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Download as PDF 4213 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 16 Tuesday, January 26, 2016 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Office of the Secretary 2 CFR Subtitle B, Ch. IV 5 CFR Ch. LXXIII 7 CFR Subtitle A; Subtitle B, Chs. I–XI, XIV–XVIII, XX, XXV–XXXVIII, XLII 9 CFR Chs. I–III 36 CFR Ch. II 48 CFR Ch. 4 Identifying and Reducing Regulatory Burdens Office of the Secretary, USDA. ACTION: Request for Information (RFI). AGENCY: In accordance with Executive Order 13563, ‘‘Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,’’ and Executive Order 13610, ‘‘Identifying and Reducing Regulatory Burdens,’’ the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is continuing to review its regulatory programs and evaluate their burdens and their effectiveness. As part of this effort, USDA welcomes public comment on which regulations should be modified, expanded, streamlined, or repealed to make the USDA’s regulatory program more effective or less burdensome in achieving the regulatory objectives. The 2015 Fall Regulatory Agenda provides a summary of the USDA regulations under development or review during the coming year. Similarly, USDA’s 2015 Statement of Regulatory Priorities provides a list of important regulatory actions that USDA is considering for issuance in proposed or final form during the 2016 fiscal year. DATES: Comments and information are requested on or before March 28, 2016. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this notice. All submissions must refer to ‘‘Retrospective Review’’ to ensure proper delivery. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Jan 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 • Electronic Submission of Comments. Interested persons may submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. USDA strongly encourages commenters to submit comments electronically. Electronic submission of comments allows the commenter maximum time to prepare and submit a comment, and ensures timely receipt by USDA. Commenters should follow the instructions provided on that site to submit comments electronically. • Submission of Comments by Mail, Hand delivery, or Courier. Paper, disk, or CD–ROM submissions should be submitted to Michael Poe, Office of Budget and Program Analysis, USDA, Jamie L. Whitten Building, Room 101– A, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Poe, Telephone Number: (202) 720–3257. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: USDA remains committed to minimizing the burdens on individuals businesses, and communities for participation in and compliance with USDA programs that promote economic growth, create jobs, and protect the health and safety of the American people. USDA’s planned regulatory actions and retrospective review efforts were made available in the 2015 Fall Unified Regulatory Agenda (http://www.reginfo.gov/public/ do/eAgendaMain?operation= OPERATION_GET_AGENCY_RULE_ LIST&currentPub=true&agencyCode= &showStage=active&agencyCd=0500) and the USDA Statement of Regulatory Priorities (http://www.reginfo.gov/ public/jsp/eAgenda/StaticContent/ 201510/Statement_0500.html). USDA programs are diverse and far reaching, as are the regulations and legislation that implement their delivery. The regulations range from nutrition standards for the school lunch program, natural resources and environmental measures governing national forest usage and soil conservation, emergency producer assistance as a result of natural disasters, to protection of American agriculture from the ravages of plant or animal pestilence. USDA regulations extend from farm to supermarket to ensure the safety, quality, and availability of the Nation’s food supply. Regulations also specify how USDA PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 conducts its business, including access to and eligibility for USDA programs. Finally, regulations specify the responsibilities of businesses, individuals, and State and local governments that are necessary to comply with their provisions. I. Executive Orders 13563 and 13610 The overall intention of Executive Orders 13563 and 13610 is to create a continuing process of scrutiny of regulatory actions. Executive Order 13563, ‘‘Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,’’ was issued to ensure that Federal regulations use the best available tools to promote innovation that will reduce costs and burden while allowing public participation and an open exchange of ideas. These principles enhance and strengthen Federal regulations to allow them to achieve their regulatory objectives, most important among them protecting public health, welfare, safety, and the environment. In consideration of these principles, and as directed by the Executive Order, Federal agencies and departments need to periodically review existing regulations that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome and to modify, streamline, expand, or repeal them in accordance with what has been learned. In addition, Executive Order 13610, ‘‘Identifying and Reducing Regulatory Burdens,’’ directed Federal agencies to conduct retrospective analyses of existing rules to examine whether they remain justified and whether they should be modified or streamlined in light of changed circumstances, including the availability of new technologies. Executive Order 13610 directs Federal agencies