Expansion of Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries, and Regulatory Changes; Name Change, 34047-34048 [2015-14639]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 114 / Monday, June 15, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 6. Amend § 120.712 by removing paragraph (c) and redesignating paragraphs (d) and (e) as paragraphs (c) and (d) respectively, and revising newly redesignated paragraph (c) to read as follows: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE § 120.712 How does an Intermediary get a grant to assist Microloan borrowers? [Docket No 150306233–5233–01] ■ * * * * (c) Intermediaries eligible to receive additional grant monies. An Intermediary may receive an additional SBA grant equal to five percent of the outstanding balance of all loans received from SBA (with no obligation to contribute additional matching funds) if the Intermediary is a Specialized Intermediary. * * * * * National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 15 CFR Part 922 RIN 0648–BE95 * 7. Add new § 120.716 to read as follows: ■ (a) Minimum loan requirement. Intermediaries must close and fund the required number of microloans per year (October 1–September 30) as follows, except that an Intermediary entering the program will not be required to meet the minimum in that year: (1) For fiscal year 2015, four microloans, (2) For fiscal year 2016, six microloans, (3) For fiscal year 2017, eight microloans, and (4) For fiscal years 2018 and thereafter, ten microloans per year. (b) Intermediaries that do not meet the minimum loan requirement are not eligible to receive new grant funding unless they submit a corrective action plan acceptable to SBA, in its discretion. Intermediaries that have submitted acceptable corrective action plans may receive a reduced grant at SBA’s discretion. 8. Amend § 120.1425 by revising paragraph (d)(2) to read as follows: ■ § 120.1425 Grounds for enforcement actions—Intermediaries participating in the Microloan Program and NTAPs. wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES * * * * (d) * * * (2) Failure to close and fund the required number of microloans per year under § 120.716. * * * * * Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2015–14413 Filed 6–12–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:17 Jun 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of effective date; final rule, technical amendment. AGENCY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is providing notice that the final rule published on March 12, 2015 (80 FR 13078) became effective on June 9, 2015. NOAA is also changing the name of Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary to Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. DATES: Effective Date: The regulations published on March 12, 2015 (80 FR 13078) became effective on June 9, 2015. The technical amendment changing the name of Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary becomes effective upon publication of this final rule on June 15, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria Brown, Superintendent, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, (415) 561–6622 ext. 301 or Maria.Brown@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) was designated in 1981 and was originally named the Point Reyes/Farallon Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The name was changed to Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary on January 27, 1997 (62 FR 3788). In March 2015, NOAA expanded the sanctuary from approximately 1,282 square miles (968 square nautical miles) to approximately 3,295 square miles (2,488 square nautical miles)(80 FR 13078). This document provides notice that pursuant to Section 304(b) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (16 U.S.C. 1434(b)), the final regulations for GFNMS and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary published on March 12, 2015 (80 FR 13078) took effect after 45 days of continuous session of Congress beginning on March 12, 2015. Through this notice, NOAA is SUMMARY: § 120.716 What is the minimum number of loans an Intermediary must make each Federal fiscal year? * Expansion of Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries, and Regulatory Changes; Name Change PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 34047 announcing the regulations became effective on June 9, 2015. The final rule published on March 12, 2015 postponed for 6 months the effective date for the discharge requirements in both expansion areas with regard to U.S. Coast Guard activities, starting on the day when the rest of the final rule became effective. Therefore the effective date for the discharge requirements in both expansion areas with regard to U.S. Coast Guard activities is December 9, 2015. With this expansion, which extends the scope of the sanctuary well beyond the Farralon Islands, the existing name ‘‘Gulf of the Farallones’’ no longer adequately reflects the area’s bioregion. The need to change the sanctuary’s name was raised during the public hearings on the GFNMS expansion. Consequently, the GFNMS Sanctuary Advisory Council established a subcommittee to explore a potential new name for the expanded sanctuary. GFNMS staff, working with a team of marketing experts, then developed a list of 30 potential names and presented them to the subcommittee, which narrowed the list to three names for consideration by the full Advisory Council on November 19, 2014. On February 25, 2015, the Advisory Council recommended two options to the GFNMS Superintendent: (1) Keeping the name ‘‘Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary’’ because the name is familiar and still represents one of the core elements of the sanctuary ecosystem; and (2) changing the name to the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary to better capture the added features of the expanded sanctuary. After reviewing both of these recommendations carefully, NOAA decided on ‘‘Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary’’ to be more inclusive and representative of the expanded sanctuary. Classification A. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Impact This final rule has been determined to be not significant for purposes of the meaning of Executive Order 12866. B. Administrative Procedure Act/ Regulatory Flexibility Act The Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service (NOS) finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act because this amendment is technical in nature, having no substantive impact, and no useful purpose would be served by E:\FR\FM\15JNR1.SGM 15JNR1 34048 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 114 / Monday, June 15, 2015 / Rules and Regulations providing notice and opportunity for comment under the Administrative Procedure Act. Nor is a 30-day delay in effective date required under 5 U.S.C. 553(d) due to the non-substantive nature of this technical amendment. NOAA has decided to make this document effective upon publication because public comment and delayed effectiveness are unnecessary. (Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Number 11.429 Marine Sanctuary Program) Dated: June 9, 2015. W. Russell Callender, Acting Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management. Accordingly, for the reasons discussed in the preamble, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration amends 15 CFR part 922 as follows: PART 922—NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY PROGRAM REGULATIONS 1. The authority citation for part 922 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq. Subpart H—[Amended] 2. Amend Subpart H of Part 922 by removing ‘‘Farallones National Marine Sanctuary’’ wherever it appears and adding in its place ‘‘Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.’’ ■ [Amended] 3. Amend § 922.110 by removing ‘‘Farallones National Marine Sanctuary’’ and adding in its place ‘‘Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary’’ and removing ‘‘FNMS’’ and adding in its place ‘‘GFNMS.’’ ■ wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES [Amended] 4. Amend § 922.130 by removing ‘‘Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary’’ and adding in its place ‘‘Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.’’ ■ [FR Doc. 2015–14639 Filed 6–12–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:17 Jun 12, 2015 20 CFR Part 404 RIN 0960–AG50 Sixty-Month Period of Employment Requirement for Government Pension Offset Exemption Social Security Administration (SSA). Because notice and opportunity for comment are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis is not required and has not been prepared. § 922.130 [Docket No. SSA 2007–0040] AGENCY: C. Regulatory Flexibility Act § 922.110 SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION Jkt 235001 ACTION: Final rule. This final rule adopts, with clarifying changes, the proposed rule we previously published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2007. This final rule revises our Government Pension Offset (GPO) regulations to reflect changes to the Social Security Act (‘‘Act’’) made by section 9007 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA 1987) and section 418 of the Social Security Protection Act of 2004 (SSPA). These regulations explain how and when we will reduce the Social Security spouse’s benefit for some people who receive Federal, State, or local government pensions if Social Security did not cover their government work. DATES: This final rule is effective on July 15, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sylvia Diaz, Social Insurance Specialist, Office of Income Security Programs, Social Security Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21235–6401, (410) 965–1981. For information on eligibility or filing benefits, call our national toll-free number, 1–800–772–1213 or TTY 1– 800–325–0778, or visit our Internet site, Social Security Online, at www.socialsecurity.gov. 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The GPO does not apply to Social Security retirement or disability benefits that we base on an individual’s own earnings. Under the Social Security program, an individual who is entitled to more than one Social Security benefit at the same time does not receive the full amount of each benefit. For example, an individual who worked and paid Social Security taxes may be eligible for a retirement benefit based on his or her own earnings and may also be eligible for spouse’s benefits based on another person’s earnings. In this case, if the spouse’s benefit is greater than the individual’s retirement benefit, we will reduce the spouse’s benefit by the amount of the individual’s own retirement benefit. Therefore, the individual’s own retirement benefit ‘‘offsets’’ the benefit amount paid as a spouse. In certain instances, an individual may earn wages but not pay Social Security taxes. We call this noncovered work. This situation exists for some Federal, State, and local government employees who contributed to a government-employee pension plan and receive a government pension. Since these individuals did not pay Social Security taxes on their noncovered employment, they are not eligible for Social Security retirement benefits based on that work. However, they may be eligible for Social Security spouse’s benefits. Congress believed that individuals who received a government pension based on their own noncovered work would receive a ‘‘windfall’’ if they also received Social Security spouse’s benefits that their government pension did not offset.1 To prevent this ‘‘windfall,’’ Congress passed the GPO provision in 1977.2 The GPO treats government workers similarly to individuals who worked in jobs that Social Security covered by reducing their Social Security spouse’s benefit when they receive a government pension based on their own noncovered work. Under the 1977 law, the GPO did not apply if Social Security covered the person’s last day of government employment. The wording of this law allowed an individual to spend an entire career in a noncovered job and avoid the GPO by working in a covered job for only 1 day. To close this ‘‘last 1 See S. Rep. No. 95–572, at 28 (1977). Law 95–216, 91 Stat. 1509 (1977); see 42 U.S.C. 402(k)(5)(A). 2 Public E:\FR\FM\15JNR1.SGM 15JNR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

