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04/05/2018RuleFEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATIONFederal Deposit Insurance CorporationAssessment RegulationsThe FDIC is making technical amendments to its rules governing deposit insurance assessments. The FDIC believes that the amendments will have little or no effect on the deposit insurance assessments for insured depository institutions (IDIs), and any...2018-06920FR-Doc-2018-06920assessment-regulationsThe FDIC is making technical amendments to its rules governing deposit insurance assessments. The FDIC believes that the amendments will have little or no effect on the deposit insurance assessments for insured depository institutions (IDIs), and any potential effect would result in lower assessments. The first technical amendment makes clear that small bank assessment credits will be applied for assessment periods in which the reserve ratio of the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) is at least 1.38 percent instead of, as currently provided, just when the ratio exceeds 1.38 percent. The second technical amendment removes a data item from the assessment regulations that most small banks can no longer report on the Consolidated Report of Income and Condition (Call Report). The third technical amendment re-incorporates, for assessment purposes, the capital definitions and ratio thresholds used for prompt corrective action (PCA) that were inadvertently removed in a 2016 rulemaking.
04/05/2018Proposed RuleFEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCYFederal Housing Finance AgencyNotice of Regulatory ReviewThe Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is issuing a notice of a regulatory review to be conducted in accordance with the process set forth in its Regulatory Review Plan published in February 2012, and requesting comments on how its regulations may...2018-06918FR-Doc-2018-06918notice-of-regulatory-reviewThe Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is issuing a notice of a regulatory review to be conducted in accordance with the process set forth in its Regulatory Review Plan published in February 2012, and requesting comments on how its regulations may be made more effective and less burdensome.
04/03/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentArbitrage Guidance for Tax-Exempt Bonds; CorrectionThis document contains corrections to final regulations (TD 9777) that were published in the Federal Register on Monday, July 18, 2016. The final regulations are related to arbitrage restrictions under section 148 of the Internal Revenue Code...2018-06704FR-Doc-2018-06704arbitrage-guidance-for-tax-exempt-bonds-correctionThis document contains corrections to final regulations (TD 9777) that were published in the Federal Register on Monday, July 18, 2016. The final regulations are related to arbitrage restrictions under section 148 of the Internal Revenue Code applicable to tax-exempt bonds and other tax-advantaged bonds issued by State and local governments.
04/03/2018Proposed RuleFEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCYFederal Housing Finance AgencyFederal Housing Finance Board; Repeal of Federal Housing Finance Board RegulationsThe Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is proposing to repeal two parts of the Federal Housing Finance Board (Finance Board) regulations, one of which defines terms used in Finance Board regulations and one of which describes the process by which...2018-06564FR-Doc-2018-06564federal-housing-finance-board-repeal-of-federal-housing-finance-board-regulationsThe Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is proposing to repeal two parts of the Federal Housing Finance Board (Finance Board) regulations, one of which defines terms used in Finance Board regulations and one of which describes the process by which the Finance Board conducted its monthly interest rate survey (MIRS). The definitions to be repealed are either obsolete or duplicate definitions that FHFA has previously adopted. The regulation relating to the MIRS has become outdated because it does not accurately describe the manner in which FHFA currently conducts the survey. Although FHFA intends to continue to conduct the MIRS in the same manner as it is doing presently, there is no need to carry over this provision into its own regulations. FHFA also is proposing to repeal a number of subchapters of the Finance Board regulations that it had previously reserved, but which no longer serve any purpose because they include no regulatory text.
04/02/2018Proposed RuleFEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATIONFederal Deposit Insurance CorporationAnnual Stress Test-Applicability Transition for Covered Banks With $50 Billion or More in Assets; Technical and Conforming ChangesThe Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) proposes to make several revisions to its stress testing regulation. Consistent with changes already made by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) and the Office of the Comptroller...2018-06162FR-Doc-2018-06162annual-stress-test-applicability-transition-for-covered-banks-with-50-billion-or-more-in-assetsThe Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) proposes to make several revisions to its stress testing regulation. Consistent with changes already made by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to their respective stress testing regulations, the proposed rule would change the transition process for covered banks that become over $50 billion covered banks. Under the proposed rule, a covered bank that becomes an over $50 billion covered bank on or before September 30 would become subject to the requirements applicable to an over $50 billion covered bank beginning on January 1 of the second calendar year after the covered bank becomes an over $50 billion covered bank. A covered bank that becomes an over $50 billion covered bank after September 30 would become subject to the requirements applicable to an over $50 billion covered bank beginning on January 1 of the third calendar year after the covered bank becomes an over $50 billion covered bank. The proposed rule would also change the range of possible ``as-of'' dates used in the trading and counterparty position data stress testing component. Lastly, the proposed rule would make certain technical changes to clarify the requirements of the FDIC's stress testing regulation, and to eliminate obsolete provisions.
04/02/2018RuleFEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATIONFederal Deposit Insurance CorporationRemoval of Transferred OTS Regulations Regarding Minimum Security Procedures Amendments to FDIC RegulationsThe Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (``FDIC'') is adopting a final rule to rescind and remove a part from the Code of Federal Regulations entitled ``Security Procedures'' and to amend FDIC regulations to make the removed Office of Thrift...2018-06161FR-Doc-2018-06161removal-of-transferred-ots-regulations-regarding-minimum-security-procedures-amendments-to-fdicThe Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (``FDIC'') is adopting a final rule to rescind and remove a part from the Code of Federal Regulations entitled ``Security Procedures'' and to amend FDIC regulations to make the removed Office of Thrift Supervision (``OTS'') regulations applicable to State savings associations.
04/02/2018RuleFEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATIONFederal Deposit Insurance CorporationRemoval of Transferred OTS Regulations Regarding Consumer Protection in Sales of InsuranceThe Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (``FDIC'') is adopting a final rule to rescind and remove from the Code of Federal Regulations the part entitled ``Consumer Protection in Sales of Insurance'' and to amend current FDIC regulations to make them...2018-06163FR-Doc-2018-06163removal-of-transferred-ots-regulations-regarding-consumer-protection-in-sales-of-insuranceThe Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (``FDIC'') is adopting a final rule to rescind and remove from the Code of Federal Regulations the part entitled ``Consumer Protection in Sales of Insurance'' and to amend current FDIC regulations to make them applicable to state savings associations.
04/02/2018RuleGOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICEGovernment Accountability OfficeGovernment Accountability Office, Administrative Practice and Procedure, Bid Protest Regulations, Government ContractsThis document amends the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) Bid Protest Regulations, promulgated in accordance with the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 (CICA), to implement the requirements in sec. 1501 of the Consolidated Appropriations...2018-06413FR-Doc-2018-06413government-accountability-office-administrative-practice-and-procedure-bid-protest-regulationsThis document amends the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) Bid Protest Regulations, promulgated in accordance with the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 (CICA), to implement the requirements in sec. 1501 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2014, which was enacted on January 14, 2014. These amendments implement the legislation's direction to establish and operate an electronic filing and document dissemination system for the filing of bid protests with GAO. The amendments also include administrative changes to reflect current practice, to streamline the bid protest process, and to make clerical corrections.
04/02/2018RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of Expiration Dates for Two Body System ListingsWe are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Special Senses and Speech and Congenital Disorders That Affect Multiple Body Systems. We are making no other revisions to...2018-06671FR-Doc-2018-06671extension-of-expiration-dates-for-two-body-system-listingsWe are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Special Senses and Speech and Congenital Disorders That Affect Multiple Body Systems. We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
03/30/2018RuleSMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONSmall Business AdministrationRules of Practice for Protests and Appeals Regarding Eligibility for Inclusion in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Verification and Evaluation DatabaseThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is amending the rules of practice of its Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) to implement procedures for protests of eligibility for inclusion in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for...2018-06034FR-Doc-2018-06034rules-of-practice-for-protests-and-appeals-regarding-eligibility-for-inclusion-in-the-us-departmentThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is amending the rules of practice of its Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) to implement procedures for protests of eligibility for inclusion in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) database, and procedures for appeals of denials and cancellations of inclusion in the CVE database. These amendments are issued in accordance with sections 1832 and 1833 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA 2017).
03/28/2018Proposed RuleGENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATIONGeneral Services AdministrationCivilian Board of Contract Appeals; Rules of Procedure for Contract Disputes Act CasesThe Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (Board) proposes to amend its rules of procedure for cases arising under the Contract Disputes Act, and for disputes between insurance companies and the Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency in which...2018-06269FR-Doc-2018-06269civilian-board-of-contract-appeals-rules-of-procedure-for-contract-disputes-act-casesThe Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (Board) proposes to amend its rules of procedure for cases arising under the Contract Disputes Act, and for disputes between insurance companies and the Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency in which decisions of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation are brought before the Board under the Federal Crop Insurance Act. The Board's current rules were issued in 2008 and were last amended in 2011.
03/28/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentCertain Non-Government Attorneys Not Authorized To Participate in Examinations of Books and Witnesses as a Section 6103(n) ContractorThis document contains proposed regulations to amend regulations under section 7602(a) of the Internal Revenue Code relating to administrative proceedings. Current regulations permit any person authorized to receive returns and return information under...2018-06242FR-Doc-2018-06242certain-non-government-attorneys-not-authorized-to-participate-in-examinations-of-books-andThis document contains proposed regulations to amend regulations under section 7602(a) of the Internal Revenue Code relating to administrative proceedings. Current regulations permit any person authorized to receive returns and return information under section 6103(n) and the regulations thereunder to receive and review summoned books, papers, and other data, and, in the presence and under the guidance of an IRS officer or employee, participate fully in the interview of a witness in a summons interview. These proposed regulations significantly narrow the scope of the current regulations by excluding non-government attorneys from receiving summoned books, papers, records, or other data or from participating in the interview of a witness summoned by the IRS to provide testimony under oath, with a limited exception. These proposed regulations affect taxpayers involved in a federal tax examination and other persons whose books and records or testimony are sought to be examined by the IRS under section 7602(a).
03/28/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentAllocation of Controlled Group Research CreditThis document contains final regulations relating to the allocation of the credit for increasing research activities (research credit) to corporations and trades or businesses under common control (controlled groups). This document also contains final...2018-06241FR-Doc-2018-06241allocation-of-controlled-group-research-creditThis document contains final regulations relating to the allocation of the credit for increasing research activities (research credit) to corporations and trades or businesses under common control (controlled groups). This document also contains final regulations relating to the allocation of the railroad track maintenance credit and the election for a reduced research credit.
03/27/2018RuleNATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATIONNational Aeronautics and Space AdministrationNASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Revised Voucher and Invoice Submission & Payment Process (NFS Case 2017-N014)NASA is issuing a final rule amending the NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (NFS) to implement revisions to the voucher and invoice submittal and payment process.2018-05883FR-Doc-2018-05883nasa-federal-acquisition-regulation-supplement-revised-voucher-and-invoice-submission-and-paymentNASA is issuing a final rule amending the NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (NFS) to implement revisions to the voucher and invoice submittal and payment process.
