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Federal Register Highlights – 8/16/16

August 16, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for August 16, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would revise and update the requirements for the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) under the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The proposed rule addresses application and waiver procedures, sanctions, enforcement actions and termination, administrative requirements, PACE services, participant rights, quality assessment and performance improvement, participant enrollment and disenrollment, payment, federal and state monitoring, data collection, record maintenance, and reporting. The proposed changes would provide greater operational flexibility, remove redundancies and outdated information, and codify existing practice. To be assured consideration, comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on October 17, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference file code CMS–4168–P.)

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes to approve and implement through regulations measures included in Amendment 19 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan, which the New England Fishery Management Council adopted and submitted to NMFS for approval. Amendment 19 would establish a specifications process outside of the current framework adjustment process to implement management measures that are typically adjusted on an annual or biennial basis and change the start of the scallop fishing year from March 1 to April 1. This amendment is intended to streamline the development and implementation of annual specifications and reduce the administrative burden. Comments must be received by September 15, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. NOAA–NMFS–2016–0028.)

TEMPORARY RULE: We announce the reduction of the commercial per-trip possession limit for northern red hake for the remainder of the 2016 fishing year. This action is required to prevent the northern red hake total allowable landing limit from being exceeded. This announcement informs the public that the northern red hake possession limit is reduced. Effective August 16, 2016, through April 30, 2017.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS announces that the State of Florida is transferring a portion of its 2016 commercial bluefish quota to the State of New York. These quota adjustments are necessary to comply with the Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan quota transfer provision. This announcement informs the public of the revised commercial quotas for Florida and New York. Effective August 15, 2016, through December 31, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: We propose to revise our rules of conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives. We also propose to update and clarify procedures we use when we bring charges against a representative for violating our rules of conduct and standards of responsibilities for representatives. These changes are necessary to better protect the integrity of our administrative process and further clarify representatives’ currently existing responsibilities in their conduct with us. The changes to our rules are not meant to suggest that any specific conduct is permissible under our existing rules; instead, we seek to ensure that our rules of conduct and standards of responsibility are clearer as a whole and directly address a broader range of inappropriate conduct. To ensure that your comments are considered, we must receive them no later than October 17, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. SSA–2013–0044.)

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