Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 81381-81383 [2015-32720]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 249 / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 / Notices Service Agreements with Foreign Postal Operators 1 product. Id. at 9–10, 13. The Postal Service identifies differences between the Agreement and the TNT Agreement, but asserts that these differences do not detract from the conclusion that the Agreement is functionally equivalent to the TNT Agreement. Id. at 10–13. III. Commission Action The Commission, in conformance with rule 3010.44, establishes Docket No. R2016–4 to consider issues raised in the Notice. The Commission invites comments from interested persons on whether the Agreement is consistent with 39 U.S.C. 3622 and the requirements of 39 CFR part 3010. Comments are due no later than January 5, 2016. The public portions of this filing can be accessed via the Commission’s Web site (http:// www.prc.gov). Information on how to obtain access to non-public material appears in 39 CFR part 3007. The Commission appoints Nina Yeh to represent the interests of the general public (Public Representative) in this docket. IV. Ordering Paragraphs It is ordered: 1. The Commission establishes Docket No. R2016–4 for consideration of matters raised by the Postal Service’s Notice. 2. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Nina Yeh is appointed to serve as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this proceeding. 3. Comments by interested persons in this proceeding are due no later than January 5, 2016. 4. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the Federal Register. By the Commission. Stacy L. Ruble, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–32712 Filed 12–28–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [Docket Nos. MC2016–47 and CP2016–62; Order No. 2916] New Postal Product Postal Regulatory Commission. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Commission is noticing a recent Postal Service filing concerning the addition of Priority Mail Contract 170 to the competitive product list. This SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:17 Dec 28, 2015 Jkt 238001 notice informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps. DATES: Comments are due: January 4, 2016. ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically via the Commission’s Filing Online system at http:// www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing alternatives. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 202–789–6820. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. Introduction II. Notice of Commission Action III. Ordering Paragraphs I. Introduction In accordance with 39 U.S.C. 3642 and 39 CFR 3020.30 et seq., the Postal Service filed a formal request and associated supporting information to add Priority Mail Contract 170 to the competitive product list.1 The Postal Service contemporaneously filed a redacted contract related to the proposed new product under 39 U.S.C. 3632(b)(3) and 39 CFR 3015.5. Request, Attachment B. To support its Request, the Postal Service filed a copy of the contract, a copy of the Governors’ Decision authorizing the product, proposed changes to the Mail Classification Schedule, a Statement of Supporting Justification, a certification of compliance with 39 U.S.C. 3633(a), and an application for non-public treatment of certain materials. It also filed supporting financial workpapers. II. Notice of Commission Action The Commission establishes Docket Nos. MC2016–47 and CP2016–62 to consider the Request pertaining to the proposed Priority Mail Contract 170 product and the related contract, respectively. The Commission invites comments on whether the Postal Service’s filings in the captioned dockets are consistent with the policies of 39 U.S.C. 3632, 3633, or 3642, 39 CFR part 3015, and 39 CFR part 3020, subpart B. Comments are due no later than January 4, 2016. The public portions of these filings can be 1 Request of the United States Postal Service to Add Priority Mail Contract 170 to Competitive Product List and Notice of Filing (Under Seal) of Unredacted Governors’ Decision, Contract, and Supporting Data, December 22, 2015 (Request). PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 81381 accessed via the Commission’s Web site (http://www.prc.gov). The Commission appoints Curtis E. Kidd to serve as Public Representative in these dockets. III. Ordering Paragraphs It is ordered: 1. The Commission establishes Docket Nos. MC2016–47 and CP2016–62 to consider the matters raised in each docket. 2. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Curtis E. Kidd is appointed to serve as an officer of the Commission to represent the interests of the general public in these proceedings (Public Representative). 3. Comments are due no later than January 4, 2016. 4. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the Federal Register. By the Commission. Stacy L. Ruble, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–32710 Filed 12–28–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD Proposed Collection; Comment Request In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which provides opportunity for public comment on new or revised data collections, the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) will publish periodic summaries of proposed data collections. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the RRB’s estimate of the burden of the collection of the information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden related to the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. 