Establishment of a Transaction Fee for Transportation Services Provided for the GSA, Office of Global Supply, 50426-50427 [E6-14179]

Download as PDF cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 50426 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 165 / Friday, August 25, 2006 / Notices of the date the Consent Agreement was signed, the proposed Consent Agreement contains several provisions relating to the operation of TEPPCO’s TE Products Pipeline. TEPPCO provides ‘‘open stock’’ service to propane shippers from Mont Belvieu Storage Partners, a service whereby shippers who ship on the pipeline and who have adequate inventory in the TEPPCO system, given certain inventory and availability requirements, can take delivery of propane at any of TEPPCO’s terminals along the pipeline without having to wait for the pipeline transit time it would take to move the product physically from origin to destination. The open stock service allows TEPPCO to transfer product from any origination point along the pipeline it chooses to meet shippers’ needs, irrespective of the storage facility in which the shipper actually has inventory. EPCO’s plans to build a pipeline connecting its Mont Belvieu storage facility to the TEPPCO pipeline raises several concerns regarding its ability to disadvantage any prospective acquiror of TEPPCO’s interest in Mont Belvieu Storage Partners. First, TEPPCO could decline to offer the open stock service at Mont Belvieu Storage Partners, or offer the service there at less advantageous terms than at EPCO’s Mont Belvieu facility. Second, TEPPCO could impede Mont Belvieu Storage Partners’ ability to market its storage capacity by allocating product from other storage facilities along the pipeline to meet shipper’s needs, keeping Mont Belvieu Storage Partners’ capacity occupied disproportionately. The proposed Consent Agreement contains provisions addressing these concerns. First, the proposed Consent Agreement requires TEPPCO to continue to operate the TE Products Pipeline on open stock service for propane. Second, if Duncan builds a pipeline, referred to in the proposed Consent Agreement as the ‘‘New Pipeline,’’ connecting the TE Products Pipeline to any NGL storage facility it owns in Mont Belvieu, Texas, the proposed Consent Agreement requires Duncan to (1) connect the new pipeline to the Mont Belvieu Storage Partners NGL storage facility at its own cost, (2) operate the TE Products Pipeline for propane on an open stock basis for shippers who ship from Mont Belvieu Storage Partners on terms and conditions that are no less advantageous than those for shippers who ship propane from an NGL storage facility in Mont Belvieu owned by Duncan, and (3) operate the TE Products Pipeline for products other than propane on terms VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:57 Aug 24, 2006 Jkt 208001 and conditions that are no less advantageous than those for shippers who ship products other than propane from an NGL storage facility in Mont Belvieu owned by Duncan. Third, the proposed Consent Agreement contains provisions relating to the implementation of new allocation procedures for the TE Products Pipeline. Paragraph IV.B requires TEPPCO to provide advance written notice to the Commission of any new allocation procedures relating to the movements of NGLs on the TE Products Pipeline originating in Mont Belvieu, Texas. Paragraph VI requires any new allocation procedures to include a requirement that shippers originating product movements on the pipeline from the Mont Belvieu Storage Partners NGL storage facility nominate that movement to both TEPPCO and Mont Belvieu Storage Partners and also provides that such new allocation procedures shall allow shippers who ship product originating at Mont Belvieu Storage Partners’ facility to ship on terms and conditions that are no less advantageous than those given to shippers who ship from an NGL storage facility owned by Duncan. The purpose of the provisions relating to the operation of the TE Products Pipeline is to maintain the competitive viability of the Mont Belvieu Storage Partners NGL storage facility in the same manner as of the date the Consent Agreement was signed by ensuring that Duncan cannot disadvantage shippers who originate product movements from the Mont Belvieu Storage Partners’ facility in favor of shippers who originate product movements from its own storage facility in the event that Duncan interconnects an NGL storage facility it owns in Mont Belvieu, Texas, to the TE Products Pipeline. V. Opportunity for Public Comment By accepting the proposed Consent Agreement, subject to final approval, the Commission anticipates that the competitive problems alleged in the Complaint will be resolved. The purpose of this analysis is to invite public comment on the proposed Consent Agreement, including the proposed divestitures, to aid the Commission in its determination of whether it should make final the proposed Consent Agreement contained in the agreement. This analysis is not intended to constitute an official interpretation of the proposed Consent Agreement or modify the terms of the proposed Consent Agreement in any way. Further, the proposed Consent Agreement has been entered into for settlement purposes only and does not PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 constitute an admission by Dan L. Duncan, EPCO, Texas Eastern, or TEPPCO that it violated the law or that the facts alleged in the Complaint, other than jurisdictional facts, are true. By direction of the Commission. Donald S. Clark, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–14142 Filed 8–24–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION Establishment of a Transaction Fee for Transportation Services Provided for the GSA, Office of Global Supply Federal Supply Service, GSA. Final Notice AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: GSA is amending the Freight Management Program (FMP), Standard Tender of Service (STOS), to incorporate a 4% transaction fee for transportation services provided for the GSA, Office of Global Supply. Transportation Service Providers (TSPs) will be required to remit a 4% transaction fee to GSA on a quarterly basis. DATES: The effective date is January 1, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Mary Anne Sykes, Transportation Programs Branch, by telephone at 703– 605–2889 or by e-mail at transportation.programs@gsa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The final notice is applicable to the Freight Management Program (FMP), Standard Tender of Service (STOS), for transportation services provided to the Eastern Distribution Center (EDC), Burlington, NJ; Western Distribution Center (WDC), French Camp, CA; and the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and NISH. It applies to all transportation service providers (TSPs) transporting these shipments. The final notice and implementation