Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, 40290-40299 [2017-16921]

Download as PDF 40290 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda Office of the Secretary of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, Mail Stop 0485, Washington, DC 20528–0485. 6 CFR Chs. I and II Specific DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY [DHS Docket No. OGC–RP–04–001] Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions Office of the Secretary, DHS. Semiannual regulatory agenda. AGENCY: ACTION: This regulatory agenda is a semiannual summary of current and projected rulemakings, existing regulations, and completed actions of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components. This agenda provides the public with information about DHS’s regulatory activity. DHS expects that this information will enable the public to be more aware of, and effectively participate in, the Department’s regulatory activity. DHS invites the public to submit comments on any aspect of this agenda. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUMMARY: General Please direct general comments and inquiries on the agenda to the Regulatory Affairs Law Division, Office Please direct specific comments and inquiries on individual regulatory actions identified in this agenda to the individual listed in the summary of the regulation as the point of contact for that regulation. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DHS provides this notice pursuant to the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96–354, Sept. 19, 1980) and Executive Order 12866 ‘‘Regulatory Planning and Review’’ (Sept. 30, 1993) as incorporated in Executive Order 13563 ‘‘Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review’’ (Jan. 18, 2011), which require the Department to publish a semiannual agenda of regulations. The regulatory agenda is a summary of current and projected rulemakings, as well as actions completed since the publication of the last regulatory agenda for the Department. DHS’s last semiannual regulatory agenda was published on December 23, 2016, at 81 FR 94756. Beginning in fall 2007, the Internet became the basic means for disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda is available online at www.reginfo.gov. The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) requires Federal agencies to publish their regulatory flexibility agendas in the Federal Register. A regulatory flexibility agenda shall contain, among other things, a brief description of the subject area of any rule which is likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. DHS’s printed agenda entries include regulatory actions that are in the Department’s regulatory flexibility agenda. Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain information required by the agenda provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Additional information on these entries is available in the Unified Agenda published on the Internet. The semiannual agenda of the Department conforms to the Unified Agenda format developed by the Regulatory Information Service Center. Dated: April 3, 2017. Christina E. McDonald, Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs. OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY—PROPOSED RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 125 .................... Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) ..................................................................................... 1601–AA69 OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY—LONG-TERM ACTIONS Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 126 .................... 127 .................... Ammonium Nitrate Security Program .............................................................................................................. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation, Enhancement of Whistleblower Protections for Contractor Employees. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Safeguarding of Controlled Unclassified Sensitive Information (HSAR Case 2015–001). Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Information Technology Security Awareness Training (HSAR Case 2015–002). Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Privacy Training (HSAR Case 2015–003) ................................. 128 .................... 129 .................... 130 .................... 1601–AA52 1601–AA72 1601–AA76 1601–AA78 1601–AA79 U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES—PROPOSED RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS8 Sequence No. Title 131 .................... 132 .................... Requirements for Filing Motions and Administrative Appeals ......................................................................... EB–5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program ....................................................................................... 1615–AB98 1615–AC11 U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES—FINAL RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 133 .................... EB–5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization ........................................................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\24AUP8.SGM 24AUP8 1615–AC07 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda 40291 U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES—LONG-TERM ACTIONS Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 134 .................... Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File H–1B Petitions on Behalf of Aliens Subject to Numerical Limitations. 1615–AB71 U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES—COMPLETED ACTIONS Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 135 .................... Retention of EB–1, EB–2, and EB–3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting HighlySkilled H–1B Nonimmigrant Workers. 1615–AC05 U.S. COAST GUARD—FINAL RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 136 .................... Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities .......................................................................................................... 1625–AC15 U.S. COAST GUARD—LONG-TERM ACTIONS Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 137 .................... 138 .................... 139 .................... Numbering of Undocumented Barges ............................................................................................................. Outer Continental Shelf Activities .................................................................................................................... Commercial Fishing Vessels—Implementation of 2010 and 2012 Legislation ............................................... 1625–AA14 1625–AA18 1625–AB85 U.S. COAST GUARD—COMPLETED ACTIONS Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 140 .................... 141 .................... Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC); Card Reader Requirements ................................... Updates to Maritime Security ........................................................................................................................... 1625–AB21 1625–AB38 U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION—FINAL RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 142 .................... Waiver of Passport and Visa Requirements Due to an Unforeseen Emergency ........................................... 1651–AA97 U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION—LONG-TERM ACTIONS Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 143 .................... 144 .................... Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements (Section 610 Review) .................................... Implementation of the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program (Section 610 Review) .......................................... 1651–AA70 1651–AA77 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS8 TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION—LONG-TERM ACTIONS Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 145 .................... 146 .................... General Aviation Security and Other Aircraft Operator Security ..................................................................... Security Training for Surface Transportation Employees ................................................................................ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\24AUP8.SGM 24AUP8 1652–AA53 1652–AA55 40292 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT—PROPOSED RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 147 .................... Procedures and Standards for Declining Surety Immigration Bonds and Administrative Appeal Requirement for Breaches. 1653–AA67 FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY—LONG-TERM ACTIONS Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 148 .................... Updates to Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands Regulations to Implement Executive Order 13690 and the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard. 1660–AA85 FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY—COMPLETED ACTIONS Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 149 .................... National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Financial Assistance/Subsidy Arrangement ................................ DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) Office of the Secretary (OS) Office of the Secretary (OS) Proposed Rule Stage Long-Term Actions 125. Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) 126. Ammonium Nitrate Security Program Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110–161, 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act, section 563 Abstract: This rulemaking will implement the December 2007 amendment to the Homeland Security Act entitled ‘‘Secure Handling of Ammonium Nitrate.’’ The amendment requires the Department of Homeland Security to ‘‘regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate by an ammonium nitrate facility . . . to prevent the misappropriation or use of ammonium nitrate in an act of terrorism.’’ Timetable: Legal Authority: Pub. L. 113–254 Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) previously invited public comment on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) for potential revisions to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulations. The ANPRM provided an opportunity for the public to provide recommendations for possible program changes. DHS is reviewing the public comments received in response to the ANPRM, after which DHS intends to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Timetable: Action Date mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS8 ANPRM ............... ANPRM Comment Period End. NPRM .................. 08/18/14 10/17/14 Action FR Cite 79 FR 48693 10/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Jon MacLaren, Chief, Rulemaking Section, Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (NPPD/ ISCD), 245 Murray Lane, Mail Stop 0610, Arlington, VA 20528–0610, Phone: 703 235–5263, Fax: 703 603– 4935, Email: jon.m.maclaren@ hq.dhs.gov. RIN: 1601–AA69 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 Date ANPRM ............... Correction ............ ANPRM Comment Period End. NPRM .................. Notice of Public Meetings. Notice of Public Meetings. NPRM Comment Period End. FR Cite 10/29/08 11/05/08 12/29/08 73 FR 64280 73 FR 65783 08/03/11 10/07/11 76 FR 46908 76 FR 62311 11/14/11 76 FR 70366 Frm 00004 127. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation, Enhancement of Whistleblower Protections for Contractor Employees Legal Authority: Sec. 827 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013, (Pub. L. 112–239, enacted January 2, 2013); 41 U.S.C. 1302(a)(2); 41 U.S.C. 1707 Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to amend its Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) parts 3003 and 3052 to implement section 827 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 (Pub. L. 112–239, enacted January 2, 2013) for the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Section 827 of the NDAA for FY 2013 established enhancements to the Whistleblower Protections for Contractor Employees for all agencies subject to section 2409 of title 10, United States Code, which includes the USCG. Timetable: Action To Be Determined Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Jon MacLaren, Chief, Rulemaking Section, Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Infrastructure PO 00000 Security Compliance Division (NPPD/ ISCD), 245 Murray Lane, Mail Stop 0610, Arlington, VA 20528–0610, Phone: 703 235–5263, Fax: 703 603– 4935, Email: jon.m.maclaren@ hq.dhs.gov. RIN: 1601–AA52 12/01/11 Final Rule ............ Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 1660–AA86 NPRM .................. Date FR Cite 10/00/18 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636–15, E:\FR\FM\24AUP8.SGM 24AUP8 40293 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda 301 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447–0956, Email: nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov. RIN: 1601–AA72 128. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Safeguarding of Controlled Unclassified Sensitive Information (HSAR Case 2015–001) Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 to 302; 41 U.S.C. 1302; 41 U.S.C. 1303; 41 U.S.C. 1707 Abstract: This Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) rule would implement adequate security and privacy measures to safeguard Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), such as Personally Identifiable Information (PII), for DHS contractors. Specifically, the rule would define key terms, outline security requirements and inspection provisions for contractor information technology (IT) systems that store or process sensitive information, institute incident notification and response procedures, and identify postincident credit monitoring requirements. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. NPRM Comment Period Extended. Second NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ FR Cite 01/19/17 03/20/17 82 FR 6429 03/20/17 82 FR 14341 04/19/17 09/00/18 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS8 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Shaundra Duggans, Procurement Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Acquisition Policy and Legislation, Room 3114, 245 Murray Lane, Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447–0056, Email: shaundra.duggans@hq.dhs.gov. Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636–15, 301 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447– 0956, Email: nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov. RIN: 1601–AA76 129. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Information Technology Security Awareness Training (HSAR Case 2015–002) 17:34 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. NPRM Comment Period Extended. Second NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ FR Cite 01/19/17 03/20/17 82 FR 6446 03/20/17 82 FR 14341 04/19/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Shaundra Duggans, Procurement Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Acquisition Policy and Legislation, Room 3114, 245 Murray Lane, Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447–0056, Email: shaundra.duggans@hq.dhs.gov. Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636–15, 301 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447– 0956, Email: nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov. RIN: 1601–AA78 130. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Privacy Training (HSAR Case 2015–003) Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 302; 41 U.S.C. 1707; 41 U.S.C. 1702; 41 U.S.C. 1303 Abstract: This Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) rule would require contractors to complete training that addresses the protection of privacy, in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, and the handling and safeguarding of Personally Identifiable Information and Sensitive Personally Identifiable Information. Timetable: Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. NPRM Comment Period Extended. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Action Second NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ Date FR Cite 04/19/17 09/00/18 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Candace Lightfoot, Procurement Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Acquisition Policy and Legislation, Building 410 (RDS), 245 Murray Drive, Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447–0082, Email: candace.lightfoot@hq.dhs.gov. Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636–15, 301 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447– 0956, Email: nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov. RIN: 1601–AA79 09/00/18 Action Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 302; 41 U.S.C. 1707; 41 U.S.C. 1302; 41 U.S.C. 1303 Abstract: This Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) rule VerDate Sep<11>2014 would standardize information technology security awareness training and DHS Rules of Behavior requirements for contractor and subcontractor employees who access DHS information systems and information resources or contractorowned and/or operated information systems and information resources capable of collecting, processing, storing or transmitting controlled unclassified information (CUI). Timetable: FR Cite 01/19/17 03/20/17 82 FR 14341 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Proposed Rule Stage 131. Requirements for Filing Motions and Administrative Appeals Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552; 5 U.S.C. 552a; 8 U.S.C. 1101; 8 U.S.C. 1103; 8 U.S.C. 1304; 6 U.S.C. 112 Abstract: This rule proposes to revise the requirements and procedures for the filing of motions and appeals before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and its Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). The proposed changes are intended to streamline the existing processes for filing motions and appeals and will reduce delays in the review and appellate process. This rule also proposes additional changes necessitated by the establishment of DHS and its components. The proposed changes are intended to promote simplicity, accessibility, and efficiency in the administration of USCIS appeals and motions. The Department also solicits public comment on proposed changes to the AAO’s appellate jurisdiction. Timetable: Action 82 FR 6425 03/20/17 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) Fmt 4701 NPRM .................. Sfmt 4702 Date FR Cite 12/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. E:\FR\FM\24AUP8.SGM 24AUP8 40294 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda Agency Contact: Charles ‘‘Locky’’ Nimick, Deputy Chief, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Administrative Appeals Office, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529–2090, Phone: 703 224–4501, Email: charles.nimick@ usics.dhs.gov. RIN: 1615–AB98 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS8 132. • EB–5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1153(b)(5); Pub. L. 102–395, secs. 610 and 601(a); Pub. L. 107–273, sec. 11037; Pub. L. 101–649, sec. 121(a); Pub. L. 105–119, sec. 116; Pub. L. 106–396, sec. 402; Pub. L. 108–156, sec. 4; Pub. L. 112–176, sec. 1; Pub. L. 114–113, sec. 575; Pub. L. 114–53, sec. 131; Pub. L. 107–273 Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering making regulatory changes to the EB–5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program. Based on decades of experience operating the program, DHS has determined that program changes are needed to better reflect business realities for regional centers and EB–5 immigrant investors, to increase predictability and transparency in the adjudication process for stakeholders, to improve operational efficiency for the agency, and to enhance program integrity. DHS issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to seek comment from all interested stakeholders on several topics, including: (1) The process for initially designating entities as regional centers, (2) a potential requirement for regional centers to utilize an exemplar filing process, (3) continued participation requirements for maintaining regional center designation, and (4) the process for terminating regional center designation. While DHS has gathered some information related to these topics, the ANPRM sought additional information that can help the Department make operational and security updates to the Regional Center Program while minimizing the impact of such changes on regional center operations and EB–5 investors. The ANPRM is organized to include requests for comment immediately following discussions of the relevant issues. Timetable: Action Date ANPRM ............... ANPRM Comment Period End. NPRM .................. 01/11/17 04/11/17 FR Cite 82 FR 3211 04/00/18 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 Agency Contact: Lori S. MacKenzie, Division Chief, Operations Policy & Performance, Immigrant Investor Program, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 131 M Street NE., Washington, DC 20529–2200, Phone: 202 357–9214, Email: lori.s.mackenzie@ uscis.dhs.gov. RIN: 1615–AC11 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Final Rule Stage 133. EB–5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1153(b)(5) Abstract: In January 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed to amend its regulations governing the employment-based, fifth preference (EB–5) immigrant investor classification. In general, under the EB– 5 program, individuals are eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence in the United States if they make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States and create or, in certain circumstances, preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers. This rule sought public comment on a number of proposed changes to the EB–5 program regulations. Such proposed changes included: raising the minimum investment amount; allowing certain EB–5 petitioners to retain their original priority date; changing the designation process for targeted employment areas; and other miscellaneous changes to filing and interview processes. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... 01/13/17 04/11/17 Frm 00006 82 FR 4738 Long-Term Actions 134. Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File H–1B Petitions on Behalf of Aliens Subject to Numerical Limitations Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1184(g) Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security will finalize its regulations governing petitions filed on behalf of alien workers subject to annual numerical limitations. This rule proposes to establish an electronic registration program for petitions subject to numerical limitations for the H–1B nonimmigrant classification. This action is necessary because the demand for H–1B specialty occupation workers by U.S. companies may exceed the numerical limitation. This rule is intended to allow USCIS to more efficiently manage the intake and lottery process for these H–1B petitions. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Next Action Undetermined. Date 03/03/11 05/02/11 FR Cite 76 FR 11686 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Susan Arroyo, Chief of Staff, Service Center Operations, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529, Phone: 202 272– 1094, Fax: 202 272–1543, Email: susan.k.arroyo@uscis.dhs.gov. RIN: 1615–AB71 Sfmt 4702 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) 04/00/18 Fmt 4701 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) FR Cite Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Lori S. MacKenzie, Division Chief, Operations Policy & Performance, Immigrant Investor Program, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 131 M Street NE., Washington, DC 20529–2200, Phone: 202 357–9214, Email: lori.s.mackenzie@ uscis.dhs.gov. RIN: 1615–AC07 PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) Completed Actions 135. Retention of EB–1, EB–2, and EB– 3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting Highly-Skilled H–1B Nonimmigrant Workers Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 112; 8 U.S.C. 1154 and 1155; 8 U.S.C. 1184; 8 U.S.C. 1255; 8 U.S.C. 1324a Abstract: In November 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amended its regulations affecting certain employment-based immigrant E:\FR\FM\24AUP8.SGM 24AUP8 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda and nonimmigrant classifications. This rule amended regulations to provide stability and job flexibility for the beneficiaries of approved employmentbased immigrant visa petitions while they wait to become lawful permanent residents. DHS also updated its regulations to conform them with the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21) as amended by the Twenty-First Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act (the 21st Century DOJ Appropriations Act), as well as the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA). The rule clarified several interpretive questions raised by ACWIA and AC21 regarding H–1B petitions, and incorporated relevant AC21 policy memoranda and an Administrative Appeals Office precedent decision. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. FR Cite 12/31/15 02/29/16 80 FR 81900 11/18/16 01/17/17 81 FR 82398 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Kevin Cummings, Division Chief, Business and Foreign Workers Division, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of Policy and Strategy, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529, Phone: 202 272–8377, Fax: 202 272– 1480, Email: kevin.j.cummings@ uscis.dhs.gov. RIN: 1615–AC05 136. Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS8 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period Reopened. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 12/29/14 05/27/15 FR Cite 79 FR 77981 80 FR 30189 Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226; 33 U.S.C. 1231; Pub. L. 111–281, sec. 811 Abstract: This regulatory action will implement section 811 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111–281), which requires the owner/ 10/00/17 137. Numbering of Undocumented Barges Legal Authority: 46 U.S.C. 12301 Abstract: Title 46 U.S.C. 12301, as amended by the Abandoned Barge Act of 1992, requires that all undocumented barges of more than 100 gross tons operating on the navigable waters of the United States be numbered. This rulemaking would establish a numbering system and user fees for an original or renewed Certificate of Number for these barges. The numbering of undocumented barges allows the Coast Guard to identify the owners of abandoned barges. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard’s broad role and responsibility of protecting natural resources. Frm 00007 Action Request for Comments. Comment Period End. ANPRM ............... ANPRM Comment Period End. NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. NPRM Reopening of Comment Period. NPRM Reopening Comment Period End. Date 10/18/94 FR Cite 59 FR 52646 01/17/95 07/06/98 11/03/98 63 FR 36384 01/11/01 04/11/01 66 FR 2385 08/12/04 69 FR 49844 11/10/04 To Be Determined 07/01/15 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: LCDR Kevin McDonald, Project Manager, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., Commandant (CG–FAC–2), STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593– 7501, Phone: 202 372–1168, Email: kevin.j.mcdonald@uscg.mil. RIN: 1625–AC15 PO 00000 Timetable: Next Action Undetermined. Long-Term Actions Final Rule Stage Jkt 241001 Date U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) 17:34 Aug 23, 2017 Action DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) VerDate Sep<11>2014 operator of a facility regulated by the Coast Guard under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107–295) (MTSA) to provide a system that enables seafarers and certain other individuals to transit between vessels moored at the facility and the facility gate in a timely manner at no cost to the seafarer or other individual. Ensuring that such access through a facility is consistent with the security requirements in MTSA is part of the Coast Guard’s Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS) mission. Timetable: 40295 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Andrea Heck, Project Manager, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, National Vessel Documentation Center, 792 T.J. Jackson Drive, Falling Waters, WV 25419, Phone: 304 271–2400, Email: andrea.m.heck@uscg.mil. RIN: 1625–AA14 138. Outer Continental Shelf Activities Legal Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1333(d)(1); 43 U.S.C. 1348(c); 43 U.S.C. 1356; DHS Delegation No 0170.1 Abstract: The Coast Guard is the lead Federal agency for workplace safety and health on facilities and vessels engaged in the exploration for, or development, or production of, minerals on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), other than for matters generally related to drilling and production that are regulated by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). This project would revise the regulations on OCS activities by: (1) Adding new requirements, for OCS units for lifesaving, fire protection, training, and helidecks; (2) providing for USCG acceptance and approval of specified classification society plan reviews, inspections, audits, and surveys; and (3) requiring foreign vessels engaged in OCS activities to comply with rules similar to those imposed on U.S. vessels similarly engaged. This project would affect the owners and operators of facilities and vessels engaged in offshore activities. E:\FR\FM\24AUP8.SGM 24AUP8 40296 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda Timetable: Action Date Request for Comments. Comment Period End. NPRM .................. NPRM Correction NPRM Comment Period Extended. NPRM Comment Period Extended. NPRM Comment Period End. Next Action Undetermined. 06/27/95 FR Cite 60 FR 33185 09/25/95 12/07/99 02/22/00 03/16/00 64 FR 68416 65 FR 8671 65 FR 14226 06/30/00 65 FR 40559 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) 11/30/00 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Completed Actions To Be Determined Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Charles Rawson, Project Manager, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Commandant (CG–ENG–2), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., STOP 7509, Washington, DC 20593–7509, Phone: 202 372–1390, Email: charles.e.rawson@ uscg.mil. RIN: 1625–AA18 139. Commercial Fishing Vessels— Implementation of 2010 and 2012 Legislation Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111–281 Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes to implement those requirements of 2010 and 2012 legislation that pertain to uninspected commercial fishing industry vessels and that took effect upon enactment of the legislation but that, to be implemented, require amendments to Coast Guard regulations affecting those vessels. The applicability of the regulations is being changed, and new requirements are being added to safety training, equipment, vessel examinations, vessel safety standards, the documentation of maintenance, and the termination of unsafe operations. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard’s maritime safety mission. Timetable: mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS8 Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period Extended. NPRM Comment Period End. Second NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ VerDate Sep<11>2014 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Jack Kemerer, Project Manager, CG–CVC–3, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593– 7501, Phone: 202 372–1249, Email: jack.a.kemerer@uscg.mil. RIN: 1625–AB85 06/21/16 08/15/16 FR Cite 81 FR 40437 81 FR 53986 10/19/16 12/18/16 To Be Determined 17:34 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 140. Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC); Card Reader Requirements Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226; 33 U.S.C. 1231; 46 U.S.C. 701; 50 U.S.C. 191; 50 U.S.C. 192; E.O. 12656 Abstract: The Coast Guard established electronic card reader requirements for maritime facilities and vessels to be used in combination with TSA’s Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Congress enacted several statutory requirements within the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006 to guide regulations pertaining to TWIC readers, including the need to evaluate TSA’s final pilot program report as part of the TWIC reader rulemaking. During the rulemaking process, we took into account the final pilot data and the various conditions in which TWIC readers may be employed. For example, we considered the types of vessels and facilities that will use TWIC readers, locations of secure and restricted areas, operational constraints, and need for accessibility. Recordkeeping requirements, amendments to security plans, and the requirement for data exchanges (i.e., Canceled Card List) between TSA and vessel or facility owners/operators were also addressed in this rulemaking. Timetable: Action Date ANPRM ............... Notice of Public Meeting. ANPRM Comment Period End. Notice of Public Meeting Comment Period End. NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period Extended. PO 00000 Frm 00008 03/27/09 04/15/09 FR Cite 74 FR 13360 74 FR 17444 05/26/09 05/26/09 03/22/13 05/10/13 Fmt 4701 78 FR 20558 78 FR 27335 Sfmt 4702 Action NPRM Comment Period Extended End. Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. Date FR Cite 06/20/13 08/23/16 08/23/18 81 FR 57651 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: LCDR Kevin McDonald, Project Manager, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Commandant (CG–FAC–2), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593– 7501, Phone: 202 372–1168, Email: kevin.j.mcdonald@uscg.mil. RIN: 1625–AB21 141. Updates to Maritime Security Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226; 33 U.S.C. 1231; 46 U.S.C. 701; 50 U.S.C. 191 and 192; E.O. 12656; 33 CFR 1.05– 1; 33 CFR 6.04–11; 33 CFR 6.14; 33 CFR 6.16; 33 CFR 6.19; DHS Delegation No. 0170.1 Abstract: The Coast Guard is no longer pursuing this rulemaking. Timetable: Action Withdrawn ........... Date FR Cite 03/10/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: LCDR Kevin McDonald, Project Manager, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., Commandant (CG–FAC–2), STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593– 7501, Phone: 202 372–1168, Email: kevin.j.mcdonald@uscg.mil. RIN: 1625–AB38 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) Final Rule Stage 142. Waiver of Passport and Visa Requirements Due to an Unforeseen Emergency Legal Authority: 212(a)(7)(B) INA 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(7) Abstract: This rule reinstates a 1996 amendment to 8 CFR 212.1(g) regarding a waiver of documentary requirements for nonimmigrants seeking admission to the United States. The 1996 amendment allowed the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to waive passport and visa requirements due to E:\FR\FM\24AUP8.SGM 24AUP8 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda an unforeseen emergency while preserving its ability to fine carriers for unlawfully transporting aliens to the United States who do not have a valid passport or visa. On November 20, 2009, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit invalidated the 1996 amendment based on procedural grounds. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 03/08/16 05/09/16 FR Cite 81 FR 12032 07/00/17 Action Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Joseph R. O’Donnell, Program Manager, Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures Division, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20229, Phone: 202 344–1691, Email: joseph.r.odonnell@dhs.gov. RIN: 1651–AA97 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS8 Long-Term Actions 143. Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements (Section 610 Review) Legal Authority: Pub. L. 109–347, sec. 203; 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 66; 19 U.S.C. 1431; 19 U.S.C. 1433 to 1434; 19 U.S.C. 1624; 19 U.S.C. 2071 (note); 46 U.S.C. 60105 Abstract: This final rule implements the provisions of section 203 of the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006. On November 25, 2008, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published an interim final rule (CBP Dec. 08–46) in the Federal Register (73 FR 71730), that finalized most of the provisions proposed in the NPRM. It requires carrier and importers to provide to CBP, via a CBP approved electronic data interchange system, certain advance information pertaining to cargo brought into the United States by vessel to enable CBP to identify highrisk shipments to prevent smuggling and ensure cargo safety and security. The interim final rule did not finalize six data elements that were identified as areas of potential concern for industry during the rulemaking process and, for which, CBP provided some type of VerDate Sep<11>2014 flexibility for compliance with those data elements. CBP solicited public comment on these six data elements, is conducting a structured review, and also invited comments on the revised Regulatory Assessment and Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis. (See 73 FR 71782–85 for regulatory text and 73 CFR 71733–34 for general discussion.) The remaining requirements of the rule were adopted as final. CBP plans to issue a final rule after CBP completes a structured review of the flexibilities and analyzes the comments. Timetable: 17:34 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. NPRM Comment Period Extended. NPRM Comment Period End. Interim Final Rule Interim Final Rule Effective. Interim Final Rule Comment Period End. Correction ............ Correction ............ Final Action ......... FR Cite 01/02/08 03/03/08 73 FR 90 02/01/08 73 FR 6061 03/18/08 11/25/08 01/26/09 73 FR 71730 06/01/09 07/14/09 12/24/09 11/00/18 74 FR 33920 74 FR 68376 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Craig Clark, Program Manager, Vessel Manifest & Importer Security Filing, Office of Cargo and Conveyance Security, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20229, Phone: 202 344–3052, Email: craig.clark@cbp.dhs.gov. RIN: 1651–AA70 144. Implementation of the Guam– CNMI Visa Waiver Program (Section 610 Review) Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110–229, sec. 702 Abstract: The interim final rule amends Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations to implement section 702 of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA). This law extends the immigration laws of the United States to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and provides for a joint visa waiver program for travel to Guam and the CNMI. This rule implements section 702 of the CNRA by amending the regulations to replace the current Guam Visa Waiver Program with a new Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. The amended regulations set forth the requirements for nonimmigrant PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 40297 visitors who seek admission for business or pleasure and solely for entry into and stay on Guam or the CNMI without a visa. This rule also establishes six ports of entry in the CNMI for purposes of administering and enforcing the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. Section 702 of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA), subject to a transition period, extends the immigration laws of the United States to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and provides for a visa waiver program for travel to Guam and/or the CNMI. On January 16, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), issued an interim final rule in the Federal Register replacing the then-existing Guam Visa Waiver Program with the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program and setting forth the requirements for nonimmigrant visitors seeking admission into Guam and/or the CNMI under the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. As of November 28, 2009, the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program is operational. This program allows nonimmigrant visitors from eligible countries to seek admission for business or pleasure for entry into Guam and/or the CNMI without a visa for a period of authorized stay not to exceed 45 days. This rulemaking would finalize the January 2009 interim final rule. Timetable: Action Interim Final Rule Interim Final Rule Effective. Interim Final Rule Comment Period End. Technical Amendment; Change of Implementation Date. Final Action ......... Date 01/16/09 01/16/09 FR Cite 74 FR 2824 03/17/09 05/28/09 74 FR 25387 08/00/18 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No. Agency Contact: Stephanie Watson, Supervisory Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 2.5B–38, Washington, DC 20229, Phone: 202 325–4548, Email: stephanie.e.watson@cbp.dhs.gov. RIN: 1651–AA77 E:\FR\FM\24AUP8.SGM 24AUP8 40298 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Long-Term Actions 145. General Aviation Security and Other Aircraft Operator Security Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 469; 18 U.S.C. 842; 18 U.S.C. 845; 46 U.S.C. 70102 to 70106; 46 U.S.C. 70117; 49 U.S.C. 114; 49 U.S.C. 114(f)(3); 49 U.S.C. 5103; 49 U.S.C. 5103a; 49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 U.S.C. 44901 to 44907; 49 U.S.C. 44913 to 44914; 49 U.S.C. 44916 to 44918; 49 U.S.C. 44932; 49 U.S.C. 44935 to 44936; 49 U.S.C. 44942; 49 U.S.C. 46105 Abstract: On October 30, 2008, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), proposing to amend current aviation transportation security regulations to enhance the security of general aviation by expanding the scope of current requirements, and by adding new requirements for certain large aircraft operators and airports serving those aircraft. TSA also proposed that all aircraft operations, including corporate and private charter operations, with aircraft having a maximum certificated takeoff weight (MTOW) above 12,500 pounds (large aircraft) be required to adopt a large aircraft security program. TSA also proposed to require certain airports that serve large aircraft to adopt security programs. TSA is considering publishing a supplemental NPRM (SNPRM) in response to comments received on the NPRM. Timetable: Action Date mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS8 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Notice—NPRM Comment Period Extended. NPRM Extended Comment Period End. Notice—Public Meetings; Requests for Comments. Supplemental NPRM. FR Cite 10/30/08 12/29/08 73 FR 64790 11/25/08 73 FR 71590 02/27/09 12/18/08 73 FR 77045 To Be Determined Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Kevin Knott, Branch Manager, Industry Engagement Branch– Aviation Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office of VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 Security Policy and Industry Engagement, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 22304, Phone: 571 227– 4370, Email: kevin.knott@tsa.dhs.gov. Alex Moscoso, Lead Economist, Economic Analysis Branch–Cross Modal Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598– 6028, Phone: 571 227–5839, Email: alex.moscoso@tsa.dhs.gov. Mardi Ruth Thompson, Senior Counsel, Regulations and Security Standards, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598–6002, Phone: 202 365–1850, Fax: 571 227–1379, Email: mardi.thompson@tsa.dhs.gov. RIN: 1652–AA53 Agency Contact: Chandru (Jack) Kalro, Deputy Director, Surface Division, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598–6028, Phone: 571 227–1145, Fax: 571 227–2935, Email: surfacefrontoffice@tsa.dhs.gov. Alex Moscoso, Lead Economist, Economic Analysis Branch–Cross Modal Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598– 6028, Phone: 571 227–5839, Email: alex.moscoso@tsa.dhs.gov. Traci Klemm, Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulations and Security Standards, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598–6002, 146. Security Training for Surface Phone: 571 227–3596, Email: Transportation Employees traci.klemm@tsa.dhs.gov. Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 114; Pub. L. RIN: 1652–AA55 110–53, secs. 1405, 1408, 1501, 1512, 1517, 1531, and 1534 Abstract: As required by the 9/11 Act, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND this final rule requires security training SECURITY (DHS) for employees of higher-risk freight railroad carriers, public transportation U.S. Immigration and Customs agencies (including rail mass transit and Enforcement (USICE) bus systems), passenger railroad Proposed Rule Stage carriers, and over-the-road bus (OTRB) companies. Owner/operators of these 147. Procedures and Standards for higher-risk railroads, systems, and Declining Surety Immigration Bonds companies will be required to train and Administrative Appeal employees performing security-sensitive Requirement for Breaches functions, using a curriculum Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1103 addressing preparedness and how to Abstract: U.S. Immigration and observe, assess, and respond to terroristCustoms Enforcement (ICE) proposes to related threats and/or incidents. As part of this rulemaking, TSA is expanding its set forth standards and procedures ICE will follow before making a current requirements for rail security coordinators and reporting of significant determination to stop accepting immigration bonds posted by a surety security concerns (currently limited to company that has been certified to issue freight railroads, passenger railroads, bonds by the Department of the and the rail operations of public Treasury when the company does not transportation systems) to include the cure deficient performance. Treasury bus components of higher-risk public administers the Federal corporate surety transportation systems and higher-risk program and, in its current regulations, OTRB companies. TSA is also adding a allows agencies to prescribe ‘‘for cause’’ definition for Transportation Securitystandards and procedures for declining Sensitive Materials (TSSM). Other provisions are being amended or added, to accept bonds from Treasury-certified sureties. ICE would also require surety as necessary, to implement these companies seeking to overturn a breach additional requirements. determination to file an administrative Timetable: appeal raising all legal and factual defenses. Action Date FR Cite Timetable: NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ 12/16/16 03/16/17 81 FR 91336 Action 09/00/18 NPRM .................. Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Date FR Cite 11/00/17 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. E:\FR\FM\24AUP8.SGM 24AUP8 40299 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Unified Agenda Agency Contact: Beth Cook, Deputy Chief, Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Suite 200, 166 Sycamore Street, Williston, VT 05495, Phone: 802 288–7742, Email: beth.e.cook@ ice.dhs.gov. Molly Stubbs, ICE Regulatory Coordinator, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20536, Phone: 202 732– 6202, Email: molly.stubbs@ice.dhs.gov. Brad Tuttle, Attorney Advisor, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20536, Phone: 202 732–5000, Email: bradley.c.tuttle@ice.dhs.gov. RIN: 1653–AA67 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Long-Term Actions 148. Updates to Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands Regulations To Implement Executive Order 13690 and the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS8 Legal Authority: E.O. 11988, as amended; E.O. 13690 Abstract: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) proposes to amend its regulations at 44 CFR part 9 ‘‘Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands’’ to implement Executive Order 13690, which establishes the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS). 44 CFR part 9 describes FEMA’s process for determining whether the proposed VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Aug 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 location for an action falls within a floodplain. In addition, for those projects that would fall within a floodplain, part 9 describes FEMA’s framework for deciding whether and how to complete the action in the floodplain, in light of the risk of flooding. Consistent with Executive Order 13690 and the FFRMS, the proposed rule would change how FEMA defines a ‘‘floodplain’’ with respect to certain actions. Additionally, under the proposed rule, FEMA would use natural systems, ecosystem process, and naturebased approaches, where practicable, when developing alternatives to locating a proposed action in the floodplain. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Next Action Undetermined. 08/22/16 10/21/16 FR Cite 81 FR 57401 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Completed Actions 149. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Financial Assistance/Subsidy Arrangement Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq. Abstract: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued this final rule to remove the copy of the Financial Assistance/Subsidy Arrangement (Arrangement) and the summary of the Financial Control Plan from the appendices of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations. It is no longer necessary or appropriate to retain a contract, agreement, or any other arrangement between FEMA and private insurance companies in the Code of Federal Regulations. Timetable: Action Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Kristin Fontenot, Office of Environmental and Historic Preservation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 400 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, Phone: 202 646– 2741, Email: kristin.fontenot@ fema.dhs.gov. RIN: 1660–AA85 PO 00000 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. Date FR Cite 05/23/16 07/22/16 81 FR 32261 11/23/16 12/23/16 81 FR 84483 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Claudia Murphy, Policyholder Services Division, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 400 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, Phone: 202 646–2775, Email: claudia.murphy@fema.dhs.gov. RIN: 1660–AA86 [FR Doc. 2017–16921 Filed 8–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–9B–P Frm 00011 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\24AUP8.SGM 24AUP8

