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Federal Register Highlights – 8/14/14

August 14, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for August 14, 2014:

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would amend regulations of the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to reinstate reporting requirements for the 2014 BE–10, Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad. Benchmark surveys are conducted every five years; the prior survey covered 2009. The benchmark survey covers the universe of U.S. direct investment abroad, and is BEA’s most comprehensive survey of such investment in terms of subject matter. For the 2014 benchmark survey, BEA proposes changes in the data items collected. No changes are proposed to the reporting requirements for the survey. This mandatory survey would be conducted under the authority of the International Investment and Trade in Services Survey Act (the Act). Unlike most other BEA surveys conducted pursuant to the Act, a response would be required from persons subject to the reporting requirements of the BE–10, Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad, whether or not they are contacted by BEA, in order to insure that respondents subject to the requirements for U.S. direct investment abroad are identified. Comments on this proposed rule will receive consideration if submitted in writing on or before 5:00 p.m. October 14, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: The United States Parole Commission proposes to revise its rules pertaining to decisions to revoke terms of supervision without a hearing. Specifically, we propose a rule that would allow a releasee charged with only administrative violations or specifically identified misdemeanor crimes to apply for a prison sanction of 8 months or less. If a releasee qualifies and applies for a sanction under this section, the Commission may approve a revocation decision that includes no more than 8 months of imprisonment without using its normal guidelines for decision-making. Submit Comments on or before October 14, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) is re-proposing certain amendments, initially proposed in March 2011, related to the removal of credit rating references in rule 2a–7, the principal rule that governs money market funds, and Form N–MFP, the form that money market funds use to report information to the Commission each month about their portfolio holdings, under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (‘‘Investment Company Act’’ or ‘‘Act’’). The re-proposed amendments would implement provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (‘‘Dodd-Frank Act’’). We are issuing this re-proposal in consideration of comments received on our March 2011 proposal. In addition, we are proposing to amend rule 2a–7’s issuer diversification provisions to eliminate an exclusion from these provisions that is currently available for securities subject to a guarantee issued by a non-controlled person. Comments should be received on or before October 14, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

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