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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 119 / Wednesday, June 22, 2005 / Proposed Rules § 102–117.360 When do I have to report? Annual data reports to GSA are due by February 1 of each year and must contain data related to the previous fiscal year. The first annual report will be due February 1, 2007. Reports will be sent to GSA, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Office of Travel, Transportation and Asset Management, https:// www.gsa.gov/transportationpolicy. § 102–117.365 collected? How can the data be (a) A variety of transportation data is currently available, from microscopic, local data to macroscopic summary data and from hard-copy to stored electronic data. (b) Agencies that utilize the Transportation Management Services Solution (TMSS) may download the requested information through the report module. (c) All other agencies must have electronic systems in place. § 102–117.370 Are there other reporting requirements? 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PART 102–118—TRANSPORTATION PAYMENT AND AUDIT 5. The authority citation for 41 CFR part 102–118 continues to read as follows: Authority: 31 U.S.C. 3726; and 40 U.S.C. 481, et seq. 6. Revise § 102–118.280 to read as follows: § 102–118.280 What advantages does the prepayment audit offer my agency? (a) Prepayment auditing will allow your agency to detect and eliminate billing errors before payment and will eliminate the time and cost of recovering agency overpayments. (b) Prepayment auditing will give you data on what is spent on transportation and provides accurate, reliable budget figures for informed decision making PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 36093 and accurate agency budget submissions. (c) Quality data is paramount in identifying alternative strategies and evaluating performance and results. 7. Add §§ 102–118.281 and 102– 118.282 to read as follows: § 102–118.281 How can my agency use the data collected in the prepayment audit? Your agency can use the data collected in the prepayment audit to— (a) Analyze cost-effective ways to fulfill essential transportation needs; (b) Consider consolidated use of transportation services; (c) Use agency transportation resources more effectively; and (d) Use new or existing procurements more effectively. § 102–118.282 Is my agency required to report to the General Services Administration (GSA) on my transportation activities? (a) Yes, your agency must report your transportation activities to the General Services Administration (GSA) on an annual basis. (b) Monthly reports with year to date information will be gathered and maintained by the transportation manager with an annual report forwarded to GSA. See §§ 102–117.345 through 102.117.395 of this chapter for more details on the reporting requirement. [FR Doc. 05–12282 Filed 6–21–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–14–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 192 [Docket No. PHMSA–05–21305; Notice 1] Pipeline Safety: Use of Polyamide-11 Plastic Pipe in Gas Pipelines Office of Pipeline Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, DOT. ACTION: Request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) seeks public comments on two petitions for rulemaking filed by Arkema, Inc. The petitions request changes to the gas pipeline safety regulations to increase the design factor for new polyamide—11 (PA–11) pipe and to allow use of PA–11 pipe for systems operating at up to 200 pounds per square inch gauge pressure (psig). These requested changes will allow the use of PA–11 pipe in gas pipelines in place of metal pipe. E:\FR\FM\22JNP1.SGM 22JNP1 36094 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 119 / Wednesday, June 22, 2005 / Proposed Rules Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by August 22, 2005. Late-filed comments will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments to the docket by any of the following methods: • Mail: Dockets Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room PL–401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., 20590–0001. Anyone wanting confirmation of mailed comments must include a self-addressed stamped postcard. • Hand delivery or courier: Room PL– 401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington DC. The Dockets Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Web site: Go to https://dms.dot.gov, click on ‘‘Comments/Submissions’’ and follow the instructions at the site. All written comments should identify the docket number and notice number stated in the heading of this notice. Docket access: For copies of this notice or other material in the docket, you may contact the Dockets Facility by phone (202–366–9329) or visit the facility at the above street address. For Web access to the dockets to read and download filed material, go to https:// dms.dot.gov/search. Then type in the last four digits of the docket number shown in the heading of this notice, and click on ‘‘Search’’. Anyone can search the electronic form of all comments filed in any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted for an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the April 11, 2000 issue of the Federal Register (65 FR 19477) or go to https://dms.dot.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Sanders (tel: 405–954–7214; Email: Richard.Sanders@tsi.jccbi.gov). General information about our pipeline safety program is available at this Web address: https://ops.dot.gov. To view the petition, comments, and other material in the docket, go to https://dms.dot.gov at any time and conduct a simple search using the docket number. You may also visit the Dockets Facility at the address under ADDRESSES. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 4, 2004, Arkema, Inc. submitted two petitions to the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration’s Office of Pipeline Safety. Arkema’s petitions request that DOT revise 49 CFR 192.121 and 192.123 by increasing the design factor and the DATES: VerDate jul<14>2003 16:16 Jun 21, 2005 Jkt 205001 design pressure for PA–11 to allow the use of a PA–11 piping system at pressures up to 200 psig. Under the proposal, the design factor for PA–11 would be raised from 0.32 to 0.40, which would allow for a greater operating pressure. The operating pressure limit for 2-inch diameter pipes of this material would also be raised from 100 psig to 200 psig, to allow these pipe systems to be operated up to the pressure limit determined by the design factor. Arkema asserts that pipelines with the new PA–11 material will pose less risk to the public at a design factor of 0.40 than older thermoplastic piping materials used with a 0.32 design factor and that allowing an increased design pressure will allow gas companies to replace metal piping systems with 2inch plastic pipe operating up to 200 psig to avoid the risk of corrosion failure in steel pipes. A detailed technical justification, including performance test results for PA–11 pipe and a discussion of its history of use, is provided in the petition, which may be read in its entirety in the docket. With this notice, OPS is seeking further information and inviting public comment on the performance of the PA– 11 pipe and a potential increase in the design factor and the design pressure for new thermoplastic piping. OPS will consider Arkema Inc.’s petition, any comments received by the public, and other information to determine whether or not to initiate rulemaking. Issued in Washington, DC, on June 15, 2005. Joy Kadnar, Director of Engineering and Emergency Support. [FR Doc. 05–12356 Filed 6–21–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 571 [Docket No. NHTSA 2005–21600] RIN 2127–AI94 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Designated Seating Positions and Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 SUMMARY: We are proposing to amend the definition of ‘‘designated seating position’’ in the Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSSs), and to establish a new procedure for determining the number of designated seating positions on bench and split bench seats. This document also proposes to apply that procedure to all types of vehicles, regardless of weight, and eliminate the existing exclusion for temporary or folding jump seats. The proposed rule would also revise test procedures for seat belt anchorage requirements so that they are suitable for side-facing, temporary or folding jump seats. NHTSA’s goal in proposing these amendments is to improve the objectivity of the ‘‘designated seating position’’ definition and thereby facilitate efforts of the agency to ensure that the number of designated seating positions and occupant restraint systems in a vehicle is representative of real world occupancy. The proposed rule would also revise the general incorporation by reference provision for the FMVSSs by providing a centralized index of all matters therein incorporated by reference. DATES: You should submit comments early enough to ensure that Docket Management receives them not later than August 22, 2005. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments [identified by the DOT DMS Docket Number above] by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Web Site: https://dms.dot.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the DOT electronic docket site. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590– 0001. • Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and docket number or Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) for this rulemaking. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the Request for Comments heading of the Supplementary Information section of this document. Note that all comments E:\FR\FM\22JNP1.SGM 22JNP1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 119 (Wednesday, June 22, 2005)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 36093-36094]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-12356]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

49 CFR Part 192

[Docket No. PHMSA-05-21305; Notice 1]


Pipeline Safety: Use of Polyamide-11 Plastic Pipe in Gas 
Pipelines

AGENCY: Office of Pipeline Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials 
Safety Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) seeks public comments on 
two petitions for rulemaking filed by Arkema, Inc. The petitions 
request changes to the gas pipeline safety regulations to increase the 
design factor for new polyamide--11 (PA-11) pipe and to allow use of 
PA-11 pipe for systems operating at up to 200 pounds per square inch 
gauge pressure (psig). These requested changes will allow the use of 
PA-11 pipe in gas pipelines in place of metal pipe.

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DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by 
August 22, 2005. Late-filed comments will be considered to the extent 
practicable.

ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments to the docket by any of the 
following methods:
     Mail: Dockets Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 
Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., 20590-0001. Anyone wanting 
confirmation of mailed comments must include a self-addressed stamped 
postcard.
     Hand delivery or courier: Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, 
SW., Washington DC. The Dockets Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
     Web site: Go to https://dms.dot.gov, click on ``Comments/
Submissions'' and follow the instructions at the site.
    All written comments should identify the docket number and notice 
number stated in the heading of this notice.
    Docket access: For copies of this notice or other material in the 
docket, you may contact the Dockets Facility by phone (202-366-9329) or 
visit the facility at the above street address. For Web access to the 
dockets to read and download filed material, go to https://dms.dot.gov/
search. Then type in the last four digits of the docket number shown in 
the heading of this notice, and click on ``Search''.
    Anyone can search the electronic form of all comments filed in any 
of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or 
signing the comment, if submitted for an association, business, labor 
union, etc.). You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in 
the April 11, 2000 issue of the Federal Register (65 FR 19477) or go to 
https://dms.dot.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Sanders (tel: 405-954-7214; E-
mail: Richard.Sanders@tsi.jccbi.gov). General information about our 
pipeline safety program is available at this Web address: https://
ops.dot.gov.
    To view the petition, comments, and other material in the docket, 
go to https://dms.dot.gov at any time and conduct a simple search using 
the docket number. You may also visit the Dockets Facility at the 
address under ADDRESSES.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 4, 2004, Arkema, Inc. submitted 
two petitions to the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety 
Administration's Office of Pipeline Safety. Arkema's petitions request 
that DOT revise 49 CFR 192.121 and 192.123 by increasing the design 
factor and the design pressure for PA-11 to allow the use of a PA-11 
piping system at pressures up to 200 psig. Under the proposal, the 
design factor for PA-11 would be raised from 0.32 to 0.40, which would 
allow for a greater operating pressure. The operating pressure limit 
for 2-inch diameter pipes of this material would also be raised from 
100 psig to 200 psig, to allow these pipe systems to be operated up to 
the pressure limit determined by the design factor.
    Arkema asserts that pipelines with the new PA-11 material will pose 
less risk to the public at a design factor of 0.40 than older 
thermoplastic piping materials used with a 0.32 design factor and that 
allowing an increased design pressure will allow gas companies to 
replace metal piping systems with 2-inch plastic pipe operating up to 
200 psig to avoid the risk of corrosion failure in steel pipes. A 
detailed technical justification, including performance test results 
for PA-11 pipe and a discussion of its history of use, is provided in 
the petition, which may be read in its entirety in the docket.
    With this notice, OPS is seeking further information and inviting 
public comment on the performance of the PA-11 pipe and a potential 
increase in the design factor and the design pressure for new 
thermoplastic piping. OPS will consider Arkema Inc.'s petition, any 
comments received by the public, and other information to determine 
whether or not to initiate rulemaking.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on June 15, 2005.
Joy Kadnar,
Director of Engineering and Emergency Support.
[FR Doc. 05-12356 Filed 6-21-05; 8:45 am]
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