Maritime Workforce Working Group Request for Public Input, 31800-31801 [2017-14319]

Download as PDF 31800 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 130 / Monday, July 10, 2017 / Notices program recipients according to statutory formulas in 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53. FTA has posted tables displaying the funds available to eligible states and urbanized areas on the FTA Web: www.transit.dot.gov/funding/ apportionments. In addition, the National Transit Database (NTD) and Census Data used in the funding formulas can be found at the same location. II. Formula Apportionments FTA’s full-year FY 2017 formula apportionment tables continue to rely on the Census data and National Transit Database (NTD) data that was used to calculate the FY 2017 Continuing Resolution (CR) tables. A detailed description of the NTD and Census data used in the calculations can be found in FTA’s Apportionment Notice published in conjunction with the FY 2017 CR tables. (Federal Register Vol. 82, No. 12, January 19, 2017). FTA’s FY 2017 CR tribal transit formula table inadvertently omitted three tribes eligible for formula funding in FY 2017: The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, the Hualapai Indian Tribe, and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Apportionments for these tribes are included in FTA’s full year tribal transit formula table. III. Program Highlights and Grants Guidance A. State Safety Oversight Program Certification Federal transit law requires States with rail transit systems operating within their jurisdictions to establish a State Safety Oversight (SSO) program that must be certified by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) by April 15, 2019. The FTA is prohibited by law from awarding any funds to any transit agency within a State that fails to obtain certification by the deadline. The FTA recommends that States submit their complete SSO program certification applications by April 15, 2018, but no later than September 30, 2018. 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Transit agencies that operate 75 or fewer buses in maximum revenue service may use 75 percent of the share of the UZA’s apportionment attributable to them based on vehicle revenue hours reported to the NTD. These amounts are published in Apportionment Table 3–A. The recently enacted amendment under 5307(a)(2)(B), provides an alternative to these amounts by allowing qualifying recipients with between 76 and 100 buses in maximum revenue service to receive operating assistance in an amount not to exceed 50 percent of the amount allocated to such systems through the local planning process and in the designated recipient’s final program of projects. Likewise, recipients with 75 or fewer buses in maximum revenue service may now receive operating assistance in an amount not to exceed 75 percent of the amount allocated to such systems through the local planning process and in the designated recipient’s final program of projects. 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[FR Doc. 2017–14403 Filed 7–7–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket No. MARAD 2017–0117] Maritime Workforce Working Group Request for Public Input Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Maritime Administration (MARAD) invites public comment to examine and assess the size of the pool of United States citizen mariners necessary to support the United States flag fleet in times of national emergency. The purpose of this public notice is to gather comments to assist in the development of a statutorily mandated report to Congress with actionable recommendations. SUMMARY: The deadline to submit comments is July 31, 2017. See Submitting Your Comments and Opinions below for specific directions. ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to the docket number above and submitted by one of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov/. Follow the online instruction for submitted comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tania Adames, Transportation Industry E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 130 / Monday, July 10, 2017 / Notices Analyst, Office of Maritime Workforce Development, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; (202) 366–7173; email: Tania.Adames@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Background Section 3517 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA) requires MARAD to convene a Maritime Workforce Working Group (MWWG) to examine and assess the size of the pool of United States citizen mariners necessary to support the United States flag fleet in times of national emergency. The statute requires the MWWG to deliver a report to Congress, with results from the study. To assist in the process, MARAD is seeking public input to focus on the following four (4) issues: 1. Identifying the number of United States citizen mariners; 2. Assessing the impact on the United States merchant marine and United States Merchant Marine Academy if graduates from State Maritime