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Document Number: FR-2009-12-31-ReaderAids
Type: Reader Aids
Date: 2009-12-31
Document Number: E9-31124
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking action to amend its medical regulations concerning the copayment required for certain medications. Under current regulations, the copayment amount must be increased based on the prescription drug component of the Medical Consumer Price Index, and the maximum annual copayment amount must be increased when the copayment is increased. Under the amendments in this document, we will freeze copayments at the current rate for the next 6 months, and thereafter resume increasing copayments in accordance with any change in the prescription drug component of the Medical Consumer Price Index.
Document Number: E9-31105
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval, under regulations for Cross-Media Electronic Reporting, of the State of Illinois' request to revise its EPA-authorized program to allow electronic reporting; and also provides notice of an opportunity to request a public hearing on this action.
Document Number: E9-31100
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing a 30-day public comment period for the draft document titled, ``An Assessment of Decision-Making Processes: The Feasibility of Incorporating Climate Change Information into Land Protection Planning'' (EPA/600/R-09/142a). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development. This draft document is a review of decision- making processes of selected land protection programs. The goal of this document is to assess the feasibility of incorporating climate change impacts information into the evaluation of these programs. The assessment revealed that there are several strategies that might be useful for incorporating climate change information into decision making. As part of a portfolio of adaptation strategies, land protection may become more important for jurisdictions, particularly to ameliorate climate change impacts on watersheds and wildlife.
Document Number: E9-31099
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Document Number: E9-31095
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Federal Communications Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document establishes a new sunset date for certain Commission's rules applicable to retransmission consent in accordance with Section 1003(b) of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010, Public Law No. 111-118.
Document Number: E9-31085
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The International Trade Administration is seeking comments on priorities for the Transatlantic Innovation Dialogue from any interested party, including industry, consumer, labor and environmental groups, trade associations, professional organizations/societies, academia, and Federal, state, and local governments. Comments will be used to identify and select projects for cooperation on innovation policy between the United States government and the European Commission.
Document Number: E9-31080
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: E9-31079
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: E9-31078
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is extending for 30 days, until February 4, 2010, the period for filing comments to the requirement adopted in the final rule, ``Pipeline Safety: Integrity Management Program for Gas Distribution Pipelines'' to require the reporting of failures of compression couplings used in metal pipe. PHMSA had invited public comment on the extension of this requirement to include reporting of failure of compression couplings used in metal pipe until January 4, 2010. The American Gas Association (AGA) requested that PHMSA extend the comment period for thirty days.
Document Number: E9-31077
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Pursuant to section 641 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, (19 U.S.C. 1641) and the Customs Regulations (19 CFR 111.51), the following Customs broker licenses and all associated permits are cancelled without prejudice.
Document Number: E9-31075
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
The inventions listed below are owned by an agency of the U.S. Government and are available for licensing in the U.S. in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 207 to achieve expeditious commercialization of results of federally-funded research and development. Foreign patent applications are filed on selected inventions to extend market coverage for companies and may also be available for licensing.
Document Number: E9-31074
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
The inventions listed below are owned by an agency of the U.S. Government and are available for licensing in the U.S. in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 207 to achieve expeditious commercialization of results of Federally-funded research and development. Foreign patent applications are filed on selected inventions to extend market coverage for companies and may also be available for licensing.
Document Number: E9-31073
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Postal Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission is noticing a recently-filed Postal Service request to change prices for a Direct Entry Parcels contract. This notice provides an opportunity for the public to comment.
Document Number: E9-31072
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
The inventions listed below are owned by an agency of the U.S. Government and are available for licensing in the U.S. in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 207 to achieve expeditious commercialization of results of federally funded research and development. Foreign patent applications are filed on selected inventions to extend market coverage for companies and may also be available for licensing.
Document Number: E9-31071
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on October 28, 2009 (74 FR 55558) and allowed 60 days for public comment. One comment in regards to NCI's communication on October 28, 2009, and we responded on October 28, 2009, ``We received your comment. We will take your comments into consideration''. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The National Institutes of Health may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Document Number: E9-31069
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Estuarine Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce has approved the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan Revision.
Document Number: E9-31068
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 31 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP) for review, approval, and
Document Number: E9-31064
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the State of Maine is transferring a portion of its 2009 commercial summer flounder quota to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By this action, NMFS adjusts the quotas and announces the revised commercial quota for each state involved.
