Department of Homeland Security February 13, 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents
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Collection of Information Under Review by Office of Management and Budget: OMB Control Number: 1625-0106
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this request for comments announces that the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an Information Collection Request (ICR), abstracted below, to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting an extension of their approval for the following collection of information: 1625-0106, Unauthorized Entry into Cuban Territorial Waters. Our ICR describes the information we seek to collect from the public. Review and comments by OIRA ensure we only impose paperwork burdens commensurate with our performance of duties.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Sacramento River, Sacramento, CA
The Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the Tower Drawbridge across the Sacramento River, mile 59.0, at Sacramento, CA. The deviation is necessary to allow the public to cross the bridge to participate in the scheduled Shamrock Half Marathon Footrace, a community event. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position during the race.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Sacramento River, Sacramento, CA
The Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the Tower Drawbridge across the Sacramento River, mile 59.0, at Sacramento, CA. The deviation is necessary to allow the public to cross the bridge to participate in the scheduled Tour of California Bicycle Race, a community event. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position during the race.
Financial Responsibility for Water Pollution (Vessels) and OPA 90 Limits of Liability (Vessels and Deepwater Ports); Correction
The Coast Guard published in the Federal Register of February 5, 2008, a notice of proposed rulemaking which, among other things, would amend the regulatory requirements for vessel operators to establish and maintain evidence of financial responsibility. That document contained an incorrect effective date and was also unclear. This document corrects the preamble and regulatory text to the proposed rule to clarify the effective date and the distinction between the financial responsibility applicable amounts and limits of liability.
Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee; Vacancies
The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee (CFIVSAC). The CFIVSAC provides advice and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard for improving commercial fishing industry safety practices.
Notice of Issuance of Final Determination Concerning Multifunctional Machines
This document provides notice that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a final determination concerning the country of origin of certain multifunctional machines which may be offered to the United States Government under an undesignated government procurement contract. CBP has concluded that, based upon the facts presented, certain goods imported into Japan are substantially transformed in Japan such that Japan is the country of origin of the finished multifunctional machines for government procurement purposes.
Accreditation and Approval of SGS North America, Inc., as a Commercial Gauger and Laboratory
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to 19 CFR 151.12 and 19 CFR 151.13, SGS North America, Inc., 1201 W. 8th at Georgia Ave., Deer Park, TX 77536, has been approved to gauge and accredited to test petroleum and petroleum products, organic chemicals and vegetable oils for customs purposes, in accordance with the provisions of 19 CFR 151.12 and 19 CFR 151.13. Anyone wishing to employ this entity to conduct laboratory analyses and gauger services should request and receive written assurances from the entity that it is accredited or approved by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to conduct the specific test or gauger service requested. Alternatively, inquires regarding the specific test or gauger service this entity is accredited or approved to pelform may be directed to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling (202) 344-1060. The inquiry may also be sent to email@example.com. Please reference the Web site listed below for a complete listing of CBP approved gaugers and accredited laboratories.
Notice of Issuance of Final Determination Concerning; Standard and Rolled-Edge Ball Seals
This document provides notice that the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a final determination concerning the country of origin of two types of ball seals to be offered to the United States Government under an undesignated government procurement contract. Based on the facts presented, CBP has concluded that the operations performed in China do not result in a substantial transformation of the U.S. components. Therefore, the assembled ball seals will not be considered to be products of China.
Changes to Requirements Affecting H-2A Nonimmigrants
The Department of Homeland Security is proposing amendments to its regulations affecting temporary and seasonal agricultural workers within the H-2A nonimmigrant classification and their U.S. employers. This rule proposes to relax the current limitations on the ability of U.S. employers to petition unnamed agricultural workers to come to the United States and include multiple beneficiaries who are outside the United States on one petition. The rule proposes to revise the current limitations on agricultural workers' length of stay including: lengthening the amount of time an agricultural worker may remain in the United States after his or her employment has ended and shortening the time period that an agricultural worker whose H-2A nonimmigrant status has expired must wait before he or she is eligible to obtain H-2A nonimmigrant status again. This rule also proposes to provide for temporary employment authorization to agricultural workers seeking an extension of their H-2A nonimmigrant status through a different U.S. employer, provided that the employer is a registered user of the E- Verify employment eligibility verification program. In addition, the rule proposes to modify the current notification and payment requirements for employers when an alien fails to show up at the start of the employment period, an H-2A employee's employment is terminated, or an H-2A employee absconds from the worksite. To better ensure the integrity of the H-2A program, this rule also proposes to require certain employer attestations, preclude the imposition of fees by employers or recruiters on prospective beneficiaries, preclude reconsideration of certain temporary labor certification denials, and bar H-2A status for nationals of countries consistently refusing or unreasonably denying repatriation of its nationals. These changes are necessary to encourage and facilitate the lawful employment of foreign temporary and seasonal agricultural workers. Finally, this rule proposes to establish a pilot program under which aliens admitted on certain temporary worker visas at a port of entry participating in the program must also depart through a port of entry participating in the program and present designated biographical information, possibly including biometric identifiers, upon departure. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will publish a Notice in the Federal Register designating which temporary workers must participate in the program, which ports of entry are participating in the program, which biographical and/or biometric information would be required, and the format for submission.