Adjustment of Civil Penalties for Inflation, 2304-2305 [2020-00222]

Download as PDF 2304 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 10 / Wednesday, January 15, 2020 / Rules and Regulations For plans with a valuation date Rate set On or after * Before * 316 * 2–1–20 3–1–20 Issued in Washington, DC. Stephanie Cibinic, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. [FR Doc. 2020–00332 Filed 1–14–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7709–02–P PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION 29 CFR Parts 4071 and 4302 RIN 1212–AB45 Adjustment of Civil Penalties for Inflation Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is required to amend its regulations annually to adjust for inflation the maximum civil penalty for failure to provide certain notices or other material information and for failure to provide certain multiemployer plan notices. DATES: Effective date: This rule is effective on January 15, 2020. Applicability date: The increases in the civil monetary penalties under sections 4071 and 4302 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act provided for in this rule apply to such penalties assessed after January 15, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Stephanie Cibinic, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs (cibinic.stephanie@pbgc.gov), Office of the General Counsel, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005–4026; 202– 229–6352. (TTY users may call the Federal relay service toll-free at 800– 877–8339 and ask to be connected to 202–229–6352.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Summary Purpose of the Regulatory Action This rule is needed to carry out the requirements of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act 16:59 Jan 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 0.25 Deferred annuities (percent) i1 i2 * 4.00 4.00 i3 * Improvements Act of 2015 and Office of Management and Budget guidance M– 20–05. The rule adjusts, as required for 2020, the maximum civil penalties under 29 CFR part 4071 and 29 CFR part 4302 that the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) may assess for failure to provide certain notices or other material information and certain multiemployer plan notices. PBGC’s legal authority for this action comes from the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and from sections 4002(b)(3), 4071, and 4302 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Major Provisions of the Regulatory Action SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 Immediate annuity rate (percent) This rule adjusts as required by law the maximum civil penalties that PBGC may assess under sections 4071 and 4302 of ERISA. The new maximum amounts are $2,233 for section 4071 penalties and $297 for section 4302 penalties. Background PBGC administers title IV of ERISA. Title IV has two provisions that authorize PBGC to assess civil monetary penalties.1 Section 4302, added to ERISA by the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980, authorizes PBGC to assess a civil penalty of up to $100 a day for failure to provide a notice under subtitle E of title IV of ERISA (dealing with multiemployer plans). Section 4071, added to ERISA by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, authorizes PBGC to assess a civil penalty of up to $1,000 a day for failure to provide a notice or other material information under subtitles A, B, and C of title IV and sections 303(k)(4) and 306(g)(4) of title I of ERISA. 1 Under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, a penalty is a civil monetary penalty if (among other things) it is for a specific monetary amount or has a maximum amount specified by Federal law. Title IV also provides (in section 4007) for penalties for late payment of premiums, but those penalties are neither in a specified amount nor subject to a specified maximum amount. PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 n1 * 4.00 n2 * 7 8 Adjustment of Civil Penalties On November 2, 2015, the President signed into law the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015,2 which requires agencies to adjust civil monetary penalties for inflation and to publish the adjustments in the Federal Register. An initial adjustment was required to be made by interim final rule published by July 1, 2016, and effective by August 1, 2016. Subsequent adjustments must be published by January 15 each year after 2016. On December 16, 2019, the Office of Management and Budget issued memorandum M–20–05 on implementation of the 2020 annual inflation adjustment pursuant to the 2015 act.3 The memorandum provides agencies with the cost-of-living adjustment multiplier for 2020, which is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI–U) for the month of October 2019, not seasonally adjusted. The multiplier for 2020 is 1.01764. The adjusted maximum amounts are $2,233 for section 4071 penalties and $297 for section 4302 penalties. Compliance With Regulatory Requirements The Office of Management and Budget has determined that this rule is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866 and therefore not subject to its review. As this is not a significant regulatory action under E.O. 12866, it is not considered an E.O. 13771 regulatory action. The Office of Management and Budget also has determined that notice and public comment on this final rule are unnecessary because the adjustment of civil penalties implemented in the rule is required by law. See 5 U.S.C. 553(b). Because no general notice of proposed rulemaking is required for this rule, the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 does not apply. See 5 U.S.C. 601(2). 2 Sec. 701, Public Law 114–74, 129 Stat. 599–601 (Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015). 3 See M–20–05, Implementation of Penalty Inflation Adjustments for 2020, Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, https:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/information-foragencies/memoranda/. E:\FR\FM\15JAR1.SGM 15JAR1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 10 / Wednesday, January 15, 2020 / Rules and Regulations List of Subjects 29 CFR Part 4071 Penalties. 