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Federal Register Highlights – 8/1/13

August 1, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for August 1, 2013:

PROPOSED RULE: This NPRM provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to the FHWA requirements related to the use of alternative technical concepts (ATC) in design-build project delivery of highway construction. The revisions are intended to eliminate the requirement to submit a base proposal when a contracting agency allows design-build proposers to submit ATCs in their technical and price proposals. The FHWA seeks comments on the proposals contained in this notice. Comments must be received on or before September 30, 2013. Late comments will be considered to the extent practicable. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FHWA–2013–0043.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Department of the Interior is proposing to amend its regulations to exempt certain records in the Incident Management, Analysis and Reporting System from one or more provisions of the Privacy Act because of criminal, civil, and administrative law enforcement requirements. Submit written comments on or before September 30, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 1090–AB02.)

PROPOSED RULE: PHMSA is seeking public comment on whether applying the integrity management program (IMP) requirements, or elements of IMP, to areas beyond current high consequence areas (HCAs) would mitigate the need for class location requirements for gas transmission pipelines. Section 5 of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 requires the Secretary of Transportation to evaluate and issue a report on whether IMP requirements should be expanded beyond HCAs and whether such expansion would mitigate the need for class location requirements. The public comment period for this notice ends September 30, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number PHMSA–2013–0161.)

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would conform the regulations governing the Surety Bond Guarantee Program to certain provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (NDAA), including the provisions that increase the contract amounts for which SBA is authorized to guarantee bonds, grant SBA the authority to partially deny liability under its bond guarantee, and prohibit SBA from denying liability based on material information that was provided as part of the guarantee application in the Prior Approval Program. In addition, changes are proposed with respect to the Quick Bond Guarantee Application and Agreement, the timeframes for taking certain actions related to claims, the dollar threshold for determining when a change in the Contract or bond amounts meets certain criteria or requires certain action, and the elimination of references to the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) that have expired. Comments must be received on or before September 30, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 3245–AG56.)

 

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