Academies and the United States Merchant Marine Academy were assigned to, or required to fulfill, certain maritime positions based on the overall needs of the United States merchant marine; 3. Assessing the Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Licensing and Documentation System and its accessibility and value to the Maritime Administration for the purposes of evaluating the pool of United States citizen mariners; and 4. Making recommendations to enhance the availability and quality of interagency data, including data from the United States Transportation Command, the Coast Guard, the Navy, and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, for use by the Maritime Administration for evaluating the pool of United States citizen mariners. Submitting Your Comments and Opinions 1. We have opened a docket at http:// www.regulations.gov to allow for submission of written comments for consideration by the MWWG. 2. You may submit your inputs identified by DOT Docket Number MARAD–2017–0117 by any of the following methods: Web site/Federal eRulemaking Portal, Fax, Mail or Hand Delivery. Please use only one of these means for each submission. All submissions must include the agency name and docket number for this matter. Specific instructions follow. 3. For the Web site/Federal eRulemaking Portal, go to http:// VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 Jul 07, 2017 Jkt 241001 www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the electronic docket site. To submit your input, type the docket number MARAD–2017–0117 in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ on the line associated with this Docket Number. If you submit comment via www.regulations.gov, please note that inputs submitted to www.regulations.gov are not immediately posted to the site. It may take several business days before your submission will be posted on the electronic docket. 4. For submission by telefacsimile/ FAX, transmit your agenda topic, comment or idea to (202) 493–2251. Be sure to identify the submission by DOT Docket Number MARAD–2017–0117. 5. Submissions by Mail or Hand Delivery should go to Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Room W12– 140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. If you submit your inputs by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 8 1⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. 6. If you FAX, mail, or hand deliver your input we recommend that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a telephone number in the body of your document so that we can contact you if we have questions regarding your submission. 7. Note: All comments submitted for this purpose, including any personal information provided, will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov. 8. For access to the docket to read background documents or inputs received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov at any time or to Room W12–140 of the Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. To view the docket electronically, type the docket number ‘‘MARAD–2017–0117’’ in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘Search.’’ Click and Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rulemaking. PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31801 Privacy Act Statement In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice, DOT/ALL–14 FDMS, accessible through www.dot.gov/privacy. In order to facilitate comment tracking and response, we encourage commenters to provide their name, or the name of their organization; however, submission of names is completely optional. Whether or not commenters identify themselves, all timely comments will be fully considered. If you wish to provide comments containing proprietary or confidential information, please contact the agency for alternate submission instructions. Authority: 5 U.S.C. 610; E.O., 13563, 76 FR 3821, Jan. 21 2011; E.O. 12866, 58 FR 51735, Oct. 4, 1993. By Order of the Executive Director in lieu of the Maritime Administrator. Dated: July 3, 2017. T. Mitchell Hudson, Jr., Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–14319 Filed 7–7–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of the Comptroller of the Currency [Docket ID OCC–2017–0010] Mutual Savings Association Advisory Committee Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Department of the Treasury. ACTION: Notice of Federal Advisory Committee meeting. AGENCY: The OCC announces a meeting of the Mutual Savings Association Advisory Committee (MSAAC). SUMMARY: A public meeting of the MSAAC will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). ADDRESSES: The OCC will hold the July 25, 2017 meeting of the MSAAC at the OCC’s offices at 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20219. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael R. Brickman, Deputy Comptroller for Thrift Supervision, (202) 649–5420, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Washington, DC 20219. DATES: E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Maritime Administration