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 163 (Thursday, August 24, 2017)]
[Unknown Section]
[Pages 40290-40299]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-16921]



[[Page 40289]]

Vol. 82

Thursday,

No. 163

August 24, 2017

Part VIII





Department of Homeland Security





-----------------------------------------------------------------------





Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

Federal Register / Vol. 82 , No. 163 / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / 
Unified Agenda

[[Page 40290]]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of the Secretary

6 CFR Chs. I and II

[DHS Docket No. OGC-RP-04-001]


Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DHS.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: This regulatory agenda is a semiannual summary of current and 
projected rulemakings, existing regulations, and completed actions of 
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components. This 
agenda provides the public with information about DHS's regulatory 
activity. DHS expects that this information will enable the public to 
be more aware of, and effectively participate in, the Department's 
regulatory activity. DHS invites the public to submit comments on any 
aspect of this agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

General

    Please direct general comments and inquiries on the agenda to the 
Regulatory Affairs Law Division, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. 
Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, Mail Stop 0485, 
Washington, DC 20528-0485.

Specific

    Please direct specific comments and inquiries on individual 
regulatory actions identified in this agenda to the individual listed 
in the summary of the regulation as the point of contact for that 
regulation.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DHS provides this notice pursuant to the 
requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96-354, Sept. 
19, 1980) and Executive Order 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review'' 
(Sept. 30, 1993) as incorporated in Executive Order 13563 ``Improving 
Regulation and Regulatory Review'' (Jan. 18, 2011), which require the 
Department to publish a semiannual agenda of regulations. The 
regulatory agenda is a summary of current and projected rulemakings, as 
well as actions completed since the publication of the last regulatory 
agenda for the Department. DHS's last semiannual regulatory agenda was 
published on December 23, 2016, at 81 FR 94756.
    Beginning in fall 2007, the Internet became the basic means for 
disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda is 
available online at www.reginfo.gov.
    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) requires Federal 
agencies to publish their regulatory flexibility agendas in the Federal 
Register. A regulatory flexibility agenda shall contain, among other 
things, a brief description of the subject area of any rule which is 
likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities. DHS's printed agenda entries include regulatory actions 
that are in the Department's regulatory flexibility agenda. Printing of 
these entries is limited to fields that contain information required by 
the agenda provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Additional 
information on these entries is available in the Unified Agenda 
published on the Internet.
    The semiannual agenda of the Department conforms to the Unified 
Agenda format developed by the Regulatory Information Service Center.

    Dated: April 3, 2017.
Christina E. McDonald,
Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs.

              Office of the Secretary--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
125.......................  Chemical Facility Anti-            1601-AA69
                             Terrorism Standards
                             (CFATS).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


               Office of the Secretary--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
126.......................  Ammonium Nitrate Security          1601-AA52
                             Program.
127.......................  Homeland Security                  1601-AA72
                             Acquisition Regulation,
                             Enhancement of
                             Whistleblower Protections
                             for Contractor Employees.
128.......................  Homeland Security                  1601-AA76
                             Acquisition Regulation:
                             Safeguarding of
                             Controlled Unclassified
                             Sensitive Information
                             (HSAR Case 2015-001).
129.......................  Homeland Security                  1601-AA78
                             Acquisition Regulation:
                             Information Technology
                             Security Awareness
                             Training (HSAR Case 2015-
                             002).
130.......................  Homeland Security                  1601-AA79
                             Acquisition Regulation:
                             Privacy Training (HSAR
                             Case 2015-003).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


     U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
131.......................  Requirements for Filing            1615-AB98
                             Motions and
                             Administrative Appeals.
132.......................  EB-5 Immigrant Investor            1615-AC11
                             Regional Center Program.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


       U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
133.......................  EB-5 Immigrant Investor            1615-AC07
                             Program Modernization.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


[[Page 40291]]


      U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
134.......................  Registration Requirement           1615-AB71
                             for Petitioners Seeking
                             To File H-1B Petitions on
                             Behalf of Aliens Subject
                             to Numerical Limitations.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


      U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
135.......................  Retention of EB-1, EB-2,           1615-AC05
                             and EB-3 Immigrant
                             Workers and Program
                             Improvements Affecting
                             Highly-Skilled H-1B
                             Nonimmigrant Workers.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


                   U.S. Coast Guard--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
136.......................  Seafarers' Access to               1625-AC15
                             Maritime Facilities.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


                   U.S. Coast Guard--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
137.......................  Numbering of Undocumented          1625-AA14
                             Barges.
138.......................  Outer Continental Shelf            1625-AA18
                             Activities.
139.......................  Commercial Fishing                 1625-AB85
                             Vessels--Implementation
                             of 2010 and 2012
                             Legislation.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


                   U.S. Coast Guard--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
140.......................  Transportation Worker              1625-AB21
                             Identification Credential
                             (TWIC); Card Reader
                             Requirements.
141.......................  Updates to Maritime                1625-AB38
                             Security.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


          U.S. Customs and Border Protection--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
142.......................  Waiver of Passport and             1651-AA97
                             Visa Requirements Due to
                             an Unforeseen Emergency.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


          U.S. Customs and Border Protection--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
143.......................  Importer Security Filing           1651-AA70
                             and Additional Carrier
                             Requirements (Section 610
                             Review).
144.......................  Implementation of the Guam-        1651-AA77
                             CNMI Visa Waiver Program
                             (Section 610 Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


        Transportation Security Administration--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
145.......................  General Aviation Security          1652-AA53
                             and Other Aircraft
                             Operator Security.
146.......................  Security Training for              1652-AA55
                             Surface Transportation
                             Employees.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


[[Page 40292]]


      U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
147.......................  Procedures and Standards           1653-AA67
                             for Declining Surety
                             Immigration Bonds and
                             Administrative Appeal
                             Requirement for Breaches.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


         Federal Emergency Management Agency--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
148.......................  Updates to Floodplain              1660-AA85
                             Management and Protection
                             of Wetlands Regulations
                             to Implement Executive
                             Order 13690 and the
                             Federal Flood Risk
                             Management Standard.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


         Federal Emergency Management Agency--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
149.......................  National Flood Insurance           1660-AA86
                             Program (NFIP) Financial
                             Assistance/Subsidy
                             Arrangement.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Office of the Secretary (OS)

Proposed Rule Stage

125. Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 113-254
    Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) previously 
invited public comment on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking 
(ANPRM) for potential revisions to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism 
Standards (CFATS) regulations. The ANPRM provided an opportunity for 
the public to provide recommendations for possible program changes. DHS 
is reviewing the public comments received in response to the ANPRM, 
after which DHS intends to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM...............................   08/18/14  79 FR 48693
ANPRM Comment Period End............   10/17/14
NPRM................................   10/00/17
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jon MacLaren, Chief, Rulemaking Section, Department 
of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, 
Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (NPPD/ISCD), 245 Murray 
Lane, Mail Stop 0610, Arlington, VA 20528-0610, Phone: 703 235-5263, 
Fax: 703 603-4935, Email: jon.m.maclaren@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1601-AA69

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Office of the Secretary (OS)

Long-Term Actions

126. Ammonium Nitrate Security Program

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-161, 2008 Consolidated Appropriations 
Act, section 563
    Abstract: This rulemaking will implement the December 2007 
amendment to the Homeland Security Act entitled ``Secure Handling of 
Ammonium Nitrate.'' The amendment requires the Department of Homeland 
Security to ``regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate by an 
ammonium nitrate facility . . . to prevent the misappropriation or use 
of ammonium nitrate in an act of terrorism.''
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM...............................   10/29/08  73 FR 64280
Correction..........................   11/05/08  73 FR 65783
ANPRM Comment Period End............   12/29/08
NPRM................................   08/03/11  76 FR 46908
Notice of Public Meetings...........   10/07/11  76 FR 62311
Notice of Public Meetings...........   11/14/11  76 FR 70366
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/01/11
                                     -----------------------------------
Final Rule..........................           To Be Determined
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jon MacLaren, Chief, Rulemaking Section, Department 
of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, 
Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (NPPD/ISCD), 245 Murray 
Lane, Mail Stop 0610, Arlington, VA 20528-0610, Phone: 703 235-5263, 
Fax: 703 603-4935, Email: jon.m.maclaren@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1601-AA52

127. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation, Enhancement of 
Whistleblower Protections for Contractor Employees

    Legal Authority: Sec. 827 of the National Defense Authorization Act 
(NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013, (Pub. L. 112-239, enacted January 2, 
2013); 41 U.S.C. 1302(a)(2); 41 U.S.C. 1707
    Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to 
amend its Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) parts 3003 
and 3052 to implement section 827 of the National Defense Authorization 
Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 (Pub. L. 112-239, enacted January 
2, 2013) for the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Section 827 of the 
NDAA for FY 2013 established enhancements to the Whistleblower 
Protections for Contractor Employees for all agencies subject to 
section 2409 of title 10, United States Code, which includes the USCG.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   10/00/18
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of 
Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636-
15,

[[Page 40293]]

301 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0956, Email: 
nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1601-AA72

128. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Safeguarding of 
Controlled Unclassified Sensitive Information (HSAR Case 2015-001)

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 to 302; 41 U.S.C. 1302; 41 U.S.C. 
1303; 41 U.S.C. 1707
    Abstract: This Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) rule 
would implement adequate security and privacy measures to safeguard 
Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), such as Personally 
Identifiable Information (PII), for DHS contractors. Specifically, the 
rule would define key terms, outline security requirements and 
inspection provisions for contractor information technology (IT) 
systems that store or process sensitive information, institute incident 
notification and response procedures, and identify post-incident credit 
monitoring requirements.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   01/19/17  82 FR 6429
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/20/17
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   03/20/17  82 FR 14341
Second NPRM Comment Period End......   04/19/17
Final Rule..........................   09/00/18
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Shaundra Duggans, Procurement Analyst, Department 
of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, 
Acquisition Policy and Legislation, Room 3114, 245 Murray Lane, 
Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0056, Email: 
shaundra.duggans@hq.dhs.gov.
    Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, 
Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636-15, 301 7th Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0956, Email: 
nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1601-AA76

129. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Information Technology 
Security Awareness Training (HSAR Case 2015-002)

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 302; 41 U.S.C. 1707; 41 U.S.C. 
1302; 41 U.S.C. 1303
    Abstract: This Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) rule 
would standardize information technology security awareness training 
and DHS Rules of Behavior requirements for contractor and subcontractor 
employees who access DHS information systems and information resources 
or contractor-owned and/or operated information systems and information 
resources capable of collecting, processing, storing or transmitting 
controlled unclassified information (CUI).
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   01/19/17  82 FR 6446
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/20/17
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   03/20/17  82 FR 14341
Second NPRM Comment Period End......   04/19/17
Final Rule..........................   09/00/18
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Shaundra Duggans, Procurement Analyst, Department 
of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, 
Acquisition Policy and Legislation, Room 3114, 245 Murray Lane, 
Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0056, Email: 
shaundra.duggans@hq.dhs.gov.
    Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, 
Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636-15, 301 7th Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0956, Email: 
nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1601-AA78

130. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Privacy Training (HSAR 
Case 2015-003)

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 302; 41 U.S.C. 1707; 41 U.S.C. 
1702; 41 U.S.C. 1303
    Abstract: This Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) rule 
would require contractors to complete training that addresses the 
protection of privacy, in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, and 
the handling and safeguarding of Personally Identifiable Information 
and Sensitive Personally Identifiable Information.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   01/19/17  82 FR 6425
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/20/17
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   03/20/17  82 FR 14341
Second NPRM Comment Period End......   04/19/17
Final Rule..........................   09/00/18
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Candace Lightfoot, Procurement Analyst, Department 
of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, 
Acquisition Policy and Legislation, Building 410 (RDS), 245 Murray 
Drive, Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0082, Email: 
candace.lightfoot@hq.dhs.gov.
    Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, 
Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636-15, 301 7th Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0956, Email: 
nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1601-AA79

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Proposed Rule Stage

131. Requirements for Filing Motions and Administrative Appeals

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552; 5 U.S.C. 552a; 8 U.S.C. 1101; 8 
U.S.C. 1103; 8 U.S.C. 1304; 6 U.S.C. 112
    Abstract: This rule proposes to revise the requirements and 
procedures for the filing of motions and appeals before the Department 
of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 
(USCIS), and its Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). The proposed 
changes are intended to streamline the existing processes for filing 
motions and appeals and will reduce delays in the review and appellate 
process. This rule also proposes additional changes necessitated by the 
establishment of DHS and its components. The proposed changes are 
intended to promote simplicity, accessibility, and efficiency in the 
administration of USCIS appeals and motions. The Department also 
solicits public comment on proposed changes to the AAO's appellate 
jurisdiction.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   12/00/17
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

[[Page 40294]]

    Agency Contact: Charles ``Locky'' Nimick, Deputy Chief, Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 
Administrative Appeals Office, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, 
DC 20529-2090, Phone: 703 224-4501, Email: 
charles.nimick@usics.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AB98

132.  EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program

    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1153(b)(5); Pub. L. 102-395, secs. 610 
and 601(a); Pub. L. 107-273, sec. 11037; Pub. L. 101-649, sec. 121(a); 
Pub. L. 105-119, sec. 116; Pub. L. 106-396, sec. 402; Pub. L. 108-156, 
sec. 4; Pub. L. 112-176, sec. 1; Pub. L. 114-113, sec. 575; Pub. L. 
114-53, sec. 131; Pub. L. 107-273
    Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering 
making regulatory changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional 
Center Program. Based on decades of experience operating the program, 
DHS has determined that program changes are needed to better reflect 
business realities for regional centers and EB-5 immigrant investors, 
to increase predictability and transparency in the adjudication process 
for stakeholders, to improve operational efficiency for the agency, and 
to enhance program integrity. DHS issued an Advance Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (ANPRM) to seek comment from all interested stakeholders on 
several topics, including: (1) The process for initially designating 
entities as regional centers, (2) a potential requirement for regional 
centers to utilize an exemplar filing process, (3) continued 
participation requirements for maintaining regional center designation, 
and (4) the process for terminating regional center designation. While 
DHS has gathered some information related to these topics, the ANPRM 
sought additional information that can help the Department make 
operational and security updates to the Regional Center Program while 
minimizing the impact of such changes on regional center operations and 
EB-5 investors. The ANPRM is organized to include requests for comment 
immediately following discussions of the relevant issues.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM...............................   01/11/17  82 FR 3211
ANPRM Comment Period End............   04/11/17
NPRM................................   04/00/18
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lori S. MacKenzie, Division Chief, Operations 
Policy & Performance, Immigrant Investor Program, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 131 M 
Street NE., Washington, DC 20529-2200, Phone: 202 357-9214, Email: 
lori.s.mackenzie@uscis.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AC11

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Final Rule Stage

133. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization

    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1153(b)(5)
    Abstract: In January 2017, the Department of Homeland Security 
(DHS) proposed to amend its regulations governing the employment-based, 
fifth preference (EB-5) immigrant investor classification. In general, 
under the EB-5 program, individuals are eligible to apply for lawful 
permanent residence in the United States if they make the necessary 
investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States and create 
or, in certain circumstances, preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for 
qualified U.S. workers. This rule sought public comment on a number of 
proposed changes to the EB-5 program regulations. Such proposed changes 
included: raising the minimum investment amount; allowing certain EB-5 
petitioners to retain their original priority date; changing the 
designation process for targeted employment areas; and other 
miscellaneous changes to filing and interview processes.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   01/13/17  82 FR 4738
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/11/17
Final Action........................   04/00/18
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lori S. MacKenzie, Division Chief, Operations 
Policy & Performance, Immigrant Investor Program, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 131 M 
Street NE., Washington, DC 20529-2200, Phone: 202 357-9214, Email: 
lori.s.mackenzie@uscis.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AC07

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Long-Term Actions

134. Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File H-1B 
Petitions on Behalf of Aliens Subject to Numerical Limitations

    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1184(g)
    Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security will finalize its 
regulations governing petitions filed on behalf of alien workers 
subject to annual numerical limitations. This rule proposes to 
establish an electronic registration program for petitions subject to 
numerical limitations for the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. This 
action is necessary because the demand for H-1B specialty occupation 
workers by U.S. companies may exceed the numerical limitation. This 
rule is intended to allow USCIS to more efficiently manage the intake 
and lottery process for these H-1B petitions.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   03/03/11  76 FR 11686
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/02/11
Next Action Undetermined............
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Susan Arroyo, Chief of Staff, Service Center 
Operations, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20529, Phone: 202 272-1094, Fax: 202 272-1543, Email: 
susan.k.arroyo@uscis.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AB71

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Completed Actions

135. Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program 
Improvements Affecting Highly-Skilled H-1B Nonimmigrant Workers

    Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 112; 8 U.S.C. 1154 and 1155; 8 U.S.C. 
1184; 8 U.S.C. 1255; 8 U.S.C. 1324a
    Abstract: In November 2016, the Department of Homeland Security 
(DHS) amended its regulations affecting certain employment-based 
immigrant

[[Page 40295]]

and nonimmigrant classifications. This rule amended regulations to 
provide stability and job flexibility for the beneficiaries of approved 
employment-based immigrant visa petitions while they wait to become 
lawful permanent residents. DHS also updated its regulations to conform 
them with the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act 
of 2000 (AC21) as amended by the Twenty-First Century Department of 
Justice Appropriations Authorization Act (the 21st Century DOJ 
Appropriations Act), as well as the American Competitiveness and 
Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA). The rule clarified several 
interpretive questions raised by ACWIA and AC21 regarding H-1B 
petitions, and incorporated relevant AC21 policy memoranda and an 
Administrative Appeals Office precedent decision.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   12/31/15  80 FR 81900
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/29/16
Final Rule..........................   11/18/16  81 FR 82398
Final Rule Effective................   01/17/17
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kevin Cummings, Division Chief, Business and 
Foreign Workers Division, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of Policy and Strategy, 20 
Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529, Phone: 202 272-8377, 
Fax: 202 272-1480, Email: kevin.j.cummings@uscis.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AC05

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

Final Rule Stage

136. Seafarers' Access to Maritime Facilities

    Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226; 33 U.S.C. 1231; Pub. L. 111-281, 
sec. 811
    Abstract: This regulatory action will implement section 811 of the 
Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-281), which requires 
the owner/operator of a facility regulated by the Coast Guard under the 
Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-295) (MTSA) 
to provide a system that enables seafarers and certain other 
individuals to transit between vessels moored at the facility and the 
facility gate in a timely manner at no cost to the seafarer or other 
individual. Ensuring that such access through a facility is consistent 
with the security requirements in MTSA is part of the Coast Guard's 
Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS) mission.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   12/29/14  79 FR 77981
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   05/27/15  80 FR 30189
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/01/15
Final Rule..........................   10/00/17
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: LCDR Kevin McDonald, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue 
SE., Commandant (CG-FAC-2), STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593-7501, 
Phone: 202 372-1168, Email: kevin.j.mcdonald@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AC15

