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Download as PDF 63276 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 197 / Wednesday, October 12, 2011 / Proposed Rules C. Accessible Formats 123. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202– 418–0530 (voice), 202–418–0432 (tty). D. Regulatory Flexibility Analysis 124. As required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, see 5 U.S.C. 604, the Commission has prepared an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) of the possible significant economic impact on small entities of the policies and rules addressed in this document. The IRFA is set forth in the Appendix. Written public comments are requested on the IRFA. These comments must be filed in accordance with the same filing deadlines as comments filed in response to this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking as set forth on the first page of this document and have a separate and distinct heading designating them as responses to the IRFA. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS E. Paperwork Reduction Act Analysis 125. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking contains proposed new information collection requirements. The Commission, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, invites the general public and OMB to comment on the information collection requirements contained in this document, as required by Paperwork Reduction Act. In addition, pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, we seek specific comment on how we might ‘‘further reduce the information collection burden for small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees.’’ V. Ordering Clauses 126. It is ordered, pursuant to sections 1, 2, 4(i), 7, 201, 222, 251(e), 301, 302, 303, 307, 308, 309, 310, 319, and 332, of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 151, 152, 154(i), 157, 201, 222, 251(e), 301, 302, 303, 307, 308, 309, 310, 319, and 332; section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 1302; section 4 of the Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999, as amended by the New and Emerging Technologies 911 Improvement Act of 2008, 47 U.S.C. 615a; and sections 104 and 106 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, 47 U.S.C. 615c, 617, that this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is hereby adopted. 127. It is further ordered that the Commission’s Consumer and VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:32 Oct 11, 2011 Jkt 223001 Governmental Affairs Bureau, Reference Information Center, shall send a copy of this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, including the Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration. Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–26258 Filed 10–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board 49 CFR Chapter X [EP 712] Reducing Regulatory Burden; Retrospective Review Under E.O. 13563 Surface Transportation Board. Request for information. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with Executive Order 13563, ‘‘Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,’’ and Executive Order 13579, ‘‘Regulation and Independent Regulatory Agencies,’’ the Surface Transportation Board is undertaking review of its existing regulations to evaluate their continued validity and determine whether they are crafted effectively to solve current problems facing shippers and railroads. As part of this review, the Board seeks public comments on whether any of its regulations may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome, and how to modify, streamline, expand, or repeal them, as appropriate. SUMMARY: Comments are due by January 10, 2012. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted either via the Board’s e-filing process 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 712, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. Copies of paper comments will be available for viewing and self-copying at the Board’s Public Docket Room, Room 131; paper and electronic copies will be posted to the Board’s Web site. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Oehrle at 202–245–0375. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 18, 2011, President Obama directed executive agencies to take steps to improve federal regulation and regulatory review. See Executive Order 13563, 76 FR 3,821–23 (January 31, 2011). In particular, the President directed executive agencies to conduct a retrospective analysis of existing regulations and develop a preliminary plan to review periodically significant regulations to determine if such regulations should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed so as to make the agency’s regulatory program more effective or less burdensome in achieving the regulatory objectives. The order also called for public participation in this regulatory process. Although Executive Order 13563 did not apply to independent agencies, the Board reported its ongoing efforts to conduct, on a voluntary basis, an analysis of its existing regulations. On May 18, 2011, the Board’s Chairman sent a letter to the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs that described the regulatory review the Board had already initiated and outlined the review the Board had planned for the next 2 years and beyond. The letter described two major initiatives to review significant areas of regulation that have not been comprehensively reviewed and amended over the last two decades: competition in the rail industry and environmental regulations. The Board listed several other initiatives to amend its regulations and procedures to make them more efficient and effective. See, e.g., EP 707, Demurrage Liability; EP 706, Reporting Requirement for Positive Train Control Expenses and Invs.; EP 702, Nat’l Trails System Act & R.R. Rights-of-Way; EP 699, Assessment of Mediation and Arbitration Procedures; EP 684, Solid Waste Rail Transfer Facilities. The Board also stated that it was reviewing the Uniform Rail Costing System, which is the Board’s general purpose costing methodology for the nation’s largest railroads, and planning to update it. A copy of the letter is available on the Board’s Web site at http://www.stb.dot.gov/stb/docs/ 2011AgencyPreliminaryPlan%20— %20signed%20final%20051811.pdf. On July 11, 2011, President Obama requested that independent agencies comply with Executive Order 13563, to E:\FR\FM\12OCP1.SGM 12OCP1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 197 / Wednesday, October 12, 2011 / Proposed Rules mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS the extent permissible by law. Specifically, independent agencies were asked to retrospectively analyze existing regulations and produce a plan to periodically reassess and streamline their existing regulations. See Executive Order 13579, 76 FR 41,587–88 (July 14, 2011). To facilitate this process, the Board institutes this proceeding and provides interested members of the public with an opportunity to comment and participate in the Board’s retrospective review. Consistent with the President’s directive, the Board asks those filing comments to: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:32 Oct 11, 2011 Jkt 223001 • Specifically identify which of the Board’s existing regulations or reporting requirements are outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome, and explain why; • Propose which regulations should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed; • Provide evidentiary support to help the Board analyze the costs and benefits (both quantitative and qualitative) of any proposed changes; and • Suggest an appropriate timeframe for conducting the next retrospective review of the agency’s regulations and reporting requirements. This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 9990 63277 environment or the conservation of energy resources. It is ordered: 1. Comments are due by January 10, 2012. 2. Notice of this decision will be published in the Federal Register. 3. This decision is effective on its date of service. Decided: October 5, 2011. By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Begeman, and Commissioner Mulvey. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2011–26309 Filed 10–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P E:\FR\FM\12OCP1.SGM 12OCP1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 197 (Wednesday, October 12, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
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[FR Doc No: 2011-26309]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

