Annual Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment, 1606-1607 [2016-31897]

Download as PDF 1606 * * Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 4 / Friday, January 6, 2017 / Rules and Regulations * * * [FR Doc. 2016–31634 Filed 1–5–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE 45 CFR Parts 1230 and 2554 RIN 3045–AA67 Annual Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment Corporation for National and Community Service. ACTION: Interim final rule. AGENCY: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is updating its regulations to reflect required annual inflation-related increases to the civil monetary penalties in its regulations, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. SUMMARY: Effective date: This rule is effective January 15, 2017. Comment due date: Technical comments may be submitted until February 6, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may send your comments electronically through the Federal government’s one-stop rulemaking Web site at www.regulations.gov. Also, you may mail or deliver your comments to Phyllis Green, Executive Assistant, Office of General Counsel, at the Corporation for National and Community Service, 250 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20525. Due to continued delays in CNCS’s receipt of mail, we strongly encourage comments to be submitted online electronically. The TDD/TTY number is 800 833–3722. You may request this notice in an alternative format for the visually impaired. DATES: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Phyllis Green, Executive Assistant, Office of General Counsel, at 202–606– 6709 or email to pgreen@cns.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY–TDD) may call 800–833–3722 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Jan 05, 2017 Jkt 241001 Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs to further its mission to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. For more information, visit NationalService.gov. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Sec. 701 of Pub. L. 114–74) (the ‘‘Act’’), which is intended to improve the effectiveness of civil monetary penalties and to maintain the deterrent effect of such penalties, requires agencies to adjust the civil monetary penalties for inflation annually. II. Method of Calculation CNCS has two civil monetary penalties in its regulations. A civil monetary penalty under the Act is a penalty, fine, or other sanction that is for a specific monetary amount as provided by Federal law or has a maximum amount provided for by Federal law and is assessed or enforced by an agency pursuant to Federal law and is assessed or enforced pursuant to an administrative proceeding or a civil action in the Federal courts. (See 28 U.S.C. 2461 note). The inflation adjustment for each applicable civil monetary penalty is determined using the percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI–U) for the month of October of the year in which the amount of each civil money penalty was most recently established or modified. In the December 16, 2016, OMB Memo for the Heads of Executive Agencies and Departments, M–17–11, Implementation of the 2017 annual adjustment pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, OMB published the multiplier for the required annual adjustment. The cost-of-living adjustment multiplier for 2017, based on the CPI–U for the month of October 2016, not seasonally adjusted, is 1.01636. CNCS identified two civil penalties in its regulations: (1) The penalty associated with Restrictions on Lobbying (45 CFR 1230.400) and (2) the penalty associated with the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act (45 CFR 2554.1). The civil monetary penalties related to Restrictions on Lobbying (Section 319, Pub. L. 101–121; 31 U.S.C. 1352) range from $18,936 to $189,361. Using the 2017 multiplier, the new range of possible civil monetary penalties is from $19,246 to $192,459. The Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986 (Pub. L. 99–509) civil monetary penalty has an upper limit of $10,781. Using the 2017 multiplier, the PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 new upper limit of the civil monetary penalty is $10,957. III. Summary of Final Rule This final rule adjusts the civil monetary penalty amounts related to Restrictions on Lobbying (45 CFR 1230.400) and the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986 (45 CFR 2554.1). The range of civil monetary penalties related to Restrictions on Lobbying increase from ‘‘$18,936 to $189,361’’ to ‘‘$19,246 to $192,459.’’ The civil monetary penalties for the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986 increase from ‘‘up to $10,781’’ to ‘‘up to $10,957.’’ IV. Regulatory Procedures A. Determination of Good Cause for Publication Without Notice and Comment CNCS finds, under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B), that there is good cause to except this rule from the public notice and comment provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 553(b). Because CNCS is implementing a final rule pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which requires CNCS to update its regulations based on a prescribed formula, CNCS has no discretion in the nature or amount of the change to the civil monetary penalties. Therefore, notice and comment for these proscribed updates is impracticable and unnecessary. As an interim final rule, no further regulatory action is required for the issuance of this legally binding rule. If you would like to provide technical comments, however, they may be submitted until February 6, 2017. B. Review Under Procedural Statutes and Executive Orders CNCS has determined that making technical changes to the amount of civil monetary penalties in its regulations does not trigger any requirements under procedural statutes and Executive Orders that govern rulemaking procedures. V. Effective Date This rule is effective January 15, 2017. The adjusted civil penalty amounts apply to civil penalties assessed on or after January 15, 2017, when the violation occurred after November 2, 2015. If the violation occurred prior to November 2, 2015, or a penalty was assessed prior to August 1, 2016, the pre-adjustment civil penalty amounts in effect prior to August 1, 2106, will apply. E:\FR\FM\06JAR1.SGM 06JAR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 4 / Friday, January 6, 2017 / Rules and Regulations List of Subjects PART 1230—NEW RESTRICTIONS ON LOBBYING 45 CFR Part 1230 Government contracts, Grant programs, Loan programs, Lobbying, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. 45 CFR Part 2554 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES 17:18 Jan 05, 2017 Authority: Section 319, Pub. L. 101–121 (31 U.S.C. 1352); Pub. L. 93–113; 42 U.S.C. 4951, et seq.; 42 U.S.C. 5060. Jkt 241001 [Amended] 2. Amend § 1230.400: a. In paragraphs (a), (b), and (e), by removing ‘‘$18,936’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$19,246’’ each place it appears. ■ b. In paragraphs (a), (b), and (e), by removing ‘‘$189,361’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$192,459’’ each place it appears. ■ ■ For the reasons discussed in the preamble, under the authority of 42 U.S.C. 12651c(c), the Corporation for National and Community Service amends chapters XII and XXV, title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows: b. Removing ‘‘$189,361’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$192,459’’ each place it appears. ■ ■ § 1230.400 Claims, Fraud, Organization and functions (Government agencies), Penalties. VerDate Sep<11>2014 1. The authority citation for part 1230 continues to read as follows: 1607 Appendix A to Part 1230 [Amended] 3. Amend appendix A to part 1230 by: a. Removing ‘‘$18,936’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$19,246’’ each place it appears. ■ ■ PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 PART 2554—PROGRAM FRAUD CIVIL REMEDIES ACT REGULATIONS 4. The authority citation for part 2554 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: Pub. L. 99–509, Secs. 6101– 6104, 100 Stat. 1874 (31 U.S.C. 3801–3812); 42 U.S.C. 12651c–12651d. § 2554.1 [Amended] 5. Amend § 2554.1 by removing ‘‘$10,781’’ in paragraph (b) and adding in its place ‘‘$10,957.’’ ■ Dated: December 28, 2016. Jeremy Joseph, General Counsel. [FR Doc. 2016–31897 Filed 1–5–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6050–28–P E:\FR\FM\06JAR1.SGM 06JAR1

