Custody and Authentication of Commission Records, 9661-9663 [2020-02359]

Download as PDF 9661 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 34 Thursday, February 20, 2020 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION 10 CFR Part 2 [NRC–2018–0048] RIN 3150–AK11 Adjustment of Civil Penalties for Inflation for Fiscal Year 2020; Correction Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Final rule; correcting amendment. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on January 15, 2020, that amended its regulations to adjust the maximum civil monetary penalties it can assess under statutes enforced by the agency. These changes are mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. This document corrects the final rule to provide the correct maximum civil monetary penalty, per day, for a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, or any regulation or order issued under the Atomic Energy Act. SUMMARY: Effective on February 20, 2020. Eric Michel, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001, telephone: 301–415–0932; email: Eric.Michel2@ nrc.gov. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: This document corrects the final rule that was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 (85 FR 2281), to provide the correct maximum civil monetary penalty, per day, for a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, or any regulation or order issued under the Atomic Energy lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 Feb 19, 2020 Jkt 250001 Act. As previously stated in the January 15 final rule, agency rules that implement the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 are expressly exempt from the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (Pub. L. 114–74, 129 Stat. 599; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note). As such, this corrective rulemaking is being issued without prior public notice or opportunity for public comment, with an effective date of February 20, 2020. For the reasons set out in the preamble and under the authority of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended; the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, as amended; and 5 U.S.C. 552 and 553, the NRC is adopting the following amendment to 10 CFR part 2: Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 5th day of February, 2020. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Cindy Bladey, Chief, Regulatory Analysis and Rulemaking Support, Division of Rulemaking, Environmental, and Financial Support, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. List of Subjects in 10 CFR Part 2 Administrative practice and procedure, Antitrust, Byproduct material, Classified information, Confidential business information, Environmental protection, Freedom of information, Hazardous waste, Nuclear energy, Nuclear materials, Nuclear power plants and reactors, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Sex discrimination, Source material, Special nuclear material, Waste treatment and disposal. Accordingly, 10 CFR part 2 is corrected by making the following correcting amendments: Custody and Authentication of Commission Records PART 2—AGENCY RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE 1. The authority citation for part 2 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: Atomic Energy Act of 1954, secs. 29, 53, 62, 63, 81, 102, 103, 104, 105, 161, 181, 182, 183, 184, 186, 189, 191, 234 (42 U.S.C. 2039, 2073, 2092, 2093, 2111, 2132, 2133, 2134, 2135, 2201, 2231, 2232, 2233, 2234, 2236, 2239, 2241, 2282); Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, secs. 201, 206 (42 U.S.C. 5841, 5846); Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, secs. 114(f), 134, 135, 141 (42 U.S.C. 10134(f), 10154, 10155, 10161); Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 552, 553, 554, 557, 558); National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332); 44 U.S.C. 3504 note. Section 2.205(j) also issued under 28 U.S.C. 2461 note. § 2.205 [Amended] 2. In § 2.205(j), remove the amount ‘‘$303.471’’ and add in its place ‘‘$303,471’’. ■ PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 [FR Doc. 2020–02548 Filed 2–19–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 18 CFR Part 375 [Docket No. RM19–7–000; Order No. 868] Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) amends its regulations concerning custody and authentication of Commission records. Specifically, this final rule provides clarification that a Senior Agency Official for Records will maintain legal custody of all Commission records. This final rule also clarifies that authentication of records can be performed by staff officials through delegated authority. DATES: This rule will become effective March 23, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Cook, Office of the Secretary, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502– 8102, christopher.cook@ferc.gov Mark Hershfield, Office of the General Counsel, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502– 8597, mark.hershfield@ferc.gov SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Introduction 1. This instant final rule revises 18 CFR 375.102(a) to establish a Senior Agency Official for Records as the legal custodian of all Commission records. This final rule also clarifies that authentication of records can be performed by staff officials through delegated authority under 18 CFR part E:\FR\FM\20FER1.SGM 20FER1 9662 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 34 / Thursday, February 20, 2020 / Rules and Regulations 375, subpart C. The rule imposes no new obligations on the public. II. Background 2. The Commission’s existing regulations place records in the custody of both the Secretary and the Executive Director.1 The Secretary has custody over: The Commission’s seal; the minutes of all actions taken by the Commission; the transcripts, electronic recordings, or minutes of meetings closed to public observation; the Commission’s rules and regulations; and the Commission’s administrative orders.2 The Executive Director has custody of all other records not in the custody of the Secretary.3 The Commission’s regulations also provide that all orders and other actions of the Commission shall be authenticated by the Secretary or the Secretary’s designee.4 III. Discussion A. Custody of Records 3. By statute, the head of each federal agency must make and preserve records containing adequate and proper documentation of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, and essential transactions of the agency.5 Specifically, federal agencies are responsible for both the physical and legal custody of records.6 4. Physical custody involves the responsibility for the care of records and implementing policies governing access to records.7 This final rule does not change physical custody of Commission records, which will continue to remain with the individual office within the Commission that maintains the record.8 5. This final rule clarifies the agency official responsible for legal custody of the Commission’s records. Legal custody involves the ownership and the responsibility for creating policies 1 See 18 CFR 375.102. 18 CFR 375.102(a)(1). 3 See 18 CFR 375.102(a)(2). 4 See 18 CFR 375.102(b). 5 44 U.S.C. 3101. 6 National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) defines the term custody to include care and control of records, including both physical possession (physical custody) and legal responsibility (legal custody), unless one or the other is specified. See NARA, Strategic Directions: Custody of Federal Records of Archival Value, (Sept. 2003), https://www.archives.gov/recordsmgmt/initiatives/custody.html. 7 Id. 8 Id. The current regulations provide that the Secretary has custody over, for example, the Commission’s seal and the minutes of all actions taken by the Commission, among other things as described above. Although this language has been deleted from the amended regulation, the Secretary will continue to have physical custody over these items. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES 2 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 Feb 19, 2020 Jkt 250001 governing access to records regardless of their physical location.9 6. NARA requires that each agency designate a Senior Agency Official for Records that is responsible for the legal custody of agency records.10 While the Commission’s current regulation, 18 CFR 375.102(a), provides divided legal custody between the Secretary and the Executive Director, we are amending the regulation to place legal custody in one individual, the Senior Agency Official for Records. The Secretary of the Commission is the current Senior Agency Official for Records, and thus legal custody will no longer be divided between the Secretary and the Executive Director, and will be designated with the Secretary or his/her designee. B. Authentication of Records 7. Additionally, this final rule clarifies that authentication of records can be performed by staff officials exercising delegated authority under 18 CFR part 375, subpart C.11 Specifically, 18 CFR part 375, subpart C delegates authority to certain staff officials to take certain actions, e.g., issue letter orders addressing certain categories of filings.12 8. The Commission’s existing regulations specify that all orders and other actions of the Commission must be authenticated or signed by the Secretary or the Secretary’s designee.13 This final rule revises 18 CFR 375.102(b) to provide that the Secretary is required to authenticate all Commission actions and orders except those actions taken pursuant to delegated authority, which will be authenticated by the issuing staff official in lieu of the Secretary. Moreover, issuances in the Commission’s electronic document repository (eLibrary) on the Commission’s website (http://www.ferc.gov) will be considered authenticated. IV. Information Collection Statement 9. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approves certain information collection requirements imposed by agency rule.14 This instant final rule does not contain any information collection requirements. Therefore, compliance with OMB regulations is not required. V. Environmental Analysis 10. The Commission is required to prepare an Environmental Assessment 9 See Id. CFR 1220.34(a). 11 See, e.g., 18 CFR 375.307. 12 18 CFR part 375. 13 See 18 CFR 375.102(b). 14 5 CFR 1320.12. 10 36 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 or an Environmental Impact Statement for any action that may have a significant adverse effect on the human environment.15 11. Part 380 of the Commission’s regulations lists exemptions to the requirement to draft an Environmental Analysis or Environmental Impact Statement. Included is an exemption for procedural, ministerial, or internal administrative actions.16 This rulemaking is, accordingly, exempt from the requirement to draft such documents under that provision. VI. Regulatory Flexibility Act 12. The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA) 17 generally requires a description and analysis of final rules that will have significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This final rule concerns an interpretation of current Commission regulations and practices. The Commission certifies that it will not have a significant economic impact upon participants in Commission proceedings. An analysis under the RFA is therefore not required. VII. Document Availability 13. In addition to publishing the full text of this document in the Federal Register, the Commission provides all interested persons an opportunity to view and/or print the contents of this document via the internet through the Commission’s Home Page (http:// www.ferc.gov) and in the Commission’s Public Reference Room during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time) at 888 First Street NE, Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426. 14. From the Commission’s Home Page on the internet, this information is available on eLibrary. The full text of this document is available on eLibrary in PDF and Microsoft Word format for viewing, printing, and/or downloading. To access this document in eLibrary, type the docket number excluding the last three digits of this document in the docket number field. 15. User assistance is available for eLibrary and the Commission’s website during normal business hours from FERC Online Support at (202) 502–6652 (toll free at 1–866–208–3676) or email at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or the Public Reference Room at (202) 502– 8371, TTY (202) 502–8659. Email the Public Reference Room at public.referenceroom@ferc.gov. 15 Regulations Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Order No. 486, FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 30,783 (1987) (crossreferenced at 41 FERC ¶ 61,284). 16 18 CFR 380.4(a)(1). 17 5 U.S.C. 601–12. E:\FR\FM\20FER1.SGM 20FER1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 34 / Thursday, February 20, 2020 / Rules and Regulations VIII. Effective Date 16. The Commission is issuing this rule as a final rule without a period for public comment. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(A), notice and comment procedures are unnecessary for ‘‘rules of agency organization, procedure, or practice.’’ This rule is such a rule, and is directed at improving the efficient and effective operations of the Commission, not toward a determination of the rights or interests of affected parties. The rule will not significantly affect regulated entities or the general public. 17. These regulations are effective March 23, 2020. List of Subjects in 18 CFR Part 375.102 Seals and Insignia. By the Commission. Issued: January 28, 2020. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. In consideration of the foregoing, the Commission amends part 375, chapter I, Title 18, Code of Federal Regulations, as follows: PART 375—THE COMMISSION 1. The authority citation for part 375 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 551–557; 15 U.S.C. 717–717w, 3301–3432; 16 U.S.C. 791–825r, 2601–2645; 42 U.S.C. 7101–7352. 2. Section 375.102 is revised to read as follows: ■ lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES § 375.102 Custody and authentication of Commission records. (a) Custody of official records. The Senior Agency Official for Records shall have legal custody of all records of the Commission. The individual Commission office that maintains a record shall have physical custody of that record. (b) Authentication of action. All orders and other actions of the Commission shall be authenticated by the Secretary or the Secretary’s designee, with the exception of actions taken pursuant to delegations of authority under 18 CFR part 375, subpart C, which will be authenticated by the issuing official. Issuances posted on the Commission’s electronic filing system on the Commission’s website are authenticated. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 34 (Thursday, February 20, 2020)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 9661-9663]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

18 CFR Part 375

[Docket No. RM19-7-000; Order No. 868]


Custody and Authentication of Commission Records

AGENCY: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) amends 
its regulations concerning custody and authentication of Commission 
records. Specifically, this final rule provides clarification that a 
Senior Agency Official for Records will maintain legal custody of all 
Commission records. This final rule also clarifies that authentication 
of records can be performed by staff officials through delegated 
authority.

DATES: This rule will become effective March 23, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 

Christopher Cook, Office of the Secretary, 888 First Street NE, 
Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502-8102, [email protected]
Mark Hershfield, Office of the General Counsel, 888 First Street NE, 
Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502-8597, [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

    1. This instant final rule revises 18 CFR 375.102(a) to establish a 
Senior Agency Official for Records as the legal custodian of all 
Commission records. This final rule also clarifies that authentication 
of records can be performed by staff officials through delegated 
authority under 18 CFR part

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375, subpart C. The rule imposes no new obligations on the public.

II. Background

    2. The Commission's existing regulations place records in the 
custody of both the Secretary and the Executive Director.\1\ The 
Secretary has custody over: The Commission's seal; the minutes of all 
actions taken by the Commission; the transcripts, electronic 
recordings, or minutes of meetings closed to public observation; the 
Commission's rules and regulations; and the Commission's administrative 
orders.\2\ The Executive Director has custody of all other records not 
in the custody of the Secretary.\3\ The Commission's regulations also 
provide that all orders and other actions of the Commission shall be 
authenticated by the Secretary or the Secretary's designee.\4\
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    \1\ See 18 CFR 375.102.
    \2\ See 18 CFR 375.102(a)(1).
    \3\ See 18 CFR 375.102(a)(2).
    \4\ See 18 CFR 375.102(b).
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III. Discussion

A. Custody of Records

    3. By statute, the head of each federal agency must make and 
preserve records containing adequate and proper documentation of the 
organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, and essential 
transactions of the agency.\5\ Specifically, federal agencies are 
responsible for both the physical and legal custody of records.\6\
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    \5\ 44 U.S.C. 3101.
    \6\ National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) defines 
the term custody to include care and control of records, including 
both physical possession (physical custody) and legal responsibility 
(legal custody), unless one or the other is specified. See NARA, 
Strategic Directions: Custody of Federal Records of Archival Value, 
(Sept. 2003), https://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/initiatives/custody.html.
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    4. Physical custody involves the responsibility for the care of 
records and implementing policies governing access to records.\7\ This 
final rule does not change physical custody of Commission records, 
which will continue to remain with the individual office within the 
Commission that maintains the record.\8\
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    \7\ Id.
    \8\ Id. The current regulations provide that the Secretary has 
custody over, for example, the Commission's seal and the minutes of 
all actions taken by the Commission, among other things as described 
above. Although this language has been deleted from the amended 
regulation, the Secretary will continue to have physical custody 
over these items.
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    5. This final rule clarifies the agency official responsible for 
legal custody of the Commission's records. Legal custody involves the 
ownership and the responsibility for creating policies governing access 
to records regardless of their physical location.\9\
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    \9\ See Id.
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    6. NARA requires that each agency designate a Senior Agency 
Official for Records that is responsible for the legal custody of 
agency records.\10\ While the Commission's current regulation, 18 CFR 
375.102(a), provides divided legal custody between the Secretary and 
the Executive Director, we are amending the regulation to place legal 
custody in one individual, the Senior Agency Official for Records. The 
Secretary of the Commission is the current Senior Agency Official for 
Records, and thus legal custody will no longer be divided between the 
Secretary and the Executive Director, and will be designated with the 
Secretary or his/her designee.
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    \10\ 36 CFR 1220.34(a).
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B. Authentication of Records

    7. Additionally, this final rule clarifies that authentication of 
records can be performed by staff officials exercising delegated 
authority under 18 CFR part 375, subpart C.\11\ Specifically, 18 CFR 
part 375, subpart C delegates authority to certain staff officials to 
take certain actions, e.g., issue letter orders addressing certain 
categories of filings.\12\
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    \11\ See, e.g., 18 CFR 375.307.
    \12\ 18 CFR part 375.
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    8. The Commission's existing regulations specify that all orders 
and other actions of the Commission must be authenticated or signed by 
the Secretary or the Secretary's designee.\13\ This final rule revises 
18 CFR 375.102(b) to provide that the Secretary is required to 
authenticate all Commission actions and orders except those actions 
taken pursuant to delegated authority, which will be authenticated by 
the issuing staff official in lieu of the Secretary. Moreover, 
issuances in the Commission's electronic document repository (eLibrary) 
on the Commission's website (http://www.ferc.gov) will be considered 
authenticated.
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    \13\ See 18 CFR 375.102(b).
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IV. Information Collection Statement

