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Federal Register Highlights – 10/23/14

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for October 23, 2014:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (State Route 520) across Lake Washington at Seattle, WA. The deviation is necessary to accommodate vehicular traffic attending football games at Husky Stadium at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed position two hours before and two hours after each game. Note that the game times for the games scheduled at Husky Stadium have not yet been determined due to NCAA television scheduling. This deviation is effective from October 25, 2014 through November 22, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone in support of World War II ordinance disposal found southeast of Buoy 3 in Saipan  Harbor. This safety zone will encompass a 140 yard radius centered around a blue and white buoy, located at approximately 15 degrees 13.370 minutes  North Latitude, 145 degrees 42.256 minutes East Longitude, southeast of Buoy 3 in Saipan Harbor. (NAD 1983) This rule is effective without actual notice from October 23, 2014 until December 18, 2014. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from September 19, 2014, until October 23, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is proposing to amend part 14 of its regulations, under which the Commission may deny, temporarily or permanently, the privilege of certain persons to appear or practice before it. The amendment clarifies the Commission’s standard for determining when an accountant has engaged in ‘‘unethical or improper professional conduct’’ which has been established as a basis for denying the accountant the privilege of appearing or practicing before the Commission. Comments must be received on or before November  24, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Beechcraft Corporation (Type Certificate Previously Held by Hawker Beechcraft Corporation; Raytheon Aircraft Company; Beech Aircraft Corporation) Model 400, 400A, 400T, and MU–300 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of a failure of the Acme nut threads in a pitch trim actuator (PTA). This AD requires an inspection to determine if PTAs having a certain serial  number and part number are installed, and replacement if they are installed. This AD also requires repetitive replacements of PTAs with new PTAs or certain overhauled PTAs. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the Acme nut threads in the PTA, which could lead to loss of control of pitch trim  and reduced controllability of the airplane. This AD is effective November 28, 2014.

RULE: We are superseding airworthiness directives (ADs) 90–26–01, 91–20–02, and 2009–05–02 for all General Electric Company (GE) CF6–80C2 and CF6–80E1 series turbofan engines. This AD retains the requirements of those ADs and requires removal of additional fuel manifold part numbers (P/Ns), additional repetitive inspections, replacement as required of certain fuel manifold P/Ns and tube (block) clamps, and replacement of loop clamps. This AD was prompted by a report of an under-cowl fire caused by a manifold high-pressure fuel leak, and several additional reports of fuel leaks. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the fuel manifold, which could lead to uncontrolled engine fire, engine damage, and damage to the airplane. This AD is effective November 28, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Pacific Aerospace Limited Model FU24–954 and FU24A–954 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as cracking of the control column at the wiring access hole, which could lead to loss of control. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective November 28, 2014.

Federal Register Highlights – 10/22/14

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for October 22, 2014:

PROPOSED RULE: On August 13, 2013, the Department of Education (the Department) published a notice of final regulations in the Federal  Register to amend our Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). In this document, the Department proposes to further  amend EDGAR to add a definition of ‘‘What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards’’ (WWC Evidence Standards) in our regulations to standardize  references to this term. In addition, the Department proposes to amend the definition of ‘‘large sample’’ in our regulation. We also propose technical edits to our regulations to improve the consistency and clarity of the regulations. Finally, we propose to redesignate our regulations and to include in that redesignated section an additional provision that would allow the Secretary to give special consideration to projects supported by evidence of promise. We must receive your  comments on or before December 8, 2014. (To submit comments, visit www. regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: EPA is proposing technology based pretreatment standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for discharges of pollutants into publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) from existing and new dental practices that discharge dental amalgam. Dental amalgam contains mercury in a highly concentrated form that is relatively easy to collect and recycle. Dental offices are the main source of mercury discharges to POTWs. Mercury is a persistent and bioaccumulative pollutant in the environment with well-documented neurotoxic effects on humans. Mercury pollution is widespread and comes from many diverse sources such as air deposition from municipal and industrial incinerators and combustion of fossil fuels. Mercury easily becomes diffuse in the environment and mercury pollution is a global problem. Removing mercury from the waste stream when it is in a concentrated and easy to handle form like in waste dental amalgam is an important and commonsense step to take to prevent that mercury from being released back  into the environment where it can become diffuse and a hazard to humans. The proposal would require dental practices to comply with requirements for   controlling the discharge of mercury and other metals in dental amalgam into POTWs based on the best available technology or best available demonstrated control technology. Specifically, the requirements would be based on the use of amalgam separators and best management practices (BMPs). Amalgam separators are a practical, affordable and readily available technology for capturing mercury and other metals before they are  discharged into sewers and POTWs. EPA is also proposing to amend selected parts of the General Pretreatment Regulations to streamline oversight  requirements for the dental sector. EPA expects compliance with this proposed rule would reduce the discharge of metals to POTWs by at least 8.8 tons  per year, about half of which is mercury. EPA estimates the annual cost of the proposed rule would be $44 to $49 million. Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before December 22, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: This rule proposes to revise and clarify requirements to ensure that USDA donated foods are distributed, stored, and managed in  the safest, most efficient, and cost-effective manner, at State and recipient agency levels. The rule would also reduce administrative and reporting  requirements for State distributing agencies, revise or clarify regulatory provisions relating to accountability for donated foods, and rewrite much of the regulations in a more user-friendly, ‘‘plain language,’’ format. Lastly, the rule proposes to revise and clarify specific requirements to conform more closely  to related requirements elsewhere in the Code of Federal Regulations. In formulating the proposals, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has utilized  input received from program administrators, industry representatives, and other organizations at national conferences and other meetings, and through  email or other routine communications with such parties. To be assured of consideration, comments must be received on or before January 20, 2015. (To submit comments. visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf  of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2014 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) apportioned to trawl catcher vessels in the  Central Regulatory Area of the GOA. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 17, 2014, through 2400 hours, A.l.t., December 31, 2014.

 

Federal Register Highlights – 10/21/14

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for October 21, 2014:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the operation of the New Jersey Transit Rail Operations (NJTRO) railroad bridge across Cheesequake Creek, mile 0.2, at Morgan, New Jersey. The bridge owner will be performing structural repairs at the bridge. This deviation is necessary to allow the bridge to have only scheduled openings for two weekends to facilitate scheduled  bridge maintenance. This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. on November 8, 2014 through 7 p.m. on November 23, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the SR 661 Swing Bridge across the  Houma Navigation Canal, mile 36.0, in Houma, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed to navigation for up to  four hours at a time during daylight hours for the purpose of conducting necessary maintenance and repairs to the drawbridge. This deviation is effective from October 23, 2014 to January 7, 2015.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the operation of the Long Beach Bridge, across Reynolds Channel, mile 4.7, at Nassau, New York. This deviation is necessary to allow the bridge to remain in the closed position for thirty days to facilitate scheduled bridge maintenance, the replacement of the concrete bridge deck. This deviation is effective without actual notice from October 21, 2014 through 8 p.m. on November 19, 2014. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from 9 a.m. on October 20, 2014, until October 21, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the operation of the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge across English Kills, mile 3.4, at Brooklyn, New York. The bridge owner, New York City Department of Transportation, will be performing electrical repairs at the bridge. This deviation is necessary to allow the bridge to remain in the closed position for three days to facilitate scheduled bridge maintenance. This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. on November 17, 2014 through 4 p.m. on November 20, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend its test procedures for fluorescent lamp ballasts. Proposed changes include adopting text at its regulations concerning test procedures for the measurement of energy and water consumption to clarify the requirement to use the test procedures in Appendix Q1 to demonstrate compliance with the new and revised energy conservation standards that apply to fluorescent lamp ballasts manufactured on or after November 14, 2014. These revisions follow the intent of the fluorescent lamp ballast test procedure final rule to
support any new or revised energy conservation standards at the time those standards require compliance. This notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) would also correct the formula for power factor, which contained a mathematical error as adopted in that final rule. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR no later than November 20, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: In this document, the Commission issues a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) seeking comment on amending the definition of Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) in the Commission’s rules to conform to changes made to this definition by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), which allows compensation for TRS calls between two or more individuals with disabilities. The Commission also seeks comment on eliminating as a mandatory minimum standard the requirement that TRS providers provide voice-carry-over to voice-carry-over (VCO-to-VCO) and hearing-carry-over to hearing-carry-over (HCO-to-HCO), subject to exceptions for Captioned Telephone Service (CTS) and Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS), as HCO-to-HCO and VCO-toVCO calls would not require a communications assistant (CA) to provide functionally equivalent communication. These proposals are made to ensure that the intent of Congress in  enacting the CVAA is implemented and that the mandatory minimum standards imposed for TRS are applicable and appropriate for each type of TRS to  which they are applied. Comments are due on or before November 20, 2014, and reply comments on or before December 22, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

