Rescission of Regulations Implementing the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, 48542-48544 [2018-20411]

Download as PDF 48542 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 187 / Wednesday, September 26, 2018 / Rules and Regulations I. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism) The Department has reviewed this rule in accordance with the Executive Order on Federalism (Executive Order 13132, 64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999). This rule does not have federalism implications as outlined in E.O. 13132. The rule does not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. J. Executive Order 13175, Indian Tribal Governments The Department has reviewed this rule under the terms of Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 6, 2000) and determined it does not have ‘‘tribal implications.’’ The rule does not have ‘‘substantial direct effects on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes.’’ As a result, no Tribal summary impact statement has been prepared. VII. Regulatory Revision For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Department of Labor amends part 10 of title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows: PART 10—ESTABLISHING A MINIMUM WAGE FOR CONTRACTORS 1. The authority citation for part 10 is revised to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; section 2, E.O. 13838, 83 FR 25341; section 4, E.O. 13658, 79 FR 9851; Secretary’s Order 01–2014, 79 FR 77527. 2. In § 10.4, add paragraph (g) to read as follows: ■ § 10.4 Exclusions. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES * * * * * (g) Contracts in connection with seasonal recreational services and seasonal recreational equipment rental offered for public use on Federal lands. This part shall not apply to contracts or contract-like instruments entered into with the Federal Government in connection with seasonal recreational services or seasonal recreational equipment rental for the general public on Federal lands, but this exemption shall not apply to lodging and food services associated with seasonal recreational services. Seasonal recreational services include river running, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, mountaineering VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Sep 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 activities, recreational ski services, and youth camps. Signed in Washington, DC, this 18th day of September. Bryan L. Jarrett, Acting Administrator, Wage and Hour Division. [FR Doc. 2018–20757 Filed 9–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–27–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary 29 CFR Part 34 RIN 1290–AA32 Rescission of Regulations Implementing the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, Department of Labor. ACTION: Direct final rule. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Labor takes this action to remove regulations for an inoperative program but continues to require non-discrimination and equal-employment opportunity under its programs. The Department is undergoing a process of identifying identify regulations that are ‘‘outdated’’ and ‘‘unnecessary.’’ The regulations being rescinded by this rule are ‘‘outdated’’ because they administer a program that no longer exists. And they are ‘‘unnecessary’’ because they currently serve no purpose, as their existence or non-existence has no impact on the Department’s enforcement of non-discrimination standards under its existing programs. In particular, the Department is rescinding its regulations implementing Section 167 of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, as amended (JTPA). Section 167 contained the nondiscrimination and equalopportunity provisions of the JTPA. In 1998, Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which repealed the JTPA and required the Secretary of Labor to transition any authority under the JTPA to the system that WIA created. WIA, in turn, was subsequently altered by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). In sum, this rule removes regulations for an inoperative program, but has no impact on existing non-discrimination rules. DATES: This direct final rule is effective on November 26, 2018, unless the Department receives a significant SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 adverse comment to this direct final rule or the companion proposed rule by October 26, 2018, on any unintended changes this action makes in the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity obligations the Department enforces. If timely, significant adverse comment is received, the Department will publish a notification of withdrawal of the direct final rule in the Federal Register before the effective date. Such notification may withdraw the direct final rule in whole or in part. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted, identified by Regulatory Information Number (RIN) 1290–AA32, by any one of the following methods: • Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: (202) 693–6505 (for comments of six pages or less). • Mail or Hand Delivery/Courier: Naomi Barry-Perez, Director, Civil Rights Center (CRC), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N–4123, Washington, DC 20210. • Email: CRC-WIOA@dol.gov. Please submit your comment by only one method. Receipt of comments will not be acknowledged; however, the Department will post all comments received on http://www.regulations.gov without making any change to the comments, including any personal information provided. The http:// www.regulations.gov website is the Federal e-rulemaking portal, and all comments posted there are available and accessible to the public. The Department cautions commenters not to include personal information, such as Social Security Numbers, personal addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses, in comments, as such submitted information will become viewable by the public via http:// www.regulations.gov. It is the responsibility of the commenter to safeguard personal information. Comments submitted through http:// www.regulations.gov will not include the commenter’s email address unless the commenter chooses to include that information as part of a comment. Postal delivery in Washington, DC, may be delayed due to security concerns. Therefore, the Department encourages the public to submit comments via the website indicated above. The Department will also make all the comments it receives available for public inspection during normal business hours at the Civil Rights Center at the above address. If you need assistance to review the comments, the Department will provide you with E:\FR\FM\26SER1.SGM 26SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 187 / Wednesday, September 26, 2018 / Rules and Regulations daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES appropriate aids such as readers or print magnifiers. The Department will make copies of this rule available, upon request, in large print and as an electronic file on computer disk. The Department will consider providing the rule in other formats upon request. To schedule an appointment to review the comments and/or obtain the rule in an alternate format, contact CRC at (202) 693–6500 (VOICE) or (800) 877–8339 (TTY). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Naomi Barry-Perez, Director, Civil Rights Center, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N– 4123, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693–6500 (VOICE) or (800) 877– 8339 (Federal Relay Service—for TTY), or by email at CRC–WIOA@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Under the JTPA, the Department of Labor provided financial assistance to certain recipients for the purpose of establishing programs to meet the job training needs of youth and adults facing serious barriers to employment. Section 167 of the JTPA contained nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions that prohibited discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and for beneficiaries only, citizenship status or participation in a JTPA-funded program or activity. As amended by the Job Training Reform Amendments of 1992, the JTPA provided that final regulations implementing Section 167 be issued within 90 days of the enactment date of the Job Training Reform Amendments of 1992. On January 15, 1993, the Department issued the implementing regulations at 29 CFR part 34 for the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the JTPA. The rule applied to recipients of Federal financial assistance under the JTPA. The rule imposed general nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements, as well as certain affirmative obligations, such as data collection and recordkeeping requirements. The JTPA was repealed by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). The Department’s regulations implementing WIA provided for the phased transition of the JTPA programs to WIA, to be fully completed by July 1, 2000. Section 188 of WIA contained substantially similar nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements as those contained in the JTPA. The Department issued regulations implementing WIA Section 188 at 29 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Sep 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 CFR part 37 on November 12, 1999. WIA in turn was superseded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014. Section 188 of WIOA contains the same nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions as those in WIA. The Department issued final regulations implementing WIOA Section 188 at 29 CFR part 38 on December 2, 2016. II. Purpose of the Regulatory Action The purpose of this action is to rescind the regulations implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the JTPA. All funding under the JTPA, together with the obligation to comply with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements of Section 167, has now expired. The Section 167 regulations have been superseded by those implementing Section 188 of first WIA, then WIOA. The regulations at 29 CFR part 34 governed a program that has not been in operation for more than a decade and so were outdated and unnecessary. Therefore, the rescission of the regulations is ministerial in nature. III. Statement of Legal Authority Statutory Authority The Department effects this rescission consistent with the repeal of the JTPA in Section 199(b)(2) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Public Law 105–220. Departmental Authorization CRC issued the regulations implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity obligations of the JTPA pursuant to Secretary’s Order 2– 81, 50 FR 28853 (July 16, 1985), which authorized the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), working through the Director, Office of Civil Rights (OCR), now CRC, to establish and formulate all policies, standards, and procedures, as well as to issue rules and regulations, governing the civil rights enforcement programs under grant-related nondiscrimination statutes. Secretary’s Order 2–85 similarly delegated to OASAM, working through the Director, OCR, now CRC, exclusive authority for the implementation and enforcement of the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the JTPA. Secretary’s Orders 2–81 and 2–85 were canceled following the repeal of the JTPA. Secretary’s Order 04–2000, 65 FR 69184 (Nov. 15, 2000), re-delegated the relevant responsibilities to CRC. The delegation in Secretary’s Order 04–2000 covers CRC’s rescission of the regulations implementing the PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 48543 nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the JTPA. IV. Rulemaking Analyses and Notices A. Administrative Procedure Act and Direct Final Rulemaking Direct final rulemaking in this instance is appropriate because the action is solely ministerial in nature, the underlying statute (Section 167 of the JTPA) has been superseded by the requirements of Section 188 of WIA and WIOA, and all funding under the JTPA has expired. Direct final rulemaking is used when a rule is noncontroversial and is expected to elicit no adverse comment. Here, direct final rulemaking is appropriate because the rule does nothing more than remove regulations for a program that is no longer operative. Under this circumstance, the use of direct final rulemaking satisfies APA requirements. The Department is publishing concurrently with this direct final rule an identical notice of proposed rulemaking elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. The companion proposed rule provides the procedural framework to finalize the rule in the event that any significant adverse comment is received. The comment period for this direct final rule runs concurrently with the comment period for the proposed