03/27/2018RuleFEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEMFederal Reserve SystemRegulation A: Extensions of Credit by Federal Reserve BanksThe Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (``Board'') has adopted final amendments to its Regulation A to reflect the Board's approval of an increase in the rate for primary credit at each Federal Reserve Bank. The secondary credit rate at...2018-06123FR-Doc-2018-06123regulation-a-extensions-of-credit-by-federal-reserve-banksThe Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (``Board'') has adopted final amendments to its Regulation A to reflect the Board's approval of an increase in the rate for primary credit at each Federal Reserve Bank. The secondary credit rate at each Reserve Bank automatically increased by formula as a result of the Board's primary credit rate action.
03/27/2018RuleFEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEMFederal Reserve SystemRegulation D: Reserve Requirements of Depository InstitutionsThe Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (``Board'') is amending Regulation D (Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions) to revise the rate of interest paid on balances maintained to satisfy reserve balance requirements (``IORR'')...2018-06124FR-Doc-2018-06124regulation-d-reserve-requirements-of-depository-institutionsThe Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (``Board'') is amending Regulation D (Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions) to revise the rate of interest paid on balances maintained to satisfy reserve balance requirements (``IORR'') and the rate of interest paid on excess balances (``IOER'') maintained at Federal Reserve Banks by or on behalf of eligible institutions. The final amendments specify that IORR is 1.75 percent and IOER is 1.75 percent, a 0.25 percentage point increase from their prior levels. The amendments are intended to enhance the role of such rates of interest in moving the Federal funds rate into the target range established by the Federal Open Market Committee (``FOMC'' or ``Committee'').
03/26/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentRevise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation-Parts 811 and 832The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove any...2018-04002FR-Doc-2018-04002revise-and-streamline-va-acquisition-regulation-parts-811-and-832The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove any procedural guidance internal to VA into the VA Acquisition Manual (VAAM), and to incorporate any new agency specific regulations or policies. These changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR and remove outdated and duplicative requirements and reduce burden on contractors. The VAAM incorporates portions of the removed VAAR as well as other internal agency acquisition policy. VA will rewrite certain parts of the VAAR and VAAM, and as VAAR parts are rewritten, we'll publish them in the Federal Register. VA will combine related topics, as appropriate. In particular, this rulemaking revises VAAR Parts 811-- Describing Agency Needs and Part 832--Contract Financing, as well as affected parts 801--Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation System, 852--Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses, and 870--Special Procurement Controls.
03/26/2018Proposed RuleSECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSIONSecurities and Exchange CommissionTransaction Fee Pilot for NMS StocksThe Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'' or ``SEC'') is proposing to conduct a Transaction Fee Pilot for National Market System (``NMS'') stocks to study the effects that transaction- based fees and rebates may have on, and the effects...2018-05545FR-Doc-2018-05545transaction-fee-pilot-for-nms-stocksThe Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'' or ``SEC'') is proposing to conduct a Transaction Fee Pilot for National Market System (``NMS'') stocks to study the effects that transaction- based fees and rebates may have on, and the effects that changes to those fees and rebates may have on, order routing behavior, execution quality, and market quality more generally. The data generated by the proposed pilot should help inform the Commission, as well as market participants and the public, about any such effects and thereby facilitate a data-driven evaluation of the need for regulatory action in this area.
03/26/2018RuleSMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONSmall Business AdministrationConforming Statutory Amendments and Technical Corrections to Small Business Government Contracting RegulationsThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) is amending its regulations to incorporate a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 (NDAA 2018) and to update and provide several technical corrections to SBA's regulations....2018-06033FR-Doc-2018-06033conforming-statutory-amendments-and-technical-corrections-to-small-business-government-contractingThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) is amending its regulations to incorporate a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 (NDAA 2018) and to update and provide several technical corrections to SBA's regulations. Specifically, the NDAA 2018 amended the Small Business Act by replacing fixed dollar amount thresholds with references to the micro-purchase and simplified acquisition thresholds. SBA is updating its regulations to conform to this new statutory language. SBA is also updating the sole source dollar amounts for the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) small business and the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small business regulations. The thresholds for sole source contracting are contained in the Small Business Act, SBA's regulations, and the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). These thresholds are updated in the FAR for inflation periodically, and therefore, over time, SBA's regulations and the FAR's numbers diverge. SBA is making this change to conform the thresholds contained in SBA's regulations to those in the FAR. This rule also allows indirect ownership by United States citizens in the HUBZone program to more accurately align with the underlying statutory authority. Finally, SBA is making several technical changes to address mistakes and typos made in previous rulemakings. For example, this final rule will update some cross-references that were not updated when a previous rulemaking changed numbering. Other changes made are for errors, grammar, syntax, and clarity.
03/23/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEDefense DepartmentDefense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Technical AmendmentsDoD is making technical amendments to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to provide needed editorial changes.2018-05938FR-Doc-2018-05938defense-federal-acquisition-regulation-supplement-technical-amendmentsDoD is making technical amendments to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to provide needed editorial changes.
03/23/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEDefense DepartmentDefense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Amendment to Mentor-Prot\u00e9g\u00e9 Program (DFARS Case 2016-D011)DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 that provides amendments to the DoD Pilot...2018-05937FR-Doc-2018-05937defense-federal-acquisition-regulation-supplement-amendment-to-mentor-protg-program-dfars-caseDoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 that provides amendments to the DoD Pilot Mentor-Prot[eacute]g[eacute] Program.
03/23/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCommon Crop Insurance Regulations; Nursery Crop Insurance ProvisionsThis document contains necessary amendments to apply a technical correction to the final rule with request for comments for the Nursery Crop Insurance Provisions which published in the Federal Register on January 31, 2018.2018-06000FR-Doc-2018-06000common-crop-insurance-regulations-nursery-crop-insurance-provisionsThis document contains necessary amendments to apply a technical correction to the final rule with request for comments for the Nursery Crop Insurance Provisions which published in the Federal Register on January 31, 2018.
03/23/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentTruth in Lending-Real Estate Settlement ProceduresThe Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) will obsolete (and reserve) the Truth in Lending--Real Estate Settlement Procedures regulation to ensure compliance with the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)...2018-05999FR-Doc-2018-05999truth-in-lending-real-estate-settlement-proceduresThe Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) will obsolete (and reserve) the Truth in Lending--Real Estate Settlement Procedures regulation to ensure compliance with the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) Integrated Mortgage Disclosures rule, commonly referred to as the TRID rule. This direct final rule will eliminate the functionally obsolete regulation in order to ensure compliance with the TRID rule, as the standard to follow.
03/22/2018Proposed RuleBUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTIONConsumer Financial Protection BureauRequest for Information Regarding Bureau Rules of Practice for Adjudication ProceedingsOn February 5, 2018, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) published a Request for Information Regarding Bureau Rules of Practice for Adjudication Proceedings (RFI), which provided that comments must be received on or before April 6,...2018-05780FR-Doc-2018-05780request-for-information-regarding-bureau-rules-of-practice-for-adjudication-proceedingsOn February 5, 2018, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) published a Request for Information Regarding Bureau Rules of Practice for Adjudication Proceedings (RFI), which provided that comments must be received on or before April 6, 2018. On February 22, 2018, the Bureau received a letter from two industry trade associations requesting a 30-day comment period extension for this RFI and for two other Bureau Requests for Information. The additional time is requested in order to allow commenters to develop meaningful responses to the RFI and the other identified Requests for Information. The Bureau believes the extension will allow all stakeholders the opportunity to provide more robust responses. In response to this request, the Bureau has determined that a 30 day extension of the comment period is appropriate.
03/22/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentEffectiveness of Licensing Procedures for Exportation of Agricultural Commodities, Medicine, and Medical Devices to Sudan and Iran; Comment RequestThe Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is soliciting comments on the effectiveness of OFAC's licensing procedures for the exportation of agricultural commodities, medicine, and medical devices to Sudan and Iran....2018-05638FR-Doc-2018-05638effectiveness-of-licensing-procedures-for-exportation-of-agricultural-commodities-medicine-andThe Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is soliciting comments on the effectiveness of OFAC's licensing procedures for the exportation of agricultural commodities, medicine, and medical devices to Sudan and Iran. Pursuant to section 906(c) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000, OFAC is required to submit a biennial report to the Congress on the operation of licensing procedures for such exports.
03/22/2018Proposed RuleSMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONSmall Business AdministrationSmall Business Size Standards; Alternative Size Standard for 7(a), 504, and Disaster Loan ProgramsSBA is seeking public input to assist in establishing a permanent alternative size standard for its 7(a) and 504 Loan Programs. SBA also invites suggestions on sources of relevant data and information that SBA should evaluate in developing a permanent...2018-05787FR-Doc-2018-05787small-business-size-standards-alternative-size-standard-for-7a-504-and-disaster-loan-programsSBA is seeking public input to assist in establishing a permanent alternative size standard for its 7(a) and 504 Loan Programs. SBA also invites suggestions on sources of relevant data and information that SBA should evaluate in developing a permanent alternative size standard and assessing its impact. Finally, SBA also seeks input from interested parties on a potential proposal to apply the permanent alternative size standard as an alternative to using industry based size standards for small business applicants under its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (``EIDL'') Program.
03/21/2018Proposed RuleNATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATIONNational Credit Union AdministrationFederal Credit Union BylawsThe NCUA Board (Board) is issuing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking to solicit stakeholder comments on ways to streamline, clarify, and improve the standard Federal Credit Union (FCU) bylaws. The standard FCU bylaws provide a comprehensive set...2018-05625FR-Doc-2018-05625federal-credit-union-bylawsThe NCUA Board (Board) is issuing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking to solicit stakeholder comments on ways to streamline, clarify, and improve the standard Federal Credit Union (FCU) bylaws. The standard FCU bylaws provide a comprehensive set of corporate governance procedures that are mandatory for any FCU that had not adopted bylaws as of November 30, 2007. The Board is considering a number of significant changes to the FCU bylaws to provide enhanced operational flexibility to FCUs and to reduce regulatory compliance burdens on all FCUs.
03/21/2018Proposed RuleNATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATIONNational Credit Union AdministrationNCUA Suspension and Debarment ProceduresThe NCUA Board (Board) proposes to adopt suspension and debarment procedures to establish an administrative process protecting the Federal Government's interest in only doing business with presently responsible contractors. This proposal sets forth the...2018-05626FR-Doc-2018-05626ncua-suspension-and-debarment-proceduresThe NCUA Board (Board) proposes to adopt suspension and debarment procedures to establish an administrative process protecting the Federal Government's interest in only doing business with presently responsible contractors. This proposal sets forth the NCUA's proposed policies for suspension and debarment and establishes administrative proceedings for contractors subject to the policies.
