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Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES 78792 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 235 / Monday, December 7, 2020 / Rules and Regulations with 8 of these 60 grants is $559,552. With this final rule, these baseline costs would not apply and are therefore cost savings in this analysis. With this final rule, those eight grantees that would have been required to compete in FY 2022 would instead need to complete an annual grant application for a new annual award. ACF assumes it takes approximately 33 hours of staff time to complete a noncompetitive application. Using the same assumptions as above for hourly wage, ACF estimates it costs approximately $1,703 per grant to complete a noncompetitive application. ACF multiplies this by eight grants, which results in a total cost of approximately $13,624 for these grantees to complete a noncompetitive continuation application in FY 2022. Taking this cost into account, the total cost savings associated with this final rule is approximately $545,928. This includes cost savings to those entities that are not existing Head Start grantees as there would be no funding opportunity to which they would submit a competitive application. A qualitative opportunity cost for this new rule is fewer opportunities for entities that are not existing Head Start grantees to be able to compete and potentially grow as an early childhood provider in their community, for the eight communities where grants were not designated for competition due to potentially low CLASS scores. There is also the qualitative cost of children continuing to be served by grantees which may be providing lower quality classroom learning environments that would have led to competition. However, ACF believes there is an added benefit of existing grantees still receiving DRS determinations in a timely manner and not experiencing undue stress around the status of their grant, particularly in the midst of COVID–19 when continuity of Head Start services for children and families is critically important. Additionally, these grantees would be able to continue to access and receive support from OHS through OHS’ extensive training and technical assistance system, to facilitate continued quality improvement in classroom quality care and service provision for children and families. ACF does not believe there will be a significant economic impact from this regulatory action since the flexibility in this interim final rule will only be exercised when necessary. A federally declared major disaster, emergency, or PHE that limits the ability of ACF to collect all data necessary to assess programs for DRS determinations, such as the COVID–19 PHE, are rare and, therefore, ACF anticipates this VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:21 Dec 04, 2020 Jkt 253001 flexibility will rarely be exercised. ACF also anticipates that this flexibility will be exercised in more localized disasters in the future that affect a very small subset of grantees. This RIA analyzes a one-year time horizon covering FY 2022. In the coming years, ACF anticipates very few grants being impacted by the provision in this interim final rule. However, ACF also recognizes it is difficult to predict future potential emergencies or disasters when ACF may need to again exercise the flexibility laid out in this regulatory provision, resulting in uncertainty around potential costs and cost savings. ACF invites public comment on the reasonableness of the assumptions in this regulatory impact analysis. Tribal Consultation Statement ACF conducts an average of five tribal consultations each year for those tribes operating Head Start and Early Head Start. The consultations are held in four geographic areas across the country: Southwest, Northwest, Midwest (Northern and Southern), and Eastern. The consultations are often held in conjunction with other tribal meetings or conferences, to ensure the opportunity for most of the 150 tribes that operate Head Start and Early Head Start programs are be able to attend and voice their concerns about issues regarding service delivery. ACF completes a report after each consultation, and then compiles a final report that summarizes the consultations and submits the report to the Secretary at the end of the year. ACF invites public comment on this interim final rule if there are concerns specific to Native communities and programs. List of Subjects in 45 CFR Part 1304 Designation Renewal System, Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), COVID–19, Education of disadvantaged, Grant programs—social programs, Head Start, Monitoring. Dated: November 11, 2020. Lynn A. Johnson, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families. Approved: November 13, 2020. Alex M. Azar, II, Secretary. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, ACF amends 45 CFR part 1304 as follows: PART 1304—FEDERAL ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES 1. The authority citation for part 1304 continues to read as: ■ Authority: 42 U.S.C. 9801 et seq. PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 2. Add § 1304.17 to Subpart B to read as follows: ■ Subpart B—Designation Renewal § 1304.17 Flexibility for Head Start Designation Renewal Determinations in Certain Emergencies. (a) In reviewing the relevant data as described in § 1304.15(b), if ACF determines that one or more data elements described in the conditions in section § 1304.11 is not available due to an emergency described in paragraph (b) of this section, ACF may make a designation renewal determination based on the data elements that are available. (b) The emergencies are: (1) A major disaster declared by the President under section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170). (2) An emergency declared by the President under section 501 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5191). (3) A public health emergency declared by the Secretary pursuant to section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d). [FR Doc. 2020–26033 Filed 12–4–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 200124–0029; RTID 0648– XA680] Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; 2021 Red Snapper Private Angling Component Closures in Federal Waters off Texas National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS announces closures for the 2021 fishing season for the red snapper private angling component in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off Texas in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) through this temporary rule. The red snapper recreational private angling component in the Gulf EEZ off Texas will close on January 1, 2021, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2021. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07DER1.SGM 07DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 235 / Monday, December 7, 2020 / Rules and Regulations khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES This closure is necessary to prevent the private angling component from exceeding the Texas regional management area annual catch limit (ACL) and to prevent overfishing of the Gulf red snapper resource. DATES: This closure is effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2021, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824– 5305, email: Kelli.ODonnell@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gulf reef fish fishery, which includes red snapper, is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and is implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. The final rule implementing Amendment 40 to the FMP established two components within the recreational sector fishing for Gulf red snapper: The private angling component, and the Federal for-hire component (80 FR 22422, April 22, 2015). Amendment 40 also allocated the red snapper recreational ACL (recreational quota) between the components and established separate seasonal closures for the two components. On February 6, 2020, NMFS implemented Amendments 50 A–F to the FMP, which delegated authority to the Gulf states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas) to establish specific management measures for the harvest of red snapper in Federal waters of the Gulf by the private angling component of the recreational sector (85 FR 6819, February 6, 2020). These amendments allocate a portion of the private angling ACL to each state, and each state is required to constrain landings to its allocation. As described at 50 CFR 622.23(c), a Gulf state with an active delegation may request that NMFS close all, or an area of, Federal waters off that state to the harvest and possession of red snapper by private anglers. The state is required VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:21 Dec 04, 2020 Jkt 253001 to request the closure by letter to NMFS, providing dates and geographic coordinates for the closure. If the request is within the scope of the analysis in Amendment 50A, NMFS publishes a notice in the Federal Register implementing the closure for the fishing year. Based on the analysis in Amendment 50A, Texas may request a closure of all Federal waters off the state to allow a year-round fishing season in state waters. As described at 50 CFR 622.2, ‘‘off Texas’’ is defined as the waters in the Gulf west of a rhumb line from 29°32.1′ N Lat., 93°47.7′ W long. to 26°11.4′ N Lat., 92°53′ W long., which line is an extension of the boundary between Louisiana and Texas. On November 20, 2020, NMFS received a request from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to close the EEZ off Texas to the red snapper private angling component during the 2021 fishing year. Texas requested that the closure be effective from January 1 through May 31, 2021. NMFS has determined that this request is within the scope of analysis contained within Amendment 50A, which analyzed the potential impacts of a closure of all Federal waters off Texas when a portion of the Texas quota may still be landed and is consistent with the Reef Fish FMP. As explained in Amendment 50A, Texas intends to maintain a year-round fishing season in state waters during which a part of Texas’ ACL could be caught. Therefore, the red snapper recreational private angling component in the Gulf EEZ off Texas will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2021, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2021. This closure applies to all private-anglers (those on board vessels that have not been issued a valid charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish) regardless of which state they are from or where they intend to land. Once the EEZ off Texas opens on June 1, 2021, TPWD will continue to monitor private recreational landings, and if necessary, will request that NMFS again close the EEZ in 2021 to ensure the Texas regional management area ACL is not exceeded. On and after the effective dates of these closures in the EEZ off Texas, the PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 78793 harvest and possession red snapper in the EEZ off Texas by the private angling component is prohibited and the bag and possession limits for the red snapper private angling component in the closed area is zero. Classification The Regional Administrator for the NMFS Southeast Region has determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of Gulf red snapper and is consistent with the FMP, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and other applicable laws. This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.23(c) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the temporary rule is issued without opportunity for prior notice and comment. This action is based on the best scientific information available. The Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries (AA) finds that the need to implement this action to close the Federal private angling component of the red snapper recreational sector in the EEZ off Texas constitute good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment on this temporary rule pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), because such procedures are unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule implementing the area closure authority and the state-specific private angling ACLs has already been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Such procedures are contrary to the public interest because a failure to implement the closure immediately may result an overage of the Texas ACL and less access to red snapper in state waters. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 1, 2020. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–26797 Filed 12–4–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\07DER1.SGM 07DER1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 235 (Monday, December 7, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 200124-0029; RTID 0648-XA680]


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; 2021 Red Snapper Private 
Angling Component Closures in Federal Waters off Texas

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces closures for the 2021 fishing season for the 
red snapper private angling component in the exclusive economic zone 
(EEZ) off Texas in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) through this temporary 
rule. The red snapper recreational private angling component in the 
Gulf EEZ off Texas will close on January 1, 2021, until 12:01 a.m., 
local time, on June 1, 2021.

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This closure is necessary to prevent the private angling component from 
exceeding the Texas regional management area annual catch limit (ACL) 
and to prevent overfishing of the Gulf red snapper resource.

DATES: This closure is effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 
1, 2021, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelli O'Donnell, NMFS Southeast 
Regional Office, telephone: 727-824-5305, email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gulf reef fish fishery, which includes 
red snapper, is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef 
Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the 
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and is implemented by NMFS 
under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 
622.
    The final rule implementing Amendment 40 to the FMP established two 
components within the recreational sector fishing for Gulf red snapper: 
The private angling component, and the Federal for-hire component (80 
FR 22422, April 22, 2015). Amendment 40 also allocated the red snapper 
recreational ACL (recreational quota) between the components and 
established separate seasonal closures for the two components. On 
February 6, 2020, NMFS implemented Amendments 50 A-F to the FMP, which 
delegated authority to the Gulf states (Louisiana, Mississippi, 
Alabama, Florida, and Texas) to establish specific management measures 
for the harvest of red snapper in Federal waters of the Gulf by the 
private angling component of the recreational sector (85 FR 6819, 
February 6, 2020). These amendments allocate a portion of the private 
angling ACL to each state, and each state is required to constrain 
landings to its allocation.
    As described at 50 CFR 622.23(c), a Gulf state with an active 
delegation may request that NMFS close all, or an area of, Federal 
waters off that state to the harvest and possession of red snapper by 
private anglers. The state is required to request the closure by letter 
to NMFS, providing dates and geographic coordinates for the closure. If 
the request is within the scope of the analysis in Amendment 50A, NMFS 
publishes a notice in the Federal Register implementing the closure for 
the fishing year. Based on the analysis in Amendment 50A, Texas may 
request a closure of all Federal waters off the state to allow a year-
round fishing season in state waters. As described at 50 CFR 622.2, 
``off Texas'' is defined as the waters in the Gulf west of a rhumb line 
from 29[deg]32.1' N Lat., 93[deg]47.7' W long. to 26[deg]11.4' N Lat., 
92[deg]53' W long., which line is an extension of the boundary between 
Louisiana and Texas.
    On November 20, 2020, NMFS received a request from the Texas Parks 
and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to close the EEZ off Texas to the red 
snapper private angling component during the 2021 fishing year. Texas 
requested that the closure be effective from January 1 through May 31, 
2021. NMFS has determined that this request is within the scope of 
analysis contained within Amendment 50A, which analyzed the potential 
impacts of a closure of all Federal waters off Texas when a portion of 
the Texas quota may still be landed and is consistent with the Reef 
Fish FMP. As explained in Amendment 50A, Texas intends to maintain a 
year-round fishing season in state waters during which a part of Texas' 
ACL could be caught.
    Therefore, the red snapper recreational private angling component 
in the Gulf EEZ off Texas will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on 
January 1, 2021, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2021. This 
closure applies to all private-anglers (those on board vessels that 
have not been issued a valid charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf 
reef fish) regardless of which state they are from or where they intend 
to land. Once the EEZ off Texas opens on June 1, 2021, TPWD will 
continue to monitor private recreational landings, and if necessary, 
will request that NMFS again close the EEZ in 2021 to ensure the Texas 
regional management area ACL is not exceeded.
    On and after the effective dates of these closures in the EEZ off 
Texas, the harvest and possession red snapper in the EEZ off Texas by 
the private angling component is prohibited and the bag and possession 
limits for the red snapper private angling component in the closed area 
is zero.

Classification

    The Regional Administrator for the NMFS Southeast Region has 
determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and 
management of Gulf red snapper and is consistent with the FMP, the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act, and other applicable laws.
    This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.23(c) and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.
    These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act because the temporary rule is issued without 
opportunity for prior notice and comment.
    This action is based on the best scientific information available. 
The Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries (AA) finds that the need 
to implement this action to close the Federal private angling component 
of the red snapper recreational sector in the EEZ off Texas constitute 
good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment on this temporary rule pursuant to the 
authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), because such procedures are 
unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are 
unnecessary because the rule implementing the area closure authority 
and the state-specific private angling ACLs has already been subject to 
notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the 
closure. Such procedures are contrary to the public interest because a 
failure to implement the closure immediately may result an overage of 
the Texas ACL and less access to red snapper in state waters.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: December 1, 2020.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-26797 Filed 12-4-20; 8:45 am]
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