Notice of Establishment of Emergency Relief Docket for Calendar Year 2016, 1478-1479 [2016-00422]

Download as PDF 1478 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 7 / Tuesday, January 12, 2016 / Notices Rodney has more than sufficient vision to perform all the tasks necessary for operating a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Wright reported that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 520,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. III. Public Participation and Request for Comments FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and related materials. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice, indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. 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FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may change this notice based on your comments. Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number FMCSA–2015–0347 in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ button and choose the document listed to review. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:14 Jan 11, 2016 Jkt 238001 Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Dated: December 31, 2015. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2016–00472 Filed 1–11–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration [Docket FTA–2016–0001] Notice of Establishment of Emergency Relief Docket for Calendar Year 2016 Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: By this notice, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is establishing an Emergency Relief Docket for calendar year 2016 so grantees and subgrantees affected by national or regional emergencies may request temporary relief from FTA administrative and statutory requirements. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bonnie L. Graves, Assistant Chief Counsel for Legislation and Regulations, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Transit Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Room E56–306, Washington, DC 20590, phone: (202) 366–4011, fax: (202) 366–3809, or email, Bonnie.Graves@ dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to title 49 CFR part 601, subpart D, FTA is establishing the Emergency Relief Docket for calendar year 2016. Subsequent to an emergency or major disaster, the docket may be opened at the request of a grantee or subgrantee, or on the Administrator’s own initiative. In the event a grantee or subgrantee believes the Emergency Relief Docket should be opened and it has not been opened, that grantee or subgrantee may submit a petition in duplicate to the Administrator, via U.S. mail, to: Federal Transit Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590; via telephone, at: (202) 366–4011; via fax, at (202) 366–3472, or via email, to Bonnie.Graves@dot.gov, requesting opening of the Docket for that emergency and including the information set forth below. Section 5324(d) of title 49, U.S.C. provides that a grant awarded under section 5324 or under 49 U.S.C. 5307 or SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49 U.S.C. 5311 that is made to address an emergency shall be subject to the terms and conditions the Secretary determines are necessary. This language allows FTA to waive statutory, as well as administrative, requirements. Therefore, grantees affected by an emergency or major disaster may request waivers of provisions of chapter 53 of title 49, U.S.C. when a grantee or subgrantee demonstrates the requirement(s) will limit a grantee’s or subgrantee’s ability to respond to an emergency. Grantees must follow the procedures set forth below when requesting a waiver of statutory or administrative requirements. All petitions for relief from a provision of chapter 53 of title 49, U.S.C. or FTA administrative requirements must be posted in the docket in order to receive consideration by FTA. The docket is publicly available and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via the Internet at www.regulations.gov. Petitions may also be submitted by U.S. mail or by hand delivery to the DOT Docket Management Facility, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. Any grantee or subgrantee submitting petitions for relief or comments to the docket must include the agency name (Federal Transit Administration) and docket number FTA–2016–0001. Grantees and subgrantees making submissions to the docket by mail or hand delivery should submit two copies. Grantees and subgrantees are strongly encouraged to contact their FTA regional office and notify FTA of the intent to submit a petition to the docket. In the event a grantee or subgrantee needs to request immediate relief and does not have access to electronic means to request that relief, the grantee or subgrantee may contact any FTA regional office or FTA headquarters and request that FTA staff submit the petition on its behalf. A petition for relief shall: (a) Identify the grantee or subgrantee and its geographic location; (b) Identify the section of chapter 53 of title 49, U.S.C., or the FTA policy statement, circular, guidance document and/or rule from which the grantee or subgrantee seeks relief; (c) Specifically address how a requirement in chapter 53 of title 49 U.S.C., or an FTA requirement in a policy statement, circular, agency guidance or rule will limit a grantee’s or subgrantee’s ability to respond to an emergency or disaster; and (d) Specify if the petition for relief is one-time or ongoing, and if ongoing identify the time period for which the E:\FR\FM\12JAN1.SGM 12JAN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 7 / Tuesday, January 12, 2016 / Notices relief is requested. The time period may not exceed three months; however, additional time may be requested through a second petition for relief. A petition for relief from administrative requirements will be conditionally granted for a period of three (3) business days from the date it is submitted to the Emergency Relief Docket. FTA will review the petition after the expiration of the three business days and review any comments submitted thereto. FTA may contact the grantee or subgrantee that submitted the request for relief, or any party that submits comments to the docket, to obtain more information prior to making a decision. FTA shall then post a