1. Title and purpose of information collection: Employer Reporting; 3220– 0005. Under Section 9 of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), and Section 6 of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA), railroad employers are required to submit reports of employee service and compensation to the RRB as needed for administering the RRA and RUIA. To pay benefits due on a SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 81382 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 249 / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 / Notices deceased employee’s earnings records or determine entitlement to, and amount of annuity applied for, it is necessary at times to obtain from railroad employers current (lag) service and compensation not yet reported to the RRB through the annual reporting process. The reporting requirements are specified in 20 CFR 209.6 and 209.7. The RRB currently utilizes Form G–88A.1, Notice of Retirement and Verification of Date Last Worked, Form G–88A.2, Notice of Retirement and Request for Service Needed for Eligibility, and Form AA–12, Notice of Death and Compensation, to obtain the required lag service and related information from railroad employers. Form G–88A.1 is sent by the RRB via a computer-generated listing or transmitted electronically via the RRB’s Employer Reporting System (ERS) to employers. ERS consists of a series of screens with completion instructions and collects essentially the same information as the approved manual version. Form G–88A.1 is used for the specific purpose of verifying information previously provided to the RRB regarding the date last worked by an employee. If the information is correct, the employer need not reply. If the information is incorrect, the employer is asked to provide corrected information. Form G–88A.2 is used by the RRB to secure lag service and compensation information when it is needed to determine benefit eligibility. Form AA–12 obtains a report of lag service and compensation from the last railroad employer of a deceased employee. This report covers the lag period between the date of the latest record of employment processed by the RRB and the date an employee last worked, the date of death or the date the employee may have been entitled to benefits under the Social Security Act. The information is used by the RRB to determine benefits due on the deceased employee’s earnings record. The RRB proposes no changes to Forms G–88A.1, G–88A.2 or AA–12. In addition, 20 CFR 209.12(b) requires all railroad employers to furnish the RRB with the home addresses of all employees hired within the last year (new-hires). Form BA–6a, Form BA–6 Address Report, is used by the RRB to obtain home address information of employees from railroad employers who do not have the home address information computerized and who submit the information in a paper format. The form also serves as an instruction sheet to railroad employers who submit the information electronically by magnetic tape, cartridge, or CD ROM. The RRB proposes no changes to Form BA–6a. Completion of the forms is mandatory. Multiple responses may be filed by respondent. ESTIMATE OF ANNUAL RESPONDENT BURDEN Annual responses Form No. Time (minutes) Burden (hours) 60 100 260 144 100 1,200 14 30 10 250 250 80 250 5 5 4 16 5 2.5 15 15 15 17 12 32 32 5 8 17 38 8 50 4 8 3 71 50 43 133 Total ...................................................................................................................................... asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AA–12 .......................................................................................................................................... G–88A.1 ....................................................................................................................................... G–88A.1 Internet ......................................................................................................................... G–88A.1 Internet (Class 1 railroads) ........................................................................................... G–88A.2 ....................................................................................................................................... G–88A.2 (Internet) ....................................................................................................................... BA–6a Electronic Equivalent* ...................................................................................................... BA–6a (E-mail) ............................................................................................................................ BA–6a (File Transfer Protocol) .................................................................................................... BA–6a Internet (RR initiated) ...................................................................................................... BA–6a Internet (RRB initiated) .................................................................................................... BA–6a Paper (RR initiated) ......................................................................................................... BA–6a Paper (RRB initiated) ....................................................................................................... 2,748 ........................ 438 2. Title and purpose of information collection: Employee Representative’s Status and Compensation Reports; OMB 3220–0014. Under Section 1(b)(1) of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), the term ‘‘employee’’ includes an individual who is an employee representative. As defined in Section 1(c) of the RRA, an employee representative is an officer or official representative of a railway labor organization other than a labor organization included in the term ‘‘employer,’’ as defined in the RRA, who before or after August 29, 1935, was in the service of an employer under the RRA and who is duly authorized and designated to represent employees in accordance with the Railway Labor Act, or, any individual who is regularly assigned to or regularly employed by such officer or official representative in connection with the duties of his or her office. The requirements relating to the application for employee representative status and the periodic reporting of the compensation resulting from such status is contained in 20 CFR 209.10. The RRB utilizes Forms DC–2a, Employee Representative’s Status Report, and DC–2, Employee Representative’s Report of Compensation, to obtain the information needed to