03/19/2018Proposed RuleSECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSIONSecurities and Exchange CommissionInvestment Company Liquidity DisclosureThe Securities and Exchange Commission is proposing amendments to its forms designed to improve the reporting and disclosure of liquidity information by registered open-end investment companies. The Commission is proposing a new requirement that funds...2018-05511FR-Doc-2018-05511investment-company-liquidity-disclosureThe Securities and Exchange Commission is proposing amendments to its forms designed to improve the reporting and disclosure of liquidity information by registered open-end investment companies. The Commission is proposing a new requirement that funds disclose information about the operation and effectiveness of their liquidity risk management program in their annual reports to shareholders. The Commission in turn is proposing to rescind the current requirement in Form N-PORT under the Investment Company Act of 1940 that funds publicly disclose aggregate liquidity classification information about their portfolios, in light of concerns about the usefulness of that information for investors. In addition, the Commission is proposing amendments to Form N-PORT that would allow funds classifying the liquidity of their investments pursuant to their liquidity risk management programs required by rule 22e-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 to report on Form N-PORT multiple liquidity classification categories for a single position under certain specified circumstances. Finally, the Commission is proposing to add to Form N-PORT a new requirement that funds and other registrants report their holdings of cash and cash equivalents.
03/19/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRevision of Delegation of Authority for the State Executive Director (SED) for the Farm Loan ProgramsThis document amends the delegations of authority from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Deputy Administrator of Farm Loan Programs (FLP). The change will specify that the Deputy Administrator redelegates certain authority to the State Executive Directors...2018-05466FR-Doc-2018-05466revision-of-delegation-of-authority-for-the-state-executive-director-sed-for-the-farm-loan-programsThis document amends the delegations of authority from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Deputy Administrator of Farm Loan Programs (FLP). The change will specify that the Deputy Administrator redelegates certain authority to the State Executive Directors (SED). The change will also specify that SEDs may redelegate the authority to a Farm Loan Chief, Farm Loan Specialist, District Director, Farm Loan Manager, Senior Farm Loan Officer, Farm Loan Officer, Loan Analyst, Loan Resolution Specialist, or Program Technician to perform loan activities. This will ensure that certain loan documents can be signed off locally instead of requiring the FLP Deputy Administrator to have to sign off on certain loan documents.
03/19/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentInflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary PenaltiesThe Department of the Treasury (``Department'' or ``Treasury'') publishes this final rule to adjust its civil monetary penalties (``CMPs'') for inflation as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the...2018-05550FR-Doc-2018-05550inflation-adjustment-of-civil-monetary-penaltiesThe Department of the Treasury (``Department'' or ``Treasury'') publishes this final rule to adjust its civil monetary penalties (``CMPs'') for inflation as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (collectively referred to herein as ``the Act''). This rule adjusts CMPs within the jurisdiction of certain components of the Department to the maximum amount required by the Act.
03/16/2018RuleSECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSIONSecurities and Exchange CommissionAdoption of Updated EDGAR Filer ManualThe Securities and Exchange Commission (the ``Commission'') is adopting revisions to the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System (``EDGAR'') Filer Manual and related rules. The EDGAR system is scheduled to be upgraded on March 12, 2018.2018-05238FR-Doc-2018-05238adoption-of-updated-edgar-filer-manualThe Securities and Exchange Commission (the ``Commission'') is adopting revisions to the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System (``EDGAR'') Filer Manual and related rules. The EDGAR system is scheduled to be upgraded on March 12, 2018.
03/16/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCatastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement; Area Risk Protection Insurance Regulations; and the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Basic ProvisionsThis document contains necessary amendments to address corrections in the final rule with request for comments for the Catastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement, the Area Risk Protection Insurance Basic Provisions, and the Common Crop Insurance Policy...2018-05391FR-Doc-2018-05391catastrophic-risk-protection-endorsement-area-risk-protection-insurance-regulations-and-the-commonThis document contains necessary amendments to address corrections in the final rule with request for comments for the Catastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement, the Area Risk Protection Insurance Basic Provisions, and the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions which published in the Federal Register on November 24, 2017.
03/15/2018Proposed RuleFEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEMFederal Reserve SystemCollection of Checks and Other Items by Federal Reserve Banks and Funds Transfers Through FedwireThe Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) is publishing for comment proposed amendments to Regulation J. The proposed amendments are intended to clarify and simplify certain provisions of Subpart A of Regulation J, remove obsolete...2018-04486FR-Doc-2018-04486collection-of-checks-and-other-items-by-federal-reserve-banks-and-funds-transfers-through-fedwireThe Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) is publishing for comment proposed amendments to Regulation J. The proposed amendments are intended to clarify and simplify certain provisions of Subpart A of Regulation J, remove obsolete provisions, and align the rights and obligations of sending banks, paying banks, and Federal Reserve Banks (Reserve Banks) with the Board's recent amendments to Regulation CC, Availability of Funds and Collection of Checks, to reflect the virtually all-electronic check collection and return environment. The proposed rule would also amend subpart B of Regulation J to clarify that terms used in financial messaging standards, such as ISO 20022, do not confer legal status or responsibilities.
03/14/2018Proposed RuleFEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCYFederal Housing Finance AgencyAffordable Housing Program AmendmentsThe Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is issuing notice and providing an opportunity for the public to comment on proposed amendments to its regulation on the Federal Home Loan Banks' (Banks) Affordable Housing Program (AHP or Program). The...2018-04745FR-Doc-2018-04745affordable-housing-program-amendmentsThe Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is issuing notice and providing an opportunity for the public to comment on proposed amendments to its regulation on the Federal Home Loan Banks' (Banks) Affordable Housing Program (AHP or Program). The proposed amendments would provide the Banks additional authority to allocate their AHP funds; authorize the Banks to establish special competitive funds that target specific affordable housing needs in their districts; provide the Banks authority to design and implement their own project selection scoring criteria, subject to meeting certain FHFA-prescribed outcome requirements; remove the requirement for retention agreements for owner-occupied units; further align the project monitoring requirements with those of other federal government funding programs; clarify the provisions on remediating AHP noncompliance; clarify certain operational requirements; and streamline and reorganize the regulation.
03/14/2018RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRevised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases)On February 23, 2018, the NCUA Board (Board) issued a final rule adopting amendments to its share insurance requirements rule to provide stakeholders with greater transparency regarding the calculation of each eligible financial institution's pro rata...2018-05240FR-Doc-2018-05240revised-medical-criteria-for-evaluating-cancer-malignant-neoplastic-diseases 
03/13/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentDisclosure of Returns and Return Information in Connection With Written Contracts or Agreements for the Acquisition of Property or Services for Tax Administration PurposesThis document contains proposed regulations under section 6103(n) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) to authorize the Department of State to disclose returns and return information to its contractors who assist the Department of State in carrying out...2018-04971FR-Doc-2018-04971disclosure-of-returns-and-return-information-in-connection-with-written-contracts-or-agreements-forThis document contains proposed regulations under section 6103(n) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) to authorize the Department of State to disclose returns and return information to its contractors who assist the Department of State in carrying out its responsibilities under section 32101 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The FAST Act requires the IRS to notify the Department of State of certified seriously delinquent tax debts, and the Department of State procures services from outside contractors in connection with carrying out its responsibilities under the FAST Act.
03/13/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentRevise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation To Adhere to Federal Acquisition Regulation Principles (VAAR Case 2014-V002); CorrectionOn February 21, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule prescribing five new Economic Price Adjustment clauses for firm-fixed-price contracts, identifying VA's task-order and delivery-order ombudsman, clarifying the nature...2018-04985FR-Doc-2018-04985revise-and-streamline-va-acquisition-regulation-to-adhere-to-federal-acquisition-regulationOn February 21, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule prescribing five new Economic Price Adjustment clauses for firm-fixed-price contracts, identifying VA's task-order and delivery-order ombudsman, clarifying the nature and use of consignment agreements, adding policy coverage on bond premium adjustments and insurance under fixed-price contracts, and providing for indemnification of contractors for medical research or development contracts. It contained an erroneous amendatory instruction citing the wrong CFR section. This document corrects that error.
03/13/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentAllocation of Mortgage Insurance Premiums; CorrectionThis document contains corrections to final regulations (TD 9588) that were published in the Federal Register on Monday, May 7, 2012. The final regulations are related to allocate prepaid qualified mortgage insurance premiums to determine the amount of...2018-05011FR-Doc-2018-05011allocation-of-mortgage-insurance-premiums-correctionThis document contains corrections to final regulations (TD 9588) that were published in the Federal Register on Monday, May 7, 2012. The final regulations are related to allocate prepaid qualified mortgage insurance premiums to determine the amount of the prepaid premium that is treated as qualified residence interest each taxable year.
03/12/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentRevise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation To Adhere to Federal Acquisition Regulation Principles (VAAR Case 2014-V002); CorrectionThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is correcting a final rule regarding Federal Acquisition Regulation Principles. This correction addresses minor technical errors in the final rule.2018-04883FR-Doc-2018-04883revise-and-streamline-va-acquisition-regulation-to-adhere-to-federal-acquisition-regulationThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is correcting a final rule regarding Federal Acquisition Regulation Principles. This correction addresses minor technical errors in the final rule.
03/12/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONEducation DepartmentFederal Preemption and State Regulation of the Department of Education's Federal Student Loan Programs and Federal Student Loan ServicersRecently, several States have enacted regulatory regimes that impose new regulatory requirements on servicers of loans under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loan Program). States also impose disclosure requirements on loan...2018-04924FR-Doc-2018-04924federal-preemption-and-state-regulation-of-the-department-of-educations-federal-student-loanRecently, several States have enacted regulatory regimes that impose new regulatory requirements on servicers of loans under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loan Program). States also impose disclosure requirements on loan servicers with respect to loans made under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). Finally, State regulations impact Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program servicing. The Department believes such regulation is preempted by Federal law. The Department issues this notice to clarify further the Federal interests in this area.
03/12/2018RuleBUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTIONConsumer Financial Protection BureauMortgage Servicing Rules Under the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z)The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is issuing this final rule amending certain Regulation Z mortgage servicing rules issued in 2016 relating to the timing for servicers to transition to providing modified or unmodified periodic...2018-04823FR-Doc-2018-04823mortgage-servicing-rules-under-the-truth-in-lending-act-regulation-zThe Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is issuing this final rule amending certain Regulation Z mortgage servicing rules issued in 2016 relating to the timing for servicers to transition to providing modified or unmodified periodic statements and coupon books in connection with a consumer's bankruptcy case.
03/07/2018RuleAgency for International DevelopmentAgency for International DevelopmentUSAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR) Regarding Government Property-USAID Reporting RequirementsThe U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is issuing a final rule to amend the USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR) that clarifies accountability for all mobile Information Technology equipment.2018-04498FR-Doc-2018-04498usaid-acquisition-regulation-aidar-regarding-government-property-usaid-reporting-requirementsThe U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is issuing a final rule to amend the USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR) that clarifies accountability for all mobile Information Technology equipment.
