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Federal Register Highlights – 6/26/13

June 26, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for June 26, 2013:

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Copyright Office (‘‘Copyright Office’’ or ‘‘Office’’) is reengineering certain processes in its Licensing Division to enable cable systems operating under the statutory license governing the secondary transmission of over-the-air television broadcast signals to file Statements of Account electronically. As part of that process, the Office plans to adopt an identity authentication process that will allow for the use of electronic signatures. The Office proposes revisions to specific rules to account for the changes associated with the implementation of an electronic Statement of Account filing system and seeks public comment on the proposed process and regulatory changes to accommodate the use of electronic signatures. Comments due July 26, 2013. Reply comments July 26, 2013. (To submit comments, visit The Web site interface requires submitters to complete a form specifying name and organization, as applicable, and to upload comments as an attachment via a browser button. To meet accessibility standards, all comments must be uploaded in a single file in either the Portable Document File (PDF) format that contains searchable, accessible text (not an image); Microsoft Word; WordPerfect; Rich Text Format (RTF); or ASCII text file format (not a scanned document). The maximum file size is 6 megabytes (MB).)

PROPOSED RULE: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to continue the implementation of the requirements of section 803 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. The proposed rule seeks public comments on applying section 803 with respect to that provision’s expansion with respect to contracts that had been awarded by DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard before the date of enactment of section 803 (which was December 31, 2011) of the application of the senior executive compensation benchmark amount. Section 803 expands to a broader group of contractor employees the limitation on reimbursing compensation costs. As section 803 provides, this proposed rule would apply section 803 retroactively to contracts awarded before December 31, 2011, with respect to the contractor compensation costs incurred after January 1, 2012. In addition, also as part of the implementation in the FAR of section 803, DoD, GSA and NASA are separately issuing an interim rule (FAR Case 2012–017) that addresses the prospective application of section 803 to contracts awarded on or after December 31, 2011. Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat at one of the addressees shown below on or before August 26, 2013 to be considered in the formation of the final rule. (To submit comments, visit, reference FAR Case 2012–025.)

PROPOSED RULE: This notice proposes to clarify aspects of certain U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy efficiency regulations related to electric motors. DOE is considering establishing definitions, specifying testing set-up procedures necessary to test, and extending DOE’s existing test procedures for electric motors to certain electric motor types that have not been regulated by DOE. These actions are being proposed to clarify the scope of regulatory coverage for electric motors and to ensure accurate and consistent measurements when determining the energy efficiency of various types of electric motors. This notice seeks comment on this proposal and requests comments, data, and other information to assist DOE in deciding whether to finalize or modify these provisions. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR no later than September 9, 2013. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number EERE–2012–BT–TP–0043.)

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all General Electric Company (GE) GE90–110B1 and GE90–115B turbofan engines. This emergency AD was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these engines. This AD prohibits operation of an airplane with affected transfer gearbox assemblies (TGBs) installed on both engines five days after the effective date of this AD. This AD was prompted by reports of two failures of TGBs which resulted in in-flight shutdowns (IFSDs). We are issuing this AD to prevent additional IFSDs of one or more engines, loss of thrust control, and damage to the airplane. This AD is effective June 26, 2013 to all persons except those persons to whom it was made immediately effective by Emergency AD 2013–10–52, issued on May 16, 2013, which contained the requirements of this amendment.

PROPOSED RULE: We, NMFS, announce proposed revisions to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to clarify and update the descriptions of species under NMFS’ jurisdiction that are currently listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). Revisions include format changes to our lists of threatened and endangered species, revisions to regulatory language explaining our lists, updates to the descriptions of certain listed West Coast salmonid species to add or remove hatchery stocks consistent with our recently completed five-year reviews under ESA section 4(c)(2), and corrections to regulatory text to fix inadvertent errors from previous rulemakings and update cross-references. We do not propose to add or remove any species to or from our lists, change the status of any listed species, or add or revise any critical habitat designation. Comments and information regarding the proposed revisions must be received no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time on August 26, 2013. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number NOAA–NMFS–2013–0100.)



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