Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting –
. Federal Register FRA Meeting
. Agenda Summary: “This special meeting of the RSAC will focus on the
events leading up to, during, and following the February 3, 2023 Norfolk
Southern Railway Co. freight train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, as well
as suggested safety improvements, and possible RSAC tasks and actions. A
detailed agenda for the meeting will be posted on the RSAC internet website at
least one week in advance of the meeting. Copies of the minutes of past
meetings, along with general information about the committee, are also
available on the RSAC internet website at https://rsac.fra.dot.gov/​.”

Criteria for Programmable Digital Devices in
Safety-Related Systems of Nuclear Power Plants
. Federal Register NRC Draft
Regulatory Guide
. Summary: “The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is
issuing for public comment a draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-1374, “Criteria
for Programmable Digital Devices in Safety-Related Systems of Nuclear Power
Plants.” This DG is proposed Revision 4 of Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.152,
“Criteria for Use of Computers in Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Plants.”
DG-1374 describes an approach that is acceptable to the NRC staff to meet
regulatory requirements for promoting high functional reliability, design
quality, and a secure development and operational environment (SDOE) for the
use of programmable digital devices (PDDs) in the safety-related systems of
nuclear power generating stations.” Comment close date: April 10th,

Silicon Valley Bank Fails After Run on Deposits.
NYTimes.com article.
Pull quote: “The move put nearly $175 billion in customer deposits under the
regulator’s control. While the swift downfall of the nation’s 16th largest bank
evoked memories of the global financial panic of a decade and a half ago, it
did not immediately touch off fears of widespread destruction in the financial
industry or the global economy.”

The government may stop issuing Social Security payments
after the debt limit is hit — here’s why
. MarketWatch.com article. Some
fud, but some interesting points. Pull quote: “Let me hasten to add that
Robinson is not advocating that the Social Security trust fund be used [to fund
government payments to other programs] in this way. In an interview, he instead
stressed that he wrote his issue
because we need to be aware not only that this “escape clause” exists
but that its use could have unintended consequences. Though hardly anyone
outside Washington knows that it even exists, and relatively few on Capitol
Hill, the Treasury Department and the Social Security Administration are very
much aware of it.”

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