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Federal Register Highlights – 8/29/13

August 29, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for August 29, 2013:

PROPOSED RULE: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) proposes to amend its regulation governing the administration of USAID-funded assistance awards to implement a Partner Vetting System (PVS). The purpose of the Partner Vetting System is to help ensure that USAID funds and other resources do not inadvertently benefit individuals or entities that are terrorists, supporters of terrorists or affiliated with terrorists, while also minimizing the impact on USAID programs and its implementing partners. In order to apply the PVS to USAID assistance, USAID proposes to amend 22 CFR Part 226. The Office of Management and Budget has approved a 30 day comment period. This proposed regulatory revision is a key requirement of the Agency’s plan for the pilot program and any other vetting programs. Submit comments on or before September 30, 2013. (You may submit written electronic comments by sending electronic mail [email] to: M.OAA.RuleMaking@usaid.gov. Please submit comments as a Microsoft Word file avoiding the use of any special characters and any form of encryption.)

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone upon the navigable waters of Mission Bay in San Diego, CA for the annual San Diego Bayfair power boat races from September 13, 2013 to September 15, 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 would be 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 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on September 13, 2013 to September 15, 2013.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone upon the navigable waters of the San Diego Bay, San Diego, CA, in support of a triathlon bay swim. This 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 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on September 22, 2013.

RULE: The FAA is correcting airworthiness directive (AD) 2013–05–08 that published in the Federal Register. AD 2013–05–08 applies to all Airbus Model A330–200 and A330–300 series airplanes, and Model A340–200 and A340–300 series airplanes. Two paragraphs of AD 2013–05–08 incorrectly specify flight control secondary computers (FCSCs), rather than flight control primary computers (FCPCs). This document corrects those errors. In all other respects, the original document remains the same. This final rule is effective August 29, 2013. The effective date for AD 2013–05–08, Amendment 39–17380 (78 FR 27015, May 9, 2013), remains June 13, 2013.

PROPOSED RULE: The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) proposes to add a provision to its regulations that provides forage seed insurance. The provisions will be used in conjunction with the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions (Basic Provisions), which contain standard terms and conditions common to most crop programs. The intended effect of this action is to convert the Forage Seed pilot crop insurance program to a permanent insurance program for the 2015 and succeeding crop years. Written comments and opinions on this proposed rule will be accepted until close of business September 30, 2013, and will be considered when the rule is to be made final. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FCIC–13–0001.)

PROPOSED RULE: The FHWA proposes to update the existing value engineering (VE) regulations to make the regulations consistent with the statutory changes in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP–21) and to make other non-substantive changes for clarity. Comments must be received on or before October 28, 2013. Late comments will be considered to the extent practicable. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FHWA–2013–0039.)

PROPOSED RULE: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, propose to designate critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog under the Endangered Species Act. We are proposing critical habitat for this species in Washington and Oregon, and this action fulfills our obligations under the Endangered Species Act and a court-approved settlement agreement. The effect of this regulation will be to designate critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frogs’ habitat under the Endangered Species Act. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before October 28, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FWS–R1–ES–2013–0088.)

PROPOSED RULE: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, propose to list the Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa), as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this species. The effect of this regulation is to add this species to the list of Endangered and Threatened wildlife under the Act. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before October 28, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FWS–R1–ES–2013–0013.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). This action is necessary to fully use the 2013 total allowable catch of Pacific cod allocated to catcher vessels less than 60 feet LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), August 26, 2013, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2013. Comments must be received at the following address no later than 4:30 p.m., A.l.t., September 10, 2013.

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes to modify the declaration requirements for vessels required to use Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) units in Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) fisheries. This proposed rule would require operators of vessels that have been issued HMS permits and are required to use VMS to use their VMS units to provide hourly position reports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7). The proposed rule would also allow the operators of such vessels to make declarations out of the fishery when not retaining or fishing for HMS for specified periods of time encompassing two or more trips. These changes would make the current Atlantic HMS VMS requirements consistent with other VMS-monitored Atlantic fisheries and provide additional reporting flexibility for vessel operators by eliminating the requirement to hail-out two hours in advance of leaving port. Additionally, these changes will continue to provide NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) with information necessary to facilitate enforcement of HMS regulations. This rule would affect all commercial fishermen who fish for Atlantic HMS who are required to use VMS. Submit comments on or before September 30, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number NOAA–NMFS–2013–0132.)

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes regulations to implement measures in Amendment 14 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid and Butterfish Management Plan. The Mid- Atlantic Fishery Management Council developed Amendment 14 to improve catch monitoring for the Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish fisheries and to address incidental catch of river herring and shad through responsible management. Amendment 14 management measures include: Revising dealer and vessel reporting requirements, and requirements for vessel monitoring systems; increasing observer coverage on midwater trawl mackerel and Tier 1, 2 and 3 small-mesh bottom trawl mackerel vessels; implementing partial industry funding for observer coverage; revising vessel requirements to improve at-sea sampling by observers; establishing slippage caps to discourage the discarding of catch prior to sampling by observers; and establishing a mortality cap for river herring and shad with amounts to be set during specifications. Public comments must be received on or before October 11, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number NOAA–NMFS–2013–0128.)

PROPOSED RULE: The National Park Service is proposing to revise the definition of the terms demonstration and special event, applicable to the national cemeteries administered by the National Park Service. Comments must be received by October 28, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 1024–AE01.)

 

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