Passport Procedures-Amendment to Passport Regulations, 46396-46398 [E6-13300]

Download as PDF 46396 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 156 / Monday, August 14, 2006 / Rules and Regulations the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD Docket. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains the NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone (800) 647– 5227) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: I PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: I 2006–16–19 B–N Group Ltd.: Amendment 39–14719; Docket No. FAA–2005–22420; Directorate Identifier 2005–CE–47–AD. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with RULES Effective Date (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective September 18, 2006. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to all BN–2, BN–2A, BN–2B, BN–2T, and BN–2T–4R Series (all VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:19 Aug 11, 2006 Jkt 208001 individual models included in Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS) A17EU, Revision 16, dated December 9, 2002) airplanes; certificated in any U.S. category. Reason (d) The aircraft manufacturer has identified several cases of corroded elevator final drive control rods. If not corrected corrosion of the interior surface could result in failure or collapse of the rod, resulting in loss of control or jamming of the elevator system. The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) requires an inspection of the internal surface of the elevator system final drive control rod and replacement if found corroded. Actions and Compliance (e) Unless already done, do the following except as stated in paragraph (f) below. (1) Within the next 50 hours time-inservice or one month after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, inspect the internal surface of the elevator system final drive control rod, in accordance with B– N Group Ltd. Britten-Norman Service Bulletin SB number 303, Issue 1, dated May 14, 2004. (2) If corrosion is found, the elevator control rod must be replaced before further flight. (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this service information under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact the B–N Group Ltd, Bembridge Airport, Isle of Wright, United Kingdom, PO35 5PR; telephone: 0870 881 5064; facsimile: 0870 881 5065; e-mail: structural@britten-norman.com. (3) You may review copies at the FAA, Central Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, 901 Locust, Room 506, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; or at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/ cfr/ibr-locations.html. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 4, 2006. John R. Colomy, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E6–13015 Filed 8–11–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE FAA AD Differences (f) When complying with this AD, repeat the actions in paragraphs (e)(1) and (e)(2) of this AD at intervals not to exceed 12 months. 22 CFR Part 51 Other FAA AD Provisions (g) The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Staff, FAA, ATTN: Taylor Martin, Aerospace Safety Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4138; fax: (816) 329–4090, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. (2) Return to Airworthiness: When complying with this AD, perform FAAapproved corrective actions before returning the product to an airworthy condition. (3) Reporting Requirements: For any reporting requirement in this AD, under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information collection requirements and has assigned OMB Control Number 2120–0056. Passport Procedures—Amendment to Passport Regulations Related Information (h) This AD is related to MCAI United Kingdom Airworthiness Directive No: G– 2004–0011, Issued Date: May 25, 2004, which references B–N Group Ltd. Britten-Norman Service Bulletin SB number 303, Issue 1, dated May 14, 2004, for information on required actions. Material Incorporated by Reference (i) You must use B–N Group Ltd. BrittenNorman Service Bulletin SB number 303, Issue 1, dated May 14, 2004, to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 RIN 1400–AC23 [Public Notice 5494] Department of State. Interim rule. