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News Tipoffs for Massachusetts Editors Newsletter for Wednesday June 10, 2020 ( 22 items )  

American Petroleum Institute Issues Public Comment on DOE Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 7 -- Dustin Meyer, director for market development at the American Petroleum Institute, has issued a public comment on the Department of Energy's proposed rule entitled "National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures". The comment was written on June 1, 2020, and posted on June 2, 2020: * * * These comments are submitted by the American Petroleum Institute (API) in response to the Department of Energy's (DOE) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to update the Nation  more

Boston College Law School Professor Issues Public Comment on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Notice
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- Patricia A. McCoy, professor of law at Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's notice entitled "Request for Information: Assist the Taskforce on Federal Consumer Financial Law". The comment was posted on June 1, 2020: * * * I am writing in response to the Bureau's Request for Information (RFI) concerning the work of the Taskforce on Federal Consumer Financial Law. This RFI seeks public com  more

Boston University School of Public Health Professor Issues Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 3 -- Wendy Heiger-Bernays, clinical professor of environmental health at Boston University School of Public Health, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule entitled "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science". The comment was written on May 18, 2020, and posted on May 29, 2020: * * * Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking for Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259 ("  more

Commonwealth Care Alliance Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Rule
WASHINGTON, June 7 -- Ken Preede, vice president of government relations at Commonwealth Care Alliance, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule entitled " Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency". The comment was written on June 1, 2020, and posted on June 2, 2020: * * * Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) appreciates this opportunity to respond to the Cent  more

Conservation Law Foundation Issues Public Comment on EPA Notice
WASHINGTON, June 9 -- Christopher M. Kilian, senior attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's notice entitled "National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System: Issuance of the Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity". The comment was written on June 1, 2020, and posted on June 3, 2020: * * * Conservation Law Foundation ("CLF") submits this letter, and  more

Devoted Health Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Rule
WASHINGTON, June 8 -- Edward Park, founder and CEO of Devoted Health, Waltham, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule entitled "Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency". The comment was written on June 1, 2020, and posted on June 2, 2020: * * * Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Interim Final Rule with Comment (IFC) implementing modifications to re  more

Education: Federal Need Analysis Methodology for the 2021-22 Award Year-Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
SPRINGFIELD, Virginia, June 9 -- The Department of Education has issued a notice, published in the Federal Register on June 5, entitled: "Federal Need Analysis Methodology for the 2021-22 Award Year-Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, and TEACH Grant Programs". The notice was issued by Mark A. Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid. FOR FURTHER INFORMATI  more

EPA Rule: Air Plan Approval for New Hampshire
WASHINGTON, June 8 -- The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a rule (40 CFR Part 52), published in the Federal Register on June 5, entitled: "Air Plan Approval; New Hampshire; Negative Declaration for the Oil and Gas Industry; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule". The rule was issued by Dennis Deziel, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 1. DATES: The direct final rule published at 85 FR 19087 on April 6, 2020 is withdrawn effective June 5, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob McConne  more

FTC Issues Public Comment on DOT Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 3 -- Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra has issued a public comment on the Department of Transportation's proposed rule entitled "Defining Unfair or Deceptive Practices". The comment was posted on May 29, 2020: * * * COMMENT OF FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONER ROHIT CHOPRA/* I write to outline serious concerns with the Department of Transportation's (DOT) proposal to revamp its enforcement and rulemaking approach by redefining "unfair" practices, and to correct the record rega  more

GAO Issues Report on Private Citizens' Involvement in Decision-Making at VA
WASHINGTON, June 4 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-20-447R) entitled "Private Citizens' Involvement in Decision-Making at the Department of Veterans Affairs: Information on the Purpose, Scope, and Time Frames of Interactions between 2016 and 2018". The report was sent to Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts,  more

General Electric Awarded $180.6 Million Navy Contract
WASHINGTON, June 6 -- The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 5: General Electric Co. GE Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, was awarded a $180,599,648 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-20-D-0115). This contract procures commercial depot level services for the repair and overhaul of T700-GE-401/401C turbo shaft engines, cold section modules and power turbine module  more

Harvard Law School's Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic Issues Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 2 -- Harvard Law School's Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Cambridge, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule entitled "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science". The comment was written on May 18, 2020, and posted on May 28, 2020: The comment was co-signed by Shaun A. Goho, deputy director; Lynne Dzubow, clinic fellow; Maria Dambriunas and Jeremy Dang, clinic students. * * * On its own behalf and on  more

Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Rule
WASHINGTON, June 6 -- Patricia M. Kelleher, executive director of the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, Boston, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' rule entitled "Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency". The comment was posted on June 1, 2020: * * * The Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts represents nearly 100 Medicare certified home health agencies serving Medicare benefi  more

Massachusetts Attorney General's Insurance & Financial Services Division Issues Public Comment on SBA Rule
WASHINGTON, June 2 -- Glenn Kaplan, chief of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Insurance and Financial Services Division, Boston, has issued a public comment on the Small Business Administration's rule entitled "Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program: Requirements: Promissory Notes, Authorizations, Affiliation, and Eligibility". The comment was written on May 26, 2020, and posted on May 29, 2020: * * * I write on behalf of the Office of the Massachusetts Attorn  more

Medical Devices Industry Researcher Issues Public Comment on EPA Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 8 -- Medical devices industry researcher Michael Nakagawa, Cambridge, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule entitled "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science". The comment was written on May 18, 2020, and posted on May 29, 2020: * * * The United States Environmental Protection Agency has long been respected for using solid science in policy and guidance documents, reviewed by scientists dedicated to the well   more

National Electrical Manufacturers Association Issues Public Comment on Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 7 -- Philip Squair, vice president for government affairs at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Arlington, Virginia, has issued a public comment on the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office's proposed rule entitled "Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Fluorescent Lamps and Incandescent Reflector Lamps: Request for information". The comment was written on June 1, 2020, and posted on June 2, 2020: * * * As the le  more

National Security Innovations Awarded $7.82 Million Corps of Engineers Contract
WASHINGTON, June 4 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 3: National Security Innovations Inc.,* Boston, Massachusetts, was awarded a $7,815,789 firm-fixed-price contract (W5J9CQ-20-C-0004) to conduct research using eight gray zone research topic areas. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Boston, Massachusetts, with an estimated completion date of June 2, 2025. Fisca  more

Philips Healthcare Issues Public Comment on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Rule
WASHINGTON, June 9 -- Lucy McDonough, director of market access North America at Philips Healthcare, Cambridge, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule entitled "Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency". The comment was posted on June 2, 2020: * * * On behalf of Philips HealthCare (Philips), I am pleased to have the opportunity to comment on the IFC. Philips pro  more

Rep. Moulton Issues Public Comment on Federal Railroad Administration Proposed Rule
WASHINGTON, June 6 -- Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Federal Railroad Administration's proposed rule entitled "Texas Central Railroad High-Speed Rail Safety Standards". The comment was written on May 26, 2020, and posted on June 1, 2020: * * * The establishment of regulatory requirements for Texas Central Railroad (TCR) marks a major achievement in developing high-speed passenger rail in the United States, and I applaud the progress of the Federal Railro  more

Rolls-Royce Marine North America $10.98 Million Navy Task Order
WASHINGTON, June 9 -- The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center issued the following high-value contract information through the Pentagon on June 8: Rolls-Royce Marine North America Inc., Walpole, Massachusetts, was awarded a $10,980,114 firm-fixed-price, basic ordering agreement order (N64498-20-F-4221) for main propulsion monobloc propellers, propeller hubs, oil distribution boxes, blades and propeller blades for various Navy Ship Classes. Work will be performed in Walpole, Massachusetts, and i  more

Senate Publishes Executive Communications on June 3 Involving Regulations Published in Federal Register
WASHINGTON, June 4 -- The Senate on June 3 published 46 executive communications involving regulations that were published in the Federal Register: EC-4646. A communication from the Program Specialist, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Department of the Treasury, transmitting, pursuant to law, the report of a rule entitled "Director, Shareholder, and Member Meetings" (RIN1557-AE94) received in the Office of the President of the Senate on June 1, 2020; to the Committee on Banking, Housi  more

Suffolk University Law School Professor Issues Public Comment on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Notice
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- Kathleen C. Engel, research professor of law at Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, has issued a public comment on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's notice entitled "Request for Information: Assist the Taskforce on Federal Consumer Financial Law". The comment was written and posted on June 1, 2020: * * * I am responding to your Request for Information to Assist the Taskforce on Federal Consumer Financial Law. It is deeply concerning that you ha  more