Regulations Governing Fees for Services Performed in Connection with Licensing and Related Services-2016 Update, 50652-50656 [2016-18295]

Download as PDF 50652 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 148 / Tuesday, August 2, 2016 / Rules and Regulations alphabetical order, the countries of ‘‘Japan’’ and ‘‘Slovenia’’, respectively; and ■ c. In the Alternate I clause heading— ■ i. Removing the date ‘‘(NOV 2014)’’ and adding ‘‘(AUG 2016)’’ in its place; and ■ ii. In paragraph (a) definition of ‘‘qualifying country’’, adding, in alphabetical order, the countries of ‘‘Japan’’ and ‘‘Slovenia’’, respectively. ■ d. In the Alternate II clause heading— ■ i. Removing the date ‘‘(NOV 2014)’’ and adding ‘‘(AUG 2016)’’ in its place; and ■ ii. In paragraph (a), the definition of ‘‘qualifying country’’, adding, in alphabetical order, the countries of ‘‘Japan’’ and ‘‘Slovenia’’, respectively. ■ e. In the Alternate III clause heading— ■ i. Removing the date ‘‘(NOV 2014)’’ and adding ‘‘(AUG 2016)’’ in its place; and ■ ii. In paragraph (a), the definition of ‘‘qualifying country’’, adding, in alphabetical order, the countries of ‘‘Japan’’ and ‘‘Slovenia’’, respectively. ■ f. In the Alternate IV clause heading— ■ i. Removing the date ‘‘(NOV 2014)’’ and adding ‘‘(AUG 2016)’’ in its place; and ■ ii. In paragraph (a), the definition of ‘‘qualifying country’’, adding, in alphabetical order, the countries of ‘‘Japan’’ and ‘‘Slovenia’’, respectively. ■ g. In the Alternate V clause heading— ■ i. Removing the date ‘‘(NOV 2014)’’ and adding ‘‘(AUG 2016)’’ in its place; and ■ ii. In paragraph (a), the definition of ‘‘qualifying country’’, adding, in alphabetical order, the countries of ‘‘Japan’’ and ‘‘Slovenia’’, respectively. [FR Doc. 2016–17958 Filed 8–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulations System 48 CFR Parts 245 and 252 Effective August 2, 2016. Ms. Jennifer L. Hawes, Defense Acquisition Regulations System, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), Room 3B941, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–3060. Telephone 571–372–6115; facsimile 571–372–6094. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This final rule amends the DFARS as follows— 1. Updates the direction to contracting officers at DFARS 245.402–70 to review the guidance in DFARS Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI) for oversight and surveillance of contractoracquired property; and 2. In DFARS clause 252.225–7021, Trade Agreements-Alternate II, corrects paragraph (a) definition of ‘‘designated country’’ to include the country of Croatia. DFARS final rule 2013–D005, Clauses with Alternates—Foreign Acquisition, published at 79 FR 65816 on November 5, 2014, created separate prescriptions for each foreign-related basic clause and provision, as well as each of its alternate clauses and provisions. In addition, the rule stated the full text of each clause or provision alternate. In the restatement of the full text of DFARS 252.225–7021-Alternate II, the country of Croatia was inadvertently omitted. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: List of Subjects in 48 CFR 245 and 252 Government procurement. Jennifer L. Hawes, Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. Therefore, 48 CFR parts 245 and 252 are amended as follows: ■ 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR parts 245 and 252 continues to read as follows: Authority: 41 U.S.C. 1303 and 48 CFR chapter 1. PART 245—GOVERNMENT PROPERTY 2. Revise section 245.402–70 to read as follows: ■ 245.402–70 [Docket DARS–2016–0023] Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Technical Amendments Policy. Review the guidance at PGI 245.402– 70 with regard to oversight and surveillance of contractor-acquired property. Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Final rule. PART 252—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES DoD is making technical amendments to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to provide needed editorial changes. ■ AGENCY: Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES DATES: SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:32 Aug 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 252.225–7021 [Amended] 3. Amend section 252.225–7021 by, in the Alternate II clause— a. Removing the clause date ‘‘(JUN 2016)’’ and adding ‘‘(AUG 2016)’’ in its place; and PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 b. In paragraph (a) definition of ‘‘designated country’’ in paragraph (i), adding, in alphabetical order, the country of ‘‘Croatia’’. [FR Doc. 2016–17959 Filed 8–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD 49 CFR Part 1002 [Docket No. EP 542 (Sub-No. 24)] Regulations Governing Fees for Services Performed in Connection with Licensing and Related Services—2016 Update Surface Transportation Board. Final rules. AGENCY: ACTION: The Board updates for 2016 the fees that the public must pay to file certain cases and pleadings with the Board. In this update, the following results are obtained: 18 fees increased by $50 or less, 15 fees increased by $100 to $199, 23 fees increased by $200 to $300, 19 fees increased by more than $300, and the remaining 58 fees will be maintained at their current level. DATES: These rules are effective September 1, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David T. Groves, (202) 245–0327, or Andrea Pope-Matheson (202) 245–0363. [TDD for the hearing impaired: 1–800– 877–8339.] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board’s regulations at 49 CFR 1002.3 provide for an annual update of the Board’s entire user-fee schedule. Fees are generally revised based on the cost study formula set forth at 49 CFR 1002.3(d). As compared with the 2015 fee update, the 2016 fee changes adopted here reflect a combination of a 1.46% across-the-board increase to salary costs; no change in publication cost levels; increases to two of the three Board Overhead cost factors; and a slight decrease to the third Board Overhead cost factor from its comparable 2015 level, resulting from the mechanical application of the update formula in 49 CFR 1002.3(d). Results from the formula application indicate that justified fee amounts in this 2016 update decision either remain unchanged (58 fee items), increase by $50 or less (18 fee items), increase by $300 or less (38 fee items) or increase over $300 (19 fee items) from their respective 2015 update levels. No new fee items are proposed in this proceeding. However, there is an expansion of existing fee item 98 to now include monthly and quarterly Waybill SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02AUR1.SGM 02AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 148 / Tuesday, August 2, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Decided: July 27, 2016. By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioner Begeman. Tia L. Delano, Clearance Clerk. request data. Therefore, the Board finds that notice and comment are unnecessary for this proceeding. See Regulations Governing Fees for Servs.— 1990 Update, 7 I.C.C.2d 3 (1990); Regulations Governing Fees for Servs.— 1991 Update, 8 I.C.C.2d 13 (1991); Regulations Governing Fees for Servs.— 1993 Update, 9 I.C.C.2d 855 (1993). Additional information is contained in the Board’s decision. To obtain a free copy of the full decision, visit the Board’s Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov or call (202) 245–0245. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through Federal Information Relay Services (FIRS): (800) 877–8339.] GS–1 GS–2 GS–3 GS–4 GS–5 GS–6 GS–7 GS–8 * PART 1002—FEES 1. The authority citation for part 1002 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A) and 553; 31 U.S.C. 9701 and 49 U.S.C. 1321(a). Section 1002.1(g)(11) is also issued under 5 U.S.C. 5514 and 31 U.S.C. 3717. Administrative practice and procedure, Common carriers, and Freedom of information. Grade § 1002.1 Fees for records search, review, copying, certification, and related services. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, title 49, chapter X, part 1002, of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows: List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 1002 2. Section 1002.1 is amended by revising paragraphs (d), (f)(1), and (g)(6) and (7) to read as follows: ■ Rate * * * * (d) Photocopies of tariffs, reports, and other public documents, at the rate of $1.50 per letter or legal size exposure. A minimum charge of $7.50 will be made for this service. * * * * * (f) * * * (1) A fee of $74.00 per hour for professional staff time will be charged when it is required to fulfill a request for ADP data. * * * * * (g) * * * (6) The search and review hourly fees will be based upon employee grade levels in order to recoup the full, allowable direct costs attributable to their performance of these functions. They are as follows: Grade ................................................ ................................................ ................................................ ................................................ ................................................ ................................................ ................................................ ................................................ $12.43 13.53 15.25 17.12 19.15 21.35 23.72 26.27 (7) The fee for photocopies shall be $1.50 per letter or legal size exposure with a minimum charge of $7.50. * * * * * ■ Rate GS–9 ......................................................................................................... GS–10 ....................................................................................................... GS–11 ....................................................................................................... GS–12 ....................................................................................................... GS–13 ....................................................................................................... GS–14 ....................................................................................................... GS–15 and over ........................................................................................ 3. In 1002.2, paragraph (f) is revised to read as follows: § 1002.2 * Filing fees. * * * * (f) Schedule of filing fees. Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES Type of Proceeding Fee PART I: Non-Rail Applications or Proceedings to Enter Into a Particular Financial Transaction or Joint Arrangement: (1) An application for the pooling or division of traffic ................................................................................ (2)(i) An application involving the purchase, lease, consolidation, merger, or acquisition of control of a motor carrier of passengers under 49 U.S.C. 14303. (ii) A petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 13541 (other than a rulemaking) filed by a non-rail carrier not otherwise covered. (iii) A petition to revoke an exemption filed under 49 U.S.C. 13541(d) .............................................. (3) An application for approval of a non-rail rate association agreement. 49 U.S.C. 13703. .................... (4) An application for approval of an amendment to a non-rail rate association agreement: (i) Significant amendment .................................................................................................................... (ii) Minor amendment ........................................................................................................................... (5) An application for temporary authority to operate a motor carrier of passengers. 49 U.S.C. 14303(i) (6) A notice of exemption for transaction within a motor passenger corporate family that does not result in adverse changes in service levels, significant operational changes, or a change in the competitive balance with motor passenger carriers outside the corporate family. (7)–(10) [Reserved]. PART II: Rail Licensing Proceedings other than Abandonment or Discontinuance Proceedings: (11) (i) An application for a certificate authorizing the extension, acquisition, or operation of lines of railroad. 49 U.S.C. 10901. (ii) Notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31–1150.35 .................................................................. (iii) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 ............................................................................. (12) (i) An application involving the construction of a rail line ................................................................... (ii) A notice of exemption involving construction of a rail line under 49 CFR 1150.36 ...................... (iii) A petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 involving construction of a rail line .................. (iv) A request for determination of a dispute involving a rail construction that crosses the line of another carrier under 49 U.S.C. 10902(d). (13) A Feeder Line Development Program application filed under 49 U.S.C. 10907(b)(1)(A)(i) or 10907(b)(1)(A)(ii). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Aug 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 50653 E:\FR\FM\02AUR1.SGM $4,800. 2,200. 3,500. 2,900. 30,400. 5,000. 100. 550. 1,800. 8,000. 1,900. 13,800. 82,100. 1,900. 82,100. 300. 2,600. 02AUR1 $29.02 31.95 35.11 42.08 50.04 59.13 69.56 50654 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 148 / Tuesday, August 2, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES Type of Proceeding Fee (14) (i) An application of a class II or class III carrier to acquire an extended or additional rail line under 49 U.S.C. 10902. (ii) Notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41—1150.45 ................................................................. (iii) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 relating to an exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10902. (15) A notice of a modified certificate of public convenience and necessity under 49 CFR 1150.21– 1150.24. (16) An application for a land-use-exemption permit for a facility existing as of October 16, 2008 under 49 U.S.C. 10909. (17) An application for a land-use-exemption permit for a facility not existing as of October 16, 2008 under 49 U.S.C. 10909. (18)–(20) [Reserved] ................................................................................................................................... PART III: Rail Abandonment or Discontinuance of Transportation Services Proceedings: (21) (i) An application for authority to abandon all or a portion of a line of railroad or discontinue operation thereof filed by a railroad (except applications filed by Consolidated Rail Corporation pursuant to the Northeast Rail Service Act [Subtitle E of Title XI of Pub. L. 97–35], bankrupt railroads, or exempt abandonments). (ii) Notice of an exempt abandonment or discontinuance under 49 CFR 1152.50 ............................ (iii) A petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 .......................................................................... (22) An application for authority to abandon all or a portion of a line of a railroad or operation thereof filed by Consolidated Rail Corporation pursuant to Northeast Rail Service Act. (23) Abandonments filed by bankrupt railroads ......................................................................................... (24) A request for waiver of filing requirements for abandonment application proceedings ..................... (25) An offer of financial assistance under 49 U.S.C. 10904 relating to the purchase of or subsidy for a rail line proposed for abandonment. (26) A request to set terms and conditions for the sale of or subsidy for a rail line proposed to be abandoned. (27) (i) A request for a trail use condition in an abandonment proceeding under 16 U.S.C.1247(d) ....... (ii) A request to extend the period to negotiate a trail use agreement ............................................... (28)–(35) [Reserved] ................................................................................................................................... PART IV: Rail Applications to Enter Into a Particular Financial Transaction or Joint Arrangement: (36) An application for use of terminal facilities or other applications under 49 U.S.C. 11102 ................. (37) An application for the pooling or division of traffic. 