15 CFR Part 922

[Docket No 150306233-5233-01]
RIN 0648-BE95


Expansion of Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National 
Marine Sanctuaries, and Regulatory Changes; Name Change

AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean 
Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Notice of effective date; final rule, technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is 
providing notice that the final rule published on March 12, 2015 (80 FR 
13078) became effective on June 9, 2015. NOAA is also changing the name 
of Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary to Greater 
Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

DATES: Effective Date: The regulations published on March 12, 2015 (80 
FR 13078) became effective on June 9, 2015. The technical amendment 
changing the name of Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary 
becomes effective upon publication of this final rule on June 15, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria Brown, Superintendent, Greater 
Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, (415) 561-6622 ext. 301 or 
Maria.Brown@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine 
Sanctuary (GFNMS) was designated in 1981 and was originally named the 
Point Reyes/Farallon Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The name was 
changed to Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary on January 
27, 1997 (62 FR 3788). In March 2015, NOAA expanded the sanctuary from 
approximately 1,282 square miles (968 square nautical miles) to 
approximately 3,295 square miles (2,488 square nautical miles)(80 FR 
13078).
    This document provides notice that pursuant to Section 304(b) of 
the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (16 U.S.C. 1434(b)), the final 
regulations for GFNMS and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary 
published on March 12, 2015 (80 FR 13078) took effect after 45 days of 
continuous session of Congress beginning on March 12, 2015. Through 
this notice, NOAA is announcing the regulations became effective on 
June 9, 2015. The final rule published on March 12, 2015 postponed for 
6 months the effective date for the discharge requirements in both 
expansion areas with regard to U.S. Coast Guard activities, starting on 
the day when the rest of the final rule became effective. Therefore the 
effective date for the discharge requirements in both expansion areas 
with regard to U.S. Coast Guard activities is December 9, 2015.
    With this expansion, which extends the scope of the sanctuary well 
beyond the Farralon Islands, the existing name ``Gulf of the 
Farallones'' no longer adequately reflects the area's bioregion. The 
need to change the sanctuary's name was raised during the public 
hearings on the GFNMS expansion. Consequently, the GFNMS Sanctuary 
Advisory Council established a subcommittee to explore a potential new 
name for the expanded sanctuary. GFNMS staff, working with a team of 
marketing experts, then developed a list of 30 potential names and 
presented them to the subcommittee, which narrowed the list to three 
names for consideration by the full Advisory Council on November 19, 
2014. On February 25, 2015, the Advisory Council recommended two 
options to the GFNMS Superintendent: (1) Keeping the name ``Gulf of the 
Farallones National Marine Sanctuary'' because the name is familiar and 
still represents one of the core elements of the sanctuary ecosystem; 
and (2) changing the name to the Greater Farallones National Marine 
Sanctuary to better capture the added features of the expanded 
sanctuary. After reviewing both of these recommendations carefully, 
NOAA decided on ``Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary'' to be 
more inclusive and representative of the expanded sanctuary.

Classification

A. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Impact

    This final rule has been determined to be not significant for 
purposes of the meaning of Executive Order 12866.

B. Administrative Procedure Act/Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service (NOS) 
finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive the notice and 
comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act because this 
amendment is technical in nature, having no substantive impact, and no 
useful purpose would be served by

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providing notice and opportunity for comment under the Administrative 
Procedure Act. Nor is a 30-day delay in effective date required under 5 
U.S.C. 553(d) due to the non-substantive nature of this technical 
amendment. NOAA has decided to make this document effective upon 
publication because public comment and delayed effectiveness are 
unnecessary.

C. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Because notice and opportunity for comment are not required 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical requirements 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are 
inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis is not 
required and has not been prepared.

(Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Number 11.429 Marine Sanctuary 
Program)

    Dated: June 9, 2015.
W. Russell Callender,
Acting Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone 
Management.

    Accordingly, for the reasons discussed in the preamble, the 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration amends 15 CFR part 922 
as follows:

PART 922--NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY PROGRAM REGULATIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 922 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.

Subpart H--[Amended]

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2. Amend Subpart H of Part 922 by removing ``Farallones National Marine 
Sanctuary'' wherever it appears and adding in its place ``Greater 
Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.''


Sec.  922.110  [Amended]

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3. Amend Sec.  922.110 by removing ``Farallones National Marine 
Sanctuary'' and adding in its place ``Greater Farallones National 
Marine Sanctuary'' and removing ``FNMS'' and adding in its place 
``GFNMS.''


Sec.  922.130  [Amended]

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4. Amend Sec.  922.130 by removing ``Gulf of the Farallones National 
Marine Sanctuary'' and adding in its place ``Greater Farallones 
National Marine Sanctuary.''

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