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Download as PDF 74965 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 80, No. 230 Tuesday, December 1, 2015 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. Prices of new books are listed in the first FEDERAL REGISTER issue of each week. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS 2 CFR Part 802 38 CFR Parts 41 and 43 RIN 2900–AP03 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Updating References AGENCY: ACTION: Department of Veterans Affairs. Final rule. This rule adopts as final, without change, interim final rule amending the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations governing Office of Management and Budget (OMB) citations and references for federal grant programs. This amendment is necessary to replace obsolete OMB references in VA regulations. SUMMARY: Effective Date: This final rule is effective December 1, 2015. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian McCarthy, Office of Regulatory and Administrative Affairs (10B4), Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20420, (202) 461–6345. (This is not a toll-free telephone number.) On December 19, 2014, OMB published a joint interim final rule in the Federal Register (79 FR 75871), Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Updating References. VA received no public comments and therefore makes no changes to the regulation. Based on the rationale set forth in the interim final rule, VA is adopting the interim final rule as a final rule with no changes. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:38 Nov 30, 2015 Jkt 238001 Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, when regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, and other advantages; distributive impacts; and equity). Executive Order 13563 (Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review) emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, reducing costs, harmonizing rules, and promoting flexibility. Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review) defines a ‘‘significant regulatory action,’’ which requires review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), unless OMB waives such review, as ‘‘any regulatory action that is likely to result in a rule that may: (1) Have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities; (2) Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency; (3) Materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or (4) Raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President’s priorities, or the principles set forth in this Executive Order.’’ The economic, interagency, budgetary, legal, and policy implications of this regulatory action have been examined, and it has been determined not to be a significant regulatory action under Executive Orders 12866. VA’s impact analysis can be found as a supporting document at http://www.regulations.gov, usually within 48 hours after the rulemaking document is published. Additionally, a copy of the rulemaking and its impact analysis are available on VA’s Web site at http://www1.va.gov/orpm/, by following the link for ‘‘VA Regulations Published.’’ Regulatory Flexibility Act The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) requires an agency that is issuing a final PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 rule to provide a final regulatory flexibility analysis or to certify that the rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This final rule implements OMB final guidance issued on December 26, 2013, and will not have a significant economic impact beyond the impact of the December 2013 guidance. 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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance numbers and titles for the programs affected by this document are 64.005, Grants to States for Construction of State Home Facilities; 64.024, VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program; 64.026, Veterans State Adult Day Health Care; 64.033, VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program; 64.034, VA Assistance to United States Paralympic Integrated Adaptive Sports Program; 64.037, VA U.S. Paralympics Monthly Assistance Allowance Program; 64.038, Grants for the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot; 64.100, Automobiles and Adaptive Equip for Certain Disabled Vets and Members of the Armed Forces; 64.201, National Cemeteries; and 64.203, State Cemetery Grants. Signing Authority The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or designee, approved this document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Robert L. Nabors II, Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, E:\FR\FM\01DER1.SGM 01DER1 74966 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 230 / Tuesday, December 1, 2015 / Rules and Regulations approved this document on November 18, 2015, for publication. Dated: November 24, 2015. Michael P. Shores, Chief Impact Analyst, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs. Accordingly, the interim final rule adding 2 CFR part 802 and amending 38 CFR parts 41 and 43, which was published in the Federal Register at 79 FR 75871 on December 19, 2014, is adopted as final without changes. ■ [FR Doc. 2015–30346 Filed 11–30–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Research Service 7 CFR Part 504 RIN 0518–AA05 Changes to Fees and Payment Methods Agricultural Research Service, USDA. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) increases its Patent Culture Collection charges, and revises the method of payment. DATES: This rule is effective December 1, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Kurtz, ARS-Budget and Program Management Staff, George Washington Carver Center, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Room 4–1106, Beltsville, Maryland, 20705, telephone: (301) 504–4494, email: jeff.kurtz@ars.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Microbialbased agriculture and biotechnology rely on superior production strains, new strains with novel characteristics, and reference strains for comparative purposes. Such strains are often difficult to acquire or are cost prohibitive for many researchers. ARS has a staff dedicated to the acquisition and distribution of microbial germplasm in which patented strains can be deposited in and distributed from its Patent Culture Collection for a one-time fee to cover maintenance and distribution costs. ARS’ Patent Culture Collection receives about 120 patent deposits per year, and distributes about 450 cultures per year. Nearly all of the accessions and distributions are requested by companies, universities, or Government agencies. Currently, ARS charges $500 for each microbial culture deposit, as set forth in 7 CFR 504.2(a). 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The increased fees will enable ARS’ Patent Culture Collection to continue its mission of supporting microbiological research and biotechnological innovation, and serve as a repository where patented microbial strains can be deposited and distributed to the scientific community. All of the current services will continue to be offered under the revised fee schedule and method of payment. This rule was published as a proposed rule for comment on September 2, 2015. See 80 FR 53021, September 2, 2015. No comments were received. List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 504 Agricultural research. For reasons set forth in the preamble, ARS amends 7 CFR part 504 as set forth below: PART 504—USER FEES 1. The authority citation for part 504 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 31 U.S.C. 9701. ■ 2. Revise § 504.2 to read as follows: § 504.2 Fees for deposit and requisition of microbial cultures. 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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents 
having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed 
to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published 
under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510.

