Civil Monetary Penalty Adjustments for Inflation, 95432-95435 [2016-31292]

Download as PDF 95432 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 249 / Wednesday, December 28, 2016 / Rules and Regulations number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. respectively, of FAA Order 7400.11A dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR part 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order. Environmental Review Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference This document amends FAA Order 7400.11A dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR part 71.1. FAA Order 7400.11A is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11A lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES The Rule This action amends the legal descriptions for Class E surface area airspace and Class E airspace upward from 700 feet above the surface to correct the airport name to Cedar City Regional Airport, Cedar City, UT, (formerly Cedar City Municipal Airport), and geographic coordinates from (lat. 37°42′06″ N., long. 113°05′53″ W.) to (lat. 37°42′03″ N., long. 113°05′56″ W.) to coincide with the FAA’s aeronautical database. This action also corrects the navigation aid noted in the Class E surface area airspace legal description from the Cedar City VOR/DME to the Enoch VOR/DME. This is an administrative change and does not affect the boundaries, altitudes, or operating requirements of the airspace, therefore, notice and public procedure under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) is unnecessary. Regulatory Notices and Analyses The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current, is non-controversial and unlikely to result in adverse or negative comments. It, therefore: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that only affects air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, does not have a significant economic impact on a substantial VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:15 Dec 27, 2016 Jkt 241001 The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, ‘‘Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures,’’ paragraph 5–6.5a. This airspace action is not expected to cause any potentially significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exists that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment. Lists of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (Air). Adoption of the Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows: PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for Part 71 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959– 1963 Comp., p. 389. § 71.1 [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2016, effective September 15, 2016, is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 6002. Class E Airspace Designated as Surface Areas. * * * * * ANM UT E2 Cedar City, UT [Modified] Cedar City Regional Airport, UT (Lat. 37°42′03″ N., long. 113°05′56″ W.) Enoch VOR/DME (Lat. 37°47′14″ N., long. 113°04′06″ W.) Meggi LOM (Lat. 37°47′28″ N., long. 113°01′17″ W.) Within a 4.2-mile radius of Cedar City Regional Airport, and within 1.8 miles each side of the Enoch VOR/DME 195° radial extending from the 4.2-mile radius to the VOR/DME, and within 1.8 miles each side of Meggi LOM 214° bearing extending from the 4.2-mile radius to the LOM. Paragraph 6005. Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward from 700 feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth. * * * * * ANM UT E5 Cedar City, UT [Modified] Cedar City Regional Airport, UT (Lat. 37°42′03″ N., long. 113°05′56″ W.) PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 That airspace extending upward from 700feet above the surface bounded by a line beginning at lat. 38°03′00″ N., long. 113°13′30″ W.; to lat. 38°05′30″ N., long. 112°58′30″ W.; to lat. 37°58′30″ N., long. 112°45′30″ W.; to lat. 37°45′00″ N., long. 112°56′45″ W.; to lat. 37°47′30″ N., long. 113°15′00″ W.; thence to point of beginning. That airspace extending upward from 1,200feet above the surface bounded by a line beginning at lat. 38°00′00″ N., long. 113°45′30″ W.; to lat. 38°19′00″ N., long. 112°51′30″ W.; to lat. 37°58′32″ N., long. 112°38′00″ W.; to lat. 37°37′00″ N., long. 112°53′30″ W.; to lat. 37°38′15″ N., long. 113°22′18″ W.; thence to point of origin; and excluding that airspace within Federal airways; the Midford, UT, and St. George, UT, Class E airspace areas. Issued in Seattle, Washington, on December 14, 2016. Tracey Johnson, Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center. [FR Doc. 2016–30649 Filed 12–27–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Office of the Secretary 15 CFR Part 6 [Docket No. 161220999–6999–01] RIN 0605–AA47 Civil Monetary Penalty Adjustments for Inflation Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This final rule is being issued to adjust for inflation each civil monetary penalty (CMP) provided by law within the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Commerce (Department of Commerce). The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 and the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, requires the head of each agency to adjust for inflation its CMP levels in effect as of November 2, 2015, under a revised methodology that was effective for 2016 which provided for initial catch up adjustments for inflation in 2016, and under a revised methodology for each year thereafter. The initial catch up adjustments for inflation to CMPs to the Department of Commerce’s CMPs were published in the Federal Register on June 7, 2016 and became effective July 7, 2016, and, as required, did not exceed 150 percent of the amount of the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28DER1.SGM 28DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 249 / Wednesday, December 28, 2016 / Rules and Regulations CMP on the date of enactment of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (November 2, 2015). The revised methodology for agencies for 2017 and each year thereafter provides for the improvement of the effectiveness of CMPs and to maintain their deterrent effect. Effective 2017, agencies’ annual adjustments for inflation to CMPs shall take effect not later than January 15. The Department of Commerce’s 2017 adjustments for inflation to CMPs apply only to CMPs with a dollar amount, and will not apply to CMPs written as functions of violations. The Department of Commerce’s 2017 adjustments for inflation to CMPs apply only to those CMPs, including those whose associated violation predated such adjustment, which are assessed by the Department of Commerce after the effective date of the new CMP level. DATES: This rule is effective January 15, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephen Kunze, Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director for Financial Management, Office of Financial Management, at (202) 482–1207, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room D200, Washington, DC 20230. The Department of Commerce’s Civil Monetary Penalty Adjustments for Inflation are available for downloading from the Department of Commerce, Office of Financial Management’s Web site at the following address: http://www.osec.doc.gov/ofm/ OFM_Publications.