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Server-side problem at www.gpo.gov

EDITOR’S NOTE: It appears that this will be my last post for a while. I am struggling to get the information on a daily basis from the GPO servers. I have contacted the GPO to try to get this situation resolved. I am quite convinced that this is a server-side problem on their end. Once the problem has been resolved, I will do my best to get caught up with all days that have been missed. Thank you for your understanding.

Incidentally, the email address for the GPO is contactcenter@gpo.gov. I would encourage all my readers to write to them as well explaining this problem. Also, if anybody else has any luck accessing the Federal Register pages through www.gpo.gov, I’d love to hear about what you did. Please comment to this post to let me know.

UPDATE (9/22/16): As it turns out, this is not a server-side problem after all. It’s just my ISP not playing well with others. I’ve made arrangements to switch ISP’s and I should be up and running again by next weekend (10/1/16). I’m storing the Federal Registers that are going to be missed and will catch up next weekend. Thanks for your patience.

Federal Register Highlights – 9/21/16

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for September 21, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016–2017 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.15 to $0.25 per ton of Washington cherries handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of growers and handlers of cherries operating within the production area. Assessments upon cherry handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the marketing order. The fiscal period begins April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended or terminated. Comments must be received by October 6, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Doc. No. AMS–SC–16–0077.)

PROPOSED RULE: Through this notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”), the Economic Development Administration (“EDA,” or “the Agency”), U.S. Department of Commerce (“DOC”), proposes and requests comments on the Agency’s implementation of section 26 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (the “Stevenson- Wydler Act”), enacted as part of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (“COMPETES Act”). The Stevenson-Wydler Act authorizes EDA to provide loan guarantees for obligations to small-and medium-sized manufacturers for the use or production of innovative technologies. These guarantees will enable innovative technology manufacturers to obtain capital otherwise unavailable to them. Written comments on this NPRM must be received by EDA’s Office of the Chief Counsel no later than 5 p.m. eastern time on December 20, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0610–AA67.)

PROPOSED RULE: Through this notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”), the Economic Development Administration (“EDA” or “the Agency”), U.S. Department of Commerce (“DOC”), proposes and requests comments on the Agency’s implementation of the Regional Innovation Program as authorized by section 27 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, as amended (“Stevenson-Wydler” or the “Act”). Through the Regional Innovation Strategies Program (“RIS Program”), the centerpiece of the Regional Innovation Program, EDA currently awards grants for capacity-building programs that provide proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and for operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage funding to startup companies. This NPRM, for the first time, lays out the overarching regulatory framework for the Regional Innovation Program and specifically focuses on outlining the structure of the RIS Program. Written comments on this NPRM must be submitted by November 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0610–AA68.)

PROPOSED RULE: In this document the Commission opens a new proceeding relating to the National Public Safety Broadband Network being implemented by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The proceeding seeks comment on proposed procedures for administering the Commission’s role in the State opt-out process from the FirstNet radio access network as provided under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, as well as on the Commission’s implementation of the specific statutory standards by which it is obligated to evaluate State opt-out applications. Comments are due on or before October 21, 2016 and reply comments are due on or before November 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference PS Docket No. 16–269.)

PROPOSED RULE: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to list the Sonoyta mud turtle (Kinosternon sonoriense longifemorale), a native subspecies from Arizona in the United States and Sonora in Mexico, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (Act). If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this subspecies. The effect of this regulation will be to add this subspecies to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before November 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. FWS–R2–ES–2016–0103.)

PROPOSED RULE: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to list the Pearl darter (Percina aurora), a fish from Mississippi, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (Act). If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this species. The effect of this proposed regulation will be to add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before November 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2016–0037.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is exchanging unused flathead sole and rock sole Community Development Quota (CDQ) for yellowfin sole CDQ acceptable biological catch (ABC) reserves in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2016 total allowable catch of yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area to be harvested. Effective September 21, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting retention of shortraker rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the 2016 total allowable catch of shortraker rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA will be reached. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), September 19, 2016, through 2400 hours, A.l.t., December 31, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: This document contains proposed rules that would amend the regulations of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (Commission) to clarify application requirements and standards for review of projects, amend the rules dealing with the mitigation of consumptive uses, add a subpart to provide for registration of grandfathered projects, and revise requirements dealing with hearings and enforcement actions. These rules are designed to enhance the Commission’s existing authorities to manage the water resources of the basin and add regulatory clarity. Comments on the proposed rulemaking may be submitted to the Commission on or before January 30, 2017. (For further information on the proposed rulemaking, visit the Commission’s Web site at http://www.srbc.net.)

