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Identification of Foreign Countries Whose Nationals Are Eligible To Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Nonimmigrant Worker Programs
Document Number: 2020-00795
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-17
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Under Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may generally only approve petitions for H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant status for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, has designated by notice published in the Federal Register. That notice must be renewed each year. This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is identifying 84 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A program and 81 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2B program for the coming year.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Preparedness Activity Registration and Feedback
Document Number: 2020-00711
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-17
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will submit the information collection abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget for review and clearance in accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The submission will describe the nature of the information collection, the categories of respondents, the estimated burden (i.e., the time, effort and resources used by respondents to respond) and cost, and the actual data collection instruments FEMA will use.
Equal Participation of Faith-Based Organizations in DHS's Programs and Activities: Implementation of Executive Order 13831
Document Number: 2019-28142
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-17
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Secretary
The rule proposes to amend Department of Homeland Security (Department or DHS) regulations 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, to clarify the Department's guidance documents for financial assistance in regard to faith-based organizations, and to 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 Constitution, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension, Without Change, of a Currently Approved Collection: Request for Premium Processing Service
Document Number: 2020-00564
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection: Application for Employment Authorization
Document Number: 2020-00563
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment upon this proposed revision of a currently approved collection of information. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the information collection notice is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments regarding the nature of the information collection, the categories of respondents, the estimated burden (i.e., the time, effort, and resources used by the respondents to respond), the estimated cost to the respondent, and the actual information collection instruments.
Safety Zone; Morro Bay Harbor Entrance; Morro Bay, California
Document Number: 2020-00375
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The U.S. Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in the navigable waters of the Morro Bay Harbor Entrance. This temporary safety zone is being established to reduce significant hazards subject to the vessels, the harbor, and the public during periods of poor weather conditions. Entry of persons or vessels into this temporary safety zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP), Los Angeles-Long Beach, or her designated representative.
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency; Notice of President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2020-00530
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
CISA is publishing this notice to announce the following President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) meeting. This meeting is open to the public.
Safety Zone; Neches River, Beaumont, TX
Document Number: 2020-00299
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is extending the duration of a temporary safety zone on the navigable waters of the Neches River extending 500- feet on either side of the Kansas City Southern Railroad Bridge that crosses the Neches River in Beaumont, TX. The safety zone is necessary to protect the bridge as well as persons and property on or near the bridge from potential damage from passing vessels until missing and/or damaged fendering systems are repaired or replaced. Entry of certain vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur or a designated representative.
Safety Zone; Ohio River, Owensboro, KY
Document Number: 2020-00298
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for all navigable waters of the Ohio River, extending the entire width of the river, from mile marker (MM) 756.4 to MM 757.4 in Owensboro, KY. This safety zone is needed to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards created by a fireworks display. Entry into, transiting through or anchoring within this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Ohio Valley (COTP) or a designated representative.
Regulated Navigation Area; Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio Rivers, Pittsburgh, PA
Document Number: 2020-00198
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a regulated navigation area for certain waters of the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio Rivers at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of persons, vessels, and the marine environment on these navigable waters due to the high volume of vessels navigating the area. This rule will prohibit persons and vessels from loitering, anchoring, stopping, mooring, remaining, or drifting more than 100 feet from any river bank in the regulated navigation area unless authorized in order to reduce vessel congestion and provide for safe passage of transiting vessels in the center of the rivers. It will also prohibit persons and vessels from loitering, anchoring, stopping, mooring, remaining, or drifting in any manner that impedes the safe passage of another vessel to any launching ramp, marine, or fleeting area unless authorized.
National Towing Safety Advisory Committee; Initial Solicitation for Members
Document Number: 2020-00354
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is requesting applications from persons interested in serving as a member of the National Towing Safety Advisory Committee (``Committee''). This recently established Committee will advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to shallow-draft inland navigation, coastal waterway navigation, and towing safety. Please read this notice for a description of the 18 Committee positions we are seeking to fill.
