December 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Product Change-Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 2012-31338
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List.
Hispanic Council on Federal Employment
Document Number: 2012-31337
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management announces the renewal of the Hispanic Council on Federal Employment (Council). The Commission shall advise the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on the implementation of leading employment practices in an effort to remove any unnecessary barriers to the recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement of Hispanics in the Federal workplace. The Council is an advisory committee composed of Federal employees and Hispanic organizations.
2013 Special 301 Review: Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974: Request for Public Comment and Announcement of Public Hearing
Document Number: 2012-31336
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2242) requires the United States Trade Representative (Trade Representative) to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. (The provisions of Section 182 are commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provisions of the Trade Act.) The Trade Act requires the Trade Representative to determine which, if any, of these countries to identify as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, policies, or practices that are the basis of a country's identification as a Priority Foreign Country can be subject to the procedures set out in sections 301-305 of the Trade Act. In addition, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has created a ``Priority Watch List'' and ``Watch List'' to assist the Administration in pursuing the goals of the Special 301 provisions. Placement of a trading partner on the Priority Watch List or Watch List indicates that particular problems exist in that country with respect to IPR protection, enforcement, or market access for persons that rely on intellectual property protection. Trading partners placed on the Priority Watch List are the focus of increased bilateral attention concerning the problem areas. USTR chairs an interagency team that reviews information from many sources, and that consults with and makes recommendations to the Trade Representative on issues arising under Special 301. Written submissions from interested persons are a key source of information for the Special 301 review process. In 2013, USTR again will conduct a public hearing as part of the review process. USTR is hereby requesting written submissions from the public concerning foreign countries' acts, policies, or practices that are relevant to deciding whether a particular trading partner should be identified as a priority foreign country under Section 182 of the Trade Act or placed on the Priority Watch List or Watch List. Interested parties, including foreign governments, wishing to testify at the public hearing must follow the procedures set out below for filing a notice of intent to testify. The deadlines for these procedures are set out below.
Product Change-Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 2012-31335
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List.
Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2012-31334
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2012-31333
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Notice of Receipt of Complaint; Solicitation of Comments Relating to the Public Interest
Document Number: 2012-31332
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: International Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has received a complaint entitled Certain Balloon Dissection Devices and Products Containing Same, DN 2925; the Commission is soliciting comments on any public interest issues raised by the complaint or complainant's filing under section 210.8(b) of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 210.8(b)).
Certain Computer Forensic Devices and Products Containing Same; Commission Determination Not To Review the Final Initial Determination of the Administrative Law Judge; Termination of the Investigation
Document Number: 2012-31331
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: International Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined not to review the final initial determination (``final ID'' or ``ID'') of the presiding administrative law judge in the above-identified investigation.
Certain Devices for Improving Uniformity Used in a Backlight Module and Components Thereof and Products Containing Same; Commission Decision To Review a Final Initial Determination Finding No Violation of Section 337; Remand-in-Part of the Investigation to the Administrative Law Judge
Document Number: 2012-31330
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: International Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined to review the presiding administrative law judge's (``ALJ'') final initial determination (``ID'') issued on October 22, 2012, finding no violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, (as amended), 19 U.S.C. 1337 (``section 337''), in the above- captioned investigation. The Commission has also determined to remand- in-part the investigation to the ALJ.
Home Mortgage Disclosure (Regulation C): Adjustment To Asset-Size Exemption Threshold
Document Number: 2012-31311
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection
The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is publishing a final rule amending the official commentary that interprets the requirements of the Bureau's Regulation C (Home Mortgage Disclosure) to reflect a change in the asset-size exemption threshold for banks, savings associations, and credit unions based on the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). The exemption threshold is adjusted to increase to $42 million from $41 million. The adjustment is based on the 2.23 percent increase in the average of the CPI-W for the 12-month period ending in November 2012. Therefore, banks, savings associations, and credit unions with assets of $42 million or less as of December 31, 2012, are exempt from collecting data in 2013.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Ohio; Redesignation of the Ohio Portion of the Huntington-Ashland 1997 Annual Fine Particulate Matter Nonattainment Area to Attainment
Document Number: 2012-31276
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving, under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the state of Ohio's request to redesignate the Ohio portion of the Huntington- Ashland (OH-WV-KY) nonattainment area (Lawrence, Scioto, and portions of Adams and Gallia Counties) to attainment for the 1997 annual National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5). The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) submitted its request on May 4, 2011. EPA determined that the entire Huntington-Ashland area has attained the 1997 annual PM2.5 standard, and proposed to approve Ohio's request to redesignate the Ohio portion of the area on December 22, 2011. EPA's final rulemaking involves several related actions. EPA has determined that the entire Huntington-Ashland area continues to attain the 1997 annual PM2.5 standard. EPA is approving, as a revision to the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP), the state's plan for maintaining the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS in the area through 2022. EPA is also approving the 2005 and 2008 emissions inventories for the Ohio portion of the Huntington-Ashland area as meeting the comprehensive emissions inventory requirement of the CAA. EPA finds adequate and is making a finding of insignificance for Ohio motor vehicle emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) and direct PM2.5 for the Huntington-Ashland area. EPA, therefore, grants Ohio's request to redesignate the Ohio portion of the Huntington-Ashland area to attainment for the 1997 PM2.5 annual standard.
