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Download as PDF Vol. 81 Thursday, No. 111 June 9, 2016 Part XXIX Surface Transportation Board sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Semiannual Regulatory Agenda VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Jun 08, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4717 Sfmt 4717 E:\FR\FM\09JNP29.SGM 09JNP29 37476 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 111 / Thursday, June 9, 2016 / Unified Agenda SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD 49 CFR Ch. X [STB Ex Parte No. 536 (Sub-No. 40)] Semiannual Regulatory Agenda Surface Transportation Board. Semiannual regulatory agenda. AGENCY: ACTION: The Surface Transportation Board (the Board), in accordance with the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), is publishing a semiannual agenda of: (1) Current and projected rulemakings; and (2) existing regulations being reviewed to determine whether to propose modifications through rulemaking. Listed below are the regulatory actions to be developed or reviewed during the next 12 months. Following each rule identified is a brief description of the rule, including its purpose and legal basis. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A contact person is identified for each of the rules listed below. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq. (RFA), sets forth a number of requirements for agency rulemaking. SUMMARY: Among other things, the RFA requires that, semiannually, each agency shall publish in the Federal Register a regulatory flexibility agenda, which shall contain: (1) A brief description of the subject area of any rule that the agency expects to propose or promulgate, which is likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities; (2) A summary of the nature of any such rule under consideration for each subject area listed in the agenda pursuant to paragraph (1), the objectives and legal basis for the issuance of the rule, and an approximate schedule for completing action on any rule for which the agency has issued a general notice of proposed rulemaking; and (3) The name and telephone number of an agency official knowledgeable about the items listed in paragraph (1). Accordingly, a list of proceedings appears below containing information about subject areas in which the Board is currently conducting rulemaking proceedings or may institute such proceedings in the near future. It also contains information about existing regulations being reviewed to determine whether to propose modifications through rulemaking. The agenda represents the Board’s best estimate of rules that will be considered over the next 12 months. However, section 602(d) of the RFA, 5 U.S.C. 602(d), provides: ‘‘Nothing in [section 602] precludes an agency from considering or acting on any matter not included in a regulatory flexibility agenda or requires an agency to consider or act on any matter listed in such agenda.’’ The Board is publishing its spring 2016 regulatory flexibility agenda as part of the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Unified Agenda). The Unified Agenda is coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), pursuant to Executive Order 12866 and 13563. The Board is participating voluntarily in the program to assist OMB. Dated: March 18, 2016. By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioner Begeman. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD—PRERULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 422 .................... Review of Commodity, Boxcar, and TOFC/COFC Exemptions, Docket No. EP 704 ..................................... SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD (STB) Prerule Stage 422. • Review of Commodity, Boxcar, and TOFC/COFC Exemptions, Docket No. EP 704 sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 10502; 49 U.S.C. 13301 Abstract: In this proceeding, the Board requested public comment and held a public hearing in February 2011 to explore the continued utility of, and the issues surrounding, the commodity exemptions under 49 CFR 1039.10 and 1039.11, the boxcar exemption under 49 CFR 1039.14, and the trailer-on-flatcar/ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Jun 08, 2016 Jkt 238001 container-on-flatcar exemption under 49 CFR part 1090. The Board encouraged interested parties to address the effectiveness of the exemptions in the marketplace, whether the rationale behind any of these exemptions should be revisited, and whether the exemptions should be subject to periodic review. Comments and exhibits were received through February 24, 2011, and are under consideration by the Board. Timetable: Action Date Notice of Public Hearing. PO 00000 Frm 00002 10/27/10 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 9990 FR Cite 75 FR 66187 Action Prerule ................. Date 2140–AB28 FR Cite 05/00/16 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Scott M. Zimmerman, Deputy Director, Office of Proceedings, Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001, Phone: 202 245–0386, Fax: 202 245–0464, Email: zimmermans@stb.dot.gov. RIN: 2140–AB28 [FR Doc. 2016–12970 Filed 6–8–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–15–P E:\FR\FM\09JNP29.SGM 09JNP29

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REGULATORY INFORMATION SERVICE CENTER


Introduction to the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and 
Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: Regulatory Information Service Center.

ACTION: Introduction to the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and 
Deregulatory Actions.

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SUMMARY: The Spring 2016 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and 
Deregulatory Actions.
    Publication of the Spring 2016 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory 
and Deregulatory Actions represents a key component of the regulatory 
planning mechanism prescribed in Executive Order 12866 ``Regulatory 
Planning and Review'' (58 FR 51735) and incorporated by reference in 
the President's Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and 
Regulatory Review,'' issued on January 18, 2011 (76 FR 3821).
    The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires that agencies publish 
semiannual regulatory agendas in the Federal Register describing 
regulatory actions they are developing that may have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities (5 U.S.C. 
602).
    In the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory 
Actions (Unified Agenda) agencies report regulatory actions upcoming in 
the next year. Executive Order 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and 
Review,'' signed September 30, 1993 (58 FR 51735), and Office of 
Management and Budget memoranda implementing section 4 of that Order 
establish minimum standards for agencies' agendas, including specific 
types of information for each entry.
    The Unified Agenda helps agencies fulfill these requirements. All 
Federal regulatory agencies have chosen to publish their regulatory 
agendas as part of the Unified Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda for 
spring 2016, which contains the regulatory agendas for 57 Federal 
agencies, is available to the public at http://reginfo.gov.
    The spring 2016 Unified Agenda publication appearing in the Federal 
Register consists of agency regulatory flexibility agendas, in 
accordance with the publication requirements of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act. Agency regulatory flexibility agendas contain only 
those Agenda entries for rules that are likely to have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities and entries 
that have been selected for periodic review under section 610 of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act.

ADDRESSES: Regulatory Information Service Center (MVE), General 
Services Administration, 1800 F Street NW., MVE, Room 2219F, 
Washington, DC 20405.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about specific 
regulatory actions, please refer to the agency contact listed for each 
entry. To provide comment on or to obtain further information about 
this publication, contact: John C. Thomas, Executive Director, 
Regulatory Information Service Center (MVE), General Services 
Administration, 1800 F Street NW., MVE, Room 2219F, Washington, DC 
20405, (202) 482-7340. You may also send comments to us by email at: 
RISC@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and 
Deregulatory Actions

I. What is the Unified Agenda?
II. Why is the Unified Agenda published?
III. How is the Unified Agenda organized?
IV. What information appears for each entry?
V. Abbreviations
VI. How can users get copies of the Plan and the Agenda?

Agency Agendas

Cabinet Departments

Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of the Interior
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of Transportation
Department of the Treasury

Other Executive Agencies

Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
Environmental Protection Agency
General Services Administration
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Small Business Administration

Joint Authority

Department of Defense/General Services Administration/National 
Aeronautics and Space Administration (Federal Acquisition 
Regulation)

Independent Regulatory Agencies

Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Maritime Commission
Federal Reserve System
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Securities and Exchange Commission
Surface Transportation Board

Introduction to the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and 
Deregulatory Actions

I. What is the Unified Agenda?

    The Unified Agenda provides information about regulations that the 
Government is considering or reviewing. The Unified Agenda has appeared 
in the Federal Register twice each year since 1983 and has been 
available online since 1995. The complete Unified Agenda is available 
to the public at http://reginfo.gov. The online Unified Agenda offers 
user-friendly flexible search tools and a vast historical database.
    The spring 2016 Unified Agenda publication appearing in the Federal 
Register consists of agency regulatory flexibility agendas, in 
accordance with the publication requirements of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act. Agency regulatory flexibility agendas contain only 
those Agenda entries for rules that are likely to have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities and entries 
that have been selected for periodic review under section 610 of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act. Printed entries display only the fields 
required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Complete agenda information 
for those entries appears, in a uniform format, in the online Unified 
Agenda at http://reginfo.gov.
    These publication formats meet the publication mandates of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive Order 12866. The complete 
online edition of the Unified Agenda includes regulatory agendas from 
57 Federal agencies. Agencies of the United States Congress are not 
included.
    The following agencies have no entries identified for inclusion in 
the printed regulatory flexibility agenda. The regulatory agendas of 
these agencies are available to the public at http://reginfo.gov.

Department of State
Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency for International Development
Commission on Civil Rights
Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely 
Disabled
Corporation for National and Community Service
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of 
Columbia
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Institute of Museum and Library Services
National Archives and Records Administration
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities

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National Science Foundation
Office of Government Ethics
Office of Management and Budget
Office of Personnel Management
Office of the United States Trade Representative
Peace Corps
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Railroad Retirement Board
Social Security Administration
Farm Credit Administration
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Housing Finance Agency
Federal Maritime Commission
Federal Trade Commission
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
National Credit Union Administration
National Indian Gaming Commission
National Transportation Safety Board

    The Regulatory Information Service Center compiles the Unified 
Agenda for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), 
part of the Office of Management and Budget. OIRA is responsible for 
overseeing the Federal Government's regulatory, paperwork, and 
information resource management activities, including implementation of 
Executive Order 12866 (incorporated by reference in Executive Order 
13563). The Center also provides information about Federal regulatory 
activity to the President and his Executive Office, the Congress, 
agency officials, and the public.
    The activities included in the Unified Agenda are, in general, 
those that will have a regulatory action within the next 12 months. 
Agencies may choose to include activities that will have a longer 
timeframe than 12 months. Agency agendas also show actions or reviews 
completed or withdrawn since the last Unified Agenda. Executive Order 
12866 does not require agencies to include regulations concerning 
military or foreign affairs functions or regulations related to agency 
organization, management, or personnel matters.
    Agencies prepared entries for this publication to give the public 
notice of their plans to review, propose, and issue regulations. They 
have tried to predict their activities over the next 12 months as 
accurately as possible, but dates and schedules are subject to change. 
Agencies may withdraw some of the regulations now under development, 
and they may issue or propose other regulations not included in their 
agendas. Agency actions in the rulemaking process may occur before or 
after the dates they have listed. The Unified Agenda does not create a 
legal obligation on agencies to adhere to schedules in this publication 
or to confine their regulatory activities to those regulations that 
appear within it.

II. Why is the Unified Agenda published?

    The Unified Agenda helps agencies comply with their obligations 
under the Regulatory Flexibility Act and various Executive orders and 
other statutes.

Executive Order 12866

    Executive Order 12866 entitled ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' 
signed September 30, 1993, (58 FR 51735), requires covered agencies to 
prepare an agenda of all regulations under development or review. The 
Order also requires that certain agencies prepare annually a regulatory 
plan of their ``most important significant regulatory actions,'' which 
appears as part of the fall Unified Agenda. Executive Order 13497, 
signed January 30, 2009 (74 FR 6113), revoked the amendments to 
Executive Order 12866 that were contained in Executive Order 13258 and 
Executive Order 13422.

Executive Order 13563

    Executive Order 13563 entitled ``Improving Regulation and 
Regulatory Review,'' issued on January 18, 2011, supplements and 
reaffirms the principles, structures, and definitions governing 
contemporary regulatory review that were established in Executive Order 
12866, which includes the general principles of regulation and public 
participation, and orders integration and innovation in coordination 
across agencies; flexible approaches where relevant, feasible, and 
consistent with regulatory approaches; scientific integrity in any 
scientific or technological information and processes used to support 
the agencies' regulatory actions; and retrospective analysis of 
existing regulations.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires agencies to identify those 
rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities (5 U.S.C. 602). Agencies meet that requirement 
by including the information in their submissions for the Unified 
Agenda. Agencies may also indicate those regulations that they are 
reviewing as part of their periodic review of existing rules under the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 610). Executive Order 13272 
entitled ``Proper Consideration of Small Entities in Agency 
Rulemaking,'' signed August 13, 2002, (67 FR 53461), provides 
additional guidance on compliance with the Act.

Executive Order 13132

    Executive Order 13132 entitled ``Federalism,'' signed August 4, 
1999, (64 FR 43255), directs agencies to have an accountable process to 
ensure meaningful and timely input by State and local officials in the 
development of regulatory policies that have ``federalism 
implications'' as defined in the Order. Under the Order, an agency that 
is proposing a regulation with federalism implications, which either 
preempt State law or impose non-statutory unfunded substantial direct 
compliance costs on State and local governments, must consult with 
State and local officials early in the process of developing the 
regulation. In addition, the agency must provide to the Director of the 
Office of Management and Budget a federalism summary impact statement 
for such a regulation, which consists of a description of the extent of 
the agency's prior consultation with State and local officials, a 
summary of their concerns and the agency's position supporting the need 
to issue the regulation, and a statement of the extent to which those 
concerns have been met. As part of this effort, agencies include in 
their submissions for the Unified Agenda information on whether their 
regulatory actions may have an effect on the various levels of 
government and whether those actions have federalism implications.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4, title II) 
requires agencies to prepare written assessments of the costs and 
benefits of significant regulatory actions ``that may result in the 
expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, 
or by the private sector, of $100,000,000 or more . . . in any 1 year . 
. . .'' The requirement does not apply to independent regulatory 
agencies, nor does it apply to certain subject areas excluded by 
section 4 of the Act. Affected agencies identify in the Unified Agenda 
those regulatory actions they believe are subject to title II of the 
Act.

Executive Order 13211

    Executive Order 13211 entitled ``Actions Concerning Regulations 
That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use,'' signed 
May 18, 2001, (66 FR 28355), directs agencies to provide, to the extent 
possible, information regarding the adverse effects that agency actions 
may have on the supply, distribution, and use of energy. Under the 
Order, the agency must prepare and submit a Statement of Energy Effects 
to the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, for ``those matters 
identified as significant energy actions.'' As part of

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this effort, agencies may optionally include in their submissions for 
the Unified Agenda information on whether they have prepared or plan to 
prepare a Statement of Energy Effects for their regulatory actions.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

    The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (Pub. L. 
104-121, title II) established a procedure for congressional review of 
rules (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), which defers, unless exempted, the 
effective date of a ``major'' rule for at least 60 days from the 
publication of the final rule in the Federal Register. The Act 
specifies that a rule is ``major'' if it has resulted, or is likely to 
result, in an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or 
meets other criteria specified in that Act. The Act provides that the 
Administrator of OIRA will make the final determination as to whether a 
rule is major.

III. How is the Unified Agenda organized?

    Agency regulatory flexibility agendas are printed in a single daily 
edition of the Federal Register. A regulatory flexibility agenda is 
printed for each agency whose agenda includes entries for rules which 
are likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities or rules that have been selected for periodic 
review under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Each 
printed agenda appears as a separate part. The parts are organized 
alphabetically in four groups: Cabinet departments; other executive 
agencies; the Federal Acquisition Regulation, a joint authority; and 
independent regulatory agencies. Agencies may in turn be divided into 
sub-agencies. Each agency's part of the Agenda contains a preamble 
providing information specific to that agency. Each printed agency 
agenda has a table of contents listing the agency's printed entries 
that follow.
    The online, complete Unified Agenda contains the preambles of all 
participating agencies. In the online Agenda, users can select the 
particular agencies whose agendas they want to see. Users have broad 
flexibility to specify the characteristics of the entries of interest 
to them by choosing the desired responses to individual data fields. To 
see a listing of all of an agency's entries, a user can select the 
agency without specifying any particular characteristics of entries.
    Each entry in the Unified Agenda is associated with one of five 
rulemaking stages. The rulemaking stages are:
    1. Prerule Stage--actions agencies will undertake to determine 
whether or how to initiate rulemaking. Such actions occur prior to a 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and may include Advance Notices of 
Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRMs) and reviews of existing regulations.
    2. Proposed Rule Stage--actions for which agencies plan to publish 
a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking as the next step in their rulemaking 
process or for which the closing date of the NPRM Comment Period is the 
next step.
    3. Final Rule Stage--actions for which agencies plan to publish a 
final rule or an interim final rule or to take other final action as 
the next step.
    4. Long-Term Actions--items under development but for which the 
agency does not expect to have a regulatory action within the 12 months 
after publication of this edition of the Unified Agenda. Some of the 
entries in this section may contain abbreviated information.
    5. Completed Actions--actions or reviews the agency has completed 
or withdrawn since publishing its last agenda. This section also 
includes items the agency began and completed between issues of the 
Agenda.
    Long-Term Actions are rulemakings reported during the publication 
cycle that are outside of the required 12-month reporting period for 
which the Agenda was intended. Completed Actions in the publication 
cycle are rulemakings that are ending their lifecycle either by 
Withdrawal or completion of the rulemaking process. Therefore, the 
Long-Term and Completed RINs do not represent the ongoing, forward-
looking nature intended for reporting developing rulemakings in the 
Agenda pursuant to Executive Order 12866, section 4(b) and 4(c). To 
further differentiate these two stages of rulemaking in the Unified 
Agenda from active rulemakings, Long-Term and Completed Actions are 
reported separately from active rulemakings, which can be any of the 
first three stages of rulemaking listed above. A separate search 
function is provided on http://reginfo.gov to search for Completed and 
Long-Term Actions apart from each other and active RINs.
    A bullet () preceding the title of an entry indicates that 
the entry is appearing in the Unified Agenda for the first time.
    In the printed edition, all entries are numbered sequentially from 
the beginning to the end of the publication. The sequence number 
preceding the title of each entry identifies the location of the entry 
in this edition. The sequence number is used as the reference in the 
printed table of contents. Sequence numbers are not used in the online 
Unified Agenda because the unique Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) is 
able to provide this cross-reference capability.
    Editions of the Unified Agenda prior to fall 2007 contained several 
indexes, which identified entries with various characteristics. These 
included regulatory actions for which agencies believe that the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act may require a Regulatory Flexibility 
Analysis, actions selected for periodic review under section 610(c) of 
the Regulatory Flexibility Act, and actions that may have federalism 
implications as defined in Executive Order 13132 or other effects on 
levels of government. These indexes are no longer compiled, because 
users of the online Unified Agenda have the flexibility to search for 
entries with any combination of desired characteristics. The online 
edition retains the Unified Agenda's subject index based on the Federal 
Register Thesaurus of Indexing Terms. In addition, online users have 
the option of searching Agenda text fields for words or phrases.

IV. What information appears for each entry?

    All entries in the online Unified Agenda contain uniform data 
elements including, at a minimum, the following information:
    Title of the Regulation--a brief description of the subject of the 
regulation. In the printed edition, the notation ``Section 610 Review'' 
following the title indicates that the agency has selected the rule for 
its periodic review of existing rules under the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (5 U.S.C. 610(c)). Some agencies have indicated completions of 
section 610 reviews or rulemaking actions resulting from completed 
section 610 reviews. In the online edition, these notations appear in a 
separate field.
    Priority--an indication of the significance of the regulation. 
Agencies assign each entry to one of the following five categories of 
significance.

(1) Economically Significant

    As defined in Executive Order 12866, a rulemaking action that will 
have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or will 
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. The definition of an ``economically significant'' rule is 
similar but not identical to the definition of a ``major''

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rule under 5 U.S.C. 801 (Pub. L. 104-121). (See below.)

(2) Other Significant

    A rulemaking that is not Economically Significant but is considered 
Significant by the agency. This category includes rules that the agency 
anticipates will be reviewed under Executive Order 12866 or rules that 
are a priority of the agency head. These rules may or may not be 
included in the agency's regulatory plan.

(3) Substantive, Nonsignificant

    A rulemaking that has substantive impacts but is neither 
Significant, nor Routine and Frequent, nor Informational/
Administrative/Other.

(4) Routine and Frequent

    A rulemaking that is a specific case of a multiple recurring 
application of a regulatory program in the Code of Federal Regulations 
and that does not alter the body of the regulation.

(5) Informational/Administrative/Other

    A rulemaking that is primarily informational or pertains to agency 
matters not central to accomplishing the agency's regulatory mandate 
but that the agency places in the Unified Agenda to inform the public 
of the activity.
    Major--whether the rule is ``major'' under 5 U.S.C. 801 (Pub. L. 
104-121) because it has resulted or is likely to result in an annual 
effect on the economy of $100 million or more or meets other criteria 
specified in that Act. The Act provides that the Administrator of the 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs will make the final 
determination as to whether a rule is major.
    Unfunded Mandates--whether the rule is covered by section 202 of 
the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4). The Act 
requires that, before issuing an NPRM likely to result in a mandate 
that may result in expenditures by State, local, and tribal 
governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of more than 
$100 million in 1 year, agencies, other than independent regulatory 
agencies, shall prepare a written statement containing an assessment of 
the anticipated costs and benefits of the Federal mandate.
    Legal Authority--the section(s) of the United States Code (U.S.C.) 
or Public Law (Pub. L.) or the Executive order (E.O.) that authorize(s) 
the regulatory action. Agencies may provide popular name references to 
laws in addition to these citations.
    CFR Citation--the section(s) of the Code of Federal Regulations 
that will be affected by the action.
    Legal Deadline--whether the action is subject to a statutory or 
judicial deadline, the date of that deadline, and whether the deadline 
pertains to an NPRM, a Final Action, or some other action.
    Abstract--a brief description of the problem the regulation will 
address; the need for a Federal solution; to the extent available, 
alternatives that the agency is considering to address the problem; and 
potential costs and benefits of the action.
    Timetable--the dates and citations (if available) for all past 
steps and a projected date for at least the next step for the 
regulatory action. A date displayed in the form 06/00/14 means the 
agency is predicting the month and year the action will take place but 
not the day it will occur. In some instances, agencies may indicate 
what the next action will be, but the date of that action is ``To Be 
Determined.'' ``Next Action Undetermined'' indicates the agency does 
not know what action it will take next.
    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required--whether an analysis is 
required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) 
because the rulemaking action is likely to have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities as defined by the Act.
    Small Entities Affected--the types of small entities (businesses, 
governmental jurisdictions, or organizations) on which the rulemaking 
action is likely to have an impact as defined by the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act. Some agencies have chosen to indicate likely effects 
on small entities even though they believe that a Regulatory 
Flexibility Analysis will not be required.
    Government Levels Affected--whether the action is expected to 
affect levels of government and, if so, whether the governments are 
State, local, tribal, or Federal.
    International Impacts--whether the regulation is expected to have 
international trade and investment effects, or otherwise may be of 
interest to the Nation's international trading partners.
    Federalism--whether the action has ``federalism implications'' as 
defined in Executive Order 13132. This term refers to actions ``that 
have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship 
between the national government and the States, or on the distribution 
of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.'' 
Independent regulatory agencies are not required to supply this 
information.
    Included in the Regulatory Plan--whether the rulemaking was 
included in the agency's current regulatory plan published in fall 
2015.
    Agency Contact--the name and phone number of at least one person in 
the agency who is knowledgeable about the rulemaking action. The agency 
may also provide the title, address, fax number, email address, and TDD 
for each agency contact.
    Some agencies have provided the following optional information:
    RIN Information URL--the Internet address of a site that provides 
more information about the entry.
    Public Comment URL--the Internet address of a site that will accept 
public comments on the entry. Alternatively, timely public comments may 
be submitted at the governmentwide e-rulemaking site, http://
www.regulations.gov.
    Additional Information--any information an agency wishes to include 
that does not have a specific corresponding data element.
    Compliance Cost to the Public--the estimated gross compliance cost 
of the action.
    Affected Sectors--the industrial sectors that the action may most 
affect, either directly or indirectly. Affected sectors are identified 
by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes.
    Energy Effects--an indication of whether the agency has prepared or 
plans to prepare a Statement of Energy Effects for the action, as 
required by Executive Order 13211 ``Actions Concerning Regulations That 
Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use,'' signed May 
18, 2001 (66 FR 28355).
    Related RINs--one or more past or current RIN(s) associated with 
activity related to this action, such as merged RINs, split RINs, new 
activity for previously completed RINs, or duplicate RINs.
    Some agencies that participated in the fall 2015 edition of The 
Regulatory Plan have chosen to include the following information for 
those entries that appeared in the Plan:
    Statement of Need--a description of the need for the regulatory 
action.
    Summary of the Legal Basis--a description of the legal basis for 
the action, including whether any aspect of the action is required by 
statute or court order.
    Alternatives--a description of the alternatives the agency has 
considered or will consider as required by section 4(c)(1)(B) of 
Executive Order 12866.
    Anticipated Costs and Benefits--a description of preliminary 
estimates of the anticipated costs and benefits of the action.

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    Risks--a description of the magnitude of the risk the action 
addresses, the amount by which the agency expects the action to reduce 
this risk, and the relation of the risk and this risk reduction effort 
to other risks and risk reduction efforts within the agency's 
jurisdiction.

V. Abbreviations

    The following abbreviations appear throughout this publication:
    ANPRM--An Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is a preliminary 
notice, published in the Federal Register, announcing that an agency is 
considering a regulatory action. An agency may issue an ANPRM before it 
develops a detailed proposed rule. An ANPRM describes the general area 
that may be subject to regulation and usually asks for public comment 
on the issues and options being discussed. An ANPRM is issued only when 
an agency believes it needs to gather more information before 
proceeding to a notice of proposed rulemaking.
    CFR--The Code of Federal Regulations is an annual codification of 
the general and permanent regulations published in the Federal Register 
by the agencies of the Federal Government. The Code is divided into 50 
titles, each title covering a broad area subject to Federal regulation. 
The CFR is keyed to and kept up to date by the daily issues of the 
Federal Register.
    E.O.--An Executive order is a directive from the President to 
Executive agencies, issued under constitutional or statutory authority. 
Executive orders are published in the Federal Register and in title 3 
of the Code of Federal Regulations.
    FR--The Federal Register is a daily Federal Government publication 
that provides a uniform system for publishing Presidential documents, 
all proposed and final regulations, notices of meetings, and other 
official documents issued by Federal agencies.
    FY--The Federal fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.
    NPRM--A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is the document an agency 
issues and publishes in the Federal Register that describes and 
solicits public comments on a proposed regulatory action. Under the 
Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553), an NPRM must include, at a 
minimum:

a statement of the time, place, and nature of the public rulemaking 
proceeding; a reference to the legal authority under which the rule 
is proposed; and

either the terms or substance of the proposed rule or a description 
of the subjects and issues involved.

    PL (or Pub. L.)--A public law is a law passed by Congress and 
signed by the President or enacted over his veto. It has general 
applicability, unlike a private law that applies only to those persons 
or entities specifically designated. Public laws are numbered in 
sequence throughout the 2-year life of each Congress; for example, PL 
110-4 is the fourth public law of the 110th Congress.
    RFA--A Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is a description and 
analysis of the impact of a rule on small entities, including small 
businesses, small governmental jurisdictions, and certain small not-
for-profit organizations. The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 
et seq.) requires each agency to prepare an initial RFA for public 
comment when it is required to publish an NPRM and to make available a 
final RFA when the final rule is published, unless the agency head 
certifies that the rule would not have a significant economic impact on 
a substantial number of small entities.
    RIN--The Regulation Identifier Number is assigned by the Regulatory 
Information Service Center to identify each regulatory action listed in 
the Unified Agenda, as directed by Executive Order 12866 (section 
4(b)). Additionally, OMB has asked agencies to include RINs in the 
headings of their Rule and Proposed Rule documents when publishing them 
in the Federal Register, to make it easier for the public and agency 
officials to track the publication history of regulatory actions 
throughout their development.
    Seq. No.--The sequence number identifies the location of an entry 
in the printed edition of the Unified Agenda. Note that a specific 
regulatory action will have the same RIN throughout its development but 
will generally have different sequence numbers if it appears in 
different printed editions of the Unified Agenda. Sequence numbers are 
not used in the online Unified Agenda.
    U.S.C.--The United States Code is a consolidation and codification 
of all general and permanent laws of the United States. The U.S.C. is 
divided into 50 titles, each title covering a broad area of Federal 
law.

VI. How can users get copies of the Agenda?

    Copies of the Federal Register issue containing the printed edition 
of the Unified Agenda (agency regulatory flexibility agendas) are 
available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government 
Printing Office, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. Telephone: 
(202) 512-1800 or 1-866-512-1800 (toll-free).
    Copies of individual agency materials may be available directly 
from the agency or may be found on the agency's Web site. Please 
contact the particular agency for further information.
    All editions of The Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of 
Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions since fall 1995 are 
available in electronic form at http://reginfo.gov, along with flexible 
search tools.
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of the Agendas and Regulatory Plans that have been printed in the 
Federal Register. These documents are available at http://
www.fdsys.gov.

    Dated: May 18, 2016.
 John C. Thomas,
Executive Director.
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2 CFR Subtitle B, Ch. IV

5 CFR Ch. LXXIII

7 CFR Subtitle A; Subtitle B, Chs. I-XI, XIV-XVIII, XX, XXV-
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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, Spring 2016

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, USDA.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This agenda provides summary descriptions of significant and 
not significant regulations being developed in agencies of the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture (USDA) in conformance with Executive Orders 
(E.O.) 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' and 13563 ``Improving 
Regulation and Regulatory Review.'' The agenda also describes 
regulations affecting small entities as required by section 602 of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, Public Law 96-354. This agenda also 
identifies regulatory actions that are being reviewed in compliance 
with section 610(c) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We invite public 
comment on those actions as well as any regulation consistent with 
Executive Order 13563.
    USDA has attempted to list all regulations and regulatory reviews 
pending at the time of publication except for minor and routine or 
repetitive actions, but some may have been inadvertently missed. There 
is no legal significance to the omission of an item from this listing. 
Also, the dates shown for the steps of each action are estimated and 
are not commitments to act on or by the date shown.
    USDA's complete regulatory agenda is available online at 
www.reginfo.gov. Because publication in the Federal Register is 
mandated for the regulatory flexibility agendas required by the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602), USDA's printed agenda 
entries include only:
    (1) Rules that are likely to have a significant economic impact on 
a substantial number of small entities; and
    (2) Rules identified for periodic review under section 610 of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on any 
specific entry shown in this agenda, please contact the person listed 
for that action. For general comments or inquiries about the agenda, 
please contact Michael Poe, Office of Budget and Program Analysis, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250, (202) 720-3257.

    Dated: March 18, 2016.
 Michael Poe,
Legislative and Regulatory Staff.

           Agricultural Marketing Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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1.........................  National Organic Program,          0581-AD20
                             Organic Pet Food
                             Standards.
2.........................  National Organic Program,          0581-AD31
                             Organic Apiculture
                             Practice Standard, NOP-12-
                             0063.
3.........................  National Organic Program--         0581-AD34
                             Organic Aquaculture
                             Standards.
4.........................  NOP; Organic Livestock and         0581-AD44
                             Poultry Practices.
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            Agricultural Marketing Service--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
5.........................  National Organic Program,          0581-AD08
                             Origin of Livestock, NOP-
                             11-0009.
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     Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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6.........................  Plant Pest Regulations;            0579-AC98
                             Update of General
                             Provisions.
7.........................  Bovine Spongiform                  0579-AD10
                             Encephalopathy and
                             Scrapie; Importation of
                             Small Ruminants and Their
                             Germplasm, Products, and
                             Byproducts.
8.........................  Brucellosis and Bovine             0579-AD65
                             Tuberculosis; Update of
                             General Provisions.
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      Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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9.........................  Scrapie in Sheep and Goats         0579-AC92
10........................  Importation of Wood                0579-AD28
                             Packaging Material From
                             Canada.
11........................  Establishing a Performance         0579-AD71
                             Standard for Authorizing
                             the Importation and
                             Interstate Movement of
                             Fruits and Vegetables.
12........................  Agricultural Bioterrorism          0579-AE08
                             Protection Act of 2002;
                             Biennial Review and
                             Republication of the
                             Select Agent and Toxin
                             List.
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      Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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13........................  Lacey Act Implementation           0579-AD11
                             Plan; Definitions for
                             Exempt and Regulated
                             Articles.
14........................  Exportation of Live                0579-AE00
                             Animals, Hatching Eggs,
                             and Animal Germplasm From
                             the United States.
15........................  Importation of Tomato              0579-AE06
                             Plantlets in Approved
                             Growing Media From Mexico.
16........................  Importation of                     0579-AE10
                             Phalaenopsis Spp. Plants
                             for Planting in Approved
                             Growing Media From China
                             to the Continental United
                             States.
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 Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration--Proposed Rule
                                  Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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17........................  Undue Preference and               0580-AB27
                             Advantage.
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   Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration--Final Rule
                                  Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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18........................  Scope and Unfair Practices         0580-AB25
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             Food and Nutrition Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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19........................  Modernizing Supplemental           0584-AE37
                             Nutrition Assistance
                             Program (SNAP) Benefit
                             Redemption Systems.
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              Food and Nutrition Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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20........................  National School Lunch and          0584-AE09
                             School Breakfast
                             Programs: Nutrition
                             Standards for All Foods
                             Sold in School, as
                             Required by the Healthy,
                             Hunger-Free Kids Act of
                             2010.
21........................  Child Nutrition Programs:          0584-AE25
                             Local School Wellness
                             Policy Implementation
                             Under the Healthy, Hunger-
                             Free Kids Act of 2010.
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              Food and Nutrition Service--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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22........................  Child and Adult Care Food          0584-AE18
                             Program: Meal Pattern
                             Revisions Related to the
                             Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids
                             Act of 2010.
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         Food Safety and Inspection Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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23........................  Elimination of Trichina            0583-AD59
                             Control Regulations and
                             Consolidation of
                             Thermally Processed,
                             Commercially Sterile
                             Regulations.
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          Food Safety and Inspection Service--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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24........................  Mandatory Inspection of            0583-AD36
                             Fish of the Order
                             Siluriformes and Products
                             Derived From Such Fish.
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                    Forest Service--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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25........................  Management of Surface              0596-AD03
                             Activities Associated
                             With Outstanding Mineral
                             Rights on National Forest
                             System Lands (Directive).
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                    Forest Service--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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26........................  Ski Area--D Clauses:               0596-AD14
                             Resource and Improvement
                             Protection, Water
                             Facilities, and Water
                             Rights (Directive).
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   Office of Procurement and Property Management--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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27........................  Designation of Biobased            0599-AA24
                             Product Categories for
                             Federal Procurement,
                             Round 11.
28........................  Designation of Biobased            0599-AA25
                             Product Categories for
                             Federal Procurement,
                             Round 12.
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

Proposed Rule Stage

1. National Organic Program, Organic Pet Food Standards

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 6501
    Abstract: The National Organic Program (NOP) establishes national 
standards governing the marketing of organically produced agricultural 
products. In 2004, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) 
initiated the development of organic pet food standards, which had not 
been incorporated into the NOP regulations, by forming a task force 
which included pet food manufacturers, organic consultants, etc. 
Collectively, these experts drafted organic pet food standards 
consistent with the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, Food and Drug 
Administration requirements, and the Association of American Feed 
Control Officials (AAFCO) Model Regulations for Pet and Specialty Pet 
Food. The AAFCO regulations are scientifically based regulations for 
voluntary adoption by State jurisdictions to ensure the safety, 
quality, and effectiveness of feed. In November 2008, the NOSB approved 
a final recommendation for organic pet food standards incorporating the 
provisions drafted by the pet food task force.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator, USDA National 
Organic Program, Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing 
Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone: 202 
720-3252.
    RIN: 0581-AD20

2. National Organic Program, Organic Apiculture Practice Standard, NOP-
12-0063

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 6501
    Abstract: This action proposes to amend the USDA organic 
regulations to reflect an October 2010 recommendation submitted to the 
Secretary by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) concerning the 
production of organic apicultural (or beekeeping) products.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   09/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator, USDA National 
Organic Program, Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing 
Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone: 202 
720-3252.
    RIN: 0581-AD31

3. National Organic Program--Organic Aquaculture Standards

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 6501 to 6522
    Abstract: This action proposes to establish standards for organic 
production and certification of farmed aquatic animals and their 
products in the USDA organic regulations. This action would also add 
aquatic animals as a scope of certification and accreditation under the 
National Organic Program (NOP). This action is necessary to establish 
standards for organic farmed aquatic animals and their products which 
would allow U.S. producers to compete in the organic seafood market. 
This action is also necessary to address multiple recommendations 
provided to USDA by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). From 
2007 through 2009, the NOSB made five recommendations to establish 
standards for the certification of organic farmed aquatic animals and 
their products. Finally, the U.S. currently has organic standards 
equivalence arrangements with Canada and the European Union (EU). Both 
Canada and the EU established standards for organic aquaculture 
products. Because the U.S. does not have organic aquaculture standards, 
the U.S. is unable to include aquaculture in the scope of these 
arrangements. Establishing U.S. organic aquaculture may provide a basis 
for expanding those trade partnerships.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator, USDA National 
Organic Program, Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing

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Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone: 202 
720-3252.
    RIN: 0581-AD34

4.  NOP; Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 6501 to 6522
    Abstract: This action proposes to establish standards that support 
additional practice standards for organic livestock and poultry 
production. This action would add provisions to the USDA organic 
regulations to address and clarify livestock and poultry living 
conditions (for example, outdoor access, housing environment and 
stocking densities), health care practices (for example physical 
alterations, administering medical treatment, euthanasia), and animal 
handling and transport to and during slaughter.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/13/16  81 FR 21955
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/13/16  .......................
Final Action........................   10/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator, USDA National 
Organic Program, Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing 
Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone: 202 
720-3252.
    RIN: 0581-AD44

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

Final Rule Stage

5. National Organic Program, Origin of Livestock, NOP-11-0009

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 6501
    Abstract: The current regulations provide two tracks for replacing 
dairy animals which are tied to how dairy farmers transition to organic 
production. Farmers who transition an entire distinct herd must 
thereafter replace dairy animals with livestock that has been under 
organic management from the last third of gestation. Farmers who do not 
transition an entire distinct herd may perpetually obtain replacement 
animals that have been managed organically for 12 months prior to 
marketing milk or milk products as organic. The proposed action would 
eliminate the two-track system and require that upon transition, all 
existing and replacement dairy animals from which milk or milk products 
are intended to be sold, labeled, or represented as organic must be 
managed organically from the last third of gestation.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/28/15  80 FR 23455
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/27/15  .......................
Final Action........................   05/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator, USDA National 
Organic Program, Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing 
Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone: 202 
720-3252.
    RIN: 0581-AD08

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Proposed Rule Stage

6. Plant Pest Regulations; Update of General Provisions

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 2260; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 
7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 to 7786; 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8817; 19 U.S.C. 136; 21 
U.S.C. 111; 21 U.S.C. 114a; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 42 
U.S.C. 4331 and 4332
    Abstract: We are proposing to revise our regulations regarding the 
movement of plant pests. We are proposing criteria regarding the 
movement and environmental release of biological control organisms, and 
are proposing to establish regulations to allow the importation and 
movement in interstate commerce of certain types of plant pests without 
restriction by granting exceptions from permitting requirements for 
those pests. We are also proposing to revise our regulations regarding 
the movement of soil. This proposed rule replaces a previously 
published proposed rule, which we are withdrawing as part of this 
document. This proposal would clarify the factors that would be 
considered when assessing the risks associated with the movement of 
certain organisms and facilitate the movement of regulated organisms 
and articles in a manner that also protects U.S. agriculture.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Intent To Prepare an         10/20/09  74 FR 53673
 Environmental Impact Statement.
Notice Comment Period End...........   11/19/09  .......................
NPRM................................   05/00/16  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Colin Stewart, Assistant Director, Pests, 
Pathogens, and Biocontrol Permits, PPQ, Department of Agriculture, 
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, 
Riverdale, MD 20737-1236, Phone: 301 851-2237.
    RIN: 0579-AC98

7. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Scrapie; Importation of Small 
Ruminants and Their Germplasm, Products, and Byproducts

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 1622; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 
7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 to 7786; 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 
136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701
    Abstract: This rulemaking would amend the bovine spongiform 
encephalopathy (BSE) and scrapie regulations regarding the importation 
of live sheep, goats, and wild ruminants and their embryos, semen, 
products, and byproducts. The proposed scrapie revisions regarding the 
importation of sheep, goats, and susceptible wild ruminants for other 
than immediate slaughter are similar to those recommended by the World 
Organization for Animal Health in restricting the importation of such 
animals to those from scrapie-free regions or certified scrapie-free 
flocks.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/16  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Langston Hull, Senior Staff Veterinary Medical 
Officer, Animal Permitting and Negotiating Services, VS, Department of 
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River 
Road, Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-3300.
    RIN: 0579-AD10

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8. Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis; Update of General Provisions

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1622; 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317; 15 U.S.C. 
1828; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701
    Abstract: This rulemaking would consolidate the regulations 
governing bovine tuberculosis (TB), currently found in 9 CFR part 77, 
and those governing brucellosis, currently found in 9 CFR part 78. As 
part of this consolidation, we are proposing to transition the TB and 
brucellosis programs away from a State status system based on disease 
prevalence. Instead, States and tribes would implement an animal health 
plan that identifies sources of the diseases within the State or tribe 
and specifies mitigations to address the risk posed by these sources. 
The consolidated regulations also would set forth standards for 
surveillance, epidemiological investigations, and affected herd 
management that must be incorporated into each animal health plan, with 
certain limited exceptions; conditions for the interstate movement of 
cattle, bison, and captive cervids; and conditions for APHIS approval 
of tests for bovine TB or brucellosis. Finally, the rulemaking would 
revise the import requirements for cattle and bison to make these 
requirements clearer and ensure that they more effectively mitigate the 
risk of introduction of the diseases into the United States.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/16/15  80 FR 78461
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/15/16  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   03/11/16  81 FR 12832
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   05/16/16  .......................
Final Rule..........................   02/00/17  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Langston Hull, Senior Staff Veterinary Medical 
Officer, Animal Permitting and Negotiating Services, VS, Department of 
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River 
Road, Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-3300.
    C. William Hench, Senior Cattle Health Specialist, Cattle Health 
Center, Surveillance, Preparedness, and Response, VS, Department of 
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 2150 Centre 
Avenue, Building B-3E20, Fort Collins, CO 80526, Phone: 970 494-7378.
    RIN: 0579-AD65

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Final Rule Stage

9. Scrapie in Sheep and Goats

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317
    Abstract: This rulemaking would amend the scrapie regulations by 
changing the risk groups and categories established for individual 
animals and for flocks. It would simplify, reduce, or remove certain 
recordkeeping requirements. This action would provide designated 
scrapie epidemiologists with more alternatives and flexibility when 
testing animals in order to determine flock designations under the 
regulations. It would also make the identification and recordkeeping 
requirements for goat owners consistent with those for sheep owners. 
These changes would affect sheep and goat producers and State 
governments.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/10/15  80 FR 54659
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/09/15  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   11/16/15  80 FR 70718
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End....   12/09/15  .......................
Final Action........................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Diane Sutton, Sheep, Goat, Cervid, and Equine 
Health Center; Surveillance, Preparedness, and Response Services, VS, 
Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 
4700 River Road, Unit 43, Riverdale, MD 20737-1235, Phone: 301 851-
3509.
    RIN: 0579-AC92

10. Importation of Wood Packaging Material From Canada

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 
to 7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a
    Abstract: This rulemaking will amend the regulations for the 
importation of unmanufactured wood articles with regard to the 
exemption that allows wood packaging material from Canada to enter the 
United States without first meeting the treatment and marking 
requirements of the regulations that apply to wood packaging material 
from all other countries. This action is necessary in order to prevent 
the dissemination and spread of pests via wood packaging material from 
Canada.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/02/10  75 FR 75157
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/31/11  .......................
Final Rule..........................   09/00/16  .......................
Final Action Effective..............   10/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Tyrone Jones, Trade Director, Forestry 
Products, Phytosanitary Issues Management, PPQ, Department of 
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River 
Road, Unit 140, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-2344.
    RIN: 0579-AD28

11. Establishing a Performance Standard for Authorizing the Importation 
and Interstate Movement of Fruits and Vegetables

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 
to 7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a
    Abstract: This rulemaking will amend our regulations governing the 
importations of fruits and vegetables by broadening our existing 
performance standard to provide for consideration of all new fruits and 
vegetables for importation into the United States using a notice-based 
process. Rather than authorizing new imports through proposed and final 
rules and specifying import conditions in the regulations, the notice-
based process uses Federal Register notices to make risk analyses 
available to the public for review and comment, with authorized 
commodities and their conditions of entry subsequently being listed on 
the Internet. It also will remove the region- or commodity-specific 
phytosanitary requirements currently found in these regulations. 
Likewise, we are proposing an equivalent revision of the performance 
standard in our regulations governing the interstate movements of 
fruits and vegetables from Hawaii and the U.S. territories (Guam, 
Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and 
the removal of commodity-specific phytosanitary requirements from those 
regulations. This action will allow for the consideration of requests 
to authorize the importation or interstate movement of new fruits and 
vegetables in a manner that enables a more flexible and responsive 
regulatory approach to

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evolving pest situations in both the United States and exporting 
countries. It will not, however, alter the science-based process in 
which the risk associated with importation or interstate movement of a 
given fruit or vegetable is evaluated or the manner in which risks 
associated with the importation or interstate movement of a fruit or 
vegetable are mitigated.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/09/14  79 FR 53346
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/10/14  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   12/04/14  79 FR 71973
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/09/15  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   02/06/15  80 FR 6665
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/10/15  .......................
Final Rule..........................   08/00/16  .......................
Final Rule Effective................   10/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nicole Russo, Assistant Director, Regulatory 
Coordination and Compliance, PPQ, Department of Agriculture, Animal and 
Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, 
MD 20737-1236, Phone: 301 851-2159.
    RIN: 0579-AD71

12.  Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Biennial 
Review and Republication of The Select Agent and Toxin List

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 8401
    Abstract: In accordance with the Agricultural Bioterrorism 
Protection Act of 2002, we are soliciting public comment regarding the 
list of select agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a 
severe threat to animal or plant health, or to animal or plant 
products. The Act requires the biennial review and republication of the 
list of select agents and toxins and the revision of the list as 
necessary. Accordingly, we are soliciting public comment on the current 
list of select agents and toxins in our regulations and suggestions 
regarding any addition or reduction of the animal or plant pathogens 
currently on the list of select agents.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   02/27/15  80 FR 10627
ANPRM Comment Period End............   04/28/15
NPRM................................   01/19/16  81 FR 2762
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/21/16
Final Action........................   11/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Freeda Isaac, National Director, Agriculture Select 
Agent Services, Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health 
Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 2, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, 
Phone: 301 851-3300.
    RIN: 0579-AE08

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Completed Actions

13. Lacey Act Implementation Plan; Definitions for Exempt and Regulated 
Articles

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq.
    Abstract: We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an 
interim final rule that established definitions for the terms common 
cultivar and common food crop and several related terms. The 2008 
amendments to the Lacey Act expanded its protections to a broader range 
of plant species; extended its reach to encompass products, including 
timber, that derive from illegally harvested plants; and required that 
importers submit a declaration at the time of importation for certain 
plants and plant products. Common cultivars and common food crops are 
among the categorical exclusions to the provisions of the Act. The Act 
does not define the terms common cultivar and common food crop but 
instead gives authority to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the 
U.S. Department of the Interior to define these terms by regulation. 
The interim final rule specifically requested comment on definitions of 
two related terms: commercial scale and tree. This document responds to 
comments we received on those definitions.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Affirmation of Interim Final Rule...   01/25/16  81 FR 3939
Affirmation of Interim Final Rule      01/25/16
 Effective.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Parul Patel, Phone: 301 851-2351.
    RIN: 0579-AD11

14.  Exportation of Live Animals, Hatching Eggs, and Animal 
Germplasm From the United States

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317; 19 U.S.C. 1644a(c); 21 
U.S.C. 136, 136a, and 618; 46 U.S.C. 3901 and 3902
    Abstract: We are revising the regulations pertaining to the 
exportation of livestock from the United States. Among other things, we 
are removing most of the requirements for export health certifications, 
tests, and treatments from the regulations, and instead directing 
exporters to follow the requirements of the importing country regarding 
such processes and procedures. We are retaining only those export 
health certification, testing, and treatment requirements that we 
consider necessary to have assurances regarding the health and welfare 
of livestock exported from the United States. We also are allowing pre-
export inspection of livestock to occur at facilities other than an 
export inspection facility associated with the port of embarkation, 
under certain circumstances, and replacing specific standards for 
export inspection facilities and ocean vessels with performance 
standards. These changes will provide exporters and the Animal and 
Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) with more flexibility in 
arranging for the export of livestock from the United States while 
continuing to ensure the health and welfare of the livestock. 
Additionally, if APHIS knows that an importing country requires an 
export health certificate endorsed by the competent veterinary 
authority of the United States for any animal other than livestock, 
including pets, or for any hatching eggs or animal germplasm, we are 
requiring that the animal, hatching eggs, or animal germplasm have such 
a health certificate to be eligible for export from the United States. 
This change will help ensure that all animals, hatching eggs, and 
animal germplasm exported from the United States meet the health 
requirements of the countries to which they are destined. Finally, we 
are making editorial amendments to the regulations to make them easier 
to understand and comply with.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/26/15  80 FR 10398
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/27/15
Final Rule..........................   01/20/16  81 FR 2967
Final Rule Effective................   02/19/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------


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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jack Taniewski, Director for Animal Export, 
National Import Export Services, VS, Department of Agriculture, Animal 
and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 39, 
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-3300.
    RIN: 0579-AE00

15.  Importation of Tomato Plantlets in Approved Growing Media 
From Mexico

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 
to 7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a
    Abstract: This rulemaking amends the regulations governing the 
importation of plants for planting to authorize the importation of 
tomato plantlets from Mexico in approved growing media, subject to a 
systems approach. The systems approach consists of measures currently 
specified for tomato plants for planting not imported in growing media, 
as well as measures specific to all plants for planting imported into 
the United States in approved growing media. Additionally, the 
plantlets must be imported into greenhouses in the continental United 
States and the importers of the plantlets from Mexico or the owners of 
the greenhouses in the continental United States must enter into 
compliance agreements regarding the conditions under which the plants 
from Mexico must enter and be maintained within the greenhouses. This 
rule allows for the importation into the continental United States of 
tomato plantlets from Mexico in approved growing media, while providing 
protection against the introduction of plant pests. The rule also 
allows the imported greenhouse plantlets to produce tomato fruit for 
commercial sale within the United States.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/05/15  80 FR 11946
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/04/15
Final Rule..........................   10/02/15  80 FR 59557
Final Rule Effective................   11/02/15
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lydia Colo[oacute]n, PPQ, Department of 
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River 
Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236, Phone: 301 851-2302.
    RIN: 0579-AE06

16.  Importation of Phalaenopsis SPP. Plants for Planting in 
Approved Growing Media From China to the Continental United States

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 
to 7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a
    Abstract: This rulemaking amends the regulations governing the 
importation of plants for planting to authorize the importation of 
Phalaenopsis spp. plants for planting from China in approved growing 
media into the continental United States, subject to a systems 
approach. The systems approach consists of measures that are currently 
specified in the regulations as generally applicable to all plants for 
planting authorized for importation into the United States in approved 
growing media. This rule allows for the importation of Phalaenopsis 
spp. plants for planting from China in approved growing media, while 
providing protection against the introduction of quarantine plant 
pests.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/01/15  80 FR 30959
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/31/15
Final Rule..........................   02/11/16  81 FR 7195
Final Rule Effective................   03/14/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lydia Col[oacute]n, PPQ, Department of Agriculture, 
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, 
Riverdale, MD 20737-1236, Phone: 301 851-2302.
    RIN: 0579-AE10

BILLING CODE 3410-34-P

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA)

Proposed Rule Stage

17.  Undue Preference and Advantage

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-246; 7 U.S.C. 181-229c
    Abstract: Title XI of the 2008 Farm Bill required the Secretary of 
Agriculture to issue a number of regulations under the P&S Act. Among 
these instructions, the 2008 Farm Bill directed the Secretary to 
identify criteria to be considered in determining whether an undue or 
unreasonable preference or advantage has occurred in violation of the 
P&S Act. In June of 2010, the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards 
Administration (GIPSA) published a proposed rule addressing this 
statutory requirement along with several other rules required by the 
2008 Farm Bill. Proposed 201.211 to the regulations under the P&S Act 
would have established criteria that the Secretary may consider in 
determining if conduct would violate section 202(b) of the P&S Act 
(undue or unreasonable preference or advantage). While many commenters 
provided examples of similarly situated poultry growers and livestock 
producers receiving different treatment, other commenters were 
concerned about the impacts of the provision on marketing arrangements 
and other beneficial contractual agreements. Beginning with the FY 2012 
appropriations act, USDA was precluded from working on certain proposed 
regulatory provisions related to the P&S Act, including criteria in 
this proposal regarding undue or unreasonable preferences or 
advantages. Consequently, GIPSA did not finalize this rule in 2011. The 
prohibitions are not included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 
2016. This rulemaking is necessary to fulfill statutory requirements.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Proposed Rule.......................   09/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Raymond Dexter Thomas II, Lead Regulatory Analyst, 
Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards 
Administration, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 2530-South, 
Washington, DC 20250, Phone: 202 720-6529, Fax: 202 690-2173, Email: 
r.dexter.thomas@usda.gov.
    RIN: 0580-AB27

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA)

Final Rule Stage

18.  Scope and Unfair Practices

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-246; 7 U.S.C. 181 to 229c
    Abstract: In June of 2010, GIPSA published a proposal to amend 
section 201.3 of the regulations issued under the Packers and 
Stockyards Act (P&S Act), 1921, as amended. This proposed change 
responds to guidance from the courts. The courts, in addressing

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litigation brought by poultry growers alleging harm, have said that 
GIPSA's statements regarding the appropriate application of subsections 
202(a) and 202(b) are not entitled to deference in the absence of 
regulation addressing whether the P&S Act prohibits all unfair 
practices, or only those causing harm or a likelihood of harm to 
competition. The amendment to 201.3 will establish GIPSA's 
interpretation of the statute which will then be entitled to judicial 
deference. Section 201.210 will illustrate by way of examples types of 
conduct GIPSA would consider unfair, unjustly discriminatory, or 
deceptive.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Rule..........................   09/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Raymond Dexter Thomas II, Lead Regulatory Analyst, 
Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards 
Administration, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 2530-South, 
Washington, DC 20250, Phone: 202 720-6529, Fax: 202 690-2173, Email: 
r.dexter.thomas@usda.gov.
    RIN: 0580-AB25

BILLING CODE 3410-EN-P

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

Proposed Rule Stage

19. Modernizing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 
Benefit Redemption Systems

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 113-79
    Abstract: The Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79, the Farm 
Bill) amended the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the FNA) to include 
new requirements regarding the acceptance and processing of SNAP client 
benefits by all non-exempt retailers participating in SNAP. Statutory 
changes will modernize EBT systems and ensure greater program 
integrity. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) also plans to revise 
certain SNAP regulations for which multiple State agencies have sought 
and received approval of waivers. The revisions will streamline program 
administration, offer greater flexibility to State agencies, and 
improve customer service.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   11/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles H. Watford, Regulatory Review Specialist, 
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center 
Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302, Phone: 703 605-0800, Email: 
charles.watford@fns.usda.gov.
    Lynnette M. Thomas, Chief, Planning and Regulatory Affairs Branch, 
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center 
Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302, Phone: 703 605-4782, Email: 
lynnette.thomas@fns.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0584-AE37

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

Final Rule Stage

20. National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs: Nutrition 
Standards for All Foods Sold in School, as Required by the Healthy, 
Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-296
    Abstract: This rule codifies the two provisions of the Healthy, 
Hunger-Free Kids Act (Pub. L. 111-296; the Act) under 7 CFR parts 210 
and 220. Section 208 requires the Secretary to promulgate regulations 
to establish science-based nutrition standards for all foods sold in 
schools. The nutrition standards apply to all food sold outside the 
school meal programs, on the school campus, and at any time during the 
school day. Section 203 requires schools participating in the National 
School Lunch Program to make available to children free of charge, as 
nutritionally appropriate, potable water for consumption in the place 
where meals are served during meal service.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   02/08/13  78 FR 9530
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/09/13  .......................
Interim Final Rule..................   06/28/13  78 FR 39067
Interim Final Rule Effective........   08/27/13  .......................
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      10/28/13  .......................
 End.
Final Action........................   05/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles H. Watford, Regulatory Review Specialist, 
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center 
Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302, Phone: 703 605-0800, Email: 
charles.watford@fns.usda.gov.
    Lynnette M. Thomas, Chief, Planning and Regulatory Affairs Branch, 
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center 
Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302, Phone: 703 605-4782, Email: 
lynnette.thomas@fns.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0584-AE09

21. Child Nutrition Programs: Local School Wellness Policy 
Implementation Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-296
    Abstract: This final rule codifies a provision of the Healthy, 
Hunger-Free Kids Act (Pub. L. 111-296; the Act) under 7 CFR parts 210 
and 220. Section 204 of the Act requires each local educational agency 
(LEA) to establish, for all schools under its jurisdiction, a local 
school wellness policy. The Act requires that the wellness policy 
include goals for nutrition, nutrition education, physical activity, 
and other school-based activities that promote student wellness. In 
addition, the Act requires that local educational agencies ensure 
stakeholder participation in development of their local school wellness 
policies, and periodically assess compliance with the policies, and 
disclose information about the policies to the public.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/26/14  79 FR 10693
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/28/14  .......................
Final Action........................   05/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles H. Watford, Regulatory Review Specialist, 
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center 
Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302, Phone: 703 605-0800, Email: 
charles.watford@fns.usda.gov.
    Lynnette M. Thomas, Chief, Planning and Regulatory Affairs Branch, 
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center 
Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302, Phone: 703 605-4782, Email: 
lynnette.thomas@fns.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0584-AE25


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

Completed Actions

22. Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related 
to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-296
    Abstract: This final rule will implement section 221 of the 
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-296; the Act). It 
requires USDA to review and update, no less frequently than once every 
10 years, requirements for meals served under the Child and Adult Care 
Food Program (CACFP) to ensure those meal patterns are consistent with 
the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans and relevant nutrition 
science.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Action........................   04/25/16  81 FR 24348
Final Action Effective..............   06/24/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles H. Watford, Phone: 703 605-0800, Email: 
charles.watford@fns.usda.gov.
    Lynnette M. Thomas, Phone: 703 605-4782, Email: 
lynnette.thomas@fns.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0584-AE18
BILLING CODE 3410-30-P

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

Proposed Rule Stage

23. Elimination of Trichina Control Regulations and Consolidation of 
Thermally Processed, Commercially Sterile Regulations

    Legal Authority: Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA); Poultry 
Products Inspection Act (PPIA)
    Abstract: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is 
proposing to amend the Federal meat inspection regulations to eliminate 
the requirements for both ready-to-eat (RTE) and not-ready-to-eat 
(NRTE) pork and pork products to be treated to destroy trichina 
(Trichinella spiralis) because the regulations are inconsistent with 
the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations, and 
these prescriptive regulations are no longer necessary. If this 
supplemental proposed rule is finalized, FSIS will end its Trichinella 
Approved Laboratory Program (TALP program) for the evaluation and 
approval of non-Federal laboratories that use the pooled sample 
digestion technique to analyze samples for the presence of trichina. 
FSIS is also proposing to consolidate the regulations on thermally 
processed, commercially sterile meat and poultry products (i.e., canned 
food products containing meat or poultry).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Daniel L. Engeljohn, Assistant Administrator, 
Office of Policy and Program Development, Department of Agriculture, 
Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., 349-E 
JWB, Washington, DC 20250, Phone: 202 205-0495, Fax: 202 720-2025, 
Email: daniel.engeljohn@fsis.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0583-AD59

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

Completed Actions

24. Mandatory Inspection of Fish of the Order Siluriformes and Products 
Derived From Such Fish

    Legal Authority: Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) (21 U.S.C. 601 
to 695); Pub. L. 110-246, sec 11016; Pub. L. 113-79, sec 12106
    Abstract: The 2008 Farm Bill (Pub. L. 110-246, sec. 11016), amended 
the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) to make ``catfish'' a species 
amenable to the FMIA and, therefore, subject to Food Safety and 
Inspection Service (FSIS) inspection. In addition, the 2008 Farm Bill 
gave FSIS the authority to define the term ``catfish.'' On February 24, 
2011, FSIS published a proposed rule that outlined a mandatory catfish 
inspection program and presented two options for defining ``catfish.'' 
The 2014 Farm Bill (Pub. L. 113-79, sec. 12106), amended the FMIA to 
remove the term ``catfish'' and to make ``all fish of the order 
Siluriformes'' subject to FSIS jurisdiction and inspection. As a 
result, FSIS inspection of Siluriformes is mandated by law and non-
discretionary.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Action........................   12/02/15  80 FR 75589
Final Action Effective..............   03/01/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Daniel L. Engeljohn, Phone: 202 205-0495, Fax: 202 
720-2025, Email: daniel.engeljohn@fsis.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0583-AD36
BILLING CODE 3410-DM-P

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Forest Service (FS)

Long-Term Actions

25. Management of Surface Activities Associated With Outstanding 
Mineral Rights on National Forest System Lands (Directive)

    Legal Authority: EPA 1992
    Abstract: Close to 11,000,000 acres (approximately 6 percent) of 
National Forest System (NFS) lands overlie severed (split) mineral 
estates owned by a party other than the Federal Government. More than 
75 percent of these lands are in the Eastern Region (Forest Service 
Regions 8 and 9). There are two kinds of severed mineral estates, 
generally known as ``private rights'': reserved and outstanding. 
Reserved mineral rights are those retained by a grantor in a deed 
conveying land to the United States. Outstanding mineral rights are 
those owned by a party other than the surface owner at the time the 
surface was conveyed to the United States. Because these are non-
Federal mineral interests, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau 
of Land Management has no authority for or role in managing development 
activities associated with such interests. States have the authority 
and responsibility for regulating development of the private mineral 
estate.
    Various Secretary's Rules and Regulations (years of 1911, 1937, 
1938, 1939, 1947, 1950, and 1963) and Forest Service regulations at 36 
CFR 251.15 provide direction for the use of NFS lands for mineral 
development activities associated with the exercise of reserved mineral 
rights. These existing rules for reserved minerals development 
activities also include requirements for protection of NFS resources.
    Currently, there are no formal regulations governing the use of NFS 
lands for activities associated with the exercise of outstanding 
mineral rights underlying those lands. The Energy

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Policy Act of 1992, section 2508, directed the Secretary of Agriculture 
to apply specified terms and conditions to surface-disturbing 
activities related to development of oil and gas on certain lands with 
outstanding mineral rights on the Allegheny National Forest, and 
promulgate regulations implementing that section.
    The Forest Service initiated rulemaking for the use of NFS lands 
for development activities associated with both reserved and 
outstanding minerals rights with an Advance Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register on December 29, 2008. 
Comments from the public in response to the ANPRM conveyed a high level 
of concern about the broad scope of the rule, along with a high level 
of concern about effects of a broad rule on small businesses and local 
economies.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM...............................   12/29/08  73 FR 79424
ANPRM Comment Period End............   02/27/09  .......................
                                     -----------------------------------
NPRM................................           To Be Determined
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: LaRenda C. King, Phone: 202 205-6560, Email: 
larendacking@fs.fed.us.
    RIN: 0596-AD03

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Forest Service (FS)

Completed Actions

26. Ski Area--D Clauses: Resource and Improvement Protection, Water 
Facilities, and Water Rights (Directive)

    Legal Authority: FSH 2709.11
    Abstract: On November 8, 2011, the Forest Service issued an interim 
directive (FSH 2709.11-2011-3) including a revised clause to address 
the ownership of water rights developed on National Forest System (NFS) 
lands for use by ski area permit holders. On March 6, 2012, a second 
interim directive (FSH 2709.11-2012-1) for the revised ski area water 
rights clause was issued, superseding the 2011 version. The National 
Ski Areas Association filed a lawsuit in the United States District 
Court for the District of Colorado on March 12, 2012, opposing use of 
the revised clause. On December 19, 2012, the court ruled that the 
Forest Service had erred in not providing an opportunity for notice and 
comment on the interim directive and that the agency needed to conduct 
a Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis of the impact of the directive on 
small business entities that hold ski area permits. The court vacated 
the interim directive and enjoined enforcement of the 2011 and 2012 
clauses in permits containing them. The directive addresses the 
development of water facilities on NFS lands; the ownership of 
preexisting and future water rights; mechanisms to ensure sufficient 
water remains for ski areas on NFS lands; and measures necessary to 
protect NFS lands and resources. The Forest Service published the 
proposed ski area water rights clause in the Federal Register for 
public notice and comment. To identify interests and views from a 
diverse group of stakeholders regarding a revised water rights clause 
for ski areas, the Forest Service held four stakeholder meetings in 
April 2013. The input from the stakeholder sessions was considered in 
the development of the final water rights clause for ski areas.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Directive.....................   12/30/15  80 FR 81508
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: LaRenda C. King, Phone: 202 205-6560, Email: 
larendacking@fs.fed.us.
    RIN: 0596-AD14
BILLING CODE 3410-11-P

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Office of Procurement and Property Management (OPPM)

Proposed Rule Stage

27. Designation of Biobased Product Categories for Federal Procurement, 
Round 11

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 113-79
    Abstract: This proposed rule will designate, for preferred 
procurement under the Federal Biobased Products Preferred Procurement 
Program, approximately 10 intermediate ingredient or feedstock product 
categories. An intermediate ingredient or feedstock is defined by the 
BioPreferred Program as a material or compound made in whole or in 
significant part from biological products. Typical intermediate 
ingredient or feedstock product categories will include renewable 
chemicals; plastic resins; chemical binders; oils, fats, and waxes; and 
fibers and fabrics.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marie Wheat, Department of Agriculture, Office of 
Procurement and Property Management, Washington, DC 20250, Phone: 202 
239-4502, Email: marie.wheat@dm.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0599-AA24

28. Designation of Biobased Product Categories for Federal Procurement, 
Round 12

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 113-79
    Abstract: This proposed rule will designate, for preferred 
procurement under the Federal Biobased Products Preferred Procurement 
Program, approximately eight complex assembly product categories. A 
complex assembly is defined by the BioPreferred program as a system of 
distinct materials and components assembled to create a finished 
product with specific functional intent where some or all of the system 
inputs contain some amount of biobased material or feedstock. Typical 
complex assembly product categories will include products such as 
upholstered office chairs and other office furniture; mattresses; 
backpacks; boots; and other camping gear. The specific product 
categories to be included in this rulemaking are under investigation by 
the Office of Procurement and Property Management, but technical 
information is expected to be available to support the designation of 
about eight product categories.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marie Wheat, Department of Agriculture, Office of 
Procurement and Property Management, Washington, DC 20250, Phone: 202 
239-4502, Email: marie.wheat@dm.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0599-AA25

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Office of the Secretary

13 CFR Ch. III

15 CFR Subtitle A; Subtitle B, Chs. I, II, III, VII, VIII, IX, and 
XI

19 CFR Ch. III

37 CFR Chs. I, IV, and V

48 CFR Ch. 13

50 CFR Chs. II, III, IV, and VI


Spring 2016 Semiannual Agenda of Regulations

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Commerce.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with Executive Order 12866, entitled 
``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 
as amended, the Department of Commerce (Commerce), in the spring and 
fall of each year, publishes in the Federal Register an agenda of 
regulations under development or review over the next 12 months. 
Rulemaking actions are grouped according to prerulemaking, proposed 
rules, final rules, long-term actions, and rulemaking actions completed 
since the fall 2015 agenda. The purpose of the Agenda is to provide 
information to the public on regulations that are currently under 
review, being proposed, or issued by Commerce. The agenda is intended 
to facilitate comments and views by interested members of the public.
    Commerce's spring 2016 regulatory agenda includes regulatory 
activities that are expected to be conducted during the period April 1, 
2016, through March 31, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
    Specific: For additional information about specific regulatory 
actions listed in the agenda, contact the individual identified as the 
contact person.
    General: Comments or inquiries of a general nature about the agenda 
should be directed to Asha Mathew, Chief Counsel for Regulation, Office 
of the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and Regulation, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230, telephone: 202-482-3151.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Commerce hereby publishes its spring 2016 
Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions pursuant 
to Executive Order 12866 and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 
601 et seq. Executive Order 12866 requires agencies to publish an 
agenda of those regulations that are under consideration pursuant to 
this order. By memorandum of February 19, 2016, the Office of 
Management and Budget issued guidelines and procedures for the 
preparation and publication of the spring 2016 Unified Agenda. The 
Regulatory Flexibility Act requires agencies to publish, in the spring 
and fall of each year, a regulatory flexibility agenda that contains a 
brief description of the subject of any rule likely to have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, 
and a list that identifies those entries that have been selected for 
periodic review under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    In addition, beginning with the fall 2007 edition, the Internet 
became the basic means for disseminating the Unified Agenda. The 
complete Unified Agenda is available online at www.reginfo.gov, in a 
format that offers users a greatly enhanced ability to obtain 
information from the Agenda database.
    Because publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the 
regulatory flexibility agendas required by the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act, Commerce's printed agenda entries include only:
    (1) Rules that are in the Agency's regulatory flexibility agenda, 
in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because they are 
likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities; and
    (2) Rules that the Agency has identified for periodic review under 
section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain 
information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's Agenda 
requirements. Additional information on these entries is available in 
the Unified Agenda published on the Internet.
    Within Commerce, the Office of the Secretary and various operating 
units may issue regulations. Among these operating units, the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Bureau of Industry 
and Security, and the Patent and Trademark Office issue the greatest 
share of Commerce's regulations.
    A large number of regulatory actions reported in the Agenda deal 
with fishery management programs of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries 
Service (NMFS). To avoid repetition of programs and definitions, as 
well as to provide some understanding of the technical and 
institutional elements of NMFS' programs, an ``Explanation of 
Information Contained in NMFS Regulatory Entries'' is provided below.

Explanation of Information Contained in NMFS Regulatory Entries

    The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 
U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) (the Act) governs the management of fisheries 
within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States (EEZ). The EEZ 
refers to those waters from the outer edge of the State boundaries, 
generally 3 nautical miles, to a distance of 200 nautical miles. For 
fisheries that require conservation and management measures, eight 
Regional Fishery Management Councils (Councils) prepare Fishery 
Management Plans (FMPs) for the fisheries within their respective 
areas. Regulations implementing these FMPs regulate domestic fishing 
and foreign fishing where permitted. Foreign fishing may be conducted 
in a fishery in which there is no FMP only if a preliminary fishery 
management plan has been issued to govern that foreign fishing. In the 
development of FMPs, or amendments to FMPs, and their implementing 
regulations, the Councils are required by law to conduct public 
hearings on the draft plans and to consider the use of alternative 
means of regulating.
    The Council process for developing FMPs and amendments makes it 
difficult for NMFS to determine the significance and timing of some 
regulatory actions under consideration by the Councils at the time the 
semiannual regulatory agenda is published.
    Commerce's spring 2016 regulatory agenda follows.

Kelly Welsh,
General Counsel.

  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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29........................  Amendment 5b to the Highly         0648-BD22
                             Migratory Species Fishery
                             Management Plan.