Accreditation and Approval of Saybolt LP (Mobile, AL) as a Commercial Gauger and Laboratory
Document Number: 2020-00352
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to CBP regulations, that Saybolt LP (Mobile, AL), has been approved to gauge petroleum and certain petroleum products and accredited to test petroleum and certain petroleum products for customs purposes for the next three years as of May 15, 2019.
Special Local Regulations; Recurring Marine Events, Sector St. Petersburg
Document Number: 2020-00330
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to revise existing regulations and consolidate into one table special local regulations for recurring marine events at various locations within the geographic boundaries of the Seventh Coast Guard District Captain of the Port (COTP) St. Petersburg Zone. Consolidating marine events into one table simplifies Coast Guard oversight and public notification of special local regulations within COTP St. Petersburg Zone. The Coast Guard invites your comments on this proposed rulemaking.
Safety Zones; Waterway Training Areas, Captain of the Port Maryland-National Capital Region Zone
Document Number: 2020-00280
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing four safety zones for certain waters of the Patapsco River, Chesapeake Bay, and Potomac River. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters at Baltimore Harbor Anchorage No. 5, between Belvidere Shoal and Kent Island, MD, between Point Lookout, MD, and St. George Island, MD, and between Possum Point, VA, and Cockpit Point, VA, during non-lethal signaling and warning device training conducted from on board U.S. Coast Guard vessels. This regulation prohibits persons and vessels from being in the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Maryland-National Capital Region or a designated representative.
Special Local Regulations; Sector Upper Mississippi River Annual and Recurring Marine Events Update
Document Number: 2020-00143
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is amending and updating the listing of annual and recurring marine events that take place within the Eighth Coast Guard District in the Sector Upper Mississippi River area of responsibility, as well as making technical corrections.
Factors Considered When Evaluating a Governor's Request for Individual Assistance for a Major Disaster; Correction
Document Number: 2020-00105
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
On March 21, 2019, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published a final rule revising its regulations to update the factors it uses to determine whether to recommend provision of Individual Assistance during a major disaster. That final rule inadvertently failed to remove a table. This document corrects that error.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Application and Approval To Manipulate, Examine, Sample or Transfer Goods
Document Number: 2020-00325
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-13
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The information collection is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and must be submitted no later than March 13, 2020 to be assured of consideration.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Vessel Entrance or Clearance Statement
Document Number: 2020-00323
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-13
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The information collection is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and must be submitted (no later than March 13, 2020) to be assured of consideration.
Extension of Comment Period for the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast
Document Number: 2020-00279
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-13
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The United States Coast Guard is extending the comment period for the notice of study and request for comments for the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast that we published on December 21, 2018. This action will provide the public with additional time and opportunity to provide the Coast Guard with information regarding the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast. The comment period is extended until June 30, 2020.
Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations
Document Number: 2020-00184
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Comments are requested on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation (BFE), base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for the communities listed in the table below. The purpose of this notice is to seek general information and comment regarding the preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided to the affected communities. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In addition, the FIRM and FIS report, once effective, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings.
Changes in Flood Hazard Determinations
Document Number: 2020-00183
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
This notice lists communities where the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway (hereinafter referred to as flood hazard determinations), as shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for each community, is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. The FIRM, and where applicable, portions of the FIS report, have been revised to reflect these flood hazard determinations through issuance of a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), in accordance with Federal Regulations. The LOMR will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings. For rating purposes, the currently effective community number is shown in the table below and must be used for all new policies and renewals.
Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap-Subject Aliens
Document Number: 2020-00182
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is announcing the implementation of the H-1B registration process for H-1B cap-subject petitions. The initial H-1B petition registration period will begin on March 1, 2020. Starting on that date, USCIS will require H-1B cap-subject petitioners, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, to first register electronically with USCIS and pay the associated H-1B registration fee before being eligible to properly file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B numerical allocations. USCIS intends to close the initial registration period on March 20, 2020 and will announce the actual end date on its website. After the initial registration period closes, USCIS will conduct the initial selection process, and petitioners with selected registrations will be eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for those selected registrations during the associated filing period.
