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Regulatory Issues to Watch in the FY 2021 Spending and COVID-19 Stimulus Bill

The stimulus and omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2021 contained COVID-19 relief for small businesses, but it also featured other major regulatory changes. Advocacy discusses some of those changes in this blog.

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USDA Finalizes Domestic Hemp Production Rule, Offers More Certainty

On January 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a final rule outlining policies for domestic hemp production. Advocacy examines the changes USDA made to hemp regulations in the rulemaking process in this blog.

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Advocacy Submits Comment Letter to OIRA On SAM Exemption for Small Entities

On December 1, 2020, Advocacy submitted a comment letter to OIRA encouraging an exemption from a rule that requires small entities to acquire a number on the System for Award Management to acquire an SBA loan.

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Regulatory Alerts

EPA Seeks Representatives of Small Businesses that Manufacture, Use, or are Exposed to Chrysotile Asbestos for SBREFA Panel

The Environmental Protection Agency seeks nominations for small businesses to participate in a SBREFA panel for chrysotile asbestos. Nominations are due February 25, 2021.

EPA Seeks Comment on Data to Support HFC Phase-Down Rulemakings

On February 11, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency published a Notice of Data Availability for information relevant to hydrofluorocarbon consumption and production in the United States and to solicit stakeholder input. Comments are due February 25, 2021.

FWS Delays Effective Date and Reopens Comment Period for Regulations Governing Take of Migratory Birds

On February 9, 2021, the Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service delayed the effective date of its final rule defining the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) as applied to conduct resulting in the injury or death of migratory birds. Comments are due March 1, 2021.

EPA’s Proposed Toxic Substance Control Act Fee Revisions

On January 11, 2021, EPA proposed revisions for its 2018 fees rule under the Toxic Substance Control Act. The proposed changes include new fee categories and exemptions for some categories. Comments due February 25, 2021.

NMFS Seeks Comments on Proposed Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan

On December 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service published a proposed rule to amend regulations implementing the Atlantic large whale take reduction plan. Comments on the plan due March 1, 2021.

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Annual Report of The Office of Economic Research, FY 2019

In fiscal year 2019, the Office of Economic Research in the Office of Advocacy published 20 research products, including its new small business profiles by congressional district for the first time. Read about the other economic products Advocacy produced in 2019 in the report.

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NMFS Seeks Comments on Designations of Critical Habitat for Ringed Seals and Beringia Distinct Population Segment of Bearded Seals

On January 8, 2021 the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published two proposed rules to establish critical habitat for ringed and bearded seals in the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas. Comments due March 9, 2021.

EPA Seeks Comments on Proposed 2021 Pesticide General Permit Under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit Program

On January 15, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a Notice of Availability for a proposed 2021 Pesticide General Permit, which authorize certain point source discharges of biological and chemical pesticides that leave a residue to waters of the United States. Comments due March 16, 2021.

APHIS Seeks Comments on Whether to Regulate Movement of Animals Modified or Developed by Genetic Engineering

On December 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to solicit comments on whether to establish a regulatory framework for the movement of animals modified through genetic engineering. Comments due February 26, 2021.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

There are two main ways you can connect with Advocacy and share your concerns about regulatory burdens on small businesses:

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1) Contact Advocacy Staff about the regulatory issues your small business is experiencing.

 

2) Check Out Advocacy's Publication, "A Basic Guide to Federal Rulemaking and Small Business" to learn how small business can get involved in the federal rulemaking process.