procedures take into account the comments received from transportation service providers (TSPs) in response to the notices published in the Federal Register at 70 FR 73248 on December 9, 2005, and an extension to that notice at 70 FR 76455 on December 27, 2005, soliciting comments on the establishment of a 4% transaction fee for transportation services provided for the GSA, Office of Global Supply. GSA published the response to the comments on the proposed rule in the Federal Register at 71 FR 38403 on July 6, 2006. The Transportation Management Services Solution (TMSS) pre-payment E:\FR\FM\25AUN1.SGM 25AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 165 / Friday, August 25, 2006 / Notices audit and payment modules will be operational by November 2006. GSA will start a phased-in implementation plan for the pre-payment audit and payment modules in November 2006. TSPs that provide transportation services for GSA, Global Supply, will be required to submit all invoices in TMSS either manually or via electronic data interchange (EDI). GSA will assess the 4% fee effective January 1, 2007, to ensure that the TMSS implementation phase is complete. TSPs will be required to remit the 4% fee for transportation invoices paid after December 31, 2006, directly to GSA quarterly instead of deducting the 4% fee from each invoice via TMSS prior to payment. TSP’s will be able to access TMSS to generate a quarterly report that lists each transaction, total transportation charges, and transaction fee. The first remittance will be due for the quarter ending March 31, 2007. Dated: August 22, 2006. Susan T. May, Acting Director, Travel and Transportation Management Division (FBL), GSA. [FR Doc. E6–14179 Filed 8–24–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–89–S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS–2744, CMS– 2746, CMS–685, and CMS–10168] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS. In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the Agency’s function; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:47 Aug 24, 2006 Jkt 208001 minimize the information collection burden. 1. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: End Stage Renal Disease Medical Information ESRD Facility Survey; Use: The ESRD Facility Survey is completed by all Medicareapproved ESRD facilities once a year. The survey was designed to collect information concerning treatment trends, utilization of services and patterns of practice in treating ESRD patients. The aggregate patient information is collected from each Medicare-approved provider of dialysis and kidney transplant services. The information is used to assess and evaluate the local, regional and national levels of medical and social impact of ESRD care and are used extensively by researchers and suppliers of services for trend analysis. The information is available on the CMS Dialysis Facility Compare Web site and will enable patients to make informed decisions about their care by comparing dialysis facilities in their area. The ESRD Facility Survey Public Use File is also posted at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ ESRDGeneralInformation/ 02_Data.asp#TopOfPage; Form Number: CMS–2744 (OMB#: 0938–0447); Frequency: Reporting—Annually; Affected Public: Business or other forprofit, not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 4,800; Total Annual Responses: 4,800; Total Annual Hours: 38,400. 2. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: End Stage Renal Disease Death Notification P.L. 95–292; 42 CFR 405.2133, 45 CFR 5–5b; 20 CFR Parts 401 and 422E Use: The ESRD Death Notification (CMS–2746) is completed by all Medicare-approved ESRD facilities upon the death of an ESRD patient. Its primary purpose is to collect fact of death and cause of death of ESRD patients. Certain other identifying information (e.g., name, Medicare claim number, and date of birth) is required for matching purposes. Federal regulations require that the ESRD Networks examine the mortality rates of every Medicare-approved facility within its area of responsibility. The Death Form provides the necessary data to assist the ESRD Networks in making decisions that result in improved patient care and in costeffective distribution of ESRD resources. The data is used by the ESRD Networks to verify facility deaths and to monitor facility performance.; Form Number: CMS–2746 (OMB#: 0938–0448); PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50427 Frequency: On occasion, weekly; Affected Public: Business or other forprofit, not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 4,719; Total Annual Responses: 75,504; Total Annual Hours: 37,752. 3. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network Semi-Annual Cost Report Forms and Supporting Regulations in 42 CFR section 405.2110 and 42 CFR 405.2112; Use: Section 1881(c) of the Social Security Act establishes End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network contracts. The regulations found at 42 CFR 405.2110 and 405.2112 designated 18 ESRD Networks which are funded by renewable contracts. These contracts are on 3-year cycles. To better administer the program, CMS is requiring contractors to submit semi-annual cost reports. The purpose of the cost reports is to enable the ESRD Networks to report costs in a standardized manner. This will allow CMS to review, compare and project ESRD Network costs during the life of the contract. Form Number: CMS–685 (OMB#: 0938–0657); Frequency: Reporting—semi-annually; Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 18; Total Annual Responses: 36; Total Annual Hours: 108. 4. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare Program: Complex Medical Review; Use: Complex medical review involves the application of clinical judgment by a licensed medical professional in order to evaluate medical records to determine whether an item or service is covered, and is reasonable and necessary. The information required under this collection is requested by Medicare contractors, and is requested of providers or suppliers submitting claims for payment from the Medicare program when data analysis indicates aberrant billing patterns which may present a vulnerability to the Medicare program. Form Number: CMS–10168 (OMB#: 0938–0969); Frequency: Recordkeeping and Reporting—As requested; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit and not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 1,169,683; Total Annual Responses: 2,900,000; Total Annual Hours: 966,666. To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS Web Site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ PaperworkReductionActof1995, or E- E:\FR\FM\25AUN1.SGM 25AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 165 (Friday, August 25, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50426-50427]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-14179]


