The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have extended the comment period for the proposed rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This proposal would set forth several categories of waters to be included in the definition as well as establish waters that are subject to the act. The comment period now closes November 14, 2014 .
STEM Entrepreneurship: Are Women on a Level Playing Field?
Office of Advocacy report identifies gender differences in STEM entrepreneurship and strives to find avenues for improvement.
On September 17, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the Department of Labor released a proposed rule that would prohibit federal contractors from maintaining pay secrecy policies. The rule, which implements Executive Order 13655, would require most contractors and subcontractors to change the nondiscrimination provisions in their contracts to state that they will not discharge or discriminate against their employees and job applicants for disclosing or inquiring about their pay.
On September 4, 2014, the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) published a proposed rule on Regulatory Capital Rules: Regulatory Capital, Implementation of Tier 1/Tier 2 Framework. FCA is seeking comments on this proposed rule that would revise the regulatory capital requirements for Farm Credit System (System) institutions to include tier 1and tier 2 risk-based capital ratio requirements (replacing core surplus and total surplus requirements), a tier 1leverage requirement (replacing a net collateral requirement for System banks), a capital conservation buffer, revised risk weightings
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposes an aquaculture plan for the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico
On August 28, 2014 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) released a proposed rule for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Marine Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico.