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Regulatory Capital Rules: Regulatory Capital, Implementation of Tier 1/Tier 2 Framework

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 9:45am

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

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposes an aquaculture plan for the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:27pm

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.

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Advocacy Releases Small Business Profiles for All the States and Territories

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 6:56pm

                                          The U.S. is home to 28 million small businesses.

 

WASHINGTON – Today, the Office of Advocacy, an independent office within the Small Business Administration, released a report entitled Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories, an annual analysis of each state’s small businesses. The new and improved state profiles include information on the number of firms, employment, demographics and other topics using the most recently available government data.

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6/24/2014 - Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 1:32pm
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The Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) offers the following comment to the Department of Labor (DOL) to  respectfully request that the department extend the comment period for the proposed rule, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors. This rule, which implements Executive Order 13658, increases the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors, subcontractors and their workers to $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015. 

 

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DOL Releases Proposed Rule Increasing Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 2:35pm

On June 17, 2014, the Department of Labor released a proposed rule implementing Executive Order 13658, which increases the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors, subcontractors and their workers to $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015, and beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, to an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor.  This applies to new contracts, contract-like instruments, and solicitations including (1) procurement contracts for services or construction; (2) contracts for services covered under the Service Contract Act; (3) concessions contracts; (4) c

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6/11/14- Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as Amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:44pm

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Fact Sheet
 

June 11, 2014

 

 

VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION

 

 

The Honorable Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.

Commissioner

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

10903 New Hampshire Avenue

Room 2217

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Advocacy Releases Small Business Profiles for All the States and Territories

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:12pm

The U.S. is home to 28 million small businesses.

 

WASHINGTON – Today, the Office of Advocacy, an independent office within the Small Business Administration, released a report entitled Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories, an annual analysis of each state’s small businessesThe new and improved state profiles include information on the number of firms, employment, demographics and other topics using the most recently available government data.

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DOL Releases Proposed Rule Increasing Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:46am
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On June 17, 2014, the Department of Labor released a proposed rule implementing Executive Order 13658, which increases the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors, subcontractors and their workers to $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015, and beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, to an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor.  This applies to new contracts, contract-like instruments, and solicitations including (1) procurement contracts for services or construction; (2) contracts for services covered under the Service Contract Act; (3) concessions contracts; (4) contracts entered into with the Federal Government in connection with Federal property or lands and related to offering services for Federal employees, their dependents, or the general public; and (5) the wages of workers governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act, Service Contract Act or Davis Bacon Act.  

On June 17, 2014, the Department of Labor released a proposed rule implementing Executive Order 13658, which increases the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors, subcontractors and their work

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Advocacy Releases Small Business Profiles for All the States and Territories

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 8:48am
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Advocacy Releases Small Business Profiles for All the States and Territories

The U.S. is home to 28 million small businesses.

 

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6/11/14- Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as Amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 4:10pm
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The Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) offers the following comment to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to the above-referenced proposed rule issued on April 24, 2014. The FDA issued the proposed rule to implement provisions of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 (Tobacco Control Act).  Since the passage of the Tobacco Control Act, small businesses that manufacture or market tobacco products have been in contact with Advocacy in anticipation of this rulemaking. 

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Defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA)

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 3:58pm
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have extended the comment period for the proposed a 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 new deadline for comments is October 20, 2014.

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Requests For Quotations

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:34am
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The Office of Advocacy’s mission includes providing research documenting the status of small businesses and the impact of important trends. To fulfill this task, Advocacy periodically funds small business research from researchers through requests for quotations (RFQs). Areas of continuing interest are listed below and have been chosen because they are researchable, show the status or role of small businesses, can be a catalyst for further research, or may provide policymaking insight. The proposal solicitations and synopses are listed on FedBizOpps (if the below link is not active, go to www.fedbizopps.gov and search for recent Small Business Administration listings).

The Office of Advocacy’s mission includes providing research documenting the status of small businesses and the impact of important trends.

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Requests For Quotations

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 1:40pm
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The Office of Advocacy’s mission includes providing research documenting the status of small businesses and the impact of important trends. To fulfill this task, Advocacy periodically funds small business research from researchers through requests for quotations (RFQs).

The Office of Advocacy’s mission includes providing research documenting the status of small businesses and the impact of important trends.

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6/5/2014- Definition of Destruction or Adverse Modification of Critical Habitat

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:42pm
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The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration respectfully requests that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) extend the public comment period for its proposed rule Definition of Destruction or Adverse Modification of Critical Habitat.

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6/5/2014- Definition of Waters of the United States Under the Clean Water Act

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:39pm
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The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration respectfully requests that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (together the “Agencies”) extend the comment period for the proposed rule Definition of Waters of the United States Under the Clean Water Act.

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