The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. 
Prices of new books are listed in the first FEDERAL REGISTER issue of each 
week.

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Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 230 / Tuesday, December 1, 2015 / 
Rules and Regulations

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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

2 CFR Part 802

38 CFR Parts 41 and 43

RIN 2900-AP03


Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit 
Requirements for Federal Awards; Updating References

AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This rule adopts as final, without change, interim final rule 
amending the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations governing 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) citations and references for 
federal grant programs. This amendment is necessary to replace obsolete 
OMB references in VA regulations.

DATES: Effective Date: This final rule is effective December 1, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian McCarthy, Office of Regulatory 
and Administrative Affairs (10B4), Veterans Health Administration, 
Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave. NW., Washington, DC 
20420, (202) 461-6345. (This is not a toll-free telephone number.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 19, 2014, OMB published a joint 
interim final rule in the Federal Register (79 FR 75871), Uniform 
Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements 
for Federal Awards; Updating References. VA received no public comments 
and therefore makes no changes to the regulation. Based on the 
rationale set forth in the interim final rule, VA is adopting the 
interim final rule as a final rule with no changes.

Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

    Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the 
costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, when 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public 
health and safety effects, and other advantages; distributive impacts; 
and equity). Executive Order 13563 (Improving Regulation and Regulatory 
Review) emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and 
benefits, reducing costs, harmonizing rules, and promoting flexibility. 
Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review) defines a 
``significant regulatory action,'' which requires review by the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB), unless OMB waives such review, as ``any 
regulatory action that is likely to result in a rule that may: (1) Have 
an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely 
affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, 
productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or 
safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities; (2) 
Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action 
taken or planned by another agency; (3) Materially alter the budgetary 
impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the 
rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or (4) Raise novel legal 
or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President's 
priorities, or the principles set forth in this Executive Order.''
    The economic, interagency, budgetary, legal, and policy 
implications of this regulatory action have been examined, and it has 
been determined not to be a significant regulatory action under 
Executive Orders 12866. VA's impact analysis can be found as a 
supporting document at http://www.regulations.gov, usually within 48 
hours after the rulemaking document is published. Additionally, a copy 
of the rulemaking and its impact analysis are available on VA's Web 
site at http://www1.va.gov/orpm/, by following the link for ``VA 
Regulations Published.''

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) requires an agency that is 
issuing a final rule to provide a final regulatory flexibility analysis 
or to certify that the rule will not have a significant economic impact 
on a substantial number of small entities. This final rule implements 
OMB final guidance issued on December 26, 2013, and will not have a 
significant economic impact beyond the impact of the December 2013 
guidance.

Unfunded Mandates

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 requires, at 2 U.S.C. 
1532, that agencies prepare an assessment of anticipated costs and 
benefits before issuing any rule that may result in the expenditure by 
State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the 
private sector, of $100 million or more (adjusted annually for 
inflation) in any one year. This final rule will have no such effect on 
State, local, and tribal governments, or on the private sector.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This final rule contains no provisions constituting a collection of 
information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-
3521).

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

    The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance numbers and titles for 
the programs affected by this document are 64.005, Grants to States for 
Construction of State Home Facilities; 64.024, VA Homeless Providers 
Grant and Per Diem Program; 64.026, Veterans State Adult Day Health 
Care; 64.033, VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program; 
64.034, VA Assistance to United States Paralympic Integrated Adaptive 
Sports Program; 64.037, VA U.S. Paralympics Monthly Assistance 
Allowance Program; 64.038, Grants for the Rural Veterans Coordination 
Pilot; 64.100, Automobiles and Adaptive Equip for Certain Disabled Vets 
and Members of the Armed Forces; 64.201, National Cemeteries; and 
64.203, State Cemetery Grants.

Signing Authority

    The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or designee, approved this 
document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document 
to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as 
an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Robert L. 
Nabors II, Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs,

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approved this document on November 18, 2015, for publication.

    Dated: November 24, 2015.
Michael P. Shores,
Chief Impact Analyst, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office 
of the General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Accordingly, the interim final rule adding 2 CFR part 802 and amending 
38 CFR parts 41 and 43, which was published in the Federal Register at 
79 FR 75871 on December 19, 2014, is adopted as final without changes.
[FR Doc. 2015-30346 Filed 11-30-15; 8:45 am]
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