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Federal Register Highlights – 10/21/15

October 21, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for October 21, 2015:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Illinois Central Railroad Drawbridge across the Mississippi River, mile 579.9, at Dubuque, Iowa. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner time to replace the tender house essential to the continued safe operation of the drawbridge. This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on November 5, 2015.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on Lake Washington around the east span of the 520 Bridge in Seattle, Washington due to ongoing construction. The safety zone is necessary to ensure the safety of the maritime public and workers involved in the bridge construction when construction barges are located in the east span of the bridge. The safety zone will prohibit any person or vessel from entering or remaining in the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his Designated Representative. This rule is effective without actual notice from October 21, 2015 through November 30, 2015. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from October 2, 2015 until October 21, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: Through this rule, HUD proposes to amend its fair housing regulations to formalize standards for use in investigations and adjudications involving alleged harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status or disability under the Fair Housing Act. The proposed standards would specify how HUD would evaluate complaints of quid pro quo (“this for that”) harassment and hostile environment harassment and provide for uniform treatment of Fair Housing Act claims raising such allegations in the federal courts. This proposed rule defines “quid pro quo” and “hostile environment harassment,” as prohibited under the Fair Housing Act, and adds illustrations of discriminatory housing practices that constitute such harassment. In addition, the proposed rule clarifies the operation of traditional principles of direct and vicarious liability under the Fair Housing Act. Comment Due Date: December 21, 2015. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 2529-AA94.)

PROPOSED RULE: We [the Social Security Administration] propose to amend our regulations by revising our rules regarding the return of evidence at the Appeals Council (AC) level. Our current rules state that the AC will return to the claimant additional evidence it receives when the AC finds the evidence does not relate to the period on or before the date of the administrative law judge’s (ALJ) hearing decision. We are proposing these revisions to give the AC discretion in returning additional evidence that it receives when the AC determines the additional evidence does not relate to the period on or before the date of the ALJ decision. To ensure that we consider your comments, we must receive them by no later than November 20, 2015. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number SSA-2013-0061.)

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