Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Touhy Regulations, 43544-43546 [E7-15224]

Download as PDF 43544 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 150 / Monday, August 6, 2007 / Rules and Regulations EPA-APPROVED IOWA REGULATIONS—Continued State effective date Iowa citation Title 567–34.206 .... 7/12/2006 567–34.207 .... CAIR NOX allowance tracking system. CAIR NOX allowance transfers ...... 567–34.208 .... Monitoring and reporting ................. 7/12/2006 567–34.209 .... CAIR NOX opt-in units .................... 7/12/2006 567–34.210 .... CAIR SO2 trading program ............. 7/12/2006 567–34.211 to 567–34.219. 567–34.220 .... Reserved ......................................... 7/12/2006 7/12/2006 567–34.223 .... CAIR NOX ozone season trading program. CAIR NOX ozone season trading program general provisions. CAIR designated representative for CAIR NOX ozone season sources. CAIR NOX ozone season permits .. 567–34.224 .... Reserved ......................................... 7/12/2006 567–34.225 .... CAIR NOX ozone season ance allocations. 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This action ensures consistency within DHS with a uniform approach and administration of Touhy regulations, and provides additional clarification with respect to agency organization and practice. This regulation will have no substantive effect on the regulated public. DATES: This final rule is effective August 6, 2007. ADDRESSES: Documents as indicated in this preamble are available for inspection and copying under Docket ID FEMA–2007–0006, at the Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Room 835, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC, or online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jordan S. Fried, Associate Chief Counsel for Litigation, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Emergency Management PO 00000 Frm 00042 Explanation Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 * * Agency, Department of Homeland Security, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (phone) 202– 646–4112, (facsimile) 202–646–4536, or (e-mail) Jordan.fried@dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulatory Information FEMA did not publish a notice of proposed rulemaking for this regulation. Under both 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A) and (b)(B), FEMA finds that this rule is exempt from notice and comment rulemaking requirements because this is a procedural rule involving agency organization and practice, and has no substantive effect on the public. This rule consists only of a technical clarifying amendment. Because this is a procedural rule, rather than substantive, this rule will become effective immediately upon publication as authorized under 5 U.S.C. 553(d). Background The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issues this rule to eliminate public confusion with respect to how E:\FR\FM\06AUR1.SGM 06AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 150 / Monday, August 6, 2007 / Rules and Regulations cprice-sewell on PROD1PC62 with RULES FEMA applies its Touhy regulations. Touhy regulations, named after United States ex rel. Touhy v. Ragen, 340 U.S. 462 (1951), establish restrictions and procedures for demands on Federal agency employees for information or testimony in response to a subpoena or other demand in private litigation as to any information relating to material contained in the files of the Agency, or any information acquired as a part of the performance of that person’s official duties or because of that person’s official status. Currently, FEMA has Touhy regulations at 44 CFR part 5 subpart F, Subpoenas or Other Legal Demands for Testimony or the Production or Disclosure of Records or Other Information; and DHS has Touhy regulations at 6 CFR part 5 subpart C, Disclosure of Information in Litigation. DHS’ regulation, at 6 CFR 5.41(b), provides that ‘‘[t]he provisions established by this subpart shall apply to all Department components that are transferred to the Department. Except to the extent a Department component has adopted separate guidance governing the subject matter of a provision of this subpart, the provisions of this subpart shall apply to each component of the Department.’’ There are some circumstances in which the DHS regulations address subject matter that is not addressed in FEMA’s regulations. Therefore, as a matter of agency practice, FEMA applies DHS regulations when FEMA’s regulations are silent, pursuant to the language of 6 CFR 5.41(b). In an effort toward providing public notice of this agency practice, FEMA is amending its scope and applicability regulation at 44 CFR 5.80 to clarify for the public that DHS’ Touhy regulations apply to any subject matter not already covered by FEMA’s regulations, including but not limited to demands or requests directed to current or former FEMA contractors. FEMA specifically addressed the issue of demands or requests directed to current or former FEMA contractors because the agency is aware of particular confusion with respect to Title 44’s silence on this subject matter. This regulatory change clarifies agency organization and practice and will have no substantive effect on the regulated public. Executive Order 12866—Regulatory Planning and Review FEMA has prepared and reviewed this rule under the provisions of Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, Oct. 4, 1993). Under Executive Order 12866, a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ is subject to Office of Management and Budget VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:24 Aug 03, 2007 Jkt 211001 (OMB) review and the requirements of the Executive Order. Section 3(f) of the Executive Order defines ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ as one that is likely to result in a rule that may: (1) Have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, or may adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local or tribal governments or communities; (2) Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency; (3) Materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs, or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or (4) Raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President’s priorities, or the principles set forth in the Executive Order. As a DHS component, FEMA is subject to the Touhy provisions established by DHS at 6 CFR part 5 subpart C, except to the extent that FEMA has adopted separate guidance governing the subject matter of a provision of that subpart. As a result, DHS’ regulations apply to any subject matter not already covered by FEMA’s regulations, including but not limited to demands or requests directed to current or former FEMA contractors. In an effort at removing public confusion, FEMA is amending 44 CFR 5.80 to include language notifying the public of this existing agency practice and procedure. This regulatory change provides clarification with respect to agency organization and practice and has no substantive effect on the regulated public. Therefore, this rulemaking is not considered to be a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866. This rule adheres to the principles of regulation as set forth in the Executive Order. Regulatory Flexibility Act Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), as amended