Document Number: E9-31063
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Education
The Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Document Number: E9-31061
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of the Treasury, Department of Treasury
Document Number: E9-31059
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of the Treasury, Department of Treasury
Document Number: E9-31058
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'') is amending its regulations that prescribe minimum adjusted net capital requirements for futures commission merchants (``FCMs'') and introducing brokers (``IBs''). The amendments: increase the required minimum dollar amount of adjusted net capital that an IB must maintain from $30,000 to $45,000; increase the required minimum dollar amount of adjusted net capital that an FCM must maintain from $250,000 to $1,000,000; amend the computation of an FCM's margin-based minimum adjusted net capital requirement to incorporate into the calculation customer and noncustomer positions in over-the-counter derivative instruments that are submitted for clearing by the FCM to derivatives clearing organizations (``DCOs'') or other clearing organizations (``cleared OTC derivative positions''); specify capital deductions for FCM proprietary cleared OTC derivative positions based on the deductions required by the Commission's regulations for FCM proprietary positions in exchange-traded futures contracts and options contracts; and amend the FCM capital computation to increase the applicable percentage of the total margin-based requirement for futures, options and cleared OTC derivative positions in noncustomer accounts to eight percent.
Document Number: E9-31057
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Document Number: E9-31056
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Document Number: E9-31055
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Document Number: E9-31054
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Document Number: E9-31053
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about wetland impacts, and requested additional information on monitoring, aquatic toxicity, and ammonia toxicity. Rating EC2.
Document Number: E9-31052
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Klamath National Forest will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on a proposal to promote the development of late-successional habitat, retain existing large trees, and reduce the risk of large, high severity wildfires to move toward more ecologically resilient conditions on approximately 7,245 acres of the Johnny O'Neil LSR. This project is proposed under the authority of the Healthy Forest Restoration Act of 2003. The project is located in portions of the Johnny O'Neil LSR north of the Klamath River in the Lower Horse Creek, Middle/Horse Creek and Salt Gulch sub-watersheds of the McKiimey Horse watershed. These sub-watersheds include habitat for anadromous fish and streams are listed as 3 03(d) impaired under the Clean Water Act. The legal description of the proposed project area of the Mt. Diablo Base Meridian is: T41N, R11W, Sections 15, 22-27, and 34-36; T47N, R1OW, Sections 20 and 30; T46N, R11W, Sections 1-3 and 10-15; and T46N, R1OW, Sections 6 and 18.
Document Number: E9-31050
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
On December 10, 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Department of the Interior (Department) would initiate development of a High-Flow Experimental Protocol (Protocol) for releases from Glen Canyon Dam as part of the ongoing implementation of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program (AMP). High-flow experimental releases have been undertaken in the past and will be further analyzed and implemented pursuant to the direction of the Secretary to assess the ability of such releases to protect, mitigate adverse impacts to, and improve the values for which Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area were established. As part of the AMP, the Department's effort to develop the Protocol is a component of its efforts to comply with the requirements and obligations established by the Grand Canyon Protection Act of 1992 (Pub. L. 102-575) (GCPA).
Document Number: E9-31047
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Army Department
In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Department of the Army proposes to extend a public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Document Number: E9-31046
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Defense
In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency announces the proposed extension of a public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or forms of information technology.
Document Number: E9-31044
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Defense
In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness proposes to extend a public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Document Number: E9-31040
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Federal Reserve System, Agencies and Commissions
The Board is requesting public comment on proposed amendments to Regulation D, Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions, to authorize the establishment of term deposits. Term deposits are intended to facilitate the conduct of monetary policy by providing a tool for managing the aggregate quantity of reserve balances. Institutions eligible to receive earnings on their balances in accounts at Federal Reserve Banks (``eligible institutions'') could hold term deposits and receive earnings at a rate that would not exceed the general level of short-term interest rates. Term deposits would be separate and distinct from those maintained in an institution's master account at a Reserve Bank (``master account'') as well as from those maintained in an excess balance account. Term deposits would not satisfy required reserve balances or contractual clearing balances and would not be available to clear payments or to cover daylight or overnight overdrafts. The proposal also would make minor amendments to the posting rules for intraday debits and credits to master accounts as
Document Number: E9-31037
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Document Number: E9-31034
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Postal Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission is noticing a recently-filed Postal Service request to change prices for a Global Direct contract. This notice provides an opportunity for the public to comment.