determine employee representative status and to maintain a record of creditable service and compensation resulting from such status. Completion is required to obtain or retain a benefit. One response is requested of each respondent. The RRB proposes to remove Form DC–2a from the information collection due to receiving less than 10 responses a year. ESTIMATE OF ANNUAL RESPONDENT BURDEN Annual responses Form No. DC–2 ............................................................................................................................................ VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:55 Dec 28, 2015 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 82 29DEN1 Time (minutes) Burden (hours) 30 41 81383 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 249 / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 / Notices ESTIMATE OF ANNUAL RESPONDENT BURDEN—Continued Annual responses Form No. Total ...................................................................................................................................... 3. Title and purpose of information collection: Survivor Questionnaire; OMB 3220–0032. Under Section 6 of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), benefits that may be due on the death of a railroad employee or a survivor annuitant include (1) a lump-sum death benefit (2) a residual lump-sum payment (3) accrued annuities due but unpaid at death, and (4) monthly survivor insurance payments. The requirements for determining the entitlement of possible beneficiaries to these benefits are prescribed in 20 CFR 234. When the RRB receives notification of the death of a railroad employee or survivor annuitant, an RRB field office utilizes Form RL–94–F, Survivor Questionnaire, to secure additional information from surviving relatives needed to determine if any further benefits are payable under the RRA. Completion is voluntary. One response 82 Time (minutes) Burden (hours) ........................ 41 is requested of each respondent. The RRB proposes the following changes to Form RL–94–F: • Add new Item 8d, Divorced Spouse’s Date of Divorce from Employee; • Renumber current Item 8d to 8e, and • Change ‘‘Address’’ to ‘‘Mailing Address’’ in Items 6, 7, 8a, 10, 11, 12, 14.b.2, 15b, and 16 for those applicants who live outside the country. ESTIMATE OF ANNUAL RESPONDENT BURDEN Annual responses Form No. Time (minutes) Burden (hours) RL–94–F Items 5–10, and 18 ...................................................................................................... RL–94–F, Items 5–18 .................................................................................................................. RL–94–F, Item 18 only ................................................................................................................ 50 7,200 750 9 11 5 8 1,320 63 Total ...................................................................................................................................... 8,000 ........................ 1,391 4. Title and purpose of information collection: Employer’s Deemed Service Month Questionnaire; OMB 3220–0156. Section 3 (i) of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), as amended by P.L. 98–76, provides that the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), under certain circumstances, may deem additional months of service in cases where an employee does not actually work in every month of the year, provided the employee satisfies certain eligibility requirements, including the existence of an employment relation between the employee and his or her employer. The procedures pertaining to the deeming of additional months of service are found in the RRB’s regulations at 20 CFR 210, Creditable Railroad Service. The RRB utilizes Form GL–99, Employer’s Deemed Service Months Questionnaire, to obtain service and compensation information from railroad employers to determine if an employee can be credited with additional deemed months of railroad service. The RRB proposes non-burden impacting editorial changes to Form GL–99. Completion is mandatory. One response is required for each RRB inquiry. ESTIMATE OF ANNUAL RESPONDENT BURDEN Annual responses Form No. GL–99 .......................................................................................................................................... asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Additional Information or Comments: To request more information or to obtain a copy of the information collection justification, forms, and/or supporting material, contact Dana Hickman at (312) 751–4981 or Dana.Hickman@RRB.GOV. Comments VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:55 Dec 28, 2015 Jkt 238001 regarding the information collection should be addressed to Charles Mierzwa, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611–2092 or emailed to Charles.Mierzwa@RRB.GOV. Written PO 00000 Time (minutes) 2,000 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 2 67 comments should be received within 60 days of this notice. Charles Mierzwa, Chief of Information Resources Management. 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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 249 (Tuesday, December 29, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 81381-81383]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD


Proposed Collection; Comment Request

SUMMARY:  In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) 
of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which provides opportunity for 
public comment on new or revised data collections, the Railroad 
Retirement Board (RRB) will publish periodic summaries of proposed data 
collections.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed information 
collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; 
(b) the accuracy of the RRB's estimate of the burden of the collection 
of the information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize 
the burden related to the collection of information on respondents, 
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.