49 U.S.C. 11322 ................................................ (38) An application for two or more carriers to consolidate or merge their properties or franchises (or a part thereof) into one corporation for ownership, management, and operation of the properties previously in separate ownership. 49 U.S.C. 11324: (i) Major transaction ............................................................................................................................. (ii) Significant transaction .................................................................................................................... (iii) Minor transaction ........................................................................................................................... (iv) Notice of an exempt transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d) ........................................................... (v) Responsive application .................................................................................................................. (vi) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 ............................................................................. (vii) A request for waiver or clarification of regulations filed in a major financial proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a). (39) An application of a non-carrier to acquire control of two or more carriers through ownership of stock or otherwise. 49 U.S.C. 11324: (i) Major transaction ............................................................................................................................. (ii) Significant transaction .................................................................................................................... (iii) Minor transaction ........................................................................................................................... (iv) A notice of an exempt transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d) ........................................................ (v) Responsive application .................................................................................................................. (vi) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 ............................................................................. (vii) A request for waiver or clarification of regulations filed in a major financial proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a). (40) An application to acquire trackage rights over, joint ownership in, or joint use of any railroad lines owned and operated by any other carrier and terminals incidental thereto. 49 U.S.C. 11324: (i) Major transaction ............................................................................................................................. (ii) Significant transaction .................................................................................................................... (iii) Minor transaction ........................................................................................................................... (iv) Notice of an exempt transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d) ........................................................... (v) Responsive application .................................................................................................................. (vi) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 ............................................................................. (vii) A request for waiver or clarification of regulations filed in a major financial proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a). (41) An application of a carrier or carriers to purchase, lease, or contract to operate the properties of another, or to acquire control of another by purchase of stock or otherwise. 49 U.S.C. 11324: (i) Major transaction ............................................................................................................................. (ii) Significant transaction .................................................................................................................... (iii) Minor transaction ........................................................................................................................... (iv) Notice of an exempt transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d) ........................................................... (v) Responsive application .................................................................................................................. (vi) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 ............................................................................. (vii) A request for waiver or clarification of regulations filed in a major financial proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Aug 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\02AUR1.SGM 6,800. 1,900. 7,200. 1,800. 6,600. 23,300. 24,400. 4,000. 6,900. 500. 2,000. 2,000. 1,700. 24,900. 300. 500. 20,800. 11,200. 1,641,600. 328,300. 8,100. 1,800. 8,100. 10,300. 6,000. 1,641,600. 328,300. 8,100. 1,400. 8,100. 10,300. 6,000. 1,641,600. 328,300. 8,100. 1,200. 8,100. 10,300. 6,000. 1,641,600. 328,300. 8,100. 1,500. 8,100. 7,200. 6,000. 02AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 148 / Tuesday, August 2, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Type of Proceeding Fee Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES (42) Notice of a joint project involving relocation of a rail line under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(5) ...................... (43) An application for approval of a rail rate association agreement. 49 U.S.C. 10706 .......................... (44) An application for approval of an amendment to a rail rate association agreement. 49 U.S.C. 10706: (i) Significant amendment .................................................................................................................... (ii) Minor amendment ........................................................................................................................... (45) An application for authority to hold a position as officer or director under 49 U.S.C. 11328 ............ (46) A petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 (other than a rulemaking) filed by rail carrier not otherwise covered. (47) National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) conveyance proceeding under 45 U.S.C. 562 (48) National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) compensation proceeding under Section 402(a) of the Rail Passenger Service Act. (49)–(55) [Reserved]. PART V: Formal Proceedings: (56) A formal complaint alleging unlawful rates or practices of carriers: (i) A formal complaint filed under the coal rate guidelines (Stand-Alone Cost Methodology) alleging unlawful rates and/or practices of rail carriers under 49 U.S.C. 10704(c)(1). (ii) A formal complaint involving rail maximum rates filed under the Simplified-SAC methodology ... (iii) A formal complaint involving rail maximum rates filed under the Three Benchmark methodology. (iv) All other formal complaints (except competitive access complaints) ........................................... (v) Competitive access complaints ...................................................................................................... (vi) A request for an order compelling a rail carrier to establish a common carrier rate ................... (57) A complaint seeking or a petition requesting institution of an investigation seeking the prescription or division of joint rates or charges. 49 U.S.C. 10705. (58) A petition for declaratory order: (i) A petition for declaratory order involving a dispute over an existing rate or practice which is comparable to a complaint proceeding. (ii) All other petitions for declaratory order .......................................................................................... (59) An application for shipper antitrust immunity. 