to give priority, consistent with law, to those initiatives that will produce significant quantifiable monetary savings or significant quantifiable reductions in paperwork burdens while protecting public health, welfare, safety, and the environment. For the regulatory requirements imposed on small businesses, it directs Federal agencies to give special consideration to initiatives that would simplify or harmonize the regulatory requirements. II. Request for Information USDA is seeking public comment on our effort: To identify and reduce regulatory burdens; to remove unintended regulatory obstacles to E:\FR\FM\26JAP1.SGM 26JAP1 4214 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 26, 2016 / Proposed Rules participation in and compliance with USDA programs; and to improve current regulations to help USDA agencies advance the USDA mission. USDA is particularly interested in public comments that speak to areas in which we can reduce costs and reporting burdens on the public, through technological advances or other modernization efforts, and comments on regulatory flexibility. III. Regulatory Flexibility mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS IV. Existing USDA Regulations In addition to retrospective review actions and other regulatory reforms identified in USDA’s 2015 Fall Regulatory Agenda, we welcome comments from the public on any of USDA’s existing regulations and ways to improve them to help USDA agencies advance the mission of the Department consistent with the Executive Order. USDA notes that this RFI is issued solely for information and programplanning purposes. While responses to this RFI do not bind USDA to any further actions, all submissions will be reviewed by the appropriate program 17:48 Jan 25, 2016 Dated: January 7, 2016. Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–00693 Filed 1–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–90–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration USDA is also seeking public input on measures that can be taken to reduce burdens and increase flexibility and freedom of choice for the public. Regulatory flexibility includes a variety of regulatory techniques that can help avoid unnecessary costs on regulated entities and avoid negative impacts. Regulatory flexibility techniques could include: • Pilot projects, which can be used to test regulatory approaches; • Safe harbors, which are streamlined modes of regulatory compliance and can serve to reduce compliance costs; • Sunset provisions, which terminate a rule after a certain date; • Trigger provisions, which specify one or more threshold indicators that the rule is designed to address; • Phase-ins, which allow the rule to be phased-in for different groups at different times; • Streamlined requirements, which provide exemptions or other streamlined requirements if a particular entity (for example, a small business) may otherwise experience disproportionate burden from a rule; • State flexibilities, which provide greater flexibility to States or other regulatory partners, for example, giving them freedom to implement alternative regulatory approaches; and • Exceptions, which allow exceptions to part of the rule, or the entire rule in cases where there is a potential or suspected unintended consequence. VerDate Sep<11>2014 office, and made publicly available on http://www.regulations.gov. Jkt 238001 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0338; Directorate Identifier 2014–CE–010–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); reopening of comment period. AGENCY: We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Model PA–31–350 airplanes. The NPRM proposed to require inspecting the fuel hose assembly and the turbocharger support assembly for proper clearance between them, inspecting each assembly for any sign of damage, and making any necessary repairs or replacements. The NPRM was prompted by a report of an engine fire caused by a leak in the fuel pump inlet hose. This action revises the NPRM by requiring the use of revised procedures in a new service bulletin. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM (SNPRM) to correct the unsafe condition on these products. Since these actions impose an additional burden over that proposed in the NPRM, we are reopening the comment period to allow the public the chance to comment on these proposed changes. DATES: We must receive comments on this SNPRM by March 11, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Piper Aircraft, Inc., 2926 Piper Drive, Vero Beach, Florida 32960; telephone: (772) 567–4361; fax: (772) 978–6573; Internet: www.piper.com/home/pages/ Publications.cfm. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329– 4148. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2014– 0338; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (phone: 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Wechsler, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337; telephone: (404) 474– 5575; fax: (404) 474–5606; email: gary.wechsler@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2014–0338; Directorate Identifier 2014–CE–010–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. E:\FR\FM\26JAP1.SGM 26JAP1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 16 (Tuesday, January 26, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 4213-4214]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-00693]


