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Federal Register Highlights – 1/25/13

January 25, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for January 25, 2013:

PROPOSED RULE: The FCA, through the Office of Secondary Market Oversight (OSMO), is proposing regulations to require the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac) to submit a capital plan to OSMO on an annual basis and to require Farmer Mac to notify OSMO under certain circumstances before making a capital distribution. The proposed rule would revise the current capital adequacy planning requirements to increase our regulatory focus on the quality and level of Farmer Mac’s capital base and promote best practices for capital adequacy planning and stress testing. We view high quality capital as the fundamental resource available to cover unexpected losses and ensure long-term financial flexibility and viability. Please submit comments before March 26, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 3052–AC80.)

PROPOSED RULE: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, propose to designate critical habitat for the Zuni bluehead sucker. If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this subspecies’ critical habitat. The effect of these regulations will be to protect the Zuni bluehead sucker’s habitat under the Act. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before March 26, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FWS–R2–ES–2013–0002.)

PROPOSED RULE: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, propose to list the Zuni bluehead sucker as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act and propose to designate critical habitat for the species. If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this subspecies and its critical habitat. The effect of these regulations will be to conserve the Zuni bluehead sucker and protect its habitat under the Act. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before March 26, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FWS–R2–ES–2012–0101.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is proposing to classify the scleral plug into class II (special controls), and proposing to exempt the scleral plugs composed of surgical grade stainless steel (with or without coating in gold, silver, or titanium) from premarket notification (510(k)) and to continue to require premarket notification (510(k)) for all other scleral plugs in order to provide a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness of the device. The scleral plug is a prescription device used to provide temporary closure of a scleral incision during an ophthalmic surgical procedure. Submit either electronic or written comments by April 25, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FDA–2012–N–1238.)

 

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