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Sunshine Act Meetings: January 2016
Document Number: 2015-33089
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: National Labor Relations Board, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2015-33082
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Share Insurance and Appendix
Document Number: 2015-33056
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: National Credit Union Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Capital Maintenance
Document Number: 2015-33048
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
Section 512 Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-32973
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The United States Copyright Office is undertaking a public study to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the DMCA safe harbor provisions contained in 17 U.S.C. 512. Among other issues, the Office will consider the costs and burdens of the notice-and-takedown process on large- and small-scale copyright owners, online service providers, and the general public. The Office will also review how successfully section 512 addresses online infringement and protects against improper takedown notices. To aid in this effort, and to provide thorough assistance to Congress, the Office is seeking public input on a number of key questions.
Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company
Document Number: 2015-32956
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Federal Reserve System, Agencies and Commissions
Procurement List; Addition
Document Number: 2015-32949
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, Agencies and Commissions
This action adds a product to the Procurement List that will be furnished by nonprofit agency employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities.
Procurement List; Proposed Deletions
Document Number: 2015-32948
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, Agencies and Commissions
The Committee is proposing to delete products from the Procurement List that was previously furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. Comments Must Be Received on or Before: 1/30/2016.
Entergy Operations, Inc.; Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station
Document Number: 2015-32932
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing exemptions in response to a February 13, 2015, request from Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. (ENO or the licensee). The licensee requested that Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station (Vermont Yankee) be granted a permanent partial exemption from regulations that require retention of records for certain systems, structures, and components (SSCs) until the termination of the operating license.
Notice of Permits Issued Under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978
Document Number: 2015-32925
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: National Science Foundation, Agencies and Commissions
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is required to publish notice of permits issued under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978. This is the required notice.
Hearings of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
Document Number: 2015-32923
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Judicial Conference of the United States, Agencies and Commissions
The following public hearing on proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure has been canceled: Bankruptcy Rules Hearing on January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Announcements for this meeting were previously published in 80 FR 48120, 80 FR 50324 and 80 FR 51604. The public hearing on proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure scheduled for January 29, 2016, in Pasadena, California, remains scheduled, subject to sufficient expressions of interest.
Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive Auctions
Document Number: 2015-32824
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Federal Communications Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In this document, the Commission announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved, on an emergency basis, a revision to an approved information collection to implement new collection requirements contained in the Broadcast Incentive Auction Report and Order, Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive Auctions, FCC 14-50. This document is consistent with the Broadcast Incentive Auction Report and Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing OMB approval and the effective date of the rules and requirements.
Transfer Agent Regulations
Document Number: 2015-32755
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Securities and Exchange Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') is publishing this Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Concept Release, and Request for Comment on Transfer Agent Regulations (``release'') to seek public comment regarding the Commission's transfer agent rules. The first transfer agent rules were adopted in 1977 and remain essentially unchanged. At the same time, transfer agents now operate in a market structure that bears little resemblance to the structure in 1977. The release, noting the importance of transfer agents within the national market structure, includes a history of transfer agent services and applicable regulations as well as an overview of current transfer agent services and activities, and requests comment on all topics. The release includes an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in specific areas, such as transfer agent registration and reporting requirements, safeguarding of funds and securities, and revision of obsolete or outdated rules, along with requests for comment, as well as a Concept Release and Request for Comment addressing additional areas of specific Commission interest, including processing of book-entry securities, broker-dealer recordkeeping for beneficial owners, transfer agents to mutual funds, and administration of issuer plans. The Commission intends to consider the public's comments in connection with any future rulemaking, and comments to the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will be used to further consider the sufficiency and scope of the rulemaking proposals described therein.
Notice of Intent To Grant an Exclusive License
Document Number: 2015-32718
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This notice is issued in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209(e) and 37 CFR 404.7(a)(1)(i). NASA hereby gives notice of its intent to grant an exclusive license in the United States to practice the inventions described and claimed in U.S. Patent No. 7,341,883 titled ``Silicon Germanium Semiconductive Alloy and Method Of Fabricating Same,'' NASA Case No. LAR-16868-1; U.S. Patent No. 7,514,726 titled ``Graded Index Silicon Germanium on Lattice Matched Silicon Germanium Semiconductive Alloy,'' NASA Case No. LAR-16872-1; U.S. Patent No. 7,558,371 titled ``Method of Generating X-Ray Diffraction Data for Integral Detection of Twin Defects in Super-Hetero-Epitaxial Materials,'' NASA Case No. LAR- 17044-1; U.S. Patent No, 7,906,358 titled ``Epitaxial Growth of Cubic Crystalline Semiconductor Alloys on Basal Plane of Trigonal or Hexagonal Crystal,'' NASA Case No. LAR-17185-1; U.S. Patent No. 8,226,767 titled ``Hybrid Bandgap Engineering for Super-Hetero- Epitaxial Semiconductor Materials, and Products Thereof,'' NASA Case No. LAR-17405-1; U.S. Patent No. 8,257,491 titled ``Rhombohedral Cubic Semiconductor Materials on Trigonal Substrate with Single Crystal Properties and Devices Based on Such Materials,'' NASA Case No. LAR- 17553-1; U.S. Patent No. 7,769,135 titled ``X-ray Diffraction Wafer Mapping Method for Rhombohedral Super-Hetero-Epitaxy,'' NASA Case No. LAR-17554-1; U.S. Patent Application No. 14/202,699 titled ``High Mobility Transport Layer Structures for Rhombohedral Si/Ge/SiGe Devices,'' NASA Case No. LAR-17841-1; U.S. Patent Application No. 14/ 204,535 titled ``Double Sided Si(Ge)/Sapphire/III-Nitride Hybrid Structure,'' NASA Case No. LAR-17922-1; U.S. Patent No. 8,044,294 titled ``Thermoelectric Materials and Devices,'' NASA Case No. LAR- 17381-1; and U.S. Patent Application No. 14/279,614 titled ``Integrated Multi-Color Light Emitting Device Made with Hybrid Crystal Structure,'' NASA Case No. LAR-18133-1, to innoScience, Inc., having its principal place of business in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Certain patent rights in these inventions have been assigned to the United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The prospective exclusive license will comply with the terms and conditions of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-86; Small Entity Compliance Guide