49 U.S.C. 10706(a)(5)(A) ........................................... (60) Labor arbitration proceedings ............................................................................................................. (61) (i) An appeal of a Surface Transportation Board decision on the merits or petition to revoke an exemption pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(d). (ii) An appeal of a Surface Transportation Board decision on procedural matters except discovery rulings. (62) Motor carrier undercharge proceedings .............................................................................................. (63) (i) Expedited relief for service inadequacies: A request for expedited relief under 49 U.S.C. 11123 and 49 CFR part 1146 for service emergency. (ii) Expedited relief for service inadequacies: A request for temporary relief under 49 U.S.C. 10705 and 11102, and 49 CFR part 1147 for service inadequacy. (64) A request for waiver or clarification of regulations except one filed in an abandonment or discontinuance proceeding, or in a major financial proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a). (65)–(75) [Reserved]. PART VI: Informal Proceedings: (76) An application for authority to establish released value rates or ratings for motor carriers and freight forwarders of household goods under 49 U.S.C. 14706. (77) An application for special permission for short notice or the waiver of other tariff publishing requirements. (78) The filing of tariffs, including supplements, or contract summaries ................................................... (79) Special docket applications from rail and water carriers: (i) Applications involving 25,000 or less .............................................................................................. (ii) Applications involving over 25,000 ................................................................................................. (80) Informal complaint about rail rate applications ................................................................................... (81) Tariff reconciliation petitions from motor common carriers: (i) Petitions involving 25,000 or less ................................................................................................... (ii) Petitions involving over 25,000 ...................................................................................................... (82) Request for a determination of the applicability or reasonableness of motor carrier rates under 49 U.S.C. 13710(a)(2) and (3). (83) Filing of documents for recordation. 49 U.S.C. 11301 and 49 CFR 1177.3(c) .................................. (84) Informal opinions about rate applications (all modes) ........................................................................ (85) A railroad accounting interpretation .................................................................................................... (86) (i) A request for an informal opinion not otherwise covered .............................................................. (ii) A proposal to use on a voting trust agreement pursuant to 49 CFR 1013 and 49 CFR 1180.4(b)(4)(iv) in connection with a major control proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a). (iii) A request for an informal opinion on a voting trust agreement pursuant to 49 CFR 1013.3(a) not otherwise covered. (87) Arbitration of Certain Disputes Subject to the Statutory Jurisdiction of the Surface Transportation Board under 49 CFR 1108: (i) Complaint ........................................................................................................................................ (ii) Answer (per defendant), Unless Declining to Submit to Any Arbitration ....................................... (iii) Third Party Complaint .................................................................................................................... (iv) Third Party Answer (per defendant), Unless Declining to Submit to Any Arbitration ................... (v) Appeals of Arbitration Decisions or Petitions to Modify or Vacate an Arbitration Award .............. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Aug 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\02AUR1.SGM 2,600. 76,800. 14,200. 100. 850. 8,800. 300. 300. 350. 350. 150. 350. 150. 300. 9,700. 1,000. 1,400. 7,700. 300. 300. 400. 300. 300. 300. 650. 1,300. 100. 1 per page. (27 min. charge.) 75. 150. 650. 75. 150. 250. 45 per document. 250. 1,200. 1,600. 5,600. 550. 75. 75. 75. 75. 150. 02AUR1 50655 50656 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 148 / Tuesday, August 2, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Type of Proceeding Fee (88) Basic fee for STB adjudicatory services not otherwise covered ........................................................ (89)–(95) [Reserved]. PART VII: Services: (96) Messenger delivery of decision to a railroad carrier’s Washington, DC, agent ................................. (97) Request for service or pleading list for proceedings .......................................................................... (98) Processing the paperwork related to a request for the Carload Waybill Sample to be used in an STB or State proceeding that: (i) Annual request does not require a Federal Register notice: (a) Set cost portion .............................................................................................................................. (b) Sliding cost portion ......................................................................................................................... (ii) Annual request does require a FR notice:. (a) Set cost portion .............................................................................................................................. (b) Sliding cost portion ......................................................................................................................... (iii) Quarterly request does not require a FR notice: (a) Set cost portion .............................................................................................................................. (b) Sliding cost portion ......................................................................................................................... (iv) Quarterly request does require a FR notice: (a) Set cost portion .............................................................................................................................. (b) Sliding cost portion ......................................................................................................................... (v) Monthly request does not require a FR notice: (a) Set cost portion .............................................................................................................................. (b) Sliding cost portion ......................................................................................................................... (vi) Monthly request does require a FR notice: (a) Set cost portion .............................................................................................................................. (b) Sliding cost portion ......................................................................................................................... (99) (i) Application fee for the STB’s Practitioners’ Exam .......................................................................... (ii) Practitioners’ Exam Information Package ...................................................................................... (100) Carload Waybill Sample data: (i) Requests for Public Use File for all years prior to the most current year Carload Waybill Sample data available, provided on CD–R. (ii) Specialized programming for Waybill requests to the Board ......................................................... * * * * 300. 35 per delivery. 26 per list. 150. 52 per party. 400. 52 per party. 44. 13 per party. 225. 13 per party. 14. 4 per party. 180. 4 per party. 200. 25. 250 per year. 116 per hour. * [FR Doc. 2016–18295 Filed 8–1–16; 8:45 am] Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 4915–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Aug 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\02AUR1.SGM 02AUR1

