Notice of Buy America Waiver for Waterjets, 44089 [2014-17779]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 145 / Tuesday, July 29, 2014 / Notices overall operational impact at LGA and whether the requests improve or have a neutral effect on operational performance. The FAA will consider both short-term adjustments and adjustments through the expiration of the LGA Order. In addition, if the FAA receives conflicting requests for retiming, the FAA will give priority to new entrants and limited incumbents, consistent with the LGA Order and FAA practice. The terms of the LGA Order prevent the FAA from allocating new slots in hours at or above the slot limit. The FAA will evaluate requests received by August 12, 2014, and intends to respond to the requests no later than August 19, 2014. The FAA cannot guarantee that all requests to adjust slots will be confirmed. Requests received after August 12, 2014, will be evaluated after timely requests in the order they are received. As permitted under paragraph A.5 of the LGA Order, carriers are encouraged to engage in slot trades, when possible, to achieve desired timings. Issued in Washington, DC, on July 23, 2014. Mark W. Bury, Assistant Chief Counsel for International Law, Legislation, and Regulations. [FR Doc. 2014–17662 Filed 7–24–14; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration [Docket No. FTA–2014–0016] Notice of Buy America Waiver for Waterjets AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice of Buy America waiver. In response to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District’s (Bridge District) request for a Buy America waiver for waterjets, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) hereby waives its Buy America requirements for waterjets to be installed in the Bridge District’s M.V. Mendocino ferry vessel. This waiver is limited to a single procurement for the waterjets to be installed in the M.V. Mendocino ferry vessel, which is part of an FTA-funded project. DATES: This waiver is effective immediately. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary J. Lee, FTA Attorney-Advisor, at (202) 366–0985 or mary.j.lee@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this notice is to announce rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:02 Jul 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 that FTA has granted a non-availability waiver for the Bridge District’s procurement of waterjets to be installed in its M.V. Mendocino ferry vessel. With certain exceptions, FTA’s Buy America requirements prevent FTA from obligating an amount that may be appropriated to carry out its program for a project unless ‘‘the steel, iron, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United States.’’ 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(1). A manufactured product is considered produced in the United States if: (1) All of the manufacturing processes for the product must take place in the United States; and (2) All of the components of the product must be of U.S. origin. A component is considered of U.S. origin if it is manufactured in the United States, regardless of the origin of its subcomponents. 49 CFR 661.5(d). If, however, FTA determines that ‘‘the steel, iron, and goods produced in the United States are not produced in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or are not of a satisfactory quality,’’ then FTA may issue a waiver (non-availability waiver). 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(2)(B); 49 CFR 661.7(c). Earlier this year, FTA received a petition from the Bridge District seeking a waiver that would permit them to procure replacement waterjets for the M.V. Mendocino ferry vessel that would not be manufactured in the United States and therefore would not comply with FTA’s Buy America requirements. The Bridge District submitted documentation showing that it had sought a domestic manufacturer of waterjets meeting its technical requirements, but the one domestic manufacturer it located, NAMjet of Arkansas, was not capable of constructing commercial waterjets meeting the Bridge District’s design needs, and that the only responsive bidder, HamiltonJet of New Zealand, would not be able to provide a Buy America-compliant waterjet to the Bridge District. Pursuant to 49 CFR 661.7, FTA published a notice in the Federal Register on July 8, 2014, (79 FR 38665) seeking public comment on the Bridge District’s request. During the comment period, FTA received no objections to the Bridge District’s petition. In fact, FTA received no comments at all, indicating a likely lack of interest from domestic manufacturers who were ready, willing, and able to produce waterjets meeting the Bridge District’s specifications. As part of its due diligence, FTA also reached out to its sister agency, the Maritime Administration (MARAD), the modal agency within the US Department of Transportation PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44089 responsible for maritime matters, including domestic vessel construction. MARAD’s Office of Shipyards and Marine Engineering confirmed that of the domestic manufacturers of waterjets, there were none capable of meeting the higher volume performance standards required for the Bridge District’s ferry. Based upon the Bridge District’s representations that it is unable to procure Buy America-compliant waterjets, the lack of responses to FTA’s Federal Register Notice, and FTA’s outreach to its MARAD counterparts, FTA is issuing a non-availability waiver for HamiltonJet’s high-capacity waterjets pursuant to 49 CFR 661.7(c). This waiver is limited to the procurement of waterjets for the M.V. Mendocino. Subsequent requests for replacement waterjets will be subject to similar notice-and-comment publication requirements. Dana Nifosi, Deputy Chief Counsel. [FR Doc. 2014–17779 Filed 7–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board Notice and Request for Comments AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT. 30-day notice of request for approval: End-of-Year Railroad Service Outlook. ACTION: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3519 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice that it is requesting from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the information collection resulting from the Board’s annual request that Class I carriers and rail carriers that are members of the American Shortline and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) provide the Board with information about the plans and preparations that these rail carriers have made in anticipation of the increased demand for rail service during the fall peak demand season. The Board previously published a notice about this collection in the Federal Register on June 24, 2013, at 78 FR 37882 (60-day notice). That notice allowed for a 60-day public review and comment period. No comments were received. Comments may now be submitted to OMB concerning: (1) The accuracy of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29JYN1.SGM 29JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration

[Docket No. FTA-2014-0016]


Notice of Buy America Waiver for Waterjets

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Buy America waiver.

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SUMMARY: In response to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation 
District's (Bridge District) request for a Buy America waiver for 
waterjets, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) hereby waives its 
Buy America requirements for waterjets to be installed in the Bridge 
District's M.V. Mendocino ferry vessel. This waiver is limited to a 
single procurement for the waterjets to be installed in the M.V. 
Mendocino ferry vessel, which is part of an FTA-funded project.

DATES: This waiver is effective immediately.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary J. Lee, FTA Attorney-Advisor, at 
(202) 366-0985 or mary.j.lee@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this notice is to announce 
that FTA has granted a non-availability waiver for the Bridge 
District's procurement of waterjets to be installed in its M.V. 
Mendocino ferry vessel.
    With certain exceptions, FTA's Buy America requirements prevent FTA 
from obligating an amount that may be appropriated to carry out its 
program for a project unless ``the steel, iron, and manufactured goods 
used in the project are produced in the United States.'' 49 U.S.C. 
5323(j)(1). A manufactured product is considered produced in the United 
States if: (1) All of the manufacturing processes for the product must 
take place in the United States; and (2) All of the components of the 
product must be of U.S. origin. A component is considered of U.S. 
origin if it is manufactured in the United States, regardless of the 
origin of its subcomponents. 49 CFR 661.5(d). If, however, FTA 
determines that ``the steel, iron, and goods produced in the United 
States are not produced in a sufficient and reasonably available amount 
or are not of a satisfactory quality,'' then FTA may issue a waiver 
(non-availability waiver). 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(2)(B); 49 CFR 661.7(c).
    Earlier this year, FTA received a petition from the Bridge District 
seeking a waiver that would permit them to procure replacement 
waterjets for the M.V. Mendocino ferry vessel that would not be 
manufactured in the United States and therefore would not comply with 
FTA's Buy America requirements. The Bridge District submitted 
documentation showing that it had sought a domestic manufacturer of 
waterjets meeting its technical requirements, but the one domestic 
manufacturer it located, NAMjet of Arkansas, was not capable of 
constructing commercial waterjets meeting the Bridge District's design 
needs, and that the only responsive bidder, HamiltonJet of New Zealand, 
would not be able to provide a Buy America-compliant waterjet to the 
Bridge District. Pursuant to 49 CFR 661.7, FTA published a notice in 
the Federal Register on July 8, 2014, (79 FR 38665) seeking public 
comment on the Bridge District's request.
    During the comment period, FTA received no objections to the Bridge 
District's petition. In fact, FTA received no comments at all, 
indicating a likely lack of interest from domestic manufacturers who 
were ready, willing, and able to produce waterjets meeting the Bridge 
District's specifications. As part of its due diligence, FTA also 
reached out to its sister agency, the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 
the modal agency within the US Department of Transportation responsible 
for maritime matters, including domestic vessel construction. MARAD's 
Office of Shipyards and Marine Engineering confirmed that of the 
domestic manufacturers of waterjets, there were none capable of meeting 
the higher volume performance standards required for the Bridge 
District's ferry.
    Based upon the Bridge District's representations that it is unable 
to procure Buy America-compliant waterjets, the lack of responses to 
FTA's Federal Register Notice, and FTA's outreach to its MARAD 
counterparts, FTA is issuing a non-availability waiver for 
HamiltonJet's high-capacity waterjets pursuant to 49 CFR 661.7(c). This 
waiver is limited to the procurement of waterjets for the M.V. 
Mendocino. Subsequent requests for replacement waterjets will be 
subject to similar notice-and-comment publication requirements.

Dana Nifosi,
Deputy Chief Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2014-17779 Filed 7-28-14; 8:45 am]
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