Special Local Regulation; Hanohano Ocean Challenge, San Diego, CA
Document Number: 2019-28387
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard will enforce the Hanohano Ocean Challenge special local regulations on the waters of Mission Bay, California on January 25, 2020. These special local regulations are necessary to provide for the safety of the participants, crew, spectators, sponsor vessels, and general users of the waterway. During the enforcement period, persons and vessels are prohibited from anchoring, blocking, loitering, or impeding within this regulated area unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, or his designated representative.
BNSF Railway Bridge Across the Missouri River at Bismarck, North Dakota; Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2020-00053
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-08
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the regulations implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Coast Guard announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential environmental consequences of replacing the existing BNSF bridge across the Missouri River at Bismarck, ND, or constructing a bridge adjacent to the existing bridge. CEQ regulations require an early and open process for determining the scope of issues that the Coast Guard needs to address in an EIS (``scoping''). Scoping determines which issues to analyze in depth in the EIS and eliminates from detailed study the issues that are not significant or were covered in prior environmental reviews. This document invites the participation of affected federal, state, and local agencies, any affected Indian tribes and other interested persons in determining the appropriate issues for EIS analysis for this project.
Cooperative Research and Development Agreement-Shipboard Information Technology Network Optimization
Document Number: 2020-00033
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-07
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard announces its intent to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with several companies to evaluate the suitability of implementing Wide Area Network (WAN) optimization technology in a shipboard environment. The CRADA will explore WAN optimization technologies and how they can be implemented for shipboard use under a variety of scenarios. While the Coast Guard is currently considering partnering with SWISH DATA CORPORATION (SWISH), we are soliciting public comment on the possible participation of other parties in the proposed CRADA. The Coast Guard also invites other potential non-Federal participants, who have the interest and capability to bring similar contributions to this type of research, to consider submitting proposals for consideration in similar CRADAs.
CISA Reporting Forms
Document Number: 2019-28502
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-06
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
DHS CISA CSD will submit the following Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. CISA previously published this ICR for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received by CISA. Following the 60-day notice, CISA refined the reporter information section of the CISA Incident Reporting Form to improve the clarity, accuracy, and effectiveness of the data being collected. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments.
Security Zone; Cooper River; Charleston, SC
Document Number: 2019-28388
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-03
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary security zone on certain navigable waters of the Cooper River within a 500-yard radius of the South Carolina State Port Authority Cruise Ship Terminal in Charleston, SC during a visit by the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. This action is necessary to protect personnel from potential hazards and security risk associated with the Commandant's speaking engagement. This proposed rulemaking would prohibit persons and vessels from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the security zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Charleston (COTP) or a designated representative. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking.
Safety Zones; Sacramento New Years Eve Fireworks Display, Sacramento River, Sacramento, CA
Document Number: 2019-28191
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-03
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing three temporary safety zones in the navigable waters of the Sacramento River near River Walk Park and the Tower Bridge in Sacramento, CA in support of the Sacramento New Years Eve Fireworks Display on December 31, 2019. These safety zones are necessary to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from the dangers associated with pyrotechnics. Unauthorized persons or vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or remaining in the safety zones without permission of the Captain of the Port or a designated representative.
Safety Zone; Lower Mississippi River, Vidalia, LA
Document Number: 2019-28190
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-03
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for all navigable waters of the Lower Mississippi River between Mile Marker (MM) 364.5 and MM 365.5, upriver of the Bienville Trace Scenic Byway/ US-425 Bridge in Vidalia, LA. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of persons, vessels, and the marine environment during a fireworks display. Entry of persons or vessels into this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Lower Mississippi River or a designated representative.
