Civil Penalty Inflation Adjustment, 43941-43942 [2016-16009]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 129 / Wednesday, July 6, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Part 284 of this chapter and who knowingly violates the requirements of §§ 358.4 and 358.5, § 250.16, or § 284.13 of this chapter will be subject, pursuant to sections 311(c), 501, and 504(b)(6) of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978, to a civil penalty, which the Commission may assess, of not more than $1,193,970 for any one violation. * * * * * PART 385—RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE 3. The authority citation for part 385 is revised to read as follows: ■ (e) 15 U.S.C. 717t–1, Natural Gas Act: $1,193,970 per day. (f) 49 App. U.S.C. 6(10) (1988), Interstate Commerce Act: $1,250 per offense and $62.50 per day after the first day. (g) 49 App. U.S.C. 16(8) (1988), Interstate Commerce Act: $12,500 per day. (h) 49 App. U.S.C. 19a(k) (1988), Interstate Commerce Act: $1,250 per day. (i) 49 App. U.S.C. 20(7)(a) (1988), Interstate Commerce Act: $1,250 per day. [FR Doc. 2016–15947 Filed 7–5–16; 8:45 am] Authority: 5 U.S.C. 551–557; 15 U.S.C. 717–717z, 3301–3432; 16 U.S.C. 791a–825v, 2601–2645; 28 U.S.C. 2461; 31 U.S.C. 3701, 9701; 42 U.S.C. 7101–7352, 16441, 16451– 16463; 49 U.S.C. 60502; 49 App. U.S.C. 1–85 (1988); 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (1990); 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (2015). BILLING CODE 6717–01–P 4. Revise § 385.1504(a) to read as follows: 25 CFR Part 575 ■ § 385.1504 1504). Scope and purpose (Rule ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES § 385.1602 Civil penalties, as adjusted (Rule 1602). The current inflation-adjusted civil monetary penalties provided by law within the jurisdiction of the Commission are: (a) 15 U.S.C. 3414(b)(6)(A)(i), Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978: $1,193,970 per day. (b) 16 U.S.C. 823b(c), Federal Power Act: $21,563 per day. (c) 16 U.S.C. 825n(a), Federal Power Act: $2,750. (d) 16 U.S.C. 825o–1(b), Federal Power Act: $1,193,970 per day. 12:09 Jul 05, 2016 Jkt 238001 National Indian Gaming Commission. ACTION: Interim final rule. AGENCY: The purpose of this subpart is to make inflation adjustments to the civil monetary penalties provided by law within the jurisdiction of the Commission. These penalties shall be subject to review and adjustment as necessary at least every year in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. ■ 6. Revise § 385.1602 to read as follows: VerDate Sep<11>2014 National Indian Gaming Commission Civil Penalty Inflation Adjustment Maximum civil penalty (Rule (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, the Commission may assess a civil penalty of up to $21,563 for each day that the violation continues. * * * * * ■ 5. Revise § 385.1601 to read as follows: § 385.1601 1601). DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR In compliance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance, this rule adjusts the level of the civil monetary penalty, contained in the National Indian Gaming Commission’s (NIGC or Commission) regulation, with an initial ‘‘catch-up’’ adjustment. DATES: This interim final rule will have an effective date of August 1, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Armando J. Acosta, Senior Attorney, Office of General Counsel, National Indian Gaming Commission, at (202) 632–7003; fax (202) 632–7066 (not toll-free numbers). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Background On November 2, 2015, the President signed into law the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Sec. 701 of Pub. L. 114–74) (the Act). The Act requires federal agencies to adjust the level of civil monetary penalties with an initial ‘‘catch-up’’ adjustment through an interim final rulemaking and then make subsequent annual adjustments for inflation. A civil monetary penalty is any assessment with a dollar amount that is levied for a violation of a federal civil statute or regulation, and is assessed or enforceable through a civil action in federal court or an administrative proceeding. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 43941 II. Calculation of Adjustment The OMB issued guidance on calculating the catch-up adjustment. See February 24, 2016, Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, from Shaun Donovan, Director, Office of Management and Budget, Subject: Implementation of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. Under this guidance, the Commission has identified one applicable civil monetary penalty and calculated the catch-up adjustment. This rule adjusts the level of the civil monetary penalty contained in 25 CFR 575.4 (‘‘The Chairman may assess a civil fine, not to exceed $25,000 per violation, against a tribe, management contractor, or individual operating Indian gaming for each notice of violation . . .’’). The OMB provided to agencies a table of multipliers to adjust the penalty level based on the year that the penalty was established or last adjusted by statute or regulation. The multiplier for 1988 (when the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was enacted) is 1.97869 ($25,000 × 1.97869 = $49,467). III. Regulatory Matters Regulatory Planning and Review This interim final rule is not a significant rule and OMB has reviewed this rule under Executive Order 12866. This rule provides an initial catch-up adjustment of penalties to account for inflation. (1) This rule will not have an effect of $100 million or more on the economy or will not adversely affect, in a material way, the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or state, local, or tribal governments or communities. (2) This rule will not create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency. (3) This rule does not involve entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights or obligations of recipients. (4) This regulatory change does not raise novel legal or policy issues. Regulatory Flexibility Act The Commission certifies that this document will