Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act: Electronic Filing, Settlement, and Civil Money Penalty Procedures, 8686-8687 [2021-02723]

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Existing collections of information were approved by the Office of Management and Budget, approval numbers 3150–0011 and 3150– 0151. V. Congressional Review Act The NUREG/CR–7002, Rev. 1, is a rule as defined in the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801–808). However, the Office of Management and Budget has not found it to be a major rule as defined in the Congressional Review Act. Dated: February 3, 2021. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mark D. Lombard, Deputy Director, Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response. Dated: February 4, 2021. Vanessa A. Countryman, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–02615 Filed 2–8–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RIN 1240–AA13 Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act: Electronic Filing, Settlement, and Civil Money Penalty Procedures SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Labor. ACTION: Withdrawal of direct final rule. AGENCY: 17 CFR Part 210 [Release No. 33–10876A; 34–90210A; FR– 88A; IA–5613A; IC–34052A; File No. S7–26– 19] RIN 3235–AM63 Qualifications of Accountants Securities and Exchange Commission. ACTION: Final rule; correction. AGENCY: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES [Corrected] 1. On page 80541, in the first column, under ‘‘§ 210.2–01’’ in Instruction 2.c, ‘‘Revising paragraphs (c)(1)(ii)(A) introductory text’’ is corrected to read ‘‘Revising paragraph (c)(1)(ii)(A)(1) introductory text.’’ ■ 20 CFR Part 702 BILLING CODE 7590–01–P This document makes technical corrections to amendments to update certain auditor independence requirements adopted in Release No. 33–10876 (October 16, 2020) (‘‘Adopting SUMMARY: 16:18 Feb 08, 2021 § 210.2–01 Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs [FR Doc. 2021–02584 Filed 2–8–21; 8:45 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 Release’’), which was published in the Federal Register on December 11, 2020. DATES: Effective June 9, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Kim, Senior Special Counsel, Office of the Chief Accountant, at (202) 551–5300, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We are making technical amendments to correct § 210.2–01. Specifically, this document amends Instruction 2 published in the Adopting Release. Instruction 2.c is amended to correct a citation to § 210.2– 01. In document FR doc. 2020–23364, which was published in the Federal Register on Friday, December 11, 2020, at 85 FR 80508, the following correction is made: Jkt 253001 On December 14, 2020, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register revising regulations governing electronic filing and settlements, and establishing new procedures for assessing and adjudicating penalties under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). Consistent with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2021, from the Assistant to the President and Chief SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 of Staff, entitled ‘‘Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,’’ OWCP is withdrawing the direct final rule. DATES: Effective February 9, 2021, the direct final rule published at 85 FR 80601 on December 14, 2020, is withdrawn. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Antonio Rios, Director, Division of Federal Employees’, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, (202)–693–0040, rios.antonio@dol.gov. TTY/TDD callers may dial toll free 1–877–889–5627 for further information. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 14, 2020, OWCP published a direct final rule entitled Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act: Electronic Filing, Settlement, and Civil Money Penalty Procedures, 85 FR 80601. This rule would revise the LHWCA regulations governing electronic filing and settlements, and establish new procedures for assessing and adjudicating penalties under the LHWCA. The comment period for the rule expires on February 12, 2021, and the rule will become effective March 15, 2021, unless OWCP withdraws it prior to then. OWCP stated that it would withdraw the rule if it received significant adverse public comment on either the direct final rule or a simultaneously published companion notice of proposed rulemaking. See 85 FR 80698 (Dec. 14, 2020). A new administration assumed office on January 20, 2021. On that same date, the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff issued a memorandum entitled ‘‘Regulatory Freeze Pending Review’’ to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies. 86 FR 7424 (Jan. 28, 2021). The purpose of the memorandum was ‘‘to ensure that the President’s appointees or designees have the opportunity to review any new or pending rules.’’ Id. The memorandum directs agencies to consider pausing or delaying certain regulatory actions for the purpose of reviewing questions of fact, law, and policy raised therein. OWCP believes that the most efficient way to implement the memorandum in this instance is to withdraw the rule rather than delay the effective date. The comment period is still open and if OWCP receives any significant adverse comment, it would have to withdraw the rule anyway. Withdrawing the rule will also give the new administration time to review the rule and consider the policies it implements. OWCP is simultaneously withdrawing the companion notice of proposed rulemaking. OWCP intends to offer the E:\FR\FM\09FER1.SGM 09FER1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 25 / Tuesday, February 9, 2021 / Rules and Regulations public an opportunity to comment on the topics addressed at a later time. ■ Accordingly, the final rule amending 20 CFR part 702 published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2020 (85 FR 80601) are withdrawn as of February 9, 2021. Christopher J. Godfrey, Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. [FR Doc. 2021–02723 Filed 2–8–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–CR–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary of Labor 29 CFR Part 22 Occupational Safety and Health Administration 29 CFR Part 1986 RIN 1290–AA28 Rules of Practice and Procedure Concerning Filing and Service and Amended Rules Concerning Filing and Service; Correction Employment and Training Administration, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Office of the Secretary, Office of Labor-Management Standards, Wage and Hour Division, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. ACTION: Direct final rule; correction. AGENCY: The Department of Labor (Department or DOL) is correcting a direct final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on January 11, 2021, ‘‘Rules of Practice and Procedure Concerning Filing and Service and Amended Rules Concerning Filing and Service.’’ The companion proposed rule to the final rule was published in the same issue of the Federal Register. The final rule required electronic filing (efiling) and made acceptance of electronic service (e-service) automatic for attorneys and non-attorney representatives representing parties in proceedings before the Administrative Review Board, unless the Board authorized non-electronic filing and service for good cause. Among other changes, the final rule was intended to revise several sections of the Code of Federal Regulations. However, the final rule as published inadvertently omitted amendatory instructions to revise two section headings, despite providing revised language for those headings. This document provides the omitted khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:18 Feb 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 amendatory instructions to ensure that these two section headings are revised as written in the final rule. DATES: This correction is effective on February 25, 2021, unless the Department receives a significant adverse comment to the underlying direct final rule or its companion proposed rule by February 10, 2021 that explains why the rule is inappropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Shepherd, Clerk of the Appellate Boards, at 202–693–6319 or Shepherd.Thomas@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DOL is making the following corrections to the final rule, as published in the Federal Register on Monday, January 11, 2021 (86 FR 1772). DOL is adding amendatory instructions to change the section headings of two sections of the Code of Federal Regulations. At 86 FR 1781, third column, 29 CFR part 22, amendatory instruction 43 revised § 22.39, paragraphs (a), (b)(3), (c), (f), and (h) through (l). The text of § 22.39 as written in the final rule also included a revised section heading; however, amendatory instruction 43 did not specify that the section heading should be revised in addition to the text of the above-listed paragraphs. In this action, amendatory instruction 43 is corrected to clarify that the section heading of § 22.39 should be revised as well. Amendatory instruction 43 is corrected to read: ‘‘43. In § 22.39, revise the section heading and paragraphs (a), (b)(3), (c), (f), and (h) through (l) to read as follows:’’. The section heading is being revised to read ‘‘Appeal to ARB’’ instead of ‘‘Appeal to authority head.’’ This change is in keeping with the Department’s clearly expressed intent in the preamble of the final rule to revise references in the regulations to an ‘‘authority head’’ to references to the ‘‘ARB’’ in order to clarify the responsibilities of the Administrative Review Board. At 86 FR 1793, third column, 29 CFR part 1986, amendatory instruction 133 revised § 1986.110, paragraph (c). The text of § 1986.110 as written in the final rule also included a revised section heading; however, amendatory instruction 133 did not specify that the section heading should be revised in addition to the text of paragraph (c). In this action, amendatory instruction 133 is corrected to clarify that the section heading of § 1986.110 should be revised, as well. Amendatory instruction 133 is corrected to read: ‘‘133. In § 1986.110, revise the section heading and paragraph (c) to read as follows:’’. The section heading is being revised to read PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 8687 ‘‘Decision and orders of the Administrative Review Board’’ instead of ‘‘Decisions and order of the Administrative Review Board.’’ The change to § 1986.110 is intended to make the section heading consistent with other similar section headings in the chapter of Title 29 that are titled ‘‘Decision and orders of the Administrative Review Board.’’ Federal Register Correction In the final rule published at 86 FR 1772 in the issue of January 11, 2021, the following corrections are made: PART 22—PROGRAM FRAUD CIVIL REMEDIES ACT OF 1986 § 22.39 [Corrected] 1. On page 1781, in the third column, correct amendatory instruction 43 to read: ‘‘43. In § 22.39, revise the section heading and paragraphs (a), (b)(3), (c), (f), and (h) through (l) to read as follows:’’. ■ PART 1986—PROCEDURES FOR THE HANDLING OF RETALIATION COMPLAINTS UNDER THE EMPLOYEE PROTECTION PROVISION OF THE SEAMAN’S PROTECTION ACT (SPA), AS AMENDED § 1986.110 [Corrected] 2. On page 1793, in the third column, correct amendatory instruction 133 to read: ‘‘133. In § 1986.110, revise the section heading and paragraph (c) to read as follows:’’. ■ Dated: February 3, 2021. Milton A. Stewart, Acting Secretary of Labor. [FR Doc. 2021–02564 Filed 2–8–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–HW–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2021–0036] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Lower Mississippi River, Mile Markers 330.0–360.0, MS Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ACTION: Temporary final rule. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 25 (Tuesday, February 9, 2021)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 8686-8687]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-02723]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

20 CFR Part 702

RIN 1240-AA13


Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act: Electronic 
Filing, Settlement, and Civil Money Penalty Procedures

AGENCY: Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Labor.

ACTION: Withdrawal of direct final rule.

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SUMMARY: On December 14, 2020, the Office of Workers' Compensation 
Programs (OWCP) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register 
revising regulations governing electronic filing and settlements, and 
establishing new procedures for assessing and adjudicating penalties 
under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). 
Consistent with the Presidential directive as expressed in the 
memorandum of January 20, 2021, from the Assistant to the President and 
Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' OWCP is 
withdrawing the direct final rule.

DATES: Effective February 9, 2021, the direct final rule published at 
85 FR 80601 on December 14, 2020, is withdrawn.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Antonio Rios, Director, Division of 
Federal Employees', Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation, Office 
of Workers' Compensation Programs, (202)-693-0040, 
[email protected]. TTY/TDD callers may dial toll free 1-877-889-5627 
for further information.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 14, 2020, OWCP published a 
direct final rule entitled Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation 
Act: Electronic Filing, Settlement, and Civil Money Penalty Procedures, 
85 FR 80601. This rule would revise the LHWCA regulations governing 
electronic filing and settlements, and establish new procedures for 
assessing and adjudicating penalties under the LHWCA. The comment 
period for the rule expires on February 12, 2021, and the rule will 
become effective March 15, 2021, unless OWCP withdraws it prior to 
then. OWCP stated that it would withdraw the rule if it received 
significant adverse public comment on either the direct final rule or a 
simultaneously published companion notice of proposed rulemaking. See 
85 FR 80698 (Dec. 14, 2020).
    A new administration assumed office on January 20, 2021. On that 
same date, the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff issued a 
memorandum entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review'' to the Heads 
of Executive Departments and Agencies. 86 FR 7424 (Jan. 28, 2021). The 
purpose of the memorandum was ``to ensure that the President's 
appointees or designees have the opportunity to review any new or 
pending rules.'' Id. The memorandum directs agencies to consider 
pausing or delaying certain regulatory actions for the purpose of 
reviewing questions of fact, law, and policy raised therein. OWCP 
believes that the most efficient way to implement the memorandum in 
this instance is to withdraw the rule rather than delay the effective 
date. The comment period is still open and if OWCP receives any 
significant adverse comment, it would have to withdraw the rule anyway. 
Withdrawing the rule will also give the new administration time to 
review the rule and consider the policies it implements. OWCP is 
simultaneously withdrawing the companion notice of proposed rulemaking. 
OWCP intends to offer the

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public an opportunity to comment on the topics addressed at a later 
time.

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Accordingly, the final rule amending 20 CFR part 702 published in the 
Federal Register on December 14, 2020 (85 FR 80601) are withdrawn as of 
February 9, 2021.

Christopher J. Godfrey,
Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.
[FR Doc. 2021-02723 Filed 2-8-21; 8:45 am]
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