    1. Title and purpose of information collection: Employer Reporting; 
3220-0005.
    Under Section 9 of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), and Section 6 
of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA), railroad employers 
are required to submit reports of employee service and compensation to 
the RRB as needed for administering the RRA and RUIA. To pay benefits 
due on a

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deceased employee's earnings records or determine entitlement to, and 
amount of annuity applied for, it is necessary at times to obtain from 
railroad employers current (lag) service and compensation not yet 
reported to the RRB through the annual reporting process. The reporting 
requirements are specified in 20 CFR 209.6 and 209.7. The RRB currently 
utilizes Form G-88A.1, Notice of Retirement and Verification of Date 
Last Worked, Form G-88A.2, Notice of Retirement and Request for Service 
Needed for Eligibility, and Form AA-12, Notice of Death and 
Compensation, to obtain the required lag service and related 
information from railroad employers. Form G-88A.1 is sent by the RRB 
via a computer-generated listing or transmitted electronically via the 
RRB's Employer Reporting System (ERS) to employers. ERS consists of a 
series of screens with completion instructions and collects essentially 
the same information as the approved manual version. Form G-88A.1 is 
used for the specific purpose of verifying information previously 
provided to the RRB regarding the date last worked by an employee. If 
the information is correct, the employer need not reply. If the 
information is incorrect, the employer is asked to provide corrected 
information. Form G-88A.2 is used by the RRB to secure lag service and 
compensation information when it is needed to determine benefit 
eligibility. Form AA-12 obtains a report of lag service and 
compensation from the last railroad employer of a deceased employee. 
This report covers the lag period between the date of the latest record 
of employment processed by the RRB and the date an employee last 
worked, the date of death or the date the employee may have been 
entitled to benefits under the Social Security Act. The information is 
used by the RRB to determine benefits due on the deceased employee's 
earnings record. The RRB proposes no changes to Forms G-88A.1, G-88A.2 
or AA-12.
    In addition, 20 CFR 209.12(b) requires all railroad employers to 
furnish the RRB with the home addresses of all employees hired within 
the last year (new-hires). Form BA-6a, Form BA-6 Address Report, is 
used by the RRB to obtain home address information of employees from 
railroad employers who do not have the home address information 
computerized and who submit the information in a paper format. The form 
also serves as an instruction sheet to railroad employers who submit 
the information electronically by magnetic tape, cartridge, or CD ROM. 
The RRB proposes no changes to Form BA-6a.
    Completion of the forms is mandatory. Multiple responses may be 
filed by respondent.

                                      Estimate of Annual Respondent Burden
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                                                                      Annual           Time           Burden
                            Form No.                                 responses       (minutes)        (hours)
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AA-12...........................................................              60               5               5
G-88A.1.........................................................             100               5               8
G-88A.1 Internet................................................             260               4              17
G-88A.1 Internet (Class 1 railroads)............................             144              16              38
G-88A.2.........................................................             100               5               8
G-88A.2 (Internet)..............................................           1,200             2.5              50
BA-6a Electronic Equivalent*....................................              14              15               4
BA-6a (E-mail)..................................................              30              15               8
BA-6a (File Transfer Protocol)..................................              10              15               3
BA-6a Internet (RR initiated)...................................             250              17              71
BA-6a Internet (RRB initiated)..................................             250              12              50
BA-6a Paper (RR initiated)......................................              80              32              43
BA-6a Paper (RRB initiated).....................................             250              32             133
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................................           2,748  ..............             438
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    2. Title and purpose of information collection: Employee 
Representative's Status and Compensation Reports; OMB 3220-0014.
    Under Section 1(b)(1) of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), the 
term ``employee'' includes an individual who is an employee 
representative. As defined in Section 1(c) of the RRA, an employee 
representative is an officer or official representative of a railway 
labor organization other than a labor organization included in the term 
``employer,'' as defined in the RRA, who before or after August 29, 
1935, was in the service of an employer under the RRA and who is duly 
authorized and designated to represent employees in accordance with the 
Railway Labor Act, or, any individual who is regularly assigned to or 
regularly employed by such officer or official representative in 
connection with the duties of his or her office. The requirements 
relating to the application for employee representative status and the 
periodic reporting of the compensation resulting from such status is 
contained in 20 CFR 209.10.
