Emergency Route Working Group (ERWG)-Federal Advisory Committee, 57996-57997 [2016-20233]

Download as PDF 57996 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 164 / Wednesday, August 24, 2016 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Buy America Waiver Notification Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice provides information regarding FHWA’s finding that a Buy America waiver is appropriate for the use of non-domestic iron and steel components of casings, housings, electrical, and mechanical equipment needed for rehabilitation of Isthmus Bridge in the State of Oregon. DATES: The effective date of the waiver is August 25, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about this notice, please contact Mr. Gerald Yakowenko, FHWA Office of Program Administration, (202) 366–1562, or via email at gerald.yakowenko@dot.gov. For legal questions, please contact Mr. William Winne, FHWA Office of the Chief Counsel, 202–366–1397, or via email at William.Winne@dot.gov. Office hours for the FHWA are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: waiver on its Web site; http:// www.fhwa.dot.gov/construction/ contracts/waivers.cfm?id=127 on June 9th. The FHWA received no comments in response to the publication. Based on all the information available to the agency, FHWA concludes that there are no domestic manufacturers of casings, housings, electrical and mechanical equipment for in-kind replacement and rehabilitation of Isthmus Bridge in Oregon. In accordance with the provisions of section 117 of the SAFETEA–LU Technical Corrections Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110–244, 122 Stat. 1572), FHWA is providing this notice as its finding that a waiver of Buy America requirements is appropriate. The FHWA invites public comment on this finding for an additional 15 days following the effective date of the finding. Comments may be submitted to FHWA’s Web site via the link provided to the waiver page noted above. Authority: 23 U.S.C. 313; Pub. L. 110–161, 23 CFR 635.410) Issued on: August 15, 2016. Gregory G. Nadeau, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–20230 Filed 8–23–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P Electronic Access An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded from the Federal Register’s home page at: http://www.archives.gov and the Government Printing Office’s database at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Background The FHWA’s Buy America policy in 23 CFR 635.410 requires a domestic manufacturing process for any steel or iron products (including protective coatings) that are permanently incorporated in a Federal-aid construction project. The regulation also provides for a waiver of the Buy America requirements when the application would be inconsistent with the public interest or when satisfactory quality domestic steel and iron products are not sufficiently available. This notice provides information regarding FHWA’s finding that a Buy America waiver is appropriate for use of nondomestic iron and steel components of casings, housings, electrical, and mechanical equipment for rehabilitation of Isthmus Bridge in the State of Oregon. In accordance with Division K, section 122 of the ‘‘Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015’’ (Pub. L. 113–235), FHWA published a notice of intent to issue a VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:16 Aug 23, 2016 Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration [Docket No. FHWA–2016–0015] Emergency Route Working Group (ERWG)—Federal Advisory Committee Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Establishment of the Emergency Route Working Group; Request for Nominations. AGENCY: FHWA announces the establishment of the Emergency Route Working Group (ERWG) for a 2-year period. The ERWG will provide the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, through the Administrator of the FHWA, with advice and recommendations for the implementation of best practices for expeditious State approval of special permits for vehicles involved in emergency response and recovery. The ERWG will provide the U.S. Secretary of Transportation a written report by December 4, 2016, on its findings and recommendation for the implementation of best practices for expeditious State approval of special permits for vehicles involved in emergency response and recovery. The ERWG’s advice and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00120 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 recommendations will work within existing legal authorities and not require changes in State or Federal law for DOT to implement. DATES: The deadline for nominations for ERWG members must be received on or before September 23, 2016. ADDRESSES: All nomination materials should be emailed to erwg@dot.gov or faxed to the attention of Crystal Jones at (202) 366–3225, or mailed to Crystal Jones, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Freight Management and Operations, Room E84–314, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Any person needing accessibility accommodations should contact Crystal Jones at (202) 366–2976. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Crystal Jones, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Room E84–314, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Any person needing accessibility accommodations should contact Crystal Jones at (202) 366–2976; email: erwgt@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 5502 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (P.L. 114–94, 129 Stat. 1312) requires the Secretary of Transportation to establish a working group to determine best practices for expeditious State approval of special permits for vehicles involved in emergency response and recovery. Pursuant to Section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), and in accordance with 41 CFR 102–3.65, and following consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the ERWG will be established for up to a 2-year period. The ERWG will provide the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, through the Administrator of the FHWA, with advice and recommendations for the implementation of best practices for expeditious State approval of special permits for vehicles involved in emergency response and recovery. The ERWG will provide the U.S. Secretary of Transportation a written report by December 4, 2016, on its findings and recommendations. The ERWG’s advice and recommendations will work within existing legal authorities and not require changes in State or Federal law for DOT to implement. The Department of Transportation is hereby soliciting nominations for members of the ERWG. The Federal Highway Administrator, on behalf of the Secretary of Transportation, will appoint up to 25 ERWG members. The E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 164 / Wednesday, August 24, 2016 / Notices ERWG members selected will provide views and perspective on whether: a. impediments currently exist that prevent expeditious State approval of special permits for vehicles involved in emergency response and recovery; b. it is possible to pre-identify and establish emergency routes between States through which infrastructure repair materials could be delivered following a natural disaster or emergency; c. a State could pre-designate an emergency route identified under paragraph (b) as a certified emergency route if a motor vehicle that exceeds the otherwise applicable Federal and State truck length or width limits may safely operate along such route during periods of declared emergency and recovery from such periods; and d. an online map could be created to identify each pre-designated emergency route under paragraph (c), including information on specific limitations, obligations, and notification requirements along that route. The ERWG membership will seek to balance the following interests to the extent practicable; but as required by law the membership shall include representatives from State highway transportation departments or agencies; relevant modal agencies within the DOT; emergency response or recovery experts; relevant safety groups; and entities affected by special permit restrictions during emergency response and recovery efforts. The ERGW members serve at the pleasure of the Secretary, but may serve for a term of 2 years or less. The Chair and Vice Chair of the ERWG will be appointed by the FHWA Administrator from among the selected members, and the ERWG is expected to meet 12 times before the termination, which is defined in law as 1 year after the group delivers the report to the Secretary of Transportation required under Section 5502(c) of the FAST Act. Subcommittees may be formed to address specific emergency route issues. Some ERWG members may be appointed as special Government employees and will be subject to certain ethical restrictions, and such members will be required to submit certain information in connection with the appointment process. With the exception of travel and per diem for official travel, members will serve without compensation. Process and Deadline for Submitting Nominations: Qualified individuals can self-nominate or be nominated by any individual or organization. To be considered for the ERWG, nominators should submit the following information: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:16 Aug 23, 2016 Jkt 238001 (1) Name, title, and relevant contact information (including phone, fax, and email address) of the individual requesting consideration; (2) A letter of support from a company, union, trade association, or non-profit organization on letterhead containing a brief description why the nominee should be considered for membership; (3) Short biography of nominee including professional and academic credentials; (4) An affirmative statement that the nominee is not a federally registered lobbyist, and that the nominee understands that if appointed, the nominee will not be allowed to continue to serve as a ERWG member if the nominee becomes a federally registered lobbyist; (5) An affirmative statement that the nominee meets all ERWG eligibility requirements. Please do not send company, trade association, or organization brochures or any other information. Materials submitted should total two pages or less. Should more information be needed, DOT staff will contact the nominee, obtain information from the nominee’s past affiliations, or obtain information from publicly available sources, such as the Internet. Nominations may be emailed to erwg@dot.gov or faxed to the attention of Crystal Jones at (202) 366–2976, or mailed to Crystal Jones, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Freight Management and Operations, Room E84–314, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Nominations must be received before September 23, 2016. Nominees selected for appointment to the ERWG will be notified by return email and by a letter of appointment. A selection team comprising representatives from several DOT offices will review the nomination packages. The selection team will make recommendations regarding membership to the Secretary of Transportation through the Federal Highway Administrator based on criteria including (1) professional or academic expertise, experience, and knowledge; (2) stakeholder representation; (3) availability and willingness to serve; and (4) skills working in committees and advisory panels. The Federal Highway Administrator will submit a list of recommended candidates to the Secretary of Transportation for review and selection of ERWG members. Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, PO 00000 Frm 00121 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 57997 mental or physical handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that recommendations to the Secretary take into account the needs of the diverse groups served by DOT, membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 15, 2016. Gregory G. Nadeau, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–20233 Filed 8–23–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Buy America Waiver Notification Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice provides information regarding FHWA’s finding that a Buy America waiver is appropriate for the use of non-domestic submersible pumps; 1,200 GPM, 6’’ diameter discharge with 42.4 ft. head compatible, with current well lift station 1 at I–94 in Fargo, North Dakota. DATES: The effective date of the waiver is August 25, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about this notice, please contact Mr. Gerald Yakowenko, FHWA Office of Program Administration, (202) 366–1562, or via email at gerald.yakowenko@dot.gov. For legal questions, please contact Mr. William Winne, FHWA Office of the Chief Counsel, 202–366–1397, or via email at William.Winne@dot.gov. Office hours for the FHWA are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Electronic Access An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded from the Federal Register’s home page at: http:// www.archives.gov and the Government Printing Office’s database at: http:// www.access.gpo.gov/nara. Background The FHWA’s Buy America policy in 23 CFR 635.410 requires a domestic manufacturing process for any steel or iron products (including protective coatings) that are permanently incorporated in a Federal-aid E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 164 (Wednesday, August 24, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 57996-57997]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-20233]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2016-0015]


Emergency Route Working Group (ERWG)--Federal Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Establishment of the Emergency Route Working Group; 
Request for Nominations.

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SUMMARY: FHWA announces the establishment of the Emergency Route 
Working Group (ERWG) for a 2-year period. The ERWG will provide the 
U.S. Secretary of Transportation, through the Administrator of the 
FHWA, with advice and recommendations for the implementation of best 
practices for expeditious State approval of special permits for 
vehicles involved in emergency response and recovery. The ERWG will 
provide the U.S. Secretary of Transportation a written report by 
December 4, 2016, on its findings and recommendation for the 
implementation of best practices for expeditious State approval of 
special permits for vehicles involved in emergency response and 
recovery. The ERWG's advice and recommendations will work within 
existing legal authorities and not require changes in State or Federal 
law for DOT to implement.

DATES: The deadline for nominations for ERWG members must be received 
on or before September 23, 2016.

ADDRESSES: All nomination materials should be emailed to erwg@dot.gov 
or faxed to the attention of Crystal Jones at (202) 366-3225, or mailed 
to Crystal Jones, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Freight 
Management and Operations, Room E84-314, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590. Any person needing accessibility accommodations 
should contact Crystal Jones at (202) 366-2976.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Crystal Jones, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Room E84-314, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Any person needing 
accessibility accommodations should contact Crystal Jones at (202) 366-
2976; email: erwgt@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 5502 of the Fixing America's Surface 
Transportation (FAST) Act (P.L. 114-94, 129 Stat. 1312) requires the 
Secretary of Transportation to establish a working group to determine 
best practices for expeditious State approval of special permits for 
vehicles involved in emergency response and recovery. Pursuant to 
Section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), and in 
accordance with 41 CFR 102-3.65, and following consultation with the 
Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration, 
notice is hereby given that the ERWG will be established for up to a 2-
year period. The ERWG will provide the U.S. Secretary of 
Transportation, through the Administrator of the FHWA, with advice and 
recommendations for the implementation of best practices for 
expeditious State approval of special permits for vehicles involved in 
emergency response and recovery. The ERWG will provide the U.S. 
Secretary of Transportation a written report by December 4, 2016, on 
its findings and recommendations. The ERWG's advice and recommendations 
will work within existing legal authorities and not require changes in 
State or Federal law for DOT to implement.
    The Department of Transportation is hereby soliciting nominations 
for members of the ERWG. The Federal Highway Administrator, on behalf 
of the Secretary of Transportation, will appoint up to 25 ERWG members. 