by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–121, 110 Stat. 857), FEMA is not required to prepare a final regulatory flexibility analysis for this final rule because the agency has not issued a notice of proposed rulemaking prior to this action. National Environmental Policy Act The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) implementing regulations governing FEMA activities at 44 CFR 10.8(d)(2)(ii) categorically exclude the preparation, PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 43545 revision, and adoption of regulations, directives, manuals, and other guidance documents related to actions that qualify for categorical exclusions. This amendment provides clarifying information regarding administrative actions of the agency regarding the handling of demands on Federal agency employees for information or testimony in response to a subpoena or other demand in private litigation and is therefore categorically exempt under § 10.8(d)(2)(i). Because no other extraordinary circumstances have been identified, this rule will not require the preparation of either an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement as defined by the National Environmental Policy Act. Executive Order 13132, Federalism Executive Order 13132, entitled ‘‘Federalism,’’ (64 FR 43255, published August 10, 1999), sets forth principles and criteria that agencies must adhere to in formulating and implementing policies that have federalism implications; that is, regulations that have substantial direct effects on the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Federal agencies must closely examine the statutory authority supporting any action that would limit the policymaking discretion of the States, and to the extent practicable, must consult with State and local officials before implementing any such action. This rule provides clarification with respect to agency organization and practice and will have no substantive effect on the regulated public, therefore it will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the National Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. It will not preempt any State laws. In accordance with section 6 of Executive Order 13132, FEMA determines that this rule will not have federalism implications sufficient to warrant the preparation of a federalism impact statement. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid OMB control number. This rule does not impose any new reporting or recordkeeping requirements, nor does it revise information collection requirements E:\FR\FM\06AUR1.SGM 06AUR1 43546 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 150 / Monday, August 6, 2007 / Rules and Regulations currently approved under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform FEMA has reviewed this rule under Executive Order 12988, ‘‘Civil Justice Reform’’ (61 FR 4729, published February 7, 1996). This rule meets applicable standards to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531–1538) requires Federal agencies, to the extent permitted by law, to prepare a written assessment of the effects of any Federal mandate in a proposed or final agency rule that may result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100 million or more in any one year. Though this rule will not result in such an expenditure, FEMA does discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC62 with RULES Executive Order 12898, Environmental Justice Under Executive Order 12898, ‘‘Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations’’ (59 FR 7629, published February 16, 1994), FEMA incorporates environmental justice into its policies and programs. The Executive Order requires each Federal agency to conduct its programs, policies, and activities that substantially affect human health or the environment in a manner that ensures that those programs, policies, and activities do not have the effect of excluding persons from participation in programs, denying persons the benefits of programs, or subjecting persons to discrimination because of race, color, or national origin. FEMA believes that no action under this rule will have a disproportionately high or adverse effect on human health or the environment as it contains only a clarifying amendment regarding agency organization and practice and has no substantive effect on the regulated public. Accordingly, the requirements of Executive order 12898 do not apply to this rule. Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking FEMA has sent this final rule to the Congress and to the General Accounting Office under the Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking Act, (‘‘Congressional Review Act’’) Public Law 104–121. This rule is not a ‘‘major VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:24 Aug 03, 2007 Jkt 211001 rule’’ within the meaning of the Congressional Review Act. This rule will not result in a major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, Federal, State, or local government agencies, or geographic regions. It will not have ‘‘significant adverse effects’’ on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of the United States-based enterprises to compete with foreignbased enterprises. Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children FEMA has analyzed this final rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and would not create an environmental risk to health or safety that might disproportionately affect children. Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments FEMA has reviewed this rule under Executive Order 13175, ‘‘Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments’’ (65 FR 67249, published November 9, 2000). As this rule provides clarification with respect to agency organization and practice and has no substantive effect on the regulated public, it will not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference With Constitutionally Protected Property Rights FEMA has reviewed this rule under Executive Order 12630, ‘‘Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights’’ (53 FR 8859, published March 18, 1988) as supplemented by Executive Order 13406, ‘‘Protecting the Property Rights of the American People’’ (71 FR 36973, published June 28, 2006). This rule will not affect a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630. List of Subjects in 44 CFR Part 5 Courts, Freedom of Information, Government employees. I For the reasons set forth above, FEMA amends 44 CFR part 5 as follows: PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 44 CFR Chapter 1—Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security Subchapter A—General PART 5—[REVISED] 1. The authority citation for part 5 is revised to read as follows: I Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552; 5 U.S.C. 301; 6 U.S.C. 101 et seq; Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978; E.O. 12127; and E.O. 12148. 2. Amend § 5.80, by adding paragraph (d) to read as follows: I § 5.80 Scope and applicability. * * * * * (d) The Department of Homeland Security’s regulations, 6 CFR 5.41 through 5.49, apply to any subject matter not already covered by this subpart, including but not limited to demands or requests directed to current or former FEMA contractors. Dated: August 1, 2007. R. David Paulison, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Federal Emergency Management Agency