Document Number: 2015-32431
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
This document is issued under the joint authority of DOD, GSA, and NASA. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of the rules appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-86, which amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). An asterisk (*) next to a rule indicates that a regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared. Interested parties may obtain further information regarding these rules by referring to FAC 2005-86, which precedes this document. These documents are also available via the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Trade Agreements Thresholds
Document Number: 2015-32430
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to incorporate revised thresholds for application of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) and the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), as determined by the United States Trade Representative.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; New Designated Countries-Montenegro and New Zealand
Document Number: 2015-32429
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to add Montenegro and New Zealand as new designated countries under the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA) and update the list of parties to the Agreement on Trade in Civil Aircraft.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Sole Source Contracts for Women-Owned Small Businesses
Document Number: 2015-32428
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory changes made by the Small Business Administration (SBA) that provide for authority to award sole source contracts to economically disadvantaged women-owned small business concerns and to women-owned small business concerns eligible under the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Definition of “Multiple-Award Contract”
Document Number: 2015-32427
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to define ``multiple-award contract.''
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-86; Introduction
Document Number: 2015-32426
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
This document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rules agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) in this Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-86. A companion document, the Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC. The FAC, including the SECG, is available via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
Report on the Selection of Eligible Countries for Fiscal Year 2016
Document Number: 2015-32353
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Millennium Challenge Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
This report is provided in accordance with section 608(d)(1) of the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003, Pub. L. 108-199, Division D, (the ``Act''), 22 U.S.C. 7708(d)(1).
Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission Under Delegated Authority
Document Number: 2015-32901
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Federal Communications Commission, Agencies and Commissions
As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collection. Comments are requested concerning: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the Commission's burden estimate; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and ways to further reduce the information collection burden on small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees. The FCC may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the PRA that does not display a valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number.
Information Collections Being Submitted for Review and Approval to the Office of Management and Budget
Document Number: 2015-32900
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Federal Communications Commission, Agencies and Commissions
As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collections. Comments are requested concerning: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the Commission's burden estimate; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and ways to further reduce the information collection burden on small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees. The FCC may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the PRA that does not display a valid OMB control number.
Application Procedures for Broadcast Incentive Auction Scheduled To Begin on March 29, 2016; Updates and Other Supplemental Information
Document Number: 2015-32864
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Federal Communications Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document updates and supplements information on procedures for the Broadcast Incentive Auction.
Notice of Request for Comments on Opening Balances for General Property, Plant, and Equipment
Document Number: 2015-32854
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-32849
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Information Collection: NRC Form 398, Personal Qualification Statement-Licensee
Document Number: 2015-32845
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has recently submitted a request for renewal of an existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The information collection is entitled, ``NRC Form 398, Personal Qualification StatementLicensee.''
Product Change-Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 2015-32844
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List.
Product Change-Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 2015-32843
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List.
Product Change-Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 2015-32842
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List.
Product Change-Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 2015-32841
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List.
Guidance Regarding License Assignments and Transfers of Control During the Reverse Auction, Auction 1001
Document Number: 2015-32840
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Federal Communications Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document provides guidance regarding reverse auction participation by parties to pending transactions involving broadcast television licenses.
Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies
Document Number: 2015-32839
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Federal Reserve System, Agencies and Commissions
Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies
Document Number: 2015-32838
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Federal Reserve System, Agencies and Commissions
Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company
Document Number: 2015-32837
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Federal Reserve System, Agencies and Commissions
Information Collection: NRC Generic Letter 2016-XX, Monitoring of Neutron-Absorbing Materials in Spent Fuel Pools
Document Number: 2015-32836
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has recently submitted a proposed collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The information collection is entitled, ``NRC Generic Letter 2016-XX, Monitoring of Neutron-Absorbing Materials in Spent Fuel Pools.''
Notice of Applications for Deregistration Under Section 8(f) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
Document Number: 2015-32823
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Securities and Exchange Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Applicant, a closed-end investment company, seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Applicant currently has fewer than 10 beneficial owners and will continue to operate as a private investment fund in reliance on section 3(c)(1) of the Act. Filing Dates: The application was filed on November 18, 2015, and amended on November 19, 2015 and November 20, 2015. Applicant's Address: c/o U.S. Bank National Association, One Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110.