Approval of Construction in the Tennessee River System; Revisions to Administrative Appeals Process; Job Title and Address Updates
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is making non-substantive changes to Title 18 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this rule is to amend the process for issuing final determinations on administrative appeals of permitting decisions under section 26a of the TVA Act. Formerly, final determinations were made by the TVA Board of Directors. In 2004, the TVA Act was amended to change TVA's governance structure from a three-member, full time board to a nine-member, part- time policy board with a chief executive officer (CEO). Accordingly, the TVA Board approved revisions to the section 26a appeals process to provide for an appeal to the CEO followed by a discretionary review by a committee of the Board. The revised appeals process is consistent with the new governance structure. This rule amends TVA's published regulations to incorporate the revisions approved by the Board and to make the regulations consistent with the change in TVA's governance structure. TVA is also making minor changes to update addresses and job and organizational titles.
Draft Guideline-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Draft Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infections
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requests public comment on the Draft Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) (draft Guideline). The Draft Guideline addresses new and updated strategies for the prevention of SSI in healthcare settings. This draft Guideline can be found at http:// www.regulations.gov Docket No. CDC-2014-0003. CDC is also publishing the supporting appendices that include primary evidence, study evaluation, and data evaluation tables that were used in developing the draft Guideline recommendations at http://www.regulations.gov. The draft Guideline is designed for use by infection prevention staff, healthcare epidemiologists, administrators, nurses, and personnel responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating infection prevention and control programs for healthcare settings across the continuum of care. The recommendations contained in the draft Guideline are based on a targeted systematic review of the best available evidence for specific topics related to the prevention of surgical site infections (SSI).
Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC); New Task Assignment for the ARAC: Establishment of Airman Certification System Working Group
The FAA assigned the ARAC a new task arising from recommendations of the ARAC Airman Testing Standards and Training Working Group (ATSTWG). The ATSTWG recommended ways to ensure that the FAA's airman testing and training materials better support reduction of fatal general aviation accidents. The FAA and the Aviation Industry jointly seek to improve airman training and testing by establishing an integrated, holistic airman certification system that clearly aligns testing with certification standards, guidance, and reference materials, and maintains that alignment. The new task is to establish an Airman Certification System Working Group (ACSWG) that will provide expert assistance and industry views to the FAA's Flight Standards Service (AFS) on the development, modification, and continued alignment of the major components of the airman certification system. This action item informs the public of the new ARAC's task and solicits membership for the new ACSWG.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of 14 CFR. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of FAA's regulatory activities. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.
Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA invites comments on certain information collections that will be expiring in summer of 2014. PHMSA will request an extension with no change for the information collections identified by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control numbers 2137-0578, 2137-0584, and 2137-0601. In addition, PHMSA will request a revision to the information collection identified under OMB control number 2137-0618 to include the information currently collected under OMB control number 2137-0601.
Influenza Diagnostic Testing and Reporting
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking to assess new technologies that improve rapid influenza diagnostic testing and supplement national laboratory-based surveillance for human influenza infections. In particular, the Influenza Division within the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at HHS/CDC proposes to evaluate new or improved point of care diagnostic tests for influenza virus detection that incorporate the capability to transmit influenza diagnostic test results electronically, such as through wireless communication technology, for more timely diagnosis of human influenza and/or other respiratory pathogen infections in outpatient/ambulatory and emergency room healthcare practices.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Environmental Impact Assessment of Nongovernmental Activities in Antarctica (Renewal)
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Environmental Impact Assessment of Nongovernmental Activities in Antarctica (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1808.07, OMB Control No. 2020-0007) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through March 31, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 57847) on September 20, 2013 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Clean Water Act Section 404 State-Assumed Programs (Renewal)
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Clean Water Act Section 404 State-Assumed Programs (Renewal)'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through January 31, 2014. Public comments on the ICR renewal were requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 62629) published on October 22, 2013, during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Pesticide Registration Fees Program
EPA has submitted the following Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act: ``Pesticide Registration Fees Program'' (EPA ICR No. 2330.02, OMB Control No. 2070- 0179). This is a request to renew an existing collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection activity and its expected burden and costs. Copies of the ICR and related documents are available in the docket.
