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October 6, 2014

Dear Region IX Stakeholders,

Please see the update from the SBA Office of Advocacy.  You can stay up-to-date on our office by reading our comment letters and reviewing our research. As always, we are seeking your input on current regulatory alerts and your participation in our regulatory roundtables. Please be in touch directly with the listed Advocacy contact for any questions or comments on these topics. Feel free to contact me with other questions or concerns.

——Yvonne Lee, Region IX Advocate  

OFFICIAL ADVOCACY COMMENTS

9/25/2014- Comment Letter- Ex Parte Communication Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

10/1/2014- Comment Letter- Definition of “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act

10/2/2014- Comment Letter- Safety Standard for Sling Carriers (CPSC–2014-0018)

NEW ADVOCACY RESEARCH


Advocacy Research-Understanding the Gender Gap In STEM Fields Entrepreneurship

NEW ADVOCACY BLOG ARTICLE

                                                                                          
Advocacy Helps Guide Small Food Importers through FDA Regulations

NEW REGULATORY ALERTS


Pay Transparency for Government Contractors

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 proposed rule would not allow employers to discriminate or fire someone because they talked or inquired about their pay to someone else.

Contractors would also be required to disseminate this new provision to employees and job applicants.

Submit comments 
here by December 16, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Janis Reyes at 202.205.6533

OPEN COMMENT PERIODS

 

Defining the Scope of Waters Protected 
under the Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period for the proposed rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act. 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. 

Submit comments here by October 20, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Kia Dennis at 202.205.6936

 

Gulf of Mexico Aquaculture Plan

On August 28, 2014, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 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.

The rule would establish a regulatory program for offshore aquaculture in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It would:

·         include permit and application requirements,

·         specify allowable species for aquaculture purposes,

·         establish marine aquaculture siting requirements,

·         create restricted access zones for aquaculture facilities,

·         establish recordkeeping and reporting requirements, and

·         establish biological reference points and catch limit criteria.

 

The rule would require all administrative functions to be performed online.

Submit comments here by October 27, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Jennifer Smith at 202.205.6943

 

Government Contractor Reporting Requirements

On August 8, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the Department of Labor released a proposed rule to require certain contractors to submit reports on employee compensation. 

The rule would apply to employers who file Employer Information Reports (EEO-1 Report), have more than 100 employees, and a contract, subcontract or purchase orders amounting to $50,000 or more; the rule requires them to submit a new Equal Pay report.  This report would include summary data on employee compensation by sex, race, ethnicity, specified job categories, and other relevant data points such as hours worked and the number of employees.

Submit comments here by November 6, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Janis Reyes at 202.205.6533

 

Regulatory Capital Rules

On September 4, 2014, the Farm Credit Administration published a proposed rule on RegulatoryCapital Rules: Regulatory Capital, Implementation of Tier 1/Tier 2 Framework.

The FCA is seeking comments on this proposed rule that would revise the regulatory capital requirements for the Farm Credit System institutions.

Revisions include:

·         tier 1 and tier 2 risk-based capital ratio requirements (replacing core surplus and total surplus requirements),

·         a tier 1 leverage requirement (replacing a net collateral requirement for system banks),

·         a capital conservation buffer,

·         revised risk weightings, and

·         additional public disclosure requirements.

The proposal is intended to help ensure that banks have enough capital to continue lending to creditworthy entities even if there are unforeseen losses or an economic downturn.

Submit comments here by January 2, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Jennifer Smith at 202.205.6943

 

CONTACT

Yvonne Lee
Office of Advocacy
U.S. Small Business Administration
Region IX: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas
yvonne.lee@sba.gov
415-744-8493

LEARN MORE

Visit the Office of Advocacy Website and Small Business Regulatory Alerts

Check out Advocacy’s Blog

Join us on Facebook and Twitter

Subscribe to Advocacy’s Email Lists for:
Advocacy’s News Releasesand monthly newsletter, The Small Business Advocate,
Advocacy’s Small Business Research and Statisticsand

Advocacy’s Regulatory Communications

 

 

October 6, 2014

Dear Region IX Stakeholders,

Please see the update from the SBA Office of Advocacy.  You can stay up-to-date on our office by reading our comment letters and reviewing our research. As always, we are seeking your input on current regulatory alerts and your participation in our regulatory roundtables. Please be in touch directly with the listed Advocacy contact for any questions or comments on these topics. Feel free to contact me with other questions or concerns.