03/07/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentBalanced System for Measuring Organizational and Employee Performance Within the Internal Revenue ServiceThis document contains final regulations regarding management and personnel within the IRS. The final regulations relate to the ``employee satisfaction measures'' utilized by the IRS in its Balanced System for Measuring Organizational and Employee...2018-04231FR-Doc-2018-04231balanced-system-for-measuring-organizational-and-employee-performance-within-the-internal-revenueThis document contains final regulations regarding management and personnel within the IRS. The final regulations relate to the ``employee satisfaction measures'' utilized by the IRS in its Balanced System for Measuring Organizational and Employee Performance. These regulations affect internal operations of the IRS and the systems employed to evaluate the performance of organizations within the IRS and individuals employed by the IRS.
03/06/2018RuleCOMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSIONCommodity Futures Trading CommissionAnnual Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties to Reflect Inflation-2018The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission) is amending Rule 143.8, its rule that governs the maximum amount of civil monetary penalties, to adjust for inflation. This rule sets forth the maximum, inflation-adjusted dollar amount for civil...2018-04480FR-Doc-2018-04480annual-adjustment-of-civil-monetary-penalties-to-reflect-inflation-2018The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission) is amending Rule 143.8, its rule that governs the maximum amount of civil monetary penalties, to adjust for inflation. This rule sets forth the maximum, inflation-adjusted dollar amount for civil monetary penalties (CMPs) assessable for violations of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and Commission rules, regulations and orders thereunder. The rule, as amended, implements the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended.
03/06/2018RuleFEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEMFederal Reserve SystemRules Regarding Delegation of Authority: Delegation of Authority to the Secretary of the BoardThe Board is amending its rules regarding delegation of authority to delegate to the Secretary of the Board the authority to review and determine an appeal of denial of access to Board records under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, and...2018-04385FR-Doc-2018-04385rules-regarding-delegation-of-authority-delegation-of-authority-to-the-secretary-of-the-boardThe Board is amending its rules regarding delegation of authority to delegate to the Secretary of the Board the authority to review and determine an appeal of denial of access to Board records under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, and the Board's rules regarding such access.
03/05/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONEducation DepartmentInnovation for Teacher Quality; Troops-to-Teachers ProgramThe Department of Education (Department) is rescinding its Troops-to-Teachers (TTT) regulations because that program has been transferred to the Department of Defense (DoD) and is no longer administered or managed by the Department. Therefore, the...2018-04437FR-Doc-2018-04437innovation-for-teacher-quality-troops-to-teachers-programThe Department of Education (Department) is rescinding its Troops-to-Teachers (TTT) regulations because that program has been transferred to the Department of Defense (DoD) and is no longer administered or managed by the Department. Therefore, the associated regulations are outdated and unnecessary.
03/05/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentNorth Korea Sanctions RegulationsThe Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending the North Korea Sanctions Regulations and reissuing them in their entirety, in order to implement three recent Executive orders and to reference the North Korea...2018-04113FR-Doc-2018-04113north-korea-sanctions-regulationsThe Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending the North Korea Sanctions Regulations and reissuing them in their entirety, in order to implement three recent Executive orders and to reference the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 and the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. OFAC is also incorporating several general licenses that have, until now, appeared only on OFAC's website on the North Korea Sanctions page, adding several new general licenses, and adding and expanding provisions to issue a more comprehensive set of regulations that will provide further guidance to the public. Finally, OFAC is updating certain regulatory provisions and making other technical and conforming changes. Due to the number of regulatory sections being updated or added, OFAC is reissuing the North Korea Sanctions Regulations in their entirety.
03/05/2018RuleFEDERAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS EXAMINATION COUNCILFederal Financial Institutions Examination CouncilAppraisal Subcommittee; Revised ASC Policy StatementsThe Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council is adopting revised ASC Policy Statements. The ASC Policy Statements provide guidance to ensure State appraiser certifying and licensing agencies comply with...2018-04410FR-Doc-2018-04410appraisal-subcommittee-revised-asc-policy-statementsThe Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council is adopting revised ASC Policy Statements. The ASC Policy Statements provide guidance to ensure State appraiser certifying and licensing agencies comply with Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989, as amended, and the rules promulgated thereunder. The revised ASC Policy Statements supersede the current ASC Policy Statements.
03/05/2018RuleFEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATIONFederal Deposit Insurance CorporationAlternatives to References to Credit Ratings With Respect to Permissible Activities for Foreign Branches of Insured State Nonmember Banks and Pledge of Assets by Insured Domestic Branches of Foreign BanksThe FDIC is adopting a final rule (final rule) to amend its international banking regulations consistent with section 939A (section 939A) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) and the FDIC's authority under...2018-04255FR-Doc-2018-04255alternatives-to-references-to-credit-ratings-with-respect-to-permissible-activities-for-foreignThe FDIC is adopting a final rule (final rule) to amend its international banking regulations consistent with section 939A (section 939A) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) and the FDIC's authority under section 5(c) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDI Act). The final rule adopts without change the revisions and amendments that the FDIC proposed in a June 2016 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR or proposed rule). These revisions and amendments include: Replacing references to credit ratings in the regulation's definition of investment grade with an alternative standard of creditworthiness; and making changes to the eligibility criteria for the types of assets that insured branches of foreign banks may pledge for the benefit of the FDIC.
02/28/2018RuleOFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGETManagement and Budget OfficeCost Accounting Standards: Clarification of the Exemption From Cost Accounting Standards for Firm-Fixed-Price Contracts and Subcontracts Awarded Without Submission of Certified Cost or Pricing DataThe Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board, is publishing, without change from the proposed rule, a final rule revising the exemption from CAS for firm-fixed-price (FFP) contracts and subcontracts awarded on...2018-04101FR-Doc-2018-04101cost-accounting-standards-clarification-of-the-exemption-from-cost-accounting-standards-forThe Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board, is publishing, without change from the proposed rule, a final rule revising the exemption from CAS for firm-fixed-price (FFP) contracts and subcontracts awarded on the basis of adequate price competition without submission of cost or pricing data. This final rule clarifies that the exemption applies to FFP contracts and subcontracts awarded on the basis of adequate price competition without submission of certified cost or pricing data.
02/27/2018Proposed RuleFEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEMFederal Reserve SystemInternal Appeals Process for Material Supervisory Determinations and Policy Statement Regarding the Ombudsman for the Federal Reserve SystemThe Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (``Board'') is inviting comments on proposed amendments to its guidelines on an internal appeals process for institutions wishing to appeal an adverse material supervisory determination and to its...2018-03907FR-Doc-2018-03907internal-appeals-process-for-material-supervisory-determinations-and-policy-statement-regarding-theThe Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (``Board'') is inviting comments on proposed amendments to its guidelines on an internal appeals process for institutions wishing to appeal an adverse material supervisory determination and to its policy regarding the Ombudsman for the Federal Reserve System.
02/27/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentExtension of Import Restrictions Imposed on Certain Archaeological Material From BelizeThis final rule amends U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to reflect the extension of import restrictions on certain archaeological material from Belize. These restrictions, which were imposed by CBP Dec. 13-05, are due to expire on...2018-03946FR-Doc-2018-03946extension-of-import-restrictions-imposed-on-certain-archaeological-material-from-belizeThis final rule amends U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to reflect the extension of import restrictions on certain archaeological material from Belize. These restrictions, which were imposed by CBP Dec. 13-05, are due to expire on February 27, 2018, unless extended. The Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State (Department of State), has determined that conditions continue to warrant the imposition of import restrictions. Accordingly, the restrictions will remain in effect for an additional five years, and the CBP regulations are being amended to indicate this additional extension. These restrictions are being extended pursuant to determinations of the Department of State under the terms of the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act, which implements the 1970 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. CBP Dec. 13-05 contains the Designated List of archaeological material that describes the articles to which the restrictions apply.
02/27/2018RuleSECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSIONSecurities and Exchange CommissionInvestment Company Liquidity Risk Management Programs; Commission Guidance for In-Kind ETFsThe Securities and Exchange Commission is adopting an interim final rule that revises the compliance date for the requirements of rule 22e-4 for classification, highly liquid investment minimum, and board approval, as well as related reporting...2018-03917FR-Doc-2018-03917investment-company-liquidity-risk-management-programs-commission-guidance-for-in-kind-etfsThe Securities and Exchange Commission is adopting an interim final rule that revises the compliance date for the requirements of rule 22e-4 for classification, highly liquid investment minimum, and board approval, as well as related reporting requirements of Part D on Form N-LIQUID and liquidity disclosures on Form N-PORT under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The revised compliance date will be June 1, 2019, for larger entities (revised from December 1, 2018) and December 1, 2019, for smaller entities (revised from June 1, 2019). The Commission is not extending the compliance date for the other provisions of rule 22e-4 and Form N-LIQUID, and liquidity-related changes to Form N-CEN--which remain December 1, 2018 for larger entities and June 1, 2019 for smaller entities. The Commission also is not extending the compliance date for the liquidity-related provisions of Form N-1A, which has already passed. Finally, the Commission is providing guidance to assist funds that will not be engaging in full portfolio classification before the revised compliance date, and In- Kind ETFs, which are not required to engage in full portfolio classification, in identifying illiquid investments for purposes of complying with the 15% illiquid investment limit.
02/26/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentHealth Insurance Providers FeeThis document contains final regulations that provide rules for the definition of a covered entity for purposes of the fee imposed by section 9010 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended. The final regulations supersede and adopt...2018-03884FR-Doc-2018-03884health-insurance-providers-feeThis document contains final regulations that provide rules for the definition of a covered entity for purposes of the fee imposed by section 9010 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended. The final regulations supersede and adopt the text of temporary regulations that provide rules for the definition of a covered entity. The final regulations affect persons engaged in the business of providing health insurance for United States health risks.
02/26/2018RuleSECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSIONSecurities and Exchange CommissionCommission Statement and Guidance on Public Company Cybersecurity DisclosuresThe Securities and Exchange Commission (the ``Commission'') is publishing interpretive guidance to assist public companies in preparing disclosures about cybersecurity risks and incidents.2018-03858FR-Doc-2018-03858commission-statement-and-guidance-on-public-company-cybersecurity-disclosuresThe Securities and Exchange Commission (the ``Commission'') is publishing interpretive guidance to assist public companies in preparing disclosures about cybersecurity risks and incidents.