29 CFR Part 4302 Penalties. In consideration of the foregoing, PBGC amends 29 CFR parts 4071 and 4302 as follows: PART 4071—PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO PROVIDE CERTAIN NOTICES OR OTHER MATERIAL INFORMATION 1. The authority citation for part 4071 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 28 U.S.C. 2461 note, as amended by sec. 701, Pub. L. 114–74, 129 Stat. 599–601; 29 U.S.C. 1302(b)(3), 1371. § 4071.3 [Amended] 2. In § 4071.3, the figures ‘‘$2,194’’ are removed and the figures ‘‘$2,233’’ are added in their place. ■ PART 4302—PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO PROVIDE CERTAIN MULTIEMPLOYER PLAN NOTICES 3. The authority citation for part 4302 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 28 U.S.C. 2461 note, as amended by sec. 701, Pub. L. 114–74, 129 Stat. 599–601; 29 U.S.C. 1302(b)(3), 1452. § 4302.3 [Amended] 4. In § 4302.3, the figures ‘‘$292’’ are removed and the figures ‘‘$297’’ are added in their place. ■ I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking § Section U.S.C. United States Code Issued in Washington DC. Gordon Hartogensis, Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. [FR Doc. 2020–00222 Filed 1–14–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7709–02–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2019–0118] RIN 1625–AA11 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Regulated Navigation Area; Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio Rivers, Pittsburgh, PA Coast Guard, DHS. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing a regulated navigation area for certain waters of the Monongahela, SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:02 Jan 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 Allegheny, and Ohio Rivers at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of persons, vessels, and the marine environment on these navigable waters due to the high volume of vessels navigating the area. This rule will prohibit persons and vessels from loitering, anchoring, stopping, mooring, remaining, or drifting more than 100 feet from any river bank in the regulated navigation area unless authorized in order to reduce vessel congestion and provide for safe passage of transiting vessels in the center of the rivers. It will also prohibit persons and vessels from loitering, anchoring, stopping, mooring, remaining, or drifting in any manner that impedes the safe passage of another vessel to any launching ramp, marine, or fleeting area unless authorized. DATES: This rule is effective February 14, 2020. ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to https:// www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2019– 0118 in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rule. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email ENS William Russell, Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 412–221–0807, email William.W.Russell@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: II. Background Information and Regulatory History During a Passenger Vessel Association Rivers Region Meeting in November of 2016, participants notified Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Pittsburgh of navigation and safety issues involving vessel congestion near the Point of Pittsburgh during the summer months. As a result, MSU Pittsburgh formed a Congested Waterways Committee that meets monthly to investigate the congestion issue and discuss concerns regarding use of the waterway. The committee includes: Tow boat operators, commercial passenger vessel operators, port executives, safe boating council members, industry representatives, and members from local recreational boat associations, along with representatives of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, United States Army Corps of PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 2305 Engineers (USACE), and city and state law enforcement officials. MSU Pittsburgh learned that during summer months, especially on weekends, large numbers of recreational vessels anchor or drift in the vicinity of the Point of Pittsburgh, which created an unsafe navigation situation for the larger commercial vessels utilizing the waterway. Some of the participants discussed several near misses between commercial and recreational vessels, but currently there is no standard definition of a near miss as it pertains to this issue, nor has it been tracked. MSU Pittsburgh received comments about the dangers of recreational vessels anchoring or drifting near the sailing line,1 and conversely, about the dangers of commercial vessels that seem to expect vessels to give way as a matter of course. The local ferries also expressed concerns regarding vessels blocking the approaches to their loading areas. During the summer of 2018, MSU Pittsburgh was notified of two outdoor concerts at Heinz Field. Due to the proximity of the stadium to the Ohio River, large concentrations of recreational vessels were anticipated throughout concert weekends. To mitigate the navigational impact, MSU Pittsburgh permitted these concerts as marine events and established temporary Special Local Regulations to maintain a safe and clear navigation area during the concert weekends. Both temporary Special Local Regulations prohibited persons and vessels from loitering, anchoring, stopping, or drifting more than 100 feet from any riverbank or act in a manner that impedes the passage of another vessel to any launching ramp, marina, or fleeting area. In advance of the concert weekends, MSU Pittsburgh conducted outreach/education. MSU Pittsburgh provided flyers to the three locks and dams of the Pitt Pool to be given to boaters entering the pool throughout the concert weekends. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary patrols also provided flyers to boaters in the Pitt Pool during the concerts. MSU Pittsburgh personnel participated in news media interviews with two local TV stations and one local newspaper. According to the USACE, 529 recreational and 133 commercial vessels transited through the locks of the Pitt Pool throughout the concert weekends. Additionally, 316 passenger vessel trips were conducted in close proximity to Heinz Field. Despite the concentration of vessels, both recreational and 1 The phrase ‘‘sailing line’’ is defined as the middle of the river as marked on the USACE river charts. E:\FR\FM\15JAR1.SGM 15JAR1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 10 (Wednesday, January 15, 2020)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-00222]