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES Background The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101– 410; 28 U.S.C. 2461), as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–134), provided for agencies’ adjustments for inflation to CMPs to ensure that CMPs continue to maintain their deterrent value and that CMPs due to the Federal Government were properly accounted for and collected. On October 24, 1996, November 1, 2000, December 14, 2004, December 11, 2008, and December 7, 2012, the Department of Commerce published in the Federal Register a schedule of CMPs adjusted for inflation as required by law. A CMP is defined as any penalty, fine, or other sanction that: 1. Is for a specific monetary amount as provided by Federal law, or has a maximum amount provided for by Federal law; and, 2. Is assessed or enforced by an agency pursuant to Federal law; and, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:15 Dec 27, 2016 Jkt 241001 3. Is assessed or enforced pursuant to an administrative proceeding or a civil action in the Federal courts. On November 2, 2015, the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Section 701 of Pub. L. 114–74) further amended the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 to improve the effectiveness of CMPs and to maintain their deterrent effect. This amendment requires agencies to: (1) Adjust the CMP levels in effect as of November 2, 2015, with initial catch up adjustments for inflation through a final rulemaking that shall take effect no later than August 1, 2016; and (2) make subsequent annual adjustments for inflation to CMPs that shall take effect not later than January 15. The Department of Commerce’s initial catch up adjustments for inflation to CMPs were published in the Federal Register on June 7, 2016, and the new CMP levels became effective July 7, 2016. The Department of Commerce’s 2017 adjustments for inflation to CMPs apply only to CMPs with a dollar amount, and will not apply to CMPs written as functions of violations. These 2017 adjustments for inflation to CMPs apply only to those CMPs, including those whose associated violation predated such adjustment, which are assessed by the Department of Commerce after the effective date of the new CMP level. This regulation adjusts for inflation CMPs that are provided by law within the jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce. The actual CMP assessed for a particular violation is dependent upon a variety of factors. For example, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Policy for the Assessment of Civil Administrative Penalties and Permit Sanctions (Penalty Policy), a compilation of NOAA internal guidelines that are used when assessing CMPs for violations for most of the statutes NOAA enforces, will be interpreted in a manner consistent with this regulation to maintain the deterrent effect of the CMPs. The CMP ranges in the Penalty Policy are intended to aid enforcement attorneys in determining the appropriate CMP to assess for a particular violation. The Penalty Policy is maintained and made available to the public on NOAA’s Office of the General Counsel, Enforcement Section Web site at: http://www.gc.noaa.gov/enforceoffice3.html. The Department of Commerce’s 2017 adjustments for inflation to CMPs set forth in this regulation were determined pursuant to the revised methodology prescribed by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 95433 Act of 2015, which requires the maximum CMP, or the minimum and maximum CMP, as applicable, to be increased by the cost-of-living adjustment. The term ‘‘cost-of-living adjustment’’ is defined by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. For the 2017 adjustments for inflation to CMPs, the cost-of-living adjustment is the percentage for each CMP by which the Consumer Price Index for the month of October 2016 exceeds the Consumer Price Index for the month of October 2015. Classification Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)B, there is good cause to issue this rule without prior public notice or opportunity for public comment because it would be impracticable and unnecessary. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Section 701(b)) requires agencies, effective 2017, to make annual adjustments for inflation to CMPs notwithstanding section 553 of title 5, United States Code. Additionally, the methodology used, effective 2017, for adjusting CMPs for inflation is given by statute, with no discretion provided to agencies regarding the substance of the adjustments for inflation to CMPs. The Department of Commerce is charged only with performing ministerial computations to determine the dollar amount of adjustments for inflation to CMPs. Accordingly, prior public notice and an opportunity for public comment are not required for this rule. Paperwork Reduction Act The provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104– 13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, do not apply to this rule because there are no new or revised recordkeeping or reporting requirements. Regulatory Analysis E.O. 12866, Regulatory Review This rule is not a significant regulatory action as that term is defined in Executive Order 12866. Regulatory Flexibility Act Because notice of proposed rulemaking and opportunity for comment are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553, or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility act (5 U.S.C. 601, et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis is not required and has not been prepared. E:\FR\FM\28DER1.SGM 28DER1 95434 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 249 / Wednesday, December 28, 2016 / Rules and Regulations List of Subjects in 15 CFR Part 6 Law enforcement, Civil monetary penalties. Dated: December 21, 2016. Stephen Kunze, Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director for Financial Management, Department of Commerce. Authority and Issuance For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Department of Commerce revises 15 CFR part 6 to read as follows: ■ PART 6—CIVIL MONETARY PENALTY ADJUSTMENTS FOR INFLATION Sec. 6.1 Definitions. 