Regulation

2023-01-28 01:15:37
by Dan McCue
The Rise of Contractors Screams Out for a Rethinking of Policy

WASHINGTON — Hard as it may be to believe, a revolution really did take place while we were all inside,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Hard as it may be to believe, a revolution really did take place while we were all inside, hoping the dark, early shadow of COVID-19 would somehow pass us by.  According to Liz Wilke, principal economist with Gusto,... Read More

Elon Musk Depicted as Liar, Visionary in Tesla Tweet Trial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk was depicted Wednesday as either a liar who callously jeopardized the savings of “regular... Read More

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk was depicted Wednesday as either a liar who callously jeopardized the savings of “regular people" or a well-intentioned visionary as attorneys delivered opening statements at a trial focused on a Tesla buyout that never... Read More

2023-01-04 15:22:54
by Dan McCue
FDA to Allow Retail Pharmacies to Offer Abortion Pills

WASHINGTON — An abortion pill previously available only from a certified doctor, clinic or two online pharmacies will soon be... Read More

WASHINGTON — An abortion pill previously available only from a certified doctor, clinic or two online pharmacies will soon be obtainable at local pharmacies with a prescription, the Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday. Mifepristone is the first of two... Read More

EPA Finalizes Water Rule That Repeals Trump-Era Changes

ST. LOUIS (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday finalized regulations that protect hundreds of thousands of small streams,... Read More

ST. LOUIS (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday finalized regulations that protect hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways, repealing a Trump-era rule that federal courts had thrown out and that environmentalists said left waterways vulnerable to... Read More

Probe: Alzheimer's Drug Approval 'Rife With Irregularities'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration’s contentious approval of a questionable Alzheimer’s drug took another hit Thursday as... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration’s contentious approval of a questionable Alzheimer’s drug took another hit Thursday as congressional investigators called the process “rife with irregularities.” The 18-month investigation by two House committees detailed “atypical collaboration” between FDA... Read More

Southwest Says It Expects Normal Operations to Resume Friday

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines said it expects to return to normal operations Friday after slashing about two-thirds of its... Read More

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines said it expects to return to normal operations Friday after slashing about two-thirds of its schedule in recent days, including canceling another 2,350 flights Thursday. Southwest is struggling to recover after being overwhelmed by a... Read More

2022-12-20 19:55:29
by Dan McCue
Wells Fargo to Pay $3.7B Over Consumer Banking Violations

WASHINGTON — Wells Fargo has agreed to pay a total $3.7 billion to settle claims that it engaged in widespread... Read More

WASHINGTON — Wells Fargo has agreed to pay a total $3.7 billion to settle claims that it engaged in widespread banking violations over the last decade that harmed millions of consumers. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, roughly $1.78... Read More

2022-12-16 21:18:05
by Dan McCue
Firm Free to Market NFTs to Political Committees, FEC Says

WASHINGTON — A firm hoping to design and market NFTs to political committees under the same terms and conditions it... Read More

WASHINGTON — A firm hoping to design and market NFTs to political committees under the same terms and conditions it applies to nonpolitical clients won’t run afoul of prohibitions on corporate contributions, the Federal Election Commission has determined. DataVault, a... Read More

2022-12-14 18:51:57
by TWN Staff
FDA Panel Shoots Down Cytokinetics Bid for Second Heart Drug Approval

WASHINGTON — A panel of advisors to the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday declined to recommend approval of a... Read More

WASHINGTON — A panel of advisors to the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday declined to recommend approval of a new heart drug created by biotech firm Cytokinetics, finding the benefits of the drug do not outweigh its risks. The... Read More

2022-12-12 18:00:52
by Dan McCue
FEC Seeking Public Comment on Candidate Compensation From Campaign Funds

WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission is seeking public comment of proposed changes to regulations it is considering regarding candidate... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission is seeking public comment of proposed changes to regulations it is considering regarding candidate compensation from campaign funds. Currently, the Federal Election Campaign Act prohibits principal campaign committees from converting campaign funds to personal... Read More

