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Federal Register Highlights – 6/6/16

June 6, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for June 6, 2016:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the navigable waters of Raritan Bay near Perth Amboy, NJ for a fireworks display. This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect spectators and vessels from the hazards associated with fireworks displays. This rule is intended to restrict all vessels from a portion of Raritan Bay during the fireworks event unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) New York or a designated representative. This rule is effective from 8:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on July 1, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for navigable waters within a 100-yard radius of each participating swimmer during the Lady Liberty Sharkfest Swim. The safety zone is needed to protect the maritime public and event participants from the hazards associated with swim events taking place in a high vessel traffic area. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port New York. This rule is effective from 7:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on July 16, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to delete the use of “telegram”, “telegraph”, and related terms. The objective is to delete reference to obsolete technologies no longer in use and replace with references to electronic communications. In addition, conforming changes are proposed covering expedited notice of termination and change orders. Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat Division on or before August 5, 2016 to be considered in the formulation of a final rule. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference  FAR Case 2015–035.)

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters Model EC135P1, EC135P2, EC135P2+, EC135T1, EC135T2, and EC135T2+ helicopters. This AD requires reducing the life limit of certain parts and removing each part that has reached its life limit. The actions of this AD are intended to reduce the life limits of certain critical parts to prevent failure of a part and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. This AD is effective July 11, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: The Office of Government Ethics is proposing to amend the regulation that sets forth the elements and procedures of the executive branch ethics program. This comprehensive revision of 5 CFR part 2638 is informed by the experience gained over the last several decades administering the program, and was developed in consultation with agency ethics officials, the inspector general community, the Office of Personnel Management, and the Department of Justice. The proposed regulation defines and describes the executive branch ethics program, delineates the responsibilities of various stakeholders, and enumerates key executive branch ethics procedures. Comments are invited and must be received on or before August 5, 2016. (Submit written comments via email to: usoge@oge.gov. Reference “Proposed Amendment to Executive Branch Ethics Program Regulation, 3209–AA42” in the subject line of your email.)

PROPOSED RULE: This rule proposes regulations to approve and implement measures in Framework Adjustment 3 and 2016– 2017 Specifications (Framework 3) to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Framework 3 would implement skate fishery specifications and a new seasonal quota allocation for the skate wing fishery. The action is necessary to update the Skate FMP to be consistent with the most recent scientific information, and improve management of the skate fisheries. The proposed action is expected to help conserve skate stocks, while maintaining economic opportunities for the skate fisheries. Comments must be received on or before June 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. NOAA–NMFS–2016–0054.)

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would amend PBGC’s regulation on Mergers and Transfers Between Multiemployer Plans to implement section 121 of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014. The proposed rule would also reorganize and update the existing regulation. Comments must be submitted on or before August 5, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 1212–AB31.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Office of Personnel Management is issuing proposed regulations to implement the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015, which establishes a new leave category, to be known as “disabled veteran leave,” available during a 12-month period beginning on the first day of employment to be used by an employee who is a veteran with a service- connected disability rated at 30 percent or more for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disability. In addition, we are proposing to rescind two obsolete regulations. Comments must be received on or before July 6, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 3206–AN31.)

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