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Federal Register Highlights – 12/18/15

December 18, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for December 18, 2015:

PROPOSED RULE: The Department of the Army proposes to revise its regulation concerning military traffic supervision on Department of Defense installations worldwide. Consideration will be given to all comments received by: February 16, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket Number USA-2014-0005.)

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the New Jersey Transit Rail Operations (NJTRO) Morgan railroad bridge across Cheesequake Creek, mile 0.2, at Morgan, New Jersey. This deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner to perform structural repairs at the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed on six consecutive weekends. This deviation is effective from 6 a.m. on Saturday, January 9 to 7 p.m. February 28, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Rock Island Railroad and Highway Drawbridge across the Upper Mississippi River, mile 482.9, at Rock Island, Illinois. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner time to perform preventive maintenance and critical repairs that are essential to the continued safe operation of the drawbridge, and is scheduled in the winter when there is less impact on navigation. This deviation allows the bridge to be maintained in the closed- to-navigation position for 21 days. This deviation is effective from 8 a.m., February 8, 2016 until 5 p.m., February 28, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone in support of a visit by very important persons (VIPs). The security zone begins on the navigable waters in Kailua Bay on the west side of a line connecting Kapoho Point and continuing at a bearing of 227° (true) as well as the nearby channel from its entrance near Kapoho Point to a point along the channel 150 yards to the south of the N. Kalaheo Avenue Road Bridge. This security zone is necessary to ensure the safety of the VIPs. This rule is effective from 6:00 a.m. (HST) on December 18, 2015, through 10:00 p.m. (HST) on January 3, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone for certain waters of the Hudson River. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters of the Hudson River near Hells Kitchen, NY during a fireworks display, on February 6, 2016. This proposed rulemaking would prohibit persons and vessels from being in the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port New York or a designated representative. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before January 19, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket Number USCG-2015-1025.)

PROPOSED RULE: In this document, the Commission seeks comment on ways to promote competition for Inmate Calling Services (ICS), video visitation, rates for international calls, and considers an array of solutions to further address areas of concern in the (ICS) industry. Comments due January 19, 2016. Reply comments due February 1, 2016. (To submit comments, visit the Federal Communications Commission’s Web site: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/. Follow the instructions for submitting comments, reference WC Docket No. 12-375.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) amended the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 (Safety and Soundness Act) to establish a duty for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) (collectively, the Enterprises) to serve three specified underserved markets—manufactured housing, affordable housing preservation, and rural markets—to increase the liquidity of mortgage investments and improve the distribution of investment capital available for mortgage financing for very low-, low-, and moderate-income families in those markets. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is issuing and seeking comments on a proposed rule that would provide Duty to Serve credit for eligible Enterprise activities that facilitate a secondary market for mortgages related to: Manufactured homes titled as real property; blanket loans for certain categories of manufactured housing communities; preserving the affordability of housing for renters and homebuyers; and housing in rural markets. The proposed rule would establish a method for evaluating and rating the Enterprises’ compliance with the Duty to Serve each underserved market. Written comments must be received on or before March 17, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 2590-AA27.)

PROPOSED RULE: The National Park Service proposes to designate routes for, and manage off-road vehicle use within Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina. Under the National Park Service general regulations, the operation of motor vehicles off roads is prohibited unless authorized by special regulation. The proposed rule would authorize off-road vehicle use at the Seashore through a permit system and establish operational and vehicle requirements. Comments must be received by February 16, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket Number NPS-CALO-19111.)

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