Document Number: E9-31033
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration
The EIA issued a Proposed Collection Comment Request on ``Report of Refinery Outages,'' 73 FR 10745, Thursday, February 28, 2008, followed by an Informational Update, 73 FR 74713, Tuesday, December 9, 2008, indicating EIA's postponement of a decision to collect refinery outage data. EIA has determined that collection of this data is necessary to meet the intent of Section 804 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Document Number: E9-31023
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing changes to the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program regulations to provide for the new election opportunities for certain civilian and Defense Department employees deployed in support of a contingency operation required by Public Law 110-417; to provide for the continuation of coverage opportunities for Federal employees called to active duty required by Public Law 110-181; and to update the regulations with other changes, clarifications, and corrections.
Document Number: E9-31008
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Fiscal Service, Public Debt Bureau, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
For the period beginning January 1, 2010, and ending on June 30, 2010, the prompt payment interest rate is 3\1/4\ per centum per annum.
Document Number: E9-31001
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the reporting burden on the public and helps the public understand the Department's information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments on the proposed extension of the information collection provisions of Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption (PTE) 80-83. A copy of the information collection request (ICR) may be
Document Number: E9-31000
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the reporting burden on the public and the public understand the Department's information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments on a proposed extension of the current approval of information collection provisions incorporated in the regulation pertaining to the statutory exemption for cross-trading of securities. A copy of the information collection request (ICR) may be obtained by contacting the
Document Number: E9-30999
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This program helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the reporting burden on the public and helps the public understand the Department's information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments on a proposed extension of the current approval of information collection provisions incorporated in the Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption (PTE) 75-1, pertaining to securities and other related transactions with broker-dealers, reporting dealers and banks. A copy of the information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office shown
Document Number: E9-30998
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This program helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the reporting burden on the public and helps the public understand the Department's information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration is soliciting comments on a proposed extension of an information collection entitled the Health Disclosure and Claims Issues Project Survey (HDCI 2 Survey). A copy of the information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by
Document Number: E9-30997
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the reporting burden on the public and helps the public understand the Department's information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration is soliciting comments on the proposed extension of the information collection provisions of Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption (PTE) 88-59. A copy of the information collection request (ICR) may be obtained by
Document Number: E9-30995
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Labor
Document Number: E9-30991
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This rule increases the amount of cash value vouchers from $8.00 to $10.00 issued to pregnant, postpartum and partially breastfeeding women participants for the purchase of fruits and vegetables as part of the WIC food packages. In the ``WIC Food Package'' interim rule published December 6, 2007, the Department was not able to provide all women participants fruit and vegetable cash value vouchers at the level recommended by the National Academies' Institute of Medicine (IOM). To be cost neutral, only fully breastfeeding women were provided the IOM recommended amount of $10.00 per month fruit and vegetable cash value vouchers; all other women participants were provided $8.00 per month fruit and vegetable cash value vouchers. This rule amends the interim rule to provide all Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) women participants with $10.00 per month fruit and vegetable cash value vouchers, consistent with IOM's recommendations. The Fiscal Year 2010 Agriculture Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 111-80), enacted on October 21, 2009, provides the funding for this increase.
Document Number: E9-30990
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to revoke a significant new use rule (SNUR) promulgated under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for one chemical substance. For the chemical substance covered by premanufacture notice (PMN) P-95-1772, EPA issued a non-5(e) SNUR (i.e. SNUR on a substance that is not subject to a TSCA section 5(e) consent order) designating certain activities as significant new uses based on the concern criteria in 40 CFR 721.170(b). EPA has received and reviewed new information and test data for the chemical substance and proposes to revoke the SNUR pursuant to 40 CFR 721.185.
Document Number: E9-30978
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is delaying the effective date of the final rule airworthiness directive (AD) 2009-24-11, which published in the Federal Register, for an additional 30 days, from January 4, 2010 to February 3, 2010. The FAA is delaying the effective date to allow us a sufficient amount of time to make corrections to the compliance text of the final rule.