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Federal Register Highlights – 6/5/13

June 5, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for June 4, 2013:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the navigable waters of the Colorado River in Parker, Arizona for the Great Western Tube Float on June 8, 2013. This temporary safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of the participants, crew, spectators, participating vessels, and other vessels and users of the waterway. Persons and vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through or anchoring within this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative. This rule is effective from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 8, 2013.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a special local regulation on the Intracoastal Waterway in Atlantic City, NJ. This special local regulation will restrict vessel traffic on a portion of the Intracoastal Waterway from operating while a swim event is taking place. This special local regulation is necessary to protect the swimmers from the hazards associated with passing vessel traffic. This rule will be effective from 9 a.m. until 12 noon on June 9, 2013.

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard proposes to amend its existing ballast water management (BWM) reporting and recordkeeping requirements. The Coast Guard will require vessels with ballast tanks operating exclusively on voyages between ports or places within a single Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone to submit an annual report of their BWM practices. The Coast Guard also proposes to update the current ballast water report to include only data that is essential to understanding and analyzing BWM practices. The proposed rule will allow most vessels to submit ballast water reports after arrival to the port or place of destination. Comments and related material must either be submitted to our online docket via on or before August 5, 2013 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number USCG–2012–0924.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing to implement phased retirement, a new human resources tool that allows full-time employees to work a part-time schedule while beginning to draw retirement benefits. Section 100121 of the ‘‘Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,’’ or ‘‘MAP–21,’’ authorizes phased retirement under the Civil Service Retirement System and the Federal Employees’ Retirement System and requires OPM to publish regulations implementing phased retirement. The purpose of phased retirement is to allow the Federal Government to continue to benefit from the services of experienced employees who might otherwise choose to retire. These proposed regulations inform agencies and employees about who may elect phased retirement, what benefits are provided in phased retirement, how an annuity is computed during and after phased retirement, and how employees fully retire from phased retirement. We must receive your comments by August 5, 2013. (To submit comments, visit, reference RIN 3206–AM71.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS or Agency) is proposing policies and procedures for determining rural eligibility for all loans and loan guarantee financial assistance. In addition, policies and procedures are proposed for determining the percentage of total project costs the Agency will finance where the project supplies electricity to an electric utility serving an area that is less than 100 percent rural. By codifying these policies and procedures the agency will provide needed flexibility in the methods utilized to determine eligibility and percentage of financing. Written comments must be received by RUS no later than August 5, 2013. (To submit comments, visit, reference RIN 0572–AC32.)



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