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

Long-Term Actions

137. Numbering of Undocumented Barges

    Legal Authority: 46 U.S.C. 12301
    Abstract: Title 46 U.S.C. 12301, as amended by the Abandoned Barge 
Act of 1992, requires that all undocumented barges of more than 100 
gross tons operating on the navigable waters of the United States be 
numbered. This rulemaking would establish a numbering system and user 
fees for an original or renewed Certificate of Number for these barges. 
The numbering of undocumented barges allows the Coast Guard to identify 
the owners of abandoned barges. This rulemaking supports the Coast 
Guard's broad role and responsibility of protecting natural resources.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Request for Comments................   10/18/94  59 FR 52646
Comment Period End..................   01/17/95
ANPRM...............................   07/06/98  63 FR 36384
ANPRM Comment Period End............   11/03/98
NPRM................................   01/11/01  66 FR 2385
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/11/01
NPRM Reopening of Comment Period....   08/12/04  69 FR 49844
NPRM Reopening Comment Period End...   11/10/04
                                     -----------------------------------
Next Action Undetermined............           To Be Determined
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Andrea Heck, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, National Vessel Documentation 
Center, 792 T.J. Jackson Drive, Falling Waters, WV 25419, Phone: 304 
271-2400, Email: andrea.m.heck@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AA14

138. Outer Continental Shelf Activities

    Legal Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1333(d)(1); 43 U.S.C. 1348(c); 43 U.S.C. 
1356; DHS Delegation No 0170.1
    Abstract: The Coast Guard is the lead Federal agency for workplace 
safety and health on facilities and vessels engaged in the exploration 
for, or development, or production of, minerals on the Outer 
Continental Shelf (OCS), other than for matters generally related to 
drilling and production that are regulated by the Bureau of Safety and 
Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). This project would revise the 
regulations on OCS activities by: (1) Adding new requirements, for OCS 
units for lifesaving, fire protection, training, and helidecks; (2) 
providing for USCG acceptance and approval of specified classification 
society plan reviews, inspections, audits, and surveys; and (3) 
requiring foreign vessels engaged in OCS activities to comply with 
rules similar to those imposed on U.S. vessels similarly engaged. This 
project would affect the owners and operators of facilities and vessels 
engaged in offshore activities.

[[Page 40296]]

    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Request for Comments................   06/27/95  60 FR 33185
Comment Period End..................   09/25/95
NPRM................................   12/07/99  64 FR 68416
NPRM Correction.....................   02/22/00  65 FR 8671
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   03/16/00  65 FR 14226
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   06/30/00  65 FR 40559
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/30/00
                                     -----------------------------------
Next Action Undetermined............           To Be Determined
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles Rawson, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Commandant (CG-ENG-2), 2703 Martin 
Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., STOP 7509, Washington, DC 20593-7509, 
Phone: 202 372-1390, Email: charles.e.rawson@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AA18

139. Commercial Fishing Vessels--Implementation of 2010 and 2012 
Legislation

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-281
    Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes to implement those requirements 
of 2010 and 2012 legislation that pertain to uninspected commercial 
fishing industry vessels and that took effect upon enactment of the 
legislation but that, to be implemented, require amendments to Coast 
Guard regulations affecting those vessels. The applicability of the 
regulations is being changed, and new requirements are being added to 
safety training, equipment, vessel examinations, vessel safety 
standards, the documentation of maintenance, and the termination of 
unsafe operations. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's maritime 
safety mission.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   06/21/16  81 FR 40437
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   08/15/16  81 FR 53986
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/19/16
Second NPRM Comment Period End......   12/18/16
                                     -----------------------------------
Final Rule..........................           To Be Determined
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jack Kemerer, Project Manager, CG-CVC-3, Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. 
Avenue SE., STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593-7501, Phone: 202 372-1249, 
Email: jack.a.kemerer@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AB85

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

Completed Actions

140. Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC); Card 
Reader Requirements

    Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226; 33 U.S.C. 1231; 46 U.S.C. 701; 50 
U.S.C. 191; 50 U.S.C. 192; E.O. 12656
    Abstract: The Coast Guard established electronic card reader 
requirements for maritime facilities and vessels to be used in 
combination with TSA's Transportation Worker Identification Credential 
(TWIC). Congress enacted several statutory requirements within the 
Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006 to guide 
regulations pertaining to TWIC readers, including the need to evaluate 
TSA's final pilot program report as part of the TWIC reader rulemaking. 
During the rulemaking process, we took into account the final pilot 
data and the various conditions in which TWIC readers may be employed. 
For example, we considered the types of vessels and facilities that 
will use TWIC readers, locations of secure and restricted areas, 
operational constraints, and need for accessibility. Recordkeeping 
requirements, amendments to security plans, and the requirement for 
data exchanges (i.e., Canceled Card List) between TSA and vessel or 
facility owners/operators were also addressed in this rulemaking.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM...............................   03/27/09  74 FR 13360
Notice of Public Meeting............   04/15/09  74 FR 17444
ANPRM Comment Period End............   05/26/09
Notice of Public Meeting Comment       05/26/09
 Period End.
NPRM................................   03/22/13  78 FR 20558
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   05/10/13  78 FR 27335
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   06/20/13
Final Rule..........................   08/23/16  81 FR 57651
Final Rule Effective................   08/23/18
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: LCDR Kevin McDonald, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Commandant (CG-FAC-2), 2703 Martin 
Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593-7501, 
Phone: 202 372-1168, Email: kevin.j.mcdonald@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AB21

141. Updates to Maritime Security

    Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226; 33 U.S.C. 1231; 46 U.S.C. 701; 50 
U.S.C. 191 and 192; E.O. 12656; 33 CFR 1.05-1; 33 CFR 6.04-11; 33 CFR 
6.14; 33 CFR 6.16; 33 CFR 6.19; DHS Delegation No. 0170.1
    Abstract: The Coast Guard is no longer pursuing this rulemaking.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Withdrawn...........................   03/10/17
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: LCDR Kevin McDonald, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue 
SE., Commandant (CG-FAC-2), STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593-7501, 
Phone: 202 372-1168, Email: kevin.j.mcdonald@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AB38

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)

Final Rule Stage

142. Waiver of Passport and Visa Requirements Due to an Unforeseen 
Emergency

    Legal Authority: 212(a)(7)(B) INA 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(7)
    Abstract: This rule reinstates a 1996 amendment to 8 CFR 212.1(g) 
regarding a waiver of documentary requirements for nonimmigrants 
seeking admission to the United States. The 1996 amendment allowed the 
former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to waive passport 
and visa requirements due to

[[Page 40297]]

an unforeseen emergency while preserving its ability to fine carriers 
for unlawfully transporting aliens to the United States who do not have 
a valid passport or visa. On November 20, 2009, the United States Court 
of Appeals for the Second Circuit invalidated the 1996 amendment based 
on procedural grounds.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   03/08/16  81 FR 12032
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/09/16
Final Rule..........................   07/00/17
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Joseph R. O'Donnell, Program Manager, Fines, 
Penalties and Forfeitures Division, Department of Homeland Security, 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, 1300 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20229, Phone: 202 344-1691, 
Email: joseph.r.odonnell@dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1651-AA97

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)

Long-Term Actions

143. Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements 
(Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 109-347, sec. 203; 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 
66; 19 U.S.C. 1431; 19 U.S.C. 1433 to 1434; 19 U.S.C. 1624; 19 U.S.C. 
2071 (note); 46 U.S.C. 60105
    Abstract: This final rule implements the provisions of section 203 
of the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006. On 
November 25, 2008, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published an 
interim final rule (CBP Dec. 08-46) in the Federal Register (73 FR 
71730), that finalized most of the provisions proposed in the NPRM. It 
requires carrier and importers to provide to CBP, via a CBP approved 
electronic data interchange system, certain advance information 
pertaining to cargo brought into the United States by vessel to enable 
CBP to identify high-risk shipments to prevent smuggling and ensure 
cargo safety and security. The interim final rule did not finalize six 
data elements that were identified as areas of potential concern for 
industry during the rulemaking process and, for which, CBP provided 
some type of flexibility for compliance with those data elements. CBP 
solicited public comment on these six data elements, is conducting a 
structured review, and also invited comments on the revised Regulatory 
Assessment and Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis. (See 73 FR 71782-
85 for regulatory text and 73 CFR 71733-34 for general discussion.) The 
remaining requirements of the rule were adopted as final. CBP plans to 
issue a final rule after CBP completes a structured review of the 
flexibilities and analyzes the comments.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   01/02/08  73 FR 90
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/03/08
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   02/01/08  73 FR 6061
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/18/08
Interim Final Rule..................   11/25/08  73 FR 71730
Interim Final Rule Effective........   01/26/09
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      06/01/09
 End.
Correction..........................   07/14/09  74 FR 33920
Correction..........................   12/24/09  74 FR 68376
Final Action........................   11/00/18
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Craig Clark, Program Manager, Vessel Manifest & 
Importer Security Filing, Office of Cargo and Conveyance Security, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20229, Phone: 202 344-
3052, Email: craig.clark@cbp.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1651-AA70

