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Federal Register Highlights 3/25/16

March 25, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for March 25, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 that amends the allowability of costs of counterfeit electronic parts or suspect counterfeit electronic parts and the cost of rework or corrective action that may be required to remedy the use or inclusion of such parts. Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing on or before May 24, 2016, to be considered in the formation of a final rule. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference DFARS Case 2016–D010.)

PROPOSED RULE: DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to add instructions for utilizing the Wide Area WorkFlow Reparable Receiving Report. Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing on or before May 24, 2016, to be considered in the formation of a final rule. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference DFARS Case 2016–D004.)

PROPOSED RULE: DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 that amended title 10 of the United States Code by prohibiting any form of cost-plus contracting for military construction projects or military family housing projects. Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing on or before May 24, 2016, to be considered in the formation of a final rule. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference DFARS Case 2015–D040.)

PROPOSED RULE: DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 to provide that contracts executed by DoD as a result of the transfer of contracts from the General Services Administration, or for which DoD serves as an item manager for products on behalf of the General Services Administration, shall not be subject to certain domestic source restrictions, to the extent that such contracts are for the purchase of products by other Federal agencies or State or local governments. DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing on or before May 24, 2016, to be considered in the formation of a final rule. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference DFARS Case 2016–D009.)

PROPOSED RULE: This notice is being issued pursuant to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act of 2012 requiring NHTSA to prescribe regulations permitting States to adopt schemes for electronic odometer disclosure statements. To permit States to allow electronic odometer disclosures, NHTSA is proposing to amend the existing requirements to clarify that most of those requirements apply regardless of the technology used for the disclosure. NHTSA is further proposing to add a new section containing specific additional requirements that would apply only to electronic disclosures to ensure the secure creation and maintenance of the electronic records. Through this proposal NHTSA seeks to allow odometer disclosures in an electronic medium while maintaining and protecting the existing system(s) that ensure accurate odometer disclosures and aid law enforcement in prosecuting odometer fraud. NHTSA is also proposing to extend an existing exemption for vehicles more than 10 years old to 25 years. You should submit comments early enough to ensure that Docket Management receives them not later than May 24, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. NHTSA–2016–0037.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for the commercial sector for vermilion snapper in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. NMFS projects that commercial landings for vermilion snapper will reach the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) for the January through June, 2016, fishing period by March 29, 2016. Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial sector for vermilion snapper in the South Atlantic EEZ on March 29, 2016, and it will remain closed until July 1, 2016, the start of the July through December fishing period. This closure is necessary to protect the South Atlantic vermilion snapper resource. This rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, March 29, 2016, until 12:01 a.m., local time, July 1, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod, except for the Community Development Quota program (CDQ), in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the non-CDQ allocation of the 2016 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 22, 2016, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the Aleut Corporation’s pollock directed fishing allowance and the Community Development Quota from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea directed fisheries. These actions are necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2016 total allowable catch of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 25, 2016, until 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2016.

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