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Federal Register Highlights – 10/20/15

October 20, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for October 20, 2015:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Arthur Kill (AK) Railroad Bridge across Arthur Kill, mile 11.6, between Staten Island, New York and Elizabeth, New Jersey. Under this temporary deviation the bridge may remain in the closed position to facilitate scheduled maintenance. This deviation is necessary to facilitate tie and miter rail replacement on the lift span. This deviation is effective from 6 a.m. on October 23, 2015 to 2:48 p.m. on December 13, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to revise Standard Forms prescribed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) for contracts involving bonds and other financial protections. The revisions are aimed at clarifying liability limitations and expanding the options for organization types. Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat on or before December 21, 2015 to be considered in the formation of the final rule. (To submit comments, visit, reference FAR Case Number 2015-025.)

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC–8–102, –103, –106, –201, –202, –301, –311, and –315 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of un-annunciated failures of the direct current (DC) starter generator, which caused caution indicators of the affected systems to illuminate and prompted emergency descents and landings. This AD requires replacing the DC generator control units (GCUs) with new GCUs and replacing the GCU label. We are issuing this AD to prevent a low voltage condition on the left main DC bus, which, during critical phases of flight, could result in the loss of flight management, navigation, and transponder systems, and could affect continued safe flight. This AD becomes effective November 24, 2015.

RULE: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 98–26–02 for certain Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S–61A, D, E, L, N, NM, R, and V helicopters. AD 98–26–02 required determining whether the main rotor shaft (MRS) was used in repetitive external lift (REL) operations, performing a nondestructive inspection (NDI) for cracks, replacing any unairworthy MRS, and establishing retirement lives for each REL MRS. This new AD retains some of the requirements of AD 98–26–02 but determines a new retirement life for each MRS, expands the applicability to include additional helicopters, and requires removing from service any MRS with oversized dowel pin bores. This AD was prompted by the manufacturer’s reevaluation of the retirement life for the MRS based on torque, ground-air-ground (GAG) cycle, and fatigue testing. We are issuing this AD to prevent MRS structural failure, loss of power to the main rotor, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. This AD is effective November 24, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is proposing to amend its regulations that govern International Space Station crewmembers, mementos aboard Orion and Space Launch System (SLS) missions, the authority of the NASA Commander, and removes the Agency’s policy on space flight participation and other policies that were relevant to the Space Shuttle. The revisions to this rule are part of NASA’s retrospective plan under Executive Order (E.O.) 13563 completed in August 2011. NASA’s full plan can be accessed on the Agency’s open Government Web site at Submit comments on or before November 19, 2015. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number NASA-2015-0010.)

PROPOSED RULE: This rulemaking proposes to remove the regulatory provision regarding consideration by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of the net worth of a veteran’s assets as a factor in determining the veteran’s eligibility for lower-cost VA health care. Prior to January 1, 2015, VA considered both the net worth of a veteran’s assets and the veteran’s annual income when determining a veteran’s eligibility. Because of that, certain veterans who would have been eligible for VA health care based on their annual income alone were ineligible for care because the net value of their assets was too high, or they were placed in a less favorable eligibility category. Reporting asset information imposed a significant paperwork burden on veterans, and VA dedicated significant administrative resources to verifying reported information. VA changed its policy to improve access to health care to lower- income veterans and remove the reporting burden from veterans by discontinuing collection of asset information. This rulemaking would amend the regulation to remove the reference to VA’s discretionary statutory authority to consider net worth. Comments must be received on or before December 21, 2015. (To submit comments, visit, reference RIN 2900-AP37.)


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