——Yvonne Lee, Region IX Advocate  

OFFICIAL ADVOCACY COMMENTS

9/25/2014- Comment Letter- Ex Parte Communication Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

10/1/2014- Comment Letter- Definition of “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act

10/2/2014- Comment Letter- Safety Standard for Sling Carriers (CPSC–2014-0018)

NEW ADVOCACY RESEARCH


Advocacy Research-Understanding the Gender Gap In STEM Fields Entrepreneurship

NEW ADVOCACY BLOG ARTICLE

                                                                                          
Advocacy Helps Guide Small Food Importers through FDA Regulations

NEW REGULATORY ALERTS


Pay Transparency for Government Contractors

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 proposed rule would not allow employers to discriminate or fire someone because they talked or inquired about their pay to someone else.

Contractors would also be required to disseminate this new provision to employees and job applicants.

Submit comments 
here by December 16, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Janis Reyes at 202.205.6533

OPEN COMMENT PERIODS

 

Defining the Scope of Waters Protected 
under the Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period for the proposed rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act. 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. 

Submit comments here by October 20, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Kia Dennis at 202.205.6936

 

Gulf of Mexico Aquaculture Plan

On August 28, 2014, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 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.

The rule would establish a regulatory program for offshore aquaculture in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It would:

·         include permit and application requirements,

·         specify allowable species for aquaculture purposes,

·         establish marine aquaculture siting requirements,

·         create restricted access zones for aquaculture facilities,

·         establish recordkeeping and reporting requirements, and

·         establish biological reference points and catch limit criteria.

 

The rule would require all administrative functions to be performed online.

Submit comments here by October 27, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Jennifer Smith at 202.205.6943

 

Government Contractor Reporting Requirements

On August 8, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the Department of Labor released a proposed rule to require certain contractors to submit reports on employee compensation. 

The rule would apply to employers who file Employer Information Reports (EEO-1 Report), have more than 100 employees, and a contract, subcontract or purchase orders amounting to $50,000 or more; the rule requires them to submit a new Equal Pay report.  This report would include summary data on employee compensation by sex, race, ethnicity, specified job categories, and other relevant data points such as hours worked and the number of employees.

Submit comments here by November 6, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Janis Reyes at 202.205.6533

 

Regulatory Capital Rules

On September 4, 2014, the Farm Credit Administration published a proposed rule on RegulatoryCapital Rules: Regulatory Capital, Implementation of Tier 1/Tier 2 Framework.

The FCA is seeking comments on this proposed rule that would revise the regulatory capital requirements for the Farm Credit System institutions.

Revisions include:

·         tier 1 and tier 2 risk-based capital ratio requirements (replacing core surplus and total surplus requirements),

·         a tier 1 leverage requirement (replacing a net collateral requirement for system banks),

·         a capital conservation buffer,

·         revised risk weightings, and

·         additional public disclosure requirements.

The proposal is intended to help ensure that banks have enough capital to continue lending to creditworthy entities even if there are unforeseen losses or an economic downturn.

Submit comments here by January 2, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Jennifer Smith at 202.205.6943

 

CONTACT

Yvonne Lee
Office of Advocacy
U.S. Small Business Administration
Region IX: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas
yvonne.lee@sba.gov
415-744-8493

LEARN MORE

Visit the Office of Advocacy Website and Small Business Regulatory Alerts

Check out Advocacy’s Blog

Join us on Facebook and Twitter

Subscribe to Advocacy’s Email Lists for:
Advocacy’s News Releasesand monthly newsletter, The Small Business Advocate,
Advocacy’s Small Business Research and Statisticsand

Advocacy’s Regulatory Communications

 

 

October 6, 2014

Dear Region IX Stakeholders,

Please see the update from the SBA Office of Advocacy.  You can stay up-to-date on our office by reading our comment letters and reviewing our research. As always, we are seeking your input on current regulatory alerts and your participation in our regulatory roundtables. Please be in touch directly with the listed Advocacy contact for any questions or comments on these topics. Feel free to contact me with other questions or concerns.

