Hull Identification Numbers for Recreational Vessels, 7757-7758 [2011-3037]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 29 / Friday, February 11, 2011 / Proposed Rules ACTION: Guard’s decision-making process included consideration of comments submitted in response to its request for comments on the costs and benefits of expanding the existing 12-character HIN in order to provide additional information identifying vessels. ADDRESSES: The docket for this action is available for inspection or copying at the Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. You may also find this docket on the Internet by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting ‘‘USCG–2007–29236’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and then clicking ‘‘Search.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about this notice, call or e-mail Mr. Jeffrey Ludwig, Coast Guard; telephone 202–372–1061, e-mail Jeffrey.A.Ludwig@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing material in the docket, call Ms. Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 17, 2008, we published a request for public comments on the costs and benefits of expanding the existing 12-character HIN in order to provide additional information identifying vessels (73 FR 14193). The notice specifically requested comments on: (1) The expected benefits and costs of an expanded HIN; (2) the manner in which the Coast Guard should exempt small entities and builders of high-volume, low-cost vessels; (3) the estimated collection of information burdens to vessel manufacturers if the current 12character HIN regulations were revised to require additional characters; and (4) possible alternatives to an expanded HIN. The Coast Guard also sought specific data to support its decisionmaking process about whether to initiate a rulemaking addressing an expanded HIN. In response to the request for comments, we received 29 comments. The Coast Guard has decided not to initiate a rulemaking addressing an expanded HIN based on consideration of the comments received as well as the challenges from data uncertainty in describing, estimating, and quantifying potential costs and benefits of such a rulemaking. The Coast Guard announces its decision to not initiate a rulemaking addressing an expanded hull identification number (HIN). The Coast Background The Coast Guard has been looking into the possibility of an expanded HIN for several years. In 1994, the Coast Guard initiated a rulemaking to create (a)(16) through (a)(18)(i)(A), (a)(18)(ii) (except as covered by paragraph (d)(22) of this section), (a)(18)(iii), (a)(18)(iv), (a)(18)(v)(A), and (a)(18)(vi)(A) of this section. * * * * * (53) [INSERT DATE 30 DAYS AFTER DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE FINAL RULE IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER], for products subject to paragraph (a)(12)(ii)(B) of this section. Background PART 334—LAXATIVE DRUG PRODUCTS FOR OVER-THECOUNTER HUMAN USE Need for Correction FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathryn Holman at (202) 622–3840 (not a toll-free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The notice of proposed rulemaking; notice of a public hearing; and withdrawal of previously proposed rulemaking that is the subject of this document is under section 6049 of the Internal Revenue Code. Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321, 351, 352, 353, 355, 360, 371. As published, the notice of proposed rulemaking; notice of a public hearing; and withdrawal of previously proposed rulemaking (REG–146097–09) contains errors that are misleading and are in need of clarification. § 334.80 Correction to Publication 3. The authority citation for 21 CFR part 334 continues to read as follows: [Amended] 4. Section 334.80 as proposed on January 15, 1985 (50 FR 2124), is amended by removing ‘‘sodium phosphate/sodium biphosphate identified in § 334.16(d)’’ from paragraph (a)(2), and by removing paragraph (b)(2) and redesignating paragraph (b)(3) as paragraph (b)(2). Accordingly, the notice of proposed rulemaking; notice of a public hearing; and withdrawal of previously proposed rulemaking which is the subject of FR Doc. 2011–82 is corrected as follows: On page 1105, in the preamble, column 3, under the caption DATES, line 4, the language ‘‘public hearing scheduled for April 28,’’ is corrected to read ‘‘public hearing scheduled for April 27,’’. On page 1107, in the preamble, column 2, under the paragraph heading ‘‘Comments and Public Hearing’’, line 14, the language ‘‘for April 28, 2011, beginning at 10 a.m.’’ is corrected to read ‘‘for April 27, 2011, beginning at 10 a.m.’’ Dated: February 3, 2011. Leslie Kux, Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy. [FR Doc. 2011–3091 Filed 2–10–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service LaNita VanDyke, Branch Chief, Publications and Regulations Branch, Legal Processing Division, Associate Chief Counsel, (Procedure and Administration). 26 CFR Parts 1 and 31 [REG–146097–09] RIN 1545–BJ01 Guidance on Reporting Interest Paid to Nonresident Aliens; Correction Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Correction to notice of proposed rulemaking; notice of a public hearing; and withdrawal of previously proposed rulemaking. [FR Doc. 2011–2922 Filed 2–10–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P AGENCY: This document contains corrections to notice of proposed rulemaking; notice of a public hearing; and withdrawal of previously proposed rulemaking (REG–146097–09) that was published in the Federal Register on Friday, January 7, 2011 (76 FR 1105). The proposed regulations provide guidance on the reporting requirements for interest on deposits maintained at U.S. offices of certain financial institutions and paid to nonresident alien individuals. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:57 Feb 10, 2011 Jkt 223001 7757 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 181 [Docket No. USCG–2007–29236] Hull Identification Numbers for Recreational Vessels Coast Guard, DHS. Follow-up to request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\11FEP1.SGM 11FEP1 7758 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 29 / Friday, February 11, 2011 / Proposed Rules mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with PROPOSALS an expanded HIN, but ultimately withdrew the rulemaking, stating: ‘‘There is no consensus on format for an expanded HIN and the Coast Guard lacks sufficient data to demonstrate that the benefits clearly outweigh the costs and burdens’’ 65 FR 40069 (June 29, 2000, Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking; termination); see also 59 FR 23651 (May 6, 1994, Notice of proposed rulemaking); 59 FR 55823 (November 9, 1994, Notice of workshop and reopening of comment period); 62 FR 7971 (February 21, 1997, Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking); 63 FR 63638 (November 16, 1998, Request for comments). The Coast Guard again looked into the possibility of an expanded HIN with publication of the 2008 request for comments. Discussion of Comments The comments received covered a range of support and opposition to the Coast Guard’s proposal for an expanded HIN. Several commenters addressed the Coast Guard’s request for specific comments and data, although there was no consensus among commenters and the data and information provided was in an aggregate form with estimates which varied widely. For example, one commenter stated that certain recreational vessel manufacturers already use an expanded HIN format for their products (which include recreational vehicles as well as vessels), while several other commenters indicated by the substance of their comments that many recreational vessel manufacturers do not. Additionally, some commenters stated that the costs of an expanded HIN would be minimal and described why, while other commenters provided cost estimates to show that costs would be excessive. The Coast Guard found these comments helpful in showing a variety of opinions and possible data regarding the proposal to expand the HIN. These comments, however, also indicate that currently there are no definitive means to address this issue. Although some commenters provided certain requested data, the request for comments did not garner any quantitative data or specific information regarding the benefits of an expanded HIN. Some commenters specifically agreed with the Coast Guard’s discussion of possible benefits from an expanded HIN, such as enhanced assistance in the recovery of stolen vessels, reduced recreational vessel fraud, improved accuracy of accident data analysis, and increased remote identification of a ‘‘suspect’’ vessel. None of the commenters provided any VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:19 Feb 10, 2011 Jkt 223001 benefit-specific data or information to support the commenters’ expressed views. Challenges to an expanded HIN proposal and its potential benefits were also general statements—opposing the proposal or disagreeing with the Coast Guard’s discussion of the proposal—and did not contain sufficiently specific data or information. In addition to seeking information from the public on an expanded HIN proposal, the Coast Guard also performed its own evaluation of the potential costs and benefits of such a proposal. The Coast Guard found a lack of available data regarding potential costs and benefits. Conclusion At this time, the Coast Guard has decided that it is in the best interest of the public and the boating safety community to focus its attention and devote its resources to other regulatory actions. If the Coast Guard decides in the future to reconsider an expanded HIN, we will provide notice in a new Federal Register publication. Dated: February 2, 2011. K.S. Cook, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard Director of Prevention Policy. [FR Doc. 2011–3037 Filed 2–10–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service 36 CFR Part 242 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 100 [Docket No. FWS–R7–SM–2011–0004; 70101–1261–0000L6] RIN 1018–AX52 Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska—Subpart B, Federal Subsistence Board Forest Service, Agriculture; Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCIES: This proposed rule would revise the regulations concerning the composition of the Federal Subsistence Board (Board). On October 23, 2009, the Secretary of the Interior announced the initiation of a Departmental review of the Federal Subsistence Management Program in Alaska. The review focused on how the program is meeting the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 purposes and subsistence provisions of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 (ANILCA), and how the program is serving rural subsistence users. The review proposed several administrative and regulatory changes to strengthen the program and make it more responsive to rural users. One proposed change called for adding two public members representing rural Alaskan subsistence users to the existing Board, which would afford additional regional representation and increase stakeholder input in the decisionmaking process. DATES: Public meetings: The Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils will hold public meetings to receive comments and make proposals to change this proposed rule on several dates between February 15, 2011, and March 24, 2011, and to make recommendations on the proposed rule to the Federal Subsistence Board. The Board will discuss and evaluate proposed regulatory changes during a public meeting in Anchorage, AK, on May 3, 2011, and make recommendations on the proposed rule to the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific information on dates and locations of the public meetings. Public comments: Comments and proposals to change this proposed rule must be received or postmarked by April 12, 2011. ADDRESSES: Public meetings: The Federal Subsistence Board and the Regional Advisory Councils’ public meetings will be held at various locations in Alaska. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific information on dates and locations of the public meetings. Public comments: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: • Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov and search for FWS–R7–SM–2011–0004, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. • By hard copy: U.S. mail or handdelivery to: USFWS, Office of Subsistence Management, 1011 East Tudor Road, MS 121, Attn: Theo Matuskowitz, Anchorage, AK 99503– 6199, or hand delivery to the Designated Federal Official attending any of the Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council public meetings. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional information on locations of the public meetings. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This E:\FR\FM\11FEP1.SGM 11FEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 29 (Friday, February 11, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
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[FR Doc No: 2011-3037]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 181

