Multiemployer Pension Plan Application To Reduce Benefits, 4739-4740 [2016-01618]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 17 / Wednesday, January 27, 2016 / Notices By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Tia Delano, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2016–01642 Filed 1–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary Mounir R. Khouri; Public Interest Exclusion Order Office of the Secretary, DOT. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: On January 20, 2016, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a decision and order under the Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs that excludes a service agent, Mounir R. Khouri, from providing drug and alcohol testing services in any capacity to any DOT-regulated employer for a period of 5 years. Mr. Khouri provided Consortium/Third Party Administrator Services (C/TPA) and Medical Review Officer (MRO) services to DOT-regulated trucking companies. Mr. Khouri pled guilty to criminal charges that he made materially false statements that an MRO had reviewed drug test results, when a qualified MRO had not done so. This Federal Register publication serves as notice to the public that DOT-regulated employers or their service agents must stop using the services of Mounir R. Khouri for administering their DOT-regulated drug and/or alcohol testing programs. DATES: The effective date of the Public Interest Exclusion is January 20, 2016 and it will remain in effect until January 20, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrice M. Kelly, Acting Director, U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; (202) 366– 3784 (voice), (202) 366–3897 (fax), or patrice.kelly@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Background In accordance with the provisions of the Department’s regulation at 49 CFR part 40 (Part 40), Subpart R, Public Interest Exclusions (PIE), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a Notice of Proposed Exclusion (NOPE) to Mr. Khouri on August 27, 2015, notifying him that he had engaged in serious noncompliance. In the NOPE, the FMCSA stated that the Department’s Office of the Inspector VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:41 Jan 26, 2016 Jkt 238001 General had conducted a criminal investigation that revealed that Mr. Khouri subverted the MRO’s role in the testing process. Specifically, Mr. Khouri held out as performing C/TPA services and he: Received laboratory confirmed drug test results and falsely certified that those results were reviewed by a qualified MRO; acted as an MRO, without qualifications to do so, by verifying laboratory confirmed positive test results; and prepared false Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Forms (CCFs) for untested specimens and misrepresented that the specimens had tested negative. In the United States District Court for the District of Vermont, Mr. Khouri pled guilty and was convicted for making false statements on a CCF. Those false statements indicated that an MRO had reviewed a drug test, when Mr. Khouri knew that had not occurred. Public Interest Exclusion Decision and Order On January 20, 2016, the Department issued a PIE against Mounir R. Khouri. This PIE prohibits all DOT-regulated employers and service agents from utilizing Mounir R. Khouri for drug and alcohol testing services in any capacity for a period of 5 years. A full copy of the Department’s Decision and Order can be found at http://www.dot.gov/ odapc. In accordance with the terms of the Department’s Decision and Order and per 49 CFR 40.403(a), Mounir R. Khouri is required to directly notify each of the affected DOT-regulated employer clients in writing about the issuance, scope, duration, and effect of the PIE. The Department is notifying employers and the public about this PIE by publishing it in a ‘‘List of Excluded Drug and Alcohol Service Agents’’ on its Web site at http://www.dot.gov/odapc/ and will make the list available upon request. As required by 49 CFR 40.401(d), the Department is publishing this Federal Register notice to inform the public that Mounir R. Khouri is subject to a PIE for 5 years. After January 20, 2021, Mounir R. Khouri, will be removed from the list and the public will be notified of that removal, also in accordance with 49 CFR 40.401(d). Any DOT-regulated employer who uses the services of Mounir R. Khouri between January 20, 2016 and January 20, 2021 may be subject to a civil penalty for violation of Part 40. PO 00000 Frm 00132 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4739 Dated this 20th day of January, 2016, at Washington, DC. Patrice M. Kelly, Acting Director, Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy Compliance. [FR Doc. 2016–01630 Filed 1–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–9X–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of the Secretary List of Countries Requiring Cooperation With an International Boycott In accordance with section 999(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, the Department of the Treasury is publishing a current list of countries which require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott (within the meaning of section 999(b)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986). On the basis of the best information currently available to the Department of the Treasury, the following countries require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott (within the meaning of section 999(b)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986). Iraq Kuwait Lebanon Libya Qatar Saudi Arabia Syria United Arab Emirates Yemen Dated: January 19, 2016. Danielle Rolfes, International Tax Counsel, (Tax Policy). [FR Doc. 2016–01622 Filed 1–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–25–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Multiemployer Pension Plan Application To Reduce Benefits Department of the Treasury. Notice of availability; Request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: The Board of Trustees of the Iron Workers Local 17 Pension Plan, a multiemployer pension plan, has submitted an application to Treasury to reduce benefits under the plan in accordance with the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA). The purpose of this notice is to announce that the application submitted by the Board of Trustees of the Iron SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27JAN1.SGM 27JAN1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 4740 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 17 / Wednesday, January 27, 2016 / Notices Workers Local 17 Pension Plan has been published on the Web site of the Department of the Treasury (Treasury), and to request public comments on the application from interested