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Comment Period Extended on New Definition of WOTUS

Comments were originally due on Aug. 28; however, EPA and the Corps have extended the comment deadline.

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SBA’s Advocacy Urges Easing Rules on Small Loan Servicers

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Advocacy has sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in response to CHPB’s Request for Information Regarding 2013 Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) Servicing Rule Assessment. Advocacy is encouraging the CFPB to consider less burdensome alternatives for small loan servicers as part of the assessment process.

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HUD Moves to Alter Fair Housing Rule

HUD Secretary Ben Carson has been silent on the future of the department’s new fair housing enforcement rule -- until now. Following HUD’s decision to exonerate Westchester County, NY of the department’s accusations that it failed to correct its low-income housing dilemma under terms of a 2009 settlement, Carson says he will “reinterpret” the rule.

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Proposed Rule Rolls Back Obama Era WOTUS Policy

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 27 published a proposed rule to recodify the existing definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The rule would apply the definition of WOTUS as it existed before the 2015 Clean Water Rule.

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Civil Rights Commission Launches Probe Into Federal Agencies

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an independent agency charged with advising Congress and the president, has launched a two-year investigation into civil rights practices at several federal agencies under the Trump administration.

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EEOC Issues Regulations on Engaging People with Disabilities

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published regulations on Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, explaining what federal agencies must do to comply with their legal obligation to engage in affirmative action in employment and otherwise serve as "model employers" for individuals...

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Commerce Dept. to Incorporate ‘Digital Economy’ Recommendations

The Department of Commerce has just received a series of recommendations from members of the Digital Economy Board of Advisors that identify key actions the agency can take to support the digital economy, encourage growth and increase opportunity.

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Labor Department’s Paid Sick Leave Rule Draws Heat

A new federal rule finalized by the Department of Labor (DOL) this past week is drawing fire from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The rule requires federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to their employees.

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Comment Period on Inclusive Apprenticeship NPRM Extended

The comment period for the Department of Labor's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on increasing the representation of under-represented groups in apprenticeship programs has been extended until Jan. 20.

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Rule Finalizes Homeless Definition

HUD sets the final rule to establish the “chronically homeless” definition that will be used for the Continuum of Care Program and consolidated submissions for its community planning and development programs.

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