Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Minimal-Risk Regions and Importation of Commodities; Unsealing of Means of Conveyance and Transloading of Products
In a final rule published in the Federal Register on January 4, 2005, we amended the regulations regarding the importation of animals and animal products to establish a category of regions that present a minimal risk of introducing bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the United States via live ruminants and ruminant products and byproducts, and added Canada to this category. We also established conditions for the importation of certain live ruminants and ruminant products and byproducts from such regions. In this document, we are amending the regulations to broaden who is authorized to break seals on means of conveyances carrying certain ruminants of Canadian origin. Additionally, we are amending the regulations regarding the transiting through the United States of certain ruminant products from Canada to allow for direct transloading of the products from one means of conveyance to another in the United States under Federal supervision. These actions will contribute to the humane treatment of ruminants shipped to the United States from Canada and remove an impediment to international trade, without increasing the risk of the BSE disease agent entering the United States.
Collection of Checks and Other Items by Federal Reserve Banks and Funds Transfers Through Fedwire and Availability of Funds and Collection of Checks
The Board of Governors is adopting a final rule amending Regulation CC to define ``remotely created checks'' and to create transfer and presentment warranties for such checks. The purpose of the amendments is to shift liability for unauthorized remotely created checks to the depositary bank, which is generally the bank for the person that initially created and deposited the remotely created check. The Board is also adopting conforming cross-references to the new warranties in Regulation J.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests
The Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Flag Smut; Importation of Wheat and Related Products
We are amending the regulations regarding the importation of wheat and related articles by removing the prohibitions related to flag smut. Based on a number of considerations, we have concluded that U.S. wheat will not be at risk if those prohibitions are removed. We will, however, continue to prohibit the importation of wheat and related articles from flag smut-affected countries until a risk evaluation can be completed to ensure that those articles do not introduce other plant pests. This action removes flag smut-related prohibitions that no longer appear to be necessary while continuing to provide protection against other potential pests or diseases of wheat.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request an extension for and revision of a currently approved information collection for the Regulations Governing the Inspection and Grading Services of Manufactured or Processed Dairy Products and the Certification of Sanitary Design and Fabrication of Equipment Used in the Slaughter, Processing, and Packaging of Livestock and Poultry Products.
Meeting of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
The meeting of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure has added one additional day. The meeting will be held on March 8-10, 2006. The tree-day meeting will start each day at 8:30 a.m., and will be held at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Ridge Road, Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. [Original notice of the meeting appeared in the Federal Register of September 13, 2005.]
Hearing of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure
The public hearing on proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, scheduled for December 2, 2005, in Washington, DC, has been canceled. [Original notice of hearing appeared in the Federal Register of July 14, 2005.]
North Dakota Regulatory Program
We are approving a proposed amendment to the North Dakota regulatory program (the ``North Dakota program'') under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). North Dakota proposed revisions to its statute which reduce notice requirements associated with bond release applications. North Dakota intends to revise its program to improve operational efficiency.
Buy America Requirements; Amendments to Definitions and Waiver Procedures
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) requires the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to make certain changes to our Buy America requirements. Accordingly, this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) would clarify the Buy America requirements with respect to microprocessor waivers, remove two general waiver categories, allow for post-award waivers, require greater detail for public interest waivers, and specify that final decisions by FTA are subject to judicial review. In addition, this NPRM would clarify the definitions of end product, negotiated agreement, and contractor, and provide a list representative of those items. The NPRM also proposes addressing the procurement of systems under the definition of end product, negotiated agreement, and contractor to ensure that major system procurements are not used to circumvent the Buy America requirements. Finally, the NPRM would make a minor clarification to pre-award and post-delivery review of rolling stock purchases.
