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Federal Register Highlights – 5/27/16

May 27, 2016

EDITOR’S NOTE: Just a reminder, there will be no Federal Register published on Monday, May 30, 2016, in observance of Memorial Day. As you enjoy your holiday weekend, please remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that you can enjoy your weekend. That having been said here are the…

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for May 27, 2016:

RULE: The FAA is correcting an airworthiness directive (AD) that published in the Federal Register. That AD applies to Viking Air Limited Model DHC–3 airplanes that are modified with the Baron Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) kit (Supplemental Type Certificate SA94–114 or SA 00287NY). The Code of Federal Regulations reference for records maintenance cited in last sentence in paragraph (f) is incorrect. This document corrects that error. In all other respects, the original document remains the same; however, we are publishing the entire rule in the Federal Register. This final rule is effective May 31, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: In this document, the Commission seeks comment on proposals to expand the amount of and access to video described programming, for the benefit of consumers who are blind or visually impaired. Comments are due on or before June 27, 2016; reply comments are due on or before July 26, 2016. (To submit comments, visit Follow the instructions for submitting comments, reference MB Docket No. 11–43.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) proposes amending its current user fees and invites public comment on whether the Commission should amend its user fees. Specifically, the Commission proposes increasing fees for: Filing complaints and certain petitions; records searches, document copying, and admissions to practice; paper filing of ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) applications; filing applications for special permission; and filing agreements. The Commission also proposes lowering fees for: Reviewing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests; revising clerical errors on service contracts; Revising clerical errors on non-vessel-operating common carrier (NVOCC) service agreements; and Commission services to passenger vessel operators (PVOs). In addition, the Commission proposes repealing four existing fees for: Adding interested parties to a specific docket mailing list; the Regulated Persons Index database; database reports on Effective Carrier Agreements; and filing petitions for rulemaking. The Commission also proposes adding a new fee for requests for expedited review of an agreement filing. Comments are due on or before June 27, 2016. (Submit comments in writing to: Include in the subject line: “Docket No. 16–06, Comments on “Update of User Fees.” Comments should be attached to the email as a Microsoft Word or text- searchable PDF document.)

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (hereinafter, Service or we) proposes special migratory bird hunting regulations for certain Tribes on Federal Indian reservations, off-reservation trust lands, and ceded lands for the 2016–17 migratory bird hunting season. You must submit comments on the proposed regulations by June 27, 2016. (To submit comments, visit, reference  Docket No. FWS–HQ–MB–2015–0034.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is closing the fisheries for commercial blacknose sharks and non-blacknose small coastal sharks (SCS) in the Atlantic region south of 34°00′ N. lat. This action is necessary because the commercial landings of Atlantic blacknose sharks for the 2016 fishing season are projected to exceed 80 percent of the available commercial quota as of May 27, 2016, and the blacknose shark and non-blacknose SCS fisheries south of 34°00′ N. lat. are quota-linked under current regulations. The commercial fisheries for blacknose sharks and non-blacknose SCS in the Atlantic region south of 34°00’ N. lat. are closed effective 11:30 p.m. local time May 29, 2016, until the end of the 2016 fishing season on December 31, 2016, or until and if NMFS announces via a notice in the Federal Register that additional quota is available and the season is reopened.

PROPOSED RULE: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) proposes to set or increase certain trademark fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The proposed fees will allow the Office to recover the aggregate estimated cost of Trademark and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) operations and USPTO administrative services that support Trademark operations. The proposals will further USPTO strategic objectives by: Better aligning fees with the full cost of products and services; protecting the integrity of the register by incentivizing more timely filing or examination of applications and other filings and more efficient resolution of appeals and trials; and promoting the efficiency of the process, in large part through lower-cost electronic filing options. Written comments must be received on or before July 11, 2016. (To submit comments, visit, reference Docket No. PTO–T–2016–0005.)


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