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Federal Register Highlights – 9/8/15

September 8, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for September 8, 2015:

PROPOSED RULE: The departments and agencies listed in this document propose revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This NPRM seeks comment on proposals to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. This proposed rule is an effort to modernize, simplify, and enhance the current system of oversight. The participating departments and agencies propose these revisions to the human subjects regulations because they believe these changes would strengthen protections for research subjects while facilitating important research. To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on December 7, 2015. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number HHS-OPHS-2015-0008. Please note that this proposed rule is issued by the following departments/agencies: Dept. of Homeland Security, Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Energy, NASA, Dept. of Commerce, Social Security Administration, Agency for International Development, Dept. of Justice, Dept. of Labor, Dept. of Defense, Dept. of Education, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Science Foundation, and Dept. of Transportation. Although issued by multiple departments/agencies, the same docket number is used for all comments.)

PROPOSED RULE: This action proposes technical and editorial corrections and revisions to regulations related to source testing of emissions. This proposed rule will make corrections and updates to testing provisions that contain inaccuracies and outdated procedures, and provide alternatives to existing testing regulations. These revisions will improve the quality of data and provide testers flexibility to use recently- approved alternative procedures. Many of these changes were suggested by testers and other end-users, and they will not impose new substantive requirements on source owners or operators. Comments must be received on or before November 9, 2015. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number EPA-HQ-OAR-2014-0292.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or “the Department”) is issuing this proposed rule on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Section 1557). Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs and activities. Section 1557(c) of the ACA authorizes the Secretary of the Department to promulgate regulations to implement the nondiscrimination requirements of Section 1557. In addition, the Secretary is authorized to prescribe regulations for the Department’s governance, conduct, and performance of its business, including, here, how HHS will apply the standards of Section 1557 to HHS- administered health programs and activities. Submit comments on or before November 9, 2015. (To submit comments, visit, reference RIN 0945-AA02.)


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