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CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

45 CFR Parts 1230 and 2554

RIN 3045-AA67


Annual Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment

AGENCY: Corporation for National and Community Service.

ACTION: Interim final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is 
updating its regulations to reflect required annual inflation-related 
increases to the civil monetary penalties in its regulations, pursuant 
to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements 
Act of 2015.

DATES: Effective date: This rule is effective January 15, 2017.
    Comment due date: Technical comments may be submitted until 
February 6, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may send your comments electronically through the 
Federal government's one-stop rulemaking Web site at 
www.regulations.gov. Also, you may mail or deliver your comments to 
Phyllis Green, Executive Assistant, Office of General Counsel, at the 
Corporation for National and Community Service, 250 E Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20525. Due to continued delays in CNCS's receipt of 
mail, we strongly encourage comments to be submitted online 
electronically. The TDD/TTY number is 800 833-3722. You may request 
this notice in an alternative format for the visually impaired.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Phyllis Green, Executive Assistant, 
Office of General Counsel, at 202-606-6709 or email to pgreen@cns.gov. 
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY-TDD) 
may call 800-833-3722 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 
Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a 
federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service 
through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and 
Volunteer Generation Fund programs to further its mission to improve 
lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through 
service and volunteering. For more information, visit 
NationalService.gov.
    The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements 
Act of 2015 (Sec. 701 of Pub. L. 114-74) (the ``Act''), which is 
intended to improve the effectiveness of civil monetary penalties and 
to maintain the deterrent effect of such penalties, requires agencies 
to adjust the civil monetary penalties for inflation annually.