02/23/2018RuleCOMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSIONCommodity Futures Trading CommissionDefinitionsThe Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the ``Commission'') is amending its primary definitions regulation to make it more user- friendly both to industry and the public. Specifically, the Commission is amending the primary definitions regulation to...2018-03590FR-Doc-2018-03590definitionsThe Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the ``Commission'') is amending its primary definitions regulation to make it more user- friendly both to industry and the public. Specifically, the Commission is amending the primary definitions regulation to replace the complex and confusing lettering system with a simple alphabetical list; and replacing all existing cross references to any definition within the primary definitions regulation with a general reference to the revised alphabetical list, rather than to a specific lettered paragraph.
02/23/2018RuleNATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATIONNational Credit Union AdministrationRequirements for Insurance; National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Equity DistributionsThe NCUA Board (Board) is adopting amendments to its share insurance requirements rule to provide stakeholders with greater transparency regarding the calculation of each eligible financial institution's pro rata share of a declared equity distribution...2018-03622FR-Doc-2018-03622requirements-for-insurance-national-credit-union-share-insurance-fund-equity-distributionsThe NCUA Board (Board) is adopting amendments to its share insurance requirements rule to provide stakeholders with greater transparency regarding the calculation of each eligible financial institution's pro rata share of a declared equity distribution from the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF). The Board is also adopting a temporary provision to govern all NCUSIF equity distributions related to the Corporate System Resolution Program (CSRP), a special purpose program established by the Board to stabilize the corporate credit union system following the 2007-2009 financial crisis. Furthermore, the Board is making technical and conforming amendments to other aspects of the share insurance requirements rule to account for these changes.
02/23/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentAnnual Stress Test-Technical and Conforming ChangesOn October 27, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) published a proposed rule that would have made several revisions to its stress testing regulation. The OCC is now adopting the proposed rule as final. The final rule changes the...2018-03687FR-Doc-2018-03687annual-stress-test-technical-and-conforming-changesOn October 27, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) published a proposed rule that would have made several revisions to its stress testing regulation. The OCC is now adopting the proposed rule as final. The final rule changes the range of possible ``as-of'' dates used in the global market shock component to conform to changes already made by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) to its stress testing regulations. The final rule also changes the transition process for covered institutions with $50 billion or more in assets. Under the final rule, a covered institution that becomes an over $50 billion covered institution, as that term is defined in the OCC stress testing regulation, before September 30 will become subject to the requirements applicable to an over $50 billion covered institution beginning on January 1 of the second calendar year after the covered institution becomes an over $50 billion covered institution, and a covered institution that becomes an over $50 billion covered institution after September 30 will become subject to the requirements applicable to an over $50 billion covered institution beginning on January 1 of the third calendar year after the covered institution becomes an over $50 billion covered institution. The final rule also makes certain technical changes to clarify the requirements of the OCC's stress testing regulation.
02/22/2018RuleGENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATIONGeneral Services AdministrationGeneral Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Unenforceable Commercial Supplier Agreement TermsGSA is amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to address common commercial supplier agreement terms that are inconsistent with or create ambiguity with Federal Law.2018-03350FR-Doc-2018-03350general-services-administration-acquisition-regulation-unenforceable-commercial-supplier-agreementGSA is amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to address common commercial supplier agreement terms that are inconsistent with or create ambiguity with Federal Law.
02/21/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentShort-Term, Limited-Duration InsuranceThis rule contains proposals amending the definition of short- term, limited-duration insurance for purposes of its exclusion from the definition of individual health insurance coverage. This action is being taken to lengthen the maximum period of...2018-03208FR-Doc-2018-03208short-term-limited-duration-insuranceThis rule contains proposals amending the definition of short- term, limited-duration insurance for purposes of its exclusion from the definition of individual health insurance coverage. This action is being taken to lengthen the maximum period of short-term, limited- duration insurance, which will provide more affordable consumer choice for health coverage.
02/21/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentMargin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities; Proposed RuleThe Board, OCC, FDIC, FCA, and FHFA (each an Agency and, collectively, the Agencies) are seeking comment on proposed amendments to the minimum margin requirements for registered swap dealers, major swap participants, security-based swap dealers, and...2018-02560FR-Doc-2018-02560margin-and-capital-requirements-for-covered-swap-entities-proposed-ruleThe Board, OCC, FDIC, FCA, and FHFA (each an Agency and, collectively, the Agencies) are seeking comment on proposed amendments to the minimum margin requirements for registered swap dealers, major swap participants, security-based swap dealers, and major security- based swap participants for which one of the Agencies is the prudential regulator (Swap Margin Rule). The Agencies are proposing these amendments in light of the rules recently adopted by the Board, the OCC, and the FDIC that impose restrictions on certain non-cleared swaps and non-cleared security-based swaps and other financial contracts (Covered QFCs) (the QFC Rules). The QFC Rules amend the definition of ``Qualifying Master Netting Agreement'' in the Federal banking agencies' regulatory capital and liquidity rules to ensure that a Covered QFC is not prevented from being part of a Qualifying Master Netting Agreement solely because the Covered QFC conforms to the new requirements in the QFC Rules. The FCA also plans to propose amendments to its capital rules, including potential revisions to its regulatory definition of ``Qualifying Master Netter Agreement,'' which is expected to be identical to the definition used in the Federal banking agencies' regulatory capital and liquidity rules. The Agencies are proposing to amend the definition of ``Eligible Master Netting Agreement'' in the Swap Margin Rule so that it remains harmonized with the amended definition of ``Qualifying Master Netting Agreement'' in the Federal banking agencies' regulatory capital and liquidity rules, and amendments to the capital rules that the FCA separately plans to propose. This proposed rule would also ensure that netting agreements of firms subject to the Swap Margin Rule are not excluded from the definition of ``Eligible Master Netting Agreement'' based solely on their compliance with the QFC Rules. The Agencies are also proposing that any legacy non-cleared swap or non-cleared security-based swap (i.e., a non-cleared swap or non-cleared security- based swap entered into before the applicable compliance date) that is not subject to the margin requirements of the Swap Margin Rule would not become subject to the provisions of the Swap Margin Rule if the non-cleared swap or non-cleared security-based swap is amended solely to comply with the requirements of the QFC Rules.
02/21/2018Proposed RuleOFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENTPersonnel Management OfficeFederal Employees Health Benefits Program Regulations: Revised Guaranteed Issue Conversion Requirements and Technical UpdatesThe Office of Personnel Management proposes to amend the guaranteed issue conversion requirements for the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. Guaranteed issue insurance policies are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia....2018-03510FR-Doc-2018-03510federal-employees-health-benefits-program-regulations-revised-guaranteed-issue-conversionThe Office of Personnel Management proposes to amend the guaranteed issue conversion requirements for the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. Guaranteed issue insurance policies are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These rules update the requirements and timeframes for FEHB Carriers to offer assistance to enrollees who may wish to enroll in guaranteed issue conversion contracts and ensure that terminating enrollees are able to receive assistance from FEHB Carriers if they choose to enroll in guaranteed issue non-group policies. This rule also updates the title of the Director for Retirement and Insurance.
02/21/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentRevise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation To Adhere to Federal Acquisition Regulation Principles (VAAR Case 2014-V002)The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final the proposed amendments to VA regulations. This rulemaking prescribes five new Economic Price Adjustment clauses for firm-fixed-price contracts, identifies VA's task-order and delivery-order...2018-03164FR-Doc-2018-03164revise-and-streamline-va-acquisition-regulation-to-adhere-to-federal-acquisition-regulationThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final the proposed amendments to VA regulations. This rulemaking prescribes five new Economic Price Adjustment clauses for firm-fixed-price contracts, identifies VA's task-order and delivery-order ombudsman, clarifies the nature and use of consignment agreements, adds policy coverage on bond premium adjustments and insurance under fixed-price contracts, and provides for indemnification of contractors for medical research or development contracts. This document adopts the proposed rule published on March 13, 2017, as a final rule with five technical non-substantive changes.
02/21/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENTHousing and Urban Development DepartmentStreamlining the Office of Inspector General's Freedom of Information Act Regulations and Implementing the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016This final rule amends the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to align with HUD's FOIA regulations, to implement the FOIA Improvement Act of...2018-03400FR-Doc-2018-03400streamlining-the-office-of-inspector-generals-freedom-of-information-act-regulations-andThis final rule amends the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to align with HUD's FOIA regulations, to implement the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, and to explain current OIG policies and practices with respect to FOIA.
02/21/2018RuleSMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONSmall Business AdministrationCivil Monetary Penalties Inflation AdjustmentsThe Small Business Administration (SBA) is amending its regulations to adjust for inflation the amount of certain civil monetary penalties that are within the jurisdiction of the agency. These adjustments comply with the requirement in the Federal...2018-03490FR-Doc-2018-03490civil-monetary-penalties-inflation-adjustmentsThe Small Business Administration (SBA) is amending its regulations to adjust for inflation the amount of certain civil monetary penalties that are within the jurisdiction of the agency. These adjustments comply with the requirement in the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, to make annual adjustments to the penalties.
02/16/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentProposal of Special Measure Against ABLV Bank, AS as a Financial Institution of Primary Money Laundering ConcernFinCEN is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), pursuant to Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act, to prohibit the opening or maintaining of a correspondent account in the United States for, or on behalf of, ABLV Bank, AS.2018-03214FR-Doc-2018-03214proposal-of-special-measure-against-ablv-bank-as-as-a-financial-institution-of-primary-moneyFinCEN is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), pursuant to Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act, to prohibit the opening or maintaining of a correspondent account in the United States for, or on behalf of, ABLV Bank, AS.
02/15/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentEliminating Unnecessary Tax RegulationsPursuant to the policies stated in Executive Orders 13777 and 13789 (the executive orders), the Treasury Department and the IRS conducted a review of existing regulations, with the goal of reducing regulatory burden for taxpayers by revoking or...2018-02918FR-Doc-2018-02918eliminating-unnecessary-tax-regulationsPursuant to the policies stated in Executive Orders 13777 and 13789 (the executive orders), the Treasury Department and the IRS conducted a review of existing regulations, with the goal of reducing regulatory burden for taxpayers by revoking or revising existing tax regulations that meet the criteria set forth in the executive orders. This notice of proposed rulemaking proposes to streamline IRS regulations by removing 298 regulations that are no longer necessary because they do not have any current or future applicability under the Internal Revenue Code (Code) and by amending 79 regulations to reflect the proposed removal of the 298 regulations. The proposed removal and amendment of these regulations may affect various categories of taxpayers.
02/14/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONEducation DepartmentStudent Assistance General Provisions, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Family Education Loan Program, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, and Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant ProgramThe Secretary delays, until July 1, 2019, the effective date of selected provisions of the final regulations entitled Student Assistance General Provisions, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, William D. Ford...2018-03090FR-Doc-2018-03090student-assistance-general-provisions-federal-perkins-loan-program-federal-family-education-loanThe Secretary delays, until July 1, 2019, the effective date of selected provisions of the final regulations entitled Student Assistance General Provisions, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, and Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program (the 2016 final regulations), published in the Federal Register on November 1, 2016. The Secretary is delaying the 2016 final regulations to ensure that there is adequate time to conduct negotiated rulemaking and develop revised regulations. The provisions for which the effective date is being delayed are listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. The original effective date of the 2016 final regulations, published November 1, 2016, was July 1, 2017. The effective date was delayed by a document issued under section 705 of the Administrative Procedure Act (the 705 Document). The Department announced in an interim final rule (IFR) issued on October 24, 2017, that, under the Department's interpretation of the Higher Education Act, the effective date could be no earlier than July 1, 2018.
02/13/2018RuleBUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTIONConsumer Financial Protection BureauRules Concerning Prepaid Accounts Under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (Regulation E) and the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z)The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is amending Regulation E, which implements the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, and Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act, and the official interpretations to those regulations. This...2018-01305FR-Doc-2018-01305rules-concerning-prepaid-accounts-under-the-electronic-fund-transfer-act-regulation-e-and-the-truthThe Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is amending Regulation E, which implements the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, and Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act, and the official interpretations to those regulations. This rulemaking relates to a final rule published in the Federal Register on November 22, 2016, as amended on April 25, 2017, regarding prepaid accounts under Regulations E and Z. The Bureau is finalizing modifications to several aspects of that rule, including with respect to error resolution and limitations on liability for prepaid accounts where the financial institution has not successfully completed its consumer identification and verification process; application of the rule's credit-related provisions to digital wallets that are capable of storing funds; certain other clarifications and minor adjustments; technical corrections; and an extension of the overall effective date to April 1, 2019.
02/12/2018RuleFEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCYFederal Housing Finance Agency2018-2020 Enterprise Housing GoalsThe Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is issuing a final rule on the housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) for 2018 through 2020. The Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 (the Safety and...2018-02649FR-Doc-2018-026492018-2020-enterprise-housing-goalsThe Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is issuing a final rule on the housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) for 2018 through 2020. The Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 (the Safety and Soundness Act) requires FHFA to establish annual housing goals for mortgages purchased by the Enterprises. The housing goals include separate categories for single-family and multifamily mortgages on housing that is affordable to low-income and very low-income families, among other categories. The final rule establishes the benchmark levels for each of the housing goals and subgoals for 2018 through 2020. In addition, the final rule makes a number of clarifying and conforming changes, including revisions to the requirements for the housing plan that an Enterprise may be required to submit to FHFA in response to a failure to achieve one or more of the housing goals or subgoals.
02/09/2018RuleFEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCYFederal Housing Finance AgencyFreedom of Information Act ImplementationThe Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is finalizing its interim final rule that amended its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulation. The amendments to FHFA's regulation incorporate the requirements of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 by giving...2018-02338FR-Doc-2018-02338freedom-of-information-act-implementationThe Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is finalizing its interim final rule that amended its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulation. The amendments to FHFA's regulation incorporate the requirements of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 by giving notice of the circumstances under which FHFA may extend the time limit for responding to a FOIA request due to unusual circumstance; notifying a requester of their right to seek dispute resolution services; affording a requester a minimum of 90 days to file an administrative appeal; and clarifying and updating the existing regulation. The interim final rule became effective on March 15, 2017. This final rule finalizes the interim final rule with minor revisions for consistency and clarification.
02/08/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentGeneral Administrative Regulations; Subpart L-Reinsurance Agreement-Standards for Approval; Regulations for the 2019 and Subsequent Reinsurance YearsThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) proposes to revise the General Administrative Regulations; Subpart L--Reinsurance Agreement--Standards for Approval; Regulations for the 2019 and Subsequent Reinsurance Years. The intended effect of this...2018-02489FR-Doc-2018-02489general-administrative-regulations-subpart-l-reinsurance-agreement-standards-for-approvalThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) proposes to revise the General Administrative Regulations; Subpart L--Reinsurance Agreement--Standards for Approval; Regulations for the 2019 and Subsequent Reinsurance Years. The intended effect of this action is to clarify and improve Subpart L to better align with the existing Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) and Livestock Price Reinsurance Agreement (LPRA) and to eliminate language that is no longer relevant.
02/02/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentCentralized Partnership Audit Regime: Adjusting Tax AttributesThis document contains proposed regulations implementing section 1101 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which was enacted into law on November 2, 2015. The Bipartisan Budge Act repeals the current rules governing partnership audits and replaces...2018-01989FR-Doc-2018-01989centralized-partnership-audit-regime-adjusting-tax-attributesThis document contains proposed regulations implementing section 1101 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which was enacted into law on November 2, 2015. The Bipartisan Budge Act repeals the current rules governing partnership audits and replaces them with a new centralized partnership audit regime that, in general, determines, assesses and collects tax at the partnership level. These proposed regulations provide rules addressing how partnerships and their partners adjust tax attributes to take into account partnership adjustments under the centralized partnership audit regime.
01/31/2018Proposed RuleNATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATIONNational Credit Union AdministrationInvoluntary Liquidation of Federal Credit Unions and Claims ProceduresThe NCUA Board (Board) proposes to amend part 709 of its rules to update and clarify the procedures that apply to claims administration for federally insured credit unions that enter involuntary liquidation. Specifically, the proposal would amend the...2018-01884FR-Doc-2018-01884involuntary-liquidation-of-federal-credit-unions-and-claims-proceduresThe NCUA Board (Board) proposes to amend part 709 of its rules to update and clarify the procedures that apply to claims administration for federally insured credit unions that enter involuntary liquidation. Specifically, the proposal would amend the current rule's payout priority provision by specifying the conditions that claims in the nature of severance must meet to be allowed as provable claims.
01/31/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCommon Crop Insurance Regulations; Nursery Crop Insurance ProvisionsThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Nursery Crop Insurance Provisions. The intended effect of this action is to clarify existing policy provisions, increase risk management choices allowed by the...2018-01964FR-Doc-2018-01964common-crop-insurance-regulations-nursery-crop-insurance-provisionsThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Nursery Crop Insurance Provisions. The intended effect of this action is to clarify existing policy provisions, increase risk management choices allowed by the policy provisions, and expand availability to more producers. The changes will be effective for the 2019 and succeeding crop years.
01/31/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEDefense DepartmentDefense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: State Sponsor of Terrorism-North Korea (DFARS Case 2018-D004)DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement the designation by the Department of State of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.2018-01780FR-Doc-2018-01780defense-federal-acquisition-regulation-supplement-state-sponsor-of-terrorism-north-korea-dfars-caseDoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement the designation by the Department of State of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.
01/31/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEDefense DepartmentDefense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Procurement of Commercial Items (DFARS Case 2016-D006)DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement sections of the National Defense Authorization Acts for Fiscal Years 2013, 2016, and 2018 relating to commercial item acquisitions.2018-01781FR-Doc-2018-01781defense-federal-acquisition-regulation-supplement-procurement-of-commercial-items-dfars-caseDoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement sections of the National Defense Authorization Acts for Fiscal Years 2013, 2016, and 2018 relating to commercial item acquisitions.
01/30/2018RuleSECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSIONSecurities and Exchange CommissionAmendments to Forms and Schedules To Remove Voluntary Provision of Social Security NumbersThis document makes a technical correction to a form amendment that was published in the Federal Register on July 1, 1997. The Commission adopted revisions to forms and schedules filed under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of...2018-01681FR-Doc-2018-01681amendments-to-forms-and-schedules-to-remove-voluntary-provision-of-social-security-numbersThis document makes a technical correction to a form amendment that was published in the Federal Register on July 1, 1997. The Commission adopted revisions to forms and schedules filed under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, related provisions of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, and the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, to eliminate the portion of those forms that requests filers who are natural persons to furnish their Social Security numbers. The 1997 amendment to Form MSD inadvertently omitted the removal of the second of two references to Social Security numbers in the instructions to the form.
01/29/2018Proposed RuleSMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONSmall Business AdministrationOwnership and Control of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business ConcernsThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) proposes to amend its regulations to implement provisions of The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA 2017). The NDAA 2017 placed the responsibility for issuing regulations...2018-01392FR-Doc-2018-01392ownership-and-control-of-service-disabled-veteran-owned-small-business-concernsThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) proposes to amend its regulations to implement provisions of The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA 2017). The NDAA 2017 placed the responsibility for issuing regulations relating to ownership and control for the Department of Veterans Affairs verification of Veteran-Owned (VO) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) Small Business Concern (SBC) with the SBA. Pursuant to NDAA 2017, there will be one definition of ownership and control for these concerns, which will apply to the Department of Veterans Affairs in its verification and Vets First Contracting Program procurements, and all other government acquisitions which require self- certification. The legislation also provides that in certain circumstances a firm can qualify as VO or SDVO when there is a surviving spouse or an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).
01/26/2018RuleFARM CREDIT SYSTEM INSURANCE CORPORATIONFarm Credit System Insurance CorporationRules of Practice and Procedure; Adjusting Civil Money Penalties for InflationThis rule implements inflation adjustments to civil money penalties (CMPs) that the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation (FCSIC) may impose under the Farm Credit Act of 1971, as amended. These adjustments are required by 2015 amendments to the...2018-01421FR-Doc-2018-01421rules-of-practice-and-procedure-adjusting-civil-money-penalties-for-inflationThis rule implements inflation adjustments to civil money penalties (CMPs) that the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation (FCSIC) may impose under the Farm Credit Act of 1971, as amended. These adjustments are required by 2015 amendments to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990.
01/26/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENTHousing and Urban Development DepartmentRegulatory Review of Manufactured Housing RulesConsistent with Executive Order 13771 entitled ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,'' and Executive Order 13777 entitled, ``Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,'' and as part of the efforts of HUD's Regulatory Reform Task Force,...2018-01276FR-Doc-2018-01276regulatory-review-of-manufactured-housing-rulesConsistent with Executive Order 13771 entitled ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,'' and Executive Order 13777 entitled, ``Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,'' and as part of the efforts of HUD's Regulatory Reform Task Force, this document informs the public that HUD is reviewing its existing and planned manufactured housing regulatory actions to assess their actual and potential compliance costs and reduce regulatory burden. HUD invites public comment to assist in identifying regulations that may be outmoded, ineffective or excessively burdensome and should be modified, streamlined, replaced or repealed.
01/26/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENTHousing and Urban Development DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Delay of the Revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsOn January 19, 2017, HUD and other federal departments and agencies published a final rule which revised the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (2018 Requirements). Most of the 2018 Requirements were scheduled to become effective on...2018-01497FR-Doc-2018-01497federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-delay-of-the-revisions-to-the-federal-policy-forOn January 19, 2017, HUD and other federal departments and agencies published a final rule which revised the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (2018 Requirements). Most of the 2018 Requirements were scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018. On January 22, 2018, the Federal departments and agencies that adopted the 2018 Requirements published an interim final rule (``the interagency interim final rule'') that delays the effective date and general compliance date of the 2018 Requirements for six months, to July 19, 2018. The purpose of the delay is to provide additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 requirements. Due to statutory prepublication requirements applicable to HUD rules, HUD was unable to be a signatory to the interagency interim final rule. Through this interim final rule, HUD adopts the interagency interim final rule.