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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

49 CFR Part 1002

[Docket No. EP 542 (Sub-No. 24)]


Regulations Governing Fees for Services Performed in Connection 
with Licensing and Related Services--2016 Update

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board.

ACTION: Final rules.

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SUMMARY: The Board updates for 2016 the fees that the public must pay 
to file certain cases and pleadings with the Board. In this update, the 
following results are obtained: 18 fees increased by $50 or less, 15 
fees increased by $100 to $199, 23 fees increased by $200 to $300, 19 
fees increased by more than $300, and the remaining 58 fees will be 
maintained at their current level.

DATES: These rules are effective September 1, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David T. Groves, (202) 245-0327, or 
Andrea Pope-Matheson (202) 245-0363. [TDD for the hearing impaired: 1-
800-877-8339.]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board's regulations at 49 CFR 1002.3 
provide for an annual update of the Board's entire user-fee schedule. 
Fees are generally revised based on the cost study formula set forth at 
49 CFR 1002.3(d). As compared with the 2015 fee update, the 2016 fee 
changes adopted here reflect a combination of a 1.46% across-the-board 
increase to salary costs; no change in publication cost levels; 
increases to two of the three Board Overhead cost factors; and a slight 
decrease to the third Board Overhead cost factor from its comparable 
2015 level, resulting from the mechanical application of the update 
formula in 49 CFR 1002.3(d). Results from the formula application 
indicate that justified fee amounts in this 2016 update decision either 
remain unchanged (58 fee items), increase by $50 or less (18 fee 
items), increase by $300 or less (38 fee items) or increase over $300 
(19 fee items) from their respective 2015 update levels. No new fee 
items are proposed in this proceeding. However, there is an expansion 
of existing fee item 98 to now include monthly and quarterly Waybill

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request data. Therefore, the Board finds that notice and comment are 
unnecessary for this proceeding. See Regulations Governing Fees for 
Servs.--1990 Update, 7 I.C.C.2d 3 (1990); Regulations Governing Fees 
for Servs.--1991 Update, 8 I.C.C.2d 13 (1991); Regulations Governing 
Fees for Servs.--1993 Update, 9 I.C.C.2d 855 (1993).
    Additional information is contained in the Board's decision. To 
obtain a free copy of the full decision, visit the Board's Web site at 
http://www.stb.dot.gov or call (202) 245-0245. [Assistance for the 
hearing impaired is available through Federal Information Relay 
Services (FIRS): (800) 877-8339.]

List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 1002

    Administrative practice and procedure, Common carriers, and Freedom 
of information.


    Decided: July 27, 2016.

    By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Miller, and 
Commissioner Begeman.
Tia L. Delano,
Clearance Clerk.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, title 49, chapter X, 
part 1002, of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:

PART 1002--FEES

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1. The authority citation for part 1002 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A) and 553; 31 U.S.C. 9701 and 49 
U.S.C. 1321(a). Section 1002.1(g)(11) is also issued under 5 U.S.C. 
5514 and 31 U.S.C. 3717.

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2. Section 1002.1 is amended by revising paragraphs (d), (f)(1), and 
(g)(6) and (7) to read as follows:


Sec.  1002.1  Fees for records search, review, copying, certification, 
and related services.