II. Method of Calculation

    CNCS has two civil monetary penalties in its regulations. A civil 
monetary penalty under the Act is a penalty, fine, or other sanction 
that is for a specific monetary amount as provided by Federal law or 
has a maximum amount provided for by Federal law and is assessed or 
enforced by an agency pursuant to Federal law and is assessed or 
enforced pursuant to an administrative proceeding or a civil action in 
the Federal courts. (See 28 U.S.C. 2461 note).
    The inflation adjustment for each applicable civil monetary penalty 
is determined using the percent increase in the Consumer Price Index 
for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the month of October of the year in 
which the amount of each civil money penalty was most recently 
established or modified. In the December 16, 2016, OMB Memo for the 
Heads of Executive Agencies and Departments, M-17-11, Implementation of 
the 2017 annual adjustment pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties 
Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, OMB published the 
multiplier for the required annual adjustment. The cost-of-living 
adjustment multiplier for 2017, based on the CPI-U for the month of 
October 2016, not seasonally adjusted, is 1.01636.
    CNCS identified two civil penalties in its regulations: (1) The 
penalty associated with Restrictions on Lobbying (45 CFR 1230.400) and 
(2) the penalty associated with the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act 
(45 CFR 2554.1).
    The civil monetary penalties related to Restrictions on Lobbying 
(Section 319, Pub. L. 101-121; 31 U.S.C. 1352) range from $18,936 to 
$189,361. Using the 2017 multiplier, the new range of possible civil 
monetary penalties is from $19,246 to $192,459.
    The Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986 (Pub. L. 99-509) civil 
monetary penalty has an upper limit of $10,781. Using the 2017 
multiplier, the new upper limit of the civil monetary penalty is 
$10,957.

III. Summary of Final Rule

    This final rule adjusts the civil monetary penalty amounts related 
to Restrictions on Lobbying (45 CFR 1230.400) and the Program Fraud 
Civil Remedies Act of 1986 (45 CFR 2554.1). The range of civil monetary 
penalties related to Restrictions on Lobbying increase from ``$18,936 
to $189,361'' to ``$19,246 to $192,459.'' The civil monetary penalties 
for the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986 increase from ``up to 
$10,781'' to ``up to $10,957.''

IV. Regulatory Procedures

A. Determination of Good Cause for Publication Without Notice and 
Comment

    CNCS finds, under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B), that there is good cause 
to except this rule from the public notice and comment provisions of 
the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 553(b). Because CNCS is 
implementing a final rule pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties 
Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which requires CNCS 
to update its regulations based on a prescribed formula, CNCS has no 
discretion in the nature or amount of the change to the civil monetary 
penalties. Therefore, notice and comment for these proscribed updates 
is impracticable and unnecessary. As an interim final rule, no further 
regulatory action is required for the issuance of this legally binding 
rule. If you would like to provide technical comments, however, they 
may be submitted until February 6, 2017.

B. Review Under Procedural Statutes and Executive Orders

    CNCS has determined that making technical changes to the amount of 
civil monetary penalties in its regulations does not trigger any 
requirements under procedural statutes and Executive Orders that govern 
rulemaking procedures.

V. Effective Date

    This rule is effective January 15, 2017. The adjusted civil penalty 
amounts apply to civil penalties assessed on or after January 15, 2017, 
when the violation occurred after November 2, 2015. If the violation 
occurred prior to November 2, 2015, or a penalty was assessed prior to 
August 1, 2016, the pre-adjustment civil penalty amounts in effect 
prior to August 1, 2106, will apply.

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List of Subjects

45 CFR Part 1230

    Government contracts, Grant programs, Loan programs, Lobbying, 
Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

45 CFR Part 2554

    Claims, Fraud, Organization and functions (Government agencies), 
Penalties.

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, under the authority of 
42 U.S.C. 12651c(c), the Corporation for National and Community Service 
amends chapters XII and XXV, title 45 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations as follows:

PART 1230--NEW RESTRICTIONS ON LOBBYING

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1. The authority citation for part 1230 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: Section 319, Pub. L. 101-121 (31 U.S.C. 1352); Pub. 
L. 93-113; 42 U.S.C. 4951, et seq.; 42 U.S.C. 5060.


Sec.  1230.400  [Amended]

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2. Amend Sec.  1230.400:
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a. In paragraphs (a), (b), and (e), by removing ``$18,936'' and adding 
in its place ``$19,246'' each place it appears.
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b. In paragraphs (a), (b), and (e), by removing ``$189,361'' and adding 
in its place ``$192,459'' each place it appears.

Appendix A to Part 1230 [Amended]

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3. Amend appendix A to part 1230 by:
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a. Removing ``$18,936'' and adding in its place ``$19,246'' each place 
it appears.
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b. Removing ``$189,361'' and adding in its place ``$192,459'' each 
place it appears.

PART 2554--PROGRAM FRAUD CIVIL REMEDIES ACT REGULATIONS

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4. The authority citation for part 2554 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: Pub. L. 99-509, Secs. 6101-6104, 100 Stat. 1874 (31 
U.S.C. 3801-3812); 42 U.S.C. 12651c-12651d.


Sec.  2554.1  [Amended]

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5. Amend Sec.  2554.1 by removing ``$10,781'' in paragraph (b) and 
adding in its place ``$10,957.''

    Dated: December 28, 2016.
Jeremy Joseph,
General Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2016-31897 Filed 1-5-17; 8:45 am]
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