144. Implementation of the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program (Section 610 
Review)

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-229, sec. 702
    Abstract: The interim final rule amends Department of Homeland 
Security (DHS) regulations to implement section 702 of the Consolidated 
Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA). This law extends the immigration 
laws of the United States to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana 
Islands (CNMI) and provides for a joint visa waiver program for travel 
to Guam and the CNMI. This rule implements section 702 of the CNRA by 
amending the regulations to replace the current Guam Visa Waiver 
Program with a new Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. The amended 
regulations set forth the requirements for nonimmigrant visitors who 
seek admission for business or pleasure and solely for entry into and 
stay on Guam or the CNMI without a visa. This rule also establishes six 
ports of entry in the CNMI for purposes of administering and enforcing 
the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. Section 702 of the Consolidated 
Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA), subject to a transition period, 
extends the immigration laws of the United States to the Commonwealth 
of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and provides for a visa waiver 
program for travel to Guam and/or the CNMI. On January 16, 2009, the 
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection 
(CBP), issued an interim final rule in the Federal Register replacing 
the then-existing Guam Visa Waiver Program with the Guam-CNMI Visa 
Waiver Program and setting forth the requirements for nonimmigrant 
visitors seeking admission into Guam and/or the CNMI under the Guam-
CNMI Visa Waiver Program. As of November 28, 2009, the Guam-CNMI Visa 
Waiver Program is operational. This program allows nonimmigrant 
visitors from eligible countries to seek admission for business or 
pleasure for entry into Guam and/or the CNMI without a visa for a 
period of authorized stay not to exceed 45 days. This rulemaking would 
finalize the January 2009 interim final rule.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Interim Final Rule..................   01/16/09  74 FR 2824
Interim Final Rule Effective........   01/16/09
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      03/17/09
 End.
Technical Amendment; Change of         05/28/09  74 FR 25387
 Implementation Date.
Final Action........................   08/00/18
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Stephanie Watson, Supervisory Program Manager, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 
Office of Field Operations, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 2.5B-38, 
Washington, DC 20229, Phone: 202 325-4548, Email: 
stephanie.e.watson@cbp.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1651-AA77


[[Page 40298]]



DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Long-Term Actions

145. General Aviation Security and Other Aircraft Operator Security

    Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 469; 18 U.S.C. 842; 18 U.S.C. 845; 46 
U.S.C. 70102 to 70106; 46 U.S.C. 70117; 49 U.S.C. 114; 49 U.S.C. 
114(f)(3); 49 U.S.C. 5103; 49 U.S.C. 5103a; 49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 U.S.C. 
44901 to 44907; 49 U.S.C. 44913 to 44914; 49 U.S.C. 44916 to 44918; 49 
U.S.C. 44932; 49 U.S.C. 44935 to 44936; 49 U.S.C. 44942; 49 U.S.C. 
46105
    Abstract: On October 30, 2008, the Transportation Security 
Administration (TSA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), 
proposing to amend current aviation transportation security regulations 
to enhance the security of general aviation by expanding the scope of 
current requirements, and by adding new requirements for certain large 
aircraft operators and airports serving those aircraft. TSA also 
proposed that all aircraft operations, including corporate and private 
charter operations, with aircraft having a maximum certificated takeoff 
weight (MTOW) above 12,500 pounds (large aircraft) be required to adopt 
a large aircraft security program. TSA also proposed to require certain 
airports that serve large aircraft to adopt security programs. TSA is 
considering publishing a supplemental NPRM (SNPRM) in response to 
comments received on the NPRM.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   10/30/08  73 FR 64790
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/29/08
Notice--NPRM Comment Period Extended   11/25/08  73 FR 71590
NPRM Extended Comment Period End....   02/27/09
Notice--Public Meetings; Requests      12/18/08  73 FR 77045
 for Comments.
                                     -----------------------------------
Supplemental NPRM...................           To Be Determined
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kevin Knott, Branch Manager, Industry Engagement 
Branch-Aviation Division, Department of Homeland Security, 
Transportation Security Administration, Office of Security Policy and 
Industry Engagement, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 22304, Phone: 
571 227-4370, Email: kevin.knott@tsa.dhs.gov.
    Alex Moscoso, Lead Economist, Economic Analysis Branch-Cross Modal 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, 601 
South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6028, Phone: 571 227-5839, 
Email: alex.moscoso@tsa.dhs.gov.
    Mardi Ruth Thompson, Senior Counsel, Regulations and Security 
Standards, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel, 601 South 12th Street, 
Arlington, VA 20598-6002, Phone: 202 365-1850, Fax: 571 227-1379, 
Email: mardi.thompson@tsa.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1652-AA53

146. Security Training for Surface Transportation Employees

    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 114; Pub. L. 110-53, secs. 1405, 1408, 
1501, 1512, 1517, 1531, and 1534
    Abstract: As required by the 9/11 Act, this final rule requires 
security training for employees of higher-risk freight railroad 
carriers, public transportation agencies (including rail mass transit 
and bus systems), passenger railroad carriers, and over-the-road bus 
(OTRB) companies. Owner/operators of these higher-risk railroads, 
systems, and companies will be required to train employees performing 
security-sensitive functions, using a curriculum addressing 
preparedness and how to observe, assess, and respond to terrorist-
related threats and/or incidents. As part of this rulemaking, TSA is 
expanding its current requirements for rail security coordinators and 
reporting of significant security concerns (currently limited to 
freight railroads, passenger railroads, and the rail operations of 
public transportation systems) to include the bus components of higher-
risk public transportation systems and higher-risk OTRB companies. TSA 
is also adding a definition for Transportation Security-Sensitive 
Materials (TSSM). Other provisions are being amended or added, as 
necessary, to implement these additional requirements.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   12/16/16  81 FR 91336
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/16/17
Final Rule..........................   09/00/18
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Chandru (Jack) Kalro, Deputy Director, Surface 
Division, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, Department 
of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 
12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6028, Phone: 571 227-1145, Fax: 571 
227-2935, Email: surfacefrontoffice@tsa.dhs.gov.
    Alex Moscoso, Lead Economist, Economic Analysis Branch-Cross Modal 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, 601 
South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6028, Phone: 571 227-5839, 
Email: alex.moscoso@tsa.dhs.gov.
    Traci Klemm, Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulations and Security 
Standards, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel, 601 South 12th Street, 
Arlington, VA 20598-6002, Phone: 571 227-3596, Email: 
traci.klemm@tsa.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1652-AA55

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE)

Proposed Rule Stage

147. Procedures and Standards for Declining Surety Immigration Bonds 
and Administrative Appeal Requirement for Breaches

    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1103
    Abstract: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) proposes 
to set forth standards and procedures ICE will follow before making a 
determination to stop accepting immigration bonds posted by a surety 
company that has been certified to issue bonds by the Department of the 
Treasury when the company does not cure deficient performance. Treasury 
administers the Federal corporate surety program and, in its current 
regulations, allows agencies to prescribe ``for cause'' standards and 
procedures for declining to accept bonds from Treasury-certified 
sureties. ICE would also require surety companies seeking to overturn a 
breach determination to file an administrative appeal raising all legal 
and factual defenses.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   11/00/17
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

[[Page 40299]]

    Agency Contact: Beth Cook, Deputy Chief, Office of the Principal 
Legal Advisor, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement, Suite 200, 166 Sycamore Street, Williston, VT 
05495, Phone: 802 288-7742, Email: beth.e.cook@ice.dhs.gov.
    Molly Stubbs, ICE Regulatory Coordinator, Department of Homeland 
Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20536, Phone: 202 732-6202, Email: 
molly.stubbs@ice.dhs.gov.
    Brad Tuttle, Attorney Advisor, Department of Homeland Security, 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20536, Phone: 202 732-5000, Email: 
bradley.c.tuttle@ice.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1653-AA67

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Long-Term Actions

148. Updates to Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands 
Regulations To Implement Executive Order 13690 and the Federal Flood 
Risk Management Standard

    Legal Authority: E.O. 11988, as amended; E.O. 13690
    Abstract: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) proposes 
to amend its regulations at 44 CFR part 9 ``Floodplain Management and 
Protection of Wetlands'' to implement Executive Order 13690, which 
establishes the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS). 44 CFR 
part 9 describes FEMA's process for determining whether the proposed 
location for an action falls within a floodplain. In addition, for 
those projects that would fall within a floodplain, part 9 describes 
FEMA's framework for deciding whether and how to complete the action in 
the floodplain, in light of the risk of flooding. Consistent with 
Executive Order 13690 and the FFRMS, the proposed rule would change how 
FEMA defines a ``floodplain'' with respect to certain actions. 
Additionally, under the proposed rule, FEMA would use natural systems, 
ecosystem process, and nature-based approaches, where practicable, when 
developing alternatives to locating a proposed action in the 
floodplain.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   08/22/16  81 FR 57401
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/21/16
Next Action Undetermined............
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kristin Fontenot, Office of Environmental and 
Historic Preservation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal 
Emergency Management Agency, 400 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, 
Phone: 202 646-2741, Email: kristin.fontenot@fema.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1660-AA85

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Completed Actions

149. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Financial Assistance/
Subsidy Arrangement

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.
    Abstract: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued 
this final rule to remove the copy of the Financial Assistance/Subsidy 
Arrangement (Arrangement) and the summary of the Financial Control Plan 
from the appendices of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) 
regulations. It is no longer necessary or appropriate to retain a 
contract, agreement, or any other arrangement between FEMA and private 
insurance companies in the Code of Federal Regulations.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   05/23/16  81 FR 32261
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/22/16
Final Rule..........................   11/23/16  81 FR 84483
Final Rule Effective................   12/23/16
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Claudia Murphy, Policyholder Services Division, 
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 
400 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, Phone: 202 646-2775, Email: 
claudia.murphy@fema.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1660-AA86

[FR Doc. 2017-16921 Filed 8-23-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 9110-9B-P