December 27, 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Reader Aids
Document Number: FR-2017-12-27-ReaderAids
Type: Reader Aids
Date: 2017-12-27
Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay
Document Number: 2017-28160
Type: Executive Order
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Executive Office of the President
Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board
Document Number: 2017-28115
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: National Science Foundation, Agencies and Commissions
Implementation of Pathogen Reduction Technology in the Manufacture of Blood Components in Blood Establishments: Questions and Answers; Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability
Document Number: 2017-28043
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing the availability of a draft document entitled ``Implementation of Pathogen Reduction Technology in the Manufacture of Blood Components in Blood Establishments: Questions and Answers; Draft Guidance for Industry.'' The draft guidance document provides blood establishments that collect or process blood and blood components with recommendations for implementing pathogen reduction technology in the manufacture of pathogen-reduced blood components. The guidance also provides answers to frequently asked questions concerning the implementation of the INTERCEPT[supreg] Blood System for Platelets and Plasma. The recommendations apply to licensed blood establishments that intend to manufacture pathogen-reduced blood components using an FDA approved pathogen reduction device.
Blended Retirement System; Correction
Document Number: 2017-27964
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (``FRTIB'') is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on December 19, 2017. The document issued final regulations implementing the new Blended Retirement System. The correction is a technical amendment to a cross-reference.
Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation; Proposed Extension of Existing Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-27963
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
Currently, the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection: Miner's Claim for Benefits under the Black Lung Benefit's Act (CM-911) and Employment History (CM-911A). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed.
Agency Reorganization; Correction
Document Number: 2017-27962
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: National Credit Union Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The NCUA is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on December 20, 2017. The document implemented certain features of the NCUA reorganization that the NCUA Board announced earlier this year. This correction amends one reference within the document.
National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program; List of Petitions Received
Document Number: 2017-27961
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
HRSA is publishing this notice of petitions received under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (the program), as required by the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended. While the Secretary of HHS is named as the respondent in all proceedings brought by the filing of petitions for compensation under the Program, the United States Court of Federal Claims is charged by statute with responsibility for considering and acting upon the petitions.
Allocations, Common Application, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Grantees; State of Texas Allocation
Document Number: 2017-27960
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This notice allocates $57,800,000 of Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to the State of Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey. This allocation is made pursuant to the requirements of Public Law 115-31. This notice also makes a technical correction to the previously established alternative requirement on the low- and moderate- income national objective criteria for grantees undertaking CDBG-DR buyouts and housing incentives.
Comment Request for Review of a Revised Information Collection: Customer Satisfaction Surveys
Document Number: 2017-27959
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review of a currently approved collection, Customer Satisfaction Surveys. Approval of these surveys is necessary to collect information on Federal agency and program performance.
Comment Request for Review of a Revised Information Collection: Organizational Assessment Surveys
Document Number: 2017-27958
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review of a currently approved collection, Organizational Assessment Surveys. OPM is requesting approval of Organizational Assessment Surveys, Federal Employee Viewpoint Surveys, Exit Surveys, New Leaders Onboarding Assessments, New Employee Surveys, Training Needs Assessment Surveys, and custom Program Evaluation surveys as a part of this collection. Approval of the Organizational Assessment Surveys is necessary to collect information on Federal agency and program performance, climate, engagement, and leadership effectiveness.
Comment Request for Review of a Revised Information Collection: Leadership Assessment Surveys
Document Number: 2017-27957
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review of a currently approved collection, Leadership Assessment Surveys. OPM is requesting approval of the OPM Leadership 360TM, Leadership Potential Assessment, and the Leadership Profiler as a part of this collection. Approval of these surveys is necessary to collect information on Federal agency performance and leadership effectiveness.
Submission for Review: It's Time To Sign Up for Direct Deposit or Direct Express, RI 38-128
Document Number: 2017-27955
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a revised information collection, It's Time to Sign Up for Direct Deposit or Direct Express, RI 38-128.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Listing the Yangtze Sturgeon as an Endangered Species
Document Number: 2017-27954
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a proposed rule and a 12-month finding on a petition to list the Yangtze sturgeon (Acipenser dabryanus) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Loss of individuals due to overharvesting on the Yangtze River is the main factor that contributed to the historical decline of the species. Despite conservation efforts, this species is still currently in decline due primarily to the effects of dams and bycatch. If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act's protections to this species. We seek information from the public on this proposed rule and the status review for this species.
Submission for Review: Alternative Annuity Election, RI 20-80
Document Number: 2017-27953
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Office of Personnel Management
The Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other federal agencies the opportunity to comment on the revision of a currently approved information collection request (ICR), Alternative Annuity Election, RI 20-80.
Intent To Prepare a Draft Integrated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the New Jersey Back Bays (NJBB) Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Feasibility Study
Document Number: 2017-27952
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The action being taken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is an evaluation of CSRM problems, and an evaluation of alternative structural, non-structural, and natural and nature-based feature (NNBF) measures to address the CSRM problems in the coastal communities of the New Jersey Back Bays and Coastal Lakes in Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Atlantic, and Cape May Counties, New Jersey. The purpose of any consequent work would be to implement any one or a number of recommended plans and/or strategies that address CSRM problems evaluated in the feasibility study and integrated environmental impact statement.
Human Studies Review Board; Notification of Public Meetings
Document Number: 2017-27951
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of the Science Advisor announces two separate public meetings of the Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) to advise the Agency on the ethical and scientific review of research involving human subjects.
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2017-27950
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District (NSAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of particulate matter (PM) from wood burning devices. We are proposing to approve a local measure to reduce emissions from these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Correction
Document Number: 2017-27949
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
This document corrects technical errors that appeared in the final rule with comment period published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2017 entitled ``Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs.''
Notice of Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for the Eastern Portion of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) of the Gulf of Mexico (GEG460000); Availability of Finding of No Significant Impact
Document Number: 2017-27947
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Today, the EPA Region 4 (the ``Region'') is reissuing the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) of the Gulf of Mexico (General Permit No. GEG460000) for new and existing source discharges in the Offshore Subcategory of the Oil and Gas Extraction Point Source Category. This reissued general permit replaces the previous permit issued on March 15, 2010, and which became effective on April 1, 2010, and expired on March 31, 2015. The general permit authorizes discharges from exploration, development, and production facilities located in and discharging to all Federal waters of the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico seaward of the outer boundary of the territorial seas, and covers existing and new source facilities with operations located on Federal leases occurring in water depths seaward of 200 meters, occurring offshore the coasts of Alabama and Florida. The western boundary of the coverage area is demarcated by Mobile and Visoca Knoll lease blocks located seaward of the outer boundary of the territorial seas from the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama. The permit term will be no longer than five years from the effective date of the permit. Individual permits will be issued for operating facilities on lease blocks traversed by and shoreward of the 200-meter water depth. The draft NPDES general permit was publicly noticed from August 18, 2016 to September 17, 2016. This final permit reflects changes based on comments received during the public comments period, which are detailed in the Amendment to the Fact Sheet.
Proposed Rule; Renewable Fuel Standard Program; Grain Sorghum Oil Pathway
Document Number: 2017-27946
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this proposed rule, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing an opportunity to comment on an analysis of the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with certain biofuels that are produced from grain sorghum oil extracted at dry mill ethanol plants at any point downstream from sorghum grinding, also known as distiller sorghum oil. EPA seeks comment on its proposed assessment that using distillers sorghum oil as feedstock results in no significant agricultural sector GHG emissions; and that biodiesel and heating oil produced from distillers sorghum oil via a transesterification process, and renewable diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, naphtha, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) produced from distillers sorghum oil via a hydrotreating process, would meet the lifecycle GHG emissions reduction threshold of 50 percent required for advanced biofuels, and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. Based on these analyses, EPA is proposing to amend the RFS program regulations to define the term ``distillers sorghum oil''. We also propose to add to the regulations approved pathways from the production of biodiesel and heating oil from distillers sorghum oil via a transesterification process, and renewable diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, naphtha, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) produced from distillers sorghum oil via a hydrotreating process.
Minimum Technical Standards for Class II Gaming Systems and Equipment
Document Number: 2017-27945
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of the Interior
The National Indian Gaming Commission is amending its minimum technical standards for Class II gaming systems and equipment. The rule amends the regulations that describe how tribal governments, tribal gaming regulatory authorities, and tribal gaming operations comply with the minimum technical standards.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-27942
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Federal Reserve System, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) (collectively, the ``agencies'') may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), of which the agencies are members, has approved the Board's publication for public comment of a proposal to extend, with revision, the Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks (FFIEC 002) and the Report of Assets and Liabilities of a Non-U.S. Branch that is Managed or Controlled by a U.S. Branch or Agency of a Foreign (Non-U.S.) Bank (FFIEC 002S), which are currently approved collections of information. The Board is publishing this proposal on behalf of the agencies. The proposed revisions to these reports would align with corresponding changes made to the Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (FFIEC 031, FFIEC 041, and FFIEC 051). The Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income are commonly referred to as the Call Report. The proposed revisions to the FFIEC 002 and the FFIEC 002S would delete or consolidate certain items, establish certain reporting thresholds, account for changes in the accounting for equity investments, and make instructional clarifications consistent with those previously made to or currently proposed for the Call Report instructions. The proposed revisions would result in an overall reduction in burden and would take effect as of the June 30, 2018, report date. In determining whether to approve the proposed collection of information, the agencies will consider all comments received. As required by the PRA, the Board would then publish a second Federal Register notice for a 30-day comment period and submit the final FFIEC 002 and FFIEC 002S to OMB for review and approval.
