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Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2020-00722
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Rural Housing Service (RHS) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested. The intention is to request a revision for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for Community Facility Loans.
Equal Opportunity for Religious Organizations in U.S. Department of Agriculture Programs: Implementation of Executive Order 13831
Document Number: 2019-28541
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
The rule proposes to amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA or Department) regulation that covers equal opportunity for participation of faith-based organizations in USDA programs and to implement Executive Order 13831 (Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative). Among other changes, this rule proposes changes to provide clarity about the rights and obligations of faith- based organizations participating in Department programs, clarify the Department's guidance documents for financial assistance in regard to faith-based organizations, and eliminate certain requirements for faith-based organizations that no longer reflect executive branch guidance. This proposed rulemaking is intended to ensure that the Department's social service programs are implemented in a manner consistent with the requirements of federal law, including the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) 42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq.
Forest Service Handbook 1109.12; Directive System Handbook; Providing Notice and Opportunity To Comment on Forest Service Directives
Document Number: 2020-00668
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Forest Service (Forest Service), is issuing proposed directives on providing notice and opportunity to comment on Forest Service directives. The proposed directives would implement recently revised Forest Service regulations governing public notice and comment on Forest Service directives.
Public Notice and Comment for Forest Service Directives
Document Number: 2020-00666
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is affirming the final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on March 30, 2018, with technical corrections. One of the technical corrections responds to comments received during the comment period for the final rule, and the other removes a phrase that does not apply.
User Fees for Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Services
Document Number: 2020-00659
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
On May 13, 2016, the Air Transport Association of America, Inc., and the International Air Transport Association filed suit against the United States Department of Agriculture, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP), the Secretary of Agriculture, the Administrator of APHIS, the Commissioner of CBP, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, claiming APHIS' 2015 final rule setting fee structures for its Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection (AQI) program (Docket No. APHIS-2013-0021, effective December 28, 2015) (2015 Final Rule) violated the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990 (FACT Act) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). In its March 28, 2018, Order, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia affirmed APHIS' cost methodology and the sufficiency of its data. Air Transport Ass'n of Am., Inc. v. U.S. Dep't of Agric., 303 F. Supp. 3d 28 (D.D.C. 2018). However, the Court held that in the rulemaking for the 2015 Final Rule, the ground upon which APHIS relied to justify setting fees at a level that enabled APHIS to maintain a reasonable balance in the AQI user fee account was an expired provision in the FACT Act. The Court remanded to APHIS the reserve portion of the 2015 Final Rule updating user fees for the AQI program. Accordingly, on April 26, 2019, APHIS published in the Federal Register a interpretative rule and request for comments, titled ``User Fees for Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Services'' (Docket No. APHIS-2013-0021) (the Interpretive Rule). The Interpretive Rule clarified the agency's statutory authority to collect a reserve fund in support of AQI inspection activities, including by citing unexpired provisions of the FACT Act as the basis for collecting and maintaining a reserve. The Interpretive Rule requested public comment related to the legal authority for the reserve component of the AQI User Fee Program. This document responds to comments received on the Interpretive Rule and finalizes that rule.
Privacy Act of 1974: New System of Records
Document Number: 2020-00658
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to add a system of records to its inventory of records systems. The system of records will cover information collected under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program in AMS. This notice is necessary to meet the Privacy Act requirement that a Federal Register notice describing the existence and character of record systems to be maintained by the agency be published.
Lincoln Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-00650
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Lincoln Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Libby, Montana. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information can be found at the following website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/ specialprojects/racs.
Flathead Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2020-00649
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Flathead Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Kalispell, Montana. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. In June 2016, the National Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) charter enabled SRS RACs to provide recommendations on Forest Service recreation fee proposals; if the designated Units are not currently coordinating with another active Recreation RAC; the current charter states that upon request of the Designated Federal Officer (DFO), the SRS RAC may make recommendations regarding: a. The implementation of a new recreation fee at specific recreation fee site; b. The implementation of a fee increase at an existing recreation fee; c. The implementation or elimination of noncommercial, individual special recreation permit fees; d. The elimination of a recreation fee; and, e. The expansion or limitation of the recreation fee program. RAC information can be found at the following website: https:// www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/home.