——Yvonne Lee, Region IX Advocate  

OFFICIAL ADVOCACY COMMENTS

9/25/2014- Comment Letter- Ex Parte Communication Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

10/1/2014- Comment Letter- Definition of “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act

10/2/2014- Comment Letter- Safety Standard for Sling Carriers (CPSC–2014-0018)

NEW ADVOCACY RESEARCH


Advocacy Research-Understanding the Gender Gap In STEM Fields Entrepreneurship

NEW ADVOCACY BLOG ARTICLE

                                                                                          
Advocacy Helps Guide Small Food Importers through FDA Regulations

NEW REGULATORY ALERTS


Pay Transparency for Government Contractors

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 proposed rule would not allow employers to discriminate or fire someone because they talked or inquired about their pay to someone else.

Contractors would also be required to disseminate this new provision to employees and job applicants.

Submit comments 
here by December 16, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Janis Reyes at 202.205.6533

OPEN COMMENT PERIODS

 

Defining the Scope of Waters Protected 
under the Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period for the proposed rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act. 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. 

Submit comments here by October 20, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Kia Dennis at 202.205.6936

 

Gulf of Mexico Aquaculture Plan

On August 28, 2014, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 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.

The rule would establish a regulatory program for offshore aquaculture in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It would:

·         include permit and application requirements,

·         specify allowable species for aquaculture purposes,

·         establish marine aquaculture siting requirements,

·         create restricted access zones for aquaculture facilities,

·         establish recordkeeping and reporting requirements, and

·         establish biological reference points and catch limit criteria.

 

The rule would require all administrative functions to be performed online.

Submit comments here by October 27, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Jennifer Smith at 202.205.6943

 

Government Contractor Reporting Requirements

On August 8, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the Department of Labor released a proposed rule to require certain contractors to submit reports on employee compensation. 

The rule would apply to employers who file Employer Information Reports (EEO-1 Report), have more than 100 employees, and a contract, subcontract or purchase orders amounting to $50,000 or more; the rule requires them to submit a new Equal Pay report.  This report would include summary data on employee compensation by sex, race, ethnicity, specified job categories, and other relevant data points such as hours worked and the number of employees.

Submit comments here by November 6, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Janis Reyes at 202.205.6533

 

Regulatory Capital Rules

On September 4, 2014, the Farm Credit Administration published a proposed rule on RegulatoryCapital Rules: Regulatory Capital, Implementation of Tier 1/Tier 2 Framework.

The FCA is seeking comments on this proposed rule that would revise the regulatory capital requirements for the Farm Credit System institutions.

Revisions include:

·         tier 1 and tier 2 risk-based capital ratio requirements (replacing core surplus and total surplus requirements),

·         a tier 1 leverage requirement (replacing a net collateral requirement for system banks),

·         a capital conservation buffer,

·         revised risk weightings, and

·         additional public disclosure requirements.

The proposal is intended to help ensure that banks have enough capital to continue lending to creditworthy entities even if there are unforeseen losses or an economic downturn.

Submit comments here by January 2, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Jennifer Smith at 202.205.6943

 

CONTACT

Yvonne Lee
Office of Advocacy
U.S. Small Business Administration
Region IX: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas
yvonne.lee@sba.gov
415-744-8493

LEARN MORE

Visit the Office of Advocacy Website and Small Business Regulatory Alerts

Check out Advocacy’s Blog

Join us on Facebook and Twitter

Subscribe to Advocacy’s Email Lists for:
Advocacy’s News Releasesand monthly newsletter, The Small Business Advocate,
Advocacy’s Small Business Research and Statisticsand

Advocacy’s Regulatory Communications

 

 

October 6, 2014

Dear Region IX Stakeholders,

Please see the update from the SBA Office of Advocacy.  You can stay up-to-date on our office by reading our comment letters and reviewing our research. As always, we are seeking your input on current regulatory alerts and your participation in our regulatory roundtables. Please be in touch directly with the listed Advocacy contact for any questions or comments on these topics. Feel free to contact me with other questions or concerns.