* * * * *
    (d) Photocopies of tariffs, reports, and other public documents, at 
the rate of $1.50 per letter or legal size exposure. A minimum charge 
of $7.50 will be made for this service.
* * * * *
    (f) * * *
    (1) A fee of $74.00 per hour for professional staff time will be 
charged when it is required to fulfill a request for ADP data.
* * * * *
    (g) * * *
    (6) The search and review hourly fees will be based upon employee 
grade levels in order to recoup the full, allowable direct costs 
attributable to their performance of these functions. They are as 
follows:

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                     Grade                           Rate                     Grade                    Rate
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GS-1..........................................          $12.43  GS-9............................          $29.02
GS-2..........................................           13.53  GS-10...........................           31.95
GS-3..........................................           15.25  GS-11...........................           35.11
GS-4..........................................           17.12  GS-12...........................           42.08
GS-5..........................................           19.15  GS-13...........................           50.04
GS-6..........................................           21.35  GS-14...........................           59.13
GS-7..........................................           23.72  GS-15 and over..................           69.56
GS-8..........................................           26.27
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    (7) The fee for photocopies shall be $1.50 per letter or legal size 
exposure with a minimum charge of $7.50.
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3. In 1002.2, paragraph (f) is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  1002.2  Filing fees.

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    (f) Schedule of filing fees.

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             Type of Proceeding                          Fee
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PART I: Non-Rail Applications or             ...........................
 Proceedings to Enter Into a Particular
 Financial Transaction or Joint
 Arrangement:
    (1) An application for the pooling or    $4,800.
     division of traffic.
    (2)(i) An application involving the      2,200.
     purchase, lease, consolidation,
     merger, or acquisition of control of a
     motor carrier of passengers under 49
     U.S.C. 14303.
        (ii) A petition for exemption under  3,500.
         49 U.S.C. 13541 (other than a
         rulemaking) filed by a non-rail
         carrier not otherwise covered.
        (iii) A petition to revoke an        2,900.
         exemption filed under 49 U.S.C.
         13541(d).
    (3) An application for approval of a     30,400.
     non-rail rate association agreement.
     49 U.S.C. 13703..
    (4) An application for approval of an
     amendment to a non-rail rate
     association agreement:
        (i) Significant amendment..........  5,000.
        (ii) Minor amendment...............  100.
    (5) An application for temporary         550.
     authority to operate a motor carrier
     of passengers. 49 U.S.C. 14303(i).
    (6) A notice of exemption for            1,800.
     transaction within a motor passenger
     corporate family that does not result
     in adverse changes in service levels,
     significant operational changes, or a
     change in the competitive balance with
     motor passenger carriers outside the
     corporate family.
    (7)-(10) [Reserved]....................
PART II: Rail Licensing Proceedings other
 than Abandonment or Discontinuance
 Proceedings:
    (11) (i) An application for a            8,000.
     certificate authorizing the extension,
     acquisition, or operation of lines of
     railroad. 49 U.S.C. 10901.
        (ii) Notice of exemption under 49    1,900.
         CFR 1150.31-1150.35.
        (iii) Petition for exemption under   13,800.
         49 U.S.C. 10502.
    (12) (i) An application involving the    82,100.
     construction of a rail line.
        (ii) A notice of exemption           1,900.
         involving construction of a rail
         line under 49 CFR 1150.36.
        (iii) A petition for exemption       82,100.
         under 49 U.S.C. 10502 involving
         construction of a rail line.
        (iv) A request for determination of  300.
         a dispute involving a rail
         construction that crosses the line
         of another carrier under 49 U.S.C.
         10902(d).
    (13) A Feeder Line Development Program   2,600.
     application filed under 49 U.S.C.
     10907(b)(1)(A)(i) or
     10907(b)(1)(A)(ii).

