Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands; 2014 and 2015 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish
NMFS proposes 2014 and 2015 harvest specifications, apportionments, and prohibited species catch allowances for the groundfish fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) management area. This action is necessary to establish harvest limits for groundfish during the 2014 and 2015 fishing years, and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area. The intended effect of this action is to conserve and manage the groundfish resources in the BSAI in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
Solicitation of Nominations for Members of the USDA Grain Inspection Advisory Committee
The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the USDA Grain Inspection Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). The Advisory Committee meets annually to advise GIPSA on the programs and services it delivers under the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA). Recommendations by the Advisory Committee help GIPSA better meet the needs of its customers who operate in a dynamic and changing marketplace.
Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands; Correction
HUD is correcting a final rule published in the Federal Register on November 15, 2013. The November 15, 2013, final rule revised HUD's regulations governing the protection of wetlands and floodplains. Upon publication, HUD discovered that it inadvertently duplicated an activity that the final rule exempts from the 8 Step Process for floodplains and wetlands management compliance. As a result, this document corrects this duplication by removing the duplication.
Notice of Intent To Review Online Homeownership Education Courses for Nationwide Use in the Single Family Housing Section 502 Direct Loan Program
On September 23, 2013, the Rural Housing Service (RHS) Single Family Housing Direct Program published a Notice in the Federal Register, ''Notice of Intent To Review Online Homeownership Education Courses for Nationwide Use in the Single Family Housing Section 502 Direct Loan Program'' (78 FR 58272). Through this action, RHS is extending the submission deadline of online homeownership education course packages for National Office approval to December 31, 2013.
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Regulations and Management Plan
NOAA is proposing to update the regulations and management plan for Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS or Sanctuary). The regulations would be revised to clarify the prohibition on anchoring and add an exemption to allow the use of weighted marker buoys that are continuously tended and used during otherwise lawful fishing or diving activities and that are not attached to a vessel and not capable of holding a boat at anchor. A draft environmental assessment has been prepared that includes analysis of the consequences of this proposed action. A draft management plan outlining management priorities for GRNMS for the next 5-10 years has also been prepared. NOAA is soliciting public comment on the proposed rule, draft environmental assessment, and draft management plan.
Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; Grand Forks, ND
This action amends Class D and Class E airspace within the Grand Forks, ND, area by updating the geographic coordinates for Grand Forks International Airport and Grand Forks Air Force Base (AFB). This action does not change the boundaries or operating requirements of the airspace.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Del Rio, TX
This action amends Class E airspace at Del Rio, TX. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new circling approach requirements at Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB). The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. Geographic coordinates are also updated.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Grand Rapids, MI
This action amends Class E airspace within the Grand Rapids, MI, area by updating the airport name and geographic coordinates for Gerald R. Ford International Airport, formerly known as Kent County International Airport. This action does not change the boundaries or operating requirements of the airspace.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Green Bay, WI
This action amends Class E airspace within the Green Bay, WI, area by updating the geographic coordinates for Austin-Straubel International Airport. This action does not change the boundaries or operating requirements of the airspace.
Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; Lake Charles, LA
This action amends Class D and Class E airspace within the Lake Charles, LA, area by updating the geographic coordinates for Lake Charles Regional Airport, and the airport name and geographic coordinates for Chennault International Airport, formerly known as Chennault Industrial Airpark. This action does not change the boundaries or operating requirements of the airspace.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Oregon; Revised Format for Materials Incorporated by Reference
The EPA is revising the format for materials submitted by the State of Oregon that are incorporated by reference (IBR) into the Oregon State Implementation Plan (SIP). The regulations affected by this format change have all been previously submitted by the State of Oregon and approved by the EPA. This format revision will primarily affect the ``Identification of plan'' section, as well as the format of the SIP materials that will be available for public inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center located at the EPA Headquarters in Oregon, DC, and the EPA Regional Office. The EPA is also adding a table in the ``Identification of plan'' section which summarizes the approval actions that the EPA has taken on the non-regulatory and quasi-regulatory portions of the Oregon SIP.
Collection of Checks and Other Items by Federal Reserve Banks and Funds Transfers through Fedwire; Time of Settlement by a Paying Bank for an Item Received from a Reserve Bank
The Board of Governors (Board) is requesting comment on proposed amendments to subpart A of its Regulation J, Collection of Checks and Other Items by Federal Reserve Banks and Funds Transfers through Fedwire. The proposed rule would permit the Federal Reserve Banks (Reserve Banks) to require paying banks that receive presentment of checks from the Reserve Banks to make the proceeds of settlement for those checks available to the Reserve Banks as soon as one half-hour after receipt of the checks. The proposed rule would also permit the Reserve Banks to obtain settlement from paying banks by as early as 8:30 a.m. Eastern time for checks that the Reserve Banks present. These proposed amendments to Regulation J are necessary to implement the proposed method for posting debits and credits to banks' Federal Reserve accounts to measure daylight overdrafts under the Federal Reserve Policy on Payment System Risk (PSR policy), as proposed in Docket No. OP-1472, elsewhere in the Federal Register.
Federal Reserve Policy on Payment System Risk; Procedures for Measuring Daylight Overdrafts
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) is requesting comment on multiple changes to part II of the Federal Reserve Policy on Payment System Risk (PSR policy) related to the procedures for measuring balances intraday in institutions' accounts at the Federal Reserve Banks (Reserve Banks). The proposed changes relate to the Board's procedures for posting debit and credit entries to institutions' Federal Reserve accounts for automated clearing house (ACH) debit and commercial check transactions. Elsewhere in the Federal Register under Docket No. R-1473, the Board is also proposing necessary related changes to the Board's Regulation J regarding the timing of when paying banks settle for check transactions presented to them by the Reserve Banks. Additionally, in this notice, the Board is requesting comment on a set of principles for establishing future posting rules for the Reserve Banks' same-day ACH service. The Board is also requesting comment on a change in language in section II.G.3 of the PSR policy intended to clarify the Reserve Banks' administration of the policy for U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banking organizations.
Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program; Organ Procurement Organizations; Quality Improvement Organizations; Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program; Provider Reimbursement Determinations and Appeals
This final rule with comment period revises the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for CY 2014 to implement applicable statutory requirements and changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems. In this final rule with comment period, we describe the changes to the amounts and factors used to determine the payment rates for Medicare services paid under the OPPS and those paid under the ASC payment system. In addition, this final rule with comment period updates and refines the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program, the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program, and the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program. In the final rules in this document, we are finalizing changes to the conditions for coverage (CfCs) for organ procurement organizations (OPOs); revisions to the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) regulations; changes to the Medicare fee-for-service Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program; and changes relating to provider reimbursement determinations and appeals.
Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule, Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule & Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2014
This major final rule with comment period addresses changes to the physician fee schedule, clinical laboratory fee schedule, and other Medicare Part B payment policies to ensure that our payment systems are updated to reflect changes in medical practice and the relative value of services. This final rule with comment period also includes a discussion in the Supplementary Information regarding various programs. (See the Table of Contents for a listing of the specific issues addressed in the final rule with comment period.)