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30........................  Implementation of a                0648-BD59
                             Program for
                             Transshipments by Large
                             Scale Fishing Vessels in
                             the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
31........................  Regulatory Amendment 16 to         0648-BD78
                             the Fishery Management
                             Plan for the Snapper-
                             Grouper Fishery of the
                             South Atlantic Region.
32........................  Omnibus Acceptable                 0648-BE65
                             Biological Catch
                             Framework Adjustment.
33........................  Modification of the                0648-BE77
                             Temperature-Dependent
                             Component of the Pacific
                             Sardine Harvest Guideline
                             Control Rule To
                             Incorporate New
                             Scientific Information.
34........................  Reductions in Fishing              0648-BF01
                             Capacity for Lobster
                             Management Areas 2 and 3.
35........................  Pacific Coast Groundfish           0648-BF12
                             Trawl Rationalization
                             Program; Widow Rockfish
                             Reallocation in the
                             Individual Fishing Quota
                             Fishery.
36........................  Amendment 18 to the                0648-BF26
                             Northeast Multispecies
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             (Section 610 Review).
37........................  Allow the Use of Longline          0648-BF42
                             Pot Gear in the Gulf of
                             Alaska Sablefish
                             Individual Fishing Quota
                             Fishery.
38........................  Atlantic Highly Migratory          0648-BF49
                             Species; Atlantic
                             Blacknose Shark
                             Commercial Retention
                             Limit.
39........................  Amendment 113 to the FMP           0648-BF54
                             for Groundfish of the
                             BSAI Management Area To
                             Establish a Catcher
                             Vessel Fishing Period and
                             Shoreside Processing
                             Delivery Requirements for
                             Aleutian Islands Pacific
                             Cod.
40........................  Regulatory Amendment 25 to         0648-BF61
                             the Fishery Management
                             Plan for the Snapper-
                             Grouper Fishery of the
                             South Atlantic Region.
41........................  Specification of                   0648-BF64
                             Management Measures for
                             Atlantic Herring for the
                             2016-2018 Fishing Years.
42........................  Amendment 19 to the                0648-BF72
                             Atlantic Sea Scallop
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             (FMP).
43........................  Amendment 17A to the               0648-BF77
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             for the Shrimp Fishery of
                             the Gulf of Mexico, U.S.
                             Waters.
44........................  Framework Amendment 1 to           0648-BF81
                             the Dolphin and Wahoo
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             of the Atlantic.
45........................  Omnibus Essential Fish             0648-BF82
                             Habitat Amendment 2.
46........................  Amendment 103 to the               0648-BF84
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             for Groundfish of the
                             Gulf of Alaska to
                             Reapportion Chinook
                             Salmon Prohibited Catch
                             in the Gulf of Alaska
                             Trawl Fisheries.
47........................  Framework Adjustment 3 to          0648-BF87
                             the Northeast Skate
                             Complex Fishery
                             Management Plan.
48........................  2016-2018 Spiny Dogfish            0648-BF88
                             Fishery Specifications.
49........................  2016 Summer Flounder,              0648-BF89
                             Scup, and Black Sea Bass
                             Recreational Harvest
                             Measures (Section 610
                             Review).
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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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50........................  Amendment 7 to the 2006            0648-BC09
                             Consolidated Highly
                             Migratory Species Fishery
                             Management Plan.
51........................  Amendment 39 to the                0648-BD25
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             for the Reef Fish
                             Resources of the Gulf of
                             Mexico.
52........................  Amendment 28 to the                0648-BD68
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             for the Reef Fish
                             Resources of the Gulf of
                             Mexico (Section 610
                             Review).
53........................  Amendment 35 to the                0648-BE70
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             for the Snapper Grouper
                             Fishery of the South
                             Atlantic Region.
54........................  Pacific Coast Groundfish           0648-BE90
                             Fishing Capacity
                             Reduction Loan Refinance
                             (Section 610 Review).
55........................  Amendment 109 to the               0648-BF05
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             for Groundfish of the
                             BSAI To Facilitate
                             Development of Groundfish
                             Fisheries for Small
                             Vessels in the Western
                             Alaska Community
                             Development Quota Program.
56........................  Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries         0648-BF09
                             Conservation and
                             Management Act; Seafood
                             Import Monitoring Program.
57........................  Process for Divestiture of         0648-BF11
                             Excess Quota Shares
                             (Section 610 Review).
58........................  Implementation of Salmon           0648-BF25
                             Bycatch Management
                             Measures for the Bering
                             Sea Pollock Fishery.
59........................  Cost Recovery Authorized           0648-BF35
                             Payment Methods.
60........................  Amendment 102 to the               0648-BF36
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             for Groundfish of the
                             Gulf of Alaska.
61........................  2016-2018 Specifications           0648-BF53
                             and Management Measures
                             for the Atlantic
                             Mackerel, Squid, and
                             Butterfish Fishery
                             Management Plan.
62........................  Framework Adjustment 27 to         0648-BF59
                             the Atlantic Sea Scallop
                             Fishery Management Plan.
63........................  Revisions to the Pacific           0648-BF60
                             Halibut Catch Sharing
                             Plan, Codified
                             Regulations, and Annual
                             Management Measures for
                             2016 and Beyond.
64........................  Framework Action To Modify         0648-BF70
                             the Gag Minimum Size
                             Limits, Recreational
                             Season, and Black Grouper
                             Minimum Size Limits in
                             the Gulf of Mexico
                             (Section 610 Review).
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   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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65........................  Comprehensive Fishery              0648-BD32
                             Management Plan for
                             Puerto Rico.
66........................  Comprehensive Fishery              0648-BD33
                             Management Plan for St.
                             Croix.
67........................  Comprehensive Fishery              0648-BD34
                             Management Plan for St.
                             Thomas/St. John.
68........................  Designate Critical Habitat         0648-BC45
                             for the Hawaiian Insular
                             False Killer Whale
                             Distinct Population
                             Segment.
69........................  Designation of Critical            0648-BC56
                             Habitat for the Arctic
                             Ringed Seal.
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   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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70........................  Fishery Management Plan            0648-AS65
                             for Regulating Offshore
                             Marine Aquaculture in the
                             Gulf of Mexico.
71........................  Atlantic Highly Migratory          0648-BA17
                             Species; Future of the
                             Atlantic Shark Fishery.
72........................  Implement the 2010 Shark           0648-BB02
                             Conservation Act
                             Provisions and Other
                             Regulations in the
                             Atlantic Smoothhound
                             Shark Fishery.
73........................  Implementation of the              0648-BD54
                             Inter-American Tropical
                             Tuna Commission
                             Resolution To Establish a
                             Vessel Monitoring System
                             Program in the Eastern
                             Pacific Ocean.
74........................  Amendment 7 to the FMP for         0648-BD76
                             the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery
                             of the Atlantic and
                             Amendment 33 to the FMP
                             for the Snapper-Grouper
                             Fishery of the South
                             Atlantic.
75........................  Amendment 8 to the Fishery         0648-BD81
                             Management Plan for
                             Coral, Coral Reefs, and
                             Live/Hard Bottom Habitats
                             of the South Atlantic
                             Region.
76........................  Cost Recovery from                 0648-BE05
                             Amendment 80, CDQ
                             Groundfish and Halibut,
                             American Fisheries Act
                             and Aleutian Islands
                             Pollock, and the Freezer
                             Longline Coalition
                             Pacific Cod Fisheries
                             Management Programs.
77........................  Generic Accountability             0648-BE38
                             Measure and Dolphin
                             Allocation Amendment for
                             the South Atlantic Region.
78........................  International Fisheries;           0648-BE84
                             Western and Central
                             Pacific Fisheries for
                             Highly Migratory Species;
                             Fishing Effort and Catch
                             Limits and other
                             Restrictions and
                             Requirements.
79........................  Revision of Skate Maximum          0648-BE85
                             Retainable Amounts in the
                             Gulf of Alaska Groundfish
                             Fishery.
80........................  Amendment 44 to the                0648-BE98
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             for Bering Sea/Aleutian
                             Islands King and Tanner
                             Crabs to Modify Right of
                             First Refusal Provisions
                             of the Crab
                             Rationalization Program.
81........................  Framework Amendment 3 to           0648-BF14
                             the Fishery Management
                             Plan for the Coastal
                             Migratory Pelagic
                             Resources of the Gulf of
                             Mexico and Atlantic
                             Region.
82........................  Framework Amendment to the         0648-BF21
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             for the Reef Fish
                             Resources of the Gulf of
                             Mexico to Modify Greater
                             Amberjack Allowable
                             Harvest and Management
                             Measures.
83........................  Framework Amendment to the         0648-BF33
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             for the Reef Fish
                             Resources of the Gulf of
                             Mexico for Red Snapper
                             Commercial Quota
                             Retention for 2016.
84........................  Designation of Critical            0648-AY54
                             Habitat for the North
                             Atlantic Right Whale.
85........................  Endangered and Threatened          0648-BB30
                             Species: Designation of
                             Critical Habitat for
                             Threatened Lower Columbia
                             River Coho Salmon and
                             Puget Sound Steelhead.
86........................  Revisions to Hawaiian              0648-BD97
                             Islands Humpback Whale
                             National Marine Sanctuary
                             Regulations.
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            Patent and Trademark Office--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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87........................  Trademark Fee Adjustment..         0651-AD08
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Proposed Rule Stage
National Marine Fisheries Service

29. Amendment 5B to the Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management 
Plan

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.
    Abstract: This rulemaking would propose management measures for 
dusky sharks based on the latest stock assessment, taking into 
consideration comments received on the proposed rule and Amendment 5 to 
the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan. 
This rulemaking considers a range of commercial and recreational 
management measures in both directed and incidental shark fisheries 
including, among other things, gear modifications, time/area closures, 
permitting, shark identification requirements, and reporting 
requirements. NMFS determined dusky sharks are still overfished and 
still experiencing overfishing and originally proposed management 
measures to end overfishing and rebuild dusky sharks in a proposed rule 
for Draft Amendment 5 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly 
Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan. That proposed rule also 
contained management measures for scalloped hammerhead, sandbar, 
blacknose and Gulf of Mexico blacktip sharks. NMFS decided to move 
forward with Draft Amendment 5's management measures for scalloped 
hammerhead, sandbar, blacknose and Gulf of Mexico blacktip sharks in a 
final rule and final amendment that will now be referred to as 
``Amendment 5a'' to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory 
Species Fishery Management Plan. Dusky shark management measures will 
be addressed in this separate, but related, action and will be referred 
to as ``Amendment 5b.''
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Alan Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable 
Fisheries, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, Room 13362, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 
20910, Phone: 301 713-2334, Fax: 301 713-0596, Email: 
alan.risenhoover@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD22

30. Implementation of a Program for Transshipments by Large Scale 
Fishing Vessels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule would implement the Inter-American Tropical 
Tuna Commission program to monitor transshipments by large-scale tuna 
fishing vessels, and would govern transshipments by U.S. large-scale 
tuna fishing vessels and carrier, or receiving, vessels. The rule would 
establish: criteria for transshipping in port; criteria for 
transshipping at sea by longline vessels to an authorized carrier 
vessel

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with an Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission observer onboard and an 
operational vessel monitoring system; and require the Pacific 
Transshipment Declaration Form, which must be used to report 
transshipments in the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission 
Convention Area. This rule is necessary for the United States to 
satisfy its international obligations under the 1949 Convention for the 
Establishment of an Inter-American Tropical Tuna, to which it is a 
Contracting Party.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Stelle Jr., Regional Administrator, West 
Coast Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 7600 Sand Point Way Northeast, Building 1, Seattle, WA 
98115. Phone: 206 526-6150. Email: will.stelle@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD59

31. Regulatory Amendment 16 to the Fishery Management Plan for the 
Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: Regulatory Amendment 16 contains an action to address the 
prohibition on the use of black sea bass pots annually from November 1 
through April 30 that was implemented through Regulatory Amendment 19. 
The prohibition was a precautionary measure to prevent interactions 
between black sea bass pot gear and whales listed under the Endangered 
Species Act during large whale migrations and the right whale calving 
season off the southeastern coast. The South Atlantic Fishery 
Management Council, through Regulatory Amendment 16, is considering 
removal of the closure, changing the length of the closure, and 
changing the area of the closure. The goal is to minimize adverse 
socio-economic impacts to black sea bass pot endorsement holders while 
maintaining protection for Endangered Species Act-listed whales in the 
South Atlantic region.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD78

32. Omnibus Acceptable Biological Catch Framework Adjustment

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This action would make two administrative adjustments to 
the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Omnibus Annual 
Catch Limit Amendment: (1) Adjust the Council's risk policy so that the 
Scientific and Statistical Committee may apply an average probability 
of overfishing when recommending multi-year Acceptable Biological 
Catches; and (2) make all of the Council's fishery management plans 
consistent in allowing new status determination criteria (overfishing 
definitions, etc.) to be accepted as the best available scientific 
information.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9287, Email: john.bullard@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BE65

33. Modification of the Temperature-Dependent Component of the Pacific 
Sardine Harvest Guideline Control Rule To Incorporate New Scientific 
Information

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: Pursuant to a recommendation of the Pacific Fishery 
Management Council (Council) under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing to use a new 
temperature index to calculate the temperature parameter of the Pacific 
sardine harvest guideline control rule under the Fishery Management 
Plan. The harvest guideline control rule, in conjunction with the 
overfishing limit and acceptable biological catch control rules, is 
used to set annual harvest levels for Pacific sardine. The temperature 
parameter is calculated annually. NMFS determined that a new 
temperature index is more statistically sound and this action will 
adopt that index. This action also will revise the upper temperature 
limit to allow for additional sardine harvest where prior guidelines 
set catch unnecessarily low.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Stelle Jr., Regional Administrator, West 
Coast Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 7600 Sand Point Way Northeast, Building 1, Seattle, WA 
98115, Phone: 206 526-6150, Email: will.stelle@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BE77

34. Reductions in Fishing Capacity for Lobster Management Areas 2 and 3

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.
    Abstract: This action proposes several reductions in fishing 
capacity for Lobster Management Areas 2 and 3. The proposed measures 
include: Caps on the number of traps that can be actively fished; caps 
on the number of traps associated with a permit (i.e., allowing trap 
banking); and caps on the number of traps or permits issued to a given 
owner. This action is intended to assist in rebuilding the Southern New 
England lobster stock.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9287, Email: john.bullard@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF01

35. Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program; Widow 
Rockfish Reallocation in the Individual Fishing Quota Fishery

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: In January 2011, NMFS implemented the groundfish trawl 
rationalization program (a catch share program) for the Pacific coast 
groundfish limited entry trawl fishery. The program was implemented 
through Amendments 20 and 21 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery 
Management Plan and the corresponding implementing regulations. 
Amendment

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20 established the trawl rationalization program, which includes an 
Individual Fishing Quota program for limited entry trawl participants, 
and Amendment 21 established fixed allocations for limited entry trawl 
participants. During implementation of the trawl individual fishing 
quota program, widow rockfish was overfished and the initial 
allocations were based on its overfished status and management as a 
non-target species. NMFS declared the widow rockfish rebuilt in 2011 
and, accordingly, the Pacific Fishery Management Council has now 
recommended actions to manage the increased abundance of widow 
rockfish. The action would reallocate individual fishing quota widow 
rockfish quota share to facilitate directed harvest and would lift the 
moratorium on widow rockfish quota share trading.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Stelle Jr., Regional Administrator, West 
Coast Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 7600 Sand Point Way Northeast, Building 1, Seattle, WA 
98115, Phone: 206 526-6150, Email: will.stelle@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF12

36. Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan 
(Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery 
Management Plan would make necessary minor administrative adjustments 
to several groundfish sectors, as well as minor adjustments to fishing 
activity designed to protect fishery resources while maximizing 
flexibility and efficiency. Specifically, it would include the 
following management measures: Creating an accumulation limit for 
either the holdings of Potential Sector Contribution or of Northeast 
multispecies permits; creating a sub-annual catch limit that Handgear A 
permits could enroll in and other measures pertaining to fishing with 
Handgear A permits; adjusting what fishery data are considered 
confidential, specifically the price of annual catch entitlement 
transferred within a sector or leased between sectors; establishing an 
inshore/offshore boundary within the Gulf of Maine with associated 
measures, including creation of a Gulf of Maine cod sub-annual catch 
limit, adjusting the Gulf of Maine Gear Restricted Area boundary to 
align with the inshore/offshore boundary, and creating declaration time 
periods for fishing in the inshore or offshore areas; and establishing 
a Redfish Exemption Area, in which vessels could fish with a smaller 
mesh net than the standard mesh size, targeting redfish.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   07/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9287, Email: john.bullard@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF26

37.  Allow The Use of Longline Pot Gear in the Gulf of Alaska 
Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota Fishery

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.
    Abstract: This action would amend Federal regulations to allow 
fishermen to use longline pot gear to harvest sablefish in the Gulf of 
Alaska Individual Fishing Quota fishery. Hook-and-line gear is 
currently the only authorized gear type in the sablefish Individual 
Fishing Quota fishery. The action would authorize Individual Fishing 
Quota fishermen to use either longline pot gear or hook-and-line gear 
in the sablefish Individual Fishing Quota fishery. Some fishermen would 
like to use longline pot gear because it is less prone to whale 
interactions than hook-and-line gear. Whales can remove sablefish from 
hook-and-line gear, which reduces fishing efficiency and increases 
costs for sablefish Individual Fishing Quota fishermen because the 
whale interactions damage hook-and-line gear and reduce sablefish catch 
rates. However, whales cannot remove sablefish from longline pot gear, 
and the action to authorize longline pot gear in the sablefish 
Individual Fishing Quota fishery is intended to reduce fishery 
interactions with whales and reduce the negative impacts of whale 
interactions on the sablefish Individual Fishing Quota fleet. The 
action would establish management measures to minimize conflicts 
between hook-and-line and longline pot gear on the fishing grounds and 
to prevent significant consolidation of sablefish Individual Fishing 
Quota onto fewer vessels.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Fax: 907 586-7465, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF42

38.  Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Blacknose 
Shark Commercial Retention Limit

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule would evaluate the management measures for 
blacknose sharks in the Atlantic region. It would consider, among other 
things, a range of commercial management measures in both directed and 
incidental shark fisheries including, but not limited to, retention 
limits. In addition, this action would address commercial retention 
limits to help prevent early closures of the non-blacknose small 
coastal shark management group and fully utilize the quota.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Alan Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable 
Fisheries, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, Room 13362, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 
20910, Phone: 301 713-2334, Fax: 301 713-0596, Email: 
alan.risenhoover@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF49

39.  Amendment 113 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI 
Management Area to Establish a Catcher Vessel Fishing Period and 
Shoreside Processing Delivery Requirements for Aleutian Islands Pacific 
Cod

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule would restrict participation in the Aleutian 
Islands Pacific cod fishery. This action is necessary to provide 
stability to catcher vessels that participate in the Aleutian Islands 
Pacific cod fishery and the

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shoreside processors to which they deliver, and to the communities in 
which these processors are located. Specifically, this rule would 
establish catch limits for Pacific cod in the Aleutian Islands and the 
Bering Sea. The revised allocation is intended to provide catcher 
vessels with a sufficient opportunity to harvest Pacific cod in an 
inshore fishery by restricting participation in the fisheries by 
catcher processors that can harvest significantly larger volumes of 
Pacific cod further offshore. This rule may include provisions to 
relieve the restrictions on catcher processor participation if catcher 
vessels would not be able to harvest the allocation or Aleutian Islands 
shoreside processors would not be able to process catcher vessel 
harvests of Pacific cod.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Fax: 907 586-7465, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF54

40.  Regulatory Amendment 25 to the Fishery Management Plan for 
the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule proposes management changes recommended by the 
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to blueline tilefish, 
yellowtail snapper, and black sea bass in the South Atlantic Region. 
This rule would increase the annual catch limit and optimum yield for 
blueline tilefish based on a new acceptable biological catch 
recommendation from the South Atlantic Council's Scientific and 
Statistical Committee. This action also proposes an increase to the 
current commercial trip limit and changing the recreational bag limit 
for blueline tilefish. Currently, the fishing year for yellowtail 
snapper is based on the calendar year. This rule proposes a summer/
early fall start date of the fishing year to protect the yellowtail 
snapper stock during the spawning season and provide economic benefits 
for commercial fishermen. Lastly, this rule proposes an increase to the 
black sea bass recreational bag limit to increase the chance the 
recreational annual catch limit will be landed and ensure that optimum 
yield is being achieved.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   08/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF61

41.  Specification of Management Measures for Atlantic Herring 
for the 2016-2018 Fishing Years

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: The Atlantic herring fishery specifications are annual 
catch amounts for the 2016-2018 fishing years, January-December. These 
specifications are required by regulation to be set for 3 years. If 
implemented, these specifications will change the current catch limit 
levels and will continue to prevent overfishing of the herring resource 
and achieve optimum yield. The catch limits established in these 
specifications set a constant catch amount available to the industry 
that provides a stable allowable catch for 3-year business planning 
purposes. In addition, the specifications add catch that was not caught 
under last year's catch limit for one management area and reduce catch 
that exceeded the catch limits set in other management areas. Finally, 
the specifications set annual gear-specific and area-specific catch 
caps for river herring and shad, consistent with Framework Adjustment 3 
to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9287, Email: john.bullard@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF64

42.  Amendment 19 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery 
Management Plan (FMP)

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: Amendment 19 would incorporate a specifications process 
into the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan and change the 
start of the fishing year. Developing specifications to set annual or 
biennial allocations will allow for a more efficient process for 
setting annual allocations than currently possible through framework 
adjustments. By adjusting the start of the scallop fishing year, NMFS 
would be able to implement simple specifications actions at the start 
of the fishing year on a more consistent basis.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9287, Email: john.bullard@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF72

43.  Amendment 17A to the Fishery Management Plan for the 
Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Waters

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule would implement the Gulf of Mexico Fishery 
Management Council's decision to extend the Council-imposed moratorium 
on new federal commercial shrimp permits for 10 years. The moratorium 
began in 2006 and will expire in 2016 if no action is taken. This 
action is necessary to protect federally managed Gulf of Mexico shrimp 
stocks while promoting catch efficiency, economic efficiency and 
stability.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.

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    RIN: 0648-BF77

44.  Framework Amendment 1 to the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery 
Management Plan of the Atlantic

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: Dolphin Wahoo 1 would establish a commercial trip limit 
after a specified percentage of the commercial sector annual catch 
limit has been reached and would continue until the end of the fishing 
year or until the entire commercial annual catch limit is met, 
whichever comes first.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF81

45.  Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rulemaking would update the essential fish habitat 
and habitat areas of particular concern designation for all of the New 
England Fishery Management Council's managed species. This rule will 
also propose revisions to the system of habitat management areas, 
update groundfish seasonal spawning closures, and establish Dedicated 
Habitat Research Areas.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9287, Email: john.bullard@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF82

46.  Amendment 103 to the Fishery Management Plan for 
Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska To Reapportion Chinook Salmon 
Prohibited Catch in the Gulf of Alaska Trawl Fisheries

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 3631 et seq.; 16 
U.S.C. 773 et seq.; Pub. L. 08-199
    Abstract: This action would allow NMFS to reapportion unused 
Chinook salmon prohibited species catch within and between trawl 
sectors in the Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries to reduce the 
potential for early fishery closures. Amendments 93 and 97 to the 
Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska and 
implementing regulations established Chinook salmon prohibited species 
catch limits for pollock and non-pollock trawl fisheries. If a sector 
reaches a prohibited species catch limit, the fishery is closed for the 
remainder of the fishing year currently, the fishery management plan 
and regulations do not allow NMFS to reapportion unused Chinook salmon 
prohibited species catch among trawl sectors. Specifically, this action 
would: Allow NMFS to reapportion remaining Chinook salmon prohibited 
species catch among trawl catcher vessel sectors and from the trawl 
catcher/processor sector to trawl catcher vessel sectors based on 
criteria established for inseason reapportionments and within specified 
limits; increase management flexibility without exceeding the current 
overall 32,500 Chinook salmon prohibited species catch limit or 
negating the current prohibited species catch limits under Amendments 
93 and 97; and increase the likelihood that groundfish resources are 
more fully harvested, and minimize the adverse socioeconomic impacts of 
the fishery closures on harvesters, processors, and communities.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Fax: 907 586-7465, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF84

47.  Framework Adjustment 3 to the Northeast Skate Complex 
Fishery Management Plan

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This action, developed by the New England Fishery 
Management Council, includes skate fishery specifications for the 2016-
2017 fishing years, and a new seasonal quota allocation in the skate 
wing fishery. In summary, the Council proposes: An annual catch limit 
for skate of 31,081 metric tons, an overall total allowable landings of 
12,590 metric tons, status quo possession limits for the skate wing and 
bait fisheries, the addition of a seasonal quota allocation, and NMFS 
authority to close the fishery in-season if the seasonal quota is 
reached.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9287, Email: john.bullard@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF87

48.  2016-2018 Spiny Dogfish Fishery Specifications

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: The proposed action includes spiny dogfish fishery 
specifications for the 2016-2018 fishing years, as recommended by the 
Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils. In summary, 
the Councils propose: spiny dogfish annual catch limits of 51.9 million 
lb for 2016, 50.7 million lb for 2017, and 49.8 million lb for 2018 
(decreases from 62.3 million lb in 2015); coastwide commercial quotas 
of 40.4 million lb for 2016, 39.1 million lb for 2017, and 38.2 million 
lb for 2018 (decreases from 50.6 million lb in 2015); and spiny dogfish 
trip limits of 5,000 lb (status quo).
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9287, Email: john.bullard@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF88

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49.  2016 Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass 
Recreational Harvest Measures (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule would propose management measures such as 
recreational possession limits, minimum fish sizes, and seasonal 
closures to achieve recreational harvest limits for the 2016 summer 
flounder, scup, and black sea bass recreational fisheries. The 
recreational harvest limits for these species have been established in 
a separate rulemaking. This rule proposes the management measures the 
Council has recommended to help ensure recreational harvest is 
constrained to those harvest limits. This rule will also propose 
modifications to the commercial scup incidental possession limits to 
more closely align with the current conditions of the fishery.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9287, Email: john.bullard@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF89

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Final Rule Stage
National Marine Fisheries Service

50. Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species 
Fishery Management Plan

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.
    Abstract: Amendment 7 focused on bluefin tuna fishery management 
issues consistent with the need to end overfishing and rebuild the 
stock. Measures in Amendment 7 addressed several of the longstanding 
challenges facing the fishery and analyzed, among other things, 
revisiting quota allocations; reducing and accounting for dead 
discards; adding or modifying time/area closures or gear-restricted 
areas; and improving the reporting and monitoring of dead discards and 
landings in all categories.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice..............................   04/23/12  77 FR 24161
Notice..............................   06/08/12  77 FR 34025
NPRM................................   08/21/13  78 FR 52032
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   09/18/13  78 FR 57340
Public Hearing......................   11/05/13  78 FR 66327
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   12/11/13  78 FR 75327
Public Hearing......................   12/26/13  78 FR 78322
Final Rule..........................   12/02/14  79 FR 71509
Notice of Public Webinars...........   12/16/14  79 FR 74652
Final Rule..........................   12/30/14  79 FR 78310
Final Rule..........................   02/04/15  80 FR 5991
Final Rule Effective................   02/04/15  .......................
Notice..............................   05/07/15  80 FR 26196
Final Action--Next Stage               12/00/16  .......................
 Undetermined.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Alan Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable 
Fisheries, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, Room 13362, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 
20910, Phone: 301 713-2334, Fax: 301 713-0596, Email: 
alan.risenhoover@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BC09

51. Amendment 39 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish 
Resources of the Gulf of Mexico

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: The purpose of this action is to facilitate management of 
the recreational red snapper component in the reef fish fishery by 
reorganizing the federal fishery management strategy to better account 
for biological, social, and economic differences among the regions of 
the Gulf of Mexico. Regional management would enable regions and their 
associated communities to specify the optimal management parameters 
that best meet the needs of their local constituents thereby addressing 
regional socio-economic concerns.
    Timetable:

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Notice..............................   05/13/13  78 FR 27956
Next Stage Undetermined.............   12/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD25

52. Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish 
Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: NMFS proposed to implement management measures as 
requested by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council in Amendment 
28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the 
Gulf of Mexico. The Council voted to reallocate the Gulf of Mexico 
(Gulf) 2016 and 2017 red snapper stock annual catch limit between the 
commercial and recreational sectors from 51:49 percent to 48.5:51.5 
percent, respectively. As a result of the revised sector allocations 
proposed in Amendment 28, this rule would revise the red snapper 
commercial and recreational quotas (which are equivalent to the annual 
catch limits) and the recreational annual catch targets. This rule 
would also set the Federal charter vessel/headboat and private angling 
component quotas and annual catch targets based on the revised 
recreational sectors annual catch limit and annual catch target.
    Timetable:

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Notice..............................   12/24/15  80 FR 80310
NPRM................................   01/25/16  81 FR 4010
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/10/16  .......................
Final Action........................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD68

53. Amendment 35 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper 
Fishery of the South Atlantic Region

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: Amendment 35 would consider removing black snapper, dog 
snapper, mahogany snapper, and schoolmaster from the Fishery Management 
Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region 
because these species have extremely low commercial landings in

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state and Federal waters. Almost all harvest (recreational and 
commercial) occurs in South Florida, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife 
Conservation Commission has agreed that if the four species are removed 
from the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the 
South Atlantic Region they will extend state regulations for those 
species into Federal waters. Additionally, the South Atlantic Fishery 
Management Council (Council) desires consistent regulations for 
snapper-grouper species caught primarily in South Florida. Removing the 
four subject species would establish a consistent regulatory 
environment in Federal and state waters off southern Florida where they 
are most frequently encountered. Amendment 35 would also clarify, in 
accordance with the Council's intent, regulations governing use of 
golden tilefish longline endorsements.
    Timetable:

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Notice..............................   02/05/16  81 FR 6222
NPRM................................   03/04/16  81 FR 11502
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/04/16  .......................
Final Action........................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BE70

54. Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishing Capacity Reduction Loan Refinance 
(Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 1861 et seq.; 5 
U.S.C. 561 et seq.
    Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued 
proposed regulations to refinance the voluntary fishing capacity 
reduction loan program implemented in 2004 in the Pacific Coast 
groundfish Federal limited-entry trawl, Washington coastal Dungeness 
crab, and California pink shrimp fisheries (collectively known 
hereafter as the refinanced reduction fisheries). The refinance loan of 
up to $30 million could establish a new industry fee system for future 
landings of the refinanced reduction fisheries. Upon publishing a final 
rule and receipt of an appropriation, NMFS would conduct three 
referenda to refinance the existing debt obligation in each of the 
refinanced reduction fisheries. If a referendum in one, two, or all 
three of the fisheries is successful, that fishery's current loan will 
be repaid in full and a new loan in the amount of the principal and 
interest balance as of the date of funding will be issued. The terms 
were prescribed in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act and 
include a 45-year term to maturity, interest charged at a current 
Treasury interest rate, and a maximum repayment fee of 3 percent of ex-
vessel value.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/07/15  80 FR 46941
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/08/15  .......................
Final Action........................   12/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brian Pawlak, Department of Commerce, National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver 
Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427-8621, Email: brian.t.pawlak@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BE90

55. Amendment 109 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the 
Bsai To Facilitate Development of Groundfish Fisheries for Small 
Vessels in the Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This action would amend the Fishery Management Plan for 
Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area and 
revise regulations governing the groundfish and halibut fisheries 
managed under the Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program in 
order to support increased participation in the groundfish Community 
Development Quota fisheries (primarily Pacific cod) by catcher vessels 
less than or equal to 46 feet (14.0 m) length overall using hook-and-
line gear. This action is necessary to promote the goals of the 
Community Development Quota Program, to increase participation by 
residents of Community Development Quota communities in the Bering Sea 
and Aleutian Islands Management Area groundfish and halibut fisheries, 
and to support economic development in western Alaska. This action 
would benefit the six Community Development Quota groups and the 
operators of the small catcher vessels that the Community Development 
Quota groups authorize to fish on their behalf by reducing the costs of 
participating in the groundfish and halibut Community Development Quota 
fisheries.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice..............................   01/21/16  81 FR 3374
NPRM................................   02/08/16  81 FR 6489
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/09/16  .......................
Final Action........................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Fax: 907 586-7465, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF05

56. Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act; Seafood 
Import Monitoring Program

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1857
    Abstract: On March 15, 2015, the Presidential Task Force on 
Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood 
Fraud (Task Force), co-chaired by the Departments of Commerce and 
State, published its action plan to implement Task Force 
recommendations for a comprehensive framework of integrated programs to 
combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and seafood fraud. 
The plan identifies actions that will strengthen enforcement, create 
and expand partnerships with state and local governments, industry, and 
non-governmental organizations, and create a traceability program to 
track seafood from harvest to entry into U.S. commerce, including the 
use of existing traceability mechanisms. As part of that plan, NMFS 
proposes regulatory changes to improve the administration of the MSA 
prohibition on the entry into interstate or foreign commerce of any 
fish taken in violation of any foreign law or regulation. The rule 
includes adjustments to permitting and reporting requirements to 
provide for traceability of seafood products offered for entry into the 
U.S. supply chain, and to ensure that these products were lawfully 
acquired and are properly labeled. Requirements for an international 
trade permit and reporting on the origin of certain imported or 
exported fishery products were previously established by regulations 
applicable to a number of specified fishery products. This rulemaking 
would extend those existing permitting and reporting requirements to

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additional fish species and seafood products.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/05/16  81 FR 6210
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/05/16  .......................
Final Action........................   08/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Henderschedt, Director, Office for 
International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, Department of Commerce, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East West 
Highway, Room 10362, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427-8314, 
Email: john.henderschedt@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF09

57. Process for Divestiture of Excess Quota Shares (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: In January 2011, the National Marine Fisheries Service 
implemented the groundfish trawl rationalization program (a catch share 
program) for the Pacific coast groundfish limited entry trawl fishery. 
The program was implemented through Amendments 20 and 21 to the Pacific 
Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan and the corresponding 
implementing regulations. Amendment 20 established the trawl 
rationalization program, which includes an Individual Fishing Quota 
program for limited entry trawl participants, and Amendment 21 
established fixed allocations for limited entry trawl participants, 
with limits on how much quota each participant can accumulate. Under 
current regulations, quota share owners must divest quota shareholdings 
that exceed individual accumulation limits by November 30, 2015. This 
action makes minor procedural modifications to the program regulations 
to clarify how divestiture of excess quota share could occur.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/02/15  80 FR 53088
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/02/15
Final Rule Effective................   11/04/15
Final Rule..........................   11/10/15  80 FR 69138
Final Action........................   10/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Stelle Jr., Regional Administrator, West 
Coast Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 7600 Sand Point Way Northeast, Building 1, Seattle, WA 
98115, Phone: 206 526-6150, Email: will.stelle@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF11

58. Implementation of Salmon Bycatch Management Measures for the Bering 
Sea Pollock Fishery

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: Regulatory Amendment 110 would make substantive changes 
to the management of salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery 
to minimize salmon bycatch in the pollock fishery to the extent 
practicable. Currently, Chinook and chum salmon bycatch are managed 
under two different programs, which have led to inefficiencies and do 
not allow the pollock fishery the flexibility to modify their harvest 
patterns and practices to effectively minimize both Chinook and chum 
salmon bycatch. This regulation would make salmon bycatch management 
more effective, comprehensive, and efficient by increasing flexibility 
to respond to changing conditions and providing greater incentives to 
reduce bycatch of both salmon species. This regulation would provide 
the flexibility to harvest pollock in times and places that best 
achieve salmon avoidance and to adapt to changing conditions quickly.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice..............................   01/08/16  81 FR 897
NPRM................................   02/03/16  81 FR 5681
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/04/16
Final Action........................   07/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Fax: 907 586-7465, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF25

59.  Cost Recovery Authorized Payment Methods

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1862; 16 U.S.C. 773; Pub. L. 108-447; 
Pub. L. 109-241; Pub. L. 109-479; Pub. L. 111-281
    Abstract: This rule would amend authorized payment methods in 
existing cost recovery fee programs for the halibut, sablefish, and 
crab catch share programs. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act authorizes and requires the collection of cost 
recovery fees for fishery management programs that issue a permit 
allocating exclusive harvest privileges. Cost recovery fees recover the 
actual costs directly related to the management, data collection, and 
enforcement of the programs. Permit holders are required to submit cost 
recovery fee payments to NMFS annually. NMFS undertook a security 
review of the cost recovery fee payment process and developed the rule 
to improve security procedures for protecting sensitive financial 
information and to reduce costs associated with administering the cost 
recovery programs. The proposed rule eliminated manual processing of 
credit card information and required use of the Federal government's 
online payment system, pay.gov, for permit holders paying by credit 
card. The proposed rule also eliminated payments by paper check or 
money order and require the use of pay.gov beginning in 2020. The rule 
is expected to reduce the administrative costs of processing fee 
payments, and this reduction in costs would reduce the total amount of 
cost recovery fees collected from participants in the halibut, 
sablefish, and crab catch share programs.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/31/15  80 FR 81798
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/01/16
Final Action........................   07/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Fax: 907 586-7465, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF35

60.  Amendment 102 to the Fishery Management Plan for 
Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule would modify the basis for NMFS to place small 
catcher/processors in partial coverage in the North Pacific Groundfish 
and Halibut Observer Program (Observer Program). Under this action, 
NMFS would classify a catcher/processor as small and eligible for 
partial coverage for one year based on whether the catcher/processor 
had an average weekly production less than a specified threshold. This 
action would decrease the cost of observer coverage

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for catcher/processors that process small amounts of groundfish 
relative to the rest of the fleet. Approximately nine vessels could be 
affected by this action and we expect all newly qualified vessels would 
choose to participate in partial coverage for the upcoming fishing 
year.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice..............................   12/17/15  80 FR 78705
NPRM................................   12/29/15  80 FR 81262
Correction..........................   01/22/16  81 FR 3775
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/28/16
Final Action........................   07/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Fax: 907 586-7465, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF36

61.  2016-2018 Specifications and Management Measures for the 
Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This action establishes catch levels and associated 
management measures for the 2016-2018 fishing years for species managed 
under the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management 
Plan. The proposed rule: Lowered the Atlantic mackerel quota by 56 
percent to 9,177 metric tons (mt) for the next three years; lowered the 
cap on river herring and shad catch in the mackerel fishery from 89 mt 
to 82 mt for the next three years; increased the trigger for when 3-
inch mesh is required for longfin squid-butterfish moratorium permits 
holders from 2,500 lb to 5,000 lb; clarified that 5-inch (square or 
diamond) or greater strengtheners may be used outside the 3-inch mesh 
to avoid breaking nets during large hauls; and suspended the pre-trip 
notification system requirement for longfin squid-butterfish moratorium 
permit holders.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/22/16  81 FR 3768
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/22/16
Final Action........................   07/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9287, Email: john.bullard@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF53

62.  Framework Adjustment 27 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop 
Fishery Management Plan

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: The purpose of Framework 27 is to set management measures 
for the scallop fishery for the 2016 fishing year, including the annual 
catch limits and annual catch targets for the limited access and 
limited access general category fleets, as well as days-at-sea 
allocations and sea scallop access area trip allocations. Allocations 
in the proposed rule were similar to or slightly higher than previous 
years. In addition, Framework 27 would implement additional measures to 
protect small scallops for future harvest.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/24/16  81 FR 9151
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/25/16
Final Action........................   07/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9287, Email: john.bullard@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF59

63.  Revisions to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan, 
Codified Regulations, and Annual Management Measures for 2016 and 
Beyond

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.
    Abstract: This action is NMFS annual rulemaking regarding halibut 
fishing on the U.S. West Coast, implementing the Pacific Halibut Catch 
Sharing Plan (Plan). The Plan governs the allocation of the annual 
halibut quota for the West Coast fisheries, which is set by the 
International Pacific Halibut Commission and approved by NOAA 
Fisheries. For 2016 and beyond, the Pacific Fishery Management Council 
has recommended several minor changes to the portion of the Plan 
covering sport fishery seasons and retention rules; and modifications 
to the processes for implementing inseason actions and sport fishery 
closures.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/19/16  81 FR 8466
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/10/16
Final Action........................   07/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Stelle Jr., Regional Administrator, West 
Coast Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 7600 Sand Point Way Northeast, Building 1, Seattle, WA 
98115, Phone: 206 526-6150, Email: will.stelle@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF60

64.  Framework Action To Modify the Gag Minimum Size Limits, 
Recreational Season, and Black Grouper Minimum Size Limits in the Gulf 
of Mexico (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: The proposed framework action modified the recreational 
minimum size limit for gag and black grouper from 22 inches total 
length (inches) to 24 inches. Additionally, the proposed action 
modified the gag recreational fishing season from July 1 through 
December 2, to June 1 through December 31. The intent is to extend the 
recreational fishing season.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/03/16  81 FR 11166
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/04/16
Final Action........................   07/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF70


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Long-Term Actions
National Marine Fisheries Service

65. Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan for Puerto Rico

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This comprehensive Puerto Rico Fishery Management Plan 
will incorporate, and modify as needed, federal fisheries management 
measures presently included in each of the existing species-based U.S. 
Caribbean Fishery Management Plans (Spiny Lobster, Reef Fish, Coral, 
and Queen Conch Fishery Management Plans) as those measures pertain to 
Puerto Rico exclusive economic zone waters. The goal of this action is 
to create a Fishery Management Plan tailored to the specific fishery 
management needs of Puerto Rico. If approved, this new Puerto Rico 
Fishery Management Plan, in conjunction with similar comprehensive 
Fishery Management Plans being developed for St. Croix and St. Thomas/
St. John, will replace the Spiny Lobster, Reef Fish, Coral and Queen 
Conch Fishery Management Plans presently governing the commercial and 
recreational harvest in U.S. Caribbean exclusive economic zone waters.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/00/17
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Phone: 727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-
5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD32

66. Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan for St. Croix

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This comprehensive St. Croix Fishery Management Plan will 
incorporate, and modify as needed, federal fisheries management 
measures presently included in each of the existing species-based U.S. 
Caribbean Fishery Management Plans (Spiny Lobster, Reef Fish, Coral, 
and Queen Conch Fishery Management Plans) as those measures pertain to 
St. Croix exclusive economic zone waters. The goal of this action is to 
create a Fishery Management Plan tailored to the specific fishery 
management needs of St. Croix. If approved, this new St. Croix Fishery 
Management Plan, in conjunction with similar comprehensive Fishery 
Management Plans being developed for Puerto Rico and St. Thomas/St. 
John, will replace the Spiny Lobster, Reef Fish, Coral and Queen Conch 
Fishery Management Plans presently governing the commercial and 
recreational harvest in U.S. Caribbean exclusive economic zone waters.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Phone: 727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-
5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD33

67. Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan for St. Thomas/St. John

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This comprehensive St. Thomas/St. John Fishery Management 
Plan will incorporate, and modify as needed, federal fisheries 
management measures presently included in each of the existing species-
based U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management Plans (Spiny Lobster, Reef 
Fish, Coral, and Queen Conch Fishery Management Plans) as those 
measures pertain to St. Thomas/St. John exclusive economic zone waters. 
The goal of this action is to create a Fishery Management Plan tailored 
to the specific fishery management needs of St. Thomas/St. John. If 
approved, this new St. Thomas/St. John Fishery Management Plan, in 
conjunction with similar comprehensive Fishery Management Plans being 
developed for St. Croix and Puerto Rico, will replace the Spiny 
Lobster, Reef Fish, Coral and Queen Conch Fishery Management Plans 
presently governing the commercial and recreational harvest in U.S. 
Caribbean exclusive economic zone waters.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Phone: 727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-
5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD34

68. Designate Critical Habitat for the Hawaiian Insular False Killer 
Whale Distinct Population Segment

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
    Abstract: This action would designate critical habitat for the 
Hawaiian insular false killer whale distinct population segment, 
pursuant to section 4 of the Endangered Species Act. Proposed critical 
habitat would be designated in the main Hawaiian islands.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/00/18
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Donna Wieting, Phone: 301 427-8400.
    RIN: 0648-BC45

69. Designation of Critical Habitat for the Arctic Ringed Seal

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
    Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service published a final 
rule to list the Arctic ringed seal as a threatened species under the 
Endangered Species Act (ESA) in December 2012. The ESA requires 
designation of critical habitat at the time a species is listed as 
threatened or endangered, or within one year of listing if critical 
habitat is not then determinable. This rulemaking would designate 
critical habitat for the Arctic ringed seal. The critical habitat 
designation would be in the northern Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas 
within the current range of the species.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/03/14  79 FR 71714
Proposed Rule.......................   12/09/14  79 FR 73010
Notice of Public Hearings...........   01/13/15  80 FR 1618
Comment Period Extended.............   02/02/15  80 FR 5498
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Action........................           To Be Determined
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Donna Wieting, Phone: 301 427-8400.
    RIN: 0648-BC56

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Completed Actions

70. Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Marine Aquaculture 
in the Gulf of Mexico

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: The purpose of this fishery management plan was to 
develop a regional permitting process for regulating and promoting

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environmentally sound and economically sustainable aquaculture in the 
Gulf of Mexico exclusive economic zone. This fishery management plan 
consisted of ten actions, each with an associated range of management 
alternatives, which will facilitate the permitting of an estimated 5 to 
20 offshore aquaculture operations in the Gulf of Mexico over the next 
10 years, with an estimated maximum annual production of up to 64 
million pounds. By establishing a regional permitting process for 
aquaculture, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will be 
positioned to achieve their primary goal of increasing maximum 
sustainable yield and optimum yield of federal fisheries in the Gulf of 
Mexico by supplementing harvest of wild caught species with cultured 
product. This rulemaking outlined a regulatory permitting process for 
aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico, including: (1) Required permits; (2) 
duration of permits; (3) species allowed; (4) designation of sites for 
aquaculture; (5) reporting requirements; and (6) regulations to aid in 
enforcement.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Availability..............   06/04/09  74 FR 26829
NPRM................................   08/28/14  79 FR 26829
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   11/13/14  79 FR 67411
Final Action........................   01/13/16  81 FR 1761
Final Action Effective..............   02/12/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-AS65

71. Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Future of the Atlantic Shark 
Fishery

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.
    Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service adjusted the 
regulations governing the U.S. Atlantic shark fishery to address 
current fishery issues and identify specific shark fishery goals for 
the future. This action considered potential changes to the quota and/
or permit structure that are currently in place for the Atlantic shark 
fishery, and various catch share programs such as limited access 
privilege programs, individual fishing quotas, and sectors for the 
Atlantic shark fishery.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   09/20/10  75 FR 57235
ANPRM Comment Period End............   01/14/11
Notice..............................   05/27/14  79 FR 30064
NPRM................................   01/20/15  80 FR 2648
Notice..............................   03/09/15  80 FR 12394
Final Action........................   08/18/15  80 FR 50073
Final Action Effective..............   08/18/15
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Alan Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable 
Fisheries, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, Room 13362, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 
20910, Phone: 301 713-2334, Fax: 301 713-0596, Email: 
alan.risenhoover@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BA17

72. Implement the 2010 Shark Conservation Act Provisions and Other 
Regulations in the Atlantic Smoothhound Shark Fishery

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule implemented Amendment 9 to the Atlantic shark 
and smoothhound shark fisheries and the measures in Amendment 3 and the 
2011 Highly Migratory Species trawl rule in the Atlantic smoothhound 
shark fishery. The rule fully implemented smoothhound shark quota 
measures as well as the Savings Clause of the Shark Conservation Act. 
The Shark Conservation Act included a provision that allows, under 
specific conditions, smooth dogfish sharks to be landed without fins 
attached (versus the Shark Conservation Act as a whole that requires 
sharks to be landed with fins naturally attached). The final rule 
balanced this statutory provision that provides operating flexibility 
for smooth dogfish fisherman with the need to ensure effective shark 
conservation and management. The rule also made changes to the shark 
gillnet vessel monitoring system requirement to aid the industry by 
limiting the scope of vessel monitoring systems.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/07/14  79 FR 46217
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/14/14
Final Action........................   11/24/15  80 FR 73128
Final Rule..........................   12/18/15  80 FR 78969
Final Action Effective..............   03/15/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Alan Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable 
Fisheries, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, Room 13362, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 
20910, Phone: 301 713-2334, Fax: 301 713-0596, Email: 
alan.risenhoover@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BB02

73. Implementation of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission 
Resolution To Establish a Vessel Monitoring System Program in the 
Eastern Pacific Ocean

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule implemented the Inter-American Tropical Tuna 
Commission's Resolution intended to require owners and operators of 
tuna-fishing vessels to have installed, activate, carry and operate 
vessel monitoring system units (also known as mobile transmitting 
units). This regulation applies to owners and operators of tuna-fishing 
vessels 24 meters or more in length operating in the eastern Pacific 
Ocean. The vessel monitoring system units have to be type-approved and 
authorize the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission and National 
Marine Fisheries Service to receive and relay transmissions (also 
called position reports) from the vessel monitoring system unit. Vessel 
monitoring systems may enhance the safety of some vessels by allowing 
the vessels location to be tracked, which could assist in rescue 
efforts. This regulation applies to commercial vessels only and not 
recreational or charter vessels.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/06/14  79 FR 7152
Correction..........................   02/25/14  79 FR 10465
Proposed Rule.......................   05/19/15  80 FR 28572
Comment Period End..................   06/18/15
Final Action........................   10/07/15  80 FR 60533
Final Action Effective..............   01/01/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Stelle Jr., Regional Administrator, West 
Coast Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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Administration, 7600 Sand Point Way Northeast, Building 1, Seattle, WA 
98115, Phone: 206 526-6150, Email: will.stelle@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD54

74. Amendment 7 to the FMP for the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery of the 
Atlantic and Amendment 33 to the FMP for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of 
the South Atlantic

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7 and Snapper-Grouper Amendment 
33 allows recreational fishermen to bring dolphin and wahoo fillets 
from The Bahamas into the U.S. waters and updated regulations that 
currently allow recreational fishermen to bring snapper-grouper fillets 
from the Bahamas into U.S. waters.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice..............................   09/17/15  80 FR 55819
NPRM................................   10/07/15  80 FR 60601
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/06/15  .......................
Final Action........................   12/28/15  80 FR 80686
Final Action Effective..............   01/27/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD76

75. Amendment 8 to the Fishery Management Plan for Coral, Coral Reefs, 
and Live/Hard Bottom Habitats of the South Atlantic Region

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: Coral Amendment 8 modified the boundaries of the Oculina 
Bank Habitat Area of Particular Concern, the Stetson-Miami Terrace 
Coral Habitat Area of Particular Concern, and the Cape Lookout Coral 
Habitat Area of Particular Concern to protect deepwater coral 
ecosystems. The amendment also implemented a transit provision through 
the Oculina Bank Habitat Area of Particular Concern for fishing vessels 
with rock shrimp onboard.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice..............................   05/20/14  79 FR 28880
NPRM................................   06/03/14  79 FR 31907
Correction..........................   07/01/14  79 FR 37269
Final Rule..........................   07/17/15  80 FR 42423
Final Rule Correction...............   08/04/15  80 FR 46205
Final Rule Effective................   08/17/15  .......................
Final Rule Correction...............   10/07/15  80 FR 60565
Final Rule Effective................   10/07/15  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD81

76. Cost Recovery From Amendment 80, CDQ Groundfish and Halibut, 
American Fisheries Act and Aleutian Islands Pollock, and the Freezer 
Longline Coalition Pacific Cod Fisheries Management Programs

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; Pub. L. 109-241; Pub. L. 
109-479
    Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service implemented a 
limited access permit program cost recovery fee for Amendment 80, 
Western Alaska Community Development Quota groundfish and halibut, 
American Fisheries Act and Aleutian Islands Pollock, and the Pacific 
Cod Freezer Longline Coalition fisheries management programs in the 
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. The purpose of this action was to 
comply with Section 304(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which 
authorizes and requires the National Marine Fisheries Service to 
collect fees for limited access permit programs and the Western Alaska 
Community Development Quota program.The fees collected will be used to 
recover the actual costs directly related to the management, data 
collection, and enforcement of these programs that are incurred by the 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   01/07/15  80 FR 935
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/06/15  .......................
Final Action........................   01/05/16  81 FR 150
Final Action Effective..............   02/04/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Fax: 907 586-7465, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BE05

77. Generic Accountability Measure and Dolphin Allocation Amendment for 
the South Atlantic Region

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: Amendment 34 and Amendment 9 established modifications to 
accountability measures for snapper-grouper species and golden crab to 
create a more consistent regulatory environment while ensuring 
overfishing does not occur. Amendment 8 modified sector allocations for 
dolphin.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice..............................   07/15/15  80 FR 41472
NPRM................................   09/29/15  80 FR 58448
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/29/15  .......................
Final Action........................   01/22/16  81 FR 3731
Final Action Effective..............   02/22/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BE38

78. International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for 
Highly Migratory Species; Fishing Effort and Catch Limits and Other 
Restrictions and Requirements

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule established a framework under which the 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) could specify limits on 
fishing effort and catches, as well as spatial and temporal 
restrictions on particular fishing activities, in U.S. fisheries for 
highly migratory fish species in the western and central Pacific Ocean. 
NMFS will issue the specifications as needed to implement conservation 
and management measures adopted by the Commission for the Conservation 
and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and 
Central Pacific Ocean. The rule also requires that U.S. fishing vessels 
of a certain size obtain International Maritime Organizational numbers, 
and prohibits U.S. longline fishing vessels from using

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shark lines, which are used in some fisheries to target sharks. This 
action was necessary for the United States to satisfy its obligations 
under the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly 
Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, to 
which it is a Contracting Party.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/23/15  80 FR 43694
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/07/15  .......................
Final Action........................   10/01/15  80 FR 59037
Final Action Effective..............   11/30/15  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Tosatto, Regional Administrator, Pacific 
Islands Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176, 
Honolulu, HI 96818, Phone: 808 725-5000, Email: 
michael.tosatto@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BE84

79. Revision of Skate Maximum Retainable Amounts in the Gulf of Alaska 
Groundfish Fishery

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule reduced the maximum retainable amount of 
incidentally caught skates in directed fisheries for groundfish in the 
Gulf of Alaska to 5 percent, which allows a vessel to retain skates in 
an amount up to 5 percent of the weight of the target groundfish 
species onboard the vessel. The skate maximum retainable amount is 
intended to limit harvest of skates to the intrinsic rate of incidental 
catch of skates in Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries and to provide a 
disincentive for vessels to target skates. Skate harvests have 
increased in recent years and have exceeded the acceptable biological 
catch in some areas. This action was necessary to enhance conservation 
and management of skates by decreasing the incentive for vessels to 
target skates and to slow the harvest rate of skates.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/10/15  80 FR 39734
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/10/15  .......................
Final Action........................   12/28/15  80 FR 80695
Final Action Effective..............   01/27/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Fax: 907 586-7465, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BE85

80. Amendment 44 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian 
Islands King and Tanner Crabs To Modify Right of First Refusal 
Provisions of the Crab Rationalization Program

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; Pub. L. 109-241; Pub. L. 
109-479
    Abstract: This rule amended the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 
Crab Rationalization Program through two actions intended to benefit 
eligible crab communities by enhancing opportunities to retain 
community historical processing interests in the Bering Sea and 
Aleutian Islands crab fisheries. The action modified the right of first 
refusal provisions that provide eligible crab community entities with 
the opportunity to purchase processor quota shares and other associated 
assets proposed for sale. The first action affects about 21 processor 
quota shareholders. The rule requires all persons holding processor 
quota share to provide annual notification to NMFS regarding the status 
of the right of first refusal for all processor quota share holdings. 
The second action amends regulations to separate the combined 
individual fishing quota/individual processor quota application into 
two applications, and revised reporting requirements for crab 
cooperatives.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/22/15  80 FR 63950
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/23/15  .......................
Final Action........................   01/13/16  81 FR 1557
Final Action Effective..............   02/12/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Fax: 907 586-7465, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BE98

81. Framework Amendment 3 to the Fishery Management Plan for the 
Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic 
Region

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule modified trip limits, accountability measures, 
electronic reporting requirements, and gillnet permit requirements for 
commercial king mackerel landed by gillnet in the Gulf of Mexico. This 
action was necessary to increase efficiency, stability, and 
accountability, and to reduce the potential for regulatory discards in 
the commercial king mackerel gillnet component of the fishery.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/07/15  80 FR 60605
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/06/15  .......................
Final Action........................   12/17/15  80 FR 78670
Final Action Effective..............   01/19/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF14

82. Framework Amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef 
Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico To Modify Greater Amberjack 
Allowable Harvest and Management Measures

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: The intent of this action is to end overfishing and 
rebuild the Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack stock. A 2014 stock 
assessment indicated the Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack stock remains 
overfished and is undergoing overfishing. Allowable harvest was reduced 
and will remain constant until changed based on new scientific 
information. To better constrain catches to the allowable harvest 
levels, the recreational minimum size limit was increased from 30 
inches fork length to 34 inches fork length, and the commercial trip 
limit was reduced from 1,923 pounds gutted weight to 1,500 pounds 
gutted weight.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/17/15  80 FR 55821
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/19/15  .......................

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Final Action........................   12/02/15  80 FR 75432
Final Action Effective..............   01/04/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF21

83. Framework Amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef 
Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico for Red Snapper Commercial Quota 
Retention for 2016

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: Pursuant to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management 
Council's request, this rule provided authority to withhold 4.9 percent 
of the 2016 red snapper commercial annual catch limit prior to 
distribution to the Individual Fishing Quota Program, in anticipation 
that this percentage may be reallocated to the recreational sector.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/19/15  80 FR 63190
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/03/15  .......................
Final Action........................   11/27/15  80 FR 73999
Final Action Effective..............   12/28/15  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF33

84. Designation of Critical Habitat for the North Atlantic Right Whale

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
    Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service revised the 
critical habitat designation for the North Atlantic right whale. This 
designation resulted in an expansion of critical habitat in the 
northeast feeding area (Gulf of Maine-Georges Bank region) and the 
southeast calving area (Florida to North Carolina) compared to what was 
designated in 1994 for right whales.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/20/15  80 FR 9313
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/21/15  .......................
Final Action........................   01/27/16  81 FR 4837
Final Action Effective..............   02/26/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Donna Wieting, Director, Office of Protected 
Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427-8400.
    RIN: 0648-AY54

85. Endangered and Threatened Species: Designation of Critical Habitat 
for Threatened Lower Columbia River Coho Salmon and Puget Sound 
Steelhead

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
    Abstract: This action designated critical habitat for lower 
Columbia River coho salmon and Puget Sound steelhead, currently listed 
as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The areas 
designated include freshwater and estuarine habitat in Oregon and 
Washington.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/14/13  78 FR 2725
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/15/13  .......................
Final Action........................   02/24/16  81 FR 9251
Final Action Effective..............   03/25/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Donna Wieting, Director, Office of Protected 
Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427-8400.
    RIN: 0648-BB30

86. Revisions to Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine 
Sanctuary Regulations

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.; Pub. L. 102-587
    Abstract: In 2010, the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) 
initiated a review of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National 
Marine Sanctuary management plan, to evaluate substantive progress 
toward implementing the goals for the sanctuary, and to make revisions 
to its management plan and regulations as necessary to fulfill the 
purposes and policies of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA) and 
the Hawaiian Islands National Marine Sanctuary Act (HINMSA; title II, 
subtitle C, Pub. L. 102587). ONMS intends to publish a proposed rule 
and draft EIS that proposes to expand the scope of the sanctuary to 
ecosystem based management rather than concentrating on only humpback 
whales. In addition, possible boundary expansion will be discussed.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice..............................   07/14/10  75 FR 40759
NPRM................................   03/26/15  80 FR 16223
Notice..............................   04/29/15  80 FR 23742
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/19/15  .......................
Withdrawn...........................   03/14/16  81 FR 13303
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Edward Lindelof, Department of Commerce, National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver 
Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 240 533-0641, Email: edward.lindelof@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD97

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)

Proposed Rule Stage

87.  Trademark Fee Adjustment

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1113; 15 U.S.C. 1123; 35 U.S.C. 2; 
Section 10 of AIA Pub. L. 112-29
    Abstract: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) 
takes this action to set and adjust Trademark fee amounts to provide 
the Office with a sufficient amount of aggregate revenue to recover its 
aggregate cost of operations while helping the Office maintain a 
sustainable funding model, ensure integrity of the Trademark register, 
promote efficiency of processes, and incentivize electronic 
communications.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/16  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/00/16  .......................
Final Action........................   11/00/16  .......................
Final Action Effective..............   01/00/17  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jennifer Chicoski, Administrator for Trademark 
Policy and Procedure, Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark 
Office, Commissioner for Trademarks, P.O. Box 1451, Alexandria, VA 
22313, Phone: 571 272-8943, Fax: 571 273-8943, Email: 
jennifer.chicoski@uspto.gov.
    RIN: 0651-AD08

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

32 CFR Chs. I, V, VI, and VII

33 CFR Ch. II

36 CFR Ch. III

48 CFR Ch. II


Improving Government Regulations; Unified Agenda of Federal 
Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Defense (DoD) is publishing this semiannual 
agenda of regulatory documents, including those that are procurement-
related, for public information and comments under Executive Order 
12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review''. This agenda incorporates the 
objective and criteria, when applicable, of the regulatory reform 
program under the Executive Order and other regulatory guidance. It 
contains DoD regulations initiated by DoD components that may have 
economic and environmental impact on State, local, or tribal interests 
under the criteria of Executive Order 12866. Although most DoD 
regulations listed in the agenda are of limited public impact, their 
nature may be of public interest and, therefore, are published to 
provide notice of rulemaking and an opportunity for public 
participation in the internal DoD rulemaking process. Members of the 
public may submit comments on individual proposed and interim final 
rulemakings at www.regulations.gov during the comment period that 
follows publication in the Federal Register.
    This agenda updates the report published on November 19, 2015, and 
includes regulations expected to be issued and under review over the 
next 12 months. The next agenda is scheduled to be published in the 
fall of 2016. The complete Unified Agenda will be available online at 
www.reginfo.gov.
    Because publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the 
regulatory flexibility agendas required by the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (5 U.S.C. 602), the Department of Defense's printed agenda entries 
include only:
    (1) Rules that are in the Agency's regulatory flexibility agenda, 
in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because they are 
likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities; and
    (2) any rules that the Agency has identified for periodic review 
under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain 
information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's agenda 
requirements. Additional information on these entries is in the Unified 
Agenda available online.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning the overall 
DoD regulatory improvement program and for general semiannual agenda 
information, contact Ms. Patricia Toppings, telephone 571-372-0485, or 
write to Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Directorate for 
Oversight and Compliance, Regulatory and Audit Matters Office, 9010 
Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-9010, or email: 
patricia.l.toppings.civ@mail.mil.
    For questions of a legal nature concerning the agenda and its 
statutory requirements or obligations, write to Office of the General 
Counsel, 1600 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1600, or call 703-
697-2714.
    For general information on Office of the Secretary regulations, 
other than those which are procurement-related, contact Ms. Morgan 
Park, telephone 571-372-0489, or write to Office of the Deputy Chief 
Management Officer, Directorate of Oversight and Compliance, Regulatory 
and Audit Matters Office, 9010 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-
9010, or email: morgan.e.park.civ@mail.mil.
    For general information on Office of the Secretary regulations 
which are procurement-related, contact Ms. Jennifer Hawes, telephone 
571-372-6115, or write to Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for 
Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Defense Procurement and 
Acquisition Policy, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Room 3B941, 
3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3060, or email: 
jennifer.l.hawes2.civ@mail.mil.
    For general information on Department of the Army regulations, 
contact Ms. Brenda Bowen, telephone 703-428-6173, or write to the U.S. 
Army Records Management and Declassification Agency, ATTN: AAHS-RDR-C, 
Casey Building, Room 102, 7701 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, Virginia 
22315-3860, or email: brenda.s.bowen.civ@mail.mil.
    For general information on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
regulations, contact Mr. Chip Smith, telephone 703-693-3644, or write 
to Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Policy and 
Legislation), 108 Army Pentagon, Room 2E569, Washington, DC 20310-0108, 
or email: charles.r.smith567.civ@mail.mil.
    For general information on Department of the Navy regulations, 
contact CDR Noreen Hagerty-Ford, telephone 703-614-7408, or write to 
Department of the Navy, Office of the Judge Advocate General, 
Administrative Law Division (Code 13), Washington Navy Yard, 1322 
Patterson Avenue SE., Suite 3000, Washington, DC 20374-5066, or email: 
noreen.hagerty-ford@navy.mil.
    For general information on Department of the Air Force regulations, 
contact Bao-Anh Trinh, telephone 703-614-8500, or write the Office of 
the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief, Information Dominance/Chief 
Information Officer (SAF CIO/A6), 1800 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, 
DC 20330-1800, or email: usaf.pentagon.saf-cio-a6.mbx.af-foia@mail.mil.
    For specific agenda items, contact the appropriate individual 
indicated in each DoD component report.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This edition of the Unified Agenda of 
Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions is composed of the 
regulatory status reports, including procurement-related regulatory 
status reports, from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and 
the Departments of the Army and Navy. Included also is the regulatory 
status report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, whose civil works 
functions fall under the reporting requirements of Executive Order 
12866 and involve water resource projects and regulation of activities 
in waters of the United States.
    In addition, this agenda, although published under the reporting 
requirements of Executive Order 12866, continues to be the DoD single-
source reporting vehicle, which identifies regulations that are 
currently applicable under the various regulatory reform programs in 
progress. Therefore, DoD components will identify those rules which 
come under the criteria of the:
    a. Regulatory Flexibility Act;
    b. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995;
    c. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.
    Those DoD regulations, which are directly applicable under these 
statutes, will be identified in the agenda and their action status 
indicated. Generally, the regulatory status reports in this agenda will 
contain five sections: (1) Prerule stage; (2) proposed rule stage; (3) 
final rule stage; (4) completed actions; and (5) long-term actions. 
Where certain regulatory actions indicate that small entities are 
affected, the effect on these entities may not necessarily have 
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substantial number of these entities as defined in the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601(6)).
    Although not a regulatory agency, DoD will continue to participate 
in regulatory initiatives designed to reduce economic costs and 
unnecessary burdens upon the public. Comments and recommendations are 
invited on the rules reported and should be addressed to the DoD 
component representatives identified in the regulatory status reports. 
Although sensitive to the needs of the public, as well as regulatory 
reform, DoD reserves the right to exercise the exemptions and 
flexibility permitted in its rulemaking process in order to proceed 
with its overall defense-oriented mission. The publishing of this 
agenda does not waive the applicability of the military affairs 
exemption in section 553 of title 5 U.S.C. and section 3 of Executive 
Order 12866. Executive Order 13563 recognizes the importance of 
maintaining a consistent culture of retrospective review and analysis 
throughout the executive branch. DoD's retrospective review plan is 
intended to identify certain significant rules that are obsolete, 
unnecessary, unjustified, excessively burdensome, or counterproductive 
and can be accessed at: http://www.regulations.gov/
#!docketDetail;D=DOD-2011-OS-0036.

    Dated: March 13, 2016.
David Tillotson III,
Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer.

   Office of Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs--Final Rule Stage
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       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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88........................  TRICARE; Reimbursement of          0720-AB47
                             Long Term Care Hospitals.
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD)

Office of Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs (DODOASHA)

Final Rule Stage

88. TRICARE; Reimbursement of Long Term Care Hospitals

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 10 U.S.C. ch 55
    Abstract: The rule implements the statutory provision in 10 U.S.C. 
1079(j)(2) that TRICARE payment methods for institutional care shall be 
determined to the extent practicable in accordance with the same 
reimbursement rules as those that apply to payments to providers of 
services of the same type under Medicare. This rule implements a 
reimbursement methodology similar to that furnished to Medicare 
beneficiaries for services provided by long-term care hospitals. The 
revisions to this rule will be reported in future status updates as 
part of DoD's retrospective plan under Executive Order 13563, completed 
in August 2011. DoD's full plan can be accessed at: http://
www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=DOD-2011-OS-0036.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/26/15  80 FR 3926
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/27/15  .......................
Final Action........................   08/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ann N. Fazzini, Department of Defense, Office of 
Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs, 1200 Defense Pentagon, 
Washington, DC 20301, Phone: 303 676-3803.
    RIN: 0720-AB47

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AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Education.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary of Education publishes a semiannual agenda of 
Federal regulatory and deregulatory actions. The agenda is issued under 
the authority of section 4(b) of Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory 
Planning and Review.'' The purpose of the agenda is to encourage more 
effective public participation in the regulatory process by providing 
the public with early information about the regulatory actions we plan 
to take.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or comments related to 
specific regulations listed in this agenda should be directed to the 
agency contact listed for the regulations. Other questions or comments 
on this agenda should be directed to LaTanya Cannady, Program 
Specialist, or Hilary Malawer, General Counsel, Division of Regulatory 
Services, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Education, Room 
6C128, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20202-2241; telephone: 
(202) 401-9676 (LaTanya Cannady) or (202) 401-6148 (Hilary Malawer). 
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a 
text telephone (TTY) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-
877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 4(b) of Executive Order 12866, dated 
September 30, 1993, requires the Department of Education (ED) to 
publish, at a time and in a manner specified by the Administrator of 
the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management 
and Budget, an agenda of all regulations under development or review. 
The Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 602(a), requires ED to 
publish, in October and April of each year, a regulatory flexibility 
agenda.
    The regulatory flexibility agenda may be combined with any other 
agenda that satisfies the statutory requirements (5 U.S.C. 605(a)). In 
compliance with the Executive order and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 
the Secretary publishes this agenda.
    For each set of regulations listed, the agenda provides the title 
of the document, the type of document, a citation to any rulemaking or 
other action taken since publication of the most recent agenda, and 
planned dates of future rulemaking. In addition, the agenda provides 
the following information:
     An abstract that includes a description of the problem to 
be addressed, any principal alternatives being considered, and 
potential costs and benefits of the action.
     An indication of whether the planned action is likely to 
have significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities as defined by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 
601(6)).
     A reference to where a reader can find the current 
regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations.
     A citation of legal authority.
     The name, address, and telephone number of the contact 
person at ED from whom a reader can obtain additional information 
regarding the planned action.
    In accordance with ED's Principles for Regulating listed in its 
regulatory plan (78 FR 1361, published January 8, 2013), ED is 
committed to regulations that improve the quality and equality of 
services to its customers. ED will regulate only if absolutely 
necessary and then in the most flexible, most equitable, least 
burdensome way possible.
    Interested members of the public are invited to comment on any of 
the items listed in this agenda that they believe are not consistent 
with the Principles for Regulating. Members of the public are also 
invited to comment on any uncompleted actions in this agenda that ED 
plans to review under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 
U.S.C. 610) to determine their economic impact on small entities.
    This publication does not impose any binding obligation on ED with 
regard to any specific item in the agenda. ED may elect not to pursue 
any of the regulatory actions listed here, and regulatory action in 
addition to the items listed is not precluded. Dates of future 
regulatory actions are subject to revision in subsequent agendas.
Electronic Access to This Document
    The entire Unified Agenda is published electronically and is 
available online at www.reginfo.gov.

James Cole, Jr.,
General Counsel.

         Office of Postsecondary Education--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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89........................  Borrower Defense..........         1840-AD19
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          Office of Postsecondary Education--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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90........................  Title IV of the HEA--              1840-AD14
                             Program Integrity and
                             Improvement.
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (ED)

Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

Proposed Rule Stage

89. Borrower Defense

    Legal Authority: Section 455(h) of the Higher Education Act of 
1965, as amended
    Abstract: The Department has begun negotiated rulemaking to develop 
proposed regulations for determining which acts or omissions of an 
institution of higher education a borrower may assert as a defense to 
repayment of a loan made under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan 
(Federal Direct Loan) Program and identify the consequences of such 
borrower defenses for borrowers, institutions, and the Secretary.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Intent to Establish          08/20/15  80 FR 50588
 Negotiated Rulemaking Committee.
NPRM................................   06/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Annmarie Weisman, Department of Education, Office 
of Postsecondary Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 6W245, 
Washington, DC 20202, Phone: 202 453-6712, Email: 
annmarie.weisman@ed.gov.
    RIN: 1840-AD19

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (ED)

Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

Completed Actions

90. Title IV of the HEA--Program Integrity and Improvement

    Legal Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001; 20 U.S.C. 1002; 20 U.S.C. 1091; 20 
U.S.C. 1094; 20 U.S.C. 1099c; 20 U.S.C. 1070a; 20 U.S.C. 1087b; 20 
U.S.C. 1087d; 20 U.S.C. 1087e; 20 U.S.C. 1088
    Abstract: The Department issued regulations for the Federal Student 
Aid programs, authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 
1965, as amended (HEA). We are regulating in the following areas: cash 
management of funds provided under the title IV Federal Student Aid 
programs, clock-to-credit hour conversion, and repeat coursework.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Action........................   10/30/15  80 FR 67126
Final Action Effective..............   07/01/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nathan Arnold, Phone: 202 453-7874, Email: 
nathan.arnold@ed.gov.
    RIN: 1840-AD14

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

10 CFR Chs. II, III, and X

48 CFR Ch. 9


Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: Department of Energy.

