, the Treasury Department is proposing to issue regulations that identify categories of transactions involving technologies and products that may threaten national security. The proposal would also prohibit U.S. persons from engaging in such transactions, and require that Treasury be notified of such transactions. Comments due September 28.
The Department of Energy is proposing to amend its regulations for the timely coordination of Federal authorizations for proposed interstate electric transmission facilities. The proposal would establish an integrated and comprehensive Coordinated Interagency Transmission Authorizations and Permits Program, and would require project proponents to develop resource reports and public engagement plans for communities that would be affected by a proposed qualifying project. Comments due October 2.
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing revisions to the regulations governing Clean Water Act section 404 tribal and state programs to respond to longstanding requests from tribes and states to clarify the requirements for administration of a permitting program for discharges of dredged and fill material. Comments due October 13.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing to apply lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic which are intended to help ensure that eligible populations are able to more easily access its food distribution programs. The proposal updates income eligibility guidelines and transitions the Commodity Supplemental Food Program to a seniors-only program. Comments due October 13.
The Federal Elections Commission announced receipt of a petition asking the commission to amend its regulations on fraudulent misrepresentation of campaign authority to clarify that the statute applies to deliberately deceptive campaign ads that use artificial intelligence-generated images, video, audio, and other such “deepfake” content. Comments due October 16.
Updates from the Safe Sleep for Babies Act
The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a final rule codifying its regulations pursuant to the Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021, which bans inclined sleepers for infants (effective September 15) and crib bumpers (effective September 13).
The Office of Personnel Management is proposing to modify the regulations for the Pathways Programs to align the program to better meet the government's needs for recruiting and hiring interns and recent graduates. The updates aim to improve professional development opportunities for participants and to streamline agencies' ability to hire participants—especially when converting a Pathways appointment to a term or permanent position. Comments due October 2.