2022-12-07 16:50:20
by Tom Ramstack
Firefighters Seek Contempt Citation Against DC for Ban on Beards

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C., firefighters are asking a federal judge for a contempt citation against the city for its ban... Read More

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C., firefighters are asking a federal judge for a contempt citation against the city for its ban on beards. Firefighters argue the ban violates the freedom of religion of their Muslim and Jewish members. The District of... Read More

Speedier Drug Approvals Hit Slowdown as FDA Faces Scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expedited drug approvals slowed this year as the Food and Drug Administration's controversial accelerated pathway came under... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expedited drug approvals slowed this year as the Food and Drug Administration's controversial accelerated pathway came under new scrutiny from Congress, government watchdogs and some of the agency’s own leaders. With less than a month remaining in... Read More

Biden's Efforts to Protect Abortion Access Hit Roadblocks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is still actively searching for ways to safeguard abortion access for millions of women,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is still actively searching for ways to safeguard abortion access for millions of women, even as it bumps up against a complex web of strict new state laws enacted in the months after the Supreme... Read More

2022-12-01 22:36:13
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Says FTX Cryptocurrency Collapse Shows Need for Government Regulation

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee on Thursday nearly eliminated uncertainties about whether the government will regulate the cryptocurrency industry soon... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee on Thursday nearly eliminated uncertainties about whether the government will regulate the cryptocurrency industry soon as lawmakers reviewed the collapse of digital financial firm FTX. FTX’s cryptocurrency exchange held assets of more than 1 million... Read More

2022-11-17 13:50:24
by Dan McCue
FDA Conditionally Approves First Drug to Manage Acute Pancreatitis in Dogs

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has conditionally approved Panoquell-CA1 for the management of clinical signs associated with acute... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has conditionally approved Panoquell-CA1 for the management of clinical signs associated with acute onset of pancreatitis in dogs.  Panoquell-CA1 is an injectable drug intended for use while the dog is hospitalized for treatment... Read More

2022-11-14 21:47:14
by Dan McCue
NRC Publishes Annual Report to Congress on Nuke Security Inspections

WASHINGTON — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has released an unclassified version of its annual report to Congress detailing the prior... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has released an unclassified version of its annual report to Congress detailing the prior year’s security inspection program.  The report, required under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, provides information to Congress and the... Read More

2022-11-14 19:45:49
by Dan McCue
Governments Urged to Regulate Supply Chains as Demand for Critical Minerals Grows

PARIS — As the world continues to transition toward net-zero emissions, the rising demand for renewable energy is expected to... Read More

PARIS — As the world continues to transition toward net-zero emissions, the rising demand for renewable energy is expected to continue to increase demand for critical minerals.  To ensure they continue to have a safe, secure and sustainable supply, a... Read More

2022-11-10 22:28:15
by Dan McCue
FTC Taking Dim View of Musk Action Amid Twitter Turmoil

WASHINGTON — A letter posted to Twitter’s Slack feed by a company lawyer, detailing the utter chaos the social media... Read More

WASHINGTON — A letter posted to Twitter’s Slack feed by a company lawyer, detailing the utter chaos the social media outlet has descended into since Elon Musk took control of it, has prompted a rare public rebuke from the Federal... Read More

2022-11-08 21:49:00
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Hints at New Limits on Authority of Federal Agencies

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court justices implied Monday they are likely to make it easier to challenge the authority of... Read More

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court justices implied Monday they are likely to make it easier to challenge the authority of regulatory agencies in disputes with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. The key issue in Axon... Read More

2022-11-08 18:48:41
by Dan McCue
Health Care Issues on the Ballot in Several States

WASHINGTON — It’s not just the control of the U.S. House and Senate that’s hanging in the balance as voters... Read More

WASHINGTON — It’s not just the control of the U.S. House and Senate that’s hanging in the balance as voters go to the polls today, in states across the nation ballots are being cast on health care issues ranging from... Read More