rule. Any comments received in response to this direct final rule will also be considered as comments regarding the companion proposed rule. If any significant adverse comments are received during the comment period, the Department will withdraw the direct final rule and proceed in developing a final rule using the usual notice-and-comment procedure. If no significant adverse comment is received during the comment period, the Department will publish a document withdrawing the proposed rule. B. Executive Orders 12866, 13563, and 13771 This rule is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ within the meaning of Executive Order 12866 and the principles reaffirmed in Executive Order 13563. In addition, this rule is not an Executive Order 13771 regulatory action because this rule is not significant under Executive Order 12866. C. Paperwork Reduction Act This regulatory action will not impose any additional reporting or recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. E:\FR\FM\26SER1.SGM 26SER1 48544 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 187 / Wednesday, September 26, 2018 / Rules and Regulations D. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism) The Department has reviewed this rule in accordance with Executive Order 13132 regarding federalism, and has determined that it does not have federalism implications. This rule will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 This rule does not contain a Federal mandate that will result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in aggregate, or by the private sector of $100 million or more in any one year. G. Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 Pursuant to Section 605(b) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, CRC certifies that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. See 5 U.S.C. 605(b). As explained above, this rule is ministerial in nature and does not impose any additional regulatory burdens. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES H. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 This rule is not a major rule as defined by Section 804 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. This rule will not result in an annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or more; a major increase in costs or prices; or significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of the United States-based companies to compete with foreignbased companies in domestic and export markets. I. Executive Order 13175 (Indian Tribal Governments) This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175 that would require a tribal summary impact statement. The rule would not have substantial direct effects on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and 17:04 Sep 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 J. Executive Order 12630 (Government Actions and Interference With Constitutionally Protected Property Rights) This rule is not subject to Executive Order 12630 because it does not involve implementation of a policy that has takings implications or that could impose limitations on private property use. K. Executive Order 12988 (Civil Justice Reform) F. Assessment of Federal Regulations and Policies on Families This rule will not affect family wellbeing within the meaning of Section 654 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act 1999, 5 U.S.C. 601 note. VerDate Sep<11>2014 responsibilities between the Federal government and Indian tribes. The rule was drafted and reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 12988 and will not unduly burden the Federal court system. The rule was: (1) Reviewed to eliminate drafting errors and ambiguities; (2) written to minimize litigation; and (3) written to provide a clear legal standard for affected conduct and to promote burden reduction. List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 34 Implementation of the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Requirements of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, as Amended (JTPA). For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Department rescinds 29 CFR part 34 in its entirety as follows: PART 34—[REMOVED AND RESERVED] 1. Remove and reserve part 34, consisting of §§ 34.1 through 34.53. ■ Signed at Washington DC, on September 13, 2018. Bryan Slater, Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, Department of Labor. [FR Doc. 2018–20411 Filed 9–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 151 BILLING CODE 1301–00–D ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 6 [FRL–9984–09–OP] Amendment of the NEPA Official Under Procedures for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). AGENCY: ACTION: Final rule. This final rule amends the Environmental Protection Agency’s (‘‘EPA’’) responsibility of the NEPA Official under its existing regulations for ‘‘Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Assessing the Environmental Effects Abroad of EPA Actions.’’ This amendment is a result of an agency reorganization that only impacts a title change of the designated NEPA Official under the existing regulations. This amendment is procedural in nature and none of these changes are intended to substantively alter the Agency’s compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act for the EPA’s actions. SUMMARY: This final rule is effective on September 26, 2018. DATES: This is organized according to the following outline: RIN 1625–AC45 Ballast Water Management—Annual Reporting Requirement Correction In rule document 2018–20374, appearing on pages 47284 through 47293, in the issue of Wednesday, Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Jessica Trice, Office of Federal Activities, NEPA Compliance Division (MC 2252A), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564–6646; email address: trice.jessica@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [Docket No. USCG–2018–0245] Frm 00024 [FR Doc. C1–2018–20374 Filed 9–25–18; 8:45 am] FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PO 00000 September 19, 2018, make the following correction: On page 47291, in Table 5, under the table heading, in the second column, the column heading titled ‘‘Current COI respondents (B)’’ is corrected to read ‘‘COI burden hours (B)’’. I. General Information A. 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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of the Secretary