ACTION: Semi-annual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE) has prepared and is making 
available its portion of the semi-annual Unified Agenda of Federal 
Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Agenda) pursuant to Executive 
Order 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' and the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agenda is a government-wide compilation 
of upcoming and ongoing regulatory activity, including a brief 
description of each rulemaking and a timetable for action. The Agenda 
also includes a list of regulatory actions completed since publication 
of the last Agenda. The Department of Energy's portion of the Agenda 
includes regulatory actions called for by the Energy Independence and 
Security Act of 2007, the American Energy Manufacturing Technical 
Corrections Act and programmatic needs of DOE offices.
    The Internet is the basic means for disseminating the Agenda and 
providing users the ability to obtain information from the Agenda 
database. DOE's Spring 2016 Agenda can be accessed online by going to 
www.reginfo.gov. Agenda entries reflect the status of activities as of 
approximately May 31, 2016.
    Publication in the Federal Register is mandated by the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) only for Agenda entries that require 
either a regulatory flexibility analysis or periodic review under 
section 610 of that Act. DOE's regulatory flexibility agenda is made up 
of five rulemakings setting energy efficiency standards for the 
following products:

 General Service Lamps
 Walk-In Coolers and Freezers
 Commercial Packaged Boilers
 Cooking Products
 Residential Furnaces
 Miscellaneous Refrigeration Equipment

P. Croley,
General Counsel.

       Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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91........................  Energy Conservation                1904-AD01
                             Standards for Commercial
                             Packaged Boilers.
92........................  Energy Conservation                1904-AD09
                             Standards for General
                             Service Lamps.
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        Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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93........................  Test Procedures for Light-         1904-AC67
                             Emitting Diode Lamps.
94........................  Energy Efficiency                  1904-AC81
                             Standards for Residential
                             Dehumidifiers.
95........................  Energy Conservation                1904-AD11
                             Standards for Commercial
                             Warm Air Furnaces.
96........................  Energy Conservation                1904-AD28
                             Standards for Ceiling
                             Fans.
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        Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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97........................  Energy Conservation                1904-AC54
                             Standards for Commercial
                             and Industrial Pumps.
98........................  Energy Conservation                1904-AC87
                             Standards for Residential
                             Ceiling Fan Light Kits.
99........................  Energy Conservation                1904-AC88
                             Standards for Residential
                             Boilers.
100.......................  Standards for Refrigerated         1904-AD00
                             Bottled or Canned
                             Beverage Vending Machines.
101.......................  Energy Conservation                1904-AD31
                             Standards for Commercial
                             Pre-Rinse Spray Valves.
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            Defense and Security Affairs--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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102.......................  Chronic Beryllium Disease          1992-AA39
                             Prevention Program.
103.......................  Workplace Substance Abuse          1992-AA53
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE)

Proposed Rule Stage

91. Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Packaged Boilers

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)
    Abstract: EPCA, as amended by AEMTCA, requires the Secretary to 
determine whether updating the statutory energy conservation standards 
for commercial packaged boilers is technically feasible and 
economically justified and would save a significant amount of energy. 
If justified, the Secretary will issue amended energy conservation 
standards for such equipment.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Proposed Determination       08/13/13  78 FR 49202
 (NOPD).
NOPD Comment Period End.............   09/12/13
Notice of Public Meeting and           09/03/13  78 FR 54197
 Framework Document Availability.
Framework Document Comment Period      10/18/13
 End.
Notice of Public Meeting and           11/20/14  79 FR 69066
 Preliminary Analysis.
Preliminary Analysis Comment Period    01/20/15
 End.
Withdrawal of NOPD..................   08/25/15  80 FR 51487
NPRM................................   03/24/16  81 FR 15836
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/23/16
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   05/04/16  81 FR 26747
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   06/22/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Raba, Office of Building Technologies 
Program, EE-5B, Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable 
Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, Phone: 202 
586-8654, Email: jim.raba@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AD01

92. Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Lamps

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A) and (B)
    Abstract: Amendments to Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) 
in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 direct DOE to 
conduct two rulemaking cycles to evaluate energy conservation standards 
for GSLs, the first of which must be initiated no later than January 1, 
2014. EPCA specifically states that the scope of the rulemaking is not 
limited to incandescent lamp technologies. EPCA also states that DOE 
must consider in the first rulemaking cycle the minimum backstop 
requirement of 45 lumens per watt for general service lamps (GSLs) 
effective January 1, 2020. This rulemaking constitutes DOE's first 
rulemaking cycle.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Framework Document Availability;       12/09/13  78 FR 73737
 Notice of Public Meeting.
Framework Document Comment Period      01/23/14
 End.
Framework Document Comment Period      01/23/14  79 FR 3742
 Extended.
Framework Document Comment Period      02/07/14
 Extended End.
Preliminary Analysis; Notice of        12/11/14  79 FR 73503
 Public Meeting.
Preliminary Analysis Comment Period    02/09/15
 End.
Preliminary Analysis Comment Period    01/30/15  80 FR 5052
 Extended.
Preliminary Analysis Comment Period    02/23/15
 Extended End.
Notice of Public Meeting; Webinar...   03/15/16  81 FR 13763
NPRM................................   03/17/16  81 FR 14528
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/16/16
Final Action........................   12/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lucy DeButts, Office of Buildings Technologies 
Program, EE-5B, Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable 
Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, Phone: 202 
287-1604 Email: lucy.debutts@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AD09

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE)

Final Rule Stage

93. Test Procedures for Light-Emitting Diode Lamps

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6294(a)(6); 42 U.S.C. 6293
    Abstract: EPCA, as amended by EISA 2007, requires the Secretary to 
create test procedures for light emitting diode (LED) lamps that 
accurately represent the energy consumption of this product. This 
rulemaking is supporting the implementation by the Federal Trade 
Commission of labeling provisions under 42 U.S.C. 6294(a)(6), as well 
as the ongoing general service lamps rulemaking, which includes LED 
lamps.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/09/12  77 FR 21038
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/25/12
Supplemental NPRM...................   06/03/14  79 FR 32019
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End   08/04/14
Second Supplemental NPRM............   06/26/14  79 FR 36242
Second Supplemental NPRM Comment       08/04/14
 Period End.
Third Supplemental NPRM.............   07/09/15  80 FR 39644
Third Supplemental NPRM Comment        08/10/15
 Period End.
Final Action........................   07/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lucy DeButts, Office of Buildings Technologies 
Program, EE-5B, Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable 
Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, Phone: 202 
287-1604, Email: lucy.debutts@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AC67

94. Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Dehumidifiers

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(m) and (cc)
    Abstract: EPCA requires the Secretary to determine whether updating 
the statutory energy conservation standards for residential 
dehumidifiers is technically feasible and economically justified and 
would result in significant energy savings. If these criteria are met, 
the Secretary will issue amended energy conservation standards.

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    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Public Meeting and           08/17/12  77 FR 49739
 Framework Document Availability.
Framework Document Comment Period      08/28/12  77 FR 51943
 Extended.
Framework Document Comment Period      10/17/12
 Extended End.
Notice of Public Meeting and           05/22/14  79 FR 29380
 Preliminary Analysis.
Preliminary Analysis Comment Period    07/21/14
 End.
NPRM................................   06/03/15  80 FR 31646
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/03/15
Final Action........................   05/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Cymbalsky, Office of Building Technologies 
Program, EE-5B, Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable 
Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, Phone: 202 
287-1692, Email: john.cymbalsky@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AC81

95. Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Warm Air Furnaces

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)(i) and (vi); 42 U.S.C. 
6316; 42 U.S.C. 6295(p)(4)
    Abstract: EPCA, as amended by AEMTCA, requires the Secretary to 
determine whether updating the statutory energy conservation standards 
for commercial warm air furnaces is technically feasible and 
economically justified and would save a significant amount of energy. 
If justified, the Secretary will issue amended energy conservation 
standards for this type of equipment. On April 1, 2015, DOE published a 
notice announcing the creation of a working group under the Appliance 
Standards Federal Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ASRAC). (80 FR 17363) 
to potentially develop negotiated standards. DOE has since published a 
direct final rule and supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that 
embodies the standards-related aspects of the recommendations submitted 
to (and approved by) ASRAC.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Request for Information (RFI).......   05/02/13  78 FR 25627
RFI Comment Period End..............   06/03/13
NPRM................................   02/04/15  80 FR 6182
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/06/15
Notice of Intent to Form Working       04/01/15  80 FR 17363
 Group.
Notice of Public Meeting for Working   05/07/15  80 FR 26199
 Group.
Direct Final Rule...................   01/15/16  81 FR 2420
Supplemental NPRM...................   01/15/16  81 FR 2111
Direct Final Rule and SNPRM Comment    05/04/16
 Period End.
Direct Final Rule Effective.........   05/16/16
Final Action........................   06/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Cymbalsky, Office of Building Technologies 
Program, EE-5B, Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable 
Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, Phone: 202 
287-1692, Email: john.cymbalsky@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AD11

96. Energy Conservation Standards For Ceiling Fans

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(ff)
    Abstract: EPCA authorizes the Secretary to determine whether 
updating the statutory energy conservation standards for ceiling fans 
is technically feasible and economically justified and would result in 
significant energy savings. If these criteria are met, the Secretary 
may issue amended energy conservation standards for ceiling fans.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/13/16  81 FR 1688
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/14/16
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   03/15/16  81 FR 13763
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   04/14/16
Final Action........................   07/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lucy DeButts, Office of Buildings Technologies 
Program, EE-5B, Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable 
Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, Phone: 202 
287-1604, Email: lucy.debutts@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AD28

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE)

Completed Actions

97. Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial and Industrial Pumps

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6311(1)(A)
    Abstract: EPCA, as amended, authorizes the Secretary to determine 
whether establishing energy conservation standards for commercial and 
industrial pumps is technically feasible and economically justified and 
would save a significant amount of energy. On June 13, 2013, DOE 
published a notice of intent to establish a negotiated rulemaking 
working group for the commercial and industrial pumps rulemaking under 
the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee 
(ASRAC) in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) 
and the Negotiated Rulemaking Act (NRA) to negotiate proposed Federal 
standards for the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial pumps 
(78 FR 44036). The purpose of the working group was to discuss and, if 
possible, reach consensus on a proposed rule for the energy efficiency 
of commercial and industrial pumps. The working group negotiated 
standard levels that were accepted by ASRAC on July 7, 2014. As a 
result, DOE has proposed to adopt the working groups' recommendations.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Action........................   01/26/16  81 FR 4368
Final Action Effective..............   03/28/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Cymbalsky, Phone: 202 287-1692, Email: 
john.cymbalsky@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AC54

98. Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Ceiling Fan Light 
Kits

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(ff)(5)
    Abstract: EPCA authorizes the Secretary to determine whether 
updating the statutory energy conservation standards for ceiling fan 
light kits is technically feasible and economically justified and would 
result in significant energy savings. If the criteria are met, the 
Secretary may issue

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    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Action........................   01/06/16  81 FR 580
Final Action Effective..............   03/07/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lucy DeButts, Phone: 202 287-1604, Email: 
lucy.debutts@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AC87

99. Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Boilers

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(f)(4)(C); 42 U.S.C. 6295(m)(1); 42 
U.S.C. 6295(gg)(3)
    Abstract: EPCA, as amended by EISA 2007, requires the Secretary to 
determine whether updating the statutory energy conservation standards 
for residential boilers is technically feasible and economically 
justified and would result in significant conservation of energy. If 
justified, the Secretary will issue amended energy conservation 
standards for residential boilers.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Action........................   01/15/16  81 FR 2320
Final Action Effective..............   03/15/16  .......................
Final Action; Technical Correction..   01/27/16  81 FR 4574
Final Action; Technical Correction     01/27/16  .......................
 Effective.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Cymbalsky, Phone: 202 287-1692, Email: 
john.cymbalsky@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AC88

100. Standards for Refrigerated Bottled or Canned Beverage Vending 
Machines

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(m)(1)
    Abstract: EPCA, as amended by AEMTCA 2012, requires the Secretary 
to determine whether updating the statutory energy conservation 
standards for refrigerated beverage vending machines is technologically 
feasible and economically justified. The Secretary issued amended 
energy conservation standards on January 8, 2016.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Action........................   01/08/16  81 FR 1028
Final Action Effective..............   03/08/16  .......................
Final Rule; Correcting Amendment....   04/25/16  81 FR 24009
Final Rule; Correcting Amendment       04/25/16  .......................
 Effective.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Cymbalsky, Phone: 202 287-1692, Email: 
john.cymbalsky@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AD00

101. Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Pre-Rinse Spray 
Valves

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(m)
    Abstract: EPCA, as amended by EPACT 2005, requires the Secretary to 
determine whether amending the statutory energy conservation standards 
for commercial pre-rinse spray valves is technologically feasible and 
economically justified. If justified, the Secretary will issue amended 
energy conservation standards for commercial prerinse spray valves.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Data Availability (NODA)..   11/12/15  80 FR 69888
NODA Comment Period End.............   12/04/15  .......................
Final Action........................   01/27/16  81 FR 4748
Final Action Effective..............   03/28/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ashley Armstrong, Phone: 202 586-6590, Email: 
ashley.armstrong@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AD31

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)

Defense and Security Affairs (DSA)

Proposed Rule Stage

102. Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2201(i)(3), and (p); 42 U.S.C. 2282c; 29 
U.S.C. 668; 42 U.S.C. 7107 et seq.; 50 U.S.C. 2401 et seq.; E.O. 12196
    Abstract: The Department of Energy is amending its current chronic 
beryllium disease prevention program regulation. The proposed 
amendments would improve and strengthen the current provisions and 
continue to be applicable to DOE Federal and contractor employees who 
are, were, or potentially were exposed to beryllium at DOE sites.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/16  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/00/16  .......................
Final Action........................   07/00/17  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jacqueline D. Rogers, Industrial Hygienist, AU-11, 
Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20585, Phone: 202 586-4714, Email: jackie.rogers@hq.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1992-AA39

103.  Workplace Substance Abuse Programs at Doe Sites

    Legal Authority: 41 U.S.C. 701 et seq.; 41 U.S.C. 2012, 2013, 2051, 
2061, 2165, 2201b, 2201i, and 2201p; 42 U.S.C. 5814 and 5815; 42 U.S.C. 
7151, 7251, and 7256; 50 U.S.C. 2401 et seq.
    Abstract: The Department of Energy is amending its regulation 
related to workplace substance abuse programs at DOE sites. The 
proposed amendments would address drug and alcohol abuse; testing 
workers in certain sensitive positions; development and approval of a 
workplace substance abuse program; employee assistance programs; and 
training. The proposed amendments would improve and strengthen the 
substance abuse programs; and enhance consistency with advances in 
similar rules and other Federal drug and alcohol programs that place 
similar requirements on the private sector.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/00/16  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/00/17  .......................
Final Action........................   12/00/17  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jacqueline D. Rogers, Industrial Hygienist, AU-11, 
Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20585, Phone: 202 586-4714, Email: jackie.rogers@hq.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1992-AA53
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Office of the Secretary

21 CFR Ch. I

25 CFR Ch. V

42 CFR Chs. I-V

45 CFR Subtitle A; Subtitle B, Chs. II, III, and XIII


Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.

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SUMMARY: The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 and Executive Order 
(EO) 12866 require the semiannual issuance of an inventory of 
rulemaking actions under development throughout the Department, 
offering for public review summarized information about forthcoming 
regulatory actions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wilma Robinson, Deputy Executive 
Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201; (202) 690-5627.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Health and Human Services 
(HHS) is the Federal Government's lead agency for protecting the health 
of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for 
those who are least able to help themselves. HHS enhances the health 
and well-being of Americans by promoting effective health and human 
services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences 
underlying medicine, public health, and social services.
    This Agenda presents the rulemaking activities that the Department 
expects to undertake in the foreseeable future to advance this mission. 
The Agenda furthers several Departmental goals, including strengthening 
health care; advancing scientific knowledge and innovation; advancing 
the health, safety, and well-being of the American people; increasing 
efficiency, transparency, and accountability of HHS programs; and 
strengthening the nation's health and human services infrastructure and 
workforce.
    HHS has an agency-wide effort to support the Agenda's purpose of 
encouraging more effective public participation in the regulatory 
process. For example, to encourage public participation, we regularly 
update our regulatory Web page (http://www.HHS.gov/regulations) which 
includes links to HHS rules currently open for public comment, and also 
provides a ``regulations toolkit'' with background information on 
regulations, the commenting process, how public comments influence the 
development of a rule, and how the public can provide effective 
comments. HHS also actively encourages meaningful public participation 
in its retrospective review of regulations, through a comment form on 
the HHS retrospective review Web page (http://www.HHS.gov/
RetrospectiveReview).
    The rulemaking abstracts included in this paper issue of the 
Federal Register cover, as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act 
of 1980, those prospective HHS rulemakings likely to have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The 
Department's complete Regulatory Agenda is accessible online at http://
www.RegInfo.gov.

 Wilma Robinson,
Deputy Executive Secretary to the Department.

                Office for Civil Rights--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
104.......................  Nondiscrimination Under            0945-AA02
                             the Patient Protection
                             and Affordable Care Act.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


 Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology--
                           Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
105.......................  ONC Health IT                      0955-AA00
                             Certification Program:
                             Enhanced Oversight and
                             Accountability.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


            Food and Drug Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                       Regulation
      Sequence No.                  Title            Identifier No.
---------------------------------------------------------------------
106.....................  Over-the-Counter (OTC)           0910-AF31
                           Drug Review--Cough/Cold
                           (Antihistamine)
                           Products.
107.....................  Over-the-Counter (OTC)           0910-AF69
                           Drug Review--Topical
                           Antimicrobial Drug
                           Products.
108.....................  Updated Standards for            0910-AG09
                           Labeling of Pet Food.
109.....................  Format and Content of            0910-AG96
                           Reports Intended to
                           Demonstrate Substantial
                           Equivalence.
110.....................  Mammography Quality              0910-AH04
                           Standards Act;
                           Regulatory Amendments.
111.....................  Investigational New Drug         0910-AH07
                           Application Annual
                           Reporting.
112.....................  Requirements for Tobacco         0910-AH22
                           Product Manufacturing
                           Practice.
113.....................  Use of Ozone Depleting           0910-AH36
                           Substances (Section 610
                           Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


             Food and Drug Administration--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
114.......................  Requirements for Foreign           0910-AA49
                             and Domestic
                             Establishment
                             Registration and Listing
                             for Human Drugs,
                             Including Drugs That Are
                             Regulated Under a
                             Biologics License
                             Application, and Animal
                             Drugs.
115.......................  Postmarketing Safety               0910-AA97
                             Reporting Requirements
                             for Human Drug and
                             Biological Products.
116.......................  Medical Gas Containers and         0910-AC53
                             Closures; Current Good
                             Manufacturing Practice
                             Requirements.

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117.......................  Food Labeling: Revision of         0910-AF22
                             the Nutrition and
                             Supplement Facts Labels.
118.......................  Food Labeling: Serving             0910-AF23
                             Sizes of Foods That Can
                             Reasonably Be Consumed At
                             One Eating Occasion; Dual-
                             Column Labeling;
                             Updating, Modifying, and
                             Establishing Certain
                             RACCs.
119.......................  Abbreviated New Drug               0910-AF97
                             Applications and
                             505(b)(2).
120.......................  ``Tobacco Products''               0910-AG38
                             Subject to the Federal
                             Food, Drug, and Cosmetic
                             Act, as Amended by the
                             Family Smoking Prevention
                             and Tobacco Control Act.
121.......................  Human Subject Protection;          0910-AG48
                             Acceptance of Data From
                             Clinical Investigations
                             for Medical Devices.
122.......................  Focused Mitigation                 0910-AG63
                             Strategies To Protect
                             Food Against Intentional
                             Adulteration.
123.......................  Supplemental Applications          0910-AG94
                             Proposing Labeling
                             Changes for Approved
                             Drugs and Biological
                             Products.
124.......................  Food Labeling; Gluten-Free         0910-AH00
                             Labeling of Fermented,
                             Hydrolyzed, or Distilled
                             Foods.
125.......................  General and Plastic                0910-AH14
                             Surgery Devices: Sunlamp
                             Products.
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             Food and Drug Administration--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
126.......................  Laser Products; Amendment          0910-AF87
                             to Performance Standard.
127.......................  Requirements for the               0910-AG59
                             Testing and Reporting of
                             Tobacco Product
                             Constituents,
                             Ingredients, and
                             Additives.
128.......................  Radiology Devices;                 0910-AH03
                             Designation of Special
                             Controls for the Computed
                             Tomography X-Ray System.
129.......................  Regulations on Human Drug          0910-AH10
                             Compounding Under
                             Sections 503A and 503B of
                             the Federal Food, Drug,
                             and Cosmetic Act.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


             Food and Drug Administration--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
130.......................  Standards for the Growing,         0910-AG35
                             Harvesting, Packing, and
                             Holding of Produce for
                             Human Consumption.
131.......................  Foreign Supplier                   0910-AG64
                             Verification Program.
132.......................  Sanitary Transportation of         0910-AG98
                             Human and Animal Food.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


      Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
133.......................  Hospital and Critical              0938-AS21
                             Access Hospital (CAH)
                             Changes to Promote
                             Innovation, Flexibility,
                             and Improvement in
                             Patient Care (CMS-3295-P)
                             (Rulemaking Resulting
                             From a Section 610
                             Review).
134.......................  Merit-Based Incentive              0938-AS69
                             Payment System (MIPS) and
                             Alternative Payment
                             Models (APMs) in Medicare
                             Fee-for-Service (CMS-5517-
                             P) (Section 610 Review).
135.......................  Hospital Inpatient                 0938-AS77
                             Prospective Payment
                             System for Acute Care
                             Hospitals and the Long-
                             Term Care Hospital
                             Prospective Payment
                             System and FY 2017 Rates
                             (CMS-1655-F) (Section 610
                             Review).
136.......................  CY 2017 Home Health                0938-AS80
                             Prospective Payment
                             System Rate Update; Home
                             Health Value-Based
                             Purchasing Model; and
                             Home Health Quality
                             Reporting Requirements
                             (Section 610 Review).
137.......................  CY 2017 Revisions to               0938-AS81
                             Payment Policies Under
                             the Physician Fee
                             Schedule and Other
                             Revisions to Medicare
                             Part B (CMS-1654-P)
                             (Section 610 Review).
138.......................  CY 2017 Hospital                   0938-AS82
                             Outpatient PPS Policy
                             Changes and Payment Rates
                             and Ambulatory Surgical
                             Center Payment System
                             Policy Changes and
                             Payment Rates (CMS-1656-
                             P) (Section 610 Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


       Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
139.......................  Emergency Preparedness             0938-AO91
                             Requirements for Medicare
                             and Medicaid
                             Participating Providers
                             and Suppliers (CMS-3178-
                             F) (Section 610 Review).
140.......................  Reform of Requirements for         0938-AR61
                             Long-Term Care Facilities
                             (CMS-3260-F) (Rulemaking
                             Resulting From a Section
                             610 Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


       Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
141.......................  Conditions of                      0938-AG81
                             Participation for Home
                             Health Agencies (CMS-3819-
                             F) (Rulemaking Resulting
                             From a Section 610
                             Review).

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142.......................  Medicare Clinical                  0938-AS33
                             Diagnostic Laboratory
                             Test Payment System (CMS-
                             1621-F) (Section 610
                             Review).
143.......................  Imaging Accreditation (CMS-        0938-AS62
                             3309-P) (Section 610
                             Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


       Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
144.......................  Covered Outpatient Drugs           0938-AQ41
                             (CMS-2345-FC) (Completion
                             of a Section 610 Review).
145.......................  CY 2016 Revisions to               0938-AS40
                             Payment Policies Under
                             the Physician Fee
                             Schedule and Other
                             Revisions to Medicare
                             Part B (CMS-1631-FC)
                             (Completion of a Section
                             610 Review).
146.......................  CY 2016 Hospital                   0938-AS42
                             Outpatient PPS Policy
                             Changes and Payment Rates
                             and Ambulatory Surgical
                             Center Payment System
                             Policy Changes and
                             Payment Rates (CMS-1633-
                             FC) (Completion of a
                             Section 610 Review).
147.......................  Comprehensive Care for             0938-AS64
                             Joint Replacement (CMS-
                             5516-F) (Completion of a
                             Section 610 Review).
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Final Rule Stage

104. Nondiscrimination Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care 
Act

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 18116
    Abstract: This final rule implements prohibitions against 
discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, 
and disability as provided in section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. 
Section 1557 provides protection from discrimination in health programs 
and activities of covered entities. This section also identifies 
additional forms of Federal financial assistance to which the section 
will apply.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   09/08/15  80 FR 54172
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/09/15
Final Action........................   05/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Eileen Hanrahan, Senior Civil Rights Analyst, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, 200 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201, Phone: 202 205-4925, 
Email: eileen.hanrahan@hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0945-AA02

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology 
(ONC)

Proposed Rule Stage

105.  ONC Health IT Certification Program: Enhanced Oversight 
and Accountability

    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined
    Abstract: The rulemaking introduces modifications and new 
requirements under the ONC Health IT Certification Program 
(``Program''), including provisions related to the Office of the 
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)'s role in 
the Program. The proposed rule proposes to establish processes for ONC 
to directly review health IT certified under the Program and take 
action when necessary, including requiring the correction of non-
conformities found in health IT certified under the Program and 
suspending and terminating certifications issued to Complete EHRs and 
Health IT Modules. The proposed rule includes processes for ONC to 
authorize and oversee accredited testing laboratories under the 
Program. It also includes a provision for the increased transparency 
and availability of surveillance results.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   03/02/16  81 FR 11056
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/02/16  .......................
Final Action........................   10/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Lipinski, Policy Analyst, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for 
Health Information Technology, Room 729D, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 
200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201, Phone: 202 690-7151.
    RIN: 0955-AA00

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Proposed Rule Stage

106. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drug Review--Cough/Cold (Antihistamine) 
Products

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321p; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 
353; 21 U.S.C. 355; 21 U.S.C. 360; 21 U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: FDA will be proposing a rule to add the common cold 
indication to certain over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamine active 
ingredients. This proposed rule is the result of collaboration under 
the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) as part of efforts 
to reduce unnecessary duplication and differences. This pilot exercise 
will help determine the feasibility of developing an ongoing mechanism 
for alignment in review and adoption of OTC drug monograph elements.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Reopening of Administrative Record..   08/25/00  65 FR 51780
Comment Period End..................   11/24/00
NPRM (Amendment) (Common Cold)......   01/00/17
------------------------------------------------------------------------


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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janice Adams-King, Regulatory Health Project 
Manager, Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug 
Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, WO 22, Room 
5416, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 
796-3713, Fax: 301 796-9899, Email: janice.adams-king@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AF31

107. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drug Review--Topical Antimicrobial Drug 
Products

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321p; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 
353; 21 U.S.C. 355; 21 U.S.C. 360; 21 U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: The OTC drug review establishes conditions under which 
OTC drugs are considered generally recognized as safe and effective, 
and not misbranded. After a final monograph (i.e., final rule) is 
issued, only OTC drugs meeting the conditions of the monograph, or 
having an approved new drug application, may be legally marketed. This 
action addresses antimicrobial agents in consumer antiseptic hand wash.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM (Healthcare)...................   06/17/94  59 FR 31402
Comment Period End..................   12/15/95
NPRM (Consumer Hand Wash Products)..   12/17/13  78 FR 76443
NPRM (Consumer Hand Wash) Comment      06/16/14
 Period End.
NPRM (Healthcare Antiseptic)........   05/01/15  80 FR 25166
NPRM Comment Period End (Healthcare    10/28/15
 Antiseptic).
NPRM (Consumer Hand Rub)............   06/00/16
Final Rule (Consumer Hand Wash).....   09/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janice Adams-King, Regulatory Health Project 
Manager, Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug 
Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, WO 22, Room 
5416, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 
796-3713, Fax: 301 796-9899, Email: janice.adams-king@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AF69

108. Updated Standards for Labeling of Pet Food

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 343; 21 U.S.C. 371; Pub. L. 110-85, sec 
1002(a)(3)
    Abstract: FDA is proposing updated standards for the labeling of 
pet food that include nutritional and ingredient information, as well 
as style and formatting standards. FDA is taking this action to provide 
pet owners and animal health professionals more complete and consistent 
information about the nutrient content and ingredient composition of 
pet food products.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   10/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Burkholder, Veterinary Medical Officer, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, 
Center for Veterinary Medicine, MPN-4, Room 2642, HFV-228, 7519 
Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, Phone: 240 402-5900, Email: 
william.burkholder@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AG09

109. Format and Content of Reports Intended To Demonstrate Substantial 
Equivalence

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 387e(j); 21 U.S.C. 387j(a); secs 905(j) 
and 910(a) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
    Abstract: This regulation would establish the format and content of 
reports intended to demonstrate substantial equivalence. This 
regulation also would provide information as to how the Agency will 
review and act on these submissions.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   09/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Annette L. Marthaler, Regulatory Counsel, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, 
Center for Tobacco Products, Document Control Center, Building 71, Room 
G335, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 877 
287-1373, Fax: 877 287-1426, Email: ctpregulations@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AG96

110. Mammography Quality Standards Act; Regulatory Amendments

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 360i; 21 U.S.C. 360nn; 21 U.S.C. 374(e); 
42 U.S.C. 263b
    Abstract: FDA is proposing to amend its regulations governing 
mammography. The amendments would update the regulations issued under 
the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 (MQSA). FDA is taking 
this action to address changes in mammography technology and 
mammography processes that have occurred since the regulations were 
published in 1997 and to address breast density reporting to patient 
and health care providers.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   08/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nancy Pirt, Regulatory Counsel, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Devices and Radiological Health, WO 66, Room 4438, 10903 New Hampshire 
Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 796-6248, Fax: 301 847-
8145, Email: nancy.pirt@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH04

111. Investigational New Drug Application Annual Reporting

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351; 21 
U.S.C. 352; 21 U.S.C. 353; 21 U.S.C. 355(i); 21 U.S.C. 371(a); 42 
U.S.C. 262(a)
    Abstract: This proposed rule would revise the requirements 
concerning annual reports submitted to investigational new drug 
applications (INDs) by replacing the current annual reporting 
requirement with a requirement that is generally consistent with the 
format, content, and timing of submission of the development safety 
update report devised by the International Conference on Harmonization 
of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human 
Use (ICH).
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   10/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ebla Ali Ibrahim, Project Manager, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Drug

[[Page 37298]]

Evaluation and Research, Building 51, Room 6302, 10903 New Hampshire 
Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 796-3691, Email: ebla.ali-
ibrahim@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH07

112. Requirements for Tobacco Product Manufacturing Practice

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 371; 21 U.S.C. 387b; 21 U.S.C. 387f
    Abstract: FDA is proposing requirements that govern the methods 
used in, and the facilities and controls used for, the pre-production 
design validation, manufacture, packing, and storage of tobacco 
products.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM...............................   03/19/13  78 FR 16824
ANPRM Comment Period End............   05/20/13  .......................
NPRM................................   12/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Darin Achilles, Regulatory Counsel, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New 
Hampshire Avenue, Document Control Center, Building 71, Room G335, 
Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 877 287-1373, Fax: 301 595-1426, Email: 
ctpregulations@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH22

113.  Use of Ozone Depleting Substances (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 335; 21 
U.S.C. 342; 21 U.S.C. 346a; 21 U.S.C. 348; 21 U.S.C. 351; 21 U.S.C. 
352; 21 U.S.C. 355; 21 U.S.C. 360b; 21 U.S.C. 361; 21 U.S.C. 371; 21 
U.S.C. 372; 21 U.S.C. 374; 15 U.S.C. 402; 15 U.S.C. 409
    Abstract: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is 
proposing to amend its regulation (21 CFR 2.125) on uses of ozone-
depleting substances (ODSs), including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), to 
remove designations for certain products as essential uses under the 
Clean Air Act. Essential-use products are exempt from FDA's ban on the 
use of CFC propellants in FDA-regulated products and the Environmental 
Protection Agency's (EPA's) ban on the use of CFCs and other ODSs in 
pressurized dispensers. This action, if finalized, will remove 
essential use exemptions for sterile aerosol talc administered 
intrapleurally by thoracoscopy for human use, metered-dose atropine 
sulfate aerosol human drugs administered by oral inhalation, and 
anesthetic drugs for topical use on accessible mucous membranes of 
humans where a cannula is used for application. FDA is proposing this 
action because alternative products that do not use ODSs are now 
available and because these products are no longer being marketed in 
approved versions that contain ODSs. On June 29, 2015, FDA published a 
notice and request for comment concerning its tentative conclusion that 
these products are no longer an essential use under the Clean Air Act 
(80 FR 36937). The Agency received no comments concerning removal of 
essential use designations for sterile aerosol talc and metered-dose 
atropine sulfate, and is proposing to remove these designations by 
direct final rule and a companion proposed rule in the event adverse 
comments are received. FDA received one comment concerning removal of 
anesthetic drugs for topical use in response to its 2015 notice and 
request for comment, and is proposing to remove this exemption through 
a separate notice. Because these products are not currently sold in the 
approved form, no significant economic impact is anticipated.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   08/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Daniel Orr, Regulatory Counsel, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Building 51 
Room 5199, 10993 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 
240 402-0979, Email: daniel.orr@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH36

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Final Rule Stage

114. Requirements for Foreign and Domestic Establishment Registration 
and Listing for Human Drugs, Including Drugs That Are Regulated Under a 
Biologics License Application, and Animal Drugs

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321 and 331; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 353; 21 
U.S.C. 355 to 356c; 21 U.S.C. 360 and 360b; 21 U.S.C. 360c to 360f; 21 
U.S.C. 360h to 360j; 21 U.S.C. 371 and 374; 21 U.S.C. 379e and 381; 21 
U.S.C. 393; 15 U.S.C. 1451 to 1561; 42 U.S.C. 262 and 264; 42 U.S.C. 
271; and sec 122; Pub. L. 105-115, 11 Stat. 2322 (21 U.S.C. 355 note)
    Abstract: The rule will reorganize, consolidate, clarify, and 
modify current regulations concerning who must register establishments 
and list human drugs, including certain biological drugs, and animal 
drugs. These regulations contain information on when, how, and where to 
register drug establishments and list drugs, and what information must 
be submitted. They also address National Drug Codes.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   08/29/06  71 FR 51276
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/26/07  .......................
Final Action........................   07/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: David Joy, Senior Regulatory Counsel, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Drug Evaluation and Research, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Building 51, 
Room 6254, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 796-2242, Email: 
david.joy@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AA49

115. Postmarketing Safety Reporting Requirements for Human Drug and 
Biological Products

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 216; 42 U.S.C. 241; 42 U.S.C. 242a; 42 
U.S.C. 262 and 263; 42 U.S.C. 263a to 263n; 42 U.S.C. 264; 42 U.S.C. 
300aa; 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 353; 21 U.S.C. 
355; 21 U.S.C. 360; 21 U.S.C. 360b to 360j; 21 U.S.C. 361a; 21 U.S.C. 
371; 21 U.S.C. 374; 21 U.S.C. 375; 21 U.S.C. 379e; 21 U.S.C. 381
    Abstract: The final rule would amend the postmarketing expedited 
and periodic safety reporting regulations for human drugs and 
biological products to revise certain definitions and reporting formats 
as recommended by the International Conference on Harmonisation and to 
define new terms; to add to or revise current reporting requirements; 
to revise certain reporting time frames; and to propose other revisions 
to these regulations to enhance the quality of safety reports received 
by FDA. These revisions were proposed as part of a single rulemaking 
(68 FR 12406) to clarify and revise both premarketing and postmarketing 
safety reporting requirements for human drug and biological products. 
FDA plans to finalize the premarket and postmarket safety reporting 
requirements in separate final rules. Premarketing safety reporting 
requirements were finalized in a separate final rule published on

[[Page 37299]]

September 29, 2010 (75 FR 59961). This final rule applies to 
postmarketing safety reporting requirements.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   03/14/03  68 FR 12406
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   06/18/03  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/14/03  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extension End...   10/14/03  .......................
Final Action........................   03/00/17  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jane E. Baluss, Regulatory Counsel, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Drug Evaluation and Research, WO 51, Room 6362, 10903 New Hampshire 
Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, Phone: 301 796-3469, Fax: 301 
847-8440, Email: jane.baluss@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AA97

116. Medical Gas Containers and Closures; Current Good Manufacturing 
Practice Requirements

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 21 U.S.C. 353
    Abstract: The Food and Drug Administration is amending its current 
good manufacturing practice regulations and other regulations to 
clarify and strengthen requirements for the label, color, dedication, 
and design of medical gas containers and closures. Despite existing 
regulatory requirements and industry standards for medical gases, there 
have been repeated incidents in which cryogenic containers of harmful 
industrial gases have been connected to medical oxygen supply systems 
in hospitals and nursing homes and subsequently administered to 
patients. These incidents have resulted in death and serious injury. 
There have also been several incidents involving high-pressure medical 
gas cylinders that have resulted in death and injuries to patients. 
These amendments, together with existing regulations, are intended to 
ensure that the types of incidents that have occurred in the past, as 
well as other types of foreseeable and potentially deadly medical gas 
accidents, do not occur in the future. FDA has described a number of 
proposals in the proposed rule including requiring that gas use outlet 
connections on portable cryogenic medical gas containers be securely 
attached to the valve body.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/10/06  71 FR 18039
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/10/06  .......................
Final Action........................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Patrick Raulerson, Regulatory Counsel, Department 
of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Drug Evaluation and Research, WO 51, Room 6368, 10903 New Hampshire 
Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, Phone: 301 796-3522, Fax: 301 
847-8440, Email: patrick.raulerson@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AC53

117. Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts 
Labels

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 343; 21 U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: FDA is amending the labeling regulations for conventional 
foods and dietary supplements to provide updated nutrition information 
on the label to assist consumers in maintaining healthy dietary 
practices. The rule would modernize the nutrition information found on 
the Nutrition Facts label, as well as the format and appearance of the 
label. On July 27, 2015, FDA issued a supplemental notice of proposed 
rulemaking accepting comments on limited additional provisions until 
October 13, 2015. Also on July 27, 2015, FDA reopened the comment 
period on the proposed rule as to specific documents until September 
25, 2015. In addition, in response to requests for the raw data related 
to FDA's consumer studies on the nutrition label, FDA issued a notice 
on September 10, 2015 to make the raw data available for comment until 
October 13, 2015 and extended the comment period for the July 27, 2015 
reopening as to specific documents to October 13, 2015. On October 20, 
2015, FDA extended the comment period for the consumer studies and the 
supplemental proposal to October 23, 2015.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   07/11/03  68 FR 41507
ANPRM Comment Period End............   10/09/03  .......................
Second ANPRM........................   04/04/05  70 FR 17008
Second ANPRM Comment Period End.....   06/20/05  .......................
Third ANPRM.........................   11/02/07  72 FR 62149
Third ANPRM Comment Period End......   01/31/08  .......................
NPRM................................   03/03/14  79 FR 11879
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/02/14  .......................
Reopening of Comment Period as to      07/27/15  80 FR 44302
 Specific Documents.
NPRM Comment Period End as to          09/25/15  .......................
 Specific Documents.
Supplemental NPRM to Solicit Comment   07/27/15  80 FR 44303
 on Limited Additional Provisions.
Supplemental NPRM to Solicit Comment   10/13/15  .......................
 on Limited Additional Provisions
 Comment Period End.
Administrative Docket Update;          09/10/15  80 FR 54446
 Extension of Comment Period.
Administrative Docket Update;          10/13/15  .......................
 Comment Period End.
NPRM Reopening of Comment Period for   10/20/15  80 FR 63477
 Certain Documents.
NPRM Reopening of Comment Period for   10/23/15  .......................
 Certain Documents Comment Period
 End.
Final Action........................   05/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Blakeley Fitzpatrick, Interdisciplinary Scientist, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, 
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, HFS-830, 5100 Paint 
Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: 240 402-5429, Email: 
nutritionprogramstaff@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AF22

118. Food Labeling: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be 
Consumed at One Eating Occasion; Dual--Column Labeling; Updating, 
Modifying, and Establishing Certain RACCS

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 343; 21 U.S.C. 371; Pub. 
L. 101-535, sec 2(b)(1)(A)
    Abstract: FDA is amending its labeling regulations for foods to 
provide update, modify, and establish Reference Amounts Customarily 
Consumed (RACCs) for certain food categories. This

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rule would provide consumers with nutrition information based on the 
amount of food that is customarily consumed, which would assist 
consumers in maintaining healthy dietary practices. In addition to 
updating, modifying, and establishing certain RACCs, FDA is amending 
the definition of a single-serving containers; amending the label 
serving size for breath mints; and providing for dual-column labeling 
under certain circumstances, which would provide nutrition information 
per serving and per container or unit, as applicable; and making 
technical amendments to various aspects fo the serving size 
regulations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   04/04/05  70 FR 17010
ANPRM Comment Period End............   06/20/05  .......................
NPRM/Comment Period Extended........   03/03/14  79 FR 11989
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/02/14  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   05/27/14  79 FR 29699
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/01/14  .......................
Final Action........................   05/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cherisa Henderson, Nutritionist, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, HFS-830, 5100 
Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: 240 402-5429, Fax: 
301 436-1191, Email: nutritionprogramstaff@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AF23

119. Abbreviated New Drug Applications and 505(B)(2)

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 108-173, title XI; 21 U.S.C. 355; 21 
U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: This proposed rule would make changes to certain 
procedures for Abbreviated New Drug Applications and related 
applications to patent certifications, notice to patent owners and 
application holders, the availability of a 30-month stay of approval, 
amendments and supplements, and the types of bioavailability and 
bioequivalence data that can be used to support these applications.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/06/15  80 FR 6802
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/07/15  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   04/24/15  80 FR 22953
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   06/08/15  .......................
Final Action........................   08/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janice L. Weiner, Senior Regulatory Counsel, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, 
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Building 51, Room 6268, 10903 
New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, Phone: 301 796-
3601, Fax: 301 847-8440, Email: janice.weiner@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AF97

120. ``Tobacco Products'' Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and 
Cosmetic Act, as Amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco 
Control Act

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 301 et seq.; The Federal Food, Drug, and 
Cosmetic Act; Pub. L. 111-31; The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco 
Control Act
    Abstract: The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act 
(Tobacco Control Act) provides the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
authority to regulate cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own 
tobacco, and smokeless tobacco. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic 
Act (FD&C Act), as amended by the Tobacco Control Act, permits FDA to 
issue regulations deeming other tobacco products to be subject to the 
FD&C Act. This rule would deem additional products meeting the 
statutory definition of ``tobacco product'' to be subject to the FD&C 
Act, and would specify additional restrictions.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/25/14  79 FR 23142
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/09/14  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   06/24/14  79 FR 35711
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   08/08/14  .......................
Final Action........................   05/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Gerie Voss, Senior Regulatory Counsel, Department 
of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Tobacco Products, Document Control Center, Building 71, Room G335, 
10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 877 287-
1373, Fax: 301 595-1426, Email: ctpregulations@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AG38

121. Human Subject Protection; Acceptance of Data From Clinical 
Investigations for Medical Devices

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351; 21 
U.S.C. 352; 21 U.S.C. 360; 21 U.S.C. 360c; 21 U.S.C. 360e; 21 U.S.C. 
360i; 21 U.S.C. 360j; 21 U.S.C. 371; 21 U.S.C. 374; 21 U.S.C. 381; 21 
U.S.C. 393; 42 U.S.C. 264; 42 U.S.C. 271; . . .
    Abstract: This rule will amend FDA's regulations on acceptance of 
data for medical devices to require that clinical investigations 
submitted in support of a premarket approval application, humanitarian 
device exemption application, an investigational device exemption 
application, or a premarket notification submission be conducted in 
accordance with good clinical practice if conducted outside the United 
States.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/25/13  78 FR 12664
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/28/13  .......................
Final Action........................   05/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Soma Kalb, Biomedical Engineer, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Devices and Radiological Health, Building 66, Room 1534, 10903 New 
Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 796-6359, Email: 
soma.kalb@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AG48

122. Focused Mitigation Strategies To Protect Food Against Intentional 
Adulteration

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 342; 21 U.S.C. 350g; 21 
U.S.C. 350i; 21 U.S.C. 371; 21 U.S.C. 374; Pub. L. 111-353
    Abstract: This rule would require domestic and foreign food 
facilities that are required to register under the Federal Food, Drug, 
and Cosmetic Act to address hazards that may be intentionally 
introduced by acts of terrorism. These food facilities would be 
required to identify and implement focused mitigation strategies to 
significantly minimize or prevent significant vulnerabilities 
identified at actionable process steps in a food operation.

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    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/24/13  78 FR 78014
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   03/25/14  79 FR 16251
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/31/14
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   06/30/14
Final Rule..........................   06/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jody Menikheim, Supervisory General Health 
Scientist, Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug 
Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-005), 
5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: 240 402-1864, 
Fax: 301 436-2633, Email: fooddefense@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AG63

123. Supplemental Applications Proposing Labeling Changes for Approved 
Drugs and Biological Products

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 352; 21 
U.S.C. 353; 21 U.S.C. 355; 21 U.S.C. 371; 42 U.S.C. 262; . . .
    Abstract: This rule would amend the regulations regarding new drug 
applications (NDAs), abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs), and 
biologics license application (BLAs) to revise and clarify procedures 
for changes to the labeling of an approved drug to reflect certain 
types of newly acquired information in advance of FDA's review of such 
change.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/13/13  78 FR 67985
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   12/27/13  78 FR 78796
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/13/14
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   03/13/14
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   02/18/15  80 FR 8577
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End....   04/27/15
Final Rule..........................   04/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janice L. Weiner, Senior Regulatory Counsel, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, 
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Building 51, Room 6268, 10903 
New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, Phone: 301 796-
3601, Fax: 301 847-8440, Email: janice.weiner@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AG94

124. Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented, Hydrolyzed, or 
Distilled Foods

    Legal Authority: sec 206 of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer 
Protection Act; 21 U.S.C. 343(a)(1); 21 U.S.C. 321(n); 21 U.S.C. 371(a)
    Abstract: This proposed rule would establish requirements 
concerning compliance for using a ``gluten-free'' labeling claim for 
those foods for which there is no scientifically valid analytical 
method available that can reliably detect and accurately quantify the 
presence of 20 parts per million (ppm) gluten in the food.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/18/15  80 FR 71990
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   02/16/16  81 FR 3751
Comment Period Extended.............   02/22/16  81 FR 8869
Final Action........................   04/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Carol D'Lima, Staff Fellow, Department of Health 
and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition, Room 4D022, HFS 820, 5100 Paint Branch 
Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: 240 402-2371, Fax: 301 436-
2636, Email: carol.dlima@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH00

125. General and Plastic Surgery Devices: Sunlamp Products

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 360j(e)
    Abstract: This proposed rule would apply device restrictions to 
sunlamp products.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/22/15  80 FR 79493
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/21/16
Final Action........................   11/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ian Ostermiller, Regulatory Counsel, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Building 66 
Room 5515, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 
301 796-5678, Email: ian.ostermiller@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH14

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Long-Term Actions

126. Laser Products; Amendment to Performance Standard

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 360hh to 360ss; 21 U.S.C. 371; 21 U.S.C. 
393
    Abstract: FDA is proposing to amend the 2013 proposed rule for the 
performance standard for laser products, which will amend the 
performance standard for laser products to achieve closer harmonization 
between the current standard and the recently amended International 
Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard for laser products and 
medical laser products. The amendment is intended to update FDA's 
performance standard to reflect advancements in technology.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/24/13  78 FR 37723
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/23/13
NPRM (Reproposal)...................   06/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Erica Blake, Regulatory Counsel, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Devices and Radiological Health, WO 66, Room 4426, 10903 New Hampshire 
Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 796-6248, Fax: 301 847-
8145, Email: erica.blake@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AF87

127. Requirements for the Testing and Reporting of Tobacco Product 
Constituents, Ingredients, and Additives

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 301 et seq.; 21 U.S.C. 387; The Family 
Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
    Abstract: The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended by 
the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, requires the 
Food and Drug Administration to promulgate regulations that require the 
testing and reporting of tobacco product constituents, ingredients, and 
additives, including smoke constituents, that the

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Agency determines should be tested to protect the public health.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Laura Rich, Senior Regulatory Counsel, Department 
of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Tobacco Products, Building 71, G335, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver 
Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 877 287-1373, Email: 
ctpregulations@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AG59

128. Radiology Devices; Designation of Special Controls for the 
Computed Tomography X-Ray System

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 360c
    Abstract: The proposed rule would establish special controls for 
the computed tomography (CT) X-ray system. A CT X-ray system is a 
diagnostic X-ray imaging system intended to produce cross-sectional 
images of the body through use of a computer to reconstruct an image 
from the same axial plane taken at different angles. High doses of 
ionizing radiation can cause acute (deterministic) effects such as 
burns, reddening of the skin, cataracts, hair loss, sterility, and, in 
extremely high doses, radiation poisoning. The design of a CT X-ray 
system should balance the benefits of the device (i.e., the ability of 
the device to produce a diagnostic quality image) with the known risks 
(e.g., exposure to ionizing radiation). FDA is establishing proposed 
special controls, which are necessary to provide reasonable assurance 
of the safety and effectiveness of a class II CT X-ray system.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Erica Blake, Regulatory Counsel, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Devices and Radiological Health, WO 66, Room 4426, 10903 New Hampshire 
Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 796-6248, Fax: 301 847-
8145, Email: erica.blake@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH03

129. Regulations on Human Drug Compounding Under Sections 503A and 503B 
of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 353a; 21 U.S.C. 353b; 21 U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: FDA will propose regulations to define and implement 
certain statutory conditions under which compounded products may 
qualify for exemptions from certain requirements.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Sarah Rothman, Consumer Safety Officer, Department 
of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Drug Evaluation and Research, Building 51, Room 5197, 10903 New 
Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 796-3536, Email: 
sarah.rothman@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH10

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Completed Actions

130. Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of 
Produce for Human Consumption

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 342; 21 U.S.C. 350h; 21 U.S.C. 371; 42 
U.S.C. 264; Pub. L. 111-353 (signed on January 4, 2011)
    Abstract: This rule will establish science-based minimum standards 
for the safe production and harvesting of those types of fruits and 
vegetables that are raw agricultural commodities for which the 
Secretary has determined that such standards minimize the risk of 
serious adverse health consequences or death. The purpose of the rule 
is to reduce the risk of illness associated with fresh produce.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/16/13  78 FR 3503
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/16/13
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   04/26/13  78 FR 24692
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   09/16/13
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   08/09/13  78 FR 48637
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   11/15/13
Notice of Intent To Prepare an         08/19/13  78 FR 50358
 Environmental Impact Statement for
 the Proposed Rule.
Notice of Intent To Prepare            11/15/13
 Environmental Impact Statement for
 the Proposed Rule Comment Period
 End.
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   11/20/13  78 FR 69605
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   11/22/13
Environmental Impact Statement for     03/11/14  79 FR 13593
 the Proposed Rule; Comment Period
 Extended.
Environmental Impact Statement for     04/18/14
 the Proposed Rule; Comment Period
 Extended End.
Supplemental NPRM...................   09/29/14  79 FR 58433
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End   12/15/14
Final Action--Draft Environmental      01/14/15  80 FR 1852
 Impact Statement.
Final Action--Draft Environmental      03/13/15
 Impact Statement Comment Period End.
Final Action Effective..............   01/26/16
Final Rule..........................   11/27/15  80 FR 74353
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Samir Assar, Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, 
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Food Safety, 
5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: 240 402-1636, 
Email: samir.assar@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AG35

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131. Foreign Supplier Verification Program

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 384a; title III, sec 301 of FDA Food 
Safety Modernization Act; Pub. L. 111-353, establishing sec 805 of the 
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act)
    Abstract: This rule describes what a food importer must do to 
verify that its foreign suppliers produce food that is as safe as food 
produced in the United States. FDA is taking this action to improve the 
safety of food that is imported into the United States.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/29/13  78 FR 45729
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/26/13
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   11/20/13  78 FR 69602
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   01/27/14
Supplemental NPRM...................   09/29/14  79 FR 58573
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End   12/15/14
Final Rule..........................   11/27/15  80 FR 74225
Final Rule Effective................   01/27/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brian L. Pendleton, Senior Policy Advisor, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, 
Office of Policy, WO 32, Room 4245, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver 
Spring, MD 20993-0002, Phone: 301 796-4614, Fax: 301 847-8616, Email: 
brian.pendleton@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AG64

132. Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 350e; 21 U.S.C. 373; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 
U.S.C. 342; 21 U.S.C. 371; . . .
    Abstract: This rule would establish requirements for parties 
including shippers, carriers by motor vehicle or rail vehicle, and 
receivers engaged in the transportation of food, including food for 
animals, to use sanitary transportation practices to ensure that food 
is not transported under conditions that may render the food 
adulterated.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   04/30/10  75 FR 22713
ANPRM Comment Period End............   08/30/10
NPRM................................   02/05/14  79 FR 7005
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   05/23/14  79 FR 29699
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/31/14
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   07/30/14
Final Rule..........................   04/06/16  81 FR 20092
Final Rule Effective................   06/06/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael E. Kashtock, Supervisory Consumer Safety 
Officer, Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug 
Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of 
Food Safety, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: 
240 402-2022, Fax: 301 346-2632, Email: michael.kashtock@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AG98

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Proposed Rule Stage

133. Hospital and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Changes to Promote 
Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care (CMS-3295-P) 
(Rulemaking Resulting From a Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302; 42 U.S.C. 1395hh and 1395rr
    Abstract: This proposed rule would update the requirements that 
hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) must meet to participate 
in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. These proposals are intended to 
conform the requirements to current standards of practice and to 
support improvements in quality of care, reduce barriers to care, and 
reduce some issues that may exacerbate workforce shortage concerns.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: CDR Scott Cooper, Senior Technical Advisor, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Mail Stop 
S3-01-02, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-
9465, Email: scott.cooper@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AS21

134. Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative 
Payment Models (APMS) in Medicare Fee-For-Service (CMS-5517-P) (Section 
610 Review)

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 114-10, sec 101
    Abstract: This proposed rule would implement provisions of the 
Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) related to MIPS 
and APMs. Section 101 of MACRA authorizes a new MIPS, which repeals the 
Medicare sustainable growth rate and improves Medicare payments for 
physician services. MACRA consolidates the current programs of the 
Physician Quality Reporting System, the Value-Based Modifier, and the 
Electronic Health Records Incentive Program into one program, MIPS, 
that streamlines and improves on the three distinct incentive programs. 
Additionally, MACRA authorizes incentive payments for providers who 
participate in eligible APMs.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/09/16  81 FR 28161
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/27/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Sharp, Health Insurance Specialist, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Center, 
MS: WB-06-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 
786-7388, Email: james.sharp@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AS69

135. Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System for Acute Care 
Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System 
and FY 2017 Rates (CMS-1655-F) (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302; 42 U.S.C. 1395hh
    Abstract: This annual final rule revises the Medicare hospital 
inpatient and long-term care hospital prospective payment systems for 
operating and capital-related costs. This rule implements changes 
arising from our continuing experience with these systems.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/27/16  81 FR 24946
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/17/16
Final Action........................   08/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Donald Thompson, Deputy Director, Division of Acute 
Care, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare, MS: C4-01-26, 7500 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-6504, Email: 
donald.thompson@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AS77

136. CY 2017 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home 
Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting 
Requirements (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302; 42 U.S.C. 1395hh
    Abstract: This annual proposed rule would update the 60-day 
national episode rate, the national per-visit rates used to calculate 
low utilization payment adjustments (LUPAs), and outlier payments under 
the Medicare prospective payment system for home health agencies. The 
rule would also update the provisions of the Home Health Value-Based 
Purchasing (HHVBP) program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Hillary Loeffler, Deputy Director, Division of Home 
Health and Hospice, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers 
for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare, MS: C5-07-22, 
7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-0456, 
Email: hillary.loeffler@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AS80

137. CY 2017 Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee 
Schedule and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B (CMS-1654-P) (Section 
610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302; 42 U.S.C. 1395hh; Pub. L. 114-10
    Abstract: This annual proposed rule would revise payment polices 
under the Medicare physician fee schedule, and make other policy 
changes to payment under Medicare Part B. These changes would apply to 
services furnished beginning January 1, 2017.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   06/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ryan Howe, Director, Division of Practitioner 
Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare 
& Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare, MS: C4-01-15, 7500 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-3355, Email: 
ryan.howe@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AS81

138. CY 2017 Hospital Outpatient PPS Policy Changes and Payment Rates 
and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Policy Changes and 
Payment Rates (CMS-1656-P) (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302; 42 U.S.C. 1395hh
    Abstract: This annual proposed rule would revise the Medicare 
hospital outpatient prospective payment system to implement statutory 
requirements and changes arising from our continuing experience with 
this system. The rule describes changes to the amounts and factors used 
to determine payment rates for services. In addition, the rule would 
change the ambulatory surgical center payment system list of services 
and rates.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marjorie Baldo, Health Insurance Specialist, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare, MS: C4-03-06, 7500 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-4617, Email: 
marjorie.baldo@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AS82

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Final Rule Stage

139. Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid 
Participating Providers and Suppliers (CMS-3178-F) (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1821; 42 U.S.C. 1861ff (3)(B)(i)(ii); 42 
U.S.C. 1913(c)(1) et al
    Abstract: This rule finalizes emergency preparedness requirements 
for Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers to 
ensure that they adequately plan for both natural and man-made 
disasters and coordinate with Federal, State, tribal, regional, and 
local emergency preparedness systems. This rule ensures providers and 
suppliers are adequately prepared to meet the needs of patients, 
residents, clients, and participants during disasters and emergency 
situations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/27/13  78 FR 79082
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   02/21/14  79 FR 9872
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/31/14  .......................
Final Action........................   12/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janice Graham, Health Insurance Specialist, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Clincial Standards and Quality, Mail Stop 
S3-02-01, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850, Phone: 410 
786-8020, Email: janice.graham@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AO91

140. Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities (CMS-3260-F) 
(Rulemaking Resulting From a Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-148, sec 6102; 42 U.S.C. 263a; 42 
U.S.C. 1302; 42 U.S.C. 1395hh; 42 U.S.C. 1395rr
    Abstract: This final rule revises the requirements that long-term 
care facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid 
programs. These changes are necessary to reflect the substantial 
advances that have been made over the past several years in the theory 
and practice of service delivery and safety. The rule is also an 
integral part of CMS efforts to achieve broad-

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based improvements both in the quality of health care furnished through 
federal programs, and in patient safety, while at the same time 
reducing procedural burdens on providers.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/16/15  80 FR 42167
NPRM Comment Period Extension.......   09/15/15  80 FR 55284
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/14/15  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   10/14/15  .......................
Final Action........................   09/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ronisha Blackstone, Health Insurance Specialist, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, MS: S3-
02-01, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-
6882, Email: ronisha.blackstone@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AR61

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Long-Term Actions

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

141. Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies (CMS-3819-F) 
(Rulemaking Resulting From a Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302; 42 U.S.C. 1395x; 42 U.S.C. 
1395cc(a); 42 U.S.C. 1395hh; 42 U.S.C. 1395bb
    Abstract: This final rule revises the conditions of participation 
(CoPs) that home health agencies (HHAs) must meet in order to 
participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The requirements 
focus on the care delivered to patients by HHAs, reflect an 
interdisciplinary view of patient care, allow HHAs greater flexibility 
in meeting quality care standards, and eliminate unnecessary procedural 
requirements. These changes are an integral part of our overall effort 
to achieve broad-based, measurable improvements in the quality of care 
furnished through the Medicare and Medicaid programs, while at the same 
time eliminating unnecessary procedural burdens on providers.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   03/10/97  62 FR 11005
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/09/97  .......................
Second NPRM.........................   10/09/14  79 FR 61163
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   12/01/14  79 FR 71081
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/08/14  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   01/07/15  .......................
Final Action........................   10/00/17  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Danielle Shearer, Health Insurance Specialist, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, 7500 
Security Boulevard, MS: S3-02-01, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-
6617, Email: danielle.shearer@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AG81

142. Medicare Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Test Payment System (CMS-
1621-F) (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 113-93, sec 216
    Abstract: This final rule revises the Medicare payment system for 
clinical diagnostic laboratory tests and implements other changes 
required by section 216 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 
2014.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   10/01/15  80 FR 59385
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/25/15  .......................
Final Action........................   10/00/18  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Valerie Miller, Deputy Director, Division of 
Ambulatory Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers 
for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare, Mail Stop C4-01-
26, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-4535, 
Email: valerie.miller@cms.hhs.gov.
    Sarah Harding, Health Insurance Specialist, Department of Health 
and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center 
for Medicare, MS: C4-01-26, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 
21244, Phone: 410 786-4535, Email: sarah.harding@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AS33

143. Imaging Accreditation (CMS-3309-P) (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1395hh; 42 U.S.C. 1102
    Abstract: This proposed rule would establish standards for Imaging 
Accreditation. These proposed standards would address qualifications 
for clinical personnel, standards to ensure that suppliers have 
established policies and procedures governing the use of equipment in 
furnishing the technical component of advanced diagnostic imaging, and 
the establishment and maintenance of a quality assurance and quality 
control program to ensure reliability, clarity, and accuracy of the 
diagnostic images.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................      To Be  Determined
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Sonia Swancy, Health Insurance Specialist, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, MS: S3-
02-01, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-
8445, Email: sonia.swancy@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AS62

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Completed Actions

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

144. Covered Outpatient Drugs (CMS-2345-FC) (Completion of a Section 
610 Review)

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-48, sec 2501; Pub. L. 111-48, 2503; 
Pub. L. 111-48, 3301(d)(2); Pub. L. 111-152, sec 1206; Pub. L. 111-8, 
sec 221
    Abstract: This final rule revises requirements pertaining to 
Medicaid reimbursement for covered outpatient drugs to implement 
provisions of the Affordable Care Act. This rule also revises other 
requirements related to covered outpatient drugs, including key aspects 
of Medicaid coverage, payment, and the drug rebate program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   02/02/12  77 FR 5318
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/02/12  .......................
Final Action........................   02/01/16  81 FR 5170

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Final Action Effective..............   04/01/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Wendy Tuttle, Health Insurance Specialist, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Medicaid and State Operations, Mail Stop 
S2-14-26, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-
8690, Email: wendy.tuttle@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AQ41

145. CY 2016 Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee 
Schedule and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B (CMS-1631-FC) 
(Completion of a Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 405(a), 1302, 1395x, 1395y(a), 1395ff, 
1395kk, 1395rr and 1395ww(k); 42 U.S.C. 263a; 42 U.S.C. 1395m, 1395hh, 
and 1395ddd; 42 U.S.C. 1395w-101 through 1395w-152, and 1395nn; ...
    Abstract: This annual final rule revises payment polices under the 
Medicare physician fee schedule, and makes other policy changes to 
payment under Medicare Part B. These changes apply to services 
furnished beginning January 1, 2016.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   07/15/15  80 FR 41686
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/08/15  .......................
Final Action........................   11/16/15  80 FR 70886
Final Action Effective..............   01/01/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ryan Howe, Director, Division of Practitioner 
Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare 
& Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare, MS: C4-01-15, 7500 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-3355, Email: 
ryan.howe@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AS40

146. CY 2016 Hospital Outpatient PPS Policy Changes and Payment Rates 
and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Policy Changes and 
Payment Rates (CMS-1633-FC) (Completion of a Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302, 1395m, 1395hh, and 1395ddd
    Abstract: This annual final rule revises the Medicare hospital 
outpatient prospective payment system to implement statutory 
requirements and changes arising from our continuing experience with 
this system. The rule describes changes to the amounts and factors used 
to determine payment rates for services. In addition, the rule changes 
the ambulatory surgical center payment system list of services and 
rates.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   07/08/15  80 FR 39200
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/31/15  .......................
Final Action........................   11/13/15  80 FR 70298
Final Action Effective..............   01/01/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marjorie Baldo, Health Insurance Specialist, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare, MS: C4-03-06, 7500 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-4617, Email: 
marjorie.baldo@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AS42

147. Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CMS-5516-F) (Completion 
of a Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: Social Security Act, sec 1115A
    Abstract: This final rule implements a new Medicare Part A and B 
payment model under section 1115A of the Social Security Act, called 
the Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement Model, in which acute care 
hospitals in certain selected geographic areas receive retrospective 
bundled payments for episodes of care for lower extremity joint 
replacement or reattachment of a lower extremity. All related care 
within 90 days of hospital discharge from the joint replacement 
procedures would be included in the episode of care. We believe this 
model furthers our goals in improving the efficiency and quality of 
care for Medicare beneficiaries for these common medical procedures.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   07/14/15  80 FR 41198
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/08/15  .......................
Final Action........................   11/24/15  80 FR 73273
Final Action Effective..............   01/15/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Claire Schreiber, Health Insurance Specialist, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, MS: WB-
08-62, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-
8939, Email: claire.schreiber@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AS64

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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

Federal Register / Vol. 81 , No. 111 / Thursday, June 9, 2016 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of the Secretary

6 CFR Chs. I and II

[DHS Docket No. OGC-RP-04-001]


Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DHS.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This regulatory agenda is a semiannual summary of current and 
projected rulemakings, existing regulations, and completed actions of 
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components. This 
agenda provides the public with information about DHS's regulatory 
activity. DHS expects that this information will enable the public to 
be more aware of, and effectively participate in, the Department's 
regulatory activity. DHS invites the public to submit comments on any 
aspect of this agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

General

    Please direct general comments and inquiries on the agenda to the 
Regulatory Affairs Law Division, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. 
Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, Mail Stop 0485, 
Washington, DC 20528-0485.

Specific

    Please direct specific comments and inquiries on individual 
regulatory actions identified in this agenda to the individual listed 
in the summary of the regulation as the point of contact for that 
regulation.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DHS provides this notice pursuant to the 
requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96-354, Sept. 
19, 1980) and Executive Order 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review'' 
(Sept. 30, 1993) as incorporated in Executive Order 13563 ``Improving 
Regulation and Regulatory Review'' (Jan. 18, 2011), which require the 
Department to publish a semiannual agenda of regulations. The 
regulatory agenda is a summary of current and projected rulemakings, as 
well as actions completed since the publication of the last regulatory 
agenda for the Department. DHS's last semiannual regulatory agenda was 
published on December 15, 2015, at 80 FR 77971.
    Beginning in fall 2007, the Internet became the basic means for 
disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda is 
available online at www.reginfo.gov.
    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) requires Federal 
agencies to publish their regulatory flexibility agendas in the Federal 
Register. A regulatory flexibility agenda shall contain, among other 
things, a brief description of the subject area of any rule which is 
likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities. DHS's printed agenda entries include regulatory actions 
that are in the Department's regulatory flexibility agenda. Printing of 
these entries is limited to fields that contain information required by 
the agenda provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Additional 
information on these entries is available in the Unified Agenda 
published on the Internet.
    The semiannual agenda of the Department conforms to the Unified 
Agenda format developed by the Regulatory Information Service Center.

    Dated: March 18, 2016.
Christina E. McDonald,
Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs.

              Office of the Secretary--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
148.......................  Chemical Facility Anti-            1601-AA69
                             Terrorism Standards
                             (CFATS).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


               Office of the Secretary--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
149.......................  Ammonium Nitrate Security          1601-AA52
                             Program.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


     U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
150.......................  Requirements for Filing            1615-AB98
                             Motions and
                             Administrative Appeals.
151.......................  U.S. Citizenship and               1615-AC09
                             Immigration Services Fee
                             Schedule.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


       U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
152.......................  Retention of EB-1, EB-2,           1615-AC05
                             and EB-3 Immigrant
                             Workers and Program
                             Improvements Affecting
                             Highly-Skilled H-1B Alien
                             Workers.
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                  U.S. Coast Guard--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
153.......................  Commercial Fishing                 1625-AB85
                             Vessels--Implementation
                             of 2010 and 2012
                             Legislation.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


                   U.S. Coast Guard--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
154.......................  Inspection of Towing               1625-AB06
                             Vessels.
155.......................  Transportation Worker              1625-AB21
                             Identification Credential
                             (TWIC); Card Reader
                             Requirements.
156.......................  Seafarers' Access to               1625-AC15
                             Maritime Facilities.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


                   U.S. Coast Guard--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
157.......................  Numbering of Undocumented          1625-AA14
                             Barges.
158.......................  Outer Continental Shelf            1625-AA18
                             Activities.
159.......................  Updates to Maritime                1625-AB38
                             Security.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


                   U.S. Coast Guard--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
160.......................  Discharge Removal                  1625-AA02
                             Equipment for Vessels
                             Carrying Oil.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


          U.S. Customs and Border Protection--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
161.......................  Implementation of the Guam-        1651-AA77
                             CNMI Visa Waiver Program
                             (Section 610 Review).
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          U.S. Customs and Border Protection--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
162.......................  Importer Security Filing           1651-AA70
                             and Additional Carrier
                             Requirements (Section 610
                             Review).
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       Transportation Security Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
163.......................  Security Training for              1652-AA55
                             Surface Mode Employees.
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        Transportation Security Administration--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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164.......................  General Aviation Security          1652-AA53
                             and Other Aircraft
                             Operator Security.
165.......................  Standardized Vetting,              1652-AA61
                             Adjudication, and Redress
                             Services.
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        Transportation Security Administration--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
166.......................  Passenger Screening Using          1652-AA67
                             Advanced Imaging
                             Technology.
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       U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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167.......................  Improving and Expanding            1653-AA72
                             Training Opportunities
                             for F-1 Nonimmigrant
                             Students with STEM
                             Degrees and Cap-Gap
                             Relief for All Eligible F-
                             1 Students (Completion of
                             a Section 610 Review).
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        Federal Emergency Management Agency--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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168.......................  Updates to Floodplain              1660-AA85
                             Management and Protection
                             of Wetlands Regulations
                             to Implement Executive
                             Order 13690 and the
                             Federal Flood Risk
                             Management Standard.
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Office of the Secretary (OS)

Proposed Rule Stage

148. Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

    Legal Authority: Sec 550 of the Department of Homeland Security 
Appropriations Act of 2007 Pub. L. 109-295, as amended
    Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) previously 
invited public comment on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking 
(ANPRM) for potential revisions to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism 
Standards (CFATS) regulations. The ANPRM provided an opportunity for 
the public to provide recommendations for possible program changes. DHS 
is reviewing the public comments received in response to the ANPRM, 
after which DHS intends to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   08/18/14  79 FR 48693
ANPRM Comment Period End............   10/17/14
NPRM................................   09/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jon MacLaren, Chief, Rulemaking Section, Department 
of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, 
Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (NPPD/ISCD), 245 Murray 
Lane, Mail Stop 0610, Arlington, VA 20528-0610, Phone: 703 235-5263, 
Fax: 703 603-4935, Email: jon.m.maclaren@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1601-AA69

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Office of the Secretary (OS)

Long-Term Actions

149. Ammonium Nitrate Security Program

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-161, 2008 Consolidated Appropriations 
Act, section 563
    Abstract: This rulemaking will implement the December 2007 
amendment to the Homeland Security Act entitled ``Secure Handling of 
Ammonium Nitrate.'' The amendment requires the Department of Homeland 
Security to ``regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate by an 
ammonium nitrate facility...to prevent the misappropriation or use of 
ammonium nitrate in an act of terrorism.''
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   10/29/08  73 FR 64280
Correction..........................   11/05/08  73 FR 65783
ANPRM Comment Period End............   12/29/08  .......................
NPRM................................   08/03/11  76 FR 46908
Notice of Public Meetings...........   10/07/11  76 FR 62311
Notice of Public Meetings...........   11/14/11  76 FR 70366
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/01/11  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jon MacLaren, Chief, Rulemaking Section, Department 
of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, 
Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (NPPD/ISCD), 245 Murray 
Lane, Mail Stop 0610, Arlington, VA 20528-0610, Phone: 703 235-5263, 
Fax: 703 603-4935, Email: jon.m.maclaren@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1601-AA52

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Proposed Rule Stage

150. Requirements for Filing Motions and Administrative Appeals

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552; 5 U.S.C. 552a; 8 U.S.C. 1101; 8 
U.S.C. 1103; 8 U.S.C. 1304; 6 U.S.C. 112
    Abstract: This proposed rule proposes to revise the requirements 
and procedures for the filing of motions and appeals before the 
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 
Services (USCIS), and its Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). The 
proposed changes are intended to streamline the existing processes for 
filing motions and appeals and will reduce delays in the review and 
appellate process. This rule also proposes additional changes 
necessitated by the establishment of DHS and its components. The 
proposed changes are intended to promote simplicity, accessibility, and 
efficiency in the administration of USCIS appeals. The Department also 
solicits public comment on proposed changes to the AAO's appellate 
jurisdiction.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/00/17  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles ``Locky'' Nimick, Deputy Chief, Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 
Administrative Appeals Office, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, 
DC 20529-2090, Phone: 703 224-4501, Email: 
charles.nimick@usics.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AB98

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151. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule

    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1356(m)
    Abstract: This rule will propose to adjust the fee schedule for 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) immigration and 
naturalization benefit applications and petitions, including 
nonimmigrant applications and visa petitions. These fees fund the cost 
of processing applications and petitions for immigration benefits and 
services, and USCIS' associated operating costs. USCIS is revising 
these fees because the current fee schedule does not adequately recover 
the full costs of services provided by USCIS. Without an adjustment of 
the fee schedule, USCIS cannot provide adequate capacity to process all 
applications and petitions in a timely and efficient manner. The fee 
review is undertaken pursuant to the requirements of the Chief 
Financial Officers Act of 1990 (CFO Act), 31 U.S.C. 901-03. The CFO Act 
requires each agency's chief financial officer (CFO) to ``review, on a 
biennial basis, the fees, royalties, rents, and other charges imposed 
by the agency for services and things of value it provides, and make 
recommendations on revising those charges to reflect costs incurred by 
it in providing those services and things of value.''
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/04/16  81 FR 26904
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/05/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Joseph D. Moore, Chief Financial Officer, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Suite 4018, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20529, Phone: 202 272-1701, Fax: 202 272-1970, Email: 
joseph.moore@uscis.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AC09

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Final Rule Stage

152. Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program 
Improvements Affecting Highly-Skilled H-1B Alien Workers

    Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 112; 8 U.S.C. 1154 and 1155; 8 U.S.C. 
1184; 8 U.S.C. 1255; 8 U.S.C. 1324a
    Abstract: In December 2015, the Department of Homeland Security 
(DHS) proposed to amend its regulations affecting certain employment-
based immigrant and nonimmigrant classifications. This rule proposes to 
amend current regulations to provide stability and job flexibility for 
the beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions 
while they wait to become lawful permanent residents. DHS is also 
proposing to conform its regulations with the American Competitiveness 
in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21) as amended by the 
Twenty-First Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization 
Act (the 21st Century DOJ Appropriations Act), as well as the American 
Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA). The rule 
also seeks to clarify several interpretive questions raised by ACWIA 
and AC21 regarding H-1B petitions, and incorporate relevant AC21 policy 
memoranda and an Administrative Appeals Office precedent decision, and 
would ensure that DHS practice is consistent with them.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/31/15  80 FR 81900
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/29/16  .......................
Final Rule..........................   05/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kevin Cummings, Branch Chief, Business and Foreign 
Workers Division, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Second Floor, Office of Policy and Strategy, 20 
Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529, Phone: 202 272-1470, 
Fax: 202 272-1480, Email: kevin.cummings@uscis.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AC05

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

Proposed Rule Stage

153. Commercial Fishing Vessels--Implementation of 2010 and 2012 
Legislation

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-281
    Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes to implement those requirements 
of 2010 and 2012 legislation that pertain to uninspected commercial 
fishing industry vessels and that took effect upon enactment of the 
legislation but that, to be implemented, require amendments to Coast 
Guard regulations affecting those vessels. The applicability of the 
regulations is being changed, and new requirements are being added to 
safety training, equipment, vessel examinations, vessel safety 
standards, the documentation of maintenance, and the termination of 
unsafe operations. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's maritime 
safety mission.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/16  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jack Kemerer, Project Manager, CG-CVC-3, Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr., 
Avenue SE., STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593-7501, Phone: 202 372-1249, 
Email: jack.a.kemerer@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AB85

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

Final Rule Stage

154. Inspection of Towing Vessels

    Legal Authority: 46 U.S.C. 3103; 46 U.S.C. 3301; 46 U.S.C. 3306; 46 
U.S.C. 3308; 46 U.S.C. 3316; 46 U.S.C. 3703; 46 U.S.C. 8104; 46 U.S.C. 
8904; DHS Delegation No 0170.1
    Abstract: This rulemaking would implement a program of inspection 
for certification of towing vessels, which were previously uninspected. 
It would prescribe standards for safety management systems and third-
party auditors and surveyors, along with standards for construction, 
operation, vessel systems, safety equipment, and recordkeeping.

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    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/11/11  76 FR 49976
Notice of Public Meetings...........   09/09/11  76 FR 55847
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/09/11  .......................
Final Rule..........................   06/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: LCDR William Nabach, Project Manager, Office of 
Operating & Environmental Standards, CG-OES-2, Department of Homeland 
Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., 
STOP 7509, Washington, DC 20593-7509, Phone: 202 372-1386, Email: 
william.a.nabach@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AB06

155. Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC); Card 
Reader Requirements

    Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226; 33 U.S.C. 1231; 46 U.S.C. 701; 50 
U.S.C. 191; 50 U.S.C. 192; E.O. 12656
    Abstract: The Coast Guard is establishing electronic card reader 
requirements for maritime facilities and vessels to be used in 
combination with TSA's Transportation Worker Identification Credential 
(TWIC). Congress enacted several statutory requirements within the 
Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006 to guide 
regulations pertaining to TWIC readers, including the need to evaluate 
TSA's final pilot program report as part of the TWIC reader rulemaking. 
During the rulemaking process, we will take into account the final 
pilot data and the various conditions in which TWIC readers may be 
employed. For example, we will consider the types of vessels and 
facilities that will use TWIC readers, locations of secure and 
restricted areas, operational constraints, and need for accessibility. 
Recordkeeping requirements, amendments to security plans, and the 
requirement for data exchanges (i.e., Canceled Card List) between TSA 
and vessel or facility owners/operators will also be addressed in this 
rulemaking.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   03/27/09  74 FR 13360
Notice of Public Meeting............   04/15/09  74 FR 17444
ANPRM Comment Period End............   05/26/09  .......................
Notice of Public Meeting Comment       05/26/09  .......................
 Period End.
NPRM................................   03/22/13  78 FR 20558
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   05/10/13  78 FR 27335
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   06/20/13  .......................
Final Rule..........................   08/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: LT Mason Wilcox, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Commandant (CG-FAC-2), 2703 Martin 
Luther King Jr., Avenue SE., STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593-7501, 
Phone: 202 372-1123, Email: mason.c.wilcox@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AB21

156. Seafarers' Access to Maritime Facilities

    Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226; 33 U.S.C. 1231; Pub. L. 111-281, 
sec 811
    Abstract: This regulatory action will implement section 811 of the 
Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-281), which requires 
the owner/operator of a facility regulated by the Coast Guard under the 
Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-295) (MTSA) 
to provide a system that enables seafarers and certain other 
individuals to transit between vessels moored at the facility and the 
facility gate in a timely manner at no cost to the seafarer or other 
individual. Ensuring that such access through a facility is consistent 
with the security requirements in MTSA is part of the Coast Guard's 
Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS) mission.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/29/14  79 FR 77981
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   05/27/15  80 FR 30189
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/01/15  .......................
Final Rule..........................   09/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: LCDR Kevin McDonald, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr., 
Avenue SE., Commandant (CG-FAC-2), STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593-
7501, Phone: 202 372-1168, Email: kevin.j.mcdonald@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AC15

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

Long-Term Actions

157. Numbering of Undocumented Barges

    Legal Authority: 46 U.S.C. 12301
    Abstract: Title 46 U.S.C. 12301, as amended by the Abandoned Barge 
Act of 1992, requires that all undocumented barges of more than 100 
gross tons operating on the navigable waters of the United States be 
numbered. This rulemaking would establish a numbering system and user 
fees for an original or renewed Certificate of Number for these barges. 
The numbering of undocumented barges allows the Coast Guard to identify 
the owners of abandoned barges. This rulemaking supports the Coast 
Guard's broad role and responsibility of protecting natural resources.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Request for Comments................   10/18/94  59 FR 52646
Comment Period End..................   01/17/95  .......................
ANPRM...............................   07/06/98  63 FR 36384
ANPRM Comment Period End............   11/03/98  .......................
NPRM................................   01/11/01  66 FR 2385
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/11/01  .......................
NPRM Reopening of Comment Period....   08/12/04  69 FR 49844
NPRM Reopening Comment Period End...   11/10/04  .......................
                                     -----------------------------------
Supplemental NPRM...................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Denise Harmon, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, National Vessel Documentation 
Center, 792 T.J. Jackson Drive, Falling Waters, WV 25419, Phone: 304 
271-2506, Email: denise.e.harmon@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AA14

158. Outer Continental Shelf Activities

    Legal Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1333(d)(1); 43 U.S.C. 1348(c); 43 U.S.C. 
1356; DHS Delegation No 0170.1
    Abstract: The Coast Guard is the lead Federal agency for workplace 
safety and health on facilities and vessels engaged in the exploration 
for, or development,

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or production of, minerals on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), other 
than for matters generally related to drilling and production that are 
regulated by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). 
This project would revise the regulations on OCS activities by: (1) 
Adding new requirements, for OCS units for lifesaving, fire protection, 
training, and helidecks; (2) providing for USCG acceptance and approval 
of specified classification society plan reviews, inspections, audits, 
and surveys; and (3) requiring foreign vessels engaged in OCS 
activities to comply with rules similar to those imposed on U.S. 
vessels similarly engaged. This project would affect the owners and 
operators of facilities and vessels engaged in offshore activities.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Request for Comments................   06/27/95  60 FR 33185
Comment Period End..................   09/25/95  .......................
NPRM................................   12/07/99  64 FR 68416
NPRM Correction.....................   02/22/00  65 FR 8671
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   03/16/00  65 FR 14226
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   06/30/00  65 FR 40559
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/30/00
                                     -----------------------------------
Supplemental NPRM...................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles Rawson, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Commandant (CG-ENG-2), 2703 Martin 
Luther King Jr., Avenue SE., STOP 7509, Washington, DC 20593-7509, 
Phone: 202 372-1390, Email: charles.e.rawson@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AA18

159. Updates to Maritime Security

    Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226; 33 U.S.C. 1231; 46 U.S.C. 701; 50 
U.S.C. 191 and 192; E.O. 12656; 33 CFR 1.05-1; 33 CFR 6.04-11; 33 CFR 
6.14; 33 CFR 6.16; 33 CFR 6.19; DHS Delegation No. 0170.1
    Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes certain additions, changes, and 
amendments to 33 CFR subchapter H. Subchapter H is comprised of parts 
101 through 106. Subchapter H implements the major provisions of the 
Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). This rulemaking is 
the first major revision to subchapter H. The proposed changes would 
further the goals of domestic compliance and international cooperation 
by incorporating requirements from legislation implemented since the 
original publication of these regulations, such as the Security and 
Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006, and including 
international standards such as Standards of Training, Certification & 
Watchkeeping security training. This rulemaking has international 
interest because of the close relationship between subchapter H and the 
International Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: LCDR Kevin McDonald, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr., 
Avenue SE., Commandant (CG-FAC-2), STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593-
7501, Phone: 202 372-1168, Email: kevin.j.mcdonald@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AB38

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

Completed Actions

160. Discharge Removal Equipment for Vessels Carrying Oil

    Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1321
    Abstract: The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 directed the President by 
August 18, 1992, to require periodic inspection of discharge-removal 
equipment to ensure that it is available in an emergency, and to 
require carriage of discharge removal equipment by vessels operating in 
the navigable waters of the United States and carrying oil or hazardous 
substances. This action implemented those provisions. This project 
supports the Coast Guard's broad role and responsibility of maritime 
stewardship.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   08/30/91  56 FR 43534
ANPRM Comment Period End............   10/16/91  .......................
NPRM................................   09/29/92  57 FR 44912
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   10/26/92  57 FR 48489
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/29/92  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   11/16/92  57 FR 48489
Interim Final Rule..................   12/22/93  58 FR 67988
Interim Final Rule Effective........   01/21/94  .......................
Correction..........................   01/26/94  59 FR 3749
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      02/22/94  .......................
 End.
Notice..............................   03/27/12  77 FR 18151
Notice Comment Period End...........   05/29/12  .......................
Final Rule..........................   04/07/16  81 FR 20247
Final Rule Effective................   05/09/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: David A. Du Pont, Project Manager, CG-REG, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Standards 
Evaluation and Development, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr., Avenue SE., 
STOP 7418, Washington, DC 20593-7418, Phone: 202 372-1497, Email: 
david.a.dupont@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AA02

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)

Final Rule Stage

161. Implementation of the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program (Section 610 
Review)

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-229, sec 702
    Abstract: The interim final rule (or the final rule planned for the 
coming year) amends Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations 
to implement section 702 of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 
2008 (CNRA). This law extends the immigration laws of the United States 
to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and provides 
for a joint visa waiver program for travel to Guam and the CNMI. This 
rule implements section 702 of the CNRA by amending the regulations to 
replace the current Guam Visa Waiver Program with a new Guam-CNMI Visa 
Waiver Program. The amended regulations set forth the requirements for 
nonimmigrant visitors who seek admission for business or pleasure and 
solely for entry into and stay on Guam or the CNMI without a visa. This 
rule also establishes six ports of entry in the CNMI for purposes of 
administering and enforcing the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program.

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Section 702 of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA), 
subject to a transition period, extends the immigration laws of the 
United States to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands 
(CNMI) and provides for a visa waiver program for travel to Guam and/or 
the CNMI. On January 16, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security 
(DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), issued an interim final 
rule in the Federal Register replacing the then-existing Guam Visa 
Waiver Program with the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program and setting forth 
the requirements for nonimmigrant visitors seeking admission into Guam 
and/or the CNMI under the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. As of November 
28, 2009, the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program is operational. This 
program allows nonimmigrant visitors from eligible countries to seek 
admission for business or pleasure for entry into Guam and/or the CNMI 
without a visa for a period of authorized stay not to exceed 45 days. 
This rulemaking would finalize the January 2009 interim final rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   01/16/09  74 FR 2824
Interim Final Rule Effective........   01/16/09  .......................
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      03/17/09  .......................
 End.
Technical Amendment; Change of         05/28/09  74 FR 25387
 Implementation Date.
Final Action........................   02/00/17  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Stephanie Watson, Supervisory Program Manager, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 
Office of Field Operations, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 2.5B-38, 
Washington, DC 20229, Phone: 202 325-4548, Email: 
stephanie.e.watson@cbp.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1651-AA77

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)

Long-Term Actions

162. Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements 
(Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 109-347, sec 203; 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 
66; 19 U.S.C. 1431; 19 U.S.C. 1433 to 1434; 19 U.S.C. 1624; 19 U.S.C. 
2071 (note); 46 U.S.C. 60105
    Abstract: This final rule implements the provisions of section 203 
of the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006. On 
November 25, 2008, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published an 
interim final rule (CBP Dec. 08-46) in the Federal Register (73 FR 
71730), that finalized most of the provisions proposed in the NPRM. It 
requires carrier and importers to provide to CBP, via a CBP approved 
electronic data interchange system, certain advance information 
pertaining to cargo brought into the United States by vessel to enable 
CBP to identify high-risk shipments to prevent smuggling and ensure 
cargo safety and security. The interim final rule did not finalize six 
data elements that were identified as areas of potential concern for 
industry during the rulemaking process and, for which, CBP provided 
some type of flexibility for compliance with those data elements. CBP 
solicited public comment on these six data elements, is conducting a 
structured review, and also invited comments on the revised Regulatory 
Assessment and Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis. (See 73 FR 71782-
85 for regulatory text and 73 CFR 71733-34 for general discussion.) The 
remaining requirements of the rule were adopted as final. CBP plans to 
issue a final rule after CBP completes a structured review of the 
flexibilities and analyzes the comments.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/02/08  73 FR 90
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/03/08
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   02/01/08  73 FR 6061
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/18/08
Interim Final Rule..................   11/25/08  73 FR 71730
Interim Final Rule Effective........   01/26/09
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      06/01/09
 End.
Correction..........................   07/14/09  74 FR 33920
Correction..........................   12/24/09  74 FR 68376
Final Action........................   09/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Craig Clark, Program Manager, Vessel Manifest & 
Importer Security Filing, Office of Cargo and Conveyance Security, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20229, Phone: 202 344-
3052, Email: craig.clark@cbp.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1651-AA70

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Proposed Rule Stage

163. Security Training for Surface Mode Employees

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 114; Pub. L. 110-53, secs 1408, 1517, 
and 1534
    Abstract: This rule would require security awareness training for 
front-line employees for potential terrorism-related security threats 
and conditions pursuant to the 9/11 Act. This rule would apply to 
higher-risk public transportation, freight rail, and over-the-road bus 
owner/operators and take into consideration the many actions higher-
risk owner/operators have already taken since 9/11 to enhance the 
baseline of security through training of their employees. The 
rulemaking will also propose extending security coordinator and 
reporting security incident requirements applicable to rail operators 
under current 49 CFR part 1580 to the non-rail transportation 
components of covered public transportation agencies and over-the-road 
buses.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Chandru (Jack) Kalro, Deputy Director, Surface 
Division, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, Department 
of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 
12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6028, Phone: 571 227-1145, Fax: 571 
227-2935, Email: surfacefrontoffice@tsa.dhs.gov.
    Monica Grasso Ph.D., Manager, Economic Analysis Branch--Cross Modal 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, 601 
South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6028, Phone: 571 227-3329, 
Email: monica.grasso@tsa.dhs.gov.
    Traci Klemm, Assistant Chief Counsel for Multi-Modal Security 
Standards, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel, 601 South 12th Street, 
Arlington, VA 20598-6002, Phone: 571 227-3596, Email: 
traci.klemm@tsa.dhs.gov.

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    RIN: 1652-AA55

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Long-Term Actions

164. General Aviation Security and Other Aircraft Operator Security

    Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 469; 18 U.S.C. 842; 18 U.S.C. 845; 46 
U.S.C. 70102 to 70106; 46 U.S.C. 70117; 49 U.S.C. 114; 49 U.S.C. 
114(f)(3); 49 U.S.C. 5103; 49 U.S.C. 5103a; 49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 U.S.C. 
44901 to 44907; 49 U.S.C. 44913 to 44914; 49 U.S.C. 44916 to 44918; 49 
U.S.C. 44932; 49 U.S.C. 44935 to 44936; 49 U.S.C. 44942; 49 U.S.C. 
46105
    Abstract: On October 30, 2008, the Transportation Security 
Administration (TSA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), 
proposing to amend current aviation transportation security regulations 
to enhance the security of general aviation by expanding the scope of 
current requirements, and by adding new requirements for certain large 
aircraft operators and airports serving those aircraft. TSA also 
proposed that all aircraft operations, including corporate and private 
charter operations, with aircraft having a maximum certificated takeoff 
weight (MTOW) above 12,500 pounds (large aircraft) be required to adopt 
a large aircraft security program. TSA also proposed to require certain 
airports that serve large aircraft to adopt security programs. After 
considering comments received on the NPRM and sponsoring public 
meetings with stakeholders, TSA decided to prepare a supplemental NPRM 
(SNPRM), which will include a comment period for public comments. TSA 
is considering the following proposed provisions in the SNPRM: (1) 
Security measures for foreign aircraft operators commensurate with 
measures for U.S. operators, (2) security measures for certain general 
aviation aircraft operations, (3) watch list matching of passengers, 
and (5) scope of the background check requirements and the procedures 
used to implement any requirement.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/30/08  73 FR 64790
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/29/08
Notice--NPRM Comment Period Extended   11/25/08  73 FR 71590
NPRM Extended Comment Period End....   02/27/09
Notice--Public Meetings; Requests      12/18/08  73 FR 77045
 for Comments.
                                     -----------------------------------
Supplemental NPRM...................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Alan Paterno, Section Chief, Policy Analysis 
Branch, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, 601 
South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6028, Phone: 571 227-5698, 
Email: alan.paterno@tsa.dhs.gov.
    Monica Grasso Ph.D., Manager, Economic Analysis Branch--Cross Modal 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, 601 
South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6028, Phone: 571 227-3329, 
Email: monica.grasso@tsa.dhs.gov.
    Denise Daniels, Attorney-Advisor, Regulations and Security 
Standards, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel, 601 South 12th Street, 
Arlington, VA 20598-6002, Phone: 571 227-3443, Fax: 571 227-1381, 
Email: denise.daniels@tsa.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1652-AA53

165. Standardized Vetting, Adjudication, and Redress Services

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 114, 5103A, 44903 and 44936; 46 U.S.C. 
70105; 6 U.S.C. 469; Pub. L. 110-53, secs 1411, 1414, 1520, 1522 and 
1531
    Abstract: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) intends 
to propose new regulations to revise and standardize the procedures, 
adjudication criteria, and fees for most of the security threat 
assessments (STA) of individuals for which TSA is responsible. The 
scope of the rulemaking will include transportation workers who are 
required to undergo an STA, including surface, maritime, and aviation 
workers. TSA will comply with certain vetting-related requirements of 
the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act, Public Law 
110-53 (Aug. 3, 2007). TSA will propose fees to cover the cost of all 
STAs. TSA plans to improve the processing of STAs and streamline 
existing regulations by simplifying language and removing redundancies. 
TSA will propose revisions to the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) 
regulations. TSA published an interim final rule for AFSP on September 
20, 2004. TSA regulations require aliens seeking to train at Federal 
Aviation Administration-regulated flight schools to complete an 
application and undergo an STA prior to beginning flight training. 
There are four categories under which students currently fall; the 
nature of the STA depends on the student's category. TSA is considering 
changes to the AFSP that would improve the equity among fee payers and 
enable the implementation of new technologies to support vetting.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Chang Ellison, Branch Manager, Program Initiatives 
Branch, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, TSA-10, HQ E6, 601 
South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6010, Phone: 571 227-3604, 
Email: chang.ellison@tsa.dhs.gov.
    Monica Grasso Ph.D., Manager, Economic Analysis Branch-Cross Modal 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, 601 
South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6028, Phone: 571 227-3329, 
Email: monica.grasso@tsa.dhs.gov.
    John Vergelli, Senior Counsel, Regulations and Security Standards 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel, 601 South 12th Street, 
Arlington, VA 20598-6002, Phone: 571 227-4416, Fax: 571 227-1378, 
Email: john.vergelli@tsa.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1652-AA61

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Completed Actions

166. Passenger Screening Using Advanced Imaging Technology

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 44925
    Abstract: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a 
final rule

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to address whether screening and inspection of an individual, conducted 
to control access to the sterile area of an airport or to an aircraft, 
may include the use of advanced imaging technology (AIT). The notice of 
proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was published on March 26, 2013, to comply 
with the decision rendered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 
District of Columbia Circuit in Electronic Privacy Information Center 
(EPIC) v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security on July 15, 2011. 653 
F.3d 1 (D.C. Cir. 2011). The Court directed TSA to conduct notice and 
comment rulemaking on the use of AIT in the primary screening of 
passengers. The final rule makes clear that TSA no longer uses images 
of actual passengers and now uses a generic image through the use of 
ATR technology installed on all AIT machines. The rule emphasizes that 
AIT is the best available technology to detect both metallic and non-
metallic objects and safeguards agency flexibility to respond to 
evolving threats.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/26/13  78 FR 18287
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/24/13
Final Rule..........................   03/03/16  81 FR 11363
Final Rule Effective................   05/02/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Chawanna Carrington, Project Manager, Passenger 
Screening Program, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation 
Security Administration, Office of Security Capabilities, 601 South 
12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6016, Phone: 571 227-2958, Fax: 571 
227-1931, Email: chawanna.carrington@tsa.dhs.gov.
    Monica Grasso Ph.D., Manager, Economic Analysis Branch-Cross Modal 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, 601 
South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6028, Phone: 571 227-3329, 
Email: monica.grasso@tsa.dhs.gov.
    Susan Prosnitz, Deputy Chief Counsel for Regulations and Security 
Standards, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel, 601 South 12th Street, 
Arlington, VA 20598-6002, Phone: 571 227-1335, Fax: 571 227-1381, 
Email: susan.prosnitz@tsa.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1652-AA67

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE)

Completed Actions

167. Improving and Expanding Training Opportunities for F-1 
Nonimmigrant Students With STEM Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief For All 
Eligible F-1 Students (Completion of a Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101; 8 U.S.C. 1103; 8 U.S.C. 1182; 8 
U.S.C. 1184; 8 U.S.C. 1221; 8 U.S.C. 1281 and 1282; 8 U.S.C. 1302 to 
1305; 8 U.S.C. 1324a
    Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security is proposing a new 
rule to enhance opportunities for F-1 nonimmigrant students graduating 
with a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree 
from an accredited school certified by U.S. Immigration and Custom 
Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), and to 
further their courses of study through optional practical training 
(OPT) with employers enrolled in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 
Services' (USCIS') E-Verify employment verification program. The 
proposed rule would replace a 2008 interim final rule (IFR) that was 
invalidated and will be vacated on May 10, 2016, per a ruling by the 
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in the Washington 
Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
litigation.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/19/15  80 FR 63375
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/18/15  .......................
Final Rule..........................   03/11/16  81 FR 13039
Final Rule Effective................   05/10/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Molly Stubbs, ICE Regulatory Coordinator, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement, Office of the Director, PTN--Potomac Center North, 500 
12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20536, Phone: 202 732-6202, Email: 
molly.stubbs@ice.dhs.gov.
    Brad Tuttle, Attorney Advisor, Department of Homeland Security, 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20536, Phone: 202 732-5000, Email: 
bradley.c.tuttle@ice.dhs.gov.
    Katherine H. Westerlund, Acting Unit Chief, SEVP Policy, Student 
and Exchange Visitor Program, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Potomac Center North, STOP 5600, 
500 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20536-5600, Phone: 703 603-3400, 
Email: sevp@ice.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1653-AA72

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Proposed Rule Stage

168. Updates to Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands 
Regulations To Implement Executive Order 13690 and the Federal Flood 
Risk Management Standard

    Legal Authority: E.O. 11988, as amended; E.O. 13690
    Abstract: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) proposes 
to amend its regulations at 44 CFR part 9 ``Floodplain Management and 
Protection of Wetlands'' to implement Executive Order 13690, which 
establishes the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS). 44 CFR 
part 9 describes FEMA's process for determining whether the proposed 
location for an action falls within a floodplain. In addition, for 
those projects that would fall within a floodplain, part 9 describes 
FEMA's framework for deciding whether and how to complete the action in 
the floodplain, in light of the risk of flooding. Consistent with 
Executive Order 13690 and the FFRMS, the proposed rule would change how 
FEMA defines a floodplain with respect to certain actions. 
Additionally, under the proposed rule, FEMA would use natural systems, 
ecosystem process, and nature-based approaches, where practicable, when 
developing alternatives to locating a proposed action in the 
floodplain.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kristin Fontenot, Office of Environmental and 
Historic Preservation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal 
Emergency Management Agency, 400 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, 
Phone: 202 646-2741, Email: kristin.fontenot@fema.dhs.gov.

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    RIN: 1660-AA85

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24 CFR Subtitles A and B

[Docket No. FR-5935-N-01]


Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Department of Housing and Urban Development.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with section 4(b) of Executive Order 12866, 
``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' as amended, HUD is publishing its 
agenda of regulations already issued or that are expected to be issued 
during the next several months. The agenda also includes rules 
currently in effect that are under review and describes those 
regulations that may affect small entities, as required by section 602 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The purpose of publication of the 
agenda is to encourage more effective public participation in the 
regulatory process by providing the public with advance information 
about pending regulatory activities.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aaron Santa Anna, Assistant General 
Counsel for Regulations, Office of General Counsel, Department of 
Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 10276, 
Washington, DC 20410-0500; telephone number 202-708-3055. (This is not 
a toll-free number.) A telecommunications device for hearing- and 
speech-impaired individuals (TTY) is available at 800-877-8339 (Federal 
Relay Service).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory Planning 
and Review'' (58 FR 51735), as amended, requires each department or 
agency to prepare semiannually an agenda of: (1) Regulations that the 
department or agency has issued or expects to issue, and; (2) rules 
currently in effect that are under departmental or agency review. The 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612) requires each department 
or agency to publish semiannually a regulatory agenda of rules expected 
to be proposed or promulgated that are likely to have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of ``small entities,'' meaning 
small businesses, small organizations, or small governmental 
jurisdictions. Executive Order 12866 and the Regulatory Flexibility Act 
permit incorporation of the agenda required by these two authorities 
with any other prescribed agenda.
    HUD's regulatory agenda combines the information required by 
Executive Order 12866 and the Regulatory Flexibility Act. As in the 
past, HUD's complete Unified Agenda will be available online at 
www.reginfo.gov, in a format that offers users a greatly enhanced 
ability to obtain information from the Agenda database. While 
publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the regulatory 
flexibility agendas by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602), 
the Department notes that its Spring 2016 Unified Agenda does not list 
any rules expected to be proposed or promulgated that are likely to 
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of ``small 
entities.''
    The Department is subject to certain rulemaking requirements set 
forth in the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (42 U.S.C. 
3531 et seq.). Section 7(o) of the Department of Housing and Urban 
Development Act (42 U.S.C. 3535(o)) requires that the Secretary 
transmit to the congressional committees having jurisdictional 
oversight of HUD (the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban 
Affairs and the House Committee on Financial Services), a semiannual 
agenda of all rules or regulations that are under development or review 
by the Department. A rule appearing on the agenda cannot be published 
for comment before or during the first 15 calendar days after 
transmittal of the agenda. Section 7(o) provides that if, within that 
period, either committee notifies the Secretary that it intends to 
review any rule or regulation that appears on the agenda, the Secretary 
must submit to both committees a copy of the rule or regulation, in the 
form that it is intended to be proposed, at least 15 calendar days 
before it is to be published for comment. The semiannual agenda posted 
on www.reginfo.gov is the agenda transmitted to the committees in 
compliance with the above requirements.
    HUD has attempted to list in this agenda all regulations and 
regulatory reviews pending at the time of publication, except for minor 
and routine or repetitive actions, but some may have been inadvertently 
omitted, or may have arisen too late to be included in the published 
agenda. There is no legal significance to the omission of an item from 
this agenda. Also, where a date is provided for the next rulemaking 
action, the date is an estimate and is not a commitment to act on or by 
the date shown.
    In some cases, HUD has withdrawn rules that were placed on previous 
agendas for which there has been no publication activity. Withdrawal of 
a rule does not necessarily mean that HUD will not proceed with the 
rulemaking. Withdrawal allows HUD to assess the subject matter further 
and determine whether rulemaking in that area is appropriate. Following 
such an assessment, the Department may determine that certain rules 
listed as withdrawn under this agenda are appropriate. If that 
determination is made, such rules will be included in a succeeding 
semiannual agenda.
    In addition, for a few rules that have been published as proposed 
or interim rules and which, therefore, require further rulemaking, HUD 
has identified the timing of the next action stage as ``undetermined.'' 
These are rules that are still under review by HUD for which a 
determination and timing of the next action stage have not yet been 
made.
    Since the purpose of publication of the agenda is to encourage more 
effective public participation in the regulatory process by providing 
the public with early information about the Department's future 
regulatory actions, HUD invites all interested members of the public to 
comment on the rules listed in the agenda.

    Dated: March 18, 2016.
Tonya T. Robinson,
Principal Deputy General Counsel.

                 Office of Housing--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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169.......................  24 CFR 3280 Manufactured           2502-AJ34
                             Home Construction and
                             Safety Standards (FR-
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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD)

Office of Housing (OH)

Proposed Rule Stage

169. Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (FR-5739)

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 5401 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. 3535(d)
    Abstract: This proposed rule would amend the Federal Manufactured 
Home Construction and Safety Standards by adopting certain 
recommendations made to HUD by the Manufactured Housing Consensus 
Committee (MHCC). The National Manufactured Housing Construction and 
Safety Standards Act of 1974 (the Act) requires HUD to publish all 
proposed revised construction and safety standards submitted by the 
MHCC. This proposed rule is based on the third set of MHCC 
recommendations to update and improve various aspects of the 
Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards. HUD has 
reviewed those proposals and has made several editorial revisions to 
the proposals which were reviewed and accepted by the MHCC. This rule 
proposes to add new standards that would establish requirements for 
carbon monoxide detection, stairways, fire safety considerations for 
attached garages, and for draftstops when there is a usable space above 
and below the concealed space of a floor/ceiling assembly and would 
establish requirements for venting systems to ensure that proper 
separation is maintained between the air intake and exhaust systems.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Richard Mendlen, Structural Engineer, Office of 
Manufactured Housing Programs, Office of Housing, Department of Housing 
and Urban Development, Office of Housing, 451 7th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20410, Phone: 202 708-6423.
    RIN: 2502-AJ34

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Office of the Secretary

25 CFR Ch. I

30 CFR Chs. II and VII

36 CFR Ch. I

43 CFR Subtitle A, Chs. I and II

48 CFR Ch. 14

50 CFR Chs. I and IV


Unified Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

ACTION: Unified regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This notice provides the unified agenda of rules scheduled for 
review or development between spring 2016 and spring 2017. The 
Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive Order 12866 require 
publication of the agenda.

ADDRESSES: Unless otherwise indicated, all agency contacts are located 
at the Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 
20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Direct all comments and inquiries to 
the appropriate agency contact. Direct general comments relating to the 
agenda to the Office of Executive Secretariat and Regulatory Affairs, 
Department of the Interior, at the address above or at 202-208-5257.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: With this publication, the Department 
satisfies the requirement of Executive Order 12866 that the Department 
publish an agenda of rules that we have issued or expect to issue and 
of currently effective rules that we have scheduled for review.
    Simultaneously, the Department meets the requirement of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) to publish an agenda 
in April and October of each year identifying rules that will have 
significant economic effects on a substantial number of small entities. 
We have specifically identified in the agenda rules that will have 
these effects.

Mark Lawyer,
Federal Register Liaison Officer.

   Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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170.......................  Cost Recovery Adjustment..         1014-AA31
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    Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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171.......................  Production Safety Systems          1014-AA10
                             and Lifecycle Analysis.
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    Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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172.......................  Blowout Prevention Systems         1014-AA11
                             and Well Control.
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      United States Fish and Wildlife Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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173.......................  Migratory Bird Permits;            1018-BA69
                             Incidental Take of
                             Migratory Birds.
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        United States Fish and Wildlife Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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174.......................  National Wildlife Refuge           1018-AX36
                             System; Management of Non-
                             Federal Oil and Gas
                             Rights.
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                 National Park Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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175.......................  Non-Federal Oil and Gas            1024-AD78
                             Rights.
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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176.......................  Title Evidence for Trust           1076-AF28
                             Land Acquisitions
                             (Section 610 Review).
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       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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177.......................  Stream Protection Rule....         1029-AC63
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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178.......................  Waste Prevention,                  1004-AE14
                             Production Subject to
                             Royalties, and Resource
                             Conservation.
179.......................  Onshore Oil and Gas Order          1004-AE16
                             4: Oil Measurement.
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

Proposed Rule Stage

170. Cost Recovery Adjustment

    Legal Authority: 31 U.S.C. 9701
    Abstract: This rule would update 31 cost recovery fees to allow the 
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to recover the full 
costs of the services it provides to the oil and gas industry. It 
complies with the Independent Office Appropriations Act of 1952 which 
established that government services should be self-sustaining to the 
extent possible. Rulemaking is the only method available to update 
these fees and comply with the intent of Congress to recover government 
costs when a special benefit is bestowed on an identifiable recipient. 
The practice of cost recovery is well-established and this rulemaking 
is not expected to be controversial.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kimberly Monaco, Department of the Interior, Bureau 
of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20240, Phone: 703 787-1658.
    RIN: 1014-AA31

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

Final Rule Stage

171. Production Safety Systems and Lifecycle Analysis

    Legal Authority: 31 U.S.C. 9701; 43 U.S.C. 1334
    Abstract: The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) 
will amend and update the regulations regarding offshore oil and 
natural gas production. It will address issues such as production 
safety systems, subsurface safety devices, and safety device testing. 
BSEE has expanded the rule to differentiate the requirements for 
operating dry tree and wet tree production systems on the Outer 
Continental Shelf (OCS). This rule will also expand use of life cycle 
analysis of critical equipment.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/22/13  78 FR 52240
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/05/13
Final Action........................   05/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lakeisha Harrison, Chief, Regulations and Standards 
Branch, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental 
Enforcement, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166, Phone: 703 787-
1552, Fax: 703 787-1555, Email: lakeisha.harrison@bsee.gov.
    RIN: 1014-AA10

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

Completed Actions

172. Blowout Prevention Systems and Well Control

    Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 1751; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 43 U.S.C. 1334
    Abstract: The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) 
will amend and update regulations regarding offshore oil and natural 
gas production. This final rule will upgrade regulations related to the 
design, manufacture, and repair of blowout preventers (BOPs) in 
response to numerous recommendations. In addition to BOPs, the final 
rule will address well design, well control, safe drilling margins, 
casing, cementing, real-time monitoring, and subsea containment. The 
final rule will address many of the issues raised following the 
Deepwater Horizon incident and from experts through a public forum held 
May 22, 2012.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Action........................   04/29/16  81 FR 25887
Final Action Effective..............   07/28/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lakeisha Harrison, Phone: 703 787-1552, Fax: 703 
787-1555, Email: lakeisha.harrison@bsee.gov.
    RIN: 1014-AA11

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United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

Proposed Rule Stage

173. Migratory Bird Permits; Incidental Take of Migratory Birds

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 703 to 712; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.
    Abstract: We are preparing a programmatic environmental impact 
statement (PEIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 to 4347; NEPA) to evaluate the potential 
environmental impacts of a proposal to authorize incidental take of 
migratory birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703 to 
711). In drafting the PEIS, we invited input from other Federal and 
State agencies, tribes, nongovernmental organizations, and members of 
the public on the scope of the proposed NEPA analysis, the pertinent 
issues we should address, and alternatives to our proposed approach for 
authorizing incidental take. Based on this PEIS, we propose to 
establish regulations to govern the incidental take of migratory birds 
from activities under which migratory birds are killed incidental to 
otherwise lawful activities. These proposed regulations will establish 
rules for individual permits and programmatic agreements with Federal 
agencies and will establish the basis for future rulemaking for general 
authorizations for incidental take of migratory birds.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice..............................   05/26/15  80 FR 30032
Comment Period End..................   07/27/15
NPRM; NOA for DEIS..................   10/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Stephen Earsom, Biologist-Pilot, Regions 4 & 5 
Aviation Manager, Department of the Interior, United States Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Phone: 301 980-8711, Email: stephen_earsom@fws.gov.
    RIN: 1018-BA69

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

Final Rule Stage

174. National Wildlife Refuge System; Management of Non-Federal Oil and 
Gas Rights

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 668dd to ee; 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.; 16 
U.S.C. 1131 to 1136; 40 CFR 51.300 to 51.309
    Abstract: We anticipate publishing regulations that ensure that all 
operators conducting oil or gas operations within a National Wildlife 
Refuge System unit do so in a manner that prevents or minimizes damage 
to National Wildlife Refuge System resources, visitor values, and 
management objectives. These regulations will not result in a taking of 
a property interest, but rather to impose reasonable controls on 
operations that affect federally owned or controlled lands, and/or 
waters.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   02/24/14  79 FR 10080
ANPRM Comment Period End............   04/25/14
ANPRM Comment Period Reopened.......   06/09/14  79 FR 32903
ANPRM Comment Period Reopening End..   07/09/14
NPRM................................   12/11/15  80 FR 77200
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/09/16
Final Action........................   08/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brian Salem, Conservation Policy Analyst, 
Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS, Falls Church, VA 22041-3808, Phone: 703 
358-2397, Email: brian_salem@fws.gov.
    Scott Covington, Refuge Energy Program Coordinator, Department of 
the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National 
Wildlife Refuge System, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS, Falls Church, VA 
22041-3808, Phone: 703 358-2427, Email: scott_covington@fws.gov.
    RIN: 1018-AX36

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

National Park Service (NPS)

Final Rule Stage

175. Non-Federal Oil and Gas Rights

    Legal Authority: 54 U.S.C. 100101; 54 U.S.C. 100301; 54 U.S.C. 
100302; 54 U.S.C. 100731; 54 U.S.C. 100732
    Abstract: This rule would update National Park Service (NPS) 
regulations governing the exercise of non-Federal oil and gas rights 
within NPS unit boundaries. It would accommodate new technology and 
industry practices, eliminate regulatory exemptions, update 
requirements, remove caps on bond amounts, and allow NPS to recover 
administrative costs. The changes make the regulations more effective 
and efficient and maintain the highest level of protection compatible 
with park resources and values.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM...............................   11/25/09  74 FR 61596
ANPRM Comment Period End............   01/25/10
NPRM................................   10/26/15  80 FR 65571
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/28/15
Final Action........................   09/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ed Kassman, Regulatory Specialist, Department of 
the Interior, National Park Service, 12795 West Alameda Parkway, 
Lakewood, CA 80225, Phone: 303 969-2146, Email: edward_kassman@nps.gov.
    RIN: 1024-AD78

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

Final Rule Stage

176.  Title Evidence for Trust Land Acquisitions (Section 610 
Review)

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 25 U.S.C. 2; 25 U.S.C. 9
    Abstract: This rule would delete the requirement for applicants to 
furnish title evidence that meets the Standards for the Preparation of 
Title Evidence in Land Acquisitions by the United States issued by the 
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and replace the requirement with a 
less onerous, more targeted requirement for title evidence. The DOJ 
standards are intended for acquisitions of Federal land, not for 
acquisitions of land in trust or restricted status for Indian Tribes or 
individuals.

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    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Interim Final Rule..................   03/01/16  81 FR 10477
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      03/31/16
 End.
Interim Final Rule-Delay of            04/15/16  81 FR 22183
 Effective Date.
Interim Final Rule Effective........   04/15/16
Interim Final Rule--Confirmation of    05/00/16
 Rulemaking.
Interim Final Rule-Delay of            05/16/16
 Effective Date Effective.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Elizabeth Appel, Director, Office of Regulatory 
Affairs, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 
20240, Phone: 202 273-4680, Email: elizabeth.appel@bia.gov.
    RIN: 1076-AF28

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE)

Final Rule Stage

177. Stream Protection Rule

    Legal Authority: 30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.
    Abstract: On August 12, 2009, the U.S. District Court for the 
District of Columbia denied the Government's request that the court 
vacate and remand the Excess Spoil/Stream Buffer Zone rule published on 
December 12, 2008. Therefore, the Department intends to initiate notice 
and comment rulemaking to address issues arising from previous 
rulemakings. The Agency also intends to prepare a new environmental 
impact statement.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   11/30/09  74 FR 62664
ANPRM Comment Period End............   12/30/09
NPRM................................   07/27/15  80 FR 44436
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   09/10/15  80 FR 54590
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/25/15
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   10/26/15
Final Action........................   07/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dennis Rice, Regulatory Analyst, Department of the 
Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 1951 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20240, Phone: 202 208-2829, 
Email: drice@osmre.gov.
    RIN: 1029-AC63

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Final Rule Stage

178. Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource 
Conservation

    Legal Authority: 25 U.S.C. 396d; 25 U.S.C. 2107; 30 U.S.C. 189; 30 
U.S.C. 306; 30 U.S.C. 359; 30 U.S.C. 1751; 43 U.S.C. 1732(b); 43 U.S.C. 
1733; 43 U.S.C. 1740
    Abstract: The rule would update decades-old standards to reduce 
wasteful venting, flaring, and leaks of natural gas from onshore wells 
located on Federal and Indian oil and gas leases. The proposed 
standards would establish requirements and incentives to reduce waste 
of gas and clarify when royalties apply to lost gas. This action will 
enhance our energy security and economy by boosting America's natural 
gas supplies, ensuring that taxpayers receive the royalties due to them 
from development of public resources, and reducing emissions.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   02/08/16  81 FR 6616
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   04/04/16  81 FR 19110
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/08/16
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   04/22/16
Final Action........................   11/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Steven Wells, Division Chief, Fluid Minerals 
Division, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Room 
2134 LM, 20 M Street SE., Washington, DC 20003, Phone: 202 912-7143, 
Fax: 202 912-7194, Email: s1wells@blm.gov.
    RIN: 1004-AE14

179. Onshore Oil and Gas Order 4: Oil Measurement

    Legal Authority: 25 U.S.C. 396(d); 25 U.S.C. 2107; 30 U.S.C. 189; 
30 U.S.C. 306; 30 U.S.C. 359; 30 U.S.C. 1751; 43 U.S.C. 1732(b); 43 
U.S.C. 1733; 43 U.S.C. 1740
    Abstract: Onshore Order 4 establishes minimum standards to ensure 
liquid hydrocarbons are accurately measured and reported. This Order 
was last updated in 1989, and since then changes in technology have 
allowed for more accurate fluid measurement. This order will 
incorporate current industry standards and allow for the use of new 
technology.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   09/30/15  80 FR 58952
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   11/23/15  80 FR 72943
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/14/15
Final Action........................   05/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Steven Wells, Division Chief, Fluid Minerals 
Division, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Room 
2134 LM, 20 M Street SE., Washington, DC 20003, Phone: 202 912-7143, 
Fax: 202 912-7194, Email: s1wells@blm.gov.
    RIN: 1004-AE16

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8 CFR Ch. V

21 CFR Ch. I

27 CFR Ch. II

28 CFR Ch. I, V


Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Department of Justice.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Justice is publishing its spring 2016 
regulatory agenda pursuant to Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory 
Planning and Review,'' 58 FR 51735, and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 
5 U.S.C. 601 to 612 (1988).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Hinchman, Senior Counsel, 
Office of Legal Policy, Department of Justice, Room 4252, 950 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20530, (202) 514-8059.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Beginning with the fall 2007 edition, the 
Internet has been the basic means for disseminating the Unified Agenda. 
The complete Unified Agenda will be available online at www.reginfo.gov 
in a format that offers users a greatly enhanced ability to obtain 
information from the Agenda database.
    Because publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the 
regulatory flexibility agendas required by the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (5 U.S.C. 602), the Department of Justice's printed agenda entries 
include only:
    (1) Rules that are in the Agency's regulatory flexibility agenda, 
in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because they are 
likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities; and
    (2) any rules that the Agency has identified for periodic review 
under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain 
information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's Agenda 
requirements. Additional information on these entries is available in 
the Unified Agenda published on the Internet.

    Dated: March 24, 2016.
Jonathan J. Wroblewski,
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy.

                  Civil Rights Division--Prerule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
180.......................  Nondiscrimination on the           1190-AA65
                             Basis of Disability:
                             Accessibility of Web
                             Information and Services
                             of State and Local
                             Governments.
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                 Civil Rights Division--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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181.......................  Nondiscrimination on the           1190-AA63
                             Basis of Disability;
                             Movie Captioning and
                             Audio Description.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (DOJ)

Civil Rights Division (CRT)

Prerule Stage

180. Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability: Accessibility of Web 
Information and Services of State and Local Governments

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.
    Abstract: The Department published an ANPRM on July 26, 2010, RIN 
1190-AA61, that addressed issues relating to proposed revisions of both 
the title II and title III ADA regulations in order to provide guidance 
on the obligations of covered entities to make programs, services and 
activities offered over the Web accessible to individuals with 
disabilities. The Department has now divided the rulemakings in the 
next step of the rulemaking process so as to proceed with separate 
notices of proposed rulemakings for title II and title III. The title 
III rulemaking on Web accessibility will continue under RIN 1190-AA61 
and the title II rulemaking will continue under the new RIN 1190-AA65. 
This rulemaking will provide specific guidance to State and local 
governments in order to make services, programs, or activities offered 
to the public via the Web accessible to individuals with disabilities. 
The ADA requires that State and local governments provide qualified 
individuals with disabilities equal access to their programs, services, 
or activities unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of 
their programs, services, or activities or would impose an undue 
burden. 42. U.S.C. 12132. The Internet as it is known today did not 
exist when Congress enacted the ADA; yet today the Internet is 
dramatically changing the way that governmental entities serve the 
public. Taking advantage of new technology, citizens can now use State 
and local government Web sites to correspond online with local 
officials; obtain information about government services; renew library 
books or driver's licenses; pay fines; register to vote; obtain tax 
information and file tax returns; apply for jobs or benefits; and 
complete numerous other civic tasks. These Government Web sites are 
important because they allow programs and services to be offered in a 
more dynamic, interactive way in order to increase citizen 
participation; increase convenience and speed in obtaining information 
or services; reduce costs in providing information about Government 
services and administering programs; reduce the amount of paperwork; 
and expand the possibilities of reaching new sectors of the community 
or offering new programs or services. Many States and localities have 
begun to improve the accessibility of portions of their Web sites. 
However, full compliance with the ADA's promise to provide an equal 
opportunity for individuals with disabilities to participate in and 
benefit from all aspects of the programs, services, and activities 
provided by State and local governments in today's technologically 
advanced society will only occur if it is clear to public entities that 
their Web sites must be accessible. Consequently, the Department 
intends to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend its 
title II regulations to

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expressly address the obligations of public entities to make the Web 
sites they use to provide programs, activities, or services or 
information to the public accessible to and usable by individuals with 
disabilities under the legal framework established by the ADA. The 
proposed regulation will propose the scope of the obligation to provide 
accessibility when persons with disabilities access public Web sites, 
as well as propose the technical standards necessary to comply with the 
ADA.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM...............................   07/26/10  75 FR 43460
ANPRM Comment Period End............   01/21/11  .......................
Second ANPRM........................   05/00/16  .......................
Second ANPRM Comment Period End.....   08/00/16  .......................
NPRM................................   07/00/17  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/00/17  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Rebecca B. Bond, Chief, Department of Justice, 
Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, 950 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20530, Phone: 800 514-0301.
    RIN: 1190-AA65

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (DOJ)

Civil Rights Division (CRT)

Final Rule Stage

181. Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Movie Captioning and 
Audio Description

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 12101, et seq.
    Abstract: Following its advance notice of proposed rulemaking 
published on July 26, 2010, the Department plans to publish a proposed 
rule addressing the requirements for captioning and video description 
of movies exhibited in movie theatres under title III of the Americans 
with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Title III prohibits discrimination 
on the basis of disability in the activities of places of public 
accommodation (private entities whose operations affect commerce and 
that fall into one of twelve categories listed in the ADA). 42 U.S.C. 
12181-12189. Title III makes it unlawful for places of public 
accommodation, such as movie theaters, to discriminate against 
individuals with disabilities in the full and equal enjoyment of the 
goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations 
of a place of public accommodation (42 U.S.C. 12182[a]). Moreover, 
title III prohibits places of public accommodation from affording an 
unequal or lesser service to individuals or classes of individuals with 
disabilities than is offered to other individuals (42 U.S.C. 
12182(b)(1)(A)(ii)). Title III requires places of public accommodation 
to take ``such steps as may be necessary to ensure that no individual 
with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise 
treated differently because of the absence of auxiliary aids and 
services, such as captioning and video description, unless the entity 
can demonstrate that taking such steps would fundamentally alter the 
nature of the good, service, facility, privilege, advantage, or 
accommodation being offered or would result in an undue burden,'' (42 
U.S.C. 12182(b)(2)(A)(iii)).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM...............................   07/26/10  75 FR 43467
ANPRM Comment Period End............   01/24/11  .......................
NPRM................................   08/01/14  79 FR 44975
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   09/08/14  79 FR 53146
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/30/14  .......................
NPRM Extended Comment Period End....   12/01/14  .......................
Final Action........................   07/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Rebecca B. Bond, Chief, Department of Justice, 
Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, 950 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20530, Phone: 800 514-0301.
    RIN: 1190-AA63

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Office of the Secretary

20 CFR Chs. I, IV, V, VI, VII, and IX

29 CFR Subtitle A and Chs. II, IV, V, XVII, and XXV

30 CFR Ch. I

41 CFR Ch. 60

48 CFR Ch. 29


Semiannual Agenda of Regulations

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Labor.

ACTION: Semiannual Regulatory Agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Internet has become the means for disseminating the 
entirety of the Department of Labor's semiannual regulatory agenda. 
However, the Regulatory Flexibility Act requires publication of a 
regulatory flexibility agenda in the Federal Register. This Federal 
Register Notice contains the regulatory flexibility agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Franks, Director, Office of 
Regulatory Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S-2312, 
Washington, DC 20210; (202) 693-5959.

    Note: Information pertaining to a specific regulation can be 
obtained from the agency contact listed for that particular 
regulation.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Order 12866 requires the 
semiannual publication of an agenda of regulations that contains a 
listing of all the regulations the Department of Labor expects to have 
under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review during 
the coming one-year period. The entirety of the Department's semiannual 
agenda is available online at www.reginfo.gov.
    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) requires DOL to 
publish in the Federal Register a regulatory flexibility agenda. The 
Department's Regulatory Flexibility Agenda published with this notice 
includes only those rules on its semiannual agenda that are likely to 
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities; and those rules identified for periodic review in keeping 
with the requirements of section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. 
Thus, the regulatory flexibility agenda is a subset of the Department's 
semiannual regulatory agenda. There is only one item on the Department 
of Labor's Regulatory Flexibility Agenda:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

    Bloodborne Pathogens (RIN 1218-AC34).

Thomas E. Perez,
Secretary of Labor.

                Wage and Hour Division--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
182.......................  Defining and Delimiting            1235-AA11
                             the Exemptions for
                             Executive,
                             Administrative,
                             Professional, Outside
                             Sales, and Computer
                             Employees.
183.......................  Establishing Paid Sick             1235-AA13
                             Leave for Contractors,
                             Executive Order 13706.
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       Employment and Training Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
184.......................  Modernizing the Permanent          1205-AB75
                             Labor Certification
                             Program (PERM).
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        Employment and Training Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
185.......................  Workforce Innovation and           1205-AB73
                             Opportunity Act.
186.......................  Workforce Innovation and           1205-AB74
                             Opportunity Act; Joint
                             Rule With U.S. Department
                             of Education for Combined
                             and Unified State Plans,
                             Performance
                             Accountability, and the
                             One-Stop System Joint
                             Provisions.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


      Employee Benefits Security Administration--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
187.......................  Conflict of Interest Rule--        1210-AB32
                             Investment Advice.
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      Occupational Safety and Health Administration--Prerule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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188.......................  Bloodborne Pathogens               1218-AC34
                             (Section 610 Review).
189.......................  Combustible Dust..........         1218-AC41
190.......................  Preventing Backover                1218-AC51
                             Injuries and Fatalities.
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   Occupational Safety and Health Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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191.......................  Occupational Exposure to           1218-AB76
                             Beryllium.
192.......................  Infectious Diseases.......         1218-AC46
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    Occupational Safety and Health Administration--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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193.......................  Injury and Illness                 1218-AC48
                             Prevention Program.
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    Occupational Safety and Health Administration--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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194.......................  Occupational Exposure to           1218-AB70
                             Crystalline Silica.
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Final Rule Stage

182. Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, 
Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales, and Computer Employees

    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 213(a)(1) (Fair Labor Standards Act)
    Abstract: The Department proposes to update the regulations 
governing which executive, administrative, and professional employees 
(white collar workers) are entitled to the Fair Labor Standards Act's 
minimum wage and overtime pay protections. Key provisions of the 
proposed rule include: (1) Setting the standard salary level required 
for exemption for full-time salaried workers; (2) increasing the total 
annual compensation requirement needed to exempt highly compensated 
employees; and (3) establishing a mechanism for automatically updating 
the salary and compensation levels going forward to ensure that they 
will continue to provide a useful and effective test for exemption. The 
Department last updated these regulations in 2004, which, among other 
items, set the standard salary level at not less than $455 per week.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   07/06/15  80 FR 38516
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/04/15
Final Rule..........................   05/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mary Ziegler, Assistant Administrator, Office of 
Policy, Wage and Hour (WHD), Department of Labor, Wage and Hour 
Division, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S-3502, FP Building, 
Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-0406, Fax: 202 693-1387.
    RIN: 1235-AA11

183. Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Contractors, Executive Order 
13706

    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined
    Abstract: Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for 
Federal Contractors (80 FR 54697) establishes paid sick leave for 
Federal contractors and subcontractors. The Executive order indicates 
that Executive Departments and agencies shall, to the extent permitted 
by law, ensure that new contracts, contract-like instruments, and 
solicitations as described in section 6 of the order, include a clause, 
which the contractor and any subcontractors shall incorporate into 
lower-tier subcontracts, specifying that all employees, in the 
performance of the contract or any subcontract thereunder, shall earn 
not less than one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. 
Consistent with the Executive order, the Department of Labor will issue 
implementing regulations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   02/25/16  81 FR 9592
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/28/16
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   03/14/16  81 FR 13306
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   04/12/16
Final Rule..........................   09/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Robert Waterman, Compliance Specialist, Department 
of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S-
3010, Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-0805, Email: 
waterman.robert@dol.gov.
    RIN: 1235-AA13

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

Proposed Rule Stage

184. Modernizing the Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM)

    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1152(a)(5)(A)
    Abstract: The PERM regulations govern the labor certification 
process for employers seeking to employ foreign workers permanently in 
the United States. The Department of Labor (Department) has not 
comprehensively examined and modified the permanent labor certification 
requirements and process since 2004. Over the last ten years, much has 
changed in our country's economy, affecting employers' demand for 
workers and the availability of a qualified domestic labor force. 
Advances in technology and information dissemination have dramatically 
altered common industry recruitment practices, and the Department has 
received ongoing feedback that the existing regulatory requirements 
governing the PERM process frequently do not align with worker or 
industry needs and practices. Therefore, the Department is engaging

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in rulemaking that will consider options to modernize the PERM program 
to be more responsive to changes in the national workforce, to further 
align the program design with the objectives of the U.S. immigration 
system and needs of workers and employers, and to enhance the integrity 
of the labor certification process.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   05/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William W. Thompson II, Acting Administrator, 
Office of Foreign Labor Certification, Department of Labor, Employment 
and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, 
Room C-4312, Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-3010.
    RIN: 1205-AB75

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

Final Rule Stage

185. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

    Legal Authority: Sec. 503(f) of the Workforce Innovation and 
Opportunity Act (Pub. L. 113-128)
    Abstract: On July 22, 2014, the President signed the Workforce 
Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128). WIOA repeals 
the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and amends the Wagner-Peyser 
Act. (29 U.S.C. 2801 et seq.) The Department of Labor issued a Notice 
of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on April 16, 2015, that proposed to 
implement the changes WIOA makes to the public workforce system in 
regulations. Through the NPRM, the Department proposed ways to carry 
out the purposes of WIOA to provide workforce investment activities, 
through State and local workforce development systems, that increase 
employment, retention, and earnings of participants, meet the skill 
requirements of employers, and enhance the productivity and 
competitiveness of the Nation. The Department has analyzed the comments 
received and is developing a final rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   04/16/15  80 FR 20690
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/15/15
Final Rule..........................   06/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary for Employment and 
Training, Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 
202 639-2700.
    RIN: 1205-AB73

186. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; Joint Rule With U.S. 
Department of Education for Combined and Unified State Plans, 
Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions

    Legal Authority: Sec. 503(f) of the Workforce Innovation and 
Opportunity Act (Pub. L. 113-128)
    Abstract: On July 22, 2014, the President signed the Workforce 
Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128) which repeals 
the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). (29 U.S.C. 2801 et seq.) As 
directed by WIOA, the Departments of Education and Labor issued a 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on April 16, 2015, to implement 
the changes in regulations that WIOA makes to the public workforce 
system regarding Combined and Unified State Plans, performance 
accountability for WIOA title I, title II, title III, and title IV 
programs, and the one-stop delivery system.
    All of the other regulations implementing WIOA were published by 
the Departments of Labor and Education in separate NPRMs. The 
Departments have analyzed the comments received and are developing a 
final rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/16/15  80 FR 20574
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/15/15
Final Rule..........................   06/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary for Employment and 
Training, Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 
202 639-2700.
    RIN: 1205-AB74

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)

Completed Actions

187. Conflict of Interest Rule--Investment Advice

    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 1002; ERISA sec 3(21); 29 U.S.C. 1135; 
ERISA sec 505
    Abstract: This rulemaking would reduce harmful conflicts of 
interest by amending the regulatory definition of the term 
``fiduciary'' set forth at 29 CFR 2510.3-21(c) to more broadly define 
as fiduciaries those persons who render investment advice to plans and 
IRAs for a fee within the meaning of section 3(21) of the Employee 
Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and section 4975(e)(3) of the 
Internal Revenue Code. The amendment would take into account current 
practices of investment advisers, and the expectations of plan 
officials and participants, and IRA owners who receive investment 
advice, as well as changes that have occurred in the investment 
marketplace, and in the ways advisers are compensated that frequently 
subject advisers to harmful conflicts of interest.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/22/10  75 FR 65263
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/20/11  .......................
Second NPRM.........................   04/20/15  80 FR 21928
Second NPRM Comment Period End......   07/06/15  .......................
Notice of Public Hearing and           06/18/15  80 FR 34869
 Extension of Comment Period.
Extension of Comment Period End.....   07/21/15  .......................
Final Action........................   04/08/16  81 FR 20945
Final Rule Effective................   06/07/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jeffrey J. Turner, Deputy Director, Office of 
Regulations and Interpretations, Department of Labor, Employee Benefits 
Security Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room 
N-5655, Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-8500.
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Prerule Stage

188. Bloodborne Pathogens (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 533; 5 U.S.C. 610; 29 U.S.C. 655(b)
    Abstract: OSHA will undertake a review of the Bloodborne Pathogen 
Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) in accordance with the requirements of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act and section 5 of Executive Order 12866. The 
review will consider the continued need for the rule; whether the rule 
overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other Federal, State or local 
regulations; and the degree to which technology, economic conditions, 
or other factors may have changed since the rule was evaluated.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Begin Review........................   10/22/09  .......................
Request for Comments Published......   05/14/10  75 FR 27237
Comment Period End..................   08/12/10  .......................
End Review and Issue Findings.......   10/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Amanda Edens, Director, Directorate of Technical 
Support and Emergency Management, Department of Labor, Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP 
Building, Room N-3653, Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-2300, Fax: 
202 693-1644, Email: edens.mandy@dol.gov.
    RIN: 1218-AC34

189. Combustible Dust

    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 655(b); 29 U.S.C. 657
    Abstract: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has 
initiated rulemaking to develop a combustible dust standard for general 
industry. OSHA will use information gathered, including from an 
upcoming SBREFA panel, to develop a comprehensive standard that 
addresses combustible dust hazards.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   10/21/09  74 FR 54333
Stakeholder Meetings................   12/14/09  .......................
ANPRM Comment Period End............   01/19/10  .......................
Stakeholders Meetings...............   03/09/10  75 FR 10739
Initiate SBREFA.....................   10/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Perry, Director, Directorate of Standards 
and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3718, 
Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Fax: 202 693-1678, Email: 
perry.bill@dol.gov
    RIN: 1218-AC41

190. Preventing Backover Injuries And Fatalities

    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 655(b)
    Abstract: Backing vehicles and equipment are common causes of 
struck-by injuries and can also cause caught-between injuries when 
backing vehicles and equipment pin a worker against an object. Struck-
by injuries and caught-between injuries are two of the four leading 
causes of workplace fatalities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 
that in 2013, 67 workers were fatally backed over while working. While 
many backing incidents can prove to be fatal, workers can suffer 
severe, non-fatal injuries as well. A review of OSHA's Integrated 
Management Information System (IMIS) database found that backing 
incidents can result in serious injury to the back and pelvis, 
fractured bones, concussions, amputations, and other injuries. Emerging 
technologies in the field of backing operations may prevent incidents. 
The technologies include cameras and proximity detection systems. The 
use of spotters and internal traffic control plans can also make 
backing operations safer. The Agency has held stakeholder meetings on 
backovers, and is conducting site visits to employers, and is 
developing a standard to address these hazards.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Request for Information (RFI).......   03/29/12  77 FR 18973
RFI Comment Period End..............   07/27/12  .......................
Initiate SBREFA.....................   12/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dean Mckenzie, Acting Director, Directorate of 
Construction, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, Room N-3468, FP Building, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-2020, Fax: 202 693-1689, Email: 
mckenzie.dean@dol.gov.
    RIN: 1218-AC51

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Proposed Rule Stage

191. Occupational Exposure to Beryllium

    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 655(b); 29 U.S.C. 657
    Abstract: In 1999 and 2001, OSHA was petitioned to issue an 
emergency temporary standard for permissible exposure limit (PEL) to 
beryllium by the United Steel Workers (formerly the Paper Allied-
Industrial, Chemical, and Energy Workers Union), Public Citizen Health 
Research Group, and others. The Agency denied the petitions but stated 
its intent to begin data gathering to collect needed information on 
beryllium's toxicity, risks, and patterns of usage. On November 26, 
2002, OSHA published a Request for Information (RFI) (67 FR 70707) to 
solicit information pertinent to occupational exposure to beryllium, 
including: current exposures to beryllium; the relationship between 
exposure to beryllium and the development of adverse health effects; 
exposure assessment and monitoring methods; exposure control methods; 
and medical surveillance. In addition, the Agency conducted field 
surveys of selected worksites to assess current exposures and control 
methods being used to reduce employee exposures to beryllium. OSHA 
convened a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel under the Small 
Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) and completed the 
SBREFA Report in January 2008. OSHA also completed a scientific peer 
review of its draft risk assessment.
    Timetable:

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Request for Information (RFI).......   11/26/02  67 FR 70707
RFI Comment Period End..............   02/24/03  .......................
SBREFA Report Completed.............   01/23/08  .......................
Initiated Peer Review of Health        03/22/10  .......................
 Effects and Risk Assessment.
Complete Peer Review................   11/19/10  .......................

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NPRM................................   08/07/15  80 FR 47565
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/05/15  .......................
Notice of Public Hearing; Date 02/29/  12/30/15  80 FR 81475
 2016.
Notice of Public Hearing; Date         02/16/16  81 FR 7717
 Change 03/21/2016.
Analyze Comments....................   06/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Perry, Director, Directorate of Standards 
and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3718, 
Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Fax: 202 693-1678, Email: 
perry.bill@dol.gov.
    RIN: 1218-AB76

192. Infectious Diseases

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 533; 29 U.S.C. 657 and 658; 29 U.S.C. 
660; 29 U.S.C. 666; 29 U.S.C. 669; 29 U.S.C. 673
    Abstract: Employees in health care and other high-risk environments 
face long-standing infectious disease hazards such as tuberculosis 
(TB), varicella disease (chickenpox, shingles), and measles (rubeola), 
as well as new and emerging infectious disease threats, such as Severe 
Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and pandemic influenza. Health care 
workers and workers in related occupations, or who are exposed in other 
high-risk environments, are at increased risk of contracting TB, SARS, 
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and other 
infectious diseases that can be transmitted through a variety of 
exposure routes. OSHA is concerned about the ability of employees to 
continue to provide health care and other critical services without 
unreasonably jeopardizing their health. OSHA is developing a standard 
to ensure that employers establish a comprehensive infection control 
program and control measures to protect employees from infectious 
disease exposures to pathogens that can cause significant disease. 
Workplaces where such control measures might be necessary include: 
Health care, emergency response, correctional facilities, homeless 
shelters, drug treatment programs, and other occupational settings 
where employees can be at increased risk of exposure to potentially 
infectious people. A standard could also apply to laboratories, which 
handle materials that may be a source of pathogens, and to 
pathologists, coroners' offices, medical examiners, and mortuaries.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Request for Information (RFI).......   05/06/10  75 FR 24835
RFI Comment Period End..............   08/04/10  .......................
Analyze Comments....................   12/30/10  .......................
Stakeholder Meetings................   07/05/11  76 FR 39041
Initiate SBREFA.....................   06/04/14  .......................
Complete SBREFA.....................   12/22/14  .......................
NPRM................................   03/00/17  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Perry, Director, Directorate of Standards 
and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3718, 
Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Fax: 202 693-1678, Email: 
perry.bill@dol.gov.
    RIN: 1218-AC46

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Long-Term Actions

193. Injury and Illness Prevention Program

    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 653; 29 U.S.C. 655(b); 29 U.S.C. 657
    Abstract: OSHA is developing a rule requiring employers to 
implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program. It involves 
planning, implementing, evaluating, and improving processes and 
activities that protect employee safety and health. OSHA has 
substantial data on reductions in injuries and illnesses from employers 
who have implemented similar effective processes. The Agency currently 
has voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines (54 FR 
3904 to 3916), published in 1989. An injury and illness prevention 
program rule would build on these guidelines as well as lessons learned 
from successful approaches and best practices under OSHA's Voluntary 
Protection Program, Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, 
and similar industry and international initiatives such as American 
National Standards Institute/American Industrial Hygiene Association 
Z10, and Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series 18001.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Stakeholder Meetings......   05/04/10  75 FR 23637
Notice of Additional Stakeholder       06/22/10  75 FR 35360
 Meetings.
                                     -----------------------------------
SBREFA..............................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Perry, Director, Directorate of Standards 
and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3718, 
Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Fax: 202 693-1678, Email: 
perry.bill@dol.gov.
    RIN: 1218-AC48

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Completed Actions

194. Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica

    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 655(b); 29 U.S.C. 657
    Abstract: Crystalline silica is a significant component of the 
earth's crust, and many workers in a wide range of industries are 
exposed to it, usually in the form of respirable quartz or, less 
frequently, cristobalite. Chronic silicosis is a uniquely occupational 
disease resulting from exposure of employees over long periods of time 
(10 years or more). Exposure to high levels of respirable crystalline 
silica causes acute or accelerated forms of silicosis that are 
ultimately fatal. The current OSHA permissible exposure limit (PEL) for 
general industry is based on a formula proposed by the American 
Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) in 1968 (PEL = 
10mg/cubic meter/(% silica + 2), as respirable dust). The current PEL 
for construction and shipyards (derived from ACGIH's 1970 Threshold 
Limit Value) is based on particle counting technology, which is 
considered obsolete. NIOSH and ACGIH recommend 50 [mu]g/m\3\ and 25 
[mu]g/m\3\ exposure limits, respectively, for respirable crystalline 
silica.
    Both industry and worker groups have recognized that a 
comprehensive standard for crystalline silica is needed to provide for 
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medical surveillance, and worker training. ASTM International has 
published recommended standards for addressing the hazards of 
crystalline silica. The Building Construction Trades Department of the 
AFL-CIO has also developed a recommended comprehensive program 
standard. These standards include provisions for methods of compliance, 
exposure monitoring, training, and medical surveillance.
    The NPRM was published on September 12, 2013 (78 FR 56274). OSHA 
received over 1,700 comments from the public on the proposed rule, and 
over 200 stakeholders provided testimony during public hearings on the 
proposal. The agency is now reviewing and considering the evidence in 
the rulemaking record.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Completed SBREFA Report.............   12/19/03  .......................
Initiated Peer Review of Health        05/22/09  .......................
 Effects and Risk Assessment.
Completed Peer Review...............   01/24/10  .......................
NPRM................................   09/12/13  78 FR 56274
NPRM Comment Period Extended; Notice   10/31/13  78 FR 65242
 of Intention to Appear at Pub
 Hearing; Scheduling Pub Hearing.
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   01/29/14  79 FR 4641
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   02/11/14  .......................
Informal Public Hearing.............   03/18/14  .......................
Post Hearing Briefs Ends............   08/18/14  .......................
Final Rule..........................   03/25/16  81 FR 16285
Final Rule Effective................   06/23/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Perry, Director, Directorate of Standards 
and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3718, 
Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Fax: 202 693-1678, Email: 
perry.bill@dol.gov.
    RIN: 1218-AB70

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Office of the Secretary

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33 CFR Chs. I and IV

46 CFR Chs. I-III

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49 CFR Subtitle A, Chs. I-VI, and Chs. X-XII

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Department Regulatory Agenda; Semiannual Summary

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DOT.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Regulatory Agenda is a semiannual summary of all current 
and projected rulemakings, reviews of existing regulations, and 
completed actions of the Department. The intent of the Agenda is to 
provide the public with information about the Department of 
Transportation's regulatory activity planned for the next 12 months. It 
is expected that this information will enable the public to more 
effectively participate in the Department's regulatory process. The 
public is also invited to submit comments on any aspect of this Agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 

General

    You should direct all comments and inquiries on the Agenda in 
general to Jonathan Moss, Assistant General Counsel for Regulation, 
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, 
DC 20590; (202) 366-4723.

Specific

    You should direct all comments and inquiries on particular items in 
the Agenda to the individual listed for the regulation or the general 
rulemaking contact person for the operating administration in appendix 
B.

Table of Contents

Supplementary Information
    Background
    Significant/Priority Rulemakings
    Explanation of Information on the Agenda
    Request for Comments
    Purpose
Appendix A--Instructions for Obtaining Copies of Regulatory 
Documents
Appendix B--General Rulemaking Contact Persons
Appendix C--Public Rulemaking Dockets
Appendix D--Review Plans for Section 610 and Other Requirements

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Improvement of our regulations is a prime goal of the Department of 
Transportation (Department or DOT). Our regulations should be clear, 
simple, timely, fair, reasonable, and necessary. They should not be 
issued without appropriate involvement of the public; once issued, they 
should be periodically reviewed and revised, as needed, to ensure that 
they continue to meet the needs for which they originally were 
designed. To view additional information about the Department's 
regulatory activities online, go to http://www.dot.gov/regulations. 
Among other things, this Web site provides a report updated monthly on 
the status of the DOT significant rulemakings listed in the semiannual 
regulatory agenda.
    To help the Department achieve its goals and in accordance with 
Executive Order (E.O.) 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' (58 
FR 51735; Oct. 4, 1993) and the Department's Regulatory Policies and 
Procedures (44 FR 11034; Feb. 26, 1979), the Department prepares a 
semiannual regulatory agenda. It summarizes all current and projected 
rulemakings, reviews of existing regulations, and completed actions of 
the Department. These are matters on which action has begun or is 
projected during the next 12 months or for which action has been 
completed since the last Agenda.
    The Agendas are based on reports submitted by the offices 
initiating the rulemaking and are reviewed by OST.
    The Internet is the basic means for disseminating the Unified 
Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda is available online at 
www.reginfo.gov in a format that offers users a greatly enhanced 
ability to obtain information from the Agenda database.
    Because publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the 
regulatory flexibility agendas required by the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (5 U.S.C. 602), DOT's printed Agenda entries include only:
    1. The agency's Agenda preamble;
    2. Rules that are in the agency's regulatory flexibility agenda, in 
accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because they are likely 
to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities; and
    3. Any rules that the agency has identified for periodic review 
under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain 
information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's Agenda 
requirements. These elements are: Sequence Number; Title; Section 610 
Review, if applicable; Legal Authority; Abstract; Timetable; Regulatory 
Flexibility Analysis Required; Agency Contact; and Regulation 
Identifier Number (RIN). Additional information (for detailed list, see 
section heading ``Explanation of Information on the Agenda'') on these 
entries is available in the Unified Agenda published on the Internet.

Significant Rulemakings

    The Agenda covers all rules and regulations of the Department. We 
have classified rules as significant in the Agenda if they are, 
essentially, very beneficial, controversial, or of substantial public 
interest under our Regulatory Policies and Procedures. All DOT 
significant rulemaking documents are subject to review by the Secretary 
of Transportation. If the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) decided 
a rule is subject to its review under Executive Order 12866, we have 
also classified it as significant in the Agenda.

Explanation of Information on the Agenda

    An Office of Management and Budget memorandum, dated February 19, 
2016, requires the format for this Agenda.
    First, the Agenda is divided by initiating offices. Then the Agenda 
is divided into five categories: (1) Prerule stage, (2) proposed rule 
stage, (3) final rule stage, (4) long-term actions, and (5) completed 
actions. For each entry, the Agenda provides the following information: 
(1) Its ``significance''; (2) a short, descriptive title; (3) its legal 
basis; (4) the related regulatory citation in the Code of Federal 
Regulations; (5) any legal deadline and, if so, for what action (e.g., 
NPRM, final rule); (6) an abstract; (7) a timetable, including the 
earliest expected date for when a rulemaking document may publish; (8) 
whether the rulemaking will affect small entities and/or levels of 
Government and, if so, which categories; (9) whether a Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (RFA) analysis is required (for rules that would have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities); 
(10) a listing of any analyses an office will prepare or has prepared 
for the action (with minor exceptions, DOT requires an economic 
analysis for all its rulemakings); (11) an agency contact office or 
official who can provide further information; (12) a Regulation 
Identifier Number (RIN) assigned to identify an individual rulemaking 
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Agenda and facilitate tracing further action on the issue; (13) whether 
the action is subject to the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act; (14) whether 
the action is subject to the Energy Act; and (15) whether the action is 
major under the congressional review provisions of the Small Business 
Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. If there is information that does 
not fit in the other categories, it will be included under a separate 
heading entitled ``Additional Information.'' One such example of this 
is the letters ``SB,'' ``IC,'' and ``SLT.'' These refer to information 
used as part of our required reports on Retrospective Review of DOT 
rulemakings. A ``Y'' or an ``N,'' for yes and no, respectively, follow 
the letters to indicate whether or not a particular rulemaking would 
have effects on: Small businesses (SB); information collections (IC); 
or State, local, or tribal (SLT) governments.
    For nonsignificant regulations issued routinely and frequently as a 
part of an established body of technical requirements (such as the 
Federal Aviation Administration's Airspace Rules), to keep those 
requirements operationally current, we only include the general 
category of the regulations, the identity of a contact office or 
official, and an indication of the expected number of regulations; we 
do not list individual regulations.
    In the ``Timetable'' column, we use abbreviations to indicate the 
particular documents being considered. ANPRM stands for Advance Notice 
of Proposed Rulemaking, SNPRM for Supplemental Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking, and NPRM for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Listing a 
future date in this column does not mean we have made a decision to 
issue a document; it is the earliest date on which a rulemaking 
document may publish. In addition, these dates are based on current 
schedules. Information received after the issuance of this Agenda could 
result in a decision not to take regulatory action or in changes to 
proposed publication dates. For example, the need for further 
evaluation could result in a later publication date; evidence of a 
greater need for the regulation could result in an earlier publication 
date.
    Finally, a dot () preceding an entry indicates that the 
entry appears in the Agenda for the first time.

Request for Comments

General

    Our agenda is intended primarily for the use of the public. Since 
its inception, we have made modifications and refinements that we 
believe provide the public with more helpful information, as well as 
making the Agenda easier to use. We would like you, the public, to make 
suggestions or comments on how the Agenda could be further improved.

Reviews

    We also seek your suggestions on which of our existing regulations 
you believe need to be reviewed to determine whether they should be 
revised or revoked. We particularly draw your attention to the 
Department's review plan in appendix D. In response to Executive Order 
13563 ``Retrospective Review and Analysis of Existing Rules,'' in 2011 
we prepared a retrospective review plan providing more detail on the 
process we use to conduct reviews of existing rules, including changes 
in response to Executive Order 13563. Any updates related to our 
retrospective plan and review results can be found at http://
www.dot.gov/regulations.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Department is especially interested in obtaining information on 
requirements that have a ``significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities'' and, therefore, must be reviewed under the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act. If you have any suggested regulations, 
please submit them to us, along with your explanation of why they 
should be reviewed.
    In accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, comments are 
specifically invited on regulations that we have targeted for review 
under section 610 of the Act. The phrase (sec. 610 Review) appears at 
the end of the title for these reviews. Please see appendix D for the 
Department's section 610 review plans.

Consultation With State, Local, and Tribal Governments

    Executive Orders 13132 and 13175 require us to develop an 
accountable process to ensure ``meaningful and timely input'' by State, 
local, and tribal officials in the development of regulatory policies 
that have federalism or tribal implications. These policies are defined 
in the Executive orders to include regulations that have ``substantial 
direct effects'' on States or Indian tribes, on the relationship 
between the Federal Government and them, or on the distribution of 
power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and various 
levels of Government or Indian tribes. Therefore, we encourage State 
and local Governments or Indian tribes to provide us with information 
about how the Department's rulemakings impact them.

Purpose

    The Department is publishing this regulatory Agenda in the Federal 
Register to share with interested members of the public the 
Department's preliminary expectations regarding its future regulatory 
actions. This should enable the public to be more aware of the 
Department's regulatory activity and should result in more effective 
public participation. This publication in the Federal Register does not 
impose any binding obligation on the Department or any of the offices 
within the Department with regard to any specific item on the Agenda. 
Regulatory action, in addition to the items listed, is not precluded.

    Dated: March 23, 2016.
 Anthony R. Foxx,
Secretary of Transportation.

Appendix A--Instructions for Obtaining Copies of Regulatory Documents

    To obtain a copy of a specific regulatory document in the Agenda, 
you should communicate directly with the contact person listed with the 
regulation at the address below. We note that most, if not all, such 
documents, including the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, are available 
through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. See appendix C for 
more information.
    (Name of contact person), (Name of the DOT agency), 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. (For the Federal Aviation 
Administration, substitute the following address: Office of Rulemaking, 
ARM-1, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591.)

Appendix B--General Rulemaking Contact Persons

    The following is a list of persons who can be contacted within the 
Department for general information concerning the rulemaking process 
within the various operating administrations.
    FAA--Lirio Liu, Director, Office of Rulemaking, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267-7833.
    FHWA--Jennifer Outhouse, Office of Chief Counsel, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-0761.
    FMCSA--Steven J. LaFreniere, Regulatory Ombudsman, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-0596.
    NHTSA--Steve Wood, Office of Chief Counsel, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-2992.
    FRA--Kathryn Gresham, Office of Chief Counsel, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue

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SE., Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 493-6063.
    FTA--Bonnie Graves, Office of Chief Counsel, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-0944.
    SLSDC--Carrie Mann Lavigne, Chief Counsel, 180 Andrews Street, 
Massena, NY 13662; telephone (315) 764-3200.
    PHMSA--Karin Christian, Office of Chief Counsel, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-4400.
    MARAD--Gabriel Chavez, Office of Chief Counsel, Maritime 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; 
telephone (202) 366-5157.
    OST--Jonathan Moss, Assistant General Counsel for Regulation, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-4723.

Appendix C--Public Rulemaking Dockets

    All comments via the Internet are submitted through the Federal 
Docket Management System (FDMS) at the following address: http://
www.regulations.gov. The FDMS allows the public to search, view, 
download, and comment on all Federal agency rulemaking documents in one 
central online system. The above referenced Internet address also 
allows the public to sign up to receive notification when certain 
documents are placed in the dockets.
    The public also may review regulatory dockets at or deliver 
comments on proposed rulemakings to the Dockets Office at 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590, 1-800-647-5527. 
Working Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Appendix D--Review Plans for Section 610 and Other Requirements

Part I--The Plan

General

    The Department of Transportation has long recognized the importance 
of regularly reviewing its existing regulations to determine whether 
they need to be revised or revoked. Our Regulatory Policies and 
Procedures require such reviews. We also have responsibilities under 
Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' and section 
610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act to conduct such reviews. This 
includes the use of plain language techniques in new rules and 
considering its use in existing rules when we have the opportunity and 
resources to permit its use. We are committed to continuing our reviews 
of existing rules and, if it is needed, will initiate rulemaking 
actions based on these reviews.
    In accordance with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation 
and Regulatory Review,'' issued by the President on January 18, 2011, 
the Department has added other elements to its review plan. The 
Department has decided to improve its plan by adding special oversight 
processes within the Department, encouraging effective and timely 
reviews, including providing additional guidance on particular problems 
that warrant review, and expanding opportunities for public 
participation. These new actions are in addition to the other steps 
described in this appendix.

Section 610 Review Plan

    Section 610 requires that we conduct reviews of rules that: (1) 
Have been published within the last 10 years, and (2) have a 
``significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities'' (SEIOSNOSE). It also requires that we publish in the Federal 
Register each year a list of any such rules that we will review during 
the next year. The Office of the Secretary and each of the Department's 
Operating Administrations have a 10-year review plan. These reviews 
comply with section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Changes to the Review Plan

    Some reviews may be conducted earlier than scheduled. For example, 
to the extent resources permit, the plain language reviews will be 
conducted more quickly. Other events, such as accidents, may result in 
the need to conduct earlier reviews of some rules. Other factors may 
also result in the need to make changes; for example, we may make 
changes in response to public comment on this plan or in response to a 
presidentially mandated review. If there is any change to the review 
plan, we will note the change in the following Agenda. For any section 
610 review, we will provide the required notice prior to the review.

Part II--The Review Process

The Analysis

    Generally, the agencies have divided their rules into 10 different 
groups and plan to analyze one group each year. For purposes of these 
reviews, a year will coincide with the fall-to-fall schedule for 
publication of the Agenda. Thus, Year 1 (2008) begins in the fall of 
2008 and ends in the fall of 2009; Year 2 (2009) begins in the fall of 
2009 and ends in the fall of 2010, and so on. We request public comment 
on the timing of the reviews. For example, is there a reason for 
scheduling an analysis and review for a particular rule earlier than we 
have? Any comments concerning the plan or particular analyses should be 
submitted to the regulatory contacts listed in appendix B, General 
Rulemaking Contact Persons.

Section 610 Review

    The agency will analyze each of the rules in a given year's group 
to determine whether any rule has a SEIOSNOSE and, thus, requires 
review in accordance with section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act. The level of analysis will, of course, depend on the nature of the 
rule and its applicability. Publication of agencies' section 610 
analyses listed each fall in this Agenda provides the public with 
notice and an opportunity to comment consistent with the requirements 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We request that public comments be 
submitted to us early in the analysis year concerning the small entity 
impact of the rules to help us in making our determinations.
    In each fall Agenda, the agency will publish the results of the 
analyses it has completed during the previous year. For rules that had 
a negative finding on SEIOSNOSE, we will give a short explanation 
(e.g., ``these rules only establish petition processes that have no 
cost impact'' or ``these rules do not apply to any small entities''). 
For parts, subparts, or other discrete sections of rules that do have a 
SEIOSNOSE, we will announce that we will be conducting a formal section 
610 review during the following 12 months. At this stage, we will add 
an entry to the Agenda in the prerulemaking section describing the 
review in more detail. We also will seek public comment on how best to 
lessen the impact of these rules and provide a name or docket to which 
public comments can be submitted. In some cases, the section 610 review 
may be part of another unrelated review of the rule. In such a case, we 
plan to clearly indicate which parts of the review are being conducted 
under section 610.

Other Reviews

    The agency will also examine the specified rules to determine 
whether any other reasons exist for revising or revoking the rule or 
for rewriting the rule in plain language. In each fall Agenda, the 
agency will also publish information on the results of the examinations 
completed during the previous year.

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Part III--List of Pending Section 610 Reviews

    The Agenda identifies the pending DOT section 610 Reviews by 
inserting ``(Section 610 Review)'' after the title for the specific 
entry. For further information on the pending reviews, see the Agenda 
entries at www.reginfo.gov. For example, to obtain a list of all 
entries that are in section 610 Reviews under the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act, a user would select the desired responses on the 
search screen (by selecting ``advanced search'') and, in effect, 
generate the desired ``index'' of reviews.

Office of the Secretary

Section 610 and Other Reviews

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  49 CFR parts 91             2008            2009
                         through 99 and
                         14 CFR parts
                         200 through 212.
2.....................  48 CFR parts                2009            2010
                         1201 through
                         1253 and new
                         parts and
                         subparts.
3.....................  14 CFR parts 213            2010            2011
                         through 232.
4.....................  14 CFR parts 234            2011            2012
                         through 254.
5.....................  14 CFR parts 255            2012            2013
                         through 298 and
                         49 CFR part 40.
6.....................  14 CFR parts 300            2013            2014
                         through 373.
7.....................  14 CFR parts 374            2014            2015
                         through 398.
8.....................  14 CFR part 399             2015            2016
                         and 49 CFR
                         parts 1 through
                         11.
9.....................  49 CFR parts 17             2016            2017
                         through 28.
10....................  49 CFR parts 29             2017            2018
                         through 39 and
                         parts 41
                         through 89.
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Year 8 (2015) List of Rules That Will Be Analyzed During the Next Year

14 CFR part 399--Fees and Charges for Special Services
49 CFR part 1--Organization and Delegation of Power and Duties
49 CFR part 3--Official Seal
49 CFR part 5--Rulemaking Procedures
49 CFR part 6--Implementation of Equal Access to Justice Act in Agency 
Proceedings
49 CFR part 7--Public Availability of Information
49 CFR part 8--Classified Information: Classification/Declassification/
Access
49 CFR part 9--Testimony of Employees of the Department and Production 
of Records in Legal Proceedings
49 CFR part 10--Maintenance of and Access to Records Pertaining to 
Individuals
49 CFR part 11--Protection of Human Subjects

Year 7 (2014) List of Rules With Ongoing Analysis

14 CFR part 374--Implementation of the Consumer Credit Protection Act 
with Respect to Air Carriers and Foreign Air Carriers
14 CFR part 374a--Extension of Credit by Airlines to Federal Political 
Candidates
14 CFR part 375--Navigation of Foreign Civil Aircraft within the United 
States
14 CFR part 377--Continuance of Expired Authorizations by Operation of 
Law Pending Final Determination of Applications for Renewal Thereof
14 CFR part 380--Public Charters
14 CFR part 381--Special Event Tours
14 CFR part 382--Nondiscrimination on The Basis of Disability in Air 
Travel
14 CFR part 383--Civil Penalties
14 CFR part 385--Staff Assignments and Review of Action under 
Assignments
14 CFR part 389--Fees and Charges for Special Services
14 CFR part 398--Guidelines for Individual Determinations of Basic 
Essential Air Service

Year 6 (2013) List of Rules With Ongoing Analysis

14 CFR part 300--Rules of Conduct in DOT Proceedings Under This Chapter
14 CFR part 302--Rules of Practice in Proceedings
14 CFR part 303--Review of Air Carrier Agreements
14 CFR part 305--Rules of Practice in Informal Nonpublic Investigations
14 CFR part 313--Implementation of the Energy Policy and Conservation 
Act
14 CFR part 323--Terminations, Suspensions, and Reductions of Service
14 CFR part 325--Essential Air Service Procedures
14 CFR part 330--Procedures for Compensation of Air Carriers
14 CFR part 372--Overseas Military Personnel Charters

Year 5 (Fall 2012) List of Rules With Ongoing Analysis

14 CFR part 255--Airline Computer Reservations Systems
14 CFR part 256--[Reserved]
14 CFR part 271--Guidelines for Subsidizing Air Carriers Providing 
Essential Air Transportation
14 CFR part 272--Essential Air Service to the Freely Associated States
14 CFR part 291--Cargo Operations in Interstate Air Transportation
14 CFR part 292--International Cargo Transportation
14 CFR part 293--International Passenger Transportation
14 CFR part 294--Canadian Charter Air Taxi Operators
14 CFR part 296--Indirect Air Transportation of Property
14 CFR part 297--Foreign Air Freight Forwarders and Foreign Cooperative 
Shippers Associations
14 CFR part 298--Exemptions for Air Taxi and Commuter Air Carrier 
Operations

Year 4 (Fall 2011) List of Rules With Ongoing Analysis

14 CFR part 240--Inspection of Accounts and Property
14 CFR part 241--Uniform System of Accounts and Reports for Large 
Certificated Air Carriers
14 CFR part 243--Passenger Manifest Information
14 CFR part 247--Direct Airport-to-Airport Mileage Records
14 CFR part 248--Submission of Audit Reports
14 CFR part 249--Preservation of Air Carrier Records

Year 3 (Fall 2010) List of Rules With Ongoing Analysis

14 CFR part 213--Terms, Conditions, and Limitations of Foreign Air 
Carrier Permits
14 CFR part 214--Terms, Conditions, and Limitations of Foreign Air 
Carrier Permits Authorizing Charter Transportation Only
14 CFR part 215--Use and Change of Names of Air Carriers, Foreign Air 
Carriers, and Commuter Air Carriers
14 CFR part 216--Commingling of Blind Sector Traffic by Foreign Air 
Carriers
14 CFR part 217--Reporting Traffic Statistics by Foreign Air Carriers 
in Civilian Scheduled, Charter, and Nonscheduled Services

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14 CFR part 218--Lease by Foreign Air Carrier or Other Foreign Person 
of Aircraft With Crew
14 CFR part 221--Tariffs
14 CFR part 222--Intermodal Cargo Services by Foreign Air Carriers
14 CFR part 223--Free and Reduced-Rate Transportation
14 CFR part 232--Transportation of Mail, Review of Orders of Postmaster 
General
14 CFR part 234--Airline Service Quality Performance Reports

Year 1 (Fall 2008) List of Rules With Ongoing Analysis

49 CFR part 91--International Air Transportation Fair Competitive 
Practices
49 CFR part 92--Recovering Debts to the United States by Salary Offset
49 CFR part 98--Enforcement of Restrictions on Post-Employment 
Activities
49 CFR part 99--Employee Responsibilities and Conduct
14 CFR part 200--Definitions and Instructions
14 CFR part 201--Air Carrier Authority Under Subtitle VII of Title 49 
of the United States Code [Amended]
14 CFR part 203--Waiver of Warsaw Convention Liability Limits and 
Defenses
14 CFR part 204--Data to Support Fitness Determinations
14 CFR part 205--Aircraft Accident Liability Insurance
14 CFR part 206--Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity: 
Special Authorizations and Exemptions
14 CFR part 207--Charter Trips by U.S. Scheduled Air Carriers
14 CFR part 208--Charter Trips by U.S. Charter Air Carriers
14 CFR part 211--Applications for Permits to Foreign Air Carriers
14 CFR part 212--Charter Rules for U.S. and Foreign Direct Air Carriers

Federal Aviation Administration

Section 610 Review Plan
    The FAA has elected to use the two-step, two-year process used by 
most DOT modes in past plans. As such, the FAA has divided its rules 
into 10 groups as displayed in the table below. During the first year 
(the ``analysis year''), all rules published during the previous 10 
years within a 10% block of the regulations will be analyzed to 
identify those with a SEIOSNOSE. During the second year (the ``review 
year''), each rule identified in the analysis year as having a SEIONOSE 
will be reviewed in accordance with Section 610(b) to determine if it 
should be continued without change or changed to minimize impact on 
small entities. Results of those reviews will be published in the DOT 
Semiannual Regulatory Agenda.

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                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  14 CFR parts 119            2008            2009
                         through 129 and
                         parts 150
                         through 156.
2.....................  14 CFR parts 133            2009            2010
                         through 139 and
                         parts 157
                         through 169.
3.....................  14 CFR parts 141            2010            2011
                         through 147 and
                         parts 170
                         through 187.
4.....................  14 CFR parts 189            2011            2012
                         through 198 and
                         parts 1 through
                         16.
5.....................  14 CFR parts 17             2012            2013
                         through 33.
6.....................  14 CFR parts 34             2013            2014
                         through 39 and
                         parts 400
                         through 405.
7.....................  14 CFR parts 43             2014            2015
                         through 49 and
                         parts 406
                         through 415.
8.....................  14 CFR parts 60             2015            2016
                         through 77.
9.....................  14 CFR parts 91             2016            2017
                         through 105.
10....................  14 CFR parts 417            2017            2018
                         through 460.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 9 (2016) List of Rules To Be Analyzed During the Next Year

14 CFR part 91--General Operating and Flight Rules
14 CFR part 93--Special Air Traffic Rules
14 CFR part 95--IFR Altitudes
14 CFR part 97--Standard Instrument Procedures
14 CFR part 99--Security Control of Air Traffic
14 CFR part 101--Moored Balloons, Kites, Amateur Rockets and Unmanned 
Free Balloons
14 CFR part 103--Ultralight Vehicles
14 CFR part 105--Parachute Operations

Year 8 (2015) List of Rules Analyzed and Summary of Results

14 CFR part 60--Flight Simulation Training Device Initial and 
Continuing Qualification and Use
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FAA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
14 CFR part 61--Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground 
Instructors
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FAA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
14 CFR part 63--Certification: Flight Crewmembers Other than Pilots
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FAA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
14 CFR part 65--Certification: Airmen Other than Flight Crewmembers
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FAA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
14 CFR part 67--Medical Standards and Certification
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FAA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
14 CFR part 71--Designation of Class A, B, C, D, and E Airspace Areas; 
Air Traffic Service Routes; and Reporting Points
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FAA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial

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revision.
14 CFR part 73--Special Use Airspace
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FAA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
14 CFR part 77--Safe, Efficient Use, and Preservation of the Navigable 
Airspace
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FAA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.

Federal Highway Administration

Section 610 and Other Reviews

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  None............            2008            2009
2.....................  23 CFR parts 1              2009            2010
                         to 260.
3.....................  23 CFR parts 420            2010            2011
                         to 470.
4.....................  23 CFR part 500.            2011            2012
5.....................  23 CFR parts 620            2012            2013
                         to 637.
6.....................  23 CFR parts 645            2013            2014
                         to 669.
7.....................  23 CFR parts 710            2014            2015
                         to 924.
8.....................  23 CFR parts 940            2015            2016
                         to 973.
9.....................  23 CFR parts                2016            2017
                         1200 to 1252.
10....................  New parts and               2017            2018
                         subparts.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Federal-Aid Highway Program

    The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has adopted regulations 
in title 23 of the CFR, chapter I, related to the Federal-Aid Highway 
Program. These regulations implement and carry out the provisions of 
Federal law relating to the administration of Federal aid for highways. 
The primary law authorizing Federal aid for highway is chapter I of 
title 23 of the U.S.C. 145 of title 23, expressly provides for a 
federally assisted State program. For this reason, the regulations 
adopted by the FHWA in title 23 of the CFR primarily relate to the 
requirements that States must meet to receive Federal funds for the 
construction and other work related to highways. Because the 
regulations in title 23 primarily relate to States, which are not 
defined as small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the 
FHWA believes that its regulations in title 23 do not have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. 
The FHWA solicits public comment on this preliminary conclusion.

Year 7 (Fall 2014) List of Rules Analyzed and a Summary of Results

23 CFR part 710--Right-of-way and real estate
     Section 610: No SEIOSNOSE. No small entities are affected
     General: An updated rule was promulgated implementing 
section 1302 of MAP-21 by adding the new authorities for early 
acquisition of property to part 710, clarifying the Federal-aid 
eligibility of a broad range of real property interests that constitute 
less than full fee ownership, streamlining program requirements, 
clarifying the Federal-State partnership, and carrying out a 
comprehensive update of part 710.
23 CFR part 750--Highway beautification
     Section 610: No SEIOSNOSE. No small entities are affected
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
23 FR part 751--Junkyard control and acquisition
     Section 610: No SEIOSNOSE. No small entities are affected
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
23 CFR part 752--Landscape and roadside development
     Section 610: No SEIOSNOSE. No small entities are affected
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
23 CFR part 771--Environmental impact and related procedures
     Section 610: No SEIOSNOSE. No small entities are affected
     General: An updated rule was promulgated to conform with 
MAP-21, and proposes additional substantive and nonsubstantive changes 
to streamline or clarify this part.
23 CFR part 772--Procedures for abatement of highway traffic noise and 
construction noise
     Section 610: No SEIOSNOSE. No small entities are affected
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
23 CFR part 773--Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program 
application requirements and termination
     Section 610: No SEIOSNOSE. No small entities are affected
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
23 CFR part 774--Parks, recreation areas, wildlife and waterfowl 
refuges, and historic sites (Section 4(f))
     Section 610: No SEIOSNOSE. No small entities are affected
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
23 CFR part 777--Mitigation of impacts to wetlands and natural habitat
     Section 610: No SEIOSNOSE. No small entities are affected
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
23 CFR part 810--Mass transit and special use highway projects
     Section 610: No SEIOSNOSE. No

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small entities are affected
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
23 CFR part 924--Highway safety improvement program
     Section 610: No SEIOSNOSE. No small entities are affected
     General: An updated rule was promulgated to incorporate 
amendments made to the program by section 1112 of MAP-21 and to 
incorporate necessary changes to align with the safety performance 
management rulemaking.

Year 8 (Fall 2015) List of Rules That Will Be Analyzed During the Next 
Year

23 CFR part 940--Intelligent transportation system architecture and 
standards
23 CFR part 950--Electronic toll collection
23 CFR part 970--National Park Service Management Systems
23 CFR part 971--Forest Service management systems
23 CFR part 972--Fish and Wildlife Service management systems
23 CFR part 973--Management systems pertaining to the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs and the Indian Reservation Roads Program

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Section 610 and Other Reviews

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  49 CFR part 372,            2008            2009
                         subpart A.
2.....................  49 CFR part 386.            2009            2010
3.....................  49 CFR parts 325            2010            2011
                         and 390
                         (General).
4.....................  49 CFR parts 390            2011            2012
                         (Small
                         Passenger-
                         Carrying
                         Vehicles), 391
                         to 393 and 396
                         to 399.
5.....................  49 CFR part 387.            2012            2013
6.....................  49 CFR parts                2013            2014
                         360, 365, 366,
                         368, 374, 377,
                         and 378.
7.....................  49 CFR parts                2014            2015
                         356, 367, 369,
                         370, 371, 372
                         (subparts B and
                         C).
8.....................  49 CFR parts                2015            2016
                         373, 376, and
                         379.
9.....................  49 CFR part 375.            2016            2017
10....................  49 CFR part 395.            2017            2018
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 6 (Fall 2013) List of Rules Analyzed and a Summary of Results

49 CFR part 360--Fees for Motor Carrier Registration and Insurance
     Section 610: There is no SEISNOSE. This administrative 
rule allows FMCSA to collect one-time nominal registration and 
insurance fees for commercial motor carriers. The fees do not place any 
significant cost burden on small entities.
     General: FMCSA will integrate plain language techniques to 
the extent possible as it rewrites various rulemakings to address Safe, 
Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy 
for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and MAP-21 provisions that authorize the 
replacement of three current identification and registration systems 
with a single online Federal ``Unified Registration System (URS).'' The 
authority to set and collect fees is found in 31 U.S.C. 9701 and 49 
U.S.C. 13908.
49 CFR part 3659--Rules Governing Applications for Operating Authority
     Section 610: There is no SEISNOSE. This administrative 
rule describes the operating authority application process and does not 
require extensive time to complete. The rule also allows commercial 
motor vehicle (CMV) carriers to protest a rejected application for 
operating authority. Because no entity is obliged to file a protest; 
and the filing process requires minimal time to complete, we find that 
the rule does not impose any significant costs upon a significant 
number of small entities.
     General: FMCSA will integrate plain language techniques as 
it rewrites these rulemakings and will integrate this part into 49 CFR 
part 360 consistent with the Federal ``Unified Registration System.'' 
This part is still relevant as it provides carriers with the authority 
to operate.
49 CFR part 366--Designation of Process Agent
     Section 610: There is no SEISNOSE. These rules require 
motor carriers to designate court-related process agents for every 
State in which they operate to enable the claimant to adjudicate a 
claim in the jurisdiction where the claim arises. Many small motor 
carriers contract with organizations which provide a nationwide blanket 
authority at a reasonable cost.
     General: The process-agent designation is imposed by 
statute: 49 U.S.C. 13303 and 13304; consequently FMCSA has no 
discretion regarding costs associated with this rulemaking. FMCSA will 
integrate plain language techniques as it rewrites these rulemakings 
and will integrate this part into 49 CFR part 360 consistent with the 
Federal ``Unified Registration System.''
49 CFR part 368--Application for a Certificate of Registration to 
Operate in Municipalities in the United States on the United States-
Mexico International Border or Within the Commercial Zones of Such 
Municipalities
     Section 610: There is no SEISNOSE. The issuance of 
``Certificates of Registration'' to Mexican motor carriers of property 
desiring to operate in the United States commercial border zones 
applies only to Mexican carriers and therefore has no cost impact to 
U.S. small entities.
     General: This rule remains important since the North 
American Free Trade Agreement has not been fully implemented. The FMCSA 
will integrate plain language techniques as it rewrites these 
rulemakings and will integrate this part into 49 CFR part 360, 
consistent with SAFETEA-LU and the proposed Federal ``Unified 
Registration System.''
49 CFR part 374--Discrimination in Operations of Interstate Motor 
Common Carriers of Passengers
     Section 610: There is no SEISNOSE. This regulation is 
administrative in nature and was transferred to the Department of 
Transportation upon the enactment of the Interstate Commerce Commission 
Termination Act (ICCTA) of 1995. This rule prohibits certain forms of 
discrimination and smoking on interstate motor carriers of

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passengers, ticketing requirements, and excess baggage requirements 
regarding commercial travel on Interstate motor carriers of passengers. 
These rules promote standard business practices that a prudent person 
should undertake in the proper management of transportation operations 
consistent with existing laws to include the Americans with 
Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Civil Rights Amendment. There are no 
substantial additive costs borne by small entities as a result of this 
rule.
     General: These regulations are cost effective and impose 
minimal burden. FMCSA will rewrite the regulations using plain language 
techniques as resources permit.
49 CFR part 377--Payment of Transportation Charges
     Section 610: There is no SEISNOSE. The rules and 
regulations in this part apply to the transportation by motor vehicle 
of collect on delivery shipments by common carriers of property subject 
to 49 U.S.C. 13702, and extending credit to shippers. The rules do not 
constrain business decisions or impose costly fees upon small entities.
     General: These rules support 49 U.S.C. 13702, and require 
certain carriers to publish tariffs in support of non-contiguous 
domestic trade. FMCSA will rewrite its regulations using plain language 
techniques as resources permit.
49 CFR part 378--Procedures Governing the Processing, Investigation, 
and Disposition of Overcharge, Duplicate Payment, or Over-collection 
Claims
     Section 610: There is no SEISNOSE. These rules involve 
standard business practices that a prudent carrier should undertake in 
the proper management of claim disputes even in the absence of the 
rules. The benefits of the rule justify their costs, and impose only a 
minimal cost burden on small entities.
     General: These rules support 49 U.S.C. 13301, 14101, 
14704, 14705, and 13702(a), which regulate the management of claim 
disputes. FMCSA will rewrite the regulations using plain language 
techniques as resources permit.

Year 7 (Fall 2014) List of Rules With Ongoing Analysis

49 CFR part 356--Motor Carrier Routing Regulations
49 CFR part 367--Standards for Registration with States
49 CFR part 369--Reports of Motor Carriers
49 CFR part 370--Principles and Practices for the Investigation and 
Voluntary Disposition of Loss and Damage Claims and Processing Salvage
49 CFR part 371--Brokers of Property
49 CFR part 372 (subparts B and C)--Exemptions, Commercial Zones and 
Terminal Areas.

Year 8 (2015) List of Rules That Will Be Analyzed During the Next Year

49 CFR part 373 part 373--Receipts and Bills
49 CFR part 376--Lease and Interchange of Vehicles
49 CFR part 379--Preservation of Records

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Section 610 and Other Reviews

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  49 CFR parts                2008            2009
                         571.223 through
                         571.500, and
                         parts 575 and
                         579.
2.....................  23 CFR parts                2009            2010
                         1200 through
                         1300.
3.....................  49 CFR parts 501            2010            2011
                         through 526 and
                         571.213.
4.....................  49 CFR parts                2011            2012
                         571.131,
                         571.217,
                         571.220,
                         571.221, and
                         571.222.
5.....................  49 CFR parts                2012            2013
                         571.101 through
                         571.110, and
                         571.135,
                         571.138, and
                         571.139.
6.....................  49 CFR parts 529            2013            2014
                         through 578,
                         except parts
                         571 and 575.
7.....................  49 CFR parts                2014            2015
                         571.111 through
                         571.129 and
                         parts 580
                         through 588.
8.....................  49 CFR parts                2015            2016
                         571.201 through
                         571.212.
9.....................  49 CFR parts                2016            2017
                         571.214 through
                         571.219, except
                         571.217.
10....................  49 CFR parts 591            2017            2018
                         through 595 and
                         new parts and
                         subparts.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 7 (Fall 2014) List of Rules Analyzed and a Summary of the Results

49 CFR part 571.111--Rear Visibility
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 571.113--Hood Latch System
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 571.114--Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 571.116--Motor Vehicle Brake Fluids
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 571.117--Retreaded Pneumatic Tires
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 571.118--Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel 
Systems
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 571.119--New Pneumatic Tires For Motor Vehicles with a GVWR 
of More Than 4,536 Kilograms (10,000 Pounds) and Motorcycles

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     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 571.120--Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation 
Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information For Motor Vehicles 
With a GVWR of More Than 4,536 Kilograms (10,000 Pounds)
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 571.121--Air Brake Systems
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 571.122--Motorcycle Brake Systems
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 571.122a--Motorcycle Brake Systems
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 571.123--Motorcycle Controls and Displays
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 571.124--Accelerator Control Systems
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 571.125--Warning Devices
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 571.126--Electronic Stability Control Systems
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 571.129--New Non-pneumatic Tires For Passenger Cars
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 580--Odometer Disclosure Requirements
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 581--Bumper Standard
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 582--Insurance Cost Information Regulation
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 583--Automobile Parts Content Labeling
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 585--Phase-In Reporting Requirements
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 587--Deformable Barriers
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 588--Child Restraint Systems Recordkeeping Requirements
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. NHTSA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.

Year 8 (Fall 2015) List of Rules That Will Be Analyzed During the Next 
Year

49 CFR part 571.201--Occupant Protection in Interior Impact
49 CFR part 571.202--Head Restraints; Applicable at the Manufacturers 
Option Until September 1, 2009
49 CFR part 571.202a--Head Restraints; Mandatory Applicability Begins 
On September 1, 2009
49 CFR part 571.203--Impact Protection For the Driver From the Steering 
Control System
49 CFR part 571.204--Steering Control Rearward Displacement.
49 CFR part 571.205--Glazing Materials
49 CFR part 571.205a--Glazing Equipment Manufactured Before September 
1, 2006 and Glazing Materials Used In Vehicles Manufactured Before 
November 1, 2006
49 CFR part 571.206--Door Locks and Door Retention Components
49 CFR part 571.207--Seating Systems
49 CFR part 571.208--Occupant Crash Protection
49 CFR part 571.209--Seat Belt Assemblies
49 CFR part 571.210--Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages
49 CFR part 571.211--[Reserved]
49 CFR part 571.212--Windshield Mounting

Federal Railroad Administration

Section 610 and Other Reviews

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------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  49 CFR parts 200            2008            2009
                         and 201.
2.....................  49 CFR parts                2009            2010
                         207, 209, 211,
                         215, 238, and
                         256.
3.....................  49 CFR parts                2010            2011
                         210, 212, 214,
                         217, and 268.
4.....................  49 CFR part 219.            2011            2012
5.....................  49 CFR parts                2012            2013
                         218, 221, 241,
                         and 244.
6.....................  49 CFR parts                2013            2014
                         216, 228, and
                         229.
7.....................  49 CFR parts 223            2014            2015
                         and 233.
8.....................  49 CFR parts                2015            2016
                         224, 225, 231,
                         and 234.
9.....................  49 CFR parts                2016            2017
                         222, 227, 235,
                         236, 250, 260,
                         and 266.
10....................  49 CFR parts                2017            2018
                         213, 220, 230,
                         232, 239, 240,
                         and 265.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 7 (Fall 2014) List of Rules Analyzed and a Summary of Results

49 CFR part 223--Safety Glazing Standards--Locomotives, Passenger Cars 
and Cabooses
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: The rule provides minimum requirements for 
glazing materials, and is necessary to protect railroad employees and 
railroad passengers from injury as a result of objects striking the 
windows of locomotives, passenger cars and cabooses. Recent amendments 
with regard to the clarification existing regulations related to the 
use of glazing materials in the windows of locomotives, passenger cars, 
and cabooses are expected to reduce paperwork and other economic 
burdens on the rail industry by removing a stenciling requirement for 
locomotives, passenger cars, and cabooses. FRA's plain language review 
of this rule indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR part 233--Signal Systems Reporting Requirements
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: FRA proposed to eliminate the five-year reporting 
requirement in a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that was 
published on June 19, 2013. The final rule eliminated the regulatory 
requirement that each railroad file a Signal Systems Five-Year Report 
with FRA which became effective on September 2, 2014. This would reduce 
paperwork burdens, and protect public health, welfare, safety and 
environment. FRA's plain language review of this rule indicates no need 
for substantial revision.

Year 8 (Fall 2015) List of Rule(s) That Will Be Analyzed During Next 
Year

49 CFR part 224--Reflectorization of Rail Freight Rolling Stock
49 CFR part 225--Railroad Accidents/Incidents: Reports Classification 
and Investigations
49 CFR part 231--Railroad Safety Appliance Standards
49 CFR part 234--Grade Crossing Safety, Including Signal Systems, State 
Action Plans, and Emergency Notification Systems

Federal Transit Administration

Section 610 and Other Reviews

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  49 CFR parts                2008            2009
                         604, 605, and
                         633.
2.....................  49 CFR parts 661            2009            2010
                         and 665.
3.....................  49 CFR part 633.            2010            2011
4.....................  49 CFR parts 609            2011            2012
                         and 611.
5.....................  49 CFR parts 613            2012            2013
                         and 614.
6.....................  49 CFR part 622.            2013            2014
7.....................  49 CFR part 630.            2014            2015
8.....................  49 CFR part 639.            2015            2016
9.....................  49 CFR parts 659            2016            2017
                         and 663.
10....................  49 CFR part 665.            2017            2018
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 7 (Fall 2014) List of Rules Analyzed and Summary of Results

49 CFR part 630--National Transit Database
     Section 610: The agency has determined that the rule 
continues to not have a significant effect on a substantial number of 
small entities. FTA is proposing to amend the rule to align with the 
statutory requirement to report performance measures and targets for 
the National Transit Asset Management System as required under 49 
U.S.C. 5326(c)(3). Currently, the NTD reporting requirements are 
limited, in some instances, to recipients and sub-recipients of section 
5307 urban formula funds and 5311 rural formula funds. The proposed 
reporting requirements would apply to all recipients and sub-recipients 
of Chapter 53 funds that own, operate, or manage capital assets used in 
the provision of public transportation. However, FTA is not proposing 
to apply all existing NTD reporting requirements to all recipients of 
chapter 53 funds. FTA has evaluated the likely effects of the proposed 
rule on small entities and is requesting public comment during the 
rulemaking process. FTA has determined that the proposed revisions will 
not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities.
     General: The rule was promulgated to prescribe 
requirements and procedures for compliance with Federal data reporting 
requirements dictated by statute. Recently, Congress included 
additional reporting requirements for the management of transit asset 
when it enacted the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act 
(MAP-21), Public Law 112-141, (2012). FTA is promulgating a notice of 
proposed rulemaking to implement specific reporting

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requirements of the National Asset Management System in accordance with 
49 U.S.C. 5326. The proposal includes revising 49 CFR part 630 to apply 
to all recipients of Federal public transit funds instead of being 
limited to just recipients of Federal funds under 49 U.S.C. 5307 and 
5311. However, the proposed rule will not extend all current reporting 
requirements to all recipients. This proposal will revise the 
regulation to be consistent with current statutory requirements.

Year 8 (Fall 2015)--List of Rule(s) That Will Be Analyzed This Year

49 CFR part 639--Capital Leases

Maritime Administration

Section 610 and Other Reviews

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed    Analysis  year   Review  year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  46 CFR parts 201            2008            2009
                         through 205.
2.....................  46 CFR parts 221            2009            2010
                         through 232.
3.....................  46 CFR parts 249            2010            2011
                         through 296.
4.....................  46 CFR parts                2011            2012
                         221, 298, 308,
                         and 309.
5.....................  46 CFR parts 307            2012            2013
                         through 309.
6.....................  46 CFR part 310.            2013            2014
7.....................  46 CFR parts 315            2014            2015
                         through 340.
8.....................  46 CFR parts 345            2015            2016
                         through 381.
9.....................  46 CFR parts 382            2016            2017
                         through 389.
10....................  46 CFR parts 390            2017            2018
                         through 393.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 6 (2013) List of Rules With Ongoing Analysis

46 CFR part 310--Merchant Marine Training

Year 7 (2014) List of Rules With Ongoing Analysis

46 CFR part 315--Agency Agreements and Appointment of Agents
46 CFR part 317--Bonding of Ship's Personnel
46 CFR part 324--Procedural Rules for Financial Transactions Under 
Agency Agreements
46 CFR part 325--Procedure to be Followed by General Agents in 
Preparation of Invoices and Payment of Compensation Pursuant to 
Provisions of NSA Order No. 47
46 CFR part 326--Marine Protection and Indemnity Insurance Under 
Agreements with Agents
46 CFR part 327--Seamen's Claims; Administrative Action and Litigation
46 CFR part 328--Slop Chests
46 CFR part 329--Voyage Data
46 CFR part 330--Launch Services
46 CFR part 332--Repatriation of Seaman
46 CFR part 335--Authority and Responsibility of General Agents to 
Undertake Emergency Repairs in Foreign Ports
46 CFR part 336--Authority and Responsibility of General Agents to 
Undertake in Continental United States Ports Voyage Repairs and Service 
Equipment of Vessels Operated for the Account of the National Shipping 
Authority Under General Agency Agreement
46 CFR part 337--General Agent's responsibility in Connection with 
Foreign Repair Custom's Entries
46 CFR part 338--Procedure for Accomplishment of Vessel Repairs Under 
National Shipping Authority Master Lump Sum Repair Contract--NSA--
Lumpsumrep
46 CFR part 339--Procedure for Accomplishment of Ship Repairs Under 
National Shipping Authority Individual Contract for Minor Repairs--
NSA--Worksmalrep
46 CFR part 340--Priority Use and Allocation of Shipping Services, 
Container and Chassis and Port Facilities and Services for National 
Security and National Defense Related Operations.

Year 8 (2015) List of Rules With Ongoing Analysis

46 CFR part 345--Restrictions upon the transfer or change in use or in 
terms governing utilization of port facilities
46 CFR part 346--Federal port controllers
46 CFR part 356--Requirements for vessels over 100 feet or greater in 
registered length to obtain a fishery endorsement to the vessel's 
documentation
46 CFR part 370--Claims
46 CFR part 381--Cargo preference--U.S.-flag vessels

Year 9 (2016) List of Rules That Will Be Analyzed During the Next Year

46 CFR part 382--Determination of fair and reasonable rates for the 
carriage of bulk and packaged preference cargoes on U.S.-flag 
commercial vessels
46 CFR part 385--Research and development grant and cooperative 
agreements regulations
46 CFR part 386--Regulations governing public buildings and grounds at 
the United States Merchant Marine Academy
46 CFR part 387--Utilization and disposal of surplus Federal real 
property for development or operation of a port facility
46 CFR part 388--Administrative waivers of the Coastwise Trade Laws
46 CFR part 389--Determination of availability of coast-wise-qualified 
vessels for transportation of platform jackets

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Section 610 and Other Reviews

 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  49 CFR part 178.            2008            2009
2.....................  49 CFR parts 178            2009            2010
                         through 180.
3.....................  49 CFR parts 172            2010            2011
                         and 175.
4.....................  49 CFR part 171,            2011            2012
                         sections 171.15
                         and 171.16.
5.....................  49 CFR parts                2012            2013
                         106, 107, 171,
                         190, and 195.

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6.....................  49 CFR parts                2013            2014
                         174, 177, 191,
                         and 192.
7.....................  49 CFR parts 176            2014            2015
                         and 199.
8.....................  49 CFR parts 172            2015            2016
                         and 178.
9.....................  49 CFR parts                2016            2017
                         172, 173, 174,
                         176, 177, and
                         193.
10....................  49 CFR parts 173            2017            2018
                         and 194.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 7 (Fall 2015) List of Rules Analyzed and a Summary of Results

49 CFR part 176--Carriage by Vessel
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE. This rule prescribes 
minimum safety standards for the transportation of hazardous materials 
by vessel. Some small entities may be affected, but the economic impact 
on small entities will not be significant.
     General: The requirements in this rule are necessary to 
protect workers and the general public from the dangers associated with 
incidents involving hazardous materials transported by vessel. These 
provisions closely align with international standards for the safe 
transportation of dangerous goods. PHMSA works in consultation with the 
United States Coast Guard to promote a harmonized international 
framework for the vessel transport of hazardous materials through 
participation in relevant international standards setting bodies 
including the International Maritime Organization's Sub-Committee on 
Carriage of Cargoes and Containers and strives to harmonize domestic 
regulations with that framework wherever such harmonization provides an 
acceptable level of safety and is in the public interest. PHMSA's plain 
language review of this rule indicates no need for substantial 
revision.
49 CFR part 199--Drug and Alcohol Testing
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE. Based on regulated 
entities, PHMSA found that the majority of operators are not small 
businesses. Therefore, though some small entities may be affected, the 
economic impact on small entities will not be significant.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. PHMSA's plain language review of 
this rule indicates no need for substantial revision.

Year 8 (Fall 2016) List of Rules That Will Be Analyzed During the Next 
Year

49 CFR part 172--Hazardous Materials Table, Special Provisions, 
Hazardous Materials Communications, Emergency Response Information, 
Training Requirements, and Security Plans
49 CFR part 178--Specifications for Packagings

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

Section 610 and Other Reviews

 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  33 CFR parts 401            2008            2009
                         through 403.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 1 (Fall 2008) List of Rules With Ongoing Analysis

33 CFR part 401--Seaway Regulations and Rules
33 CFR part 402--Tariff of Tolls
33 CFR part 403--Rules of Procedure of the Joint Tolls Review Board

                Office of the Secretary--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
195.......................  + Airline Pricing                  2105-AE11
                             Transparency and Other
                             Consumer Protection
                             Issues.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


             Federal Aviation Administration--Prerule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
196.......................  + Applying the Flight,             2120-AK26
                             Duty, and Rest Rules to
                             Tail-End Ferry Operations
                             & FAA Reauthorization.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


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          Federal Aviation Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
197.......................  + Airport Safety                   2120-AJ38
                             Management System.
198.......................  + Applying the Flight,             2120-AK22
                             Duty, and Rest
                             Requirements to Ferry
                             Flights that Follow
                             Domestic, Flag, or
                             Supplemental All-Cargo
                             Operations
                             (Reauthorization).
199.......................  + Pilot Records Database           2120-AK31
                             (HR 500).
200.......................  + Revision of                      2120-AK65
                             Airworthiness Standards
                             for Normal, Utility,
                             Acrobatic, and Commuter
                             (RRR).
201.......................  + Operations of Small              2120-AK85
                             Unmanned Aircraft Over
                             People.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


            Federal Aviation Administration--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
202.......................  + Operation and                    2120-AJ60
                             Certification of Small
                             Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
203.......................  Changing the Collective            2120-AK06
                             Risk Limits for Launches
                             and Reentries and
                             Clarifying the Risk Limit
                             Used to Establish Hazard
                             Areas for Ships and
                             Aircraft.
204.......................  Acceptance Criteria for            2120-AK32
                             Portable Oxygen
                             Concentrators Used
                             Onboard Aircraft (RRR).
205.......................  Reciprocal Waivers of              2120-AK44
                             Claims for Licensed or
                             Permitted Launch and
                             Reentry Activities (RRR).
206.......................  + Registration and Marking         2120-AK82
                             Requirements for Small
                             Unmanned Aircraft.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


           Federal Aviation Administration--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
207.......................  + Drug and Alcohol Testing         2120-AK09
                             of Certain Maintenance
                             Provider Employees
                             Located Outside of the
                             United States.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


           Federal Aviation Administration--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
208.......................  Flight Simulation Training         2120-AK08
                             Device Qualification
                             Standards for Extended
                             Envelope and Adverse
                             Weather Event Training
                             (International
                             Cooperation).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


      Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
209.......................  + Commercial Drivers'              2126-AB18
                             License Drug and Alcohol
                             Clearinghouse (MAP-21).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


     Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
210.......................  + Carrier Safety Fitness           2126-AB11
                             Determination.
211.......................  + Entry-Level Driver               2126-AB66
                             Training (Section 610
                             Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


     Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
212.......................  + Electronic Logging               2126-AB20
                             Devices and Hours of
                             Service Supporting
                             Documents (MAP-21) (RRR).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


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          Federal Railroad Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
213.......................  + Passenger Equipment              2130-AC46
                             Safety Standards
                             Amendments (RRR).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


            Federal Railroad Administration--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
214.......................  + Train Crew Staffing and          2130-AC48
                             Location.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


    Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
215.......................  Tariff of Tolls                    2135-AA38
                             (Rulemaking Resulting
                             From a Section 610
                             Review).
216.......................  Seaway Regulations and             2135-AA39
                             Rules: Periodic Update,
                             Various Categories
                             (Rulemaking Resulting
                             From a Section 610
                             Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


  Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration--Proposed Rule
                                  Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
217.......................  + Pipeline Safety:                 2137-AF06
                             Amendments to Parts 192
                             and 195 to Require Valve
                             installation and Minimum
                             Rupture Detection
                             Standards.
218.......................  + Hazardous Materials: Oil         2137-AF08
                             Spill Response Plans and
                             Information Sharing for
                             High-Hazard Flammable
                             Trains.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
219.......................  + Pipeline Safety: Safety          2137-AE66
                             of Hazardous Liquid
                             Pipelines.
220.......................  Pipeline Safety: Issues            2137-AE93
                             related to the use of
                             Plastic Pipe in Gas
                             Pipeline Industry (RRR).
221.......................  Pipeline Safety: Operator          2137-AE94
                             Qualification, Cost
                             Recovery, Accident and
                             Incident Notification,
                             and Other Changes (RRR).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


              Maritime Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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222.......................  + Cargo Preference........         2133-AB74
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+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Office of the Secretary (OST)

Final Rule Stage

195. +Airline Pricing Transparency and Other Consumer Protection Issues

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 41712; 49 U.S.C. 40101; 49 U.S.C. 41702
    Abstract: This rulemaking would address a number of proposals to 
enhance protections for air travelers and to improve the air travel 
environment. This rulemaking would explore whether to codify in 
regulation a definition of the term ``ticket agent,'' to require 
airlines and ticket agents to disclose at all points of sale the fees 
for certain basic ancillary services associated with the air 
transportation consumers are buying or considering buying. The 
rulemaking would also consider whether to enhance airline passenger 
protections such as: Expanding the pool of ``reporting'' carriers; 
requiring enhanced reporting by mainline carriers for their domestic 
code-share partner operations; requiring large travel agents to adopt 
minimum customer service standards; codifying the statutory requirement 
that carriers and ticket agents disclose any code-share arrangements on 
their Web sites; and prohibiting unfair and deceptive practices such as 
undisclosed biasing and post-purchase price increases. The rulemaking 
would also consider whether to require ticket agents to

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disclose the carriers whose tickets they sell in order to avoid having 
consumers mistakenly believe they are searching all possible flight 
options for a particular city-pair market when in fact there may be 
other options available. Additionally, the rulemaking would correct 
drafting errors and make minor changes to the Department's second 
Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections rule to conform to guidance 
issued by the Department's Office of Aviation Enforcement and 
Proceedings (Enforcement Office) regarding its interpretation of the 
rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/23/14  79 FR 29970
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   08/06/14  79 FR 45731
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/21/14
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   09/22/14
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   09/25/14  79 FR 57489
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End....   09/29/14
Final Rule..........................   10/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Blane A. Workie, Principal Deputy Assistant General 
Counsel, Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202-366-9342, TDD 
Phone: 202-755-7687, Fax: 202-366-7152, Email: blane.workie@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2105-AE11

 BILLING CODE 4910-9X-P

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Prerule Stage

196. +Applying the Flight, Duty, and Rest Rules to Tail-End Ferry 
Operations & FAA Reauthorization

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 1153; 49 U.S.C. 40101; 
49 U.S.C. 40102; 49 U.S.C. 40103; 49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 U.S.C. 41706; 49 
U.S.C. 44105; 49 U.S.C. 44106; 49 U.S.C. 44111; 49 U.S.C. 44701 to 
44717; 49 U.S.C. 44722; 49 U.S.C. 44901; 49 U.S.C. 44903; 49 U.S.C. 
44904; 49 U.S.C. 44906; 49 U.S.C. 44912; 49 U.S.C. 44914; 49 U.S.C. 
44936; 49 U.S.C. 44938; 49 U.S.C. 45101 to 45105; 49 U.S.C. 46103
    Abstract: This rulemaking would require a flightcrew member who is 
employed by an air carrier conducting operations under part 135, and 
who accepts an additional assignment for flying under part 91 from the 
air carrier or from any other air carrier conducting operations under 
part 121 or 135, to apply the period of the additional assignment 
toward any limitation applicable to the flightcrew member relating to 
duty periods or flight times under part 135.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   09/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dale Roberts, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20591, Phone: 202 267-5749, Email: dale.roberts@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK26

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Proposed Rule Stage

197. +Airport Safety Management System

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 44706; 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 
40113; 49 U.S.C. 44701 to 44706; 49 U.S.C. 44709; 49 U.S.C. 44719
    Abstract: This rulemaking would require certain airport certificate 
holders to develop, implement, maintain, and adhere to a safety 
management system (SMS) for its aviation related activities. An SMS is 
a formalized approach to managing safety by developing an organization-
wide safety policy, developing formal methods of identifying hazards, 
analyzing and mitigating risk, developing methods for ensuring 
continuous safety improvement, and creating organization-wide safety 
promotion strategies.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/07/10  75 FR 62008
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   12/10/10  75 FR 76928
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/05/11
End of Extended Comment Period......   03/07/11
Second Extension of Comment Period..   03/07/11  76 FR 12300
End of Second Extended Comment         07/05/11
 Period.
Second NPRM.........................   06/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Keri Lyons, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20591, Phone: 202 267-8972, Email: keri.lyons@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AJ38

198. +Applying the Flight, Duty, and Rest Requirements to Ferry Flights 
That Follow Domestic, Flag, or Supplemental All-Cargo Operations 
(Reauthorization)

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 U.S.C. 
40119; 49 U.S.C. 41706; 49 U.S.C. 44101; 49 U.S.C. 44701; 49 U.S.C. 
44702; 49 U.S.C. 44705; 49 U.S.C. 44709 to 44711; 49 U.S.C. 44713; 49 
U.S.C. 44716; 49 U.S.C. 44717
    Abstract: This rulemaking would require a flightcrew member who 
accepts an additional assignment for flying under part 91 from the air 
carrier or from any other air carrier conducting operations under part 
121 or 135 of such title, to apply the period of the additional 
assignment toward any limitation applicable to the flightcrew member 
relating to duty periods or flight times. This rule is necessary as it 
will make part 121 flight, duty, and rest limits applicable to tail-end 
ferries that follow an all-cargo flight.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dale Roberts, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20591, Phone: 202 267-5749, Email: dale.roberts@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK22

199. +Pilot Records Database (HR 500)

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 1155; 49 U.S.C. 40103; 
49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 U.S.C. 40119; 49 U.S.C. 40120; 49 U.S.C. 41706; 49 
U.S.C. 44101; 49 U.S.C. 44111; 49 U.S.C. 44701 to 44705; 49 U.S.C. 
44709 to 44713; 49 U.S.C. 44715 to 44717; 49 U.S.C. 44722; 49 U.S.C. 
45101 to 45105; 49 U.S.C.

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46105; 49 U.S.C. 46306; 49 U.S.C. 46315; 49 U.S.C. 46316; 49 U.S.C. 
46504; 49 U.S.C. 46507; 49 U.S.C. 47122; 49 U.S.C. 47508; 49 U.S.C. 
47528 to 47531
    Abstract: This rulemaking would implement a Pilot Records Database 
as required by Public Law 111-216 (Aug. 1, 2010). Section 203 amends 
the Pilot Records Improvement Act by requiring the FAA to create a 
pilot records database that contains various types of pilot records. 
These records would be provided by the FAA, air carriers, and other 
persons who employ pilots. The FAA must maintain these records until it 
receives notice that a pilot is deceased. Air carriers would use this 
database to perform a record check on a pilot prior to making a hiring 
decision.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Bradley Palmer, Department of Transportation, 
Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20591, Phone: 202 267-7739, Email: 
bradley.palmer@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK31

200. +Revision of Airworthiness Standards for Normal, Utility, 
Acrobatic, and Commuter (RRR)

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 U.S.C. 
44701; 49 U.S.C. 44702; 49 U.S.C. 44704
    Abstract: This rulemaking would revise title 14, Code of Federal 
Regulations (14 CFR) part 23 as a set of performance based regulations 
for the design and certification of small transport category aircraft. 
This rulemaking would: (1) Reorganize part 23 into performance-based 
requirements by removing the detailed design requirements from part 23. 
The detailed design provisions that would assist applicants in 
complying with the new performance-based requirements would be 
identified in means of compliance (MOC) documents to support this 
effort; (2) promote the adoption of the newly created performance-based 
airworthiness design standard as an internationally accepted standard 
by the majority of other civil aviation authorities; (3) re-align the 
part 23 requirements to promote the development of entry-level 
airplanes similar to those certified under Certification Specification 
for Very Light Aircraft (CS-VLA); (4) enhance the FAA's ability to 
address new technology; (5) increase the general aviation (GA) level of 
safety provided by new and modified airplanes; (6) amend the stall, 
stall warning, and spin requirements to reduce fatal accidents and 
increase crashworthiness by allowing new methods for occupant 
protection; and (7) address icing conditions that are currently not 
included in part 23 regulations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/14/16  81 FR 13452
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/13/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lowell Foster, Department of Transportation, 
Federal Aviation Administration, 901 Locust St., Kansas City, MO 64106, 
Phone: 816-329-4125, Email: lowell.foster@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK65

201.  +Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Over People

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f); 49 U.S.C. 40101; 49 U.S.C. 
40103; 49 U.S.C. 44701; Pub. L. 112-95, sec 333; . . .
    Abstract: This rulemaking would address the performance-based 
standards and means-of-compliance for operation of small unmanned 
aircraft systems (UAS) over people not directly participating in the 
operation or not under a covered structure or inside a stationary 
vehicle that can provide reasonable protection from a falling small 
unmanned aircraft. This rulemaking would provide relief from certain 
operational restrictions implemented in the Operation and Certification 
of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems final rule (hereinafter the sUAS 
Operation and Certification rule).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Guido Hassig, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 1 Airport Way, Rochester, NY 14624, Phone: 585 
436-3880, Email: guido.hassig@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK85

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Final Rule Stage

202. +Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 44701; Pub. L. 112-95
    Abstract: This rulemaking would allow the commercial operation of 
small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in the National Airspace System 
(NAS). These changes would address the operation of small unmanned 
aircraft systems, certification of their operators, registration of the 
small unmanned aircraft, and display of registration markings. This 
action would also find airworthiness certification is not required for 
small unmanned aircraft system operations subject to this rulemaking.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/23/15  80 FR 9544
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/24/15
Final Rule..........................   07/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lance Nuckolls, Unmanned Aircraft Systems 
Integration Office, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 490 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Washington, DC 20024, Phone: 
202-267-8447, Email: UAS-rule@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AJ60

203. Changing the Collective Risk Limits for Launches and Reentries and 
Clarifying the Risk Limit Used To Establish Hazard Areas for Ships and 
Aircraft

    Legal Authority: 51 U.S.C. 50901 to 50923
    Abstract: This rulemaking would revise the requirements, (1) 
establish quantitative public risk acceptability criteria that treat 
launch and reentry separately, (2) define the scope of launch and 
reentry mission for the purposes of quantitative risk analyses (QRA), 
and (3) apply QRA requirements, including uncertainty analysis, equally 
to all types of launch and reentry vehicles. These revisions update the 
current regulations and are consistent with current practices at the 
Federal ranges.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/21/14  79 FR 42241

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NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/20/14
Analyzing comments..................   06/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Rene Rey, Licensing and Safety Division, Office of 
Commercial Space, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20590, 
Phone: 202 267-7538, Email: rene.rey@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK06

204. Acceptance Criteria for Portable Oxygen Concentrators Used Onboard 
Aircraft (RRR)

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f); 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 
1155; 49 U.S.C. 40103; 49 U.S.C. 40105; 49 U.S.C. 40109; 49 U.S.C. 
40113; 49 U.S.C. 40119; 49 U.S.C. 40120; 49 U.S.C. 41706; 49 U.S.C. 
44101; 49 U.S.C. 44110; 49 U.S.C. 44111; 49 U.S.C. 44502; 49 U.S.C. 
44701; 49 U.S.C. 44702; 49 U.S.C. 44704; 49 U.S.C. 44705; 49 U.S.C. 
44709 to 44713; 49 U.S.C. 44715 to 44717; 49 U.S.C. 44722; 49 U.S.C. 
45101 to 45105; 49 U.S.C. 46102; 49 U.S.C. 46105; 49 U.S.C. 46306; 49 
U.S.C. 46315; 49 U.S.C. 46316; 49 U.S.C. 46504; 49 U.S.C. 46506; 49 
U.S.C. 46507; 49 U.S.C. 47122; 49 U.S.C. 47508; 49 U.S.C. 47528 to 
47531; 61 Stat. 1180--Articles 12 and 29
    Abstract: This rulemaking would replace the existing process by 
which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approves portable 
oxygen concentrators (POC) for use on board aircraft in air carrier 
operations, commercial operations, and certain other operations using 
large aircraft. This rulemaking would also replace the current process 
and allow passengers to use a POC on board an aircraft if the POC 
satisfies certain acceptance criteria and bears a label indicating 
conformance with the acceptance criteria. Additionally, this rulemaking 
would eliminate redundant operational requirements and paperwork 
requirements related to the physician's statement. As a result, this 
rulemaking would reduce burdens for POC manufacturers, passengers who 
use POCs while traveling, and affected aircraft operators.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/19/14  79 FR 56288
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/18/14
Final Rule..........................   05/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Denise K. Deaderick, Air Transportation Division, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591, Phone: 202-267-8166, 
Email: dk.deaderick@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK32

205. Reciprocal Waivers of Claims for Licensed or Permitted Launch and 
Reentry Activities (RRR)

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 322; 51 U.S.C. 50910 to 50923
    Abstract: This rulemaking would extend the waiver of claims for all 
the customers involved in a launch or reentry, amend the requirement 
describing which entities are required to sign the statutorily-mandated 
waiver of claims, and add a new waiver template for the customer's use. 
This rulemaking would ease the administrative burden on the customers, 
licensees, permittees, and the FAA, especially when a new customer is 
added only a short time before the scheduled launch or reentry.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/13/15  80 FR 2015
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/16/15
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   06/15/15  80 FR 34110
Comment Period End..................   07/15/15
Final Rule..........................   05/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Shirley McBride, Department of Transportation, 
Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20591, Phone: 202 267-7470, Email: 
shirley.mcbride@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK44

206.  +Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned 
Aircraft

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f); 49 U.S.C. 41703; 49 U.S.C. 44101 
to 44106; 49 U.S.C. 44110 to 44113; 49 U.S.C. 44701
    Abstract: This interim final rule would establish an alternative, 
stream-lined, web-based aircraft registration system for certain small 
unmanned aircraft systems, to help facilitate compliance with existing 
statutory obligations for aircraft registration. The alternative 
process will help create a culture of accountability and ensure 
responsible use of small UAS. As evidenced by the recent reports of 
unsafe UAS operations, the lack of awareness of operators regarding 
what must be done to operate UAS safely in the NAS, and the lack of 
identification of UAS and their operators pose significant challenges 
in ensuring accountability for responsible use. Without increased 
awareness and knowledge of the statutory and regulatory requirements 
for safe operation, the risk of unsafe UAS operations will only rise. 
Aircraft registration, identification, and marking will assist the 
Department in identifying owners of UAS that are operated in an unsafe 
manner, so we may continue to educate these users, and when 
appropriate, take enforcement action. This rulemaking is based on 
public comment regarding the proposed aircraft registration process for 
small UAS in the Operation and Use of Small UAS notice of proposed 
rulemaking and recommendations from the UAS Registration task force.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   12/16/15  80 FR 78593
OMB approval of information            12/21/15  80 FR 79255
 collection.
Final Rule Effective................   12/21/15
Comment Period End..................   01/15/16
Analyzing Comments..................   06/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Sara Mikolop, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20591, Phone: 202 267-7776, Email: sara.mikolop@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK82

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Long-Term Actions

207. +Drug and Alcohol Testing of Certain Maintenance Provider 
Employees Located Outside of the United States

    Legal Authority: 14 CFR; 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 
U.S.C.

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44701; 49 U.S.C. 44702; 49 U.S.C. 44707; 49 U.S.C. 44709; 49 U.S.C. 
44717
    Abstract: This rulemaking is required by the FAA Modernization and 
Reform Act of 2012. It would require controlled substance testing of 
some employees working in repair stations located outside the United 
States. The intended effect is to increase participation by companies 
outside of the United States in testing of employees who perform safety 
critical functions and testing standards similar to those used in the 
repair stations located in the United States. This action is necessary 
to increase the level of safety of the flying public.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   03/17/14  79 FR 14621
Comment Period Extended.............   05/01/14  79 FR 24631
ANPRM Comment Period End............   05/16/14
Comment Period End..................   07/17/14
NPRM................................   05/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Vicky Dunne, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20591, Phone: 202 267-8522, Email: vicky.dunne@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK09

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Completed Actions

208. Flight Simulation Training Device Qualification Standards for 
Extended Envelope and Adverse Weather Event Training (International 
Cooperation)

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 U.S.C. 
44701; Pub. L. 111-216; 124 Stat. 2348; 49 U.S.C. 106(f)
    Abstract: This rulemaking would amend the Qualification Performance 
Standards for flight simulation training devices (FSTDs) for the 
primary purpose of improving existing technical standards and 
introducing new technical standards for full stall and stick pusher 
maneuvers, upset recognition and recovery maneuvers, maneuvers 
conducted in airborne icing conditions, takeoff and landing maneuvers 
in gusting crosswinds, and bounced landing recovery maneuvers. These 
new and improved technical standards are intended to fully define FSTD 
fidelity requirements for conducting new flight training tasks 
introduced through recent changes to the air carrier training 
requirements, as well as to address various National Transportation 
Safety Board (NTSB) and Aviation Rulemaking Committee recommendations. 
This final rule also updates the FSTD technical standards to better 
align with the current international FSTD evaluation guidance and 
introduces a new FSTD level that expands the number of qualified flight 
training tasks in a fixed-base flight training device. These changes 
will ensure that the training and testing environment is accurate and 
realistic, will codify existing practice, and will provide greater 
harmonization with international guidance for simulation. The 
amendments will not apply to previously qualified FSTDs with the 
exception of the FSTD Directive, which codifies the new FSTD technical 
standards for specific training tasks.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/10/14  79 FR 39461
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   09/16/14  79 FR 55407
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/08/14
Comment Period Extended.............   01/06/15
Final Action........................   03/03/16  81 FR 18177
Final Action Effective..............   05/31/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Larry McDonald, Department of Transportation, 
Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, GA 30320, 
Phone: 404-474-5620, Email: larry.e.mcdonald@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK08

 BILLING CODE 4910-13-P

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Final Rule Stage

209. +Commercial Drivers' License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (MAP-
21)

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 31306
    Abstract: This rulemaking would create a central database for 
verified positive controlled substances and alcohol test results for 
commercial driver's license (CDL) holders and refusals by such drivers 
to submit to testing. This rulemaking would require employers of CDL 
holders and service agents to report positive test results and refusals 
to test into the Clearinghouse. Prospective employers, acting on an 
application for a CDL driver position with the applicant's written 
consent to access the Clearinghouse, would query the Clearinghouse to 
determine if any specific information about the driver applicant is in 
the Clearinghouse before allowing the applicant to be hired and to 
drive CMVs. This rulemaking is intended to increase highway safety by 
ensuring CDL holders, who have tested positive or have refused to 
submit to testing, have completed the U.S. DOT's return-to-duty process 
before driving CMVs in interstate or intrastate commerce. It is also 
intended to ensure that employers are meeting their drug and alcohol 
testing responsibilities. Additionally, provisions in this rulemaking 
would also be responsive to requirements of the Moving Ahead for 
Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act. MAP-21 required creation of 
the Clearinghouse by 10/1/14.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/20/14  79 FR 9703
Comment Period End..................   04/21/14
Comment Period End..................   04/22/14  79 FR 22467
Comment Period Extended.............   04/22/14  79 FR 22467
Final Rule..........................   07/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Juan Moya, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 
366-4844, Email: juan.moya@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2126-AB18

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Long-Term Actions

210. +Carrier Safety Fitness Determination

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 31144; sec. 4009 of TEA-21
    Abstract: FMCSA proposes to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Regulations (FMCSRs) to adopt revised methodologies that would result 
in a safety fitness determination (SFD). The

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proposed methodologies would determine when a motor carrier is not fit 
to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in or affecting interstate 
commerce based on (1) the carrier's on-road safety performance in 
relation to five of the Agency's seven Behavioral Analysis and Safety 
Improvement Categories (BASICs); (2) an investigation; or (3) a 
combination of on-road safety data and investigation information. The 
intended effect of this action is to more effectively use FMCSA data 
and resources to identify unfit motor carriers and to remove them from 
the Nation's roadways.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/21/16  81 FR 3562
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/20/16
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: David Miller, Regulatory Development Division, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, 
Phone: 202 366-5370, Email: david.miller@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2126-AB11

211. +Entry-Level Driver Training (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 31136
    Abstract: FMCSA proposes new training standards for certain 
individuals applying for their initial commercial driver's license 
(CDL); an upgrade of their CDL (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a 
Class A CDL); or a hazardous materials, passenger, or school bus 
endorsement for their license; and a ``refresher'' training curriculum. 
These individuals would be subject to the proposed entry-level driver 
training requirements and must complete a course of instruction 
provided by an entity that (1) meets the minimum qualifications for 
training providers, (2) covers the curriculum, (3) is listed on FMCSA's 
proposed Training Provider Registry, and (4) submits electronically to 
FMCSA the training certificate for each individual who completes the 
training. This NPRM responds to a Congressional mandate imposed under 
the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. The proposed 
rule is based on consensus recommendations from the Agency's Entry-
Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC), a negotiated 
rulemaking committee which held a series of meetings between February 
and May 2015. The compliance date of the rule would be three years 
after the effective date of the final rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/07/16  81 FR 11944
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/06/16
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Sean Gallagher, MC-PRR, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New 
Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 366-3740, Email: 
sean.gallagher@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2126-AB66

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Completed Actions

212. +Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting 
Documents (MAP-21) (RRR)

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 31502; 31136(a); Pub. L. 103.311; 49 
U.S.C. 31137(a)
    Abstract: This rulemaking would establish: (1) Minimum performance 
and design standards for hours-of-service (HOS) electronic logging 
devices (ELDs); (2) requirements for the mandatory use of these devices 
by drivers currently required to prepare HOS records of duty status 
(RODS); (3) requirements concerning HOS supporting documents; and (4) 
measures to address concerns about harassment resulting from the 
mandatory use of ELDs.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/01/11  76 FR 5537
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/28/11
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   03/10/11  76 FR 13121
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   05/23/11
SNPRM...............................   03/28/14  79 FR 17656
SNPRM Comment Period End............   05/27/14
Final Rule..........................   12/16/15  80 FR 78292
Final Rule Effective................   02/16/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brian Routhier, Department of Transportation, 
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 366-1225, Email: 
brian.routhier@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2126-AB20

 BILLING CODE 4910-EX-P

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

Proposed Rule Stage

213. +Passenger Equipment Safety Standards Amendments (RRR)

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 20103
    Abstract: This rulemaking would amend 49 CFR part 238 to update 
existing safety standards for passenger rail equipment. Specifically, 
the proposed rulemaking would add standards for alternative compliance 
with requirements for tier I passenger equipment, increase the maximum 
authorized speed for tier II passenger equipment, and add requirements 
for a new tier III category of passenger equipment.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kathryn Shelton, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 493-6063, Email: 
kathryn.shelton@fra.dot.gov.
    RIN: 2130-AC46

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

Final Rule Stage

214. +Train Crew Staffing and Location

    Legal Authority: 28 U.S.C. 2461, note; 49 CFR 1.89; 49 U.S.C. 
20103; 49 U.S.C. 20107; 49 U.S.C. 21301-21302; 49 U.S.C. 21304
    Abstract: This rulemaking would add minimum requirements for the 
size of different train crew staffs depending on the type of operation. 
The minimum crew staffing requirements would reflect the safety risks 
posed to railroad

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employees, the general public, and the environment. This rulemaking 
would also establish minimum requirements for the roles and 
responsibilities of the second train crew member on a moving train, and 
promote safe and effective teamwork. Additionally, this rulemaking 
would permit a railroad to submit information to FRA and seek approval 
if it wants to continue an existing operation with a one-person train 
crew or start up an operation with less than two crew members.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/15/16  81 FR 13918
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/16/16
Final Rule..........................   09/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kathryn Shelton, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 493-6063, Email: 
kathryn.shelton@fra.dot.gov.
    RIN: 2130-AC48

 BILLING CODE 4910-06-P

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC)

Completed Actions

215.  Tariff of Tolls (Rulemaking Resulting From a Section 610 
Review)

    Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 981 et seq.
    Abstract: The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) 
and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) of Canada, 
under international agreement, jointly publish and currently administer 
the St. Lawrence Seaway Tariff of Tolls in their respective 
jurisdictions. The tariff sets forth the level of tolls assessed on all 
commodities and vessels transiting the facilities operated by the SLSDC 
and the SLSMC. The SLSDC is revising its regulations to reflect the 
fees and charges levied by the SLSMC in Canada starting in the 2006 
navigation season, which are effective only in Canada. An amendment to 
increase the minimum charge per lock for those vessels that are not 
pleasure craft or subject in Canada to tolls under items 1 and 2 of the 
tariff for full or partial transit of the Seaway will apply in the U.S. 
(See Supplementary Information.)
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/09/16  81 FR 6810
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/10/16  .......................
Final Rule..........................   03/17/16  81 FR 14390
Final Rule Effective................   03/21/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Carrie Lavigne, Department of Transportation, Saint 
Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 315 764-3231, Email: carrie.mann@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2135-AA38

216.  Seaway Regulations and Rules: Periodic Update, Various 
Categories (Rulemaking Resulting From a Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 981 et seq.
    Abstract: The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) 
and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) of Canada, 
under international agreement, jointly publish and currently administer 
the St. Lawrence Seaway Regulations and Rules (Practices and Procedures 
in Canada) in their respective jurisdictions. Under agreement with the 
SLSMC, the SLSDC is amending the joint regulations by updating the 
Seaway Regulations and Rules in various categories. The changes will 
update the following sections of the Regulations and Rules: Condition 
of Vessels; Preclearance and Security for Tolls; Tolls Assessment and 
Payment; Seaway Navigation; Dangerous Cargo; Toll Assessment and 
Payment; and, Information and Reports. These amendments are necessary 
to take account of updated procedures and will enhance the safety of 
transits through the Seaway. Several of the amendments are merely 
editorial or for clarification of existing requirements.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/05/16  81 FR 6198
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/07/16  .......................
Final Rule..........................   03/15/16  81 FR 13744
Final Rule Effective................   03/21/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Carrie Lavigne, Department of Transportation, Saint 
Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 315 764-3231, Email: carrie.mann@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2135-AA39

 BILLING CODE 4910-61-P

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Proposed Rule Stage

217. +Pipeline Safety: Amendments to Parts 192 and 195 To Require Valve 
Installation and Minimum Rupture Detection Standards

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 60101 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule would propose installation of automatic shutoff 
valves, remote controlled valves, or equivalent technology and 
establish performance based meaningful metrics for rupture detection 
for gas and liquid transmission pipelines. The overall intent is that 
rupture detection metrics will be integrated with ASV and RCV placement 
with the objective of improving overall incident response. Rupture 
response metrics would focus on mitigating large, unsafe, uncontrolled 
release events that have a greater potential consequence. The areas 
proposed to be covered include High Consequence Areas (HCA) for 
hazardous liquids and HCA, Class 3 and 4 for natural gas (including 
could affect areas).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   09/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lawrence White, Attorney-Advisor, Department of 
Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, 
400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 366-4400, Fax: 
292 366-7041.
    RIN: 2137-AF06

218. +Hazardous Materials: Oil Spill Response Plans and Information 
Sharing for High-Hazard Flammable Trains

    Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1321; 49 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.
    Abstract: This rulemaking, developed in consultation with the 
Federal Railroad Administration, would revise PHMSA's regulations to 
expand the applicability of comprehensive oil spill response plans 
(OSRPs) based on thresholds of liquid petroleum oil that apply to an 
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proposing to revise the format and clarify requirements of a 
comprehensive OSRP and to require railroads to share information about 
high-hazard flammable train operations with state and tribal emergency 
response organizations (i.e., State Emergency Response Commissions and 
Tribal Emergency Response Commissions) to improve community 
preparedness. Lastly, PHMSA is proposing an update to boiling point 
testing procedures to provide regulatory flexibility and promotes 
enhanced safety in transport through accurate packing group assignment.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM...............................   08/01/14  79 FR 45079
ANPRM Comment Period End............   09/30/14  .......................
NPRM................................   05/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Victoria Lehman, Transportation Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, 
Phone: 202 366-8553, Email: victoria.lehman@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2137-AF08

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Final Rule Stage

219. +Pipeline Safety: Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 60101 et seq.
    Abstract: In recent years, there have been significant hazardous 
liquid pipeline accidents, most notably the 2010 crude oil spill near 
Marshall, Michigan, during which almost one million gallons of crude 
oil were spilled into the Kalamazoo River. In response to accident 
investigation findings, incident report data and trends, and 
stakeholder input, PHMSA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
(NPRM) in the Federal Register on October 13, 2015. Previously, 
Congress had enacted the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job 
Creation Act that included several provisions that are relevant to the 
regulation of hazardous liquid pipelines. Shortly after the Pipeline 
Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act was passed, the 
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its accident 
investigation report on the Marshall, Michigan, accident. In this 
rulemaking action, PHMSA is amending the Pipeline Safety Regulations to 
improve protection of the public, property, and the environment by 
closing regulatory gaps where appropriate, and ensuring that operators 
are increasing the detection and remediation of unsafe conditions, and 
mitigating the adverse effects of hazardous liquid pipeline failures.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM...............................   10/18/10  75 FR 63774
Comment Period Extended.............   01/04/11  76 FR 303
ANPRM Comment Period End............   01/18/11  .......................
Extended Comment Period End.........   02/18/11  .......................
NPRM................................   10/13/15  80 FR 61610
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/08/16  .......................
Final Rule..........................   10/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John A. Gale, Transportation Regulations 
Specialist, Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous 
Materials Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202-366-0434, Email: john.gale@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2137-AE66

220. Pipeline Safety: Issues Related to the Use of Plastic Pipe in Gas 
Pipeline Industry (RRR)

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 60101 et seq.
    Abstract: In this rule, PHMSA is amending the natural and other gas 
pipeline safety regulations (49 CFR part 192) to address regulatory 
requirements involving plastic piping systems used in gas services. 
These amendments are intended to correct errors, address 
inconsistencies, and respond to petitions for rulemaking. The 
requirements in several subject matter areas are affected, including 
incorporation of tracking and traceability provisions; design factor 
for polyethylene (PE) pipe; more stringent mechanical fitting 
requirements; updated and additional regulations for risers; expanded 
use of Polyamide-11 (PA-11) thermoplastic pipe; incorporation of newer 
Polyamide-12 (PA-12) thermoplastic pipe; and incorporation of updated 
and additional standards for fittings.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   05/21/15  80 FR 29263
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/31/15  .......................
Final Rule..........................   10/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cameron H. Satterthwaite, Transportation 
Regulations Specialist, Department of Transportation, Pipeline and 
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202-366-8553, Email: 
cameron.satterthwaite@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2137-AE93

221. Pipeline Safety: Operator Qualification, Cost Recovery, Accident 
and Incident Notification, and Other Changes (RRR)

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 60101 et seq.
    Abstract: PHMSA is amending the pipeline safety regulations to 
address requirements of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and 
Job Creation Act of 2011 (2011 Act), and to update and clarify certain 
regulatory requirements. Under the 2011 Act, PHMSA is adding a specific 
time frame for telephonic or electronic notifications of accidents and 
incidents and adding provisions for cost recovery for design reviews of 
certain new projects. Among other provisions, PHMSA is adding a 
procedure for renewal of expiring special permits, and for submitters 
of information requesting PHMSA to keep some information confidential. 
In addition, PHMSA is amending the operator qualification (OQ) 
requirements, drug and alcohol testing requirements, and incorporating 
consensus standards by reference for in-line inspection (ILI) and 
Stress Corrosion Cracking Direct Assessment (SCCDA).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   07/10/15  80 FR 39916
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/08/15  .......................
Final Rule..........................   10/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John A. Gale, Transportation Regulations 
Specialist, Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous 
Materials Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202-366-0434, Email: john.gale@dot.gov.