Federal Register Highlights – 9/20/16

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for September 20, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) proposes to expand the approximately 2.25 million-acre “Outer Coastal Plain” viticultural area in southeastern New Jersey by approximately 32,932 acres. The established Outer Coastal Plain viticultural area and the proposed expansion area do not lie within any other viticultural area. TTB designates viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. TTB invites comments on this proposed addition to its regulations. Comments must be received by November 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. TTB–2016–0008.)

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would amend the regulation governing State Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs or Units). The proposed rule would incorporate statutory changes affecting the MFCUs as well as policy and practice changes that have occurred since the regulation was initially issued in 1978. These changes include a codification of OIG’s delegated authority, MFCU authority, functions, and responsibilities; disallowances; and issues related to organization, prosecutorial authority, staffing, recertification, and the MFCUs’ relationship with Medicaid agencies. To ensure consideration, comments must be delivered no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference file code OIG–406–P.)

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs three Multnomah County, Oregon bridges: the Broadway Bridge; the Burnside Bridge; and the Hawthorne Bridge; all crossing the Willamette River at Portland, OR. The deviation is necessary to accommodate the Portland Marathon foot race event. This deviation allows the bridges to remain in the closed-to-navigation position to allow for the safe movement of event participants. This deviation is effective from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 9, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard is temporarily changing the enforcement date of the special local regulation for the annual International Jet Sports Boating Association event held on the navigable waters of the Colorado River near Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The change of enforcement date for the special local regulation is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. This action will restrict vessel traffic in the waters of the Colorado River near Lake Havasu, Arizona, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from October 1, 2016, to October 9, 2016. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking. This rule is effective from October 1, 2016, through October 9, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. USCG–2016–0733.)

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to establish new definitions, a new test procedure for dedicated-purpose pool pumps, new sampling and rating requirements, and new enforcement provisions for such equipment. Specifically, DOE proposes a test procedure for measuring the weighted energy factor (WEF) for certain varieties of dedicated-purpose pool pumps. The proposed test method incorporates by reference certain sections of the industry test standard Hydraulic Institute (HI) 40.6–2014, “Methods for Rotodynamic Pump Efficiency Testing.” The proposed definitions, test procedures, certification requirements, enforcement testing procedures, and labeling provisions are based on the recommendations of the dedicated-purpose pool pump (DPPP) Working Group, which was established under the Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC). DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) before and after the public meeting, but no later than November 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket Number EERE–2016–BT–TP–0002.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would establish standards for identifying whether an indemnification payment by the Federal National Mortgage Association, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, any of the Federal Home Loan Banks (regulated entities), or the Federal Home Loan Bank System’s Office of Finance (OF) to an entity-affiliated party in connection with an administrative proceeding or civil action instituted by FHFA is prohibited or permissible. This proposed rule would not apply to a regulated entity operating in conservatorship or receivership, or to a limited-life regulated entity. It would apply to all regulated entities, each Federal Home Loan Bank, the OF, the Federal National Mortgage Association, and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Association, when not in conservatorship or receivership. This proposed rule takes into account public comments received by FHFA at various stages of the regulation’s rulemaking process, including after the initial proposal published in 2009. Comments must be received on or before November 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 2590–AA68.)

PROPOSED RULE: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list the iiwi (Drepanis coccinea), a bird species from the Hawaiian Islands, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (Act). After review of all best available scientific and commercial information, we find that listing the iiwi as a threatened species under the Act is warranted. Accordingly, we propose to list the iiwi as a threatened species throughout its range. If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this species. The effect of this regulation will be to add this species to the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before November 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2016–0057.)

PROPOSED RULE: This rulemaking would revise the regulations that the Department of the Interior (Department) follows in processing records under the Freedom of Information Act in part to comply with the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. The revisions would clarify and update procedures for requesting information from the Department and procedures that the Department follows in responding to requests from the public. Comments on the rulemaking must be submitted on or before November 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 1093–AA21.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) administers a program to hold retirement benefits for missing participants and beneficiaries in terminated retirement plans and to help those participants and beneficiaries find and receive the benefits being held for them. The program is currently limited to single-employer defined benefit pension plans covered by the pension insurance system under title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). PBGC proposes to make changes to its existing program and, as authorized by the Pension Protection Act of 2006, to establish similar programs for multiemployer plans covered by title IV, certain defined benefit plans that are not covered by title IV, and most defined contribution plans. PBGC seeks public comment on its proposal. Comments must be submitted on or before November 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 1212–AB13.)