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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION


Establishment of a Transaction Fee for Transportation Services 
Provided for the GSA, Office of Global Supply

AGENCY: Federal Supply Service, GSA.

ACTION: Final Notice

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SUMMARY: GSA is amending the Freight Management Program (FMP), Standard 
Tender of Service (STOS), to incorporate a 4% transaction fee for 
transportation services provided for the GSA, Office of Global Supply. 
Transportation Service Providers (TSPs) will be required to remit a 4% 
transaction fee to GSA on a quarterly basis.

DATES: The effective date is January 1, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Mary Anne Sykes, Transportation 
Programs Branch, by telephone at 703-605-2889 or by e-mail at 
transportation.programs@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The final notice is applicable to the 
Freight Management Program (FMP), Standard Tender of Service (STOS), 
for transportation services provided to the Eastern Distribution Center 
(EDC), Burlington, NJ; Western Distribution Center (WDC), French Camp, 
CA; and the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and NISH. It 
applies to all transportation service providers (TSPs) transporting 
these shipments. The final notice and implementation procedures take 
into account the comments received from transportation service 
providers (TSPs) in response to the notices published in the Federal 
Register at 70 FR 73248 on December 9, 2005, and an extension to that 
notice at 70 FR 76455 on December 27, 2005, soliciting comments on the 
establishment of a 4% transaction fee for transportation services 
provided for the GSA, Office of Global Supply. GSA published the 
response to the comments on the proposed rule in the Federal Register 
at 71 FR 38403 on July 6, 2006.
    The Transportation Management Services Solution (TMSS) pre-payment

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audit and payment modules will be operational by November 2006. GSA 
will start a phased-in implementation plan for the pre-payment audit 
and payment modules in November 2006. TSPs that provide transportation 
services for GSA, Global Supply, will be required to submit all 
invoices in TMSS either manually or via electronic data interchange 
(EDI).
    GSA will assess the 4% fee effective January 1, 2007, to ensure 
that the TMSS implementation phase is complete. TSPs will be required 
to remit the 4% fee for transportation invoices paid after December 31, 
2006, directly to GSA quarterly instead of deducting the 4% fee from 
each invoice via TMSS prior to payment. TSP's will be able to access 
TMSS to generate a quarterly report that lists each transaction, total 
transportation charges, and transaction fee. The first remittance will 
be due for the quarter ending March 31, 2007.

    Dated: August 22, 2006.
Susan T. May,
Acting Director, Travel and Transportation Management Division (FBL), 
GSA.
[FR Doc. E6-14179 Filed 8-24-06; 8:45 am]
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