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Federal Register Highlights – 6/25/14

June 25, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for June 25, 2014:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a special local regulation on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico surrounding the island of Key West, Florida during the Annual Swim around Key West on June 28, 2014. The event entails a large number of participants who will begin at Smather’s Beach and swim one full circle clockwise around the island of Key West, Florida. The special local regulation is necessary to provide for the safety of the spectators, participants, participating support vessels and kayaks, and other vessels and users of the waterway during the event. The special local regulation will consist of a moving area that will temporarily restrict vessel traffic in a portion of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, and will prevent non-participant vessels from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the area unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Key West or a designated representative. This rule is effective and will be enforced from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on June 28, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is proposing to amend its regulation on minority and women inclusion by requiring the Federal Home Loan Banks (Banks), and the Office of Finance to include in the contents of their annual reports certain demographic information related to their boards of directors as well as a description of their related activities during the reporting year. Written comments must be received on or before August 25, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 2590–AA67.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is reapportioning the projected unused amounts of the halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limit from the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) trawl limited access sector’s Pacific cod fishery to the BSAI trawl limited access yellowfin sole fishery. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2014 total allowable catch of yellowfin sole by the BSAI trawl limited access sector, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), June 25, 2014, until 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 97 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP). If approved, Amendment 97 would limit Chinook salmon prohibited species catch (PSC) in Western and Central Gulf of Alaska (GOA) non-pollock trawl catcher/processor (C/P) and catcher vessel (CV) fisheries. This action would establish separate annual Chinook salmon PSC limits for trawl catcher/processors (Trawl C/P Sector), trawl catcher vessels participating in the Central GOA Rockfish Program (Rockfish Program CV Sector), and trawl catcher vessels not participating in the Central GOA Rockfish Program (Non-Rockfish Program CV Sector) fishing for groundfish species other than pollock. If a sector reaches its Chinook salmon PSC limit, NMFS would prohibit further fishing for non-pollock groundfish by vessels in that sector. This action also would establish and clarify Chinook salmon retention and discard requirements for vessels, shoreside processors, and stationary floating processors participating in both the GOA pollock and non-pollock groundfish trawl fisheries. This action is necessary to minimize the catch of Chinook salmon to the extent practicable in the GOA non-pollock trawl fisheries. Amendment 97 is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the FMP, and other applicable laws. Submit comments on or before July 25, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number NOAA–NMFS–2013–0077.)

PROPOSED RULE: This rule proposes to implement provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) pertaining to small business size. Specifically, the rule proposes to amend the Small Business Administration’s (SBA or Agency) program regulations to implement statutory provisions establishing a safe harbor from fraud penalties for individuals or firms that misrepresent business concerns as being small for purposes of Federal procurement opportunities if they acted in good faith reliance upon small business status advisory opinions received from Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) or Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs). The rule also proposes to amend SBA’s regulations to establish the criteria small business status advisory opinions must meet in order to be deemed adequate and specify the review process for such opinions. Finally, the proposed rule would amend SBA’s regulations to update the circumstances under which SBA may initiate a formal size determination. Comments must be received on or before August 25, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 3245–AG59.)

 

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