USAA Asset Management Company, et al.; Notice of Application
Summary of Application: Applicants request an order that permits: (a) Actively-managed series of certain open-end management investment companies to issue shares (``Shares'') redeemable in large aggregations only (``Creation Units''); (b) secondary market transactions in Shares to occur at negotiated market prices; (c) certain series to pay redemption proceeds, under certain circumstances, more than seven days from the tender of Shares for redemption; (d) certain affiliated persons of the series to deposit securities into, and receive securities from, the series in connection with the purchase and redemption of Creation Units; and (e) certain registered management investment companies and unit investment trusts outside of the same group of investment companies as the series to acquire Shares.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
The Federal Transit Administration invites public comment about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval to renew the following information collections:
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has recently submitted to OMB for review the following proposal for the collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). The NRC hereby informs potential respondents that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and that a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The NRC published a Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period on this information collection on November 4, 2013 (78 FR 66077). 1. Type of submission, new, revision, or extension: Extension. 2. The title of the information collection: NRC Form 212 ``Qualifications Investigation, Professional, Technical, and Administrative Positions.'' 3. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0033. 4. The form number if applicable: NRC Form 212. 5. How often the collection is required: On occasion. The forms are collected for every new hire to the NRC. 6. Who will be required or asked to report: Former employers, supervisors, and other references indicated on job applications are asked to complete the NRC Form 212. 7. An estimate of the number of annual responses: 1,000. 8. An estimate of the total number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 500 hours. 9. Abstract: Information requested on NRC Form 212, ``Qualifications Investigation, Professional, Technical, and Administrative Positions'' is used to determine the qualifications and suitability of external applicants for employment with the NRC. The completed form may be used to examine, rate and/or assess the prospective employee's qualifications. The information regarding the qualifications of applicants for employment is reviewed by professional personnel of the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer, in conjunction with other information in the NRC files, to determine the qualifications of the applicant for appointment to the position under consideration. The public may examine and have copied for a fee publicly available documents, including the final supporting statement, at the NRC's Public Document Room, Room O-1F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. The OMB clearance requests are available at the NRC's Web site: http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/ doc-comment/omb/. The document will be available on the NRC's home page site for 60 days after the signature date of this notice. Comments and questions should be directed to the OMB reviewer listed below by February 28, 2014. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but assurance of consideration cannot be given to comments received after this date. Chad Whiteman, Desk Officer, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (3150-0033), NEOB-10202, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503. Comments can also be emailed to Chad_S_Whiteman@omb.eop.gov or submitted by telephone at 202-395-4718. The Acting NRC Clearance Officer is Kristen Benney, telephone: 301- 415-6355.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Greater Than or Equal to 60 feet Length Overall Using Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season apportionment of the 2014 Pacific cod total allowable catch allocated to catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using pot gear in the BSAI.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Service Contracts Reporting Requirements; Correction
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a correction to FAR Case 2010- 010; Service Contracts Reporting Requirements (Item I), which was published in the Federal Register at 78 FR 80369, December 31, 2013.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Technical Amendments
This document makes amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) in order to make editorial changes.
Medicare Program; Physician Compare Town Hall Meeting, February 24, 2014
This notice announces a Town Hall meeting to solicit input from stakeholders on the future of the Physician Compare Web site. Stakeholders will be able to participate in the session in person and via telephone. Following a short initial presentation, the meeting agenda will provide the opportunity for on-site session attendees to give brief three-minute comments on the issues of interest. As time allows, telephone participants will also have the opportunity to provide brief three-minute comments on these issues. The meeting is open to the public, but attendance is limited to space available.
Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the Joint Commission for Continued Approval of Its Hospital Accreditation Program
This proposed notice acknowledges the receipt of an application from the Joint Commission for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for hospitals that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Section 1865(b)(3)(A) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that within 60 days of receipt of an organization's complete application, CMS publish a notice that identifies the national accrediting body making the request, describes the nature of the request, and provides at least a 30-day public comment period.
Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing
The inventions listed below are owned by an agency of the U.S. Government and are available for licensing in the U.S. in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR part 404 to achieve expeditious commercialization of results of federally-funded research and development. Foreign patent applications are filed on selected inventions to extend market coverage for companies and may also be available for licensing.
Proposed Information Collection (Vetbiz Vendor Information Pages Verification Program) Activity: Comment Request
Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to identify veterans owned businesses.
