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Federal Register Highlights – 2/3/16

February 3, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for February 3, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: We are proposing to amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations concerning the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of marine mammals in captivity. These proposed changes would affect sections in the regulations relating to variances and implementation dates, indoor facilities, outdoor facilities, space requirements, and water quality. We are also proposing to revise the regulations that relate to swim-with-the-dolphin programs. We believe these actions are necessary to ensure that the minimum standards for the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of marine mammals in captivity are based on current industry and scientific knowledge and experience. We will consider all comments on this proposed rule that we receive on or before April 4, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. APHIS–2006–0085.)

PROPOSED RULE: Under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program), providers of services and suppliers that participate in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) continue to receive traditional Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payments under Parts A and B, but the ACO may be eligible to receive a shared savings payment if it meets specified quality and savings requirements. This proposed rule addresses changes to the Shared Savings Program that would modify the program’s benchmark rebasing methodology to encourage ACOs’ continued investment in care coordination and quality improvement, and identifies publicly available data to support modeling and analysis of these proposed changes. In addition, it would streamline the methodology used to adjust an ACO’s historical benchmark for changes in its ACO participant composition, offer an alternative participation option to encourage ACOs to enter performance-based risk arrangements earlier in their participation under the program, and establish policies for reopening of payment determinations to make corrections after financial calculations have been performed and ACO shared savings and shared losses for a performance year have been determined. To be assured consideration, comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on March 28, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference file code CMS–1644–P.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels using pot gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2016 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to vessels using pot gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), February 1, 2016, through 1200 hours, A.l.t., June 10, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 610 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2016 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 610 in the GOA. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 29, 2016, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., March 10, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from vessels using jig gear to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. This action is necessary to allow the A season apportionment of the 2016 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested. Effective February 1, 2016 through 2400 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), December 31, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 110 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP). If approved, Amendment 110 and this proposed rule would improve the management of Chinook and chum salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery by creating a comprehensive salmon bycatch avoidance program. This action is necessary to minimize Chinook and chum salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery to the extent practicable while maintaining the potential for the full harvest of the pollock total allowable catch within specified prohibited species catch limits. Amendment 110 is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws. Comments must be received no later than March 4, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. NOAA–NMFS–2015–0081.)

PROPOSED RULE: In this proposed rule, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is defining a new class of small business investment companies (SBICs) that will seek to generate positive and measurable social impact in addition to financial return. With the creation of this class of “Impact SBICs,” SBA is seeking to expand the pool of investment capital available primarily to underserved communities and innovative sectors as well as support the development of America’s growing impact investing industry. This proposed rule sets forth regulations applicable to Impact SBICs with respect to licensing, leverage eligibility, fees, reporting and compliance requirements. Comments on the proposed rule must be received on or before March 4, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 3245–AG66.)

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