Regulated Navigation Area and Safety Zone: Tappan Zee Bridge Construction Project, Hudson River; South Nyack and Tarrytown, NY
Document Number: 2019-28115
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-03
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing two temporary regulated navigation areas and a safety zone for the navigable waters of the Hudson River, NY, surrounding the Tappan Zee Bridge from January 1, 2020 through July 1, 2020. This rule will prohibit all persons and vessel traffic from the safety zone and enforce speed and wake restrictions for the Eastern and Western regulated navigation areas unless exceptions are authorized by the First District Commander or a designated representative. These regulated navigation areas and safety zone continue to be necessary to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards during the removal of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge and construction of a new bridge.
Security Zone; Lower Mississippi River, New Orleans, LA
Document Number: 2019-28113
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-03
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone. This security zone is necessary to provide security and protection for visiting personnel during the events related to the College Football Playoff game. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port New Orleans or a designated representative.
Regulated Navigation Area; Thea Foss, Middle Waterway, and Wheeler-Osgood Waterways EPA Superfund Cleanup Site, Commencement Bay, Tacoma, WA
Document Number: 2019-27980
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-03
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is amending the Thea Foss and Wheeler-Osgood Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) for Commencement Bay to establish a permanent regulated navigation area within the Middle Waterway. This action is necessary to protect sediment cap areas in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Commencement Bay Nearshore-Tideflats Superfund Cleanup Site within the Middle Waterway. This RNA would prohibit certain activities that could disrupt the integrity of the engineered sediment caps placed within the Middle Waterway.
Safety Zone; Lower Mississippi River, Mile Markers 229.5 to 230.5 Baton Rouge, LA
Document Number: 2019-27961
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-03
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for navigable waters of the Lower Mississippi River from mile marker (MM) 229.5 to MM 230.5, above Head of Passes. The safety zone is needed to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment on these navigable waters near Baton Rouge, LA, during a New Year's Eve fireworks display. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector New Orleans.
Safety Zone; New Orleans, LA
Document Number: 2019-27958
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-03
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard will enforce a temporary safety zone between mile marker (MM) 94 and MM 95 above Head of Passes, Lower Mississippi River, LA. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters near New Orleans, LA, during a fireworks display on January 11, 2020. During the enforcement periods, the operator of any vessel in the regulated area must comply with directions from the Patrol Commander or any Official Patrol displaying a Coast Guard ensign.
Quarterly IRS Interest Rates Used in Calculating Interest on Overdue Accounts and Refunds on Customs Duties
Document Number: 2019-28220
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-31
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
This notice advises the public that the quarterly Internal Revenue Service interest rates used to calculate interest on overdue accounts (underpayments) and refunds (overpayments) of customs duties will remain the same from the previous quarter. For the calendar quarter beginning January 1, 2020, the interest rates for overpayments will be 4 percent for corporations and 5 percent for non-corporations, and the interest rate for underpayments will be 5 percent for both corporations and non-corporations. This notice is published for the convenience of the importing public and U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel.
Technical Resource for Incident Prevention (TRIPwire) User Registration and Questionnaire
Document Number: 2019-28133
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-30
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
DHS CISA ISD will submit the following information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. CISA previously published this ICR for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received by CISA. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments.
Regulated Navigation Area; Lake Washington, Seattle, WA
Document Number: 2019-27985
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-30
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is proposing to establish a permanent regulated navigation area for certain waters of Lake Washington. The regulated navigation area is intended to protect personnel and vessels from potential hazards created by excessive vessel wake prior to and following high traffic Seafair events.
Changes in Flood Hazard Determinations
Document Number: 2019-27962
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-27
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
This notice lists communities where the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway (hereinafter referred to as flood hazard determinations), as shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for each community, is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. The FIRM, and where applicable, portions of the FIS report, have been revised to reflect these flood hazard determinations through issuance of a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), in accordance with Federal Regulations. The LOMR will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings. For rating purposes, the currently effective community number is shown in the table below and must be used for all new policies and renewals.
Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations
Document Number: 2019-27960
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-27
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Comments are requested on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation (BFE), base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for the communities listed in the table below. The purpose of this notice is to seek general information and comment regarding the preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided to the affected communities. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In addition, the FIRM and FIS report, once effective, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings.