2022-10-31 12:30:31
by Dan McCue
DOE Cybersecurity Office to Brief New Report on Electric Grid

WASHINGTON — Federal officials will brief a new report outlining the key cybersecurity recommendations for clean energy integration, grid modernization... Read More

WASHINGTON — Federal officials will brief a new report outlining the key cybersecurity recommendations for clean energy integration, grid modernization and distributed energy resources on Monday, Nov. 7. The report was prepared by the Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity,... Read More

2022-10-31 12:17:08
by Dan McCue
Georgia Power Accused of Overcharging Customers by $1.87B

ATLANTA — Three solar energy groups opposed to a request by Georgia Power to revise several fees it charges residential... Read More

ATLANTA — Three solar energy groups opposed to a request by Georgia Power to revise several fees it charges residential customers have accused the state’s largest utility of “massive over-collection of revenue” in testimony submitted to the state’s Public Service... Read More

2022-10-27 20:58:25
by Tom Ramstack
SEC Requires Executives to Pay Back Bonuses Tied to Flawed Financial Reports

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday finalized a rule that eliminates the right of corporate executives... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday finalized a rule that eliminates the right of corporate executives to collect bonuses if there are accounting errors in their companies’ regulatory filings. One of the agency’s motivations is to... Read More

2022-10-21 21:05:58
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge EPA to ‘Chart New Course for Biofuels’

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators on Friday urged the Environmental Protection Agency to use its upcoming decision on... Read More

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators on Friday urged the Environmental Protection Agency to use its upcoming decision on the Renewable Fuel Standard to “chart a new course for biofuels” to meet the nation’s “diverse energy demands.” In a... Read More

2022-10-19 20:17:07
by Dan McCue
FDA Panel Votes to Yank Preterm Birth Drug Off Market

WASHINGTON — An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration voted Wednesday to recommend that a drug intended to... Read More

WASHINGTON — An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration voted Wednesday to recommend that a drug intended to prevent women from having preterm births be removed from the market. Makena, manufactured by Covis Pharma, is the only approved... Read More

2022-10-19 16:48:40
by Dan McCue
Justice Dept. Seeks to Block Sale of Beverage It Calls Unapproved ‘Drug’

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday filed a complaint to block the sale of Chill6, a beverage powder marketed... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday filed a complaint to block the sale of Chill6, a beverage powder marketed as a treatment or cure for anxiety, insomnia, alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder. According to the complaint filed in the... Read More

US Businesses Propose Hiding Trade Data Used to Trace Abuse

A group of major U.S. businesses wants the government to hide key import data -- a move trade experts say... Read More

A group of major U.S. businesses wants the government to hide key import data -- a move trade experts say would make it more difficult for Americans to link the products they buy to labor abuse overseas. The Commercial Customs Operations... Read More

2022-10-17 20:44:35
by Tom Ramstack
EPA Says Louisiana’s Air Pollution Impairs Minorities’ Civil Rights

LAPLACE, La. — The Environmental Protection Agency is warning Louisiana officials that their failure to protect residents from air pollution... Read More

LAPLACE, La. — The Environmental Protection Agency is warning Louisiana officials that their failure to protect residents from air pollution in a two-county industrialized area might be a violation of civil rights laws. The area known as “Cancer Alley” is... Read More

Fighting Food Poisoning: Sweeping Poultry Changes Proposed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday proposed sweeping changes in the way chicken and... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday proposed sweeping changes in the way chicken and turkey meat is processed that are intended to reduce illnesses from food contamination but could require meat companies to make... Read More

2022-10-05 20:47:05
by Dan McCue
New FTC Labeling Rule Aims to Help Consumers Reduce Energy Costs

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission has updated its Energy Labeling Rule so that consumers can more accurately compare the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission has updated its Energy Labeling Rule so that consumers can more accurately compare the estimated annual energy consumption of appliances before they buy them. The FTC’s original Energy Labeling Rule, issued in 1979 under... Read More

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