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Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Commission published interim rules on December 23, 2013, that permitted parties to file and serve documents electronically with the Commission, and
permitted comments on the rules. The Commission is adopting those interim rules as final rules without making further changes.

    Effective date:  This final rule is effective December 23, 2019.
   Comments due date:  The Commission will accept written and electronic comments received on or before December 9, 2019.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

On December 28, 2010, the Commission published a final rule which set forth procedures for simplified proceedings. The Commission implemented the simplified proceedings rule as a pilot program. After evaluating the pilot program, the Commission has determined that withdrawal of the simplified proceedings rule is necessary at this time.

This final rule is effective November 25, 2019 without further action, unless adverse comment is received by November 12, 2019. If adverse comment is received, the Commission will publish a timely withdrawal of this direct final rule in the Federal Register while the Commission considers appropriate action with respect to its simplified proceedings rule.

Monday, September 30, 2019

On September 30, 2019, the Commissioners unanimously appointed Glynn F. Voisin to serve as the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Commission.  Judge Voisin comes to the Commission after a distinguished career as a Chief Administrative Law Judge and Administrative Law Judge for other federal agencies.