44 CFR Part 5

[Docket ID FEMA-2007-0006]
RIN 1660-AA54


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Touhy Regulations

AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule makes a clarifying amendment to the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Touhy regulations. As already 
provided in the Touhy regulations of the Department of Homeland 
Security (DHS), of which FEMA is a component, FEMA is adding language 
to its regulations clarifying that DHS Touhy regulations are applicable 
to any subject matter not already covered by FEMA's regulations, 
including but not limited to demands or requests directed to current or 
former FEMA contractors. This action ensures consistency within DHS 
with a uniform approach and administration of Touhy regulations, and 
provides additional clarification with respect to agency organization 
and practice. This regulation will have no substantive effect on the 
regulated public.

DATES: This final rule is effective August 6, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Documents as indicated in this preamble are available for 
inspection and copying under Docket ID FEMA-2007-0006, at the Office of 
Chief Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Room 835, 500 C 
Street, SW., Washington, DC, or online at the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal:  http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jordan S. Fried, Associate Chief 
Counsel for Litigation, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Emergency 
Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, 500 C Street, SW., 
Washington, DC 20472, (phone) 202-646-4112, (facsimile) 202-646-4536, 
or (e-mail) Jordan.fried@dhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Regulatory Information

    FEMA did not publish a notice of proposed rulemaking for this 
regulation. Under both 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A) and (b)(B), FEMA finds that 
this rule is exempt from notice and comment rulemaking requirements 
because this is a procedural rule involving agency organization and 
practice, and has no substantive effect on the public. This rule 
consists only of a technical clarifying amendment. Because this is a 
procedural rule, rather than substantive, this rule will become 
effective immediately upon publication as authorized under 5 U.S.C. 
553(d).

Background

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a component of the 
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issues this rule to eliminate 
public confusion with respect to how

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FEMA applies its Touhy regulations. Touhy regulations, named after 
United States ex rel. Touhy v. Ragen, 340 U.S. 462 (1951), establish 
restrictions and procedures for demands on Federal agency employees for 
information or testimony in response to a subpoena or other demand in 
private litigation as to any information relating to material contained 
in the files of the Agency, or any information acquired as a part of 
the performance of that person's official duties or because of that 
person's official status.
    Currently, FEMA has Touhy regulations at 44 CFR part 5 subpart F, 
Subpoenas or Other Legal Demands for Testimony or the Production or 
Disclosure of Records or Other Information; and DHS has Touhy 
regulations at 6 CFR part 5 subpart C, Disclosure of Information in 
Litigation. DHS' regulation, at 6 CFR 5.41(b), provides that ``[t]he 
provisions established by this subpart shall apply to all Department 
components that are transferred to the Department. Except to the extent 
a Department component has adopted separate guidance governing the 
subject matter of a provision of this subpart, the provisions of this 
subpart shall apply to each component of the Department.'' There are 
some circumstances in which the DHS regulations address subject matter 
that is not addressed in FEMA's regulations. Therefore, as a matter of 
agency practice, FEMA applies DHS regulations when FEMA's regulations 
are silent, pursuant to the language of 6 CFR 5.41(b).
    In an effort toward providing public notice of this agency 
practice, FEMA is amending its scope and applicability regulation at 44 
CFR 5.80 to clarify for the public that DHS' Touhy regulations apply to 
any subject matter not already covered by FEMA's regulations, including 
but not limited to demands or requests directed to current or former 
FEMA contractors. FEMA specifically addressed the issue of demands or 
requests directed to current or former FEMA contractors because the 
agency is aware of particular confusion with respect to Title 44's 
silence on this subject matter. This regulatory change clarifies agency 
organization and practice and will have no substantive effect on the 
regulated public.

Executive Order 12866--Regulatory Planning and Review

    FEMA has prepared and reviewed this rule under the provisions of 
Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, Oct. 4, 1993). Under Executive 
Order 12866, a ``significant regulatory action'' is subject to Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) review and the requirements of the 
Executive Order. Section 3(f) of the Executive Order defines 
``significant regulatory action'' as one that is likely to result in a 
rule that may:
    (1) Have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, 
or may adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the 
economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public 
health or safety, or State, local or tribal governments or communities;
    (2) Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an 
action taken or planned by another agency;
    (3) Materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, 
user fees, or loan programs, or the rights and obligations of 
recipients thereof; or
    (4) Raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal 
mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles set forth in 
the Executive Order.
    As a DHS component, FEMA is subject to the Touhy provisions 
established by DHS at 6 CFR part 5 subpart C, except to the extent that 
FEMA has adopted separate guidance governing the subject matter of a 
provision of that subpart. As a result, DHS' regulations apply to any 
subject matter not already covered by FEMA's regulations, including but 
not limited to demands or requests directed to current or former FEMA 
contractors. In an effort at removing public confusion, FEMA is 
amending 44 CFR 5.80 to include language notifying the public of this 
existing agency practice and procedure. This regulatory change provides 
clarification with respect to agency organization and practice and has 
no substantive effect on the regulated public. Therefore, this 
rulemaking is not considered to be a significant regulatory action 
under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866. This rule adheres to the 
principles of regulation as set forth in the Executive Order.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), as 
amended by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 
1996 (Pub. L. 104-121, 110 Stat. 857), FEMA is not required to prepare 
a final regulatory flexibility analysis for this final rule because the 
agency has not issued a notice of proposed rulemaking prior to this 
action.

National Environmental Policy Act

    The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.) implementing regulations governing FEMA activities at 44 CFR 
10.8(d)(2)(ii) categorically exclude the preparation, revision, and 
adoption of regulations, directives, manuals, and other guidance 
documents related to actions that qualify for categorical exclusions. 
This amendment provides clarifying information regarding administrative 
actions of the agency regarding the handling of demands on Federal 
agency employees for information or testimony in response to a subpoena 
or other demand in private litigation and is therefore categorically 
exempt under Sec.  10.8(d)(2)(i). Because no other extraordinary 
circumstances have been identified, this rule will not require the 
preparation of either an environmental assessment or an environmental 
impact statement as defined by the National Environmental Policy Act.

