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EPA Issues Proposed Rule Concerning Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products
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On June 10, 2013, EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register concerning formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products. EPA has now reopened the comment period for 30 days for that standard and will hold a public meeting for April 28, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Public comments are now due May 8, 2014.

On June 10, 2013, EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register concerning formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products.

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I am writing you for two reasons. First, I want to commend certain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employees for the important contributions made by them during small business roundtables hosted by impacted industries designed to disseminate information and to answer questions on the Food Safety Modernization Act rules.  Secondly, I want to inform you of some small business concerns with the above-captioned rule.  It is my hope that the FDA will consider the affected industries’ comments and take them into consideration as the agency finalizes the proposed rule.
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Winslow Sargeant, Ph.D., Chief Counsel for Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on the Office of Advocacy Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

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On behalf of the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, I am writing to urge the Federal Communications Commission to move forward and strengthen protections for small multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) under the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 (Cable Act) by finalizing certain revisions to the Commission’s Program Access Rules.  In light of increasing vertical integration between cable programmers and distributors, including the anticipated acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast/NBCU, small MVPDs have asked Advocacy to raise their concerns regarding the FCC’s program access rules and support reasonable revisions that would better protect small MVPDs from discriminatory pricing in cable programming.  Printer Friendly Version

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EPA is preparing to convene a Small Business Advocacy Review panel to provide input and recommendations for its upcoming proposed rule on Medium- and Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standard.  EPA seeks self-nominations directly from the small entities that may be subject to the rule requirements. Entities representing small entities may also serve.  Nominations are requested by April 16, 2014.

EPA is preparing to convene a Small Business Advocacy Review panel to provide input and recommendations for its upcoming proposed rule on Medium- and Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standard.&n

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On February 12, 2013, the President issued an Executive Order for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (Executive Order

13636). In accordance with Section 8(e) of Executive Order 13636, the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Defense

(DOD) submitted recommendations on the feasibility, security benefits, and relative merits of incorporating security standards into

acquisition planning and contract administration and addressing what steps can be taken to harmonize, and make consistent, existing

procurement requirements related to cybersecurity.  On January 23, 2014, the GSA and DOD posted the Final Report of the Joint Working Group on

Improving Cybersecurity and Resilience through Acquisition on the DOD and GSA Web sites. The report makes six (6) recommendations to improve

cybersecurity and resilience in Federal acquisitions. 

On February 12, 2013, the President issued an Executive Order for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (Executive O

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On February 12, 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published the Final Cybersecurity Framework. According to NIST, “the framework allows organizations—regardless of size, degree of cyber risk or cybersecurity sophistication—to apply the principles and best practices of risk management to improve the security and resilience of critical infrastructure.” 

On February 12, 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published the Final Cybersecurity Framework.

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In this document, the Office of Advocacy outlines basic principles for improving the small business regulatory and economic landscape in America.

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