Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Proposed Submission of Information Collection for OMB Review; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
Document Number: 2017-24729
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-15
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) invites comment on the proposed extension of its existing generic clearance for the collection of qualitative feedback on agency service delivery, which expires in January 2018. (OMB Control No. 3014- 0011, Expiration: Jan. 31, 2018). This information collection was developed as part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the process for seeking feedback from the public on service delivery. In August 2017, the Access Board published a 60-day notice soliciting public comment on the proposed renewal of our generic clearance of qualitative feedback. 82 FR 37421 (Aug. 10, 2017). No comments were received. This notice, as required by the PRA, provides an additional 30 days for public comment.
Meetings
Document Number: 2017-23323
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-26
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) plans to hold its regular committee and Board meetings in Washington, DC, Monday through Wednesday, November 13-15, 2017 at the times and location listed below.
Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions
Document Number: 2017-17064
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-08-24
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board submits the following agenda of proposed regulatory activities which may be conducted by the agency during the next 12 months. This regulatory agenda may be revised by the agency during the coming months as a result of action taken by the Board.
Meetings
Document Number: 2017-17497
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-18
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
Proposed Submission of Information Collection for OMB Review; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
Document Number: 2017-16836
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-10
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) invites comment on the proposed extension of its existing generic clearance for the collection of qualitative feedback on agency service delivery, which expires in January 2018 (OMB Control No. 3014- 0011, Expiration: Jan. 31, 2018). This information collection was developed as part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the process for seeking feedback from the public on service delivery. With this notice, the Access Board solicits comments on extension of its existing generic clearance, with proposed revisions to the type (and number) of information collection activities that reflect the agency's anticipated increasing use of customer feedback surveys over the next several years to garner qualitative feedback and improve service delivery in a timely and effective manner. Following review of comments received in response to this 60-day notice, the Access Board intends to submit a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew its generic clearance for collection of qualitative feedback for another three-year term.
Meetings
Document Number: 2017-13480
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-28
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) plans to hold its regular committee and Board meetings in Washington, DC, Monday through Wednesday, July 10-12, 2017 at the times and location listed below.
Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 2017-09544
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
Notice is given of the appointment of members to a performance review board for the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board).
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines
Document Number: 2017-04059
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-02
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) is briefly postponing the effective date of its recently-promulgated final rule that establishes revised accessibility standards and guidelines for information and communication technology (ICT). The ICT final rule was published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017, and is scheduled to become effective on March 20, 2017. A brief postponement of this effective date is necessitated by the memorandum from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review'' (Jan. 20, 2017), which generally calls on Federal agencies to delay the effective dates of published, but not-yet-effective, final rules for 60 days from the date of the memorandum. The ICT final rule will take effect on March 21, 2017.
Meetings
Document Number: 2017-03002
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) plans to hold its regular committee and Board meetings in Washington, DC, Monday through Wednesday, March 13-15, 2017 at the times and location listed below.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines
Document Number: 2017-00395
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-18
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
We, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board or Board), are revising and updating, in a single rulemaking, our standards for electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by Federal agencies covered by section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as our guidelines for telecommunications equipment and customer premises equipment covered by Section 255 of the Communications Act of 1934. The revisions and updates to the section 508-based standards and section 255-based guidelines are intended to ensure that information and communication technology covered by the respective statutes is accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.
Standards for Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment
Document Number: 2016-31186
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-09
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board or Board) is issuing accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment. The standards for medical diagnostic equipment (MDE Standards) contain minimum technical criteria to ensure that medical diagnostic equipment, including but not limited to, examination tables, examination chairs, weight scales, mammography equipment, and other imaging equipment used by health care providers for diagnostic purposes are accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities. The MDE Standards will allow independent entry to, use of, and exit from the equipment by individuals with disabilities to the maximum extent possible. The MDE Standards do not impose any mandatory requirements on health care providers or medical device manufacturers. However, other agencies, referred to as enforcing authorities in the MDE Standards, may issue regulations or adopt policies that require health care providers subject to their jurisdiction to acquire accessible medical diagnostic equipment that complies with the MDE Standards.
Meetings
Document Number: 2016-31407
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) plans to hold its regular committee and Board meetings in Washington, DC, Monday through Wednesday, January 9-11, 2017 at the times and location listed below.
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles
Document Number: 2016-28867
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-14
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board or Board) is issuing a final rule that revises its existing accessibility guidelines for non-rail vehiclesnamely, buses, over-the-road buses, and vansacquired or remanufactured by entities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The revised guidelines ensure that such vehicles are readily accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is required to revise its accessibility standards for transportation vehicles acquired or remanufactured by entities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to be consistent with the final rule.
Proposed Renewal of Information Collection; OMB Control Number 3014-0012, Online Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Complaint Form
Document Number: 2016-28743
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-29
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
We, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board), plan to seek renewed approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below, namely our Online Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Complaint Form (OMB Control Number 3014-0012), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. We have been using this complaint form since 2013 and propose to continue using it for an additional three years. By notice published on July 26, 2016, we solicited public comment on the proposed collection of information for a period of 60 days. See 81 FR 48739 (July 26, 2016). One comment was received, but it was not relevant to the information collection, and no revisions were made to the proposed Online ABA Complaint Form. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment.
Meetings; Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
Document Number: 2016-25843
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-26
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) plans to hold its regular committee and Board meetings in Washington, DC, Monday through Wednesday, November 7-9, 2016 at the times and location listed below.
Meetings
Document Number: 2016-20470
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-26
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) plans to hold its regular committee and Board meetings in Washington, DC, Monday through Wednesday, September 1214, 2016 at the times and location listed below.
Proposed Renewal of Information Collection; OMB Control Number 3014-0012, Online Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Complaint Form
Document Number: 2016-17516
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-26
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
We, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board), plan to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) renew its approval for the information collection described below, namely our Online Architectural Barriers Act Complaint FormOffice of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 3014-0012. In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other federal agencies to comment on this information collection. The information collection is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2016, and we propose to continue using the instrument for an additional three years.
Meetings
Document Number: 2016-14889
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-23
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) plans to hold its regular committee and Board meetings in Washington, DC, Monday through Wednesday, July 11-13, 2016 at the times and location listed below.
Meetings
Document Number: 2016-02787
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-11
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) plans to hold its regular committee and Board meetings in Washington, DC, Monday through Wednesday, March 7-9, 2016 at the times and location listed below.
Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; UCAN Survey-National Initiative To Understand and Connect Americans and Nature
Document Number: 2016-02352
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-08
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Meetings
Document Number: 2015-31403
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-14
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) plans to hold its regular committee and Board meetings in Washington, DC, Tuesday and Wednesday, January 12-13, 2016 at the times and location listed below.
Meetings
Document Number: 2015-26430
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, Agencies and Commissions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) plans to hold its regular committee and Board meetings in Washington, DC, Monday and Tuesday, November 9-10, 2015 at the times and location listed below.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge, Accomack County, Virginia; Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2015-21925
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-11
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability for review of our final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental impact statement (EIS) for Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (NWR, refuge) and Wallops Island NWR. The CCP/ EIS describes how we propose to manage both the staffed 14,032-acre Chincoteague NWR and the unstaffed 373-acre Wallops Island NWR over the next 15 years.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Recovery Plan for Dusky Gopher Frog
Document Number: 2015-22733
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-09
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of the final recovery plan for the endangered dusky gopher frog. The recovery plan includes specific recovery objectives and criteria that must be met in order for us to downlist the frog to threatened status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Desert Tortoise, Nye County, Nevada
Document Number: 2015-22059
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announce receipt from Valley Electric Association, Inc. of an application for a 30-year incidental take permit (permit) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The requested permit would authorize take of the Mojave desert tortoise resulting from the construction, operation, and maintenance of a solar photovoltaic facility in the town of Pahrump, Nevada. The permit application includes a proposed low- effect habitat conservation plan (HCP) that incorporates measures the applicant would implement to minimize and mitigate effects of project activities on the desert tortoise. In accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), we have prepared a draft low-effect screening form supporting our preliminary determination that the proposed action qualifies as a categorical exclusion under NEPA. We are accepting comments on the permit application, proposed low-effect HCP, and draft NEPA compliance documentation.
Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council
Document Number: 2015-22044
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a public meeting of the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (Council). A Federal advisory committee, the Council was created in part to foster partnerships to enhance public awareness of the importance of aquatic resources and the social and economic benefits of recreational fishing and boating in the United States. This meeting is open to the public, and interested persons may make oral statements to the Council or may file written statements for consideration.
Receipt of an Incidental Take Permit Application for Participation in the Oil and Gas Industry Conservation Plan for the American Burying Beetle in Oklahoma
Document Number: 2015-22040
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
Under the Endangered Species Act, as amended (Act), we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on an incidental take permit application for take of the federally listed American burying beetle resulting from activities associated with the geophysical exploration (seismic) and construction, maintenance, operation, repair, and decommissioning of oil and gas well field infrastructure within Oklahoma. If approved, the permit would be issued under the approved Oil and Gas Industry Conservation Plan Associated with Issuance of Endangered Species Act Section 10(a)(1)(B) Permits for the American Burying Beetle in Oklahoma (ICP).