Federal Register Highlights – 9/19/16

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for September 19, 2016:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary 500-yard security zone on the waters adjacent to Rosecliff Mansion and the Newport Marriott Hotel, in Newport, Rhode Island, in conjunction with special events of the U.S. Navy’s 22nd International Seapower Symposium. Vessels and people are prohibited from entering these security zones. This rule is effective from 4 p.m. on September 20, 2016 through 11:30 p.m. on September 22, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone along the western shore of Goat Island, Newport, Rhode Island, including the vicinity of Newport Harbor Light at the northeastern point of Goat Island to and around the Goat Island Connector between Goat Island and Newport, Rhode Island, in conjunction with the 22nd International Seapower Symposium. Entry into this zone by any vessel or persons is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP), Southeastern New England or the COTP’s designated on- scene representative. This rule is effective without actual notice from September 19, 2016 until September 23, 2016.

RULE: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2005–15– 07 for certain Airbus Model A320–111 airplanes and Model A320–200 series airplanes. AD 2005–15–07 required installing insulator and cable ties to the electrical cables of the S routes at the gaps in the raceway in the wing trailing edge and the wing tip and wing root areas. This new AD requires additional modifications in the trailing edges of both wings. This new AD also removes airplanes from the applicability. This AD was prompted by reports of wire chafing in the left-hand wing trailing edge. We are issuing this AD to prevent wire chafing in the trailing edge of the wings, which could result in a short circuit in the vicinity of the fuel tanks, consequently resulting in a potential source of ignition in a fuel tank vapor space and consequent fuel tank explosion. This AD is effective October 24, 2016.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Fokker Services B.V. Model F28 Mark 0070 and Mark 0100 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracking in a certain area of the pressure bulkhead webplate and skin connection angle. This AD requires a one-time inspection of the affected pressure bulkhead webplate and skin connection angle, and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking of the pressure bulkhead webplate and skin connection angle that could lead to sudden inflight decompression of the airplane, resulting in injury to occupants. This AD is effective October 24, 2016.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Viking Air Limited Models DHC–2 Mk. I, DHC– 2 Mk. II, and DHC–2 Mk. III 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 corrosion of the elevator control rod and of the elevator actuating lever on the control column. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct corrosion and/or cracking of the elevator control rod assemblies and the elevator actuating lever, which if not detected and corrected, could cause these components to fail. This failure could result in loss of control. This AD is effective October 24, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a component of the United States Department of Justice (“Department” or “DOJ”), has published a notice of a new Privacy Act system of records, “FBI Insider Threat Program Records (ITPR),” JUSTICE/FBI–023. In this notice of proposed rulemaking, the FBI proposes to exempt this system from certain provisions of the Privacy Act in order to avoid interference with efforts to detect, deter, and/or mitigate insider threats to national security or to the FBI and its personnel, facilities, resources, and activities. For the reasons provided below, the Department proposes to amend its Privacy Act regulations by establishing an exemption for records in this system from certain provisions of the Privacy Act pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(j) and (k). Public comment is invited. Comments must be received by October 19, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference CPCLO Order No. 008–2016.)

PROPOSED RULE: We, NMFS, propose to list the Maui’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui) as endangered and the South Island Hector’s dolphin (C. hectori hectori) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have reviewed the best available scientific and commercial data and completed a comprehensive status review for these two subspecies of Hector’s dolphin (C. hectori). The Maui’s dolphin faces serious demographic risks due to critically low abundance, a low population growth rate, a restricted range, low genetic diversity, and ongoing threats such as bycatch in commercial and recreational gillnets. We have determined Maui’s dolphin is currently in danger of extinction throughout its range and, therefore, meets the definition of an endangered species. The relatively more abundant and more widely distributed South Island Hector’s dolphin has experienced large historical declines and is expected to continue to slowly decline due to bycatch and other lesser threats, such as disease and impacts associated with tourism. We have determined that this subspecies is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range, but is likely to become so within the foreseeable future; and therefore, it meets the definition of a threatened species. Both subspecies occur only in New Zealand. We are authorized to designate critical habitat within U.S. jurisdiction only, and we are not aware of any areas within U.S jurisdiction that may meet the definition of critical habitat under the ESA. Therefore, we are not proposing to designate critical habitat. We are soliciting public comments on our status review report and proposal to list these two subspecies. Comments on this proposed rule must be received by November 18, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. NOAA–NMFS–2016–0118.)

PROPOSED RULE: We, NMFS, have completed a comprehensive status review under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the common guitarfish (Rhinobatos rhinobatos) and the blackchin guitarfish (Rhinobatos cemiculus). We have determined that, based on the best scientific and commercial data available, and after taking into account efforts being made to protect these species, both species meet the definition of a threatened species under the ESA. Therefore, we propose to list both species as threatened species under the ESA. We are not proposing to designate critical habitat for either of the species proposed for listing because the geographical areas occupied by these species are entirely outside U.S. jurisdiction. We are soliciting comments on our proposal to list these two foreign marine guitarfish species. Comments on this proposed rule must be received by November 18, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. NOAA–NMFS–2016–0082.)

PROPOSED RULE: In this proposed rule, SBA is making changes to its Early Stage Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) initiative, which was launched in 2012 as a 5-year effort as part of President Obama’s Startup America Initiative. The intent of the initiative was to license and provide SBA-guaranteed leverage to Early Stage SBICs that would focus on making investments in early stage small businesses. Although 62 investment funds applied to the program, few satisfied SBA’s licensing criteria. To date, SBA has only licensed five Early Stage SBICs. In an attempt to attract more qualified early stage fund managers, this rule proposes changes to the initiative with respect to licensing, non-SBA borrowing, and leverage eligibility. These proposed changes are based in part on feedback SBA received on an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that was published in March 2015. In addition, this rule reflects SBA’s intention to continue licensing and providing SBA- guaranteed leverage to Early Stage SBICs beyond the 5-year term of the initiative, and proposes certain technical changes to SBA’s Early Stage regulations. Comments on the proposed rule must be received on or before October 19, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 3245–AG68.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Department of State proposes an adjustment to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services of the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (“Schedule of Fees” or “Schedule”) for the execution fee for passport books and cards. The Department is adjusting this fee in light of the findings of the most recent annual update to the Cost of Service Model to better align the fees for consular services with the costs of providing those services. The Department of State will accept comments on this proposed rule until November 18, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. DOS–2016–0029.)

Federal Register Highlights – 9/16/16

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for September 16, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Walnut Board (Board) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016–17 and subsequent marketing years from $0.0379 to $0.0465 per kernelweight pound of assessable walnuts. The Board locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of growers and handlers of walnuts operating within the area of production. Assessments upon walnut handlers are used by the Board to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The marketing year begins September 1 and ends August 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated. Comments must be received by October 17, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Doc. No. AMS–SC–16–0062.)

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule invites comments on a recommendation by the Raisin Administrative Committee (Committee) to the remove the term “midget” from the minimum grade standards of the California raisin marketing order (order). The marketing order regulates the handling of raisins produced from grapes grown in California, and is administered locally by the Committee. Recently, the U.S. Standards for Grades of Processed Raisins (standards) were amended to remove the word “midget.” The proposed change would make the marketing order consistent with the amended standards. Furthermore, this rule would make a corresponding change to the raisin import regulation as required by the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended, when changes are made to the size, grade, maturity, or quality requirements of the order. Comments must be received by October 17, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Doc. No. AMS–SC–16–0065.)

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule invites public comments on a proposed amendment to Marketing Order No. 984, which regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California. The California Walnut Board (Board), which is responsible for the local administration of the order and is comprised of walnut producers and handlers operating within the production area, recommended an amendment that would authorize the Board to borrow from a commercial lending institution to fund operations and marketing/research expenses. Allowing the Committee to utilize this customary business practice would provide flexibility for the Board while increasing its effectiveness. Comments must be received by November 15, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Doc. No. AMS–SC–16–0053.)