Executive Order 13132, Federalism

    Executive Order 13132, entitled ``Federalism,'' (64 FR 43255, 
published August 10, 1999), sets forth principles and criteria that 
agencies must adhere to in formulating and implementing policies that 
have federalism implications; that is, regulations that have 
substantial direct effects on the States, or on the distribution of 
power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. 
Federal agencies must closely examine the statutory authority 
supporting any action that would limit the policymaking discretion of 
the States, and to the extent practicable, must consult with State and 
local officials before implementing any such action. This rule provides 
clarification with respect to agency organization and practice and will 
have no substantive effect on the regulated public, therefore it will 
not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship 
between the National Government and the States, or on the distribution 
of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. 
It will not preempt any State laws. In accordance with section 6 of 
Executive Order 13132, FEMA determines that this rule will not have 
federalism implications sufficient to warrant the preparation of a 
federalism impact statement.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 
et seq.), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not 
required to respond to, a collection of information unless the 
collection of information displays a valid OMB control number. This 
rule does not impose any new reporting or recordkeeping requirements, 
nor does it revise information collection requirements

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currently approved under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform

    FEMA has reviewed this rule under Executive Order 12988, ``Civil 
Justice Reform'' (61 FR 4729, published February 7, 1996). This rule 
meets applicable standards to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, 
and reduce burden.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) 
requires Federal agencies, to the extent permitted by law, to prepare a 
written assessment of the effects of any Federal mandate in a proposed 
or final agency rule that may result in the expenditure by State, 
local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private 
sector, of $100 million or more in any one year. Though this rule will 
not result in such an expenditure, FEMA does discuss the effects of 
this rule elsewhere in this preamble.

Executive Order 12898, Environmental Justice

    Under Executive Order 12898, ``Federal Actions to Address 
Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income 
Populations'' (59 FR 7629, published February 16, 1994), FEMA 
incorporates environmental justice into its policies and programs. The 
Executive Order requires each Federal agency to conduct its programs, 
policies, and activities that substantially affect human health or the 
environment in a manner that ensures that those programs, policies, and 
activities do not have the effect of excluding persons from 
participation in programs, denying persons the benefits of programs, or 
subjecting persons to discrimination because of race, color, or 
national origin.
    FEMA believes that no action under this rule will have a 
disproportionately high or adverse effect on human health or the 
environment as it contains only a clarifying amendment regarding agency 
organization and practice and has no substantive effect on the 
regulated public. Accordingly, the requirements of Executive order 
12898 do not apply to this rule.

Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking

    FEMA has sent this final rule to the Congress and to the General 
Accounting Office under the Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking 
Act, (``Congressional Review Act'') Public Law 104-121. This rule is 
not a ``major rule'' within the meaning of the Congressional Review 
Act. This rule will not result in a major increase in costs or prices 
for consumers, individual industries, Federal, State, or local 
government agencies, or geographic regions. It will not have 
``significant adverse effects'' on competition, employment, investment, 
productivity, innovation, or on the ability of the United States-based 
enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises.

Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children

    FEMA has analyzed this final rule under Executive Order 13045, 
Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety 
Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and would not 
create an environmental risk to health or safety that might 
disproportionately affect children.

Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal 
Governments

    FEMA has reviewed this rule under Executive Order 13175, 
``Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments'' (65 FR 
67249, published November 9, 2000). As this rule provides clarification 
with respect to agency organization and practice and has no substantive 
effect on the regulated public, it will not have a substantial direct 
effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the 
Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power 
and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes.

Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference With 
Constitutionally Protected Property Rights

    FEMA has reviewed this rule under Executive Order 12630, 
``Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected 
Property Rights'' (53 FR 8859, published March 18, 1988) as 
supplemented by Executive Order 13406, ``Protecting the Property Rights 
of the American People'' (71 FR 36973, published June 28, 2006). This 
rule will not affect a taking of private property or otherwise have 
taking implications under Executive Order 12630.

List of Subjects in 44 CFR Part 5

    Courts, Freedom of Information, Government employees.

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For the reasons set forth above, FEMA amends 44 CFR part 5 as follows:

44 CFR Chapter 1--Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department 
of Homeland Security

Subchapter A--General

PART 5--[REVISED]

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1. The authority citation for part 5 is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552; 5 U.S.C. 301; 6 U.S.C. 101 et seq; 
Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978; E.O. 12127; and E.O. 12148.

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2. Amend Sec.  5.80, by adding paragraph (d) to read as follows:


Sec.  5.80  Scope and applicability.

* * * * *
    (d) The Department of Homeland Security's regulations, 6 CFR 5.41 
through 5.49, apply to any subject matter not already covered by this 
subpart, including but not limited to demands or requests directed to 
current or former FEMA contractors.

    Dated: August 1, 2007.
R. David Paulison,
Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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