[Docket No. MARAD 2017-0117]


Maritime Workforce Working Group Request for Public Input

AGENCY: Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Maritime Administration (MARAD) invites public comment to 
examine and assess the size of the pool of United States citizen 
mariners necessary to support the United States flag fleet in times of 
national emergency. The purpose of this public notice is to gather 
comments to assist in the development of a statutorily mandated report 
to Congress with actionable recommendations.

DATES: The deadline to submit comments is July 31, 2017. See Submitting 
Your Comments and Opinions below for specific directions.

ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to the docket number above and 
submitted by one of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov/. 
Follow the online instruction for submitted comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground 
Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, 
Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tania Adames, Transportation Industry

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Analyst, Office of Maritime Workforce Development, Maritime 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; (202) 
366-7173; email: Tania.Adames@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Section 3517 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
Year 2017 (NDAA) requires MARAD to convene a Maritime Workforce Working 
Group (MWWG) to examine and assess the size of the pool of United 
States citizen mariners necessary to support the United States flag 
fleet in times of national emergency. The statute requires the MWWG to 
deliver a report to Congress, with results from the study. To assist in 
the process, MARAD is seeking public input to focus on the following 
four (4) issues:
    1. Identifying the number of United States citizen mariners;
    2. Assessing the impact on the United States merchant marine and 
United States Merchant Marine Academy if graduates from State Maritime 
Academies and the United States Merchant Marine Academy were assigned 
to, or required to fulfill, certain maritime positions based on the 
overall needs of the United States merchant marine;
    3. Assessing the Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Licensing and 
Documentation System and its accessibility and value to the Maritime 
Administration for the purposes of evaluating the pool of United States 
citizen mariners; and
    4. Making recommendations to enhance the availability and quality 
of interagency data, including data from the United States 
Transportation Command, the Coast Guard, the Navy, and the Bureau of 
Transportation Statistics, for use by the Maritime Administration for 
evaluating the pool of United States citizen mariners.

Submitting Your Comments and Opinions

    1. We have opened a docket at http://www.regulations.gov to allow 
for submission of written comments for consideration by the MWWG.
    2. You may submit your inputs identified by DOT Docket Number 
MARAD-2017-0117 by any of the following methods: Web site/Federal 
eRulemaking Portal, Fax, Mail or Hand Delivery. Please use only one of 
these means for each submission. All submissions must include the 
agency name and docket number for this matter. Specific instructions 
follow.
    3. For the Web site/Federal eRulemaking Portal, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on 
the electronic docket site. To submit your input, type the docket 
number MARAD-2017-0117 in the ``SEARCH'' box and click ``SEARCH.'' 
Click on ``Submit a Comment'' on the line associated with this Docket 
Number. If you submit comment via www.regulations.gov, please note that 
inputs submitted to www.regulations.gov are not immediately posted to 
the site. It may take several business days before your submission will 
be posted on the electronic docket.
    4. For submission by telefacsimile/FAX, transmit your agenda topic, 
comment or idea to (202) 493-2251. Be sure to identify the submission 
by DOT Docket Number MARAD-2017-0117.
    5. Submissions by Mail or Hand Delivery should go to Docket 
Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., West Building, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590, between 
9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal 
holidays. If you submit your inputs by mail or hand delivery, submit 
them in an unbound format, no larger than 8 \1/2\ by 11 inches, 
suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by 
mail and would like to know that they reached the Facility, please 
enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope.
    6. If you FAX, mail, or hand deliver your input we recommend that 
you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a 
telephone number in the body of your document so that we can contact 
you if we have questions regarding your submission.
    7. Note: All comments submitted for this purpose, including any 
personal information provided, will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov.
    8. For access to the docket to read background documents or inputs 
received, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or to Room W12-
140 of the Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except Federal Holidays. To view the docket electronically, 
type the docket number ``MARAD-2017-0117'' in the ``SEARCH'' box and 
click ``Search.'' Click and Open Docket Folder on the line associated 
with this rulemaking.

Privacy Act Statement

    In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the 
public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these 
comments, without edit, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the 
system of records notice, DOT/ALL-14 FDMS, accessible through 
www.dot.gov/privacy. In order to facilitate comment tracking and 
response, we encourage commenters to provide their name, or the name of 
their organization; however, submission of names is completely 
optional. Whether or not commenters identify themselves, all timely 
comments will be fully considered. If you wish to provide comments 
containing proprietary or confidential information, please contact the 
agency for alternate submission instructions.

    Authority:  5 U.S.C. 610; E.O., 13563, 76 FR 3821, Jan. 21 2011; 
E.O. 12866, 58 FR 51735, Oct. 4, 1993.

    By Order of the Executive Director in lieu of the Maritime 
Administrator.

    Dated: July 3, 2017.
T. Mitchell Hudson, Jr.,
Secretary, Maritime Administration.
[FR Doc. 2017-14319 Filed 7-7-17; 8:45 am]
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