Lending Limits
Document Number: 2012-31267
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is amending its lending limits rule to extend the rule's temporary exception for credit exposures arising from a derivative transaction or securities financing transaction from January 1, 2013 to July 1, 2013.
City of Banning, California; Notice of Filing
Document Number: 2012-31266
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-730); Comment Request; Extension
Document Number: 2012-31265
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, FERC-730, Report of Transmission Investment Activity.
Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC Form No. 556); Comment Request; Extension
Document Number: 2012-31264
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 USC 3506(c)(2)(A), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, OMB No. 1902-0075, FERC Form No. 556, ``Certification of Qualifying Facility (QF) Status for a Small Power Production or Cogeneration Facility'' (Form No. 556).
York Haven Power Company, LLC; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2012-31263
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Black Bear Hydro Partners, LLC;
Document Number: 2012-31262
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Intent to Renew Collection, Futures Volume, Open Interest, Price, Deliveries and Exchange of Futures for Physicals
Document Number: 2012-31252
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on futures volume, open interest, price, deliveries, and exchange of futures for physicals.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-31237
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of the Treasury
Pyxis Capital, L.P., et al.;
Document Number: 2012-31235
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Securities and Exchange Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2012-31233
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards codified in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and Examiner Applications
Document Number: 2012-31227
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-31226
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce
Establishment of Department of Defense Federal Advisory Committees
Document Number: 2012-31222
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Under the provisions of 10 U.S.C. 2166(e), the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. Appendix), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b), and 41 CFR 102-3.50(a), the Department of Defense gives notice that it is establishing the charter for the Vietnam War Commemoration Advisory Committee (hereafter referred to as ``the Committee''). The Committee shall provide the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense, through the Director of Administration and Management (DA&M), independent advice and recommendations on the Department of Defense's (DoD) program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. The Committee shall report to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, through the DA&M. The DA&M may act upon the Committee's advice and recommendations. The Committee shall be composed of no more than 20 members, who are appointed by the Secretary of Defense. These members shall represent Vietnam Veterans, their families, and the American public. Candidates for the Committee shall be selected from the Military Services (both retired veterans and active members who served during the Vietnam era), the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Intelligence Community. In addition, candidates from nongovernmental organizations that support veterans or that contribute to the public's understanding of the Vietnam War shall be selected. The Secretary of Defense may approve the appointment of Committee members for a three-year term of service; however, no member, unless authorized by the Secretary of Defense, may serve more than two consecutive terms of service. This same term of service limitation also applies to any DoD-authorized subcommittees. The Secretary of Defense, through the DA&M, may appoint additional experts and consultants to provide advice to the Committee as subject matter experts. These subject matter experts may be regular government officers/employees or individuals appointed under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109; however, subject matter experts shall not participate in the Committee's deliberations and shall not have Committee voting rights. Each Committee member is appointed to provide advice on behalf of the government on the basis of his or her best judgment without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflict of interest. The Department, when necessary and consistent with the Committee's mission and DoD policies and procedures, may establish Subcommittees, task groups, or working groups to support the Committee. Establishment of Subcommittees will be based upon a written determination, to include terms of reference, by the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, or the Committee's sponsor. These Subcommittees shall not work independently of the chartered Committee, and shall report all of their recommendations and advice solely to the Committee for full deliberation and discussion. Subcommittees have no authority to make decisions and recommendations, verbally or in writing, on behalf of the chartered Committee; nor can any Subcommittee or its members update or report directly to the DoD or any Federal officers or employees. All Subcommittee members shall be appointed in the same manner as the Committee members; that is, the Secretary of Defense shall appoint Subcommittee members even if the member in question is already a Committee member. Subcommittee members, with the approval of the Secretary of Defense, may serve a term of service on the Subcommittee of three years; however, no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms of service on the Subcommittee, unless authorized by the Secretary of Defense. Subcommittee members, if not full-time or part-time government employees, shall be appointed to serve as experts and consultants under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109, and shall serve as special government employees, whose appointments must be renewed by the Secretary of Defense on an annual basis. With the exception of travel and per diem for official Committee-related travel, Subcommittee members shall serve without compensation. Each Subcommittee member is appointed to provide advice on behalf of the government on the basis of his or her best judgment without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflict of interest. All subcommittees operate under the provisions of FACA, the Government in the Sunshine Act, governing Federal statutes and regulations, and governing DoD policies/procedures.
