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Federal Register Highlights – 11/7/16

November 8, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for November 7, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to amend its regulations to better reflect the current needs of Quality Systems Verification Program (QSVP) activities and to implement changes created by the merger of the AMS Livestock and Seed Program and the AMS Poultry Programs. These proposed changes include amending the Livestock, Meat, and Other Agricultural Commodities QSVP to expand the commodities under the QSVP to include those authorized under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (hereafter referred to as “the Act”), remove reference to “Livestock, Meat, and Other Commodities” in the title, more clearly identify and define the types of programs and services offered under QSVP, and make other technical and administrative changes. Simultaneously, AMS proposes to make conforming changes to the regulations pertaining to the Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs and Voluntary Grading of Poultry Products and Rabbit Products to remove references to audit activities. Comments must be received by January 6, 2017. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Doc. # AMS–LPS–15–0057.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Farm Credit Administration (FCA), and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) are issuing a new proposal to amend their regulations regarding loans in areas having special flood hazards to implement the private flood insurance provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (Biggert- Waters Act). Specifically, the proposed rule would require regulated lending institutions to accept policies that meet the statutory definition of private flood insurance in the Biggert-Waters Act and permit regulated lending institutions to accept flood insurance provided by private insurers that does not meet the statutory definition of “private flood insurance” on a discretionary basis, subject to certain restrictions. Comments must be received on or before January 6, 2017. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket ID OCC–2016–0005.)

PROPOSED RULE: This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) is the first of a sequence of six NPRM documents in this issue of the Federal Register that collectively establish for DoD grants and cooperative agreements an updated interim implementation of Governmentwide guidance on administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for Federal awards. This NPRM removes a part of the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs) and replaces it with a new DoDGARs part containing a revised interim implementation of the guidance and establishes seven subchapters within DoD’s chapter of the Grants and Agreements title of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this NPRM is to provide an organizing framework for the DoDGARs to make it easier for users of the regulations to locate the content that they need. To ensure that they can be considered in developing the final rule, comments must be received by February 6, 2017. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. DOD–2016–OS–0048.)

PROPOSED RULE: This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) is the second of a sequence of six NPRM documents in this issue of the Federal Register that collectively establish for DoD grants and cooperative agreements an updated interim implementation of Governmentwide guidance on administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for Federal awards and make other needed updates to the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs). This NPRM adds a new DoDGARs part to establish a standard format for organizing the content of DoD Components’ grant and cooperative agreement awards and modifications to them. To ensure that they can be considered in developing the final rule, comments must be received by February 6, 2017. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. DOD–2016–OS–0052.)

PROPOSED RULE: This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) is the third of a sequence of six NPRM documents in this section of this issue of the Federal Register that propose updates to the Department of Defense Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs). This NPRM proposes to add seven new DoDGARs parts to address the administrative requirements included in general terms and conditions of DoD cost-type grants and cooperative agreements awarded to institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, States, local governments, and Indian tribes. The administrative requirements are in areas such as financial and program management; property administration; recipient procurement procedures; financial, programmatic, and property reporting; and subawards. The proposed new parts establish a uniform way for approximately 100 DoD Component awarding offices to organize the administrative requirements in their general terms and conditions. The proposed new parts also provide standard wording of terms and conditions for the administrative requirements, with associated regulatory prescriptions for DoD Components to provide latitude to vary from the standard wording where variation is appropriate. To ensure that they can be considered in developing the final rule, comments must be received by February 6, 2017. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. DOD–2016–OS–0054.)

PROPOSED RULE: This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) is the fourth of a sequence of six NPRM documents in this issue of the Federal Register. This NPRM proposes to add a new Department of Defense Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs) part to establish a consistent way for DoD Components to organize the portion of their general terms and conditions covering national policy requirements in areas such as nondiscrimination, environmental protection, and live organisms. The new part also provides standard wording of terms and conditions for national policy requirements that apply generally to DoD programs and awards. To ensure that they can be considered in developing the final rule, comments must be received by February 6, 2017. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. DOD–2016–OS–0053.)

PROPOSED RULE: This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is the fifth of a sequence of six NPRMs in this section of this issue of the Federal Register that propose updates to the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs). In this NPRM, DoD is proposing definitions of terms that are common to most portions of those regulations, as well as a central location for the definitions. To ensure that they can be considered in developing the final rule, comments must be received by February 6, 2017. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. DOD–2016–OS–0051.)

PROPOSED RULE: This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) is the last in a sequence of six NPRM documents in this Federal Register that collectively establishes for DoD grants and cooperative agreements an updated interim implementation of Governmentwide guidance on administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for Federal awards and make other needed updates to the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs). This NPRM removes two existing DoDGARs parts and revises four others in order to conform them with the 11 parts of the DoDGARs proposed in the NPRMs preceding this one in this section of this Federal Register. To ensure that they can be considered in developing the final rule, comments must be received by February 6, 2017. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. DOD–2016–OS–0055.)

PROPOSED RULE: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) requests comments on proposed revisions to regulations. The proposed revisions make technical corrections, update certain sections to conform with changes in the patent laws, clarify the role of provisional patent application filing, create a new Determination of Exceptional Circumstances, increase the role of Funding Agencies in the Bayh-Dole process, address subject inventions as to which a Federal laboratory employee is a co-inventor, and streamline the licensing application process for some Federal laboratory collaborators. NIST will hold a public meeting and simultaneous webinar regarding the proposed changes on November 21, 2016. Comments must be received no later than December 9, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No.: 160311229–6229–01.)

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