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    RIN: 2137-AE94

 BILLING CODE 4910-60-P

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Maritime Administration (MARAD)

Proposed Rule Stage

222. +Cargo Preference

    Legal Authority: 49 CFR 1.66; 46 app U.S.C. 1101; 46 app U.S.C. 
1241; 46 U.S.C. 2302 (e)(1); Pub. L. 91-469
    Abstract: This rulemaking would revise and clarify the cargo 
preference regulations that have not been revised substantially since 
1971. The rulemaking would also implement statutory changes, including 
section 3511, Public Law 110-417, of The National Defense Authorization 
Act for FY 2009, which provides enforcement authority.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   05/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mitch Hudson, Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 366-9373, Email: mitch.hudson@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2133-AB74

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

31 CFR Subtitles A and B


Semiannual Agenda

AGENCY: Department of the Treasury.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This notice is given pursuant to the requirements of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive Order 12866 (``Regulatory 
Planning and Review''), which require the publication by the Department 
of a semiannual agenda of regulations.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Agency contact identified in the 
item relating to that regulation.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The semiannual regulatory agenda includes 
regulations that the Department has issued or expects to issue and 
rules currently in effect that are under departmental or bureau review.
    Beginning with the fall 2007 edition, the Internet has been the 
primary medium for disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete 
Unified Agenda will be available online at www.reginfo.gov and 
www.regulations.gov, in a format that offers users an enhanced ability 
to obtain information from the Agenda database. Because publication in 
the Federal Register is mandated for the regulatory flexibility agenda 
required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602), Treasury's 
printed agenda entries include only:
    (1) Rules that are in the regulatory flexibility agenda, in 
accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because they are likely 
to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities; and
    (2) Rules that have been identified for periodic review under 
section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain 
information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's Agenda 
requirements. Additional information on these entries is available in 
the Unified Agenda available on the Internet.
    The semiannual agenda of the Department of the Treasury conforms to 
the Unified Agenda format developed by the Regulatory Information 
Service Center (RISC).

 Brian J. Sonfield,
Deputy Assistant General Counsel for General Law and Regulation.

         Financial Crimes Enforcement Network--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
223.......................  Financial Crimes                   1506-AB25
                             Enforcement Network:
                             Customer Due Diligence
                             Requirements for
                             Financial Institutions.
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              Customs Revenue Function--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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224.......................  Mandated use of the                1515-AE06
                             Automated Commercial
                             Environment for
                             Submission of
                             International Trade Data
                             System Agency Information
                             Accompanying Electronic
                             Entry/Entry Summary
                             (Cargo Release and
                             Related Entry).
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              Internal Revenue Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
225.......................  Deemed Distributions Under         1545-BN07
                             Section 305(c) of Stock
                             and Rights to Acquire
                             Stock.
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               Internal Revenue Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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226.......................  Issue Price Definition for         1545-BM46
                             Tax-Exempt Bonds.
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (TREAS)

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN)

Completed Actions

223. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network: Customer Due Diligence 
Requirements for Financial Institutions

    Legal Authority: 31 U.S.C. 5311 to 5314; 12 U.S.C. 1829(b)
    Abstract: The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), after 
consulting with staff from various Federal supervisory authorities, is 
proposing rules under the Bank Secrecy Act to clarify and strengthen 
customer due diligence requirements for: (i) Banks; (ii) brokers or 
dealers in securities; (iii) mutual funds; and (iv) futures commission 
merchants and introducing brokers in commodities. The proposed rules 
would contain explicit customer due diligence requirements and would 
include a new requirement to identify beneficial owners of legal entity 
customers, subject to certain exemptions.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Action........................   05/11/16  81 FR 29398
Final Action Effective..............   05/11/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Vallely, Phone: 703 905-3851, Email: 
michael.vallely@fincen.gov.
    RIN: 1506-AB25

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (TREAS)

Customs Revenue Function (CUSTOMS)

Proposed Rule Stage

224.  Mandated Use of the Automated Commercial Environment for 
Submission of International Trade Data System Agency Information 
Accompanying Electronic Entry/Entry Summary (Cargo Release and Related 
Entry)

    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined
    Abstract: This document proposes to amend the U.S. Customs and 
Border Protection (CBP) regulations to reflect new requirements for 
filing in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Pursuant to the 
Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006, CBP 
plans to implement the International Trade Data System (ITDS) by making 
ACE the single window for processing of all entry and entry summary 
data. CBP expects that making ACE the single window for trade 
processing will help CBP eliminate redundant information submissions, 
efficiently regulate the flow of commerce, and effectively enforce laws 
and regulations relating to international trade, as mandated by the 
SAFE Port Act of 2006. To realize the full benefit of the single 
window, CBP proposes new regulations that will require filers 
submitting entry or entry summary data electronically in ACE also to 
file associated ITDS Agency data electronically in ACE, subject to 
limited exceptions. This rule will make each discrete entry or entry 
summary more uniform, as each transaction will be filed entirely in 
electronic format or entirely in paper format. This will enhance the 
ability of the U.S. Government to enforce the legal requirements 
pertaining to those transactions.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   07/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Suzanne Kingsbury, Attorney, Regulations Branch, 
Department of the Treasury, Office of Regulations and Rulings, 1300 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20229, Phone: 202 572-8763.
    RIN: 1515-AE06

BILLING CODE 9111-14-P

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (TREAS)

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Proposed Rule Stage

225.  Deemed Distributions Under Section 305(C) of Stock and 
Rights To Acquire Stock

    Legal Authority: 26 U.S.C. 7805
    Abstract: Provide guidance on the amount and timing of 
distributions under section 305(c) and 305(b), and to clarify that 
deemed distributions caused by changes in conversion ratios are 
considered a distribution of additional rights to acquire the 
underlying stock, and not a distribution of the underlying stock 
itself. Guidance is also provided to withholding agents regarding their 
withholding obligations, and on information reporting for such 
distributions under sections 860G, 861, 1441, 1461, 1471, 1473 and 
6045B.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/13/16  81 FR 21795
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/12/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Maurice LaBrie, Attorney, Department of the 
Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20224, Phone: 202 317-5024.
    RIN: 1545-BN07

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (TREAS)

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Final Rule Stage

226. Issue Price Definition for Tax-Exempt Bonds

    Legal Authority: 26 U.S.C. 148(i); 26 U.S.C. 7805
    Abstract: The final regulations define issue price for purposes of 
the arbitrage restrictions under section 148 of the Internal Revenue 
Code applicable to tax-exempt bonds and other tax-advantaged bonds.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/24/15  80 FR 36301
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/22/15
Final Action........................   09/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lewis Bell, Tax Attorney, Department of the 
Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20224, Phone: 202 317-4565, Fax: 855 574-9028, Email: 
lewis.bell@irscounsel.treas.gov.
    RIN: 1545-BM46

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36 CFR Ch. XI


Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board 
submits the following agenda of proposed regulatory activities which 
may be conducted by the agency during the next 12 months. This 
regulatory agenda may be revised by the agency during the coming months 
as a result of action taken by the Board.

ADDRESSES: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, 
1331 F Street NW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning Board 
regulations and proposed actions, contact Gretchen Jacobs, General 
Counsel, (202) 272-0040 (voice) or (202) 272-0062 (TTY).

 Gretchen Jacobs,
General Counsel.

 Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board--Final Rule
                                  Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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227.......................  Accessibility Guidelines           3014-AA26
                             for Pedestrian Facilities
                             in the Public Right-of-
                             Way.
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  Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board--Long-Term
                                 Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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228.......................  Americans With                     3014-AA11
                             Disabilities Act (ADA)
                             Accessibility Guidelines
                             for Passenger Vessels.
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ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD (ATBCB)

Final Rule Stage

227. Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public 
Right-of-Way

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 12204, Americans With Disabilities Act; 
29 U.S.C. 792, Rehabilitation Act
    Abstract: This rulemaking would establish accessibility guidelines 
to ensure that sidewalks and pedestrian facilities in the public right-
of-way are accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. A 
Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking consolidated this rulemaking 
with RIN 3014-AA41; accessibility guidelines for shared use paths 
(which are multi-use paths designed primarily for use by bicyclists and 
pedestrians--including persons with disabilities--for transportation 
and recreation purposes). The U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. 
Department of Transportation, and other Federal agencies are expected 
to adopt the accessibility guidelines for pedestrian facilities in the 
public right-of-way and for shared use paths, as enforceable standards 
in separate rulemakings for the construction and alteration of 
facilities covered by the Americans With Disabilities Act, section 504 
of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Architectural Barriers Act.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Intent to Form Advisory      08/12/99  64 FR 43980
 Committee.
Notice of Appointment of Advisory      10/20/99  64 FR 56482
 Committee Members.
Availability of Draft Guidelines....   06/17/02  67 FR 41206
Availability of Draft Guidelines....   11/23/05  70 FR 70734
NPRM................................   07/26/11  76 FR 44664
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/23/11
Notice Reopening Comment Period.....   12/05/11  76 FR 75844
Reopening NPRM Comment Period End...   02/02/12
Second NPRM.........................   02/13/13  78 FR 10110
Second NPRM Comment Period End......   05/14/13
Final Action........................   10/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Gretchen Jacobs, General Counsel, Architectural and 
Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, 1331 F Street NW., Suite 
1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111, Phone: 202 272-0040, TDD Phone: 202 
272-0062, Fax: 202 272-0081, Email: jacobs@access-board.gov.
    RIN: 3014-AA26

ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD (ATBCB)

Long-Term Actions

228. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for 
Passenger Vessels

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 12204, Americans with Disabilities Act 
of 1990
    Abstract: This rulemaking would establish accessibility guidelines 
to ensure that newly constructed and altered passenger vessels covered 
by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are accessible to and 
usable by individuals with disabilities. The U.S. Department of 
Transportation and U.S. Department of Justice are expected to adopt the 
guidelines as enforceable standards in separate rulemakings for the 
construction and alteration of passenger vessels covered by the ADA.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Intent to Establish          03/30/98  63 FR 15175
 Advisory Committee.
Establishment of Advisory Committee.   08/12/98  63 FR 43136
Availability of Draft Guidelines....   11/26/04  69 FR 69244
ANPRM...............................   11/26/04  69 FR 69246
ANPRM Comment Period Extended.......   03/22/05  70 FR 14435

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ANPRM Comment Period Extended End...   07/28/05
Availability of Draft Guidelines....   07/07/06  71 FR 38563
Notice of Intent to Establish          06/25/07  72 FR 34653
 Advisory Committee.
Establishment of Advisory Committee.   08/13/07  72 FR 45200
NPRM................................   06/25/13  78 FR 38102
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   08/13/13  78 FR 49248
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   01/24/14
Final Action........................   10/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Gretchen Jacobs, General Counsel, Architectural and 
Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, 1331 F Street NW., Suite 
1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111, Phone: 202 272-0040, TDD Phone: 202 
272-0062, Fax: 202 272-0081, Email: jacobs@access-board.gov.
    RIN: 3014-AA11

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Ch. I

[EPA-HQ-OA-2016-0203; EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0175; EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0126; EPA-
HQ-OW-2015-0541; FRL 9944-15-OP]


Spring 2016 Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory flexibility agenda and semiannual 
regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes the 
semiannual regulatory agenda online (the e-Agenda) at http://
www.reginfo.gov and at www.regulations.gov to update the public. This 
document contains information about:
     Regulations in the semiannual regulatory agenda that are 
under development, completed, or canceled since the last agenda;
     Retrospective reviews of existing regulations; and
     Reviews of regulations with small business impacts under 
Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 11, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by the appropriate Docket 
ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2016-0203; EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0175; EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-
0126, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, 
comments cannot be edited or withdrawn. The EPA may publish any comment 
received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any 
information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) 
or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. 
Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a 
written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment 
and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA 
will generally not consider comments or comment contents located 
outside of the primary submission (i.e. on the web, cloud, or other 
file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA 
public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, 
and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit https:/
/www.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions or comments 
about a particular action, please get in touch with the agency contact 
listed in each agenda entry. If you have general questions about the 
semiannual regulatory agenda or retrospective review activity, please 
contact: Caryn Muellerleile (muellerleile.caryn@epa.gov; 202-564-2855).

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
    A. EPA's Regulatory Information
    B. What key statutes and Executive Orders guide EPA's rule and 
policymaking process?
    C. How can you be involved in EPA's rule and policymaking 
process?
II. Semiannual Regulatory Agenda
    A. What actions are included in the E-Agenda and the Regulatory 
Agenda?
    B. How is the E-Agenda organized?
    C. What information is in the Regulatory Flexibility Agenda and 
the E-Agenda?
    D. How can you find out about rulemakings that start up after 
the Regulatory Agenda is signed?
    E. What tools are available for mining Regulatory Agenda data 
and for finding more about EPA rules and policies?
III. Retrospective Review of Regulations
IV. Review of Regulations Under 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act
    A. Reviews of Rules With Significant Impacts on a Substantial 
Number of Small Entities
    B. What other special attention does EPA give to the impacts of 
rules on small businesses, small governments, and small nonprofit 
organizations?
V. Thank You for Collaborating With Us

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Introduction

    EPA is committed to a regulatory strategy that effectively achieves 
the Agency's mission of protecting the environment and the health, 
welfare, and safety of Americans while also supporting economic growth, 
job creation, competitiveness, and innovation. EPA publishes the 
Semiannual Regulatory Agenda to update the public about regulatory 
activity undertaken in support of this mission. Within the Semiannual 
Regulatory Agenda, EPA provides notice of our plans to review, propose, 
and issue regulations.
    In 2016, EPA is also reviewing its Final Plan for Periodic 
Retrospective Reviews of Existing Regulations, which was issued in 
2011. Under Executive Order 13563, EPA committed to periodically review 
existing regulations to determine whether any may be modified, 
streamlined, expanded, or repealed in order to make the agency's 
regulatory program more effective or less burdensome in achieving our 
regulatory objectives. Consistent with our 2011 plan, EPA is again 
soliciting comments on regulations that might be appropriate for 
retrospective review.
    EPA's Semiannual Regulatory Agenda also includes information about 
rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities, and review of those regulations under the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, as amended.
    Within this document, EPA explains in greater detail the types of 
actions and information available in the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, 
the opportunity to suggest regulations that may be appropriate for 
retrospective review, and actions that are currently undergoing review 
specifically for impacts on small entities.

A. EPA's Regulatory Information

    ``E-Agenda,'' ``online regulatory agenda,'' and ``semiannual 
regulatory agenda'' all refer to the same comprehensive collection of 
information that, until 2007, was published in the Federal Register but 
now is only available through an online database, at both 
www.reginfo.gov/ and www.regulations.gov.
    ``Regulatory Flexibility Agenda'' refers to a document that 
contains information about regulations that may have a significant 
impact on a substantial number of small entities. We continue to 
publish it in the Federal Register pursuant to the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act of 1980. This document is available at http://
www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/home.action.
    ``Unified Regulatory Agenda'' refers to the collection of all 
agencies' agendas with an introduction prepared by the Regulatory 
Information Service Center facilitated by the General Service 
Administration.
    ``Regulatory Agenda Preamble'' refers to the document you are 
reading now. It appears as part of the Regulatory Flexibility Agenda 
and introduces both the Regulatory Flexibility Agenda and the e-Agenda.
    ``Regulatory Development and Retrospective Review Tracker'' refers 
to an online portal to EPA's priority rules and retrospective reviews 
of existing regulations. This portal is available at www.epa.gov/
regdarrt/.
    ``Retrospective Review Plan'' is EPA's plan under Executive Orders 
13563 and 13610 to periodically review existing regulations to 
determine whether any may be modified, streamlined, expanded, or 
repealed in order to make the agency's regulatory program more 
effective or less burdensome in achieving the regulatory objectives. 
This Plan and subsequent progress updates are available at https://
www.epa.gov/

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laws-regulations/retrospective-review-history.
    ``610 Review'' is an action EPA is committed to reviewing within 
ten years of promulgating a final rule that has or may have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. 
EPA maintains a list of these actions at https://www.epa.gov/reg-flex/
section-610-reviews.

B. What key statutes and Executive Orders guide EPA's rule and 
policymaking process?

    A number of environmental laws authorize EPA's actions, including 
but not limited to:
     Clean Air Act (CAA),
     Clean Water Act (CWA),
     Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and 
Liability Act (CERCLA, or Superfund),
     Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act 
(EPCRA),
     Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act 
(FIFRA),
     Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA),
     Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and
     Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
    Not only must EPA comply with environmental laws, but also 
administrative legal requirements that apply to the issuance of 
regulations, such as: The Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) as amended by the Small Business 
Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA), the Unfunded Mandates 
Reform Act (UMRA), the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), the National 
Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA), and the Congressional 
Review Act (CRA).
    EPA also meets a number of requirements contained in numerous 
Executive Orders: 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review'' (58 FR 
51735, Oct. 4, 1993), as supplemented by Executive Order 13563, 
``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review'' (76 FR 3821, Jan. 21, 
2011); 12898, ``Environmental Justice'' (59 FR 7629, Feb. 16, 1994); 
13045, ``Children's Health Protection'' (62 FR 19885, Apr. 23, 1997); 
13132, ``Federalism'' (64 FR 43255, Aug. 10, 1999); 13175, 
``Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments'' (65 FR 
67249, Nov. 9, 2000); 13211, ``Actions Concerning Regulations That 
Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use'' (66 FR 
28355, May 22, 2001).
    In addition to meeting its mission goals and priorities, EPA 
reviews its existing regulations under Executive Order 13563, 
``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review'' and Executive Order 
13610, ``Identifying and Reducing Regulatory Burdens.'' These Executive 
Orders provide for periodic retrospective review of existing 
regulations and are intended to determine whether any such regulations 
should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed, so as to make 
the Agency's regulatory program more effective or less burdensome in 
achieving its regulatory objectives.

C. How can you be involved in EPA's rule and policymaking process?

    You can make your voice heard by getting in touch with the contact 
person provided in each agenda entry. EPA encourages you to participate 
as early in the process as possible. You may also participate by 
commenting on proposed rules published in the Federal Register (FR).
    Instructions on how to submit your comments are provided in each 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). To be most effective, comments 
should contain information and data that support your position and you 
also should explain why EPA should incorporate your suggestion in the 
rule or other type of action. You can be particularly helpful and 
persuasive if you provide examples to illustrate your concerns and 
offer specific alternatives.
    EPA believes its actions will be more cost effective and protective 
if the development process includes stakeholders working with us to 
help identify the most practical and effective solutions to problems. 
EPA encourages you to become involved in its rule and policymaking 
process. For more information about public involvement in EPA 
activities, please visit www.epa.gov/open.

II. Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

A. What actions are included in the E-Agenda and the Regulatory 
Flexibility Agenda?

    EPA includes regulations in the e-Agenda. However, there is no 
legal significance to the omission of an item from the agenda, and EPA 
generally does not include the following categories of actions:
     Administrative actions such as delegations of authority, 
changes of address, or phone numbers;
     Under the CAA: Revisions to State implementation plans; 
equivalent methods for ambient air quality monitoring; deletions from 
the new source performance standards source categories list; 
delegations of authority to States; area designations for air quality 
planning purposes;
     Under FIFRA: Registration-related decisions, actions 
affecting the status of currently registered pesticides, and data call-
ins;
     Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act: Actions 
regarding pesticide tolerances and food additive regulations;
     Under RCRA: Authorization of State solid waste management 
plans; hazardous waste delisting petitions;
     Under the CWA: State Water Quality Standards; deletions 
from the section 307(a) list of toxic pollutants; suspensions of toxic 
testing requirements under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination 
System (NPDES); delegations of NPDES authority to States;
     Under SDWA: Actions on State underground injection control 
programs.
    Meanwhile, the Regulatory Flexibility Agenda includes:
     Actions likely to have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities.
     Rules the Agency has identified for periodic review under 
section 610 of the RFA.
    EPA is initiating two 610 reviews at this time and completing one 
610 review.

B. How is the E-Agenda organized?

    You can choose how to organize the agenda entries online by 
specifying the characteristics of the entries of interest in the 
desired individual data fields for both the www.reginfo.gov and 
www.regulations.gov versions of the e-Agenda. You can sort based on the 
following characteristics: EPA subagency; stage of rulemaking, which is 
explained below; alphabetically by title; and by the Regulation 
Identifier Number (RIN), which is assigned sequentially when an action 
is added to the agenda.
    Each entry in the Agenda is associated with one of five rulemaking 
stages. The rulemaking stages are:
    1. Prerule Stage--This section includes EPA actions generally 
intended to determine whether the agency should initiate rulemaking. 
Prerulemakings may include anything that influences or leads to 
rulemaking, such as Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRMs), 
studies, or analyses of the possible need for regulatory action.
    2. Proposed Rule Stage--This section includes EPA rulemaking 
actions that are within a year of proposal (publication of Notices of 
Proposed Rulemakings [NPRMs]).

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    3. Final Rule Stage--This section includes rules that will be 
issued as a final rule within a year.
    4. Long-Term Actions--This section includes rulemakings for which 
the next scheduled regulatory action is after April 2017. We urge you 
to explore becoming involved even if an action is listed in the Long-
Term category.
    5. Completed Actions--This section contains actions that have been 
promulgated and published in the Federal Register since publication of 
the fall 2015 Agenda. It also includes actions that EPA is no longer 
considering and has elected to ``withdraw.'' EPA also announces the 
results of any RFA section 610 review in this section of the agenda.

C. What information is in the Regulatory Flexibility Agenda and the E-
Agenda?

    The Regulatory Flexibility Agenda entries include only the nine 
categories of information that are required by the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act of 1980 and by Federal Register Agenda printing 
requirements: Sequence Number, RIN, Title, Description, Statutory 
Authority, Section 610 Review, if applicable, Regulatory Flexibility 
Analysis Required, Schedule, and Contact Person. Note that the 
electronic version of the Agenda (e-Agenda) has more extensive 
information on each of these actions.
    E-Agenda entries include:
    Title: A brief description of the subject of the regulation. The 
notation ``Section 610 Review'' follows the title if we are reviewing 
the rule as part of our periodic review of existing rules under section 
610 of the RFA (5 U.S.C. 610).
    Priority: Entries are placed into one of five categories described 
below.
    a. Economically Significant: Under Executive Order 12866, a 
rulemaking that may 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.
    b. Other Significant: A rulemaking that is not economically 
significant but is considered significant for other reasons. This 
category includes rules that may:
    1. Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an 
action taken or planned by another agency;
    2. Materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, 
user fees, or loan programs, or the rights and obligations of 
recipients; or
    3. Raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal 
mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles in Executive 
Order 12866.
    c. Substantive, Nonsignificant: A rulemaking that has substantive 
impacts but is not Significant, Routine and Frequent, or Informational/
Administrative/Other.
    d. Routine and Frequent: A rulemaking that is a specific case of a 
recurring application of a regulatory program in the Code of Federal 
Regulations (e.g., certain State Implementation Plans, National 
Priority List updates, Significant New Use Rules, State Hazardous Waste 
Management Program actions, and Tolerance Exemptions). If an action 
that would normally be classified Routine and Frequent is reviewed by 
the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866, then 
we would classify the action as either ``Economically Significant'' or 
``Other Significant.''
    e. Informational/Administrative/Other: An action that is primarily 
informational or pertains to an action outside the scope of Executive 
Order 12866.
    Major: A rule is ``major'' under 5 U.S.C. 801 if it has resulted or 
is likely to result in an annual effect on the economy of $100 million 
or more or meets other criteria specified in that Act.
    Unfunded Mandates: Whether the rule is covered by section 202 of 
the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.). The Act 
generally requires that federal agencies prepare a written statement, 
including a cost-benefit analysis, for each proposed and final rule 
with ``federal mandates'' that may result in expenditures by State, 
local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private 
sector of more than $100 million in 1 year.
    Legal Authority: The sections of the United States Code (U.S.C.), 
Public Law (Pub. L.), Executive Order (EO), or common name of the law 
that authorizes the regulatory action.
    CFR Citation: The sections of the Code of Federal Regulations that 
would be affected by the action.
    Legal Deadline: An indication of whether the rule is subject to a 
statutory or judicial deadline, the date of that deadline, and whether 
the deadline pertains to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, a Final 
Action, or some other action.
    Abstract: A brief description of the problem the action will 
address.
    Timetable: The dates and citations (if available) for all past 
steps and a projected date for at least the next step for the 
regulatory action. A date displayed in the form 10/00/16 means the 
agency is predicting the month and year the action will take place but 
not the day it will occur. For some entries, the timetable indicates 
that the date of the next action is ``to be determined.''
    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Indicates whether EPA has 
prepared or anticipates that it will be preparing a regulatory 
flexibility analysis under section 603 or 604 of the RFA. Generally, 
such an analysis is required for proposed or final rules subject to the 
RFA that EPA believes may have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities.
    Small Entities Affected: Indicates whether the rule is anticipated 
to have any effect on small businesses, small governments, or small 
nonprofit organizations.
    Government Levels Affected: Indicates whether the rule may have any 
effect on levels of government and, if so, whether the governments are 
State, local, tribal, or Federal.
    Federalism Implications: Indicates whether the action is expected 
to have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship 
between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution 
of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    Energy Impacts: Indicates whether the action is a significant 
energy action under Executive Order 13211.
    Sectors Affected: Indicates the main economic sectors regulated by 
the action. The regulated parties are identified by their North 
American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. These codes were 
created by the Census Bureau for collecting, analyzing, and publishing 
statistical data on the U.S. economy. There are more than 1,000 NAICS 
codes for sectors in agriculture, mining, manufacturing, services, and 
public administration.
    International Trade Impacts: Indicates whether the action is likely 
to have international trade or investment effects, or otherwise be of 
international interest.
    Agency Contact: The name, address, phone number, and email address, 
if available, of a person who is knowledgeable about the regulation.
    Additional Information: Other information about the action 
including docket information.
    URLs: For some actions, the Internet addresses are included for 
reading copies of rulemaking documents, submitting comments on 
proposals, and getting more information about the rulemaking and the 
program of which it is a part. (Note: To submit comments on

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proposals, you can go to the associated electronic docket, which is 
housed at www.regulations.gov. Once there, follow the online 
instructions to access the docket in question and submit comments. A 
docket identification [ID] number will assist in the search for 
materials.)
    RIN: The Regulation Identifier Number is used by OMB to identify 
and track rulemakings. The first four digits of the RIN identify the 
EPA office with lead responsibility for developing the action.

D. How can you find out about rulemakings that start up after the 
Regulatory Agenda is signed?

    EPA posts monthly information of new rulemakings that the Agency's 
senior managers have decided to develop. This list is also distributed 
via email. You can find the current list, known as the Action 
Initiation List (AIL), at http://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/actions-
initiated-month where you will also find information about how to get 
an email notification when a new list is posted.

E. What tools are available for mining Regulatory Agenda data and for 
finding more about EPA rules, policies, and retrospective review?

1. The http://www.reginfo.gov/ Searchable Database
    The Regulatory Information Service Center and Office of Information 
and Regulatory Affairs have a Federal regulatory dashboard that allows 
users to view the Regulatory Agenda database (http://www.reginfo.gov/
public/do/eAgendaMain), which includes search, display, and data 
transmission options.
2. Subject Matter EPA Web Sites
    Some actions listed in the Agenda include a URL that provides 
additional information about the action.
3. Public Dockets
    When EPA publishes either an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
(ANPRM) or a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal 
Register, the Agency typically establishes a docket to accumulate 
materials throughout the development process for that rulemaking. The 
docket serves as the repository for the collection of documents or 
information related to a particular Agency action or activity. EPA most 
commonly uses dockets for rulemaking actions, but dockets may also be 
used for RFA section 610 reviews of rules with significant economic 
impacts on a substantial number of small entities and for various non-
rulemaking activities, such as Federal Register documents seeking 
public comments on draft guidance, policy statements, information 
collection requests under the PRA, and other non-rule activities. 
Docket information should be in that action's agenda entry. All of 
EPA's public dockets can be located at www.regulations.gov.
4. EPA's Regulatory Development and Retrospective Review Tracker
    EPA's Regulatory Development and Retrospective Review Tracker 
(www.epa.gov/regdarrt/) serves as a portal to EPA's priority rules, 
providing you with earlier and more frequently updated information 
about Agency regulations than is provided by the Regulatory Agenda. Not 
all of EPA's Regulatory Agenda entries appear on Reg DaRRT; only 
priority rulemakings can be found on this Web site.
    This Web site also provides information about EPA's retrospective 
reviews of existing regulations and semiannual progress reports on 
those reviews.

III. Retrospective Review of Regulations

    Recognizing the importance of reducing unnecessary red tape, 
Executive Order 13563 requires agencies to develop a plan to 
periodically review its regulations to determine whether any should be 
modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed to make the agency's 
regulatory program more effective or less burdensome in achieving the 
regulatory objectives. Executive Order 13610 requires agencies to give 
priority to those initiatives that will produce significant monetary 
savings or reductions in paperwork burdens while protecting public 
health, welfare, safety, and our environment, and puts particular 
emphasis on initiatives that would reduce unjustified regulatory 
burdens or simplify or harmonize regulatory requirements on small 
businesses.
    In August 2011, EPA issued its Final Plan for Periodic 
Retrospective Reviews of Existing Regulations (http://www.epa.gov/
regdarrt/). This Plan was developed after extensive public outreach 
that sought input on an agency plan for retrospective review, as well 
as on possible reforms to modify, streamline, expand or repeal existing 
regulations. As part of our 2011 Final Plan, the EPA committed to 
soliciting comments on what the public recommends for review as well as 
to evaluating the first review period.
    Consistent with the Executive Orders and with our 2011 Plan, EPA is 
again soliciting comments on regulations that might be appropriate for 
retrospective review. We are requesting comment on rules that were 
finalized more than 5 years ago and that have not already been 
identified for review under the 2011 Final Plan or subsequent updates 
to that Plan. In addition, we are specifically soliciting comments on 
the following questions:
     Which regulations could be updated to be less burdensome 
for small businesses and/or state and local governments while 
maintaining environmental protection?
     Which regulations, including economically significant 
rules, could be transitioned from paper to electronic reporting?
     How can the EPA reduce duplicative reporting requirements 
in existing regulations that may overlap with other federal 
requirements?
     How can the EPA streamline or consolidate reporting 
requirements to reduce burden, including reducing the frequency of 
reporting, while maintaining effective programs?
     Which regulations could be improved through the use of 
advance monitoring techniques to facilitate environmental protection?
     Are there changes that could be made to a regulation to 
better protect vulnerable populations?
     Which regulations (or a portion of a regulation) have 
achieved their original objective and become obsolete?
    We request that commenters be as specific as possible, include any 
supporting data or other information, and provide a citation when 
referencing a specific regulation. In addition, in drafting comments, 
bear in mind that the EPA must uphold both its legal obligations under 
governing statutes and its mission to protect human health and the 
environment; and that the EPA's retrospective review will be tailored 
to reflect its resources, rulemaking schedule, and workload.
    The EPA is accepting comments until July 11, 2016. Please send 
retrospective review comments to docket EPA-HQ-OA-2016-0203. Although 
the agency will not respond to individual comments, the EPA values and 
will give careful consideration to all input that it receives. Please 
see https://www.epa.gov/regdarrt/retrospective/history.html for 
additional information and updates.

IV. Review of Regulations Under 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act

A. Reviews of Rules With Significant Impacts on a Substantial Number of 
Small Entities
    Section 610 of the RFA requires that an agency review, within 10 
years of

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promulgation, each rule that has or will have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities. At this time, EPA is 
initiating two 610 reviews and concluding a third 610 review.

 
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           Review title                   RIN                    Docket ID #                       Status
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610 Review of Control of Hazardous       2060-AS88  EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0175                   New.
 Air Pollutants From Mobile
 Sources.
Section 610 Review of Lead-Based         2070-AK17  EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0126                  New.
 Paint Activities; Training and
 Certification for Renovation and
 Remodeling Section 402(c)(3).
Section 610 Review of National           2040-AF58  EPA-HQ-OW-2015-0541                    Completed.
 Primary Drinking Water
 Regulations: Ground Water Rule.
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    EPA established official public dockets for the new 610 Reviews. If 
you would like to provide feedback, submit your comments, identified by 
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0175 or EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0126, to the 
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments 
cannot be edited or withdrawn. The EPA may publish any comment received 
to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you 
consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other 
information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia 
submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written 
comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and 
should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA 
generally will not consider comments or comment contents located 
outside of the primary submission (i.e. on the Web, cloud, or other 
file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA 
public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, 
and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit http://
www.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets. EPA is no longer accepting 
comment on the Section 610 Review of National Primary Drinking Water 
Regulations: Ground Water Rule.

B. What other special attention does EPA give to the impacts of rules 
on small businesses, small governments, and small nonprofit 
organizations?

    For each of EPA's rulemakings, consideration is given to whether 
there will be any adverse impact on any small entity. EPA attempts to 
fit the regulatory requirements, to the extent feasible, to the scale 
of the businesses, organizations, and governmental jurisdictions 
subject to the regulation.
    Under RFA as amended by SBREFA, the Agency must prepare a formal 
analysis of the potential negative impacts on small entities, convene a 
Small Business Advocacy Review Panel (proposed rule stage), and prepare 
a Small Entity Compliance Guide (final rule stage) unless the Agency 
certifies a rule will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities. For more detailed information 
about the Agency's policy and practice with respect to implementing 
RFA/SBREFA, please visit EPA's RFA/SBREFA Web site at www.epa.gov/reg-
flex.

V. Thank You for Collaborating With Us

    Finally, we would like to thank those of you who choose to join 
with us in making progress on the complex issues involved in protecting 
human health and the environment. Collaborative efforts such as EPA's 
open rulemaking process are a valuable tool for addressing the problems 
we face, and the regulatory agenda is an important part of that 
process.

    Dated: March 18, 2016.
Shannon Kenny,
Principal Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Policy.

                            10--Prerule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
229.......................  Section 610 Review of              2060-AS88
                             Control of Hazardous Air
                             Pollutants From Mobile
                             Sources (Section 610
                             Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


                          10--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
230.......................  Modernization of the               2050-AG82
                             Accidental Release
                             Prevention Regulations
                             Under Clean Air Act.
231.......................  General Permits and                2060-AR98
                             Permits by Rule for the
                             Federal Minor New Source
                             Review Program in Indian
                             Country for Six Source
                             Categories.
232.......................  Greenhouse Gas Emissions           2060-AS16
                             and Fuel Efficiency
                             Standards for Medium- and
                             Heavy-Duty Engines and
                             Vehicles--Phase 2.
233.......................  Oil and Natural Gas                2060-AS30
                             Sector: Emission
                             Standards for New and
                             Modified Sources.
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                            35--Prerule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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234.......................  Section 610 Review of Lead-        2070-AK17
                             Based Paint Activities;
                             Training and
                             Certification for
                             Renovation and Remodeling
                             Section 402(c)(3)
                             (Section 610 Review).
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                         35--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
235.......................  Trichloroethylene (TCE);           2070-AK11
                             Rulemaking Under TSCA
                             Section 6(a); Vapor
                             Degreasing.
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                          35--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
236.......................  Formaldehyde Emission              2070-AJ44
                             Standards for Composite
                             Wood Products.
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                         60--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
237.......................  Financial Responsibility           2050-AG61
                             Requirements Under CERCLA
                             Section 108(b) for
                             Classes of Facilities in
                             the Hard Rock Mining
                             Industry.
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                          72--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
238.......................  Section 610 Review of              2040-AF58
                             National Primary Drinking
                             Water Regulations: Ground
                             Water Rule (Completion of
                             a Section 610 Review).
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

10

Prerule Stage

229.  Section 610 Review of Control of Hazardous Air Pollutants 
From Mobile Sources (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 610
    Abstract: The rulemaking ``Control of Hazardous Air Pollutants From 
Mobile Sources'' was finalized by the EPA in February 2007 (72 FR 8428, 
February 26, 2007). This program established stringent new controls on 
gasoline, passenger vehicles, and gas cans to further reduce emissions 
of benzene and other mobile source air toxics. The EPA developed a 
Small Entity Compliance Guide, which provides descriptions of the 
regulations and small entity provisions, Q&As, and other helpful 
compliance information. This new entry in the Regulatory Agenda 
announces that the EPA will review this action pursuant to section 610 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 610) to determine if the 
provisions that could affect small entities should be continued without 
change, or should be rescinded or amended to minimize adverse economic 
impacts on small entities. As part of this review, the EPA will 
consider and solicit comments on the following factors: (1) The 
continued need for the rule; (2) the nature of complaints or comments 
received from the public concerning the rule; (3) the complexity of the 
rule; (4) the extent to which the rule overlaps, duplicates, or 
conflicts with other Federal, State, or local government rules; and (5) 
the degree to which the technology, economic conditions, or other 
factors have changed in the area affected by the rule. Comments must be 
received within 60 days of this notice. In submitting comments, please 
reference Docket ID EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0175 and follow the instructions 
provided in the preamble to this issue of the Regulatory Agenda. This 
docket can be accessed at www.regulations.gov.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Rule..........................   02/26/07  72 FR 8427
Begin Review........................   05/00/16
End Review..........................   11/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Tom Eagles, Environmental Protection Agency, Air 
and Radiation, 6103A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20460, Phone: 202 564-1952, Fax: 202 564-1554, Email: 
eagles.tom@epamail.epa.gov.
    RIN: 2060-AS88

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

10

Final Rule Stage

230. Modernization of the Accidental Release Prevention Regulations 
Under Clean Air Act

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7412(r)
    Abstract: The EPA, in response to Executive Order 13650, is 
considering amending its Risk Management Program

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regulations. Such revisions may include several changes to the accident 
prevention program requirements including an additional analysis of 
safer technology and alternatives for the process hazard analysis for 
some Program 3 processes, third-party audits and incident investigation 
root cause analysis for Program 2 and Program 3 processes, enhancements 
to the emergency preparedness requirements, increased public 
availability of chemical hazard information, and several other changes 
to certain regulatory definitions and data elements submitted in risk 
management plans. Such amendments are intended to improve chemical 
process safety, assist local emergency authorities in planning for and 
responding to accidents, and improve public awareness of chemical 
hazards at regulated sources.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   03/14/16  81 FR 13637
Final Rule..........................   12/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jim Belke, Environmental Protection Agency, Office 
of Land and Emergency Management, 5104A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202 564-8023, Fax: 202 564-8444, Email: 
belke.jim@epa.gov.
    Kathy Franklin, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Land and 
Emergency Management, 5104A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, 
DC 20460, Phone: 202 564-7987, Fax: 202 564-2625, Email: 
franklin.kathy@epa.gov.
    RIN: 2050-AG82

231. General Permits and Permits By Rule for the Federal Minor New 
Source Review Program in Indian Country for Six Source Categories

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. Clean Air Act
    Abstract: The Tribal Minor New Source Review (NSR) program applies 
to new and modified minor sources and minor modifications at major 
sources of air pollution in Indian country. The program, established in 
2011, is implemented through issuance of preconstruction permits that 
can include, among other requirements, pollutant emission limits for 
minor sources and emission limitations on the potential of sources to 
emit pollution that would otherwise be considered major sources. This 
minor source program for Indian country is similar to state minor NSR 
programs. State minor NSR programs often use general permits and a few 
state programs allow permits by rule as streamlined permitting 
approaches for similar emission units or stationary sources. This 
action finalizes general permits for certain source categories of true 
minor sources wishing to locate or expand in Indian country. This 
action finalizes general permits for the following six source 
categories: Concrete batch plants; boilers and emergency engines, 
stationary spark ignition engines, stationary compression ignition 
engines, graphic arts and printing operations, and sawmill facilities.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/17/14  79 FR 41845
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   08/19/14  79 FR 49031
Final Rule..........................   05/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Chris Stoneman, Environmental Protection Agency, 
Air and Radiation, C304-01, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, Phone: 
919 541-0823, Fax: 919 541-0072, Email: stoneman.chris@epa.gov.
    Mark Sendzik, Environmental Protection Agency, Air and Radiation, 
C304-03, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, Phone: 919 541-5534, Fax: 
919 541-0942, Email: sendzik.mark@epa.gov.
    RIN: 2060-AR98

232. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- 
and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles--Phase 2

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. Clean Air Act
    Abstract: The EPA and the Department of Transportation, in close 
coordination with the California Air Resources Board, are developing a 
comprehensive National Program for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle 
Greenhouse Gas Emission and Fuel Efficiency Standards for model years 
beyond 2018. These standards would further reduce greenhouse gas 
emissions and fuel consumption from a wide range of on-road vehicles 
from semi-trucks to the largest pickup trucks and vans, and all types 
and sizes of work trucks and buses. This action is in continued 
response to the President's directive to take coordinated steps to 
produce a new generation of clean vehicles and follows the first ever 
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards and Fuel Efficiency Standards for 
Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles (76 FR 57106, September 15, 
2011).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   07/13/15  80 FR 40137
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/11/15
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   07/28/15  80 FR 44863
NPRM Comment Period End Extended End   09/17/15
Notice..............................   03/02/16  81 FR 10822
Final Rule..........................   08/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Matt Spears, Environmental Protection Agency, Air 
and Radiation, Mail Code: ASD1, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, Phone: 734 214-
4921, Fax: 734 214-4816, Email: spears.mattew@epa.gov.
    Charles Moulis, Environmental Protection Agency, Air and Radiation, 
NFEVL, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, Phone: 734 214-4826.
    RIN: 2060-AS16

233. Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New and 
Modified Sources

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. Clean Air Act
    Abstract: Consistent with the White House Methane Strategy and the 
January 14, 2015, announcement of the EPA's approach to achieving 
methane and volatile organic compounds (VOC) reductions from the oil 
and natural gas sector, this action will finalize amendments to the 
2012 new source performance standards (NSPS) for this sector. The 
proposed rule published 9/18/15, included methane and VOC standards for 
sources not covered by the 2012 Oil and Gas NSPS, such as completions 
of hydraulically fractured oil wells, pneumatic pumps and fugitive 
emissions at well sites and compressor stations. The proposal also 
included methane standards for sources covered in the 2012 NSPS. In 
addition, in response to the reconsideration petitions received for the 
2012 NSPS and the subsequent amendments to the NSPS, this rule 
addresses the issues for which the EPA is granting reconsideration.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   09/18/15  80 FR 56593
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   11/13/15  80 FR 70179
Final Rule..........................   05/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------


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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Amy Hambrick, Environmental Protection Agency, Air 
and Radiation, E143-05, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, Phone: 919 
541-0964, Fax: 919 541-3470, Email: hambrick.amy@epa.gov.
    David Cozzie, Environmental Protection Agency, Air and Radiation, 
E-143-05, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, Phone: 919 541-5356, Email: 
cozzie.david@epa.gov.
    RIN: 2060-AS30

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

35

Prerule Stage

234.  Section 610 Review of Lead-Based Paint Activities; 
Training and Certification for Renovation and Remodeling Section 
402(C)(3) (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 610
    Abstract: EPA is initiating a review of the 2008 Lead; Renovation, 
Repair, and Painting Program (RRP) (73 FR 21692) pursuant to section 
610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA, 5 U.S.C. 610). The rule was 
amended in 2010 (75 FR 24802) and 2011 (76 FR 47918) to eliminate a 
provision for contractors to opt-out of prescribed work practices and 
to affirm the qualitative clearance of renovated or repaired spaces, 
respectively. Although the section 610 review only needs to address the 
2008 RRP Rule, EPA will exercise its discretion to consider relevant 
comments to the 2010 and 2011 amendments. The RRP rule is intended to 
reduce exposure to lead hazard created by renovation, repair, and 
painting activities that disturb lead-based paint. The current rule 
establishes requirements for training renovators and dust sampling 
technicians; certifying renovators, dust sampling technicians, and 
renovation firms; accrediting providers of renovation and dust sampling 
technician training; and for renovation work practices. This new entry 
in the regulatory agenda announces that EPA will review this action 
pursuant to RFA section 610. As part of this review, EPA will consider 
and solicit comments on the following factors: (1) The continued need 
for the rule; (2) the nature of complaints or comments received 
concerning the rule; (3) the complexity of the rule; (4) the extent to 
which the rule overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other Federal, 
State, or local government rules; and (5) the degree to which the 
technology, economic conditions or other factors have changed in the 
area affected by the rule. This review will also serve as an additional 
opportunity to provide comment on lead test kits, field testing 
alternatives and other broader RRP rule concerns as referenced in 80 FR 
79335 and 80 FR 27621. Comments must be received within 60 days of this 
notice. In submitting comments, please reference Docket ID EPA-HQ-OPPT-
2016-0126 and follow the instructions provided in the preamble to this 
issue of the Regulatory Agenda. This docket can be accessed at 
www.regulations.gov.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Rule..........................   04/22/08  73 FR 21691
Begin Review........................   05/00/16
End Review..........................   12/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Jonathan Shafer, Environmental Protection Agency, 
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, 7404T, 1200 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202 564-0789, 
Email: shafer.jonathan@epa.gov.
    Michelle Price, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Chemical 
Safety and Pollution Prevention, 7404T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202 566-0744, Email: 
price.michelle@epa.gov.
    RIN: 2070-AK17

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

35

Proposed Rule Stage

235.  Trichloroethylene (TCE); Rulemaking Under TSCA Section 
6(A); Vapor Degreasing

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2605 Toxic Substances Control Act
    Abstract: Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) 
provides authority for the EPA to ban or restrict the manufacture 
(including import), processing, distribution in commerce, and use of 
chemicals, as well as any manner or method of disposal. The EPA 
identified trichloroethylene (TCE) for risk evaluation as part of its 
Work Plan for Chemical Assessment under TSCA. TCE is used in industrial 
and commercial processes, and also has some limited uses in consumer 
products. In the June 2014 TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment for 
TCE, the EPA identified risks associated with commercial vapor 
degreasing. EPA is initiating rulemaking under TSCA section 6 to 
address these risks, if the EPA finds that there is a reasonable basis 
to conclude that the risks to human health or the environment are 
unreasonable. A separate Regulatory Agenda entry (RIN 2070-AK03) covers 
the EPA's consideration of a rulemaking to address the risks associated 
with TCE when used as a spotting agent in dry cleaning and in 
commercial and consumer aerosol spray degreasers.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   10/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Toni Krasnic, Environmental Protection Agency, 
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, 7405M, 1200 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202 564-0984, 
Email: krasnic.toni@epa.gov.
    Joel Wolf, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Chemical 
Safety and Pollution Prevention, 7404T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202 564-2228, Fax: 202 566-0471, Email: 
wolf.joel@epa.gov.
    RIN: 2070-AK11

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

35

Final Rule Stage

236. Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2697 Toxic Substances Control Act
    Abstract: The EPA is developing a final rule under the Formaldehyde 
Standards for Composite Wood Products Act that was enacted in 2010 as 
title VI of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 15 U.S.C. 2697. In 
2013, EPA issued a proposed rule to establish a framework for a TSCA 
title VI Third-Party Certification Program whereby third-party 
certifiers (TPCs) are accredited by accreditation bodies (ABs) so that 
they may certify composite wood product panel producers under TSCA 
title VI. That proposed rule identified the roles and responsibilities 
of the groups involved in the TPC process (EPA, ABs, and TPCs), as well 
as the criteria for participation in the program. EPA also proposed 
general requirements for TPCs, such as conducting and verifying 
formaldehyde emission tests,

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inspecting and auditing panel producers, and ensuring that panel 
producers' quality assurance and quality control procedures comply with 
the regulations set forth in the proposed rule. A separate proposed 
rule issued in 2013 under RIN 2070-AJ92 covered the implementation of 
the statutory formaldehyde emission standards for hardwood plywood, 
medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard sold, supplied, offered 
for sale, or manufactured (including imported) in the United States. 
Pursuant to TSCA section 3(7), the definition of ``manufacture'' 
includes import. As required by title VI, these regulations apply to 
hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard. TSCA 
title VI also directs EPA to promulgate supplementary provisions to 
ensure compliance with the emissions standards, including provisions 
related to labeling; chain of custody requirements; sell-through 
provisions; ultra low-emitting formaldehyde resins; no-added 
formaldehyde-based resins; finished goods; third-party testing and 
certification; auditing and reporting of third-party certifiers; 
recordkeeping; enforcement; laminated products; and exceptions from the 
requirements of regulations promulgated pursuant to this subsection for 
products and components containing de minimis amounts of composite wood 
products. As noted in the previously published Regulatory Agenda entry 
for each rulemaking, EPA has decided to issue a single final rule that 
addresses both of these proposals. As such, EPA also combined the 
entries for the Regulatory Agenda.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM...............................   12/03/08  73 FR 73620
Second ANPRM........................   01/30/09  74 FR 5632
NPRM................................   06/10/13  78 FR 34795
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   07/23/13  78 FR 44090
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   08/21/13  78 FR 51696
Final Rule..........................   07/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Sara Kemme, Environmental Protection Agency, Office 
of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, 7404T, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202 566-0511, Fax: 202 566-
0473, Email: kemme.sara@epa.gov.
    Robert Courtnage, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of 
Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, 7404T, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202 566-1081, Email: 
courtnage.robert@epa.gov.
    RIN: 2070-AJ44

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

60

Proposed Rule Stage

237. Financial Responsibility Requirements Under CERCLA Section 108(b) 
for Classes of Facilities in the Hard Rock Mining Industry

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. 9608(b)
    Abstract: Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental 
Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, 
establishes certain authorities concerning financial responsibility 
requirements. The Agency has identified classes of facilities within 
the Hard Rock mining industry as those for which financial 
responsibility requirements will be first developed. The EPA intends to 
include requirements for financial responsibility, as well as 
notification and implementation.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Notice..............................   07/28/09  74 FR 37213
NPRM................................   12/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barbara Foster, Environmental Protection Agency, 
Office of Land and Emergency Management, 5304P, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 703 308-7057, Email: 
foster.barbara@epa.gov.
    Scott Palmer, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Land and 
Emergency Management, 5305P, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, 
DC 20460, Phone: 703 308-8621, Email: palmer.scott@epa.gov.
    RIN: 2050-AG61

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

72

Completed Actions

238. Section 610 Review of National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: 
Ground Water Rule (Completion of a Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 610
    Abstract: EPA published the Ground Water Rule (GWR) in the Federal 
Register on November 08, 2006. The purpose of the rule is to provide 
for increased protection against microbial pathogens in public water 
systems that use ground water sources. EPA is particularly concerned 
about ground water systems that are susceptible to fecal contamination 
since disease-causing pathogens may be found in fecal contamination. 
The GWR applies to public water systems that serve ground water. The 
rule also applies to any system that mixes surface and ground water if 
the ground water is added directly to the distribution system and 
provided to consumers without treatment. EPA reviewed this action in 
the fall of 2015 through the spring of 2016, pursuant to section 610 of 
the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 610). As part of this review, 
EPA solicited comments for consideration on the following factors: (1) 
The continued need for the rule; (2) the nature of complaints or 
comments received concerning the rule; (3) the complexity of the rule; 
(4) the extent to which the rule overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts 
with other federal, state, or local government rules; and (5) the 
degree to which the technology, economic conditions or other factors 
have changed in the area affected by the rule. EPA has completed its 
review and concluded that the rule needs no revisions at this time to 
minimize impacts on small entities. The results of the review are 
summarized in a report and placed in the Water Docket under Docket ID 
No. EPA-HQ-OW-2015-0541. You can access the docket at the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Rule..........................   11/08/06  71 FR 65573
Begin Review........................   11/09/15  .......................
End Review..........................   04/13/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Philip Berger, Environmental Protection Agency, 
Water, 4607M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, 
Phone: 202 564-5255, Email: berger.philip@epa.gov.
    Crystal Rodgers-Jenkins, Environmental Protection Agency, Water, 
4607M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202 
564-5275, Fax: 202 564-3767, Email: rodgers-jenkins.crystal@epa.gov.

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    RIN: 2040-AF58

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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

41 CFR Chs. 101, 102, 300, and 301

48 CFR Chapter 5


Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: General Services Administration (GSA).

ACTION: Semiannual Regulatory Agenda.

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SUMMARY: This agenda announces the proposed regulatory actions that GSA 
plans for the next 12 months and those that were completed since the 
fall 2015 edition. This agenda was developed under the guidelines of 
Executive Order 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review.'' GSA's purpose 
in publishing this agenda is to allow interested persons an opportunity 
to participate in the rulemaking process. GSA also invites interested 
persons to recommend existing significant regulations for review to 
determine whether they should be modified or eliminated. Proposed rules 
may be reviewed in their entirety at the Government's rulemaking Web 
site at http://www.regulations.gov.
    Since the fall 2007 edition, the Internet has been the basic means 
for disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda will 
be available online at www.reginfo.gov, in a format that offers users a 
greatly enhanced ability to obtain information from the Agenda 
database.
    Because publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the 
regulatory flexibility agendas required by the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (5 U.S.C. 602), GSA's printed agenda entries include only:
    (1) Rules that are in the Agency's regulatory flexibility agenda, 
in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because they are 
likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities; and
    (2) Any rules that the Agency has identified for periodic review 
under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain 
information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's Agenda 
requirements. Additional information on these entries is available in 
the Unified Agenda published on the Internet. In addition, for fall 
editions of the Agenda, the entire Regulatory Plan will continue to be 
printed in the Federal Register, as in past years, including GSA's 
regulatory plan.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hada Flowers, Division Director, 
Regulatory Secretariat Division at (202) 501-4755.

    Dated: March 28, 2016.
Troy Cribb,
Associate Administrator, Office of Government-wide Policy.

            General Services Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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239.......................  General Services                   3090-AJ43
                             Administration
                             Acquisition Regulation
                             (GSAR); GSAR Case 2010-
                             G511, Purchasing by Non-
                             Federal Entities.
240.......................  General Services                   3090-AJ51
                             Administration
                             Acquisition Regulation
                             (GSAR); GSAR Case 2013-
                             G504, Transactional Data
                             Reporting.
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           General Services Administration--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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241.......................  General Services                   3090-AJ67
                             Administration
                             Acquisition Regulation
                             (GSAR); GSAR Case 2015-
                             G512, Unenforceable
                             Commercial Supplier
                             Agreement Terms.
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           General Services Administration--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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242.......................  General Services                   3090-AJ57
                             Administration Regulation
                             (GSAR); GSAR Case 2015-
                             G508, Removal of
                             Unnecessary Construction
                             Clauses and Editorial
                             Changes.
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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (GSA)

Office of Acquisition Policy

Final Rule Stage

239. General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); 
GSAR Case 2010-G511, Purchasing by Non-Federal Entities

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c)
    Abstract: The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the 
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to 
implement the Federal Supply Schedules Usage Act of 2010 (FSSUA), the 
Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination 
Reauthorization Act of 2008 (NAHASDA), the John Warner National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (NDAA), and the Local 
Preparedness Acquisition Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (LPAA), to provide 
increased access to GSA's Federal Supply Schedules (Schedules). GSA is 
also amending the Federal Supply Schedule Contracting and Solicitation 
Provisions and Contract Clauses, in regard to this statutory 
implementation. This case is included in GSA's retrospective review of 
existing regulations under Executive Order 13563. Additional 
information is located in GSA's retrospective review (2016), available 
at: www.gsa.gov/improvingregulations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/17/14  79 FR 21691
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/16/14  .......................
Final Rule..........................   05/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dana L. Munson, Procurement Analyst, General 
Services Administration, 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, 
Phone: 202 357-9652, Email: dana.munson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 3090-AJ43

240. General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); 
GSAR Case 2013-G504, Transactional Data Reporting

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c)
    Abstract: The General Services Administration (GSA) is issuing a 
final rule amending the General Services Administration Acquisition 
Regulation (GSAR) to require vendors to report transactional data from 
orders and prices paid by ordering activities. This includes orders 
placed against both Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contract vehicles and 
GSA's non-FSS contract vehicles, Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts 
(GWACs) and Multi-Agency Contracts (MACs).
    Once implemented, the new GSAR transactional data reporting clauses 
will enable GSA to provide Federal agencies with further market 
intelligence and expert guidance in procuring goods and services in 
each category of GSA acquisition vehicles. The new requirement will not 
affect the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) FSS contract holders.
    The proposed amendment to the GSAR will add an alternate version of 
the existing GSAR clause 552.238-74 Industrial Funding Fee and Sales 
Reporting (IFF) (Federal Supply Schedule) and a new GSAR clause 
552.216-75 Sales Reporting and Fee Remittance. Under the FSS program, 
vendors that agree to the new transactional reporting requirement will 
have their contracts modified with an alternate version of clause 
552.238-75 Price Reductions; the alternate version of clause 552.238-75 
does not require the vendor to monitor and provide price reductions to 
the Government when the customer or category of customer upon which the 
contract was predicated receives a discount.
    GSA will implement the new transactional data reporting 
requirements in phases, beginning with specific contract vehicles, 
including a few select Federal Supply Schedules, or Special Item 
Numbers that show the greatest potential to optimize transactional data 
via category management and reduced price variability. GSA will engage 
stakeholders throughout the phases of the implementation.
    GSA is reviewing the public comments received and analyzing 
alternatives for collecting transactional data, including the potential 
publication of a final rule. This case is included in GSA's 
retrospective review of existing regulations under Executive Order 
13563. Additional information is located in GSA's retrospective review 
(2016), available at: www.gsa.gov/improvingregulations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/04/15  80 FR 11619
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/04/15  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   05/06/15  80 FR 25994
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   05/11/15  .......................
Final Rule..........................   09/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mr. Matthew McFarland, Program Analyst, General 
Services Administration, 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, 
Phone: 202 690-9232, Email: matthew.mcfarland@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 3090-AJ51

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (GSA)

Office of Acquisition Policy

Long-Term Actions

241. General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); 
GSAR Case 2015-G512, Unenforceable Commercial Supplier Agreement Terms

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c)
    Abstract: GSA is amending the General Services Administration 
Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to streamline the evaluation process to 
award contracts containing commercial supplier agreements Government 
and industry often spend significant time negotiating elements common 
in almost every commercial supplier agreement where the terms conflict 
with federal law. Past negotiations would always lead to deleting the 
terms from the contract, but only after several rounds of legal review 
by both parties. This case would explore methods for automatically 
nullifying these common terms out of contracts.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   06/00/17  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janet Fry, Program Analyst, General Services 
Administration, 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 
605-3167, Email: janet.fry@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 3090-AJ67


GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (GSA)

Completed Actions

242. General Services Administration Regulation (GSAR); GSAR Case 2015-
G508, Removal of Unnecessary Construction Clauses and Editorial Changes

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c)
    Abstract: The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the 
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to revise 
GSAR part 536, Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts, and 
corresponding provisions and clauses in GSAR part 552, Solicitation 
Provisions and Contract Clauses, to remove unnecessary construction 
clauses. These provisions and clauses are now covered in the FAR or are 
otherwise no longer necessary for the agency. Removing these clauses 
simplifies contract terms and conditions, reduces regulatory burden to 
contractors, and eliminates any conflict with language contained in 
construction contract technical specifications.
    Completed:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Rule..........................   01/27/16  81 FR 4593
Final Rule Effective................   01/27/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Christina Mullins, Phone: 202 969-4966, Email: 
christina.mullins@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 3090-AJ57

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14 CFR Ch. V


Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: NASA's regulatory agenda describes those regulations being 
considered for development or amendment by NASA, the need and legal 
basis for the actions being considered, the name and telephone number 
of the knowledgeable official, whether a regulatory analysis is 
required, and the status of regulations previously reported.

ADDRESSES: Deputy Associate Administrator, Office Mission Support 
Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl E. Parker, (202) 358-0252.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB guidelines dated February 19, 2016, 
``Spring 2016 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory 
Actions,'' require a regulatory agenda of those regulations under 
development and review to be published in the Federal Register each 
spring and fall.

    Dated: March 18, 2016.
Daniel Tenney,
Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of the Mission Support 
Directorate.

     National Aeronautics and Space Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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243.......................  Processing of Monetary             2700-AD83
                             Claims (Section 610
                             Review).
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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

Final Rule Stage

243. Processing of Monetary Claims (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 31 U.S.C. sec 3711
    Abstract: NASA is amending its regulations at 14 CFR 1261 to make 
non-substantive changes in the amount to collect installment payments 
from $20,000 to $100,000 to align with title 31 subchapter II Claims of 
the United States Government section 3711 (a)(2) Collection and 
Compromise. Subpart 4 prescribes standards for the administrative 
collection compromise suspension or termination of collection and 
referral to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and/or to the 
Department of Justice for litigation of civil claims as defined by 31 
U.S.C. 3701(b) arising out of the activities of designated NASA 
officials authorized to effect actions and requires compliance with 
GAO/DOJ joint regulations at 4 CFR parts 101-105 and the Office of 
Personnel Management regulations at 5 CFR part 550 subpart K. There are 
also some statute citation and terminology updates. The revisions to 
this rule are part of NASA's retrospective plan under Executive Order 
13563 completed in August 2011.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Direct Final Rule...................   05/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Laura Burns, Law Librarian, National Aeronautics 
and Space Administration, Office of the General Counsel, 300 E Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20546, Phone: 202 358-2078, Fax: 202 358-4955 
Email: laura.burns-1@nasa.gov.
    RIN: 2700-AD83

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13 CFR Ch. I


Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This Regulatory Agenda is a semiannual summary of all current 
and projected rulemakings and completed actions of the Small Business 
Administration (SBA). SBA expects that this summary information will 
enable the public to be more aware of, and effectively participate in, 
SBA's regulatory activity. SBA invites the public to submit comments on 
any aspect of this Agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 

General

    Please direct general comments or inquiries to Imelda A. Kish, Law 
Librarian, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, (202) 205-6849, imelda.kish@sba.gov.

Specific

    Please direct specific comments and inquiries on individual 
regulatory activities identified in this Agenda to the individual 
listed in the summary of the regulation as the point of contact for 
that regulation.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SBA provides this notice under the 
requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 to 612 and 
Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' which 
require each agency to publish a semiannual agenda of regulations. The 
Regulatory Agenda is a summary of all current and projected Agency 
rulemakings, as well as actions completed since the publication of the 
last Regulatory Agenda. SBA's last Semiannual Regulatory Agenda was 
published on December 15, 2015, at 80 FR 78039. The Semiannual Agenda 
of the SBA conforms to the Unified Agenda format developed by the 
Regulatory Information Service Center. The complete Unified Agenda will 
be available online at www.reginfo.gov in a format that greatly 
enhances a user's ability to obtain information about the rules in 
SBA's Agenda.
    The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires federal agencies to publish 
those regulatory actions that are likely to have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities in their regulatory 
flexibility agendas in the Federal Register. SBA's Regulatory Agenda 
includes regulatory actions that are in the SBA's regulatory 
flexibility agenda. Publication of these entries is limited to fields 
that contain information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's 
Agenda requirements. Additional information on these entries is 
available in the Unified Agenda published on the Internet.

Maria Contreras-Sweet,
Administrator.

           Small Business Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
244.......................  Small Business Development         3245-AE05
                             Center Program Revisions.
245.......................  Miscellaneous Amendments           3245-AF85
                             to Surety Bond, 7(a), and
                             504 Regulations.
246.......................  Immediate, Expedited, and          3245-AF99
                             Private Disaster
                             Assistance Loan Programs.
247.......................  Office of Women Owned              3245-AG02
                             Business: Women's
                             Business Center Program.
248.......................  Small Business HUBZone             3245-AG38
                             Program; Government
                             Contracting Programs;
                             Office of Hearings and
                             Appeals.
249.......................  Record Disclosure and              3245-AG52
                             Privacy.
250.......................  Small Business Timber Set-         3245-AG69
                             Aside Program.
251.......................  Women-Owned Small Business         3245-AG75
                             and Economically
                             Disadvantaged Women-Owned
                             Small Business--
                             Certification.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


             Small Business Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
252.......................  Small Business Mentor              3245-AG24
                             Prot[eacute]g[eacute]
                             Programs.
253.......................  Agent Revocation and               3245-AG40
                             Suspension Procedures.
254.......................  Small Business Government          3245-AG58
                             Contracting and National
                             Defense Authorization Act
                             of 2013 Amendments.
255.......................  Small Business Investment          3245-AG66
                             Company (SBIC) Program--
                             Impact SBICs.
256.......................  Small Business Investment          3245-AG67
                             Companies; Passive
                             Business Expansion &
                             Technical Clarifications.
257.......................  Credit for Lower Tier              3245-AG71
                             Small Business
                             Subcontracting.
258.......................  Affiliation for Business           3245-AG73
                             Loan Programs and Surety
                             Bond Guarantee Program.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


            Small Business Administration--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
259.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG16
                             Standards; Alternative
                             Size Standard for 7(a),
                             504, and Disaster Loan
                             Programs.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


            Small Business Administration--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
260.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG49
                             Standards: Employee Based
                             Size Standards in
                             Wholesale Trade and
                             Retail Trade.
261.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG50
                             Standards for
                             Manufacturing.