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: This interim rule implements the requirements of the Passport Services Enhancement Act of 2005, amending the Passport Act of June 4, 1920, to authorize the Secretary of State to establish and collect a surcharge to cover the costs of meeting the increased demand for passports as a result of actions taken to comply with section 7209(b) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). The Passport Services Enhancement Act authorizes the Department of State to assess a surcharge on applicable fees for the filing of each passport application to offset its additional costs. The surcharge will be collected from within the application fee and will not increase the overall current cost of the passport. DATES: Effective date: This interim rule is effective on August 15, 2006. Comment period: The Department of State will accept written comments from interested persons up to September 13, 2006. ADDRESSES: Interested parties may submit comments at any time by any of the following methods: E:\FR\FM\14AUR1.SGM 14AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 156 / Monday, August 14, 2006 / Rules and Regulations • E-mail: PassportRules@state.gov. You must include the Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) in the subject line of your message. • Mail: (Paper, disk, or CD–ROM submissions): An original and three copies of comments should be sent to: Gail Neelon, Office of Passport Policy, Planning and Advisory Services, 2100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20037. 202–663–2427. • Fax: 202–663–2499. You must include the Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) in the subject line of your message. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For passport issuance policy: Gail Neelon, Office of Passport Policy, Planning and Advisory Services, 2100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20037. (202) 663–2427. E-mail: PassportRules@state.gov. For consular fee setting policy: Timothy Scherer, Office of the Executive Director, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Suite H1004, 2401 E St., NW., Washington, DC 20520, or by e-mail: fees@state.gov. Section 1101(a)(30) of Title 8, United States Code (U.S.C.), defines a passport as any travel document issued by a competent authority showing the bearer’s origin, identity and nationality, which is valid for the admission of the bearer into a foreign country. The Secretary of State has sole authority to grant and issue passports, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 211a. Before a passport is issued to any person by or under authority of the United States such person shall subscribe to and submit a written application, as required by 22 U.S.C. 213. During its period of validity, a passport (when issued for the maximum period authorized by law) is a document establishing proof of United States citizenship, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 2705. Section 7209 of the IRTPA seeks to enhance border security within the Western Hemisphere by requiring documentation for travel by U.S. citizens that denotes citizenship and identity. It requires that the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, develop and implement a plan by January 1, 2008 to require all travelers, U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens alike, to present ‘‘a passport or other document, or combination of documents, deemed by the Secretary of Homeland Security to be sufficient to denote identity and citizenship’’ when entering the United States. This is a change from prior travel requirements and will affect United States citizens entering the United jlentini on PROD1PC65 with RULES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:19 Aug 11, 2006 Jkt 208001 States who do not currently possess valid passports. The Passport Services Enhancement Act (Pub. L. 109–167, January 10, 2006, 119 STAT. 3578) authorizes the Secretary of State to establish, collect, and retain a surcharge to cover the costs of meeting the increased demand for passports as a result of actions taken to comply with section 7209(b) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108– 458, 8 U.S.C. 1185). At present, the entire passport application fee is deposited to the Department of the Treasury. In March 2006, the Department of State commissioned an independent cost of service survey to examine the resource implications of the increased demand for passports under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), the administration’s proposal to address the requirements of the IRTPA, and to determine the appropriate amount of the surcharge. That survey determined that uncompensated WHTI-related costs borne by the Department of State will reach $289 million during the period FY 2006-FY 2008. It also determined that a six-dollar surcharge retained by the Department of State would enable it to meet the costs of increased passport demand. Pursuant to the authority granted to the Secretary of State under the Passport Services Enhancement Act of 2005, this rule will allow the Department of State to establish, collect, and retain a six-dollar surcharge on applicable fees for the filing of each application for a passport, in order to address the resource implications of section 7209(b) of the IRTPA. That surcharge will be imbedded in the passport application fee and will be deposited as an offsetting collection to the appropriate Department of State appropriation account. The