parties, including contributing employers, employee organizations, and participants and beneficiaries of the Iron Workers Local 17 Pension Plan. DATES: Comments must be received by March 14, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov, in accordance with the instructions on that site. Electronic submissions through www.regulations.gov are encouraged. Comments may also be mailed to the Department of the Treasury, MPRA Office, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room 1224, Washington, DC 20220. Attn: Deva Kyle. Comments sent via facsimile and email will not be accepted. Additional Instructions. All comments received, including attachments and other supporting materials, will be made available to the public. Do not include any personally identifiable information (such as Social Security number, name, address, or other contact information) or any other information in your comment or supporting materials that you do not want publicly disclosed. Treasury will make comments available for public inspection and copying on www.regulations.gov or upon request. Comments posted on the Internet can be retrieved by most Internet search engines. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding the application from the Board of Trustees of the Iron Workers Local 17 Pension Plan, please contact Treasury at (202) 622–1534 (not a toll-free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA) amended the Internal Revenue Code to permit a multiemployer plan that is projected to have insufficient funds to reduce pension benefits payable to participants and beneficiaries if certain conditions are satisfied. In order to reduce benefits, the plan sponsor is required to submit an application to the Secretary of the Treasury, which Treasury, in consultation with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and the Department of Labor, is required to approve or deny. On December 23, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Iron Workers Local 17 Pension Plan submitted an application for approval to reduce benefits under VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:41 Jan 26, 2016 Jkt 238001 the plan. Treasury received that application on December 28, 2015. As required by MPRA, that application has been published on Treasury’s Web site at http://www.treasury.gov/services/ Pages/Plan-Applications.aspx. Treasury is publishing this notice in the Federal Register, in consultation with PBGC and the Department of Labor, to solicit public comments on all aspects of the Iron Workers Local 17 Pension Plan application. Comments are requested from interested parties, including contributing employers, employee organizations, and participants and beneficiaries of the Iron Workers Local 17 Pension Plan. Consideration will be given to any comments that are timely received by Treasury. Dated: Janaury 21, 2016. David R. Pearl, Executive Secretary, Department of the Treasury. [FR Doc. 2016–01618 Filed 1–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–25–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Multiemployer Pension Plan Application To Reduce Benefits Department of the Treasury. Notice of availability; Request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: The Board of Trustees of the Teamsters Local Union No. 469 Pension Plan (Teamsters Local 469 Pension Plan), a multiemployer pension plan, has submitted an application to Treasury to reduce benefits under the plan in accordance with the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA). The purpose of this notice is to announce that the application submitted by the Board of Trustees of the Teamsters Local 469 Pension Plan has been published on the Web site of the Department of the Treasury (Treasury), and to request public comments on the application from interested parties, including contributing employers, employee organizations, and participants and beneficiaries of the Teamsters Local 469 Pension Plan. DATES: Comments must be received by March 14, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov, in accordance with the instructions on that site. Electronic submissions through www.regulations.gov are encouraged. Comments may also be mailed to the Department of the Treasury, MPRA SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00133 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Office, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room 1224, Washington, DC 20220. Attn: Deva Kyle. Comments sent via facsimile and email will not be accepted. Additional Instructions. All comments received, including attachments and other supporting materials, will be made available to the public. Do not include any personally identifiable information (such as Social Security number, name, address, or other contact information) or any other information in your comment or supporting materials that you do not want publicly disclosed. Treasury will make comments available for public inspection and copying on www.regulations.gov or upon request. Comments posted on the Internet can be retrieved by most Internet search engines. For information regarding the application from the Board of Trustees of the Teamsters Local 469 Pension Plan, please contact Treasury at (202) 622– 1534 (not a toll-free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA) amended the Internal Revenue Code to permit a multiemployer plan that is projected to have insufficient funds to reduce pension benefits payable to participants and beneficiaries if certain conditions are satisfied. In order to reduce benefits, the plan sponsor is required to submit an application to the Secretary of the Treasury, which Treasury, in consultation with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and the Department of Labor, is required to approve or deny. On December 28, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Teamsters Local 469 Pension Plan submitted an application for approval to reduce benefits under the plan. As required by MPRA, that application has been published on Treasury’s Web site at https:// www.treasury.gov/services/Pages/PlanApplications.aspx. Treasury is publishing this notice in the Federal Register, in consultation with PBGC and the Department of Labor, to solicit public comments on all aspects of the Teamsters Local 469 Pension Plan application. Comments are requested from interested parties, including contributing employers, employee organizations, and participants and beneficiaries of the Teamsters Local 469 Pension Plan. Consideration will be given to any comments that are timely received by Treasury. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\27JAN1.SGM 27JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 17 (Wednesday, January 27, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY


Multiemployer Pension Plan Application To Reduce Benefits

AGENCY: Department of the Treasury.

ACTION: Notice of availability; Request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Board of Trustees of the Iron Workers Local 17 Pension 
Plan, a multiemployer pension plan, has submitted an application to 
Treasury to reduce benefits under the plan in accordance with the 
Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA). The purpose of this 
notice is to announce that the application submitted by the Board of 
Trustees of the Iron

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Workers Local 17 Pension Plan has been published on the Web site of the 
Department of the Treasury (Treasury), and to request public comments 
on the application from interested parties, including contributing 
employers, employee organizations, and participants and beneficiaries 
of the Iron Workers Local 17 Pension Plan.

DATES: Comments must be received by March 14, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments electronically through the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, in accordance with 
the instructions on that site. Electronic submissions through 
www.regulations.gov are encouraged.
    Comments may also be mailed to the Department of the Treasury, MPRA 
Office, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room 1224, Washington, DC 20220. 
Attn: Deva Kyle. Comments sent via facsimile and email will not be 
accepted.
    Additional Instructions. All comments received, including 
attachments and other supporting materials, will be made available to 
the public. Do not include any personally identifiable information 
(such as Social Security number, name, address, or other contact 
information) or any other information in your comment or supporting 
materials that you do not want publicly disclosed. Treasury will make 
comments available for public inspection and copying on 
www.regulations.gov or upon request. Comments posted on the Internet 
can be retrieved by most Internet search engines.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding the 
application from the Board of Trustees of the Iron Workers Local 17 
Pension Plan, please contact Treasury at (202) 622-1534 (not a toll-
free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 
(MPRA) amended the Internal Revenue Code to permit a multiemployer plan 
that is projected to have insufficient funds to reduce pension benefits 
payable to participants and beneficiaries if certain conditions are 
satisfied. In order to reduce benefits, the plan sponsor is required to 
submit an application to the Secretary of the Treasury, which Treasury, 
in consultation with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) 
and the Department of Labor, is required to approve or deny.
    On December 23, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Iron Workers 
Local 17 Pension Plan submitted an application for approval to reduce 
benefits under the plan. Treasury received that application on December 
28, 2015. As required by MPRA, that application has been published on 
Treasury's Web site at http://www.treasury.gov/services/Pages/Plan-Applications.aspx. Treasury is publishing this notice in the Federal 
Register, in consultation with PBGC and the Department of Labor, to 
solicit public comments on all aspects of the Iron Workers Local 17 
Pension Plan application.
    Comments are requested from interested parties, including 
contributing employers, employee organizations, and participants and 
beneficiaries of the Iron Workers Local 17 Pension Plan. Consideration 
will be given to any comments that are timely received by Treasury.

    Dated: Janaury 21, 2016.
David R. Pearl,
Executive Secretary, Department of the Treasury.
[FR Doc. 2016-01618 Filed 1-26-16; 8:45 am]
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