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Federal Register Highlights – 2/6/14

February 6, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for February 6, 2014:

PROPOSED RULE: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) proposes to amend the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) regulations to require states, subject to penalty, to maintain policies and practices that prevent TANF funded assistance from being used in any electronic benefit transfer transaction in specified locations. This responds to provisions in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 requiring states receiving TANF grants to maintain policies and practices as necessary to prevent assistance provided under the program from being used in any electronic benefit transfer transaction in any liquor store; any casino, gambling casino, or gaming establishment; or any retail establishment that provides adult-oriented entertainment in which performers disrobe or perform in an unclothed state for entertainment. In order to be considered, comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before May 7, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0970—AC56.)

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the operation of the Galveston Causeway Railroad Vertical Lift Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, mile 357.2 west of Harvey Locks, at Galveston, Galveston County, Texas. The deviation is necessary in order to conduct repairs to the bridge. These repairs are essential for the continued safe operation of the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain temporarily closed to navigation for three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon with an opening in the middle of the day to allow for the passage of vessels. This deviation is effective from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The Department of Defense (DoD) is proposing to amend the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) Privacy Act Program Regulation. Specifically, an exemption section is being added to include an exemption for RDCAA 900.1, DCAA Internal Review Case Files. This rulemaking provides policies and procedures for the DCAA’s implementation of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. Comments must be received by April 7, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0790–AI31.)

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule clarifies the responsibilities under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) of parties involved in export transactions where the foreign principal party in interest (FPPI) is responsible for the transportation out of the United States of items subject to the EAR. These transactions are currently referred to as ‘‘routed export transactions.’’ In such transactions, the U.S. principal party in interest (USPPI) may retain the responsibility and authority under the EAR to determine license requirements and, if necessary, to apply for a license from the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). Alternatively, if certain criteria are met, the USPPI may allow the FPPI, acting through a U.S. agent, to assume these responsibilities and authority. To enhance clarity, this proposed rule would remove the defined term ‘‘Routed Export Transaction’’ from the EAR and create a new term to better define certain transactions of particular interest to BIS, specifically a ‘‘Foreign Principal Party Controlled Export Transaction’’ which is a transaction where an FPPI which is responsible for the export of items subject to the EAR, also assumes the authority and responsibility for licensing requirements. This proposed rule also would refine certain procedures for creating a ‘‘Foreign Principal Party Controlled Export Transaction’’. These proposed changes are intended to facilitate enhanced public understanding of the EAR by eliminating perceived discrepancies between the EAR and the Bureau of the Census’s Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) with respect to the definition of a ‘‘routed export transaction.’’ Specifically, this proposed rule will clarify the responsibilities of each party engaged in a transaction subject to the EAR and provide clearer instructions for USPPIs to delegate responsibility for license requirement determinations. Comments must be received by April 7, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number BIS–2014–0004.)

PROPOSED RULE: This document contains a new proposed regulation providing guidance on how certain organizations that provide employee benefits must calculate unrelated business taxable income (UBTI). This document also withdraws the notice of proposed rulemaking relating to UBTI that was published on February 4, 1986. The notice of proposed rulemaking that was published on February 4, 1986, at 51 FR 4391 is withdrawn as of February 6, 2014. Written or electronic comments and request for a public hearing must be received by May 7, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number IRS REG–143874–10.)

PROPOSED RULE: As part of its ongoing efforts to more effectively administer the National Labor Relations Act (the Act or the NLRA) and to further the purposes of the Act, the National Labor Relations Board (the Board) proposes to amend its rules and regulations governing the filing and processing of petitions relating to the representation of employees for purposes of collective bargaining with their employer. The Board believes that the proposed amendments would remove unnecessary barriers to the fair and expeditious resolution of questions concerning representation. The proposed amendments would simplify representation-case procedures and render them more transparent and uniform across regions, eliminate unnecessary litigation, and consolidate requests for Board review of regional directors’ pre- and post-election determinations into a single, post- election request. The proposed amendments would allow the Board to more promptly determine if there is a question concerning representation and, if so, to resolve it by conducting a secret ballot election. Comments regarding this proposed rule must be received by the Board on or before April 7, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number NLRB–2011–0002.)

 

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