OMB Final Sequestration Report to the President and Congress for Fiscal Year 2014
OMB is issuing its Final Sequestration Report to the President and Congress for FY 2014 to report on compliance of enacted 2014 discretionary appropriations legislation with the discretionary caps. The report finds that enacted appropriations are within the current law defense and non-defense discretionary limits for 2014; therefore, a sequestration of discretionary budget authority is not required.
Request for Comments on a Proposed Revision of OMB Circular No. A-119, “Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities”
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) request comments on proposed revisions to Circular A-119, ``Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities'' (hereinafter, Circular A-119, or, the Circular) in light of changes that have taken place in the world of regulation, standards, and conformity assessment since the Circular was last revised in 1998. These materials are available at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeginfopoltech. The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-113; hereinafter known as the NTTAA) codified pre-existing policies on the development and use of voluntary consensus standards in Circular A-119, established additional reporting requirements for agencies, and authorized the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to coordinate conformity assessment activities. In response, OMB in 1998 issued a revised version of Circular A-119, which remains the current version. In this notice, OMB is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the Circular. These proposed revisions reflect the experience gained by U. S. agencies in implementing the Circular since 1998; domestic and international developments in regulatory, standards, and conformity assessment policy; concluding and implementing U.S. trade agreements; and comments received in response to OMB's March 2012 Request for Information on whether and how to supplement Circular A-119. The proposed revision to Circular A-119 includes the following elements: Preference for voluntary consensus standards. The revised Circular would maintain a strong preference for using voluntary consensus standards in Federal regulation and procurement. It would also acknowledge, however, that there may be some standards not developed using a consensus-driven process that are in use in the market particularly in the information technology spaceand that may be relevant (and necessary) in meeting agency missions and priorities. Guidance on use of standards and participation in standards development. The revised Circular would provide more detailed guidance on how Federal representatives should participate in standards development activities. It would also strengthen the role of agency Standards Executives, encourage better internal coordination and training on standards, and update the provisions on how the U.S. Government manages and reports on the development and use of standards. The Circular would also provide criteria for agencies to consider when examining whether a standard meets agency needs and should be adopted. Guidance on conformity assessment. The revised Circular would encourage agencies to consider international conformity assessment schemes and private sector conformity assessment activities in lieu of conformity assessment activities or schemes developed or carried out by the government, and set out criteria for agencies to consider when they are selecting or designing an appropriate conformity assessment procedure. Enhanced transparency. The proposed revisions would provide guidance to agencies on how they should discuss implementation of the Circular in their rulemakings and guidance documents; encourage agencies to alert the public when considering whether to participate in standards development activities; and set out factors for agencies to consider when incorporating standards by reference in regulation. Burden reduction. The proposed revisions would require agencies to utilize the retrospective review mechanism set out in Executive Orders 13563 and 13610 to implement the Circular, including ensuring that standards incorporated by reference in regulation are updated on a timely basis. The revisions also encourage agencies to work together to reference the same version of a standard in regulation and procurements and coordinate on conformity assessment requirements, where feasible. International considerations. The proposed revisions incorporate references to trade-related statutory obligations on standards-related measures and direct Federal agencies to consult with USTR on how to comply with international obligations with regard to standards and conformity assessment. They provide guidance on how to identify such obligations, direct agencies to take into account their obligations under Executive Order 13609 when they engage in standards and conformity assessment activities, and encourage greater coordination with respect to the Government's formulation of global strategies on standards, regulation, and international trade.
2013 Statutory Pay-as-You-Go Act Annual Report
This report is being published as required by the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) Act of 2010, 2 U.S.C. 931 et seq. The Act requires that OMB issue (1) an annual report as specified in 2 U.S.C. 934(a) and (2) a sequestration order, if necessary.
Technical Support Document: Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order No. 12866
On November 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) invited public comments on the Technical Support Document entitled Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order 12866. That request may be found at 78 FR 70586. This notice extends the public comment period for another 30 days. OMB requests that comments be submitted electronically to OMB by February 26, 2014 through www.regulations.gov.
Designation of Thirteen Counties as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas
The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy designated thirteen additional counties as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 1706. The new counties are (1) Bradley County in Tennessee, Dickenson County in Virginia, and Wyoming and Raleigh Counties in West Virginia as part of the Appalachia HIDTA; (2) Rockingham County in North Carolina, and Florence and Horry Counties in South Carolina as part of the Atlanta-Carolinas HIDTA (formerly known as ``Atlanta HIDTA''); (3) Forrest County in Mississippi as part of the Gulf Coast HIDTA; (4) Williams County in North Dakota as part of the Midwest HIDTA; (5) Humboldt County in California as part of the Northern California HIDTA; and (6) Cecil and Frederick Counties in Maryland and Roanoke County in Virginia as part of the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA.
Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 and (FY) 2014 List of Designated Federal Entities and Federal Entities
As required by Section 8G of the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended (IG Act; 5 U.S.C. Appendix), this notice provides the FY 2013 and FY 2014 list of Designated Federal Entities and Federal Entities.