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Federal Register Highlights – 11/25/14

November 25, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for November 25, 2014:

PROPOSED RULE: DOD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to further implement the inflation adjustment of acquisition-related dollar thresholds. The statute requires an adjustment every five years of acquisition-related thresholds for inflation using the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers, except for the Construction Wage Rate Requirements statute (Davis-Bacon Act), Service Contract Labor Standards statute, and trade agreements thresholds. DoD, GSA, and NASA are also proposing to use the same methodology to adjust nonstatutory FAR acquisition-related thresholds in 2015. Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat on or before January 26, 2015 to be considered in the formation of the final rule. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: The FDIC is proposing to amend its filing requirements and processing procedures for notices filed under the Change in Bank Control Act (Notices). The proposed amendments are intended to accomplish several objectives. First, the proposed rule would consolidate into one subpart the current requirements and procedures for Notices filed with respect to State nonmember banks and certain parent companies thereof, and the requirements and procedures for Notices filed with respect to State savings associations and certain parent companies thereof. Second, the proposed rule would rescind the FDIC’s separate regulation governing the requirements and procedures for Notices filed with respect to State savings associations and certain parent companies thereof and would resend any guidance issued by the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) relating to changes in control of State savings associations that is inconsistent with the proposed rule. Third, the proposed rule would adopt the best practices of the related regulations of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board of Governors). Finally, the proposed rule would clarify the FDIC’s requirements and procedures based on its experience interpreting and implementing the existing regulation. This proposed rule is also part of the FDIC’s continuing review of its regulations under the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Production Act of 1996. Comments must be received by January 26, 2015. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for recreational gray triggerfish in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. Because recreational landings for gray triggerfish in the 2013 fishing year exceeded the recreational annual catch limits (ACL) for the stock, NMFS monitor the recreational landings in 2014 for a persistence in increased landings. To this temporary rule, NMFS now closes the recreational sector for gray triggerfish in the South Atlantic EEZ on November 26, 2014, as NMFS has projected the recreational ACL to have been met for the 2014 fishing year. Disclosure is necessary to protect the gray triggerfish resource. This rule is effective 12:01 AM local time, November 26, 2014 until 12:01 AM local time, January 1, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: The National Park Service is proposing to construct a paved, multi-use visitor path in Bryce Canyon National Park. The path would be approximately 6.2 miles long and be open to several uses, including running, walking, and bicycling. National Park Service regulations require promulgation of a special regulation to designate new routes for bicycle use off park roads and outside developed areas. Comments must be received by January 26, 2015. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

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