01/24/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEDefense DepartmentFederal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-97; Small Entity Compliance GuideThis document is issued under the joint authority of DOD, GSA, and NASA. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of...2018-01200FR-Doc-2018-01200federal-acquisition-regulation-federal-acquisition-circular-2005-97-small-entity-compliance-guideThis document is issued under the joint authority of DOD, GSA, and NASA. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of the rule appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-97, which amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). An asterisk (*) next to a rule indicates that a regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared. Interested parties may obtain further information regarding this rule by referring to FAC 2005-97, which precedes this document. These documents are also available via the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov.
01/24/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEDefense DepartmentFederal Acquisition Regulation; Trade Agreements ThresholdsDoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to incorporate revised thresholds for application of the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and the Free Trade Agreements, as...2018-01199FR-Doc-2018-01199federal-acquisition-regulation-trade-agreements-thresholdsDoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to incorporate revised thresholds for application of the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and the Free Trade Agreements, as determined by the United States Trade Representative.
01/24/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEDefense DepartmentFederal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-97; IntroductionThis document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rule agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) in this Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-97. A companion...2018-01198FR-Doc-2018-01198federal-acquisition-regulation-federal-acquisition-circular-2005-97-introductionThis document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rule agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) in this Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-97. A companion document, the Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC. The FAC, including the SECG, is available via the internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
01/24/2018RuleGENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATIONGeneral Services AdministrationGeneral Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); Federal Supply Schedule, Order-Level MaterialsThe General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to clarify the authority to acquire order-level materials (OLMs) when placing an individual task or delivery order against a Federal...2018-01232FR-Doc-2018-01232general-services-administration-acquisition-regulation-gsar-federal-supply-schedule-order-levelThe General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to clarify the authority to acquire order-level materials (OLMs) when placing an individual task or delivery order against a Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contract or FSS blanket purchase agreement (BPA). OLMs are supplies and/or services acquired in direct support of an individual task or delivery order placed against an FSS contract or BPA, when the supplies and/or services are not known at the time of contract or BPA award.
01/23/2018RuleOFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENTPersonnel Management OfficeFederal Employees Health Benefits Program: Removal of Eligible and Ineligible Individuals From Existing EnrollmentsThe United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule amending Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program regulations to provide a process for removal of certain identified individuals who are found not to be eligible as...2018-01174FR-Doc-2018-01174federal-employees-health-benefits-program-removal-of-eligible-and-ineligible-individuals-fromThe United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule amending Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program regulations to provide a process for removal of certain identified individuals who are found not to be eligible as family members from FEHB enrollments. This process would apply to individuals for whom there is a failure to provide adequate documentation of eligibility when requested. This action also amends Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program regulations to allow certain eligible family members to be removed from existing self and family or self plus one enrollments.
01/22/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Delay of the Revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory...2018-00997FR-Doc-2018-00997federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-delay-of-the-revisions-to-the-federal-policy-forIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised policy, reflected in both final rules, is described here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' The 2018 Requirements are scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). This interim final rule delays the effective date and general compliance date of the 2018 Requirements to July 19, 2018. The federal departments and agencies listed in this document are in the process of developing a proposed rule to further delay implementation of the 2018 Requirements. The limited implementation delay accomplished by this interim final rule both provides additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements, and additional time for the departments and agencies listed in this document to seek input from interested stakeholders through a notice and comment rulemaking process that allows for public engagement on the proposal for a further implementation delay.
01/17/2018RuleSECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSIONSecurities and Exchange CommissionAdoption of Updated EDGAR Filer ManualThe Securities and Exchange Commission (the ``Commission'') is adopting revisions to the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System (``EDGAR'') Filer Manual and related rules to reflect updates to the EDGAR system. The EDGAR system is...2018-00625FR-Doc-2018-00625adoption-of-updated-edgar-filer-manualThe Securities and Exchange Commission (the ``Commission'') is adopting revisions to the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System (``EDGAR'') Filer Manual and related rules to reflect updates to the EDGAR system. The EDGAR system is scheduled to be upgraded on December 11, 2017.
01/16/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONEducation DepartmentAdjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for InflationThe Department of Education (Department) issues these final regulations to adjust the Department's civil monetary penalties (CMPs) for inflation. An initial ``catch-up'' adjustment was required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act...2018-00614FR-Doc-2018-00614adjustment-of-civil-monetary-penalties-for-inflationThe Department of Education (Department) issues these final regulations to adjust the Department's civil monetary penalties (CMPs) for inflation. An initial ``catch-up'' adjustment was required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act), which amended the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (Inflation Adjustment Act). These final regulations provide the 2018 annual inflation adjustments being made to the penalty amounts in the Department's final regulations published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2017 (2017 final rule).
01/16/2018RuleSECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSIONSecurities and Exchange CommissionTreatment of Certain Communications Involving Security-Based Swaps That May Be Purchased Only by Eligible Contract ParticipantsWe are adopting a rule under the Securities Act of 1933 (``Securities Act'') to provide that certain communications involving security-based swaps will not be deemed to constitute ``offers'' of such security-based swaps for purposes of Section 5 of the...2018-00347FR-Doc-2018-00347treatment-of-certain-communications-involving-security-based-swaps-that-may-be-purchased-only-byWe are adopting a rule under the Securities Act of 1933 (``Securities Act'') to provide that certain communications involving security-based swaps will not be deemed to constitute ``offers'' of such security-based swaps for purposes of Section 5 of the Securities Act. The final rule covers the publication or distribution of price quotes that relate to security-based swaps that may be purchased only by persons who are eligible contract participants (``covered SBS'') and are traded or processed on or through certain trading platforms. The final rule also covers a broker, dealer, or security-based swap dealer's publication or distribution of written communications that discuss covered SBS and that meet the definition of ``research report'' in Rule 139(d) under the Securities Act and certain other conditions.
01/16/2018RuleNATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATIONNational Credit Union AdministrationCivil Monetary Penalty Inflation AdjustmentThe NCUA Board (Board) is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum amount of each civil monetary penalty (CMP) within its jurisdiction to account for inflation. This action, including the amount of the adjustments, is required under the Federal...2018-00488FR-Doc-2018-00488civil-monetary-penalty-inflation-adjustmentThe NCUA Board (Board) is amending its regulations to adjust the maximum amount of each civil monetary penalty (CMP) within its jurisdiction to account for inflation. This action, including the amount of the adjustments, is required under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 and the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
01/12/2018RuleFEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATIONFederal Deposit Insurance CorporationRules of Practice and ProcedureThe FDIC is adjusting the maximum amount of each civil money penalty (CMP) within its jurisdiction to account for inflation. This action is required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Adjustment Act).2018-00403FR-Doc-2018-00403rules-of-practice-and-procedureThe FDIC is adjusting the maximum amount of each civil money penalty (CMP) within its jurisdiction to account for inflation. This action is required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Adjustment Act).
01/12/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentRules of Practice and Procedure; Rules of Practice and Procedure in Adjudicatory Proceedings; Civil Money Penalty Inflation AdjustmentsThe Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is amending its rules of practice and procedure for national banks and its rules of practice and procedure in adjudicatory proceedings for Federal savings associations to remove the chart listing the...2018-00536FR-Doc-2018-00536rules-of-practice-and-procedure-rules-of-practice-and-procedure-in-adjudicatory-proceedings-civilThe Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is amending its rules of practice and procedure for national banks and its rules of practice and procedure in adjudicatory proceedings for Federal savings associations to remove the chart listing the maximum dollar amount of civil money penalties the OCC has authority to assess.
01/12/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONEducation DepartmentNational Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and Independent Living Programs, Outdated, Superseded RegulationsThe Secretary removes outdated, superseded regulations for five programs no longer administered by the Department: The Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, the Research Fellowships program, the Special Projects and...2018-00475FR-Doc-2018-00475national-institute-on-disability-and-rehabilitation-research-nidrr-and-independent-living-programsThe Secretary removes outdated, superseded regulations for five programs no longer administered by the Department: The Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, the Research Fellowships program, the Special Projects and Demonstrations for Spinal Cord Injuries program, the State Independent Living Services program, and the Centers for Independent Living program. In 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act transferred these programs to the Department of Health and Human Services, which has adopted regulations for them.
01/12/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentCivil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment-Alcoholic Beverage Labeling ActThis document informs the public that the maximum penalty for violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act (ABLA) is being adjusted in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended. Prior to the...2018-00417FR-Doc-2018-00417civil-monetary-penalty-inflation-adjustment-alcoholic-beverage-labeling-actThis document informs the public that the maximum penalty for violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act (ABLA) is being adjusted in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended. Prior to the publication of this document, any person who violated the provisions of the ABLA was subject to a civil penalty of not more than $20,111, with each day constituting a separate offense. This document announces that this maximum penalty is being increased to $20,521.
01/12/2018RuleCOMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSIONCommodity Futures Trading CommissionPerformance of Certain Functions by the National Futures Association With Respect to the Receipt and Processing of Exchange Disciplinary and Access Denial Action InformationThe Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'' or ``CFTC'') is updating the delegation it issued in 1999 to the National Futures Association (``NFA'') regarding the duty to receive and to process exchange disciplinary and access denial action...2018-00468FR-Doc-2018-00468performance-of-certain-functions-by-the-national-futures-association-with-respect-to-the-receipt-andThe Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'' or ``CFTC'') is updating the delegation it issued in 1999 to the National Futures Association (``NFA'') regarding the duty to receive and to process exchange disciplinary and access denial action information. The delegation is being updated to clarify, among other things, that designated contract market (``DCM'') and swap execution facility (``SEF'') disciplinary and access denial notices must be filed with the NFA instead of the Commission. The NFA will continue to serve as the official custodian of records for exchange disciplinary filings.
01/12/2018RuleCOMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSIONCommodity Futures Trading CommissionTechnical Amendments to Rules on Registration and Review of Exchange Disciplinary, Access Denial, or Other Adverse ActionsThe Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``CFTC'' or ``Commission'') is adopting certain amendments to its rules that, respectively, govern registration of intermediaries and relate to the Commission's review of exchange disciplinary, access denial,...2018-00467FR-Doc-2018-00467technical-amendments-to-rules-on-registration-and-review-of-exchange-disciplinary-access-denial-orThe Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``CFTC'' or ``Commission'') is adopting certain amendments to its rules that, respectively, govern registration of intermediaries and relate to the Commission's review of exchange disciplinary, access denial, or other adverse actions. Generally speaking, these amendments are technical in nature. The amendments to both areas of the rules integrate existing advisory guidance. The amendments to the rules on review of exchange disciplinary, access denial, or other adverse actions also incorporate swap execution facilities (``SEFs'') and update provisions currently applicable to designated contract markets (``DCMs''). These final rules also remove numerous outdated cross-references, and add citations to applicable parallel provisions contained in other Commission regulations pertaining to SEFs and DCMs. Additionally, the final rules address the publication of final disciplinary and access denial actions taken by the SEFs and DCMs on their exchange websites.
