Assessment of Mediation and Arbitration Procedures, 52054 [2010-20924]

Download as PDF 52054 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 163 / Tuesday, August 24, 2010 / Notices wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with NOTICES_PART 1 Background: Title 49 of the United States Code (U.S.C.) authorizes the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) to promulgate regulations governing the registration of for-hire motor carriers of regulated commodities (49 U.S.C. 13902), surface transportation freight forwarders (49 U.S.C. 13903), and property brokers (49 U.S.C. 13904). Under 49 U.S.C. 13905, each registration is effective from the date specified and remains in effect for such period as the Secretary determines appropriate by regulation. Section 13905(c) grants the Secretary the authority to amend or revoke a registration at the registrant’s request. On complaint, or on the Secretary’s own initiative, the Secretary may also suspend, amend, or revoke any part of the registration of a motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder for willful failure to comply with the regulations, an order of the Secretary, or a condition of its registration. Form OCE–46 is used by transportation entities to voluntarily apply for revocation of their registration authority in whole or in part. FMCSA uses the form to seek information concerning the registrant’s docket number, name and address, and the reasons for the revocation request. This ICR is being revised due to an increase in the estimated number of annual respondents from 3,250 to 3,700. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this revised information collection request, including: (1) The necessity and usefulness of the information collection for FMCSA to meet its goal in reducing truck crashes; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burdens; (3) ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways to minimize the collection burden without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. Issued on: August 17, 2010. Kelly Leone, Director, Information Technology. [FR Doc. 2010–21008 Filed 8–23–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:00 Aug 23, 2010 Jkt 220001 procedures, including changes to the Board’s existing rules and establishment Surface Transportation Board of new rules. The Board also seeks input regarding possible changes to its rules to [STB Docket No. EP 699] permit the use of Board-facilitated mediation procedures without the filing Assessment of Mediation and of a formal complaint. In addition to Arbitration Procedures being reviewed by the Board, the AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board Railroad-Shipper Transportation (Board), DOT. Advisory Council (RSTAC) will review ACTION: Notice and request for the comments and prepare a report to comments. the Board reflecting the input of its members on this issue.1 SUMMARY: The Board seeks comments on Based upon the comments from matters relating to the use of mediation interested persons and RSTAC’s input, and arbitration as effective means of the Board will decide whether to issue resolving disputes that are subject to the a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Board’s jurisdiction. Depending upon (NPRM) at a later date. We will invite the Board’s assessment of the comments comment on the NPRM before issuance received, the Board may propose of any final rule. revisions to its current rules or propose This action will not significantly new rules in order to encourage the use affect either the quality of the human of mediation and arbitration in the environment or the conservation of resolution of disputes. If so, the energy resources. proposed changes or new rules would It is ordered: be published and made available for 1. Comments as described above are review and comment in a subsequent due by October 25, 2010. notice. 2. This decision is effective on its date of service. DATES: Comments are due on October 25, 2010. Decided: August 18, 2010. ADDRESSES: Comments may be By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice submitted either via the Board’s e-filing Chairman Mulvey, and Commissioner format or in the traditional paper Nottingham. format. Any person using e-filing should Jeffrey Herzig, attach a document and otherwise Clearance Clerk. comply with the instructions at the E– [FR Doc. 2010–20924 Filed 8–23–10; 8:45 am] FILING link on the Board’s Web site, at BILLING CODE 4915–01–P http://www.stb.dot.gov. Any person submitting a filing in the traditional paper format should send an original DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION and 10 copies to: Surface Transportation Board, Attn: Docket No. EP 699, 395 E Federal Transit Administration Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423– Bus and Bus Facilities Discretionary 0001. Copies of written comments will Program Funds be available for viewing and selfcopying at the Board’s Public Docket AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration Room, Room 131, and will be posted to (FTA), DOT. the Board’s Web site. ACTION: Bus and Bus Facilities Livability FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia program announcement of project Farr at 202–245–0359. Assistance for the selections. hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339. Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects funded with Bus favors private sector resolutions of and Bus Facilities program funds in disputes as an alternative to its formal support of DOT’s Livability Initiative, processes where possible. To that end, which was announced in the Bus the Board has rules in place that allow for mediation and arbitration of matters 1 RSTAC is an advisory board established by subject to its jurisdiction. The Board’s Federal law to advise the U.S. Congress, the U.S. mediation rules are set forth at 49 CFR Department of Transportation, and the Board on 1109.1, 1109.4, 1111.2, 1111.9, and issues related to rail freight, with particular 1111.10. Its arbitration rules are set forth attention to issues of importance to small shippers and railroads. By statute, RSTAC members are at 49 CFR 1108, 1109.1, 1109.2, and appointed by the Board’s chairman. Representatives 1115.8. of rail customers, Class I railroads, and small The Board seeks input regarding railroads sit on RSTAC. The Board’s members and measures it can implement to encourage the U.S. Secretary of Transportation are RSTAC ex officio, nonvoting members. (49 U.S.C. 726.) greater use of mediation and arbitration DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 163 (Tuesday, August 24, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Page 52054]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-20924]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[STB Docket No. EP 699]


Assessment of Mediation and Arbitration Procedures

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board (Board), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Board seeks comments on matters relating to the use of 
mediation and arbitration as effective means of resolving disputes that 
are subject to the Board's jurisdiction. Depending upon the Board's 
assessment of the comments received, the Board may propose revisions to 
its current rules or propose new rules in order to encourage the use of 
mediation and arbitration in the resolution of disputes. If so, the 
proposed changes or new rules would be published and made available for 
review and comment in a subsequent notice.

DATES: Comments are due on October 25, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted either via the Board's e-filing 
format or in the traditional paper format. Any person using e-filing 
should attach a document and otherwise comply with the instructions at 
the E-FILING link on the Board's Web site, at http://www.stb.dot.gov. 
Any person submitting a filing in the traditional paper format should 
send an original and 10 copies to: Surface Transportation Board, Attn: 
Docket No. EP 699, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001. Copies 
of written comments will be available for viewing and self-copying at 
the Board's Public Docket Room, Room 131, and will be posted to the 
Board's Web site.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Farr at 202-245-0359. Assistance 
for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information 
Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board favors private sector resolutions 
of disputes as an alternative to its formal processes where possible. 
To that end, the Board has rules in place that allow for mediation and 
arbitration of matters subject to its jurisdiction. The Board's 
mediation rules are set forth at 49 CFR 1109.1, 1109.4, 1111.2, 1111.9, 
and 1111.10. Its arbitration rules are set forth at 49 CFR 1108, 
1109.1, 1109.2, and 1115.8.
    The Board seeks input regarding measures it can implement to 
encourage greater use of mediation and arbitration procedures, 
including changes to the Board's existing rules and establishment of 
new rules. The Board also seeks input regarding possible changes to its 
rules to permit the use of Board-facilitated mediation procedures 
without the filing of a formal complaint. In addition to being reviewed 
by the Board, the Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council 
(RSTAC) will review the comments and prepare a report to the Board 
reflecting the input of its members on this issue.\1\
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    \1\ RSTAC is an advisory board established by Federal law to 
advise the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and 
the Board on issues related to rail freight, with particular 
attention to issues of importance to small shippers and railroads. 
By statute, RSTAC members are appointed by the Board's chairman. 
Representatives of rail customers, Class I railroads, and small 
railroads sit on RSTAC. The Board's members and the U.S. Secretary 
of Transportation are RSTAC ex officio, nonvoting members. (49 
U.S.C. 726.)
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    Based upon the comments from interested persons and RSTAC's input, 
the Board will decide whether to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
(NPRM) at a later date. We will invite comment on the NPRM before 
issuance of any final rule.
    This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the 
human environment or the conservation of energy resources.
    It is ordered:
    1. Comments as described above are due by October 25, 2010.
    2. This decision is effective on its date of service.

    Decided: August 18, 2010.

    By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Mulvey, and 
Commissioner Nottingham.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2010-20924 Filed 8-23-10; 8:45 am]
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