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262.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG51
                             Standards: Industries
                             With Employee Based Size
                             Standards Not Part of
                             Manufacturing, Wholesale
                             Trade, or Retail Trade.
263.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG60
                             Standards: Inflation
                             Adjustment to Monetary
                             Based Size Standards.
264.......................  Surety Bond Guarantee              3245-AG70
                             Program; Miscellaneous
                             Amendments.
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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

Proposed Rule Stage

244. Small Business Development Center Program Revisions

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 634(b)(6); 15 U.S.C. 648
    Abstract: Updates the SBDC program regulations by proposing to 
amend: (1) Procedures for approving applications for new Host SBDCs; 
(2) approval procedures for travel outside the continental U.S. and 
U.S. territories; (3) procedures and requirements regarding findings 
and disputes resulting from financial exams, programmatic reviews, 
accreditation reviews, and other SBA oversight activities; (4) 
requirements for new or renewal applications for SBDC grants, including 
the requirements for electronic submission through the approved 
electronic Government submission facility; (5) procedures regarding the 
determination to affect suspension, termination or non-renewal of an 
SBDC's cooperative agreement; and (6) provisions regarding the 
collection and use of the individual SBDC client data.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   04/02/15  80 FR 17708
ANPRM Comment Period End............   06/01/15  .......................
NPRM................................   10/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Victoria Mundt, Acting Deputy Associate 
Administrator, Office of Small Business Development Centers, Small 
Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, 
Phone: 202 205-7176, Email: victoria.mundt@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AE05

245. Miscellaneous Amendments to Surety Bond, 7(A), and 504 Regulations

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 636(a); 15 U.S.C. 694b
    Abstract: Certain lenders have been delegated the authority to make 
loan decisions without prior approval from SBA under certain 
circumstances. SBA plans to formalize such delegated authorities in 
this proposed rule. Several minor modifications to the 504 Loan Program 
and governance rules for Certified Development Company (CDC) are also 
proposed in a follow-on to the Final Rule: 504 and 7(a) Loan Program 
Updates (March 21, 2014), along with alignment of terminology for 7(a) 
lenders that are federally regulated to synchronize with existing 
industry requirements. SBA plans to propose several other miscellaneous 
amendments to improve oversight and operations of its finance programs.
    This rule proposes to make four changes to the Surety Bond 
Guarantee (SBG) Program. The first would change the threshold for 
notification to SBA of changes in the contract or bond amount. Second, 
the change would require sureties to submit quarterly contract 
completion reports. Third, SBA proposes to increase the eligible 
contract limit for the Quick Bond Application and Agreement from 
$250,000 to $400,000. Finally, SBA proposes to increase the guarantee 
percentage in the Preferred Surety Bond program to reflect the 
statutory change made by the National Defense Authorization Act of 
2016. The guarantee percentage will increase from 70% to 80% or 90%, 
depending on contract size and socioeconomic factors currently in 
effect in the Prior Approval Program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   05/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dianna L. Seaborn, Acting Director, Office of 
Financial Assistance, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-3645, Email: 
dianna.seaborn@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AF85

246. Immediate, Expedited, and Private Disaster Assistance Loan 
Programs

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 636(c); 15 U.S.C. 636j; 15 U.S.C. 657n
    Abstract: Through this advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, SBA 
solicited comments from potential lenders and the public on three 
guaranteed disaster loan programs: (1) The expedited disaster 
assistance program (EDAP), under which the SBA would guarantee short-
term loans of up to $150,000 made by private lenders to eligible small 
businesses located in a catastrophic disaster area; (2) the private 
disaster assistance program (PDAP), under which SBA would guarantee 
loans of up to $2 million made by private lenders to eligible small 
businesses and homeowners located in a catastrophic disaster area; and 
(3) the immediate disaster assistance program (IDAP), under which the 
SBA would guarantee interim loans of up to $25,000 made by private 
lenders to eligible small businesses, which would then be repaid with 
the proceeds of SBA direct disaster loans. SBA will seek input on what 
program features would be required for lenders to participate in these 
guaranteed disaster loan programs. SBA plans to use this feedback in 
drafting proposed rules for the EDAP and PDAP programs and in 
considering changes to the existing IDAP regulations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   10/21/15  80 FR 63715
ANPRM Comment Period End............   12/21/15
NPRM................................   09/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dianna L. Seaborn, Acting Director, Office of 
Financial Assistance, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-3645, Email: 
dianna.seaborn@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AF99

247. Office of Women Owned Business: Women's Business Center Program

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 656
    Abstract: SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership (OWBO) 
oversees a network of SBA-funded Women's Business Centers (WBCs) 
throughout the United States and its territories. WBCs provide 
management and technical assistance to small business concerns both 
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and controlled by women, or on women planning to start a business, 
especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged. The 
training and counseling provided by the WBCs encompass a comprehensive 
array of topics, such as finance, management and marketing in various 
languages. This rule would propose to codify the requirements and 
procedures that govern the delivery, funding and evaluation of the 
management and technical assistance provided under the WBC Program. The 
rule would address, among other things, the eligibility criteria for 
selection as a WBC, use of Federal funds, standards for effectively 
carrying out program duties and responsibilities, and the requirements 
for reporting on financial and programmatic performance.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   04/22/15  80 FR 22434
ANPRM Comment Period End............   06/22/15
NPRM................................   09/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Bruce D. Purdy, Deputy Assistant Administrator, 
Office of Women's Business Ownership, Small Business Administration, 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7532, Email: bruce.purdy@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG02

248. Small Business Hubzone Program; Government Contracting Programs; 
Office of Hearings and Appeals

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 657a
    Abstract: SBA has been reviewing its processes and procedures for 
implementing the HUBZone program and has determined that several of the 
regulations governing the program should be amended in order to resolve 
certain issues that have arisen. As a result, the proposed rule would 
constitute a comprehensive revision of part 126 of SBA's regulations to 
clarify current HUBZone Program regulations, and implement various new 
procedures. The amendments will make it easier for participants to 
comply with the program requirements and enable them to maximize the 
benefits afforded by participation. In developing this proposed rule, 
SBA will focus on the principles of Executive Order 13563 to determine 
whether portions of regulations should be modified, streamlined, 
expanded or repealed to make the HUBZone program more effective and/or 
less burdensome on small business concerns. At the same time, SBA will 
maintain a framework that helps identify and reduce waste, fraud, and 
abuse in the program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   10/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mariana Pardo, Director, Office of HUBZone, Small 
Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, 
Phone: 202 205-2985, Email: mariana.pardo@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG38

249. Record Disclosure and Privacy

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301, 552 and 552(a); 31 U.S.C. 9701; 44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.; E.O. 12600; 52 FR 23781
    Abstract: SBA proposes to amend its Record Disclosure and Privacy 
regulations to implement the Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our 
National Government Act. The amendments, among other things, will 
update the Agency's Freedom of Information Act regulations to adjust 
the time for the public to submit an appeal of SBA's decision regarding 
a request for information, correct an obsolete address and provide 
applicable Web site addresses, and clarify the definition of news media 
for purposes of assessing processing fees.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   11/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Laura Magere, Director, Freedom of Information Act 
Office, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-6837, Email: laura.magere@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG52

250. Small Business Timber Set-Aside Program

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 631; 15 U.S.C. 644(a)
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) is 
proposing to amend its Small Business Timber Set-Aside Program (the 
Program) regulations. The Small Business Timber Set-Aside Program is 
rooted in the Small Business Act, which tasked SBA with ensuring that 
small businesses receive a fair proportion of the total sales of 
government property. Accordingly, the Program requires Timber sales to 
be set aside for small business when small business participation falls 
below a certain amount. SBA is considering comments received during the 
ANPRM process, including on issues such as, but not limited to, whether 
the saw timber volume purchased through stewardship timber contracts 
should be included in calculations, and whether the appraisal point 
used in set-aside sales should be the nearest small business mill. In 
addition, SBA is considering data from the timber industry to help 
evaluate the current program and economic impact of potential changes.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   03/25/15  80 FR 15697
ANPRM Comment Period End............   05/26/15
NPRM................................   06/00/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: David W. Loines, Area Director, Office of 
Government Contracting, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7311, Email: 
david.loines@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG69

251. Women-Owned Small Business and Economically Disadvantaged Women-
Owned Small Business--Certification

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 113-291, sec 825; 15 U.S.C. 637(m)
    Abstract: Section 825 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA), Public Law 113-291, 128 Stat. 3292, Dec. 19, 
2014, included language requiring that women-owned small business 
concerns and economically disadvantaged women-owned small business 
concerns are certified by a Federal agency, a State government, the 
Administrator, or national certifying entity approved by the 
Administrator as a small business concern owned and controlled by 
women. SBA is issuing this Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to get 
public feedback on how best to implement this statutory provision. SBA 
intends to request information on whether SBA should: Create its own 
certification program, rely on private certifiers, allow Federal 
agencies to create their own certification systems, or create a hybrid 
system. SBA also intends to request information from the public 
concerning State government certification programs.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   12/18/15  80 FR 78984
ANPRM Comment Period End............   02/16/16
NPRM................................   10/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kenneth Dodds, Director, Office of Government 
Contracting, Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 619-1766, Fax: 202 481-2950, Email: 
kenneth.dodds@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG75

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

Final Rule Stage

252. Small Business Mentor Prot[eacute]g[eacute] Programs

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-240; sec 1347; 15 U.S.C. 657r
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) is 
amending its regulations to implement provisions of the Small Business 
Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
Year 2013. Based on authorities provided in these two statutes, the 
rule will establish a Government-wide mentor-prot[eacute]g[eacute] 
program for all small business concerns, consistent with SBA's mentor-
prot[eacute]g[eacute] program for Participants in SBA's 8(a) Business 
Development (BD) program. The rule will also make minor changes to the 
mentor-prot[eacute]g[eacute] provisions for the 8(a) Business 
Development program in order to make the mentor-prot[eacute]g[eacute] 
rules for each of the programs as consistent as possible. The rule will 
amend the current joint venture provisions to clarify the conditions 
for creating and operating joint venture partnerships, including the 
effect of such partnerships on any mentor-prot[eacute]g[eacute] 
relationships. Finally, the rule will make several additional changes 
to current size, 8(a) Office of Hearings and Appeals or HUBZone 
regulations, concerning among other things, ownership and control, 
changes in primary industry, standards of review and interested party 
status for some appeals.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/05/15  80 FR 6618
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/06/15
NPRM Comment Period Extension.......   04/07/15  80 FR 18556
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/06/15
Final Rule..........................   06/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brenda J. Fernandez, Procurement Analyst, Small 
Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, 
Phone: 202 205-7337, Email: brenda.fernandez@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG24

253. Agent Revocation and Suspension Procedures

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 634; 15 U.S.C. 642
    Abstract: This rule establishes detailed procedures for the 
suspension and revocation of an Agent's privilege to do business with 
the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) within a single 
Part of the Code of Federal Regulations; removes 8(a) program specific 
procedures for Agent suspension and revocation; clarifies existing and 
related regulations as to suspension, revocation, and debarment; and 
removes Office of Hearings and Appeals jurisdiction over Agent 
suspensions and revocations and government-wide debarment and 
suspension actions. This rule will also conform SBA suspension and 
revocation procedures for Agents with general government-wide 
nonprocurement suspension and debarment procedures.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/16/14  79 FR 62060
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   12/12/14  79 FR 73853
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/15/14
Second NPRM Comment Period End......   02/14/15
Final Rule..........................   10/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Debra Mayer, Chief, Supervision and Enforcement, 
Office of Credit Risk Management, Small Business Administration, 409 
Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7577, Email: 
debra.mayer@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG40

254. Small Business Government Contracting and National Defense 
Authorization Act of 2013 Amendments

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 631; Pub. L. 112-239
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) is 
amending its regulations to implement provisions of the National 
Defense Authorization Act of 2013, which pertain to performance 
requirements applicable to small business and socioeconomic program set 
aside contracts and small business subcontracting. SBA will make 
changes to its regulations concerning the nonmanufacturer rule and 
affiliation rules. Further, SBA will allow a joint venture to qualify 
as small for any government procurement as long as each partner to the 
joint venture qualifies individually as small under the size standard 
corresponding to the NAICS code assigned in the solicitation.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/29/14  79 FR 77955
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/27/15
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   03/09/15  80 FR 12353
Second NPRM Comment Period End......   04/06/15
Final Rule..........................   05/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brenda J. Fernandez, Procurement Analyst, Small 
Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416, 
Phone: 202 205-7337, Email: brenda.fernandez@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG58

255. Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program--Impact SBICS

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 681
    Abstract: This rule establishes a regulatory structure for the SBIC 
Programs Impact Investment Fund, which is currently being implemented 
through a policy memorandum to interested applicants. The rule 
establishes in the regulations a new type of SBIC license called the 
Impact SBIC license and will include application and examination fee 
considerations to incentivize Impact Investment Fund participation. 
Impact SBICs may also be able to access Early Stage leverage on the 
same terms as Early Stage SBICs without applying through the Early 
Stage call process defined in 107.310. This will allow Impact SBICs 
with early stage strategies to apply for the program. The new license 
will be available to investment funds that meet the SBIC Programs 
licensing qualifications and commit to invest at least 50 percent of 
their invested capital in impact

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investments as defined in the rule. The rule would also outline 
reporting and performance measures for licensed funds to maintain 
Impact Investment Fund designation. The goal of the Impact Investment 
Fund is to support small business investment strategies that maximize 
financial returns while also yielding enhanced social environmental or 
economic impacts as part of the SBIC Programs overall effort to 
supplement the flow of private equity and long-term loan funds to small 
businesses whose capital needs are not being met.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/03/16  81 FR 5666
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/04/16
Final Rule..........................   09/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nate T. Yohannes, Senior Advisor, Office of 
Investments, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-6714, Email: 
nate.yohannes@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG66

256. Small Business Investment Companies; Passive Business Expansion 
and Technical Clarifications

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 681 et seq.
    Abstract: The SBA is revising the regulations for the Small 
Business Investment Company (SBIC) program to further expand the use of 
Passive Businesses and provide needed protections for SBA with regard 
to such investments. SBICs are generally prohibited from investing in 
passive businesses under the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 as 
amended as well as by regulations. Current program regulations provided 
for two exceptions that allow an SBIC to structure an investment 
utilizing a passive small business as a pass-through. The first 
exception identified in 107.720(b)(2) provides that an SBIC may 
structure an investment utilizing two pass-through entities to make an 
investment into an active business. The second exception identified in 
107.720(b)(3) allows partnership SBICs with SBA prior approval to 
invest in a wholly owned passive business that in turn provides 
financing to an active small business only if a direct financing would 
cause its investors to incur Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI). 
The second exception is commonly known as a blocker corporation. The 
current rule creates unnecessary complications in defining two 
exceptions and does not provide SBA with sufficient protections. SBA is 
simplifying the rule to allow a more flexible two pass-through entity 
structure but provides SBA certain protections to offset risks 
associated with passive investment structures. As part of the rule, SBA 
will also make technical corrections and clarifications, including 
conforming the regulation to the new ``family of funds'' statutory 
provision.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/05/15  80 FR 60077
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/04/15
Final Rule..........................   05/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Theresa M. Jamerson, Senior Policy Advisor, 
Investment Division, Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20461, Phone: 202 205-7563, Email: 
theresa.jamerson@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG67

257. Credit for Lower Tier Small Business Subcontracting

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 113-66, sec 1614
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) is 
amending its regulations to implement Section 1614 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2014, Public Law 113-66, December 
26, 2013. Under the statute, when an other than small prime contractor 
has an individual subcontracting plan for a contract, the large 
business may receive credit towards its small business subcontracting 
goals for subcontract awards made to small business concerns at any 
tier. Currently, other than small business prime contractors only 
report on their performance awarding subcontracts to small businesses 
at the first tier level.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/06/15  80 FR 60300
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/07/15
Final Rule..........................   09/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kenneth Dodds, Director, Office of Government 
Contracting, Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 619-1766, Fax: 202 481-2950, Email: 
kenneth.dodds@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG71

258. Affiliation for Business Loan Programs and Surety Bond Guarantee 
Program

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 634(b)(6)
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has 
determined that changing conditions in the American economy and a 
constantly evolving small business community compel it to seek ways to 
improve program efficiency for its Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) Program, 
and the business loan programs consisting of the 7(a) Loan Program, the 
Business Disaster Loan Programs (the Economic Injury Disaster Loans, 
Reservist Injury Disaster Loans, Physical Disaster Business Loans, 
Immediate Disaster Assistance Program loans), the Microloan Program, 
and the Development Company Program (the 504 Loan Program). As a 
result, SBA is simplifying guidelines for determining affiliation for 
eligibility based on size as it relates to these programs. This rule 
would redefine affiliation for all five Programs, thereby simplifying 
eligibility determinations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/02/15  80 FR 59667
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/01/15
Final Rule..........................   07/00/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dianna L. Seaborn, Acting Director, Office of 
Financial Assistance, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-3645, Email: 
dianna.seaborn@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG73

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

Long-Term Actions

259. Small Business Size Standards; Alternative Size Standard for 7(a), 
504, and Disaster Loan Programs

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-240, sec 1116
    Abstract: SBA will amend its size eligibility criteria for Business 
Loans, certified development company (CDC) loans under title V of the 
Small Business Investment Act (504) and economic injury disaster loans 
(EIDL). For the SBA 7(a) Business Loan Program and the 504 program, the 
amendments will provide an alternative size standard

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for loan applicants that do not meet the small business size standards 
for their industries. The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act) 
established alternative size standards that apply to both of these 
programs until SBA's Administrator establishes other alternative size 
standards. For the disaster loan program, the amendments will provide 
an alternative size standard for loan applicants that do not meet the 
Small Business Size Standard for their industries. These alternative 
size standards do not affect other Federal Government programs, 
including Federal procurement.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-
6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG16

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

Completed Actions

260. Small Business Size Standards: Employee Based Size Standards in 
Wholesale Trade and Retail Trade

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published a 
rule to increase employee based size standards in 46 industries in 
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 42, 
Wholesale Trade, and in one industry in Sector 44-45, Retail Trade. As 
a part of its comprehensive size standards review required by the Small 
Business Jobs Act of 2012, SBA reviewed all 71 industries in Sector 42 
and two industries with employee based size standards in Sector 44-45 
to determine whether their size standards should be retained or 
revised. The revisions primarily affect eligibility for SBA's financial 
assistance programs. This is one of the rules that will examine 
industries grouped by an NAICS Sector. SBA has applied its ``Size 
Standards Methodology,'' which is available on its Web site at http://
www.sba.gov/size, to this purposed rule. SBA expects to publish the 
final rule in the near future.
    NOTE: The title for this rule has been changed since the rule was 
first reported in the Regulatory Agenda on January 8, 2013, from 
``Small Business Size Standards for Wholesale Trade'' to ``Small 
Business Size Standards: Employee Based Size Standards for Wholesale 
Trade and Retail Trade.'' The title was changed to make it clear that 
the rule also addresses industries with employee based size standards 
in Retail Trade.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   01/25/16  81 FR 3941
Final Rule Effective................   02/26/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-
6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG49

261. Small Business Size Standards for Manufacturing

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: This rule increases employee based size standards for 209 
industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 
Section 31-33, Manufacturing. SBA also increases the refining capacity 
component of the Petroleum Refiners (NAICS 324110) size standard to 
200,000 barrels per calendar day total capacity for businesses that are 
primarily engaged in petroleum refining. The rule also eliminates the 
requirement that 90 percent of a refiner's output being delivered 
should be refined by the bidder. As a part of its comprehensive size 
standards review required by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, SBA 
evaluated all 364 industries in NAICS Sector 31-33 to determine whether 
their size standards should be retained or revised. This is one of the 
rules that examined industries grouped by an NAICS Sector. SBA has 
applied its ``Size Standards Methodology,'' which is available on its 
Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this proposed rule.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   01/26/16  81 FR 4469
Final Rule Effective................   02/26/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-
6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG50

262. Small Business Size Standards: Industries With Employee Based Size 
Standards Not Part of Manufacturing, Wholesale Trade, or Retail Trade

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: This rule increases the employee-based size standards for 
30 industries and three exceptions and decrease them for three 
industries that are not a part of NAICS Sector 31-33 (Manufacturing) 
Sector 42 (Wholesale Trade) and Sector 44-45 (Retail Trade). 
Additionally, SBA proposes to remove the Information Technology Value 
Added Resellers exception under NAICS 541519 (Other Computer Related 
Services) together with its 150-employee size standard. Similarly, SBA 
proposes to eliminate the Offshore Marine Air Transportation Services 
exception under NAICS 481211 and 481212 and Offshore Marine Services 
exception under NAICS Subsector 483 and their $30.5 million receipts 
based size standard. As part of its comprehensive size standards review 
required by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 SBA evaluated 57 
industries and five exceptions with employee based size standards that 
are not in NAICS Sectors 31-33 42 or 4445. This is one of the rules 
that examined industries grouped by an NAICS Sector. SBA has applied 
its Size Standards Methodology, which is available on its Web site at 
http://www.sba.gov/size to this proposed rule.
    Please Note: The title for this rule has been changed since it was 
first announced in the Regulatory Agenda on January 8, 2013 to add the 
words or Retail Trade at the end of the previous title. This change 
makes it clear that industries in the retail trade with employee based 
size standards are also not addressed in the rule.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   01/26/16  81 FR 4436
Final Rule Effective................   02/26/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-
6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG51

263. Small Business Size Standards: Inflation Adjustment to Monetary 
Based Size Standards

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: SBA issued a final rule with to adjust its monetary small 
business size standards (i.e., receipts, net income, net worth, and 
financial assets), for the effects of inflation that have occurred

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since the last inflation adjustment. The final rule aims to restore 
small business eligibility to businesses that have lost their small 
business status due to inflation. The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 
(Jobs Act) requires SBA to review and adjust (as necessary) all size 
standards within five years of its enactment. SBA's Small Business Size 
Regulations at 13 CFR 121.102(c) require the same quinquennial (or 
less) review and adjustment. The rule did not increase the $750,000 
size standard for agricultural enterprises, which is established by the 
Small Business Act (Sec.  3(a)(1)). The alternate size standard used in 
the 7(a) and 504 business loan programs is unaffected by this 
adjustment.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Rule..........................   01/25/16  81 FR 3949
Final Rule Effective................   01/25/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Khem Raj Sharma, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-
6390, Email: khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG60

264. Surety Bond Guarantee Program; Miscellaneous Amendments

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 694b
    Abstract: This rule will change the regulations for SBA's Surety 
Bond Guarantee Program in four areas. First, as a condition for 
participating in the Prior Approval and Preferred Programs, the rule 
will clarify that a Surety must directly employ underwriting and claims 
staffs sufficient to perform and manage these functions, and final 
settlement authority for claims and recovery is vested only in salaried 
employees of the Surety. Second, the rule will provide that all costs 
incurred by the Surety's salaried claims staff are ineligible for 
reimbursement by SBA, but the Surety may seek reimbursement for amounts 
paid for specialized services that are provided by outside consultants 
in connection with the processing of a claim. Third, the rule will 
modify the criteria for determining when a Principal that caused a Loss 
to SBA is ineligible for a bond guaranteed by SBA. Fourth, the rule 
will modify the criteria for admitting Sureties to the Preferred Surety 
Bond Guarantee Program by increasing the Surety's underwriting 
limitation, as certified by the U.S. Treasury Department on its list of 
acceptable sureties, from at least $2 million to at least $6.5 million.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Rule..........................   04/22/16  81 FR 23563
Final Rule Effective................   05/23/16
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barbara J. Brannan, Phone: 202 205-6545, Email: 
barbara.brannan@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG70

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Ch. 1


Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration 
(GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This agenda provides summary descriptions of regulations being 
developed by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense 
Acquisition Regulations Council in compliance with Executive Order 
12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review.'' This agenda is being 
published to allow interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rulemaking process.
    The Regulatory Secretariat Division has attempted to list all 
regulations pending at the time of publication, except for minor and 
routine or repetitive actions; however, unanticipated requirements may 
result in the issuance of regulations that are not included in this 
agenda. There is no legal significance to the omission of an item from 
this listing.
    Published proposed rules may be reviewed in their entirety at the 
Government's rulemaking Web site at http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hada Flowers, Division Director, 
Regulatory Secretariat Division, 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 
20405, or via telephone at 202-501-4755.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DoD, GSA, and NASA, under their several 
statutory authorities, jointly issue and maintain the FAR through 
periodic issuance of changes published in the Federal Register and 
produced electronically as Federal Acquisition Circulars (FACs). The 
electronic version of the FAR, including changes, can be accessed on 
the FAR Web site at http://www.acquisition.gov/far.

    Dated: March 18, 2016.
William Clark,
Director, Office of Government-wide, Acquisition Policy, Office of 
Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy.

                 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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265.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN03
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-014;
                             Prohibition on Providing
                             Funds to the Enemy.
266.......................  Federal Regulation                 9000-AN20
                             Acquisition (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-024, Public
                             Disclosure of Greenhouse
                             Gas Emissions and
                             Reduction Goals-
                             Representation.
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                  DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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267.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AL82
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2011-001;
                             Organizational Conflicts
                             of Interest and Unequal
                             Access to Information.
268.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM02
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2010-013; Privacy
                             Training.
269.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM19
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2011-020; Basic
                             Safeguarding of
                             Contractor Information
                             Systems.
270.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM68
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2012-022; Contracts
                             Under the Small Business
                             Administration 8(a)
                             Program.
271.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM75
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2014-012; Limitation
                             on Allowable Government
                             Contractor Compensation
                             Costs.
272.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM81
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2014-025; Fair Pay
                             and Safe Workplaces.
273.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM87
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2014-026; High
                             Global Warming Potential
                             Hydrofluorocarbons.
274.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM91
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2014-003; Small
                             Business Subcontracting
                             Improvements.
275.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM92
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2014-015;
                             Consolidation and
                             Bundling.
276.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM97
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-016;
                             Prohibition on
                             Reimbursement for
                             Congressional
                             Investigations and
                             Inquiries.
277.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM98
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2014-004; Payment of
                             Subcontractors.
278.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN04
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-012; Contractor
                             Employee Internal
                             Confidentiality
                             Agreements.
279.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN05
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-011;
                             Prohibition on
                             Contracting With
                             Corporations With
                             Delinquent Taxes or a
                             Felony Conviction.
280.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN09
                             Regulation; FAR Case 2015-
                             020, Simplified
                             Acquisition Threshold for
                             Overseas Acquisitions in
                             Support of Humanitarian
                             or Peacekeeping
                             Operations.
281.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN10
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-007; Non-
                             Retaliation for
                             Disclosure of
                             Compensation Information.
282.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN13
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-032, Sole
                             Source Contracts for
                             Women-Owned Small
                             Businesses.
283.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN14
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-036, Updating
                             Federal Contractor
                             Reporting of Veterans'
                             Employment.
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                  DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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284.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM56
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2013-015; Pilot
                             Program for Enhancement
                             of Contractor Employee
                             Whistleblower Protections.
285.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM74
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2013-020;
                             Information on Corporate
                             Contractor Performance
                             and Integrity.
286.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM82
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-003;
                             Establishing a Minimum
                             Wage for Contractors.
287.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM96
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-019; Definition
                             of Multiple Award
                             Contract.
288.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN01
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-013; Further
                             Amendment to Equal
                             Employment Opportunity
                             (EEO).
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL 
AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Proposed Rule Stage

265. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-014; 
Prohibition on Providing Funds to the Enemy

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement subtitle E of title VIII of 
the Carl Levin and Howard P. `Buck' McKeon National Defense 
Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year (FY) 2015, which prohibits 
providing funds to the enemy. It also provides additional access to 
records to the extent necessary to ensure that funds available under 
the contract are not made available to the enemy.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219-0202, 
Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN03

266.  Federal Regulation Acquisition (FAR); FAR Case 2015-024, 
Public Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Reduction Goals--
Representation

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to create an annual representation within 
the System for Award Management for vendors to indicate if and where 
they publicly disclose greenhouse gas emissions and greenhouse gas 
reduction goals or targets. This information will help the Government 
assess supplier greenhouse gas management practices and assist agencies 
in developing strategies to engage with contractors to reduce supply 
chain emissions, as directed in the Executive Order on Planning for 
Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Chuck Gray, Program Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 
1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-6766.
    RIN: 9000-AN20

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL 
AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Final Rule Stage

267. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2011-001; 
Organizational Conflicts of Interest and Unequal Access to Information

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to provide revised regulatory 
coverage on organizational conflicts of interest (OCIs), and add 
related provisions and clauses. Coverage on contractor access to 
protected information has been moved to a new proposed rule, FAR Case 
2012-029 now FAR Case 2014-021. Section 841 of the Duncan Hunter 
National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-
417) required a review of the FAR coverage on OCIs. The proposed rule 
was developed as a result of a review conducted in accordance with 
section 841 by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council, the Defense 
Acquisition Regulations Council, and the Office of Federal Procurement 
Policy, in consultation with the Office of Government Ethics. The 
proposed rule was preceded by an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 
under FAR Case 2007-018 (73 FR 15962), to gather comments from the 
public with regard to whether and how to improve the FAR coverage on 
OCIs. This case is included in the FAR retrospective review of existing 
regulations under Executive Order 13563. Additional information is 
located in the FAR final plan (2016), available at: https://
www.acquisition.gov/.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/26/11  76 FR 23236
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/27/11  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   06/29/11  76 FR 38089
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   07/27/11  .......................
Final Rule..........................   09/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219-0202, 
Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AL82

268. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2010-013; Privacy 
Training

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to ensure that all contractors are 
required to complete training in the protection of privacy and the 
handling and

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safeguarding of Personally Identifiable Information (PII). The proposed 
FAR language provides flexibility for agencies to conduct the privacy 
training or require the contractor to conduct the privacy training. 
This case is included in the FAR retrospective review of existing 
regulations under Executive Order 13563. Additional information is 
located in the FAR final plan (2016), available at: https://
www.acquisition.gov/.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/14/11  76 FR 63896
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/13/11  .......................
Final Rule..........................   06/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles Gray, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-6726.
    RIN: 9000-AM02

269. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2011-020; Basic 
Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to add a new subpart and contract 
clause for the basic safeguarding of contractor information systems 
that contain, transmit, or process Federal contract information. This 
case is included in the FAR retrospective review of existing 
regulations under Executive Order 13563. Additional information is 
located in the FAR final plan (2016), available at: https://
www.acquisition.gov/.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/24/12  77 FR 51496
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/23/12  .......................
Final Rule..........................   05/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219-0202, 
Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM19

270. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2012-022; Contracts 
Under the Small Business Administration 8(a) Program

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement revisions made by the 
Small Business Administration to its regulations implementing section 
8(a) of the Small Business Act, and to provide additional FAR coverage 
regarding protesting an 8(a) participant's eligibility or size status, 
procedures for releasing a requirement for non-8(a) procurements, and 
the ways a participant could exit the 8(a) Business Development 
program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/03/14  79 FR 6135
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/14/14  .......................
Final Rule..........................   07/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868, 
Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM68

271. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014-012; 
Limitation on Allowable Government Contractor Compensation Costs

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation to implement section 702 of the 
Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. In accordance with section 702, the 
interim rule revises the allowable cost limit relative to the 
compensation of contractor and subcontractor employees. Also, in 
accordance with section 702, this interim rule implements the possible 
exception to this allowable cost limit for narrowly targeted 
scientists, engineers, or other specialists upon an agency 
determination that such exceptions are needed to ensure that the 
executive agency has continued access to needed skills and 
capabilities.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   06/24/14  79 FR 35865
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      08/25/14  .......................
 End.
Final Rule..........................   09/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kathy Hopkins, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7226, 
Email: kathlyn.hopkins@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM75

272. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014-025; Fair Pay 
and Safe Workplaces

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation which implements Executive Order 13673, 
Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, seeks to increase efficiency in the work 
performed by Federal contractors by ensuring that they understand and 
comply with labor laws designed to promote safe, healthy, fair and 
effective workplaces.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/28/15  80 FR 30548
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/27/15  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   07/14/15  80 FR 40968
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   08/11/15  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   08/05/15  80 FR 46531
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   08/26/15  .......................
Final Rule..........................   08/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Edward Loeb, Program Manager, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 
1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501-0650, Email: 
edward.loeb@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM81

273. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014-026; High 
Global Warming Potential Hydrofluorocarbons

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DDoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Executive branch 
policy in the President's Climate Action Plan to procure, when 
feasible, alternatives to

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high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This 
final rule will allow agencies to better meet the greenhouse gas 
emission reduction goals and reporting requirements of the Executive 
Order on Planning for Sustainability in the Next Decade.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   05/11/15  80 FR 26883
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/10/15  .......................
Final Rule..........................   05/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles Gray, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-6726.
    RIN: 9000-AM87

274. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014-003; Small 
Business Subcontracting Improvements

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory changes 
made by the Small Business Administration (SBA) in its final rule, 
concerning small business subcontracting. Among other things, SBA's 
final rule implements the statutory requirements set forth at sections 
1321 and 1322 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. This case is 
included in the FAR retrospective review of existing regulations under 
Executive Order 13563. Additional information is located in the FAR 
final plan (2016), available at: https://www.acquisition.gov/.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   06/10/15  80 FR 32909
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/10/15  .......................
Final Rule..........................   07/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868, 
Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM91

275. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014-015; 
Consolidation and Bundling

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement sections of the Small 
Business Jobs Act of 2010 and regulatory changes made by the Small 
Business Administration, which provide for a Governmentwide policy on 
consolidation and bundling. Additional information is located in the 
FAR final plan (2016), available at: https://www.acquisition.gov/.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   06/03/15  80 FR 31561
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/03/15  .......................
Final Rule..........................   07/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868, 
Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM92

276. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-016; 
Prohibition on Reimbursement for Congressional Investigations and 
Inquiries

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 857 of the 
Carl Levin and Howard P. `Buck' McKeon National Defense Authorization 
Act for Fiscal Year 2015. This section provides additional requirements 
relative to the allowability of costs incurred by a contractor in 
connection with a congressional investigation or inquiry.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   02/17/16  81 FR 8031
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/18/16  .......................
Final Rule..........................   03/00/17  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kathy Hopkins, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7226, 
Email: kathlyn.hopkins@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM97

277. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014-004; Payment 
of Subcontractors

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the 
Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. This statute requires contractors to 
notify the contracting officer in writing if the contractor pays a 
reduced price to a small business subcontractor, or if the contractor's 
payment to a small business contractor is more than 90 days past due. 
Additional information is located in the FAR final plan (2016), 
available at: https://www.acquisition.gov/.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   01/20/16  81 FR 3087
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/21/16  .......................
Final Rule..........................   09/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis Glover, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501-1448, 
Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM98

278. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-012; 
Contractor Employee Internal Confidentiality Agreements

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the 
Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, that 
prohibits the use of funds, appropriated or otherwise made available, 
for a contract with an entity that requires employees or subcontractors 
to sign an internal confidentiality agreement that restricts such 
employees or subcontractors from lawfully reporting waste, fraud, or 
abuse to a designated Government representative authorized to receive 
such information.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/22/16  81 FR 3763
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/22/16  .......................
Final Rule..........................   08/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219-0202, 
Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN04

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279. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-011; 
Prohibition on Contracting With Corporations With Delinquent Taxes or a 
Felony Conviction

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement sections of the 
Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, to 
prohibit the Federal Government from entering into a contract with any 
corporation having a delinquent Federal tax liability or a felony 
conviction under any Federal law, unless the agency has considered 
suspension or debarment of the corporation and has made a determination 
that this further action is not necessary to protect the interests of 
the Government.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Interim Final Rule..................   12/04/15  80 FR 75903
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      02/02/16  .......................
 End.
Interim Final Rule Effective........   02/26/16  .......................
Final Rule..........................   08/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219-0202, 
Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN05

280. Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2015-020, Simplified 
Acquisition Threshold for Overseas Acquisitions in Support of 
Humanitarian or Peacekeeping Operations

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. chapter 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement 41 U.S.C. 153, which 
establishes a higher simplified acquisition threshold for overseas 
acquisitions in support of humanitarian or peacekeeping operations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   10/08/15  80 FR 60832
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/07/15  .......................
Final Rule..........................   05/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ms. Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550-
0935, Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN09

281.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016-007; 
Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing an interim rule amending 
the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Executive Order 
(E.O.) 13665, entitled, Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation 
Information,'' and a final rule issued by the Department of Labor at 41 
CFR part 60-1.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Interim Final Rule..................   07/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street 
NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7207, Email: 
zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN10

282. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-032, Sole 
Source Contracts for Women-Owned Small Businesses

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory changes 
made by the Small Business Administration, which provide for authority 
to award sole source contracts to economically disadvantaged women-
owned small business concerns and to women-owned small business 
concerns eligible under the Women-Owned Small Business Program. This 
case is included in the FAR retrospective review of existing 
regulations under Executive Order 13563. Additional information is 
located in the FAR final plan (2016), available at: https://
www.acquisition.gov/.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Interim Final Rule..................   12/31/15  80 FR 81888
Interim Final Rule Effective........   12/31/15  .......................
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      02/29/16  .......................
 End.
Final Rule..........................   07/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868.
    RIN: 9000-AN13

283.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-036, 
Updating Federal Contractor Reporting of Veterans' Employment

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a final rule issued 
by the Department of Labor's (DOL) Veterans' Employment and Training 
Service (VETS), which replaced the VETS-100A Federal Contractor 
Veterans' Employment Report forms with the new VETS-4212, Federal 
Contractor Veterans' Employment Report form.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Interim Final Rule..................   12/04/15  80 FR 75908
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      02/02/16  .......................
 End.
Interim Final Rule Effective........   02/26/16  .......................
Final Rule..........................   07/00/16  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Edward Loeb, Program Manager, DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR), 
1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501-0650, Email: 
edward.loeb@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN14

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL 
AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Completed Actions

284. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013-015; Pilot 
Program for Enhancement of Contractor Employee Whistleblower 
Protections

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule of the Federal

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Acquisition Regulation to implement a statutory pilot program 
whistleblower protections for enhancement of contractor employee.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Rule..........................   12/04/15  80 FR 75911
Final Rule Effective................   12/04/15  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Phone: 202 219-0202, Email: 
cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM56

285. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013-020; 
Information on Corporate Contractor Performance and Integrity

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation to implement a section of the National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 to include in the 
Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, to the 
extent practicable, identification of any immediate owner or 
subsidiary, and all predecessors of an offeror that held a Federal 
contract or grant within the last three years. The objective is to 
provide a more comprehensive understanding of the performance and 
integrity of the corporation in awarding Federal contracts.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Rule..........................   03/07/16  81 FR 11988
Final Rule Effective................   04/06/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Phone: 202 219-0202, Email: 
cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM74

286. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-003; 
Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Executive Order 
13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, and a final rule 
issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) at 29 CFR part 10. This case is 
included in the FAR retrospective review of existing regulations under 
Executive Order 13563. Additional information is located in the FAR 
final plan (2015), available at: https://www.acquisition.gov/.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final Rule..........................   12/04/15  80 FR 75915
Final Rule Effective................   12/04/15
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Edward Loeb, Phone: 202 501-0650, Email: 
edward.loeb@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM82

287. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-019; 
Definition of Multiple Award Contract

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation to implement section 1311 of the Small 
Business Jobs Act of 2010 and Small Business Administration 
implementing regulations. Section 1311 provided a new definition of the 
term ``multiple award contract'' in the Small Business Act at 15 U.S.C. 
632.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   12/31/15  80 FR 81887
Final Rule Effective................   02/01/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Phone: 703 605-2868, Email: 
mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM96

288. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-013; Further 
Amendment to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA have adopted as final, without change, 
an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to 
implement Executive Order 13672, entitled, Further Amendments to 
Executive Order 11487, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal 
Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity,'' 
and a final rule issued by the Department of Labor at 41 CFR part 60.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   11/04/15  80 FR 75907
Final Rule Effective................   12/04/15
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Edward Loeb, Phone: 202 501-0650, Email: 
edward.loeb@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN01

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17 CFR Ch. I


Regulatory Flexibility Agenda

AGENCY: Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission), in 
accordance with the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, is 
publishing a semiannual agenda of rulemakings that the Commission 
expects to propose or promulgate over the next year. The Commission 
welcomes comments from small entities and others on the agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher J. Kirkpatrick, Secretary 
of the Commission, (202) 418-5964, ckirkpatrick@cftc.gov, Commodity 
Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street 
NW., Washington, DC 20581.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), 5 
U.S.C. 601, et seq., includes a requirement that each agency publish 
semiannually in the Federal Register a regulatory flexibility agenda. 
Such agendas are to contain the following elements, as specified in 5 
U.S.C. 602(a):
    1. A brief description of the subject area of any rule that the 
agency expects to propose or promulgate, which is likely to have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities;
    2. A summary of the nature of any such rule under consideration for 
each subject area listed in the agenda, the objectives and legal basis 
for the issuance of the rule, and an approximate schedule for 
completing action on any rule for which the agency has issued a general 
notice of proposed rulemaking; and
    3. The name and telephone number of an agency official 
knowledgeable about the items listed in the agenda.
    Accordingly, the Commission has prepared an agenda of rulemakings 
that it presently expects may be considered during the course of the 
next year. Subject to a determination for each rule, it is possible as 
a general matter that some of these rules may have some impact on small 
entities.\1\ The Commission notes also that, under the RFA, it is not 
precluded from considering or acting on a matter not included in the 
regulatory flexibility agenda, nor is it required to consider or act on 
any matter that is listed in the agenda. See 5 U.S.C. 602(d).
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    \1\ The Commission published its definition of a ``small 
entity'' for purposes of rulemaking proceedings at 47 FR 18618 
(April 30, 1982). Pursuant to that definition, the Commission is not 
required to list--but nonetheless does--many of the items contained 
in this regulatory flexibility agenda. See also 5 U.S.C. 602(a)(1). 
Moreover, for certain items listed in this agenda, the Commission 
has previously certified, under section 605 of the RFA, 5 U.S.C. 
605, that those items will not have a significant economic impact on 
a substantial number of small entities. For these reasons, the 
listing of a rule in this regulatory flexibility agenda should not 
be taken as a determination that the rule, when proposed or 
promulgated, will in fact require a regulatory flexibility analysis. 
Rather, the Commission has chosen to publish an agenda that includes 
significant and other substantive rules, regardless of their 
potential impact on small entities, to provide the public with 
broader notice of new or revised regulations the Commission may 
consider and to enhance the public's opportunity to participate in 
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    The Commission's spring 2016 regulatory flexibility agenda is 
included in the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory 
Actions. The complete Unified Agenda will be available online at 
www.reginfo.gov, in a format that offers users enhanced ability to 
obtain information from the Agenda database.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on April 5, 2016, by the Commission.
Robert N. Sidman,
Deputy Secretary of the Commission.

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289.......................  Regulation Automated               3038-AD52
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290.......................  Trade Options.............         3038-AE26
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COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION (CFTC)

Final Rule Stage

289. Regulation Automated Trading

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1a(23), 7 U.S.C. 6c(a); 7 U.S.C. 7(d); 
and 7 U.S.C. 12(a)(5)
    Abstract: On December 17, 2015, the Commission published a notice 
of proposed rulemaking titled Regulation Automated Trading 
(``Regulation AT''). Regulation AT proposes a series of risk controls, 
transparency measures and other safeguards to enhance the regulatory 
regime for automated trading on U.S. designated contract markets. The 
comment period is open through March 16, 2016. Staff will review 
comments and consider next steps for regulatory action in this area, 
including the possibility of a final rulemaking in one or more areas 
discussed in Regulation AT.
    Timetable:

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ANPRM...............................   09/12/13  78 FR 56542
ANPRM Comment Period End............   12/11/13  .......................
ANPRM Comment Period Extended.......   01/24/14  79 FR 4104
ANPRM Comment Period Extended End...   02/14/14  .......................
NPRM................................   12/17/15  80 FR 78824
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/16/16  .......................
Final Action........................   08/00/16  .......................
Final Action Effective..............   10/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilee Dahlman, Special Counsel, Division of 
Market Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette 
Centre,

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mdahlman@cftc.gov.
    RIN: 3038-AD52

COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION (CFTC)

Completed Actions

290. Trade Options

    Legal Authority: CEA secs 4(c)(b) and 8(a)(5)
    Abstract: The Commission has amended the trade option exemption in 
32.3 of its regulations in the following subject areas: (1) Reporting 
requirements for trade option counterparties that are not swap dealers 
or major swap participants; (2) recordkeeping requirements for trade 
option counterparties that are not swap dealers or major swap 
participants; and (3) certain technical amendments.
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Final Action........................   03/21/16  81 FR 14966
Final Action Effective..............   03/21/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: David Pepper, Phone: 202 418-5565, Email: 
dpepper@cftc.gov.
    RIN: 3038-AE26

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12 CFR CH. X


Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB or Bureau) 
is publishing this agenda as part of the Spring 2016 Unified Agenda of 
Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The CFPB reasonably 
anticipates having the regulatory matters identified below under 
consideration during the period from May 1, 2016, to April 30, 2017. 
The next agenda will be published in fall 2016 and will update this 
agenda through fall 2017. Publication of this agenda is in accordance 
with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.).

DATES: This information is current as of March 25, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, 1700 G Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20552.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A staff contact is included for each 
regulatory item listed herein.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The CFPB is publishing its spring 2016 
agenda as part of the Spring 2016 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory 
and Deregulatory Actions, which is coordinated by the Office of 
Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. The CFPB's 
participation in the Unified Agenda is voluntary. The complete Unified 
Agenda is available to the public at the following Web site: http://
www.reginfo.gov.
    Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
Protection Act, Public Law 111-203, 124 Stat. 1376 (Dodd-Frank Act), 
the CFPB has rulemaking, supervisory, enforcement, and other 
authorities relating to consumer financial products and services. These 
authorities include the ability to issue regulations under more than a 
dozen federal consumer financial laws, which transferred to the CFPB 
from seven federal agencies on July 21, 2011. The CFPB is working on a 
wide range of initiatives to address issues in markets for consumer 
financial products and services that are not reflected in this notice 
because the Unified Agenda is limited to rulemaking activities.
    The CFPB reasonably anticipates having the regulatory matters 
identified below under consideration during the period from May 1, 
2016, to April 30, 2017.\1\ Among the Bureau's more significant 
regulatory efforts are the following.
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    \1\ The listing does not include certain routine, frequent, or 
administrative matters. Further, certain of the information fields 
for the listing are not applicable to independent regulatory 
agencies, including the CFPB, and, accordingly, the CFPB has 
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Bureau Regulatory Efforts in Various Consumer Markets

    The Bureau is working on a number of rulemakings to address 
important consumer protection issues in a wide variety of markets for 
consumer financial products and services.
    For example, the Bureau is preparing to issue a Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking this spring concerning the use of agreements between a 
covered person and a consumer for a consumer financial product or 
service providing for arbitration of any future disputes. The 
rulemaking follows on a report that the Bureau issued to Congress in 
March 2015, as required by the Dodd-Frank Act, as well as on 
preliminary results of arbitration research that were released by the 
Bureau in December 2013. In fall 2015, the Bureau began the rulemaking 
process by releasing an outline explaining that it was considering 
whether to limit arbitration agreements from being used to compel 
arbitration of consumer class actions and whether to require the 
reporting of certain information concerning consumer arbitrations to 
the Bureau to facilitate monitoring. The Bureau convened a panel under 
the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) in 
conjunction with the Office of Management and Budget and the Small 
Business Administration's Chief Counsel for Advocacy to consult with 
small businesses that may be affected by the policy proposals under 
consideration. The Bureau has also gathered extensive feedback from 
other stakeholders in preparation for the rulemaking.
    The Bureau also expects to release later this spring a Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking to address consumer harms from practices related to 
payday loans, auto title loans, and other similar credit products, 
including failure to determine whether consumers have the ability to 
repay without default or reborrowing and certain payment collection 
practices. The Bureau convened a SBREFA panel in April 2015, along with 
the Office of Management and Budget and the Small Business 
Administration's Chief Counsel for Advocacy to meet with small lenders 
that may be affected by the rulemaking, and has gathered extensive 
feedback from other stakeholders in the last year to obtain feedback on 
the proposals. This rulemaking builds on Bureau research, including a 
white paper the Bureau published on these products in April 2013, a 
data point providing additional research in March 2014, and ongoing 
analysis.
    The Bureau also expects to issue a final rule in early summer to 
create a comprehensive set of consumer protections for prepaid 
financial products, such as general purpose reloadable cards and other 
similar products, which are increasingly being used by consumers in 
place of traditional checking accounts or credit cards. The Bureau 
issued a proposed rule in November 2014, to bring prepaid products 
expressly within the ambit of Regulation E (which implements the 
Electronic Fund Transfer Act) as prepaid accounts and create new 
provisions specific to such accounts. The Bureau also proposed to amend 
Regulation E and Regulation Z (which implements the Truth in Lending 
Act) to regulate prepaid accounts with overdraft services or credit 
features.
    The Bureau also expects to issue a proposal to amend Regulation P, 
which implements the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA). Congress recently 
amended the GLBA to provide an exception to the requirement for 
financial institutions to deliver annual privacy notices when certain 
conditions are met. The Bureau plans to make conforming amendments to 
Regulation P for consistency with the statutory amendment.
    Building on Bureau research and other sources, the Bureau is also 
engaged in policy analysis and further research initiatives in 
preparation for a rulemaking on overdraft programs on checking 
accounts. The CFPB issued a white paper in June 2013, and a report in 
July 2014, based on supervisory data from several large banks that 
highlighted a number of possible consumer protection concerns, 
including how consumers opt in to overdraft coverage for ATM and one-
time debit card transactions, overdraft coverage limits, transaction 
posting order practices, overdraft and insufficient funds fee 
structure, and involuntary account closures. The CFPB is continuing to 
engage in additional research and has begun consumer testing 
initiatives relating to the opt-in process.
    The Bureau is also engaged in policy analysis and research 
initiatives in preparation for a rulemaking on debt collection 
activities, which are the single largest source of complaints to the 
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2013, Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the CFPB is in the process 
of analyzing the results of a survey to obtain information from 
consumers about their experiences with debt collection. The Bureau is 
also undertaking consumer testing initiatives to determine what 
information would be useful for consumers to have about debt collection 
and their debts and how that information should be provided to them.
    The Bureau is also continuing rulemaking activities that will 
further establish the Bureau's nonbank supervisory authority by 
defining larger participants of certain markets for consumer financial 
products and services. Larger participants of such markets, as the 
Bureau defines by rule, are subject to the Bureau's supervisory 
authority. The Bureau expects that its next larger participant 
rulemaking will focus on the markets for consumer installment loans and 
vehicle title loans for purposes of supervision. The Bureau is also 
considering whether rules to require registration of these or other 
non-depository lenders would facilitate supervision, as has been 
suggested to the Bureau by both consumer advocates and industry groups.
    The Bureau is also continuing to develop research on other critical 
markets to help implement statutory directives and to assess whether 
regulation of other consumer financial products and services may be 
warranted. For example, the Bureau is starting its work to implement 
section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which amends the Equal Credit 
Opportunity Act to require financial institutions to report information 
concerning credit applications made by women-owned, minority-owned, and 
small businesses. The Bureau will focus on outreach and research to 
develop its understanding of the players, products, and practices in 
the small business lending market and of the potential ways to 
implement section 1071. The CFPB then expects to begin developing 
proposed regulations concerning the data to be collected and 
determining the appropriate procedures and privacy protections needed 
for information-gathering and public disclosure

Implementing Dodd-Frank Act Mortgage Protections

    The Bureau is also continuing efforts to implement critical 
consumer protections under the Dodd-Frank Act to guard against mortgage 
market practices that contributed to the nation's most significant 
financial crisis in several decades. Since 2013, the Bureau has issued 
regulations as directed by the Dodd-Frank Act to implement certain 
protections for mortgage originations and servicing, integrate various 
federal mortgage disclosures, and amend mortgage reporting requirements 
under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The Bureau is continuing 
intensive work to facilitate implementation of the new requirements, 
including follow-up rulemaking where warranted.
    For example, the Bureau expects this summer to release a Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking to make small clarifications and provide further 
regulatory guidance concerning its rule combining several federal 
mortgage disclosures that consumers receive in connection with applying 
for and closing on a mortgage loan under the Truth in Lending Act 
(TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). The 
project to integrate and streamline the disclosures was mandated under 
the Dodd-Frank Act and took effect in October 2015. The rule is the 
cornerstone of the Bureau's broader ``Know Before You Owe'' mortgage 
initiative.
    The Bureau also expects to issue a final rule in the summer to 
amend various provisions of its January 2013, mortgage servicing rules 
in Regulation X (which implements RESPA) and Regulation Z. The Bureau 
has proposed clarifications of the applicability of certain provisions 
when the borrower is in bankruptcy, additional enhancements to loss 
mitigation requirements, provisions to address the applicability of 
certain rules to successors in interest, and other amendments. The 
Bureau has been conducting consumer testing of certain disclosures as 
it prepares the final rule.
    The Bureau is also working intensely to conduct outreach with 
industry and coordinate with other agencies to monitor and facilitate 
implementation of its rule to implement Dodd-Frank amendments to HMDA. 
The Bureau has already released a small entity compliance guide in 
connection with the rule, which was finalized in October 2015. Certain 
elements of the rule take effect in January 2017, and most new data 
collection requirements begin in January 2018. The Bureau is working to 
streamline and modernize HMDA data collection and reporting processes 
in conjunction with implementation.
    The Bureau is also continuing to facilitate the full implementation 
of and compliance with other rules that it issued in January 2013, to 
implement Dodd-Frank Act requirements concerning mortgage originations. 
Most recently, the Bureau has adjusted the thresholds defining small 
creditors and small creditors operating in rural and underserved areas 
for purposes of certain special rules concerning balloon loans, 
escrows, and other topics. The Bureau issued a final rule adjusting the 
thresholds for small creditors in October 2015. The Bureau then issued 
two rules to implement the Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural 
Communities Act. The first rule, which the Bureau issued on March 2, 
2016, established a process for creditors to apply to the Bureau for an 
area to be designated as rural. The second rule, which the Bureau 
issued on March 22, 2016, was an interim final rule that revised the 
test to determine which small creditors operate in rural areas in light 
of the Congressional amendments to the underlying statutory language.

Further Planning

    Finally, the Bureau is continuing to conduct outreach and research 
to assess issues in various other markets for consumer financial 
products and services. As this work continues, the Bureau will evaluate 
possible policy responses, including possible rulemaking actions, 
taking into account the critical need for and effectiveness of various 
policy tools. The Bureau will update its regulatory agenda in fall 
2016, to reflect the results of this further prioritization and 
planning.

    Dated: March 25, 2016.
Kelly Thompson Cochran,
Assistant Director for Regulations, Bureau of Consumer Financial 
Protection.

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CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU (CFPB)

Prerule Stage

291. Business Lending Data (Regulation B)

    Legal Authority:15 U.S.C. 1691c-2
    Abstract: Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and 
Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) amends the Equal Credit 
Opportunity Act (ECOA) to require financial institutions to report 
information concerning credit applications made by women-owned, 
minority-owned, and small businesses. The amendments to ECOA made by 
the Dodd-Frank Act require that certain data be collected and 
maintained, including the number of the application and date the 
application was received; the type and purpose of loan or credit 
applied for; the amount of credit applied for and approved; the type of 
action taken with regard to each application and the date of such 
action; the census tract of the principal place of business; the gross 
annual revenue of the business; and the race, sex, and ethnicity of the 
principal owners of the business. The Dodd-Frank Act also provides 
authority for the CFPB to require any additional data that the CFPB 
determines would aid in fulfilling the purposes of this section. The 
Bureau will focus on outreach and research to develop its understanding 
of the players, products, and practices in the small business lending 
market and of the potential ways to implement section 1071. The CFPB 
then expects to begin developing proposed regulations concerning the 
data to be collected and appropriate procedures, information 
safeguards, and privacy protections for information-gathering under 
this section.
    Timetable:

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Prerule Activities..................   12/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Elena Grigera Babinecz, Office of Regulations, 
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Phone: 202 435-7700.
    RIN: 3170-AA09

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU (CFPB)

Proposed Rule Stage

292. Payday Loans and Deposit Advance Products

    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined
    Abstract: The Bureau is conducting a rulemaking to address consumer 
harms from practices related to payday loans and other similar credit 
products, including failure to determine whether consumers have the 
ability to repay without default or reborrowing and certain payment 
collection practices. Under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement 
Fairness Act (SBREFA), the Bureau released in March 2015 an outline of 
proposals under consideration for the rulemaking. As part of the SBREFA 
process, in April 2015, the Bureau along with the Office of Management 
and Budget and the Small Business Administration's Chief Counsel for 
Advocacy, met with small lenders that may be affected by the rulemaking 
to obtain feedback on the proposals. This rulemaking builds on Bureau 
research, including a white paper the Bureau published on these 
products in April 2013, a data point providing additional research in 
March 2014, and ongoing analysis.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   06/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mark Morelli, Office of Regulations, Consumer 
Financial Protection Bureau, Phone: 202 435-7700.
    RIN: 3170-AA40

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU (CFPB)

Final Rule Stage

293. The Expedited Funds Availability Act (Regulation CC)

    Legal Authority: 12 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.
    Abstract: The Expedited Funds Availability Act (EFA Act), 
implemented by Regulation CC, governs availability of funds after a 
check deposit and check collection and return processes. Section 1086 
of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act 
amended the EFA Act to provide the CFPB with joint rulemaking authority 
with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) over 
certain consumer-related EFA Act provisions. The Board proposed 
amendments to Regulation CC in March 2011, to facilitate the banking 
industry's ongoing transition to fully-electronic interbank check 
collection and return. The Board's proposal includes some provisions 
that are subject to the CFPB's joint rulemaking authority, including 
the period for funds availability and revising model form disclosures. 
In addition, in December 2013, the Board proposed revised amendments to 
certain Regulation CC provisions that are not subject to the CFPB's 
authority and extended the comment period to May 2014. The CFPB will 
work with the Board to issue jointly a final rule that includes 
provisions within the CFPB's authority.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   03/25/11  76 FR 16862
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/03/11  .......................
Final Rule..........................   12/00/16  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Joseph Baressi, Office of Regulations, Consumer 
Financial Protection Bureau, Phone: 202 435-7700.

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16 CFR Ch. II


Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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SUMMARY: In this document, the Commission publishes its semiannual 
regulatory flexibility agenda. In addition, this document includes an 
agenda of regulatory actions that the Commission expects to be under 
development or review by the agency during the next year. This document 
meets the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive 
Order 12866. The Commission welcomes comments on the agenda and on the 
individual agenda entries.

DATES: Comments should be received in the Office of the Secretary on or 
before July 1, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Comments on the regulatory flexibility agenda should be 
captioned, ``Regulatory Flexibility Agenda,'' and emailed to: cpsc-
os@cpsc.gov. Comments may also be mailed or delivered to the Office of 
the Secretary, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 820, 4330 
East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814-4408.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on the agenda 
in general, contact Eileen Williams, Office of the General Counsel, 
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East-West Highway, 
Bethesda, MD 20814-4408; ewilliams@cpsc.gov. For further information 
regarding a particular item on the agenda, consult the individual 
listed in the column headed, ``Contact,'' for that particular item.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 
U.S.C. 601 to 612) contains several provisions intended to reduce 
unnecessary and disproportionate regulatory requirements on small 
businesses, small governmental organizations, and other small entities. 
Section 602 of the RFA (5 U.S.C. 602) requires each agency to publish, 
twice each year, a regulatory flexibility agenda containing a brief 
description of the subject area of any rule expected to be proposed or 
promulgated, which is likely to have a ``significant economic impact'' 
on a ``substantial number'' of small entities. The agency must also 
provide a summary of the nature of the rule and a schedule for acting 
on each rule for which the agency has issued a notice of proposed 
rulemaking.
    The regulatory flexibility agenda also is required to contain the 
name and address of the agency official knowledgeable about the items 
listed. Furthermore, agencies are required to provide notice of their 
agendas to small entities and to solicit their comments by direct 
notification or by inclusion in publications likely to be obtained by 
such entities.
    Additionally, Executive Order 12866 requires each agency to 
publish, twice each year, a regulatory agenda of regulations under 
development or review during the next year, and the Executive order 
states that such an agenda may be combined with the agenda published in 
accordance with the RFA. The regulatory flexibility agenda lists the 
regulatory activities expected to be under development or review during 
the next 12 months. It includes all such activities, whether or not 
they may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities. This agenda also includes regulatory activities that 
appeared in the fall 2015 agenda and have been completed by the 
Commission prior to publication of this agenda. Although CPSC, as an 
independent regulatory agency, is not required to comply with Executive 
orders, the Commission does follow Executive Order 12866 with respect 
to the publication of its regulatory agenda.
    The agenda contains a brief description and summary of each 
regulatory activity, including the objectives and legal basis for each; 
an approximate schedule of target dates, subject to revision, for the 
development or completion of each activity; and the name and telephone 
number of a knowledgeable agency official concerning particular items 
on the agenda.
    Beginning in fall 2007, the Internet became the basic means of 
disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda will be 
available online at: www.reginfo.gov, in a format that offers users a 
greatly enhanced ability to obtain information from the agenda 
database.
    Because publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the 
regulatory flexibility agendas required by the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (5 U.S.C. 602), the Commission's printed agenda entries include 
only:
    (1) Rules that are in the Agency's regulatory flexibility agenda, 
in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act because they are 
likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities; and
    (2) Rules that the Agency has identified for periodic review under 
section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain 
information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's agenda 
requirements. Additional information on these entries is available in 
the Unified Agenda published on the Internet.
    The agenda reflects an assessment of the likelihood that the 
specified event will occur during the next year; the precise dates for 
each rulemaking are uncertain and new information, changes of 
circumstances or of law may alter anticipated timing. In addition, no 
final determination by staff or the Commission regarding the need for, 
or the substance of, any rule or regulation should be inferred from 
this agenda.

    Dated: March 16, 2016.
Todd A. Stevenson,
Secretary, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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295.......................  Recreational Off-Road              3041-AC78
                             Vehicles.
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          Consumer Product Safety Commission--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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296.......................  Standard for Sling                 3041-AD28
                             Carriers.
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          Consumer Product Safety Commission--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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297.......................  Petition to Amend Test             3041-AD26
                             Procedures for Glazing
                             Materials in
                             Architectural Products.
298.......................  Third Party Testing Burden         3041-AD46
                             Reduction.
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CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC)

Prerule Stage

294. Rule Review of: Standard for the Flammability (Open Flame) of 
Mattress Sets (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 1193, Flammable Fabrics Act; 5 U.S.C. 
610, Regulatory Flexibility Act
    Abstract: The Commission published the Standard for the 
Flammability (Open Flame) of Mattress Sets in March 2006. The Standard 
sets open flame performance measures on all mattress sets entered into 
commerce on or after the effective date in July 2007. The purpose of 
the rule review is to assess the impact of the rule on small entities 
and to determine whether the rule should be continued without change, 
or should be amended or rescinded to make the rule more effective or 
less burdensome while still maintaining safety objectives. CPSC staff 
solicited comments on the rule through a Federal Register Notice. Staff 
also conducted economic and fire loss data analyses to review the 
impact and effectiveness of the rule. A staff briefing package is being 
developed and will be submitted to the Commission in FY 2016.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Notice for Comment Published in the    04/03/15  80 FR 18218
 Federal Register.
Comment Period End..................   06/02/15
Staff Sends Briefing Package to        09/00/16
 Commission.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined.
    Agency Contact: Lisa Scott, Project Manager, Directorate for 
Laboratory Sciences, Consumer Product Safety Commission, National 
Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD 
20850, Phone: 301 987-2064, Email: lscott@cpsc.gov.
    RIN: 3041-AD47

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC)

Proposed Rule Stage

295. Recreational Off-Road Vehicles

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2056; 15 U.S.C. 2058
    Abstract: The Commission is considering whether recreational off-
road vehicles (ROVs) present an unreasonable risk of injury that should 
be regulated. ROVs are motorized vehicles having four or more low-
pressure tires designed for off-road use and intended by the 
manufacturer primarily for recreational use by one or more persons. The 
salient characteristics of an ROV include a steering wheel for steering 
control, foot controls for throttle and braking, bench or bucket seats, 
a roll-over protective structure, and a maximum speed greater than 30 
mph. On October 21, 2009, the Commission voted (4-0-1) to publish an 
advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register. 
The ANPRM was published in the Federal Register on October 28, 2009, 
and the comment period ended December 28, 2009. The Commission received 
two letters requesting an extension of the comment period. The 
Commission extended the comment period until March 15, 2010. Staff 
conducted testing and evaluation programs to develop performance 
requirements addressing vehicle stability, vehicle handling, and 
occupant protection. On October 29, 2014, the Commission voted (3-2) to 
publish an NPRM proposing standards addressing vehicle stability, 
vehicle handling, and occupant protection. The NPRM was published in 
the Federal Register on November 19, 2014. On January 23, 2015, the 
Commission published a notice of extension of the comment period for 
the NPRM, extending the comment period to April 8, 2015. The Omnibus 
Appropriations Bill provides that during fiscal year 2016, none of the 
amounts made available by the Appropriations Bill may be used to 
finalize or implement the Safety Standard for Recreational Off-Highway 
Vehicles published by the CPSC in the Federal Register on November 19, 
2014 (79 FR 68964) (ROV NPRM) until after the National Academy of 
Sciences completes a study to determine specific information as set 
forth in the Appropriations Bill. Staff has ceased work on a Final Rule 
briefing package that would implement the ROV NPRM, but continues to 
engage in the development of voluntary standards associated with ROVs. 
In FY 2016, staff will prepare a briefing package assessing the 
voluntary standards for Commission consideration.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Staff Sends ANPRM Briefing Package     10/07/09
 to Commission.
Commission Decision.................   10/21/09
ANPRM...............................   10/28/09  74 FR 55495
ANPRM Comment Period Extended.......   12/22/09  74 FR 67987
Extended Comment Period End.........   03/15/10
Staff Sends NPRM Briefing Package to   09/24/14
 Commission.
Staff Sends Supplemental Information   10/17/14
 on ROVs to Commission.
Commission Decision.................   10/29/14
NPRM Published in Federal Register..   11/19/14  79 FR 68964
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   01/23/15  80 FR 3535

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Extended Comment Period End.........   04/08/15
Staff Sends Briefing Package           09/00/16
 Assessing Voluntary Standards to
 Commission.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Caroleene Paul, Project Manager, Directorate for 
Engineering Sciences, Consumer Product Safety Commission, National 
Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD 
20850, Phone: 301 987-2225, Email: cpaul@cpsc.gov.
    RIN: 3041-AC78

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC)

Final Rule Stage

296. Standard for Sling Carriers

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-314, sec 104
    Abstract: Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement 
Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires the Commission to issue consumer product 
safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. The Commission 
is directed to assess the effectiveness of applicable voluntary 
standards, and in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, 
promulgate consumer product safety standards that are substantially the 
same as the voluntary standard, or more stringent than the voluntary 
standard if the Commission determines that more stringent standards 
would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. 
The CPSIA requires that not later than August 14, 2009, the Commission 
begin rulemaking for at least two categories of durable infant or 
toddler products and promulgate two such standards every six months 
thereafter. The Commission proposed a consumer product safety standard 
for infant sling carriers as part of this series of standards for 
durable infant and toddler products. On June 13, 2014, staff sent an 
NPRM briefing package to the Commission. The Commission voted 
unanimously (3-0) to approve publication of the NPRM in the Federal 
Register. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on July 23, 
2014. Following review of the comments, staff will prepare a Final Rule 
briefing package for the Commission's consideration.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Staff Sends NPRM Briefing Package to   06/13/14
 the Commission.
Commission Decision to Publish NPRM.   07/09/14
NPRM................................   07/23/14  79 FR 42724
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/06/14
Staff Sends Final Rule Briefing        09/00/16
 Package to Commission.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Hope Nesteruk, Project Manager, Directorate for 
Engineering Sciences, Consumer Product Safety Commission, National 
Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD 
20850, Phone: 301 987-2579, Email: hnesteruk@cpsc.gov.
    RIN: 3041-AD28


CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC)

Completed Actions

297. Petition To Amend Test Procedures for Glazing Materials in 
Architectural Products

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 553; 15 U.S.C. 2056; 15 U.S.C. 2058
    Abstract: The Commission received correspondence from William M. 
Hannay, counsel for the Safety Glazing Certification Council, 
requesting that the Commission initiate rulemaking to replace the 
current testing procedures for glazing materials codified at 16 CFR 
1201.4 with those contained in ANSI Z97.1, ``American National Standard 
for Safety Glazing Materials Used in Building-Safety Performance 
Specifications and Methods of Test.'' The request was docketed as 
Petition CP 12-3, under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). On 
August 23, 2012, the Commission voted unanimously to approve 
publication of a notice in the Federal Register to solicit public 
comments on the petition. The notice was published in the Federal 
Register on August 30, 2012. The comment period closed on October 29, 
2012. CPSC staff reviewed the submitted comments and sent a briefing 
package to the Commission on April 3, 2013. The Commission voted 
unanimously on April 9, 2013, to grant the petition. Staff prepared an 
NPRM briefing package for Commission consideration. The briefing 
package went to the Commission on May 6, 2015. The Commission voted to 
issue the NPRM on May 15, 2015. The NPRM published in the Federal 
Register on May 22, 2015. The comment period closed on July 21, 2015. 
Staff sent a Final Rule briefing package to the Commission on March 2, 
2016. The Commission voted unanimously (5-0) on March 8, 2016, to 
approve publication in the Federal Register of the Final Rule, as 
drafted, to amend the Commission's regulations at 16 CFR part 1201, by 
replacing the testing procedures provided at 16 CFR 1201.4, with the 
voluntary standard, ANSI Z97.1-2015, American National Standard for 
Safety Glazing Materials Used in Buildings-Safety Performance 
Specifications and Methods of Test.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Petition Docketed...................   08/17/12
Notice for Comment Published in        08/30/12  77 FR 52625
 Federal Register.
Comment Period End..................   10/29/12
Staff Sends Briefing Package to        04/03/13
 Commission.
Commission Decision.................   04/09/13
Staff Sends NPRM Briefing Package to   05/15/15
 Commission.
NPRM................................   05/22/15  80 FR 29555
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/21/15
Staff Sends Final Rule Briefing        03/02/16
 Package to Commission.
Commission Decision to Approve         03/08/16
 Publication of Final Rule in the
 Federal Register.
Final Rule Published in the Federal    03/23/16  81 FR 15427
 Register.
Final Rule Effective................   04/22/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brian M. Baker, Project Manager, Directorate for 
Laboratory Sciences Mechanical, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 
National Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place,

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Rockville, MD 20850, Phone: 301 987-2289, Email: bbaker@cpsc.gov.
    RIN: 3041-AD26

298. Third Party Testing Burden Reduction

    Legal Authority: Sec 3, Pub. L. 110-314, 122 Stat. 3016; 15 U.S.C. 
2063(d)(3)(B)
    Abstract: Section 14(i)(3) of the Consumer Product Safety Act 
requires the Commission to seek opportunities to reduce the cost of 
third party testing requirements consistent with assuring compliance 
with any applicable children's product safety rule. In the FY 2015 
Operating Plan, the Commission directed staff to submit a notice of 
proposed rulemaking (NPRM) briefing package to the Commission 
addressing items to reduce third party testing burdens. On June 30, 
2015, staff sent a briefing package to the Commission for a Direct 
Final Rule (DFR) and an NPRM for a determination regarding heavy 
elements limits for unfinished and untreated wood. On July 10, 2015, 
the Commission voted to publish the DFR and NPRM in the Federal 
Register. On July 17, 2015, the DFR and NPRM were published in the 
Federal Register with the comment period closing on August 17, 2015. On 
August 26, 2015, staff sent a draft Federal Register Notice withdrawing 
the DFR because the Commission received adverse comments regarding the 
DFR.
    On September 1, 2015, the Commission voted to publish a notice of 
withdrawal of the DFR in the Federal Register. The notice of withdrawal 
published in the Federal Register on September 10, 2015. On December 8, 
2015, staff sent a briefing package for a Final Rule for a 
determination regarding heavy elements for unfinished and untreated 
wood. On December 8, 2015, the Commission voted to publish the final 
rule in the Federal Register. On December 17, 2015, the Final Rule 
published in the Federal Register with an effective date of January 19, 
2016.
    On September 30, 2015, staff sent a briefing package to the 
Commission for a DFR and NPRM to clarify when component part testing 
can be used and which textile products have been determined not to 
exceed the allowable lead content limits. On October 8, 2015, the 
Commission voted to publish the DFR and the NPRM in the Federal 
Register. On October 14, 2015, the DFR and NPRM published in the 
Federal Register. On November 19, 2015, the Commission published a 
notice in the Federal Register delaying the effective date and 
extending the comment period for the DFR. On January 4, 2016, the 
Commission published a Notice in the Federal Register delaying the 
effective date and reopening the comment period for the DFR. The DFR 
became final with an effective date of February 12, 2016.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Commission Votes to Publish DFR and    07/10/15
 NPRM in Federal Register.
NPRM Published in the Federal          07/17/15  80 FR 42438
 Register.
DFR Published in the Federal           07/17/15  80 FR 42376
 Register.
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/17/15
DFR Comment Period End..............   08/17/15
Staff Sends Notice of Withdrawal to    08/26/15
 Commission.
Commission Votes to Publish Notice     09/01/15
 of Withdrawal of DFR.
Notice of Withdrawal of DFR            09/10/15  80 FR 54417
 Published in Federal Register.
Staff Sends DFR/NPRM Briefing          09/30/15
 Package to Commission.
Commission Votes to Publish DFR/NPRM   10/08/15
 in Federal Register.
DFR and NPRM Published in the          10/24/15  80 FR 61729, 80 FR
 Federal Register.                                61773
Notice Delaying Effective Date......   11/19/15
Staff Sends Final Rule Briefing        12/08/15
 Package to Commission.
Commission Votes to Publish Final      12/08/15
 Rule in Federal Register.
Final Rule Published in the Federal    12/17/15  80 FR 78651
 Register.
Notice Delaying Effective Date and     01/04/16
 Reopening Comment Period.
Final Rule Effective................   02/12/16  81 FR 2
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Randy Butturini, Project Manager, Office of Hazard 
Identification and Reduction, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 
East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814, Phone: 301 504-7562, Email: 
rbutturini@cpsc.gov.
    RIN: 3041-AD46

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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

47 CFR Ch. I


Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions--
Spring 2016

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: Twice a year, in spring and fall, the Commission publishes in 
the Federal Register a list in the Unified Agenda of those major items 
and other significant proceedings under development or review that 
pertain to the Regulatory Flexibility Act. (U.S.C. 602). The Unified 
Agenda also provides the Code of Federal Regulations citations and 
legal authorities that govern these proceedings. The complete Unified 
Agenda will be published on the Internet in a searchable format at 
www.reginfo.gov.

ADDRESSES: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20554.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maura McGowan, Telecommunications 
Specialist, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20554, (202) 418-0990.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Unified Agenda of Major and Other Significant Proceedings

    The Commission encourages public participation in its rulemaking 
process. To help keep the public informed of significant rulemaking 
proceedings, the Commission has prepared a list of important 
proceedings now in progress. The General Services Administration 
publishes the Unified Agenda in the Federal Register in the spring and 
fall of each year.
    The following terms may be helpful in understanding the status of 
the proceedings included in this report:
    Docket Number--assigned to a proceeding if the Commission has 
issued either a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking or a Notice of Inquiry 
concerning the matter under consideration. The Commission has used 
docket numbers since January 1, 1978. Docket numbers consist of the 
last two digits of the calendar year in which the docket was 
established plus a sequential number that begins at 1 with the first 
docket initiated during a calendar year (e.g., Docket No. 96-1 or 
Docket No. 99-1). The abbreviation for the responsible bureau usually 
precedes the docket number, as in ``MB Docket No. 96-222,'' which 
indicates that the responsible bureau is the Media Bureau. A docket 
number consisting of only five digits (e.g., Docket No. 29622) 
indicates that the docket was established before January 1, 1978.
    Notice of Inquiry (NOI)--issued by the Commission when it is 
seeking information on a broad subject or trying to generate ideas on a 
given topic. A comment period is specified during which all interested 
parties may submit comments.
    Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)--issued by the Commission when 
it is proposing a specific change to Commission rules and regulations. 
Before any changes are actually made, interested parties may submit 
written comments on the proposed revisions.
    Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM)--issued by the 
Commission when additional comment in the proceeding is sought.
    Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O)--issued by the Commission to 
deny a petition for rulemaking, conclude an inquiry, modify a decision, 
or address a petition for reconsideration of a decision.
    Rulemaking (RM) Number--assigned to a proceeding after the 
appropriate bureau or office has reviewed a petition for rulemaking, 
but before the Commission has taken action on the petition.
    Report and Order (R&O)--issued by the Commission to state a new or 
amended rule or state that the Commission rules and regulations will 
not be revised.

 Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

       Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                         Regulation
      Sequence No.                  Title              Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
299.....................  Implementation of the     3060-AG58
                           Telecom Act of 1996;
                           Access to
                           Telecommunications
                           Service,
                           Telecommunications
                           Equipment, and Customer
                           Premises Equipment by
                           Persons With
                           Disabilities (WT Docket
                           No. 96-198).
300.....................  Rules and Regulations     3060-AI14
                           Implementing the
                           Telephone Consumer
                           Protection Act (TCPA)
                           of 1991 (CG Docket No.
                           02-278).
301.....................  Rules and Regulations     3060-AI15
                           Implementing Section
                           225 of the
                           Communications Act
                           (Telecommunications
                           Relay Service) (CG
                           Docket No. 03-123).
302.....................  Consumer Information,     3060-AI61
                           Disclosure, and Truth
                           in Billing and Billing
                           Format.
303.....................  Closed-Captioning of      3060-AI72
                           Video Programming; CG
                           Docket Nos. 05-231 and
                           06-181 (Section 610
                           Review).
304.....................  Accessibility of          3060-AI75
                           Programming Providing
                           Emergency Information;
                           MB Docket No. 12-107.
305.....................  Empowering Consumers to   3060-AJ51
                           Avoid Bill Shock
                           (Docket No. 10-207).
306.....................  Contributions to the      3060-AJ63
                           Telecommunications
                           Relay Services Fund (CG
                           Docket No. 11-47).
307.....................  Empowering Consumers to   3060-AJ72
                           Prevent and Detect
                           Billing for
                           Unauthorized Charges
                           (``Cramming'').
308.....................  Implementation of the     3060-AJ84
                           Middle Class Tax Relief
                           and Job Creation Act of
                           2012/Establishment of a
                           Public Safety Answering
                           Point Do-Not-Call
                           Registry.
309.....................  Implementation of         3060-AK00
                           Sections 716 and 717 of
                           the Communications Act
                           of 1934, as Enacted by
                           the Twenty-First
                           Century Communications
                           and Video Accessibility
                           Act of 2010 (CG Docket
                           No. 10-213).
310.....................  Misuse of Internet        3060-AK01
                           Protocol (IP) Captioned
                           Telephone Service;
                           Telecommunications
                           Relay Services and
                           Speech-to-Speech
                           Services; CG Docket No.
                           13-24.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


         Office of Engineering and Technology--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                         Regulation
       Sequence No                  Title              Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
311.....................  New Advanced Wireless     3060-AH65
                           Services (ET Docket No.
                           00-258).
312.....................  Exposure to               3060-AI17
                           Radiofrequency
                           Electromagnetic Fields
                           (ET Docket No. 10-97).

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313.....................  Unlicensed Operation in   3060-AI52
                           the TV Broadcast Bands
                           (ET Docket No. 04-186).
314.....................  Fixed and Mobile          3060-AJ46
                           Services in the Mobile
                           Satellite Service (ET
                           Docket No. 10-142).
315.....................  Radio Experimentation     3060-AJ62
                           and Market Trials Under
                           Part 5 of the
                           Commission's Rules and
                           Streamlining Other
                           Related Rules (ET
                           Docket No. 10-236).
316.....................  Operation of Radar        3060-AJ68
                           Systems in the 76-77
                           GHz Band (ET Docket No.
                           11-90).
317.....................  WRC-07 Implementation     3060-AJ93
                           (ET Docket No. 12-338).
318.....................  Federal Earth Stations-   3060-AK09
                           Non Federal Fixed
                           Satellite Service Space
                           Stations; Spectrum for
                           Non-Federal Space
                           Launch Operations; ET
                           Docket No. 13-115.
319.....................  Authorization of          3060-AK10
                           Radiofrequency
                           Equipment; ET Docket
                           No. 13-44.
320.....................  Operation of Radar        3060-AK29
                           Systems in the 76-77
                           GHz Band (ET Docket No.
                           15-26).
321.....................  Spectrum Access for       3060-AK30
                           Wireless Microphone
                           Operations (GN Docket
                           Nos. 14-166 and 12-268).
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                 International Bureau--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                         Regulation
      Sequence No.                  Title              Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
322.....................  Space Station Licensing   3060-AH98
                           Reform (IB Docket No.
                           02-34).
323.....................  International             3060-AJ77
                           Settlements Policy
                           Reform (IB Docket No.
                           11-80).
324.....................  Comprehensive Review of   3060-AJ98
                           Licensing and Operating
                           Rules for Satellite
                           Services (IB Docket No.
                           12-267).
325.....................  Expanding Broadband and   3060-AK02
                           Innovation through Air-
                           Ground Mobile Broadband
                           Secondary Service for
                           Passengers Aboard
                           Aircraft in the 14.0-
                           14.5 GHz Band; GN
                           Docket No. 13-114.
326.....................  Terrestrial Use of the    3060-AK16
                           2473-2495 MHz Band for
                           Low-Power Mobile
                           Broadband Networks;
                           Amendments to Rules of
                           Mobile Satellite
                           Service System; IB
                           Docket No. 13-213.
327.....................  Review of Foreign         3060-AK47
                           Ownership Policies for
                           Broadcast, Common
                           Carrier and
                           Aeronautical Radio
                           Licensees under Section
                           310(b)(4) of the
                           Communications Act of
                           1934, as amended
                           (Docket No. 15-236).
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                 International Bureau--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                         Regulation
      Sequence No.                  Title              Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
328.....................  Reform of Rules and       3060-AJ97
                           Policies on Foreign
                           Carrier Entry Into the
                           U.S. Telecommunications
                           Market (IB Docket 12-
                           299).
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                     Media Bureau--Long-Term Actions
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                                                         Regulation
      Sequence No.                  Title              Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
329.....................  Broadcast Ownership       3060-AH97
                           Rules.
330.....................  Establishment of Rules    3060-AI38
                           for Digital Low-Power
                           Television, Television
                           Translator, and
                           Television Booster
                           Stations (MB Docket No.
                           03-185).
331.....................  Promoting                 3060-AJ27
                           Diversification of
                           Ownership in the
                           Broadcast Services (MB
                           Docket No. 07-294).
332.....................  Amendment of the          3060-AJ55
                           Commission's Rules
                           Related to
                           Retransmission Consent
                           (MB Docket No. 10-71).
333.....................  Closed Captioning of      3060-AJ67
                           Internet Protocol-
                           Delivered Video
                           Programming:
                           Implementation of the
                           Twenty-First Century
                           Communications and
                           Video Accessibility Act
                           of 2010 (MB Docket No.
                           11-154).
334.....................  Accessibility of User     3060-AK11
                           Interfaces and Video
                           Programming Guides and
                           Menus (MB Docket No. 12-
                           108).
335.....................  Network Non-Duplication   3060-AK18
                           and Syndicated
                           Exclusivity Rule (MB
                           Docket No. 14-29).
336.....................  Expansion of Online       3060-AK23
                           Public File Obligations
                           To Cable and Satellite
                           TV Operators and
                           Broadcast and Satellite
                           Radio Licensees; MB
                           Docket No. 14-127.
337.....................  Channel Sharing by Full   3060-AK42
                           Power and Class A
                           Stations Outside of the
                           Incentive Auction
                           Context; (MB Docket No.
                           15-137).
338.....................  Preserving Vacant         3060-AK43
                           Channels in the UHF
                           Television Band for
                           Unlicensed Use; (MB
                           Docket No. 15-68).
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             Office of Managing Director--Long-Term Actions
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                                                         Regulation
      Sequence No.                  Title              Identifier No.
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339.....................  Assessment and            3060-AI79
                           Collection of
                           Regulatory Fees.
340.....................  Amendment of Part 1 of    3060-AJ54
                           the Commission's Rules,
                           Concerning Practice and
                           Procedure, Amendment of
                           CORES Registration
                           System; MD Docket No.
                           10-234.
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      Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau--Long-Term Actions
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                                                         Regulation
      Sequence No.                  Title              Identifier No.
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341.....................  Revision of the Rules To  3060-AG34
                           Ensure Compatibility
                           With Enhanced 911
                           Emergency Calling
                           Systems (CC Docket No.
                           94-102; PS Docket No.
                           07-114).
342.....................  Enhanced 911 Services     3060-AG60
                           for Wireline and Multi-
                           Line Telephone Systems;
                           PS Docket Nos. 10-255
                           and 07-114.
343.....................  In the Matter of the      3060-AG74
                           Communications
                           Assistance for Law
                           Enforcement Act.
344.....................  Implementation of 911     3060-AH90
                           Act (CC Docket No. 92-
                           105, WT Docket No. 00-
                           110).
345.....................  Commission Rules          3060-AI22
                           Concerning Disruptions
                           to Communications (PS
                           Docket No. 11-82).
346.....................  E911 Requirements for IP- 3060-AI62
                           Enabled Service
                           Providers (Dockets Nos.
                           GN 11-117, PS 07-114,
                           WC 05-196, WC 04-36).
347.....................  Wireless E911 Location    3060-AJ52
                           Accuracy Requirements;
                           PS Docket No. 07-114.
348.....................  700 MHz Public Safety     3060-AJ99
                           Broadband--First Net
                           (PS Docket Nos. 12-94 &
                           06-229 and WT 06-150).
349.....................  Proposed Amendments to    3060-AK19
                           Service Rules Governing
                           Public Safety
                           Narrowband Operations
                           in the 769-775 and 799-
                           805 MHz Bands.
350.....................  Improving Outage          3060-AK39
                           Reporting for Submarine
                           Cables and Enhancing
                           Submarine Cable Outage
                           Data; GN Docket No. 15-
                           206.
351.....................  Amendments to Part 4 of   3060-AK40
                           the Commission's Rules
                           Concerning Disruptions
                           to Communications; PS
                           Docket No. 15-80.
352.....................  New Part 4 of the         3060-AK41
                           Commission's Rules
                           Concerning Disruptions
                           to Communications; ET
                           Docket No. 04-35.
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          Wireless Telecommunications Bureau--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                         Regulation
      Sequence No.                  Title              Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
353.....................  Reexamination of Roaming  3060-AH83
                           Obligations of
                           Commercial Mobile Radio
                           Service Providers.
354.....................  Review of Part 87 of the  3060-AI35
                           Commission's Rules
                           Concerning Aviation (WT
                           Docket No. 01-289).
355.....................  Implementation of the     3060-AI88
                           Commercial Spectrum
                           Enhancement Act (CSEA)
                           and Modernization of
                           the Commission's
                           Competitive Bidding
                           Rules and Procedures
                           (WT Docket No. 05-211).
356.....................  Facilitating the          3060-AJ12
                           Provision of Fixed and
                           Mobile Broadband
                           Access, Educational,
                           and Other Advanced
                           Services in the 2150-
                           2162 and 2500-2690 MHz
                           Bands.
357.....................  Service Rules for         3060-AJ19
                           Advanced Wireless
                           Services in the 2155-
                           2175 MHz Band; WT
                           Docket No. 13-185.
358.....................  Amendment of the          3060-AJ22
                           Commission's Rules to
                           Improve Public Safety
                           Communications in the
                           800 MHz Band, and to
                           Consolidate the 800 MHz
                           and 900 MHz Business
                           and Industrial/Land
                           Transportation Pool
                           Channels.
359.....................  Amendment of Part 101 to  3060-AJ28
                           Accommodate 30 MHz
                           Channels in the 6525-
                           6875 MHz Band and
                           Provide Conditional
                           Authorization on
                           Channels in the 21.8-
                           22.0 and 23.0-23.2 GHz
                           Band (WT Docket No. 04-
                           114).
360.....................  Amendment of Part 90 of   3060-AJ37
                           the Commission's Rules.
361.....................  Amendment of Part 101 of  3060-AJ47
                           the Commission's Rules
                           for Microwave Use and
                           Broadcast Auxiliary
                           Service Flexibility.
362.....................  Universal Service Reform  3060-AJ58
                           Mobility Fund (WT
                           Docket No. 10-208).
363.....................  Fixed and Mobile          3060-AJ59
                           Services in the Mobile
                           Satellite Service Bands
                           at 1525-1559 MHz and
                           1626.5-1660.5 MHz, 1610-
                           1626.5 MHz and 2483.5-
                           2500 MHz, and 2000-2020
                           MHz and 2180-2200 MHz.
364.....................  Improving Spectrum        3060-AJ71
                           Efficiency Through
                           Flexible Channel
                           Spacing and Bandwidth
                           Utilization for
                           Economic Area-Based 800
                           MHz Specialized Mobile
                           Radio Licensees (WT
                           Docket Nos. 12-64 and
                           11-110).
365.....................  Service Rules for         3060-AJ73
                           Advanced Wireless
                           Services in the 2000-
                           2020 MHz and 2180-2200
                           MHz Bands.
366.....................  Expanding the Economic    3060-AJ82
                           and Innovation
                           Opportunities of
                           Spectrum Through
                           Incentive Auctions;
                           Docket No. 12-268.
367.....................  Service Rules for         3060-AJ86
                           Advanced Wireless
                           Services of the Middle
                           Class Tax Relief and
                           Job Creation Act of
                           2012 Related to the
                           1915-1920 MHz and 1995-
                           2000 MHz Bands (WT
                           Docket No. 12-357).
368.....................  Amendment of Parts 1, 2,  3060-AJ87
                           22, 24, 27, 90 and 95
                           of the Commission's
                           Rules to Improve
                           Wireless Coverage
                           Through the Use of
                           Signal Boosters (WT
                           Docket No. 10-4).
369.....................  Amendment of the          3060-AJ88
                           Commission's Rules
                           Governing Certain
                           Aviation Ground Station
                           Equipment (Squitter)
                           (WT Docket Nos. 10-61
                           and 09-42).
370.....................  Amendment of the          3060-AJ91
                           Commission's Rules
                           Concerning Commercial
                           Radio Operators (WT
                           Docket No. 10-177).
371.....................  Radiolocation Operations  3060-AK04
                           in the 78-81 GHz Band;
                           WT Docket No. 11-202.
372.....................  Amendment of Part 90 of   3060-AK05
                           the Commission's Rules
                           to Permit Terrestrial
                           Trunked Radio (TETRA)
                           Technology; WT Docket
                           No. 11-6.
373.....................  Promoting Technological   3060-AK06
                           Solutions to Combat
                           Wireless Contraband
                           Device Use in
                           Correctional Facilities.
374.....................  Enabling Small Cell Use   3060-AK12
                           in the 3.5 GHz band.
375.....................  800 MHz Cellular          3060-AK13
                           Telecommunications
                           Licensing Reform;
                           Docket No. 12-40.
376.....................  Updating Competitive      3060-AK28
                           Bidding Rules.
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          Wireless Telecommunications Bureau--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                         Regulation
      Sequence No.                  Title              Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
377.....................  Rules Authorizing the     3060-AJ21
                           Operation of Low Power
                           Auxiliary Stations in
                           the 698-806 MHz Band
                           (WT Docket No. 08-166)
                           Public Interest
                           Spectrum Coalition,
                           Petition for Rulemaking
                           Regarding Low Power
                           Auxiliary.
378.....................  In the Matter of Service  3060-AJ35
                           Rules for the 698 to
                           746, 747 to 762, and
                           777 to 792 MHz Bands.

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379.....................  2004 and 2006 Biennial    3060-AJ50
                           Regulatory Reviews--
                           Streamlining and Other
                           Revisions of the
                           Commission's Rules
                           Governing Construction,
                           Marking, and Lighting
                           of Antenna Structures.
380.....................  Promoting                 3060-AJ78
                           Interoperability in the
                           700 MHz Commercial
                           Spectrum; Requests for
                           Waiver and Extension of
                           Lower 700 MHz Band
                           Interim Construction
                           Benchmark Deadlines (WT
                           Docket Nos. 12-69 & 12-
                           332).
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             Wireline Competition Bureau--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                         Regulation
      Sequence No.                  Title              Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
381.....................  Implementation of the     3060-AF85
                           Universal Service
                           Portions of the 1996
                           Telecommunications Act.
382.....................  2000 Biennial Regulatory  3060-AH72
                           Review--Telecommunicati
                           ons Service Quality
                           Reporting Requirements.
383.....................  National Exchange         3060-AI47
                           Carrier Association
                           Petition.
384.....................  IP-Enabled Services; WC   3060-AI48
                           Docket No. 04-36.
385.....................  Jurisdictional            3060-AJ06
                           Separations.
386.....................  Service Quality,          3060-AJ14
                           Customer Satisfaction,
                           Infrastructure and
                           Operating Data
                           Gathering (WC Docket
                           Nos. 08-190, 07-139, 07-
                           204, 07-273, 07-21).
387.....................  Development of            3060-AJ15
                           Nationwide Broadband
                           Data To Evaluate
                           Reasonable and Timely
                           Deployment of Advanced
                           Services to All
                           Americans.
388.....................  Local Number Portability  3060-AJ32
                           Porting Interval and
                           Validation Requirements
                           (WC Docket No. 07-244).
389.....................  Implementation of         3060-AJ64
                           Section 224 of the Act;
                           A National Broadband
                           Plan for Our Future (WC
                           Docket No. 07-245, GN
                           Docket No. 09-51).
390.....................  Rural Call Completion;    3060-AJ89
                           WC Docket No. 13-39.
391.....................  Rates for Inmate Calling  3060-AK08
                           Services; WC Docket No.
                           12-375.
392.....................  Comprehensive Review of   3060-AK20
                           the Part 32 Uniform
                           System of Accounts (WC
                           Docket No. 14-130).
393.....................  Protecting and Promoting  3060-AK21
                           the Open Internet; (WC
                           Docket No. 14-28).
394.....................  Emerging Wireline         3060-AK32
                           Networks and Services;
                           GN Docket No 13-5, WC
                           Docket No. 05-25.
395.....................  Modernizing Common        3060-AK33
                           Carrier Rules, WC
                           Docket No 15-33.
396.....................  Numbering Policies for    3060-AK36
                           Modern Communications,
                           WC Docket No. 13-97.
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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

Long-Term Actions

299. Implementation of the Telecom Act of 1996; Access to 
Telecommunications Service, Telecommunications Equipment, and Customer 
Premises Equipment by Persons With Disabilities (WT Docket No. 96-198)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 255; 47 U.S.C. 251(a)(2)
    Abstract: These proceedings implement the provisions of sections 
255 and 251(a)(2) of the Communications Act and related sections of the 
Telecommunications Act of 1996 regarding the accessibility of 
telecommunications equipment and services to persons with disabilities.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
R&O.................................   08/14/96  61 FR 42181
NOI.................................   09/26/96  61 FR 50465
NPRM................................   05/22/98  63 FR 28456
R&O.................................   11/19/99  64 FR 63235
Further NOI.........................   11/19/99  64 FR 63277
Public Notice.......................   01/07/02  67 FR 678
R&O.................................   08/06/07  72 FR 43546
Petition for Waiver.................   11/01/07  72 FR 61813
Public Notice.......................   11/01/07  72 FR 61882
Final Rule..........................   04/21/08  73 FR 21251
Public Notice.......................   08/01/08  73 FR 45008
Extension of Waiver.................   05/15/08  73 FR 28057
Extension of Waiver.................   05/06/09  74 FR 20892
Public Notice.......................   05/07/09  74 FR 21364
Extension of Waiver.................   07/29/09  74 FR 37624
NPRM................................   03/14/11  76 FR 13800
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   04/12/11  76 FR 20297
FNPRM...............................   12/30/11  76 FR 82240
Comment Period End..................   03/14/12  .......................
R&O.................................   12/30/11  76 FR 82354
Announcement of Effective Date......   04/25/12  77 FR 24632
2nd R&O.............................   05/22/13  78 FR 30226
FNPRM...............................   12/20/13  78 FR 77074
FNPRM Comment Period End............   02/18/14  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............  .........  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cheryl J. King, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights 
Office, Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental 
Affairs Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 
418-2284, TDD Phone: 202 418-0416, Fax: 202 418-0037, Email: 
cheryl.king@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AG58

300. Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer 
Protection Act (TCPA) of 1991 (CG Docket No. 02-278)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 227
    Abstract: On July 3, 2003, the Commission released a Report and 
Order establishing, along with the FTC, a national do-not-call 
registry. The Commission's Report and Order also adopted rules on the 
use of predictive dialers, the transmission of caller ID information by 
telemarketers, and the sending of unsolicited fax advertisements. On 
September 21, 2004, the Commission released an Order amending existing 
safe harbor rules for telemarketers subject to the do-not-call registry 
to require such telemarketers to access the do-not-call list every 31 
days, rather than every three months. On April 5, 2006, the Commission 
adopted a Report and Order and Third Order on Reconsideration amending 
its facsimile advertising rules to implement the Junk Fax Protection 
Act of 2005. On October 14, 2008, the Commission released an Order on 
Reconsideration addressing certain issues raised in petitions for 
reconsideration and/or clarification of the Report and Order and Third 
Order

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on Reconsideration. On January 4, 2008, the Commission released a 
Declaratory Ruling, clarifying that autodialed and prerecorded message 
calls to wireless numbers that are provided by the called party to a 
creditor in connection with an existing debt are permissible as calls 
made with the ``prior express consent'' of the called party. Following 
a December 4, 2007, NPRM, on June 17, 2008, the Commission released a 
Report and Order amending its rules to require sellers and/or 
telemarketers to honor registrations with the National Do-Not-Call 
Registry indefinitely, unless the registration is cancelled by the 
consumer or the number is removed by the database administrator. 
Following a January 22, 2010, NPRM, the Commission released a Report 
and Order (on February 15, 2012) requiring telemarketers to obtain 
prior express written consent, including by electronic means, before 
making an autodialed or prerecorded telemarketing call to a wireless 
number or before making a prerecorded telemarketing call to a 
residential line; eliminating the ``established business relationship'' 
exemption to the consent requirement for prerecorded telemarketing 
calls to residential lines; requiring telemarketers to provide an 
automated, interactive ``opt-out'' mechanism during autodialed or 
prerecorded telemarketing calls to wireless numbers and during 
prerecorded telemarketing calls to residential lines; and requiring 
that the abandoned call rate for telemarketing calls be calculated on a 
``per-campaign'' basis. On November 29, 2012, the Commission released a 
Declaratory Ruling clarifying that sending a one-time text message 
confirming a consumer's request that no further text messages be sent 
does not violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) or the 
Commission's rules as long as the confirmation text only confirms 
receipt of the consumer's opt-out request, and does not contain 
marketing, solicitations, or an attempt to convince the consumer to 
reconsider his or her opt-out decision. The ruling applies only when 
the sender of the text messages has obtained prior express consent, as 
required by the TCPA and Commission rules, from the consumer to be sent 
text messages using an automatic telephone dialing system. On May 9, 
2013, the Commission released a declaratory ruling clarifying that 
while a seller does not generally ``initiate'' calls made through a 
third-party telemarketer, within the meaning of the Telephone Consumer 
Protection Act (TCPA), it nonetheless may be held vicariously liable 
under Federal common law principles of agency for violations of either 
section 227(b) or section 227(c) that are committed by third-party 
telemarketers.
    On July 10, 2015, the commission released a Declaratory Ruling and 
Order resolving 21 separate requests for clarification or other action 
regarding the TCPA. It clarified, among other things, that: nothing in 
the Communications Act of the Commission's rules prohibits carriers or 
other service providers from implementing consumer-initiated call-
blocking technologies; equipment meets the TCPA's definition of 
``autodialer'' if it has the ``capacity'' to store or produce random 
sequential numbers, and to dial them, even if it is not presently used 
for that purpose; an ``app'' provider that plays a minimal role in 
making a call, such as just proving the app itself, is not the maker of 
the call for TCPA purposes; consumers who have previously consented to 
robocalls may revoke that consent at any time and through any 
reasonable means; the TCPA requires the consent of the party called--
the subscriber to a phone number or the customary user of the number--
not the intended recipient of the call; and callers who make calls 
without knowledge or reassignment of a wireless phone number and with a 
reasonable basis to believe that they have valid consent to make the 
call to the wireless number should be able to initiate one call after 
reassignment as an additional opportunity to gain actual or 
constructive knowledge of the reassignment and cease future calls to 
the new subscriber. The Commission also exempted certain financial and 
healthcare-related calls, when free to the consumer, from the TCPA's 
consumer-consent requirement.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   10/08/02  67 FR 62667
FNPRM...............................   04/03/03  68 FR 16250
Order...............................   07/25/03  68 FR 44144
Order Effective.....................   08/25/03  .......................
Order on Reconsideration............   08/25/03  68 FR 50978
Order...............................   10/14/03  68 FR 59130
FNPRM...............................   03/31/04  69 FR 16873
Order...............................   10/08/04  69 FR 60311
Order...............................   10/28/04  69 FR 62816
Order on Reconsideration............   04/13/05  70 FR 19330
Order...............................   06/30/05  70 FR 37705
NPRM................................   12/19/05  70 FR 75102
Public Notice.......................   04/26/06  71 FR 24634
Order...............................   05/03/06  71 FR 25967
NPRM................................   12/14/07  72 FR 71099
Declaratory Ruling..................   02/01/08  73 FR 6041
R&O.................................   07/14/08  73 FR 40183
Order on Reconsideration............   10/30/08  73 FR 64556
NPRM................................   03/22/10  75 FR 13471
R&O.................................   06/11/12  77 FR 34233
Public Notice.......................   06/30/10  75 FR 34244
Public Notice (Reconsideration         10/03/12  77 FR 60343
 Petitions Filed).
Announcement of Effective Date......   10/16/12  77 FR 63240
Opposition End Date.................   10/18/12  .......................
Rule Corrections....................   11/08/12  77 FR 66935
Declaratory Ruling (Release Date)...   11/29/12  .......................
Declaratory Ruling and Order........   10/09/15  80 FR 61129
Next Action Undetermined............  .........  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kristi Lemoine, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-2467, Email: kristi.lemoine@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AI14

301. Rules and Regulations Implementing Section 225 of the 
Communications Act (Telecommunications Relay Service) (CG Docket No. 
03-123)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 225
    Abstract: This proceeding established a new docket flowing from the 
previous telecommunications relay service (TRS) history, CC Docket No. 
98-67. This proceeding continues the Commission's inquiry into 
improving the quality of TRS and furthering the goal of functional 
equivalency, consistent with Congress' mandate that TRS regulations 
encourage the use of existing technology and not discourage or impair 
the development of new technology. In this docket, the Commission 
explores ways to improve emergency preparedness for TRS facilities and 
services, new TRS technologies, public access to information and 
outreach, and issues related to payments from the Interstate TRS Fund.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   08/25/03  68 FR 50993
R&O, Order on Reconsideration.......   09/01/04  69 FR 53346
FNPRM...............................   09/01/04  69 FR 53382
Public Notice.......................   02/17/05  70 FR 8034
Declaratory Ruling/Interpretation...   02/25/05  70 FR 9239
Public Notice.......................   03/07/05  70 FR 10930
Order...............................   03/23/05  70 FR 14568

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Public Notice/Announcement of Date..   04/06/05  70 FR 17334
Order...............................   07/01/05  70 FR 38134
Order on Reconsideration............   08/31/05  70 FR 51643
R&O.................................   08/31/05  70 FR 51649
Order...............................   09/14/05  70 FR 54294
Order...............................   09/14/05  70 FR 54298
Public Notice.......................   10/12/05  70 FR 59346
R&O/Order on Reconsideration........   12/23/05  70 FR 76208
Order...............................   12/28/05  70 FR 76712
Order...............................   12/29/05  70 FR 77052
NPRM................................   02/01/06  71 FR 5221
Declaratory Ruling/Clarification....   05/31/06  71 FR 30818
FNPRM...............................   05/31/06  71 FR 30848
FNPRM...............................   06/01/06  71 FR 31131
Declaratory Ruling/Dismissal of        06/21/06  71 FR 35553
 Petition.
Clarification.......................   06/28/06  71 FR 36690
Declaratory Ruling on                  07/06/06  71 FR 38268
 Reconsideration.
Order on Reconsideration............   08/16/06  71 FR 47141
MO&O................................   08/16/06  71 FR 47145
Clarification.......................   08/23/06  71 FR 49380
FNPRM...............................   09/13/06  71 FR 54009
Final Rule; Clarification...........   02/14/07  72 FR 6960
Order...............................   03/14/07  72 FR 11789
R&O.................................   08/06/07  72 FR 43546
Public Notice.......................   08/16/07  72 FR 46060
Order...............................   11/01/07  72 FR 61813
Public Notice.......................   01/04/08  73 FR 863
R&O/Declaratory Ruling..............   01/17/08  73 FR 3197
Order...............................   02/19/08  73 FR 9031
Order...............................   04/21/08  73 FR 21347
R&O.................................   04/21/08  73 FR 21252
Order...............................   04/23/08  73 FR 21843
Public Notice.......................   04/30/08  73 FR 23361
Order...............................   05/15/08  73 FR 28057
Declaratory Ruling..................   07/08/08  73 FR 38928
FNPRM...............................   07/18/08  73 FR 41307
R&O.................................   07/18/08  73 FR 41286
Public Notice.......................   08/01/08  73 FR 45006
Public Notice.......................   08/05/08  73 FR 45354
Public Notice.......................   10/10/08  73 FR 60172
Order...............................   10/23/08  73 FR 63078
2nd R&O and Order on Reconsideration   12/30/08  73 FR 79683
Order...............................   05/06/09  74 FR 20892
Public Notice.......................   05/07/09  74 FR 21364
NPRM................................   05/21/09  74 FR 23815
Public Notice.......................   05/21/09  74 FR 23859
Public Notice.......................   06/12/09  74 FR 28046
Order...............................   07/29/09  74 FR 37624
Public Notice.......................   08/07/09  74 FR 39699
Order...............................   09/18/09  74 FR 47894
Order...............................   10/26/09  74 FR 54913
Public Notice.......................   05/12/10  75 FR 26701
Order Denying Stay Motion (Release     07/09/10  .......................
 Date).
Order...............................   08/13/10  75 FR 49491
Order...............................   09/03/10  75 FR 54040
NPRM................................   11/02/10  75 FR 67333
NPRM................................   05/02/11  76 FR 24442
Order...............................   07/25/11  76 FR 44326
Final Rule (Order)..................   09/27/11  76 FR 59551
Final Rule; Announcement of            11/22/11  76 FR 72124
 Effective Date.
Proposed Rule (Public Notice).......   02/28/12  77 FR 11997
Proposed Rule (FNPRM)...............   02/01/12  77 FR 4948
First R&O...........................   07/25/12  77 FR 43538
Public Notice.......................   10/29/12  77 FR 65526
Order on Reconsideration............   12/26/12  77 FR 75894
Order...............................   02/05/13  78 FR 8030
Order (Interim Rule)................   02/05/13  78 FR 8032
NPRM................................   02/05/13  78 FR 8090
Announcement of Effective Date......   03/07/13  78 FR 14701
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/13/13  .......................
FNPRM...............................   07/05/13  78 FR 40407
FNPRM Comment Period End............   09/18/13  .......................
R&O.................................   07/05/13  78 FR 40582
R&O.................................   08/15/13  78 FR 49693
FNPRM...............................   08/15/13  78 FR 49717
FNPRM Comment Period End............   09/30/13  .......................
R&O.................................   08/30/13  78 FR 53684
FNPRM...............................   09/03/13  78 FR 54201
NPRM................................   10/23/13  78 FR 63152
FNPRM Comment Period End............   11/18/13  .......................
Petiton for Reconsideration; Request   12/16/13  78 FR 76096
 for Comment.
Petition for Reconsideration;          12/16/13  78 FR 76097
 Request for Comment.
Request for Clarification; Request     12/30/13  78 FR 79362
 for Comment; Correction.
Petition for Reconsideration Comment   01/10/14  .......................
 Period End.
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/21/14  .......................
Announcement of Effective Date......   07/11/14  79 FR 40003
Announcement of Effective Date......   08/28/14  79 FR 51446
Correction--Announcement of            08/28/14  79 FR 51450
 Effective Date.
Technical Amendments................   09/09/14  79 FR 53303
Public Notice.......................   09/15/14  79 FR 54979
R&O and Order.......................   10/21/14  79 FR 62875
FNPRM...............................   10/21/14  79 FR 62935
FNPRM Comment Period End............   12/22/14  .......................
Final Action (Announcement of          10/30/14  79 FR 64515
 Effective Date).
Final Rule Effective................   10/30/14  .......................
FNPRM...............................   11/08/15  80 FR 72029
FNPRM Comment Period End............   01/01/16  .......................
Public Notice.......................   01/20/16  81 FR 3085
Public Notice Comment Period End....   02/16/16  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............  .........  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and 
Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 
12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2388, Email: 
karen.strauss@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AI15

302. Consumer Information, Disclosure, and Truth in Billing and Billing 
Format

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 258
    Abstract: In 1999, the Commission adopted truth-in-billing rules to 
address concerns that there is consumer confusion relating to billing 
for telecommunications services. On March 18, 2005, the Commission 
released an Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to 
further facilitate the ability of telephone consumers to make informed 
choices among competitive service offerings. On August 28, 2009, the 
Commission released a Notice of Inquiry that asks questions about 
information available to consumers at all stages of the purchasing 
process for all communications services, including: (1) Choosing a 
provider; (2) choosing a service plan; (3) managing use of the service 
plan; and (4) deciding whether and when to switch an existing provider 
or plan. On October 14, 2010, the Commission released a Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing rules that would require mobile 
service providers to provide usage alerts and information that will 
assist consumers in avoiding unexpected charges on their bills. On July 
12, 2011, the Commission released an NPRM proposing rules that would 
assist consumers in detecting and preventing the placement of 
unauthorized charges on their telephone bills, an unlawful and 
fraudulent practice, commonly referred to as ``cramming.'' On April 27, 
2012, the Commission adopted rules to address ``cramming'' on wireline 
telephone bills and released an FNPRM seeking comment on additional 
measures to protect wireline and wireless consumers from unauthorized 
charges.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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FNPRM...............................   05/25/05  70 FR 30044
R&O.................................   05/25/05  70 FR 29979
NOI.................................   08/28/09  .......................
Public Notice.......................   05/20/10  75 FR 28249
Public Notice.......................   06/11/10  75 FR 33303
NPRM................................   11/26/10  75 FR 72773
NPRM................................   08/23/11  76 FR 52625
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/21/11  .......................
Order (Reply Comment Period            11/30/11  76 FR 74017
 Extended).
Reply Comment Period End............   12/05/11  .......................
R&O.................................   05/24/12  77 FR 30915
FNPRM...............................   05/24/12  77 FR 30972
FNPRM Comment Period End............   07/09/12  .......................
Order (Comment Period Extended).....   07/17/12  77 FR 41955
Comment Period End..................   07/20/12  .......................
Announcement of Effective Dates.....   10/26/12  77 FR 65230
Correction of Final Rule............   11/30/12  77 FR 71353
Correction of Final Rule............   11/30/12  77 FR 71354
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Richard D Smith, Special Counsel, Consumer Policy 
Division, Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental 
Affairs Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 717 
338-2797, Fax: 717 338-2574, Email: richard.smith@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AI61

303. Closed-Captioning of Video Programming; CG Docket Nos. 05-231 and 
06-181 (Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 613
    Abstract: The Commission's closed-captioning rules are designed to 
make video programming more accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing 
Americans. This proceeding resolves some issues regarding the 
Commission's closed-captioning rules that were raised for comment in 
2005, and also seeks comment on how a certain exemption from the 
closed-captioning rules should be applied to digital multicast 
broadcast channels.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/03/97  62 FR 4959
R&O.................................   09/16/97  62 FR 48487
Order on Reconsideration............   10/20/98  63 FR 55959
NPRM................................   09/26/05  70 FR 56150
Order and Declaratory Ruling........   01/13/09  74 FR 1594
NPRM................................   01/13/09  74 FR 1654
Final Rule Correction...............   09/11/09  74 FR 46703
Final Rule (Announcement of            02/19/10  75 FR 7370
 Effective Date).
Order...............................   02/19/10  75 FR 7368
Order Suspending Effective Date.....   02/19/10  75 FR 7369
Waiver Order........................   10/04/10  75 FR 61101
Public Notice.......................   11/17/10  75 FR 70168
Interim Final Rule (Order)..........   11/01/11  76 FR 67376
Final Rule (MO&O)...................   11/01/11  76 FR 67377
NPRM................................   11/01/11  76 FR 67397
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/16/11  .......................
Public Notice.......................   05/04/12  77 FR 26550
Public Notice.......................   12/15/12  77 FR 72348
Final Rule Effective................   03/16/15  .......................
FNPRM...............................   03/27/14  79 FR 17094
R&O.................................   03/31/14  79 FR 17911
FNPRM Comment Period End............   07/25/14  .......................
Final Action (Announcement of          12/29/14  79 FR 77916
 Effective Date).
2nd FNPRM...........................   12/31/14  79 FR 78768
Comment Period End..................   01/30/15  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Eliot Greenwald, Consumer & Governmental Affairs 
Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2235, Email: 
eliot.greenwald@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AI72

304. Accessibility of Programming Providing Emergency Information; MB 
Docket No. 12-107

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 613
    Abstract: In this proceeding, the Commission adopted rules 
detailing how video programming distributors must make emergency 
information accessible to persons with hearing and visual disabilities.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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FNPRM...............................   01/21/98  63 FR 3070
NPRM................................   12/01/99  64 FR 67236
NPRM Correction.....................   12/22/99  64 FR 71712
Second R&O..........................   05/09/00  65 FR 26757
R&O.................................   09/11/00  65 FR 54805
Final Rule; Correction..............   09/20/00  65 FR 5680
NPRM................................   11/28/12  77 FR 70970
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   12/20/12  77 FR 75404
NPRM Comment Period Extension End...   01/07/13  .......................
R&O.................................   05/24/13  78 FR 31770
FNPRM...............................   05/24/13  78 FR 31800
FNPRM...............................   12/20/13  78 FR 77074
FNPRM Comment Period End............   02/18/14  .......................
NPRM................................   06/18/13  78 FR 36478
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/07/13  .......................
R&O.................................   12/20/13  78 FR 77210
Petition for Reconsideration........   01/31/14  79 FR 5364
Comment Period End..................   02/25/14  .......................
Correcting Amendments...............   02/10/14  79 FR 7590
Announcement of Effective Date......   04/16/14  79 FR 21399
Final Action (Announcement of          01/26/15  80 FR 3913
 Effective Date).
Final Action Effective..............   01/26/15  .......................
2nd R&O.............................   07/10/15  80 FR 39698
2nd FNPRM...........................   07/10/15  80 FR 39722
2nd FNPRM Comment Period End........   09/08/15  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Eliot Greenwald, Consumer & Governmental Affairs 
Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2235, Email: 
eliot.greenwald@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AI75

305. Empowering Consumers To Avoid Bill Shock (Docket No. 10-207)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 332
    Abstract: On October 14, 2010, the Commission released a Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking which proposes a rule that would require mobile 
service providers to provide usage alerts and information to help 
consumers avoid unexpected charges on their bills.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Public Notice.......................   05/20/10  75 FR 28249
NPRM................................   11/26/10  75 FR 72773
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Richard D Smith, Special Counsel, Consumer Policy 
Division, Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental 
Affairs Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554,

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Phone: 717 338-2797, Fax: 717 338-2574, Email: richard.smith@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ51

306. Contributions to the Telecommunications Relay Services Fund (CG 
Docket No. 11-47)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 225; 47 
U.S.C. 616
    Abstract: The Commission prescribes by regulation the obligations 
of each provider of interconnected and non-interconnected Voice over 
Internet Protocol (VoIP) service to participate in and contribute to 
the Interstate Telecommunications Relay Services Fund in a manner that 
is consistent with and comparable to such fund.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/04/11  76 FR 18490
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/04/11  .......................
Final Rule..........................   10/25/11  76 FR 65965
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Rosaline Crawford, Attorney, Disability Rights 
Office, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2075, Email: 
rosaline.crawford@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ63

307. Empowering Consumers To Prevent and Detect Billing for 
Unauthorized Charges (``Cramming'')

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 
U.S.C. 332
    Abstract: On July 12, 2011, the Commission released a Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking proposing rules that would help consumers detect 
and prevent the placement of unauthorized charges on telephone bills, 
an unlawful and fraudulent practice commonly referred to as 
``cramming.'' On April 27, 2012, the Commission adopted rules to 
address ``cramming'' on wireline telephone bills and released a Further 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on additional measures to 
protect wireline and wireless consumers from unauthorized charges.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/23/11  76 FR 52625
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/21/11  .......................
Order (Extends Reply Comment Period)   11/30/11  76 FR 74017
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/05/11  .......................
FNPRM...............................   05/24/12  77 FR 30972
R&O.................................   05/24/12  77 FR 30915
FNPRM Comment Period End............   07/09/12  .......................
Order (Extends Reply Comment Period)   07/17/12  77 FR 41955
FNPRM Comment Period End............   07/20/12  .......................
Announcement of Effective Dates.....   10/26/12  77 FR 65230
Correction of Final Rule............   11/30/12  77 FR 71354
Correction of Final Rule............   11/30/12  77 FR 71353
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Richard D. Smith, Special Counsel, Consumer Policy 
Division, Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental 
Affairs Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 717 
338-2797, Fax: 717 338-2574, Email: richard.smith@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ72

308. Implementation of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act 
of 2012/Establishment of a Public Safety Answering Point Do-Not-Call 
Registry

    Legal Authority: Public Law 112-96, sec 6507
    Abstract: The Commission issued, on May 22, 2012, an NPRM to 
initiate a proceeding to create a Do-Not-Call registry for public 
safety answer points (PSAPs), as required by section 6507 of the Middle 
Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. The statute requires the 
Commission to establish a registry that allows PSAPs to register their 
telephone numbers on a do-not-call list; prohibit the use of automatic 
dialing equipment to contact registered numbers; and implement a range 
of monetary penalties for disclosure of registered numbers and for use 
of automatic dialing equipment to contact such numbers. On October 17, 
2012, the Commission adopted final rules implementing the statutory 
requirements described above.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/21/12  77 FR 37362
R&O.................................   10/29/12  77 FR 71131
Correction Amendments...............   02/13/13  78 FR 10099
Announcement of Effective Date......   03/26/13  78 FR 18246
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Richard D. Smith, Special Counsel, Consumer Policy 
Division, Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental 
Affairs Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 717 
338-2797, Fax: 717 338-2574, Email: richard.smith@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ84

309. Implementation of Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act 
of 1934, as Enacted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and 
Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CG Docket No. 10-213)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 255; 47 
U.S.C. 617; 47 U.S.C. 618; 47 U.S.C. 619
    Abstract: These proceedings implement sections 716, 717, and 718 of 
the Communications Act, which were added by the Twenty-First Century 
Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), related to 
the accessibility of advanced communications services and equipment 
(section 716), recordkeeping and enforcement requirements for entities 
subject to sections 255, 716, and 718 (section 717), and accessibility 
of Internet browsers built into mobile phones (section 718).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/14/11  76 FR 13800
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   04/12/11  76 FR 20297
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/13/11  .......................
FNPRM...............................   12/30/11  76 FR 82240
R&O.................................   12/30/11  76 FR 82354
FNPRM Comment Period End............   03/14/12  .......................
Announcement of Effective Date......   04/25/12  77 FR 24632
2nd R&O.............................   05/22/13  78 FR 30226
Next Action Undetermined............  .........  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Rosaline Crawford, Attorney, Disability Rights 
Office, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2075, Email: 
rosaline.crawford@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK00

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310. Misuse of Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service; 
Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services; CG 
Docket No. 13-24

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 225
    Abstract: The FCC initiated this proceeding in its effort to ensure 
that IP CTS is available for eligible users only. In doing so, the FCC 
released an Interim Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to 
address certain practices related to the provision and marketing of 
Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS). IP CTS is a 
form of relay service designed to allow people with hearing loss to 
speak directly to another party on a telephone call and to 
simultaneously listen to the other party and read captions of what that 
party is saying over an IP-enabled device. To ensure that IP CTS is 
provided efficiently to persons who need to use this service, this new 
Order establishes several requirements on a temporary basis from March 
7, 2013, to September 3, 2013.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/05/13  78 FR 8090
Order (Interim Rule)................   02/05/13  78 FR 8032
Order...............................   02/05/13  78 FR 8030
Announcement of Effective Date......   03/07/13  78 FR 14701
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/12/13  .......................
R&O.................................   08/30/13  78 FR 53684
FNPRM...............................   09/30/13  78 FR 54201
FNPRM Comment Period End............   11/18/13  .......................
Petition for Reconsideration Request   12/16/13  78 FR 76097
 for Comment.
Petiton for Reconsideration Comment    01/10/14  .......................
 Period End.
Announcement of Effective Date......   08/28/14  79 FR 51446
Correction--Announcement of            08/28/14  79 FR 51450
 Effective Date.
Technical Amendments................   09/09/14  79 FR 53303
Next Action Undetermined............  .........  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Greg Hlibok, Chief, Disability Rights Office, 
Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs 
Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 559-5158, 
TDD Phone: 202 418-0413, Email: gregory.hlibok@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK01

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Office of Engineering and Technology

Long-Term Actions

311. New Advanced Wireless Services (ET Docket No. 00-258)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 157(a); 47 U.S.C. 
303(c); 47 U.S.C. 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(g); 47 U.S.C. 303(r)
    Abstract: This proceeding explores the possible uses of frequency 
bands below 3 GHz to support the introduction of new advanced wireless 
services, including third generations as well as future generations of 
wireless systems. Advanced wireless systems could provide for a wide 
range of voice data and broadband services over a variety of mobile and 
fixed networks. The Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking discusses the 
frequency bands that are still under consideration in this proceeding 
and invites additional comments on their disposition. Specifically, it 
addresses the Unlicensed Personal Communications Service (UPCS) band at 
1910-1930 MHz, the Multipoint Distribution Service (MDS) spectrum at 
2155-2160/62 MHz bands, the Emerging Technology spectrum, at 2160-2165 
MHz, and the bands reallocated from MSS 91990-2000 MHz, 2020-2025 MHz, 
and 2165-2180 MHz. We seek comment on these bands with respect to using 
them for paired or unpaired Advance Wireless Service (AWS) operations 
or as relocation spectrum for existing services. The seventh Report and 
Order facilitates the introduction of Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) 
in the band 1710-1755 MHz--an integral part of a 90 MHz spectrum 
allocation recently reallocated to allow for such new and innovative 
wireless services. We largely adopt the proposals set forth in our 
recent AWS Fourth NPRM in this proceeding that are designed to clear 
the 1710-1755 MHz band of incumbent Federal Government operations that 
would otherwise impede the development of new nationwide AWS services. 
These actions are consistent with previous actions in this proceeding 
and with the United States Department of Commerce, National 
Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) 2002 Viability 
Assessment, which addressed relocation and reaccommodation options for 
Federal Government operations in the band. The eighth Report and Order 
reallocated the 2155-2160 MHz band for fixed and mobile services and 
designates the 2155-2175 MHz band for Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) 
use. This proceeding continues the Commission's ongoing efforts to 
promote spectrum utilization and efficiency with regard to the 
provision of new services, including Advanced Wireless Services. The 
Order requires Broadband Radio Service (BRS) licensees in the 2150-
2160/62 MHz band to provide information on the construction status and 
operational parameters of each incumbent BRS system that would be the 
subject of relocation. The Notice of Proposed Rule Making requested 
comments on the specific relocation procedures applicable to Broadband 
Radio Service (BRS) operations in the 2150-2160/62 MHz band, which the 
Commission recently decided will be relocated to the newly restructured 
2495-2690 MHz band. The Commission also requested comments on the 
specific relocation procedures applicable to Fixed Microwave Service 
(FS) operations in the 2160-2175 MHz band. The Office of Engineering 
and Technology (OET) and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) 
set forth the specific data that Broadband Radio Service (BRS) 
licensees in the 2150-2160/62 MHz band must file along with the 
deadline date and procedures for filing this data on the Commission's 
Universal Licensing System (ULS). The data will assist in determining 
future AWS licensees' relocation obligations. The ninth Report and 
Order established procedures for the relocation of Broadband Radio 
Service (BRS) operations from the 2150-2160/62 MHz band, as well as for 
the relocation of Fixed Microwave Service (FS) operations from the 
2160-2175 MHz band, and modified existing relocation procedures for the 
2110-2150 MHz and 2175-2180 MHz bands. It also established cost-sharing 
rules to identify the reimbursement obligations for Advanced Wireless 
Service (AWS) and Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) entrants benefiting 
from the relocation of incumbent FS operations in the 2110-2150 MHz and 
2160-2200 MHz bands and AWS entrants benefiting from the relocation of 
BRS incumbents in the 2150-2160/62 MHz band. The Commission continues 
its ongoing efforts to promote spectrum utilization and efficiency with 
regard to the provision of new services, including AWS. The Order 
dismisses a petition for reconsideration filed by the Wireless 
Communications Association

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International, Inc. (WCA) as moot. Two petitions for reconsideration 
were filed in response to the ninth Report and Order. The Report and 
Orders and Declaratory Ruling concludes the Commission's longstanding 
efforts to relocate the Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) from the 
1990-2110 MHz band to the 2025-2110 MHz band, freeing up 35 megahertz 
of spectrum in order to foster the development of new and innovative 
services. This decision addresses the outstanding matter of Sprint 
Nextel Corporation's (Sprint Nextel) inability to agree with Mobile 
Satellite Service (MSS) operators in the band on the sharing of the 
costs to relocate the BAS incumbents. To resolve this controversy, the 
Commission applied its time-honored relocation principles for emerging 
technologies previously adopted for the BAS band to the instant 
relocation process, where delays and unanticipated developments have 
left ambiguities and misconceptions among the relocating parties. In 
the process, the Commission balances the responsibilities for and 
benefits of relocating incumbent BAS operations among all the new 
entrants in the different services that will operate in the band. The 
Commission proposed to modify its cost-sharing requirements for the 2 
GHz BAS band because the circumstances surrounding the BAS transition 
are very different than what was expected when the cost-sharing 
requirements were adopted. The Commission believed that the best course 
of action was to propose new requirements that would address the 
ambiguity of applying the literal language of the current requirements 
to the changed circumstances, as well as balance the responsibilities 
for and benefits of relocating incumbent BAS operations among all new 
entrants in the band based on the Commission's relocation policies set 
forth in the Emerging Technologies proceeding. The Commission proposed 
to eliminate, as of January 1, 2009, the requirement that Broadcast 
Auxiliary Service (BAS) licensees in the 30 largest markets and fixed 
BAS links in all markets be transitioned before the Mobile Satellite 
Service (MSS) operators can begin offering service. The Commission also 
sought comments on how to mitigate interference between new MSS 
entrants and incumbent BAS licensees who had not completed relocation 
before the MSS entrants begin offering service. In addition, the 
Commission sought comments on allowing MSS operators to begin providing 
service in those markets where BAS incumbents have been transitioned. 
In the Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making the Commission proposed 
to modify its cost sharing requirements for the 2 GHz BAS band because 
the circumstances surrounding the BAS transition are very different 
than what was expected when the cost sharing requirements were adopted. 
The Commission believes that the best course of action is to propose 
new requirements that will address the ambiguity of applying the 
literal language of the current requirements to the changed 
circumstances, as well as balance the responsibilities for and benefits 
of relocating incumbent BAS operations among all new entrants in the 
band based on the Commission's relocation policies set forth in the 
Emerging Technologies proceeding.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/23/01  66 FR 7438
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/09/01  .......................
Final Report........................   04/11/01  66 FR 18740
FNPRM...............................   09/13/01  66 FR 47618
MO&O................................   09/13/01  66 FR 47591
First R&O...........................   10/25/01  66 FR 53973
Petition for Reconsideration........   11/02/01  66 FR 55666
Second R&O..........................   01/24/03  68 FR 3455
Third NPRM..........................   03/13/03  68 FR 12015
Seventh R&O.........................   12/29/04  69 FR 7793
Petition for Reconsideration........   04/13/05  70 FR 19469
Eighth R&O..........................   10/26/05  70 FR 61742
Order...............................   10/26/05  70 FR 61742
NPRM................................   10/26/05  70 FR 61752
Public Notice.......................   12/14/05  70 FR 74011
Ninth R&O and Order.................   05/24/06  71 FR 29818
Petition for Reconsideration........   07/19/06  71 FR 41022
FNPRM...............................   03/31/08  73 FR 16822
R&O and NPRM........................   06/23/09  74 FR 29607
FNPRM...............................   06/23/09  74 FR 29607
5th R&O, 11th R&O, 6th R&O, and        11/02/10  75 FR 67227
 Declaratory Ruling.
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Rodney Small, Economist, Federal Communications 
Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 12th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2452, Fax: 202 418-1944, Email: 
rodney.small@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AH65

312. Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields (ET Docket No. 
10-97)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 302 and 303; 47 U.S.C. 
309(j); 47 U.S.C. 336
    Abstract: In the Report and Order the Federal Communications 
Commission (Commission) resolved several issues regarding compliance 
with its regulations for conducting environmental reviews under the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as they relate to the 
guidelines for human exposure to RF electromagnetic fields. More 
specifically, the Commission clarifies evaluation procedures and 
references to determine compliance with its limits, including specific 
absorption rate (SAR) as a primary metric for compliance, consideration 
of the pinna (outer ear) as an extremity, and measurement of medical 
implant exposure. The Commission also elaborates on mitigation 
procedures to ensure compliance with its limits, including labeling and 
other requirements for occupational exposure classification, 
clarification of compliance responsibility at multiple transmitter 
sites, and labeling of fixed consumer transmitters.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/08/03  68 FR 52879
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/08/03  .......................
R&O.................................   06/04/13  78 FR 33634
Petition for Recon..................   08/27/13  78 FR 52893
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ira Keltz, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 
12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0616, Fax: 202 
418-1944, Email: ikeltz@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AI17

313. Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands (ET Docket No. 04-
186)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 302; 47 U.S.C. 303(e) 
and 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 307
    Abstract: The Commission adopted rules to allow unlicensed radio 
transmitters to operate in the broadcast television spectrum at 
locations where that spectrum is not being used by licensed services 
(this unused TV spectrum is often termed ``white spaces''). This action 
will make a significant amount of spectrum available for new and 
innovative products and services, including broadband data and other 
services for businesses and consumers. The actions taken are a 
conservative first step that

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includes many safeguards to prevent harmful interference to incumbent 
communications services. Moreover, the Commission will closely oversee 
the development and introduction of these devices to the market and 
will take whatever actions may be necessary to avoid, and if necessary, 
correct any interference that may occur. The Second Memorandum Opinion 
and Order finalizes rules to make the unused spectrum in the TV bands 
available for unlicensed broadband wireless devices. This particular 
spectrum has excellent propagation characteristics that allow signals 
to reach farther and penetrate walls and other structures. Access to 
this spectrum could enable more powerful public Internet connections--
super Wi-Fi hot spots--with extended range, fewer dead spots, and 
improved individual speeds as a result of reduced congestion on 
existing networks. This type of ``opportunistic use'' of spectrum has 
great potential for enabling access to other spectrum bands and 
improving spectrum efficiency. The Commission's actions here are 
expected to spur investment and innovation in applications and devices 
that will be used not only in the TV band, but eventually in other 
frequency bands as well. This Order addressed five petitions for 
reconsideration of the Commission's decisions in the Second Memorandum 
Opinion and Order (``Second MO&O'') in this proceeding and modified 
rules in certain respects. In particular, the Commission: (1) Increased 
the maximum height above average terrain (HAAT) for sites where fixed 
devices may operate; (2) modified the adjacent channel emission limits 
to specify fixed rather than relative levels; and (3) slightly 
increased the maximum permissible power spectral density (PSD) for each 
category of TV bands device. These changes will result in decreased 
operating costs for fixed TVBDs and allow them to provide greater 
coverage, thus increasing the availability of wireless broadband 
services in rural and underserved areas without increasing the risk of 
interference to incumbent services. The Commission also revised and 
amended several of its rules to better effectuate the Commission's 
earlier decisions in this docket and to remove ambiguities.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/18/04  69 FR 34103
First R&O...........................   11/17/06  71 FR 66876
FNPRM...............................   11/17/06  71 FR 66897
R&O and MO&O........................   02/17/09  74 FR 7314
Petitions for Reconsideration.......   04/13/09  74 FR 16870
Second MO&O.........................   12/06/10  75 FR 75814
Petitions for Reconsideration.......   02/09/11  76 FR 7208
3rd MO&O and Order..................   05/17/12  77 FR 28236
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Hugh Van Tuyl, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 
12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7506, Fax: 202 
418-1944, Email: hugh.vantuyl@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AI52

314. Fixed and Mobile Services in the Mobile Satellite Service (ET 
Docket No. 10-142)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 301; 47 U.S.C. 303(c) and 
303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(r) and 303(y); 47 U.S.C. 310
    Abstract: The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposed to take a 
number of actions to further the provision of terrestrial broadband 
services in the MSS bands. In the 2 GHz MSS band, the Commission 
proposed to add co-primary Fixed and Mobile allocations to the existing 
Mobile-Satellite allocation. This would lay the groundwork for 
providing additional flexibility in use of the 2 GHz spectrum in the 
future. The Commission also proposed to apply the terrestrial secondary 
market spectrum leasing rules and procedures to transactions involving 
terrestrial use of the MSS spectrum in the 2 GHz, Big LEO, and L-bands 
in order to create greater certainty and regulatory parity with bands 
licensed for terrestrial broadband service. The Commission also asked, 
in a notice of inquiry, about approaches for creating opportunities for 
full use of the 2 GHz band for standalone terrestrial uses. The 
Commission requested comment on ways to promote innovation and 
investment throughout the MSS bands while also ensuring market-wide 
mobile satellite capability to serve important needs like disaster 
recovery and rural access.
    In the Report and Order, the Commission amended its rules to make 
additional spectrum available for new investment in mobile broadband 
networks while also ensuring that the United States maintains robust 
mobile satellite service capabilities. First, the Commission adds co-
primary Fixed and Mobile allocations to the Mobile Satellite Service 
(MSS) 2 GHz band, consistent with the International Table of 
Allocations, allowing more flexible use of the band, including for 
terrestrial broadband services, in the future. Second, to create 
greater predictability and regulatory parity with the bands licensed 
for terrestrial mobile broadband service, the Commission extends its 
existing secondary market spectrum manager spectrum leasing policies, 
procedures, and rules that currently apply to wireless terrestrial 
services to terrestrial services provided using the Ancillary 
Terrestrial Component (ATC) of an MSS system. Petitions for 
Reconsideration have been filed in the Commission's rulemaking 
proceeding concerning Fixed and Mobile Services in the Mobile Satellite 
Service Bands at 1525-1559 MHz and 1626.5-1660.5 MHz, 1610-1626.5 MHz 
and 2483.5-2500 MHz, and 2000-2020 MHz and 2180-2200 MHz, and published 
pursuant to 47 CFR 1.429(e). See 1.4(b)(1) of the Commission's rules.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/16/10  75 FR 49871
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/15/10  .......................
Reply Comment Period End............   09/30/10  .......................
R&O.................................   05/31/11  76 FR 31252
Petitions for Reconsideration.......   08/10/11  76 FR 49364
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nicholas Oros, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-0636, Email: nicholas.oros@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ46

315. Radio Experimentation and Market Trials Under Part 5 of the 
Commission's Rules and Streamlining Other Related Rules (ET Docket No. 
10-236)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 301 and 303
    Abstract: The Commission initiated this proceeding to promote 
innovation and efficiency in spectrum use in the Experimental Radio 
Service (ERS). For many years, the ERS has provided fertile ground for 
testing innovative ideas that have led to new services and new devices 
for all sectors of the economy. The Commission proposed to leverage the 
power of experimental radio licensing to accelerate the rate at which 
these ideas transform from prototypes to consumer devices and services. 
Its goal is to inspire researchers to dream,

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discover, and deliver the innovations that push the boundaries of the 
broadband ecosystem. The resulting advancements in devices and services 
available to the American public and greater spectrum efficiency over 
the long term will promote economic growth, global competitiveness, and 
a better way of life for all Americans.
    In the Report and Order (R&O), the Commission revised and 
streamlined its rules to modernize the Experimental Radio Service 
(ERS). The rules adopted in the R&O updated the ERS to a more flexible 
framework to keep pace with the speed of modern technological change 
while continuing to provide an environment where creativity can thrive. 
To accomplish this transition, the Commission created three new types 
of ERS licenses--the program license, the medical testing license, and 
the compliance testing license--to benefit the development of new 
technologies, expedite their introduction to the marketplace, and 
unleash the full power of innovators to keep the United States at the 
forefront of the communications industry. The Commission's actions also 
modified the market trial rules to eliminate confusion and more clearly 
articulate its policies with respect to marketing products prior to 
equipment certification. The Commission believes that these actions 
will remove regulatory barriers to experimentation, thereby permitting 
institutions to move from concept to experimentation to finished 
product more rapidly and to more quickly implement creative problem-
solving methodologies.
    The Memorandum Opinion and Order responds to three petitions for 
reconsideration seeking to modify certain rules adopted in the Report 
and Order in this proceeding. In response, the Commission modifies its 
rules, consistent with past practice, to permit conventional 
Experimental Radio Service (ERS) licensees and compliance testing 
licensees to use bands exclusively allocated to the passive services in 
some circumstances; clarifies that some cost recovery is permitted for 
the testing and operation of experimental medical devices that take 
place under its market trial rules; and adds a definition of emergency 
notification providers to its rules to clarify that all participants in 
the Emergency Alert System (EAS) are such providers. However, the 
Commission declines to expand the eligibility for medical testing 
licenses.
    In the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking the Commission 
proposes to modify the rules for program experimental licenses to 
permit experimentation for radio frequency (RF)-based medical devices, 
if the device being tested is designed to comply with all applicable 
service rules in part 18, Industrial, Scientific, and Medical 
Equipment; part 95, Personal Radio Services subpart H Wireless Medical 
Telemetry Service; or part 95, subpart I Medical Device 
Radiocommunication Service. This proposal is designed to establish 
parity between all qualified medical device manufacturers for 
conducting basic research and clinical trials with RF-based medical 
devices as to permissible frequencies of operation.
    This Memorandum Opinion and Order responds to three petitions for 
reconsideration seeking to modify certain rules adopted in the Report 
and Order in this proceeding. In response, the Commission modifies its 
rules, consistent with past practice, to permit conventional 
Experimental Radio Service (ERS) licensees and compliance testing 
licensees to use bands exclusively allocated to the passive services in 
some circumstances; clarifies that some cost recovery is permitted for 
the testing and operation of experimental medical devices that take 
place under its market trial rules; and adds a definition of emergency 
notification providers: to its rules to clarify that all participants 
in the Emergency Alert System (EAS) are such providers. However, the 
Commission declines to expand the eligibility for medical testing 
licenses.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/08/11  76 FR 6928
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/10/11  .......................
R&O.................................   04/29/13  78 FR 25138
FNPRM...............................   08/31/15  80 FR 52437
MO&O................................   08/31/15  80 FR 52408
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nnake Nweke, Chief, Experimental Licensing Branch, 
Federal Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and 
Technology, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-
0785, Email: nnake.nweke@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ62

316. Operation of Radar Systems in the 76-77 GHz Band (ET Docket No. 
11-90)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 
U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 302; 47 U.S.C. 303(f)
    Abstract: The Commission proposed to amend its rules to enable 
enhanced vehicular radar technologies in the 76-77 GHz band to improve 
collision avoidance and driver safety. Vehicular radars can determine 
the exact distance and relative speed of objects in front of, beside, 
or behind a car to improve the driver's ability to perceive objects 
under bad visibility conditions or objects that are in blind spots. 
These modifications to the rules will provide more efficient use of 
spectrum, and enable the automotive and fixed radar application 
industries to develop enhanced safety measures for drivers and the 
general public. The Commission takes this action in response to 
petitions for rulemaking filed by Toyota Motor Corporation (``TMC'') 
and Era Systems Corporation (``Era''). The Report and Order amends the 
Commission's rules to provide a more efficient use of the 76-77 GHz 
band, and to enable the automotive and aviation industries to develop 
enhanced safety measures for drivers and the general public. 
Specifically, the Commission eliminated the in-motion and not-in-motion 
distinction for vehicular radars, and instead adopted new uniform 
emission limits for forward, side, and rear-looking vehicular radars. 
This will facilitate enhanced vehicular radar technologies to improve 
collision avoidance and driver safety. The Commission also amended its 
rules to allow the operation of fixed radars at airport locations in 
the 76-77 GHz band for purposes of detecting foreign object debris on 
runways and monitoring aircraft and service vehicles on taxiways and 
other airport vehicle service areas that have no public vehicle access. 
The Commission took this action in response to petitions for rulemaking 
filed by Toyota Motor Corporation (``TMC'') and Era Systems Corporation 
(``Era''). Petitions for Reconsideration were filed by Navtech Radar, 
Ltd. and Honeywell International Inc.
    Navtech Radar, Ltd. and Honeywell International, Inc., filed 
petitions for reconsideration in response to the Vehicular Radar R&O 
that modified the Commission's part 15 rules to permit vehicular radar 
technologies and airport-based fixed radar applications in the 76-77 
GHz band.
    The Commission denied Honeywell's petition. Section 1.429(b) of the 
Commission's rules provides three ways in which a petition for 
reconsideration can be granted, and none of these have been met. 
Honeywell has not shown that its petition relies on facts regarding 
fixed radar use which had not previously been presented to the 
Commission, nor does it show that its petition relies on facts that 
relate to events that changed since Honeywell

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had the last opportunity to present its facts regarding fixed radar 
use.
    The Commission stated in the Vehicular Radar R&O, ``that no parties 
have come forward to support fixed radar applications beyond airport 
locations in this band,'' and it decided not to adopt provisions for 
unlicensed fixed radar use other than those for FOD detection 
applications at airport locations. Because Navtech first participated 
in the proceeding when it filed its petition well after the decision 
was published, its petition fails to meet the timeliness standard of 
section 1.429(d).
    In connection with the Commission's decision to deny the petitions 
for reconsideration discussed above, the Commission terminates ET 
Docket Nos. 10-28 and 11-90 (pertaining to vehicular radar).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/16/11  76 FR 35176
R&O.................................   08/13/12  77 FR 48097
Petition for Reconsideration........   11/11/12  77 FR 68722
Reconsideration Order...............   03/06/15  80 FR 12120
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Aamer Zain, Federal Communications Commission, 445 
12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2437, Email: 
aamer.zain@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ68

317. WRC-07 Implementation (ET Docket No. 12-338)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 
U.S.C. 302(a); 47 U.S.C. 303
    Abstract: In the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the 
Commission proposed to amend parts 1, 2, 74, 78, 87, 90, and 97 of its 
rules to implement allocation decisions from the World 
Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2007) (WRC 07) concerning 
portions of the radio frequency (RF) spectrum between 108 MHz and 20.2 
GHz and to make certain updates to its rules in this frequency range. 
The NPRM follows the Commission's July 2010 WRC-07 Table Clean-up 
Order, 75 FR 62924, October 13, 2010, which made certain 
nonsubstantive, editorial revisions to the Table of Frequency 
Allocations (Allocation Table) and to other related rules. The 
Commission also addressed the recommendations for implementation of the 
WRC-07 Final Acts that the National Telecommunications and Information 
Administration (NTIA) submitted to the Commission in August 2009. As 
part of its comprehensive review of the Allocation Table, the 
Commission also proposed to make allocation changes that are not 
related to the WRC-07 Final Acts and update certain service rules, and 
requested comment on other allocation issues that concern portions of 
the RF spectrum between 137.5 kHz and 54.25 GHz.
    In the Report and Order the Commission implemented allocation 
changes from the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2007) 
(WRC-07) and updated related service rules. The Commission took this 
action in order to conform its rules, to the extent practical, to the 
decisions that the international community made at WRC-07. This action 
will promote the advancement of new and expanded services and provide 
significant benefits to the American people. In addition, the 
Commission revised the International Table of Frequency Allocations 
within its rules to generally reflect the allocation changes made at 
the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2012) (WRC-12).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/27/12  77 FR 76250
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/25/13  .......................
Report and Order....................   04/23/15  80 FR 38811
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Tom Mooring, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 
12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2450, Fax: 202 
418-1944, Email: tom.mooring@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ93

318. Federal Earth Stations--Non-Federal Fixed Satellite Service Space 
Stations; Spectrum for Non-Federal Space Launch Operations; ET Docket 
No. 13-115

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 302(a); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 
U.S.C. 336
    Abstract: The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes to make 
spectrum allocation proposals for three different space related 
purposes. The Commission makes two alternative proposals to modify the 
Allocation Table to provide interference protection for Fixed-Satellite 
Service (FSS) and Mobile-Satellite Service (MSS) earth stations 
operated by Federal agencies under authorizations granted by the 
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in 
certain frequency bands. The Commission also proposes to amend a 
footnote to the Allocation Table to permit a Federal MSS system to 
operate in the 399.9-400.05 MHz band; it also makes alternative 
proposals to modify the Allocation Table to provide access to spectrum 
on an interference protected basis to Commission licensees for use 
during the launch of launch vehicles (i.e., rockets). The Commission 
also seeks comment broadly on the future spectrum needs of the 
commercial space sector. The Commission expects that, if adopted, these 
proposals would advance the commercial space industry and the important 
role it will play in our Nation's economy and technological innovation 
now and in the future.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/01/13  78 FR 39200
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nicholas Oros, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-0636, Email: nicholas.oros@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK09

319. Authorization of Radiofrequency Equipment; ET Docket No. 13-44

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 157(a); 
47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(g); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 
U.S.C. 307(e); 47 U.S.C. 332
    Abstract: The Commission is responsible for an equipment 
authorization program for radiofrequency (RF) devices under part 2 of 
its rules. This program is one of the primary means that the Commission 
uses to ensure that the multitude of RF devices used in the United 
States operate effectively without causing harmful interference and 
otherwise comply with the Commission rules. All RF devices subject to 
equipment authorization must comply with the Commission's technical 
requirement before they can be imported or marketed. The Commission or 
a Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) must approve some of these 
devices before they can be imported or marketed, while others do not 
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such approval. The Commission last comprehensively reviewed its 
equipment authorization program more than 10 years ago. The rapid 
innovation in equipment design since that time has led to ever-
accelerating growth in the number of parties applying for equipment 
approval. The Commission therefore believes that the time is now right 
for us to comprehensively review our equipment authorization processes 
to ensure that they continue to enable this growth and innovation in 
the wireless equipment market. In May of 2012, the Commission began 
this reform process by issuing an Order to increase the supply of 
available grantee codes. With this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
(NPRM), the Commission continues its work to review and reform the 
equipment authorization processes and rules. This Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking proposes certain changes to the Commission's part 2 
equipment authorization processes to ensure that they continue to 
operate efficiently and effectively. In particular, it addresses the 
role of TCBs in certifying RF equipment and post-market surveillance, 
as well as the Commission's role in assessing TCB performance. The NPRM 
also addressed the role of test laboratories in the RF equipment 
approval process, including accreditation of test labs and the 
Commission's recognition of laboratory accreditation bodies, and 
measurement procedures used to determine RF equipment compliance. 
Finally, it proposes certain modifications to the rules regarding TCBs 
that approve terminal equipment under part 68 of the rules that are 
consistent with our proposed modifications to the rules for TCBs that 
approve RF equipment. Specifically, the Commission proposes to 
recognize the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) as 
the organization that designates TCBs in the United States and to 
modify the rules to reference the current International Organization 
for Standardization and International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/
IEC) guides used to accredit TCBs.
    This Report and Order updates the Commission's radiofrequency (RF) 
equipment authorization program to build on the success realized by its 
use of Commission-recognized Telecommunications Certification Bodies 
(TCBs). The rules the Commission is adopting will facilitate the 
continued rapid introduction of new and innovative products to the 
market while ensuring that these products do not cause harmful 
interference to each other or to other communications devices and 
services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/03/13  78 FR 25916
R&O.................................   06/12/15  80 FR 33425
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Hugh Van Tuyl, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 
12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7506, Fax: 202 
418-1944, Email: hugh.vantuyl@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK10

320. Operation of Radar Systems in the 76-77 GHz Band (ET Docket No. 
15-26)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 1; 47 U.S.C. 4(i); 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 
U.S.C. 302; 47 U.S.C. 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 332; 47 
U.S.C. 337
    Abstract: The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes to authorize 
radar applications in the 76-81 GHz band. The Commission seeks to 
develop a flexible and streamlined regulatory framework that will 
encourage efficient, innovative uses of the spectrum and to allow 
various services to operate on an interference-protected basis. In 
doing so, it further seeks to adopt service rules that will allow for 
the deployment of the various radar applications in this band, both 
within and outside the U.S. The Commission takes this action in 
response to a petition for rulemaking filed by Robert Bosch, LLC 
(Bosch) and two petitions for reconsideration of the 2012 Vehicular 
Radar R&O.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/06/15  80 FR 12120
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/06/15  .......................
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   04/20/15  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Aamer Zain, Federal Communications Commission, 445 
12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2437, Email: 
aamer.zain@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK29

321. Spectrum Access for Wireless Microphone Operations (GN Docket Nos. 
14-166 and 12-268)

    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 157(a); 
47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(g); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 
U.S.C. 307(e); 47 U.S.C. 332
    Abstract: The Notice of Proposed Rule Making initiated a proceeding 
to address how to accommodate the long-term needs of wireless 
microphone users. Wireless microphones play an important role in 
enabling broadcasters and other video programming networks to serve 
consumers, including as they cover breaking news and broadcast live 
sports events. They enhance event productions in a variety of settings 
including theaters and music venues, film studios, conventions, 
corporate events, houses of worship, and internet webcasts. They also 
help create high quality content that consumers demand and value. 
Recent actions by the Commission, and in particular the repurposing of 
broadcast television band spectrum for wireless services set forth in 
the Incentive Auction R&O, will significantly alter the regulatory 
environment in which wireless microphones operate, which necessitates 
our addressing how to accommodate wireless microphone users in the 
future.
    In the Report and Order, the Commission takes several steps to 
accommodate