List of Rules To Be Reviewed Pursuant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act
The Securities and Exchange Commission is today publishing a list of rules to be reviewed pursuant to Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The list is published to provide the public with notice that these rules are scheduled for review by the agency and to invite public comment on them.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
The Export-Import Banks of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal Agencies to comment on the proposed information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This collection of information is necessary, pursuant to 12 U.S.C. 635(a)(1), to determine eligibility of the applicant for Ex-Im Bank assistance. The application tool can be reviewed at: http://www.exim.gov/pub/ pending/Form%20EIB%2092-36%20v3.pdf.
Notice of Information Collection
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 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 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Department of Defense Task Force on the Care, Management, and Transition of Recovering Wounded, Ill, and Injured Members of the Armed Forces; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting
The Department of Defense is publishing this notice to announce the following Federal Advisory Committee meeting of the Department of Defense Task Force on the Care, Management, and Transition of Recovering Wounded, Ill, and Injured Members of the Armed Forces (subsequently referred to as the Task Force).
Rules Relating to Additional Medicare; Correction
This document contains corrections to final regulations (TD 9645) that were published in the Federal Register on Friday, November 29, 2013. The final regulations are relating to Additional Hospital Insurance Tax on income above threshold amounts, as added by the Affordable Care Act.
Request for Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Membership Applications
Pursuant to United States Code, Title 31, section 5135 (b), the United States Mint is accepting applications for membership to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) for a new member specially qualified to serve on the CCAC by virtue of his or her education, training, or experience in American history. The CCAC was established to: [ssquf] Advise the Secretary of the Treasury on any theme or design proposals relating to circulating coinage, bullion coinage, Congressional Gold Medals, and national and other medals produced by the United States Mint. [ssquf] Advise the Secretary of the Treasury with regard to the events, persons, or places that the CCAC recommends to be commemorated by the issuance of commemorative coins in each of the five calendar years succeeding the year in which a commemorative coin designation is made. [ssquf] Make recommendations with respect to the mintage level for any commemorative coin recommended. Total membership consists of 11 voting members appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury: [ssquf] One person specially qualified by virtue of his or her education, training or experience as a nationally or internationally recognized curator in the United States of a numismatic collection; [ssquf] One person specially qualified by virtue of his or her experience in the medallic arts or sculpture; [ssquf] One person specially qualified by virtue of his or her education, training, or experience in American history; [ssquf] One person specially qualified by virtue of his or her education, training, or experience in numismatics; [ssquf] Three persons who can represent the interests of the general public in the coinage of the United States; and [ssquf] Four persons appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury on the basis of the recommendations by the U.S. House and Senate leadership. Members are appointed for a term of four years. No individual may be appointed to the CCAC while serving as an officer or employee of the Federal Government. The CCAC is subject to the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury. Meetings of the CCAC are open to the public and are held approximately six to eight times per year. The United States Mint is responsible for providing the necessary support, technical services, and advice to the CCAC. CCAC members are not paid for their time or services, but, consistent with Federal Travel Regulations, members are reimbursed for their travel and lodging expenses to attend meetings. Members are Special Government Employees and are subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 CFR Part 2635). The United States Mint will review all submissions and will forward its recommendations to the Secretary of the Treasury for appointment consideration. Candidates should include specific skills, abilities, talents, and credentials to support their applications. The United States Mint is also interested in candidates who have demonstrated leadership skills, have received recognition by their peers in their field of interest, have a record of participation in public service or activities, and are willing to commit the time and effort to participate in the CCAC meetings and related activities. Application Deadline: March 28, 2014. Receipt of Applications: Any member of the public wishing to be considered for this participation on the CCAC should submit a resume and cover letter describing qualifications for membership, by fax to 202-756-6525, or by mail to the United States Mint, 801 9th Street NW., Washington, DC 20001, Attn: Greg Weinman. Submissions must specify the candidate's qualification in American history, and must be postmarked no later than March 28, 2014. Notice Concerning Delivery of First-Class and Priority Mail: First-class mail to the United States Mint is put through an irradiation process to protect against biological contamination. Support materials put through this process may suffer irreversible damage. We encourage you to consider using alternate delivery services, especially when sending time-sensitive material.
Draft Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammals-Acoustic Threshold Levels for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shifts
On December 27, 2013 the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on behalf of NMFS and the National Ocean Service (referred to collectively here as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)), announced the availability of draft guidance for assessing the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammal species under NOAA's jurisdiction. NOAA solicited public comment on the draft guidance and provided a 30-day public comment period ending January 27, 2014. NOAA has received requests for an extension of the public comment period. In response to those requests, NOAA is reopening the public comment period for an additional 45 days.