——Yvonne Lee, Region IX Advocate  

OFFICIAL ADVOCACY COMMENTS

9/25/2014- Comment Letter- Ex Parte Communication Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

10/1/2014- Comment Letter- Definition of “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act

10/2/2014- Comment Letter- Safety Standard for Sling Carriers (CPSC–2014-0018)

NEW ADVOCACY RESEARCH


Advocacy Research-Understanding the Gender Gap In STEM Fields Entrepreneurship

NEW ADVOCACY BLOG ARTICLE

                                                                                          
Advocacy Helps Guide Small Food Importers through FDA Regulations

NEW REGULATORY ALERTS


Pay Transparency for Government Contractors

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 proposed rule would not allow employers to discriminate or fire someone because they talked or inquired about their pay to someone else.

Contractors would also be required to disseminate this new provision to employees and job applicants.

Submit comments 
here by December 16, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Janis Reyes at 202.205.6533

OPEN COMMENT PERIODS

 

Defining the Scope of Waters Protected 
under the Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period for the proposed rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act. 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. 

Submit comments here by October 20, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Kia Dennis at 202.205.6936

 

Gulf of Mexico Aquaculture Plan

On August 28, 2014, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 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.

The rule would establish a regulatory program for offshore aquaculture in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It would:

·         include permit and application requirements,

·         specify allowable species for aquaculture purposes,

·         establish marine aquaculture siting requirements,

·         create restricted access zones for aquaculture facilities,

·         establish recordkeeping and reporting requirements, and

·         establish biological reference points and catch limit criteria.

 

The rule would require all administrative functions to be performed online.

Submit comments here by October 27, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Jennifer Smith at 202.205.6943

 

Government Contractor Reporting Requirements

On August 8, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the Department of Labor released a proposed rule to require certain contractors to submit reports on employee compensation. 

The rule would apply to employers who file Employer Information Reports (EEO-1 Report), have more than 100 employees, and a contract, subcontract or purchase orders amounting to $50,000 or more; the rule requires them to submit a new Equal Pay report.  This report would include summary data on employee compensation by sex, race, ethnicity, specified job categories, and other relevant data points such as hours worked and the number of employees.

Submit comments here by November 6, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Janis Reyes at 202.205.6533

 

Regulatory Capital Rules

On September 4, 2014, the Farm Credit Administration published a proposed rule on RegulatoryCapital Rules: Regulatory Capital, Implementation of Tier 1/Tier 2 Framework.

The FCA is seeking comments on this proposed rule that would revise the regulatory capital requirements for the Farm Credit System institutions.

Revisions include:

·         tier 1 and tier 2 risk-based capital ratio requirements (replacing core surplus and total surplus requirements),

·         a tier 1 leverage requirement (replacing a net collateral requirement for system banks),

·         a capital conservation buffer,

·         revised risk weightings, and

·         additional public disclosure requirements.

The proposal is intended to help ensure that banks have enough capital to continue lending to creditworthy entities even if there are unforeseen losses or an economic downturn.

Submit comments here by January 2, 2014.

Advocacy contact: Jennifer Smith at 202.205.6943

 

CONTACT

Yvonne Lee
Office of Advocacy
U.S. Small Business Administration
Region IX: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas
yvonne.lee@sba.gov
415-744-8493

LEARN MORE

Visit the Office of Advocacy Website and Small Business Regulatory Alerts

Check out Advocacy’s Blog

Join us on Facebook and Twitter

Subscribe to Advocacy’s Email Lists for:
Advocacy’s News Releasesand monthly newsletter, The Small Business Advocate,
Advocacy’s Small Business Research and Statisticsand

Advocacy’s Regulatory Communications


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