FAR Council's Plan for Retrospective Review Under Executive Order 13563-Preliminary Plan, 32133-32134 [2011-13835]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 107 / Friday, June 3, 2011 / Proposed Rules § 73.8000 Incorporation by reference. * * * * * (b) * * * (5) ATSC A/85: ‘‘ATSC Recommended Practice: Techniques for Establishing and Maintaining Audio Loudness for Digital Television’’ (May 25, 2011), IBR approved for § 73.682. * * * * * PART 76—MULTICHANNEL VIDEO AND CABLE TELEVISION SERVICE 4. The authority citation for part 76 continues to read as follows: Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151, 152, 153, 154, 301, 302, 302a, 303, 303a, 307, 308, 309, 312, 315, 317, 325, 339, 340, 341, 503, 521, 522, 531, 532, 534, 535, 536, 537, 543, 544, 544a, 545, 548, 549, 552, 554, 556, 558, 560, 561, 571, 572, 573. 5. Section 76.607 is added to read as follows: § 76.607 Transmission of commercial advertisements. wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with PROPOSALS_PART 1 Incorporation by reference. * * * * * (b) * * * (10) ATSC A/85: ‘‘ATSC Recommended Practice: Techniques for Establishing and Maintaining Audio Loudness for Digital Television’’ (May 25, 2011), IBR approved for § 76.602. Note: The following Appendix will not be included in the Code of Federal Regulations. VerDate Mar<15>2010 12:35 Jun 02, 2011 Jkt 223001 ABC American Cable Association (‘‘ACA’’) AT&T Advanced Television Systems Committee, Inc. (‘‘ATSC’’) CBS Consumer Electronics Association (‘‘CEA’’) Consumers Union (‘‘CU’’) DIRECTV, Inc. (‘‘DIRECTV’’) DISH Network L.L.C. (‘‘DISH’’) Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (‘‘Dolby’’) FOX Free press Massillon Cable TV Association for Maximum Service Television, Inc. (‘‘MSTV’’) National Association of Broadcasters (‘‘NAB’’) National Cable & Telecommunications Association (‘‘NCTA’’) NBC Universal Public Broadcasting Service (‘‘PBS’’) Verizon Wide Open West [FR Doc. 2011–13822 Filed 6–2–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P (a) Effective [one year after date of FCC adoption], cable operators and other multichannel video programming distributors must comply with the ATSC A/85: ‘‘ATSC Recommended Practice: Techniques for Establishing and Maintaining Audio Loudness for Digital Television’’ (May 25, 2011) (‘‘ATSC A/85 RP’’), and any successor thereto, approved by the ATSC (incorporated by reference, see § 76.602), insofar as it concerns the transmission of commercial advertisements. ATSC A/85 RP is available from Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), 1750 K Street, NW., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, or at the ATSC Web site: http://www.atsc.org/standards.html. (b) A cable operator or other multichannel video programming distributor that installs, utilizes, and maintains in a commercially reasonable manner the equipment and associated software to comply with ATSC A/85 shall be deemed in compliance with this section. 6. Section 76.602 is amended by adding paragraph (b)(10) to read as follows: § 76.602 Appendix: List of Participants in Informal Meetings DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [EO–13563–FAR–Docket Number 2011– 0085; Sequence 1] 48 CFR Chapter 1 FAR Council’s Plan for Retrospective Review Under Executive Order 13563— Preliminary Plan Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Request for Information. AGENCIES: The Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council has developed a preliminary plan for the retrospective analysis of provisions in the FAR, in accordance with Executive Order (E.O.) 13563, ‘‘Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review.’’ The E.O. sets forth principles and requirements designed to strengthen regulations and regulatory review by promoting public participation, improving integration and innovation, increasing flexibility, and increasing retrospective analysis of existing rules. The E.O. requires every agency to develop ‘‘a preliminary plan, consistent with law and its resources and regulatory priorities, under which the agency will periodically review its existing significant regulations to SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 32133 determine whether such regulations should be modified, streamlined, expanded or repealed to make the agency’s regulatory program more effective and or less burdensome in achieving its regulatory objectives.’’ To comply with E.O. 13563, the FAR Council invites interested members of the public to submit comments on its preliminary plan available at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/21stcenturygov/ actions/21st-century-regulatory-system. DATES: Comment Date: Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat on or before July 5, 2011 to be considered in the formulation of a final plan. ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by Regulatory Burden; Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council Retrospective Review Under Executive Order 13563 Preliminary Plan by any of the following methods: • Regulations.gov: http:// www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting the document title under the heading ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID’’ and selecting ‘‘search.’’ Select the link ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ that corresponds with ‘‘FAR Council’s Plan for Retrospective Review under Executive Order 13563—Preliminary Plan.’’ Follow the instructions provided to complete the ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and ‘‘FAR Council’s Plan for Retrospective Review under Executive Order 13563— Preliminary Plan’’ on your attached document. • Fax: 202–501–4067. • Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), 1275 First Street, NE., 7th floor, ATTN: Hada Flowers, Washington, DC 20417. Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite the ‘‘FAR Council’s Plan for Retrospective Review under Executive Order 13563—Preliminary Plan’’ in all correspondence related to this case. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FAR Secretariat at (202) 501–4755, for information pertaining to status or publication schedules. For clarification of content, contact Julia Wise, Procurement Policy Analyst at (202) 395–7561 or jwise@omb.eop.gov. Please cite the ‘‘FAR Council’s Plan for Retrospective Review under Executive Order 13563—Preliminary Plan.’’ E:\FR\FM\03JNP1.SGM 03JNP1 32134 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 107 / Friday, June 3, 2011 / Proposed Rules On January 18, 2011, the President signed E.O. 13563, ‘‘Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,’’ published in the Federal Register at 76 FR 3821 on January 21, 2011, which states that agencies must consider costs and benefits of their regulations and choose the least burdensome path. Agencies are required to coordinate, simplify, and harmonize regulations to reduce costs and promote certainty for businesses and the public. Section 6 of E.O. 13563 emphasizes the importance of retrospective analysis of rules and requires agencies to develop a plan, under which the agency will periodically review its existing significant regulations to determine whether any such regulations should be modified, expanded, streamlined, or repealed so as to make the agency’s regulatory program more effective or less burdensome in achieving the regulatory objectives. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with PROPOSALS_PART 1 Request for Comments The FAR Council invites public comments on its plans for retrospective VerDate Mar<15>2010 12:35 Jun 02, 2011 Jkt 223001 analysis. The Council’s plan has tentatively identified eight priority initiatives for new or continued retrospective analysis and follow-up action over the next two years. These initiatives include— 1. Re-examining FAR Council process for applying new regulatory requirements to commercial item acquisitions & small (simplified) purchases; 2. Exploring opportunities to accelerate payments to small businesses; 3. Reviewing rules governing communications with vendors before awarding contracts; 4. Reducing number of competitions that result in only one offer; 5. Revisiting the process for reviewing past performance information; 6. Working with SBA to modernize rules for using contract set-asides and small business subcontracting plans; 7. Restructuring rules addressing conflicts of interest; and 8. Clarifying rules addressing the use of competition for Blanket purchase agreements. PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 9990 The FAR Council welcomes comments on its preliminary plan and the initiatives discussed therein. The FAR Council further invites comments about any additional regulations, other than those listed in the preliminary plan, that should be modified, expanded, streamlined, or repealed in order to make the FAR more effective or less burdensome or both. The FAR Council advises that this notice and request for comments is issued for information and policy development purposes. Although the FAR Council encourages responses to this notice, such comments do not bind the FAR Council to taking any further actions related to the submission. Dated: May 31, 2011. Laura Auletta, Acting Director, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, General Services Administration. [FR Doc. 2011–13835 Filed 6–2–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P E:\FR\FM\03JNP1.SGM 03JNP1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 107 (Friday, June 3, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 32133-32134]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-13835]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