29 CFR Part 34

RIN 1290-AA32


Rescission of Regulations Implementing the Nondiscrimination and 
Equal Opportunity Provisions of the Job Training Partnership Act of 
1982

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and 
Management, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Direct final rule.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Labor takes this action to remove 
regulations for an inoperative program but continues to require non-
discrimination and equal-employment opportunity under its programs. The 
Department is undergoing a process of identifying identify regulations 
that are ``outdated'' and ``unnecessary.'' The regulations being 
rescinded by this rule are ``outdated'' because they administer a 
program that no longer exists. And they are ``unnecessary'' because 
they currently serve no purpose, as their existence or non-existence 
has no impact on the Department's enforcement of non-discrimination 
standards under its existing programs. In particular, the Department is 
rescinding its regulations implementing Section 167 of the Job Training 
Partnership Act of 1982, as amended (JTPA). Section 167 contained the 
nondiscrimination and equal-opportunity provisions of the JTPA. In 
1998, Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which 
repealed the JTPA and required the Secretary of Labor to transition any 
authority under the JTPA to the system that WIA created. WIA, in turn, 
was subsequently altered by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity 
Act (WIOA). In sum, this rule removes regulations for an inoperative 
program, but has no impact on existing non-discrimination rules.

DATES: This direct final rule is effective on November 26, 2018, unless 
the Department receives a significant adverse comment to this direct 
final rule or the companion proposed rule by October 26, 2018, on any 
unintended changes this action makes in the nondiscrimination and equal 
opportunity obligations the Department enforces. If timely, significant 
adverse comment is received, the Department will publish a notification 
of withdrawal of the direct final rule in the Federal Register before 
the effective date. Such notification may withdraw the direct final 
rule in whole or in part.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted, identified by Regulatory 
Information Number (RIN) 1290-AA32, by any one of the following 
methods:
     Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: (202) 693-6505 (for comments of six pages or less).
     Mail or Hand Delivery/Courier: Naomi Barry-Perez, 
Director, Civil Rights Center (CRC), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-4123, Washington, DC 20210.
     Email: [email protected].
    Please submit your comment by only one method. Receipt of comments 
will not be acknowledged; however, the Department will post all 
comments received on http://www.regulations.gov without making any 
change to the comments, including any personal information provided. 
The http://www.regulations.gov website is the Federal e-rulemaking 
portal, and all comments posted there are available and accessible to 
the public.
    The Department cautions commenters not to include personal 
information, such as Social Security Numbers, personal addresses, 
telephone numbers and email addresses, in comments, as such submitted 
information will become viewable by the public via http://www.regulations.gov. It is the responsibility of the commenter to 
safeguard personal information. Comments submitted through http://www.regulations.gov will not include the commenter's email address 
unless the commenter chooses to include that information as part of a 
comment.
    Postal delivery in Washington, DC, may be delayed due to security 
concerns. Therefore, the Department encourages the public to submit 
comments via the website indicated above.
    The Department will also make all the comments it receives 
available for public inspection during normal business hours at the 
Civil Rights Center at the above address. If you need assistance to 
review the comments, the Department will provide you with