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PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION

29 CFR Parts 4071 and 4302

RIN 1212-AB45


Adjustment of Civil Penalties for Inflation

AGENCY: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is required to amend 
its regulations annually to adjust for inflation the maximum civil 
penalty for failure to provide certain notices or other material 
information and for failure to provide certain multiemployer plan 
notices.

DATES: 
    Effective date: This rule is effective on January 15, 2020.
    Applicability date: The increases in the civil monetary penalties 
under sections 4071 and 4302 of the Employee Retirement Income Security 
Act provided for in this rule apply to such penalties assessed after 
January 15, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Cibinic, Deputy Assistant 
General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs ([email protected]), 
Office of the General Counsel, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 
1200 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005-4026; 202-229-6352. (TTY users 
may call the Federal relay service toll-free at 800-877-8339 and ask to 
be connected to 202-229-6352.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Executive Summary

Purpose of the Regulatory Action

    This rule is needed to carry out the requirements of the Federal 
Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and 
Office of Management and Budget guidance M-20-05. The rule adjusts, as 
required for 2020, the maximum civil penalties under 29 CFR part 4071 
and 29 CFR part 4302 that the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 
(PBGC) may assess for failure to provide certain notices or other 
material information and certain multiemployer plan notices.
    PBGC's legal authority for this action comes from the Federal Civil 
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal 
Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and 
from sections 4002(b)(3), 4071, and 4302 of the Employee Retirement 
Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Major Provisions of the Regulatory Action

    This rule adjusts as required by law the maximum civil penalties 
that PBGC may assess under sections 4071 and 4302 of ERISA. The new 
maximum amounts are $2,233 for section 4071 penalties and $297 for 
section 4302 penalties.

Background

    PBGC administers title IV of ERISA. Title IV has two provisions 
that authorize PBGC to assess civil monetary penalties.\1\ Section 
4302, added to ERISA by the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act 
of 1980, authorizes PBGC to assess a civil penalty of up to $100 a day 
for failure to provide a notice under subtitle E of title IV of ERISA 
(dealing with multiemployer plans). Section 4071, added to ERISA by the 
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, authorizes PBGC to assess a 
civil penalty of up to $1,000 a day for failure to provide a notice or 
other material information under subtitles A, B, and C of title IV and 
sections 303(k)(4) and 306(g)(4) of title I of ERISA.
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    \1\ Under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act 
of 1990, a penalty is a civil monetary penalty if (among other 
things) it is for a specific monetary amount or has a maximum amount 
specified by Federal law. Title IV also provides (in section 4007) 
for penalties for late payment of premiums, but those penalties are 
neither in a specified amount nor subject to a specified maximum 
amount.
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Adjustment of Civil Penalties

    On November 2, 2015, the President signed into law the Federal 
Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015,\2\ 
which requires agencies to adjust civil monetary penalties for 
inflation and to publish the adjustments in the Federal Register. An 
initial adjustment was required to be made by interim final rule 
published by July 1, 2016, and effective by August 1, 2016. Subsequent 
adjustments must be published by January 15 each year after 2016.
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    \2\ Sec. 701, Public Law 114-74, 129 Stat. 599-601 (Bipartisan 
Budget Act of 2015).
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    On December 16, 2019, the Office of Management and Budget issued 
memorandum M-20-05 on implementation of the 2020 annual inflation 
adjustment pursuant to the 2015 act.\3\ The memorandum provides 
agencies with the cost-of-living adjustment multiplier for 2020, which 
is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) for the month of October 
2019, not seasonally adjusted. The multiplier for 2020 is 1.01764. The 
adjusted maximum amounts are $2,233 for section 4071 penalties and $297 
for section 4302 penalties.
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    \3\ See M-20-05, Implementation of Penalty Inflation Adjustments 
for 2020, Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation 
Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/information-for-agencies/memoranda/.
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Compliance With Regulatory Requirements

    The Office of Management and Budget has determined that this rule 
is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 12866 
and therefore not subject to its review. As this is not a significant 
regulatory action under E.O. 12866, it is not considered an E.O. 13771 
regulatory action.
    The Office of Management and Budget also has determined that notice 
and public comment on this final rule are unnecessary because the 
adjustment of civil penalties implemented in the rule is required by 
law. See 5 U.S.C. 553(b).
    Because no general notice of proposed rulemaking is required for 
this rule, the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 does not apply. See 5 
U.S.C. 601(2).

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List of Subjects

29 CFR Part 4071

    Penalties.

29 CFR Part 4302

    Penalties.

    In consideration of the foregoing, PBGC amends 29 CFR parts 4071 
and 4302 as follows:

PART 4071--PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO PROVIDE CERTAIN NOTICES OR 
OTHER MATERIAL INFORMATION

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1. The authority citation for part 4071 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  28 U.S.C. 2461 note, as amended by sec. 701, Pub. L. 
114-74, 129 Stat. 599-601; 29 U.S.C. 1302(b)(3), 1371.


Sec.  4071.3   [Amended]

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2. In Sec.  4071.3, the figures ``$2,194'' are removed and the figures 
``$2,233'' are added in their place.

PART 4302--PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO PROVIDE CERTAIN MULTIEMPLOYER 
PLAN NOTICES

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3. The authority citation for part 4302 continues to read as follows:


    Authority:  28 U.S.C. 2461 note, as amended by sec. 701, Pub. L. 
114-74, 129 Stat. 599-601; 29 U.S.C. 1302(b)(3), 1452.


Sec.  4302.3   [Amended]

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4. In Sec.  4302.3, the figures ``$292'' are removed and the figures 
``$297'' are added in their place.

    Issued in Washington DC.
Gordon Hartogensis,
Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
[FR Doc. 2020-00222 Filed 1-14-20; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 7709-02-P