nonsurcharge portion of the passport application fee will be remitted to the general fund of the Treasury. However, the Passport Services Enhancement Act stipulates that the Department of State must ensure ‘‘to the extent practicable’’ that the total cost of the passport during fiscal years 2006 and 2007 not exceed the cost as of December 1, 2005. Therefore, the Department of State plans to reduce the total fee for a passport application based on the cost of service study commissioned in March 2006. This fee reduction will permit the Department of State to ensure in a timely manner that the cost of a passport application, after implementation of the surcharge authorized by this rule, will not exceed the cost of a passport application as of December 1, 2005. The net impact of PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 46397 these two actions is no change to the fee charged for a passport application. The Department of State considers the enactment of this rule as a matter of urgency to help provide the funds to meet the demand created by the legislation for universal international traveler nationality and identity documentation. The Department is in the process of increasing its overall production capacity, improving efficiency of production and adjudication processes, and developing a lower cost card format passport for use at land border crossings. Regulatory Findings Administrative Procedure Act The Department is publishing this rule as an interim final rule, with a 30day provision for post-promulgation public comments, based on the ‘‘good cause’’ exceptions set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) and 553(d)(3). The rule will not take effect, however, until August 15, 2006. Publishing the rule in this way, with a post-promulgation opportunity for comment, will allow the Department of State to make the rule effective at the earliest opportunity. Allowing a full 30-day comment period followed by a publication of the final rule with a further 30 days before its effective date is not practicable or in the public interest. That process would delay retention by the Department of State of the authorized surcharge, urgently needed in order to cover the increased costs attendant to implementing the provisions of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. That law, passed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, seeks to increase the national security of the United States by requiring all arrivals (both foreign national and U.S. citizen) to possess a suitably secure travel document. By expedited retention of the surcharge through an interim final rule, the Department of State will have sufficient time to fund the costs of increased passport demand in fiscal year 2006 and to prepare for the production of a new, convenient card format passport in fiscal year 2007. Comments received before the end of the comment period will be addressed in a final rule. Regulatory Flexibility Act/Executive Order 13272: Small Business These changes to the regulations are hereby certified as not expected to have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601–612. E:\FR\FM\14AUR1.SGM 14AUR1 46398 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 156 / Monday, August 14, 2006 / Rules and Regulations The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 This rule is not a major rule as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804, for purposes of congressional review of agency rulemaking under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, Public Law 104–121. This rule will not result in an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more; a major increase in costs or prices; or adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of United States-based companies to compete with foreign based companies in domestic and import markets. The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UFMA), Public Law 104–4; 109 Stat. 48; 2 U.S.C. 1532, generally requires agencies to prepare a statement before proposing any rule that may result in an annual expenditure of $100 million or more by State, local, or tribal governments, or by the private sector. This rule does not result in any such expenditure nor will it significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, no actions were deemed necessary. Executive Order 13132: Federalism The Department of State finds that this regulation will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Nor does the rule have federalism implications warranting the application of Executive Orders No. 12372 and No. 13132. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with RULES Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Review The Department of State considers this rule to be a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, section 3(f), Regulatory Planning and Review. Therefore, the Department has submitted the rule to the Office of Management and Budget for its review. Executive Order 12988: Civil Justice Reform The Department has reviewed the regulations in light of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order No. 12988 to eliminate ambiguity, minimize litigation, establish clear legal standards, and reduce burden. The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 This rule does not impose information collection requirements under the VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:19 Aug 11, 2006 Jkt 208001 provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C., Chapter 35. List of Subjects in 22 CFR Part 51 Administrative practice and procedure, Drug traffic control, Passports and Visas. I Accordingly, for the reason set forth above, 22 CFR part 51 is amended as follows: PART 51—PASSPORTS 1. The authority citation for Part 51 is revised to read as follows: I Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1153 note, 1351, 1351 note; 10 U.S.C. 2602(c); 22 U.S.C. 214, 2504(a), 4201, 4206, 4215, 4219; 31 U.S.C. 9701; Public Law 105–277, 112 Stat. 2681 et seq.; Public Law 109–167, 119 Stat. 3578; Public Law 108–447, 118 Stat. 2809 et seq.; E.O. 10718, 22 FR 4632, 3 CFR, 1954–1958 Comp., p. 382; E.O. 11295, 31 FR 10603, 3 CFR, 1966–1970 Comp., p. 570. 2. Section 51.61 is amended by redesignating paragraphs (b) and (c) as paragraphs (c) and (d) and adding a new paragraph (b) to read as follows: I § 51.61 Passport fees. * * * * * (b) A surcharge of six dollars on the filing of each application for a passport in order to cover the costs of meeting the increased demand for passports as a result of actions taken to comply with section 7209(b) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (8 U.S.C. 1165 note). The surcharge will be recovered by the Department of State from within the passport fee reflected in Schedule of Consular Fees. The surcharge will be imposed until October 1, 2010. * * * * * Dated: August 4, 2006. Henrietta Fore, Under Secretary for Management, Department of State. [FR Doc. E6–13300 Filed 8–11–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–06–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service 30 CFR Parts 250 and 254 RIN 1010–AD35 Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and Oil-Spill Response Requirements for Facilities Located Seaward of the Coast Line—Change in Reference to Official Title Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 ACTION: Final rule. SUMMARY: MMS is changing the title ‘‘District Supervisor’’ to ‘‘District Manager’’ in regulations to make them consistent with a change in the title within MMS. DATES: This rule is effective on August 14, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Blundon, Regulatory Specialist at (703) 787–1607 or FAX (703) 787– 1555. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: On August 14, 2003, an official change of title for District Supervisor positions was approved by the Offshore Minerals Management Associate Director, and by the Administration and Budget Associate Director. The titles were changed from ‘‘District Supervisor’’ to ‘‘District Manager’’ due to the breadth and scope of the District Supervisors’ mission. The regulations at 30 CFR parts 250 and 254 need to be amended to reflect the official change of the title. Because this rule only changes the reference to the official title of an MMS intermediate-level manager position and makes no substantive change in any rule or requirement, MMS for good cause finds that notice and public comment are impracticable and unnecessary pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B). For the same reason, MMS finds good cause to waive the delay in effectiveness pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), no party needing to adjust its conduct to conform to the rule. Procedural Matters Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Order 12866) This document is not a significant rule as determined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and is not subject to review under E.O. 12866. (1) This rule will not have an effect of $100 million or more on the economy. It will not adversely affect in a material way the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities. (2) This rule will not create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency. It will have no effect on any other agency. (3) This rule does not alter the budgetary effects or entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights or obligations of their recipients. The rule only addresses a change of title. (4) This rule does not raise novel legal or policy issues. E:\FR\FM\14AUR1.SGM 14AUR1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 156 (Monday, August 14, 2006)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 46396-46398]
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[FR Doc No: E6-13300]