Notice of Public Meeting of the Montana Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-27941
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Commission on Civil Rights
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) that a meeting of the Montana Advisory Committee (Committee) to the Commission will be held at 11:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) Friday, January 5, 2018. The purpose of the meeting is for the Committee to discuss preparations to hear testimony on border town discrimination.
Agenda and Notice of Public Meetings of the South Dakota Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-27940
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Commission on Civil Rights
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), that planning meetings of the South Dakota Advisory Committee to the Commission will convene at 2:00 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 and Wednesday, January 24, 2018, via teleconference. The purpose of the meeting on Jan 10 is review an advisory memorandum culminating from the subtle racism briefing in March 2017. The purpose of the meeting on January 24 is to vote on aforementioned advisory memorandum.
National Cancer Institute; Notice of Closed Meetings
Document Number: 2017-27939
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Notice of Closed Meetings
Document Number: 2017-27938
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Aging Notice of Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2017-27937
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Nontrawl Lead Level 2 Observers
Document Number: 2017-27935
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes regulations to modify specific provisions of the North Pacific Observer Program. The first two elements of this proposed rule would modify the requirements for an observer to obtain a nontrawl lead level 2 (LL2) deployment endorsement and implement a pre-cruise meeting requirement for vessels required to carry an observer with a nontrawl LL2 deployment endorsement. These elements are intended to increase the number of observers that qualify for a nontrawl LL2 deployment endorsement and maintain observer safety and data quality. The third element of this proposed rule would make editorial changes, and modify observer coverage and reporting requirements for vessels when participating in the Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program. This element is intended to promote operational efficiency, and remove unnecessary requirements for specific vessels participating in the CDQ Program. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska, and the FMP for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, and other applicable law.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Vermilion Snapper Management Measures; Amendment 47
Document Number: 2017-27934
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to implement management measures described in Amendment 47 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP), as prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) (Amendment 47). For vermilion snapper, this proposed rule would revise the stock annual catch limit (ACL). Additionally, Amendment 47 would establish a proxy for the estimate of the stock maximum sustainable yield (MSY). The purpose of this proposed rule is to revise the stock ACL for vermilion snapper in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) consistent with the most recent stock assessment.
Statutory Cable, Satellite, and DART License Reporting Practices
Document Number: 2017-27933
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadlines for the submission of written comments in response to its December 1, 2017 notice of proposed rulemaking concerning the royalty reporting practices of cable operators under section 111 and proposed revisions to the Statement of Account forms, and on proposed amendments to the Statement of Account filing requirements.
Fifty Fourth RTCA SC-224 Standards for Airport Security Access Control Systems Plenary
Document Number: 2017-27932
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of Fifty Fourth RTCA SC-224 Standards for Airport Security Access Control Systems Plenary.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-27929
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-27928
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-27927
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Proposed Collection of Information: Subscription for Purchase and Issue of U.S. Treasury Securities, State and Local Government Series
Document Number: 2017-27926
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Currently the Bureau of the Fiscal Service within the Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments concerning the Subscription for Purchase and Issue of U.S. Treasury Securities, State and Local Government Series.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2017-27924
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent orders embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Columbia River, Vancouver, WA
Document Number: 2017-27923
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Bridge across the Columbia River, mile 105.6, at Vancouver, WA. The deviation is necessary to accommodate replacement gears, shafts and bearings. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to- navigation position during maintenance activities.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; Records and Supporting Data: Importation, Receipt, Storage, and Disposition by Explosives Importers, Manufacturers, Dealers, and Users
Document Number: 2017-27922
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
The Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register, on October 25, 2017, allowing for a 60-day comment period.
Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Jasper Johns: `Something Resembling Truth' ” Exhibition
Document Number: 2017-27921
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: I hereby determine that two objects to be included in the exhibition ``Jasper Johns: `Something Resembling Truth,' '' imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at The Broad, Los Angeles, California, from on or about February 10, 2018, until on or about May 13, 2018, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest.
Steel Reef Pipelines US LLC; Notice of Application for Section 3 Authorization and Presidential Permit
Document Number: 2017-27919
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Merchant Hydro Developers, LLC; Notice of Surrender of Preliminary Permit
Document Number: 2017-27918
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Goodyear Lake Hydro, LLC; Notice Soliciting Scoping Comments
Document Number: 2017-27917
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Brookfield Energy Marketing LP v. Green Mountain Power Corporation; Notice of Complaint
Document Number: 2017-27913
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Notice of Application; Texas Eastern Transmission, LP
Document Number: 2017-27912
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission