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Federal Register Highlights – 11/24/14

November 24, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for November 24,2014:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the CSX Transportation Railroad Swing Span Bridge across Three Mile Creek, mile 0.3, at Mobile, Baldwin County, Alabama. This deviation is necessary to conduct maintenance to the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain temporarily closed to navigation for twelve hours during one day and then operate during daylight hours only for eight consecutive days within a span of nine days. This deviation is effective from 7:00 AM on Thursday, November 27, 2014 through 6:00 PM on Friday, December 5, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Norfolk Seven Railroad Drawbridge, across Trent River, mile 0.2, at New Bern, North Carolina, to facilitate a rehabilitation project. This bridge presently opens on demand for navigation and is usually left in the open position only to close twice a day for train crossings. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed to navigation from 8 AM Monday, December 15, 2014 until 7 PM Friday, December 19, 2014, so that necessary maintenance may be made. The deviation is necessary to facilitate removal and replacement of the rail lift joints. This deviation is effective from 8 AM on Monday, December 15, 2014 to 7 PM on Friday, December 19, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard will enforce the safety zone for Connectquot River Fireworks on Connectquot River in Oakdale, New York from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM on November 29, 2014. In the event of inclement weather the safety zone will be enforced from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM on November 30, 2014. This action is necessary and intended to ensure safety of life on the navigable waters immediately prior to, during, and immediately after the fireworks event. During the aforementioned period, the Coast Guard will enforce restrictions upon, and control movement of, vessels in a specified area immediately prior to, during, and immediately after the fireworks event. During the enforcement., No person or vessel may enter the safety zone without permission of the Captain of the Port. The regulations in 33 CFR 165.151 Table 1, 11.3 will be enforced from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM on November 29, 2014 with a rain date of November 30, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on Lake Michigan north of Navy Pier, Chicago Illinois. This safety zone is intended to restrict vessels from a designated portion of Lake Michigan for salvage operations of a sunken barge. This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect the surrounding public and vessels from the hazards associated with salvage operations. This rule is effective without actual notice from November 24, 2014 until December 5, 2014. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from November 4, 2014 until November 24, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: This rule updates policy and outlines fiscal and logistical support the DOD may provide qualified Scouting organizations operating on U.S. military installations overseas based on Executive Order 12715, Support of Overseas Scouting Activities for Military Dependents and appropriate statutes as discussed below. It is DOD policy to cooperate with and assist qualified Scouting organizations in establishing and providing facilities and services, within available resources, and locations outside the United States to support DOD personnel and their families. Comments must be received by January 23, 2015. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.com, reference docket number DOD-2014-OS-0170. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: The FHWA is proposing to amend its regulations governing the acquisition, management, and disposal of real property for transportation programs and projects receiving funds under title 23, United States Code. The revisions are prompted by enactment of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Section 1302 of MAP-21 includes new early acquisition flexibilities the can be used by State Department of Transportation (SDOT) and other grantees of title 23 Federal-eight highway program funds. This proposal is intended to develop regulations on the use of those new early acquisition flexibilities. The FHWA is also proposing to update the real estate regulations to reflect the agency’s experience with the Federal-aid highway program since the last comprehensive rule-making, which occurred more than a decade ago. The updates include clarifying the Federal-State partnership, streamlining processes to better meet current Federal-aid highway program needs, and eliminating duplicated and outdated regulatory language. This notice of proposed rulemaking provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to the regulations. Comments must be received by January 23, 2015. Late filed comments will be considered to the extent practicable. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FHWA-2014-0026. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a proposed rule to implement modifications to the Multistate Plan (MSP) Program based on the experience of the Program to date. OPM establish the MSP Program pursuant to section 1334 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, referred to collectively as the Affordable Care Act. This proposed rule clarifies the approach used to enforce the applicable requirements of the Affordable Care Act with respect to health insurance issuers that contract with OPM to offer MSP options. This proposed rule amends MSP standards related to coverage area, benefits, and certain contracting provisions under section 1334 of the Affordable Care Act. This document also makes nonsubstantive technical changes. Comments are due on or before December 24, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 3206-AN12. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Commission is proposing rules addressing changes and corrections to the Mail Classification Schedule (MCS). The proposed rules established separate procedures for material changes in services offered in connection with products and corrections to product descriptions. The primary purposes of the proposed rules are to ensure that the MCS accurately describes the current product offerings of the Postal Service and to ensure compliance with the relevant statutory provisions one material changes to product offerings are made. The commission invites public comment on the proposals. Comments are due December 24, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.prc.gov, reference docket number RM 2015-6. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

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