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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

22 CFR Part 51

RIN 1400-AC23
[Public Notice 5494]


Passport Procedures--Amendment to Passport Regulations

AGENCY: Department of State.

ACTION: Interim rule.

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SUMMARY: This interim rule implements the requirements of the Passport 
Services Enhancement Act of 2005, amending the Passport Act of June 4, 
1920, to authorize the Secretary of State to establish and collect a 
surcharge to cover the costs of meeting the increased demand for 
passports as a result of actions taken to comply with section 7209(b) 
of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 
(IRTPA). The Passport Services Enhancement Act authorizes the 
Department of State to assess a surcharge on applicable fees for the 
filing of each passport application to offset its additional costs. The 
surcharge will be collected from within the application fee and will 
not increase the overall current cost of the passport.

DATES: Effective date: This interim rule is effective on August 15, 
2006.
    Comment period: The Department of State will accept written 
comments from interested persons up to September 13, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may submit comments at any time by any of 
the following methods:

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     E-mail: PassportRules@state.gov. You must include the 
Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) in the subject line of your 
message.
     Mail: (Paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions): An original 
and three copies of comments should be sent to: Gail Neelon, Office of 
Passport Policy, Planning and Advisory Services, 2100 Pennsylvania 
Ave., NW., 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20037. 202-663-2427.
     Fax: 202-663-2499. You must include the Regulatory 
Identification Number (RIN) in the subject line of your message.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For passport issuance policy: Gail 
Neelon, Office of Passport Policy, Planning and Advisory Services, 2100 
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20037. (202) 663-
2427. E-mail: PassportRules@state.gov. For consular fee setting policy: 
Timothy Scherer, Office of the Executive Director, Bureau of Consular 
Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Suite H1004, 2401 E St., NW., 
Washington, DC 20520, or by e-mail: fees@state.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 1101(a)(30) of Title 8, United 
States Code (U.S.C.), defines a passport as any travel document issued 
by a competent authority showing the bearer's origin, identity and 
nationality, which is valid for the admission of the bearer into a 
foreign country. The Secretary of State has sole authority to grant and 
issue passports, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 211a. Before a passport is 
issued to any person by or under authority of the United States such 
person shall subscribe to and submit a written application, as required 
by 22 U.S.C. 213. During its period of validity, a passport (when 
issued for the maximum period authorized by law) is a document 
establishing proof of United States citizenship, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 
2705.
    Section 7209 of the IRTPA seeks to enhance border security within 
the Western Hemisphere by requiring documentation for travel by U.S. 
citizens that denotes citizenship and identity. It requires that the 
Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of 
State, develop and implement a plan by January 1, 2008 to require all 
travelers, U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens alike, to present ``a 
passport or other document, or combination of documents, deemed by the 
Secretary of Homeland Security to be sufficient to denote identity and 
citizenship'' when entering the United States. This is a change from 
prior travel requirements and will affect United States citizens 
entering the United States who do not currently possess valid 
passports.
    The Passport Services Enhancement Act (Pub. L. 109-167, January 10, 
2006, 119 STAT. 3578) authorizes the Secretary of State to establish, 
collect, and retain a surcharge to cover the costs of meeting the 
increased demand for passports as a result of actions taken to comply 
with section 7209(b) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism 
Prevention Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-458, 8 U.S.C. 1185). At present, 
the entire passport application fee is deposited to the Department of 
the Treasury.
    In March 2006, the Department of State commissioned an independent 
cost of service survey to examine the resource implications of the 
increased demand for passports under the Western Hemisphere Travel 
Initiative (WHTI), the administration's proposal to address the 
requirements of the IRTPA, and to determine the appropriate amount of 
the surcharge. That survey determined that uncompensated WHTI-related 
costs borne by the Department of State will reach $289 million during 
the period FY 2006-FY 2008. It also determined that a six-dollar 
surcharge retained by the Department of State would enable it to meet 
the costs of increased passport demand. Pursuant to the authority 
granted to the Secretary of State under the Passport Services 
Enhancement Act of 2005, this rule will allow the Department of State 
to establish, collect, and retain a six-dollar surcharge on applicable 
fees for the filing of each application for a passport, in order to 
address the resource implications of section 7209(b) of the IRTPA. That 
surcharge will be imbedded in the passport application fee and will be 
deposited as an offsetting collection to the appropriate Department of 
State appropriation account. The non-surcharge portion of the passport 
application fee will be remitted to the general fund of the Treasury.
    However, the Passport Services Enhancement Act stipulates that the 
Department of State must ensure ``to the extent practicable'' that the 
total cost of the passport during fiscal years 2006 and 2007 not exceed 
the cost as of December 1, 2005. Therefore, the Department of State 
plans to reduce the total fee for a passport application based on the 
cost of service study commissioned in March 2006. This fee reduction 
will permit the Department of State to ensure in a timely manner that 
the cost of a passport application, after implementation of the 
surcharge authorized by this rule, will not exceed the cost of a 
passport application as of December 1, 2005. The net impact of these 
two actions is no change to the fee charged for a passport application.
    The Department of State considers the enactment of this rule as a 
matter of urgency to help provide the funds to meet the demand created 
by the legislation for universal international traveler nationality and 
identity documentation. The Department is in the process of increasing 
its overall production capacity, improving efficiency of production and 
adjudication processes, and developing a lower cost card format 
passport for use at land border crossings.

