Monday, September 12, 2011

Federal Travel Regulation (FTR)

The FTR is contained in 41 CFR Chapters 300-304. These implement statutory requirements and Executive branch policies for travel by federal civilian employees and others authorized to travel at government expense

The five chapters that form the FTR include:

41 CFR 300


41 CFR 301

Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel Allowances

41 CFR 302

Relocation Allowances

41 CFR 303

Payment of expenses connected with the death of certain employees

41 CFR 304

Payment from a non-federal source for travel expenses

Read Details of its requirements in ComplianceOnline

California Hazardous Waste Regulations

California has unique hazardous waste regulations that include, but substantially exceed requirements of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations generally in effect in other states. It is also hard to navigate California’s hazardous waste requirements because of the dramatic differences in substantive requirements, enforced by pervasive local city and county agencies deputized as Certified Unified Program Agencies Link(CUPAs) and result in surprising violations and onerous penalties.

These national and international corporations did not know they were doing anything wrong because, under RCRA, most of these offenses would not be violations, and rarely are the relatively modest offenses so harshly enforced. However, due to widely-varying resources and competence, there are large gaps in compliance assurance, which inevitably leads to intervention by the state DTSC or even U.S. EPA Region 9, usually resulting in substantial penalties.

Related Trainings
Nuts and Bolts of California Environmental Regulations – Differences between U.S. EPA and State Requirements
Hazardous Waste Regulation: 10 Major Differences Between Federal RCRA and California Hazardous Waste Regulations

Google and California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003

The California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003 or OPPA became effective on July 1, 2004, is a pioneering privacy law enacted by a state. It requires owners of commercial websites or online services to conspicuously post a privacy policy.


OPPA applies to any website that collect personally identifiable information from California consumers.

OPPA does not apply to ISPs or similar entities that transmit such information at the request of third parties.

Google accused of OPPA non-compliance

In 2008, a New York Times reporter said in a blog post that Google might be violating OPPA since it hadn’t posted a link to its privacy policy from the homepage. Rather, the search engine’s privacy policy had been posted at the bottom of the About Google page.

Following this, privacy activists and groups sent the Google CEO a letter charging that "Google's reluctance to post a link to its privacy policy on its home page is alarming."

The company had argued that users could access its privacy policy by typing Google Privacy Policy in its search engine. A month and a barrage of criticism later, Google linked to its privacy policy from its homepage, fulfilling OPPA requirements