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appropriate aids such as readers or print magnifiers. The Department 
will make copies of this rule available, upon request, in large print 
and as an electronic file on computer disk. The Department will 
consider providing the rule in other formats upon request. To schedule 
an appointment to review the comments and/or obtain the rule in an 
alternate format, contact CRC at (202) 693-6500 (VOICE) or (800) 877-
8339 (TTY).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Naomi Barry-Perez, Director, Civil 
Rights Center, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, 
Room N-4123, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693-6500 (VOICE) or 
(800) 877-8339 (Federal Relay Service--for TTY), or by email at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    Under the JTPA, the Department of Labor provided financial 
assistance to certain recipients for the purpose of establishing 
programs to meet the job training needs of youth and adults facing 
serious barriers to employment. Section 167 of the JTPA contained 
nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions that prohibited 
discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national 
origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and for 
beneficiaries only, citizenship status or participation in a JTPA-
funded program or activity. As amended by the Job Training Reform 
Amendments of 1992, the JTPA provided that final regulations 
implementing Section 167 be issued within 90 days of the enactment date 
of the Job Training Reform Amendments of 1992. On January 15, 1993, the 
Department issued the implementing regulations at 29 CFR part 34 for 
the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the JTPA. The 
rule applied to recipients of Federal financial assistance under the 
JTPA. The rule imposed general nondiscrimination and equal opportunity 
requirements, as well as certain affirmative obligations, such as data 
collection and recordkeeping requirements.
    The JTPA was repealed by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 
(WIA). The Department's regulations implementing WIA provided for the 
phased transition of the JTPA programs to WIA, to be fully completed by 
July 1, 2000. Section 188 of WIA contained substantially similar 
nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements as those contained 
in the JTPA. The Department issued regulations implementing WIA Section 
188 at 29 CFR part 37 on November 12, 1999. WIA in turn was superseded 
by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014. Section 
188 of WIOA contains the same nondiscrimination and equal opportunity 
provisions as those in WIA. The Department issued final regulations 
implementing WIOA Section 188 at 29 CFR part 38 on December 2, 2016.

II. Purpose of the Regulatory Action

    The purpose of this action is to rescind the regulations 
implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of 
the JTPA. All funding under the JTPA, together with the obligation to 
comply with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements of 
Section 167, has now expired. The Section 167 regulations have been 
superseded by those implementing Section 188 of first WIA, then WIOA. 
The regulations at 29 CFR part 34 governed a program that has not been 
in operation for more than a decade and so were outdated and 
unnecessary. Therefore, the rescission of the regulations is 
ministerial in nature.

III. Statement of Legal Authority

Statutory Authority

    The Department effects this rescission consistent with the repeal 
of the JTPA in Section 199(b)(2) of the Workforce Investment Act of 
1998, Public Law 105-220.

Departmental Authorization

    CRC issued the regulations implementing the nondiscrimination and 
equal opportunity obligations of the JTPA pursuant to Secretary's Order 
2-81, 50 FR 28853 (July 16, 1985), which authorized the Assistant 
Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), working through 
the Director, Office of Civil Rights (OCR), now CRC, to establish and 
formulate all policies, standards, and procedures, as well as to issue 
rules and regulations, governing the civil rights enforcement programs 
under grant-related nondiscrimination statutes. Secretary's Order 2-85 
similarly delegated to OASAM, working through the Director, OCR, now 
CRC, exclusive authority for the implementation and enforcement of the 
nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the JTPA. 
Secretary's Orders 2-81 and 2-85 were canceled following the repeal of 
the JTPA. Secretary's Order 04-2000, 65 FR 69184 (Nov. 15, 2000), re-
delegated the relevant responsibilities to CRC. The delegation in 
Secretary's Order 04-2000 covers CRC's rescission of the regulations 
implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of 
the JTPA.