Direct Investment Surveys: BE-11, Annual Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad
This final rule amends regulations of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), for the BE-11, Annual Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad. The BE-11 survey is conducted annually and is a sample survey that obtains financial and operating data covering the overall operations of nonbank U.S. parent companies and their nonbank foreign affiliates. To address the current needs of data users while at the same time keeping the respondent burden as low as possible, BEA is modifying, adding, or deleting items on the survey forms and in the reporting criteria. Most of the changes will bring the BE-11 forms and related instructions into conformity with the 2004 BE-10, Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad.
President's Committee for People With Intellectual Disabilities: Notice of Meeting
Pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2) notice is hereby given that the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities will hold its third quarterly meeting by telephone conference call to discuss items related to people with intellectual disabilities. The conference call will be open to the public to listen, with call-ins limited to the number of telephone lines available. Individuals who plan to call in and need special assistance, such as TTY, assistive listening devices, or materials in alternative format, should inform Ericka Alston, Executive Assistant, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Telephone202-619-0634, Fax202-205- 9519, E-mail: email@example.com, no later than November 30, 2005. Efforts will be made to meet special requests received after that date, but availability of special needs accommodations to respond to these requests cannot be guaranteed. This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the conference call due to scheduling problems. Agenda: The Committee plans to discuss the Social Security Administration's proposed amendments to the Ticket to Work and Self- Sufficiency Program, the Employer Work Incentive Act for Individuals with Severe Disabilities and an update on the Medicaid Commission. The Honorable Martin H. Gerry, Deputy Commissioner, Disability and Income Security Programs, Social Security Administration, and John D. Kemp, attorney and advocate for people with disabilities, will be guest speakers.
Private Sector Office; Economic Impacts on Security Measures on the Travel and Tourism Industry
The Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Secretary, Private Sector Office has submitted the following information collection request (ICR), utilizing emergency review procedures, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). A copy of this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling Jenny Randall, 202-282-9801 (this is not a toll free number).
Independent Audits and Reporting Requirements
The FDIC is amending part 363 of its regulations concerning annual independent audits and reporting requirements, which implement section 36 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDI Act), as proposed, but with modifications to the composition of the audit committee and the effective date. The FDIC's amendments raise the asset-size threshold from $500 million to $1 billion for internal control assessments by management and external auditors. For institutions between $500 million and $1 billion in assets, the amendments require the majority, rather than all, of the members of the audit committee, who must be outside directors, to be independent of management and create a hardship exemption. The amendments also make certain technical changes to part 363 to correct outdated titles, terms, and references in the regulation and its appendix. As required by section 36, the FDIC has consulted with the other federal banking agencies.
Modification of the Minneapolis Class B Airspace Area; MN
This action modifies the current Minneapolis, MN, Class B airspace area to contain large turbine-powered aircraft during operations to the new Runway 17/35 and to address an increase in aircraft operations to and from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International (Wold-Chamberlain) Airport (MSP). The FAA is taking this action to enhance safety and improve the management of aircraft operations in the Minneapolis terminal area. Further, this action supports the FAA's national airspace redesign goal of optimizing terminal and en route airspace areas to reduce aircraft delays and improve system capacity.
Proposed Revision of VOR Federal Airway V-257
This action withdraws the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register on November 7, 2002 (67 FR 67801). In that action, the FAA proposed to revise Federal Airway V-257 between the Phoenix, AZ, Very High Frequency Omni-directional Radio Range and Tactical Air Navigation Aids (VORTAC) and the Drake, AZ, VORTAC. The FAA has determined that withdrawal of the proposed rule is warranted since the proposed action would require the revision of numerous instrument procedures in the Phoenix area.
Modification of the Norton Sound Low Offshore Airspace Area; AK
This action amends the Norton Sound Low airspace area, AK. Specifically, this action modifies the Norton Sound Low airspace area in the vicinity of the Deering Airport, AK, by lowering the controlled airspace floor to 1,200 feet mean sea level (MSL) and expanding the area to a 45-nautical mile (NM) radius of the airport. The FAA is taking this action to provide additional controlled airspace for aircraft instrument operations at the Deering Airport.