6.2 Purpose and scope. 6.3 2017 Adjustments for inflation to civil monetary penalties. 6.4 Effective date of 2017 adjustments for inflation to civil monetary penalties. 6.5 Subsequent annual adjustments for inflation to civil monetary penalties. Authority: Pub. L. 101–410, 104 Stat. 890 (28 U.S.C. 2461 note); Pub. L. 104–134, 110 Stat. 1321 (31 U.S.C. 3701 note); Sec. 701 of Pub. L. 114–74, 129 Stat. 599 (28 U.S.C. 1 note; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note). § 6.1 Definitions. (a) The Department of Commerce means the United States Department of Commerce. (b) Civil Monetary Penalty means any penalty, fine, or other sanction that: (1) Is for a specific monetary amount as provided by Federal law, or has a maximum amount provided for by Federal law; and (2) Is assessed or enforced by an agency pursuant to Federal law; and (3) Is assessed or enforced pursuant to an administrative proceeding or a civil action in the Federal courts. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES § 6.2 Purpose and scope. The purpose of this part is to make adjustments for inflation to civil monetary penalties, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101– 410; 28 U.S.C. 2461), as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–134) and the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Section 701 of Pub. L. 114–74), of each civil monetary penalty provided by law within the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Commerce (Department of Commerce). § 6.3 Adjustments for inflation to civil monetary penalties. The civil monetary penalties provided by law within the jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce, as set forth in VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:15 Dec 27, 2016 Jkt 241001 paragraphs (a) through (f) of this section, are hereby adjusted for inflation in 2017 in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended, from the amounts of such civil monetary penalties that were in effect as of July 7, 2016, to the amounts of such civil monetary penalties, as thus adjusted. The year stated in parenthesis represents the year that the civil monetary penalty was last set by law or adjusted by law (excluding adjustments for inflation). (a) United States Department of Commerce. (1) 31 U.S.C. 3802(a)(1), Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986 (1986), violation, maximum from $10,781 to $10,957. (2) 31 U.S.C. 3802(a)(2), Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986 (1986), violation, maximum from $10,781 to $10,957. (3) 31 U.S.C. 3729(a)(1)(G), False Claims Act (1986); violation, minimum from $10,781 to $10,957; maximum from $21,563 to $21,916. (b) Bureau of Industry and Security. (1) 15 U.S.C. 5408(b)(1), Fastener Quality Act (1990), violation, maximum from $44,539 to $45,268. (2) 22 U.S.C. 6761(a)(1)(A), Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act (1998), violation, maximum from $36,256 to $36,849. (3) 22 U.S.C. 6761(a)(l)(B), Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act (1998), violation, maximum from $7,251 to $7,370. (4) 50 U.S.C. 1705(b), International Emergency Economic Powers Act (2007), violation, maximum from $284,582 to $289,238. (5) 22 U.S.C. 8142(a), United States Additional Protocol Implementation Act (2006), violation, maximum from $29,464 to $29,946. (c) Census Bureau. (1) 13 U.S.C. 304, Collection of Foreign Trade Statistics (2002), each day’s delinquency of a violation; total of not to exceed maximum violation, from $1,312 to $1,333; maximum per violation, from $13,118 to $13,333. (2) 13 U.S.C. 305(b), Collection of Foreign Trade Statistics (2002), violation, maximum from $13,118 to $13,333. (d) Economics and Statistics Administration. (1) 22 U.S.C. 3105(a), International Investment and Trade in Services Act (1990); failure to furnish information, minimum from $4,454 to $4,527; maximum from $44,539 to $45,268. (e) International Trade Administration. (1) 19 U.S.C. 81s, Foreign Trade Zone (1934), violation, maximum from $2,750 to $2,795. PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (2) 19 U.S.C. 1677f(f)(4), U.S.-Canada FTA Protective Order (1988), violation, maximum from $197,869 to $201,106. (f) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (1) 51 U.S.C. 60123(a), Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 2010 (2010), violation, maximum from $10,874 to $11,052. (2) 51 U.S.C. 60148(c), Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 2010 (2010), violation, maximum from $10,874 to $11,052. (3) 16 U.S.C. 773f(a), Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982 (2007), violation, maximum from $227,666 to $231,391. (4) 16 U.S.C. 783, Sponge Act (1914), violation, maximum from $1,625 to $1,652. (5) 16 U.S.C. 957(d), (e), and (f), Tuna Conventions Act of 1950 (1962): (i) Violation of 16 U.S.C. 957(a), maximum from $81,250 to $82,579. (ii) Subsequent violation of 16 U.S.C. 957(a), maximum from $175,000 to $177,863. (iii) Violation of 16 U.S.C. 957(b), maximum from $2,750 to $2,795. (iv) Subsequent violation of 16 U.S.C. 957(b), maximum from $16,250 to $16,516. (v) Violation of 16 U.S.C. 957(c), maximum from $350,000 to $355,726. (6) 16 U.S.C. 957(i), Tuna Conventions Act of 1950,1 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (7) 16 U.S.C. 959, Tuna Conventions Act of 1950,2 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (8) 16 U.S.C. 971f(a), Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975,3 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (9) 16 U.S.C. 973f(a), South Pacific Tuna Act of 1988 (1988), violation, maximum from $494,672 to $502,765. (10) 16 U.S.C. 1174(b), Fur Seal Act Amendments of 1983 (1983), violation, maximum from $23,548 to $23,933. (11) 16 U.S.C. 1375(a)(1), Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (1972), violation, maximum from $27,500 to $27,950. (12) 16 U.S.C. 1385(e), Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act,4 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (13) 16 U.S.C. 1437(d)(1), National Marine Sanctuaries Act (1992), violation, maximum from $167,728 to $170,472. (14) 16 U.S.C. 1540(a)(1), Endangered Species Act of 1973: 1 This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration maximum civil monetary penalty, as prescribed by law, is the maximum civil penalty per 16 U.S.C. 1858(a), Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act civil monetary penalty (item (15)). 2 See footnote 1. 3 See footnote 1. 4 See footnote 1. E:\FR\FM\28DER1.SGM 28DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 249 / Wednesday, December 28, 2016 / Rules and Regulations sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES (i) Violation as specified (1988), maximum from $49,467 to $50,276. (ii) Violation as specified (1988), maximum from $23,744 to $24,132. (iii) Otherwise violation (1978), maximum from $1,625 to $1,652. (15) 16 U.S.C. 1858(a), MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (1990), violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (16) 16 U.S.C. 2437(a), Antarctic Marine Living Resources Convention Act of 1984,5 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (17) 16 U.S.C. 2465(a), Antarctic Protection Act of 1990,6 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (18) 16 U.S.C. 3373(a), Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 (1981): (i) 16 U.S.C. 3373(a)(1), violation, maximum from $25,464 to $25,881. (ii) 16 U.S.C. 3373(a)(2), violation, maximum from $637 to $647. (19) 16 U.S.C. 3606(b)(1), Atlantic Salmon Convention Act of 1982,7 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (20) 16 U.S.C. 3637(b), Pacific Salmon Treaty Act of 1985,8 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (21) 16 U.S.C. 4016(b)(1)(B), Fish and Seafood Promotion Act of 1986 (1986); violation, minimum from $1,078 to $1,096; maximum from $10,781 to $10,957. (22) 16 U.S.C. 5010, North Pacific Anadromous Stocks Act of 1992,9 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (23) 16 U.S.C. 5103(b)(2), Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act,10 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (24) 16 U.S.C. 5154(c)(1), Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act,11 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (25) 16 U.S.C. 5507(a), High Seas Fishing Compliance Act of 1995 (1995), violation, maximum from $154,742 to $157,274. (26) 16 U.S.C. 5606(b), Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Convention Act of 1995,12 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (27) 16 U.S.C. 6905(c), Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act,13 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. 5 See footnote 1. footnote 1. 7 See footnote 1. 8 See footnote 1. 9 See footnote 1. 10 See footnote 1. 11 See footnote 1. 12 See footnote 1. 13 See footnote 1. 6 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:15 Dec 27, 2016 (28) 16 U.S.C. 7009(c) and (d), Pacific Whiting Act of 2006,14 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (29) 22 U.S.C. 1978(e), Fishermen’s Protective Act of 1967 (1971): (i) Violation, maximum from $27,500 to $27,950. (ii) Subsequent violation, maximum from $81,250 to $82,579. (30) 30 U.S.C. 1462(a), Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act (1980), violation, maximum, from $70,117 to $71,264. (31) 42 U.S.C. 9152(c), Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Act of 1980 (1980), violation, maximum from $70,117 to $71,264. (32) 16 U.S.C. 1827a, Billfish Conservation Act of 2012,15 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (33) 16 U.S.C. 7407(b)(1), Port State Measures Agreement Act of 2015,16 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. (34) 16 U.S.C. 1826g(f), High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act,17 violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071. § 6.4 Effective date of adjustments for inflation to civil monetary penalties. The Department of Commerce’s 2017 adjustments for inflation made by § 6.3, of the civil monetary penalties there specified, are effective on January 15, 2017, and said civil monetary penalties, as thus adjusted by the adjustments for inflation made by § 6.3, apply only to those civil monetary penalties, including those whose associated violation predated such adjustment, which are assessed by the Department of Commerce after the effective date of the new civil monetary penalty level, and before the effective date of any future adjustments for inflation to civil monetary penalties thereto made subsequent to January 15, 2017 as provided in § 6.5. § 6.5 Subsequent annual adjustments for inflation to civil monetary penalties. The Secretary of Commerce or his or her designee by regulation shall make subsequent adjustments for inflation to the Department of Commerce’s civil monetary penalties annually, which shall take effect not later than January 15, notwithstanding section 553 of title 5, United States Code. [FR Doc. 2016–31292 Filed 12–27–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DP–P 14 See footnote 1. footnote 1. 16 See footnote 1. 17 See footnote 1. 15 See Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 95435 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 15 CFR Part 902 50 CFR Parts 300 and 679 [Docket No. 151001910–6999–02] RIN 0648–BF42 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Allow the Use of Longline Pot Gear in the Gulf of Alaska Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota Fishery; Amendment 101 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: NMFS issues regulations to implement Amendment 101 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP) for the sablefish individual fishing quota (IFQ) fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This final rule authorizes the use of longline pot gear in the GOA sablefish IFQ fishery. In addition, this final rule establishes management measures to minimize potential conflicts between hook-and-line and longline pot gear used in the sablefish IFQ fisheries in the GOA. This final rule also includes regulations developed under the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982 (Halibut Act) to authorize harvest of halibut IFQ caught incidentally in longline pot gear used in the GOA sablefish IFQ fishery. This final rule is necessary to improve efficiency and provide economic benefits for the sablefish IFQ fleet and minimize potential fishery interactions with whales and seabirds. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Halibut Act, the GOA FMP, and other applicable laws. DATES: Effective January 27, 2017. ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of Amendment 101 and the Environmental Assessment (EA)/Regulatory Impact Review (RIR) prepared for this action (collectively the ‘‘Analysis’’), and the Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) prepared for this action are available from www.regulations.gov or from the NMFS Alaska Region Web site at alaskafisheries.noaa.gov. Written comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this rule may SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28DER1.SGM 28DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Office of the Secretary

15 CFR Part 6

[Docket No. 161220999-6999-01]
RIN 0605-AA47


Civil Monetary Penalty Adjustments for Inflation

AGENCY: Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary 
for Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule is being issued to adjust for inflation each 
civil monetary penalty (CMP) provided by law within the jurisdiction of 
the United States Department of Commerce (Department of Commerce). The 
Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by 
the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 and the Federal Civil 
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, requires 
the head of each agency to adjust for inflation its CMP levels in 
effect as of November 2, 2015, under a revised methodology that was 
effective for 2016 which provided for initial catch up adjustments for 
inflation in 2016, and under a revised methodology for each year 
thereafter. The initial catch up adjustments for inflation to CMPs to 
the Department of Commerce's CMPs were published in the Federal 
Register on June 7, 2016 and became effective July 7, 2016, and, as 
required, did not exceed 150 percent of the amount of the

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CMP on the date of enactment of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation 
Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (November 2, 2015). The revised 
methodology for agencies for 2017 and each year thereafter provides for 
the improvement of the effectiveness of CMPs and to maintain their 
deterrent effect. Effective 2017, agencies' annual adjustments for 
inflation to CMPs shall take effect not later than January 15. The 
Department of Commerce's 2017 adjustments for inflation to CMPs apply 
only to CMPs with a dollar amount, and will not apply to CMPs written 
as functions of violations. The Department of Commerce's 2017 
adjustments for inflation to CMPs apply only to those CMPs, including 
those whose associated violation predated such adjustment, which are 
assessed by the Department of Commerce after the effective date of the 
new CMP level.