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    (14) (i) An application of a class II    6,800.
     or class III carrier to acquire an
     extended or additional rail line under
     49 U.S.C. 10902.
        (ii) Notice of exemption under 49    1,900.
         CFR 1150.41--1150.45.
        (iii) Petition for exemption under   7,200.
         49 U.S.C. 10502 relating to an
         exemption from the provisions of
         49 U.S.C. 10902.
    (15) A notice of a modified certificate  1,800.
     of public convenience and necessity
     under 49 CFR 1150.21-1150.24.
    (16) An application for a land-use-      6,600.
     exemption permit for a facility
     existing as of October 16, 2008 under
     49 U.S.C. 10909.
    (17) An application for a land-use-      23,300.
     exemption permit for a facility not
     existing as of October 16, 2008 under
     49 U.S.C. 10909.
    (18)-(20) [Reserved]...................  ...........................
PART III: Rail Abandonment or
 Discontinuance of Transportation Services
 Proceedings:
    (21) (i) An application for authority    24,400.
     to abandon all or a portion of a line
     of railroad or discontinue operation
     thereof filed by a railroad (except
     applications filed by Consolidated
     Rail Corporation pursuant to the
     Northeast Rail Service Act [Subtitle E
     of Title XI of Pub. L. 97-35],
     bankrupt railroads, or exempt
     abandonments).
        (ii) Notice of an exempt             4,000.
         abandonment or discontinuance
         under 49 CFR 1152.50.
        (iii) A petition for exemption       6,900.
         under 49 U.S.C. 10502.
    (22) An application for authority to     500.
     abandon all or a portion of a line of
     a railroad or operation thereof filed
     by Consolidated Rail Corporation
     pursuant to Northeast Rail Service Act.
    (23) Abandonments filed by bankrupt      2,000.
     railroads.
    (24) A request for waiver of filing      2,000.
     requirements for abandonment
     application proceedings.
    (25) An offer of financial assistance    1,700.
     under 49 U.S.C. 10904 relating to the
     purchase of or subsidy for a rail line
     proposed for abandonment.
    (26) A request to set terms and          24,900.
     conditions for the sale of or subsidy
     for a rail line proposed to be
     abandoned.
    (27) (i) A request for a trail use       300.
     condition in an abandonment proceeding
     under 16 U.S.C.1247(d).
        (ii) A request to extend the period  500.
         to negotiate a trail use agreement.
    (28)-(35) [Reserved]...................  ...........................
PART IV: Rail Applications to Enter Into a
 Particular Financial Transaction or Joint
 Arrangement:
    (36) An application for use of terminal  20,800.
     facilities or other applications under
     49 U.S.C. 11102.
    (37) An application for the pooling or   11,200.
     division of traffic. 49 U.S.C. 11322.
    (38) An application for two or more
     carriers to consolidate or merge their
     properties or franchises (or a part
     thereof) into one corporation for
     ownership, management, and operation
     of the properties previously in
     separate ownership. 49 U.S.C. 11324:
        (i) Major transaction..............  1,641,600.
        (ii) Significant transaction.......  328,300.
        (iii) Minor transaction............  8,100.
        (iv) Notice of an exempt             1,800.
         transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d).
        (v) Responsive application.........  8,100.
        (vi) Petition for exemption under    10,300.
         49 U.S.C. 10502.
        (vii) A request for waiver or        6,000.
         clarification of regulations filed
         in a major financial proceeding as
         defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a).
    (39) An application of a non-carrier to
     acquire control of two or more
     carriers through ownership of stock or
     otherwise. 49 U.S.C. 11324:
        (i) Major transaction..............  1,641,600.
        (ii) Significant transaction.......  328,300.
        (iii) Minor transaction............  8,100.
        (iv) A notice of an exempt           1,400.
         transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d).
        (v) Responsive application.........  8,100.
        (vi) Petition for exemption under    10,300.
         49 U.S.C. 10502.
        (vii) A request for waiver or        6,000.
         clarification of regulations filed
         in a major financial proceeding as
         defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a).
    (40) An application to acquire trackage
     rights over, joint ownership in, or
     joint use of any railroad lines owned
     and operated by any other carrier and
     terminals incidental thereto. 49
     U.S.C. 11324:
        (i) Major transaction..............  1,641,600.
        (ii) Significant transaction.......  328,300.
        (iii) Minor transaction............  8,100.
        (iv) Notice of an exempt             1,200.
         transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d).
        (v) Responsive application.........  8,100.
        (vi) Petition for exemption under    10,300.
         49 U.S.C. 10502.
        (vii) A request for waiver or        6,000.
         clarification of regulations filed
         in a major financial proceeding as
         defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a).
    (41) An application of a carrier or
     carriers to purchase, lease, or
     contract to operate the properties of
     another, or to acquire control of
     another by purchase of stock or
     otherwise. 49 U.S.C. 11324:
        (i) Major transaction..............  1,641,600.
        (ii) Significant transaction.......  328,300.
        (iii) Minor transaction............  8,100.
        (iv) Notice of an exempt             1,500.
         transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d).
        (v) Responsive application.........  8,100.
        (vi) Petition for exemption under    7,200.
         49 U.S.C. 10502.
        (vii) A request for waiver or        6,000.
         clarification of regulations filed
         in a major financial proceeding as
         defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a).