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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 26, 2016 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Office of the Secretary

2 CFR Subtitle B, Ch. IV

5 CFR Ch. LXXIII

7 CFR Subtitle A; Subtitle B, Chs. I-XI, XIV-XVIII, XX, XXV-
XXXVIII, XLII

9 CFR Chs. I-III

36 CFR Ch. II

48 CFR Ch. 4


Identifying and Reducing Regulatory Burdens

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, USDA.

ACTION: Request for Information (RFI).

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SUMMARY: In accordance with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving 
Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' and Executive Order 13610, 
``Identifying and Reducing Regulatory Burdens,'' the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) is continuing to review its regulatory programs and 
evaluate their burdens and their effectiveness. As part of this effort, 
USDA welcomes public comment on which regulations should be modified, 
expanded, streamlined, or repealed to make the USDA's regulatory 
program more effective or less burdensome in achieving the regulatory 
objectives. The 2015 Fall Regulatory Agenda provides a summary of the 
USDA regulations under development or review during the coming year. 
Similarly, USDA's 2015 Statement of Regulatory Priorities provides a 
list of important regulatory actions that USDA is considering for 
issuance in proposed or final form during the 2016 fiscal year.

DATES: Comments and information are requested on or before March 28, 
2016.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding 
this notice. All submissions must refer to ``Retrospective Review'' to 
ensure proper delivery.
     Electronic Submission of Comments. Interested persons may 
submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: 
http://www.regulations.gov. USDA strongly encourages commenters to 
submit comments electronically. Electronic submission of comments 
allows the commenter maximum time to prepare and submit a comment, and 
ensures timely receipt by USDA. Commenters should follow the 
instructions provided on that site to submit comments electronically.
     Submission of Comments by Mail, Hand delivery, or Courier. 
Paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to Michael Poe, 
Office of Budget and Program Analysis, USDA, Jamie L. Whitten Building, 
Room 101-A, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Poe, Telephone Number: (202) 
720-3257.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: USDA remains committed to minimizing the 
burdens on individuals businesses, and communities for participation in 
and compliance with USDA programs that promote economic growth, create 
jobs, and protect the health and safety of the American people. USDA's 
planned regulatory actions and retrospective review efforts were made 
available in the 2015 Fall Unified Regulatory Agenda (http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaMain?operation=OPERATION_GET_AGENCY_RULE_LIST¤tPub=true&agencyCode=&showStage=active&agencyCd=0500) and the USDA Statement of 
Regulatory Priorities (http://www.reginfo.gov/public/jsp/eAgenda/StaticContent/201510/Statement_0500.html).
    USDA programs are diverse and far reaching, as are the regulations 
and legislation that implement their delivery. The regulations range 
from nutrition standards for the school lunch program, natural 
resources and environmental measures governing national forest usage 
and soil conservation, emergency producer assistance as a result of 
natural disasters, to protection of American agriculture from the 
ravages of plant or animal pestilence. USDA regulations extend from 
farm to supermarket to ensure the safety, quality, and availability of 
the Nation's food supply. Regulations also specify how USDA conducts 
its business, including access to and eligibility for USDA programs. 
Finally, regulations specify the responsibilities of businesses, 
individuals, and State and local governments that are necessary to 
comply with their provisions.

I. Executive Orders 13563 and 13610

    The overall intention of Executive Orders 13563 and 13610 is to 
create a continuing process of scrutiny of regulatory actions.
    Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory 
Review,'' was issued to ensure that Federal regulations use the best 
available tools to promote innovation that will reduce costs and burden 
while allowing public participation and an open exchange of ideas. 
These principles enhance and strengthen Federal regulations to allow 
them to achieve their regulatory objectives, most important among them 
protecting public health, welfare, safety, and the environment. In 
consideration of these principles, and as directed by the Executive 
Order, Federal agencies and departments need to periodically review 
existing regulations that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, 
or excessively burdensome and to modify, streamline, expand, or repeal 
them in accordance with what has been learned.
    In addition, Executive Order 13610, ``Identifying and Reducing 
Regulatory Burdens,'' directed Federal agencies to conduct 
retrospective analyses of existing rules to examine whether they remain 
justified and whether they should be modified or streamlined in light 
of changed circumstances, including the availability of new 
technologies. Executive Order 13610 directs Federal agencies to give 
priority, consistent with law, to those initiatives that will produce 
significant quantifiable monetary savings or significant quantifiable 
reductions in paperwork burdens while protecting public health, 
welfare, safety, and the environment. For the regulatory requirements 
imposed on small businesses, it directs Federal agencies to give 
special consideration to initiatives that would simplify or harmonize 
the regulatory requirements.

II. Request for Information

    USDA is seeking public comment on our effort: To identify and 
reduce regulatory burdens; to remove unintended regulatory obstacles to

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participation in and compliance with USDA programs; and to improve 
current regulations to help USDA agencies advance the USDA mission. 
USDA is particularly interested in public comments that speak to areas 
in which we can reduce costs and reporting burdens on the public, 
through technological advances or other modernization efforts, and 
comments on regulatory flexibility.

III. Regulatory Flexibility

    USDA is also seeking public input on measures that can be taken to 
reduce burdens and increase flexibility and freedom of choice for the 
public. Regulatory flexibility includes a variety of regulatory 
techniques that can help avoid unnecessary costs on regulated entities 
and avoid negative impacts. Regulatory flexibility techniques could 
include:
     Pilot projects, which can be used to test regulatory 
approaches;
     Safe harbors, which are streamlined modes of regulatory 
compliance and can serve to reduce compliance costs;
     Sunset provisions, which terminate a rule after a certain 
date;
     Trigger provisions, which specify one or more threshold 
indicators that the rule is designed to address;
     Phase-ins, which allow the rule to be phased-in for 
different groups at different times;
     Streamlined requirements, which provide exemptions or 
other streamlined requirements if a particular entity (for example, a 
small business) may otherwise experience disproportionate burden from a 
rule;
     State flexibilities, which provide greater flexibility to 
States or other regulatory partners, for example, giving them freedom 
to implement alternative regulatory approaches; and
     Exceptions, which allow exceptions to part of the rule, or 
the entire rule in cases where there is a potential or suspected 
unintended consequence.

IV. Existing USDA Regulations

    In addition to retrospective review actions and other regulatory 
reforms identified in USDA's 2015 Fall Regulatory Agenda, we welcome 
comments from the public on any of USDA's existing regulations and ways 
to improve them to help USDA agencies advance the mission of the 
Department consistent with the Executive Order. USDA notes that this 
RFI is issued solely for information and program-planning purposes. 
While responses to this RFI do not bind USDA to any further actions, 
all submissions will be reviewed by the appropriate program office, and 
made publicly available on http://www.regulations.gov.

    Dated: January 7, 2016.
Thomas J. Vilsack,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-00693 Filed 1-25-16; 8:45 am]
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