 

Federal Register Highlights – 10/20/14

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for October 20, 2014:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone on Lake Michigan in the vicinity of both Milwaukee Harbor in Milwaukee, WI and Chicago Harbor in Chicago, IL within a 500-yard radius of the Cruise Ship HAMBURG. This security zone is intended to restrict vessels from a portion of Lake Michigan during the transit of the Cruise Ship HAMBURG to and from Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL. This security zone is necessary to protect the Cruise Ship HAMBURG and its occupants during its transit to and from Milwaukee, WI, and Chicago, IL. This rule is effective without actual notice from October 20, 2014 until October 31, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from the date the rule was  signed, October 1, 2014, until October 20, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), as amended in 1996, requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make regulatory determinations every five years on at least five unregulated contaminants. A regulatory determination is a decision about whether or not to  begin the process to propose and promulgate a national primary drinking water regulation (NPDWR) for an unregulated contaminant. These unregulated contaminants are chosen from the Contaminant Candidate List (CCL), which SDWA requires the agency to publish every five years. EPA published the  third CCL (CCL 3) in the Federal Register on October 8, 2009. This notice presents the preliminary regulatory determinations and supporting rationale for 5 of the 116 contaminants listed on CCL 3. The agency is making preliminary determinations to regulate one contaminant (i.e., strontium) and to not regulate four contaminants (i.e., 1,3-dinitrobenzene, dimethoate, terbufos and terbufos sulfone). EPA seeks comment on these preliminary determinations. Comments must be received on or before December 19, 2014, 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: GSA is proposing to amend the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) by requiring agencies to have an internal policy for determining whether to authorize a privately owned vehicle (POV), as opposed to a rental car, in conjunction with temporary duty travel (TDY). Further, GSA proposes to specify that travelers, who have been authorized to travel via common carrier or rental car, and choose to use a POV instead, will be reimbursed at the  applicable POV mileage rate. Also, this amendment proposes to add specific provisions addressing the type of rental vehicles travelers must use, as well as pre-paid refueling options and other rental car surcharges. Finally, this amendment proposes to make certain miscellaneous corrections, where  applicable. Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat at one of the addresses shown below on or before December 19, 2014 to be considered in the formation of the final rule. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for commercial wrasses in the exclusive economic zone of the U.S. Caribbean   (EEZ) off Puerto Rico for the 2014 fishing year through this temporary rule. NMFS has determined that the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) for wrasses off Puerto Rico, as estimated by the Science and Research Director (SRD), was exceeded based on average landings during the 2011–2012 fishing years. This temporary rule reduces the length of the 2014 commercial fishing season for wrasses off Puerto Rico by the amount necessary to ensure that landings do not exceed the commercial ACL in 2014. NMFS implements AMs and closes the commercial sector for wrasses off Puerto Rico at 12:01 a.m., local time, on October 20, 2014, through the end of the fishing year, December 31, 2014. These AMs are necessary to protect the Caribbean wrasses  resource. The AMs for commercial wrasses in the EEZ off Puerto Rico are effective 12:01 a.m., local time, October 20, 2014, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2015.