DATES: This rule is effective January 15, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephen Kunze, Deputy Chief Financial 
Officer and Director for Financial Management, Office of Financial 
Management, at (202) 482-1207, Department of Commerce, 1401 
Constitution Avenue NW., Room D200, Washington, DC 20230. The 
Department of Commerce's Civil Monetary Penalty Adjustments for 
Inflation are available for downloading from the Department of 
Commerce, Office of Financial Management's Web site at the following 
address: http://www.osec.doc.gov/ofm/OFM_Publications.html.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (Pub. 
L. 101-410; 28 U.S.C. 2461), as amended by the Debt Collection 
Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-134), provided for agencies' 
adjustments for inflation to CMPs to ensure that CMPs continue to 
maintain their deterrent value and that CMPs due to the Federal 
Government were properly accounted for and collected. On October 24, 
1996, November 1, 2000, December 14, 2004, December 11, 2008, and 
December 7, 2012, the Department of Commerce published in the Federal 
Register a schedule of CMPs adjusted for inflation as required by law.
    A CMP is defined as any penalty, fine, or other sanction that:
    1. Is for a specific monetary amount as provided by Federal law, or 
has a maximum amount provided for by Federal law; and,
    2. Is assessed or enforced by an agency pursuant to Federal law; 
and,
    3. Is assessed or enforced pursuant to an administrative proceeding 
or a civil action in the Federal courts.
    On November 2, 2015, the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation 
Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Section 701 of Pub. L. 114-74) 
further amended the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 
1990 to improve the effectiveness of CMPs and to maintain their 
deterrent effect. This amendment requires agencies to: (1) Adjust the 
CMP levels in effect as of November 2, 2015, with initial catch up 
adjustments for inflation through a final rulemaking that shall take 
effect no later than August 1, 2016; and (2) make subsequent annual 
adjustments for inflation to CMPs that shall take effect not later than 
January 15.
    The Department of Commerce's initial catch up adjustments for 
inflation to CMPs were published in the Federal Register on June 7, 
2016, and the new CMP levels became effective July 7, 2016.
    The Department of Commerce's 2017 adjustments for inflation to CMPs 
apply only to CMPs with a dollar amount, and will not apply to CMPs 
written as functions of violations. These 2017 adjustments for 
inflation to CMPs apply only to those CMPs, including those whose 
associated violation predated such adjustment, which are assessed by 
the Department of Commerce after the effective date of the new CMP 
level.
    This regulation adjusts for inflation CMPs that are provided by law 
within the jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce. The actual CMP 
assessed for a particular violation is dependent upon a variety of 
factors. For example, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration's (NOAA) Policy for the Assessment of Civil 
Administrative Penalties and Permit Sanctions (Penalty Policy), a 
compilation of NOAA internal guidelines that are used when assessing 
CMPs for violations for most of the statutes NOAA enforces, will be 
interpreted in a manner consistent with this regulation to maintain the 
deterrent effect of the CMPs. The CMP ranges in the Penalty Policy are 
intended to aid enforcement attorneys in determining the appropriate 
CMP to assess for a particular violation. The Penalty Policy is 
maintained and made available to the public on NOAA's Office of the 
General Counsel, Enforcement Section Web site at: http://www.gc.noaa.gov/enforce-office3.html.
    The Department of Commerce's 2017 adjustments for inflation to CMPs 
set forth in this regulation were determined pursuant to the revised 
methodology prescribed by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation 
Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which requires the maximum 
CMP, or the minimum and maximum CMP, as applicable, to be increased by 
the cost-of-living adjustment. The term ``cost-of-living adjustment'' 
is defined by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act 
Improvements Act of 2015. For the 2017 adjustments for inflation to 
CMPs, the cost-of-living adjustment is the percentage for each CMP by 
which the Consumer Price Index for the month of October 2016 exceeds 
the Consumer Price Index for the month of October 2015.

Classification

    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)B, there is good cause to issue this 
rule without prior public notice or opportunity for public comment 
because it would be impracticable and unnecessary. The Federal Civil 
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Section 
701(b)) requires agencies, effective 2017, to make annual adjustments 
for inflation to CMPs notwithstanding section 553 of title 5, United 
States Code. Additionally, the methodology used, effective 2017, for 
adjusting CMPs for inflation is given by statute, with no discretion 
provided to agencies regarding the substance of the adjustments for 
inflation to CMPs. The Department of Commerce is charged only with 
performing ministerial computations to determine the dollar amount of 
adjustments for inflation to CMPs. Accordingly, prior public notice and 
an opportunity for public comment are not required for this rule.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    The provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 
104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR 
part 1320, do not apply to this rule because there are no new or 
revised recordkeeping or reporting requirements.

Regulatory Analysis

E.O. 12866, Regulatory Review

    This rule is not a significant regulatory action as that term is 
defined in Executive Order 12866.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Because notice of proposed rulemaking and opportunity for comment 
are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553, or any other law, the 
analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility act (5 U.S.C. 
601, et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility 
analysis is not required and has not been prepared.

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List of Subjects in 15 CFR Part 6

    Law enforcement, Civil monetary penalties.

     Dated: December 21, 2016.
Stephen Kunze,
Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director for Financial Management, 
Department of Commerce.

Authority and Issuance

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For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Department of Commerce 
revises 15 CFR part 6 to read as follows:

PART 6--CIVIL MONETARY PENALTY ADJUSTMENTS FOR INFLATION

Sec.
6.1 Definitions.
6.2 Purpose and scope.
6.3 2017 Adjustments for inflation to civil monetary penalties.
6.4 Effective date of 2017 adjustments for inflation to civil 
monetary penalties.
6.5 Subsequent annual adjustments for inflation to civil monetary 
penalties.

    Authority: Pub. L. 101-410, 104 Stat. 890 (28 U.S.C. 2461 note); 
Pub. L. 104-134, 110 Stat. 1321 (31 U.S.C. 3701 note); Sec. 701 of 
Pub. L. 114-74, 129 Stat. 599 (28 U.S.C. 1 note; 28 U.S.C. 2461 
note).


Sec.  6.1  Definitions.

    (a) The Department of Commerce means the United States Department 
of Commerce.
    (b) Civil Monetary Penalty means any penalty, fine, or other 
sanction that:
    (1) Is for a specific monetary amount as provided by Federal law, 
or has a maximum amount provided for by Federal law; and
    (2) Is assessed or enforced by an agency pursuant to Federal law; 
and
    (3) Is assessed or enforced pursuant to an administrative 
proceeding or a civil action in the Federal courts.