[EO-13563-FAR-Docket Number 2011-0085; Sequence 1]

48 CFR Chapter 1


FAR Council's Plan for Retrospective Review Under Executive Order 
13563--Preliminary Plan

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration 
(GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Request for Information.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council has developed 
a preliminary plan for the retrospective analysis of provisions in the 
FAR, in accordance with Executive Order (E.O.) 13563, ``Improving 
Regulation and Regulatory Review.'' The E.O. sets forth principles and 
requirements designed to strengthen regulations and regulatory review 
by promoting public participation, improving integration and 
innovation, increasing flexibility, and increasing retrospective 
analysis of existing rules. The E.O. requires every agency to develop 
``a preliminary plan, consistent with law and its resources and 
regulatory priorities, under which the agency will periodically review 
its existing significant regulations to determine whether such 
regulations should be modified, streamlined, expanded or repealed to 
make the agency's regulatory program more effective and or less 
burdensome in achieving its regulatory objectives.'' To comply with 
E.O. 13563, the FAR Council invites interested members of the public to 
submit comments on its preliminary plan available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/21stcenturygov/actions/21st-century-regulatory-system.

DATES: Comment Date: Interested parties should submit written comments 
to the Regulatory Secretariat on or before July 5, 2011 to be 
considered in the formulation of a final plan.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments identified by Regulatory Burden; Federal 
Acquisition Regulatory Council Retrospective Review Under Executive 
Order 13563 Preliminary Plan by any of the following methods:
     Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit 
comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by inputting the document 
title under the heading ``Enter Keyword or ID'' and selecting 
``search.'' Select the link ``Submit a Comment'' that corresponds with 
``FAR Council's Plan for Retrospective Review under Executive Order 
13563--Preliminary Plan.'' Follow the instructions provided to complete 
the ``Submit a Comment'' screen. Please include your name, company name 
(if any), and ``FAR Council's Plan for Retrospective Review under 
Executive Order 13563--Preliminary Plan'' on your attached document.
     Fax: 202-501-4067.
     Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory 
Secretariat (MVCB), 1275 First Street, NE., 7th floor, ATTN: Hada 
Flowers, Washington, DC 20417.
    Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite the ``FAR 
Council's Plan for Retrospective Review under Executive Order 13563--
Preliminary Plan'' in all correspondence related to this case. All 
comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business 
confidential information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FAR Secretariat at (202) 501-4755, 
for information pertaining to status or publication schedules. For 
clarification of content, contact Julia Wise, Procurement Policy 
Analyst at (202) 395-7561 or jwise@omb.eop.gov. Please cite the ``FAR 
Council's Plan for Retrospective Review under Executive Order 13563--
Preliminary Plan.''

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  On January 18, 2011, the President signed 
E.O. 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' published 
in the Federal Register at 76 FR 3821 on January 21, 2011, which states 
that agencies must consider costs and benefits of their regulations and 
choose the least burdensome path. Agencies are required to coordinate, 
simplify, and harmonize regulations to reduce costs and promote 
certainty for businesses and the public.
    Section 6 of E.O. 13563 emphasizes the importance of retrospective 
analysis of rules and requires agencies to develop a plan, under which 
the agency will periodically review its existing significant 
regulations to determine whether any such regulations should be 
modified, expanded, streamlined, or repealed so as to make the agency's 
regulatory program more effective or less burdensome in achieving the 
regulatory objectives.

Request for Comments

    The FAR Council invites public comments on its plans for 
retrospective analysis. The Council's plan has tentatively identified 
eight priority initiatives for new or continued retrospective analysis 
and follow-up action over the next two years. These initiatives 
include--
    1. Re-examining FAR Council process for applying new regulatory 
requirements to commercial item acquisitions & small (simplified) 
purchases;
    2. Exploring opportunities to accelerate payments to small 
businesses;
    3. Reviewing rules governing communications with vendors before 
awarding contracts;
    4. Reducing number of competitions that result in only one offer;
    5. Revisiting the process for reviewing past performance 
information;
    6. Working with SBA to modernize rules for using contract set-
asides and small business subcontracting plans;
    7. Restructuring rules addressing conflicts of interest; and
    8. Clarifying rules addressing the use of competition for Blanket 
purchase agreements.
    The FAR Council welcomes comments on its preliminary plan and the 
initiatives discussed therein. The FAR Council further invites comments 
about any additional regulations, other than those listed in the 
preliminary plan, that should be modified, expanded, streamlined, or 
repealed in order to make the FAR more effective or less burdensome or 
both.
    The FAR Council advises that this notice and request for comments 
is issued for information and policy development purposes. Although the 
FAR Council encourages responses to this notice, such comments do not 
bind the FAR Council to taking any further actions related to the 
submission.

    Dated: May 31, 2011.
Laura Auletta,
Acting Director, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, General 
Services Administration.
[FR Doc. 2011-13835 Filed 6-2-11; 8:45 am]
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