Health journalists seeking information from government agencies often encounter obstacles, especially at the federal level, according to AHCJ’s recent survey. The biggest roadblocks involve delays, bureaucracy, scripted replies, and barriers to interviews, survey respondents said.
Three-quarters said it is difficult to get the information they need from the federal government, and two-thirds reported difficulty getting adequate responses from state government. Continue reading →
EPA Proposed labeling BPA and phthalates as “Chemicals of Concern” Proposed standards for “nanoscale materials” Updated air quality standards Department of Labor A prevention-oriented OSHA plan that would require employers to create and maintain plans to protect workers Proposal for limiting workers exposure to silica dust FDA For the first time, the FDA will begin asserting its newfound jurisdiction over tobacco.
OMB Watch points out that, while the agenda has not been a useful tool because agencies tend to miss the timelines, it “can be a useful planning and accountability tool to measure the Obama administration’s efforts to solve long-neglected health and safety problems.”
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A new site could let you keep up with the latest regulatory action at your favorite federal agency with OpenRegs.com.
The site takes the Federal Register’s daily XML feeds and makes them accessible to everyone, allowing you to see the latest rulemaking activity and topics open to public comment by the federal government.
It appears there isn’t any activity for many of those topics but it’s worth keeping an eye on by subscribing to the RSS feeds so you’ll be alerted if there is an addition.
The site does note that it should not be a substitute for Regulations.gov, which is the official site run by the federal government and includes comments that have been filed. “OpenRegs.com should serve as the launching pad, research portal, and discussion community for your regulatory adventures.”