    The RRB utilizes Forms DC-2a, Employee Representative's Status 
Report, and DC-2, Employee Representative's Report of Compensation, to 
obtain the information needed to determine employee representative 
status and to maintain a record of creditable service and compensation 
resulting from such status. Completion is required to obtain or retain 
a benefit. One response is requested of each respondent. The RRB 
proposes to remove Form DC-2a from the information collection due to 
receiving less than 10 responses a year.

                                      Estimate of Annual Respondent Burden
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                                                                      Annual           Time           Burden
                            Form No.                                 responses       (minutes)        (hours)
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DC-2............................................................              82              30              41
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    Total.......................................................              82  ..............              41
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    3. Title and purpose of information collection: Survivor 
Questionnaire; OMB 3220-0032.
    Under Section 6 of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), benefits that 
may be due on the death of a railroad employee or a survivor annuitant 
include (1) a lump-sum death benefit (2) a residual lump-sum payment 
(3) accrued annuities due but unpaid at death, and (4) monthly survivor 
insurance payments. The requirements for determining the entitlement of 
possible beneficiaries to these benefits are prescribed in 20 CFR 234.
    When the RRB receives notification of the death of a railroad 
employee or survivor annuitant, an RRB field office utilizes Form RL-
94-F, Survivor Questionnaire, to secure additional information from 
surviving relatives needed to determine if any further benefits are 
payable under the RRA. Completion is voluntary. One response is 
requested of each respondent. The RRB proposes the following changes to 
Form RL-94-F:
     Add new Item 8d, Divorced Spouse's Date of Divorce from 
Employee;
     Renumber current Item 8d to 8e, and
     Change ``Address'' to ``Mailing Address'' in Items 6, 7, 
8a, 10, 11, 12, 14.b.2, 15b, and 16 for those applicants who live 
outside the country.

                                      Estimate of Annual Respondent Burden
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                                                                      Annual           Time           Burden
                            Form No.                                 responses       (minutes)        (hours)
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RL-94-F Items 5-10, and 18......................................              50               9               8
RL-94-F, Items 5-18.............................................           7,200              11           1,320
RL-94-F, Item 18 only...........................................             750               5              63
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    Total.......................................................           8,000  ..............           1,391
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    4. Title and purpose of information collection: Employer's Deemed 
Service Month Questionnaire; OMB 3220-0156. Section 3 (i) of the 
Railroad Retirement Act (RRA), as amended by P.L. 98-76, provides that 
the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), under certain circumstances, may 
deem additional months of service in cases where an employee does not 
actually work in every month of the year, provided the employee 
satisfies certain eligibility requirements, including the existence of 
an employment relation between the employee and his or her employer. 
The procedures pertaining to the deeming of additional months of 
service are found in the RRB's regulations at 20 CFR 210, Creditable 
Railroad Service.
    The RRB utilizes Form GL-99, Employer's Deemed Service Months 
Questionnaire, to obtain service and compensation information from 
railroad employers to determine if an employee can be credited with 
additional deemed months of railroad service.
    The RRB proposes non-burden impacting editorial changes to Form GL-
99. Completion is mandatory. One response is required for each RRB 
inquiry.

                                      Estimate of Annual Respondent Burden
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                                                                      Annual           Time           Burden
                            Form No.                                 responses       (minutes)        (hours)
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GL-99...........................................................           2,000               2              67
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    Additional Information or Comments: To request more information or 
to obtain a copy of the information collection justification, forms, 
and/or supporting material, contact Dana Hickman at (312) 751-4981 or 
Dana.Hickman@RRB.GOV. Comments regarding the information collection 
should be addressed to Charles Mierzwa, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 
North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2092 or emailed to 
Charles.Mierzwa@RRB.GOV. Written comments should be received within 60 
days of this notice.

Charles Mierzwa,
Chief of Information Resources Management.
[FR Doc. 2015-32720 Filed 12-28-15; 8:45 am]
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