Federal Register Highlights – 10/17/14

Unpublished, time-sensitive and temporary rules for October 17, 2014:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Carolina Coastal Railroad Bridge, at AICW mile 203.8, across Newport River in Morehead City, NC. This bridge is presently maintained in the open position except when closure is necessary for train crossings. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed to navigation from 9 a.m. to noon and again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every day, from November 3 through November 7, 2014, so that necessary maintenance may be made. This deviation is effective from 9 a.m., on Monday, November 3, 2014 until 3 p.m., on Friday, November 7, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the I–64 (High Rise) Bridge across the AIWW, South Branch of the Elizabeth River, mile 7.1, at Chesapeake, VA. This deviation is necessary to facilitate maintenance work on the movable spans drive machinery. This temporary deviation allows the drawbridge to remain in the closed to navigation position. This deviation is effective from 12:01 a.m. on November 1, 2014 to noon on November 2, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) on the navigable waters of the Piscataqua River surrounding Bridge 1 between Kittery, ME, and Seavey Island, ME. This RNA allows the Coast Guard to enforce speed and wake restrictions and limit vessel traffic through the RNA during operations involving bridge structural repairs, both planned and unforeseen, which could pose an imminent hazard to persons and vessels operating in the area. This rule is necessary to provide for the safety of life on the navigable waters during bridge structural repair operations. This rule is effective from October 17, 2014 until April 30, 2017. This rule has been enforced with actual notice from September 30, 2014 to October 17, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the navigable waters of the Mill River, in New Haven, CT for the English Station Emergency Environmental Response. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the response. Entering into, transiting through, remaining, anchoring or mooring within this safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Long Island Sound. This rule is effective without actual notice from October 17, 2014 until November 30, 2014. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from the date the rule was signed, October 3, 2014, until October 17, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing temporary safety zone in the navigable waters of the San Francisco Bay near Pier 39 in support of the Pier 39 36th Anniversary Fireworks Display on October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2014. The safety zone is established to ensure the safety of participants and spectators from the dangers associated with pyrotechnics. Unauthorized persons or vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or remaining in the safety zone without permission of the Captain of the Port or their designated representative. This rule is effective without actual notice from October 17, 2014 until October 25, 2014. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from October 4, 2014 until October 17, 2014. This rule will be enforced from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to reinterpret the statutory definition of a ceiling fan to include hugger ceiling fans and to amend its test procedure for ceiling fans established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. The proposed test procedure would establish an integrated efficiency metric for ceiling fans, based on the airflow and power consumption at low and high speed for low-volume ceiling fans, and at high speed for high-volume ceiling fans (where volume refers to airflow volume). The proposed efficiency metric would also account for power consumed in standby mode. The proposed test procedure amendments also include new test methods for high- volume ceiling fans, multi-mount ceiling fans, ceiling fans with multiple fan heads, and ceiling fans where the airflow is not directed vertically, as well as power consumption in standby mode. In addition, the proposed test procedure would: Clarify that only high and low speeds are to be tested for low-volume ceiling fans; eliminate the requirement to test with a test cylinder; add a false ceiling; clarify the distance between the ceiling fan blades and the air velocity sensors during testing; clarify the fan configuration during testing for low-volume ceiling fans; clarify the test method for ceiling fans with heaters; and revise the allowable tolerance for air velocity sensors. DOE is also announcing a public meeting to discuss and receive comments on issues presented in this test procedure rulemaking. Meeting: DOE will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, November 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Washington, DC. The meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar. Comments: DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) before and after the public meeting, but no later than December 31, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number EERE–2013–BT–TP–0050. Information on participation in the public meeting via webiner is also available at this website. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for commercial king mackerel in the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) exclusive economic zone (EEZ) through this temporary final rule. NMFS has determined that the commercial quota for king mackerel in the western zone of the Gulf EEZ will have been reached by October 17, 2014. Therefore, NMFS closes the western zone of the Gulf to commercial king mackerel fishing in the EEZ. This closure is necessary to protect the Gulf king mackerel resource. The closure is effective noon, local time, October 17, 2014, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 1, 2015.

