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Download as PDF 42554 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 173 / Friday, September 8, 2017 / Notices counteract the anticompetitive effects of the Acquisition. For de novo entrants, obtaining financing to build a new specialty or emergency veterinary facility and acquiring or leasing necessary equipment can be expensive and time consuming. The investment is risky for specialists that do not have established practices and bases of referrals in the area. Further, to become a licensed veterinary specialist requires extensive education and training, significantly beyond that for a general practitioner veterinarian. Consequently, specialists are in short supply, and recruiting them to move to a new area often takes more than two years, making timely expansion by existing specialty clinics unlikely. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES IV. Effects of the Acquisition The Acquisition, if consummated, may substantially lessen competition and tend to create a monopoly in the relevant markets by eliminating head-tohead competition between Mars and VCA in the provision of specialty and emergency veterinary services; increasing the likelihood that Mars would unilaterally exercise market power; and increasing the likelihood that customers would be forced to pay higher prices for and degraded quality of the relevant services. V. The Consent Agreement The proposed Consent Agreement effectively remedies the Acquisition’s anticompetitive effects in ten markets where both Mars and VCA operate specialty or emergency veterinary clinics by requiring the parties to divest 12 facilities. Clinics in Kansas City, New York, and Phoenix are to be divested to NVA. Clinics in Portland, Rockville, and Vienna are to be divested to PetVet. Clinics in Chicago, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Seattle are to be divested to Pathway. The divestitures will preserve competition between the divested clinics and Mars’ BluePearl or VCA’s clinics that offer the same specialty or emergency services within each locality. NVA, PetVet, and Pathway are qualified acquirers of the divested assets. Each firm has significant experience acquiring, integrating, and operating specialty and emergency veterinary clinics. The divestiture includes all regulatory permits and approvals, confidential business information, including customer information, related to the divested clinics, and other assets associated with providing specialty and emergency veterinary care at the divested clinics. To ensure the divestiture is successful, the Order requires Mars and VCA to secure all VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Sep 07, 2017 Jkt 241001 third-party consents, assignments, releases, and waivers required to permit the buyers to conduct business at the divested clinics. As part of these divestitures, Mars and VCA are required to provide reasonable financial incentives to certain employees to continue in their positions. Such incentives may include, but are not limited to, guaranteeing a retention bonus for the specialty veterinarians at the divestiture clinics to assure their continued employment at such clinic, a continuation of all employee benefits, including the funding of regularly scheduled raises and bonuses, and the vesting of pension benefits (as permitted by law and for those Relevant Employees covered by a pension plan), offered by the parties. These provisions ensure that the buyers will have the assets necessary to operate the divested clinics in a competitive manner. The Consent Agreement contains several additional provisions designed to ensure that the divestitures are successful. First, the Consent Agreement prevents Mars for a period of one year from contracting with any specialty or emergency veterinarian affiliated with a divested clinic. This provides the buyers with sufficient time to build goodwill and working relationships with the veterinarians before Mars could capitalize on its prior relationships in soliciting their services. Second, to ensure continuity of patient care and records as the buyers implement their own quality care, billing, and supply systems, Mars will provide transitional services for a period of one year. Finally, the Consent Agreement requires Mars for a period of ten years from the date the Commission issues the Order to provide prior notice to the Commission of its planned acquisitions of specialty or emergency veterinary clinics in certain geographic areas. The Order requires Mars and VCA to divest the clinics no later than ten business days after the consummation of the Acquisition. The Commission has appointed Thomas A. Carpenter, D.V.M. as Interim Monitor to ensure that Mars and VCA comply with all of their obligations pursuant to the Consent Agreement and to keep the Commission informed about the status of the transfer of the rights and assets to NVA, Pathway, and PetVet. Dr. Carpenter assists client companies undergoing regulatormandated ownership transitions and has experience with the purchase and sale of veterinary clinics. If the Commission determines that NVA, Pathway, and PetVet are not acceptable acquirers of the divested PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 assets, or that the manner of the divestitures is not acceptable, the parties must unwind the sale of rights and assets to NVA, Pathway, and PetVet and divest them to a Commissionapproved acquirer within six months of the date the Order becomes final. In that circumstance, the Commission may appoint a trustee to divest the rights and assets if the parties fail to divest them as required. The purpose of this analysis is to facilitate public comment on the proposed Consent Agreement, and it is not intended to constitute an official interpretation of the proposed Decision and Order or to modify its terms in any way. By direction of the Commission. Donald S. Clark, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–19044 Filed 9–7–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION [Notice–MK–2017–03; Docket No.2017– 0002; Sequence 16] The Presidential Commission on Election Integrity (PCEI); Upcoming Public Advisory Meeting; Extension of Comment Period Office of Government-wide Policy (OGP), General Services Administration (GSA). ACTION: Meeting notice with request for comments; extension of comment period. AGENCY: GSA and OGP issued a notice on August 25, 2017, seeking input on an upcoming public advisory meeting, held by the PCEI. The comment period is extended to provide additional time for interested parties to review and submit comments on the notice. DATES: The comment period for the notice published in the Federal Register at 82 FR 40581 on August 25, 2017, is extended until September 12, 2017. Comments pertaining to the meeting should be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. ADDRESSES: Individuals who wish to submit written comments for the Commission’s consideration may do so by either of the following methods: • Regulations.gov: http:// www.regulations.gov. Submit public comments or written statements via the Federal eRulemaking portal by searching for ‘‘Notice–MK–2017–03.’’ Select the link ‘‘Comment Now’’ that corresponds with ‘‘Notice–MK–2017– SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 173 / Friday, September 8, 2017 / Notices 03.’’ Follow the instructions provided on the screen. Please include your name, organization (if any), and ‘‘Notice–MK–2017–03’’ on your attached document. Please note that any information, including personal or contact information, that you provide on the www.regulations.gov comment form or in an attachment will be publicly disclosed as it is entered, searchable on the Internet, and included in any paper docket. • Mail: Public comments may also be submitted via mail. Please address public comments to: Mr. Ron Williams, Policy Advisor, Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB), Rm. 268, Washington, DC 20504. Please note that any written comments received via mail will be uploaded to the docket on www.regulations.gov, where they will be viewable in full by the public, including any personal or contact information. Written comments not received by 5:00 p.m., EST, on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 may be submitted but will not be considered for the meeting held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. For questions, please contact Mr. Ron Williams, Policy Advisor, Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, via email at ElectionIntegrityStaff@ovp.eop.gov or telephone at 202–395–1587. For additional information, please check the Commission’s Web page at https:// www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2017/07/13/ presidential-advisory-commissionelection-integrity. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: GSA and OGP issued a notice on August 25, 2017, seeking input on an upcoming public advisory meeting, held by the PCEI. The comment period is extended to provide additional time for interested parties to review and submit comments on the notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: September 1, 2017. Allison Fahrenkopf Brigati, Associate Administrator, Office of Government-wide Policy. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2017–19025 Filed 9–7–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–14–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Sep 07, 2017 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority Part C (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) of the Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services (45 FR 67772–76, dated October 14, 1980, and corrected at 45 FR 69296, October 20, 1980, as amended most recently at 75 FR 6677, dated February 10, 2010) is amended to reflect the Order of Succession for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Section C–C, Order of Succession, is hereby amended as follows: Delete in its entirety Section C–C, Order of Succession, and insert the following: During the absence or disability of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or in the event of a vacancy in that office, the first official listed below who is available shall act as Director, except that during a planned period of absence, the Director may specify a different order of succession: 1. Principal Deputy Director 2. Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response 3. Associate Director for Science 4. Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Sherri Berger, Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [FR Doc. 2017–19023 Filed 9–7–17; 8:45 am] 42555 Delete in its entirety the Section C–C, Order of Succession, and insert the following: During the absence or disability of the Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), or in the event of a vacancy in that office, the first official listed below who is available shall act as Administrator, except during a planned period of absence, the Administrator may specify a different order of succession: 1. Principal Deputy Administrator, ATSDR 2. Assistant Administrator, ATSDR 3. Deputy Director for Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health 4. Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response 5. Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Sherri A. Berger, Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [FR Doc. 2017–19024 Filed 9–7–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–18–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifiers 10401] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: BILLING CODE 4160–18–P The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS’ intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information (including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information) and to allow 60 days for public comment on the proposed action. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding our burden estimates or any other aspect of this collection of information, including the necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions, the accuracy of the estimated burden, ways to enhance the quality, utility, and SUMMARY: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority Part J (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) of the Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services (50 FR 25129–25130, dated June 17, 1985, as amended most recently at 80 FR 61424, dated October 13, 2015) is amended to reflect the Order of Succession for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Section J–C, Order of Succession: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 173 (Friday, September 8, 2017)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

