Tom Ewing’s Regulatory Revi

Workforce/Immigration Review:
The President’s Executive Order (EO) 13940, signed August 3, was in the Federal Register last week.  It’s titled “Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices With the Interests of American Workers.”  The EO’s opening policy statement: “It is the policy of the executive branch to create opportunities for United States workers to compete for jobs, including jobs created through Federal contracts.”  The EO references American employers trading American jobs “for temporary foreign labor.”  The EO directs a review of contracting and hiring practices across US departments and agencies.  There are two critical hammer dates.  In four months a report is due to the Director of OMB that will recommend, “if necessary, corrective actions” that could be implemented.  More immediately, in 45 days, the Secretaries of Labor and Homeland Security shall “take action” to protect US workers and to ensure that all employers adhere to Immigration and Nationality Act regulations.  Stay tuned.

NOAA and Citizen Science

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking comments on its new “Citizen Science draft strategy,” part of an effort by NOAA to “dramatically expand our application of this emerging science and technology focus area by improving the efficiency, effectiveness and coordination of its development and usage across the agency.”  NOAA cites the importance, over a century, of volunteer observations regarding weather, oceans and US coastlines.  Now, new and emerging technologies are expanding these volunteer opportunities.  NOAA will use the draft strategy to develop a “Roadmap” that defines detailed volunteer action items, deadlines and responsibilities.  Comments on the Draft are due September 8.

Mel Brooks “The Librarians” 

What?  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has upgraded its eLibrary system?  Holy card catalog Batman, what will they do with that old Commodore 64 that has served the public oh-so-well these many decades?  No more scrolls, no more carbon paper.  FERC announced last week that it is upgrading to “newer, more robust and user-friendly technology.”   Some parts of the new system became available last week.  FERC writes that the upgrades will provide an improved user interface, more reliable search capabilities and greater system stability.  FERC’s announcement directs readers to its website for additional details.  Don’t get too excited.  When I clicked on the eLibrary link it went right to the old eLibrary page, with no reference to updates.  Oh well, at least the link worked…! (And apologies to Mr. Brooks.)

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