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March 06, 2011

Week 6 – Our 21st-Century Regulatory System

We continue to monitor the progress being made on President Obama’s “21st-Century Regulatory System” initiative intended to not only promote “economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation," but also to “root out regulations that are not worth the cost, or that are just plain dumb,” and yet at the same time “won't shy away from addressing obvious gaps.” 

Another week, another five days of the Federal Register:

Monday, February 28

Mamma Mia!

On August 31, 2010, the U.S. Department of Commerce (``Department'') published a notice of initiation of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain pasta from Italy

Extension of Time Limit of Preliminary Results

We determine that completion of the preliminary results of this review within the 245 day period is not practicable for the following reasons. This review requires the Department to gather and analyze a significant amount of information pertaining to the company's sales practices, manufacturing costs, corporate relationships and an examination of a particular market situation allegation filed by petitioners.

Keeping straight which was the spaghetti and which was the spaghettini cost them six months right off the top and don’t get them started on vermicelli/vermicelloni.

Tuesday, March 1

The downside of innovation.

AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice of petition for waiver

LG's current petition seeks a waiver from the DOE test procedure  because the mass of the test load used in the procedure, which is based  on the basket volume of the test unit, is currently not defined for  basket sizes greater than 3.8 cubic feet. LG manufactures basic models  with capacities greater than 3.8 cubic feet.

“Please allow us to sell a washer that holds more than the government-approved 3.8 cubic feet!  Pleeeeaase…"

Wednesday, March 2

Snow?  In the winter?  We totally did not see that one coming.


[Disaster Declaration 12479 and 12480]

SUMMARY: This is a Notice of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for Public Assistance Only for the State of New York (FEMA-1957-DR), dated 02/18/2011.

Incident: Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm.

Remember back when disaster declarations were limited primarily to disasters?  Good times.

Thursday, March 4

The essential role of government, part 123,455:

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

FDA is planning to conduct an experimental study about certain types of label statements on infant formula, such as those that are either structure function claims or similar to such claims. An example of the type of statements that are of interest is: ``Supports brain and eye development.''... The purpose of the study is to assess women's understanding of and response to various statements on infant formula labels.

Friday, March 5

The essential responsibilities of government, Part 123,456:

Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Section 610 Review

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Confirmation of regulations.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Blueberry Promotion, Research and Information Order (7 CFR part 1218) is authorized under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (Act) [7 U.S.C. 7411-7425].

…The purpose of the Order is to finance a coordinated program of promotion, research, and information to maintain and expand the market for fresh and processed cultivated blueberries in the United States and abroad.


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