The

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ERWG members selected will provide views and perspective on whether:
    a. impediments currently exist that prevent expeditious State 
approval of special permits for vehicles involved in emergency response 
and recovery;
    b. it is possible to pre-identify and establish emergency routes 
between States through which infrastructure repair materials could be 
delivered following a natural disaster or emergency;
    c. a State could pre-designate an emergency route identified under 
paragraph (b) as a certified emergency route if a motor vehicle that 
exceeds the otherwise applicable Federal and State truck length or 
width limits may safely operate along such route during periods of 
declared emergency and recovery from such periods; and
    d. an online map could be created to identify each pre-designated 
emergency route under paragraph (c), including information on specific 
limitations, obligations, and notification requirements along that 
route.
    The ERWG membership will seek to balance the following interests to 
the extent practicable; but as required by law the membership shall 
include representatives from State highway transportation departments 
or agencies; relevant modal agencies within the DOT; emergency response 
or recovery experts; relevant safety groups; and entities affected by 
special permit restrictions during emergency response and recovery 
efforts. The ERGW members serve at the pleasure of the Secretary, but 
may serve for a term of 2 years or less. The Chair and Vice Chair of 
the ERWG will be appointed by the FHWA Administrator from among the 
selected members, and the ERWG is expected to meet 12 times before the 
termination, which is defined in law as 1 year after the group delivers 
the report to the Secretary of Transportation required under Section 
5502(c) of the FAST Act. Subcommittees may be formed to address 
specific emergency route issues. Some ERWG members may be appointed as 
special Government employees and will be subject to certain ethical 
restrictions, and such members will be required to submit certain 
information in connection with the appointment process. With the 
exception of travel and per diem for official travel, members will 
serve without compensation.
    Process and Deadline for Submitting Nominations: Qualified 
individuals can self-nominate or be nominated by any individual or 
organization. To be considered for the ERWG, nominators should submit 
the following information:
    (1) Name, title, and relevant contact information (including phone, 
fax, and email address) of the individual requesting consideration;
    (2) A letter of support from a company, union, trade association, 
or non-profit organization on letterhead containing a brief description 
why the nominee should be considered for membership;
    (3) Short biography of nominee including professional and academic 
credentials;
    (4) An affirmative statement that the nominee is not a federally 
registered lobbyist, and that the nominee understands that if 
appointed, the nominee will not be allowed to continue to serve as a 
ERWG member if the nominee becomes a federally registered lobbyist;
    (5) An affirmative statement that the nominee meets all ERWG 
eligibility requirements.
    Please do not send company, trade association, or organization 
brochures or any other information. Materials submitted should total 
two pages or less. Should more information be needed, DOT staff will 
contact the nominee, obtain information from the nominee's past 
affiliations, or obtain information from publicly available sources, 
such as the Internet.
    Nominations may be emailed to erwg@dot.gov or faxed to the 
attention of Crystal Jones at (202) 366-2976, or mailed to Crystal 
Jones, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Freight Management and 
Operations, Room E84-314, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 
20590. Nominations must be received before September 23, 2016. Nominees 
selected for appointment to the ERWG will be notified by return email 
and by a letter of appointment.
    A selection team comprising representatives from several DOT 
offices will review the nomination packages. The selection team will 
make recommendations regarding membership to the Secretary of 
Transportation through the Federal Highway Administrator based on 
criteria including (1) professional or academic expertise, experience, 
and knowledge; (2) stakeholder representation; (3) availability and 
willingness to serve; and (4) skills working in committees and advisory 
panels. The Federal Highway Administrator will submit a list of 
recommended candidates to the Secretary of Transportation for review 
and selection of ERWG members.
    Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, 
color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical 
handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that 
recommendations to the Secretary take into account the needs of the 
diverse groups served by DOT, membership shall include, to the extent 
practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent 
minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 15, 2016.
Gregory G. Nadeau,
Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.
[FR Doc. 2016-20233 Filed 8-23-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-22-P