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Federal Register Highlights – 1/10/14

January 10, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for January 10, 2014:

PROPOSED RULE: The proposed rule would revise the Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) regulations and prescription drug benefit program (Part D) regulations to implement statutory requirements; strengthen beneficiary protections; exclude plans that perform poorly; improve program efficiencies; and clarify program requirements. The proposed rule also includes several provisions designed to improve payment accuracy. To be assured consideration, comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on March 7, 2014. (To submit comments, visit, reference file code CMS–4159–P.)

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge across the Upper Mississippi River, mile 535.0, at Sabula, Iowa. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner time to perform repairs and maintenance that is essential to the continued safe operation of the drawbridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position while a damaged gear assembly is replaced and structural steel repairs are completed. This deviation is effective from 7 a.m., January 6, 2014 to 7 a.m., March 4, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard proposes broadening the regulatory requirements for reporting marine casualties that occur on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The limited reporting requirements currently applicable to foreign-flag OCS units in those waters would be replaced with the broader requirements currently applicable to U.S.-flag OCS units and to marine casualties occurring elsewhere in U.S. waters. The proposed changes would improve the Coast Guard’s ability to collect and analyze casualty data for incidents on the OCS, in the interest of maintaining and improving safety on the OCS. This proposed rule would support the Coast Guard’s maritime safety and stewardship missions. Comments and related material must either be submitted to our online docket via on or before April 10, 2014 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number USCG–2013–1057.)

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Turbomeca S.A. ASTAZOU XIV B and XIV H engines. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks on the 2nd-stage turbine disk. This AD requires replacement of the 2nd-stage turbine disk. We are issuing this AD to prevent disk cracking, uncontained 2nd-stage turbine blade release, damage to the engine, and damage to the helicopter. This AD becomes effective February 14, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes the specifications for the 2014 fishing year for butterfish, as well as other management measures for the species managed under the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. NMFS previously set specifications for longfin squid and Illex squid for 3 years in 2012 (2012–2014) and, therefore, new specifications will not be included in this year’s specification rulemaking. Likewise, NMFS set specifications for mackerel for 3 years in 2013 (2013–2015), and new specifications will also not be included in this action. The proposed specifications for butterfish would increase the butterfish acceptable biological catch by 8 percent and would increase the butterfish landings limit by 24 percent compared to 2013. This action also proposes to increase the butterfish Phase 3 trip limit from 500 lb (0.23 mt) to 600 lb (0.27 mt) for longfin squid/butterfish moratorium permit holders; establish a 236-mt cap on river herring (blueback and alewife) and shad (American and hickory) catch in the mackerel fishery; and raise the post-closure possession limit for longfin squid to 15,000 lb (6.80 mt) for vessels targeting Illex squid. Public comments must be received by February 10, 2014. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number NOAA-NMFS-2013-0172.)

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS is proposing regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to implement Resolution C–13–02 of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC or the Commission) by specifying limits on U.S. commercial catch of Pacific bluefin tuna from the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) waters of the IATTC Convention Area in 2014. This action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its obligations as a member of the IATTC. Comments on the proposed rule and the initial regulatory flexibility analysis must be submitted in writing by February 10, 2014. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number NOAA–NMFS–2013–0119.)


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