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    (42) Notice of a joint project           2,600.
     involving relocation of a rail line
     under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(5).
    (43) An application for approval of a    76,800.
     rail rate association agreement. 49
     U.S.C. 10706.
    (44) An application for approval of an
     amendment to a rail rate association
     agreement. 49 U.S.C. 10706:
        (i) Significant amendment..........  14,200.
        (ii) Minor amendment...............  100.
    (45) An application for authority to     850.
     hold a position as officer or director
     under 49 U.S.C. 11328.
    (46) A petition for exemption under 49   8,800.
     U.S.C. 10502 (other than a rulemaking)
     filed by rail carrier not otherwise
     covered.
    (47) National Railroad Passenger         300.
     Corporation (Amtrak) conveyance
     proceeding under 45 U.S.C. 562.
    (48) National Railroad Passenger         300.
     Corporation (Amtrak) compensation
     proceeding under Section 402(a) of the
     Rail Passenger Service Act.
    (49)-(55) [Reserved]...................
PART V: Formal Proceedings:
    (56) A formal complaint alleging
     unlawful rates or practices of
     carriers:
        (i) A formal complaint filed under   350.
         the coal rate guidelines (Stand-
         Alone Cost Methodology) alleging
         unlawful rates and/or practices of
         rail carriers under 49 U.S.C.
         10704(c)(1).
        (ii) A formal complaint involving    350.
         rail maximum rates filed under the
         Simplified-SAC methodology.
        (iii) A formal complaint involving   150.
         rail maximum rates filed under the
         Three Benchmark methodology.
        (iv) All other formal complaints     350.
         (except competitive access
         complaints).
        (v) Competitive access complaints..  150.
        (vi) A request for an order          300.
         compelling a rail carrier to
         establish a common carrier rate.
    (57) A complaint seeking or a petition   9,700.
     requesting institution of an
     investigation seeking the prescription
     or division of joint rates or charges.
     49 U.S.C. 10705.
    (58) A petition for declaratory order:
        (i) A petition for declaratory       1,000.
         order involving a dispute over an
         existing rate or practice which is
         comparable to a complaint
         proceeding.
        (ii) All other petitions for         1,400.
         declaratory order.
    (59) An application for shipper          7,700.
     antitrust immunity. 49 U.S.C.
     10706(a)(5)(A).
    (60) Labor arbitration proceedings.....  300.
    (61) (i) An appeal of a Surface          300.
     Transportation Board decision on the
     merits or petition to revoke an
     exemption pursuant to 49 U.S.C.
     10502(d).
        (ii) An appeal of a Surface          400.
         Transportation Board decision on
         procedural matters except
         discovery rulings.
    (62) Motor carrier undercharge           300.
     proceedings.
    (63) (i) Expedited relief for service    300.
     inadequacies: A request for expedited
     relief under 49 U.S.C. 11123 and 49
     CFR part 1146 for service emergency.
        (ii) Expedited relief for service    300.
         inadequacies: A request for
         temporary relief under 49 U.S.C.
         10705 and 11102, and 49 CFR part
         1147 for service inadequacy.
    (64) A request for waiver or             650.
     clarification of regulations except
     one filed in an abandonment or
     discontinuance proceeding, or in a
     major financial proceeding as defined
     at 49 CFR 1180.2(a).
    (65)-(75) [Reserved]...................
PART VI: Informal Proceedings:
    (76) An application for authority to     1,300.
     establish released value rates or
     ratings for motor carriers and freight
     forwarders of household goods under 49
     U.S.C. 14706.
    (77) An application for special          100.
     permission for short notice or the
     waiver of other tariff publishing
     requirements.
    (78) The filing of tariffs, including    1 per page.
     supplements, or contract summaries.     (27 min. charge.)
    (79) Special docket applications from
     rail and water carriers:
        (i) Applications involving 25,000    75.
         or less.
        (ii) Applications involving over     150.
         25,000.
    (80) Informal complaint about rail rate  650.
     applications.
    (81) Tariff reconciliation petitions
     from motor common carriers:
        (i) Petitions involving 25,000 or    75.
         less.
        (ii) Petitions involving over        150.
         25,000.
    (82) Request for a determination of the  250.
     applicability or reasonableness of
     motor carrier rates under 49 U.S.C.
     13710(a)(2) and (3).
    (83) Filing of documents for             45 per document.
     recordation. 49 U.S.C. 11301 and 49
     CFR 1177.3(c).
    (84) Informal opinions about rate        250.
     applications (all modes).
    (85) A railroad accounting               1,200.
     interpretation.
    (86) (i) A request for an informal       1,600.
     opinion not otherwise covered.
        (ii) A proposal to use on a voting   5,600.
         trust agreement pursuant to 49 CFR
         1013 and 49 CFR 1180.4(b)(4)(iv)
         in connection with a major control
         proceeding as defined at 49 CFR
         1180.2(a).
        (iii) A request for an informal      550.
         opinion on a voting trust
         agreement pursuant to 49 CFR
         1013.3(a) not otherwise covered.
    (87) Arbitration of Certain Disputes
     Subject to the Statutory Jurisdiction
     of the Surface Transportation Board
     under 49 CFR 1108:
        (i) Complaint......................  75.
        (ii) Answer (per defendant), Unless  75.
         Declining to Submit to Any
         Arbitration.
        (iii) Third Party Complaint........  75.
        (iv) Third Party Answer (per         75.
         defendant), Unless Declining to
         Submit to Any Arbitration.
        (v) Appeals of Arbitration           150.
         Decisions or Petitions to Modify
         or Vacate an Arbitration Award.

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    (88) Basic fee for STB adjudicatory      300.
     services not otherwise covered.
    (89)-(95) [Reserved]...................
PART VII: Services:
    (96) Messenger delivery of decision to   35 per delivery.
     a railroad carrier's Washington, DC,
     agent.
    (97) Request for service or pleading     26 per list.
     list for proceedings.
    (98) Processing the paperwork related
     to a request for the Carload Waybill
     Sample to be used in an STB or State
     proceeding that:
        (i) Annual request does not require
         a Federal Register notice:
        (a) Set cost portion...............  150.
        (b) Sliding cost portion...........  52 per party.
        (ii) Annual request does require a
         FR notice:.
        (a) Set cost portion...............  400.
        (b) Sliding cost portion...........  52 per party.
        (iii) Quarterly request does not
         require a FR notice:
        (a) Set cost portion...............  44.
        (b) Sliding cost portion...........  13 per party.
        (iv) Quarterly request does require
         a FR notice:
        (a) Set cost portion...............  225.
        (b) Sliding cost portion...........  13 per party.
        (v) Monthly request does not
         require a FR notice:
        (a) Set cost portion...............  14.
        (b) Sliding cost portion...........  4 per party.
        (vi) Monthly request does require a
         FR notice:
        (a) Set cost portion...............  180.
        (b) Sliding cost portion...........  4 per party.
    (99) (i) Application fee for the STB's   200.
     Practitioners' Exam.
        (ii) Practitioners' Exam             25.
         Information Package.
    (100) Carload Waybill Sample data:
        (i) Requests for Public Use File     250 per year.
         for all years prior to the most
         current year Carload Waybill
         Sample data available, provided on
         CD-R.
        (ii) Specialized programming for     116 per hour.
         Waybill requests to the Board.
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[FR Doc. 2016-18295 Filed 8-1-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4915-01-P