Regulatory Findings

Administrative Procedure Act

    The Department is publishing this rule as an interim final rule, 
with a 30-day provision for post-promulgation public comments, based on 
the ``good cause'' exceptions set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) and 
553(d)(3). The rule will not take effect, however, until August 15, 
2006. Publishing the rule in this way, with a post-promulgation 
opportunity for comment, will allow the Department of State to make the 
rule effective at the earliest opportunity. Allowing a full 30-day 
comment period followed by a publication of the final rule with a 
further 30 days before its effective date is not practicable or in the 
public interest. That process would delay retention by the Department 
of State of the authorized surcharge, urgently needed in order to cover 
the increased costs attendant to implementing the provisions of the 
Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. That law, 
passed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, 
seeks to increase the national security of the United States by 
requiring all arrivals (both foreign national and U.S. citizen) to 
possess a suitably secure travel document. By expedited retention of 
the surcharge through an interim final rule, the Department of State 
will have sufficient time to fund the costs of increased passport 
demand in fiscal year 2006 and to prepare for the production of a new, 
convenient card format passport in fiscal year 2007. Comments received 
before the end of the comment period will be addressed in a final rule.

Regulatory Flexibility Act/Executive Order 13272: Small Business

    These changes to the regulations are hereby certified as not 
expected to have a significant impact on a substantial number of small 
entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 
601-612.

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The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996

    This rule is not a major rule as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804, for 
purposes of congressional review of agency rulemaking under the Small 
Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, Public Law 104-
121. This rule will not result in an annual effect on the economy of 
$100 million or more; a major increase in costs or prices; or adverse 
effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, 
innovation, or the ability of United States-based companies to compete 
with foreign based companies in domestic and import markets.

The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UFMA), 
Public Law 104-4; 109 Stat. 48; 2 U.S.C. 1532, generally requires 
agencies to prepare a statement before proposing any rule that may 
result in an annual expenditure of $100 million or more by State, 
local, or tribal governments, or by the private sector. This rule does 
not result in any such expenditure nor will it significantly or 
uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, no actions were deemed 
necessary.

Executive Order 13132: Federalism

    The Department of State finds that this regulation will not have 
substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between 
the national government and the States, or the distribution of power 
and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Nor does 
the rule have federalism implications warranting the application of 
Executive Orders No. 12372 and No. 13132.

Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Review

    The Department of State considers this rule to be a ``significant 
regulatory action'' under Executive Order 12866, section 3(f), 
Regulatory Planning and Review. Therefore, the Department has submitted 
the rule to the Office of Management and Budget for its review.

Executive Order 12988: Civil Justice Reform

    The Department has reviewed the regulations in light of sections 
3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order No. 12988 to eliminate ambiguity, 
minimize litigation, establish clear legal standards, and reduce 
burden.

The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    This rule does not impose information collection requirements under 
the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C., Chapter 35.

List of Subjects in 22 CFR Part 51

    Administrative practice and procedure, Drug traffic control, 
Passports and Visas.


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Accordingly, for the reason set forth above, 22 CFR part 51 is amended 
as follows:

PART 51--PASSPORTS

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1. The authority citation for Part 51 is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1153 note, 1351, 1351 note; 10 U.S.C. 
2602(c); 22 U.S.C. 214, 2504(a), 4201, 4206, 4215, 4219; 31 U.S.C. 
9701; Public Law 105-277, 112 Stat. 2681 et seq.; Public Law 109-
167, 119 Stat. 3578; Public Law 108-447, 118 Stat. 2809 et seq.; 
E.O. 10718, 22 FR 4632, 3 CFR, 1954-1958 Comp., p. 382; E.O. 11295, 
31 FR 10603, 3 CFR, 1966-1970 Comp., p. 570.

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2. Section 51.61 is amended by redesignating paragraphs (b) and (c) as 
paragraphs (c) and (d) and adding a new paragraph (b) to read as 
follows:


Sec.  51.61  Passport fees.

* * * * *
    (b) A surcharge of six dollars on the filing of each application 
for a passport in order to cover the costs of meeting the increased 
demand for passports as a result of actions taken to comply with 
section 7209(b) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act 
of 2004 (8 U.S.C. 1165 note). The surcharge will be recovered by the 
Department of State from within the passport fee reflected in Schedule 
of Consular Fees. The surcharge will be imposed until October 1, 2010.
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    Dated: August 4, 2006.
Henrietta Fore,
Under Secretary for Management, Department of State.
 [FR Doc. E6-13300 Filed 8-11-06; 8:45 am]
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