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Federal Register Highlights – 1/29/16

January 29, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for January 29, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: The EPA is proposing revisions and confidentiality determinations for the petroleum and natural gas systems source category of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP). In particular, the EPA is proposing to add new monitoring methods for detecting leaks from oil and gas equipment in the petroleum and natural gas systems source category consistent with the leak detection methods in the recently proposed new source performance standards (NSPS) for the oil and gas industry. The EPA is also proposing to add emission factors for leaking equipment to be used in conjunction with these monitoring methods to calculate and report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from equipment leaks. Further, the EPA is proposing reporting requirements and confidentiality determinations for nine new or substantially revised data elements. Comments must be received on or before February 29, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket Number EPA–HQ–OAR–2015–0764.)

PROPOSED RULE: GSA is proposing to amend the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) by updating the exemptions for mandatory use of the Government contractor-issued travel charge card to ensure the card is used as often as practicable. Interested parties should submit written comments on or before March 29, 2016 to be considered in the formation of the final rule. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference FTR Case 2015–303.)

PROPOSED RULE: This document contains proposed regulations that modify the nondiscrimination requirements applicable to certain retirement plans that provide additional benefits to a grandfathered group of employees following certain changes in the coverage of a defined benefit plan or a defined benefit plan formula. The proposed regulations also make certain other changes to the nondiscrimination rules that are not limited to these plans. These regulations would affect participants in, beneficiaries of, employers maintaining, and administrators of tax-qualified retirement plans. Written or electronic comments and must be received by April 28, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket Number IRS–REG–125761–14.)

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