[Notice-MK-2017-03; Docket No.2017-0002; Sequence 16]


The Presidential Commission on Election Integrity (PCEI); 
Upcoming Public Advisory Meeting; Extension of Comment Period

AGENCY: Office of Government-wide Policy (OGP), General Services 
Administration (GSA).

ACTION: Meeting notice with request for comments; extension of comment 
period.

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SUMMARY: GSA and OGP issued a notice on August 25, 2017, seeking input 
on an upcoming public advisory meeting, held by the PCEI. The comment 
period is extended to provide additional time for interested parties to 
review and submit comments on the notice.

DATES: The comment period for the notice published in the Federal 
Register at 82 FR 40581 on August 25, 2017, is extended until September 
12, 2017. Comments pertaining to the meeting should be submitted no 
later than 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on Tuesday, September 12, 
2017.

ADDRESSES: Individuals who wish to submit written comments for the 
Commission's consideration may do so by either of the following 
methods:
     Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit public 
comments or written statements via the Federal eRulemaking portal by 
searching for ``Notice-MK-2017-03.'' Select the link ``Comment Now'' 
that corresponds with ``Notice-MK-2017-

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03.'' Follow the instructions provided on the screen. Please include 
your name, organization (if any), and ``Notice-MK-2017-03'' on your 
attached document. Please note that any information, including personal 
or contact information, that you provide on the www.regulations.gov 
comment form or in an attachment will be publicly disclosed as it is 
entered, searchable on the Internet, and included in any paper docket.
     Mail: Public comments may also be submitted via mail. 
Please address public comments to: Mr. Ron Williams, Policy Advisor, 
Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, 1650 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB), 
Rm. 268, Washington, DC 20504. Please note that any written comments 
received via mail will be uploaded to the docket on 
www.regulations.gov, where they will be viewable in full by the public, 
including any personal or contact information.
    Written comments not received by 5:00 p.m., EST, on Tuesday, 
September 12, 2017 may be submitted but will not be considered for the 
meeting held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions, please contact Mr. Ron 
Williams, Policy Advisor, Presidential Advisory Commission on Election 
Integrity, via email at ElectionIntegrityStaff@ovp.eop.gov or telephone 
at 202-395-1587. For additional information, please check the 
Commission's Web page at https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2017/07/13/presidential-advisory-commission-election-integrity.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: GSA and OGP issued a notice on August 25, 
2017, seeking input on an upcoming public advisory meeting, held by the 
PCEI. The comment period is extended to provide additional time for 
interested parties to review and submit comments on the notice.

    Dated: September 1, 2017.
Allison Fahrenkopf Brigati,
Associate Administrator, Office of Government-wide Policy.
[FR Doc. 2017-19025 Filed 9-7-17; 8:45 am]
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