Leased Asset Energy and GHG Reporting Interpretive Guidance, 59696 [2013-23581]

Download as PDF pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 59696 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 188 / Friday, September 27, 2013 / Notices lessening of competition in the market for national syndicated cross-platform audience measurement services. Some may conclude that there can be no harm in the Commission entering into a consent agreement and issuing a Complaint and Order imposing a remedy with sophisticated and willing parties. That of course need not be true. Nor does that view logically follow from the Commission’s mission to prevent anticompetitive conduct and to promote consumer welfare. Whether parties to a transaction are willing to enter into a consent agreement will often have little to do with whether the agreed upon remedy actually promotes consumer welfare. The Commission’s ability to obtain concessions instead reflects the weighing by the parties of the private costs and private benefits of delaying the transaction and potentially litigating the merger against the private costs and private benefits of acquiescing to the proposed terms.20 Indeed, one can imagine that where, as here, the alleged relevant product market is small relative to the overall deal size, the parties would be happy to agree to concessions that cost very little and finally permit the deal to close. Put simply, where there is no reason to believe a transaction violates the antitrust laws, a sincerely held view that a consent decree will improve upon the postmerger competitive outcome or have other beneficial effects does not justify imposing those conditions. Instead, entering into such agreements subtly, and in my view harmfully, shifts the Commission’s mission from that of antitrust enforcer to a much broader mandate of ‘‘fixing’’ a variety of perceived economic welfare-reducing arrangements. Consents can and do play an important and productive role in the Commission’s competition enforcement mission. Consents can efficiently address competitive concerns arising from a merger by allowing the Commission to reach a resolution more quickly and at less expense than would be possible through litigation. However, consents potentially also can have a detrimental impact upon consumers. The Commission’s consents serve as important guidance and inform practitioners and the business community about how the agency is likely to view and remedy certain mergers.21 Where the Commission has 20 See Douglas H. Ginsburg & Joshua D. Wright, Antitrust Settlements: The Culture of Consent, in 1 William E. Kovacic: An Antitrust Tribute—Liber Amicorum 177, 179–80 (2012). 21 See, e.g., Deborah L. Feinstein, Bureau of Competition Dir., Fed. Trade Comm’n, The VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:21 Sep 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 endorsed by way of consent a willingness to challenge transactions where it might not be able to meet its burden of proving harm to competition, and which therefore at best are competitively innocuous, the Commission’s actions may alter private parties’ behavior in a manner that does not enhance consumer welfare.22 Because there is no judicial approval of Commission settlements, it is especially important that the Commission take care to ensure its consents are in the public interest.23 [FR Doc. 2013–23547 Filed 9–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION [Notice-MG–2013–02; Docket No: 2013– 0002; Sequence 26] kinga.porst@gsa.gov. Please cite NoticeMK–2013–02. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces guidance on estimating and voluntarily reporting leased asset energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data. The guidance contains a practical set of guidelines and best practices for agencies developing their own policies and processes for leasing, energy data collection and estimation, and GHG reporting and may be found at www.gsa.gov/hpgb. It is not federal policy for energy reporting or GHG accounting. Dated: September 23, 2013. Kevin Kampschroer, Federal Director, Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings, Office of Government-wide Policy. [FR Doc. 2013–23581 Filed 9–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–14–P Leased Asset Energy and GHG Reporting Interpretive Guidance Office of Government-Wide Policy, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces guidance on estimating and voluntarily reporting leased asset energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data. The guidance contains a practical set of guidelines and best practices for agencies developing their own policies and processes for leasing, energy data collection and estimation, and GHG reporting and may be found at www.gsa.gov/hpgb. It is not federal policy for energy reporting or GHG accounting. SUMMARY: DATES: September 27, 2013. Ms. Kinga Porst, Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings (MG), Office of Government-Wide Policy, GSA, at 202–501–0762 or via email at FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Significance of Consent Orders in the Federal Trade Commission’s Competition Enforcement Efforts, Remarks at GCR Live, 4–5 (Sept. 17, 2013), available at http://www.ftc.gov/speeches/dfeinstein/ 130917gcrspeech.pdf. 22 See Ginsburg & Wright, supra note 14, at 179. 23 15 U.S.C. 45(b) (2006); see also J. Thomas Rosch, Comm’r, Fed. Trade Comm’n, Consent Decrees: Is the Public Getting Its Money’s Worth (Apr. 7, 2011), Remarks at the XVIIIth St. Gallen International Competition Law Forum, available at http://www.ftc.gov/speeches/rosch/ 110407roschconsentdecrees.pdf (stating that ‘‘we at the Commission are responsible for conducting our own public interest inquiry before accepting proposed consent decrees, and this inquiry operates as a check on the ‘wide discretion’ that we otherwise wield to combat methods, acts and practices that violate the antitrust and consumer protection laws’’). PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary [Document Identifier HHS–OS–20584–60D] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request Office of the Secretary, HHS. Notice. 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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

[Notice-MG-2013-02; Docket No: 2013-0002; Sequence 26]


Leased Asset Energy and GHG Reporting Interpretive Guidance

AGENCY: Office of Government-Wide Policy, U.S. General Services 
Administration (GSA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces guidance on estimating and voluntarily 
reporting leased asset energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 
data. The guidance contains a practical set of guidelines and best 
practices for agencies developing their own policies and processes for 
leasing, energy data collection and estimation, and GHG reporting and 
may be found at www.gsa.gov/hpgb. It is not federal policy for energy 
reporting or GHG accounting.

DATES: September 27, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Kinga Porst, Office of Federal 
High Performance Green Buildings (MG), Office of Government-Wide 
Policy, GSA, at 202-501-0762 or via email at kinga.porst@gsa.gov. 
Please cite Notice-MK-2013-02.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces guidance on estimating 
and voluntarily reporting leased asset energy use and greenhouse gas 
(GHG) emissions data. The guidance contains a practical set of 
guidelines and best practices for agencies developing their own 
policies and processes for leasing, energy data collection and 
estimation, and GHG reporting and may be found at www.gsa.gov/hpgb. It 
is not federal policy for energy reporting or GHG accounting.

    Dated: September 23, 2013.
Kevin Kampschroer,
Federal Director, Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings, 
Office of Government-wide Policy.
[FR Doc. 2013-23581 Filed 9-26-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6820-14-P