decision to the Emergency Relief Docket. FTA’s decision will be based on whether the petition meets the criteria for use of these emergency procedures, the substance of the request, and the comments submitted regarding the petition. If FTA does not respond to the request for relief to the docket within three business days, the grantee or subgrantee may assume its petition is granted for a period not to exceed three months until and unless FTA states otherwise. A petition for relief from statutory requirements will not be conditionally granted and requires a written decision from the FTA Administrator. Pursuant to section 604.2(f) of FTA’s Charter Rule (73 FR 2325, Jan. 14, 2008), grantees and subgrantees may assist with evacuations or other movement of people that might otherwise be considered charter transportation when that transportation is in response to an emergency declared by the President, governor, or mayor, or in an emergency requiring immediate action prior to a formal declaration, even if a formal declaration of an emergency is not eventually made by the President, governor or mayor. Therefore, a request for relief is not necessary in order to provide this service. However, if the emergency lasts more than 45 calendar days, the grantee or subgrantee shall follow the procedures set out in this notice. FTA reserves the right to reopen any docket and reconsider any decision made pursuant to these emergency procedures based upon its own initiative, based upon information or comments received subsequent to the three business day comment period, or at the request of a grantee or subgrantee upon denial of a request for relief. FTA shall notify the grantee or subgrantee if it plans to reconsider a decision. FTA decision letters, either granting or denying a petition, shall be posted in the Emergency Relief Docket and shall VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:14 Jan 11, 2016 Jkt 238001 reference the document number of the petition to which it relates. Therese McMillan, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2016–00422 Filed 1–11–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Advisory Board; Notice of Meeting Pursuant to Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463; 5 U.S.C. App. I), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), to be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at the Marriott Downtown at Key Center, 127 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. The agenda for this meeting will be as follows: Opening Remarks; Consideration of Minutes of Past Meeting; Quarterly Report; Old and New Business; Closing Discussion; Adjournment. Attendance at the meeting is open to the interested public but limited to the space available. With the approval of the Administrator, members of the public may present oral statements at the meeting. Persons wishing further information should contact, not later than Thursday, February 4, 2016, Charles Wipperfurth, Deputy Chief of Staff, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; 202–366–0091. Any member of the public may present a written statement to the Advisory Board at any time. Issued at Washington, DC, on January 7, 2016. Carrie Lavigne, Chief Counsel. [FR Doc. 2016–00395 Filed 1–11–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–61–P U.S.-CHINA ECONOMIC AND SECURITY REVIEW COMMISSION Notice of Open Public Hearing U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. ACTION: Notice of open public hearing— January 21, 2016, Washington, DC. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given of the following hearing of the U.S.-China SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1479 Economic and Security Review Commission. Name: Dennis Shea, Chairman of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The Commission is mandated by Congress to investigate, assess, and report to Congress annually on ‘‘the national security implications of the economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.’’ Pursuant to this mandate, the Commission will hold a public hearing in Washington, DC on Thursday, January 21, 2016, on ‘‘Developments in China’s Military Force Projection and Expeditionary Capabilities.’’ Background: This is the first public hearing the Commission will hold during its 2016 report cycle to collect input from academic and industry experts concerning the national security implications of China’s military modernization efforts for the United States. The hearing will focus on key developments in the security sphere concerning China’s interest in its military pursuing joint expeditionary and force projection capabilities. It will seek to understand the implications of China’s interest in developing expeditionary and force projection capabilities for United States, U.S. allies, and partners in the Asia Pacific. The hearing will be co-chaired by Commissioners Jeffrey L. Fiedler and Larry M. Wortzel. Any interested party may file a written statement by January 21, 2016, by mailing to the contact below. A portion of each panel will include a question and answer period between the Commissioners and the witnesses. Location, Date and Time: Room: SD– 106, Dirksen Senate Office Building. Thursday, January 21, 2016, start time is 9:00 am. A detailed agenda for the hearing will be posted to the Commission’s Web site at www.uscc.gov. Also, please check our Web site for possible changes to the hearing schedule. Reservations are not required to attend the hearing. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public seeking further information concerning the hearing should contact Anthony DeMarino, 444 North Capitol Street NW., Suite 602, Washington, DC 20001; phone: 202– 624–1496, or via email at ademarino@ uscc.gov. Reservations are not required to attend the hearing. Authority: Congress created the U.S.China Economic and Security Review Commission in 2000 in the National Defense Authorization Act (Pub. L. 106–398), as amended by Division P of the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 (Pub. L. 108–7), as amended by Public Law 109–108 E:\FR\FM\12JAN1.SGM 12JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 7 (Tuesday, January 12, 2016)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-00422]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration

[Docket FTA-2016-0001]


Notice of Establishment of Emergency Relief Docket for Calendar 
Year 2016

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: By this notice, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is 
establishing an Emergency Relief Docket for calendar year 2016 so 
grantees and subgrantees affected by national or regional emergencies 
may request temporary relief from FTA administrative and statutory 
requirements.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bonnie L. Graves, Assistant Chief 
Counsel for Legislation and Regulations, Office of Chief Counsel, 
Federal Transit Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Room E56-306, 
Washington, DC 20590, phone: (202) 366-4011, fax: (202) 366-3809, or 
email, Bonnie.Graves@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to title 49 CFR part 601, subpart 
D, FTA is establishing the Emergency Relief Docket for calendar year 
2016. Subsequent to an emergency or major disaster, the docket may be 
opened at the request of a grantee or subgrantee, or on the 
Administrator's own initiative.
    In the event a grantee or subgrantee believes the Emergency Relief 
Docket should be opened and it has not been opened, that grantee or 
subgrantee may submit a petition in duplicate to the Administrator, via 
U.S. mail, to: Federal Transit Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. 
SE., Washington, DC 20590; via telephone, at: (202) 366-4011; via fax, 
at (202) 366-3472, or via email, to Bonnie.Graves@dot.gov, requesting 
opening of the Docket for that emergency and including the information 
set forth below.
    Section 5324(d) of title 49, U.S.C. provides that a grant awarded 
under section 5324 or under 49 U.S.C. 5307 or 49 U.S.C. 5311 that is 
made to address an emergency shall be subject to the terms and 
conditions the Secretary determines are necessary. This language allows 
FTA to waive statutory, as well as administrative, requirements. 
Therefore, grantees affected by an emergency or major disaster may 
request waivers of provisions of chapter 53 of title 49, U.S.C. when a 
grantee or subgrantee demonstrates the requirement(s) will limit a 
grantee's or subgrantee's ability to respond to an emergency. Grantees 
must follow the procedures set forth below when requesting a waiver of 
statutory or administrative requirements.
    All petitions for relief from a provision of chapter 53 of title 
49, U.S.C. or FTA administrative requirements must be posted in the 
docket in order to receive consideration by FTA. The docket is publicly 
available and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via 
the Internet at www.regulations.gov. Petitions may also be submitted by 
U.S. mail or by hand delivery to the DOT Docket Management Facility, 
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590. Any 
grantee or subgrantee submitting petitions for relief or comments to 
the docket must include the agency name (Federal Transit 
Administration) and docket number FTA-2016-0001. Grantees and 
subgrantees making submissions to the docket by mail or hand delivery 
should submit two copies. Grantees and subgrantees are strongly 
encouraged to contact their FTA regional office and notify FTA of the 
intent to submit a petition to the docket.
    In the event a grantee or subgrantee needs to request immediate 
relief and does not have access to electronic means to request that 
relief, the grantee or subgrantee may contact any FTA regional office 
or FTA headquarters and request that FTA staff submit the petition on 
its behalf.
    A petition for relief shall:
    (a) Identify the grantee or subgrantee and its geographic location;
    (b) Identify the section of chapter 53 of title 49, U.S.C., or the 
FTA policy statement, circular, guidance document and/or rule from 
which the grantee or subgrantee seeks relief;
    (c) Specifically address how a requirement in chapter 53 of title 
49 U.S.C., or an FTA requirement in a policy statement, circular, 
agency guidance or rule will limit a grantee's or subgrantee's ability 
to respond to an emergency or disaster; and
    (d) Specify if the petition for relief is one-time or ongoing, and 
if ongoing identify the time period for which the

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relief is requested. The time period may not exceed three months; 
however, additional time may be requested through a second petition for 
relief.
    A petition for relief from administrative requirements will be 
conditionally granted for a period of three (3) business days from the 
date it is submitted to the Emergency Relief Docket. FTA will review 
the petition after the expiration of the three business days and review 
any comments submitted thereto. FTA may contact the grantee or 
subgrantee that submitted the request for relief, or any party that 
submits comments to the docket, to obtain more information prior to 
making a decision. FTA shall then post a decision to the Emergency 
Relief Docket. FTA's decision will be based on whether the petition 
meets the criteria for use of these emergency procedures, the substance 
of the request, and the comments submitted regarding the petition. If 
FTA does not respond to the request for relief to the docket within 
three business days, the grantee or subgrantee may assume its petition 
is granted for a period not to exceed three months until and unless FTA 
states otherwise.
    A petition for relief from statutory requirements will not be 
conditionally granted and requires a written decision from the FTA 
Administrator.
    Pursuant to section 604.2(f) of FTA's Charter Rule (73 FR 2325, 
Jan. 14, 2008), grantees and subgrantees may assist with evacuations or 
other movement of people that might otherwise be considered charter 
transportation when that transportation is in response to an emergency 
declared by the President, governor, or mayor, or in an emergency 
requiring immediate action prior to a formal declaration, even if a 
formal declaration of an emergency is not eventually made by the 
President, governor or mayor. Therefore, a request for relief is not 
necessary in order to provide this service. However, if the emergency 
lasts more than 45 calendar days, the grantee or subgrantee shall 
follow the procedures set out in this notice.
    FTA reserves the right to reopen any docket and reconsider any 
decision made pursuant to these emergency procedures based upon its own 
initiative, based upon information or comments received subsequent to 
the three business day comment period, or at the request of a grantee 
or subgrantee upon denial of a request for relief. FTA shall notify the 
grantee or subgrantee if it plans to reconsider a decision. FTA 
decision letters, either granting or denying a petition, shall be 
posted in the Emergency Relief Docket and shall reference the document 
number of the petition to which it relates.

Therese McMillan,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2016-00422 Filed 1-11-16; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-57-P