Sec.  6.2  Purpose and scope.

    The purpose of this part is to make adjustments for inflation to 
civil monetary penalties, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties 
Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-410; 28 U.S.C. 2461), as 
amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-
134) and the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act 
Improvements Act of 2015 (Section 701 of Pub. L. 114-74), of each civil 
monetary penalty provided by law within the jurisdiction of the United 
States Department of Commerce (Department of Commerce).


Sec.  6.3  Adjustments for inflation to civil monetary penalties.

    The civil monetary penalties provided by law within the 
jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce, as set forth in paragraphs 
(a) through (f) of this section, are hereby adjusted for inflation in 
2017 in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation 
Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended, from the amounts of such civil 
monetary penalties that were in effect as of July 7, 2016, to the 
amounts of such civil monetary penalties, as thus adjusted. The year 
stated in parenthesis represents the year that the civil monetary 
penalty was last set by law or adjusted by law (excluding adjustments 
for inflation).
    (a) United States Department of Commerce. (1) 31 U.S.C. 3802(a)(1), 
Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986 (1986), violation, maximum 
from $10,781 to $10,957.
    (2) 31 U.S.C. 3802(a)(2), Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986 
(1986), violation, maximum from $10,781 to $10,957.
    (3) 31 U.S.C. 3729(a)(1)(G), False Claims Act (1986); violation, 
minimum from $10,781 to $10,957; maximum from $21,563 to $21,916.
    (b) Bureau of Industry and Security. (1) 15 U.S.C. 5408(b)(1), 
Fastener Quality Act (1990), violation, maximum from $44,539 to 
$45,268.
    (2) 22 U.S.C. 6761(a)(1)(A), Chemical Weapons Convention 
Implementation Act (1998), violation, maximum from $36,256 to $36,849.
    (3) 22 U.S.C. 6761(a)(l)(B), Chemical Weapons Convention 
Implementation Act (1998), violation, maximum from $7,251 to $7,370.
    (4) 50 U.S.C. 1705(b), International Emergency Economic Powers Act 
(2007), violation, maximum from $284,582 to $289,238.
    (5) 22 U.S.C. 8142(a), United States Additional Protocol 
Implementation Act (2006), violation, maximum from $29,464 to $29,946.
    (c) Census Bureau. (1) 13 U.S.C. 304, Collection of Foreign Trade 
Statistics (2002), each day's delinquency of a violation; total of not 
to exceed maximum violation, from $1,312 to $1,333; maximum per 
violation, from $13,118 to $13,333.
    (2) 13 U.S.C. 305(b), Collection of Foreign Trade Statistics 
(2002), violation, maximum from $13,118 to $13,333.
    (d) Economics and Statistics Administration. (1) 22 U.S.C. 3105(a), 
International Investment and Trade in Services Act (1990); failure to 
furnish information, minimum from $4,454 to $4,527; maximum from 
$44,539 to $45,268.
    (e) International Trade Administration. (1) 19 U.S.C. 81s, Foreign 
Trade Zone (1934), violation, maximum from $2,750 to $2,795.
    (2) 19 U.S.C. 1677f(f)(4), U.S.-Canada FTA Protective Order (1988), 
violation, maximum from $197,869 to $201,106.
    (f) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (1) 51 U.S.C. 
60123(a), Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 2010 (2010), violation, 
maximum from $10,874 to $11,052.
    (2) 51 U.S.C. 60148(c), Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 2010 
(2010), violation, maximum from $10,874 to $11,052.
    (3) 16 U.S.C. 773f(a), Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982 (2007), 
violation, maximum from $227,666 to $231,391.
    (4) 16 U.S.C. 783, Sponge Act (1914), violation, maximum from 
$1,625 to $1,652.
    (5) 16 U.S.C. 957(d), (e), and (f), Tuna Conventions Act of 1950 
(1962):
    (i) Violation of 16 U.S.C. 957(a), maximum from $81,250 to $82,579.
    (ii) Subsequent violation of 16 U.S.C. 957(a), maximum from 
$175,000 to $177,863.
    (iii) Violation of 16 U.S.C. 957(b), maximum from $2,750 to $2,795.
    (iv) Subsequent violation of 16 U.S.C. 957(b), maximum from $16,250 
to $16,516.
    (v) Violation of 16 U.S.C. 957(c), maximum from $350,000 to 
$355,726.
    (6) 16 U.S.C. 957(i), Tuna Conventions Act of 1950,\1\ violation, 
maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
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    \1\ This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration maximum 
civil monetary penalty, as prescribed by law, is the maximum civil 
penalty per 16 U.S.C. 1858(a), Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act civil monetary penalty (item (15)).
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    (7) 16 U.S.C. 959, Tuna Conventions Act of 1950,\2\ violation, 
maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
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    (8) 16 U.S.C. 971f(a), Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975,\3\ 
violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
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    (9) 16 U.S.C. 973f(a), South Pacific Tuna Act of 1988 (1988), 
violation, maximum from $494,672 to $502,765.
    (10) 16 U.S.C. 1174(b), Fur Seal Act Amendments of 1983 (1983), 
violation, maximum from $23,548 to $23,933.
    (11) 16 U.S.C. 1375(a)(1), Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 
(1972), violation, maximum from $27,500 to $27,950.
    (12) 16 U.S.C. 1385(e), Dolphin Protection Consumer Information 
Act,\4\ violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
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    (13) 16 U.S.C. 1437(d)(1), National Marine Sanctuaries Act (1992), 
violation, maximum from $167,728 to $170,472.
    (14) 16 U.S.C. 1540(a)(1), Endangered Species Act of 1973:

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    (i) Violation as specified (1988), maximum from $49,467 to $50,276.
    (ii) Violation as specified (1988), maximum from $23,744 to 
$24,132.
    (iii) Otherwise violation (1978), maximum from $1,625 to $1,652.
    (15) 16 U.S.C. 1858(a), Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (1990), violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
    (16) 16 U.S.C. 2437(a), Antarctic Marine Living Resources 
Convention Act of 1984,\5\ violation, maximum from $178,156 to 
$181,071.
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    (17) 16 U.S.C. 2465(a), Antarctic Protection Act of 1990,\6\ 
violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
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    (18) 16 U.S.C. 3373(a), Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 (1981):
    (i) 16 U.S.C. 3373(a)(1), violation, maximum from $25,464 to 
$25,881.
    (ii) 16 U.S.C. 3373(a)(2), violation, maximum from $637 to $647.
    (19) 16 U.S.C. 3606(b)(1), Atlantic Salmon Convention Act of 
1982,\7\ violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
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    (20) 16 U.S.C. 3637(b), Pacific Salmon Treaty Act of 1985,\8\ 
violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
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    (21) 16 U.S.C. 4016(b)(1)(B), Fish and Seafood Promotion Act of 
1986 (1986); violation, minimum from $1,078 to $1,096; maximum from 
$10,781 to $10,957.
    (22) 16 U.S.C. 5010, North Pacific Anadromous Stocks Act of 
1992,\9\ violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
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    (23) 16 U.S.C. 5103(b)(2), Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative 
Management Act,\10\ violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
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    (24) 16 U.S.C. 5154(c)(1), Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation 
Act,\11\ violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
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    (25) 16 U.S.C. 5507(a), High Seas Fishing Compliance Act of 1995 
(1995), violation, maximum from $154,742 to $157,274.
    (26) 16 U.S.C. 5606(b), Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Convention Act 
of 1995,\12\ violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
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    (27) 16 U.S.C. 6905(c), Western and Central Pacific Fisheries 
Convention Implementation Act,\13\ violation, maximum from $178,156 to 
$181,071.
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    (28) 16 U.S.C. 7009(c) and (d), Pacific Whiting Act of 2006,\14\ 
violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
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    (29) 22 U.S.C. 1978(e), Fishermen's Protective Act of 1967 (1971):
    (i) Violation, maximum from $27,500 to $27,950.
    (ii) Subsequent violation, maximum from $81,250 to $82,579.
    (30) 30 U.S.C. 1462(a), Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act 
(1980), violation, maximum, from $70,117 to $71,264.
    (31) 42 U.S.C. 9152(c), Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Act of 1980 
(1980), violation, maximum from $70,117 to $71,264.
    (32) 16 U.S.C. 1827a, Billfish Conservation Act of 2012,\15\ 
violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
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    (33) 16 U.S.C. 7407(b)(1), Port State Measures Agreement Act of 
2015,\16\ violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
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    (34) 16 U.S.C. 1826g(f), High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium 
Protection Act,\17\ violation, maximum from $178,156 to $181,071.
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Sec.  6.4  Effective date of adjustments for inflation to civil 
monetary penalties.

    The Department of Commerce's 2017 adjustments for inflation made by 
Sec.  6.3, of the civil monetary penalties there specified, are 
effective on January 15, 2017, and said civil monetary penalties, as 
thus adjusted by the adjustments for inflation made by Sec.  6.3, apply 
only to those civil monetary penalties, including those whose 
associated violation predated such adjustment, which are assessed by 
the Department of Commerce after the effective date of the new civil 
monetary penalty level, and before the effective date of any future 
adjustments for inflation to civil monetary penalties thereto made 
subsequent to January 15, 2017 as provided in Sec.  6.5.


Sec.  6.5  Subsequent annual adjustments for inflation to civil 
monetary penalties.

    The Secretary of Commerce or his or her designee by regulation 
shall make subsequent adjustments for inflation to the Department of 
Commerce's civil monetary penalties annually, which shall take effect 
not later than January 15, notwithstanding section 553 of title 5, 
United States Code.

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