IV. Rulemaking Analyses and Notices

A. Administrative Procedure Act and Direct Final Rulemaking

    Direct final rulemaking in this instance is appropriate because the 
action is solely ministerial in nature, the underlying statute (Section 
167 of the JTPA) has been superseded by the requirements of Section 188 
of WIA and WIOA, and all funding under the JTPA has expired. Direct 
final rulemaking is used when a rule is noncontroversial and is 
expected to elicit no adverse comment. Here, direct final rulemaking is 
appropriate because the rule does nothing more than remove regulations 
for a program that is no longer operative. Under this circumstance, the 
use of direct final rulemaking satisfies APA requirements.
    The Department is publishing concurrently with this direct final 
rule an identical notice of proposed rulemaking elsewhere in this issue 
of the Federal Register. The companion proposed rule provides the 
procedural framework to finalize the rule in the event that any 
significant adverse comment is received. The comment period for this 
direct final rule runs concurrently with the comment period for the 
proposed rule. Any comments received in response to this direct final 
rule will also be considered as comments regarding the companion 
proposed rule.
    If any significant adverse comments are received during the comment 
period, the Department will withdraw the direct final rule and proceed 
in developing a final rule using the usual notice-and-comment 
procedure. If no significant adverse comment is received during the 
comment period, the Department will publish a document withdrawing the 
proposed rule.

B. Executive Orders 12866, 13563, and 13771

    This rule is not a ``significant regulatory action'' within the 
meaning of Executive Order 12866 and the principles reaffirmed in 
Executive Order 13563. In addition, this rule is not an Executive Order 
13771 regulatory action because this rule is not significant under 
Executive Order 12866.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    This regulatory action will not impose any additional reporting or 
recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

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D. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)

    The Department has reviewed this rule in accordance with Executive 
Order 13132 regarding federalism, and has determined that it does not 
have federalism implications. This rule will not have substantial 
direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national 
government and the States, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities among the various levels of government.

E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    This rule does not contain a Federal mandate that will result in 
the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in aggregate, 
or by the private sector of $100 million or more in any one year.

F. Assessment of Federal Regulations and Policies on Families

    This rule will not affect family well-being within the meaning of 
Section 654 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act 
1999, 5 U.S.C. 601 note.

G. Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980

    Pursuant to Section 605(b) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, CRC 
certifies that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on 
a substantial number of small entities. See 5 U.S.C. 605(b). As 
explained above, this rule is ministerial in nature and does not impose 
any additional regulatory burdens.

H. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996

    This rule is not a major rule as defined by Section 804 of the 
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. This rule 
will not result in an annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or 
more; a major increase in costs or prices; or significant adverse 
effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, 
innovation, or on the ability of the United States-based companies to 
compete with foreign-based companies in domestic and export markets.

I. Executive Order 13175 (Indian Tribal Governments)

    This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 
13175 that would require a tribal summary impact statement. The rule 
would not have substantial direct effects on one or more Indian tribes, 
on the relationship between the Federal government and Indian tribes, 
or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the 
Federal government and Indian tribes.

J. Executive Order 12630 (Government Actions and Interference With 
Constitutionally Protected Property Rights)

    This rule is not subject to Executive Order 12630 because it does 
not involve implementation of a policy that has takings implications or 
that could impose limitations on private property use.

K. Executive Order 12988 (Civil Justice Reform)

    The rule was drafted and reviewed in accordance with Executive 
Order 12988 and will not unduly burden the Federal court system. The 
rule was: (1) Reviewed to eliminate drafting errors and ambiguities; 
(2) written to minimize litigation; and (3) written to provide a clear 
legal standard for affected conduct and to promote burden reduction.

List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 34

    Implementation of the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity 
Requirements of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, as Amended 
(JTPA).

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Department rescinds 
29 CFR part 34 in its entirety as follows:

PART 34--[REMOVED AND RESERVED]

0
1. Remove and reserve part 34, consisting of Sec. Sec.  34.1 through 
34.53.

    Signed at Washington DC, on September 13, 2018.
Bryan Slater,
Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for 
Administration and Management, Department of Labor.
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