Changes in Flood Hazard Determinations
Document Number: 2019-27959
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-27
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
This notice lists communities where the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway (hereinafter referred to as flood hazard determinations), as shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for each community, is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. The FIRM, and where applicable, portions of the FIS report, have been revised to reflect these flood hazard determinations through issuance of a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), in accordance with Federal Regulations. The LOMR will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings. For rating purposes, the currently effective community number is shown in the table below and must be used for all new policies and renewals.
New Dates for the April and October 2020 Customs Broker's License Examinations
Document Number: 2019-27956
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-27
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
This document announces that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has changed the dates on which the semi-annual examination for an individual broker's license will be held in April and October 2020.
Random Drug Testing Rate for Covered Crewmembers for 2020
Document Number: 2019-27896
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-27
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has set the calendar year 2020 minimum random drug testing rate at 50 percent of covered crewmembers.
Application for Recertification of Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council
Document Number: 2019-27772
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard announces the availability of, and seeks comments on, the recertification of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizen's Advisory Council (PWSRCAC) for March 2, 2020 through February 28, 2021. Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), the Coast Guard may certify the PWSRCAC on an annual basis. This advisory group monitors the activities of terminal facilities and crude oil tankers under the Prince William Sound program established by the statute. The Coast Guard may certify an alternative voluntary advisory group in lieu of the PWSRCAC. The current certification for the PWSRCAC will expire March 1, 2020.
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative: Designation of an Approved Native American Tribal Card Issued by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community as an Acceptable Document To Denote Identity and Citizenship for Entry in the United States at Land and Sea Ports of Entry
Document Number: 2019-27721
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
This notice announces that the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is designating an approved Native American tribal card issued by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community to U.S. citizen tribal members as an acceptable travel document for purposes of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. The approved card may be used to denote identity and citizenship of Swinomish Indian Tribal Community members entering the United States from contiguous territory or adjacent islands at land and sea ports of entry.
Safety Zone; Straits of Mackinac, MI
Document Number: 2019-27706
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in the Captain of the Port, Sault Sainte Marie zone in Mackinac City, MI. This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect the public and private contractors from potential hazards associated with remotely operated underwater vehicle operations in the Straits of Mackinac. During the effective dates of the rule, vessels will not be able to operate in certain U.S. navigable waters in the Straits of Mackinac within 500 yards of the Tug Nancy Anne and Deck Barge MM-142 without authorization from the Captain of the Port.
Safety Zone, Brandon Road Lock and Dam to Lake Michigan Including Des Plaines River, Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, Chicago River, and Calumet-Saganashkee Channel, Chicago, IL
Document Number: 2019-27625
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard will enforce a segment of the Safety Zone; Brandon Road Lock and Dam to Lake Michigan including Des Plaines River, Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, Chicago River, Calumet-Saganashkee Channel on all waters of the Main Branch of the Chicago River 600 feet west of the N Orleans Street Bridge and 1000 feet east of the N Columbus Street Bridge. This action is necessary and intended to protect the safety of life and property on navigable waters prior to, during, and immediately after firework displays. During the enforcement periods listed below, entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan or a designated representative.
Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions
Document Number: 2019-26540
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Secretary
This regulatory agenda is a semiannual summary of projected regulations, existing regulations, and completed actions of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components. This agenda provides the public with information about DHS's regulatory and deregulatory activity. DHS expects that this information will enable the public to be more aware of, and effectively participate in, the Department's regulatory and deregulatory activity. DHS invites the public to submit comments on any aspect of this agenda.
Agency Information Collection Activities: General Declaration
Document Number: 2019-27663
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-23
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The information collection is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Report of Diversion
Document Number: 2019-27662
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-23
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The information collection is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies.
Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants (NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 2)
Document Number: 2019-27384
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-23
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), concurrently with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), is issuing final guidance entitled ``Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants'' (NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 2). This final guidance document focuses on preparedness for radiological incidents at commercial nuclear power plants that could impact public health and safety.