49 CFR Chapter X

[EP 712]


Reducing Regulatory Burden; Retrospective Review Under E.O. 13563

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board.

ACTION: Request for information.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving 
Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' and Executive Order 13579, 
``Regulation and Independent Regulatory Agencies,'' the Surface 
Transportation Board is undertaking review of its existing regulations 
to evaluate their continued validity and determine whether they are 
crafted effectively to solve current problems facing shippers and 
railroads. As part of this review, the Board seeks public comments on 
whether any of its regulations may be outmoded, ineffective, 
insufficient, or excessively burdensome, and how to modify, streamline, 
expand, or repeal them, as appropriate.

DATES: Comments are due by January 10, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted either via the Board's e-filing 
process 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 712, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001.
    Copies of paper comments will be available for viewing and self-
copying at the Board's Public Docket Room, Room 131; paper and 
electronic copies will be posted to the Board's Web site.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Oehrle at 202-245-0375. 
Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 18, 2011, President Obama 
directed executive agencies to take steps to improve federal regulation 
and regulatory review. See Executive Order 13563, 76 FR 3,821-23 
(January 31, 2011). In particular, the President directed executive 
agencies to conduct a retrospective analysis of existing regulations 
and develop a preliminary plan to review periodically significant 
regulations to determine if such regulations should be modified, 
streamlined, expanded, or repealed so as to make the agency's 
regulatory program more effective or less burdensome in achieving the 
regulatory objectives. The order also called for public participation 
in this regulatory process.
    Although Executive Order 13563 did not apply to independent 
agencies, the Board reported its ongoing efforts to conduct, on a 
voluntary basis, an analysis of its existing regulations. On May 18, 
2011, the Board's Chairman sent a letter to the Administrator of the 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs that described the 
regulatory review the Board had already initiated and outlined the 
review the Board had planned for the next 2 years and beyond. The 
letter described two major initiatives to review significant areas of 
regulation that have not been comprehensively reviewed and amended over 
the last two decades: competition in the rail industry and 
environmental regulations. The Board listed several other initiatives 
to amend its regulations and procedures to make them more efficient and 
effective. See, e.g., EP 707, Demurrage Liability; EP 706, Reporting 
Requirement for Positive Train Control Expenses and Invs.; EP 702, 
Nat'l Trails System Act & R.R. Rights-of-Way; EP 699, Assessment of 
Mediation and Arbitration Procedures; EP 684, Solid Waste Rail Transfer 
Facilities. The Board also stated that it was reviewing the Uniform 
Rail Costing System, which is the Board's general purpose costing 
methodology for the nation's largest railroads, and planning to update 
it. A copy of the letter is available on the Board's Web site at http:/
/www.stb.dot.gov/stb/docs/2011AgencyPreliminaryPlan%20_
%20signed%20final%20051811.pdf.
    On July 11, 2011, President Obama requested that independent 
agencies comply with Executive Order 13563, to

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the extent permissible by law. Specifically, independent agencies were 
asked to retrospectively analyze existing regulations and produce a 
plan to periodically reassess and streamline their existing 
regulations. See Executive Order 13579, 76 FR 41,587-88 (July 14, 
2011). To facilitate this process, the Board institutes this proceeding 
and provides interested members of the public with an opportunity to 
comment and participate in the Board's retrospective review.
    Consistent with the President's directive, the Board asks those 
filing comments to:
     Specifically identify which of the Board's existing 
regulations or reporting requirements are outmoded, ineffective, 
insufficient, or excessively burdensome, and explain why;
     Propose which regulations should be modified, streamlined, 
expanded, or repealed;
     Provide evidentiary support to help the Board analyze the 
costs and benefits (both quantitative and qualitative) of any proposed 
changes; and
     Suggest an appropriate timeframe for conducting the next 
retrospective review of the agency's regulations and reporting 
requirements.
    This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the 
human environment or the conservation of energy resources.
    It is ordered:
    1. Comments are due by January 10, 2012.
    2. Notice of this decision will be published in the Federal 
Register.
    3. This decision is effective on its date of service.

    Decided: October 5, 2011.

    By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Begeman, and 
Commissioner Mulvey.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2011-26309 Filed 10-11-11; 8:45 am]
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