    9. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approves certain 
information collection requirements imposed by agency rule.\14\ This 
instant final rule does not contain any information collection 
requirements. Therefore, compliance with OMB regulations is not 
required.
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    \14\ 5 CFR 1320.12.
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V. Environmental Analysis

    10. The Commission is required to prepare an Environmental 
Assessment or an Environmental Impact Statement for any action that may 
have a significant adverse effect on the human environment.\15\
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    \15\ Regulations Implementing the National Environmental Policy 
Act of 1969, Order No. 486, FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 30,783 (1987) 
(cross-referenced at 41 FERC ] 61,284).
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    11. Part 380 of the Commission's regulations lists exemptions to 
the requirement to draft an Environmental Analysis or Environmental 
Impact Statement. Included is an exemption for procedural, ministerial, 
or internal administrative actions.\16\ This rulemaking is, 
accordingly, exempt from the requirement to draft such documents under 
that provision.
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    \16\ 18 CFR 380.4(a)(1).
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VI. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    12. The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA) \17\ generally 
requires a description and analysis of final rules that will have 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. 
This final rule concerns an interpretation of current Commission 
regulations and practices. The Commission certifies that it will not 
have a significant economic impact upon participants in Commission 
proceedings. An analysis under the RFA is therefore not required.
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    \17\ 5 U.S.C. 601-12.
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VII. Document Availability

    13. In addition to publishing the full text of this document in the 
Federal Register, the Commission provides all interested persons an 
opportunity to view and/or print the contents of this document via the 
internet through the Commission's Home Page (http://www.ferc.gov) and 
in the Commission's Public Reference Room during normal business hours 
(8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time) at 888 First Street NE, Room 2A, 
Washington, DC 20426.
    14. From the Commission's Home Page on the internet, this 
information is available on eLibrary. The full text of this document is 
available on eLibrary in PDF and Microsoft Word format for viewing, 
printing, and/or downloading. To access this document in eLibrary, type 
the docket number excluding the last three digits of this document in 
the docket number field.
    15. User assistance is available for eLibrary and the Commission's 
website during normal business hours from FERC Online Support at (202) 
502-6652 (toll free at 1-866-208-3676) or email at 
[email protected], or the Public Reference Room at (202) 502-
8371, TTY (202) 502-8659. Email the Public Reference Room at 
[email protected].

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VIII. Effective Date

    16. The Commission is issuing this rule as a final rule without a 
period for public comment. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(A), notice and 
comment procedures are unnecessary for ``rules of agency organization, 
procedure, or practice.'' This rule is such a rule, and is directed at 
improving the efficient and effective operations of the Commission, not 
toward a determination of the rights or interests of affected parties. 
The rule will not significantly affect regulated entities or the 
general public.
    17. These regulations are effective March 23, 2020.

List of Subjects in 18 CFR Part 375.102

    Seals and Insignia.

    By the Commission.

    Issued: January 28, 2020.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
    In consideration of the foregoing, the Commission amends part 375, 
chapter I, Title 18, Code of Federal Regulations, as follows:

PART 375--THE COMMISSION

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1. The authority citation for part 375 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 551-557; 15 U.S.C. 717-717w, 3301-3432; 16 
U.S.C. 791-825r, 2601-2645; 42 U.S.C. 7101-7352.


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2. Section 375.102 is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  375.102  Custody and authentication of Commission records.

    (a) Custody of official records. The Senior Agency Official for 
Records shall have legal custody of all records of the Commission. The 
individual Commission office that maintains a record shall have 
physical custody of that record.
    (b) Authentication of action. All orders and other actions of the 
Commission shall be authenticated by the Secretary or the Secretary's 
designee, with the exception of actions taken pursuant to delegations 
of authority under 18 CFR part 375, subpart C, which will be 
authenticated by the issuing official. Issuances posted on the 
Commission's electronic filing system on the Commission's website are 
authenticated.

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