not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) because the rule makes adjustments for inflation. E:\FR\FM\06JYR1.SGM 06JYR1 43942 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 129 / Wednesday, July 6, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act This interim final rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. It will not result in the expenditure by state, local, or tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100 million or more in any one year. The rule will not result in a major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, federal, state, or local government agencies, or geographic regions. Nor will this rule have significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of the U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act This interim final rule does not impose an unfunded mandate of more than $100 million per year on state, local, or tribal governments or the private sector. The rule also does not have a significant or unique effect on state, local, or tribal governments or the private sector. Therefore, a statement containing the information required by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) is not required. Takings Under the criteria in Executive Order 12630, this interim final rule does not affect individual property rights protected by the Fifth Amendment nor does it involve a compensable ‘‘taking.’’ Thus, a takings implication assessment is not required. Federalism Under the criteria in Executive Order 13132, this interim final rule has no substantial direct effect 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. Commission has determined that consultations with Indian gaming tribes is not practicable, as Congress has mandated that the civil penalty adjustments in the Act be implemented no later than August 1, 2016. Paperwork Reduction Act This interim final rule does not affect any information collections under the Paperwork Reduction Act. National Environmental Policy Act This interim final rule does not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. Information Quality Act ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES 2. Amend the introductory text of § 575.4 by removing ‘‘$25,000’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$49,467’’. ■ Dated: June 28, 2016. Jonodev O. Chaudhuri, Chairman, Kathryn Isom-Clause, Vice Chairwoman, E. Sequoyah Simermeyer, Associate Commissioner. Effects on the Energy Supply Office of the Attorney General This interim final rule is not a significant energy action under the definition in Executive Order 13211. A Statement of Energy Effects is not required. Clarity of this Regulation The Commission is required by Executive Orders 12866 and 12988 and by the Presidential Memorandum of June 1, 1998, to write all rules in plain language. This means that each rule that the Commission publishes must: (a) Be logically organized; (b) use the active voice to address readers directly; (c) use clear language rather than jargon; (d) be divided into short sections and sentences; and (e) use lists and tables wherever possible. Required Determinations Under the Administrative Procedure Act Consultation with Indian Tribes In accordance with the President’s memorandum of April 29, 1994, Government-to-Government Relations with Native American Tribal Governments, Executive Order 13175 (59 FR 22951, November 6, 2000), the List of Subjects in 25 CFR Part 575 Jkt 238001 Authority: 25 U.S.C. 2705(a), 2706, 2713, 2715; and Sec. 701, Pub. L. 114–74, 129 Stat. 599. [FR Doc. 2016–16009 Filed 7–5–16; 8:45 am] The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 requires agencies to adjust penalties for the catch-up adjustment through an interim final rulemaking. Therefore, the Commission is not required to complete a notice and comment process prior to promulgation. 12:09 Jul 05, 2016 1. The authority citation for part 575 is revised to read as follows: ■ In developing this interim final rule, the Commission did not conduct or use a study, experiment, or survey requiring peer review under the Information Quality Act (Pub. L. 106–554). Civil Justice Reform This interim final rule complies with the requirements of Executive Order 12988. Specifically, this rule has been reviewed to eliminate errors and ambiguity and written to minimize litigation. It is written in clear language and contains clear legal standards. VerDate Sep<11>2014 PART 575—CIVIL FINES Administrative practice and procedure, Gaming, Indian lands, Penalties. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Commission amends 25 CFR part 575 as follows: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 BILLING CODE 7565–01–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 28 CFR Part 11 [JMD Docket No. 152; A.G. Order No. 3689– 2016] RIN 1105–AB44 Department of Justice Debt Collection Regulations Department of Justice. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: This rule amends the regulations that govern debt collection at the Department of Justice (Department) to bring the regulations into conformity with government-wide standards, to update or delete obsolete references, and to make other clarifying or technical changes. DATES: Effective August 5, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis Dauphin, Director, Debt Collection Management Staff, or Morton J. Posner, Assistant General Counsel, Justice Management Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20530, (202) 514–5343 or (202) 514– 3452. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 18, 2015, the Department published a proposed rule to revise its existing debt collection regulations. See 80 FR 8580–01. Following a public comment period, the Department received two comments. One commenter generally endorsed the rulemaking proposal. Another commenter recommended editorial revisions to clarify the proposed rule without making substantive changes. After due consideration, the Department E:\FR\FM\06JYR1.SGM 06JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 129 (Wednesday, July 6, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Indian Gaming Commission