 

Federal Register Highlights – 10/16/14

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for October 16, 2014:

PROPOSED RULE: We are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to list kiwi (Actinidia deliciosa and Actinidia chinensis) from Chile as eligible for importation into the United States subject to a systems approach. Under this systems approach, the fruit would have to be grown in a place of production that is registered with the Government of Chile and certified as having a low prevalence of Brevipalpus chilensis. The fruit would have to undergo pre-harvest sampling at the registered production site. Following post-harvest processing, the fruit would have to be inspected in Chile at an approved inspection site. Each consignment of fruit would have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the fruit had been found free of Brevipalpus chilensis based on field and packinghouse inspections. This proposed rule would allow for the safe importation of kiwi from Chile using mitigation measures other than fumigation with methyl bromide. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before December 15, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number APHIS–2014–0002. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) is proposing a rule to specify that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain one or more of three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient strain relief, or overcurrent protection) constitute a substantial product hazard under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). Written comments must be received by December 30, 2014.  (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number CPSC–2014–0024. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Farm Credit Administration (FCA, we or our) proposes to amend its existing rules related to Farm Credit System (Farm Credit or System) bank and association stockholder voting policies and procedures so as to continue to address confidentiality and security in voting. This rulemaking would amend FCA’s regulations to clarify and enhance voting procedures for tabulating votes, the use of tellers committees, and other items as identified. Comments on this proposed rule must be submitted on or before December 15, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulatiosn.gov, reference RIN 3052–AC85. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would revise and update HUD’s regulations governing the demolition and disposition of public housing. Currently, demolitions and dispositions are approved based on certification by a public housing agency (PHA) that certain conditions are met. This rule increases the oversight of demolition and disposition of public housing by requiring PHAs to submit more detailed justifications supporting such certifications, and specifying the requirements concerning the use of disposition proceeds, and other matters. The rule would also clarify and provide more detail related to existing requirements applicable to demolition and disposition such as resident relocation, and fair housing and civil rights compliance to ensure that PHAs properly abide by such requirements. The rule proposes to allow a PHA to request HUD permission to retain public housing property free of restrictions under the declaration of trust and annual contributions contract. In addition, the rule would update regulatory provisions to conform to certain requirements under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, and clarify the definition of ‘‘conversion’’ in HUD’s conversion of public housing regulations. Comment Due Date: December 15, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FR–5399–P–01. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for non-CDQ Greenland turbot in the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2014 Greenland turbot initial total allowable catch (ITAC) in the Bering Sea subarea of the BSAI. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 12, 2014, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. This action is necessary to fully use the 2014 total allowable catch of Pacific ocean perch specified for the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 15, 2014, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch, northern rockfish, and dusky rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to fully use the total allowable catch of Pacific ocean perch, northern rockfish, and dusky rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 15, 2014, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: This rule proposes detailed procedures for the suspension and revocation of an Agent’s privilege to do business with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) within a single Part of the Code of Federal Regulations; remove 8(a) program specific procedures for Agent suspension and revocation; clarify existing and related regulations as to suspension, revocation, and debarment; and remove Office of Hearings and Appeals jurisdiction over Agent suspensions and revocations and government-wide debarment and suspension actions. This proposed rule would also conform SBA suspension and revocation procedures for Agents with general government-wide non- procurement suspension and debarment procedures. Comments must be received on or December 15, 2014.

 

Federal Register Highlights – 10/15/14

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for October 15, 2014:

PROPOSED RULE: This document contains proposed regulations that will remove a rule that a deemed discharge of indebtedness for which a Form 1099–C, ‘‘Cancellation of Debt,’’ must be filed occurs at the expiration of a 36-month non-payment testing period. The Department of the Treasury and the IRS are concerned that the rule creates confusion for taxpayers and does not increase tax compliance by debtors or provide the IRS with valuable third-party information that may be used to ensure taxpayer compliance. The proposed regulations will affect certain financial institutions and governmental entities. Comments and requests for a public hearing must be received by January 13, 2015.  (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: The United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a proposed rule to amend the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) regulations to allow children of same-sex domestic partners living in states that do not allow same-sex couples to marry to be covered as family members under an eligible individual’s FEGLI Option C enrollment. This rule expands the circumstances under which an employee experiencing a change in family circumstances may include eligible children of a same-sex domestic partner. Comments are due on or before December 15, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

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