01/12/2018RuleBUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTIONConsumer Financial Protection BureauCivil Penalty Inflation AdjustmentsThe Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is adjusting for inflation the maximum amount of each civil penalty within the Bureau's jurisdiction. These adjustments are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990,...2018-00399FR-Doc-2018-00399civil-penalty-inflation-adjustmentsThe Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is adjusting for inflation the maximum amount of each civil penalty within the Bureau's jurisdiction. These adjustments are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 and further amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act). The inflation adjustments mandated by the Inflation Adjustment Act serve to maintain the deterrent effect of civil penalties and to promote compliance with the law.
01/11/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentRevise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation To Adhere to Federal Acquisition Regulation Principles (VAAR Case 2014-V005-Parts 812, 813)The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove procedural...2018-00169FR-Doc-2018-00169revise-and-streamline-va-acquisition-regulation-to-adhere-to-federal-acquisition-regulationThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove procedural guidance internal to VA into the VAAM, and to incorporate any new agency specific regulations or policies. These changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR and remove outdated and duplicative requirements and reduce burden on contractors. The VAAM incorporates portions of the removed VAAR as well as other internal agency acquisition policy. VA will rewrite certain parts of the VAAR and VAAM, and as VAAR parts are rewritten, will publish them in the Federal Register. To minimize the number of rules published, VA will combine related topics.
01/11/2018RuleGENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATIONGeneral Services AdministrationProgram Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986, Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation AdjustmentIn accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 and further amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015, this final...2018-00367FR-Doc-2018-00367program-fraud-civil-remedies-act-of-1986-civil-monetary-penalties-inflation-adjustmentIn accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 and further amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015, this final rule incorporates the penalty inflation adjustments for the civil monetary penalties set forth in the United States Code, as codified in our regulations.
01/11/2018RuleSECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSIONSecurities and Exchange CommissionExemptions From Investment Adviser Registration for Advisers to Small Business Investment CompaniesWe are adopting amendments to the rule that defines a venture capital fund (rule 203(l)-1) and the rule that implements the private fund adviser exemption (rule 203(m)-1) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the ``Advisers Act'') in order to...2018-00299FR-Doc-2018-00299exemptions-from-investment-adviser-registration-for-advisers-to-small-business-investment-companiesWe are adopting amendments to the rule that defines a venture capital fund (rule 203(l)-1) and the rule that implements the private fund adviser exemption (rule 203(m)-1) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the ``Advisers Act'') in order to reflect changes made by title LXXIV, sections 74001 and 74002 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (the ``FAST Act''), which amended sections 203(l) and 203(m) of the Advisers Act. Title LXXIV, section 74001 of the FAST Act amended the exemption from investment adviser registration for any adviser solely to one or more ``venture capital funds'' in Advisers Act section 203(l) by deeming ``small business investment companies'' to be ``venture capital funds'' for purposes of the exemption. Accordingly, we are amending the definition of a venture capital fund to include ``small business investment companies.'' Title LXXIV, section 74002 of the FAST Act amended the exemption from investment adviser registration for any adviser solely to ``private funds'' with less than $150 million in assets under management in Advisers Act section 203(m) by excluding the assets of ``small business investment companies'' when calculating ``private fund assets'' towards the registration threshold of $150 million. Accordingly, we are amending the definition of ``assets under management'' in the rule that implements the private fund adviser exemption to exclude the assets of ``small business investment companies.''
01/11/2018RuleSECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSIONSecurities and Exchange CommissionStaff Accounting Bulletin No. 117This staff accounting bulletin modifies portions of the interpretive guidance included in the Staff Accounting Bulletin Series in order to make the relevant interpretive guidance consistent with authoritative accounting guidance and Securities and...2018-00352FR-Doc-2018-00352staff-accounting-bulletin-no-117This staff accounting bulletin modifies portions of the interpretive guidance included in the Staff Accounting Bulletin Series in order to make the relevant interpretive guidance consistent with authoritative accounting guidance and Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations. Specifically, the staff is updating the Series in order to bring existing guidance into conformity with the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic 321, Investments--Equity Securities.
01/11/2018RuleFARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATIONFarm Credit AdministrationRules of Practice and Procedure; Adjusting Civil Money Penalties for InflationThis regulation implements inflation adjustments to civil money penalties (CMPs) that the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) may impose or enforce pursuant to the Farm Credit Act of 1971, as amended (Farm Credit Act), and pursuant to the Flood Disaster...2018-00336FR-Doc-2018-00336rules-of-practice-and-procedure-adjusting-civil-money-penalties-for-inflationThis regulation implements inflation adjustments to civil money penalties (CMPs) that the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) may impose or enforce pursuant to the Farm Credit Act of 1971, as amended (Farm Credit Act), and pursuant to the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, as amended by the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 (Reform Act), and further amended by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (Biggert-Waters Act).
01/10/2018RuleFEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEMFederal Reserve SystemRules of Practice for HearingsThe Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the ``Board'') is issuing a final rule amending its rules of practice and procedure to adjust the amount of each civil money penalty (``CMP'') provided by law within its jurisdiction to account for...2018-00227FR-Doc-2018-00227rules-of-practice-for-hearingsThe Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the ``Board'') is issuing a final rule amending its rules of practice and procedure to adjust the amount of each civil money penalty (``CMP'') provided by law within its jurisdiction to account for inflation as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
01/08/2018RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationExtension of Sunset Date for Attorney Advisor ProgramWe are extending for six months our rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing proceedings and to issue fully favorable decisions. The current rule is scheduled to expire on February 5, 2018. In this final rule, we are extending...2018-00058FR-Doc-2018-00058extension-of-sunset-date-for-attorney-advisor-programWe are extending for six months our rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing proceedings and to issue fully favorable decisions. The current rule is scheduled to expire on February 5, 2018. In this final rule, we are extending the sunset date to August 3, 2018. We are making no other substantive changes.
01/08/2018RuleFEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEMFederal Reserve SystemRegulatory Capital Rules; CorrectionThe Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) published a final rule in the Federal Register on October 11, 2013, regarding Regulatory Capital Rules. This publication corrects a typographical error in those rules whereby a transition...2018-00062FR-Doc-2018-00062regulatory-capital-rules-correctionThe Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) published a final rule in the Federal Register on October 11, 2013, regarding Regulatory Capital Rules. This publication corrects a typographical error in those rules whereby a transition provision was unintentionally deleted. The Board also published inconsistent amendments to Regulation Q in final rules published in the Federal Register on May 1, 2014, and August 14, 2015, that pertain to firms identified as global systemically important bank holding companies (GSIBs). This publication resolves these inconsistencies.
01/05/2018RuleGENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATIONGeneral Services AdministrationFederal Travel Regulation; Transportation Network Companies (TNC), Innovative Mobility Technology Companies, and Reporting Travel, Transportation, and Relocation CostsGSA is amending the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) by adding terms and definitions for ``innovative mobility technology company'', ``taxi'', and ``transportation network company (TNC)'', and designating ``innovative mobility technology company'' and...2017-28503FR-Doc-2017-28503federal-travel-regulation-transportation-network-companies-tnc-innovative-mobility-technologyGSA is amending the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) by adding terms and definitions for ``innovative mobility technology company'', ``taxi'', and ``transportation network company (TNC)'', and designating ``innovative mobility technology company'' and ``TNC'' as forms of special conveyances. In addition, this direct final rule adds a due date by which agencies must report travel, transportation, and relocation costs and data to GSA. These actions are required by the Modernizing Government Travel Act.
01/03/2018Proposed RuleFEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEMFederal Reserve SystemConsumer Leasing (Regulation M)The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) is proposing to revise its Regulation M, which was issued to implement the Consumer Leasing Act (CLA). Title X of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank...2017-27325FR-Doc-2017-27325consumer-leasing-regulation-mThe Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) is proposing to revise its Regulation M, which was issued to implement the Consumer Leasing Act (CLA). Title X of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) transferred rulemaking authority for a number of consumer financial protection laws, including the CLA, from the Board to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau). Under section 1029 of the Dodd-Frank Act, however, the Board retains authority to issue rules for motor vehicle dealers that are predominantly engaged in the sale and servicing of motor vehicles, the leasing and servicing of motor vehicles, or both, and are otherwise not subject to the Bureau's regulatory authority. The Board is proposing to revise its Regulation M and the accompanying Official Staff Commentary to reflect this change in the persons covered by the Board's Regulation M.
01/03/2018Proposed RuleSECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSIONSecurities and Exchange CommissionFreedom of Information Act RegulationsThe Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'' or ``SEC'') is publishing for comment proposed amendments to the Commission's regulations under the Freedom of Information Act (``FOIA''). This rule proposes revisions to the Commission's...2017-27967FR-Doc-2017-27967freedom-of-information-act-regulationsThe Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'' or ``SEC'') is publishing for comment proposed amendments to the Commission's regulations under the Freedom of Information Act (``FOIA''). This rule proposes revisions to the Commission's regulations under the FOIA to reflect changes required by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (``Improvement Act''); and clarify, update, and streamline the language of several procedural provisions.
01/02/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentElection Out of the Centralized Partnership Audit RegimeThis document contains final regulations regarding the implementation of certain portions of section 1101 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA), which was enacted into law on November 2, 2015. Section 1101 of the BBA repeals the current rules...2017-28398FR-Doc-2017-28398election-out-of-the-centralized-partnership-audit-regimeThis document contains final regulations regarding the implementation of certain portions of section 1101 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA), which was enacted into law on November 2, 2015. Section 1101 of the BBA repeals the current rules governing partnership audits and replaces them with a new centralized partnership audit regime that, in general, assesses and collects tax at the partnership level. This document provides final regulations for electing out of the centralized partnership audit regime. The final regulations affect partnerships for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017.
01/02/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentDepartment of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2018The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is publishing this final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by...2017-28224FR-Doc-2017-28224department-of-labor-federal-civil-penalties-inflation-adjustment-act-annual-adjustments-for-2018The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is publishing this final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act). The Inflation Adjustment Act requires the Department to annually adjust its civil money penalty levels for inflation no later than January 15 of each year. The Inflation Adjustment Act provides that agencies shall adjust civil monetary penalties notwithstanding Section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Additionally, the Inflation Adjustment Act provides a cost- of-living formula for adjustment of the civil penalties. Accordingly, this final rule sets forth the Department's 2018 annual adjustments for inflation to its civil monetary penalties.