Monday, February 1, 2010

Finally, 201 CMR 17.00 is coming, ready or not

hourglass It looks like the last time OCABR said they "really mean it this time" about the last round of emasculations to Mass. 201 CMR 17.00, they really meant it.  Ready or not, it becomes effective on March 1, 2010.  OK, poor phrasing there- let's say "goes into effect" instead, because I'm not that hopeful that it will actually be very effective.

If 201CMR17.00 applies to you, I hope you are well on your way to complying, because you only have a month (and a stubby little month at that) to be compliant.

I do have one piece of advice, regardless of your current level of preparedness:

Do not be the test case, the first prosecuted.

Yeah, not really "actionable", but bulletproof advice nonetheless.  Even if Massachusetts' Attorney General Martha Coakley hadn't just had her head handed to her in the Senate race it would be a bad idea.  But she did, and I bet she's bitter.  Do not get in her line of fire.

A second bit of advice, regardless of your current level of preparedness:

Re-read the regulations.

Another lame one, really- but important and easy.  I you are ready and sure you are compliant, this will make you more comfortable.  If you are "getting there", it should help you focus your efforts.  If you haven't even started, it will help you find the ambition to polish up that resume.  Actually, the goal is to step back and make sure that you measure success against the correct benchmarks- before, during, and after the project.  "Completing" your compliance project and not being compliant isn't really success. 

PDF of the regs: and of course you can ask the Blogger search box in the upper left or the Lijit search in the lower right of this page to show you a multitude of my posts on the topic.