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the James River Bridge (US17) across the James River, mile 5.0, at Isle of Wight and Newport News, VA. The deviation is necessary to perform bridge maintenance and repairs. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position. This deviation is effective from 5 a.m. on September 19, 2016, to 7 p.m. on October 16, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Gilmerton (US13/460) Bridge across the South Branch of the Elizabeth River, mile 5.8, on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, at Chesapeake, VA. This deviation is necessary to avoid bridge failure and perform emergency bridge repairs. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position. This deviation is effective without actual notice from September 16, 2016 through 5 a.m. on September 19, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a special local regulation for all waters of the Ohio River, surface to bottom, extending from Ohio River mile 557.5 to 558.5 in Madison, IN on September 17 and September 18, 2016. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters near Madison, IN during the high-speed boat race on September 17 and September 18, 2016. This regulation prohibits persons and vessels from being in the regulated area unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Ohio Valley or a designated representative. This rule is effective from 8 a.m. on September 17, 2016 to 6 p.m. September 18, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a special local regulation on the Ohio River from mile 755.0 to mile 759.0 in Owensboro, KY on September 30, 2016 through October 2, 2016. This special regulation is necessary to provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters near Owensboro, KY, during the Owensboro Air Show. This rulemaking prohibits transit into, through, and within the regulated area unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Ohio Valley or a designated representative. This rule is effective from 12 p.m. on September 30, 2016 through 4:30 p.m. on October 2, 2016.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330–200, Model A330– 300, Model A340–200, and Model A340–300 series airplanes. This AD requires an inspection to determine the part number and serial number of certain escape slides on the left and right sides of the airplane, and replacement if necessary. This AD was prompted by a report indicating that the aspirator on certain escape slides might have been damaged because of incorrect packing during overhaul. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct damaged aspirators on escape slides. Failure of an aspirator to inflate an escape slide could prevent deployment of the escape slide during an emergency, possibly resulting in reduced evacuation capacity from the airplane and consequent injury to occupants. This AD becomes effective October 3, 2016.

RULE: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2008–19– 08, for all Dassault Aviation Model Falcon 10 airplanes. AD 2008–19–08 required repetitive replacement of the flexible hoses installed in the wing (slat) anti-icing system with new hoses. This new AD requires reducing the life limit of these flexible hoses, which reduces the repetitive replacement intervals. This AD was prompted by additional reports of collapse of the flexible hoses installed in the slat anti-icing systems on airplanes equipped with new, improved hoses. We are issuing this AD to prevent collapse of the flexible hoses in the slat anti-icing system, which could lead to insufficient anti-icing capability and, if icing is encountered in this situation, could result in reduced controllability of the airplane. This AD is effective October 21, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is exchanging allocations of Amendment 80 cooperative quota (CQ) for Amendment 80 acceptable biological catch (ABC) reserves. This action is necessary to allow the 2016 total allowable catch of flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area to be harvested. Effective September 16, 2016, through December 31, 2016.

Federal Register Highlights – 9/15/16

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for September 15, 2016:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for navigable waters within a 700-yard radius on the surface and 1400-yard radius underwater of the Navy underwater detonation operations in the waters of Apra Outer Harbor, Guam. The Coast Guard believes this safety zone regulation is necessary to protect all persons and vessel that would otherwise transit or be within the affected areas from possible safety hazards associated with underwater detonation operations. Entry of vessels or persons into these zones is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Guam. This rule is effective without actual notice from September 15, 2016 until September 16, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a special local regulation for all navigable waters, near mile marker 4.5 of the Morgan City Port Allen route to extend north and south 1000 feet of Russo’s boat launch on the Atchafalaya River. The special local regulation is necessary to protect participants and spectators from the hazards associated with the Battle of the Basin power boat race. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Morgan City or a designated representative. This rule is effective from 10 a.m. on September 24, 2016 through 7 p.m. September 25, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: The United States Copyright Office (“Office”) is proposing new rules related to personally identifiable information (“PII”) that may be found in the Office’s registration records. First, the proposed rule will allow an author, claimant of record, or the authorized agent of the author or claimant of record, to request the removal of certain PII that is requested by the Office and collected on a registration application, such as home addresses or personal phone numbers, from the Office’s internet-accessible public catalog, while retaining it in the Office’s offline records as required by law. Second, the proposed rule will codify an existing practice regarding extraneous PII that applicants erroneously include on registration applications even though the Office has not requested it, such as driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, banking information, and credit card information. Under the proposed rule, the Office would, upon request, remove such extraneous PII both from the Office’s internet- accessible public catalog and its offline records. Written comments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 17, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. 2016–7.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing to update its regulations for the import and export of tableting and encapsulating machines, controlled substances, and listed chemicals, and its regulations relating to reports required for domestic transactions in listed chemicals, gamma- hydroxybutyric acid, and tableting and encapsulating machines. In accordance with Executive Order 13563, the Drug Enforcement Administration has reviewed its import and export regulations and reporting requirements for domestic transactions in listed chemicals (and gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) and tableting and encapsulating machines, and evaluated them for clarity, consistency, continued accuracy, and effectiveness. The proposed amendments clarify certain policies and reflect current procedures and technological advancements. The amendments also allow for the implementation, as applicable to tableting and encapsulating machines, controlled substances, and listed chemicals, of the President’s Executive Order 13659 on streamlining the export/ import process and requiring the government-wide utilization of the International Trade Data System. This proposal additionally contains amendments that would implement recent changes to the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act (CSIEA) for reexportation of controlled substances among members of the European Economic Area made by the Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act. The proposal includes additional substantive and technical amendments. Electronic comments must be submitted, and written comments must be postmarked, on or before October 17, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. DEA–403.)

