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Federal Register Highlights – 2/8/16

February 8, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for February 8, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule establishes the Financial Assistance Interior Regulation (FAIR). The FAIR supplements the OMB Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Omni-Circular), which was adopted The Department of the Interior (Department) on December 19, 2014. This proposed rule would consolidate the Department’s financial assistance regulations and policies derived from the OMB Omni-Circular. Submit comments on or before April 8, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 1090–AB11.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing new regulations to reduce waste of natural gas from venting, flaring, and leaks during oil and natural gas production activities on onshore Federal and Indian leases. The regulations would also clarify when produced gas lost through venting, flaring, or leaks is subject to royalties, and when oil and gas production used on site would be royalty-free. These proposed regulations would be codified at new 43 CFR subparts 3178 and 3179. They would replace the existing provisions related to venting, flaring, and royalty-free use of gas contained in the 1979 Notice to Lessees and Operators of Onshore Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases, Royalty or Compensation for Oil and Gas Lost (NTL–4A), which are over 3 decades old. Send your comments on this proposed rule to the BLM on or before April 8, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 1004–AE14.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing with trawl gear, other than pelagic trawl gear for walleye pollock, by American Fisheries Act (AFA) trawl catcher processors in Bycatch Limitation Zone 1 of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the sideboard limit of the 2016 bycatch allowance of red king crab in Zone 1 specified for AFA trawl catcher processors in the BSAI. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), February 3, 2016, though 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher/processors using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to fully use the A season allowance of the 2016 total allowable catch apportioned to catcher/processors using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), February 4, 2016, through 1200 hours, A.l.t., June 10, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS issues a proposed rule that would implement Amendment 109 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP). If approved, this proposed rule would amend regulations governing the Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program to support increased participation in the groundfish CDQ fisheries (primarily Pacific cod) by catcher vessels less than or equal to 46 feet (ft) (14.0 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using hook-and- line gear. Specifically, this proposed rule would exempt operators of registered catcher vessels greater than 32 ft (9.8 m) LOA and less than or equal to 46 ft LOA using hook-and-line gear from the requirement to obtain and carry a License Limitation Program license when groundfish CDQ fishing. The proposed rule also would reduce observer coverage requirements for catcher vessels less than or equal to 46 ft LOA when groundfish CDQ fishing, and implement new in-season management and catch accounting requirements to properly account for the harvest of groundfish and halibut and the accrual of halibut prohibited species catch in these fisheries. In addition to the proposed regulations necessary to implement Amendment 109, NMFS proposes to remove a table in the regulations because it is no longer necessary. This action is intended to facilitate increased participation by residents of CDQ communities in the groundfish fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, and to support economic development in western Alaska. This action is necessary to promote the goals of the CDQ Program, and to promote the goals and objectives of the FMP, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and other applicable laws. Submit comments on or before March 9, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. NOAA–NMFS–2015–0060.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Office of Personnel Management is issuing proposed regulations that introduce updated systems and regulatory definitions for managing human resources in the Federal Government. The rulemaking also proposes to reduce and clarify the reporting procedures that agencies are required to follow, creates a data-driven review process (HRStat); and describes workforce planning methods that agencies are required to follow. Additionally, the proposed regulation aligns Strategic Human Capital Management to the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111– 352). It also sets forth the new Human Capital Framework (HCF), which replaces the Human Capital Assessment Accountability Framework (HCAAF). Comments must be received on or before April 8, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 3206–AL98.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to remove its medical regulation that governs medications provided in Alaska and territories and possessions of the United States because this regulation is otherwise subsumed by another VA medical regulation related to provision of medications that are prescribed by non-VA providers. Comments must be received by VA on or before April 8, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 2900–AP42.)

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