Temporary Rule Regarding Principal Trades With Certain Advisory Clients
Document Number: 2012-31221
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Securities and Exchange Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Securities and Exchange Commission is amending rule 206(3)-3T under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, a temporary rule that establishes an alternative means for investment advisers who are registered with the Commission as broker-dealers to meet the requirements of section 206(3) of the Investment Advisers Act when they act in a principal capacity in transactions with certain of their advisory clients. The amendment extends the date on which rule 206(3)- 3T will sunset from December 31, 2012 to December 31, 2014.
Amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations: Afghanistan and Change to Policy on Prohibited Exports
Document Number: 2012-31217
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is amending the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to list Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally, and to make available the use of two additional defense export license exemptions for proscribed destinations.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut; Determination of Attainment of the 2006 Fine Particle Standard
Document Number: 2012-31214
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is determining that the New York-N. New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT fine particle (PM2.5) nonattainment area for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) has attained the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. The determination of attainment will suspend the requirements for the New York-N. New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT PM2.5 nonattainment area to submit an attainment demonstration, associated reasonably available control measures, reasonable further progress, contingency measures, and other planning state implementation plans (SIPs) related to attainment of the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS for so long as the area continues to attain the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS.
Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies
Document Number: 2012-31213
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Federal Reserve System, Agencies and Commissions
Center for Scientific Review; Notice of Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2012-31212
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
Center for Scientific Review; Notice of Closed Meetings
Document Number: 2012-31210
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Colorado; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2012-31192
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Colorado on May 25, 2011 that addresses regional haze. Colorado submitted this SIP revision to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``the Act'') and our rules that require states to prevent any future and remedy any existing man- made impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I areas caused by emissions of air pollutants from numerous sources located over a wide geographic area (also referred to as the ``regional haze program''). EPA is taking this action pursuant to section 110 of the CAA.
Pesticides; Revisions to Minimum Risk Exemption
Document Number: 2012-31188
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to more clearly describe the active and inert ingredients permitted in products eligible for the exemption from regulation for minimum risk pesticides. EPA is proposing to reorganize these lists with a focus on clarity and transparency by adding specific chemical identifiers. The identifiers would make it clearer to manufacturers; the public; and Federal, state, and tribal inspectors which ingredients are permitted in minimum risk pesticide products. EPA is also proposing to modify the label requirements in the exemption to require the use of specific common chemical names in lists of ingredients on minimum risk pesticide product labels, and to require producer contact information on the label. Once final, these proposed changes would maintain the availability of minimum risk pesticide products while providing more consistent information for consumers, clearer regulations for producers, and easier identification by states, tribes and EPA as to whether a product is in compliance with the exemption.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Test Procedures for Residential Furnaces and Boilers (Standby Mode and Off Mode)
Document Number: 2012-31175
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Energy
In an earlier final rule, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) prescribed amendments to its test procedures for residential furnaces and boilers to include provisions for measuring the standby mode and off mode energy consumption of those products, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. These test procedure amendments were primarily based on provisions incorporated by reference from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Standard 62301 (First Edition), ``Household electrical appliancesMeasurement of standby power.'' In this current final rule, DOE further amends its test procedure to incorporate by reference the latest edition of the IEC Standard, specifically IEC Standard 62301 (Second Edition). The new version of this IEC standard includes a number of methodological changes designed to increase accuracy while reducing testing burden. This final rule also clarifies the rounding guidance and sampling provisions for the new measurement of standby mode and off mode wattage.