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Federal Register Highlights – 12/2/15

December 2, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for December 2, 2015:

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule sets forth payment parameters and provisions related to the risk adjustment, reinsurance, and risk corridors programs; cost sharing parameters and cost-sharing reductions; and user fees for Federally-facilitated Exchanges. It also provides additional standards for the annual open enrollment period for the individual market for the 2017 benefit year; essential health benefits; cost-sharing requirements; qualified health plans; updated standards for Exchange consumer assistance programs; network adequacy; patient safety standards; the Small Business Health Options Program; stand-alone dental plans; acceptance of third-party payments by qualified health plans; the definitions of large employer and small employer; fair health insurance premiums; guaranteed availability; student health insurance coverage; the rate review program; the medical loss ratio program; eligibility and enrollment; exemptions and appeals; and other related topics. To be assured consideration, comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on December 21, 2015. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference File Code CMS-9937-P.)

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would require reporting of offsets agreements in connection with sales of items controlled in “600 series” Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs) on the Commerce Control List (CCL) except for certain submersible and semi- submersible cargo transport vessels and related items that are not on control lists of any of the multilateral export control regimes of which the United States is a member. Since the early 1990s, BIS has required reporting of offsets agreements in connection with sales of items controlled on the United States Munitions List (USML). Those reporting requirements would continue, unchanged by this rule. Beginning on October 15, 2013, some items have been removed from the USML and added to 600 series ECCNs as part of the Administration’s Export Control Reform Initiative. These items were subject to offsets reporting requirements prior to being added to 600 series ECCNs. In addition, as part of that same initiative, some items that were subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) have also been added to 600 series ECCNs. These items were not subject to offsets reporting requirements prior to being added to 600 series ECCNs. This proposed rule would require reporting of offsets agreements in connection with sales of items controlled in 600 series ECCNs regardless of whether the item was added to a 600 series ECCN simultaneously with its removal from the USML or was subject to the EAR prior to its inclusion in a 600 series ECCN. BIS is proposing this action because, except for the vessels and related items noted above, items controlled in 600 series ECCNs are of a military nature. BIS believes that collecting information regarding offsets requirements in connection with the sale of such items is necessary to make a report to Congress mandated by the Defense Production Act complete. Comments must be received no later than February 1, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket Number BIS-2015-0045.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is closing the fishery for commercial non-blacknose small coastal sharks (SCS) in the Gulf of Mexico region. This action is necessary because the commercial landings of Gulf of Mexico non-blacknose SCS for the 2015 fishing season are projected to exceed 80 percent of the available commercial quota as of November 27, 2015. The commercial fishery for non- blacknose SCS in the Gulf of Mexico region is closed effective 11:30 p.m. local time December 5, 2015, until the end of the 2015 fishing season on December 31, 2015, and will reopen on January 1, 2016.

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