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109A, A109A II, A109C, A109E, A109K2, A109S, and AW109SP helicopters. This AD requires visually inspecting the tail rotor drive shaft assembly (drive shaft) for a crack. This AD was prompted by the discovery of three cracks on the drive shaft of a Model A109S helicopter. The actions of this AD are intended to detect a crack on the drive shaft to prevent failure of the driveshaft, failure of the tail rotor, and subsequent loss of helicopter control. This AD is effective October 20, 2016.

RULE: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 90–11–05 for certain Airbus Model A300 B2–1C, B2K–3C, B2–203, B4–2C, B4–103, and B4–203 airplanes and Model A300 B4– 600 series airplanes. AD 90–11–05 required repetitive detailed inspections for cracking in the aft hinge brackets of the outer shroud box that is located in the outer wing box, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This new AD changes certain compliance times and adds airplanes to the applicability. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks in the aft hinge brackets of the outer shroud box that is located in the outer wing box, which were found during routine maintenance checks, and our subsequent determination that a change in inspection compliance times is needed. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking of the aft hinge brackets of the outer shroud box; such cracking could affect the structural integrity of the airplane. This AD becomes effective October 20, 2016.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain ATR—GIE Avions de Transport Régional Model ATR42–500 and Model ATR72–212A airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report indicating that interference occurred between a Type III Emergency Exit door and the surrounding passenger cabin furnishing during a production check. This AD requires measuring the gap between the Type III Emergency Exit doors and certain overhead stowage compartment fittings; removing certain fittings from the overhead stowage compartments and measuring the gap between the Type III Emergency Exit doors and the overhead stowage compartment hooks, if necessary; re-installing or repairing, as applicable, the Type III Emergency Exit doors; and modifying the overhead stowage compartments. We are issuing this AD to prevent interference between a Type III Emergency Exit door and the overhead stowage compartment fitting installed on the rail, which could result in obstructed opening of a Type III Emergency Exit door during an emergency evacuation. This AD is effective October 20, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to list Chorizanthe parryi var. fernandina (San Fernando Valley spineflower), a plant species from southern California, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this species. This document also serves as the 90-day and 12-month findings on two petitions to list C. parryi var. fernandina as an endangered species. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before November 14, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2016–0078.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Commission is issuing this proposed rulemaking which amends some existing rules concerning attributable costing. The primary purpose of this rulemaking is to make conforming changes to rules that specifically define or describe attributable costs, pursuant to Commission Order No. 3506. This notice informs the public of the docket’s initiation, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps. Comments are due on or before October 17, 2016. (To submit comments, visit the Postal Regulatory Commission’s Online Filing System at www.prc.gov, reference Docket No. RM2016–13.)

Federal Register Highlights – 9/14/16

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sorry, folks. The Government Printing Office is having major server problems this morning and I am unable to compile my usual posting. I’ll try again later this evening and see if the situation improves.

UPDATE: Better late than never…

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for September 14, 2016:

PROPOSED RULES: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to raise the dollar threshold requirement for the audit of prime contract settlement proposals and subcontract settlements from $100,000 to $750,000. Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat Division on or before November 14, 2016 to be considered in the formation of the final rule. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference FAR Case 2015–039.)

PROPOSED RULE: This document proposes to update the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations concerning the customs broker’s examination provisions. Specifically, this document proposes to transition to a computer automated customs broker examination, increase the examination fee to cover the increased cost of delivering the exam, and adjust the dates of the examination to account for the fiscal year transition period and payment schedule requirements. Comments must be received on or before November 14, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. USCBP–2016–0059.)