Endangered Species; Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: 2015-21889
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-03
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) prohibit activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is acquired that allows such activities.
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Document Number: 2015-21724
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-02
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (Act) prohibits activities with endangered or threatened species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The Act requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Early Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds in the Contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
Document Number: 2015-21596
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-01
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
This rule prescribes the hunting seasons, hours, areas, and daily bag and possession limits of mourning, white-winged, and white- tipped doves; band-tailed pigeons; rails; moorhens and gallinules; woodcock; common snipe; sandhill cranes; sea ducks; early (September) waterfowl seasons; migratory game birds in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands; youth waterfowl day; and some extended falconry seasons. Taking of migratory birds is prohibited unless specifically provided for by annual regulations. This rule permits taking of designated species during the 2015-16 season.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2015-16 Early Season
Document Number: 2015-21595
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-01
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
This rule prescribes special early-season migratory bird hunting regulations for certain Tribes on Federal Indian reservations, off-reservation trust lands, and ceded lands. This rule responds to Tribal requests for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (hereinafter Service or we) recognition of Tribal authority to regulate hunting under established guidelines. This rule allows the establishment of season bag limits and, thus, harvest, at levels compatible with populations and habitat conditions.
Endangered and Threatened Species Permit Applications
Document Number: 2015-21589
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-01
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered or threatened species. The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), prohibits activities with endangered and threatened species unless a Federal permit allows such activities. Both the Act and the National Environmental Policy Act require that we invite public comment before issuing these permits.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removal of Solidago albopilosa (White-haired Goldenrod) From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants
Document Number: 2015-21410
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-01
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to remove the plant Solidago albopilosa (white-haired goldenrod) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants. This determination is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, which indicates that the threats to this species have been eliminated or reduced to the point that the species no longer meets the definition of an endangered species or a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We seek information, data, and comments from the public regarding this proposal to delist S. albopilosa, and on the draft post-delisting monitoring plan.
Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan, Southern California Gas Company, Pipeline 1010-Purisima, Santa Barbara County, California
Document Number: 2015-21457
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-31
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an application from Southern California Gas Company for a 5-year incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The application addresses the potential for ``take'' of the federally endangered California tiger salamander and the federally threatened California red-legged frog, likely to occur incidental to excavation and maintenance of a gas pipeline between Buellton and Lompoc, in Santa Barbara County, California. We invite comments from the public on the application package, which includes the low-effect habitat conservation plan (HCP) for the endangered California tiger salamander and the threatened California red-legged frog. You may download a copy of the draft HCP at http://www.fws.gov/ventura/, or you may request copies by U.S. mail or phone (see below).
Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions (PECE)
Document Number: 2015-21253
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-27
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. This information collection is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2015. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. However, under OMB regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is pending at OMB.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Adams County, CO; Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2015-21234
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-27
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (refuge) in Adams County, Colorado. In the final environmental impact Statement we describe alternatives, including our preferred alternative, to manage the refuge for the 15 years following approval of the final CCP.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Identification and Proposed Listing of Eleven Distinct Population Segments of Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas
Document Number: 2015-21150
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-08-26
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service, Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
On March 23, 2015, NMFS and USFWS (or the Services) published a proposed rule to revise the listings of the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas; hereafter referred to as the green turtle) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We opened a public comment period that lasted through June 22, 2015. On June 17, 2015, we published a document extending the public comment period through July 27, 2015. On July 27, 2015, we published a document again extending the public comment period to August 26, 2015. Having received a request to further extend the comment period, with this document we further extend the comment period to September 25, 2015.
Trinity River Adaptive Management Working Group; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-21100
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-26
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a public meeting of the Trinity River Adaptive Management Working Group (TAMWG). The TAMWG is a Federal advisory committee that affords stakeholders the opportunity to give policy, management, and technical input concerning Trinity River (California) restoration efforts to the Trinity Management Council (TMC). The TMC interprets and recommends policy, coordinates and reviews management actions, and provides organizational budget oversight.
Endangered Species; Recovery Permit Applications
Document Number: 2015-21096
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-26
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications for recovery permits to conduct activities with the purpose of enhancing the survival of endangered species. The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), prohibits certain activities with endangered species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The Act also requires that we invite public comment before issuing such permits.
Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Seventeenth Regular Meeting: Taxa Being Considered for Amendments to the CITES Appendices
Document Number: 2015-21033
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-26
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
The United States, as a Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), may propose amendments to the CITES Appendices for consideration at meetings of the Conference of the Parties. The seventeenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) is scheduled to be held in South Africa, September 24 to October 5, 2016. With this notice, we describe proposed amendments to the CITES Appendices (species proposals) that the United States might submit for consideration at CoP17 and invite your comments and information on these proposals.
Proposed Joint Programmatic Candidate Conservation Agreement With Assurances and Safe Harbor Agreement in the Saline, Caddo, and Ouachita River (Headwaters) Watersheds, Arkansas
Document Number: 2015-20960
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-26
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
This notice advises the public that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office (ARFO), the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), the U.S. Department of AgricultureNatural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have applied for enhancement of survival permits (permits) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act). The permit application includes a proposal (referred to as the ``agreement'') that combines a safe harbor agreement (SHA) for 5 endangered and threatened species and a candidate conservation agreement with assurances (CCAA) for 20 State species of concern. The term of the agreement would be 30 years. If approved, the agreement would allow the applicants to issue certificates of inclusion (CI) to eligible non-Federal landowners throughout the Saline, Caddo, and Ouachita River (Headwaters) Watersheds in Arkansas whose property owner management agreements (POMA) are approved. We invite public comments on these documents.
2015-2016 Refuge-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations
Document Number: 2015-20472
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-08-26
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or we) adds 1 national wildlife refuge (NWR or refuge) to the list of areas open for hunting, adds 4 NWRs to the list of areas open for fishing, increases the hunting activities available at 16 other NWRs, increases fishing opportunities at 1 NWR, and adds pertinent refuge-specific regulations for other NWRs that pertain to migratory game bird hunting, upland game hunting, big game hunting, and sport fishing for the 2015-2016 season.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Determination of Critical Habitat for the Marbled Murrelet
Document Number: 2015-20837
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-08-25
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), request public comment in regard to our designation of critical habitat for the marbled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The current designation includes approximately 3,698,100 acres (1,497,000 hectares) of critical habitat in the States of Washington, Oregon, and California. We are reconsidering this designation for the purpose of assessing whether all of the designated areas meet the statutory definition of critical habitat. Because our proposed determination is that all areas currently designated do meet the statutory definition, we are not proposing any changes to the boundaries of the specific areas identified as critical habitat at this time. We seek public comment on our proposed determination.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations
Document Number: 2015-20371
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-08-25
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
The Fish and Wildlife Service (hereinafter Service or we) is proposing to establish the 2015-16 late-season hunting regulations for certain migratory game birds. We annually prescribe frameworks, or outer limits, for dates and times when hunting may occur and the number of birds that may be taken and possessed in late seasons. These frameworks are necessary to allow State selections of seasons and limits and to allow recreational harvest at levels compatible with population and habitat conditions.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Recovery Plans for the Pallid Manzanita and the Baker's Larkspur
Document Number: 2015-20846
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-24
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of final recovery plans for two plants, the pallid manzanita and the Baker's larkspur. The recovery plan for pallid manzanita includes recovery objectives and criteria, and specific actions necessary to achieve removal of the species from the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. The recovery plan for Baker's larkspur includes downlisting objectives and criteria, and specific actions necessary to reclassify the species from endangered to threatened on the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants.
Endangered Species; Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: 2015-20788
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-24
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) prohibits activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is acquired that allows such activities.
Migratory Bird Hunting; Final Frameworks for Early-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations
Document Number: 2015-20636
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-08-21
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
This rule prescribes final early-season frameworks from which the States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands may select season dates, limits, and other options for the 2015-16 migratory bird hunting seasons. Early seasons are those that generally open prior to October 1, and include seasons in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The effect of this final rule is to facilitate the selection of hunting seasons by the States and Territories to further the annual establishment of the early-season migratory bird hunting regulations.
Proposed Information Collection; Control and Management of Resident Canada Geese
Document Number: 2015-20335
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-18
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2015. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Proposed Information Collection; Wolf-Livestock Demonstration Project Grant Program
Document Number: 2015-20334
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-18
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2015. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge; Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2015-20184
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-18
Agency: Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental impact statement (EIS) for Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (Conte NFWR) for public review and comment. In this draft CCP/EIS, we describe how we propose to manage Conte NFWR over the next 15 years.