Notice of Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Approvals and Disapprovals
The FAA publishes a monthly notice, as appropriate, of PFC approvals and disapprovals under the provisions of the Aviation Safety and Capacity Expansion Act of 1990 (Title IX of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990) (Pub. L. 101-508) and Part 158 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR Part 158). This notice is published pursuant to paragraph (d) of Sec. 158.29.
Data-Link Recorder Systems
This notice announces the availability of, and requests comment on proposed Technical Standard Order (TSO) C-177, Data-Link Recorder Systems. This proposed TSO tells persons seeking a TSO authorization or letter of design approval what minimum performance standards (MPS) their Data-Link Recorder Systems must meet to be identified with the appropriate TSO marking.
Office of Research and Development; Government Owned Invention Available for Licensing
The invention listed below is owned by the U.S. Government as represented by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is available for licensing in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 207 and 37 CFR part 404 and/or Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) Collaboration under 15 U.S.C. 3710a to achieve expeditious commercialization of results of federally funded research and development. Foreign patents are filed on selected inventions to extend market coverage for U.S. companies and may also be available for licensing.
Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Action #10 - Adjustment of the Recreational Fishery from Leadbetter Point, Washington, to Cape Falcon, Oregon
NMFS announces a regulatory modification in the recreational fishery from Leadbetter Point, WA, to Cape Falcon, OR (Columbia River Subarea). Effective Friday, September 17, 2005, the daily bag limit for the Columbia River Subarea was modified as follows: ``All Salmon, two fish per day, all retained coho must have a healed adipose fin clip.'' All other restrictions remain in effect as announced for 2005 ocean salmon fisheries, and by previous inseason actions. This action was necessary to conform to the 2005 management goals, and the intended effect is to allow the fishery to operate within the seasons and quotas specified in the 2005 annual management measures.
Closed Captioning of Video Programming, Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc.; Petition for Rulemaking
In this document, the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau grants a request for an extension of time to file reply comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) adopted by the Commission in the ``Closed Captioning of Video Programming'' proceeding. The extension is granted to provide parties the necessary time to coordinate and file reply comments that will result in a more complete record.
Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting on Transport Airplane and Engine Issues
This notice announces a public meeting of the FAA's Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) to discuss transport airplane and engine (TAE) issues.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request
The Corporation for National and Community Service (hereinafter the ``Corporation''), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (44 U.S.C. Sec. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirement on respondents can be properly assessed. This form is available in alternate formats. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY/TDD) may call (202) 606- 5256 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday. Currently, the Corporation is soliciting comments concerning its proposed collection of State Service Plans from State Commissions. These plans are submitted by State Commissions as required by statute. The plans are elicited in order to assure that national service and volunteer service entities within a state are aware of each other and are coordinating activities to maximize their ability to leverage both human and financial resources in order to address significant unmet community needs. Copies of the information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed in the address section of this notice.
Goodnoe Hills and White Creek Wind Energy Projects, October 2005
BPA has decided to offer contract terms for interconnection of the Goodnoe Hills and White Creek Wind Energy Projects into the Federal Columbia River Transmission System (FCRTS) at the Rock Creek substation in Klickitat County, Washington. The Large Generation Interconnection Agreement (LGIA) provides for interconnection of the Wind Projects with the FCRTS, the operation of Goodnoe Hills and White Creek Wind Energy Projects in the BPA Control Area (including control area services such as generation imbalance service), and the maintenance of reliability of the FCRTS and interconnected systems. It also provides for the construction, operation and maintenance of the interconnection facilities (i.e., the Rock Creek substation). As described above, BPA has considered both the economic and environmental consequences of taking action to integrate power from the Wind Projects into the FCRTS. This notice announces the availability of the ROD to offer terms to interconnect the Wind Projects based on the Business Plan Final Environment Impact Statement (BP EIS) (DOE/EIS-0183, June 1995), and the Business Plan Record of Decision (BP ROD, August 15, 1995). BPA has decided to offer terms to interconnect the Wind Projects in Klickitat County, Washington.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Form DS-64, Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport, OMB #1405-0014
The Department of State has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Title of Information Collection: Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport. OMB Control Number: 1405-0014. Type of Request: Revision of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: CA/PPT/FO/FC. Form Number: DS-64. Respondents: Individuals or Households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 105,000. Estimated Number of Responses: 105,000. Average Hours Per Response: \1/12\ hour. (five minutes). Total Estimated Burden: 8,800. Frequency: On occasion. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain Benefit.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Form DS-71, Affidavit of Identifying Witness; OMB Number 1405-0088
The Department of State has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Title of Information Collection: Affidavit of Identifying Witness OMB Control Number: 1405-0088. Type of Request: Revision of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State, Passport Services, Office of Field Operations, Field Coordination Division. CA/PPT/FO/FC. Form Number: DS-71. Respondents: Individuals or Households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 140,000. Estimated Number of Responses: 140,000. Average Hours Per Response: \1/2\ (5 min.). Total Estimated Burden: 11,700. Frequency: On occasion. Obligation to Respond: Required To Obtain a Benefit.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition; Determinations: “Robert Rauschenberg: Combines”
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, Delegation of Authority No. 236 of October 19, 1999, as amended, and Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003 [68 FR 19875], I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ``Robert Rauschenberg: Combines,'' imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign lenders. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, from on or about December 20, 2005, to on or about April 2, 2006; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, from on or about May 14, 2006, to on or about September 4, 2006, and at possible additional venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
Procurement List Additions and Deletions
This action adds to the Procurement List services to be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities, and deletes from the Procurement List services previously furnished by such agencies.
Procurement List Proposed Additions
The Committee is proposing to add to the Procurement List products to be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a task force comprised of Council members, Council staff, and Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) members via conference call to address the operations of the SSC governing their activities.
Self-Regulation and Self-Regulatory Organizations in the Futures Industry
This Request for Comments (``Request'') continues the Commission's ongoing review of self-regulation and self-regulatory organizations in the U.S. futures industry (``SRO Study''). The Request seeks public comment on a range of SRO issues, including governance, minimizing conflicts of interest within self-regulation, the composition of SROs' boards of directors and disciplinary committees, and the impact of increasing competition, changing business models and new ownership structures on SROs' self-regulatory responsibilities.\2\ Commenters are also asked to consider the impact of securities exchanges' listing standards and the unique role of registered futures associations (``RFAs'') and other third-party regulatory service providers. The questions presented update the Commission's prior fact- finding on self-regulation, build on industry developments since that time, and offer interested parties an additional opportunity to comment as the SRO Study nears conclusion. The questions raised in this Request will also form the basis of an upcoming Commission roundtable on self- regulation. The roundtable will provide a forum for industry participants to present their views on both the challenges and opportunities of self-regulation in a rapidly evolving futures industry.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Comment Request
The OCC, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OCC is soliciting comment concerning its information collection titled, ``Recordkeeping Requirements for Securities Transactions12 CFR part 12.''
Record of Decision for the Disposal and Re-use of Naval Station Treasure Island, CA
The Department of the Navy (DON) pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) 4332(2)(c), and the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), announces its decision to dispose of Naval Station Treasure Island (NSTI), which includes both Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island. NSTI is located midway between the shores of the cities of San Francisco and Oakland. The disposal of NSTI will be accomplished in a manner that will allow the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA), the redevelopment authority established by the State of California and recognized by DoD, to reuse the property as set out in Alternative 1, described in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) as the preferred alternative. The decision by DON to dispose of the property in a manner that allows TIDA to reuse the property as described in the preferred alternative does not make the DON responsible for any obligation or commitment, fiscal or other, made by TIDA to the State of California or to third parties. Obligations or commitments made by TIDA in the course of developing its redevelopment plan, or in obtaining approval of the redevelopment plan from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), remain the responsibility of TIDA.