25 CFR Part 575


Civil Penalty Inflation Adjustment

AGENCY: National Indian Gaming Commission.

ACTION: Interim final rule.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation 
Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) guidance, this rule adjusts the level of the civil 
monetary penalty, contained in the National Indian Gaming Commission's 
(NIGC or Commission) regulation, with an initial ``catch-up'' 
adjustment.

DATES: This interim final rule will have an effective date of August 1, 
2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Armando J. Acosta, Senior 
Attorney, Office of General Counsel, National Indian Gaming Commission, 
at (202) 632-7003; fax (202) 632-7066 (not toll-free numbers).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    On November 2, 2015, the President signed into law the Federal 
Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Sec. 
701 of Pub. L. 114-74) (the Act). The Act requires federal agencies to 
adjust the level of civil monetary penalties with an initial ``catch-
up'' adjustment through an interim final rulemaking and then make 
subsequent annual adjustments for inflation. A civil monetary penalty 
is any assessment with a dollar amount that is levied for a violation 
of a federal civil statute or regulation, and is assessed or 
enforceable through a civil action in federal court or an 
administrative proceeding.

II. Calculation of Adjustment

    The OMB issued guidance on calculating the catch-up adjustment. See 
February 24, 2016, Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments 
and Agencies, from Shaun Donovan, Director, Office of Management and 
Budget, Subject: Implementation of the Federal Civil Penalties 
Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. Under this guidance, 
the Commission has identified one applicable civil monetary penalty and 
calculated the catch-up adjustment. This rule adjusts the level of the 
civil monetary penalty contained in 25 CFR 575.4 (``The Chairman may 
assess a civil fine, not to exceed $25,000 per violation, against a 
tribe, management contractor, or individual operating Indian gaming for 
each notice of violation . . .''). The OMB provided to agencies a table 
of multipliers to adjust the penalty level based on the year that the 
penalty was established or last adjusted by statute or regulation. The 
multiplier for 1988 (when the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was enacted) 
is 1.97869 ($25,000 x 1.97869 = $49,467).