[Docket No. USCG-2007-29236]


Hull Identification Numbers for Recreational Vessels

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Follow-up to request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard announces its decision to not initiate a 
rulemaking addressing an expanded hull identification number (HIN). The 
Coast Guard's decision-making process included consideration of 
comments submitted in response to its request for comments on the costs 
and benefits of expanding the existing 12-character HIN in order to 
provide additional information identifying vessels.

ADDRESSES: The docket for this action is available for inspection or 
copying at the Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. You may also find this 
docket on the Internet by going to http://www.regulations.gov, 
inserting ``USCG-2007-29236'' in the ``Keyword'' box, and then clicking 
``Search.''

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about this 
notice, call or e-mail Mr. Jeffrey Ludwig, Coast Guard; telephone 202-
372-1061, e-mail Jeffrey.A.Ludwig@uscg.mil. If you have questions on 
viewing material in the docket, call Ms. Renee V. Wright, Program 
Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 17, 2008, we published a request 
for public comments on the costs and benefits of expanding the existing 
12-character HIN in order to provide additional information identifying 
vessels (73 FR 14193). The notice specifically requested comments on: 
(1) The expected benefits and costs of an expanded HIN; (2) the manner 
in which the Coast Guard should exempt small entities and builders of 
high-volume, low-cost vessels; (3) the estimated collection of 
information burdens to vessel manufacturers if the current 12-character 
HIN regulations were revised to require additional characters; and (4) 
possible alternatives to an expanded HIN. The Coast Guard also sought 
specific data to support its decision-making process about whether to 
initiate a rulemaking addressing an expanded HIN.
    In response to the request for comments, we received 29 comments. 
The Coast Guard has decided not to initiate a rulemaking addressing an 
expanded HIN based on consideration of the comments received as well as 
the challenges from data uncertainty in describing, estimating, and 
quantifying potential costs and benefits of such a rulemaking.

Background

    The Coast Guard has been looking into the possibility of an 
expanded HIN for several years. In 1994, the Coast Guard initiated a 
rulemaking to create

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an expanded HIN, but ultimately withdrew the rulemaking, stating: 
``There is no consensus on format for an expanded HIN and the Coast 
Guard lacks sufficient data to demonstrate that the benefits clearly 
outweigh the costs and burdens'' 65 FR 40069 (June 29, 2000, 
Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking; termination); see also 59 
FR 23651 (May 6, 1994, Notice of proposed rulemaking); 59 FR 55823 
(November 9, 1994, Notice of workshop and reopening of comment period); 
62 FR 7971 (February 21, 1997, Supplemental notice of proposed 
rulemaking); 63 FR 63638 (November 16, 1998, Request for comments).
    The Coast Guard again looked into the possibility of an expanded 
HIN with publication of the 2008 request for comments.

Discussion of Comments

    The comments received covered a range of support and opposition to 
the Coast Guard's proposal for an expanded HIN. Several commenters 
addressed the Coast Guard's request for specific comments and data, 
although there was no consensus among commenters and the data and 
information provided was in an aggregate form with estimates which 
varied widely. For example, one commenter stated that certain 
recreational vessel manufacturers already use an expanded HIN format 
for their products (which include recreational vehicles as well as 
vessels), while several other commenters indicated by the substance of 
their comments that many recreational vessel manufacturers do not. 
Additionally, some commenters stated that the costs of an expanded HIN 
would be minimal and described why, while other commenters provided 
cost estimates to show that costs would be excessive. The Coast Guard 
found these comments helpful in showing a variety of opinions and 
possible data regarding the proposal to expand the HIN. These comments, 
however, also indicate that currently there are no definitive means to 
address this issue.
    Although some commenters provided certain requested data, the 
request for comments did not garner any quantitative data or specific 
information regarding the benefits of an expanded HIN. Some commenters 
specifically agreed with the Coast Guard's discussion of possible 
benefits from an expanded HIN, such as enhanced assistance in the 
recovery of stolen vessels, reduced recreational vessel fraud, improved 
accuracy of accident data analysis, and increased remote identification 
of a ``suspect'' vessel. None of the commenters provided any benefit-
specific data or information to support the commenters' expressed 
views. Challenges to an expanded HIN proposal and its potential 
benefits were also general statements--opposing the proposal or 
disagreeing with the Coast Guard's discussion of the proposal--and did 
not contain sufficiently specific data or information.
    In addition to seeking information from the public on an expanded 
HIN proposal, the Coast Guard also performed its own evaluation of the 
potential costs and benefits of such a proposal. The Coast Guard found 
a lack of available data regarding potential costs and benefits.

Conclusion

    At this time, the Coast Guard has decided that it is in the best 
interest of the public and the boating safety community to focus its 
attention and devote its resources to other regulatory actions. If the 
Coast Guard decides in the future to reconsider an expanded HIN, we 
will provide notice in a new Federal Register publication.

    Dated: February 2, 2011.
K.S. Cook,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard Director of Prevention Policy.
[FR Doc. 2011-3037 Filed 2-10-11; 8:45 am]
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