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Federal Register Highlights – 4/1/14

April 1, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for April 1, 2014:

PROPOSED RULE: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to maintain user fees for cotton producers for 2014 crop cotton classification services under the Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act at the same level as in 2013. These fees are also authorized under the Cotton Standards Act of 1923. The 2013 crop user fee was $2.20 per bale, and AMS proposes to continue the fee for the 2014 cotton crop at that same level. This proposed fee and the existing reserve are sufficient to cover the costs of providing classification services for the 2014 crop, including costs for administration and supervision. Comments must be received on or before April 16, 2014. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number AMS–CN–13–0085.)

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing special local regulations during the ‘‘Oxford-Bellevue Sharkfest Swim’’, a marine event to be held on the waters of the Tred Avon River on May 10, 2014. These special local regulations are necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. This action is intended to temporarily restrict vessel traffic in a portion of the Tred Avon River during the event. This rule is effective from 9 a.m. to 11:59 a.m. on May 10, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to amend the Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation (DEAR) to define contractor business system as accounting system, estimating system, purchasing system, earned value management system (EVMS), and property management system. DOE is proposing to implement compliance enforcement mechanisms in the form of a contractor business system clause and related clauses that includes a provision that would allow contracting officers to withhold a percentage of payments, under certain conditions, when a contractor’s business system contains significant deficiencies. Written comments on the proposed rulemaking must be received on or before close of business June 2, 2014. (To submit comments, visit, reference RIN 1991–AC01.)

PROPOSED RULE: In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC) invites comment on issues regarding updating rules and requirements for technologies used to locate and rescue distressed ships and individuals in distress at sea or on land to provide better and more accurate data to rescue personnel. The Commission also invites comments on rules regarding radar equipment, the use of portable marine Very High Frequency (VHF) transmitters by persons on shore; permitting VHF digital small message service (VDSMS); and allowing assignment or transfer of control of ship station licenses. These rules will enable the maritime radio services to better protect lives and property at sea, as well as support improved day-to-day operations. New technologies will be used to locate and rescue distressed ships and individuals in distress at sea or on land to provide better and more accurate data to rescue personnel. Submit comments on or before June 2, 2014, and reply comments are due on or before June 30, 2014. (To submit comments, visit, reference WT Docket No. 14–36, FCC 14–20.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) is proposing, as part of a series of orders, to revise its regulations at section 284.12 to better coordinate the scheduling of natural gas and electricity markets in light of increased reliance on natural gas for electric generation, as well as to provide additional flexibility to all shippers on interstate natural gas pipelines. The proposed revisions in this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking deal principally with revision of the operating day and scheduling practices used by interstate pipelines to schedule natural gas transportation service. These proposed revisions affect the business practices of the natural gas industry, which the industry has developed through the North American Energy Standards Board, and which the Commission has incorporated by reference into its regulations. The Commission, therefore, is providing the natural gas and electric industries with six months to reach consensus on standards, consistent with the Commission’s guidance, including any revisions or modifications to the proposals provided herein. Comments are due November 28, 2014. (To submit comments, visit Documents created electronically using word processing software should be filed in native applications or print-to-PDF format and not in a scanned format.)



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