The Nevada and Placer Counties Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-00620
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Nevada and Placer Counties Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet on February 6, 2020, in Nevada City, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (the Act) as reauthorized by Public Law 114-10 and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information can be found at the following website: https:// cloudapps-usda-gov.secure.force.com/FSSRS/ RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcwUAAS.
Mineral County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-00618
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Mineral County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Superior, MT. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information can be found at the following website: http://cloudapps-usda-gov.force.com/ FSSRS/RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcvCAAS.
Request for Information on a Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program
Document Number: 2020-00617
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The United States Department of Agriculture requests input from all interested parties on a Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). The Department Agency is exploring options to expand domestic ethanol and biodiesel availability and is seeking information on opportunities to consider infrastructure projects to facilitate increased sales of higher biofuel blends (E15/B20 or higher.) This effort will build on biofuels infrastructure investments and experience gained through the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). USDA administered BIP from 2016-2019 through state and private partners to expand the availability of E15 and E85 infrastructure to make available higher ethanol blends at retail gas stations around the country.
Codex Committee Meeting of the Codex Committee on General Principles
Document Number: 2020-00590
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The U.S Codex Office is sponsoring a public meeting on February 21, 2020. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions to be discussed at the 32nd Session of the Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, in Bordeaux, France, March 23-27, 2020. The U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius and the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 32nd Session of the CCGP and to address items on the agenda.
Boundary Establishment for Sipsey Fork of the West Fork National Wild and Scenic River, Bankhead National Forest, Lawrence and Winston Counties, Alabama
Document Number: 2020-00458
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with Section 3(b) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the USDA Forest Service, Washington Office, is transmitting the final boundary of the Sipsey Fork of the West Fork National Wild and Scenic River to Congress.
Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board
Document Number: 2020-00457
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board (Board) will meet in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Board is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974, the National Forest Management Act of 1976, and the Federal Public Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Additional information concerning the Board, including meeting agendas and meeting summary/minutes, can be found by visiting the Board's website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/blackhills/ workingtogether/advisorycommittees.
Boundary Establishment for Rio Chama National Wild and Scenic River, Santa Fe National Forest, Carson National Forest, and Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Document Number: 2020-00456
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with Section 3(b) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the USDA Forest Service, Washington Office, is transmitting the final boundary of the Rio Chama National Wild and Scenic River to Congress.
Allegheny Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-00455
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Allegheny Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Warren, Pennsylvania. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information can be found at the following website: https:// www.fs.usda.gov/detail/allegheny/workingtogether/advisorycomm ittees/ ?cid=fseprd497392.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-00397
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-00377
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture
National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods; Renewal
Document Number: 2020-00337
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice is announcing the intention of the USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to renew the charter for the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). The purpose of NACMCF is to provide impartial, scientific advice, and peer reviews to Federal food safety agencies for use in the development of an integrated national food safety systems approach that assures the safety of domestic, imported, and exported foods.
Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-00302
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Keizer Oregon. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to review and make recommendations on Title II project proposals and on proposals for new recreation fees. Additional RAC information, including the meeting agenda and the meeting summary/minutes will be available at the following website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/willamette/ workingtogether/advisorycommittees.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-00282
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Undue and Unreasonable Preferences and Advantages Under the Packers and Stockyards Act
Document Number: 2020-00152
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-13
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Comments are invited on the proposed establishment of a new regulation under the Packers and Stockyards Act, which protects fair trade, financial integrity, and competitive marketing for livestock, meat, and poultry. The proposed regulation would specify criteria the Secretary of Agriculture would consider when determining whether an undue or unreasonable preference or advantage has occurred in violation of that Act. Establishment of these criteria is required by a provision of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill).
Market Access Program
Document Number: 2019-27965
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is revising the Market Access Program (MAP) regulations to eliminate the 5-year limit on participation by branded products in the program, as required in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, and to incorporate changes that conform the operation of the program to the requirements in the Uniform Guidance and Federal grant-making best practices.
Codex Committee Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Additives
Document Number: 2020-00162
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The U.S Codex Office is sponsoring a public meeting on January 21, 2020. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions to be discussed at the 52nd Session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, in Lanzhou, China, March 2-6, 2020. The U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius and the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 52nd Session of the CCFA and to address items on the agenda.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-00158
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Foreign Market Development Program
Document Number: 2019-27964
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule revises the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program regulations to incorporate changes that conform the operation of the program to the requirements in the ``Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards'' (Uniform Guidance) and Federal grant-making best practices.
Beef Promotion and Research Rules and Regulations
Document Number: 2019-28058
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) by updating the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes for imported cattle, beef, veal, and beef product to conform with recent updates by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) and used by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assist in the collection of beef checkoff assessments.
Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Apricots Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2019-28056
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule implements a recommendation from the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2019-2020 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
West Virginia Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2019-28533
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The West Virginia Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Elkins, West Virginia. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Act. RAC information can be found at the following website: https://cloudapps-usda- gov.secure.force.com/FSSRS/RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcuqAAC.
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
Document Number: 2019-27883
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) made changes to ACEP. This interim rule makes conforming changes to the ACEP policies and procedures in the regulations.
Regulations and Procedures Under the Plant Variety Protection Act
Document Number: 2019-27636
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule revises the regulations, fees for services, and procedures established under the Plant Variety Protection Act. The revisions are necessary to conform with recent amendments to the Plant Variety Protection Act, which added authority for the Plant Variety Protection Office to issue certificates of protection for varieties of plants that are reproduced asexually. This rule adds references to the term ``asexual reproduction'' to the regulations established under the Plant Variety Protection Act and establishes procedures for obtaining variety protection for asexually reproduced plant varieties. This rule also modernizes the regulations by simplifying the fee schedule for PVPO services and updating the regulations relating to administrative procedures to reflect current business practices.
Lynn Canal Icy Strait Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2019-28351
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Lynn Canal Icy Strait Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet by telephone conference. The RAC is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the RAC is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act.
Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2019-28350
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Keizer Oregon. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to review and make recommendations on Title II project proposals and on proposals for new recreation fees.
Beef Promotion and Research; Reapportionment
Document Number: 2019-28057
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would adjust representation on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board), established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act), to reflect changes in domestic cattle inventories as well as changes in levels of imported cattle, beef, and beef products that have occurred since the Board was last reapportioned in July 2017. These adjustments are required by the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) and, if adopted, would result in an increase in Board membership from 99 to 101, effective with the Secretary of Agriculture's (Secretary) appointments for terms beginning early in the year 2021.
Updated Labeling Guideline on Statements That Bioengineered or Genetically Modified Ingredients or Animal Feed Were Not Used in the Production of Meat, Poultry, or Egg Products
Document Number: 2019-27993
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of an updated version of its guideline on how establishments can make label claims concerning the fact that bioengineered or genetically-modified (GM) ingredients or animal feed were not used in the production of meat, poultry, or egg products. For purposes of this guidance document, these claims are referred to as ``negative claims.'' The updated document reflects changes made in response to comments received after announcement of the guideline in an August 2016 Federal Register notice.
Addition of Burma (Myanmar) to the List of Regions Affected With African Swine Fever
Document Number: 2019-27910
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we have added Burma (Myanmar) to the list of regions that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service considers to be affected with African swine fever (ASF). We have taken this action because of confirmation of ASF in Burma (Myanmar).
Addition of Serbia to the List of Regions Affected With African Swine Fever
Document Number: 2019-27908
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we have added Serbia to the list of regions that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service considers to be affected with African swine fever (ASF). We have taken this action because of confirmation of ASF in Serbia.
Food Safety and Inspection Service Labeling Guideline on Documentation Needed To Substantiate Animal Raising Claims for Label Submission
Document Number: 2019-27845
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of an updated version of its guideline on documentation needed to support animal-raising claims made on meat or poultry product labeling. Official establishments submit this documentation to the Agency when they apply for approval of labels with animal raising claims. The updated guideline includes changes made in response to comments on the guideline posted in October 2016. This Federal Register notice also summarizes and responds to issues raised in petitions submitted to the Agency by animal welfare advocacy organizations.
Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
Document Number: 2019-27396
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency or RBS) published an interim rule in the Federal Register on February 11, 2011. Through this action, RBS finalizes the rule based on public comments and new program requirements established in the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-27778
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-27775
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-27773
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Information Collection for the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Document Number: 2019-27764
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This collection is a revision of a currently approved information collection.
Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
Document Number: 2019-27504
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) published a proposed rule on August 23, 2018, proposing to implement changes to the single family housing guaranteed loan program (SFHGLP) regulation to streamline the loss claim process for lenders who have acquired title to property through voluntary liquidation or foreclosure; clarify that lenders must comply with applicable laws, including those within the purview of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB); and better align loss mitigation policies with the mortgage industry. Through this action, RHS finalizes the rule largely as proposed with some revisions.
Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, Fall 2019
Document Number: 2019-26534
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
This agenda provides summary descriptions of the significant and not significant regulatory and deregulatory actions being developed in agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in conformance with Executive Orders (E.O.) 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' 13771 ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,'' 13777, ``Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,'' and 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review.'' The agenda also describes regulations affecting small entities as required by section 602 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, Public Law 96-354. This agenda also identifies regulatory actions that are being reviewed in compliance with section 610(c) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We invite public comment on those actions as well as any regulation consistent with E.O. 13563. USDA has attempted to list all regulations and regulatory reviews pending at the time of publication except for minor and routine or repetitive actions, but some may have been inadvertently missed. There is no legal significance to the omission of an item from this listing. Also, the dates shown for the steps of each action are estimated and are not commitments to act on or by the date shown. USDA's complete regulatory agenda is available online at www.reginfo.gov. Because publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the regulatory flexibility agendas required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602), USDA's printed agenda entries include only: (1) Rules that are likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities; and (2) Rules identified for periodic review under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. For this edition of the USDA regulatory agenda, the most important regulatory and deregulatory actions are summarized in a Statement of Regulatory Priorities that is included in the Regulatory Plan, which appears in both the online regulatory agenda and in part II of the Federal Register that includes the abbreviated regulatory agenda.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2019-27800
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are reopening the comment period for our proposal to modify a system of records titled the Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act, USDA/APHIS-8. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
The Secretary of Agriculture's Determination of the Primary Purpose of the Nevada Petroleum Claims Fund for the Cleanup of Petroleum Discharge From Storage
Document Number: 2019-27581
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS is providing public notice that the Secretary of Agriculture has determined that cost share payments made by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) are primarily for the purpose of conserving soil and water resources or protecting and restoring the environment. NRCS was assigned technical and administrative responsibility for reviewing NDEP's Petroleum Claims Fund program and for making appropriate recommendations for the Secretary's determination of primary purpose. The Secretary made the determination for the State of Nevada's Petroleum Claims Fund program administered by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.
Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders on the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program-FRTEP
Document Number: 2019-27568
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is requesting written stakeholder input on the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP). The purpose of this Notice is to assist NIFA in developing the FY 2021 Request for Applications for the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program. NIFA plans to consider all stakeholder input received in response to this Notice.
Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program
Document Number: 2019-27248
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule revises the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program regulations to incorporate legislative changes introduced in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and to incorporate changes that conform the operation of the program to the requirements in the ``Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards'' (Uniform Guidance) and Federal grant-making best practices.
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Evanston-Mountain View Ranger District; Utah; West Fork Smiths Fork Colorado River Cutthroat Trout Enhancement
Document Number: 2019-27439
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Evanston-Mountain View Ranger District of the Uinta- Wasatch-Cache National Forest (Forest) is withdrawing the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the West Fork Smiths Fork Colorado River Cutthroat Trout Enhancement project. The original NOI was published in the Federal Register on August 25, 2017. No significant issues were identified during the scoping period or any other opportunity to comment. Upon further evaluation, the responsible official has determined that the proposed action fits within an identified categorical exclusion (CE); there are no extraordinary circumstances; and the action would not have significant effects to the human environment. As a result, the Forest is withdrawing its intent to prepare an EIS and is now preparing a CE. All comments previously received regarding this project will be retained and considered in the development of the CE.