III. Regulatory Matters

Regulatory Planning and Review

    This interim final rule is not a significant rule and OMB has 
reviewed this rule under Executive Order 12866. This rule provides an 
initial catch-up adjustment of penalties to account for inflation.
    (1) This rule will not have an effect of $100 million or more on 
the economy or will not adversely affect, in a material way, the 
economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public 
health or safety, or state, local, or tribal governments or 
communities.
    (2) This rule will not create a serious inconsistency or otherwise 
interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency.
    (3) This rule does not involve entitlements, grants, user fees, or 
loan programs or the rights or obligations of recipients.
    (4) This regulatory change does not raise novel legal or policy 
issues.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Commission certifies that this document will not have a 
significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities 
under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) because the 
rule makes adjustments for inflation.

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Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

    This interim final rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), 
the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. It will not 
result in the expenditure by state, local, or tribal governments, in 
the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100 million or more in any 
one year. The rule will not result in a major increase in costs or 
prices for consumers, individual industries, federal, state, or local 
government agencies, or geographic regions. Nor will this rule have 
significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, 
productivity, innovation, or the ability of the U.S.-based enterprises 
to compete with foreign-based enterprises.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    This interim final rule does not impose an unfunded mandate of more 
than $100 million per year on state, local, or tribal governments or 
the private sector. The rule also does not have a significant or unique 
effect on state, local, or tribal governments or the private sector. 
Therefore, a statement containing the information required by the 
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) is not required.

Takings

    Under the criteria in Executive Order 12630, this interim final 
rule does not affect individual property rights protected by the Fifth 
Amendment nor does it involve a compensable ``taking.'' Thus, a takings 
implication assessment is not required.

Federalism

    Under the criteria in Executive Order 13132, this interim final 
rule has no substantial direct effect 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.

Civil Justice Reform

    This interim final rule complies with the requirements of Executive 
Order 12988. Specifically, this rule has been reviewed to eliminate 
errors and ambiguity and written to minimize litigation. It is written 
in clear language and contains clear legal standards.

Consultation with Indian Tribes

    In accordance with the President's memorandum of April 29, 1994, 
Government-to-Government Relations with Native American Tribal 
Governments, Executive Order 13175 (59 FR 22951, November 6, 2000), the 
Commission has determined that consultations with Indian gaming tribes 
is not practicable, as Congress has mandated that the civil penalty 
adjustments in the Act be implemented no later than August 1, 2016.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This interim final rule does not affect any information collections 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

National Environmental Policy Act

    This interim final rule does not constitute a major federal action 
significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.

Information Quality Act

    In developing this interim final rule, the Commission did not 
conduct or use a study, experiment, or survey requiring peer review 
under the Information Quality Act (Pub. L. 106-554).

Effects on the Energy Supply

    This interim final rule is not a significant energy action under 
the definition in Executive Order 13211. A Statement of Energy Effects 
is not required.

Clarity of this Regulation

    The Commission is required by Executive Orders 12866 and 12988 and 
by the Presidential Memorandum of June 1, 1998, to write all rules in 
plain language. This means that each rule that the Commission publishes 
must:
    (a) Be logically organized;
    (b) use the active voice to address readers directly;
    (c) use clear language rather than jargon;
    (d) be divided into short sections and sentences; and
    (e) use lists and tables wherever possible.

Required Determinations Under the Administrative Procedure Act

    The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements 
Act of 2015 requires agencies to adjust penalties for the catch-up 
adjustment through an interim final rulemaking. Therefore, the 
Commission is not required to complete a notice and comment process 
prior to promulgation.

List of Subjects in 25 CFR Part 575

    Administrative practice and procedure, Gaming, Indian lands, 
Penalties.
    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Commission amends 25 
CFR part 575 as follows:

PART 575--CIVIL FINES

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1. The authority citation for part 575 is revised to read as follows:

    Authority:  25 U.S.C. 2705(a), 2706, 2713, 2715; and Sec. 701, 
Pub. L. 114-74, 129 Stat. 599.


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2. Amend the introductory text of Sec.  575.4 by removing ``$25,000'' 
and adding in its place ``$49,467''.

    Dated: June 28, 2016.
Jonodev O. Chaudhuri,
Chairman,

Kathryn Isom-Clause,
Vice Chairwoman,

E. Sequoyah Simermeyer,
Associate Commissioner.
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